Stats tell the story for Habs

With the Canadiens enjoying an off-day Wednesday after posting back-to-back victories over the Rangers Monday night in New York and the Dallas Stars Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, The Gazette’s Pat Hickey noted that the secret to the Habs’ success can be found in the statistics.

Hickey writes that the goaltending has been outstanding, but as Carey Price and Peter Budaj will tell you they get a lot of help from their teammates.

The Canadiens have been outshot by an average margin of 32-30 and rank 22nd in the National Hockey League in shots allowed. But the Canadiens are No. 1 in blocking shots, with 243 blocks this season, and three players are among the top 30 in that category. Josh Gorges has blocked 39 shots, second to the New York Islanders’ Andrew MacDonald, who has 42. Andrei Markov ranks ninth with 32 blocked shots and Raphael Diaz is 27th with 25.

“They make our job easier,” said Price, who noted the Canadiens have had more blocked shots than saves in each of their two wins this week.

Price and Budaj have a combined 1.77 goals-against average, which ranks fourth in the NHL.

With back-to-back road games slated for Friday in Minnesota (8 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio  690) and Saturday in Colorado (10 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690), Hickey reports that coach Michel Therrien will use both goaltenders. Look for Budaj to get the call in Colorado. He played six seasons there, from 2005 to 2011, and was the Avalanche’s No. 1 goalie for three of those seasons.

The Canadiens will practise at 10:30 Thursday morning in Brossard before hitting the road.

(Photo by Allen McInnis/The Gazette)

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    Emelin, 4 years, $16.4M. That’s a lot.

    Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  2. JUST ME says:

    Emelin 4 years $4.1 milion a year according to la Presse. That`s steep ! Not that he is not worth it although with his condition (metal plate in the face) he is at risk , even though that does not seem to stop him…

    Somehow,somewhere we will have to make a choice and/or sacrifice. Markov will not come cheap and P.K. well…he deserves to be paid as our best player since he is !

    So for now the kids on the team are helping us a lot to remain within the limit of the cap space but if not this season then pretty soon big changes are coming.

    • krob1000 says:

      Gorges at 3.9 or Emelin for 4.1….Emelin please. Emelin can play the second wave of a pp and is a pretty complete dman. He is slightly above average in virtually all aspects. His only issue was adapting to the smaller surface and the different style but he has done so, he is now protected well also and should be able to throw his weight around and not have to answer as often.

  3. Habby_Haberton says:

    What is the deal with the new mobile site?
    You can’t read or write comments?
    Not cool man….not cool.

  4. longbow says:

    With Emelin at 4.1, Subban maybe at 7.5 – 8, possibility of Markov re-signed at his usual 5.75 can we afford Gorges 3.9.

    ” Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm ” – Winston Churchill

    • We can, but if we also want to improve at forward, it all hinges on Briere and Desharnais. As it is, with Briere on the books it’ll be tough to re-sign Gionta (or replace him with someone comparably skilled).

      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      I’m not convinced Subban gets more than 7 million. RFA and UFA are very different. Doughty ($7mil) and Karlsson ($6.5mil) are the best comparisons.

      Plus PK isn’t good enough to make the Olympic team. 😉

      Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    You guys are making a mountain out of a molehill, there is absolutely nothing going on between PK and Therrian. Except for the fact that Therrian wants to use PK’s min’s, for best results for the team.
    It will change with each game because of the different style and play of the opposition.
    No player’s body can play with top intensity for 30 min’s per game for 82 games and have something left for the play offs.

    I think the coach is doing a masterful job at keeping our team above the middle of the pack, even with the large holes in the line up night after night, that would have surely sunk any other team.

    We have one of the most efficient and skilled GM and coaching staff in this league, giving us, the fans, a great year so far of quality entertainment.
    Just sit back and enjoy the growth and development as we get healthier and build the chemistry needed to go deep into the playoffs. We are definitely going in the correct long term direction.

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    • krob1000 says:

      My only concern is that is the word gets out and all of the sudden PK’s defesnvie paly is brought into question then it may affect his Sochi status…other than that I see no issue. Hopefully the folks at Hockey Canada all are smart enough to realize how useful PK is in all aspects of the game

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        It’s a reasonable concern, krob, but hopefully one that can be easily allayed over the course of the coming part of the schedule. Unless he’s nursing an injury — or somehow dealing with confidence issues??!! — PK’s play in November and December will make it impossible for Hockey Canada to leave him at home.

