Sharks play party poopers for HIO Summit; Habs call up Leblanc

The annual HIO Summit was a success despite the San Jose Sharks beating the Canadiens 2-0 Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

Close to 200 members of the HIO community were in town for the game and the summit, which is organized by Ian Cobb, a longtime Canadiens fan who grew up in St. Lambert and now lives in Belleville, Ont. The HIO Summit was first held in 2007, but had to be cancelled last year because of the NHL lockout.

The Canadiens didn’t practise on Sunday as the team travelled to New York to face the Rangers Monday night (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Travis Moen, who took a puck in the face during Saturday’s game, didn’t make the trip. Patrick Holland, a recent call-up from the Hamilton Bulldogs, will stay with the Canadiens and make the trip to New York.

Rookie defenceman Nathan Beaulieu was assigned to Hamilton after Saturday’s game and forward Louis Leblanc was called up from Hamilton Sunday afternoon and was to join the Canadiens in New York. In seven games with the Bulldogs, Leblanc had four goals and two assists and was plus-2.  The Canadiens also called up defenceman Greg Pateryn, who was to join the team in time for Monday’s morning skate in New York.

Offseason acquisitions George Parros, who has been sidelined by a concussion suffered in the season opener, and Douglas Murray, who has yet to play a regular-season game because of a lower-body injury, both travelled to New York with the club.

On Saturday night, there was a sea of Canadiens jerseys at the Baton Rouge restaurant for an HIO pregame dinner and charity raffle for the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation. After the game, the HIO fans got together at Hurley’s Irish Pub on Crescent St. to discuss the game, catch up with old friends from the site and make new ones.

Cobb reports that more than $3,500 was raised for the children’s foundation through the raffle.

The HIO fans came from across North America and beyond for the summit. Among those attending were Eric Zeigenfuss from Philadelphia (photo above), who brought his sons Luke and Ryan along for the trip, and Rob Hing and his wife, Alayne, who came from Calgary. John Syed travelled from England, while Nicole Syed came from Austria and Jamie Galsim travelled all the way from Australia.

Former Canadien Rejean Houle, now an ambassador for the club, dropped in at the pregame dinner, bringing a stick autographed by the current team for the raffle. Houle had a chance to get reaquainted with former Montreal Junior Canadiens tough-guy Allan Globensky, who was also in attendance.

With back-to-back games on tap for the Canadiens, look for Peter Budaj to start in goal in New York with Carey Price playing against Dallas Tuesday at the Bell Centre.

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

HIO Summit photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Canadiens vs. Rangers preview, NHL.com

Parros, Murray join Canadiens in New York, by Pat Hickey

Canadiens come up blank against Sharks, by Pat Hickey

A lost weekend for Montreal franchises, by Jack Todd

Goalie guru Waite’s work on display in both nets, by Dave Stubbs

Former Hab Robinson adds bite to Sharks, by Brenda Branswell

Canadiens recall Holland and Leblanc, hamiltonbulldogs.com

Couture scores twice for Sharks in victory, NHL.com

Canadiens vs. Sharks photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

A visit to the Gorges-Gallagher home (video), canadiens.com

Islanders acquire Vanek from Sabres, NHL.com

Ducks’ Koivu leaves game with injury, NHL.com

403 Comments

  1. Bill says:

    @olematalot: that’s SOP after a loss and actually after a close win or even a bad period in a solid win.

    Need this squad to get healthy and stay healthy or we are looking at a high draft pick I’m afraid. Trades and firings won’t help anything.

  2. jeffhabfan says:

    HI guys I Had a wonderful 1st summit I met alot of great guys from a great weekend the game was not the best tho but I plan to come next year. Great work to my good Ian and get well soon.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Jeffhabfan-
      Very pleased that you had a good time Jeff. You now belong to this great HIO family and nice to have you aboard! See you next year my friend. Keep in touch with everyone and by posting about our team.

  3. habsguru says:

    new thread, now i can complain about same things there

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Budaj also in

  5. GrosBill says:

    Murray in tonight – RDS

  6. Maritime Ronn says:

    Budaj in nets tonight

  7. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    With all the digital ink today about the League’s bizarre contact rules, here is the link to the classic NHL Flow Chart from Down Goes Brown

    http://www.downgoesbrown.com/2009/11/nhl-suspensions.html

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  8. Sportfan says:

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  9. frontenac1 says:

    @timo. As the Italian guys in the nice suits say, “Omerta”.

  10. John Q Public says:

    Message to Habs :

    Target the opposing teams players heads as to knock from the game.
    Do so in a fashion that relates to a check.
    Make sure puck is not in the immediate area, so the refs field of vision is busy elsewhere.
    Plead the 5th.

    Of course if it Habs player there will be a suspension. ;)

  11. SmartDog says:

    Does anyone know what happened to Ted Bird from TSN 690. Is he gone for good? Know the story?

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  12. habsguru says:

    i like the young D being rotated in the call up game. gives exposure to the big show without them getting too comfortable. by the halfway point MT should have a favorite to go to when we have a beat up blue line again. Franky is great kept to around 12-14 TOI, doesnt make a lot of mistakes and really does have great hands, (watch him in warm up sometime), and I think he has more points than DD

  13. Sportfan says:

    Bengals-Jets wrap up it was a lopsided game!
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/10/28/bengals-demolish-the-jets/

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  14. Timo says:

    @Front, re the late night walkabout. Did you guys visit any fine gentlemen establishments on your late night walk?

  15. HabinBurlington says:

    Rob Blake discusses with Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal why it is so hard apparantly to have a set of onions when working for the League Office in the Dept. of Justice for Colon Campbell and Shamahan.

    http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/10/27/cracking-down-on-nhl-head-hits-not-an-easy-job/

  16. Timo says:

    HAhaha… on RDS Carey said that Sharks are a well structured team (a vous, Mr. Eller) :)

  17. Le Jadester says:

    RE: Poll Question……………..I wish JT and Nate B were both up with the big team. I realize they’re going to get bigger minutes, with bigger responsibilities in the hammer which helps development.

    But personally, I’d rather see them make mistakes and develop with the big team. Frankie Bee is finished IMO, he looked weak out there against SJ. I’m hoping Georges or Diaz is being shopped right now too ? Because I don’t see any of those guys being able to handle 3 to 4 rounds in the playoffs ? Let alone get us too the playoffs. C’mon Emelin………….we need ya back big time.

    Also interested to see what Murray brings to the table in these next couple games ?

