Spacek set to play 800th NHL game

Canadiens defenceman Jaroslav Spacek, who endured a difficult start to the season but has been rounding into better form of late, will play his 800th NHL game on Wednesday night at home against the Edmonton Oilers.

Spacek broke into the league with the Florida Panthers in 1998-99 and has since played for Chicago, Columbus, Chicago again, Edmonton and Buffalo before joining the Canadiens as a free agent before the start of last season.

Here’s a little video of Spacek after today’s practice, discussing his 13-season NHL career.



  1. punkster says:

    Shout out to SmartDog…the Gomez conversation continues!

    Just read your response from last night and I’ve got to say…chill Dawg, please! First, I know you never suggested anything dumb about Price or Pleks last year. Martin, maybe, but who didn’t. And I don’t name call. And the only dog I ever put down was suffering from cancer and diabetes and I cried for hours. That’s besides the point.

    The point, Pup, is that every year scapegoats are identified, vilified and blamed for every Habs hockey evil. I use Price, Pleks and Martin as examples of past goats who are present heroes. You can’t expect the ongoing Gomez trashing to go unchallenged. You and many others believe Gomez is a problem. I and many others disagree. You say the league knows he’s a problem. I say…wha??? Where’s this come from? You say TSN mentions Gomez as the one fly in the Montreal ointment. I say, who gives a rats behind what the Toronto Sports Network says? Finally, you say you’ll be more right about his talent or lack thereof. I say I’ll be more right about his talent.

    If you’re going to continue to sing the anti-Gomez song you have to expect a chorus of pushback from somewhere. I don’t and won’t trash you, insult you, call you names or pee on your lawn. I have and will toss you a cookie when I agree with you. Just don’t expect me to agree with everything you say. And on the subject of Gomez…I disagree!

    Now pass the salt please and try not to drop it on the way 😉

  2. Seps says:

    Well, we see Hossa two very different ways, you look at stats and facts, I look at the play and that’s ok.

  3. ProHabs says:

    Wow that is a shocker. He didn’t seem that old. Used to listen to him quite often on Bob Macowen on Sportsnet. As for the Habs considering Brian Lee who was put on waiver, would be a good gamble I think at a depth defenceman.

  4. HabFanSince72 says:

    Yeah but don’t worry. Enjoy the moment. Leaf fans are hurting and anyway the Broonz will f**k up those prospects as they always do. Remember, that poo coloured jersey with the big B on the front turns hockey players into losers.


  5. habstrinifan says:

    If he lasts till our turn then sure. Small salary and base don draft position some pedigree. One never knows with high draft choices like these… he may become a steal.


  6. habaholic68NJ says:

    Anyone going to the Habs-Devils game on thursday at the Prudential Center?  I will be in section 9 and would love to meet-up with HIO posters before the game.

  7. otter649 says:

    Sportswriter & broadcaster Jim Kelley from Buffalo has passed away from cancer – I enjoyed his perspectives on hockey (non Leaf slant) on radio The Fan 590. RIP Mr Kelley……

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    It hurts Habs fans more than Leafs fans because we know what this really means, Chiarelli gets up on the Podium and proudly selects in the Top 3.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Last season, CHI had the 4th-best PK in the league and that featured Hossa as well but I guess he can only be judged by single seasons.

    I never called Hossa a superstar, he has star-quality though considering the criteria you can apply to that but he is certainly not a 1-dimensional player, not by any NHL analyst with credibility. Hossa is one of the best RWs in the NHL and does play in all situations, under multiple teams so coachs with much, much more knowledge than us must see hm as a two-way player.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  10. habaholic68NJ says:

    i have to admit it.  Though my head was hoping the leafs would prevent TB from picking up 2 points, my heart was not into it. In fact, I actually took pleasure seeing the leafs choke in the last 10 seconds of regulation and early in the OT.

  11. HabFanSince72 says:

    St.Louis ties it with 9 seconds left. Gagné wins it in OT.

    That’s gotta hurt.


  12. HardHabits says:

    In 12/13 Gomez cap hit is 7.357 million but his actual salary is 5.5 million. That’s when he’s a tradeable assett.

