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-André 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. geo_habsgo says:

    Gomez is just Winning. 

  2. Sportfan says:

    wouldnt say the islanders are that powerful to be honest lol

  3. habsfansince91 says:

    it was reported that philly had offered us a significantly better deal than what St louis gave us but PG opted to deal him out west instead of making an eastern conference team stronger.

  4. habsfansince91 says:

    replied to the wrong post

  5. observer says:

    PK Subban sits 3rd in NHL rookie defensemen scoring with 28 points. Kevin Shattenkirk and Cam Fowler each have 29 points.

  6. HardHabits says:

    I am surprised he didn’t mention that other powerhouse…… you know……. the Leaves.

  7. HalifaxHabs says:

    Duh, winning!!!

  8. JD_ says:

    There once was a player named MAB
    Who spent a full year as a Hab
    Like Men At Work down under
    Played like a one-hit wonder
    Milbury’s shoe, Peter McNab

  9. BJ says:

    Flyers drop another to Buffalo 5-3. Sabres coming on strong….

  10. Bugs says:

    Shoulda put “Like Men at Work down’under Played like one-hit a-wonder” to keep the meter flowing.

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    Steve Downie out indefinitely? Good. Why can’t more schmucks have those kinds of injuries?


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

  12. Jonson says:

    with the 2 points he gets tonight he will pass both of them

  13. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    dont fret, Sabres suck at their corps. Philly’s in a bad spell.

  14. Muckbringer says:

    i once had a dream of a lad

    whoes poems were as dry as a MAB

    called a habs game like mcguire

    for the russians he now wears a wire


  15. HalifaxHabs says:

    I’m dreaming of a Vezina nimoination for Carey, a Calder nomination for PK, and a Selke nomination for Pleks… but the realist in me says we’ll only get the Vezina nomination.

  16. Muckbringer says:

    buff over philly= value

  17. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Well I tihnk they kinda told you why. quebecois connections… lots of people with the team are from Quebec. The Canadiens are the face of Quebec and the quebecois in sports, and probably culturally as well.

    Not a thrilling story whatsoever, pretty weak actually, but they gotta make their drama somehow.

  18. Mr. Habs says:

    Gomez missing in practice & during games.

  19. Mark C says:

    Good news, he scares me in games like tonights. Without Downie in the line-up is Montreal a more physical team than Tampa? I think they might be with Mara and Sopel playing.

  20. Muckbringer says:

    how about:


    sometimes bugs makes me wonder

    if he truely waits all day
    we will never forgive the stripes blunder
    at least he still says oh lay
  21. Bugs says:

    Still shoulda been in the minors though. Anyone else woulda gotten more’n 6 lousy points halfway through the season and THAT difference coulda altered a few results of games which in turn could affect the overall standing at the end of the year, that which could mean either an easier opponent or home-ice advantage.

    No go. I invite you to sell your spiel to the tourists, cuz I ain’t buyin.

    I live here, Jonny. I SAW with my own eyes Dezzy RACK UP the points since his call-up. HE shoulda been up here RIGHT from the get-go instead of Eller. Let Eller do his thing and get called up at around Dezzy’s time. Probably woulda been a better player for it. The Pac-Man sure was…

    That’s the honest truth, isn’t it? Let’s be real here. No shame in saying that that’s EXACTLY how it shoulda been, right? Cuz Dezzy wouldna gone the firt 40 with 6 points, would he’ve? Let’s be real.

    So…youpi-doo, Eller, ok? He’s learning to PASS the puck to shooters instead of dashing in through the middle and being squeezed out on the side. Great. Step 1. But we’re not where we could be in the standings had Dezzy been here earlier instead of him. He’s gotta keep it up. I’m not ready to do cartwheels for’m yet.

    Hell, I’m HAPPY Halak’s hurt. Honestly. I wanted Eller to “have the same impact on the club as Halak” for me to consider the deal worthwhile. So hopefully, Eller will keep it up and Halak can be out for the rest of the year so I can say “Ok, you know what? That wasn’t too bad…”

  22. Bugs says:

    Sorry, I don’t speak…Norwegian?

