Saturday pre-game reads

Montreal is digging out from under a pretty good snowfall.
And its hockey team is adjusting to life without Mike Cammalleri.

Red Fisher on the trade

Players didn’t know what was going on

Pat Hickey on Pierre Gauthier’s epiphany

Cam Cole on Habs’ woes

Gare Joyce on the long decline of the Canadiens

Stu Hackel on CHaos

Damien Cox’s take

J.T. weighs in


  1. timothy13 says:

    Gad. The Devil. Jesus Jones. Punk Rock. Please mother Mary, please, oh please trade Carey Price, he is so bad in the SO and what is great he damn well knows it. Wow, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. call bat man, call the GM, because only the fans see it, trade him, give him money, drink, whatever, but don’t allow him to grow old in this city because he is soooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad. No question where his focus is because as a fan of the Habs I don’t understand but it in the words of # 13 mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, we are losers, sad, sad………. tears and another L…………………………the only good thing is that NY won tonight and well the Habs only scored one point and were @ home so I hope they got some rest………………………………..

  2. Virtual says:

    Hockey is a business and sometimes a manager can’t tell the complete story to is employes (player and fans) because business decisions will always hurt.

    I believe that M. Gauthier did is best but M. Molson will have to adjust because the team is going down fast and will NOT make the series this year.

    Let’s look forward to next year with a New Coach, New GM and many New players…May God Bless all Montreal Canadian Fans!!

    Now guys the GOOD News…i received this in my email. Just wanted to share this with you (only work in canada). Here the link:

  3. punkster says:

    Why is it that writers, like Joyce, can continue to get away with the “Montreal had all but exclusive rights to Quebec born players” statement, use it to help build their case and not get called out or corrected by their editor? It made me go back and read the entire piece again looking for more mistakes or prejudicial leanings.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Polar Bear says:

      Good point punkster. First sportsnet is especially toronto centric and the obsession in TO is to run down the Habs whenever possible. Secondly, along with all the other crap in the article is the propagation of this misinformation around the exclusivity the Habs had pre-expansion. In fact all teams had geographic exclusivity (ie leafs in Ontario) at that time. It also ignores that the Habs had many great english players from ioutside the exclusivity areas like western canada. The Reality is most journalist like most fans are pretty misinformed but in this case Joyce is also spewing what sportsnet and leaf fans like to believe.

  4. nellis13 says:

    I agree with TJ they should have traded for a 1st rounder and/or prospects. You get the impression that management still thinks the team has a chance of being a contender. Who knows, they might if everything goes thier way from here on in, but that’s not the smart play. The odds are too slim. I think RB is the right type of player but after reading the reports that PG didn’t even realy shop Cammy around…well if that’s true we’ve got some serious management issues. Sounds like revenge and that’s childish.

  5. SnowManHabs85 says:

    This has been the one of the best season for the Habs, drama, trades, signings, and politics. Oh yeah, we got Halak’d.

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

  6. HotHabs says:

    Excellent piece by Joyce on Habs slow decline as a once glorious franchise.
    while I don’t agree with every point, I concur that there is no glory or pride in this franchise any longer. It hurts to admit it as a lifetime fan who revelled in the 70’s cup winners. The status of this historic team will not rise for some time. Unfortunate. But the fans hold onto marvelous memories as they await the tides change.

    • Polar Bear says:

      Actually the article is shit but like I’ve said before few fans have the sophistication to really know what’s going on. Sorry to see you fall into that group?

  7. handyg says:

    I have a question that I hope someone can answer for me please: everyone seems unanimous that this pathetic team needs to get bigger. Even Gauthier finally publicly admitted as much Thursday night (what a shock!!) If this is the case, why is everyone always saying that Moen should be traded at the deadline or he won’t be back next year. Sorry – but wtf? Who else on this team crashes the net and can stick up for the other smaller players? Isn’t Moen the type of player that this team needs? I for one hope they sign him for another 3 years – he is not a top six forward but in his proper role as a 3rd line forward, he would be a perfect fit on this team and a very useful player.

    • Polar Bear says:

      Good point handy but unfortunately my experience is that hockey fans are the least informed I.e. Most stupid of sports fans in general. Habs fans are not excluded

    • Dad_Max says:

      I don’t necessarily think Gauthier’s signings/trades have been terrible, I am just sick of all the hush hush. He and Mr. Molson could have avoided much of this mess had they just been honest with everyone from the beginning.

    • ont fan says:

      handyg..we want to trade everyone,hate the trade,we always should of gotten more,blame Gainey and PG..then we feel better

  8. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Didn’t really have time to come on hio to comment on the trade, think it’s a good one.
    Been listening to the radio, reading comments, and reading blogs, I think people are over reacting.
    Cammy was a favorite player for alot of habs fans, and that clouds there mind.
    Was listening to Marinaro on the post game show after the Bruins game on how it was such a bad trade and how RB is just a upgrade on Darche, I mean come on seriously? I know Cammy is italian and all that but…
    You just don’t throw your team under the bus like that!
    Like yeah its not my falt it’s the other 22 other guys falt. hell yeah!
    We traded a guy that didn’t want to play here and was also making 6million, for a guy that has one more year on his contract then Cammy but at 2.5mil less, also brings a harder game.
    Wish Gionta was still here, a line of Plec Gionta and RB would looke good.
    Go Habs come on godda start now or never!
    4points in these 2games and we’re back into the hunt.

  9. Bripro says:

    So Arpon Basu reports that Bourque is thrilled to be here.
    Let’s hope he plays like it.

    • Da Hema says:

      Bourque would say the precise same thing if he had been traded to the Florida Panthers or the New York Islanders. The central difference is no one in those locations would give a damn.

  10. habsfan0 says:

    Scene:2012 NHL Entry draft, Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania.

    At the podium are Pierre Gauthier & Geoff Molson.

    PG:”With the first pick of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, le Club de Hockey Canadien is pleased to select….”

    Geoff Molson(tapping PG on shoulder): “Excuse me, Pierre.”

    PG: “Oui?”

    GM: “You’re fired.”

  11. HabsfanoftheHabs says:

    So does anyone think we can get through the weekend, 2 games, without any controversy, strange trades, public call outs, public apologies, protests, firings and season ending injuries?

  12. Bertuzzi says:

    It should be a fun night of TV for Habs fans. First we get to watch the Habs (they’ll probably lose, but that’s okay). Then we get to watch Calamari with his new team.

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