Stanley Cup coming to Châteauguay on Sept. 2

There hasn’t been a Stanley Cup party for the Canadiens in Montreal since 1993, but there will be one this year in Châteauguay for Corey Crawford.

The Chicago Blackhawks goaltender, who grew up in the city on the South Shore of Montreal, will bring the Cup home on Monday, Sept. 2, and have it on display in the parking lot at the Châteauguay Multisports Centre  (255 Brisebois Blvd.) from noon until 4 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the goaltender and have their photograph taken with the Cup.

“This is an honour for us to welcome Mr. Crawford to his hometown of Châteauguay,” Châteauguay Mayor Nathalie Simon said in a press release. “We are rejoicing in his success. He is a wonderful example, not only for the youth, but for everyone.”

Crawford was on the ice at the Canadiens’ practice facility in Brossard on Tuesday as part of a CCM/Reebok Goalie Summit, trying out new pads and shooting promotional material for the company.

“It means a lot,” Crawford told NHL.com about the chance to bring the Cup home. “I grew up there and it’s a big hockey town, everyone’s excited about it. With all the support I got from my friends, family and everyone from Châteauguay and the surrounding towns it’ll be very special to go back and be able to bring the Cup and let all the kids and everyone from minor hockey take a look and take pictures and just enjoy the day.”

Crawford also commented on losing longtime Blackhawks goaltending coach Stephane Waite, who left Chicago to join the Canadiens and work with Carey Price.

“It’s definitely tough losing Steph; we worked together for a long time,” Crawford said. “It’s tough to see him go, but that’s hockey. It happens quite a bit in this business.”

Other goaltenders attending the CCM/Reebok summit included Jonathan Bernier of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“It’s my first time wearing this jersey,” Bernier, who was acquired by Toronto from the Los Angeles Kings this summer, told NHL.com before heading off for a photo shoot with his new Maple Leafs jersey. “It looks pretty good.”

In other NHL news, the Boston Bruins have promoted Brent Gretzky – the younger brother of the Great One – to amateur scouting director. Brent joined the Bruins organization in 2011 as an amateur scout.

Bernier, Fleury, Crawford set sights on season, NHL.com

Bruins promote younger Gretzky, canada.com

Michel Therrien answers questions submitted by Habs fans, Canadiens.com

TSN releases its 2013-14 NHL broadcast schedule, TSN.ca

NHL 14 video game all about the fighting, montrealgazette.com

Replacing Lecavalier a question for Lightning, NHL.com

287 Comments

  1. mrhabby says:

    good depth signing in case the young guys have to be sent down or have injury. he is slow but does the job down low from what i saw in the past.

  2. Price07 says:

    I think this means you can forget about Tinordi making the team now (which is fine, he’s still young and should dominate the AHL a bit more before he comes up for good). Murray is definitely something we need, I think the biggest need going forward though, is a legitimate left handed first pairing Dman to play with Subban, I don’t think anyone on the team or in the system is that guy.

  3. durocher says:

    Very happy that the Habs signed Murray, we desperately needed size on the blueline.

    Last season, Murray had 29 hits and 25 blocked shots in 15 playoff games, 33 hits and 34 blocked shots in 14 regular season games with the Pens, and 56 hits and 64 blocked shots in 29 regular season games with the Sharks (total of 43 regular season games, 89 hits and 98 blocked shots). Only Emelin had more hits for us last season (110).

    Great signing!

    (Others are right, though, we will have a crowded blueline. I suggest we get rid of Diaz, who is small and minimally effective in my mind.)

  4. Timo says:

    Habs signed Murray? Has it been CONFIRMED?! If yes, I like it. Some muscle and nastiness on the back end. Hopefully he doesn’t turn into Moen.

    • FANHABULOUS says:

      Damn Timo, that was almost a completely positive post from you… until you added that last sentence!

      ____________________________________
      “You will not regret picking me” – PK Subban.

  5. Hobie Hansen says:

    I hope this signing means that by the time the playoffs roll around, Dreweski, Diaz and Bouillon are watching from the press box and the six guys on the ice are Subban, Markov, Emelin, Murray, Gorges and Tinordi.

    Emelin, Tinordi and Murray in the lineup together will really help blanket some of the larger more aggressive teams. Subban and Gorges are no slouches either.

    I do think Diaz will most likely be in the lineup though. Meaning Tinordi will spend another year in Hamilton until Diaz is gone next year after his contract expires.

  6. frontenac1 says:

    Amigos! A big D,nicknamed “Crankshaft” who invented a hands free tap for beer kegs, can’t be all that bad.

  7. TheDagger says:

    Murray! I know he isn’t the fastest but he is an enormous human that uses it. Habs needed this on the back end.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aedJbDCmI8 weird video but some good stuff.

  8. doc359 says:

    About to go to lunch when Habs spring the signing on Douglas Murray on me.

    Anyone know the terms? I heard its 1 year which is nice.

    What does this mean for Boullion and Drewskie though?

    • habtastic74 says:

      Nothing probably. I would say it means they stay where they are, and Tinordi leaves the picture until injuries hit during the season.

    • Ali says:

      It’s good, adds depth and size. His skating isn’t top 4 anymore, but he’s a great last pairing guy for 14 mins a game and on the PK to clear the net.

      When healthy:

      Markov – Emelin
      Subban – Gorges
      Diaz – Bouillon/Murray/Tinordi/Beaulieu/Drewiske

  9. frontenac1 says:

    @hobie. I love good old Toe to Toe hockey scraps. Not those stupid ring around the Rosie smootch fests. Those guys should get an extra five minutes. Saludos amigo!

  10. Thurston says:

    Canadiens Montréal ‏@CanadiensMTL
    Canadiens have reached an agreement in principle with free agent defenceman Douglas Murray on a one-year contract (2013-14).

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Now that’s big news! Great news!