        I hope I’m saying that with some degree of objectivity and not just pure Hab Fan zeal. But come on — the guy’s amazing.

      • Coach K says:

        Hi all,

        I doubt that PK needs to worry about making Team Canada. Olympic-sized ice will expose any and all D who are not elite skaters – and there are many. Those whose game is predicated entirely on hitting/being physical should and will be culled. Team Canada will need the elite skating, pinpoint passing, vision and the deadly accurate shooting on the PP that PK can provide. He is the complete package! I know Erik Karlesson won’t be on Team Canada but many like to compare the two. IMO, PK brings everything that Karlesson does plus the physical element as well. If Karlesson is good enough for Team Sweden then PK is more than good enough for Team Canada. Just sayin’…

        —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

    • Totally agree, Ian!

      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • JUST ME says:

      I think that this whole much ado about nothing story was actually fueled by another much ado about nothing story IAN.

      The scene from 24 ch when Therrien talks to P.K. rather bluntly seemed to have shocked some people. As if those kind of scenes do not happen dozens of times in a season in every team`s locker room. Right then and there people think that Therrien does not appreciate P.K. when in fact the NHL is business big bu$ine$$.

  6. SuperHabFan says:

    To all you who say desharnais is signed to a good 3.5 mil. Look at our D and who needs to be signed, plus Eller. SUCH a terrible contract. And now Eller can negotiate off that crap.

  7. krob1000 says:

    IF there is one possible way that a real rift does develop re PK and the coach itw ould be becuase PK wants very badly to be in Sochi…and if the not playing him late with a lead or in PK siuations is a concern against regular NHL teams what will it be against super teams? He may be worried about that but that could never be spoken of.

    Personally I saw him taking gambles that were unnecessary and he vas taken some bad penalties of late and Murray is good to keep traficc away, Diaz and Markov are both playing well and Gorges is the teams best shot need for PK on the pk. Also though I really don’t think it is a bad thing for the teams best player to not be on the PK in a situation where he will be blocking shots left and right. He could also be hurt….But…if there is one concern re a rift…it would be re Sochi but again he could never come out and say that….but it could eat at a player fro the inside.

    Maybe …just maybe this is all part of a sports thing,a conspiracy trying to keep PK away from Sochi. Maybe someone has infiltrated the Habs camp and are doing their best to sabotage the Team Canada team? lol

  8. Adidess says:

    Emelin signed for 4 years, as per RDS

  9. Mattyleg says:

    My confidential inside sources tell me Emelin just signed a contract for 4 years!
    No idea how much.

    That’s great news.

    -edit- I am the first person to post news about this! It’s CONFIRMED! Mattyleg with the insider scoop! I have sources! Confidential inside ones!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. shiram says:

    4 more years of the Emelinator.

    Canadiens MontréalVerified account ‏@CanadiensMTL

    Alexei Emelin has signed a 4-year deal with the Canadiens. #emelinboom

  11. Johnny9 says:

    GREAT news guys! Emeline just signed to a 4 year extension!

  12. The Dude says:

    So if Subban doesn’t get the invite to play for TEAM CANADA,we can now blame Toronto’s Mayor “Sir Crackhead Rob Ford!” cus only a crackhead would make that call…lol.
    And coming to a theater near you ….Mayor Rob Ford in ‘ Is there any Brillo or Sudsy in da House????’

  13. DalEng says:

    According to Eric Engels via twitter. Mac Pac is wearing a contact jersey at practice but not on a regular line meaning Saturday more likely for potential return.

  14. mdp2011 says:

    Canadiens Montréal ‏@CanadiensMTL 1m
    Alexei Emelin has signed a 4-year deal with the Canadiens.

    Edit:Alexei Emelein’s four-year deal with MTL has an AAV of $4.1M.

  15. habstrinifan says:

    I shall be incognito henceforth as what I have to say may subject me to the sane fate as the guy, Anthony Smith, in the article linked to.

    Weird series of circumstances ..

  16. John Q Public says:

    In keeping with the theme of the day, what’s the stats on rumors actually being true ?

  17. Bill says:

    DonMarco, when it comes to hockey, it’s no debate. I’d take a Canadiens cup win over a Team Canada gold medal anytime.

  18. frontenac1 says:

    If PK, with the best stats,Norris Trophy, large ice and International experience doesn’t make the team, then something really stinks in Hockey Canada.

