Sabres dominate series

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Buffalo won five of six games against your Montreal Canadiens this season.
The last was a 3-0 romp in Buffalo Wednesday night.
Ryan Miller made 34 saves but was rarely tested.

Pat Hickey’s game story

Quotes from the room

Photos by Doug Benz of Reuters

Is St. Patrick the saviour?

Jean Béliveau on the mend

François Gagnon on the Buffalo game

Eric Duhatschek on Jaro Halak

And the Duncan Keith head shot on Daniel Sedin

179 Comments

  1. Nobody says:

    “Recent history suggests the Canadiens do not fare well with rookies behind the bench.” what did Carbo do wrong? Win the conference as a rookie coach, with a young team who learned a thing or two in the playoffs. 5th (ish I think) in the conference within striking distance of home ice advantage the next year, before he always fired. I am not saying Roy will be the savior, but then he has been that. Give him a go. They could do worse in picking a coach.

  2. krob1000 says:

    The team is in great cap position (I am also only assuming the cap remains the same…it won’t)… approximately 12 million dollars to fill 2 top 9 spots, a tough dman (whoch would also likely mean the shedding of one or tow of the included totals)

    Pleks(5)-Gio(5)-Bourque(3.4)
    dd(.85)-Cole(4.5)-pacioretty(1.7)
    Eller(1.7)-Leblanc(1.2)
    White(.8)

    Markov(5.75)-Emelin(2)
    Subban(4)-gorges(3.9)
    Kaberle(4.25)-Diaz(1)
    Weber(1)

    PRice (5)-Budaj (1.2)
    Teh grand total is around 52.3 million dollars…..we have tons of room

  3. thorandresson says:

    So I just read someone summarizing Bob McKenzie’s comments on TSN 990 from a couple of days ago. He was asked about the Gomez situation, and how it wouldn’t make sense for him to be bought out because it would cost too much, what about putting him on waivers, what’s the deal then? Would we be on the hook for half of his salary for the next 2 years? What about the cap? Can someone clarify this for me, thanks!

    • Mattyleg says:

      If he goes on waivers and someone picks him up on the way down to Hamilton, that team would pay his full salary and sustain the full cap hit.
      If a team picks him up on the way back up, they’d pay half, and we’d pay half, and we’d split the cap-hit.

      If no-one picks him up, we have a team morale disaster on our hands. Very risky.

      I’ve been saaaaved!!
      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Cal says:

        At some point he has to produce. Unfortunately, he has been injured all season but 11 points in 39 games and a -9 is just unacceptable. It’s time he plays in the minors, despite being a good team guy. It’s the result of signing a too rich contract and not living up to it.

    • Cal says:

      If (more likely when) Gomez is demoted, his cap hit disappears. He must still be paid his guaranteed contract, however. That is 5.5mil for 12/13 and 4.5mil of 13/14.

      • 123456 says:

        Seems like AHL or Europe are the only options. If Gomer is on the big club next season I will be very dissappointed. Some of the European leages would be a good fit for Gomer and from the owners perspective he can recoup some of the salary. It’s a win for the team, the owner and the fans!!

    • krob1000 says:

      There is still the potential buyout period with the CBA…..perhaps that is what was meant when the news leaked but was never really clarified? That would still technically be a “buyout” and would not waste any cap space foolishly and would allow Gomez the ability to again play in teh NHl …it is really the best solution for everyone involved.

      One thing that worries me about that though is that if teams were very certain that buyout period was going to happen would more of them not taken on a ridiculous contract for a playoff run knowing they could get out of it?

  4. MiltonHab says:

    Firing Gauthier would give me some hope. What a mess he has made of this team. From firing Perry Pearn right though to dealing AK he has turned this into a shambles. Keeping your cornerstones ( Price, PK, Gorges, Emelin,Maxpac, Cole, Gionta, White, Eller, Markov Leblanc and maybe Moen) still leaves a huge number of spots to fill. It will be next to impossible to turn this around quickly like the Senators did…Another 5 year plan???

    • thorandresson says:

      Huh? Sorry dude but you’re not making much sense, you mention 12 cornerstones and then you go on to say there’s a huge number of spots to fill, not really…

      By the way, who’s the Sens are really turned around, they’ve had one good season, they could have a terrible season next year if injuries happen.

    • krob1000 says:

      ummm Pleks is still the teams best forward..so you might want to consider him aspot filler…that Bourque guy as bad as he has been in Montreal is still normally good for 20 gaols, there is a ton of cap space moving forward

  5. shiram says:

    The student protesters near the Bell Center were louder than the playoffs hopefulls from 2 seasons ago.

    RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

  6. Mattyleg says:

    Oh Hobie, Hobie, Hobie…
    You wrote:
    “Especially cuz a couple of you pacifists talk so much nonsense…” and so-on.
    I’m not a pacifist, and I don’t talk nonsense.
    I don’t like staged fights between goons because they prove nothing and do nothing to the game.
    How many of Staubitz’s fights have resulted in us a) scoring a goal, or b) winning a game?
    The answer, of course, is none.
    I don’t mind fighting between players who are fired up.
    I do mind fighting as a pre-determined circus-act in an already farcical league.
    …and your ‘98% poll’ is useless. Nobody is going to say that a role that a player on their team plays is useless.
    Who took the poll, where is it, what was the question, and what is the desired answer by the poller?
    If it’s the CBC one, it is designed to produce a pro-Don Cherry answer. It’s nonsense.

    I’ve been saaaaved!!
    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  7. krob1000 says:

    If the team keeps White and Staubitz around and signs Moen in the offseason….add one tough dman and the team is tough enough IMO. It means one wing spot can be a ballerina for all I care if he can score goals…between Moen/White and Staubitz and a tough dman the team is plenty tough.

  8. BJ says:

    Part of the problem with developing our younger talent is that we don’t have enough talent on the big roster to allow 1-2 younger players to come in and learn the trade. We expect them to do what the main roster players can’t do themselves.

  9. nellis13 says:

    With a fraction of the skill AK had (or probably still has today). Maybe Roy would be good for the CH. A bit of “psycho” behind the bench would help motivate the floaters. And how much fun would it be watching Roy send Price across the ice to kick Thomas’ ass. Not the best pick but I do see some upside.

  10. habsnyc says:

    I do not recognize this team. I think only seven players on the ice last night suited up for Montreal last post post season. I have little idea how this team will look in September. None of the hirings, firings or trades have positively impacted the team this season.

    On a positive note, it is rare to find a player like Pacioretty. He is a shooting and hitting machine. The problem is plenty of non playoff teams have power forwards as good as or better than Pax. It takes a great GM plus plenty of draft luck to regularly contend. It seems like 80% of the NHL is two players away from being a contender.

    Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

  11. Sako99 says:

    C.Stewart Plekanec Clowe
    Cole DD Maxpac
    Bourque Eller Boyes
    Moen Prust Staubitz

    White, Blunden

    Markov Emelin
    Subban Gorges
    Engelland/Sutton Souray

    Diaz

    Price
    Biron or Budaj..wtv

    I think its realistic. More than probable the it won’t happen, but i think the right gm with the right moves can make it happen. You get the big slapshot on the point with big checking bodies on D, You finally get top 6 wingers for plek, Prust is one of the toughest guys out there and Brad Boyes typical guy you would want on your third line. Most of the new guys are having off years, you can get them on bargain deals.

    Tell me what you guys think…be as mean as possible :P

    If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
    -Muhammad Ali

    • BJ says:

      I like it. But I pass on Boyd and move Moen to the third line and insert White on the fourth.

    • Ali says:

      what are you giving up for Stewart and Clowe?

    • durocher says:

      How do we acquire Clowe? I like the idea, I’m just not sure how we’d do it.

      I also like the idea of bringing back Souray — he can help on the PP, is a leader, and has some grit. He is around +20 this season with Dallas, and has proven there that he can withstand a full season without a major injury.

      • Cal says:

        Souray was available when he was waived. Habs didn’t want him then and won’t get him now. Dallas will extend him.

      • Sako99 says:

        Tradeable players: Gionta, Kaberle, Leblanc, Weber

        Draft picks: we have quite a few this time around

        Tradeable Prospects players: Gallager, Kristo, Bournival

        MIX and Match until trade gets done for those 2 guys

        Those guys are quality players, underperforming this year, so i think a good gm can make it happen.

        If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
        -Muhammad Ali

        • Malreg says:

          Clowe is the only physical presence that the Sharks have in their top 9, do you really think San Jose will let him go for cheap?

          • Sako99 says:

            Please, that team is a blow up waiting to happen if they miss the playoffs.

            If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
            -Muhammad Ali

  12. HNS says:

    As far as Roy as coach. U know what, let him coach the Avs and let’s c how he does there first. We need a proven coach and a GM who does not have his head up his ass.

