Something different for a Monday

Calgary Flames v Montreal Canadiens

Let’s lead with a YouTube mash-up.
Dahabsrule has put together a video on Max Pacioretty (photo by Getty Images).

And Puck Daddy has a cool item on Carey Price’s fashion shoot for Harry Rosen.

Hal Gill is an anomaly

Six reasons the Canadiens will contend

The True Grit of Ryan White

Feature on Brendan Gallagher

EotP on Alexander Avtsin

Interview with Maxim Trunev

Want a job in NHL management?

Trade Rumour Roundup: The West


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  2. Habstar says:

    Although I admire Gomez I honestly can’t see him realy improving much from last year’s complete flop and thus will be traded before the deadline. As fo A.K I would be delighted to see him packaged and sent to visit his brotherin nashville. I never understood why so many out there are afraid of the thought of losing him. A.K always fans on the shot makes poor hockey decisions and takes real stupid penalties and often goes into streaky deoughts. It beats me how in the world he’s awarded over 3 million dollars. I don’t care if he plays well next year just get rid of him and bring in a canadian born player that has passion to bring it and win it.

  3. HardHabits says:

    What do you call yellow liquid in the water near the diving area at the pool?

  4. Un Canadien errant says:

    I’m enjoying the comedy today. No not the joke which was deleted before I was exposed to it, but the tide of worry at having to deal with a season sans-Gomez. For the three months or so that I have been on this site, Mr. Gomez has been pilloried for his lack of production, his poor conditioning, his lack of effort and willingness to go in the corners, his failure to drop the gloves against Zdeno Chara after The Hockey Play and teach that goon not to mess with our rookies, and his cap-busting contract. Now that the flimsiest rumour is floated by someone who those in the community in the know state is nobody but an attention-whore who fabricates stories and sources to drive page-views (why doesn’t he just use photos of Erin Andrews like everyone else?), I read posters’ contributions who are beside themselves at the thought of being bereft of a true #2 centre, someone who meshes well with Mr. Gionta and Mr. Pacioretty, someone who has rededicated himself this off-season… One claims that we should accept nothing less than a roster player and a #2 or a #1 (!) pick for our salary-cap anchor.

    I think should it come to pass that we can unload Mr. Gomez to a team in desperate need of a playmaking centre and veteran experience for a young sniper on their roster, we should expect not much more than a hearty handshake in return. We would then turn to Mr. Desharnais and Mr. Eller and give them all the icetime they can stomach to prove themselves, and either or both of them could not do any worse than Mr. Gomez did last season. I suspect having either of them at #2 this season would be a marked improvement. Mr. Gauthier could then, hidden away in the dark recesses of the New Forum, count his dollars while laughing maniacally as he plotted to wield them at the trade deadline.

    For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

  5. caladin says:

    Bravo well said.

  6. PrimeTime says:

    I tend to think that PG and the Habs organization have a much better read on our friend #11 Scott Gomez for the coming year. I agree with the point others have made that it is unlikely he will have the same or worse year than last and unlikely to fall below his worse career year statistically. Eklund is a fake and anyone who pays any attention to his “insights” is just as foolish or desperate. Sure it’s possible for PG to trade Gomez if it made sense but I don’t him doing so for the same reasons many here want him gone…..pissed of his salary vs point production and +/- rating (which means nada). As the season progresses and it appears the team is missing a key piece or two then you can be sure that PG will be on the phone to his fellow GM’s making inquiries to make changes for the betterment of the organization both short and long term. And they may or not include #11. So don’t point to a single aspect of the team based upon your own prejudices because opinions vary. Fans always overrate and underrate their own based on emotion and sometimes their own agenda. The buck stops with PG and his job is to bring the Cup home. I doubt he will listen to rabid fans to find how to do so.

    • V says:

      ‘Eklund is a fake and anyone who pays any attention to his “insights” is just as foolish or desperate’

      … or they could be new to this site and have made an honest mistake. Or they could be just letting people here know about his latest imaginings.