    • Bill says:

      Nice work MB!! We’ve all been waiting for this.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • ProHabs says:

      Wow. He is slow as molasses but love the size.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        He didn’t look good in Pittsburgh, either did Iginla some of the time. I think with a full training camp to get to know the system he’ll be much improved. Pittsburgh relies on their run and gun offense and doesn’t employ a very structured defensive system, which makes it hard for a positional, stay at home type, to jump in on the fly.

      • Maksimir says:

        I’m perfectly happy with a one year deal… but man-o-man the blue line is crowded now…

        Subban
        Diaz
        Tinordi (?)
        Gorges
        Boullion
        Markov
        Drewiskie
        Emelin (back Nov)
        Beaulieu (?)

        MB has got to move someone via trade? Maybe Diaz or Gorges? Just resigned Boullion on the cheap, Markov one year left – so they are probably staying. Not trading Subban, Tinordi, Beaulieu or Emelin…

        • Bill says:

          Habs still only have two right-shooting d-men, and Diaz is one. He stays.

          This allows Tinordi so spend another year in the AHL which to my mind is crucial. Emelin is out until January.

          That leaves seven D on the roster – Subban and Diaz as righties, and Markov, Gorges, Bouillon, Drewiske, and Murray as lefties.

          Expect Drewiske to be the 7th man.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

        • 24 Cups says:

          I don’t think it’s a problem. Emelin is on the shelf and Tinordi and Beaulieu can benefit from another year in Hamilton. Drewiske doesn’t count due to his salary and the cap although I’m not sure he counts on the ice if we’re being totally honest about it.

          Murray has size can dole out hits, block shots and be part of the PK if necessary. The downsize is his lack of speed, mobility and positioning. He’s strictly a depth player like Parros who can kick ass when called upon.

        • Timo says:

          The thing is that Bouillon, Diaz and Drewiske do not belong in the NHL lineup. Take these 3 pilons out and all of a sudden it is not so crowded.

    • piper says:

      Good move. Just what we need to replace Emelin for the time being.

    • savethepuck says:

      Finally something interesting to talk about.

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

    • Mark C says:

      Wasn’t a fan of Murray’s play at all last season. But this move does create a lot of depth and allows for increased future flexibility at the deadline.

      Added bonus this will shut up, at least, temporally the MOAR bigger crew and the anti-MB crew.

    • secretdragonfly says:

      His nickname is “Crankshaft”????? I love it.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Murray_(ice_hockey)

  11. JohnBellyful says:

    This just in from Faux News:

    NEW YORK – In an effort to rekindle flagging interest in the Heritage Classic hockey game, the NHL has announced the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers will play their Dec. 27 game on Lake Louise.
    “It’s the perfect spot for an outdoors game, and will bring back many fond memories for Canadians of playing hockey on ponds in their youth,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.
    This ‘pond’ is a glacier-fed lake two kilometres long and a half-kilometre wide, set in a valley of majestic beauty.
    In another break from custom in choosing to play in a natural setting rather than on a man-made rink, the NHL says the game will start 90 minutes before dusk and conclude in the dark “under the moonlight,” Daly said, “just like kids used to do, when they raced home after school for a game of shinny before bedtime.”
    Contingency plans are to include artificial lighting should spectators complain about not being able to see the game, Daly said.
    “We’re all about keeping our fans happy.”
    As there will be no netting, spectators will be required to bring their own.
    In the absence of outdoor washroom facilities, Blue Loos will be positioned at each end of the playing surface, and serve double duty to prevent pucks from sliding off into the distance.
    “Given the temperature at that time of year, I imagine there will be a few Blue Bottoms as well,” Daly chuckled.
    Members of the Flames and Oilers said they looked forward to playing a National Hockey League game in a national park, but not everyone is happy about it.
    “Geez, Louise? Gimme a break,” said one disgruntled Flame. “Can you imagine what the wind’s going to be like whipping down from the mountains? We’re supposed to be the home team but it could be end up being an away game if a powerful Chinook starts blowing in.”
    Daly said the contingency plans include weighted skates for the players and seat belts and anchored bleachers for the fans.

  12. Hobie Hansen says:

    In regards to JB’s post, Don Cherry and violence in Hockey:

    It’s not going anywhere (violence) anytime soon. The NHL loves it, anytime the fighting question is brought up among the players they vote, almost unanimously, to keep it in the game, the networks love it and the overwhelming majority of fans love it.

    If you watch the nightly highlights, fighting is a major focal point. If you go to the game or watch it on TV the building is completely electric once a fight breaks out or there’s a devastating hit.

    If you notice one of the links above “NHL 14 video game all about the fighting, montrealgazette.com”. EA Sports and the NHL have gotten together and decided that’s it’s a huge part of their marketing, image and it’s something they want put out there.

    The players are more than wiling to play the odds, risk injury and get paid millions. They have no problem with any of it.

    I was watching the UFC’s greatest knockouts on the tube last night. You think hockey is bad, the athletes main objective in the UFC is to give their opponent a concussion. You have millions of people paying top dollar for the UFC pay per views hoping for a gruesome concussion to end a fight.

    You’ve got doctor’s, lawyers and politicians amongst the fans at the Centre Bell who play by the rules for 40 or 50 hours a week who want nothing more than to grab a beer on a Saturday night and watch two guys pound the crap out of each other.

    Do I like seeing people get hurt, no. Do I think two 16-year-olds in the OHL should be clocking each other in the face, no. Do I think it’s time for Cherry to move on, yes!

    But people on this site parade around like there’s some great majority of people who want violence removed from hockey, when it’s really the complete opposite. Of the 21,273 fans watching a hockey game in Montreal, maybe 500 aren’t excited when a fight breaks out.

    There’s some fantastic, well educated, white collar posters on HIO who I respect and love reading their posts. In saying that though, it is quite comical when someone makes a post condemning violence in hockey, six or seven guys agree, then they all walk away thinking they’re the majority. When in fact they’re in the minority, by a country mile.