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    Geoffrion, Bourque, Campolie, Kaberle, and a couple more, are not NHL players. They are at best average AHL players.

    • DearyLeary says:

      Geoffrion has had one season of professional hockey under his belt, this is his second. Why are you so quick to write him off?

      • RGM says:

        Because the only group more hell-bent on ruining player development than the Montreal organization itself are the Canadiens’ fans.

        ———————–
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        • shiram says:

          This makes me sad.

          RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

        • HardHabits says:

          Blake Geffrion might have a nice name and the heritage but he doesn’t have NHL calibre skills. He’s at best a 4th liner. Palushaj on the other hand is not an NHLer by any stretch of the imagination. Mind you Hab fans have a vivid grasp on unreality.

          • joeybarrie says:

            What do you think of P A Parenteau?
            It always astonishes me when people write these kids off before they even play a full season.
            I doubt he will be a top 2 line player. But to limit him to the 4th line at best for a 24 year old is quite ridiculous.
            I wonder what people were saying about DD at the beginning of last season, and then the first time we brought him up, AT 24 years old…

          • HardHabits says:

            DD has excelled at every level. Not just played well but led leagues in scoring or was among the leaders. Yet DD looked like he was over his head at the beginning of the year for a few games. He turned it around. But I always touted DD as a potential NHLer as much as two years ago here.

            From what I see in Palushaj all I can say is the Blues burned the Habs in getting D’Agostini for him.

            Geffrion fails to give me an indication that he has the skills to succeed at the NHL. Then again that was also Darche’s story. If anything Blake is inserted in the line up to guarantee the Tank­™.

      • Cardiac says:

        Agreed! I’d play the kid over Palusheeate, Enquist and all the other bottom feeders we’ve brought up this year. With LL getting more ice team and Gionta back from injury, he could easily make the third or fouth line.

        “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
        – Jerry Maguire

    • aemarchand11 says:

      Out of that list only Campoli and Geoffrion would be classified as a fringe NHL Player… The Latter being a young player still trying to find his game.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Bourque? The guy with 17 goals this year, and the guy whose outscored Cammy the last 2 years…he’s not an NHL player?

      Kaberle? The guy whose 6th on the team in points…he’s not an NHL player? Agreed, he can be a defensive liability but to suggest he’s not NHL caliber is utter nonsense.

      Geoffrion? Really, the guy barely has a season under his belt..?

      No offense, but get real.

    • joeybarrie says:

      Bourque is not an NHL player? I think his last 2 seasons of 27 goals and 21 before that disagree.
      His transition has not been good. But 85 goals in 3 seasons do not lie. Lets judge him on how well he does next season.
      Remember when everyone was writing off Pleks for a bad season?
      Kaberle is our highest scoring defenseman, and one of the top offensive D in the league. Give him a proper partner and he will be worth his 4 million. His 22 points in 41 games is pretty good.
      Geoffrion is 24 and hasn’t played 50 games yet. Give the kid a real chance. Again, on this team his production isn’t going to be high. Don’t be so quick to write people off.
      Campoli has 450 games in the NHL at 27. So while he isn’t. Good NHL player in roughly the same games and time on ice, he is a minus 5, while Emelin is a minus 15… But I have no use for Campoli. 7th d man on a lower team at best. But thats not what we are using him as. We are expecting too much of him.

  14. durocher says:

    Question: why is Blake Geoffrion sitting in the press box instead of playing either for Montreal or Hamilton? Seems like sitting him is the least helpful option for his development.

  15. Cal says:

    @ Clay
    So, you think a player should get smacked in the head with the other not getting a penalty. Then, he should turn the other cheek?
    Maybe you should read Phil Esposito’s biography about his first encounter with Gordie Howe.
    Players who don’t look after themselves do not last in the NHL.

    • krob1000 says:

      I have looked at Sedins hit several times and Keith’s…one is a shoulder tucked tight but the hit is high but is very hard to say was intentional….the other is a blatant flying elbow that the Macho Man Randy Savage would be proud of. They are not at all comparable and if Keith had come at Sedin and hit him hard but at least made it even close to a hockey paly that may be one thing…but they are not even in the same stratoshere…..Sedin’s hit under the current rules is likely a penalty and not suspension worthy…. Keith’s is definitely suspension worthy and if not for the fact he is a star player would likely be double what he will get which i guess is around 3 games.
      Sedin’s hit happens several times a game and some are called…others are not…..Keith’s happens a handful of times a season…they are always suspended unless they wear black and gold lol

  16. Mattyleg says:

    Hi Everyone!
    Happy Strike Day!
    Those crazy students are out organizing their demonstrations on their iPhones, kitted out in their American Apparel gear and buying 24s of beer and bags of pot for afters in the park. Tuition costs too much!!