      Let’s give people the benefit of the doubt until their postings over time indicate they don’t deserve it.

    • Lizardking89 says:

      Well said. I think everyone knows by now Eklund’s credibility is nil. I’m sure alot fans are hoping when it comes to Gomez that he’s right for once. I’m not a fan of Gomez not because of his albatross of a contract or his point production but because he doesn’t look like he gives a damn when he’s on the ice.

      I think alot of people would be more forgiving if he went out there and played as hard as he could but it looks like he’s just floating out there not giving a damn about his team or winning. He has his mega bucks why should he care?

    • Bripro says:

      The only problem with waiting to deal during the year is that the other teams, currently over the salary cap, will have put their house in order and might not be willing to trade for a positional player. Better to do it while many need to dump some deep salaries. I’m not saying to trade Gomez without value because I agree with you. Everyone is looking to #11 to have a rebound year. But if you’re going to trade, do it while the timing is right.

  7. gohabsgo25 says:

    would anyone trade gomez straight up for horcoff?

  8. Neutral says:

    some want to get rid of Gomez some want to keep him make up your mind. this guy could be a first line center, never ever played that way and I’m afraid at 32 this point in his career it maybe too late. other than been a little overpaid I think he’s still a pretty good 2nd line center and with two good scoring wingers he could prove it, maybe with the pac-man and Gionta all season if they stay healthy he just might do that we’ll have to wait and see cole maybe a good left winger for him also we’ll leave that to JM….

  9. Bripro says:

    I owe HIO and everyone an apology. No ill will intended.

  10. Timo says:

    Forget it… wrong place.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hey Timo, out of curiousity, was there much fallout in Calgary when they traded Regehr? I was always of the opinion he was one of the more popular players on the team there? Kind of always thought it was choice between moving Phaneuf or Regehr, and once they moved Phaneuf, assumed Regehr would stay.

      • Timo says:

        For some reason it is a general consensus that I give a rats ass about the Flames (probably started by Bugs). I really couldn’t tell you though since I in fact do NOT give a rat’s rear end about them.
        But my impression was that there wasn’t much fuss about him being traded or not signed (see, i don’t even know which).

      • GrimJim says:

        There wasn’t much fall-out. Talk was that someone with a substantial cap hit had to go but most pundits just assumed that that player would be buried in the minors like the Flames did with Kotalik last year. Regehr was well-liked but something had to give.

  11. Mats Naslund says:

    I keep hearing everyone say they wouldn’t trade Gomez without a 2nd line Centre coming back. That is absurd. Very rarely do you trade a player for the exact same position in return. You trade Gomez to free up $7 million in capspace then you make a deal to get your 2nd line centre. I sincerely hope our GM isn’t foolish enough to pass up a deal that could fee up MEGA money in order to fill a 2nd line centre spot. That can be done easily. Buffalo is still $3M over the cap. Brad Boyes could be had for very little at this point. His $4M cap hit is done after this season.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      You think Buffalo will make trades with a division rival? I understand the point you are making, assuming you believe Gomez is washed up. I just don’t think teams make deals with division rivals. Except if your name is Brian Burke and you want to one day be the GM of the Bruins…..

      • Mats Naslund says:

        You trade Gomez and then make a trade with a team that has very few options given their $3M over the cap. You’re telling me that if a division rival could trade you a peice that would help you’d ignore it solely on the basis of geographic proximity? That make no sense. If you’re the GM your job is to make trades to help the team. Clearing $7M no matter what it takes is a way to help the team.

    • 123456 says:

      IMO boyes is not a worth 2nd line guy. Also Buffalo can not take on more salary. But I totally agree that if the Habs brass think they are on the brink of a real run at the cup you send Gomez and a middle round pick to a team for some of their bottom six garbage and you buy the garbage out. Then you take the $5-$6M you cleared by moving Gomez and get that stud second line center (I’ll end my comment here because I can not think of a legit second line stud we can get w/o giving up a lot)

      • Mats Naslund says:

        Boyes is available and better than Gomez. That is as far as you need to go. Then you take the $7M freed up for next season and sign whoever the heck you want. Boyes would free up $3m this season and $7M when he leaves via FA at the end of the year.