    I’ve been on this site for years and there has always been a collection of people who cry foul and think it’s appalling when we get beat up by the Bruins. They stomp up and down and claim that the type of game the Bruins play isn’t hockey. The Habs will take the higher road and one day overcome them.

    Well Marc Bergevin and anybody associated with the Habs doesn’t see it that way at all. Sure they want speed and skill, so do the Bruins, but look at the players the Habs have acquired and drafted over the past few years. Prust, McCarron, Tinordi and Parros. In short, the Habs want to get tougher and employ more violence.

    So the guys out there that want less violence or fighting removed should really consider what they’re saying because the Montreal organization, the NHL, the players and large majority of fans think the complete opposite.

    • ProHabs says:

      Good post. It seems as though Boob Gainey and Pierre Goat were the only 2 guys that weren’t aware a physical aspect to a team is important. Those 2 guys were living in a cave the last 10 years with their heads in the clouds.

    • piper says:

      Well said Hobie. The league will never take fighting out of the game but you won’t convince many on this site.

    • Mark C says:

      This writer would consider trading him for Sven Andrighetto and ranked Morgan Ellis 14 spots higher(!!!).

      We now see yet another team (Columbus) had a first round grade on McCarron, yet there are still so many Internet super scout doubters. I can’t understand this.

      • Dust says:

        Well I wouldn’t consider EOTP super scouts or even scouts for that matter. Guys that read one article on a player, make an opinion on said player, never watch said player play, and act like they know everything about him. hahah

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Yeah, the writer himself admits to not even hearing about McCarron before he was called to the podium by the Habs. It means that his entire opinion was formed afterwards – he probably only watched some YouTube clips, read what some online bloggers had to say, and formed his entire opinion based on that.

        I bet many of the other panelists are similar. Go to HFBoards if you want people who track prospects before they are actually drafted. The sad thing is, I bet people at EotP would count their opinions just as informed as those who spend months if not years tracking prospect development.

  13. on2ndthought says:

    Check today’s Google Doodle (Debussy)

    https://www.google.ca/webhp?hl=en&tab=ww

    “a cannonading drive”

  14. commandant says:

    The Washington Capitals are next up

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/08/22/top-shelf-prospects-washington-capitals-2/

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.
    http://lastwordonsports.com/

    • on2ndthought says:

      That was scary. Add those top 2 prospects and the Caps will be hard(er) to handle next year. Didn’t notice any D depth, tho.

      “a cannonading drive”

      • 24 Cups says:

        They will regret trading Forsberg for Erat.

        • savethepuck says:

          That trade was 100% to just save Macphee’s job so they had a chance to make the playoffs. It was definitely not a trade that had the organization’s best interests in mind.

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

        • on2ndthought says:

          not so sure, Kuznetsov and Wilson are both top 6 with skill and size, add Erat, Backstrom, Ovie, Johanson, Laich and their bottom 6 are as good as the NHL has.

          “a cannonading drive”

  15. JohnBellyful says:

    TORONTO – Don Cherry has come out swinging, taking a swipe at the Canadian Medical Association for condemning NHL team owners’ “complacency” about violence in hockey.
    “Those guys should stick to stuff they know about,” said Cherry, who ripped CMA president Louis Francescutti, an injury-prevention expert, for saying “purposely hurting someone is not part of the game of hockey.”
    “Maybe it wasn’t back in la-di-da, hoity-toity land where he grew up, but in the real world, finishing your check means handing out some pain,” Cherry roared. “He’s probably never used a hockey stick in his life, and treating a hockey player for a concussion isn’t the same thing as playing the game.”
    When told the motion passed at the CMA’s annual convention condemning the owners was put forward by a Quebec physician, Pierre Harvey, who was a hockey star in his youth, Cherry responded: “Hockey star??!! When? When he played tykes? How’d he do after he got to bantam and started getting bodychecked? Probably turned tail and ran. Just like the giant rabbit in that James Stewart movie, Harvey, this guy was probably invisible, too – when things started getting rough.”
    Dr. Harvey cited the notorious incident in 2011 when Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara rammed Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into a metal support along the boards, leaving him with a fractured neck and concussion.
    “Has this guy never heard of a hockey play?” Cherry huffed. “What is it with these doctors, telling another profession how it should act? Do I tell them not to leave surgical instruments in patients they’ve operated on, or try harder not to remove the wrong limb? No, that’s their business. And mine is keeping hockey true to its roots.”
    Dr. Harvey said he has no objection to hitting in hockey but said the NHL needs to do something about acts of violence such as blows to the head and hits from behind.
    NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, “The league and clubs are comfortable with the current state of the game,” pointing out it has introduced “numerous measures” to improve player safety.
    They include slightly thicker helmets and stern video messages warning against “undue” foul play.
    The NHL is unlikely to do anything to curb fighting, because of the great appeal it has for a large segment of its fan base.
    Cherry said doctors should focus their attention on real health issues, like “fighting obesity in this country” and not worry about “love taps” between players.
    “You ever see a fat player?” he asked. “No, because they keep themselves in shape to earn a honest living. They also learn life lessons, like keeping your head up and watching your back. That stuff’s important outside the rink as well.”
    Cherry offered one last piece of advice:
    “You know what, I think the NHL Players’ Association should pass a motion at its next annual meeting condemning doctors for not making house calls anymore.”

    — “A little song, a little wit, a few choice words from a twit.” –

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Warlock, what a pithy post! In some parts, it’s hard to decipher whether “serious” or satire was your intent. Brilliant! There was a James M. Stewart who played one more game for the Boston Bruins than Dapper Don did. Nice to see that foregoing dance and seltzer for wit and words hasn’t dulled your wizardry.

      “Where’s the Beef?/What’s the Beef?”

    • arcosenate says:

      I think Hockey Inside Out should be a Don Cherry free zone. There’s no need to recognize his existence, he does not add to the dialogue, he is a clown, in costume, who should be ignored.

      Unless this is a joke, in which case i have been had.