    • Cal says:

      No kidding, front. I’ve never seen so many hockey panelists making up crap regarding right-handed and left-handed Dmen. If PK isn’t on the team, Yzerman and the rest of them will look a lot more like clowns than hockey minds.
      PK should be #1 Dman on Team Canada. All this talk is just so much bullsh-t.

  19. HabinBurlington says:

    Well well well, looks like Rob Ford has some ‘splaining to do!

  20. Bill says:

    Joshua, if Canada doesn’t take Subban to Sochi, they have rocks in their head. Reigning Norris trophy winner and to me the best all-around D in the league.

    But there are always lots of politics involved when you are talking about Hockey Canada!

  21. Bill says:

    Not a great time to be trading DD. His output has been just pathetic. Hold on to him and hope he goes on a hot streak at some point then pull the trigger if you can.

    Getting Versteeg would be a lateral move though. He’s under contract until 2016 at more than million dollars higher cap hit than Desharnais, and he’s also sucking this year. Neither big nor gritty. Probably not a good trade.

    As for Kopecky, he’s a total stiff. Never seen such a big guy with so few penalty minutes. Never scored more than 15 goals, pointless this season, and where does he fit in at RW on this team? Only one more year after this one on his contract though.

    If you’re gonna trade Desharnais you should try to get something useful. There is no such thing as addition by subtraction. Depth at centre suffers without Desharnais.

    • John Q Public says:

      Every day is great day to trade DD.

    • Wouldn’t be thrilled about Versteeg or Kopecky. If they’re looking to that region, and if Briere and his cap hit aren’t coming back, I’d rather Malone.

      I know I’m banging this drum a lot, but Ott would fit our needs and is probably as available as every other Sabre. Also wouldn’t cost a ton, and he’s a UFA this summer. Can’t imagine they’d be interested in DD going the other way, though — they’d want a pick or prospect.

      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

      • Hstands4Hockey says:

        Ott will not come cheap. He’s a guy every team in the league will want for a playoff run. If Douglas Murray can pull 2 2nd Rounders at the deadline, Ott could easily pull a first or high-level prospect (Montreal won’t pay that price).

        Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

        • You’re probably right — GMs go bonkers at the deadline. Love that guy though — what a warrior.

          Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • Timo says:

      While I don’t know florida roster all that much, I looked at it on TSN and I to am baffled at who Habs can possible look at. Trading DD makes sense if it’s a salary dump, but trading him for someone with even bigger cap hit and similar output is stupid.

      So, it must be Scotty G come home then.

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      Trading DD for Versteeg (4.4 million/year) straight up would just trade one problem for another. Montreal would have to trade more than DD (i.e 3rd rounder territory) & Florida would have to retain salary (which they easily can) for this to make any sense.

      Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

  22. habsguru says:

    Great, now MT can bitch out Karl Subban too. sounds like an outspoken school principal, but MT will make him a better person.

  23. joshua94k says:

    TSN on their panel discussion on Team Canada’s hockey team this morning don’t have PK Subban on the team. They rank the following players higher:

    Pietrangelo who lacks toughness with one hit, Doughty who is +1 and 7 pts, Weber -3 and 5pts, Keith -2 and 0 goals, 7 hits 16 blocks, Bouwmeester who lacks toughness with 4 hits 3 blocks.

    They also would rank Boyle and Letang higher when they come back from injuries. Their knock against Subban is that he is a high risk player… Doughty, Weber and Keith can also be considered high risk with their low +-.

    Subban leads the league in points. He is well rounded with +4, 10 hits 16 blocks. He has probably the best shot and can play a strong role in shutting down the opponent’s top line. In 2011, with Markov and Gorges injured. He played top minutes, faced the other team’s best forwards, played on the power-play and penalty kill and helped an injured line-up make the play-offs and lose in gm7 in overtime.

    It is unfortunate that we have a coach who does not recognize the full potential of this Norris winner.

    Currently, in ESPN Top 200 Rankings. (ESPN standard stats include goals, assists, power-play points, shots on goal, plus/minus, penalty minutes and average time on ice for skaters, and wins, goals-against average and save percentage for goalies.) PK Subban is ranked 10th, highest among defencemen.

    “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban

    • donmarco says:

      I’m honestly of 2 minds on this. On the one hand I’d love to see him play for Canada and represent our country. But on the other hand can you imagine the chip on his shoulder he’ll carry if he doesn’t make it? Plus I’d love to see him get some rest for the push to the playoffs. Habs could have as many as 9 players playing in Sochi, and there could be a real letdown after the Olympics, plus there’s the fatigue factor and possibility of being injured. I love my country,but I may love the Habs just a tiny bit more.

