Rolling along

That was the first back-to-back sweep since mid-October, and it lifted the Canadiens into sixth place.

More good news: The report Benoit Pouliot left the Bell Centre on crutches was erroneous.

Pat Hickey’s game story

Quotes from the room

Quick Hits and About last night …

• Dave Stubbs on Pierre Gervais and the Price pads crisis

What happened to Danny Kristo?

• Arpon Basu on what Pierre Gauthier may be planning

• Pierre Durocher on possible moves

• Heather Engel on Alex Auld

The goalie fight. Down goes DiPietro

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330 Comments

  1. wild flower says:

    Many times – they have some very nice facilities.

  2. Storm Man says:

    I hope this was some kind of joke to sell more kool-aid for the trolls on here. A 1st round pick Hemsky??? Im sure my heart skipped a few beats. You know hockey so stop making jokes on here:).

    ” Not everyone can afford a brilliant stock advisor like storm”. TripleX 01/25/2011.20:16

  3. HabFanSince72 says:

    The NHL actually compiles stats for turnovers (they call them give-aways). Last year Hamr was third worst in the league (the leader was Joe Thornton – he leads again this year …)

    This year Hamr is doing a bit better and is in 41st place.

    Among the Habs, your boy Spacek leads (by a considerable margin) and Gill is second. Hamr comes in third. Hamr plays on average 3 more mintes per game than Spacek.

     

  4. HabFanSince72 says:

    Weiss doesn’t have Gomez’s skills.

    Nor his sense of humour. He has a lot more points however.

     

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    Do it. Then turn around and trade Kovy to the Sens.

     

  6. 123456 says:

    Have to agree, he is a HUGE MINUS player and he does not lead the teams Dmen in points. While he is overpaid, Hammer is far from a terrible player. He is a solid 3/4 Dman – that’s just a fact.

  7. GrimJim says:

    We should nominate Eklund for a Hugo award…

  8. TomNickle says:

    Is it okay to not want that deal as a Habs fan?

  9. G-Man says:

    Wiz is pretty much the worst defenseman, closely followed by Weber.

    As you took notes on Hamrlik, do the same for these 2 and you’ll find their positioning is terrible and their reaction time poor. The Wiz is playing like he needs to take a wiz, and Weber is playing scared.

    Hamrlik is a fine top 4 vet, and yes, even Ray Bourque, Larry Robinson, Bobby Orr and Doug Harvey messed up. They wouldn’t be human otherwise.

  10. Habsrule1 says:

    Does that say only that he’s bad or that the rest are pretty good? I think at 15 minutes/game, he’s a good defenseman.I also think his leadership goes a long way. He seems like he is pretty well respected and always has a good take on the game when I have heard him speak.

    Not a fave of mine but I think he’s alright.

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  11. TomNickle says:

    This wasn’t me just watching the game and taking notes on Hamrlik.  I made the statement yesterday that he’s our worst defesenman and I stand by that.  I evaluated every player, noted their mistakes and what they did well.  He was by far the biggest liability among our defensemen last night.  I watched it three times start to finish and the most upsetting part of this for me is that I don’t feel this was one of his worst games this season.  He’s often more noticeable to me than he was last night.

  12. Habsrule1 says:

    Fair enough. Great eye for catching all of that but I don’t really think it’s all that fair.

    I also think he’s playing way more minutes than he should due to the injuries on D right now. I think he’s a top 4 on most teams though….arguable but top 6 for sure.

     Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  13. joeybarrie says:

    Actuallythe fact it is only in his big toe, if those are the facts, means he most likely had shoes on. A big contributor to frostbite is tight shoes. Restricting the blood flow to the big toe is common. ALSO if he had some sort of damage to his big toe already, which is probable.

    Either way. We are probably wrong about most of it anyways.

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

  14. wild flower says:

    St Paul Minnesota is a long way from the UND campus in Grand Forks ND – must be quite serious.

  15. Mark C says:

    The reason that Boyd was passed on may have been as simple as he was waiver eligible. Boyd would have had to pass waivers, again. This time he might have been claimed due to injuries on other team’s and Boyd playing better.