    Malkin and Crosby although not as bad as Ovechkin’s and Lecavalier’s contracts still add up to 8.7 million each, so that’s 17.4 million together. Maybe I exaggerated a bit but still that’s almost a 3rd of the total payroll. They wont be able to hold onto both of them after 13/14 and they are looking thin in the drafting department. No worries, they can tank again for a few years while Canadian fans pay their players and the Pittsburgh fans get to pay 100$ for 4 front row seats including 4 hot-dogs, 4 beers and free parking.

    Gomez was still second in scoring last season and played big minutes in the playoffs. It’s getting stupid. By that I mean all the Gomez complaining. Whatever. It’s what Habs fans do. The only thing that will shut you all up is Gomez elevating his game. Nevertheless, it’s what JM, BG and PG think that matters so all I can do is just read all the Gomez bashing and sift through them to find the good comments.

  13. DearyLeary says:

    Agreed. I think that giving Max a couple games here and there to compete with Lapierre, Moen, and Darche would be good for everyone.

  14. JohnBellyful says:

    Stoopid Leafs! And to think I was cheering for ’em. Stoopid me!

  15. MTLForever says:

    Leafs couldn’t hold on to a lead…lose in OT, welcome back Gagne.

  16. notbigbird says:

    He’s a big disappointment in Ottawa and has been sitting for a long time now. Somebody else (Hale?) passed him as sixth defenseman. Maybe he’s their O’B. We’ve had some luck with their other castoff — Picard.

  17. joeybarrie says:

    Toronto SUCKS……

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  18. The M says:

    Those are some bleu-blanc-et-rouge glasses you have on there.

    Gomez has sucked, he’s on pace for six goals. Granted i think he’ll pick it up and finish with fifty points and probably over ten goals, but not by much.  Kovalchoke has sucked too and that’s a ridiculous contract but the Habs scenario with Gomez’s contract plus his terrible production… he’s also an untradeable player.

    Why would any team pick up one of the worst contracts in hockey to make it to the cap floor? There’s other ways to make it to the cap floor than acquiring  Gomez and his horrible contract.  He is not a tradeable asset until the last year of his contract near the trade deadline.

    Pyatt is speedy, but he’s not the reincarnation of Bob Gainey, because he’s a tiny forward who can play penalty kill minutes, and Pyatt has zero to little offensive potential.  He’s a player who will always have trouble holding onto a roster spot in the NHL.

    Malkin and Crosby make about $1.5m more than Gomez.  They will also produce, in a worst case scenario, about twice as many points.  Their contracts are hardly crippling.  Any team would take those contracts as it comes with a dominating first line centre.  I’d guess the Pens would gladly resign both of those players today to those contracts.  Considering Malkin and Crosby are franchise players entering the prime of their careers their contracts are hardly crippling.

    No matter what way you look at it, Gomez is an overpaid centre and the Habs will have no cap relief from him unless they (Wade Redden) waive him in the future.

  19. habstrinifan says:

    How’s everyone doing? Just ”chiiling’ fighting a cold till Wednesday. Hope we dont take Edmonton too lightly and dont come out and lay an egg which seems to be the pattern after long layoff.

    Like the news re prospects and the discussion re possible pickups. We do need a big D.


  20. Seps says:

    And btw Chicago doesn’t have a good PK they’re ranked 25th in the league, so just because Hossa is on the PK doesn’t mean it’s a good fit, not that the ranking is all his fault.

  21. Seps says:

    Ok, I didn’t mean it was all his fault and Hossa lost both those years in the Cup finals, he has one now but there was no way Chicago was losing to Philly.  Does Hossa go out of his way to block shots?  Does he have grit?  Heart?  He may take on defensive roles but that is simply good positioning, it does not make him any more than a one dimensional player.  Two dimensional players are the guys who can battle in the corners, who will take a hit to make a play, players who will dive to block a shot in one end then score in the other.  Hossa is just another one of those soft european players whose main concern is the other net although that’s how it should be for him because that is what he’s paid to do.

    On a side note Gretzky was mainly a one dimensional player as well. Just because you’re a one dimensional player, it doesn’t make you garbage and I never said that it did.  Gretzky was a very talented player. 

