Spacek not at Sunday morning practice

That must be a heckuva virus.

AUDIO: Ryan O’Byrne I and II (On Ovie) | Hal Gill | Brian Gionta | Jacques Martin


  1. adam76 says:

    Wow – does Tom get along with anyone on this message board?

  2. itpf says:

    weird… Toronto Star is reporting that management IS NOT changing were the kid stands… and using the same Cammy quote too. tsn still says they WILL change.

  3. Exit716 says:

    Dryden joined a team full of future hall of famers when he came up.

    Price…uh not so much….

  4. joe-hab-nuno says:

    I just googled czech beer and got a page with these beers, wanted to add to Bill’s addition. no problem

  5. TripleX says:

    Bettman does not want any controversy for the GREAT APE.

  6. dancevon says:

    Your welcome man!

  7. Say Ash says:

    that’s crazy – i’d stand the kid, ten of them, right in front of the door

  8. showey47 says:

    Perhaps ovy should realize that he is playing in our building, not his and we shouldn’t have to accomodate him  and what he claims to be his routine.

  9. Say Ash says:

    thanks, dude – you just gave me something to do next weekend

  10. Bill J says:

    Thanks for the link btw 🙂

  11. ABHabsfan says:

    Playing defense and playing goalie connot be compared as apples to apples. I have no doubt that PK can handle the situation. He doesn’t have to be on at the end of every period or kill every penalty or even play every powerplay. I don’t think anyone expects a hat-trick if he did end up playing. Goalies in Mtl are expected to steal games and let in no more than 2 goals /game and they had better be un-stoppable goals. PK will not be ruined as a future player (star) by playing one (hopefully more) games in the NHL play-offs. IMO the Habs chances are greatly increased if he is in the line-up and really there shouldn’t be anything more important than the next game. If they do lose, lose with the best possible players available and Subban is one of those.

  12. Danno says:

    Why should the kids move because that big ape is such an idiot?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  13. itpf says:

    It might not have anything to do with maturity for Price. Sometimes he seems like his head’s not screwed on right. I’ve never met the guy… but the stuff he does really makes me wonder. And it’s not like “good not screwed on straight” in the tradition of Roy talking to his posts, skipping over the lines in the ice etc. It’s “I’m slightly mental” not screwed on straight.  Of course I’m sure there are situations when that kind of not screwed on straight can come in handy – say clearing the crease.

  14. terrygain says:

    You’re  welcome.  It wasn’t brilliant. It was just something you appear to lack: common sense.  When sarcasm isn’t understood as sarcasm the joke is on the person ineptly  attempting to use it.

    It  might be that you don’t understand sarcasm, but it’s more likely that you are using the explanation of sarcasm as cover for a dumb idea which I eviscerated. Or if you were  trying to mock those calling for PK to be called up, you can’t make clear distinctions.

    Were you this bad at refereeing? 

  15. itpf says:

    I saw on tsn that the management is moving the kids away from the bench. Seemed like Cammy was annoyed that they were moving the kids that for Ovy.

  16. sidhu says:

    “Let JM and Boucher switch positions. Lol.” – slapshot777

    “That’s what she said” – Michael Scott

  17. Bill J says:

    HabFab is right – on both

  18. Storm Man says:

    TAP is trading at 44.14 a share, 6 mil is pocket money for the Molsons at this point.

  19. Bill J says:

    I don’t get the impression Geoffrey Molson thinks like that, I sincerely hope you are wrong… For obvious reasons I hope you think you are wrong too…


  20. TripleX says:

    Yes, I threw up a little in my mouth when JM was declared a genius for replacing an uderperforming player on the first line. DUH???  Many of us dummies have been asking for that for like a month.

    Point is, if Halak had not stood on his head JM would still be a DUMBASS.

  21. Say Ash says:

    Anybody curious to see what OV does as he goes to the bench tomorrow? I say have the same kid hold the flag and have OV hand him a signed shirt of something – although BGL holding the flag would be fun to see, too. I bet he’d be game.

  22. TripleX says:

    That is because he played college hockey for Cornell.  He played far fewer games than Price even though he was older and was still a rookie with SIX games experience when he won the Conn Smythe.

  23. topher5468 says:

    yes, on the 2nd 1 i know for sure

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  24. TripleX says:

    JM has brought the Molsons THREE home playoff games for a conservative profit of 6 MILLION.  The dude has a job for life I think and is not going anywhere.  For the Molsons money talks and talent can go for a walk.  Bye bye Pleks and Boucher.

  25. Hockey Socks says:

    Dryden was 5 years older than Price when he was called up. That’s an eternity for goaltenders.