    • Cal says:

      Don’t you even try to time-delay all these spells? Soon enough, iffin’ ye don’t watch yerself, yer gift may just disapp….

    • sweetmad says:

      I don’t know where you got this from, but it is typical Cherry,the man is an idiot,It is just as well,he is only some mouthpiece on tv,and not running the world or we would still be in caves.
      How can any intelligent person,listen to this drivel and agree with him.

      Doctors are the ones who know about injuries,this is what they are doctors for, this is what they study.

      Please some one put him out of his misery,he is such a pain,I think that HNIC,has to stop him now,you can’t have some one spouting ignorance like that,and give him air time,I just can’t stand the guy,he is out of touch with the times ,rude,overbearing redneck.

      I wish they would get an intelligent person to do coaches corner.
      GO HABS GO

      • jackbutt says:

        The only hockey fans listening to that fat ape are leafs fans. His iq equals his youngest child’s age. The best thing to do is not watch him or take it for what it’s worth, nada.

    • scavanau says:

      It’s impossible for me to read that without hearing Cherry’s voice.

    • secretdragonfly says:

      Very entertaining, keep ‘em coming!

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Arco, Sweet,

      It was meant as a joke.
      That was the post’s goal.
      If that wasn’t clear
      My humour’s too droll.
      :)

      • Bripro says:

        You have to admit….
        It’s pretty entertaining getting a visual on people scratching their heads trying to determine if you’re ever serious.
        I’d bet on ….. not so far.

    • on2ndthought says:

      on fire, Mr. Bellyful!

      “a cannonading drive”

  16. habstrinifan says:

    Good Morning everyone!
    Anyone who watched the Michel Therrien link (where he answers questions from fans), care to give his/her impression of Therrien’s answers.

    Considering that almost all the questions were based on subjects that would have been playing on the coach’s mind almost continuously, I found the answers very unsatisfying.

    I especially would have liked to hear a more definitively formed answer to the question about giving his team ‘a unique’ image.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      You have to take everything presented on Canadiens.com with a grain of salt. It’s their company website and their objective is to always portray the organization, coaches and players in a positive light.

      I don’t think you’ll ever find any real “hot button” topics or controversial material posted there.

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    So apparantly tickets aren’t selling well for the Winter Heritage Classic in Vancouver….

    http://www.news1130.com/2013/08/21/heritage-classic-hockey-game-not-selling-well-broker/

    The NHL will kill its outdoor golden goose sooner than later staging so many games this upcoming year. Thankfully greed was not the motivator behind staging all these games.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good morning Burly! Could not agree with you more. Nothing like over exposure to kill what should be a unique event. The greed of the owners will eventually dry up this income source as well.

    • Marc10 says:

      They’re playing the Sens… Not exactly a match up worthy of a post game riot…

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Maybe they can heat up interest by announcing first-ever drafted players by the Canucks and Senators, Dale Tallon, and Alexandre Daigle will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

      “Where’s the Beef?/What’s the Beef?”

    • mrhabby says:

      Disagree. the thirst for hockey up here will always ensure games and down south i think the game is on a bit of a upswing. There maybe not be as many games but there will be games besides both sides have to make up the money they lost from last years lockout.

    • habs-hampton says:

      Maybe they should rename it, cause the quality of hockey doesn’t make it a classic, and its sure not unique anymore with 6 games next year, and the teams don’t exactly have a historic rivalry with the Sens.

      With the price of tickets in Canada, there is no way I would pay foran outdoor game over an indorr one.

  18. Ian Cobb says:

    subbanator P.K. Subban

    Stay with me, I’m trying to put up a link.

    Sorry, no can do!!

  19. Habfan10912 says:

    Those are some workout videos of Subban, huh? Will PK become that crease clearing defenseman we all desire? Holy Moly is he huge or what?

    • on2ndthought says:

      Jury duty is a great look into how the justice system works. I wouldn’t call it ‘fun’ but it was ‘interesting’.

      “a cannonading drive”

  20. JohnBellyful says:

    Who will be the next captain has occupied the minds of a good many Hab fans of late. Here’s my take – no, I don’t mind – on the most likely choice, through the process of elimination:

    Not a hope in hell:

    Tomas Plekanec – will be traded in two years
    Andrei Markov – will be retired in two years
    Travis Moen – will be inert in two years
    Max Pacioretty – two Americans in a row as captains? Don’t think so
    Josh Gorges – legs bruised from blocking shots, reputation tarnished from taking shots
    David Desharnais – small-minded; lacks stature
    Francis Bouillon – too old
    Alex Galchenyuk – too young
    Raphael Diaz – too neutral
    PK Subban – too polarizing
    Brendan Gallagher – on the short list … but lacks experience
    Lars Eller – not while Therrien’s coach
    René Bourque – you’re kidding, right?
    Ryan White – you’re a hoot!
    Daniel Brière – on the floor laughing (me, not him)
    Jared Tinordi – rookie!
    Alexei Emelin – language barrier
    George Parros – talent barrier; TOI measured in seconds
    Carey Price – he’s a goalie, for gawd’s sake!
    Peter Budaj – now you’re just being silly
    Davis Drewiske – who?

    Likely choice:

    Brandon Manitoba – although provincial in outlook, will grow into official role as leader

    (Source: Wikipedia)

  21. 24 Cups says:

    This is cool.

  22. Lafleurguy says:

    A sparse “Mornin’ Crew.”
    “One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more…”

    “Where’s the Beef?/What’s the Beef?”

  23. Lafleurguy says:

    Evgeni Malkin was ranked too low by The Hockey News.

    “Where’s the Beef?/What’s the Beef?”

  24. twilighthours says:

    Lots of maligning of phaneuf. Yes, he is overpaid by NHL standards. Yes, he is overhyped. And yes, he might not be the guy you build your D around.

    He is also still a quality hockey player who would easily make our team better.

