Spacek possible for Saturday game in New Jersey

Jaroslav Spacek

Defenceman Jaroslav Spacek has missed the last 11 games.
Stubbs video capture

AUDIO: Carey Price | Jaroslav Spacek | Chris Campoli | Max Pacioretty | Jacques Martin

Update from Brossard from Pat Hickey, following a Canadiens team meeting and practice:

Erik Cole took a therapy day. Defencemen Chris Campoli and Jaroslav Spacek have been cleared for contact. Neither will play Thursday at home vs. Vancouver, but Spacek is a possibility for Saturday’s matinée in New Jersey vs. the Devils.


  1. Dulljerk says:

    Yay, Spacek and Campoli back. Mediocrity should fix all the problems!

    “Is the little dog going to yap, or is he going to bite?”

  2. Rickly33 says:

    These boys need to play the way they know how, and I’m even talking about Gomez, JM is not letting that happen, there’s an awful lot of talent on this team, and its a shame we aren’t aloud to see it.

  3. showey47 says:

    Chris lee in fine form in edmonton.

  4. hansolo says:

    You won’t like this if you’re a Gomez hater.

    • showey47 says:

      EOTP should have put goatmez on the back of the jersey instead.

    • Sap Anderson says:

      You can bring up all of the obscure statistics you want, but bottom-line is that Gomez is not producing points, and a 7M dollar player really must produce POINTS.

      Nobody will convince me that the Habs as a team and organisation are not better off without Gomez. His presence is a distraction, he sucks, and he must go

    • HardHabits says:

      There is no trophy given to the player with the highest Fenwick at the NHL awards.

      But if they gave out a trophy for the highest paid player with the fewest points, Gomez would be the front runner.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      Well if they’re stats it must be true!
      Fact of the matter is he’s not doing what really matters in the game. So he can skate over the l line and dump the puck in. Lets see him set up a goal or maybe even score one.
      Why even pay attention to a stat that’s supposed to be more in depth but the ones that count all suck? – player who’s also on the PP, no goals in 50 games and 4 assists playing on the top 2 lines most of the season.

      • HardHabits says:

        Mentioning so called deep stats is nothing more than smoke and mirrors and plain and simple sophistry. When I hear the word Fenwick I just chuckle.

        There should be a new stat for the amount of puck possession versus not scoring or getting scored upon. Call it suck possession. Gomez leads the league in suck possession.

  5. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Anybody remember the 4 on 4 hockey that was played during a lockout/strike in the 90’s? I think there were 4 team.. Ontario, Quebec, Western Canada and US?? I vaguely remember some funky no whistle rule on offsides…

  6. Trisomy 21 says:

    Interested to see what happens with Leino and his little elbow to the head. I didn’t see the Ovechkin spear but what is their stance on spearing? It’s usually a game misconduct right? Does it end at that?

  7. showey47 says:

    Emelin 4th in hits among defencemen and 16th overall in the league despite sitting in the pressbox for 8 games. Going to be a fan favourite very,very soon.

  8. pedro says:

    Emelin has been great. The “KRUSSIAN MACHINE”


  9. hansolo says:

    So, I’m watching the Edmonton – Carolina game. The first Edmonton goal reminded me of Letang’s on Price. The puck is gathered in by Ward and then Belanger comes in and stops right in front of him, dislodging the puck, which goes into the net.

    I guess when we feel the refereeing is biased, it ain’t necessarily so, it’s just inconsistent, which is very frustrating. I feel for Captain Kirk. He didn’t blow a gasket but just had the referee come over to hear the explanation and to make his own point.

    I hope Kirk wins one soon. He deserves it. I still hope he’ll be behind the Habs’ bench when JM’s contract is up in 2 years.

    BTW, the Oilers are a young, skilled fast team. Still, for all the years of tanking, RNH, Eberle and Hall are doing well, but Gagner and Paajarvi aren’t. Omark is in the AHL. They still need their vets like Horcoff, Hemsky and Smyth. They still don’t have an offensive minded defenceman who can be a good PP QB. Goaltending is adequate; Khabibulin had a great start, but you know he won’t sustain it. PK for Eberle, anyone?

    Oh, yeah, Carolina’s PP was 1/13 as I was writing this, but they just scored to make it 2/14. So Muller didn’t magically make that turn around.

  10. Trisomy 21 says:

    It’s already hard to answer to getting ribbed about losing to the worst teams in the NHL and being told JM is a great coach because he took a talented senators team to the finals. Now media and fans want attendees at the Bell Centre to yell “boom” when Emelin hits someone. You know.. now that we finally have someone who can hit. Deliciously cheesey.
    I’m gonna go hide my head in the sand for a while… maybe get into basketball or some shit.

  11. showey47 says:

    We would be sitting pretty in the standings(i’d say at worst 2nd in our division) with even an average powerplay.

  12. Furk says:

    For all the JM haters, I don’t blame you. The habs are very talented, and have gotten better on paper since last year. The performance thus far has been embarrassing.

    But, how is Kirk Muller working out for the Huricanes? I also heard, he has new lines every game. Sounds like he learned a thing or two from Carbo and JM.

  13. Vid says:

    I think it would be nice to have a weekly “around the NHL” open forum post where we could post comments about anything hockey related but not necessarily habs related. Afterall this site is called hockeyinsideout thanks to the NHL’s anal possessiveness.

    What do people think of the realignment into 4 conferences for next season? Which of the final 4 teams should play which?

    If the NHL canned two teams (one from each of the conferences with 8 teams) I would be pleased. I think for the final four I would just have the two most western teams play and the two most eastern teams play regardless of season point totals just for consistency. It’s also better for playoff pools.

    I would also like to see a revised point scheme for the regular season. I think this is the best way to reward regulations wins and discourage teams from going into OT and SO.

    Regulation win: 2 pts for winner, 0 pts for loser
    OT win: 1.5 pts for winner, 0 pts for loser
    SO win: 1 pt for winner, 0.5 pts for loser

  14. Rickly33 says:

    You know I’m just trying to find some reason for hope with this season, it’s not happening. JM can’t handle young talent and this is starting to turn into a young team very quickly. Emelin is one component of what this team needs. JM needs to go, he don’t know how utilize young players, and the last thing we need is our young players ruined, or damaged. Please someone maybe Molson has to step in and fix this. 18 going on 19 years of nothing is enough.

  15. doogie says:

    We all know the history of this team after Sam Pollock retired from the GM position-

    When they won their last Stanley Cup at the end of the 70’s, they were playing on pride but coming to the end of a dynasty. It was clear to everyone.

    Next Cup- 1986 only because of Patrick Roy and a hard working team that played great team hockey in the post season. A few breaks and stellar goaltending. Next Cup- 1993 with an enthusiastic coach, again a great goaltending performance from St. Patrick and a team of average players who bought into the system. Defence, capitalize on scoring opportunities and play the system. Another and last Cup.