  24. HabsStateOfMind says:

    Should be note that the DADS are accompanying the players on this road trip! Let’s hope this gets the players motivated (not that they need it) for the next 2 games. They are not going to be easy.

  25. Hstands4Hockey says:

    Dreger reporting via twitter that based on early intelligence he’s gathered it’s unlikely Subban makes the Olympic team – Canadian brass feels defensive liabilities/unpredictability outweigh offensive upside. Stresses nothing is even close to confirmed.

    Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

  26. frontenac1 says:

    Timo! Amigo! You are tense.While Burly and I were on our Walkabout in Mtl. we noticed numerous “Therapeutic Massage” Establishments.While not our style( we are of the Saloon persuasion),we both felt that next year you should join us. Strictly for medicinal purposes. Saludos!

    • Timo says:

      Yeah, I should get one tomorrow. Not of a “sensual” persuasion (as you put it) but nice and relaxing nonetheless. Will definitely think of you guys (not) 🙂

  27. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Where can I get episodes 3 & 4 of 24CH?



  28. Luke says:

    I wonder how many of the people that think MT is being too tough on PK, also wish that Roy was the coach of the Habs?

  29. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Doing tax return, missing all the fun.

    Did we trade PK yet?

  30. Bill says:

    Emelin will be first because he’s an easy re-sign: market value for that type of player is clearly established.

    Markov will get done sometime over the second half.

    Subban will be last but will be done before arbitration. I’m looking for it to be along term deal unless Bergevin turns out to be some kind of moron.

  31. shiram says:

    2 rumours, one that’s already made the rounds, and one I think has not been posted.

    -Rumours says Bergevin is talking with the Panthers about a trade. There were words about Bergeving being in Florida and Tallon (I think it’s him) being in MTL. The usual suspects are the trade targets, something around DD for either Kopecky or Versteeg.

    The newer rumour is about re-signing our own Habs, and the deal that could be done quickest would be Emelin’s.
    This sounds weird to me, re-signing a player while he is injured…

    “Five of the Montreal Canadiens’ six top defencemen will be without a contract at the end of this season. So, what is Marc Bergevin’s game plan?

    McKenzie: The high profile guys are obviously P.K. Subban, the one restricted free agent and then you’ve got Andrei Markov, Raphael Diaz, Francis Bouillon and Alexei Emelin. It might surprise some people that Emelin of that group – who’s not even in the line-up, he’s out with an ACL injury and probably won’t be back until Christmas or later – is the guy that’s probably first up and most likely to get a deal done in the next little while. Nothing’s done to this point, but the conversations are headed in that direction and it could get done fairly soon.”

    Emelin is practicing in a no-contact jersey as of recently.

  32. GrimJim says:

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  33. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Wait! Varlamov wuz framed so the Russians won’t win gold in Sochi!?!?!!?! Man, the Russian government are psychotic!

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  35. punkster says:

    I’ll summarize what I posted late on the ALN thread.

    Are Habs fans knowledgeable or gullible?

    This is the exact script written and performed by the media and willingly eaten up by Habs fans prior to the PK bridge deal signing.

    The media is playing the fans.


  36. Timo says:

    Steeltown Hab – regarding your resenting Bergevin for Therrien’s treatment of Subban. I think Bergevin is not a big fan of Subban either. In his career he was the opposite of Subban in terms of his play so I think it’s natural that PK is not his type. I would not be surprised if push came to shove, Bergevin chose Therrien over PK. Of course, eventually, it would punch both of their ticket the f out of town, but by then it’d be too late.

    • RAM_TOUGH says:

      Just like Corey & Mario?


    • HabinBurlington says:

      Interesting, everything I have heard from past teammates of MB was how much they enjoyed him, his humour and what a great teammate he was. I will have to go back and check on this historical fact where he hated all the talented players he played with.

      • Timo says:

        You do that Burly and lemme know. Let me guess, he was a great teammate, a great leader on and off the ice, he gave 200% every night and he was a good friend who always stood up for his teammates? Did I get it right?

        Robert Gainey was a good teammate too, no? Didn’t make him a good GM.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          So you have changed the topic to nice guys can’t be good GM’s from your original point of MB hates skilled guys.