  25. JayK-47 says:

    My favorite rivalry is Habs “fans” vs actual Habs

  26. Timo says:

    TV sucks… 100 some channels and eff all to watch.

  27. The Jackal says:

    Wow… people actually responded to my scathing criticism of the TTC!
    It was a bit harsh. At the time of writing I was severely pissed off at the TTC.

    But overall, I still think the TTC is very poor for what it should be. The transit system for Canada’s largest city and one of North America’s largest is leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, the streetcars are resilient and work in the winter, but IMO, they clog up any street they are on – if they are not on a dedicated streetcar lane, they are a nightmare for drivers and cyclists. The bus service is decent, that I must say. But the subway? The new cars are very nice and I quite like them, but 2 lines? That is terrible. Not to mention the “downtown” line serves University/Spadina and Yonge… essentially just a corridor of the metro area.

    In the end it just leaves a lot to be desired, and it’s 3 bucks a pop SINGLE USE. It is so inconvenient for people to say, go pick up something at one station, then have to pay for leaving the station for 5 minutes. Grr.

    And Twi, I’ve been to a few big cities and had to use their transit to get around, and that partly informs my TTC critique. While Vancouver’s Skytrain is not extensive in its coverage, the bus there is very efficient and reliable. In Paris, the subway system was quite good and even enjoyable, ditto for London.

    Anyhow, this is a quite off topic discussion but it garnered a few replies earlier so I thought I would just touch on it.

    Just 4 more weeks for hockey!

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  28. Sportfan says:

    4000 Hits for Ichiro between Japan and the USA, great player!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  29. JohnBellyful says:

    NEW YORK – The NHL is refusing comment on a scientific study showing sheets of ice in rinks around the league are shrinking due to climate change.
    The five-year study completed two months ago found ice-makers in every arena are having to take extraordinary steps to maintain a one-inch layer of ice for hockey games.
    “We don’t even scrape the ice any more with the Zamboni, because we’re afraid of hitting concrete,” said one operator. “We fill the snow-holding tank before we go on the ice just so we can lay down a layer of the frozen stuff. A roller packs it in and then we spray water to seal everything and make a smooth surface.”
    The operator said teams are having to purchase frozen water from local snow cone retailers “at outrageous just-in-time delivery prices.”
    And there have been screw-ups, such as deliveries of raspberry shaved ice, rather than the colourless lemon-flavoured kind, he said. Spectators found play hard to follow and slo-mo replays showed players licking the ice whenever they slid to block a shot.
    There have also been instances where a few cardboard snow cone holders inadvertently made it into the reservoir and onto the ice, creating patches of “no-skate zones,” the operator said. “That one guy, what was his name, Poulion? Pouliot? was always finding them.”
    The study, titled “League on Thin Ice,” said the NHL needs to adjust quickly to a warming climate in which temperatures inside arenas have been climbing steadily for years and show no sign of abating.
    “Otherwise, the league will find itself evolving into the National Floor Hockey League, which initially might gain it a few new fans thinking they’re buying tickets to a NFL game, but will ultimately lead to the sport’s demise,” the study said.
    A league spokesman said “it was unfortunate a document of some sort was leaked to the press fueling all kinds of unwarranted speculation.”
    He refused further comment.
    The study made several recommendations, but the one sure to capture everyone’s attention is that NHL teams form a consortium to tow icebergs from the Arctic to distribution terminals off the east and west coasts.
    “They’re melting anyway,” the study noted. “Why let a precious resource like that go to waste.”
    However, the study, subtitled “Go With The Floe,” also warned the NHL could expect a challenge from the KHL to gain control of the iceberg industry and will need to gain the support of the American and Canadian governments to assert exclusive rights to “big chunks of ice” in waters of contested jurisdiction.
    “We fully expect a return of the Cold War in the next few years,” the study said. “If the league thinks it had a tough time arriving at the salary cap, wait till it tries to carve out an ice cap.”

    — “A little song, a little dance, a little ice cube down your pants.” –

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Seems like a good idea, if a pro team wants the community to pay for their new digs, the county/region owns a piece of the team.

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-orange-county-soccer-stadium-20130820,0,7962206.story

  31. HabFanSince72 says:

    OK I don’t mean to be mean, but on what basis are the EOTP people evaluating Nygren? Have any of them seen him play, except for youtube clips?

    http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/habs-top-25-under-25/2013/8/21/4596348/2013-habs-top-25-under-25-15-magnus-nygren

  32. frontenac1 says:

    @Epic. It’s been awhile since my drink came out my nose, but that was Epic amigo.Saludos!

  33. habs11s says:

    So who scores the Habs first goal of the regular season?

    I’ll say Plekanec

    _____________________________________________________________

    “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

  34. Epic says:

    Allow me to comment on all the talk surrounding Diana Phaneuf.

    He was quite fearsome in his first 3 years with Calgary, a poor man’s Subban if you will, but ran into injuries, got his ass traded, and is now a total shadow of his former self.

    He’s an embarrassment now. He can’t skate, he never shoots the puck like he used to, he can’t hit anymore and he couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag. He’s also a total defensive liability, seriously, he was a turnover machine in the playoffs and directly contributed to TO’s early exit more than any player on either team. Some games he made Patrice Breisbois look like Craig Ludwig.

    He’s 28 years old and already has one foot out of hockey. He may be the #1D in Toronto, but in Chicago or LA he woulden’t crack the AHL team.

    Add that to the fact that he is not feared, respected, or even given much thought by any player in the league. When he chickened out against Prust on National TV it was a prime example.

    I would be much more interested in Matt Green (if he were available) or Mark Fistric.

    Watching Phaneuf now, you would think Chris Campoli and Breeze-By had a child with major developmental issues.

    • Ron says:

      Fistric was signed as a UFA this week by Ducks.