  16. Hobie Hansen says:

    Yeah, Clarkson would be awesome for the 3rd and possibly spots on the 2nd line from time to time. He seems to be having a bit of an off year, not unlike most of the Devils, because the last couple years people were calling him the ultimate 3rd line player… 

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf” – George Orwell

  17. mrhabby says:

    habs starting to roll a bit….still want the team to get nastier. we have approx 3.5m left in cap room. love to see that elusive PWF./p>

  18. notbigbird says:

    I am a little confused about the notion that Pleks is lighting a fire under Gionta and Pax. Seems to me, they were playing pretty well with Gomez in much of the run before the break. OTOH, Pleks wasn’t doing all that well. “What fire lit by whom?” I ask. BTW this is not to take away from Pleks who is our best player. I just think that we sometimes get a notion that isn’t always right. Of course, I am almost always wrong, so ….

  19. sidhu says:

    Durocher is right — David Clarkson would be a great fit on the Habs. 

  20. ManApart says:

    So far they’ve all helped eachother I would say. It’s only been a few games, so we’ll see. I also think the break did a hell of a lot of good for Gio and Pleks, especially Pleks who logs a lot of minutes in all situations.

    What’s worse about Gomez is that there are 3 more years left at 7.3 million a year cap hit. I mean it was simply one of the worst trades in team history. An absolute bone head move. Especially since it was so easy and predictable to see how it would hurt the team negatively, because of the cap hit. Gainey should have been fired just for that.

  21. Mattyleg says:

    so…

    +1 -1 = 0.

    Hm.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  22. PrimeTime says:

    Gomez bashing aside (two days worth until next game, ugh!?!) , let’s give credit where credit is due. JM was an Adams candidate earlier in the year, then fell off stage for a month, but if this team continues to “over-achieve” then he should be right back up there. Everyone will agree we do not have any ‘stars” on this team….maybe one or two potential future stars, but none today. Yet for all the bashing JM gets for his “system” this team could not be where they are in the standings without it. Consider all the injuries, AHL call ups, and inexperienced players this season and the Habs are surprising. Other teams have a hard time scoring against us. Other than that one Philly game, I don’t recall many others where got really out-played or blown out. In the same breath, we don’t blow many either but we have more wins than losses and that works for me. PG made the deal of the year getting Wiz for picks which has turned into the right medication at the right time, but JM is the one that has to make the pieces work and I don’t know of many other Coaches this year that have done a better job with less. He isn’t charasmatic but he knows the game and knows how this team needs to play to win. Well done, Jacques Martin!!

     

  23. twocents says:

    Careful, balanced observations that go against the prevalent superficial view can be greeted less than enthusiastically around here.

    Though I will add that Gionta wasn’t exactly producing well prior to the break. But Max Pac was, and Gomez had out-pointed Pleks over the 20 games prior to the ASG. 17 to 14

  24. wild flower says:

    The Danny Kristo story seems to lack some of the details needed to explain how anyone could end up with frostbite on their toes in his circumstance. If that’s all it takes, most of Winnipeg would be in the hospital this week.

  25. Chuck says:

    Thank goodness that you and your ilk are around to constantly bitch about how much money Gomez is making. I mean, without the incessant moaning, I might completely forget how much of the cap is dedicated to that guy.

  26. Kooch7800 says:

    I would take Clarkson anyday. He is physical, can handle himself and has decent offensive abilities.

  27. PrimeTime says:

    Considering the changes that needed to be made at the end of 2008, name who was as attainable and a better Center that fit into what BG thought the team needed? And please don’t go all pie-in-the-sky. Who should have Gainey got instead??

  28. fbkj says:

    pants buzzed

    cammy wont be ready for the weekend

    #rdsappisgettingannoying

  29. Cool Ice Price says:

    WOW, Price on his 3rd set of pads. He’ll have a new set for the playoffs. That will be 4 sets of pads in one season. Is this normal for goalies now?

    Do you think Carey may ever go back to the RED pads? 

     

     Habs Passion unites us all

  30. Bill H says:

    Absolutely right about JM.  We are without our top offensive dman, our top defensive dman, and now our top sniper.  And yet we keep on rolling.  14 points in the last 10 games.  For sure JM is doing a lot of things right.  We don’t see too much criticism today, but all it takes is 2 Ls in a row and people around here will be calling for his head.

  31. Bill H says:

    Yes, it would be easy but perhaps unfair to speculate about the circumstances.  For sure there is something unusual going on.  I hope its not too serious.