          Good segway!

          Ask the Dallas Stars how they view Gainey, when they won their Stanley CUp, I believe he may have had something to do with it and he wasn’t a player then.

    • habsfan0 says:

      I just can’t see the Habs making the same mistake with PK and trading him because of a perceived rift with the coach, as they did with Patrick Roy.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Agree, if indeed the situation between MT and PK becomes (I stress becomes) like Tremblay and Roy, I see MT as the first to go. Also like to believe our President Geoff Molson is a wee bit brighter than Ronald Corey.

        • Just a Habs Fan says:

          A comment about PK and if push came to shove don’t bet on PK getting the winning end of it. I have worked for large companies and I have seen first hand how an employee can get let go because of a personality rift with a manager who was either insecure or biased. I bet many on this site have seen this also. Sometimes in management they allow these things to happen due to the present success of the incumbent in the position……ie MT has a winning record. Personally it looks to me that MT may be biased towards PK but that is a superficial response on my part I realize because I don’t know either of these people. Now is that because of his color or personality…..anyones guess but there is soething there I think. Just can’t remember him MT ever saying any good things about him. PK has had some amazing games or at least moments so there have been opportunities for praise. A concern may be PK himself deciding not to want to stay in the end due to what he thinks of how he is handled. It bothers me to see alll this discussion on PK in this light anyhow. He certainly has adjusted I think to being more of a safe and reliable defenseman. He won’t have to worry about employment for sure.

      • Cal says:

        I don’t see MT and MB on the same intellectual level as Bluet and Peanut. They’d be hard-pressed to be that monumentally stupid.

  37. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Montréal is my team and my favourite guitar is a Larrivée. Go Habs!

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

    • They make really lovely guitars.

      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

      • habsguru says:

        true, but still wouldn’t trade my Taylor

        • Or my Martin. : )

          Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

          • Bill says:

            Although I have played some Larivees that were every bit as good and nice sounding as my Martin or my Gibson. And better priced as well, although a nice Larivee is still gonna set you back a couple grand. Definitely a beautiful, high-end, high-quality brand.

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  38. Say Ash says:

    Russia saying the Varlamov story is a conspiracy to compromise their chances at gold. Wow.

  39. mdp2011 says:

    Canadiens Montréal ‏@CanadiensMTL 17s
    Pacioretty, Emelin et Parros s’entraînent tous avec leurs coéquipiers ce matin. / Pacioretty, Emelin and Parros are all skating this morning

  40. Wonder why Holland was sent down over Blunden. I thought Holland played great while he was here: excellent PK, and safe, unremarkable 4th-line hockey. Nothing against Blunden, and he works hard, but he doesn’t bring much to the table.

    And incidentally, if we’re down to griping about MT’s choice of 4th-line winger, that’s a pretty good sign. : )

    Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • Say Ash says:

      Blunden didn’t do anything horrible either. Which one is bigger?

      • Fair point. I thought Holland’s PK skills made him more valuable, though — when he’s killing penalties, someone like Gionta can take a breather.

        Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • JUST ME says:

      I think that they do not want to waste Holland and give him plenty of ice time in Hamilton. They kept Blunden with the Habs cause they know what to expect of him. He will not put you in trouble and his a decent player to fill holes here and there. That being said i think that Blunden is done in MTL and he will be sent back to Hamilton when the injured come back ead then traded in a package deal with someone else. He has had more than his share of chances and had he not measured 6 ft 4 he would have been gone a long time ago.

      • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

        Blunden is actually now a Hab for life … he is really a career AHL player who has been waived repeatedly without being claimed.

        He will soldier on for years as the occasional short term, 6 minute a game 4th line call-up. Knows his role, performs adequately and then goes back to a higher priority in the AHL.

        Think of him as an Alex Henry player

        “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  41. Sportfan says:

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    • bel33 says:

      Sorry… we Blue Jay fans are still a bit pissed over “John Farrell-Gate”

      Well I am at least… and was swearing at the TV at the bar with my hockey team after Men’s hockey last night.

      Couple that with the AWESOME year the Blue Jays had. Sigh…

  43. scavanau says:

    Taking a quick glance at the picture headlining this blog it looks like Price is Santa Claus with dd and Gionta as 9 year olds on his lap…

  44. keithmacv says:

    Hey johnbellyfull… No matter how much money you have if someone offers you a hundred grand to wear a hat, do you turn it down?