    As for last night’s game… I’ll never get that time back, it’s true, but I’m prepared to suffer for the team that has brought me so much happiness.

    I’ve been saaaaved!!
    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • shiram says:

      Sucks too, because some really need all the help they can get to afford those studies.

      RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

      • Mattyleg says:

        You’re right, some do.
        I wouldn’t mind seeing something like a sliding-scale for tuition based on marks. There are so many students in Uni right now (I see them every day) who spend all class on the internet, and who get grades that just squeak them by. Those clowns should be paying double for pointlessly taking seats from students who would give their right gonad for the chance to study at McGill.

        I’ve been saaaaved!!
        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • DearyLeary says:

      Europeans have a much more civilized way of approaching post-secondary education.

  17. FanCritic says:

    we may have loss to Buffalo, one positive, the top 9 RC used against Buffalo

    Cole DD Max
    Bourque Pleks Eller
    Blunden White Leblanc

    Has played the best in the last 10 Games, kinda expect the same from Ottawa friday night. Hope RC keeps those lines together, should be interesting…

    • DearyLeary says:

      If I were running the Canadiens, Desharnais, Bourque, and Blunden have no place on my team. Neither would Staubitz, or Nokelainen. Gomez is a given as being shipped out, one way or another. A buyout is less than palatable because we’d have to carry some of his contract on the cap for a couple of years.

      On defence we need a bigger purge. Kaberle, Diaz, and Campoli, with Weber being on the bubble, as I think he still has some upside.

      Luckily a lot of these players are replaceable. When Gionta comes back next year that will afford us some flexibility along the right side of the ice. We’re still painfully thin on the left side. It all depends on who we’re drafting, and whether we think they’re ready to make the jump to the NHL right away or not. That’s why a lottery pick is essential for a 1-2 year turnaround for this team.

      If we find a centre in the draft (my hope), we might have to ship out Gionta or Gallagher (preferably Gionta, as Gallagher has room to grow and will be cheaper on the books), I’m not sure we can afford having more than one of the same type of player in the lineup. But that gives us a couple of assets that teams will probably want on their roster, so we have a little bit of leverage and we can probably find a left winger or two who can score consistently (sadly enough we traded one in Kostitsyn and got dick all in return).

      It’s not all doom and gloom in Habs land, but we need this lottery pick to ensure that the rebuild doesn’t take longer than it should.

      • aemarchand11 says:

        Desharnais…. Really?

        its awesome youre not running the Canadiens.

        • DearyLeary says:

          Desharnais won the wingers lottery.

          What does Desharnais do better than other players on this team? He’s not a great skater, his passing is average, his shot is weak, he gets knocked off the puck easier than just about everyone else.

          He’s getting points because he’s got two top rate power forwards on his wings.

      • remi_10069 says:

        Can’t agree with you. I keep Bourque, definately desharnais and perhaps even both staubitz and blunden though they may have to be platooned depending on the team. Habs biggest problem is their D. Cannot have Weber, Diaz and Campoli playing. Replace 2/3 of them (3/3 ideally) with NHL caliber D and we’ll be in good shape. Get a bigger body for Pleks and we’re top 6 in the east.

        pipes

      • Willy says:

        Why get rid of Desharnais? Who cares that he’s small enough to fit in my pocket, the kid plays with heart and really puts up good numbers considering how bad this team has been. Cut him some slack. As for the others you listed, they can all go since not one of them is a difference maker

        • DearyLeary says:

          I could turn it around and say that his numbers have been sub-par considering he’s got two 30 goal wingers (Cole is only 3 short, so I’ll round up and assume he’ll pot 2-3 more goals thsi season).

          He won the winger lottery and his numbers are inflated as a result. Trade him while his stock is high.

          • olematelot says:

            Do you suppose Desharnais might have something to do with Cole and Patches production. You mentioned he’s not a great passer, I disagree, he’s very creative and a good set up man. I’m glad you’re not in charge

  18. durocher says:

    What troubles me most about Boone’s article is the statement that BG may replace PG as our new GM

    BG, whom I respect, is in large part responsible for the Canadiens’ current woes. He made one of the worst deals in Habs’ history, in acquiring Gomez and giving away McDonough. He was the architect of his five-year rebuilding plan which relied on small, skilled forwards to take us forward (Gomez, Gionta, Cammy). He made a huge misjudgment. Boston, which got bigger and stronger, made the right choice and they were rewarded with a Cup. BG also assisted PG, who has made a series of blunders, from acquiring Kablerle and having a soft D (e.g., Weber, Campoli, Diaz), to placing RC in a horrible position as a lame duck coach.