    Next almost Cup- 2009 with a great goaltender in CP31, a defensive system that everyone bought into with an admirable coach and leader and it almost took them to the promise land.

    Two years later- same outstanding goaltender with marginal players, clearly non of who would be considered “upgrades” from 2009; and finally, a defensive, non-inspiring system that nobody appears to be buying into. This team is listless, not cohesive, not spirited, not paying attention to the little things- examples-

    1) too many men bench penalties
    2) stop playing at the end of periods and give up weak goals
    3) in Toronto when the puck went off the netting and they stopped playing; same with the loose puck goal at the end of the Pittsburgh game.
    4) terrible efforts against poor teams- Anaheim, Columbus, etc


    Blow it up for 3-5 year plan to improve and once and for all, become a top team. Draft big, fast and skilled. Blowing it up could include trading CP31 for picks because he may not sign in a few years anyway and they’re currently wasting his “win the Cup” time in Montreal. Improve scouting staff, GM and Coaching staff. Work on removing smaller, older players at any cost. Improve the training and physical therapy staff to help prevent injuries. Change the culture of this organization. Dearly needed for success! All starts with leadership- Owner, President and General Manager of Les Canadiens.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Two things…

      One: If the stars aligned correctly, Markov was the Markov of old by the playoffs and we picked up another big body for the bottom two lines, we have a shot this year.

      Two: If the Habs decided to have a yard sale and beg to give away the Gomez, Gionta and Cammalleri contracts, the team would probably improve if they went out and signed other UFAs at even half the above mentioned players price tags.

      The Habs have a pretty decent foundation at the moment and a total rebuild isn’t the right option or necessary.

      “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold the Smurf tradition high.”

    • jjpod says:

      You bring up a VERY GOOD POINT – if our health and training staff are so good – then why do we have so many injuires? is it really because of the players? bad luck? curse? (aside from blown out knees and cuts i mean really? gomez groin injury?) or has it become to a point where they no longer are skilled enough to prepare and condition them into prevention? I mean are the selling cold FX or doing their job? i get that its never preventable everytime, nature of the game you can say. but look at the last few years.. we seem to NEVER have a healthy roster of KEY PLAYERS for quarters of seasons. regardless the culture needs to change.

    • Duracell3 says:

      “Next almost Cup- 2009 with a great goaltender in CP31”

      ‘Twas JH41 that year my dear. Good points all around though.

    • Vid says:

      I have had similar thoughts although nothing as drastic as trading Price. I’d be fine if the Habs traded either one of Cammy and/or Gionta for picks and/or prospects near the trade deadline. To me they are the only older guys who are currently on our roster (and not injured) who would fetch something significant that could help the team in the future. As long as Gomez’ cap is on the books, even if he manages to consistently get 50 pts a season, with our D corps (even with Markov) I don’t see a cup being even remotely possible in the next 3 seasons when contracts expire for most of the “older” core players. Might as well try and get something for these guys before we simply lose them to free agency for nothing.

      Players I would keep for include Price, Pacioretty, Subban, Plekanec, Gorges, Kostitsyn, Emelin, Eller, Desharnais and Weber. Although I see the last 3 players as being tradeable assets in the next year or two.

    • G-Man says:

      I think Halak was in nets in 2009, wasn’t he?

  16. HardHabits says:

    The 4 major hockey team building blueprints:

    Tank: Washington, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Edmonton.

    Mini-tank, trade, draft well, develop, trade, mini-tank, trade, draft well, develop, rinse, repeat: Boston, Philadelphia.

    Draft the most amazing players ever assembled all from late rounds: Detroit.

    Trade away picks for rentals and just barely make the play-offs every year: Montreal

    • DearyLeary says:

      Evidence that it’s worked in Edmonton?

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      As usual you’re being a little harsh. Montreal has been on the right track but unfortunately with it’s share of blunders.

      The Habs have a decent crop of young players that have integrated into the lineup. Examples; Price, Subban and Pacioretty. They also have some promising prospects: Leblanc, Beaulieu and Tinordi plus Galagher.

      The blunder was putting all your eggs in one basket and signing Gomez-Gionta-Cammalleri as your first line for five years, to a crap load of money.

      I think that once those players are off the books and are replaced with players that could actually live up to those massive contracts, plus the young players, we will then see a great Habs team.

      “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold the Smurf tradition high.”

  17. Neutral says:

    The way the habs play – they’ll be in and out of 8th spot all season – and if they don’t stop losing to weaker teams they won’t be a playoff team.

  18. Mavid says:

    Chris Neil is a goof…deserves to be called…

    second place is just the first loser

  19. ffenliv says:

    Ovechkin just speared Chris Neil, and Neil got called for diving. They had better suspend Ovechkin for a couple of games. What a dirty damn play.

    • Psycho29 says:

      I was watching….unbelievable….
      Ovechkin is checked by Neil and skating side by side , he spears Neil in his skating motion.
      Neil goes down, and NEIL gets a diving penalty. Nothing for Ovechkin.

      • ffenliv says:

        The next shift they were matched up again, and Neil went after him. I’d love to see him beat the snot out of him, except I can’t enjoy fighting anymore after that bit on Boogaard.

  20. Bob_Sacamano says:

    One of the very few positive things this season is Alexei Emelin getting some love. I had already been a fan of him before and so many doubted him… Well, I know he isn´t perfect and he makes mistakes like everyone else but it´s so refreshing to see a dman on our team who can really hit. Earlier today someone asked for a highlight clip. It´s only a short one though:

  21. Shiloh says:

    Just read a post downstream where someone mentioned that Houle and Mario Tremblay ‘ruined the team’. They were incompetent, but they didn’t ever give away a 1st rounder for an over-the-hill guy making superstar dollars. Gainey ruined this team for the bettter part of a decade.

    • Bripro says:

      That was me Shiloh.
      I agree that his tenure was no better, but calmer heads could have prevailed after the Roy incident with Tremblay’s ego, and the team’s history would probably be much different.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      No, just… No.

      You think the Houle era did not set the team back with no results from the first 2 rounds of the draft over his entire tenure save Mike Ribiero? No real return of dealing away the best goaltender of an era in Roy? Please. Houle’s reign of error is legendary. Gainey’s work has the team on at least a partial footing in the right direction.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • HardHabits says:

        It really depends how they play their cards over the next few years. The free agency market is weak and not a way to build a team IMO. Each year there is maybe one big fish and whoever that is and whoever remains tends to get over-priced. The best teams are built via the draft and trades. To trade one needs assets. Any team can buy a free agent. Not every team can draft and develop from within. Not every team can trade in a way that builds long-term based on assets, mainly good draft picks that have been developed. Those that do succeed more often than not. Think Philly and Boston. Detroit to certain degree.