    • Tuoms says:

      I’ve always considered Phaneuf over-rated – even during his time in Calgary. He made the big hits and had that booming shot which frequently placed him in the highlight reels. That kind of attention has a way of creating a lot of hype, especially among “fans” who don’t actually watch the games, preferring to simply catch Sportscentre. Yes, he put together a few seasons with some tremendous point totals, but his plus/minus has always been mediocre. The exceptions being his 2006-2007 (50 pts, +10)and 2007-2008 (60 pts, +12).

      ~“There is no Leafs-Canadiens rivalry. It’s dead: The Leafs killed it.” – Ken Dryden~

    • on2ndthought says:

      Since I started the Phaneuf talk, I will try to explain: all the things you say are true and also apply to Komisarek. Markov made Komisarek look like an all-star. Our managment knew it, and let him go (how many here thought THAT was a good idea at the time?). Markov is longer in the tooth, but match him with DiP and he may make another pylon look good. My reasoning is that by taking Phaneuf off their hands, we secure Kadri. A lot of posters don’t like his attitude, but many were saying the same about PK 18 months ago. Phaneuf finishes the contract here, and then is gone, while our youg D have had a year to mature without being asked for major contributions this year. The whole thing is kind of a ‘what if’, but I still think it’s a good move for both clubs,; we get the talent, they get steady performance and cap space.

      “a cannonading drive”

  35. Mavid says:

    25

    Weed Wacker Gramda Smurf

  36. Mavid says:

    Well I survived my gum surgery..I barely remember going home, apparently in my doped up state my hubby started to chant GO SENS GO, I assume in a feeble attempt to brainwash me he said I still managed to give him the finger..haha..I guess its in the blood..

    Weed Wacker Gramda Smurf

  37. Steven says:

    NHL on TSN has this as a notable game this season:

    Toronto Maple Leafs vs Philadelphia Flyers
    1st game this season.

    Since when did the Habs become the Flyers?

  38. piper says:

    I would like to see a minor league deal bringing Brett Gallant to the Habs organization. Best pound for pound enforcer in hockey.
    I wonder if he’s related to Gerard?

    • Habfan17 says:

      42 games, no points 202 pims and a minus 8, not sure he would help or make it. I think Fournier may be a better option in time

      Habfan17

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Hey, he’s only a -8. Lots of NHL players have worse +/-. That would move Prust to 3rd line and what an “Energy” line we would have then. Watched a show on NHL Network last week about Enforcers which featured talks with them and their teammates (one from Islanders and Wings). It’s what their teammates say about them and why their teams need them and what they bring to the table was very interesting.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

        • Ron says:

          Watched him play jr here for the Sea Dogs till he had some feeling that he wanted to be a goal scorer. Didn’t happen they traded him. He was IMO the toughest lb/lb son of a gun for 3 seasons here. Would fight twice a game if needed. He still shows his wears in the AHL and has fought as many as 3 times in a game there. Goes about 6′ but light at around 190. Like Prust he will fight anybody no matter what class.

          • piper says:

            The guy can take a punch like Domi and has unbelievable stamina.
            I would love to see him lay an embarrassing beating on Lucic or any other bruin tough guy.

  39. Chris says:

    It is Keith Gretzky that signed as the scout for the Bruins.

    Younger brother Brent will forever hold a place in my heart as a guy who knocked out Eric Lindros with one punch back in the early 1990’s.

    • Caesar says:

      I’m not sure if this is correct but I think I read once that the Gretzky brothers have the highest combined points total of any total family in NHL history. With all the stats out there it would be interesting to see if this was true. At the time I heard it the internet was not what it is today.

      started to look around

      It depends upon whether you count playoff points. If you just go by regular season points, the six Sutter brothers have outscored the two Gretzky brothers, 2936 to 2861.

      If you add in playoff points, though (most of the record books do not), the Gretzky brothers prevail, 3243 to 3211

      • B says:

        I believe the Hull and Sutter families are #1 and #2 respectively, with Gretzky #3 (even without Brent’s handful of points).

        –Go Habs Go!–

        • Chris says:

          Depends on how you total things. If you’re going only by brothers, then the Sutters win.

          If you include fathers and sons, Brett and Bobby Hull are up there.

          If you throw in more distant relations, you get combinataions like:

          Brett, Bobby (father), Dennis (uncle)

          Then you have to consider things like the WHA. In the 1970’s, Gordie Howe had 508 points in the WHA, while his sons Mark (504) and Marty (184) also chipped in. Add this to their NHL totals: Gordie (1685), Mark (742) and Marty (31). The Howes put up some big, big numbers (3648).

          The Hulls (3853) still beat them, but it is a lot closer.

          Is there a more underrated elite hockey player than Mark Howe?

  40. frontenac1 says:

    Hab fans pumping Phaneufs tires reminds me of my Leaf buddies pumping Komo”s tires when Burke signed him.

  41. Stevie.Ray says:

    I know if the Habs sign anyone else, it will probably be a Dman, but would anyone sign Steckel?

    Right now we got Pleks and Eller (our two best centers) spending most of their time in the defensive zone. Why? Because Desharnais can only be played in the off. zone and he’s hogging all the minutes, and because White isn’t a particularly great shutdown center. He’s more of a gritty, energy guy. Adding a guy like Steckel, albeit perhaps age has caught up with him, means having a guy that can play hard defensive minutes exclusively. He can also win faceoffs and play on the PK.

    I know he sucked in Toronto, but they misused him and expected too much out of him. What do you think?

    • on2ndthought says:

      Steckel and Parros and White/Moen looks dominant to me. It would give us too many forwards and would not win races, but Steckel is smart-mean, would be our best face-off guy, and could be used as a distraction in front of the net in late-game 6 skater scenarios.

      “a cannonading drive”

  42. frontenac1 says:

    Phaneuf! Even my Leaf buddies at the Saloon can’t stand him. That’s pretty bad or good depending on how ya look at.