  32. F Bomb says:

    At the present time we must be happy with the way the season is going.  There were so many decisions to be made regarding how Price would play, our aging defence, a young PK and whether or not JM’s path to the Conference Final was a “fluke”

    Sure personal stats are down for all of the stars but look at the standings.  We are in 6th place a few points above 8th and a few points away from 1st in the division.  We do not or have not lost many back to back games and we are seeing a team that is coming back in games to force OT and / or win the game! (last night)  One can only think about how the team would be playing with a healthy Markov.  The injuries to Georges and Cammalleri and tough to swallow, but losing Markov changes the shape of our team.  It makes PK the #1 guy (who has played great) but it puts alot more pressure to Hammer and Spach.  It also puts Weber as our #6 and he has played solid but hasn’t contributed offensively. 

    With Markov we would could be a top tier team and although they would still have a tough time with Pitsburg, Philly and battle Boston, we would have a stronger PP and 5 on 5, providing a more consistent offence.     

    At the same time I want to be greedy.  In a perfect world Kostitsyn would have 20 goals by now.  In a perfect world Eller would have 10 goals and be the 3rd line center with size.  In an even more perfect world Gomez would be on pace for 60 points!!! Oh well Price and PK will lead us!

    6th place boys and girls lets enjoy it

       

  33. Mattyleg says:

    Yep, I agree with you on that.

    We’ve weathered (and are still weathering) some pretty tough injuries, and doing remarkably well with the callups and replacements we’ve had to use.

    I think that JM does a very good job, and we would be in a worse place without him, in my opinion.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  34. Max_a_million says:

    I agree with most of what you say, and I would like to put a special emphasis on the goat.  PG is doing a great job.

    I have been watching PK Subban play these past few weeks, and he is absolutely schooling people out there with his spin moves.  Much more judicial and effective with his point shots.  The line between this kid being a future star and a present star are quickly blurring.  I imagine by playoff time we will have a super star. Subbie Doo!

  35. Max_a_million says:

    Too much talk about adding third liners.  We don’t need any more third liners.  If PG can’t get studs we are better off keeping our assets, and dancing with the boys who get us there.  Third liners don’t win you anything.

  36. Mattyleg says:

    I believe it had something to do with ….ALCOHOL.

    It’s happened to many a Canadian before.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I wonder what the issue is with Boyd and the coaching staff? It seemed very strange to me that when the injury bug hit, he was passed over in favour of players with no NHL experience – Engqvist and White. I’m not too beaten up over it mind you, it just goes to show how easily replaceable bottom six players are – the key is finding the right mix for your team.

  38. Propwash says:

    Looking at Fleury at the end of the video, his smile totally reminds me of Matt Dillon’s character in There’s Something About Mary after he gets the teeth implants, lol.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Ph8V052fCNE/TFIFOOqBLnI/AAAAAAAAJdA/JZrLFPZdJqw/s1600/marydillon.jpg

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  39. SLONCOLD says:

    well it all depends on the goalie. Vaughn pads tend to be a bit softer and i belive he’s using a custom vaughn velocity 4 pad(although i’m sure he has a custom set of foams being used in the pads).Traditionally pads with no breaks hold their form longer.

    he is playing like 5 times a week on those pads though, just might be wear and tear on the knee blocks as well

  40. Bill says:

    Reading between the lines – as everyone is doing – it seems like Kristo had too much to drink and either walked without shoes or passed out in a snowbank or something. Some people are acting like this is scandalous. I think it’s just unfortunate, and if it affects his ability to play, it’s just sad. I passed out in many a snowbank when I was in university, just lucky I wasn’t alone! Also if i lost my big toe … let’s just say the Montreal Canadiens wouldn’t be missing me.

    Good luck to the kid and I hope he recovers without surgery and has a great semester and a great career. With or without the Habs, but preferably with.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  41. TorontoHabsFan says:

    That can’t be it…after all he cleared waivers to get sent down, it would be extremely unlikely that he’d be picked up off waivers when recalled.

    Again, I’m not too beat up over it. I’m loving the way our bottom six have been playing.

  42. joeybarrie says:

    Very interesting article by Basu. I like his theory, and I think he might be on to something.

    A few things I have been reading. JM is a Jack Adams candidate. I think he has always been. In this city if your team wins a few games the coach is going to win the Jack Adams. Loses a few and he is going to be fired. There is no in between here. Problem with that is usually the JA winner is a coach who’s team makes a large move forward from the previous season. I don’t temember it going to a coach that kept a team in the same position for the most part despite injuries to key players. But he deserve to be considered.

    Who will win, I’m guessing Boucher or Crawford.