    • Malreg says:

      You’re right, instead of giving away a prospect for an over-the-hill guy making superstar dollars, they gave away one of the greatest goalies of all time and the team captain for scrap. That’s so much better…

    • CanadienBoy says:

      Souray ,s should have been traded at the dead line ,the biggest mistake always been to keep guy for the playoff and not able to resign them and getting nothing in return

  22. SLYDER says:

    I cant wait for the text message from sender: 876-411 that reads… Alert: Montreal Canadiens have fired coach Jacques Martin, GM Pierre Gauthier and Scott Gomez has signed a contract to play in the KHL

    • naweed235 says:

      haha… You just wrote my thoughts exactly brother. when I am at work and see the TSN message that’s all I am hoping for… or a “Montreal Canadiens trade Gomez, Webber and 7th for Crosby, Shea Webber in a 3 way deal” typa thing!

  23. Shiloh says:

    I’m basically at the point where I don’t care to watch us score two goals or less a game. Until we get an management and coach who wants to use our speed and talent, it’s pretty brutal to watch.

    • podbay says:

      I think you nailed it, Shiloh. I feel the same way. We might as well be watching scrimmages and drills at this point. These one- and two-goal games are a travesty. Where are our “natural goal scorers?” Is Cammelleri one? He’s so quiet this year. Who else is there? The games are dull dull dull. We have a GM who is invisible and a coach who seems lifeless. Is it any wonder the team is unmotivated? I can’t remember a time when this team appeared to be so limp on the ice.

  24. matt jordan says:

    Why are a lot of people upset?
    The team is on a three game points streak, they are one point out of a playoff spot with plenty of time remaining, with the highest paid players, Gomez and Markov returning from injury.

    Eighth place is basically already locked up.

    • Bripro says:

      The team is 11 and 17 basically.
      If teams aren’t given a point for an overtime loss, they’re near the bottom.
      It’s not being upset, but more disappointed.
      I agree that they will probably improve, but it might be too late.
      And if you think Markov is close to returning, I fear you’re kidding yourself.
      And Gomez’ arrival will only disrupt even more, IMO.

    • jrshabs1 says:

      You are joking right?

      Go Habs Go!!

  25. BeachHabFan says:

    just saw the pk-Leblanc-DD vid. here are my big concerns:
    – Leblanc went down too easy
    – PK didn’t push him hard enough
    – DD slashed pk instead of punching him
    Man up boys, this ain’t peewee.

  26. Has the #emelinBoom phenomenon been brought up here yet? At the Bell everyone is to gonna say Boom when he hots someone… woulda made last nights game more interesting thats for sure.

  27. Bozo McBozo says:

    Man, I thought I was gonna have to sit through tomorrow night’s suck-a-thon against the Canucks, but a buddy asked me if I’d like to go to MSG instead. Crank up that victory song:

  28. HardHabits says:

    There are at least two ways to view things when they appear to be bad:

    1) feel like the situation is miserable and that nothing can be done but suffer.

    2) take advantage of the situation and turn it into an opportunity.

    • ProHabs says:

      I’ll take option 2. Habs management will take option 1. Pierre Goat is reminding me of STand Pat Gillick by not making any moves to shake things up and get things going. IT is time for a deal.

    • SKHab says:

      I hope that the Habs take option #2. I feel that there is potential and opportunity with this team. I hope that we don’t lose the future in order to come up with a bandaid solution. I think the opportunity for Emelin to play has been an excellent opportunity that we had been the situation on defence appeared to be(and maybe was) bad.

  29. Dickie9 says:


    Moen–Nokia–White//Palush or a guy who can fight

    Get rid of the useless F**k Darche

  30. Habsolutely says:

    I wonder if Geoff Molson will decide to give his buddy Pierre McGuire a shot at head coach or GM? 😆

  31. HabFab says:

    PK answers question concerning his intense practice;

    Click on Subban

  32. HardHabits says:

    Toronto Maple Leafs = a team looking for a goalie.
    Montreal Canadiens = a goalie looking for a team.

  33. CanadienBoy says:

    Crosby ‘s hurt again from solid check in Boston game

  34. The Dude says:

    With the Bus pert near being held up with old palettes ,my only thought is Scotty Bowman is only 79 years old and someone from the Habs should go see him and start kissing derriere.

  35. Castor says:

    I just started panicking. If the Habs suck this bad all year who’s to say the Georges or Price or even Subban will want to stay here? I know two are rfas but that doesn’t stop them from refusing everything they’re offered. Am I panicking? They better get to singing these guys before season’s end.
    What am I saying? This is the Habs.

  36. Habfan4lfe says:

    Man things just go from worse to worser! Now this guy is back and we really DO NOT need him, especially rusty as hell.

    This team needs to seriously package a few defencemen including this guy and make a trade for another good forward.

    I rather have Campoli back than Spacek. JM better not take Emelin out of the lineup but you know he probably will.

  37. habsfanincalgary says:

    While Spacek may add some experience to the defence corps, this will not help. This team needs more offence and it’s truly reflected by the number of goals that they’ve scored.

    And on another note, can you really fault Price for SOLs? If nobody scores for the Habs in the SO, it’s hard to win!

    • habsnyc says:

      they are 24th in offense this year vs. 22nd last year and 10th in defense this year vs. 8th last year. they are deteriorating on both sides of the puck because they lack depth.

      montreal has allowed 8 goals on 15 shots in the shootout which is the worst save percentage in the nhl for any team facing five or more shots. they rank 19th in shooting percentage.

      Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

      • CanadienBoy says:

        The Jets beat Boston last night ,they playing a good grinding style ,rumours as it they would love to have Carlyle back as coach but will not do that to Claude Noel which they really like to begin with ,so let trade Gomez for Noel french name don,t know if he speak french but close enuff and will at it get Wheeller

  38. baruch says:

    “It’s not who you play with, it’s how you play”-JM

    yeah tell that to Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt, no wonder we aren’t gelling, everyone is out for themselves and nobody can develop develop any chemistry. Later in the same interview he emphasizes how Burrows completes the Sedins line. So for the Canucks line chemistry is important but for not us? I am starting to understand the limits of JMs ‘system’ and hoping GM is just waiting for TB to fire Guy Boucher… good indelicate questions from the HIO crew, thanks guys keep probing!

  39. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Apologize if this has been posted:

    Changes coming?

  40. wall2bay says:

    Spacek the Saviour!!! All is well now!

    “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

  41. samTHEman says:

    Leblanc-Subban-Desharnais incident at practice:

    That was so unnecessary PK…wtf? Pick on someone your own size

    • Chuck says:

      Meh. Hopefully PK will throw his weight around like that the next time someone jams away at Carey… and not just during practice.