  43. B says:

    Does anyone know if RDS is showing all of the Hab’s pre-season games? I found the following, but I think it is just the Habs schedule and not necessarily RDS’s broadcast schedule:

    http://www.rds.ca/hockey/canadiens/calendrier

    –Go Habs Go!–

    • HabFab says:

      The TV section is blank including the regular season. In the past, they have done those games that are played in NHL arenas. For this preseason that would be all but the game in Quebec isn’t it? Which you would think would be set up for RDS broadcasts.

  44. habs11s says:

    For those interested, they are showing Game 7 of MTL vs WAS 2010 playoffs right now on the NHL Network..

    _____________________________________________________________

    “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

  45. frontenac1 says:

    @Bri. They sell booze on the reservation now?Riverview is Apts? Good to hear the Freeman is still alive. That’s a tempting offer amigo but can’t do it. It’s looking good for the Friday night at Hurleys though. Have a good time with Corey and Trevor. Saludos!

  46. frontenac1 says:

    Hey Bri! Taking Trevor”s boy for pints at the “berry or Riverview?

    • Bripro says:

      Hi Front!
      The Riverview is now an apartment complex, and the Salaberry is still up for sale.
      I haven’t seen anyone sitting on the deck in weeks.
      I would think they’ll want something better.
      I doubt it’ll be the Freeman either.
      They’ll probably want to go into town instead.
      Maybe the Rail in Khanawake.
      Want to joint us?

  47. habs11s says:

    Now to try to decide in NHL GameCenter Live is right for me, the new price is up (150$ for the season)…

    _____________________________________________________________

    “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

  48. commandant says:

    Western Conference Teams searching for a captain.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/08/21/the-search-for-a-new-captain-western-conference-edition/

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.
    http://lastwordonsports.com/

  49. Bripro says:

    Good afternoon everyone.
    Sorry I wasn’t here to answer Burly’s request for my being first in line when Corey comes to Chats.
    My nephew Denis who, as many of you know, was on the ice with Corey the night they won the cup, is trying to organize a BBQ between the two families.
    If that happens, I’ll gladly sit with this humble young man and embarrass the poop out of him.
    No, he’s really a great kid, and was always very polite to me even though I really only know him through Den.
    Burly, you might have to send that poster down to me rush.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I’ll talk to my bud and see if indeed he is heading out to Chats (as you call it) as he initially planned. Not sure if I will head out afterall, depends on work.

  50. jedimyrmidon says:

    Saw some discussion about Phaneuf earlier.

    Many Leafs fans are assuming that his next contract will see him take a pay cut and remain with the Leafs. As much as he often resembles a pylon, lacking mobility and footspeed, he is still the Leafs’ #1 defenseman who has a powerful shot and does put up a good point total. He’s not up there with the best, but if the Leafs are able to pay him less than 6M on a long term contract, it makes their team better by allowing them to spend more elsewhere.

    • commandant says:

      He suffers from “patrice brisebois syndrome”

      An ideal second pairing defenceman who is paid and used as a #1 instead of a #3

      Go Habs Go!
      Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.
      http://lastwordonsports.com/

      • Sportfan says:

        LOL “patrice brisebois syndrome” I like that.

        Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
        http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

      • Cal says:

        He’s quite the expensive pylon, isn’t he? And courageous when it comes to blindsiding players smaller than him. I’m hoping he gets his before the laffs are through with the clown.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        How much of his syndrome is self induced? Seems to me he plays his best hockey when there is no other defencemen around to threaten his #1 seeding. In Calgary early in his career he was very useful, then Regehr emerged and the addition of Bouwmeester seemed to cause him to decline. In Toronto as Gardiner blossomed it almost seemed like Phaneuf would falter. I am probably reading far too much into it, but he strikes me as a person who needs to be treated as #1, and if he doesn’t get his way, his play suffers.

        • junyab says:

          Really guys? Phaneuf is MUCH better than a #3. He’s first pairing in more than half of the teams in the league, and would only be a #3 on a handful of teams (LA, Chicago, Phoenix).

          • Trisomy 21 says:

            No kidding, I don’t get it, he was only invited to the Team Canada Olympic camp right… I dislike the guy more than most, being a Habs fan, living in Calgary and listening to Flames fans drool over him… But he’s not as bad as people make him out to be. He’s no Lidstrom, don’t get me wrong.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I never said he was lower than #3, my point was his thinking he should be paid as a #1 dman.

  51. krob1000 says:

    I am really going to miss Jagr, Alfie and Selanne after this season ….they ae the last guys around who I can still remember caring about their rookie cards! Ray Whitney is still around too but everyone thought Pat Falloon was the go to guy from that Spokane team…boy was that wrong ( Falloon was serviceable but never lived up to the hype..everyone thought he was a number 1 guy any other year and just happened to be in the Lindros year)

    • johnnylarue says:

      It’s a testament to the skill level and hockey sense of those players that they can still compete in a league which has gotten progressively younger and faster over the past 10 years.

      My buddy Pete pointed out yesterday that if you gave Jagr an average of 65 points per season for the years he spent in exile playing in Europe + the lockouts, he would be likely be No. 2 all-time in scoring. Phenomenal hockey player.

    • B says:

      After showing up out of shape they started calling him Fat Balloon. That same season he was drafted 2nd overall (91), Montreal selected Brent Bilodeau 17th overall, a 6’4″ 230 pound Dman who never played an NHL game.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  52. habs11s says:

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=430199

    TSN has released it’s broadcast schedule of NHL games…

    _____________________________________________________________

    “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

  53. krob1000 says:

    Tsn showing 150 games this season! tsn showing 15 Habs games this year between tsn1 nd tsn 2 for those who do not have rds http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=29181

  54. jedimyrmidon says:

    In the Kadri negotiations, it’s funny how PK’s bridge deal is being held up as the Gold Standard. Whether or not you agree with bridge contracts for young players who are most likely to continue progressing like PK, Bergevin did prove something by holding his ground.

    (I’m not implying PK was being selfish in the entire process unlike those people who like to run smear campaigns against him)

  55. Say Ash says:

    Old names on new jerseys look weird to me. Like Richard on a Reebok – flat out jersey foul.