    And thinking Hossa is a superstar right now, as he was injured for the second time this year already, is so far off I can’t believe you think that, because I normally don’t mind the things you say.

  22. otter649 says:

    The Avs picked up Matt Hunwick (D) from Boston yesterday for prospect Colby Cohen (D) – (similar to the O’Bryne trade) & then traded Hannan to Washington with the salaries of their two pickups the same more or less as Hannan………..

  23. HardHabits says:

    Hell yeah. Maybe the Habs can trade him for a 5’8″ French Canadian prospect projected to be a solid two-way 3rd line centre, in the AHL. Just kidding. Looks like he’s a little big to be playing on the Habs. Not sure how the rest of the team will feel having to look up to more than just Gill now.

  24. The M says:

    why not? their depth on D is thin, he is on a one year contract (i think)t, he could maybe use a change of scenery…

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    Why not? Keep piling up the 2005 Top 10 picks I say, sooner or later we’ll have Bobby Ryan and Sidney Crosby at the rate we’re going 😀

    Habs can’t be hurt by it, lets them retain a 7th defencemen and allows them to send Weber back to the minors so he can play.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  26. says:


    They Call Me Shane

  27. HardHabits says:

    You think? Nah. I was being very, very sarcastic.

    In reality though I am also fed up with the Gomez fixation. For example, he hasn’t sucked as hard as Kovalchuck has sucked. I’ve been watching Gomez closely and I don’t feel any discomfort or frustration with him. Gomez’ contract is what it is. So is Hammer’s.

    Ask yourselves this. What is he worth? 4 maybe, 5 million. What could the Habs really do with that extra million or so. People have nothing to bitch about so it’s Gomez and his crippling contract. Hardly. You want to see crippling, look to the swamp. Look at Tampa Bay. Even Ovechkin’s contract is ridonculous. Pen’s with both Malkin and Crosby. Hello. Gomez is on the books for 14 more months give or take a few playoff rounds, at that point he is a tradeable assett for teams looking to make it to the salary floor. At the time BG picked him up not much else was available and given the type of team BG and JM are building Gomez fits right in. Gomez (+ Pyatt the speedy reincarnation of Bob Gainey) was also acquired for what amounts to a washed-up drunk, an enigmatic russian and blue chip prospect with a a few more cracks in it than chips.

    I still like him on the team. And I don’t miss Saku.


  28. says:

    Last I heard he’ll be ready for the 2014 Games……I kid I kid!

    They Call Me Shane

  29. Duracell3 says:

    In researching he played 5 games for my junior team is 03-04 so yes~!

  30. hasboon says:

    Brian Lee is on waivers 

    6’2 RH shot 23 years old former 9th overall pick

    should habs pick him up?

  31. JohnnyBEast says:

    Sorry, that’s what I meant, they’re in the camp of 40. I think Gallagher has an outside chance of making the team. I saw him have a 4 point night here in Kelowna back in October.

  32. mbplekfan says:

    Pacioretty leads the Dogs in shots on goal. He is finally learning how to get to the scoring lanes. If we can let him finish the season in Hamilton he should be ready for the big league next year.

    I would love to see a Pouliot-Eller-Pacioretty line. Nice size for a change.

  33. Malreg says:

    If O’Byrne easily replaced Hannan, then how useful could Hannan really be to Washington?


  34. Bill says:

    She’s been with Russell Brand: I’d take glove side, myself.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  35. Bill says:

    I honestly think you’re just a contrarian. Which is okay. But Gomez has sucked hard this season, and to say the contract doesn’t matter … how could it not??

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  36. HardHabits says:

    I like that The authentic store is commetted in dicount replica * from china.

    What’s more, they have Network customer service reps waiting to pounce, er, I mean assist you in making a decision.

    Who can say no to Hello, welcome your consultation, what can help you?

    Makes me feel like I’m in a shopping mall in Mississauga!!!

    On another note, I tried the ginseng tea and now I have hair growing out of my teeth. Good times!!! 😉

  37. Mark says:

    And Katy Perry’s performing. I know she’s not that great of a singer, but boy oh boy would I love to score on her five hole.

  38. HardHabits says:

    They don’t need Hannan now that they have O’Byrne. Maybe they’ll sign MAB next.