    In short, they are responsible for the embarrassing state of this franchise. To give BG authority as GM would be to ignore his significant mistakes, which we are currently paying for. The best decision Molson can make for the team is to thank BG and PG for their service to the club, and move on.

    Hiring Roy as the coach may be a risk, but we know for sure what BG can do for the club as GM. It would be idiotic to allow him to continue making bad decisions for our club.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Unfortunately for Bob, the NHL changed tack after we’d set ourselves up. The NHL after the lockout was geared toward a faster, less physical game that rewarded skill players.

      Bob went for that, and it worked very well while the NHL was still following its own game-plan.

      Boston started to beef up, as did Philly, and the NHL turned a blind eye to all of the sh&t they were pulling because it made for good (if extremely dangerous) television for the Yanks. The Habs, meanwhile, weren’t in the same position as Bos or Phi, who didn’t have a number of longer-term contracts in their rosters. As their teams changed, ours really couldn’t.

      I don’t blame Bob; his only mistake was thinking that Betty and ‘his’ pathetic NHL were actually going to have the integrity to stick to their guns and deliver the product they’d promised.

      Bob played for an intensely physical team in Montreal, and coached teams that were equally tough (Look at the North Stars in 90-91: Shane Churla, Basil McRae, Mark Tinordi…!!!) so I don’t think he is afraid to beef up a team that needs it.

      I’m not so worried about Bob’s decision-making. People here blame him for what’s happened to us: I blame the imbecile midget in the suit in NHL Head Office.

      I’ve been saaaaved!!
      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        “Boston started to beef up, as did Philly…”

        And there is the rub.

        The Bruins’ owner gave Bettman his $7M / yr contract.

        The Flyers’ owner, who also owns Comcast, gave the league its TV deal.

        It’s their league.


        Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

      • boing007 says:

        Fire Bettmann!

        Richard R

    • jhab93 says:

      BG created a Eastern CF team in one off season. In Bob I trust.

      Thats the way the cookie crumbles

  19. joeybarrie says:

    So I really don’t understand all the doom and gloom around here. Next season this team will fight for the top spot in the east.
    With Yakupov in the CH, our coaching changes and bringing in another top 2 player we will be all set.
    Its all right there to see…
    PG will sign Kovalev to play along with Gomez, lighting a fire between the two.
    Patrick Roy will be the coach, and his two assistants, Mr. Mario Tremblay and Mr. Jeremy Roenick will complete the best coaching staff in the NHL.
    The last piece of the puzzle falls into place when we finally sign MAB to the final spot on our D.
    MaxPac. DD. Cole
    Gionta. Gomez. Kovalev
    Bourque. Eller. Yakupov
    Staubitz. White. Blunden
    Markov. Emelin
    PK. Gorges
    Kaberle. MAB
    Diaz

    the drive for 25 is fully alive.

  20. chanchilla says:

    Im pretty sure you can retaliate without elbowing someone in the face…

    • shiram says:

      And that’s a core issue of the problem, as the retaliation hit is usually an escalation.

      RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Well Sedin would never drop the gloves so I’m not sure how Keith could retaliate without getting an instigator penalty or more?

      Sedin should have been tossed right away.

      • krob1000 says:

        That probably should have happened but there is a notable difference…one could argue Sedin’s was accidental as there was no back story or premeditation (or so it seems) and by reputation and past history he is not that perceived as that type of player….Keith’s is unquestionably intentional …. the odd thing is that this is the same thing taht I thougth should have been factored into the Chara/Pacioretty thing but I guess proving it is harder than we think? Intention play a big role in suspensions and Keith me thinks is in some trouble….but not as much as Daniel who may very well be out qutie some time.

        Sedin also hit with his shoulder tight but hit was high…keith is like a WWE elbow and cannot be deemed a “hockey Play” by any stretch of the imagination either.

        • Cal says:

          No, you can’t argue that Sedin’s hit was “accidental”. He was looking right at him when he hit Keith.
          Seeing as Sedin won’t drop them and the refs blew it, Keith exacted revenge. Was he wrong? Sure, but if Sedin’s going to do that he better be prepared for an answer to it.

