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146 Comments

  1. Everlasting1 says:

    I said all that? Please, troll. My comparisons were between goalies playing for the same team. Nothing more.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  2. showey47 says:

    From what you said all summer halak won all those games or us by himself. So really whatever injuries st.louis have shouldn’t mean anything since he wins all his games by himself. I also find it amusing when the trolls say injuries are no excuse for the habs losing,but then turns out to be a viable excuse for every other team,like the blues.

  3. Everlasting1 says:

    Hot goalies happen.

     

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  4. Chuck says:

    I’d suggest that the Capitals and the Penguins would beg to differ with your assessment of the Habs not deserving to be in the post-season.

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  5. Everlasting1 says:

    What I’m saying is the Habs didn’t deserve to be in the post-season last year because they didn’t finish in the top 16.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  6. Chuck says:

    So what you’re saying is that the Flyers and Penguins aren’t great teams because all they do is beat up on the rest of the teams in the east…

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  7. Everlasting1 says:

    What you fail to recognize is that most games played are within their respective Divisions, Conference.

     

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

     Don’t pollute the water.

  8. Chuck says:

    If you’ll check out the NHL overall standings, you’ll notice that of the top-12 teams, 6 of them are from the East.

    2 of the top 3 are fro the East, including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, who have played two of the most dominating stretches of hockey in the entire league this season.

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  9. Seps says:

    I never said anything about moving the puck…  You need defensive D as well.

  10. LA Loyalist says:

    Which cup is it we are winning this year? 

     

     

    too small, too soft, too intangible

  11. newbrunswick troy says:

    ok G-man i,ve got to know if spelling and punctuation mean everything in this form….i suck at spelling and punctuation, but graduated top of my class in mathmatics….that said guys like you make me feel scared to post my opinions here!!  So either lay off or help me figure out how to spell check in the post it forum!!

  12. Everlasting1 says:

    Forget the fact that the West is a tougher division and the Blues have been decimated with injuries.

     

     

     “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  13. G-Man says:

    Thanks, joey. Shouldn’t it be capitalized.

  14. Hagar says:

    Yes, maybe he’s part of the reason they lose. But when you have a firepower strapped team like Toronto, to say they’re really gonna miss him after this season wouldn’t be a hell of an understatement. It should be an interesting off-season for Toronto. So anyways, yeah. We still need help on D to win the cup this year before Markov returns & helps us win the cup again next year. Haven’t considered all the potential D options available. However, my vote goes towards picking up Bieksa. I’ve looked into this guy a little bit. He seems swell. Not sure what we should give up to land him. Picks? High ones? I think I’ll go off & start loudly cursing the loss of Markov again. It’s been a real kick in the nuts.

  15. LA Loyalist says:

    Good point – and Larry Murphy, as badly if not worse than Brisebois – Murphy then went to Detroit and won a cup. 

     

  16. joeybarrie says:

    PLEASE…. The word is E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E. Not EVERY1….

    Montreal has not ‘HARD’ a real star player for so long….

    You know, when you correct others, you should probably not do the same………

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  17. mbplekfan says:

    Fans have finally picked up on the idea that the defence is not very good. No matter what happened to Markov there were still issues.

    Gill is slow, cant handle the puck and is one dimensional, with little toughness.

    Hammer is aging, slow, and tires late in the game.

    Spacek is aging, slowing down, prone to brain farts, and tires early in the game.

    Gorges is very good defensively but produces no offense.

    These are not well rounded hockey players. All four have issues that would restrict their minutes on a contender. None offer any physical presence or toughness in our own end, yet they form the core of our defence, even with Markov in the lineup.

    Our forwards are not the issue at this point in time. Unless we get a consistent contribution on offense from the defensemen we are going to be a second tier team.

     

  18. kempie says:

    Sutters are already there.

  19. CHsam says:

    Everybody has to do potato-peelin’ duty at some point in JM’s kitchen.

  20. HabFanSince72 says:

    Plus they also booed Hal Gill in TO, and he worked out OK.

