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. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. SLONCOLD says:

    -10. :-)

    sorry but it really sucks that his wife’s car was broken into but in all honesty no worse than my care being broken into and having things stolen. sorry

  5. Say Ash says:

    There’s a stick handling joke in there somewhere.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. showey47 says:

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

  9. 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!”

  10. 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.

  11. 24 Cups says:

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

    Sure beats watching Gomez do SFA.


  12. 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.

  13. 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. 

  14. otter649 says:

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

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

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


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

  16. Danno says:

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


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

  17. 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.

  18. Chuck says:

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

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  19. novahab says:

    Anyone know what’s going on with Markov.

  20. Ian Cobb says:

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

  21. 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!”

  22. 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

  23. showey47 says:

    Are you serious?

  24. 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.

  25. Timo says:

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

  26. iHeart Les Habitants says:

    Is it Wednesday yet? Gawd… hurry up already!

  27. 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.

  28. LA Loyalist says:

    I dragged my California-raised wife through the snow up St. Laurent to Schwartz’s. I wear my lucky Scwartz’s cap to my son’s games… have to do it again soon… :)



  29. DearyLeary says:

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

  30. DearyLeary says:

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

  31. 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. 

  32. 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

  33. 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!

  34. JohnnyBEast says:

    Leblanc, Gallagher and Bournival invited to World Junior Team.


  35. 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.

  36. habaholic68NJ says:

    Will do.

  37. 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.


  38. 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.


  39. punkster says:

    Rob, I see my comment and your response stirred up a hornets nest. This is turning into an emotional topic and I have no desire to see it deteriorate in the direction that some (edit:self-censored) here want to take it.

    Understand two things. One, I disagree with your Gomez stance and will continue to do so, and two, nothing related to sports drives me crazy. LOL man, it’s not real life.

  40. Everlasting1 says:

    Are you hiring? Because I know this guy who is seeking seasonal work and needs to relocate. His past experience speaks for itself, therefore he has nothing more to prove. He commands a $7mil+ base salary, and needs the job to supplement his income of selling Alaskan lemon-flavoured snowcones in the offseason. He’ll provide references upon request..they’ll concur on his sense of humor.



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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  41. VancouverHab says:

    “Because although he has a personality he doesn’t have an ego. He’s about the team. It’s not the Scott Gomez show.”

    Crikey that’s well put, HH.

    I myself don’t have that ability to encapsulated an insight aphoristically (that’s why I collect others’), so I admire it when I find it.

  42. HardHabits says:

    The mere fact that you bemoan Koivu’s departure is clear indication enough that you haven’t a clue what it means to not just be a Habs fan but to know what the team needed to move forward.

    As far as Gomez is concerned he was 2nd in points last season, he played top minutes, above 20 a game along with Gio, Cammy and Plex in the playoffs and in them they were all in the same range in scoring.

    You have no bad news to bear. Gomez is OK by me.


  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    Do it for yourself, you can’t enjoy it that much being so repetitive and besides, bashing Gomez is the trademarked property of SD anyway.

    Props on the Schwartz’s reference though, nice to see you remember the primers of Montreal culture.


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

  44. LA Loyalist says:

    Please post your impressions of Kovalchuk. I saw him live here in LA and thought he was astounding, though wasted in New Jersey. Love to hear what you think.



  45. HardHabits says:

    Talk to me when the season is 100% over. I’ll take Gomez’ experience in and to the playoffs over his statistically poor production early on in the regular season. Is he worth 7.87 million? Ask Glen Sather. Is he a valuable asset on the team? Ask Bob Gainey.

    Some fans wish Halak was on the team and not Price. Some fans wish Koivu was here as opposed to Gomez. Some want Gomez gone at any cost. Others want Kovalev back. That’s the nature of fandom I guess.

    I like Gomez. I like the fact that last game JM reduced his ice time to 16 minutes and pushed up Eller’s to 12. I have noticed little things in Gomez’ game like his back checking and his making nice passes that are creating scoring chances but aren’t getting buried. So I don’t know what the fuss is about. Oh, it must be because Koivu has more points or that without Gomez we could’ve signed Gaborik or Kovalchuck.

    The Habs play a system. Gomez is part and parcel of that system. There is no one today and next year to replace him out right, however players are in the pipeline ready to step into the role eventually. This is one aspect of Gomez’ value. His being there as a buffer for the kids to grow into the role and step up. Why? Because although he has a personality he doesn’t have an ego. He’s about the team. It’s not the Scott Gomez show.

    With that in mind I am going to change my avatar back to the old version.