  12. caladin says:

    @Bripro. The only problem with your joke is you puck the wrong hab. Isn’t Gomez from Alaska? I think he’s familiar with the accent.
    Oh and if your joke had been offensive (I don’t think it is) I don’t see how saying “It’s tongue in cheek” would make it less so.

  13. HabinBurlington says:

    I am guessing when I retell some jokes that involved my father’s heavy German accent they wouldn’t be funny to you? I find them classic, but note to self, don’t retell on HIO. Have some great ones though, perhaps at the SUmmit if anyone wants to hear.

    Do you know what we call a Mennonite on the side of the road with his arm up a horses ass?

    A mechanic…

  14. j0nHABS says:

    I can’t explain how much I hate EK! He is now stating that there are 3 or more teams interested in Gomez. There is now way that is true, and he should be ashamed of him self for teasing Habs fans like this. It is just one made up rumor after another with that guy. If it wasn’t for some good bloggers on his site I would never go there!

    Down with EK and his BS!

    Is it October Yet??

  15. Detritus says:

    Hey everyone, long time listener, first time caller.

    The paucity of habs news has given me the need to atleast discuss habs ideas.

    One of those is trading the albatross on our team, also known as Gnomez. I can’t see us trading him for the exact reason that others have posted. For a team that plans to contend, we would immediately become to weak at the 2nd line center position. Which is saying something, as it’s not exactly an area of strength at the moment.

    However, if a team such as NYI were willing to trade us a reclamation project in return for Gomez’s soon to be cap freindly contract.. that would be quite welcome. Possibly a Josh Bailey or a similar type player? I can see the draw for NYI. They need someone who can get the puck to Tavares and soon. If he loses faith that the team is trying to win and leaves, their franchise may crumble around such a devestating loss.

  16. Timo says:

    Six reasons Habs will contend… and none of them is our 8 million dollar man Scott Gomez. Who wrote this thing – Punkster? 🙂

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    Daily Contest. Find Habs players who have the same name as another player but in a different language.


    Michael Ryder – Vincent Lecavalier
    Max Lapierre – Ryan Stone (Oilers)
    Ryan White – Louis Leblanc
    Patrick Roy – DJ King

    and my favourite, because they were teammates:

    Francis Bouillon – PJ Stock

  18. Chris says:

    Why the rush to get Louis Leblanc playing pro hockey? I have yet to see anything from him demonstrating that he has been a dominant player in junior hockey. Good, yes. But not dominant.

    P.K. Subban turned out fine despite having to play in the OHL until he was 20 (CHL players can not go to the AHL unless they are 20…only players who started in the NCAA can get around that rule, which is why it is even an option for Leblanc). Yannick Weber played until he was 20.

    The reigning NHL MVP (Corey Perry) was in the OHL at 20 years old. So were countless other top players in the league.

    The reality for Louis Leblanc is that he is still another 3-4 years away from being a contributor for the Habs. He’s a good player with some big question marks…not even close to a “can’t miss” prospect.

    I think a good parallel might be the career arc of Tomas Plekanec, a two-way centre that I think many here hope Leblanc will eventually become.

    Plekanec made his AHL debut at age 19 (20 very early in the season) after a couple of years playing for Kladno in the Czech league. He then played 3 full seasons in the AHL before graduating to the Habs as a third line centre behind Koivu and Ribeiro. Ribeiro’s trade saw him elevated to the 2nd line as a soon-to-be 24 year old.

    This is probably a realistic expectation for Louis Leblanc. Given that he has the option to play in the CHL for another year, and potentially for a team with Memorial Cup aspirations, I think it would not be a poor decision to work on honing his offensive skills against a slightly lower level of competition before he makes the jump to the AHL.