  45. Steeltown Hab says:

    Finally caught up on 24CH…I have yet to see the coaching actually talk strategy once, it’s all fbombs and cliches “go to the net” “let’s be on our toes not our heels”…

    Therrien ripping on Subban between periods saying he knew he “wasn’t there” because a bad practice than Subban asks about a play during the game where Therrien wasn’t happy with his pass. MT’s reponse “MOVE YOUR FEET F**** PASS”….. encouraging


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    • Eddie says:

      I wonder if the other Norris winners are treated with such “respect”?

      • Habfan10912 says:

        What the heck is wrong with this man? It seems every coach chooses a whipping boy but it’s seldom the best player. That’s a formula to get you fired.

        • Steeltown Hab says:

          I’m starting to resent Bergevin for putting up with this garbage.

          Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin – @J_Perez22

          • Mr. Biter says:

            I guess PK did not get a “no yelling at” clause in his contract. No doubt the 1st Habs star to be yelled at by his coach. Different players respond to different motivation.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

          • To be fair, a few clips don’t tell the whole story. Coaches swear and yell sometimes — that’s normal. And if Therrien really did have some crazy vendetta against Subban, and was singling him out for abuse, you can bet the Habs wouldn’t allow the TV show to reflect that.

            All I’m saying is let’s not jump to conclusions because of a context-free 30-second clip.

            Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

        • Timo says:

          PLease please please let it be the formula to get him fired. Soon. Like today. Please!!!!

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Possible MT may not have the best demeanor about him, but lets not pretend that many other coaches don’t talk the same way.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Subban does have a tendency to hold on to the puck too long.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Hi 84. There are deficiencies in his game for sure but night in and night out he’s the best player on the ice, There needs to be a better way to lead men, especially the guy who provides the on ice spark the team needs often.

        • Luke says:

          Like what? Rub his belly and tell him it’s alright?

          Does PK seem to you to be the type motivated the passive “Let’s get out there and try better. OK Champ?” chat?

          He’s a passionate fiery guy. He probably reacts better to a “What the Fleep are you doing? You are supposed to be a Norris winner and you pull that Junior BS?”

          How do you think he handled Crosby? A gentle… “Everything you did was fine, but I think you could have been a little bit better” or the “Smarten up!”

          MT probably handles each player differently because each player is different. You don’t become an NHL coach without knowing which buttons to push.
          You also don’t become an NHL player by being an emotional wreck who gets sad whenever your coach tries to correct your behaviour.

          The interesting thing: Some may not like the way the message is delivered. BUT is the message wrong?

        • habs-fan-84 says:

          Thanks Luke.

    • John Q Public says:

      That show is going to cause more problems than its worth.
      The last one was really funny with MT telling Bournival to watch his diet.
      I’m still laughing at that.

