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The Canadiens have announced that single-game tickets for the 2010-11 season will go on sale Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.
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Puck Daddy has the Mount Puckmore of the Dallas Stars up, guess who takes a bow from Montreal?
Hint: It’s NOT Ribiero.
– I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
Weird rankings. Nash has to be a top 5 pick. Richards top 10.
character is derfab destiny.
I take exception to the tone of your comments and I believe you miss the point of amateur and professional sports for women.
In the first place there is no reason to label this a “grotesque leap of
logic” as if it some sort of hideous, insidious plot by women to usurp
your position as the dominant species, to denigrate a woman’s athletic
abilities by unfavorably comparing them to “ordinary teenage boys” or
brush off Wickenheiser’s pro shot in a male league as “laughable”. That
stance diminishes your argument considerably.
As to the subject of women in sports you may some day learn that women
are considerably different than men in many ways none the least of which
is their abhorrence of violence, their infinite patience with
neanderthals and their innate ability to detect BS when they hear it.
There may be a few women with as yet unseen potential that would have to be several multiples of the best so far to compare to a good 18 year old male. However, not counting the guys in prison, the injured and unlucky, or the one’s whose parents never had the cash, there is an ocean of potential players who gave up for one reason or another. Manners are important, but, to paraphrase martin luther King, a man dies when he refuses to face the truth.
Remember though that some of this is because the level of interest isn’t as high as mens. Some potential star players may never join a league and just do other things.
Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!
If you’re not particular about who the visiting team is (ie no Original Six especially), tickets in the reds can be had in that range – you just need to really scour the listings. That being said, try your luck on Sept. 11 first – you just never know, however, my advice would be avoid any tickets in the Club Desjardins section; no way anyone can eat that much junk food to justify the extra $$$.
yeah right! the same network that chose the pittsburgh-ottawa series over habs-washington because they thought that one would be a better series.
Because my local rink in Rosemount is used by the team Kim St-Pierre plays for, I have seen a fair bit of elite level women’s hockey. Kim is a fine goaler but if you are under 40, have ever played double-letter level or even Midget ‘A’ and are stiil in reasonable, garage-league type shape, you most likely skate faster, shoot harder, see the play and control the puck better than the majority of Kim’s teammates. Based on the attendance for the games (often less than for my son’s Atom practices)only a few of the ladies Dad’s would disagree.
character is derfab destiny.
Last time I paid $300 for 2 tickets centre white 2nd row… on ebay. It was vs Carolina too…
I get Leafs tickets for free from my company, 5th row from ice… lol irony…
Probably K Jr.
how much more do you pay there?
can you get a great pair of tickets for say $200 each?
Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!
I dont remember anything about a guarantee that hes bolting to the KHL, just that they would explore other options. They are using the KHL for leverage for sure, but I dont think Kovalchuk will actually go back to russia. If Kovalchuk signs with an NHL team other than new jersey, I cant wait to see that press conference.
“Well I’m glad to be in ______________. Its too bad things didn’t work out in NEw Jersey, but I’m glad to be in this city right now, you guys were always my second choice.”
I was about to say I wonder how the fans would react, but Im sure they wouldnt care, they would just be psyched to be getting kovalchuk.
Pretty sure laracque has an NMC because otherwise we could have just buried him in the minors.
Like ive said before, I have nothing but respect for the women who play sports, and I recognize their tremendous talent. Im sure, with body contact removed, all the national womens hockey players are better hockey players than I am. However, as a fan and someone watching from home, its a little hard to watch womens sports after watching mens sports because the gap is huge. Kind of hard to watch women pulling 540’s on the snowboard halfpipe after youve watched Shaun White do 1260’s like its no big deal.
I try to be a good ticket too. 😉
They are talking body contact and women’s pro hockey at “The Summit”. What a joke. It is great that women play, but a grotesque leap of logic to promote and argue that the best women are somehow pro calibre when the level of play, as with women’s baseball, football, soccer and basketball,etc., really only approaches that of athletic but rather ordinary teenage boys. As much as the truth hurts those who imagine us all perfectly equal, living in peace in minimal contact gatherings around the globe, these sports were organised and developed for men to enjoy, discover, temper and perfect their combative virtues. Haley Wickenheiser is a great athlete but, despite her laughable attempt in Finland, she is not a pro hockey player.
Not a big signing, but at least it’s news … Stars sign Nick Grossman
Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!
I don’t think we were ever told exactly why things happened the way they did, but Laraque definitely had a NMC, and was never waived. That’s why he was still listed on our active roster. I’ve never heard of that special clause for European players, but I’ve come to realise that there are lots of things that exist that I’ve never heard of. It could also be related to the fact that Huet was an off-season move, and Laraque was mid-season.
Here’s the HIO report from the time: http://www.habsinsideout.com/main/28410
I think K stands to gain from a little stability around him. As much as his younger brother has been a comfort to him over the last few seasons, I always felt that Sergei’s butting heads with the management would distract Andre. With Sergei K gone now Big K just has to focus on his hockey. Also, I think that getting to play with Plecks and Cammie will only benefit them if he is willing to park in front of the net and use his godly wrist shot the way it was meant to be used.
But I totally agree that the management is losing patience fast. If this turns out to be a healthy season as far as injuries are concerned then Big K will be on a very short leash.
K has to outscore Pleks, who can’t be expected to top 25, or he’s gone before the deadline. Pouliot is still very green. Anything over 20 is bonus. But with Eller, Pacs, Kristo….I doubt the Habs will be very patient. He will probably be gone next year as well unless he jumps up in his development to show he really is a solid top 6 guy.
Best news of the summer CBC will broadcast 28 Habs games versus 24 Leafs , let the light in !!!
So we agree then. Last weekend of October it is!
In my experience, on-line is luck of the draw and takes a lot of patience. If you want good or great tickets for a particular game, your best bet is on ebay or stubhub.
Totally love your choices and the rationale behind them. Especially the ‘hope’ part for Pouliot. It would be great for Montreal if Pouliot were to score between 28 and 35 goals. It is great for the team and it’s cultural image when we have a top notch forward who is French. And would be nice to see a ‘gifted’, high draft offensive player pan out in Mtl. On top of that I wont be looking at the Minnesota game log everynight with a bottle of Pepto Bismal at hand.
Does anyone have experience trying to be GOOD tickets. Is online a good way to go? If so are there any tricks to it?
World Hockey Summit Wraps up … by Jeff Marek
Gotta go with the more consistent guy, Plecky. If all played up to there full capabilities, I’d go with Kostitsyn. If we were going on who I reallly hope does it, than Pouliot. I don’t believe he’s a natural goal scorer like Kostitsyn, but I think he is the most offensively gifted, all around, of the three.
Even the Leafs’ championship drought of 43 years (and counting) seems like yesterday to the last championship the pitiful Cubs(especially the 2010 Cubs) won back in 1908 just 102 years ago(and counting too).
NHL’s current management is far worse than the Habs management team ever was or is.
Laraque had a NTC, not a NMC, and did clear waivers…Besides, he did want to play in the Swiss league, but got denied by the NHL..The team simply wanted to rid him of the franchise..
Bugs brought up the reason why, already..Huet is Euro born and there is an exemption to players born in Europe..
Dans mes bras, Proppie!
Questionable but unactionable, it’s
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Your pretending is to be commended then because it had me completely fooled.
Your candour is refreshin’, my friend.
AK, distraction-free and that wrist shot is insane when it’s unleashed.
I’m calling within the first 10 games he’s back in the CH.
That would be a strange thing to occur at the same time a cyclical and not self-propagating calender designed by an extinct Central American culture just happened to end because that culture was made extinct by another culture before they could add any more time on to it would it not?
…like a dude at the WSOP Main Event final table, facin’ an A, K, 9 flop and holdin’ an unsuited 2-7 in the hole.
Dude’s always been a fast healer. I imagine he’ll be back in the lineup before the calendar hits November.
Good to see you can make a post without slagging the current Habs management or making a reference to 88 points. Well done, Tony.
Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat.
According to CTV sports the deadline is 48 hours or else Mr Kovalchuk will spend this season with The KHL……
I don’t know, they just said PK “stepped” on Staal’s foot, which is indeed what happened…
And replace him with…?
BGL would have had to clear NHL waivers (going to Europe or AHL same thing) & Laraque did not lift his no movement clause to allow this to happen so nothing happened………..
Can we do it with nGomez?
“To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”
Are you implying that there is not going to be a geomagnetic shift in the earth’s Magnetic Field, resulting in the reversal of the North and South poles, thereby causing catastrophic weather events.