  39. HardHabits says:

    He’s pacing himself. It’s a marathon remember.

    You’ll all be lauding Gomez when he scores the Stanley Cup winning goal.

    “Oh, Gomez we all knew you were worth it. Oh, Gomez sign for a kazillion dollars.”


  40. 24 Cups says:

    Robert – This move cost Washington about 1M in pro-rated cap space.  Both players are UFAs this summer and there’s no way that the Caps could re-sign both Semin and Fleischmann.  They addressed an area of weakness with a veteran and didn’t have to do it through the higher cost of a trade deadline deal.  I guess they’re hoping that one of their young guys ( Perreault/Johansson) will be able to fill the gap up front.

    Regardless, none of these UFA guys will be coming back next year so it’s a good Chicago like move.

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hannan is a pending UFA this off-season so it might not be no loss at all but Semin may want to fully step out of Ovechkin’s shadow and become a star winger elsewhere. Not sure if Semin will stay or go, but if he doesn’t put up points in the playoffs this year, I don’t think WSH will want to keep him.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  42. joeybarrie says:

    They lost a good young forward in Fleischmann. Gained a very good shut down defenseman. However is this a deal that will only last the season. It will be MUCH MUCH harder to re-sign Semin losing another 2.5 million from the Cap.

    So I guess McPhee is putting his eggs in this years basket… GOOD MOVE FOR THEM THOUGH. Exactly what they need.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’ll be good for them if he performs, from what I understand COL has not been very high on the veteran defencemen this season. Granted if he can teach Schultz and Alzner some tricks of the trade it works out long term. Still think they need a new coach though.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  44. Say Ash says:

    There’s a stick handling joke in there somewhere.

  45. 24 Cups says:

     The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Scott Hannan(notes) from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Tomas Fleischmann(notes)

    This is a great move by Washington and certainly hurts the other teams in the Eastern Conference.

  46. SeriousFan09 says:

    Actually Hossa is considered a two-way player, he plays in all situations and will take defensive roles during a game as necessary, one-dimensional players do not see PK time or defensive assignments. It wasn’t Hossa’s fault they lost to the Leafs as Hockey is a team game and the goalie is far more important than any player so having Patrick Lalime as your goalie means you are good and screwed in the playoffs. More than one player has been to the Cup Finals and lost before getting their Cup as well. Chris Chelios first 3 SCFs were 1986 (W), 1989 and 1992 and he has 1 Cup to show from that time in his career. Pronger was in the 2006, 2007 (W) and 2010 SCFs, he has 1 Cup win. Adam Oates is one of the most accomplished playmakers in league history, he has been in the SCF but has no Cup to show for it, he must be terrible as well.

    Wayne Gretzky never won a Cup after he left the Dynasty Oilers, he’s garbage too I guess. I’m not sure if Hossa offended you with his Cup shopping or what but honestly, you’re so far off on this one it’s embarassing.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  47. showey47 says:

    Ian,i wasn’t doubting you,it was the guy who responded to you (SLONCOLD)i was questioning.

  48. Danno says:
    Total products money: $37.00 + Shipping Fee: $20.00 + Insurance: $2.50 + Payment Fee: ($59.50 * 6.00%)=$3.57
    Free Shipping Over $200

    Subtotal: $63.07


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

  49. gumper says:

    Weird. I was just wondering the same myself and decided to come here and post the question on the most recent thread. He seems to have just fallen off the radar. Hope someone knows the answer.

  50. 24 Cups says:

    Timo – FYI, the Victoria’s Secret special is on tonight at 10PM EST.

    Sure beats watching Gomez do SFA.


  51. Ian Cobb says:

    Gee! long time between whistles. No game tonight, !!

    After the
    great start to our season, keeping us well entertained this year each
    and every game. I ware my Hab,s cap with a lot of pride on the streets
    of Ontario again this year.

  52. Seps says:

    About what we were talking before Hossa is not a two-way player, he is what’s called a one-dimensional player.  And it wasn’t Hossa’s fault that they lost to the leafs?  Well is it irony that he was the only player out of the Pittsburgh-Detroit rosters to lose both Cups?  If he’s as good as you make him out to be he would’ve made a difference and won atleast one of those Cups. 