    • krob1000 says:

      Good for Desharnais.

    • wall2bay says:

      No biggie…..I’m sure there’s a lot of pent up frustration with the way the team has been playin.

      “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

    • shiram says:

      Subban needs a good talk with Gill, it was doing wonders for him last season.

      Maybe Markov sometime?

    • likehoy says:

      subban was probably just trying to give the rookie some love.. but he definitely over did it..

      good job DD standing up to subban (somewhat)

      – If the NHL was the Wizard of Oz, Cammalleri would be the Cowardly Lion.

    • The Dude says:

      And that’s why the Habs need more Francophone’s….they got JAM ! Love lil DD,HE’S A FEEL GOOD STORY!

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Most of what he does is unnecessary. He’s prob poison in the locker room too.

      “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

      • Chuck says:

        Poison in the locker room? Got any facts to back that one up?

        • Everlasting1 says:

          Anybody can see how his on-ice temperament can translate to bad vibes off the ice. Psychology 101.

          “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

          “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • Habsolutely says:

            the poison was Halak and his agent always crying about icetime and putting down teamates. but we got rid of that poison.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Nice reach. An agent. Call it like you see it lol

            “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

      • christophor says:

        then you’re the subban to our HIO locker room?

        • Everlasting1 says:

          I don’t consider myself worse than most with the bashing!

          “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

          “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • pierre lapuck says:

      No big deal. It is hockey after all.

    • I have no problem with it. Good practice.

    • sevenman says:

      Watched the video and thought to myself, this is what everybody is all fired up about on HIO? Man, this was nothing! Pk gave Louis the shove after Lou’s third dig on the puck and good on Louis for keeping on digging away. No big deal. I was more disappointed in Louis going down to the ice so easily from a one-handed push. Louis’ gonna have to bulk-up!

  42. Mattyleg says:

    Question for yez all that was proposed to me by a buddy.

    Do you think that Gomer’s ‘injury’ is actually a smokescreen for him seeing a shrink (sports psychologist)?

    Whaddayez think?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • shiram says:

      That’s still an upper body injury as far as the Habs are concerned. But he is reported with a lower body injury…

      Maybe Markov sometime?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Well played Shiram. I don’t believe any smokescreen at all. I think the guy as a result of hurting his ankle early in training camp has been coming back early from various injuries.

        • Mattyleg says:

          @Shiram: Heh heh. Upper Id Injury.
          That’s my take on it too, HiB, but when my bud brought it up, I kind of did the ‘raise the finger to disagree’ thing, and held it there, pondering.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • HabinBurlington says:

            No doubt though his confidence appears to be gone. I wish they could send him to Hamilton on reconditioning and get his confidence back. My concern is some team picks him up and we have half his salary on our books for 3 more years as opposed to possibly finding a trade partner this off season.

          • shiram says:

            Habs would only pay half his salary if he is picked on re-entry waivers though, right?
            So just send him down, and keep him down.

            Too bad Molson says he does not want to that.

            Maybe Markov sometime?

      • G-Man says:

        Groin. Could be another week or two. Could be less.

    • The Dude says:

      How can you shrink what is already shrunk ?

    • nunacanadien says:

      No turns out he had a zit and any excuse to win a few games. Now the Molsons want to get their rich person dollar’s worth out of Gomez regardless whether or not Gomez drags the team down. Why give a damn anyway since the Molsons only care about filling seats in the Bell Centre for rock concerts. Since when has hockey ever figured in Montreal since the habs got rid of Patrick Roy…..that year if I recall they also pre-emptied a planned winter classic in favour of a rock concert….

  43. Hobie Hansen says:

    Hopefully Spacek can be effective as he was before getting injured. I was convinced his career was over, based on his brutal play last year, but he had a great start to this season…

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold the Smurf tradition high.”

    • shiram says:

      Even if he is a little bit shaky, it will help to have him with the kids, he has great experience, and he seems like a great communicator.

      Maybe Markov sometime?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I agree Hobie, the only problem I see is that he has lost a step or two. As a result, he cannot avoid many hits which in years past he could of. The results are these constant injuries he is now suffering. All the more reason for JM to institute a rotation for these veteran dmen, in order to keep them fresher and quicker. I do recognize we don’t have enough able bodies currently to do so, but if and when we do get Campoli, Spacek and Markov back I would love to see that.

      Diaz, Emelin have proven capable, Weber when paired properly perhaps.

    • kazmojo says:

      Has anyone done an analysis of how the Habs have fared with and without Spacek in the lineup? The original slide more or less ended when he came back, and the recent erratic play seems to correspond with his absence. If true, I’m not sure if that means he’s that good, or the alternatives are that bad.

    • thorandresson says:

      At this point, anyone is more effective than Webber

    • nunacanadien says:

      Any bets on how long before Spacek like Campoli injures a leg just skating? Any bets anyone? Geoff Molson, there is an injured washed up veteran who wants to come back, name Samsonov. Made millions being injured and sitting the in press box with an upper body injury (pimples) just like the Gomer!

  44. Natrous says:

    Finally, a sound theory as to why Gomez continues to get PP time and log significantly more TOI than Eller/Moen/Leblanc/Budaj/etc, from Psychology:

    One of the most striking framing effects is the sunk-cost fallacy, which occurs when people make decisions about a current situation based on what they have perviously invested in the situation […] Even the National Basketball Association (NBA) is guilty of a sunk-cost fallacy. Coaches should play their most productive players and keep them on the team longer. But they don’t. The most expensive players are given more time on court and are kept on the team longer than cheaper players, even if the costly players are not performing up to par (Staw & Hoang, 1995). Coaches act to justify their team’s investment in an expensive player rather than recognize the loss. Framing effects can be costly!

  45. Dunboyne Mike says:

    I’d agree with a recent poster who argued that we can’t know — despite all our precocious commentary — a fraction of what JM knows about who’s injured, who has chemistry, who has good attitude, who has non-hockey issues etc etc. Therefore, some of those mysterious line combos that make JM look to us so stupid and incompetent are done for reasons of which we have no inkling.

    So I try to contain my frustration over his deployment of personnel.

    But you know what, I can sure unload on his philosophy, which reminds me so painfully of soccer culture here on the European side of the Atlantic — you don’t play to win, you play not to lose.

    This vampire-sucks the life-blood out of any sport. Here, the entire game of football (soccer) is deeply infused with this notion — which makes it entirely alien to what I grew up with playing and watching sports in Montreal. In my pre-internet decades here I tried to make soccer the surrogate for hockey. I had to give up. One-goal lead, defensive shell, maybe a late equaliser, everybody happy, what they call “getting a result”.