  23. JD_ says:

    I’ve PMed you what you shoulda do, Bugsy.

    If you’re headin’ out to the store, you’re gonna wanna pick up some industrial-grade epoxy, an oyster fork, a stack of old Tiger Beat back issues, a lobster trap, and some tensile piano wire.

    You might want to spread some newspapers around ahead of time.

  24. Mark C says:

    Think you’re late, all the lame jokes have already been made.

  25. Mark C says:

    Even still, without Malone and Downie, Tampa isn’t that physical at all. Boston gave them some fits with their physical play on Thursday. Putting Weber back in makes a lot of sense as there isn’t much need for a slower more physical D, but for a better transition player with more offense.

  26. Muckbringer says:

    if you care to look for the sylables…sorry it didnt come out the way i typed it


  27. Muckbringer says:

    maybe a shitte load of lime?


  28. Bugs says:

    There once was a pack of éclairs

    Who were deciding what they should to wear

    “Chocolate is mustard

    And who detests custard?

    A brown loaf, yellow-streaked with much care!”

  29. Muckbringer says:

    i dont know what drug he is on but it is not the gomez drug


  30. Da Hema says:

    I think it is Finno-Ugric.

    I could be mistaken though….

  31. Muckbringer says:

    sorry it got buggerd


  32. Castor says:

    except Mara ain’t playing

  33. Da Hema says:


  34. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    exactly how would one find posts of any quality presenting any new or insightul opinions withouth reading through the crap in order to get there?

  35. CanadienBoy says:

    If Price get more shut out he will be hard to pass

  36. Bugs says:

    Oh, c’mon, Heppa, it wasn’t that subtle.

    “Éclair”? No? C’mon.

  37. Da Hema says:

    Um…er…what the hell?

  38. Mark C says:

    I agree, from general hockey physical standpoint Montreal has been much better this year. As long as the game doesn’t not degenerate into a circa 1970s line brawl like the last Boston game, this team is fine.  

    I’m not worried about Boston pulling the same stunts this Tuesday, Boston only seems to cross the line when they are at home. 


  39. JD_ says:

    There once was a team called the ‘Nucks
    Unloaded a big bag of pucks
    For a yap ‘n’ a drunk
    Whose career is a-sunk
    Milbury’s shoe, Brian Burke sux

  40. Da Hema says:


    Double-plus funny!!

  41. Bugs says:

    Crude and nasty subject works nice but wonky meter ruins the flow.

  42. punkster says:

    There once was a young coach named Boucher
    Who handled a team down in T. Bay.
    His forwards were awesome
    But the D never blossomed
    So the Habs had a scoring field day.


  43. TomNickle says:

    I don’t think they’re mindful of the potential consequences for their actions regardless of the venue.  Simply because they don’t need to be, those consequences never come.

  44. punkster says:

    There once was a team called the Leafs
    Whose fans suffered all kinds of grief.
    They’ve waited for years
    Seen nothing but tears
    And Burke sux as their commander in chief.


  45. Muckbringer says:

    its not so abstract

  46. Danno says:



    There once was a scribe named Boone

    Who’s Weird Videos would make people swoon

    His puppets were cheap

    But his face gave us the creeps

    Like the creature from the black lagoon




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

  47. punkster says:

    There once was a team down in Philly,
    With a senior VP who’s just silly.
    He used to be tough
    And dirty enough
    But he sux and like Burke he’s a dilly.


  48. JD_ says:

    Son’s soccer practice, 5:30-7:00 in Laval. Coach is clearly not a hockey fan.

    First period on the radio.

    Have a good one all.

    Go Habs Go!

  49. punkster says:

    Sure beats the Gomez bashing from earlier and the goalie wars from last season.


  50. geo_habsgo says:

    Yeah I guess. But he could probably use some tiger blood right about now..