    Its a young kids game now it seems ?

    Hope y’all had a great time at the summit !

    Habs, OLE !

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I think JT and Beaulieu both need to be in Hamilton. They are going to get more call ups this year with injuries but I Tinordi plays better with confidence and he def didn’t have much of it in his last few outings. Beaulieu needs to work on his D game a bit and Hamilton is the perfect place for it. Both will be long term on the habs back end so there is no need to rush them at this point

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Timo says:

        I was hoping that Tiny would stick, but having watching him in a half dozen games, he was as impressive as Diaz. So seeing how it doesn’t make any difference weather he is in or out of the lineup he might as well stay in A. Given that JJ is running the D corps and Michael Therrien is focusing his Personal Development Program on Subban again, Tinordi will be better served by NOT being thrown under the bus in Mtl.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          Tinordi wasn’t getting a lot of minutes in some of those games so I agree it is better for him to play big minutes in the AHL and Develop. he wasn’t playing as physical in the last few outings and I think that is all around confidence.
          I dont’ know if diaz will be around next year. With the cap issues this team will have and D man knocking on the door to come up I think he will be gone

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Luke says:

        I agree Kooch. Use the NHL to see where your holes are and use Hamilton to work on them. It’s nice to have depth to allow it… It’s been a while.

    • Luke says:

      Eek!

      If you aren’t a fan of Frankie B, Gorges or Diaz and are looking forward to seeing what Murray brings to the table, be prepared for more of the same.

      He’s a big, lumbering slow guy who plays an exceptionally simple game. He’s physical.

      My opinion is to expect a bigger Frankie B with less skating and without the “dazzling” puck skills.

      He can’t move the puck like Gorges or Diaz… Can’t skate like any of those three. But he out weighs them each of them by about 30 pounds and is a couple of inches taller.

      He’s fine, don’t get me wrong. but he’s a 6th defenseman. If all Habs defense were healthy, he’d be our 6th or 7th, sharing time with Boullion.

  18. habsguru says:

    1. who was the last Hab to score 40?
    2. who was the last legit tough guy that could play hockey, or even be a tough guy?

    Prust pound for pound is awesome, but he is over taxed by babysitting a team built for the KHL.
    Gally is getting abused every game, DD is just hopeless, and MB is still a long way from impressing me. Marty SL is still grabbing points like a bandit, but Tampa only have one garden nome. The CH cant sit back and wait for big drafted player to come in and make the team physical.

  19. Kooch7800 says:

    Gallagher I think is going to have to learn to pick his spots a bit. He got smoked pretty bad on Saturday and is starting to look a little banged up. With his size and style of game I think injuries may become and issue for him in the future. Teams are really targeting him this year to get him off his game as they know how dangerous he can be and he makes his money in the dirty areas on the ice.

    I am a big fan of his and hope that he learns from Gio on how to have a long career

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Propwash says:

      And then fans will complain that he’s not doing enough.

      ____________________
      DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

    • Mattyleg says:

      He wasn’t ‘smoked’ so much as he fell going into the boards and ended up getting checked awkwardly. If he’d been standing, it would’ve been a pretty standard hit.

      I think that Gally has to be careful, but also, in order to be effective, he has to play the only way he knows how.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. boing007 says:

    This song’s for Louis Leblanc’s trip to the Big Apple:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6MRdFjvjXw

    Richard R

  21. jrshabs1 says:

    I’m guessing that Murray is going to play with Frank Bouillon, Pateryn sits and Georges and Diaz will continue to play top 4 minutes.
    If MB were able to make some trades and beef up his blue line Carey Price could win the Vezina.

    Go Habs Go!!

    • Timo says:

      In fairness to MB he did trade for Drewiske who was going to be contending PK for the top D spot on the team. Unfortunately you could never foresee the injuries so I guess Habs just got unlucky…

    • mount royal says:

      Peteryn may be ready. He`s on a tear with Hamilton and is a big boy. He has more experience than Tinordi or Beaulieu and is still only 22. Hope that he gets a good shot at it. We lose a close game against the best team in the league and everyone is calling for trades; as if there is some magical player out there who is available for a bag of dirt. Forget it. This team is being built from the ground up…as it should be. That means maybe two more years until we are a real contender. Accept it; and enjoy the ride instead of hoping for instant satisfaction. .

      • olematelot says:

        SOP after every lose is the same, trade this guy and that guy, MB has no clue, MT is more clueless than MB, Diaz blah blah blah. Although some make well thought out logical post many others not so much.

  22. Timo says:

    Michael Therrien made The Chive – http://thechive.com/2013/10/28/daily-morning-awesomeness-45-photos-21/gifs_23-1-2/

    I truly believe that the kid sticking his tongue between the glass could do a better job than Therrien.

  23. Timo says:

    All the bitching against the refs. I bet if Habs played like the Sharks or the Bruins, the calls would be going the other way. NHL is a bush league where dirty physical play is rewarded, and it’s been so for a long time. So perhaps Habs should figure this the f out and build a team that is suited for the way things are going in this league.

    • SmartDog says:

      I agree with you. Every game we get more guys hurt and yet we get more borderline calls AGAINST us. It makes me furious.

      The tough teams are thought of as “just playing physical” so when they hit someone it seems to fit the play. When a Hab player over-reaches a bit it stands out. The calls on PK this year have been laughable but it’s partly because he stands out as a physical player on a non-physical team.

      That and an undercurrent of racism that has always been a part of hockey in Canada.

      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • Timo says:

        Racism I don’t disagree with. That and the fact the most Habs play like a bunch of $ussies.

        • SmartDog says:

          Yep.

          Watching the game live you see how incredible PK is. He’s so strong and he is constantly physical. Eller has picked up a bit of that… there are a few others that play tough sometimes, Frankie, Emelin of course. But only PK and maybe Gallagher play that way constantly. The team is really too soft.

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          Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      What is important is that we do indeed judge this team based on one game and one game alone. It is imperative that all the positives seen on Thursday be completely ignored and we remain focused on the negative. It is the only way we as fans and this team can ever move forward.

      • Timo says:

        How about a sample of about 20 years worth of games? One game… right. Because it was only this one game where they forgot to show up and throw a hit.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Agree, we should also hold MB and MT accountable for the crap teams of the last 20 years.

          In fact more importantly we should hold Geoff Molson accountable for how his Family ran the team prior and for how he allowed Gillette to run the team.