    What happened against Columbus will always be a real possibility, every single time, when the philosophy maintains such a low bar. The room for error is very small. To me it’s an outrage: when a team struggling to regain a playoff spot meets a team struggling not to be last in the league, you devour them.

    It’s not just JM, it’s PG and my beloved BG — amazing, wonderful player and icon: but you can’t build a championship team in that image. The team has to be far more multi-faceted than that.

    And don’t tell me JM’s only playing with the hand he was dealt. If he was behind the bench for the All-Star team or the Olympic team he would do the same because he’s convinced he can make it work. He’s been unlucky for 30 years or whatever, nearly there, just the bounce of the puck in a few close games…

    Some posters argue that our talent pool is simply too limited. Perhaps they’re right. But ask yourself this — are there coaches who you could imagine extracting double or triple the impact from these same players, by dumping JM’s philosophy?

    I can. And that kind of increased impact would make us truly competitive. I hereby declare my boarding of the Dump-JM bandwagon.

    Apologies, as usual, for length.


    • wild flower says:

      Yes, but shouldn’t they wait until Tampa fires Guy so they can get the best possible coach.

    • nunacanadien says:

      Is that you Jacques Martin? Everyone knows you prefer to play the table top hockey and you’re still trying to figure out how you can get the habs to skate up and down like those table top hockey figurines! So Jacques Martin, if that is you, with Geoff Molson typing for you….when did you figure out you could convince real hockey players to play a stupid five on five style of play? What after you saw the flying V formation on the Mighty Disney Ducks Movie?

  46. Xsteve50 says:

    Change of subject but:
    found on TSN web site:
    Former junior hockey coach and convicted sex offender Graham James has pleaded guilty to sexual assaults involving two of his former players, including NHL star Theoren Fleury. James entered the plea in a Winnipeg courtroom via video link from Montreal

    WHAT THE HELL IS THIS GUY DOING IN MONTREAL????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????6

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Even worse, isn’t this the guy that actually got a pardon from our judicial system not too long ago? In following the recent Penn St. and now Syracuse scandals, it is horrifying how often this is happening. Even worse, sports and coaches specifically are people that parents place their kids in trust too. These offences need punishment ramped up. I have zero tolerance for these creeps and wish nothing but ill on them.

  47. Say Ash says:

    Ha! I suggested to a buddy that he stop drinking Molson beer until the Habs fire Martin. It turns turns out watching the games made him switch to Scotch several weeks ago.

  48. Mike D says:

    Random thoughts:

    Why does this team play games with such a lack of effort so often? For all the character and leadership in the room – and I do believe it exists – WTF can possibly explain it? It’s sickening and an insult to the fans that pay top dollar to watch them. Where’s the pride and killer instinct?

    Emelin is coming along nicely. He’s earned his place on the roster regardless of who comes back from injury IMO. He hits hard, clean, and often, but his skills are not just limited to the physical aspect of the game.

    Weber on the other hand has regressed and needs to spend some time in the pressbox to light a fire under his arse. His play on Umberger’s goal last night was worse than brutal and just another example of how’s he’s played lately. He’s also hurting his trade value which doesn’t help the team either if that was in the cards for him.

    Gainey needs to go on one of his famous walk-and-talk’s through the Bell Centre halls but this time with EVERY player as well as JM to figure out what the problem is with this team and come up with a solution. I honestly ask, why hasn’t this happened already? The roster is better than the results they’ve provided so there is definitely a problem of some kind.

    Please no trades to “save the season” or other short-sighted moves. The answer lies in the room and to some extent in the sick bay.

    Once Gomez returns from injury, he needs to be politely but directly told that he has a limited window to prove his worth to the team before being sent to Hamilton. They should also ask him for his list of 3 teams he won’t accept a trade to as they are trying to shop him. I realize saving that cap room now provides little to no value since all the good FA’s are already taken, but it sends a strong message to him and the rest of the team (in particular the hightly paid ones) that they are expected to produce. I also realize thet Gomer would be the most skilled 4th line Center in the league, but I’d honestly rather have Nokia there with guys like White, Moen, Darche, and Blunden on his wings to provide that element of grit and energy.

    If JM or PG are going to be fired (not saying they should or shouldn’t be in this post), then please replace them with the best people possible, regardless of whether they can speak french or not. If people, or politicians, or the media have a problem with it, then too F****N bad for them. It’s a hockey team – the goal is winning and doing whatever it takes to put your club in the best possible position to succeed at that.

    – Honestly yours

  49. B915 says:

    Leafs will win the cup before your Habs do

  50. Steeltown Hab says:

    “The Core”

    It’s been a struggle all yr but I think were seeing who the core of this team really is (Not that JM has noticed).

    Price, Subban, Emelin, Gorges, Pacioretty, Eller

    DD can maybe be considered JM definately thinks he’s better than Eller given the talent Eller plays with on a nightly basis

    Guys we can be happy with this yr not mentioned above: DD, AK46 (he deserves to be re-signed and is worth 3.5 even with the inconsistency, him n eller have a good thing going) Cole has been a beauty

    Plain and Simple JM needs to stop messing with all the lines

    Pacs-DD-Cole is working let it be

    AK – Eller – Moen (or LL for development while he`s here)
    Darche – Nokia – LL/Moen/White/Blunden

    Pleks Cammy n Gio need to get things goin it’s a joke at this pt, not so much Plekanec he is producing although there is somethig about him I just don’t believe in. Cammelleri n Gionta have flown way under the radar for their bad play n huge salaries cuz of Gomez (who doesn’t need to be discussed)

    Lets make a real 4th line for once. Throwing LL or Palushaj on it is so pointless, Put Moen with Darche n Nokia

    White, Blunden are both way beter than Darche in that role, it’s time to put the guy on waivers (even though it wont happen)

    • The Dude says:

      Price,Emelin,Subban,Gorges,Pacioretty,Eller,Kost,Desharnaise,White,Leblanc and trade the rest and rebuild!

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Yea, like Subban, Eller, Emelin have proven their worth. Gmab.

      “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  51. Neutral says:

    Habs have good forwards – put them together properly and maybe they’ll win 2 games in a row.

    Max-pac Pleks Kostitsyn
    Cole Desharnais Cammy
    Moen Leblanc Gionta
    Darche Eller Nokelainen

    Eller’s not doing nothing on the 3rd line – give Louis a try – might as well see what he can do he’s up here – not gonna prove anything on the 4th line – playing along side experience Moen and Gionta maybe just what the DR. ordered – if he produces – Gomez to the Bull Dogs.

    • TomNickle says:

      Eller and Kostitsyn are quite possibly the most cohesive pair of forwards we have on the team. I don’t agree with splitting them up.