  26. Bill says:

    Sorry, but after last game, JM is a genius. Totally. Didn’t you get the memo from the media?? He won the game for the Habs single-handedly by starting Halak and putting Moen on the second line. No, really, I read that in the Gazette, so it must be true.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  27. Storm Man says:

    You know your beers 😉

  28. Bill J says:

    Well the Habs are blessed, they have the best owners they could possibly need.

    If Crosby was born to be a Star in this league.

    The Molson’s where born to be Owners of the Montreal Canadiens.

    Geoffrey is a VERY knowledgeable hockey fan, and without meddling he could make one quick call to Boivin.

    “Yo Pierre, make sure whatever we do we don’t let Boucher walk, even if it means firing Martin or Gauthier”

    or as JT alludes to in that blog.

    “Yo Pierre, time to promote JM to Assistant GM, bring up Boucher next year if it means we may lose him to another club”

    Back to talking about the playoffs… and whether PK should be called up lol

  29. TomNickle says:

    I guess sarcasm isn’t something you had considered when reading the post.  Sorry you couldn’t figure that out Terry, I’ll dumb it down and put a disclaimer in there for you.

    Hey Terry, I didn’t ask why Halak plays the puck to his left, because he doesn’t always do it.  He’s been playing it to his left side this series to avoid Ovechkin(in my opinion) and he certainly hasn’t played the puck exclusively to his left over his entire career because he catches with his left hand.  But thanks for sharing that brilliant piece of knowledge you have.




    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  30. habsguy says:

    LOL…okay…you da man!

  31. wmarcello says:

    He would also be better than Hammer at the moment. He would also be better than a non-existant Spacek.

  32. terrygain says:

    If he gets a chance to go to the NHL, he’ll go. JM for Governor General. If Gauthier let’s Boucher get away he should be fired.

  33. Bill says:


    Full Breezer 4 Life

  34. TomNickle says:

    Well, working in the town where he played his junior career has made me aware of what his teammates did with their down time and knowing that he wasn’t a part of that immature group.  I would say that he’s a pretty mature individual.

    Wasn’t out drinking his face off when not at the rink.  Not getting driven home by the police after starting fights at bars and restaurants.  Taking care of his studies, going to the rink, going home or doing charitable work, THAT WAS P.K. SUBBAN FOR THREE YEARS.  And I know that.

    Improving his game with each passing practice and day.

    Having connections to his coaches and friends gives you quite a bit of information.

    Had a couple of pints over the Olympic break with a scout friend of mine, not quite a professional hockey player, but a professional scout, good enough for you?

    I wouldn’t speak out of turn on the subject.

    If I say I know a player’s maturity level, I know it, otherwise I don’t speak out of turn.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  35. Storm Man says:

    That would be alot of fines 🙂

  36. nickster13 says:

    Back to the P.K subban thing. He would be better than Bergeron NO DOUBT. and the AHL is no slouch league, its all men there too, so bigger in the NHL is not necessarily true

  37. TommyB says:

    I stand corrected!  I was going on memory (not always that great these days), and having gone back and re-read the article, yes you are right.  She did address that matter in the article.

  38. slapshot777 says:

    Both Bulldog goals on the PP. I wonder if PK got an assist.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  39. slapshot777 says:

    Let JM and Boucher switch positions. Lol.

    JM goes down and coaches the Bulldogs and Boucher comes to the Habs. Wouldn’t that be a hoot.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  40. terrygain says:

    The first rule is : DON’T PANIC.

    And who are you going to get to coach this 5′ 9″  inch 170 pound RHS sniper, who has 38 fewer points than the 6′ 201 pound  Sergei Kostitsyn had in his last year of Junior.  JM pulled 57, who had 15 goals in 39 games, from the first line and  replaced him with  32 – a very good checker who has been averaging 10 goals a year over 4 years. This was like putting Gainey with Lemaire and Lafleur. 

    Moen scored – but he fanned on a perfect set up and the line had a grand total of 5 shots. In the process JM also screwed up the 3rd line. We won but Halak stood on his head (again) and Gomez and Gionta each played 24 minutes. Not sustainable. 

    Dumont may have future with the Habs but only under a coach who has a clue. Your tag line is correct.

    (To answer your question from a previous thread as to why Halak puts the puck to his left, it’s because he catches it in his left hand. The goalies you played with  never gave the puck to you because you kept going to the wrong side. And no, I didn’t need a nap to figure that out.)  

  41. Say Ash says:

    Hmm, I wonder if these guys get fined if they’re caught drinking a non-Molson’s product?