          I am in complete agreement with you this morning Timo!

          I have seen the Light, or should I say, I have seen the Darkness.

    • chemic says:

      ….and how many cups have those mighty sharks won in last couple of years again? the sharks are not a good example to prove your point, specially when it comes to playoff hockey. the bruins, yes they found a formula but its really difficult not to bitch about the refs and the league when it comes to that cuprun back in 2011.

      maybe the yes-men in media could change something, put up some pressure, calling out refs and the league on a public stage. they are the only independent part in this game because players, gm and owners are clearly not. sadly it wont happen and its a shame….

  24. HabinBurlington says:

    Speculation that Pegula is going to stay the course with Regier as GM.

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/54036-Is-Darcy-Regier-the-right-GM-to-rebuild-the-Sabres.html

  25. frontenac1 says:

    Reports. No suspension for Dubinsky.

    • commandant says:

      As I said below, what Shanahan does is where the real story is told.

      This just shows the league is still bush league. No problem suspending Scott or Kaleta, but a guy with a few goals and is relatively well known doesn’t get a game for that hit. Its BS!

      Go Habs Go!
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      • DipsyDoodler says:

        Shanahan is embarrassing. What a coward.

        They always talk about guys like him as being tough on the ice, but here he is in a job that requires real mental fortitude, and he turtles at every opportunity.

    • Luke says:

      waaaaaaaahat?

      So Body contact w/ incidental head contact. Sure.

      The leaping/late part isn’t worth anything?

      Man… What mixed signals. I’m sure John Scott is going to get a 15+ gamer now…

      I think what would be nice is if the NHL just clearly states what is allowed and what is not.

      If the quality of the offender matters, than simply state that Minutes Played is a component of determining length of suspension. etc…

      • commandant says:

        The NHL will never publish clear guidelines to what is/isn’t a suspension.

        Cause then when a real superstar does something suspendable they will have no excuse for why he’s not suspended. They will be forced to be accountable.

        This fly by the seat of their pants crap is what they love. It allows them to bend and break the rules when it works in the league’s favor. There is no accountability, there is nothing concrete you can point to, in order to call them on this.

        Its bush league to the highest degree.

        Go Habs Go!
        Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.
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    • Kooch7800 says:

      what a joke. Blindside hit…..I really think the NHL discipline should be a neutral third party. Now I see why the NHL PA doesn’t want longer suspensions handed out by the league….why cause they will pick and choose who gets them and we all know how consistent they are

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  26. frontenac1 says:

    double post sorry amigos

  27. Cal says:

    It’s almost Halloween. I am going green for it. How about you?

  28. joshua94k says:

    A good effort by the Habs against the Sharks on Saturday. With the Canadiens losing a forward line (Pacioretty, Prust, Briere) and getting a ‘single’ powerplay, all night, the best the Sharks could do is score a power-play goal when when of the Canadiens defencemen was tripped before the goal and no call was made, and scoring a fluke goal in the third.

    The officiating against the Habs is a real joke. Perhaps the worst officiating in all sports. Every game passes by and the Canadiens keep getting more penalties than the opposition and other teams get away with non-calls. In the eyes of the referees, the Sharks got only one penalty the ‘whole’ game…

    “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I will agree that the Habs kept the game close, but they all seemed off their games. Most every player just seemed a half step off or something. Particularly when considering 2 nights earlier they all looked incredible.

      Perhaps this is indeed what makes San Jose such a good team, in that their defensive pressure etc… forced Montreal off their game.

      I am somewhat happy that a depleted roster could kind of keep up with the Sharks, but the Sharks clearly deserved the win. Reffing did suck also, which didn’t help the team. We got off to a bad start in the penalty dept. and really never recovered.

    • SmartDog says:

      When the Sharks crushed Gallagher behind their net PK was the ONLY player to look like he was pissed.

      I realize that all FOUR of our toughest guys are out… which is brutal. But all night I was yelling for the Habs to actually THROW A HIT!!!!

      The best hit of the night was given by Markov. Markov! PK must be rubbing off on him… but the rest of the team… you could see that we were just getting worn down. Different year – same team. Same problem.

      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • Timo says:

        And this is a clear indication that Habs still don’t have “team toughness”.

      • Luke says:

        PK was probably pissed because he got an interference call a couple games ago for hitting a guy who was closer to the puck than Gallagher was on that play!

        Actually, aside from that play which I think a boarding or interference call should have been made, that’s the only non-call I can clearly remember.

        The Sharks did a fine job of not taking penalties. It wasn’t really a case of the refs letting all sorts of things go. (IMO).

        • SmartDog says:

          There was a stick to the face. I forget who.

          But most of the penalties against us were laughable. It was a poorly called game.
          I don’t like to complain about reffing. But I’ve never seen anything like it… the refs this year call the Habs for breathing. Other teams get away with crap.

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          Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Sharks outskated the Habs all night and played their system better. When a team is playing its own system well, it stymies the other team and generally the calls follow suit. Yah a couple calls could have gone the other way, but you earn your calls by how you play.

          Because the Habs spent the night chasing the play instead of controlling it, the team took more penalties as a result. On a night when the Habs are playing well, generally the other team will be taking more penalties.

          Agree with you Luke!

          • Luke says:

            I think the best evidence of that was the Six hundred and twelve icings the Habs committed.

            Glad you had a great time!

            Next year…

  29. oldtimerguy says:

    pleks, gio, gorges, beaulieu and a 2nd for yaks and potter.

    • SmartDog says:

      Trading Pleks like a throw-away player is just dumb.

      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • oldtimerguy says:

        throw away? not at all…it is because I like him and resect him that I think he can be useful to us retooling the team…anytime you can land a guy like a yakupov for a guy nearing the end of his career, its always good to consider it.

  30. frontenac1 says:

    So Murray made the trip but is not ready? Same with Parros?

  31. SmartDog says:

    If you were at the Summit.
    CHANGE YOUR AVATAR to your REAL face to help people connect who they met with who they are on here.

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    Do you know your poop?.

  32. commandant says:

    In light of Saku’s homecoming last week, and As the Habs get ready to play the Rangers, Rick looks at another homecoming and a Habs/Rangers classic, the Return of Lafleur.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/10/28/homecomings-in-montreal-are-always-special/

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.
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  33. frontenac1 says:

    This is the chance that LL has been waiting for. Holland looks pretty steady to me in his role. Agree with Hobie that Murray might be a little rusty,but as long as he drills a few guys I’m ok with that.