    Looking through the Montreal system, I don’t see any of those “can’t miss” prospects that you know are going to make it, and make it soon. Instead, we’ve got to hope that at least some of the prospects such as Dumont, Palushaj, Avtsin, Leblanc, Tinordi, Kristo or Gallagher slowly develop into good NHL players in the same way that Plekanec has. Odds are that only 1 or 2 of them will, and no amount of accelerating the learning process is likely to change the fact that these guys are project picks, guys who can become good, serviceable NHL players if they are willing to put in a ton of work over the next few years.

    • ed lopaz says:

      How you can take the time to write such a detailed post about leblanc without mentioning his shoulder injury is quite surprising.

      leblanc was averaging 1.5 points per game when he was injured quite badly last winter.

      he fought through the injury to contribute as one of team canadas best all around forwards – playing with 1 shoulder.

      no one I know has insisted that leblanc be rushed –

      but playing in the Q as a 20 year old???

      the Q is no way near as tough a league as the OHL, and before he was injured leblanc was already one of the leagues best players.

      he was dominant last season.

      I watched many Montreal games, and his dominance was clear.

      where leblanc plays next season has everything to do with his shoulder.

      if his shoulder is still sore, he might need to start slowly with a few months in the Q – but I doubt it.

      and if you look at the trade that Montreal made, they doubt he will be in the Q next season as well.

      Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

      • Chris says:

        Sorry, but his stats at no point were “dominant”, shoulder injury or no. That is how I can write such a post.

        Leblanc had 29 points in his first 24 games in the Q. Hardly a 1.5 point per game pace, and basically the same he ended up with if you take out a strange 8 game pointless streak just after the World Juniors. It is guessed he was hurt sometime in the first couple of weeks after the WJC.

        I give him credit for playing the whole season with a bad shoulder. But at 6’1″ and 186 pounds, he still needs to put some muscle on. He can do that as easily in the Q as he can in Hamilton. I would like to see him getting something closer to 40 goals and 90-100 points in the Q, a traditionally high-scoring league.

        You may be right that he won’t be in the Q next season. But I’m not sure that it will be any better for him to play in the AHL than in the Q. In the AHL, he will play against bigger, stronger and faster players, and his numbers will almost certainly take a hit. Maybe Leblanc is another Patrice Bergeron, a guy who will actually perform better outside the Q. But it is just as likely the kid has a long learning curve ahead of him.

        • Actually Chris, Leblanc was injured on Nov. 19th against Baie-Comeau. Before that game he had 28 points in 19 games. (1.47 points per game) as well as 12 goals, or 0.63 per game, one of the best marks in the entire league.

          So before you make conclusions and try to hush people you should take a moment and look at the stats.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            And despite that bad shoulder, was one of the most effective forwards for Canada at WJC in any situation.

            Thanks for the information Andrew.

          • Chris says:

            1) Here’s the article from Dec. 27 in the Globe and Mail where I got the 29 points in 24 games. Note that there is no mention of Leblanc carrying a major shoulder injury.

            I see the Nov. 19th game bandied about, mostly on Robert L.’s website by you, as that precipitated a 5 game layoff. I have also seen that happened sometime just after the World Junior’s, precipitating an 8-game pointless streak.

            The Gazette reported in May that the injury happened “several weeks” before his surgery in May…now November does qualify, but that’s 6 months. So I think they could have gone with several months in their article.

            Then Pat Hickey mentioned in a June article that the shoulder was originally injured in the game you mentioned, but that it thought to be relatively minor. Leblanc played through the injury in the WJC (something I HIGHLY doubt would have happened if the shoulder was as bad as has been subsequently described…players have been cut for far less) and the rest of the season, saying himself that it was fine. Leblanc claims that he got hurt again in the QJMHL playoffs, necessitating the surgery.

            Any conclusions I have made are based on the information I’ve gleaned from various sources. If it happened in early November, so be it…I’m willing to concede that Ed knows the date better than the rest of us given that he apparently followed the Juniors last year.

