Schedule announced today

We know the Canadiens begin the season in Toronto on Oct. 7.

We know they open at home on the 13th against Tampa Bay.

And at about midday – just as France has finished fighting for its World Cup life – the NHL will announce its complete 2010-’11 schedule.

Check Habs Inside/Out for coverage.

To enlighten you while you’re waiting, Arpon Basu has a great analysis of what whould be a busy week for Pierre Gauthier and  Robert L discovered a monumental draft study.

• Valium for Don Cherry. STAT. Brent Sopel, his wife and kids will bring the Stanley Cup to Chicago’s Gay Pride parade. Bravo Hawks!

• Pain-in-the-butt Matt Cooke re-signs for three years.


  1. TommyB says:

    I really couldn’t care which of the two goalies they played.  So you naturally assume I prefer Price over Halak because I referred to some people as Halakians?  My comment is very general.  I’m saying there will always be “fans” of certain players who will go on, and on, and on, and on beating the dead horse when their favorite gets traded.  Halak put up the wins vs Washington and Pittsburgh, you’re right.  So I should be complaining that Price was not playing?  I’m a Habs fan.  Not a Halak fan.  Not a Price fan.  I was just thrilled to see this team make some noise in the playoffs, and there were a few more guys wearing the jersey besides Halak and Price.  Because I’m not crying about Halak being traded makes me a Price guy in your myopic view, I guess….right, duuuuuude. 

  2. HardHabits says:

    I’ll never forget that year. Habs we’re two games away from playing in the Stanley Cup finals. Steve Penney in nets, Jacques Lemaire as coach. Lafleur a *cough*two-way*cough* forward. They won games 1 and 2 against the then Champion Islanders only to lose the next four. Isles lost to the Oilers in the Final.

  3. wotever says:

    I don’t think anyone is blaming only Halak for the ECF lost.  3 shutouts against montreal.  Not his fault.  However, I am not freaking out about losing Halak because I don’t think Halak playing even better would stop 3 shutouts.  Halak could stonewall and get 3 OTs, but he’d be exhausted and we still would need scoring.

    There is a “right now”:  cap space.  Now what they do with that…

    Also, 2 scorers shy of making another playoff run: although the numbers show we barely made the playoffs, a LOT of that had to do with an uncharacteristic injury year.  I really do think we were better than the numbers show and making the playoffs will be easier (dammit Markov, I would have been able to say easy), even with a lesser goalie.  However, in no way does that address the size needed to get to the SCF.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  4. wotever says:

    Ed, that is a complete non sequitor and I have no idea what you’re talking about.  Mike’s point was the team lost, including Halak.  Price would, reasonably, have lost too. 

    Halak wasn’t losing against Philly.  The Canadiens were.  Halak was a member of the Canadiens.  That’s his point.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  5. twocents says:

    That would be a far more audacious claim. One that I am not making.

  6. HardHabits says:

    Here’s your Superstar!

    Every time I look at you I don’t understand
    Why’d you let the puck in
    off the glove of your left hand?
    You’d have managed better if you’d
    tried to stand
    instead you backed up in your net and got booed by the
    If you’d won the game you would have pleased the Habs nation

    in year 6 his plan needs more education
    Don’t you get me wrong – I
    only wanna know

    Carey Price, Carey Price
    Who are you? Why are
    you on the ice?
    Carey Price Superstar
    Do you think you’re what
    they say you are?

    Tell me what you think about your pick near the
    Who’d of thought besides Gainey that you’re the pick of the crop

    was he where it’s at? Is he where you are?
    Could Pouliot score 50
    goals or was that just bad PR?
    Did you mean to flop like that? Was
    that a mistake or
    Did you know your messy head would be a
    Don’t you get me wrong – I only wanna know


    Price, Carey Price
    Who are you? Why are you on the ice?
    Price Superstar
    Do you think you’re what they say you are?

  7. HardHabits says:

    Of course not. Carey Price is the Superstar.

  8. Storm Man says:

    I like the pic you have up, You must love that guy.

  9. PeterStone says:

    OK .. i had to re-read it .. you are not saying he was a superstar .. i was worried for a second.

  10. PeterStone says:

    2 cents .. dont take this the wrong way, but i have to ask if you had ever seen Penney play ?

  11. twocents says:

    I never said he’s a flash in the pan. In fact, I said above I was sure he wouldn’t be.

    I said he is CURRENTLY not a SUPERSTAR.

  12. Chris says:

    I avoided the site that day.  Was good for my mental health.

    Probably would be better for my mental health if I avoided the site every day.  😉

  13. ed lopaz says:

    maybe if the Habs would have played Price against Philly, since he’s the # 1 long term goalie, your point

    would be more valid. But even the Habs brass, who had clearly decided that Halak was not their man going

    forward,  didn’t put Price in to replace halak against Philly.


    Why leave Price on the Bench if Halak is losing against Philly?

  14. G-Man says:

    Believing that Habs would have made it anywhere this post season without the stellar play of Halak, Gill, Gorges, Pleks,Cammy, Gionta, Gomez, Lapierre, Moore, Moen with special mentions to Spacek, Hamrlik and Pyatt is short-sighted. However, blaming only Halak for the ECF loss is just as short-sighted.

    The Habs are worse today because of the trade. When they were 2 scorers shy of making another playoff run, the geniuses traded and now the Habs are 3 players away. Trading the goalie that got you there without any “right-now” return is, short of flabbergasting, incredibly stupid. Seeing the “potential” of Price is for Kreskin fans, because he hasn’t been demonstrating it the last 2 seasons.

  15. B says:

    Time does not make everyone change their minds about trades they don’t like. Some people still don’t like the Patrick Roy trade. I am not trying to compare Halak to Roy, just using it as an example of a trade that some people still complain about long after the fact.

    Everyone does not have to blindly love every move. It is possible to keep disagreeing with a trade yet still cheer for and support your team. Lastly, one does not have to regret letting Kovalev go in order to dislike the Halak trade.

  16. Storm Man says:

    Not that I care what you think but that pic was friends of mine. BTW the only thing out of season is your thinking about the Habs.

  17. G-Man says:

    How many more years of improving his stats will it take for you to admit Halak isn’t Steve Penney? How many more wins will St. Louis have that the Habs could have had with him in goal? This consensus of “flash in the pan” doesn’t apply. Halak has been improving for years.


  18. pic1983 says:

    I think the biggest issue with bob is that hes too old school.  He was able to build a winner in the pre-cap era, but hasnt meen able to muster any form of consistency since he took over for habs, well other than being consistently mediocre.

    He doesnt covet draft picks, doesnt covet cap space, and re-built the team through free agency rather than the draft.  Basically the three qualities you shouldnt be looking for in a GM in the salary cap NHL.

  19. GrimJim says:

    I thought Bob courted and Kovalev either tried to hold out hoping BG would up the offer or dithered so long BG signed Gionta and/or Cammer instead. Either way sounds more like Bob was the one doing the walking…

    “There’s three sides to every story: yours, mine and the truth”

  20. ed lopaz says:

    Anyone who thinks the Habs could not have gotten under the cap with Halak as the # 1 goalie next year, has no idea what they are talking about.

    You like that one?

    Am I included in your discussion now?

    Am I the stupidest poster on the site?

  21. G-Man says:

    What happened to your lesbos? Out of season?

  22. TripleX says:

    So you think Buff is valuable based mainly on one great playoff performance since he was nothing special in the regular season.


    Halak will never repeat his playoff heroics according to many but Buff will.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

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