      Less minutes for Eller is no solution. He’s a plus player and consistently drawing the oppositions’ top forward lines.

      • shiram says:

        Eller is also 22, it would not do good to give up on him now.
        Besides Leblanc seems more suited to play wing than Eller does.

        Maybe Markov sometime?

        • TomNickle says:

          Yeah I agree. And I have my opinions about Eller’s future. I like where he’s headed. I think back to where Plekanec was at 22 years of age and I believe he’s(Eller) further along.

          • Neutral says:

            steeltown – you convince JM to play the lines I mentioned and we’ll see who watch the games.

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        @neutral do you watch the games? You can’t be serious about eller he makes things happen playing with nobodies out there n ya him n AK are slowly rivaling Cole n Pacioretty for best tandems out there

  52. HabsFanMTL says:

    well to give my 2 cents worth, watching our coach play with the lines, lines that worked one night and he changes before start of next game. I’d of put LL with Eller and Kostitsyn and stuck Moen on fourth line. And i mean its not just that line he mucked with, he mucks around with others to and not to mention putting moen on a shoot out the other night, and putting Gill out there in the last 2 mins of 4 on 4. its just the overall way JM runs this team, its mind boggling so yeah i agree that a coaching change is not always the answer, it sure as hell makes sense to try it in our town, end of story!

  53. avatar_58 says:

    I forget is this a positive or a negative thing

  54. habs-hampton says:

    I may have missed it, but when is Shannahan’s hearing with David Krejci for his dirty hit last night in Winnipeg?

    Time’s up, JM must go!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think from now on, starting tonight, that hit will no longer be tolerated.

      • savethepuck says:

        Agreed, any Bruin can do it once to get the warning, then if anyone follows, they get 2 to 10 games depending on if it affects the Bruins.

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

  55. Pinchy says:

    Martins system is not a fit, yes? *in a terrible russian accent*

    However, I love seeing the true talent of the habs show from time to time. Last night it was Emelin’s time to shine. Enjoy.

  56. chilli says:

    To all you ‘no nothings’ that cry every single day about the need to fire our coach and our gm (as well as blame our owners, what?) – I think you suffer from being too insular and have no clue of the parody in the NHL or know what is going on elsewhere.
    In Tampa, they are screaming for the head of their coach, yes, your beloved Boucher. With a team a stacked as that – yet Montreal is ahead of them in the standings. Washington, a stacked team, new coach, no change. In Anaheim, a stacked team, new coach, no change. In Carolina, your beloved Muller, no wins.

    To all you ‘no nothings’ that cry every single day about the need for top tier players: Anaheim, Tampa, Jersey, Washington… top players in the game – yet, below Montreal in points.

    To all you ‘no nothings’ that cry every day about our GM’s: well, Gainey drafted our most valuable played and likely the franchise for the next 12 years in Price. Gainey also drafted PK – another rock for the next 10 years. He also traded Rivet for Gorges and Max Pax – two other rocks. He flubbed it with Gomez, but that was the dice he rolled, to try to team them with Gionta and Cammaleri. It hasn’t worked out in terms of Gomez’s salary but we are a final 3 teams 2 years ago in the playoffs. Gauthier, went after Cole, Molson paid the tab, and Cole is now our best player.

    I am all for changing the coach – just because he bores me – but will it make a difference, no.

    I live in LA and have very few people to have knowledgable conversations regarding hockey – that’s what I come to this site. But constantly reading posts about coach, GM and owner changes – is just frustrating because it shows how insular some fans are. Trust me, in LA and Anaheim, we have great coaches on both teams, great players on both teams (Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan, Teemu, Koivu and Doughty, Gagne, Kopitar, Richards, Wiiliams, Bernier, Penner) and neither are doing well. LA is 2 points ahead of the Habs. Anaheim is 7 points back.

    The Habs are not good – but the difference between the top teams and the bottom teams is very small and it’s year to year. Did you really think Toronto would be doing what they are doing? Would you trade their team for ours…….I wouldn’t. Things are just going their way this year…. and not going ours.

    Blaming the GM, coach and owners just gets tiring. Look around the league. Look at how stacked some teams are that are very close to us in the standings.

    More intelligent talk please.


    • TomNickle says:

      Intelligent talk might begin with the correct terms. Like parity instead of parody.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Not nice.
        He’s making good points, and you call out his spelling.

        Chilli, I’m with you.
        Good post.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • TomNickle says:

          Coaching changes don’t make a difference? Come on.

          If you’re going to say people aren’t speaking intelligently. You might want to have a grasp of the english language. And you may also note that it wasn’t a spelling mistake.

          • Mattyleg says:

            His argument is that coaching changes have made no difference in Washington or Carolina, and would probably make no difference here too, which I agree with.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • TomNickle says:

            And we have a four to five game sample size for this analysis? If you want to use Calgary as an example, that’s fine. But using two teams who have less than a dozen games combined with their new coaches is a fool’s argument.

          • TomNickle says:

            I was responding to somebody who felt that the opinion of a large marjority of people was stupid or “not intelligent”. If you have a problem with me correcting somebody who was openly presenting themself to be more intelligent than a group of people who hold one similar opinion, that’s your problem and feel free to direct your anger at the person who poked the bear.

          • sane hockey fan says:

            Sorry Tom, but there’s no anger here…I was just correcting your mistake. If you’re going to reply to someone singling out their spelling/grammar/punctuation it might be a good idea not to make any mistakes yourself. Just a thought…

          • TomNickle says:

            The difference is that I’m not making myself to be more intelligent than the masses.

            If you want to split hairs, fine. And yes, somebody acting like a class “a” jerk deserves like treatment.

          • christophor says:

            How about your last paragraph? That should be one sentence, not three. Using periods instead of commas (and possibly a semi-colon) is as bad as or worse than his gaffe

            You and AB

          • TomNickle says:

            If you have a problem with it Christophr, read the first paragraph.

          • tonymr says:

            Okay, Tom, just for fun: it’s “a grasp of the English language.” Moreover, the second paragraph consists of sentence fragments, and most English language teachers would likely advise you not to begin sentences with “and,” although I disagree. English is tough to get a handle on, though, and I’m not too sure of the rules (like ending punctuation) myself and I taught them for years. 😉

        • Old Bald Bird says:

          That, my friend is not spelling. Seriously, you want to make an intelligent post, and you write “no nothing” instead of “know nothing”? It’s a parody, I tell ya.

          It’s the irony of someone being so condescending that chaffs me. If you don’t call others a “no nothing” I probably won’t bother with you, but in this case, it begs for ridicule.

      • Sotxhabsfan says:

        There is also parody in the NHL, it involves how players are disciplined…

    • HabinBurlington says:

      +1 Chilli! The overall gist of your post I agree with. But I have grown weary of JM and the vaunted system. Just not sure what is available to replace him, but would be happy to see one of the Randy’s finish the year. Until then, we need some healthy bodies back.