  42. topher5468 says:

    Big goal for White/Bulldogs, 2-2 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  43. dancevon says:

    Hamilton Bulldogs audio feed:


  44. KenD29 says:

    Maybe so. However maybe the Molson’s who now own the team, would be willing to pay another coach while paying out JM and Carbo. Deep Molson pockets.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  45. TommyB says:

    You make a good point there, but I wonder how much involvement the owners have other than signing the cheques.  And truthfully, how much involvement do you really want owners to have?  That kind of relationship hasn’t worked out in too many places, none that I can think of.  Owners generally leave the hockey operations to the people put in place for that purpose.

    I’ve enjoyed discussing this with both you and WestHab, and I want to believe that both of you are right, that Boucher will stay with the Habs.  Only time will give us the answer.

  46. habsguy says:

    People who think they know players and their maturity level !@#$ me off,  when is the last time you say down with PK or any NHL player and had a real good chat………didn’t think so !!!!

  47. wmarcello says:

    “He will not be the difference between us winning or losing to
    Washington. We went twice to overtime against them, beat them twice to
    their 3.”

    We beat them in game 1 because Spacek shut down Ovechkin.

    They beat us in game 2 because (among other things), Ovechkin avoided Spacek by switching sides and exploiting Hammer.

    Despite losing game 3 by a score of 5-1, the Gill/Gorges pair held Ovechkin to 1 shot… the big line did not kill us. MAB however was a -3 and absolutely brutal on D. Hammer made a bad pinch that led to the shorthanded goal.

    In game 4, Ovechkin took advantage of a rough game by Gill. Hammer was again brutal and instrumental in causing another shorthanded goal against. MAB was again a brutal -3.

    In game 5, the only reason we hung on is because MAB and Hammer barely played in the 3rd. The rest of the D (Gorges, Gill, Markov, OB) stepped up big time.

    Going into game 6, it is PAINFULLY obvious that Hammer and MAB cannot be counted on. Spacek may not even play, and if he does he could be playing injured or sick. That’s 3 regular D-men who may not be effective against a powerful offensive team. Gill and Gorges have been stellar, but they CANNOT be counted on to play 7 minutes over their usual ice time again (like in game 5) and be expected to remain effective. We are thin on D right now, and PK could definitely be put to good use. He doesn’t have to be a saviour, he just needs to fill out the back-end by replacing any of Hammer, MAB, or possibly Spacek.

    PK could definitely be the difference between a win and a loss.

  48. Storm Man says:

    The Czechs have a very long history when it comes to beer I would think he would be drinking Nova paka or something like that, Pilsner is a redneck beer.

  49. Mr. Biter says:

    Hope so, even if i then become a Halak believer.

  50. Flabadagub says:

    Not really…. I stole that from someone here ~(o:b

  51. Bill says:

    Actually, it directly addresses that exact matter.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  52. Mr. Biter says:

    For good or bad JM’s not going anywhere unless it’s up the ladder in the organization. Too much money for x coaches, as he signed a 4 year deal and we are still paying Carbo for one more year so lots of $$$$$$ for 2 guys to sit around while we are paying a 3rd. coach.

  53. Danno says:




    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  54. Storm Man says:

    Tampa would look very good to a new coach wanting to come to the NHL. His system is very new-age its a five man everywhere system, With the core of players Tampa has nice weather no press tearing you apart game after game. I for one would never want him to coach anyplace but Montreal, It all comes down to money talks and BS walks. 

  55. TomNickle says:

    Jerkhole.  Well at least you’re original.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  56. Flabadagub says:


  57. Say Ash says:

    I can just picture Spacek at home last Friday – under the covers with a cloth on his forhead, Kleenex for the sniffles in one hand, a mug of Pilsner in the other, watching on the flatscreen, swearing at the refs like the rest of us. Hmm, is that cold sweat from the virus or from MAB’s play, he wonders…

  58. Bill J says:

    Fortunately the Coach’s salary is not against the Cap.

    So the Question is more, are the Molson’s willing to allow Boucher to walk…

  59. Flabadagub says:

    A strong characteristic of yours seems to be being a jerkhole…the only reason i said that is because you posted a picture of yourself, that way i’d recognize you if ever seen you walkin down the street. Then since i know what you look like, i would go over there and kick you right in the nuts. C’mon man, I’m just BSin around.

  60. TommyB says:

    An excellent article, to be sure.  But it doesn’t take into account the possibility of some other team offering a head coaching job, at the NHL level, to Boucher.  That was the point of my original post.  So the question arises, are the Habs prepared to pay the salaries of three head coaches next year?  Carbo being one, and JM being another, regardless of what title they hang on him.  Boucher would be the third.  Hey, how deep are those Molson pockets? 

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