Support Carey Price “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”
I’m going to go out there and K Senior. He has the touch if he ever decides to turn it on for more than a few games. Pleks will play well again and Pouliot just hasn’t convinced me yet but I do think he has all the right tools. This is me pretending I know something about hockey :p
In unrelated news, I ran in Andre Markov today downtown. Saw him walking the streets. I did not get to talk to him really but he seemed pretty healthy and a lot bulkier than I ever imagined him to be. Always cool to see one of the Habs out and about in the city.
I’m thinking he is going to come back from his recovery a lot sooner than what’s being projected. He has done it before I can see it happening again as long as it is not a rushed, botched recovery.
Who gets more goals this season, all imponderables included?
K Senior, Plecky, or my boy Poolio?
That special clause (of which I don’t know the exact details, sorry) only applies to European-born players.
If Kovalchuk does not get an average of 10 million a year in The NHL – He probably will go to The KHL since that’s what he turned down from Atlanta and would not look good if settled for less in The NHL………
The Hawks have permission to lend Huet to a Swiss League team to get his cap hit off the books…Why was it denied by the NHL when we tried to do the very same thing with BGL???
Thinking BS on this one, Bettman…
Fortunately for Donald Fehr, and unfortunately for hockey fans, he doesn’t need to know the difference between a hockey stick and a baseball bat to do a whizbang job for his new clients. Heck, he doesn’t even have to step foot in an NHL arena.
Fehr’s a mercenary-for-hire. All he needs is the current CBA, the league’s P&L, and a big cup o’ joe.
And, far as I know, NHL club owners are generally far less deep-pocketed and wily than their baseball counterparts. I am doubtful Bettman will underestimate the guy for even a second. Gary probably swore up a storm when he got the call about the all-but-confirmed rumour.
Why, as we speak, somebody out there is probably already editin’ the next installment of those Downfall spoofs, this time with Bettman bein’ given the bad news.
he is a lawyer trying to get the best deal for his clients the players vs. the owners who want to keep as much for themselves – it is the exact same in every sport. the owners dont and never gave a damn about the fans. they publish publicly the exact money each player makes so the jealous envious peasants if a player should perform bad will attack them as will the media BUT they wont open their books and refuse to give the exact amount the gm or the president or the owners each make even if the team sucks. but these fans take the owners – the elite sons of money for the most part – these fans take the owners side. what a joke. BTW – after this free agency where all these RFAs are furious because they are screwed by the current deal and only a few UFAs who even got good money WHICH WAS MUCH LESS than in previous years(no collusion here?) the onLy exception kovalchuk the league i mean bettman for the owners blocking – yes it is guaranteed there will be a strike or lockout. fehr is the perfect man for the players and bettman’s worst nightmare. NFL and NHL have another thing in common both have had a couple of strikes/lockouts AND BOTH will have another in the next year(NFL) and 2 years(NHL).
bettman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the man made millions off this game that even he couldn’t ruin by his greed.
A cool piece of video on Cammalleri’s most important piece of equipment.
Kind of like what they did to Markov wasn’t an injury. An eye for an eye….
Fehr leaves a bitter taste in some Montrealers mouths.
Seeing as one of the lockouts Fehr was involved in, cost the ‘Spos a championship season that would have boosted revenue, and likely kept that team together for more success & revenue.
The fact that he is clueless of the NHL only scares me more.
When I read this I thought, “they certainly did not make it sound like an accident”. Staal April 30th Injury.
GO HABS GO!
Fehr doesn’t understand hockey and will be crushed by the owners.
2012 won’t be the end of the world for everyone, just hockey fans and probably when the Habs are in an excellent position to contend (Leblanc, Tinordi, Kristo, Avtsin on the big team).
Thus why I have suspected a strike &/or lockout.
The current CBA ends in 2 seasons.
Am I worried ? YES
Far more worried then if Price will be signed… 😉
Until Fehr gets in there and argues it’s every player’s right to get paid twice what they’re worth for 10 more years longer than they’ll actually be playing oh and PED investigation? That isn’t going to happen with Fehr around.
I think the Kovy2 Deal is the straw that broke the camels back with respect to front loaded contracts.
You wont see many more if any of those going forward I bet.
Kovulchuk’s agent is setting a deadline for a deal to be accepted by the NHL or he will bolt to the KHL. Nice how the NHL let’s some teams have front loaded contracts and rejects others, the NHL is bush.
Speaking of tickets, I have to travel to Chicago next week for business meetings. One of our Directors at work got me Club Box tickets for a Cubs game…first baseball game ever (Wrigley Field to boot).
I am so stoked!
Yup did not have much luck getting good seats when they first changed over. But fortunately last year, my wife and I got lucky for the Centennial Game…Awesome Night!
Hat trick Cammy and Price almost had the shut out…and I got to see Roy dressed in Habs gear. I will never forget that night.
Should the NHL continue going to the Olympics? [Down Goes Brown]
Ah, yes… the virtual waiting room! Otherwise known as “Internet Hell”, or “How I Wasted a Sunny Afternoon”.
Ive got tickets to a game in Boston in November..right behind the Montreal bench. Cant wait.
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My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy
Why September 11?
“These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack
I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.
It’s always on a Saturday in the early-mid portion of September. Just happens that September 11th is the day this year.
Josh Gorges for Captain!
Because its my birthday ^_^
[Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.
Let the sh!tshow begin! This is one of the worst-run sales efforts I’ve ever been a part of. Don’t get me wrong – I desperately want to get tickets to a game, and am willing to go through the frustration and agony of doing so via GillettEntertainment.com or MolsonBrothersCashgrab.ca, but seriously —
This ticket interface system sucks.
not to be a jerk but why do they sell 200 tix to each game for the upcoming each month? is it just for the hype?
i’ll be trying to get tix via their system to take my lil boy!!
SUMMIT GAME TICKETS ARE IN THE MAIL–POST ON THE SUMMIT PAGE THAT YOU RECEIVED THEM
I have mailed
out all the Summit game tickets to you.
Don,t lose them or misplace
them or forget them like some people did last year.
Your seat tickets are not in your name, so if you lose them, trouble!!
Let me know on the Summit page when you get them please.
USA Summit goers, allow 10 to 12 days or so to receive them.
EVERYONE WELCOME____JUST LET ME KNOW ON THE SUMMIT PAGE SO I CAN ADVISE THE CORRECT NUMBERS.
Nov. 5th, We are watching the Habs vs Sabers game at Hurley’s Pub
1225 Crescent St. on big screen around 6pm. Name tags will be given out.
SAT. morning, Breakfast will be at Chez Coras 1240 Drummond St. at 8:30am
at 10;30 Bell Center tour and Habs Hall of Fame tour. The “Rockets”
granddaughter Cathrine Richard is putting on the tour for us this year.
at 2:45 Pregame meal and The Children’s Foundation Raffle at The Baton
Rouge Rest. 1050 Mountain St.
Don’t forget to bring along something to
contribute to the raffle please.
Across the street at 7pm our Habs take on Kovalev and the Ottawa Senator’s
game celebration. We have the second floor of Hurley’s Pub reserved for
us. And like every year our Gazette leaders will be there to celibrate with us.
A password will be given to you at the pregame meal to by pass any
line up and entry to our HIO celebration room.
SUNDAY farewell breakfast to be announced.
See you all in Montreal,!! And don’t forget to list your events on the Summit page that you are attending.
Oh good, my first foray into trying to buy a Habs ticket online, I’m sure it will run smoothly… but damn I want to see the Habs-Ducks game.
“Long before I ever wore the jersey, I wore the jersey.” Dryden
That’s the game I’m gunning for too. It’s gonna be a mad scramble.
I was lucky enough to see Habs/Kings and Habs/Ducks on one weekend last winter here in Los Angeles (we won both games and Domenic Moore scored an amazing top shelf goal).
The # of habs jerseys in the crowd was impressive, minimum 40%, everyone came out as Habs don’t come every year I got invited to a McGill reunion party just walking through a parking lot in my Koivu jersey.
It would be worth a trip for you in 2011/12 which (I think) is the next time they are out.
Let me know I would gladly buy you watery American beer
We are going to look into possibly renting a box for that game. Depending on price and of course availability.
if anyone is interested in catching PRESEASON games .. i have 5 games, Section 110 reds, that i am lookin to move. Just send me an email. I believe you can send me one by clicking on my name.
To reiterate, PRESEASON.
Until the day I die and then for a while after with a smartass remark on my headstone.
Can’t wait to go back again this year…need to see the guys put one in the net this year LOL
I went to the Flames vs Habs last year….1-0 Flames
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Support Carey Price “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”
I do plan to get out to the West coast one of these days, but it will likely be a summer adventure for me.
we have four seasons here, too (in LA) Wildfire, Torrential Rain, Mudslides and Awards.
I would definitely be interested. Going to try the “waiting room” for that game, but it’s probably hopeless.
We would like to offer you the following rates : $109 CAD per room
per night, plus taxes, single or double occupancy.