          • krob1000 says:

            the hit was not accidental (the point of impact likely is) but his shoulder hits him high and is tight to his body although he is comes in high ..it is a common play and one that is often not called….in minor hockey it is called every time but in now ay is it comparable to the Keith hit…a flying fully extended elbow to player not even aware he is oign to hit is completely diff’t

  21. shiram says:

    So Kovalev wants to make a return to the NHL according to Renaud Lavoie.
    I will support any GM that will make sure he does not get a contract with the Habs.

    RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

  22. adamkennelly says:

    only good thing about last night was Staubitz – he better be on this team next year.

  23. RGM says:

    Boone’s article on Roy does bring up valid points, and there’s no doubt going to be a large amount of dicussion as to what will happen in the Habs’ off-ice (and of course the on-ice) personnel this summer. Regarding his main reservations:
    1. Roy will deflect attention from the players – This is not necessarily a bad thing. If the team has a rough night, Roy will have no problem addressing the matter head-on and taking the heat off the guys on the ice. Sometimes you just lose hockey games, and Roy will be able to articulate that.
    2. The Price dynamic – While I’m sure Groulx will still play a huge role in helping Price hone his craft, imagine the immense wealth of knowledge and insight Roy could provide, not only in terms of on-ice performance but also being able to handle the pressure of being “the man” in Montreal. Roy loves winning. Price loves winning. Roy is also given a ton of credit for bringing up his key players and raising their confidence and elevating their performances. Yes that is at the Q level, but there’s no reason to think that he wouldn’t be able to do same for Price…or Subban, or Pacioretty, or Leblanc for that matter.
    3. The rookie coach – yes an unknown quantity at this level is dicey. But I would rather than unknown quantity than seeing many of the known quantities (Wilson, l’Antichambre crowd, et al.) take over behind the bench. Like I noted above, Roy is a winner who loves winning – he’s done it at the Q level and he will bring all his insights to bear at the NHL level as well.
    4. Cart before the horse? If Pierre Gauthier is still the GM of the Montreal Canadiens by, say, the NHL Entry Draft I will be truly shocked.

    ———————–
    GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
    “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

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  24. nick says:

    MTL this season has what… 25,26 games where they have scored 0 or 1 goals.

    I don’t care if your Halak, Price, or any other goaltender in the league. With offense like that your team isn’t going anywhere. No goalie can compete with that.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Exactly Nick. There are a lot of so called Hab fans that seem to take an unusual amount of joy from the misfortunes of the team they supposedly root for. Makes it uncomfortable for me sometimes.

    • RGM says:

      It’s a pretty simple formula to win against the Habs this year: score one early, key on the 72-51-67 line, and the rest takes care of itself.

      ———————–
      GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
      “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

      Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        And if you don’t score one early, score a couple late.

        That works too.


        Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

        • RGM says:

          Sad but true.

          ———————–
          GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
          “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

          Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

  25. Hobie Hansen says:

    This is the one and only post I will make on Halak/Price today.

    Price is still so young and he’s played on a mediocre Habs team his entire career.

    Montreal could still suck for the next three years, Price could be hot/cold and he’d still have plenty of time to go on a five year tear from age 27 to 32. If he has a quality team in front of him.

    Who knows what goaltender Price/Halak will end their career with better accolades, I believe it will be Price.

    But I don’t think we’ve really seen what Price can do at this point because there has constantly been so much chaos outside of his crease since he’s been here and he’s never played behind a great or even good team.

  26. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I don’t approve of the head shot by a long shot but Sedin shot first and if the Swede wants to live by the sword …

    • Clay says:

      Assinine philosophy. It may end his career, and this is what you say…it says a lot about you.

      __________________________
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      • Cal says:

        Not so. Sedin went for Keth’s head first and no penalty. It would have stopped there if the refs had eyes and brains, but they don’t.

        • Clay says:

          Cal – and Hobie…I disagree with you both. What should have happened is that there should have been a penalty to Sedin, and if not certainly discipline from the league. The sad fact is the we all know the league is a joke when it comes to policing itself – and this is what needs to change. Head shots have to be severely punished. Zero tolerance – period.

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          • Cal says:

            What’s to disagree. Sedin should have been penalized. He wasn’t. Keith went after his head. If Sedin wants to play like an idiot, there’s nothing to stop the other idiot from retaliating.