     

  21. CHsam says:

    As much as I would love to have Iginla, I think the Langenbruner possibility is probably more realistic for sure…. but hey, ya never know what’s going to happen. No way I could have predicted Dominic Moore for a 2nd round pick last year.

  22. CHsam says:

    I’m with you on this one buddy. I hope PG is entertaining this idea. That would be an exciting line to watch.

  23. cautiousoptimist says:

    Neither has Iginla, the bum. : )

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  24. shiram says:

    Happy birthday to Andrei Markov, wish you the best and speediest of recovery.

  25. cautiousoptimist says:

    Habs need a good offensive defenceman, but it would be premature to go out and mortgage the farm to get one for a couple of months.  Way better to give Weber the ice time he needs to develop, and get him ready for regular shift.

    Also, rather than pick up an overrated defenceman with lots of hype driving up his trade value, pick up an underrated UFA with lower current trade value like Chris Phillips, or Willie Mitchell if he’s healthy this summer.  And McCabe has become a bit of a joke, but unfairly I think — he’s a +7 right now on a brutal Florida team where Wideman is a -8, and he’s on track for 41 points this season.  Plus he’s 6’2″ and 223 lbs with a booming shot and lots of hits and shot blocks.  If Markov isn’t heathy this summer, McCabe might make a lot of sense.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    Regeher hasn’t won a playoff series since 2005.

  27. ctony says:

    I think we could get him for Laps and a second/third round pick.  

  28. Kappy says:

    I really can’t see any team giving up that much for Kaberle at this point, and if that is still the asking price for him then it is definetly not worth it.

    If AK is with us next year it will be a one year deal for less then he is making this year. Unless he really starts filling the net.

  29. Bugs says:

    K Senior’s passing is GOOD, but uhh, nowhere NEAR “easily the best” on the team, sorry to say.

    No match for Plecky’s, Gomie’s and heck, I ain’t ashamed to say it, my boy Poolio’s.

    Jack Marty didn’t make K Senior a scapegoat, Terry, the lad did that all by himself.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  30. Bugs says:

    I say don’t touch Kaberle at all and instead, concentrate on an acquisition who’s done SOMETHING in the playoffs in the last 5 years.

    Good d-man; don’t get me wrong, but how can we COUNT on this guy come April?

    That’s why it’s Regher/Lagenbruner for me.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  31. The Cat says:

    And a good coach too, they have it all, it seems.

     

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  32. habaddict_andy says:

    We will not fall to 8th since we have more wins and we have not lost against Boston so far.

  33. habaddict_andy says:

    True that.  Last night we played young and fast team in their home ice.  Bottom line we did not score although Colorado did give us many opportunities.  Sad to see bitterness coming out in these so called fans.  But I doubt Nuna is a fan at all.

  34. avatar_58 says:

    Has anyone been watching Kaberle lately? It’s not like the rest of the team is the only reason they lose, his mistakes and giveaways are just as bad if not worse than Schenn, Komisarek et al.

    I would go out on a limb and suggest if we want him, wait till the END of the season and do not overpay for him. Yeah he’s a puck moving defenceman alright, but he’s moving it in the wrong places and to the wrong team.

  35. cautiousoptimist says:

    What you’re saying isn’t crazy, but I wouldn’t deal a solid RFA like Kostitsyn for a few months of Kaberle.  I can’t see Kaberle leaving Toronto for anything other than a strong prospect or 1st-rounder from a team making a Cup run, and good as the Habs are this year, I’m not sure that’s us.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  36. terrygain says:

    Very good post, Mr. James but I think you are wrong. With the right team AK will score 50 goals. 

     

    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  37. cautiousoptimist says:

    To be fair though, 35 games into the season, when the 2nd place Caps are just four points ahead of 8th place Bruins, the ranking doesn’t mean a whole lot.