Book your room at this # and tell them you are with Habs Inside Out Group or HIO to get the deal rate everyone.
The hotel number for Novotel reservations is: 1-514-871-2138
“These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack
I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.
I remember that case, what stupidity.
Report : KOVALCHUK TO REMAIN IN RUSSIA IF HE SIGNS WITH KHL.
Sorry ’bout the caps, I copied and pasted the headline, if he goes to the KHL, then stay there as far as I’m concerned.
Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat.
The offer he got from KHL is reportedly $42 M over 3 years. Man, he IS a greedy wolf. Well…then he can stay in KHL, because the NHL cap hit ain’t going up to 70 M in 3 years.
What a piece of borscht…..
I hope he goes there, and stays there. His ego’s too big for North America. What a greedy piece of junk he is.
Go home, and stay home Ilya.
From all hockey fans, F-U.
Where ELSE would he remain if he signs with the KHL?
In Soviet Russia, hockey plays Kovalchuk…..
It’s true! $42 million dollars over three years!
Don’t go dissin’ borscht! But I agree that he should go back home and stay there (and take his agent with him)…he’s nothing but a greedy attention-whore.
Meh, the NHL will still always be the best. Kovalchuk would rather roll around in rubles than lift the Stanley Cup. We don’t need a guy like him over here. Let him lead Russia to “world championships” and fifth place flameouts at the Olympics and any other best-on-best tournaments.
On a sidenote, Mike, did you make it to a Dodgers game while on vacation?
Ya I did…
We saw the Dodgers-Nationals game on Saturday the 7th of August. Was an ok game, finished 3-2 for LA in 10 innings. That was the only game we could see them, because they were on the road for the rest of the week we were there for.
But my brother and I decided to drive to Anaheim and watch the Angels-Royals game on Tuesday the 10th of August. Thank God, what a beautiful city and stadium. I was honestly really impressed with the city of Anaheim, really clean and very nice people. Angel Stadium is something to see, sold out game with 45,000 people was really fun.
And omg, the ladies in ANAHEIM! WOW, Los Angeles girls are alright, but I’d give them an average of 6 on 10. But in Anaheim, the average is 8 on 10.
Tabarnack les filles sont belles la bas!
Anyone who threatens the KHL is more interested in cash than the prize, so f-him. It’s one thing to ask for what you are worth, it’s another to demand to be the highest paid player of all time or else. G’bye Kovy, you won’t be missed.
Question of the day: If you could have ANY 3 forwards and ANY 2 D-men to make a lineup, who would you pick?
For me it’s:
Richards (the Philly version) provides good offensive punch, and a crapload of grit to boot. Toews is in my opinion the best forward in the league and a phenomenal leader, and Nash is a monster that can score like crazy, plus these guys have some chemistry from playing together at the international level.
Weber has a phenomenal shot, one of the hardest I have ever seen, and is a wall on D. Keith can move like the wind and is one of the best in the world at gaining the zone.
Formerly known as Camel_Larry
Richards Crosby Ovechkin
Steve Ott – Sean Avery – Matt Cooke
Chris Pronger – Zdeno Chara
Sub: Steve Downie.
– I support Carey Price as the Number 1 Goalie!
Stamkos – Crosby – Ovi
Seabrook – Keith
Lots of comments about Guerin, like pulling off a scab.
The wound is that there is no apparent plan for the team. Are we going kids n’ picks?. Are we going cheap and cheerful and screw the fans?
Look at every successful Habs team. Look at every successful hockey team. They have depth and a mix of kids and vets. The art of management and the coaching is balancing those elements against all the variables: injuries, long year, slumps, etc., you know the speed bumps along the way.
If we are going all-kids and draft picks that’s fine. But management should come out and say so and tell us not to expect squat for 3-5 years. 2 of the guys that really cranked for us in the playoffs, Halak and Moore, are dumped like old poutine. What message is that sending? Please explain.
That’s been my gripe with BG / Gauthier since BG blew up the team. Ok, the plane crashed on a desert island. What’s the plan? Yes we have a few very good players and some good prospects. And a lot of generic spare parts. That’s tactical. What is the strategy?
When you are operating on a plan, when something like Guerin (not him specifically, but a type) of player comes up, it’s an easy decision if it’s a fit or not. The fact that we are having such a debate about him proves that we don’t know what the plan is either. Which actually doesn’t matter. But PG should know.
PG knows everything…
I believe the plan was to get
3. Build a core
By my recollection ALL of that was accomplished and is now being fine tuned
I don’t get it, we have most of our top six is closer to an average of 30, where as our bottom six is futher away from 30, isn’t that a mix?
Lemme see, every time a decent free agent comes up we have to debate why they arent being signed here, we can then segue into why was Moore dumped, throw in the Halak deal and you have the makings of a long post.
The strategy is pretty clear.
Halak was a good goalie. Price is also a good goalie. We only needed one good goalie as we are not a cup contender just yet. So we moved one of our goalies for something we lacked.
We have two very good young players that are expected to be impact players fairly soon. PK matured a year earlier than they expected and now we are caught out with Hamrlik and Spacek still under contract. PK will be an impact player right out of the gate and will change this team immensely.
Eller is a top flight centre/wing prospect. IF AK or Pouliot dont work out their issues this year he is set to take their place.
Markov will be extended. Our core defence going forward will be Markov and PK. Other GMs are green with envy when they see those two.
Center ice is locked up with Gomez, Pleks and Eller.
Wings are solid with Gionta and Cammaleri.
This team right now probably wont challenge for the cup. But next year we have cap space and our core assets locked up.
I’m not exactly sure where you’re going with all of this. We’re clearly not “going all-kids and drafts picks” given that the current core offensive players–Cammalleri, Gionta, Gomez, Plekanec–are 28, 31, 30, and 27. Darche is the only other forward over 30; the rest are between 22 (Maxwell) and 28 (Moen). You want to talk “all-kids” take a look at the Oilers and how much of a burden they’re placing on the 3 youngsters Hall, Eberle, and Pjaarvi-Svensson. On D we’ve got 3 35+ guys, a 31-year old Markov, 2 26’s (Gorges and O’Byrne), and 21-year old Subban. That’s one “kid” on the blue line. Carey Price is 23, Alex Auld is 29 – these are not children between the pipes. We have one good young goalie as the starter (hopefully for many years to come) and one serviceable journeyman to back him up the odd night.
Most–not all–of the core guys are signed long-term and they’ll be expected to gel together and continue to improve every year, while the younger guys will mature and continue on an upward trend as well. The core 4 forwards are under contract for the next several years – that’s the foundation of the team and will be what gets built around as the team looks to pursue the Cup. I don’t see Hamrlik & Spacek with the team after their current deals expire, but at that point we’ll either have sufficient cap space to invest in a well-established blueliner or we’ll have NHL-ready prospects that can assume those roles. The strategic objective, as it is for 29 other teams, is to be on an upward trajectory that will hopefully culminate with a Stanley Cup or two in the coming years. Just because you don’t know “what the plan is” and just because Gauthier hasn’t come out and spelled it out to all of us doesn’t mean that there isn’t a strategy in place.
—————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!
Again, I like the idea of a crusty vet forward with good hands. Shanahan would have been great with Koivu 2 years ago. Guerin might be a little too old. Moore was not crusty or cheap enough. Metro a little small. Someone will need a gig like this coming out of pre-season. Lang?
I’m still lost on why we ditched Moore. You can say “Eller” a thousand times but Moore was a proven guy, good on the faceoff, shifty along the boards, wickedly accurate shot, good dekes up the middle…..what the HELL do we expect Eller to do? All that and Moore (…sorry)?
I don’t get the mentality of dumping proven older folks for youth if the older guy isn’t even that old and has major talent.
Other than Halak, which really stung, letting go of Moore really got under my skin. I hated his trade but was proven so very wrong after less than a week or two. The guy REALLY lit it up in the playoffs too. But hey – who needs him? He’s not 20-25 and not a high draft pick. So f him right? He’s CLEARLY not worth 1 mil
LA Loyalist, what the Spruce Goose are you talking about? Are we going kids and picks? Are we going cheap?
Montreal’s projected line-up is a perfect mix of young players and vets. Almost every core player is in, or is entering their prime years. There are a few young players and a few 35+ players. Maybe these players can’t win a Cup, but the mix of experience and age is very good.
“If we are going all-kids and draft picks that’s fine. But management should come out and say so and tell us not to expect squat for 3-5 years. 2 of the guys that really cranked for us in the playoffs, Halak and Moore, are dumped like old poutine. What message is that sending? Please explain.”
There are 2, yes 2 rookies in the projected line-up (at least in the top 9, plus D, maybe White or someone wins a job on the 4th line). Montreal got an at least OK return (seems to be the going rate) for Halak. Can we please stop with this Moore stuff; he’s a great 3rd line center, who is being replaced with one of the rookies, who offers a lot more upside.