  34. Rudy says:

    Reposted from last night for those of you who didn’t see it last night:
    Post Summit News…….so I was one of the people left stranded at the airport because of the suspicious package at US customs today. Sounds like it was “legit” as Noah said.
    As we finally get through security and customs and walking to our gate to DC guess who is walking behind us to the gate next to us: Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien. I kid you not. My first thought was “what would Timo do with this opportunity”. But I left them alone. We had all been through enough frustration trying to get on our planes. Pretty cool though.

  35. John Q Public says:

    NHL = Comedy network
    Koivu elbowed to head.
    Let’s call interference.
    It’s free for all.
    Refs beyond a joke.
    The credibility of the officials is going to be the NHL’s downfall.
    Doesn’t seem to effect their revenues though.

    • commandant says:

      They gave him a 5 minute penalty and a game misconduct. Whether it was called interference or elbowing, doesn’t matter much, the refs still got the right punishment on the ice.

      I don’t blame them.

      We will have to wait and see how Shanahan deals with it though. That is where the NHL has often messed these things up.

      Go Habs Go!
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      • 123456 says:

        Neither ref called the penalty initially – IMO that’s horrific. So what caused the penalty to be called – was it a lineman who saw it and stepped up and called it? was it the reaction of the ducks going after dubinski? was it saku laying on the ice? Really this is the issue – there was no initial call on the play!!!!!!

        Now, saku is my favorite player and always will be (besides my son) but IMO the hit was not that bad – I believe the intent was to hit saku in the shoulder and he did – but the contact followed off the shoulder and into the chin.

        I can’t even guess at any additional penalty (suspension) because shanny is so willy nilly these days – but I would give him 2 games only because it’s the checkers responsibility to NOT hit the player in the head. Take my “2” for what it’s worth because on most of these head contact plays I would dish out 5 minimum going up to 20.

      • Luke says:

        As the call went out from all corners of the media for the NHL to make a statement with the John Scott suspension, I feel that this is the actual opportunity.

        Scott’s, IMO, isn’t as bad of a hit (oh, it’s still bad), but he is also a first time offender. An extended suspension to him just isn’t warrented by current standards and doesn’t feel right.

        Dubinsky has been disciplined (10,000 fine) before, is a decent hockey player (in fact, I’ve mentioned, by name, that he’s the type of centre the Habs need!) so he’s not as easy a target like Scott, whose absence won’t be noticed, but may actually be welcomed if you want to win hockey games.

  36. Habitforming says:

    @BuffaloSabres: #Sabres now have 17 1st-round + 2nd-round picks over a 4-year span (2012-2015), most in franchise history.

    That’s crazy, I guess they are banking the entire future of the franchise on their scouting staff.

  37. mrhabby says:

    Ian..Thanks for organizing another great weekend in Montreal. The Beare clan had an awesome time and we raised some money for a great cause. Great company , drinks and food.

    Cheers IAN.

  38. huge_polar_bear says:

    As Habs fans sitting between Canadian and American Thanksgiving, we have one major thing to be grateful for. Garth Snow is not our GM. Someone explain to me why throw in a 1st and 2nd round pick into the Vanek – Moulson trade. If Vanek was signed long term and Moulson’s contract was expiring this year, then maybe I could see it, but Bob Mackenzie mentioned that there were no extension talks yet between NYI and Vanek. I understand rolling the dice and going for it, but this just makes me happy to have a level headed GM. Briere signing at least did not cost us any draft picks… just saying. Thanks Mr. Snow for making me love my team, just a little more today.

  39. Mike D says:

    Lastly, welcome back to all the Summiteers! Glad it was another successful Summit and it appears as though everyone had a great time, despite the Habs loss. More importantly, it looks as though everyone got home safe…..and avoided jail too :-P

    I looked at some of the pics Jim posted and all I saw was some passionate Habs fans and great people. CHeers to all.

    Matty – congrats!
    Ian – although I didn’t attend, I still want to thank you for putting in the time and work to organize the Summit. Not only is it great for the HIOers that attend, but the charity side of it is absolutely fantastic. That sir, is a win-win!

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  40. DipsyDoodler says:

    If Regier had done in Montreal what he did in Buffalo would we praise him as much?

    On the one hand he did build the 2007 team that was possibly the best in the league, and he did it on a shoestring budget. The Sabres have drafted very well too and combined that with some clever trades.

    But in 2007 he lost Briere, Drury and Brian Campbell for … Tyler Ennis. And its been downhill ever since. Now the team that has a guy named John Scott on its roster is dead last.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Until he turns his new draft picks into anything, nothing has been accomplished.

      Let us also not forget the ridiculous contract he gave to Tyler Myers, the overpayment for Ville Leino, Robyn Regehr etc….

      He gets a great deal of praise, but he is no Sam Pollock.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Two things that have killed Buffalo is that Tyler Myers just fell right off the face of the earth and Ryan Miller has been average and seemingly unmotivated.

        • Cal says:

          I guess Regier never met a bridge contract he liked (for Tyler). Miller’s not been the same since the Lucic takedown.
          Miller’s right. Lucic is a piece of s**t.

          • 123456 says:

            miller has played great this season – I have seen a few games.

            I follow the sabres and I never understood why regier has had his job for so long – I think the ownership change helped him bc pegula does not know hockey as well. under former ownership regier was great because they were not trying to build a winner just simply build the value of the club for future sale (yes I know that for a fact and it’s sad but true) .

      • Eddie says:

        Burly, I agree.

        Buffalo has never been a worse team than they are today, that I can remember. They are terrible.

        How does a GM who has led his team to the bottom of the league, playing their very worst hockey in decades, be considered a genius?

        I think I would be looking to fire that GM.

        • DipsyDoodler says:

          Unfortunately Buffalo could not afford to keep its stars.

          Regier built a true cup contender in the late 2000s; but just like teams that tank repeatedly eventually become contenders, contenders can eventually become tankers if they cannot afford to sign the players that made them contenders in the first place.

  41. Gerry H says:

    Talk about rebuilding mode: The Sabres have seventeen (17!) first and second round draft picks over the next four years.

  42. Mike D says:

    re: Dubinsky’s hit on Koivu

    1) Dubinsky is a real @$$#ole for hitting Saku like that. I hope the league at least suspends him, and hopefully heftily, but I’m going to temper my expectations.

    2) Watching Saku try to get up and then go back down was heart-wrenching to be honest. Not an easy thing to see at all.