          • 123456 says:

            I only saw the video above so i am missing what was done first, but as is oftne the case the retailiations gets penalized. in the video above I see a 5 minute elbowng penalty, game misconduct and 5 games suspension

          • Clay says:

            Well, I disagree that Keith should have retaliated – that’s what. I think the league needs to step up, but even if they don’t, you just don’t do something like that. Premeditated assault is what that was. He needs to be gone for the season and playoffs if you ask me.

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      • Hobie Hansen says:

        I don’t see anything wrong with “Thomas Le Fan’s” assessment. I hope Sedin isn’t hurt but if you smoke someone in the head you should be expecting a shot back? No?

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Hobie, I’m sorry but I have to respectfully disagree. Someone is going to get killed in this game eventually. Hits to the head are dangerous and have no place in the fame. Deserved or not.

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            I agree but I’m just saying if the league or refs let the 1st shot slide than I don’t blame the other player for the 2nd.

          • shiram says:

            The refs cannot see everything on the ice at all times, the league is not helping them, or making their jobs easier.
            So to make sure retaliation hits like those don’t happen anymore, there could be an off ice ref, with video, or somethine like that, to help make calls the on ice refs missed.

            RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

      • Thomas Le Fan says:

        I spoke of a hockey play and you chose to attack me which actually says more about you, Monsieur My Poop Smells Like Roses.

    • CanadienBoy says:

      No room for this bs anymore all those cheap shots away from the play or after the whistle got to stop

  27. HardHabits says:

    Wanko Tanko (sung to the tune of Wango Tango)

    The Habbies they don’t like to suck
    The Habbies they don’t like to fold
    The Habbies crapped their pants tonight
    The Habbies got no puck control

    They do the Wanko Tanko

    The Habbies they can dream about
    The Habbies in a play-off rout
    The Habbies they just don’t advance
    The Habbies they don’t make the dance

    Wanko Tanko
    Grigo renko
    It’s a Wanko Tanko
    Ooooh yeah!
    Baby!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Sometimes your post conjure up memories of George Bush Sr vs Bill Clinton debate when Clinton ask, “are you questioning my patriotism?” In this case replace “patriotism” with “fan of HABS”.

    • HabFarmer says:

      Nice try, but I would’ve been more impressed if you could’ve done this to the tune of “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang”. Within the whole Nuge oeuvre, the 1975-78 albums were undoubtedly the best ;-)

      *******************

      Bring on zee Fembaahhts!!

  28. 69HABS says:

    Reading this Halak crap makes me sick. If the trade was the other way around Halak would have the same or if not worse stats than Price.

    The Media are a JOKE & a half!

  29. HabinBurlington says:

    In reading this article in the Vancouver Province, one almost gets the impression the writer is happy Sedin got his head taken off, because it has raised the testosterone level of the Canuck players. Bizarre.

    http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Willes+Canucks+right+hunt+down+Keith+after+Daniel+Sedin/6339638/story.html

  30. RiverviewCanadien says:

    A Leaf fan I work with sent this my way. Not sure if this has been posted here yet. Just watch out for the language content. But man, these guys are funny.

    http://leafsbeefs.com/

  31. Captain aHab says:

    We now need for the Oilers to get on a sustained W streak.

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    Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?

  32. HabinBurlington says:

    More fun between NHL teams and the NHLPA
    Turns out Ben Eager destroyed an HD Camera in the penalty box in Vancouver. He just got billed $13grand by his own NHL team.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/15679/nhlpa-files-grievance-over-broken-camera

  33. HabinBurlington says:

    Given that our season has been relegated to one of scoreboard watching, here are my “Pro-Line Draft Sweepstakes” picks for the evening.

    Wash. vs Philly – Philly, cuz I am dreaming of a Jets playoff game
    Nash. vs Pitt – Pittsburgh, cuz I want to see the best player in world regain his form.
    Edmonton vs Tampa – OT is a must, with an Oiler Shootout win?
    Calgary vs Minny – Minnesota, we need a Wild victory here, sorry Flames.
    Vcr vs Dallas – meh
    Col. vs Phoenix – Colorado win, Washington has their 1st rnd pick, need to make that pick as insignificant as possible.
    Boston vs San Jose – Come on Joe stick it to those Bruins.
    St. Louis vs L.A. – hmmmmm depends on who the goalies are ;-)

  34. Captain aHab says:

    Chicago being a playoff team and Keith being a great player, I doubt your scenario has any chance of happening. This will be interesting especially on the day that the NFL handed its worst fine ever.

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    Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?