            But for such a hyped prospect, the reporting on his shoulder injury is a little foggy and definitely not the slam-dunk explanation for declining numbers.

          • I wrote about it earlier in the summer so I knew it off hand. No problem HiB.

            @chris: Leblanc has said himself that he injured it in November and that it was a nagging injury. The Juniors moved him to RW during this time because he was having trouble with the demands of faceoffs, and Team Canada played him at RW as well.

            He re-injured the shoulder twice during the season, once in January just as he was starting to feel better, around the time of the 8 game pointless streak, and then again in the playoffs when it became apparent that the injury was more serious that originally thought.

            You’re conflating major injury with major surgery. Never once that I’ve read was the shoulder injury described as major by any news source or Leblanc himself, he said it limited him on faceoffs and took some weight off his shot. It was a nagging injury that wouldn’t heal without surgery, so he got surgery.

            As for hype, no idea what you’re talking about. Leblanc isn’t overhyped at all, if anything he’s only talked about because he’s from Montreal and drafted by the Canadiens. I’ve never heard anyone saying he’s a surefire star, that’s for certain. He’s a mid-range 1st round pick who could possibly turn out as you’ve previously described.

          • Chris says:

            Ugh. I will concede on this one because we’re talking in circles.

            I’ve not stated anywhere that he is overhyped, for the record. Merely that I find it surprising how much confusion there is around the shoulder damage sustained by the franchise’s most notable prospect. I could understand it if it was limited information for an international player, but for a home-grown first-round pick, I am a bit surprised.

          • I don’t see any talking in circles going on. I see you said he was “such a hyped prospect”, and I wrote overhyped as that was the implication of your tone in the previous few comments. If I was wrong in my understanding, I apologize for making a semantic mistake.

            As for the confusion around his injury, there’s not very much confusion from what I can see, only grey area about how hurt he was which is quite common with all injuries in hockey so I don’t get your surprise. We didn’t know how hurt Eller was until he had surgery either if you remember.

    • DearyLeary says:

      PK and Perry never played as over-agers. They started their last OHL campaigns at the age of 19 respectively and turned 20 during the season (late in the season, both born in May). Doesn’t count against the overage rule.

      Louis is 20 years old now, and he would be considered an overager in the Q.

      First round picks that play as overagers in the CHL are largely considered busts. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. He will be playing in the AHL or I will be disappointed with his progress.

      I’m not expecting him to light up the AHL, I’m not expecting him to make the NHL; I want him playing pro hockey, in Montreal’s system, I want him developing at a steady pace.

      He has the tools to be an effective NHLer, but if he’s stuck back in the Q this season I would count that as a step backwards, and likely down the path of a career AHLer.

      • Chris says:

        Good point…I for some reason thought he was turning 20 this January. It’s been a long work weekend, and all numbers are starting to blur into one now. 🙂

        • DearyLeary says:

          Like I said earlier it’s likely a case of a team trying to make space on their roster to make a real push for a Memorial Cup. In the unlikely event that Louis does come back they’ve got a really good over age player at a very low cost to their team. If he doesn’t it’s really no big deal for Shawinigan.

          There’s no reason to think that he’s going to stay in the Q, I have every expectation to see him in the AHL for a couple of years (exciting being right next door to the Hammer!).

  19. HabinBurlington says:

    I was going to say bripro u were being generous at 10%. The few times he has been right is when he cuts and pastes tweets from dreger and mackenzie pretending he sourced on his own. I checked their tweets and there is nothing new. Of course the other day suggested Nashville wants Semin, which makes no sense since they just dumped Franson and Lombardi for nothing!

    • Bripro says:

      You’re right, and you’ll notice that I corrected myself. I don’t know why the correction showed above my first statement. Brain meltdown I guess. Besides, the only time I’ve known of his prediction (read: single one) was correct was the Komisarek trade to the Laughs….

  20. Neutral says:

    scoring will be the issue, if this team can score we should be in for a good year.

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    Very sorry to post this, but Eklund is reporting breaking news that Montreal may have found a taker for Gomez. Mentions Wpg, Edmonton and that NYI may be in on Gomez.