    3) I really hope Saku is okay. Don’t know if he’s officially been diagnosed with a concussion or other injury, but hopefully he’s fine and/or recovers very quickly with no long-term effects.

    4) F U Brandon Dubinsky.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good morning Mike. I had the same reaction as yours. There are players in this league who are not getting it. I guess the 3, 5, and 10 game suspensions are not enough for some.

      I’ve said this before and it bears repeating, until the NHLPA says ENOUGH, we’ll continue to watch the skilled players get hammered. I know I have the tendency to over simplify things but to me it all started with Chara’s unpunished attempted murder on Patches. The league lost its way at that moment and now can’t find it.

      Sadly, we’ll be seeing someone die on the ice at some point. That’s not entertainment!

      • Mike D says:

        Totally agree Jim. It’s truly a sad state of affairs in the NHL. The hard part is knowing how great it could be if they cleaned up the nonsense.

        – Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

  43. Mike D says:

    re: Vanek/Moulson

    1) Wow, blockbuster trade pretty early in the season.

    2) Buffalo wins this deal hands f’n down! Garth Snow got completely bent over by Darcy Regier. Getting a 1st AND 2nd round pick in addition to Moulson was pure robbery. Yes, Vanek is the better player on his own and Moulson greatly benefited from playing with someone as talented as Tavares, but still, the picks more than compensate for that.

    3) For those pointing out that both players are UFA and may not re-sign with their new teams, etc., it’s pretty simple: If either team WANTS to re-sign the player, you have until the trade deadline to do so. If the player doesn’t sign, you trade him for what is sure to be a king’s ransom at the deadline. I think Buffalo plans to flip Moulson for more picks anyway. Regier is absolutely stockpiling picks (all 1st and 2nd rounders too) and Buffalo is likely going to be very dangerous in a few years. And unlike Edmonton, look for them to have more balance in their line-up.

    4) If Buffalo ever parts ways with Darcy Regier, I hope the Habs can hire him. Call him Assistant GM, or Special Advisor or whatever you want, but his job would be trades. The guy has picked up three 1st round picks and five 2nd round picks since 2012 for Vanek, Regehr, Pominville, Gaustad, and Sekera. Not to mention getting Cody Hodgson for Zack Kassian.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Good post. Agree 100%.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I know what you’re saying but generally speaking, the team that got the better player won the deal. Vanek is the better player. It remains to be seen how the picks pan out. I don’t think there is a clear winner but I think both teams have something to smile about today, especially if your name is John Tavares.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

      • Mike D says:

        The adage of “whoever gets the better player wins the trade” has become antiquated and is an overly simplistic way to look at things IMO.

        Yes, there is some risk with those picks if the player doesn’t turn out, but credit to Regier for recognizing the position his team is in and addressing it swiftly (as opposed to Jay Feaster in Calgary, for example). It will likely be a much quicker turn-around for Buffalo than it has been for other teams who go thru a rebuild.

        As for the picks potentially not panning out, they have acquired enough picks and prospects to trade up to a top 5 or 10 pick. Keep in mind they still have their OWN picks which are likely to be in lottery territory.

        – Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

        • Habsrule1 says:

          Fair enough Mike. I don’t really disagree with you but I think the Islanders will reap the benefits in the trade for the short term as far as a few more wins on the board goes. Being a bottom tier team, you’re right that they would have likely been better off keeping the picks. The thing is a player like Vanek is hard to come by and they saw an opportunity.
          If I was an Islander fan, I wouldn’t be too dissapointed, but again, I see your point.

          Go Habs Go!!

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

    • Eddie says:

      Good morning,

      I’m confused why you think a GM who trades established and highly effective NhL players for draft picks should win some kind of award?

      Bergevin could trade Gionta, Pllekanec and Markov tomorrow, and we would get some 1st and 2nd round picks in return, just as easily as Regher did, wouldn’t we? For Plekanec, we would get an established player AND a top level pick, for example.

      That’s the easiest trade a GM can make.

      The difficult trade is the one the Islanders made. Don’t you think they understand just as well as Buffalo how valuable those picks could be?

      But the Islanders need to market their team in the short term, immediately. They calculated that Vanek would add great short term value, and that Moulson, although he scores goals, was not as valuable,

      Maybe they had preliminary discussions with Moulson and they realized they were so far apart they would never re-sign him for the money he is expecting. He is currently a 3.1 million per cap hit, and he’s probably looking for closer to 5 million and longer term.

      The Islanders are in very tough there. Snow is rolling the dice that he can help this team win, and win now.

      Not that you don’t know all of this Mike, but I just thought I’d throw it out there any way.

      • Mike D says:

        Morning Eddie,

        I have to reply quickly as I’m leaving for work shortly, so please forgive/excuse the short manner of my reply.

        I didn’t say Regier should win an award, nor did I anoint him an elite GM. I believe that based on the circumstances his team is in, he did the right thing in recognizing all of that and reacted accordingly….but beyond all that, he got A LOT back in return for his existing assets.

        Yes, we could trade our more valuable vets for picks, etc., but Montreal and Buffalo are not in the same position currently. We already have a lot of what Buffalo is looking for (great young players at various positions). All teams also need a few vets to “show the young guys the way” too – we can’t forget that.

        Yes I do realize all of what you said (and thank you for not assuming I’m a dummy :-) ). As you said, Snow is rolling the dice and needs to market to the re-location etc., but I don’t think NYI are contenders at all and that’s why I see it as a bad move for Snow.

        – Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

    • 123456 says:

      I agree with 1-3. Regier has been in buffalo forever and what have they achieved? Until the picks pay off I see no reason to praise.

  44. Habfan10912 says:

    Positive thoughts out to Matty and his wonderful family this morning. I talked to Mrs. Matty quite a bit Saturday morning at breakfast. Just a wonderful and very beautiful women. Matty deserves a standing ovation for his spouse selection. :)

    Anyway, Mrs. Matty and I became very close in a short period of time. She decided to name the child after me. After some further thought she did decide against it when we thought of the difficulty of a small child having to learn to spell their own name.

    “What’s your name?”

    “Habfanonezeronineonetwelve”.

    Cheers and a good morning to all!

  45. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning. Shannigaqns on the Chara hit. So glad the officials don’t miss any of those “pucks over the boards” call. Is it me or is the league reverting back to the “Bruins can do no wrong” crap of a few seasons ago?

    http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-10-25/zdeno-chara-tommy-wingels-hit-elbow-nhl-rule-48-john-scott-loui-eriksson

  46. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’m sure people will be lining up to dump on Douglas Murray after his first game, as we tend to do with other Habs defencemen :-).