    Pleks is bringing Gio alive…. Well he was our leading scorer before, so I don’t think that is true. But its good to see we can move a player around and still have success cause after awhile you can figure out how they play together.

    Subban for the Calder… He is having a good season, however, not a Calder season. He is not in the top ten in points for rookies. He trails 2 other Rookie Defensemen in points. His plus minus is no where near the top. The only thing he is close to the top in is penalties. With John Carlson and Logan Couture he doesnt have a chance. He still has Hall, Stepan, Ennis, and Marchand in front of him.

    Back to JM. This team is a few points away from 3rd or 5th. Imagine how good we would be WITH Gorges, Markov and Cammi…. How anyone could have said we wouldn’t make the playoffs I have no clue. How anyone can say this is not a top 10 team or better with a full roster I also have no clue…

    Lastly this team is doing with Gill, Gomez, Spach, Hamr, JM and all the other typically bashed players. Let’s be happy. We are doing GREAT considering… ENJOY the run to the playoffs cause it will be over before you know it.

    Lastly I have a question. WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO REALIZE THAT IT TAKES 3-5 PLAYERS TO SCORE…. MOST OF THEM DON’T EVEN GET THE GOAL, BUT TRUST ME, PUT CROSBY OR STAMKOS OUT THERE AGAINST 5 GUYS WITH MAB, BGL, DANDENAULT, BRISEBOIS AND BEGIN AND THEY WONT HAVE 15 GOAL A SEASON. BUT I BET THOSE SAME PLAYERS WILL HAVE HIGHER NUMBERS THAN BEFORE…

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

  43. The Cat says:

    Not just frosbite but severe frostbite…I once had frostbite on my ears from hitchhiking the morning after a bender in my younger days lol Its either 3 things: drugs, alcohol or that hes a headcase.

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

  44. The Cat says:

    Wouldnt that imply he passed out without shoes? Cause if he had shoes, hed have frosbite elsewhere too, like his face etc

     

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

  45. gmd says:

    I like Halpern and the fact that he has 8 goals with not a lot of ice time.  I’d like to see the PhD line put back together.  However it would mean have DD on the 4th line with Moen and Pyatt.

  46. Bill says:

    On another note, Andrei Kostitsyn is still fourth on the team in scoring, ahead of Gionta and Gomez (not slagging, just comparing) DESPITE having about 3-4 minutes per game less than the other top forwards. He will probably finish 3rd on the team in goals probably 4th in points. He hits, he skates, he’s big, he’s young, he’s +12. Why do some people still have a problem with this guy?

    It’s because we “think” he could do so much more. Well, he doesn’t, this is what he does, and I think it’s just fine. He’s on pace for 20 goals, 45 points, and with top-six minutes and power-play time he’d probably be on pace for 25 goals, 60 points. A solid top-six winger, in other words.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  47. joeybarrie says:

    When its cold like that even a drunken walk back to the dorm or whatever can potentially be bad. Lose a shoe like you said. Walked in sneakers and cold wet feet. To be honest could even be a playing outdoors on skates issue. MAN my feet were cold in Montreal many nights… But I doubt he would be playing outdoors.

    I think you are right though. Unfortunate, I don’t understand why people are, like you said, in scandal mode.

    With Frostbite, it depends on how severe it is of course. Frostnip or 1st degree is no big deal, the toe would be numb but thats about it. Second degree is more likely and more damaging, but it should be healed in about a month. If its 3rd degree he should still be fine as it seems he got to a hospital sooner rather than later and its only when it goes untreated will any kind of permanent damage or amputation occur.

    I also think he might have done himself some harm by getting inside and rubbing it, or trying to warm it up too quickly. When you warm it up too quickly you can cause yourself to pass out, have heart palpitation or even a heart attack.

    My bet is he is back on the ice in a month, and learned not to walk around in -30 degree weather in Minnesota.

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

  48. HabFanSince72 says:

    Why do some people still have a problem with this guy?

    Because stats don’t tell much of a story.

  49. shiram says:

    Depends on the shoe… if it was indeed just shoe, that doesnt offer much protection from the cold, especially if he passed out on a snowbank. I guess his hands, nose and ears would be other place where frostbite could settle in.

