Spacek surgery goes well

Jaroslav Spacek underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee yesterday in Pensacola, Fla. and the prognosis is that he will be able to resume playing in 3-5 weeks.

“The good news is that will have him back before the end of the regular season,” said coach Jacques Martin.

The Canadiens held an optional morning skate with about a dozen players on the ice. Scott Gomez was among the missing but he will play tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher said his team faces a number of game-time decisions. Vinnie Lecavalier (mid-body) and Marc-AndrĂ© Bergeron (back spasms) both skated this morning but neither is certain to play. Mattias Ritolla, who was expected to play with Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos, is out with the flu and an ankle injury has sidelined tough guy Steve Downie indefinitely.


  1. Da Hema says:



  2. Danno says:

    The Leafs have their fans in a tizzy

    Dreams of playoffs are making them dizzy

    Brian Burke speaks of truculence

    But soon he’ll see suckulence

    On the golf course where his team will be busy


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

  3. Bugs says:

    There once was a fine Tamper gent.

    Though not broke, he was otherwise bent.

    Yet when approached to invest,

    He replied with some zest

    “You dolts, that money’s already spent!”

  4. Muckbringer says:

    i once told subbie to let loose

    after that lucic called a truce

    we then met  in the playoffs

    thomas begain to jerkoff

    and carey came with the goose

  5. TomNickle says:

    This year’s version of the Habs has seemed to be much more phyiscal than last season’s version.  Maybe the inclusions of Subban, Pacioretty, White and Eller have given me that perception.  Kostitsyn and Pouliot have been much more effective physically too.  Gives me a bit more confidence in this group going into the playoffs than last season’s team did.

  6. Bugs says:

    And forgot the last verse just a tad.

  7. andrewberkshire says:

    If that’s a crack at Edmonton, it’s not Montreal but I can show you pictures of the girls I went to high school with, nothing to sneeze at.

  8. Jonson says:

    interesting note on Eller, for everyone saying that Eller is playing his best hockey and should have been sent down a few months ago ( you know who you are) . ive always disagreed about this, i think that he has played just as good during another stretch earlier in the season.  he now has 5 points in his last 7 games.

    from Nov. 24 -Dec. 7 a stretch of 7 games.

    2 goals, 3 assists, +5

    thats while centering Benny and Darche. and this is playing about 10 mins a game.

    being moved to the wing, and then being scratched really hurt his progress. its nice to see him playing center again and he is playing great AGAIN.

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    Have a theory on why PG traded Halak to St. Louis. I think PG’s number 1 goal was not who he traded Halak for but rather where he traded Halak too. He knew Halak was a very good goalie and was afraid of the backlash he receives if Halak plays on a team that goes to the playoffs. He knew with a quality squad in front of him, Halak makes PG look bad. Now i am very happy with Eller and feel he can be a long term Hab and productive. I sill don’t think PG really shopped Halak to any teams like SanJose, Chicgo, Detroit etc… Your thoughts….

  10. AndyHabs says:

    Anyone still want to see eller in hamilton??? I love the way he’s been playing i think he’ll score again tonight!!!

    and as for the leafs…… We don’t need boston getting a nice top 5 first rounder so they can keep winning for all 

    i care!!!

    Mtl 514 Go habs!!!!

  11. habs001 says:

    some posters have stated that because the habs are a small team they have to grab and hook more and that is why we are short handed so many times…i was wondering if anyone has watched the bruins games and can adv why they are near the bottom in being shorthanded and yet i see many posts that are stating the bruins are a goon team…

  12. savethepuck says:

    Agreed. He has been playing well for several games now. I thought he should of been 3rd Star Thursday behind Carey and AK. He looked good all night, let alone the goal and assist.

  13. Jonson says:

    anyone see the picture of Taylor Hall on it is such a terrible picture , i feel bad him

  14. andrewberkshire says:

    Don’t feel bad for him, he’s reportedly making his way around edmonton’s entire female populace. His life is pretty nice.

  15. Jonson says:

    lol dont worry i can only feel to so bad for him, im sure he is happy

  16. savethepuck says:

    St. Louis was expected to be a playoff team. I just don’t think he was eager to trade him to someone in the East.