    It seems half the posters think he’s fat, slow and possibly over the hill. The other half think he can make a contribution, keep up with the play and be physical.

    I’m anxiously awaiting to see what he can bring because I think the most obvious thing in the galaxy right now is that Montreal DESPERATELY needs some size and physicality on defence. You’ve got to give Murray at least 10 games before his play even comes into question.

    I think if Montreal is to have any type of long success in the playoffs, if they make it, all depends on Alex Emelin and Doug Murray being healthy, effective and physical.

    Subban, Emelin and Murray could be a nasty bunch together back there if all works out. I’d even put Tinordi in that group for the season if it were up to me.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good post Hobbie. I think we have too many players being asked to do more then their capabilities allow because of injuries and flawed roster. I suspect Murray will just be another one. We’ll be expecting an Emelin but we’ll get something that’s far short of that.

      Diaz is the best example I can give. He’s a tremendously gifted offensive defenceman. Probably a perfect #6 who provides power play offence and a regular filler shift here and there, Instead, right now, he’s being asked to play 20 minutes a game and his weaknesses get exposed. My prediction, if we ever get healthy enough and Diaz can play in the limited role we’ll all fall in love with him.

      My point is we’re asking too much from too little from most of our players.

      CHeers.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      hi hobie

      Looking at Murray’s useage over the past 2 years with both SJ and Pitt, he is a 3rd pair Dman in Even Strength. and a PK guy either on Unit 1 or 2.
      Not to worry, he’ll get the Hal Gill treatment when Gill arrived and several blasted the Habs for acquiring a slow USS Gill.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        I was allover Hal Gill when he first joined Montreal. He completely changed my opinion and he was stellar, well almost :-), for a good two years. That same scenario with Murray would be nice! Not holding my breath though.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Agreed bud, and just as we need to have some patience with Murray, when Emelin returns he too will take some time to get caught up with the speed of the game etc.. along with having confidence in his knee.

      Given the right role with the right minutes, I am hopeful Murray can indeed help this team.

  47. slyCH says:

    Just woke up. what did I miss. zzzzzzzzzz

  48. JM says:

    Dubinsky a hit on Koivu that could have been prevented. Koivu passed the puck long before getting hit. Looks like a late and dirty hit. That’s respect in todays NHL.

  49. Maritime Ronn says:

    Habs are at the new MSG tonight.

    Here’s wondering if the 1979 Chant tradition will continue with
    ” Potvin Sucks”
    Back then Denis Potvin of the Islanders hit Ulf Neilsson into the boards and basically ended his career.

    Right up to last year and before the renos, a few fans start doing a specific whistle ( Let’s Go Band) and it ends with a great many at MSG chatting
    “Potvin Sucks”

    Only in New York…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOrkD1N2HCs

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg were magic to watch in Winnipeg during the Avco Cup Heydays. Still believe if the Jets could have brought their entire WHA roster up to the NHL, they could have competed with the big boys.

  50. Lafleurguy says:

    Turns out Matt Moulson was a ninth round pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins from the famous 2003 draft (Andrei Kastitsyn, see Burly’s link).

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Ha, nicely done Andrew. Good Morning Sir, perhaps next year we can convince you to join the Summiteers, you will be more than welcome to ride along with me down the 401.

      All the best my friend, everything in Burlington looks in order, you kept things in fine order during my absence.

      CHeers!

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Would be fantastic. Nice to see the Goodfellas and Goodladies having a great time together. It’ll take you days, weeks?, to come down from the high, Gerald. Jim’s an ace photographer.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Some of his best shots include the use of a hand halfway across the front of the lens. His ability to use his fingers as part of the backdrop is second only to my late father who also had this gift. ;-)

          Sorry, but I am already breaking JB’s rules, as I abstained from the vote on the use of emoticons. (I may have been at the bar….)

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Hope Michael Bournival’s development follows that of Matt Moulson’s, with the main difference being that he sticks with the Habs, his second NHL team. Buffalo is Moulson’s fourth team, having twice signed free-agent contracts with new teams.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  51. Ian Cobb says:

    You can put your Summit pictures on the HIO facebook site yourself, or send them to me, and I will find someone to put them all on in a folder for us to view.

  52. Cal says:

    I definitely didn’t like that cheap shot to Koivu’s head. Especially when Dubinsky followed through to make sure Koivu would go down hard. The NHLPA, like the NHL, protects the thugs.

    On a side note- I tried to get down to Hurley’s, but life got in the way. Next year, I will get a ticket for the game and visit with you Summiteers at Hurley’s over pints.

  53. Ncognito says:

    Buffalo wins this deal hands down. Highly unlikely Vanek would resign in Buffalo. So they get a 1st and a 2nd plus a player they can flip for at least another 1st (and maybe another pick) at the trade deadline.
    Not a bad haul at all.

    • TommyB says:

      Agree. Next up……Miller.

      • Cal says:

        Edmonton bound?

        • Lafleurguy says:

          If MacTavish has chutzpah.

        • TommyB says:

          Depends I guess on whether or not Miller has a no-trade, or limited trade clause. I can’t see him going anywhere other than one of the big market U.S. teams if he has a say in it.

          What he said, LOL ^

        • Cal says:

          @Habsrule- Miller is in a contract year. Unless there is a major injury to a contender- like a Niemi or a Crawford- Miller will stay put and be on the worst team in the league. Not a good business decision, imo.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Cal, I’m not sure what you’re point is but but I’m just saying Miller has already stated that he would not accept a trade to Edmonton.

            Go Habs Go!!

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

          • Cal says:

            Just saying it’s not a good career move to limit where he can be traded to when his present team is so poor, that’s all.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Oh I agree with you. NTC’s in general rub me the wrong way. I was just pointing out what he seems to have decided….I do not agree with it. I actually think that Edmonton could be a very good team in a few years if they get the right pieces in to help out their young forwards, and a goalie like Miller would be one of those pieces. Problem is Miller doesn’t want to wait a few years. I suspect he’ll go to a contender and fight for the #1 job or go to an almost contender and be given the #1 job.

            Go Habs Go!!

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

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          1 of the teams listed on his NTC is Edmonton and surely his actress wife Noureen DeWulf would just love to move there just in time for winter…

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Very good trade for Buffalo.