Billy Goat Guerin? What is the deal with this guy? Sure, some more depth would be nice, and if Guerin wants to sign for appox. $1M to play on Montreal’s 3ed line and maybe fill-in on the top six from time to time, well that would be fine with me.
The strategy….there wasn’t any. That’s why the free agent grab of July of ’09. The vets we had sucked and did not lead. When Martin was hired, he decided the best way to go was speed with a defence-first attitude. After being outshot practically every game and BARELY making the playoffs, that strategy was shown NOT to work that well.
Now, after watching the team come together and surpass expectations, management decided that the playoff run in Spring 2010 was a collective halucination that will not be repeated. They have ensured it won’t be by trading away the goalie that did the job and throwing away the 2nd round draft pick that Moore (who scored a game 7 winner against Washington) represented as well as Moore himself. They claim “cap issues”.
Like it or not, the Habs are set after acquiring Auld. They keep talking about fictional the “upside” of our younger players. Aside from Subban, there isn’t 1 top 6 player or D man. They all have, like the designated # 1, Price, “potential.”
The plan, it seems, is to keep sucking by remaining a forever middle-of-the-road soft team without enough sandpaper to get it done.
Habs will struggle to make the playoffs, but more than likely will be a bottom-feeder this year while we keep talking about potential and upside.
You didn’t see anything.
There are KHL teams in Latvia, Belarus and Kazakhstan…
Tough call, although I was thinkin’ maybe Bolgaria?
Well played. Another case of Bugs attempting a witty post before thinking it through.
Happens every day… More often than not
That’s how Bettman improves the NHL, puts teams in Hotlanta and the desert and now chases one of the best players in the league away. Just another stiff in a shirt and tie ruining pro sports hanging on to his job.
Kovalchuck is a beautiful player to watch streak up the wing, but he really hasn’t helped anyone win anything yet so I really wonder why Lou is willing to give the guy so much in the first place. He should ask for the trade to be rendered nul and void since it was founded on the reasonable assumption that K. could be signed.
* The Kovy II soap opera, banal as it is, continues. Watch Ilya’s agents structure a KHL deal that has him playin’ shinny over in Russia for a couple of months before the Devils org finally tables somethin’ palatable in front of the league. The boy’s entirely within his rights to do as he pleases in as much as I’m entirely within my rights to not possibly care less. Can’t, however, say the same for the BellCentreBoobirds™.
* Durin’ his comments on the Donald Fehr appointment, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly tipped his hat regardin’ the league’s strategy for the upcomin’ CBA negotiations, “He [Fehr] has a track record. It is what it is. We’ll deal with whoever’s there and we’ll make decisions, hopefully jointly, in the best interest of the sport.” Hopefully jointly, as in hopefully via the use of joints? They plan to ply the NHLPA’s new rottweiler with doobies? I don’t know about you, but I’m thinkin’ that might just be what the doctor ordered. Kumbaya galore, baby!
* According to this story, former Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon has put his southwest Lake Forest, Illinois home up for sale. As everyone already knows, Tallon moved on to GM the Florida Panthers after being demoted by the Blackhawks organization last year for several missteps, includin’ effin’ up the team’s RFA file. The article reports Dale and his wife, Margaret, have put their four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home at 1533 W. Everett Road on the market for $28.
* Carey Price hasn’t signed™. In other news, Crocodile Dundee star, Paul Hogan, is in trouble with the taxman in his native Australia. Attemptin’ to fly home from Oz after attendin’ his mother’s funeral, the actor, who’s only been in two movies I can possibly remember, was presented with a departure-prohibition order that prevents him from leaving until he settles a multimillion-dollar tax bill. Reports quote Hogan as havin’ quipped to the bailiff, “You call that a departure-prohibition order that prevents me from leaving until I settle a multimillion-dollar tax bill? This is a a departure-prohibition order that prevents me from leaving until I settle a multimillion-dollar tax bill!”
* Just saw this headline, “New NHL union boss Donald Fehr sure to produce fireworks”. WTF? The ink isn’t even dry on this Fehr dude’s new business cards and he’s already got the NHLPA branchin’ out into firework production. Look, I may not be the CEO of a multinational conglomerate – I just play one on the Internet – but even I know that is a fundamentally unsound business decision. Christ, some people just don’t get it.
would anyone give Darcy Tucker a chance on the bottom 6 with Yappy Lappy? — i know his best days are behind him but there was always something to love to hate about the man.
Only a few Habs ever return after being let go or traded. He is too old for our bottom 6. Let the new blood earn their place. No retreads please.
One of the most courageous and talented pests in league history. I was very disappointed to see him leave Montreal. Only despised because he played his heart out in ..barf…Toronto. If he’s healthy he would be a great pick up for anyone at 1.5 mil.
no way…he is dirty little punk and best days are way behind him .
Tucker’s greatest NHL achievement is being elbowed by Kovalev. No thanks.
I loved seeing Josh beat him up on 4/7/08.
Still hating him too much, got enough of an annoying ***** factor with Lapierre on the team, don’t need the whole league on our butts and you know those jerk referees will be watching us for the slightest infractions next season.
just for you Avatar, if you missed previous posts, I was telling the guys that my 7 year old spent a week at the Moore family hockey camp in Toronto with Domenic, Steve and Mark and long story short Domenic and his brothers were there, committed, hands on, sweet with the kids, pure love of the game and giving back to the game. I was really impressed.
It was great when I got to tell my son that Habs had dumped Moore.
Yeah, it’s a business.
We ditched Moore because he is a spare part. Always a spare part.
He is not a major talent, he is not big, he is not tough, he is not in high demand around the league.
He just isnt that good. He is an ok player.
Eller projects to be much better.
Try this. Imagine PG calls up Yzerman and says he would like to trade Eller for Moore straight up. How many heartbeats before Yzerman says deal?
Keep your “projects to be.” This is the NHL. Win or don’t. The choices management has made this summer probably means don’t.
He signed for $1M in August. You can be assured that wasn’t his asking price on July 1.
I don’t get the mentality that some folks have that every player that has ever been here (except Carey Price) is worth their weight in gold and must absolutely be retained at all costs, and if they leave it’s the end of the world. It’s one thing to have a “Save Kovalev” rally outside the Bell Centre, but even the likes of Dominic Moore, Francis Bouillon, heck even Kyle Chipchura garner more death throes postings than they ever demonstrated themselves to be worth. A Gui that averaged 16 goals per season drew a thread of over 1000 postings when he was traded – I would have severe doubts that so much WWW server space has been used for anything related to the name Guillaume Latendresse since that all died down.
Look, I think it’s great that we’ve got a passion level for some of these players, of whom obviously we’re at least somewhat emotionally invested. But at some point we need to realize that not everybody is an integral cog in the wheel, without whom the entire apparatus comes crashing down to relegate the Canadiens to lottery pick territory.
Always good to see such judgments being made four weeks before the first puck is dropped.
He isn’t that good? On what basis?
I believe in proving one’s worth, not projections. As much as I like Price – HALAK proved he was good stuff. I was never a believer in this “ceiling” nonsense – either the goalie stops the puck or he doesn’t.
Same for goal scorers – either it goes in or it doesn’t. Forget where they were drafted or what TSN predicts will happen.
Also your suggestion is a little odd – trade Eller for Moore? Is there something I’ve forgotten? Minus Darche they could have signed Moore for 1-1.5 easy. Then move Eller to the wing, which is where he’ll end up anyway if he’s as good as they say he is.
moore has a long history of asking way more than he is worth. re: leafs ,sabres, florida just saying.
Dominic Moore’s one decent offensive year was his playing in Toronto where his having a pulse made him a viable Top 6 player and he actually got time there and added up some points.
Eller is much younger and had an excellent campaign in his rookie year in NA, when he had spent the rest of his hockey playing years on international ice and was adjusting to it, he’d also missed training camp that year because of mononucleosis and still led his team in scoring, went All-Rookie as well. Eller is 21, Moore is 30. Age counts sometimes and this was a case of it.
We keep the old men, we’re stupid, we try and bring in the young guys, we’re nuts. How’s this supposed to work guys? If we had acquired different pieces in the Halak deal maybe Moore would have been kept on but Eller fills a more diverse role and he’s much younger with higher potential upside.
You forgot Darcy Tucker!
I’ll one-up ya:
Pronger-Ballard (See: Near decapitation of own goalie)
Ryan White is my leading candidate to win a spot on the fourth line. Kid plays with jam, shoots right, knows his way around all three zones, throws hits, and is willing to stick up for his teammates. Looks like he could fit in quite nicely on a line with Moen and Boyd. Discuss.