  53. otter649 says:

    Shipping & handling may come close to the price of the jersey………..

  54. SeriousFan09 says:

    About the same conditions the official ones were made under I’m guessing.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  55. Danno says:

    True, and I shudder to think under what working conditions these garments were made.


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

  56. Bill J says:

    In the grand scheme of things, they robbed Pat Burns’ possessions that where intended to be sold to help fund the arena in his name.

    They didn’t steal from Mrs. Burns…. She was just in possession of the articles.

  57. Chuck says:

    Ewww. They look like crap. But I guess that you get what you pay for.  🙂

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  58. novahab says:

    Anyone know what’s going on with Markov.

  59. Ian Cobb says:

    Yes! There is a line that is not to be crossed in life, with me!

  60. Danno says:

    The Price is right at this site. But I’m sure Garry Bettman would not approve…

    Carey Price numbered 1915-1916 Jersey for $37 US.


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

  61. habs11s says:

    I’m looking to get a 1915-1916 Habs jersey, and I’m wondering where’s the best place to get it online?


    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  62. showey47 says:

    Are you serious?

  63. Malreg says:

    Who is this younger defenseman with the whole package that you speak of?  They don’t exactly grow on trees.  Take a look at the UFA crop of defenseman next year for yourself:



    If Harmlik can be had for about $2.5 – $3 million on a 1 year contract, he’s worth keeping.

  64. Timo says:

    No kidding. Week is so lame if there is no hockey until Wed.

  65. iHeart Les Habitants says:

    Is it Wednesday yet? Gawd… hurry up already!

  66. mbplekfan says:

    The cap space of Hamrlik will allow us to sign a younger defenceman with the whole package. I’d also like to have a crack at the free agent market with Spacek’s cap hit in hand.

    We have a good prospect in Hamilton in Brendan Nash but he needs at least this year in the minors and probably one more after that.

    Emelin is NHL ready if he wants to come over and would be a great replacement for Hammer or Gil.

  67. DearyLeary says:

    Well, they’re invited to the camp.  Don’t be surprised if Louis’ the only one to make the team.

  68. DearyLeary says:

    I’m convinced that Spacek is just an elaborate Dan Aykroyd sketch.

  69. JF says:

    I think I’d actually keep them all another year, including Hamrlik if he can be had at a reasonable price. There’re all veterans, Hamrlik and Spacek make a good pairing, and, if they’re not over-used during the regular season, they’ll be very valuable during the playoffs.  It’s not so easy to replace good defensemen, and experience is worth a lot, especially in the playoffs.  Besides, who do we have coming along in Hamilton?  No one, really.  I think we’d have a tough time replacing those three. 

  70. newbrunswick troy says:

    Hey good on HIO, and other media to make a big deal about Spacek and his 800th…he looked looked pleased to have the media maul him…probly the first time thats happened in his 12 yrs as a pro

  71. aemarchand11 says:

    That steady presence did very well for us in the playoffs last year against the big guns. PK Subban took over the puck moving role for the team this year, but Spacek will be good around the dressing room and steady on this ice until his contract expires. Yeah I would be happy with a little more point production, but it also depends on how Martin wants him to play.

    Go Habs Go!

  72. JohnnyBEast says:

    Leblanc, Gallagher and Bournival invited to World Junior Team.


  73. mbplekfan says:

    When we signed Spacek I expected better offensive numbers than what we are seeing. I also expected him to be a better puck moving, control the tempo type guy. Instead age has reduced him to a steady veteran presence and not much more.

    Hard to believe we are stuck with him for another year after this one. We need to get younger and tougher back on defence and replacing Hamrlik and Gil will help but I’d love to move Spacek too.

  74. SLONCOLD says:

    they robbed his wife, not the grave. is it anyworse if someone breaks into my car or yours?

    ian it’s a very nice gesture of you regardless.


  75. Ian Cobb says:

    I cannot believe that there are scumbags out there that rob the dead.

    hereby announce, that if anyone out there knows who the perpetrator is,
    and comes forward with the information that returns all the stolen
    property and convicts the person or persons responsible.

    I will pay them $10,000.00 reward.


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