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    I do love the poetry recitals at Habs I/O.


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

  52. Propwash says:

    There once was a team called the Bruins

    Who’s goalie sucks, so screw em’

    He stands on his head

    Till blue white and red

    Put a buncha pucks right through him


    Ill get me coat….

  53. Mr. Habs says:

    Not lame. He out right sucks. The Habs could have gotten two grinders with size for 3.75 mil each!

  54. Jonson says:

    if you base it all on points fine, but if you watch every game  then you would have seen how good he could of been if given the minutes and the right linemates. its not a suprise to me based on how he played, not on the points he got. How did he reach this this point? out of nowhere? cleary he has been progessing. the only time i would have agreed with him going to the minors is when he was benched in place of DD. He lost confidence there and it took him a while to get going again, it didnt help that he was playing on the wing. so if JM wasnt going to use him then yeah maybe the minors. MY POINT is, if given the minutes and the right players, he is GOOD enough to play in the NHL.

    I dont care where you live, i live here too and ive watched prob 85% of the games for the last 15 years. so I FEEL i know what im talking about too.

    As for DD, maybe they would have let him stay up if he had a good preseason. and he wasnt half the size of Eller.

    DOnt tell me that DD has more potential of being an All around hockey player than ELler, cause its just not true. ELLER is going to be  a ryan Getzlaf kind of player. and all fans should be excited about that.

  55. Former Jets Fan says:

    Jack Marty’s an intimidatin’ man

    Just go ask PK Subban

    One wiggle of Jack’s ears,

    PK cowers in fear

    Hey rookie, just stick to the plan.

  56. Mattyleg says:

    …and one would sit on the other’s shoulders while he skated around the ice like one person?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  57. Bugs says:

    If you allow every player to have 50 games before showing any return of significance, you’re going nowhere fast. Furthermore, you lost all credibility by mentioning Getzlaf.

    Sorry, Jonny.

  58. Mark C says:

    Everyone knows that and we hear all the same “jokes” everyday. It’s getting lame.

  59. SeriousFan09 says:

    Don’t be Frettin’

    Been to the Summits?

    Whiter than a Blizzard!



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

  60. The Cat says:

    Im afraid to post for fear I’ll screw up the rhythm.

    Im just a white boy and it seems everybody’s rhymin’


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  61. Jonson says:

    your a great poet, i would like for you to read my comment to your comment on my comment lol

  62. Bugs says:

    Verse 1, 2 and 5: 7-9 syllables

    Verse 3 and 4: 5-7 syllables

  63. observer says:

    If the league would allow Burke to play, the Leafs guaranteed would make the playoffs because he is such a great leader.

  64. HalifaxHabs says:

    my point = you missed

  65. Danno says:

    It’s a work in progress Bugs…


    The Leafs have their fans in a tizzy

    Playoff hopes are making them dizzy

    Brian Burke wants truculence

    But only gets suckulence

    Springtime golf will keep that team busy


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

  66. Mr. Habs says:

    What’s “LAME” is taking 7+ Million Dollars for doing hardly anything

  67. Mr. Habs says:

    Ok, let me rephrase that. Two guys with size, who can score 20 plus goals per

  68. HalifaxHabs says:

    Yeah and that’s how it works, I can’t believe they didn’t take option B, and take the “two grinders with size for 3.75 million each”.

  69. Jonson says:

    maybe he isnt as big, but i believe that ELLer can be a number 1 center, a ppg game player. He also as an edge to him. and as he get older and bigger i can see him dropping his gloves from time to time.

     dont forget he is 21

  70. Bugs says:

    You can always tell how pathetic an entity is by how far back in the past it has to go to relive some moments of glory.

  71. Flabadagub says:

    Whoa whoa with the intelect. Yer so smart bugs, SMRT!

  72. Da Hema says:


    Nicely done!

  73. HardHabits says:

    So the Habs are less pathetic than the Leafs. Woop-dee-effin-doo!!!

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