    I know horse crap source, but certainly intriguing.

    • Castor says:

      I actually don’t want Gome to go unless another #1 / #2 center comes our way.

      plus he’s way overdue

      • naweed235 says:

        my thoughts exactly… I just don’t see anyone in our system right now that could be an immediate replacement for him and taking the team to that next level… Untill we find that #1 center I rather take me chances with him…

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I hear you Castor, can you imagine if they trade him for garbage and then he has another good year…. oh I would freak out.

      • Bripro says:

        I stand corrected. His accuracy rating is 2.3%.

        • Arrow77 says:

          I don’t like Eklund at all but I wonder where they get their 2.3%. When Ek says that 2 teams are discussing for a trade, it’s very hard to prove him wrong: even if the trade is never made, it doesn’t mean the teams weren’t discussing.

          For example, when he said the Canadiens were trying to sign Jagr, he was probably wrong because the team’s officials said they weren’t interested but it’s impossible to say for sure.

          Eklund is a fraud but a lot of his critics are missing the mark.

    • naweed235 says:

      I think as Crappy a season as he had last year and concidering his contract he is worth ATLEAST a roster player and a 2nd round pick or a first round pick !

    • Propwash says:

      Eklund is fulla ****……

    • Bripro says:

      I guess we should take it from it’s source (Eklund).
      So, it’s 10% true, 90% dementia.
      If it turns out to be true, any mention of names coming this way?

    • Chorske says:

      Eklund will say anything to bump his page hits. Every now and then he’ll throw out a Habs rumour. And despite our better judgement, we’ll entertain the possibility that the rumour-just this once- might be true. And we go to his site and his page hits skyrocket and his advertisers are happy.

      As for whether this makes sense- like many posters have already pointed out, who fills that gap at C? Why get a solid first line by signing Cole, only to demolish the second line… for the sake of what, a few bucks, some cap space? Thereby forcing the team to scour the league for a (more affordable) replacement proven second line center? I don’t think this makes sense. If there was a juicy unsigned scoring center (note how I managed to avoid mentioning grit or size- try it! you’ll like it!), I’d get it, I’d figure the Habs might be making a play. But just to get rid of Gomez? I don’t buy it.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      He has thrown out that rumour about three times this summer.

    • Timo says:

      Right… because the world is just THAT kind.

      • Bripro says:

        Be nice now, Timo. I’m with Chris. You can’t give up Gomez just for the sake of the salary cap. I keep thinking back to the playoffs of 2010 and he showed moments of pure brilliance. You have to admit, when he decides to clear our zone of the puck, he’s pretty efficient at it.

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    Not sure if all you tennis fans saw this link on Habs webpage, but it appears Novak has decided to become a Hab fan. All it cost was a jersey to buy his undying support us.|MTL|home

  23. HabinBurlington says:

    RDS reporting that Leblanc traded to Shawinigan. Why would this trade occur, isn’t it assumed Leblanc would be in Hamilton this year?

    • naweed235 says:

      ya that was the impression I got too… strange… Robert are you around to shed some light on this?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Maybe Shawinigan is taking a flyer he may end up back in Junior. From what I could translate from the RDS report is that Shawinigan only gives up draft picks for Louis if he plays Shawinigan. My French is not so good so I may have misread, google translate is very weak.

      • 24moreCups says:

        Yeah I thought he was going to with the Dog’s this year when his arm is healed up.

    • nick says:

      I’m not sure whats going on here.
      It would have been nice had the one writing the article could elaborate on what this means for the CH and Bulldogs in the next year or so.

    • DearyLeary says:

      CHL teams are weird, they tend to gear up for one run at a Memorial Cup and then throw it in the tank to rebuild after their stars graduate.

      This might be a case of Shawinigan wanting to get rid of a player to make room for others, and on the off chance that Leblanc does come back they only have to give up some later round picks which won’t affect them this year.