    • Sotxhabsfan says:

      I agree that there is a good deal of parity in the NHL, the reason I think changes need to be made is that I feel JM, while historically a decent coach, has lost the commitment of his players to his system. Not showing up for a game here and there happens with every team, but our team has done it too often lately.

    • G-Man says:

      Good post. The ever constant calling for the heads of JM and PG is tiresome. Or even the calls to lose on purpose to get a better draft pick. The intelligent hockey talk on HIO is disappearing. It’s all whining and hand wringing now. HIO is Negativity Central.

      • TomNickle says:

        Not true. I, as you know have been a supporter of Jacques Martin’s for quite some time. That time has passed. And it isn’t because of wins and losses. It’s because young players aren’t being handled properly and there hasn’t been one pinch of accountability from the coach.

        I, unlike most, put no blame for this on Pierre Gauthier. He’s given the necessary tools to Jacques Martin to put a winning team on the ice.

        • Mattyleg says:

          What’s not true, and why did you think this was directed to you?
          I’m confused.
          He says that it’s tiresome reading about people calling for the coach’s head, and you respond by saying that you don’t like the coach.

          I guess I just need clarification.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • TomNickle says:

            A generalization was made about people who want Martin fired. That the same people have been complaining about him for quite some time.

            I’ve long been a supporter of his. This isn’t complaining for the sake of complaining is my point Matty.

        • G-Man says:

          Any team that has to play 3 rookie D along with a sophomore alongside only 2 vets will have problems.
          I put the onus onto the forwards- especially the vets who need to start getting the job done with consistency. They can, and should be, scoring more.

          • TomNickle says:

            Problem is that they aren’t rookies. Emelin and Diaz have been professionals for quite some time and have significant experience against the best in the World.

      • habsnyc says:

        The HIO poll at the beginning of the season had most fans thinking this was a contender. These are mostly fans, not critical thinkers.

        Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

    • ed lopaz says:

      chilli, the team is playing like crap.

      its either the players fault or management’s fault.

      I think the lineup is MUCH BETTER than a .500 team that is on pace for an 82 point season out of the playoffs.

      I believe in the players.

      The players are not playing up to their potential – most – and there must be a reason.

      The players are the same core group that produced 96 points last season – virtually the same.

      The players are not enjoying their jobs right now.

      Something is wrong.

      Martin gets paid huge money to take these players, get them to play together as a unit, motivate and encourage them to reach their potential as individuals and as a team.

      It is Martin’s system that the players’ are playing.

      Martin can rightfully take credit for the winning, so he should take blame for the losing.

      The fans are paying hundreds of dollars per ticket and thousands for season tickets.

      Martin NEVER takes responsibility – EVER!!

      he always mentions the special teams, or turnovers, or penalties.

      but he is responsible for the results on the ice.

      change the coach, and I believe this team can start winning.

    • habsnyc says:

      Verbosity does not transform incompetence into mediocrity.

      Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

    • habsfanincalgary says:

      it’s the system that needs to change. this team does not score goals because of its comittment to defence!

  57. ralphkim says:

    well, last night was not very nice. Time to make changes. How they got a point was beyond me. I am a long time HAB fan…Matter of fact I lived in Mtl in 1969 and 1977 and had season tickets.
    No emotion (except Emelin) This is the kind of retoulling they need. 5 to 6 guys like him and you are a winner. Pacioretti is not a one on one scoring threat so why is he in the shootout vs AK47 or others. PAC always shoots at the goaltender. Even Louis Leblanc would have been a nice risk. This team cannot score 5 on 5 or even PP. Let Gomez go on waivers and maybe even a few of the other so called expensive forwards. Time to move forward.. Coaching change is overdue. When Leafs are doing better than HABS , within 2 years of a rebuild. This is hard to take. Even Florida went past them after 2 years of rebuild. Is it the GM ? Why all the constant line changes… No chance of players to get comfortable with line mates… Someone is destroying PK..He is not the same kid he was last year… Enough said … Just very sad …

    • likehoy says:

      Florida.. 2 year rebuild? you mean 10?

      – If the NHL was the Wizard of Oz, Cammalleri would be the Cowardly Lion.

    • mdp2011 says:

      Ughh FYI…Leafs are not into a 2 year rebuild, it has been 6 longs years since they made the playoffs, and Florida has been rebuilding for the last 10 years and have nothing to show for it.

  58. habfan53 says:

    Been biding my time about whether to post this thought. I was wondering if the team might have come out stonger if Leblanc had started the game. Lots of emotion might have carried thru.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I highly doubt it. Leblanc needs to be in the minors. He is not strong enough yet. He will be a good NHLer but let him develop in hamilton not in a hockey hotbed.

      Look what the Leafs did to Kadri by doing that

    • athanor says:

      It certainly couldn’t have been any worse, and the cheering of the fans might, indeed, have ignited the team.

      I think starting the game with him, Eller and AK could well have avoided the horrendous start that did happen.

  59. otter649 says:

    Another knee injury – Georges St Pierre tears his ACL, Out for 10 months ?

  60. Mike D says:

    BTW for those who don’t know or who may have missed it, Dave Stubbs was on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at Noon show today talking all things Habs.

    Fairly meaty segment which lasted longer than I expected it to. If you have timeshifting you can catch it later today at 5pm.

    Nice job, Stubbs!

    – Honestly yours

  61. HabinBurlington says:

    Take it easy on him Matty, very difficult to spend your day following the Habs, when your heart is in St. Louis.

  62. HabinBurlington says:

    Lots of discussion regarding this vote of confidence from Geoff Molson to the team, PG/JM etc…

    Isn’t that kind of thing like getting the kiss of death from the Godfather. How often do we read in papers where an owner or GM comes out and says, I am not making change etc…. then 1 week later or less Kaboom, coach/gm whomever is gone.

    Just wondering…..

    • Mike D says:

      That’s a good point, Gerald. Although George McPhee declined to give his coach a vote of confidence about a week before Boudreau was fired by Washington, so I guess it can work both ways.

      I would have preferred it if Molson had said something along the lines of, “we’re always looking to find ways to improve the team and if making a personnel change accomplishes that, then we’ll do it.”

      Sure it’s a vague statement from a club that’s already accused of not being forthright enough with the media and therefore the fans, but a statement like that sends a message and hopefully might light a fire under some peoples butts to figure out what the problem is and fix it. Of course, it’s not to say that Geoff hasn’t already asked the more pointed questions to PG, JM and whoever else behind closed doors. I just don’t understand why you would make such a positive statement publicly and then put yourself in a position to look like a hypocrite if you do make change shortly thereafter.