    BTW, Philly scares the hell out of me: much as I can’t stand them, that there is a team built to win the Cup.  Unbelievable that they managed to get under the cap with Briere, Richards, Carter, Hartnell, Zherdev, Timonen, Pronger, Carle, Coburn…  Great D, great offense, great young guns like Giroux and van Riemsdyk, great grit as always, great job finding diamonds in the rough like Leino, and now a great young goalie.  Hard to argue with that.  The only thing they’ve got going against them is karma.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  38. terrygain says:

    Adam 

    Bench PK again? Yeah it really worked last time. But of course you were being satirical as your oblique reference to O’Byrne showed. Unfortunately satire does not work on a sports blog. 

     

    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  39. habaddict_andy says:

    Hamrlik does a better job moving the puck than Gill or Picard for that matter although it’s true he has slowed down.

  40. Kappy says:

    I have read a lot of talk about trading for Kaberle below.  Kaberle would definetly fit the need, but giving up a first for him would be a mistake considering he is UFA at the end of the season.  What about AK46 for Kaberle straight up?  I think it’s a win win for both teams, considering there contract status and needs for each team (Leafs have needs everywhere, but it’s a start!)

    At this point I am not sure what PG is going to offer AK next year and he may decided to cut his losses and fill the need for a big winger through free agency or hope that MaxPac and Benny turn out to be that guy because lets face it things have not worked out as planned with AK and I think time is running out.  I for one really hope he turns it around before the end of the season.

  41. Seps says:

    Does spelling matter to you that much?

    And you have to remember Price didn’t play against the Leafs.  But yes, he hasn’t looked like he has this season, in his last 3-4 starts.

  42. lenny says:

    AK46 should be moved at the first possible opportunity

  43. Hagar says:

    I’ve been through this before. Still gonna have to go with Iginla even though he’s likely a Flame 4 life. Cammy/Pleks/Iggy will give other teams night terrors. It’ll compensate for any/all shortcomings.

  44. cautiousoptimist says:

    I’d love to pick up Langenbrunner — I won’t hold his lousy numbers this year against him as he’s been a consistent 50-60 point player for years and the Devils are just positively brutal this year.  He also captained Team USA at the Olympics this year.  With NJ desperate for cap space and goaltending prospect, and with Langenbrunner a 35-year-old UFA having a slow year, I bet we could get him for Mayer or Simila and a low pick.  I’d hang on to Ramo though — he’s having an awesome year in the KHL.

    Adding Langenbrunner would mean that Eller finally has some linemates who can score, and would give us three strong lines, offensively and defensively, plus a really good shutdown line:

    AK46-Pleks-Cammy

    Pacioretty-Gomez-Gionta

    Langenbrunner-Eller-Pouliot

    Moen-Halpern-Lapierre

    Guys like Bieksa, Iginla or Jovanovski would be great, but they won’t come cheap, and if we deal lots of assets to land them and they don’t light it up, there’ll be hell to pay.  Langenbrunner would be a low-risk move with high potential rewards — I’d go for it.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  45. terrygain says:

    Kostitsyn’s passing is easily the best on the team. He moves the puck faster and to the right guy more often than anyone on the team. His fighting to control the puck along the boards and his pass to Plekanek to set up the first goal yesterday would not have been noticed by most who post here, but that’s how he plays. In the 3rd period he was late tagging up and was offside. Martin obviously concluded he hadn’t hustled. I think Andrei played one shift thereafter. Martin played Darche,  instead of AK on a  power play after that – which is just plain stupid.  Gainey  has assembled a strong core of good players. It’s unfortunate he hired a mediocre coach who always has to have at least one scapegoat. 

    As talented as AK is, he’s not going to produce playing 11 minutes a night. 

    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  46. Psycho29 says:

    No need to post the full standings…

    Thanks,

    Vaudreuil Psychos  :-)

     

  47. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    McCabe would not be my first choice, for obvious reasons. But, he has played for Martin, and if PG is looking for a puck-mover, he might be the guy they try to get, I would much prefer Jovo or even Bieksa personnally.


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