I also hope he switches his number from 53 to 28 (what he wore in the AHL) if he lands a full-time gig. Discuss.
A little young and smallish to be depended on for muscle but he could soon become a decent player and might help Moen and Boyd play with more moxy.
White correctly identified the lack of grit on the big club and decided to fill that role. There is a good chance he will make the team.
But no one is talking about Andreas Endqvist. I expect he will get a good long look at camp and maybe make the team as the 4th line center.
What about Darche?
Hey folks, from time to time i write blogs on HockeyBuzz and just finished one on Player Point Predictions (From a fan POV) Please feel free to take a read. I started with the centers. The wingers will be next
Numbers are a bit too bais, 90 points for Pleck? Also Laps going to be playing RW with Eller being the 3rd line C.
If Plekanec gets 75 assists I’ll eat my computer.
Nice job, man.
Completely agree on Gomez, with pleks I’m thinking maybe 10 less assists and 5 more goals than your prediction, and Completely agree with Boyd + Laps, although I would like to see Boyd playing with Pyatt and Eller on the 3rd line. (leaving Moen-Laps-Darche/White as the 4th line)
95 pts for Pleks???!!!
What are you rolling, dude? lol…
Pleks at 95 points?
Not too sure about that…he’ll be a marked man for the opposing teams top checkers this year, he’ll have a tough time just to match last seasons output.
But I hope you’re right and I’m wrong…
Heh. A classic that is easily in my Top 10 hits of all time.
What’s interestin’ about the clip is the manner in which Tucker’s playin’ prior to gettin’ pasted. He so recklessly wants to maim someone, anyone, I’m not sure he’s fully conscious he’s playin’ hockey.
Tucker is one of those very, very rare Habs I despised as a Hab. Classless and seemingly devoid of any respect for his competitors, I can think of few modern-day NHLers – Ulf Samuelsson comes to mind – who exhibited such poor behavioural control on the ice.
Heck, I remember havin’ an email exchange with Jack Todd, back in the day when he was still sane, regardin’ Tucker and the fact we both shared a distaste for him. If Todd and I actually agreed on somethin’, there had to be somethin’ to it.
No way I ever again want to see that POS in a Habs uni.
Because he started his career before Crosby and Ovechkin, perhaps you guys can’t be expected to know that much about him.
Dominant junior and AHL player, Six 20 goal nhl seasons, very hard to play against, has won more fights than lost, not afraid to drop ’em with anyone, including guys like Bouillon or Kovalev. who I love, but who outweigh him by more than 25 pounds.
If he is not concussed and his knees are OK, he’s a guy that takes your team further. We may not need him but someone will. Risebrough, Keane, Recchi, Ricci, Dale Hunter (with guts) type player.
I dunno, you sound a little like jack at his best to me. Confused. Tucker was and is a very smart and disciplined shite disturber who probably told jack to jack. That’s hockey.
Re-read your strange tagline.
Then try to teach us somethin’ we don’t know about Tucker.
You’re havin’ one hell of a day.
Keep it up.
and related to Shayne Corson who i always liked as player but thats beside the point. the moore i think about tucker the moore i want to barf.
I love Kovy’s “…..grrrrrr….” expression when he gets high sticked. Like he’s saying “I have had ENOUGH of this clown” and carefully plans his attack.
Thanks, just read it again. It’s got a nice ring to it.
Tucker also “gutlessly” protected and helped his brother-in-law and former 1st rounder Shane Corson hang on a little longer after he fell into mental illness and was afraid to leave his hotel room.
And…. just ’cause your soooo… interested, like a lot of people, Shane and Darcy didn’t get along with booze hounds like jack, who, as he would be the first to admit, wasn’t very popular with any of the Expos or Habs players back then.
hahaha..that was awesome
He probably also once rescued a cat from a tree.
Wouldn’t put this character-challenged man in a Habs uni for the league minimum. Not a guy I want foulin’ up my dressin’ room and bringin’ into question my judgment in front of the rest of the team. Big picture.
I second that emotion.
Whenever I feel really blue I go on YouTube and watch Kovalev outsmart Tucker. It never fails to make me smile just thinking about it.
I love that clip. One of my favorite hockey moments.
2nd round picks that ask for too much money with a cap tight team see Moores history please. . reality is we are a cap tight team, they had no choice but to trade away halak look at his salary in st.louis. prudent management as far as iam concerned and not saying i back management all the time either.
Montreal did not throw away a 2nd round pick on Moore. In recent draft history only approximately 30% of 2nd round picks have played 40 games or more in their careers. Montreal got great value out of the Moore trade. Moore is set to be replaced by Eller, who is a top 20-25 prospect in the league. Eller offers more offensive upside, and more size without losing much on the defensive side of things.
Good thing they kept the two guys that scored a collective 22 goals, the defence that did epic shot-blocking and shut down the three best players in the world along the way.
The team has a core of leadership, solid veterans and a Bottom-6 unit that can match the grit of most groups out there in the case of those basement teams that can’t afford the cap, really knock them around since the Bottom 6 players they have are actually in their Top 6.
I don’t know, trading Halak, even with a cap tight team, winning should be the number 1 priority, but it does not seem to be that way. At least on the top of it. Gainey painted Gauthier in a corner, but hey Gauthier knew what kind of year he was going into.
That was hilarious. It’s like politics, always the carrot…
We have a few studs, as you say: Markov, Cammy, almost definitely Subban, I agree. Gionta I think brings it.
The rest are all from Canadian Tire (with maybe a couple of exceptions I haven’t mentioned).
Get ready to be shredded by the PriceBots
Maybe. He hasn’t done squat yet. And we gave up our best goalie for “maybe”.
hear ya..lets wait and see what the first couple of months bring.
I hear ya, but building a NHL roster is all about the risk reward trade off and trying to project future performance. Just because he hasn’t done squat doesn’t mean he won’t.
desharnais did better than eller ?
My god this team has a center fetish. Why don’t they trade for some wingers?
Because for years the team is lacking a certain strength of depth for big centers so in the last two drafting years the team accepted that issue and drafted a ton of centers.
Cs also transition to wingers as they leave junior and go into the AHL and NHL. Eller’s LW/C and Montreal has 5 other wingers in their top 20 prospects, which is actually about equal with His Majesty, the Right Honorable Saint Steve Yzerman’s Tampa Bay Lightning prospect chart.
trade what? where are we deep enough to trade? Seriously.
Lou’s not willing to give the guy so much. He said after the deal was signed that the owners pushed it, and Lou himself didn’t like it. I’ll bet his statements figured into the arbitrator’s decision to scrap the contract.
First sensible objection I’ve heard. Just remember, when Lappy plays with an edge, this team can win a playoff series.
i honestly beleive that 90pts is totally possible for Pleks with an uninjured Cammy and rejuvenated AK.
Eller won’t be the center, Laps will. Eller will play the wing first and possibly move to center later on.
You have to read between the lines…derfab is really all about recycling….when something is no longer usable, we find a way to recycle it,..saving the planet by reusing is an honorable approach…I’m not certain Tucker was that valuable before….but……gotta love the message!
Recycle, reuse…and then reject..I think Tuckers’ gone through the first two…
He had 45 last year, why is 30 more that hard to imagine with an uninjured Cammy and rejuvenated AK?
Also, it’s just a prediction … for fun Please keep that in mind.
i’m writing this down in my notebook…
“andrewbershire…eat computer…pleks 75 assists…”
it’ll be a good clip on youtube similar to this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRt1aNsNM0c
If you eat your computer, I’ll jam my left arm into a harvester combine.
left ARM? C’mon, man, be more… creative.
If he eats his computer, and you jam ur left arm into a harvester combine, I’ll be surprised.
We can dream.
I’ll provide the hot sauce.
Nobody else wants to step up to the plate?
Berkie’s willin’ to sacrifice the proper functionin’ of his digestive system, and I’ve got my left arm precipitously danglin’ out there, all in an attempt to incent Pleks to assist greatness.
When Tomas Jagr nails that 75th, nothin’ less than a torrent of tumblin’ dominos of Habs fan self-mutilation will suffice.
EDIT: You know what? Fine! I’ll give in to peer pressure! If you shove your arm into a combine because AB ate his computer, I’m gonna cram my entire freakin foot (the right one, of course) into a wood chipper.
OK, my God….
I guess I’ll shave a #75 down there, or something…
Good enough? Or does more blood have to be involved to be cool like you guys, eh?!
Nick somethin’ and we’re in business.
An average of ONE player per year has hit 75+ assists since the lockout. Plekanec is great but he’s not a franchise player.
This is about as far as I’ll go…
Caved-in chest, crushed upper body, etc….
i’ll paper cut my tongue..
that’s right you sissies.. that’s how a real man does it
88 is the new 23
Oh god, they’d better win the cup then. That’s hardcore.