  35. 24 Cups says:

    Carolina won last night which pulls them out of reach of the Habs in terms of the bottom eight teams. Then Anaheim somehow beat St Louis which means there are only seven teams left in the race for the top end draft picks. Both teams are now six points up on Montreal which should be enough of a cushion with only eight games remaining.

    Logic dictates that at least two of those seven teams will take a Dman (stellar defensemen usually have greater value than forwards) which means Montreal will be in a position to grab one of the five elite forwards.

    The amazing race is slowly and painfully winding down.

  36. 24 Cups says:

    Do you want to send a real message to the players about head shots? Then why not use the hit by Keith on Sedin as an example. Sedin doesn’t have the puck, in fact he never even handled it previous to the play as it sailed over his head. He was watching it wondering where it might land (further down the ice). Then Keith takes direct aim at his head with intent to injury and take him out of the game. It’s a black and white play, a dirty hit to immobilze one of Vancouver’s best players.

    I would suspend Keith for the rest of the season as well as the playoffs. Let the message ring out loud and clear around the league.

    But we all know there’s not a chance in hell this is going to happen. Why? Because the NHL is a total bush league these days. Totally unable to heal itself and move into the 21st century.

    I can’t wait for this season to end. Golf never looked so good.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      One hates to be cynical, but given the offending player is from one of the flagship U.S. hockey cities and the offended was from some far away city off the NHL’s head office radar, makes me think 3 games will be today’s wheel of misfortune justice.

      • Captain aHab says:

        I’m gonna go with 2 games because Keith is not a repeat offender and they just gave Doan, who is, 3 games. I’m also going to guess that they won’t wait to find out just how badly Sedin is injured before handing it out.

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        Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Not only that, but Keith apparently warned Sedin earlier that he was going to hurt him.

      This is precisely what the NFL commissioner targeted yesterday – deliberate premeditated attempts to injure players.

      On the other hand, the joke league will give Keith a slap on the wrists, and moreover will hype the next Hawks – Canuck game as payback time.


      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Had to chuckle in the vehicle on the way to work today. Darren Dreger was on the morning show and they were comparing the NFL punishment to what the NHL does. Then Dreger goes on to say that Bettman is very very concerned about the public perception of the league, and that he “Despised” the line brawl in New York the other night. Oh really Mr. Dreger, is that why Bettman had his league run webpage make the fights front and center for everyone to watch?

        Nevermind how much a baffoon Bettman is, the mouthpiece media in this league are complete pawns in the NHL’s back pocket. Dreger tries to make it sound in other parts of the interview like he is going to come down on the NHL, but then realizes that all of his “scoops” are from league office and says squat.

        I am surprised the league hasn’t mandated yet that each teams goon must wear spiked helmets and shoulderpads to serve as a warning to other players to keep their heads up in the name of safety.

    • Cal says:

      How about Sedin’s shoulder to Keith’s head earlier- watch the TSN hilights. They were both suspendable hits.

  37. HabinBurlington says:

    I wouldn’t dream of bringing up his .818 save percentage last night, that would be completely unfair. ;-)

  38. HabinBurlington says:

    But isn’t that the exact problem with how the league operates. The refs didn’t call a thing on Sedin, therefore enacting rule 5.b paragraph 2, frontier justice is now justifiable.

    Still the biggest riddle to me is the equipment. If these shoulder and elbow pads weren’t designed to protect humans in war, many of these shoulders to heads, elbows to heads would be far less significant.

    There were high hits in the “good ol days” but a felt pad was far less lethal than a kevlar enhanced gladiator styled weapon. Also, players are fearless attacking another player knowing that if they miss the check and hit the boards at full speed they feel no pain. Part of me is still convinced that players don’t realize how much force is inflicted in another players cranium when they hit them with these pads. Perhaps because when they were hit the same way, the subsequent concussion prevents them from remembering it hurt. Duncan Keith has missed a bunch of games in his career already from a concussion 1-2 years ago, obviously that is long forgotten.

  39. 123456 says:

    I’d like to see an example of RC being incompetent. He was put into the worst position in all of sports and I think he has handled himself well.

  40. Cal says:

    7D and 11 forwards until the Habs were so far behind the season didn’t matter any more. His record vs JM’s for this season shows how good he is.
    this “thrown under the bus” stuff is getting old. He took the job, KNOWING it was interim. His record means it’s going to stay that way.

  41. 123456 says:

    campoli i agree with you – the rest of your rant. . . well you don’t know the business of hockey. you can’t dress 25 players, you can move cetain guys up and down so many times. there is so much more to a hockey team and game than just ice time.


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