  46. JohnBellyful says:

    Saw a clip the other day of Joe Thorton – the four-stroke engine that powers the Sharks’ offence – being interviewed but the only thing that stuck with me was his wearing a ball cap emblazoned with Red Bull in huge letters.
    The guy doesn’t already make enough money from hockey that he has to shill for an energy drink?
    Of course, he’s not the only athlete to sport corporate bumf but it was the sheer in-your-face crassness that I found so
    Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen we interrupt this HIO post to bring you a special bulletin. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting the Montreal Canadiens will hold a news conference within the hour to make a major announcement. No details were provided. More will follow so stay tuned. We now return you to the post in progress.
    How long will it be before we see caps bearing logos for Viagra (“Hard times. Good times.”), KY Jelly (“Making love shouldn’t be a chore”), Preparation H (“Unleash the Krapen!”), Summer’s Eve.
    Ridiculous, right?
    Why can’t these millionaires use their time in front of the camera for the good of society and send a message to viewers that there are many worthwhile causes out there they should be supporting? I’d love to see them wearing ball caps that read
    Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, thusands of Canadien fans have begun to gather at the Bell Centre following word their favourite team is about to make a huge announcement. Rumours are circulating it could involve the sale of the team. We’ll let you know more as soon as there is something definite to report. Back to HIO
    or Feed the Hungry. What about End Gang Violence? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?
    Announcer: We’ve just got hold of hockey insider Raymond Raquello at Madison Square Gardens to get his thoughts on what’s about to take place at the Bell Centre. Raymond, what are you hearing?
    Raquello: It’s definitely something big. As you can see on your television screen, the Bell Centre is now completely surrounded by fans and the downtown area is filling fast. One of the things I keep hearing from my sources around the league is that it might have to do with the Canadiens playing the Colorado Avalanche this weekend. Patrick Roy, their coach, you’ll recall, used to play for Montreal until that memorable night when he stormed off the ice after a humiliating loss and vowed never to play for the Canadiens. He didn’t. He got himself traded to Colorado, where he ended up winning two more Cups before retiring. And now he’s back as bench boss and has the Avalanche playing lights out.
    Announcer: Thanks, Raymond. Let’s head now to the Bell Centre where reporter Carl Phillips is waiting for the press conference to begin, Carl, what’s happening?
    Phillips: General manager Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien just took their seats at the long table in front of a mass of reporters, the most I’ve ever seen. There’s a hush in the room as Bergevin begins to speak. Wait a minute, he’s talking in French. I’ll do my best to translate. He’s saying The Montreal Canadiens … have reached … a deal with … Toronto … to obtain Nadzim Kadri! … in exchange for … PK SUBBAN!!! PK SUBBAN!!!!
    It’s bedlam in here, the whole room is going wild. It’s the most terrifying thing I’ve ever witnessed. Everyone’s in shock. Good grief, it’s not over, Bergevin is yelling he hasn’t finished. There’s more! He’s waiting for the hubbub to die down. Okay, it’s quieter now, he’s about to speak. In French again, gimme a break! He’s saying the Canadiens … are also sending … to the Leafs … Desharnais!!! …. for a … sixth-round pick.
    Subban AND Desharnais!
    Oh no, the fans have broken through the doors, they’re smashing everything in sight. Now they’re heading for Bergevin. They’re tearing apart Therrien to get at him. Omigawd, they’re, they’re
    [Shrieks fill the air, and then … dead silence]

    bad enough but what bugs me even more was how pricey the stuff was in Montreal. The Summit was great but $12 for a pretzel at the game!? It wasn’t even fresh. The bag was already open.
    Sports Desk’s about to come on. Talk to ya later.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Chris and Burly ran out of beer and paid $62 for a 12 pack at one of those local corner stores.

      Nothing stands in the way of Chris and his beer! A $12 pretzel would have gone well with the beverage though.

    • Cal says:

      Thanks, JB. Has a real zombie swagger to it. 🙂

    • Mustang says:

      I can’t remember the name of the golf video game producer, but they just announced that they are severing ties with Tiger Woods who has been featured in their games for 10 years now. Tiger has reportedly received $806 MILLION over the 10 year period. No wonder these guys are covered in logos.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Most pro golfers do wear logo’s of their sponsors with the majority being their Club, ball or shoe supplier, but there is one player (don’t watch enough to know his name) who looks like a NASCAR driver’s uniform.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

  47. Walmyr says:

    hello boys & girls…

    I just watched some of these 24CH episode (flash)…Prust seems to be the guy who everybody loves to have around…

    Besides his abilities on the ice the Canadiens found another positive leadership in the locker room…a good person with a lot of character…always with the kids…for only 2.5 millions per year!!!…

    he is trully one of the best (free agents) acquisitions in a while…

    CHeers to that!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning my South American friend. The Rangers are still trying to find the replacement for Prust. He’s one of those “worth every Penney” players.

      • JUST ME says:

        Right on Habfab10912. Ever since they let go Prust and Dubinsky the Rangers became an average team. Give me some Gaborik,Richards and Nash at high price please !

        Prust is a key component in the Habs succes and is worth much more than you can offer any of those big names. Just don`t tell him…

        • Walmyr says:

          …and when the Canadiens signed him some people argued about the (high) price paid for a 3-4th liner…

          I confess that I didn’t know him so much. But I knew he was/is the type of player we needed badly. In fact another Prust would be fantastic.

          And never thought he would fill those other aspects of the game as a locker room guy and leadership among the kids, etc…

          I don’t think in Prust as our future Captain. But he is a true leader right now, as Gorges, Gionta, Plecks and Markov…

          • habsguru says:

            Prust is way too tall to be the captain.

          • I’d love another Prust. If Buffalo’s fire sale continues, I’m hoping his name will be Steve Ott.

            Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

      • JM says:

        10912 – Too bad he’s one of the injury prone. The team plays a 1/4 of the season without him in the lineup!!