I’ll re-wrench my neck, I just started being able to turn my head without immediate pain.
I’ll spend one hour on the LA freeway with my a/c off. How’s that for stepping up?
I am assuming Plekanec will have a 75 point season. 23 goals and 52 assists! Yes siree, you heard it here first!
Having been on that freeway 2 weeks ago, way to go for stepping up.
You hit the grand slam there, buddy.
Gesture menacingly at vehicles sportin’ tinted windows and we’ve got somethin’.
That I will believe.
If you jam your arm into a combine, Ill jam my junk into a electronic pencil sharpener
75 assists + 12 in the post-season and I’ll place my package in a wood chipper.
Don’t pollute the water.
Thx man! I appreciate that and would also like to see the grind line you mentioned … and who knows … perhaps we will
Np, and yeah, if those lines happened, it would likely be tough to tell which was the 3rd line and which was the 4th, as they would probably have similar ice time.
I would just hate to see Eller play with Moen & Laps… their sticks are where pucks go to die. (unless you’re Gonchar & Fleury, anyways)
I think the 3rd line will be Laps, Eller and Pyatt
4th – Moen, Boyd, White/Darche
The very good stuff Mike
I am being hopful with Pleks, see my reasoning below in regards to AK and Cammy
So since were all bored…..Mike’s new and improved question of the day…..
Which one of these 4 scenerio’s would you perform if it meant the Habs winning the Cup?
1- Sleeping with your mother in-law every Tuesday during “Les Mechants Mardis”, in your bed, and having to call her “hot stuff”.
2- Giving up watching tv, for life.
3- Giving up the internet, for life.
4- Moving to Toronto.
4 – Moving to Toronto.
Because I already live in Toronto
I may not always agree with you Mike G, but that is hilarious.
Live in Brantford, which is outside the GTA but I drove by moving here and I still feel unclean so I say it counts.
I would give up watching tv for life and the internet…… I would move to Fiji and have Natalie Gulbis and Danica Patrick join me 😉
Easy, I live in Toronto. Oh and BTW just got my tickets to the Leafs home opener with the Habs.
easy give up TV.
PS..aside from the leafs..TO is an excellent place to live and iam not even from TO.
Three predictions by The Upper Canadien before heading for vacation:
1) Price signs a short-term deal, likely two years, maybe one.
2) Kovalchuk bolts for the KHL – hey, could you say no to $15 million tax free?
3) Owen Nolan signs with the Sharks.
Read more: http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/hockey/comments/cant_put_a_price_on_a_few_days_off/
Only 8 spots left to join the HIO Unlimited league on ESPN. I hope the people who missed out on the last league have joined this one. BTW Mike G has said he is going to win……..
CORRECTION: Mike G didn’t say he’s gonna win. Mike G already won.
Saint Burke and Saint Yzerman make a trade, prospect D Matt Lashoff goes from Tampa in exchange for forward prospects Alex Berry and Stefano Gilliati. Media credits both sides with completely winning the trade and robbing the other side blindly.
This trade of course makes no actual sense, Toronto has less depth at forward than a kiddie pool and TB had questionable defensive depth to begin with.
Sorry, I’m a Yahoo guy through and through. I always end up going having to say no to two or three more pool opportunities every year. I can’t spread myself too thin, you know?
I’m more than willing to follow the progress/watch the trash talk fly though, and if anyone wants any fantasy advice, I can certainly give it.
Lashoff was already a Bruins castoff if I recall correctly. I wouldn’t consider him to be much of a prospect anymore.
i wen to highschool with stefano giliati before he left to play AAA hockey.
apparently new kovalchuk deal is done with jersey.
Is Bill Daly a family member of yours?
You know what…
Kovalchuk should……(what he says in the last 4 senconds)
Is Tampa ever gonna give anyone else a chance to win the Cup, or are they always gonna win it?!!!
You know, I think Steve Yzerman is the new Chuck Norris.
What is another pool….. Just think the fun you can have when you beat Mike G
Seriously, what are the Leafs trying to do here – fill their entire roster with d-men? Kaberle, Phaneuf, Gunnarsson, Schenn, Beauchemin, Lebda, Komisarek, Finger, Richmond and now Lashoff. 10 D-men. Yet they were still last place in the goals against category last year. Why not trade them for depth up front?
Seems like it doesn’t it?
Waiting for that Twitter topic to trend soon #ThingsYzermanDidToday
Would someone refresh my memory, please. Who wore the “A” last season?
You know what’s funny…
If Yzerman drove his car into an old folks home, shot 3 cops and threw away the cure for every disease in the world, everyone would still say it’s a great day for hockey, it’s another A+ for Yzerman and the Lightning are headed in the right direction.
This man simply can’t do no wrong.
Markov, Gill and Gionta were the original A’s, but with injuries Gomez, Cammalleri, Moen and possibly Gorges also had A’s for some games.
The HAbs have changed the intro page of their website from the Thanks/Merci back to the Nous Sommes Canadiens with Gio Marky and Gill. I thought I had a scoop but I guess it’s just back to the default from last year.
The shorter list is who didn’t get to wear the A. Half the team wore it at one point or another.
its easier to build from nothing. harder to add more pieces re: Habs.
Markov, Gill, Gionta, Gorges, Spacek, Cammalleri, Gomez, Hamrlik, Moen.
I guess so! You coming to the summit this year Jim?
Yup. Looking forward to it. Want to do Sat lunch after the tour same as last year?
Fun question for ya’ll
Who “over values” thier players more : Habs fans or Leaf fans?? discuss….
I say Leaf fans — was reading some of the comments posted on TSN about the recent trade i almost pi$$ed myself laughing at some of the crap the laff fans are saying what a bunch of IDIOTS and i thought we were bad.
Leafs fans, the way they slobber over Phaneuf… it’s insane.
Love this quote from Kamal Panesar (hockey buzz) today i did lol
“While many would be happy to see Hamrlik traded for a dog and then see that dog shot, he simply will not be moved before training camp.”
Don’t forget Aulie who they are higher than a kite about.
Thats no way to treat a man whose been above the call of duty for the habs. Shame to those who think that of Hamrlik.
Here are the rates for the new ” HALL OF FAME” and Bell Center tour
Nov6th at 10.30am. Everyone and anyone just show up a little early to
get your tickets.
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i agree with you. However in my demented little mind i still found it funny.
I’m pretty sure most of us would be excited if he was with the Habs.
Kamal was a bit harsh there. I don’t think anyone wants Hamrlik traded THAT bad.
Aw that’s too bad…I’m sure all the haters would’ve loved to keep bashing him for wanting to go back home.
Id say habs fans. But for the media, Id say toronto media overvalues the leaf players more than the montreal media overvalues the habs.
I’d like to think we’re better than leaf fans who hate their work horse players. Hamr may not be the best but he’s still pretty damn good out there. The only issue is his contract which can be fixed after this year.
We’d like the potential of Phaneuf, but who here would honestly buy him being named Captain after 26 games as a Hab when he was basically a deadline acquisition with no history of leadership and leaving CGY when he was reportedly far from the most popular man in the room?
We’d call Gauthier a madman grasping at straws.
I like the Hammr.
sure his play decreased as the year went on but he was never ment to play 25 mins a game, and did so dutifully and proudly.
love the guy.. happy to have him on my team
88 is the new 23
Isn’t HIO fantasy hockey?
Agreed..Hamr has played his position…can also drop the gloves if needed.. I’d prefer him to do what he is needed top do and take the PK point .
IMO He is so invisible, we look for him to complain..but..in what he does..he is essential to this team
Apparently he came in and immediately took control of the room, thus earning everyone’s respect. But what do we know, we’re not in the team (fortunately haha!). Besides, Leafs fans are not the ones who named him captain, and that’s what we’re talking about here (the fans). And who else do they have to slobber over? Not much there.
A fact: Stockwell Day himself said when he lived in Montreal with his parents he used to scalp tickets for Habs games outside the Forum.
Being the strongest voice in the Toronto Maples Leaf locker room is in fact, not the hardest thing to do, by virtue of being the only person who doesn’t have a broken spirit from the season. Completely sad-sack team that was rudderless all season. Whether he can actually get them going when it matters is another story and the fans just accepted the whole Phaneuf C thing and acted like he’s going to be a Top 5 NHL defencemen from now on.
What are the fans going to do? Veto the decision to make him captain? The point is, all fans hype up their own and get excited about the players they prefer. Getting a player of Phaneuf’s caliber was a breath of fresh air for them. It’s just another example of fans jumping behind every move management makes. We all do it. Most Habs fans did it for the Halak trade in order to avoid falling into a sea of pessimism.
The guy is NUTS nothing wrong with Hamer I like him leave him alone..I am sick of people picking on our players on this site if you do not have something nice to say…………………..say nothing at all LET’T GO HABS!!!!!!!!