    The story does seem to point to a drunken stupor moment, but they obviously will not release such details

  50. HabFanSince72 says:

    1. Many teams now have injuries

    2. He did very well in Hamilton

    3. He costs half as much on the way back.

  51. avatar_58 says:

    Not, but it’s what people use to condemn Gomez

  52. habs03 says:

    ^^^

    When he is on his game he is a very good player, and when he is not, it shows A LOT, if he isn’t scoring he isn’t doing anything else, his hockey IQ is very  very low. He played well last night, but it took that hit from Ellerby, after getting hit he had a little more jump in his game. The sad part is that if A.kost is traded to the right team he could easily put up a  30-30 season. Issue with trading him is that his vaule isn’t very high, and you must find a replacement before geting rid of him.

  53. wild flower says:

    The University of North Dakota says sophomore hockey forward Danny Kristo is now listed in fair condition at a St. Paul, Minn., hospital.

    The Eden Prairie, Minn., native was taken to Regions Hospital after suffering frostbite to toes on his right foot while walking near campus Sunday evening. The university has not provided any further details about the incident, citing student privacy.

    Coach Dave Hakstol tells the Grand Forks Herald that Kristo did not break any team rules.

    Kristo ranks second on the team in assists, with 17 in 29 games. The university says he’s out indefinitely.

    Kristo is a draft pick of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens.

    Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

  54. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Fair enough, but if he wasn’t picked up for $650,000 then I kinda doubt teams are just waiting for his price to drop to $325,000 :)

  55. Bill H says:

    I enjoyed the Arpon Basu piece on Gauthier and Tallon.  Sure its speculation, but his logic is flawless.

    Our own Dave Stubbs wrote another good one too.  Equipment isn’t the most exciting subject to write about, but Dave managed to weave a story that brought in Roy, a skate sharpening machine in Hawaii, and some of the team working behind the scenes.  Nice work Dave.

    I like that we have won 14 points in the last 10 games.  In doing so, we have kept pace with hot teams in Philadelphia, Boston, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay while gaining ground on Washington, NYR and Atlanta.

    I like that there is still upside to this team.  We can improve on the PP and PK.  We can improve on 5-on-5 scoring.  I am hoping that Cammy will round out our top 6 very nicely when he comes back.  Its time for him to step it up.

    I like that Guathier brought in the Wiz and didn’t pay through the nose to get him.  What a great addition.  I am not a fan of bringing in a rental at the trade deadline unless its going to be that final piece of the puzzle.  I don’t like it because you usually have to sell out your future by trading prospects or high draft picks and that is no way to win long term.  But I am waiting to see what Guathier will do with our extra cap space.  If he can do a trade that will bring someone who can help us with scoring or on defence and who will not be gone next season due to our own cap restrictions or because the guy just has no desire to play with us, then I am all for it.

    I like that we have 63 pts in 52 games.  We are within striking distance of Boston for 3rd place.  And they just lost one of their best players, likely for the season.  We are 10 points ahead of our pace last season when we just squeeked into the playoffs and then upset the Caps and the Pens.  We are 1 point behind the pace we set 2 seasons ago when we were #1 in the East.  We’ve done all that in spite of all the problems we have had.  I say there is a lot that is right with this team.  And we are getting better.

  56. punkster says:

    I’ve backed off my “trade AK” mindset over the past month or so for just those reasons. He is what he is; not a superstar but a reasonably solid 2nd liner with occaisional explosive capabilities. He’s a keeper.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  57. PrimeTime says:

    An hour later and still no reply….and please don’t tell me you didn’t read it. You troll on here all day just dying to see replies to your posts! Love your work…..

  58. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I think the problem is that, and I’m not a capologist by any stretch, as an RFA if he re-signs with Montreal he automatically receives at least a 10% increase in salary. And I don’t think he’s a $3.5m-ish/yr player.

    (or am I wrong here? Is the 10% Qualifying Offer the lowest an RFA can be re-signed for or can a player take (for example) a longer contract for less money per season? Or could Montreal not offer him a QO and let him become an UFA and sign him for something in the $2m range (for example), an amount Kostitsyn and his agent would know he’d be unlikely to get on the free market.)

     

  59. 123456 says:

    Wait a minute, yea i see some AK46 bashing, some shots at gomez today and even speculation about Kristo. .. but EVERYONE has missed the biggest issue as we stand here today (or sit).

    Auld should be the #1 goalie, better save % and better GAA. Plus Auld has won twice asa many games as he has lost (4-2)…. Price can not touch those figures.

    There ya go, let’s stir this pot!!!!