  46. LA Loyalist says:

    I’d love to! I swear! I came on tonight with no intention of that, I wanted to read about the funeral. But then there’s a whole fat Gomez thread just sitting there, like a smoked meat on the counter at Schwartz’s… man, I’m sorry.

    Ok, it’s what, Nov 30th? I guess Dec 1. I will not comment on Scott Gomez for 2 weeks. December 15th, as a gesture of respect to yourself.

    Anyway, Timo can carry the canoe for a while just fine.

    Wow, this is going to be tough :)




  47. LA Loyalist says:

    Cognitive awareness? You go to CEGEP or what?

    Trade Gomez? What could we get for Gomez? A box of fish sticks? Sheesh.

    And Kovalchuk in New Jersey is irrelevant to the argument. I’ve seen him play live he is freaking unbelievably skilled and you can see he is trying, probably too much so. We would all be crying Champagne to have him on Habs.

    New Jersey has no idea what to do with him in their system and their coach is an idiot. He makes Martin look like Scotty Bowman. He was wrong not to sign in LA, he would have been good on LA, Habs or a strong skating team.

    Gomez may have been good once, but he’s done. And we can’t fill our holes with him still here. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

  48. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ever thought about logging in and posting a comment that doesn’t involve Gomez?


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

  49. LA Loyalist says:

    Define a moment, please. The season is 25% over. When might it become reasonable for us to become concerned? 

    Markov, for eg, coming back from his original injury, could reasonably be expected to need until December or January to get up to top form.

    Gomez, over the summer, whether fishing in Alaska or playing golf in Moscow, or whatever, could reasonably be expected to GET OFF HIS ASS by, say, November 1st? Am I being unreasonable? 

    Oh Crap, November has gone, hasn’t it?

    You can like the guy, he is by all accounts a good team mate. You can buy his jersey. You and his mom will make two. But don’t pretend we’re getting our money’s worth.




  50. LA Loyalist says:

    Please explain how Gomez is contributing $7-8 million worth to the team. We’re listening. Present a reasoned argument. If all you can say is “intangibles” fine, because that’s all you can say.

    There is no factual argument you can present. He has 7 points which projects out to a 28 point season. He has 3 goals, one of which was a fluke from the icing line and one of which went in off his ass. The other I didn’t see. Maybe it reminded everyone of Kovalev on a good day, but I’m not holding my breath.

    I was all over Price last year, because he sucked. This year he’s great. I’m happy and cheering for him. If it was the rodeo, great, if it’s the moustache, less great, but who cares? Hockey is a great sport because the numerical results, while not everything, help separate the wheat from the chaff.

    If Gomez starts going to the net and setting people up and attracting 2 defenders that leaves somebody open – hey, he’ll get results. But his blue line to blue line rushes and passes to nowhere are not getting it done and haven’t been getting it done for a long time.

    So go down to Notre Dame and light a candle, or bring a reasoned, cogent argument with some remote relationship to fact, and we’ll all happily kick it around.

  51. LA Loyalist says:

    Thanks for defending those of us who think Gomez is done, toasted and crumby :)

  52. LA Loyalist says:

    You guys are all going to get one way tickets to Afghanistan.



  53. LA Loyalist says:

    Great. Now you’re going to wake up at 3,000 meters, in free fall, screaming, banging on a beeping parachute button (this will make no sense unless you’ve seen the remake of Predator (which makes no sense either, but is lots of fun)).

    You’ll be missed :)




  54. VancouverHab says:

    SD: I respect your opinion, & your right to make it: and you argue without abuse.

    I do know what the word scapegoat means, and you are in a strict sense correct: no-one is using Scott Gomez to expiate their sins by substitution. (He is not a whipping boy in the strict sense either: somneone who is punished in place of another.)

    So that means it’s worse for his abusers.

    You having caused me to think precisely (where I had previously seen him imprecisely as a whipping boy), I now believe that the Gomez abusers are using Mr. Gomez in the way that schoolyard bullies single out a particular boy as their victim. Bullies are ignoble, but they are phsychologically simple cases. By belittling their target they feel themselves to be enlarged.

    So, we defenders of Gomez say that the intensity and vituperation characterising the present attacks on him are out of all proportion to the minor detail that he is not producing offensively at this moment. Hence, we are compelled to make our persistent defense. 

  55. Number31 says:

    And on waivers is where he belongs…

  56. RJB says:

    Kelley got it right, Hasek was embarrassed and flipped. He never backed away from the truth, really interesting story he posted on his blog about the foot in crease Stanley cup final he covered as a Buffalo writer.

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

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