Hammer definately stepped up when we needed him during the season.
But not Plekanec oddly.
It’s always a highlight.
Seriously Burke has got to be the most one-dimensional, idiotic GM I’ve seen in a long time.
TSN says he picked up Matt Lashoff (DEFENCEMAN!!!) for 2 prospects.
He probably has something against the Leafs organization… Seriously, he must loathe them.
Hamr is like Gomez; overpaid, yes… but they do their jobs very adequately.
The moment one of them slips at all (like Hamr did a couple of games during the playoffs) people want their heads on a plate.
I like Hamr. I think he’s still an intense guy to play against and is a good top 4 d-man. He’s definitely far from the best but he gets the job done when he needs to. I have no doubt in my mind that he’s played injured for us cause you can’t go from pure crap to suddenly valuable to your team from one game to the next like he did during the playoffs.
He’s a good guy and doesn’t deserve all the flak he’s been getting. He’s by no means a saint, and is not immune to criticism but some people have been treating him worse than dirt.
I still don’t think any of the remaining prospects in Hamilton would be able to do as good a job defensively as Hamr could if we were to trade him. That’s why I think we should keep him and at worse, trade him before the deadline if we have to.
I still think he’s an undercover agent for the Bruins.
Hamrlik is a great player …just needs to play less minutes because of his age.
You could count me in for that! I’ve always got time to chat some hockey with (reasonably) sane folk while hoising a cold one or two.
I say undercover agent for Harold Ballard.
It’s funny cuz when I hear him talk about anything other than the leafs, he seems like a very well informed, level-headed, straight-shootin cat.
Must be that maple leafs Gardens loser atmosphere that makes one all woozy in the head, poor bastich.
Oh, well. What can you do?
The Hamr is all that. A real stand-up Mensch.
Tell your boy Kamal he shouldn’t take player-efficiency notes after 3:00 am. Judging by the replies you got, it seems that by “many”, he means himself.
Then put your little hand in mineThere ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb
BabeI got you babeI got you babe…
…okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.
Burke definitely seems to want to follow in the old chap’s footsteps.
-Being a complete jerk on t.v.: CHECK
-Leaving question marks all over the team’s future: CHECK
-Ruining the team financially: IN PROGRESS
Burke still hasn’t made any derogatory statements versus women like Ballard has… maybe we can get someone that resembles Jim Hunt to interview him…
In the modern Loafs era in Toronto, I don’t think Burke could do anything to undo the Leafs financial success. At this point it’s a self-propagating monster regardless of results.
And therein lies the rub.
Throw in a fan base and media horde whose unattainable expectations result in knee-jerk decisions by even the most staid of management, and perhaps otherwise ironically fosters an atmosphere of complacency, cause anythin’ in a Loafs jersey is twice as good as it really is, and you’ve got yourself 42 more years.
Funny enough, just as I read this comment, “Highway to Hell” flipped on my playlist.
– I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
The hockey gods are communicatin’ with you. Light some incense, I understand they like that stuff.
To be fair to the Loafs org – which is not somethin’ I generally am, but a guy has to have his fun – it goes without sayin’ the Habs have had more than their fair share of problems since ’93.
Difference between the two orgs, at least in my view, is that vile piece of work Ballard absolutely demolished the Loafs and set them back at least a decade. Guys like Fletcher and Ferguson, Jr. were not cut of the same cloth, but their seemin’ incompetence did nothin’ to move the team forward. Admittedly, their ’93 roster was somethin’, though. Fortunately, the Habs were only cursed by one well-meanin’ fool in Houle and have enjoyed a higher modicum of success.
Problem is, of course, relative success is not meaningful. None of my children have been around for a Cup, although one was born a few months after the last, and that has gotta change.
Off to bed. Youngest has soccer playoffs at the crack of dawn and her AAA brother will be takin’ no prisoners tomorrow afternoon at Claude Robillard 2 against Ahuntsic.
FS – Not me.
I noticed your self-mutilation discussion on the other page…you should take notes from these guys (crazy) or these guys (REALLY CRAZY).
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
— George Orwell —
Pierre-Marc Bouchard is hopeful after missing most of last season
by Michael Russo
He’s skating two or three times a week in either downtown Montreal with teammate Martin Havlat’s group or the south shore of Montreal with teammate Guillaume Latendresse’s group. He takes part in full drills, then about 15 minutes of the scrimmage while wearing a heart monitor. He doesn’t allow his heart to rise over 150-160 beats per minute. He’s yet to experience contact.
If you haven’t noticed …..
WINNIPEG (August 27, 2010) –Statement from Certified Agent Don Baizley regarding Paul Kariya’s playing future:
“Paul Kariya will not play hockey during the 2010/11 season. After being examined by concussion specialist Dr. Mark Lovell, Paul is not able to play hockey due to post-concussion syndrome.”
Edmonton Oilers G Nikolai Khabibulin has been found guilty on all 3 charges. He will serve a minimum of 30 days in jail. …. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Oilers+goalie+Khabibulin+found+guilty/3447621/story.html
How the Oilers almost traded Sheldon Souray for Scott Hartnell, according to TV sportscaster
Listenng to his interview on xm during the summit this was one of his gem quotes,”having the g.m. of the toronto maple leafs at the summit gives it some credibility”
My bad,left out the part that said pending on league approval. I think they said 15 year deal.
Mario Tremblay is back living in Montreal, & is very, very happy to be there.
You are right to observe that it was ‘odd’ that he didnt.
But that’s what I like about Plakanec. He seems like the guy who puts on his overalls grabs his lunch paild and trudges off to work. No drama! And probably does’t think of it as ‘odd’ that he wasnt.
And he is the one habs who has shown a consistent improvement in his play since he came up to the big team. He has had ups and downs of course, but has not faltered precipitously.
I think the additions that we have made will mean that with the right ‘juggling’ of players Plekanec will have better and more permanent linmates than he did last season and will have a big year.
It’s so darn exciting writing anything about the team these days. The season is so close. And I see so many good strong indications coming from the players.
Cami/Gomez/PK working together so comfortably… I think Gomez and Cami(especially) are rearing to play with PK on the PP and have him do his stuff. I think they look on PK as the fans look on PK.. excitement for the team.
Lappierre working out hard and sounding determined and taking boxing lessons according to a poster.
Markov healing fast and well and establishing himself as a Canadian.
I think I saw where Pouliot is working out hard too.
Eller and Boyd. White will most likely make the team for grit.
I even think Auld is a better contingency solution in goal. He once had a good month or two of great goaltending in Ottawa.
A few random observations on a morning without the benefit of coffee…yet.
Kamal’s comments regarding Hamrlik are just plain stupid. Hamrlik hated by Habs fans? That comment and the cheap dog trade joke are just childish attempts at increasing their hits. I’ve now removed their dumbass site from my bookmarks and urge you to do the same.
Interesting thread late last night on Brian Burke’s continued attempts to pull the Leafs down to his level. Got me to do some checking. For example, did you know that when in 1955, the year the Toronto Marlies won the Memorial Cup, Harold Ballard was the Marlies President and GM? And that in June of that very same year one Brian Burke was born? Coincidence? I’m going with the “Burke is Ballard’s Love Child” angle.
Pleks getting 75 points this season? I’m tossing in a painful hammer smack to my thumb. You know, the kind that makes your nail fall off in a bloody heap about a week later.
I like Kamal. I don’t always have to agree with him. The rest of the article is very well written and thought out.
Given Markov’s injuries, Hamrlik has been, by a good margin, our best defenceman several years running.
character is derfab destiny.
Mario is a good guy and will be fun to listen to on RDS. He ad to stand up to Roy. Houle blew it. character is derfab destiny.
Hamrlik had more ice time last season than any other players on our roster. Including Gorges and Pleks, even though he played 7 games less than both of them and is about 9-10 years older. More than a regular shift on BOTH PP and PK, and his shifts were the longest on the team. Honestly at his age and physical level he did AWESOME last season.
I saw a post on here yesterday that said it all. Just because Gomez and Hamrlik are being overpaid doesn’t mean they don’t play excellent. It’s ridiculous that people think because they are overpaid they suck. Ignore salary. One guy is getting over paid, another is getting underpaid. Thats how it goes for every team. Do you really think because we are the MONTREAL CANADIENS that these rules do not apply? Do we really think because of all our glory, that automatically we arent starting on the same level as every other team?
Honestly the fans in this city make the Club rich and also do the most harm to the Team. Hamr deserves our support. As does Gomez… Not alot said lately about Gill, but first two mistakes he makes, and first two times he is too slow to get back…. Once again, the train comes and EVERYONE jumps on board and says he is the worst defenceman ever and if we don’t dump him we will be in last place for the next 10 years…
There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…
Happy Birthday Pierre Turgeon!
Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!
Great post! Now I feel guilty of accusing Hamrlik back in May for playing “horribly” against the Washington Capitals in the first round. I am going to try my best to control my emotions and be patient as a fan. Once again, great post Joseph!
Just joined the HIO unlimited Fantasy Pool on ESPN is gonna be a good league 20 teams we r going to need to find good sleepers to win it all. 6 places left. And Mike G get ready to get ur ass handed to you.
I hear that team Global Killers is the team to beat. 😉
Paul Kariya is taking this year off from the NHL as he was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. I wish him all the best.
Is the Bell center tour including the Habs Dressing Room? I seem to remember during one Summit it was not available because the season had started, not remember fully the details of it.
If it is, I might join you guys for this.
Static – I’m sure that Mario’s name will be seen on this site very often, lol.
What’s Next For Khabibulin? ….. by Jim Matheson
Thank you, but don’t get me wrong. When they screw up I get as pissed as the next guy. I really liked MAB’s scoring potential, and I understood why we played him as we needed more scoring, and he did pretty decent. However every time the puck jumped over his extra thin stick, I cursed having him.
See but last season our problem wasn’t defence. Our problem was offense. Mostly because our consistent players were injured. Others like AK and Pouliot couldn’t get it done. Now I am willing to give Pouliot a full season under JM. But AK for me has no excuse. He should have done better. Hopefully he will play well in his contract year, but i hope it will keep going for him.
I am pretty excited to see how Pouliot, Eller, PK, and AK do. I think we have a very good mix of players, and once we get Markov back to full fitness I think The Habs will be one of the best in the East. I am extremely excited to see how Carey does. Cmon October…
Is it a 30 day minimum for the SENTENCE only, and he gets out after 5-10 days of good behaviour. How overcrowded are these prisons? And would he even get sentenced to an actual prison or some other facility. Lots of questions up in the air. Biggest problem is that the Oilers don’t have a better option. Deslaurier isn’t better and Nicolai is signed for 3 more seasons. I doubt he will be in jail for more than a week.
If I was a goalie for the Oilers, I’d ask the judge to double my sentence.
hilarious. thank you.
At the end of Matheson’s article, it says that Khabibulin may have a rough road ahead.
If Khabibulin gets 30 days in jail, there’s a possibility he could
be spending his time at Tent City, the military-style camp in the
With legendary tough-on-crime sheriff Joe Arpaio,
Khabibulin picked the wrong U.S. state to get behind the wheel of his
sports car on Super Bowl weekend. The guilty at Tent City wear prison
stripes and have been known to wear pink underwear, too.
who has been featured on the 60 Minutes, has a well-earned reputation
as a hard-liner. The convicted sleep in tents and work in the desert.
It’s not a nice place, at all.
… and Lenny Manischevits – that guy in the concession stand, he wore the “A” at least a couple of nights when we had injuries.
I mean we were short… he stepped right up. I suggest we take him over to Ben’s for a thank you sandwich after the game.
Oh yeah, Ben’s… that’s kind of gone, isn’t it?
“Bent but not broken” (new 2010/11 personal slogan)
Ian, you’re the best.
If he was Latino he would be in major shit in AZ. Tent Jails in a camp setting . . . . .wrong state indeed.
Am I correct in saying that Montreal has approximately 4.1 mil of cap space left. And assuming that Price signs for approximatley 2.75 mil. That leaves the team with approximately 1.35 if they wish to add a player.
Bill Guerin is available and wont be resigned by the Penguins. If he can be persuaded to accpet say 800.00 to 1mil for the next year, should Montreal sign Bill Guerin to a 1 yr contract with option year and bonuses.
I read Eklund’s piece and I tend to agree with him that Guerin would be a great addition to the room and also on the ice. He will add size and toughness and can be used sparingly on a 3rd or 4th line and when the top two lines are being pushed around or need a momentum swing he can be inserted there for a shift or two.
I’d love to see him, but would he be what you say or would he take the BGL endorsement/local vedette route to close out his career.
Yeah: don’t listen to Eklund.
But seriously, I think most GMs want to have some cash left for unpredictable situations. And I’m not sure that Guerin would accept less than $1M with taxes in Quebec. Plus, who gets benched for him? It wouldn’t be a horrible move but I don’t necessarily encourage it either.
This year we are having our first tour of the NEWLY OPENED Canadiens Hall Of Fame. Should be great this year. Everyone welcome.
Also the ROCKET’S granddaughter Cathrine Richard will be conducting our 1st tour of the Hall Of Fame.
This year we are having our first tour of the NEWLY OPENED Canadiens Hall Of Fame.
Should be great this year. Everyone welcome.
The ROCKET’S granddaughter Cathrine Richard will be conducting our 1st tour of the NEW Canadiens Hall Of Fame.
For people that want to attend the SUMMIT in Mtl.
Nov,5,6,7, and do not have a game ticket or would like to get another
ticket, here is a link for you.
I know, I know,!!
5 spots left in the ESPN HIO Unlimited league. HIO 2010 Habs Fans Only filled up in one day, So if you want a spot in the second league best do it today. I hope Mr Cobb joins and some more of the female posters on here, and have you ladys give the guys a run for who can draft the best team.
If Guerin goes anywhere now nearing the end of his NHL playing career it will be near where he lives in South Jersey.
I would love to join, where is the link?
The gap between these 2 teams narrows as Gauthier twiddles his thumbs and Burke makes another addition and at a reasonable cost. – – – – http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=331935
I have sent you a email.
YVW. Got my ticket. Looking forward to the events. Thanks to you Ian!!!
Adding a 3rd liner is closing the gap, really?
the thing is.. the leafs didn’t have a 16 goal scorer.
our 3rd line was/is full of them.
what do you want Gauthier to do lol
I’d be pissed if Gauthier makes that signing – we’ve got good young forwards from our own system that need to audition for a spot. I’d rather they be up playing than MacArthur. I wouldn’t mind an upgrade in the top 6, but, still, our top 6 beats the hell out of THEIR top 6 and we’ve got enough competition in our bottom 6 as it is.
“our top 6 beats the hell out of THEIR top 6″
try our 12 beats the hell out of THEIR 12
other then kessel they don’t have any real first liners.
maybe versteeg if he picks up his game
Yep, a real game breaker this one. And big too.
I love comedy!
Oh God! Not Clarke Macarthur! How will we cope with dealing with a guy who scored 16 goals last season? I don’t think we could handle such a menace…
it’s a typo.. he actually scored 116 goals last season.. but Burke is a genius, he knows the truth about super star Macarthur
Re: a couple of days ago…trumpet sounds?!?! How DARE you!
I wonder how it feels to post something and have the general census disagree with you?
4 teams left – joined this one too 😀
thank you for a cogent response. I’m sincerely trying to figure this out.
Thirteenth forward, press box on most nights.
thank you for playing. that’s a reasoned response. As I’ve posted, I’m truly trying to make sense of this team.
I’m mostly worried about goal, but so are we all except the Price fan club.
I guess in 20 games we’ll have a lot more to go by. thanks again.
I worry about a lot of things, mostly the five Goliaths: al Qaeda, global warming, sex predators, mercury poisoning. The Habs’ goaltending situation didn’t make the list.
That doesn’t count then, there’s a clause for that…
You get an extra option #4….here it is:
4- Moving to Baaaston. (where you can go watch the Bruins at the “baaa”, and get in the “caaaaa”, drink some “wotaaaar” and go to Fanway to watch the “Saaaax”)
Oh boy, that is too scary. I would give up TV for life!
Thank God for the Internet and justin.tv!
That doesn’t count, too bad. It’s like saying your a vegetarian just because you prefer salad over a steak.
That shiiit don’t work for Mike G’s questions.
You get another option #4 too. And yours is:
4- Becoming Brian Burke’s personal bathroom assistant at the ACC. (duties include anything that can possibly go on in a mensroom)
Option 5. Intimate relations with a cactus.
But what’s your choice?
I’ve already moved away from Toronto and Montreal so it’s the cable tv (except habs games by streaming).
My kid will cry, but, hey. It’s not always easy being a habs fan.
what did you pay?
No TV or internet? how you gonna follow the Habs?
Im sure Natalie and Danica will have tv and internet. 😉
And give me the play by play on the beach.
And I’d love to have a 3rd shaft.
It’s nice to dream, eh?
played his heart out in TO? uhh no, he played his heart out in his contract year and got big bucks, then he went back to being useless and taking stupid penalties that hurt the team. that is why they kicked his can to the curb in TO.
And how you gonna watch the Habs?
I have to watch them online anyway, so TV is an easy one.
Tv is so obsolete. Only use it to watch blu-ray dvds, and even that I can do on my pc.
Don’t pollute the water.
watch on line.
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