  17. habs001 says:

    ak46 has been playing well and has looked happier than usual but he has fooled many of us before…at the end of the year his stats are usually not bad but the inconsistency thru out the season is hard to take…going into the playoffs it is very hard to depend on and trust him …he could play well in the playoffs but just as well he could produce very little…pouliot is the same

  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    edmonton’s entire female populace

    Anyone else want to handle this one?

  19. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    You would think you accidentally clicked an old link, but no. Just the same old dead horse discussions, corny insults, and of course the witch hunting. Lame.

    Gomez sucks, get over it. You accomplish nothing by incessantly whining except clogging up HI/O’s frail servers. I swear some take it so personally, like he stole your retirement savings. He’s not Bernie Madoff.

    If you just need something to rage-out about, perhaps there’s something on the actual news part of the Gazette site worth staining your underwear over.

  20. Mark C says:

    I can see why PG wouldn’t trade Halak to an Eastern Conference team like Philly or Tampa. I doubt he was too worried about trading him to any Western teams.

  21. savethepuck says:

    Don’t know if anyone saw this on, but this kid in Calgary is hilarious.

  22. otter649 says:

    The management/ownership of St Louis expected to make the playoffs this year as I have heard that if the team did not qualify this year for post season there was some sort of discount or rebate coming back to their season ticket holders for this past season or for next season tickets………

  23. rated_R says:

    I have to admit. I was one of those people but only because he was always a step behind as a winger. Considering we have pleky-deezy-gomez at center and the lack of wingers i guess the Canadiens wanted to develop him as a winger. Obviously that didn’t turn out well, and if Habs wanted to continue his develpment as a winger then yes he should have been sent down to Hamilton and get better as a winger. Now as a center he’s finally fitting in well and im glad he’s still here in MTL.

  24. geo_habsgo says:

    Nice to see that Spacek will be coming back in a few weeks. Just in time for the last few games and the playoffs!

    With him back we will have a pretty healthy defense corps which bodes well for being able to manage the older players time effectively. We should be set for the marathon that is the playoffs.

    Also, OT I know, but Gomez NEVER practices lol!!!! What a ham.

  25. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Well it was reported that PG was very high on Eller as were other teams. 

  26. StevieRay says:

    Timmo ….your boy MAB and Gomez …tonite ..head to head …what a match up !!

  27. Harditya_CareyPrice says: –

    First-round preview? If the season ended Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens would square off in a juicy Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup. The Quebecois connections would dominate the headlines — Tampa Bay is led by coach Guy Boucher and stars Vincent LecavalierMartin St. Louis and Simon Gagne.”

    Seriously, why are they getting so excited over this? That Montreal could have possibly attained these people just because they’re French??

  28. observer says:

    Flyers, Bruins and Habs all must have a horseshoe somewhere in them! The only good teams in the Eastern Conference didn’t try to win the first half of the year and so both New Jersey and the Islanders the only powerful Eastern teams won’t be in these playoffs.

  29. light_n_tasty says:

    You would think you accidentally clicked on an old link…just the same old dead horse “Gomez sucks, get over it” post.  Incessantly whining about how the other posters are talking about a Habs player on HIO (God forbid), clogging up HIO’s frail servers.    I swear, some of you act like you are forced to read the posts on this site.


  30. observer says:

    lars eller!

  31. blu3chip says:

    Keep whining then, we should really learn how to ignore the losers.

  32. observer says:

    turning out to be gauthiers best move here if eller continues this way. hell he is what? 21 or 22 only?

  33. observer says:

    he is not the same player. he is playing with so much confidence now. sorta like how price is now as compared with last season for him as well.

  34. light_n_tasty says:


    Guy Boucher was part of the Habs organization…

    Vinny was heavily rumoured to becoming to Montreal at the end of the 2008-09 season, and a deal was in place to land Vinny which was nixed by Buttman because both Tampa owners were not in agreement…..

    Gange’s agent contacted the Habs in the offseason to see if there was a place for Gange on the Habs roster…

    So, other than St. Louis, it’s quite possible that Montreal could have had these guys as part of their organization…

  35. HardHabits says:

    If they don’t make the play-offs season tickets will be 1/2 price. LMFAO. The Blues got shafted in the Halak deal. Sad but true as I liked Halak a lot as a Hab. The truth is he hasn’t the stamina to be a #1 goaltender.

  36. HalifaxHabs says:

    Saying New Jersey, and the Islanders, are “the only powerful Eastern teams” really shows you have it all figured out.

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