      – Honestly yours

    • AliHaba says:

      But the whole conference is so close this season. Considering that the Habs are only 8 points out of 1st is probably what’s saving Gauthier and/or Martin. Molson is still clinging to the hope that the team turns it around with the imminent return of Spacek, Campoli, White, Markov, and shall we say it again….Gomez.

    • nunacanadien says:

      Aww, we all forget too soon the great Harold Ballard and his kiss of death for the whole team by standing behind mediocre players, a reverse kiss of death. Molson does not seem to be the type of give a kiss of death. If anything Molson probably thinks Gomez is God’s gift to hockey. I guess the multimillionairre Gomez must hire a PR team to lobby his boss. I wonder what kind of kickback Molson got from Gomez for supporting Gomez. Honestly Geoff Molson, your support of Gomez has the whole hockey world shaking its head! Honestly! The Emperor does not have any clothes as they say! Molson musta bought the naked suit from Gomez for what a few million? Hey Geoff Molson, I have an invisible pair of shoes you can buy for a few million, interested?

  63. Timo says:

    Guess who’s back
    Back again
    Spacek’s back
    Tell a friend
    Guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who’s back
    Nah na-na, na, na, na, na, na, na

  64. habstrinifan says:


    Didnt he and Camallieri have a shouting match once.

  65. Storm Man says:

    The cup is ours now!!!! look who will be back maybe this weekend oui oui Oh yah forgot we still have lord martin as coach guess im watching golf come April.

  66. billylove says:

    Saw this post on a San Jose Sharks site this morning, good for a laugh at another team’s expense.

    ***Breaking News*** San Jose. After another disapppointing home loss to Minnesota, San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced the organization’s intent to make a, “major internal change.” At a quickly arranged press conference held this morning, Wilson described the change as, “necessary to get the team focused on winning more games.” San Jose directed Coach Todd McLellan to immediately fire his hair stylist. Wilson said the decision was, “unavoidable” and that McLellan’s hair was proving to be, “too much of a distraction for the team and the entire organization.”

    When asked if he felt a change in McLellan’s hair style would really jump start the team, Wilson responded sharply. “The decision had nothing to do with style. This organization prides itself in allowing every employee to choose whatever hair style they want. It’s not about style. It’s about color. Coach McLellan has lost too much of his natural color. We felt we had to act now.”

    Wilson angrily rejected a reporter questioning whether the decision would be viewed as a “desperation move.” “Have you been paying attention,” shouted Wilson. “Any fool can see that Todd’s hair color has gotten much worse over the last three years. Any reasonable stylist would have started a color resoration program years ago before this got out of hand. Coach McLellan needs to look less stressed. We have recommended the services of a stylist who will immediately begin a rigorous color restoration program for Todd. We believe this will get the team back on track and benefit the organization. Opposition teams will no longer take comfort in seeing our coach appear over stressed. Todd continues to have our full confidence. He understands and accepts the decision. Thank you.” Wilson declined to respond to further questions.

    Contacted by phone, Coach McLellan said he was, “willing to give it a try. I told Doug that a quality restoration job could take weeks, maybe months.” Did he think the change would improve the team’s play? “Lately, Patty appears to be squinting when he’s looking at me. So, when I’m standing in the wrong light, I guess there is a certain distraction for the players. The white does kind of reflect the light. Yeah, this can have a real impact on team performance.”

    San Jose next faces rival Dallas in another home matchup on Thursday. A lot of attention will be focused on Coach McLellan and how the team responds to the move. Captain Joe Thornton declined comment saying only that the decision was, “regretable, but probably necessary.”

  67. Bob_Sacamano says:

    If Spacek comes back, Weber obviously goes to the pressbox but who´s next when Campoli comes back, Diaz, Emelin or Gill? If it´s Emelin, I´ll freak out and I probably have to.

    • shiram says:

      The one you forgot, St-Denis.

      Maybe Markov sometime?

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        No, he was already in the pressbox yesterday.

        • shiram says:

          Oh sorry I missed the game.
          Gill will play, veteran and Pk duties.
          While I can’t see why Emelin would be benched, JM is the master of lineup surprises.
          So Diaz I guess.

          Maybe Markov sometime?

          • Cardiac says:

            ” Oh sorry I missed the game. ”

            You and about 20 Habs players…

            “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
            – Jerry Maguire

          • AliHaba says:

            IMHO Weber will be moved to the wing to make room for Spacek. Either Leblanc gets sent back down or Darche goes to the pressbox. (Take your pick)

    • habstrinifan says:


      Trade da bum!

    • bleedhabs81 says:

      JM couldn’t possibly sit Emelin. He was great last night. I am starting to expect a forward to get hit (and decently hard) every time I see #74 anywhere near them. Great to see… it’s been a long time

      • nunacanadien says:

        Emelin was the only one hitting back. What the F*CK is this JM? You let your team get man handled by the worst team in the league and you force Max Pac and Cole to hold back? Why have a coach that only drives the team on first gear when there are like 14 other gears that we saw the day Pearn got fired?

    • G-Man says:

      Diaz. Can’t sit the only physical D, especially when his game keeps getting better. You can’t teach size.

    • LTHF says:

      Should be GILL, he is a specialist in turning the puck over in his own end. Think after last night’s game cammy must be taking lessons from him. We all hear about when a yound D makes a mistake but never nothing when Gill makes them. 2 goals scored against and on the ice for both and out of position.

  68. habstrinifan says:

    I am calling an HIO team meeting, althouh I DO NOT think that there is any poster here not posting to his potential!

    Well except maybe TIMO. No MAB post for a while Timo????

  69. Everlasting1 says:

    Claude Julien runs one tight ship.

    “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  70. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I clicked on this site hoping to see the following headline:

    “Habs ditch useless tool behind the bench”.

    Damn you Molsons. Your beer sucks.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

    • Mattyleg says:

      I have a feeling that all this hate for JM is displaced affection.
      Did you write him some fan-mail that hasn’t been replied to?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  71. Propwash says:

    The last time Spacek came back, didn’t the Habs go on a bit of a win streak??

    Being negative has its advantages,
    you’re never disappointed.

  72. sane hockey fan says:

    So now the big issue is Leblanc ice time…Jeeze only in a city like Montreal does a guy whos played 4 NHL games and 18 PROFESSIONAL LEVEL HOCKEY GAMES…have an ice time problem.

    • bleedhabs81 says:

      I would say so, yes. Limited ice time for a guy his age and “talent” is not helpful.

      You can’t improve if you don’t play.

      I am not saying he isn’t playing, but I think one should be concerned about his minutes… more is better

  73. shiram says:

    Yay Spacek!
    Suban – Gorges
    Spacek – Emelin
    whoever – some young guy

    Maybe Markov sometime?

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