      I would be absolutely shocked (and quite disappointed, as he’d feel like a busted 1st round pick) if Louis decided to play another season in the Q.

      Ah, missed this on first read: Shawinigan is hosting the Mem Cup this year, so they’ll try to load up on as much talent as they can find. If Louis comes back, great, if not they really didn’t give anything up.

  24. The Dude says:

    RIP JAck Layton,you were my P.M.

  25. HardHabits says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I am so sad to hear that Jack Layton passed away. Really,really sad.

    • Timo says:

      My wife said that during last TV interview he looked like her dad week before he passed away from cancer. Brings memories of those sad times in a family and a reminded that no-one is immune from cancer or any other nasty disease that’s out there.

      • 24moreCups says:

        Yeah it was sad to see him like that, reminded me of my grandmother before she passed. Cancer is just a horrible disease another family member was recently diagnosed and it just never get’s easier, so it was sad to see Layton plus I liked him a lot.

    • G-Man says:

      A very sad day for Canada. Condolences to the Layton Family.

  26. Bripro says:

    After all these years of his struggles to have his party achieve respectability, and it was so short lived. He represented what a politician was intended to be when this country was founded. Honesty, integrity, fighting for the little guy. R.I.P. Jack Layton.

    • thebigguy says:

      I get your drift but I’m not sure the party ever lacked respectibility. Bear in mind that the NDP is the party that gave us healthcare, the Canadian Pension Plan and the precursor to our constitution.

      To be honest, outside of the Blue Helmets, a huge amount of the government policies that set us apart from the US are the progeny of NDP policies.

  27. RGM says:

    Sad news about Jack Layton. I like this pic of him:

    A good man who always stood up for what he thought was best for the country. He will be missed greatly.

    During the long summer, we all get to be pretend GM.

    • habitual says:

      Note the jersey is from the ’60s, long time Habs fan.


      • dasbooth says:

        Just found out through twitter a friend of mine was at the Bell Centre store with Jack when he bought the classic white. She told him it was a classic when he asked her what she thought.

        Great Pic, RIP Monsieur Layton

        “Shutouts are really more of a team stat” – Carey Price

  28. PrimeTime says:

    Although I do not agree with all NDP policies, I have to admire Jack Layton for being a selfless leader who served for a cause and it’s people. Some people let their ego guide them and true leaders let their heart and values do so. RIP Jack….you’re a better man than most and served all Canadians well!

  29. mike3131 says:

    Great vid! Looking forward to having Max back! I saw “the hit” live and I was in complete shock along with everyone else, however, I remained hopeful that he would return. Very excited to see MaxPac “at his strongest and fastest he’s ever been”.

    It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight; It’s about the size of the fight in the dog.

  30. centre hice says:


    I thought he truly could of changed this country.

  31. SeriousFan09 says:

    Still room for four more members in the Habs Inside/Out Memorial ESPN League. League Draft is Saturday, September 17th at 5 PM.

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    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
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  32. HardHabits says:

    Hilarious. True Grit. I think the Habs should let Basha’s off the hook if they’re going to pilfer ideas from the HIO commentariat.

    White’s presence in the lineup not only provides the rest of the Habs with a teammate who’s ready and willing to go toe-to-toe with any member of the opposition should the need arise, but also a high-energy skater whose intensity on the ice has the power to swing the momentum of a game whether through a fight, a barrage of hits or a general willingness to sacrifice himself for the good of the team.

    So what the Habs website is saying is that Ryan White is the HIO ScaredCrows™ version of a goon.

  33. HabinBurlington says:

    It’s gonna be great to have this guy back in our lineup. Other people (edit:fans of other teams) don’t realize what an important piece of our team MaxPac had become. He provided an element no one else could.

    To think we could have him back all season when we thought we may have lost him forever is quite something.

    Even more exciting is the element of Cole doing a similar role. This really is going to change how teams defend our skilled lines. And I think this is going to push AK to have his most consistent season.

    Happy Monday everyone, the countdown to games is upon us.

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