  54. JF says:

    Considering the Senators’ 5-2 loss to the Sharks yesterday, you could argue we didn’t do too badly on Saturday. We were missing key players and we faced their number one goaltender. The Sens played them less than 24 hours later with a backup in his first NHL game. With Emelin, Prust, and Pacioretty in the lineup, we might have beaten them, especially considering their second goal was pure fluke. Of course, they were also missing a couple of players…

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I would agree with that statement but we’d be heavy underdogs in a playoff series against the Sharks.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      There is a chance we beat them with a healthy line-up, but, with this line-up, i don’t really think it was as close as the score indicates. The Habs were outplayed, outmuscled and outhustled for most of the game. Puck possession was heavily one-sided. The Habs very rarely came out from the corners or boards with the puck. If they had cashed in on the few chances they did create for themselves, they could have won, but that would have been being extremely opportunistic.
      I’m not terribly dissapointed by the loss, but the better team on that night definitely won.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

  55. TommyB says:

    Took in the Bulldogs game yesterday. I was wondering where Leblanc was, now I know.

    I don’t think we can look to Hamilton this year for much help offensively (hey, what else is new, eh). The best player on the ice for either team (Marlies were in town) was Beaulieu by far. Good for him considering he took the red-eye flight after Saturday night’s game in Montreal.

    There are a few Bulldogs with a bit of size, but no bite. The most skilled guys are the small guys, just like the big club. Andrighetto was very noticeable with his speed, but again, no size. The Marlies, on the other hand, will be supplying the Leafs with some big boys for some time come by the looks of it. I did like Tarnasky. He’s got the required grit of a fourth liner in the NHL, but we have our quota in that department. Can’t judge a team’s roster by one game, and this was the first time I took in a Bulldog’s game. I did thoroughly enjoy it, and intend to do a few more.

  56. Lafleurguy says:

    ATLANTIC GP W L OT P ROW GF GA DIFF

    TAMPA BAY11 8 3 0 16 6 39 31 +8 5-2-0
    TORONTO12 8 4 0 16 7 40 30 +10 5-2-0
    BOSTON 10 7 3 0 14 7 30 17 +13 3-3-0
    DETROIT 12 6 4 2 14 6 27 33 -6 3-2-2
    MONTRÉAL11 6 5 0 12 6 33 22 +11 3-4-0
    OTTAWA 11 4 5 2 10 4 30 32 -2 1-3-0
    FLORIDA 12 3 7 2 8 2 26 42 -16 2-3-2
    BUFFALO 13 2 10 1 5 1 20 37 -17 0-6-1

  57. Lafleurguy says:

    Vanek once scored 43 goals playing with Briere and Chris Drury.
    Moulson is getting old.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  58. HabinBurlington says:

    A good read explaining why the Habs are making sure player’s names are written correctly on the jerseys.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/sports/hockey/for-the-canadiens-whatevers-in-a-name-is-on-the-back.html?ref=hockey&_r=0

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      hi burli

      Far from the Harold Ballard days…

      1978-79
      “… New league president John Ziegler required teams to sew player names on the backs of sweaters.
      Ballard disagreed with the policy because he feared it would hurt the sales of game programs.

      When threatened by the league office if he did not comply, the autocrat reluctantly agreed.
      He accordingly ordered the players’ names embroidered – white thread on the home whites and blue thread on the road blues. From any distance, the names were impossible to decipher.”

  59. Marc10 says:

    What a piece of #@$* that Dubinsky. Good thing the NHLPA always protects the perp.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Yes, this nonsense of the NHLPA saying it has to protect it’s own. So, using their logic and model, they protect 5% of the players and hang out to dry the other 95%. Don’t they get that it is those 95% that sell the seats that allow the 5% to have any kind of career?
      What a bunch of dumbasses!!

      Habfan17

  60. Habfan17 says:

    I think Garth Snow went temporarily insane. Another example of an
    incompetent GM giving up way too much for a player. He can spin it any way he wants.

    Habfan17

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I don’t know. Tavares – Vanek is going to be deadly. Snow probably needs the team to win right now in order to keep his job.

      • piper says:

        I agree, they could be the top duo in the League. I like Moulson but Vanek is a top tier forward in the league. Good deal for the Isles.

      • Habfan17 says:

        Yes, they my be deadly, but still, Moulson was putting up points and doing very well on the Isles, throw in the 1st and 2nd round picks, still too much on a gamble that Vanek works out, He will also take a bigger chunk out of the cap than Moulson .

        Habfan17

      • Habfan17 says:

        Yes, this nonsense of the NHLPA saying it has to protect it’s own. So, using their logic and model, they protect 5% of the players and hang out to dry the other 95%. Don’t they get that it is those 95% that sell the seats that allow the 5% to have any kind of career?
        What a bunch of dumbasses!! OOps, for some reason this posted in the wrong spot!

        Habfan17

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      It would be hard to believe the trade was made without some guarantee that Vanek would sign longer term.

      Islanders won’t win the Cup this year – they may not even make the playoffs being one of many bubble teams.
      Compared to others, they have also avoided the injury bug with only a 2nd pair Dman Visnovsky out (concussion) and another 6-7 Dman.
      Don’t be surprised if Vanek scores 45-50 goals.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I think you’re wrong on this one. Moulson will be nothing without Tavares. Think Rob Brown with Lemieux. Vanek is a great payer on his own merit and much more valuable than Moulson, hence the draft picks thrown in.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

  61. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good Morning

    For anyone that missed the viscous ‘elbow to head’ hit last night on Saku Koivu (5’10”-180) by Brandon Dubinski (6’2″-216)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTSsQ7UwnZ0&feature=player_detailpage

    What’s sad to see is at the very end of the video clip.
    Several seconds after the hit, Saku gets to his knees, then keels over as one who has lost total equilibrium.

    While it’s difficult to notice, Koivu was hit on the left side of his face and hopefully it wasn’t close to the left eye where he suffered a gruesome detached retina injury back in 2006

    Why would a guy do that?
    In a tied game?
    Why on a little fella 4″ shorter and 36 pounds lighter?

    There appears to be little respect left in the game.
    Fringe, or slightly above fringe players running at good hockey players.

    The blame?
    Look no further than the NHLPA.

    Minor suspensions are handed out, because this entity refused to sign off on Rule 48 back in 2011 if long term suspensions were the norm – or only in the case where a repeat or serial head hunter is involved.