  60. avatar_58 says:

    Why not? A team like the Islanders would jump on him

  61. avatar_58 says:

    Does it matter? It’s his business not ours

  62. avatar_58 says:

    EVERYONE on the team is slumping in terms of scoring. As we’ve seen some nights one player can take off – ala Gionta. It’s not fair to pick on any one guy if the whole team isn’t getting it done.

  63. ed lopaz says:

    Joey, re: subban.

    When Markov went down, Jacques Martin ANNOUNCED TO THE MEDIA – officially – that Hamrlik and Spacek were

    his #1 pair of d-men.

    Subban was forced to fight with Weber for playing time – as Martin ANNOUNCED TO THE MEDIA – that it was a good

    idea to have Subban and Weber battle against one another much like Price and Halak did last year.

    (looking back on these 2 decisions, is there any wonder why some of us who love Subban got so upset!)

    Subban’s ice time was cut; he was benched for a few games; and many people on HIO and elsewhere in Montreal

    were convinced that Subban was detrimental to the team’s success.

    Subban lost about 1 month of statistics during this stretch.

    After the Habs won a few games with Subban benched, they went into their worst stretch of the season.

    It became clear that Spacek was a big reason for this slump – and Gorges was injured.

    Now Subban is back, baby!!!!!

    And Joey – WATCH OUT!!

    The kid is un-freakin real and he can carry this team a long, long way in the next 30 games.

     

  64. ed lopaz says:

    you are right about the 10%.

    if the Habs do not offer him a qualifying offer before free agency, he becomes unrestricted on July 1.

     

     

  65. Cool Ice Price says:

    Thanks

     

    Habs Passion unites us all

  66. PrimeTime says:

    I think your right, Bill. He is what he is. Oozes with talent and skill but just doesn’t have the head for the game. But year after year he puts up points. If another team wants to pay on his “potential” then he will sign with them. Maybe he just never had the right linemates here, who knows? But JM and PG know what he is and he will be offered a deal based on that. I wish he would be more dominant but I would still like to keep him cuz he does put up points.

  67. ed lopaz says:

    Big Tits is a restricted free agent – that’s the issue.

    So he will command very decent money in the summer – Free Agency drives his salary higher than the 3.2 he earns this year.

    He is NOT A JACQUES MARTIN player – because Big Tits has small brains – and JM loves a high hockey IQ.

    So he will be moved at the deadline – if we can get something in return.

    There’s a reason why he is Not getting top 6 minutes and PP time.

    He eats his meals in Martin’s dog house.

    Martin does not want him back, and Gauthier will try and deal him much as they did with Halak last summer.

     

     

  68. shiram says:

    Well…. thats true, but we did have to send in Price to save Auld not too long ago against the Flames, so consider me a Pricebot, and not an Auld-Faithful.

  69. Chuck says:

    Guys like ManApart aren’t about putting forth plausible, thought-out arguments to support their point of view. The just repeat the same old same old in the hopes of convincing themselves that they’re right, and to push the buttons of other posters.

    They don’t add any real substance to the conversation; kind of the HI/O equivalent of white noise.

  70. joeybarrie says:

    If he showed that he could get 60 points with top 2 line minutes he would be getting them. You are right for what he is on pace for, 45 points. The problem is he had 26 goals in 2007-08 and we thought since he was so young he would become a 30+ goals scorer. He has not lived up to that season yet, and of course that is our expectation of him.

    I also think he will become a 25-30 goal scorer and possibly chip in a similar amount of assists. I think he would be an EXCELLENT 3rd line player for us. And moving up to the top 2 every once in a while.

    Pleks and Gomez are our centers. They play similar minutes. I do not believe we have a number 1 and a number 2 line. We have two top lines. Pleks picks up extra time on the PK, and that is why its important to have Gomez so Pleks can rest.

    We have Gionta and Cammalleri who score on the top 2 lines and what this team is missing are two other consistent wingers with similar capability. WHEN WE ACHEIVE THIS. WE WILL BE MAKING A RUN FOR THE CUP.

    (BACKES/NEAL/WEISS/DOAN/HARTNELL/BORROWS/ROY) type of player.

    Cammi, Pleks, IGINLA

    Gio, Gomez, SEMIN

    AK, Eller, Pouliot

    Darche, Halpern, Moen

    Markov, Gorges

    Spach, PK

    Gill, Wiz

    This would be a GREAT team. MaxPac will probably take a top 2 spot next season. Bring in a player like the ones above that can get 30+ goals a season and we have a good chance at a run.

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


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