  56. Timooo says:

    Go old school with the sweater. Can’t make a mistake with that. So many great names to choose from. As long as it doesn’t rhyme with “homez”. The salary cap these days changes the whole sweater industry. Look at those jagr groupies. What is it now, like 8 sweaters

    • Chris says:

      Is it really any worse than it used to be? Look at the last Montreal Canadiens team to win the Stanley Cup in 1992-93.

      By the start of the 1995-96 season, only Damphousse, Brisebois, Odelein, Brunet, Keane, Daigneault, and Roy were still left on the team. Keane, Daigneault, and Roy would all be traded that season, and Odelein would be traded the following summer. Damphousse was gone by the middle of 1998-99, leaving only Brisebois (left as a UFA in 2005) and Brunet (traded in 2002).

      Only Brisebois finished his career with the team, returning for two seasons after leaving.

      Very few players since the 1970’s have played their entire careers with one franchise. When you look at the stars in the NHL, you can probably count on one hand the guys that played their entire career in one place: Yzerman, Lemieux, Sakic, Gainey and Lidstrom are the only ones I can think of since I started following hockey in the early 1980’s. I’m sure there are more, but it is not a long list by any stretch of the imagination. They’ll soon be joined by Brodeur, Datsyuk and Zetterberg, I suspect.

  57. Chris says:

    For any soccer fans out there, Liviu Bird is intending to present a tactical analysis of one Premier League game each week. His first effort was the 4-1 victory by Manchester United over Swansea this past weekend.

    I would love to see something like this from a junior hockey coach to see how these guys really break down games, instead of the often moronic ramblings of people like PJ Stock. It would be interesting to see somebody explain, using diagrams and videos, where breakdowns occur. I would love to see somebody like Ted Nolan or Craig Hartsburgh discuss The Swarm, both its benefits and its vulnerabilities.

    • Cal says:

      You’re missing Meeker, aren’t ya?

      • Chris says:

        I couldn’t stand Howie Meeker. I would like to see something more substantive.

        Most of the major sports conglomerates still haven’t taken full advantage of the internet. Using a telestrator was fine in the mid 1980’s. But people can do so much more now, and the analytical geek in me would find discussions like that useful.

        I would think that such discussions would also be useful for people coaching hockey.

        • Cal says:

          Wouldn’t it be nice for TSN or HNIC to do that during intermissions? I mean, instead of lunkheads like Cherry and Stock.
          Gaston Therrien does it on RDS’ Anti-Chambre occasionally to prove a point and to highlight errors and/or correct plays.

          • Chris says:

            I think it is too narrow of a market for TSN or HNIC, which is why I think it would be nice to see on their respective websites, instead.

            Most fans want to be entertained, which is why a bigot like Don Cherry can be so wildly popular.

    • on2ndthought says:

      It would be interesting to see how many ‘fans’ would watch that if given the choice of coach’s coronary.

      “a cannonading drive”

    • H.Upmann says:

      Excellent! I love these kinds of analysis breakdowns. I’d like to see Swansea do well this season

  58. habs11s says:

    The great summer debate: I have to re-number one of my Habs jerseys (it’s a Cammelleri jersey) but don’t know if I should go with a former hab (it would be muller) or go new school and get Chucky or Subban….

    _____________________________________________________________

    “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

  59. Habfan10912 says:

    @Bripro. We are expecting an HIO exclusive on this story.

  60. commandant says:

    The St. Louis Blues are up next in the TSP reports
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/08/21/top-shelf-prospects-st-louis-blues-2/

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.
    http://lastwordonsports.com/

    • Eddie says:

      I have always liked Ian Cole, and as a 1st rounder in 2007 I think he should be ready to play full time NHL minutes at the NHL level, if not for the Blues than somewhere else.

  61. Timooo says:

    Tongue in cheek HabB….was great to see a former wildcat win the cup. Even Marchand got my kudos (but not too loudly)

  62. Timooo says:

    Ok, so Price for Crawford then? Let the chants begin.

  63. Timooo says:

    When will the Quebec government pass a law that bans the Stanley Cup from crossing its borders until it is rightfully earned? Let the rest of canada have its tour….especially Toronto so they can see what it looks like up close.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      ? Really? I am guessing you have never seen a local kid from your neck of the woods win the cup and bring it around the people whom he grew up with.

      • Cal says:

        Martin Lapointe’s 2 wins with Detroit (97 and 98) meant Ville St-Pierre had 2 Cup visits.
        The first was on a glorious sunny day and there was Martin, a parade of one, on the back of a flatbed truck. There were almost 5000 people who followed the truck as it wound its way through the narrow streets. Poor Martin was wearing his Wings jersey, and he must have raised that Cup over his head 100 times or more. The crowd roared each and every time.
        As the truck reached the freshly re-named Martin Lapointe Arena, he raised it one last time. The sun caught the inside of the Cup, and it looked like a million golden leaves were traced around and around in a glorious spiral. There was a flash of golden light and then the Cup was lowered. It was silver once more.

  64. Timooo says:

    This of course is a classic case of an average goaltender playing in front of an elite defensive corp. When he played here in Moncton, he wasn’t an elite no-miss future star.

    • junyab says:

      Patrick Roy wasn’t so great in Granby either.

    • habtastic74 says:

      Did you not watch him in the playoffs? He was hardly average. The Hawks don’t win the cup without his clutch goaltending. I hadn’t watched him play much before this year’s playoffs, and I never assumed he was that good either. After watching him closely I now consider him top 5 in the nhl and the front runner to be in between the pipes for Canada.

  65. Timo says:

    Was watching TSN’s That’s Hockey while on a treadmill last night and could not believe that these idiots didn’t have PK and Seabrook in a starting lineup for the Olympics.

  66. Timooo says:

    3rd place! And following my idol to boot! What a day!

  67. HabinBurlington says:

    Will Bripro be first in line?


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.