    “…the NHLPA, at least as the union has been represented on the competition committee, has consistently argued against punishments that fit the crime of head-targeting.

    “…the PA only signed off on Rule 48 last summer on the condition that VP Colin Campbell not impose what the players referred to as “super suspensions,” for those guilty of coming laterally to apply blindside hits to the head.”

    Which is why suspensions, even for repeat offenders, are generally fewer than five games.”

    http://nypost.com/2011/02/06/nhl-players-union-against-head-hit-punishments/

  62. Hobie Hansen says:

    John Shannon ‏@JSportsnet 4h

    By the way, since joining the NYI in 2009, Moulson has 118 reg season goals…over that same time in Buffalo, Vanek has 110 Goals.

  63. HABZ24 says:

    Glad to see leblanc getting another chance hope he does well,time to sit old frankie b and get murray back in

    GO HABS GO

  64. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Vanek is world-class, but will be a UFA come July. So, the islanders are raking a big chance here.

    The biggest surprise to me wasthe lack of goaltending in this transaction Garth Snow collects goalies

  65. third generation haber says:

    Clearly the Sabers are more interested in competing for the cup in 5 years time, than continuously competing for a play-off spot. Very smart trade, and they may even sign young Moulson to an extension.

    They are amassing a lot of high-end picks; why can’t hab fans understand this??? Our goal is the cup!

    j.p. murray

    • adamhabsalex says:

      it’s obviously working for the Oilers!

      • third generation haber says:

        Hey Joe sarcasm,

        Why hasn’t it worked for Edmonton (yet)?

        A) They have no goal-tending
        B) None of their big picks have been d-men.
        C) They haven’t added enough toughness to make room for their skill guys to do their thing (explains all the injuries).
        D) Free agents don’t want to sign in Edmonton (lack of vet. talent)
        E) All of the above.

        The Oilers aren’t losing because of their prospects, they’re losing despite having them.

        j.p. murray

  66. JohnBellyful says:

    I know most of you are anxious to learn what news came out of the weekend – beyond what the pictures show (excellent work BTW, Jim, Propwash) – and just can’t wait to read about it in the monthly HIO newsletter, so I’ve drawn up a list of the key resolutions that were passed at The Summit (you know, summit – when a bunch of “high-level leaders [get together] to shape a program of action”; geez, we leaders don’t go there just for the carousing and the Canadiens, there’s work to be done, and we take this stuff seriously):

    (I’ll skip all the whereases and herebys and get right to the resolveds):

    – no more posts proposing one-sided trades
    – no more posts containing the word ‘suck’
    – no more posts employing emoticons (hotly debated, several posters nearly came to blows over it); the absence of a restriction will remain in effect on the use of ellipses (not Grant, the Civil War general, but the three dots … which say so much in so short a space)
    – all posts must be accompanied by a gravatar of person’s actual face (unless you’re ugly or over 50, whichever came first)
    – HIO dues are to be raised 10 per cent effective immediately; the money collected will be used to hire additional hamsters, or a woodchuck, for game nights
    – all threads are to be launched according to a firm schedule
    – HIO members who post first on a thread will have their name entered in a draw at season’s end for the PJ Stock Canadiens jersey that went unclaimed but not unsullied during Saturday’s raffle
    – any post containing a prediction must include a record of accuracy for the poster’s last five crystal ball readings for which results can be referenced
    – the edit function will be expanded to permit the editing of other people’s posts (everyone agreed that sounded like it could be fun; mind you, the vote was taken late in the evening)
    – attendees are to remain fully clothed at ALL times during the Summit (thankfully, that vote was taken at the start of the meeting on Saturday, the memory of Friday’s ‘episode’ still fresh in everyone’s minds)

    P.S. Two thumbs up to Ian and all those who helped him in putting together another memorable weekend. Excellent work. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same about the Habs and I’ve sent them a nasty email.)

    (Just a suggestion, Ian, but most of us by now have visited the Canadiens Hall of Fame; maybe next time we could tour some of the Canadiens’ homes; we’d take off our shoes, of course.)

    • slyCH says:

      POINTS:

      I never did.
      That can be a problem
      Actually, I’m a big proponent of (…) Use it add-nauseum, I’ve reluctantly strayed towards emoticons before until UCE pointed the lame reliance on such childish props to make statements. It’s just not right. So, I’m back to (…)
      Always thought using actual face gravatar was an egomaniacal thing to do. No. I cannot forgo my babe for me. (I’m sparing many from heartbreak and seasick symptoms)
      Forget Hampsters and bring in the Klidesdales.
      Good luck with that in the off season. Can I hear a 3,000 post record anyone?
      I’ll abstain from 1st glory. Thank you.
      Duuuh.
      EDIT; slyCH sucks!
      HEY!?
      We just had our annual fantasyfest here on the island, the majority of which that were body-painted should not have been in a legally fashion. I know why you feel that way(…)

    • Bill J says:

      :P

      Good morning and thanks for the smile!


      Go Habs Go!

  67. slyCH says:

    I don’t expect Parros to play the Rangers, I think this might be a team bonding move, of course I may be wrong, but it’s good to see him make the trip. Obviously he’s close to game shape. Murray, on the other hand, should be in the lineup and that brings a tingle in my jingle, so to speak. As for LL, well, the goals scored with the bulls lately told me it was nothing but a matter of time and injuries before the big club gave him a second chance. He just might surprise. As he did the first time he played during that sh!t season. With his bad luck with injuries behind him I wish only the best of luck for LL in the future.

    PS: typing LL is MOAR then typing DD by 5 inches.

  68. Timo says:

    Wait a sec… we didn’t get Vanek for DD? FFS!!!

  69. punkster says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqKNcksw1u8&list=RD02S0Cc0Nco42E

    Night all…rest up for the big week.

    Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
    but…
    ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

  70. Timo says:

    Ok, so seriously, how do I get the Timo t-shirt?

  71. Timo says:

    @Habsfan0 – I am seriously considering next year. However, I am also seriously considering a trip to Ireland (with a visit to Dunboyne Mike)… things change, who knows. Will Boone be there to great me at the airport with flowers and a hug?

  72. SmartDog says:

    HIO Summit Pics
    – I have some pics from the actual game, not of the game itself but of people in the stands. Ian wrote me to say he’s out for a few days, who else has Facebook power? Shane, if you, the email address I have for you is no longer the right one. Please tell me where to send!

    R

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    Can you smell what the dog is sniffin?


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