  48. Kooch7800 says:

    Anyone looking for a morning chuckle:

    An article funny article from the US as to why and root against us in the Olympics. It is quite funny

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  49. scotland says:


  50. Cal says:

    Don’t let the ghoulies and ghosties get you down. The unholy spirits of Fenwick and Corsi are with us, so rejoice! Statisticians, close your i-phones and unsquint your eyes. Tis Halloween!

  51. rhino514 says:


    5 Fastest habs skaters, in order

    5 slowest habs skaters, in order


  52. Lafleurguy says:

    It was easy in the past to cheer for Carl Yazstremski, Rico Petrocelli, Jim Lonborg, Fred Lynn, Jim Rice, Pedro Martinez. These guys, not so much.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Agree, perhaps because those Red Sox teams were so long the underdog since their previous championship. Was it just me or did it seem a bit contrived watching Pedroia try wave his long foul ball fair, a la Fisk.

      Either way, congrats to the Red Sox, they were the best team in baseball this season and Big Papi put on a Babe Ruth like performance in the Series Finals.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Similarities? Down 6-3, 10th inning (I think), 3-run bomb, and later a 7-6 win in the sixth game, Sox lose series. 0-0, lead-off (I think), long foul ball, Sox win series. The similarities are the Sox won the sixth game of each series, and the (I think) thing.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Rugger says:

      As I very big Sox fan in the 60’s early 70’s I absolutely hated Yaz. While I admit he was great, so many players were traded away that I liked because they didn’t see eye to eye with Yaz. (Smith, the Hawk, Boomer, Bill Lee…). When Scott was traded, that was the end of my Sox fan era (though I loved to watch Louis Tiant pitch! Edit and can’t forget Pudgy Fisk!)

      • Lafleurguy says:

        My Dad took up studies at B.U. and had us with him for one year, but man, what a year for an Edmonton kid to bond with the Red Sox. I really liked a shy rookie 2B baseman, Doug Griffin. Tony Conigliaro got beaned that year (’70). Tiant helped to pave the way for Will Ferrell’s opening pitch schtick.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • Rugger says:

          Tony C. was beaned in 67 during the pennent race. He could have been one of the greatest. Not sure if he is still the youngest to reach 100 HR’s. One my favorites from that time was Jose Santiago – he lost a great pitching dual in the 67 WS with Bob Gibson of the Cards 2-1 with the one run for the Sox being Santiago’s HR (don’t get me started on the DH!)

  53. HabinBurlington says:

    The USA Today did a segment on fighting, guest writer Brian Burke wrote an article in support of fighting. Halfway down the article a link is provided for an article against fighting.

  54. Lafleurguy says:

    From Pat Hickey’s article:

    “Budaj, who is hoping to back up Jaroslav Halak for Slovakia at the Olympics, hasn’t played enough games to be included among the NHL leaders, but he has won both of his starts while posting a 0.50 goals-against average and a .982 save percentage.”

    There’s a marketing opportunity or wisecrack opportunity in there somewhere.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  55. Marc10 says:

    When is Parros back?

    • Lafleurguy says:

      No reported setbacks, and Hickey mentions Holland was sent down and Gorgeous George may draw into the line-up in Minny.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Marc10 says:

        Excellent. He looked alright against the Leafs until the Colton Orr judo tug. I was pleasantly surprised by his speed. It wasn’t Bournivalesque… but it wasn’t Crankshaft slow either.

        • Lafleurguy says:

          He looks to be a better skater than the earlier edition of Gorgeous George(s) (Laracque). The young Laracque looked to be a promising player when he played with the Hamilton MadDogs.

          “May you live in interesting times.”

  56. topher5468 says:

    How come every time I check, The Bruins have played 2 or more fewer games than us, It will be that way the entire year. Looks like our division will be a tough one. Tampa Bay is a early surprise. I wonder if people around the league look at us that way? Oh well, off to work for me, Have a good day boys. See y’all later

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  57. jon514 says:

    WOW… Avs Goalie arrested? Miller to Colorado?

  58. DipsyDoodler says:

    File this in the IS HE KIDDING? category.

    “I certainly hope this doesn’t continue,” said Brendan Shanahan, who leads the department of player safety. “But as we often say, we’re in there watching every night, and if anyone thinks we’re going to back off or get sick of pulling guys in for hearings and handing out suspensions, they’re wrong. We’re not prepared to allow this to go on.”

  59. Johnny9 says:

    Major League Baseball will be back in Mtl by 2020! Have faith!

  60. MtlCANADIENS93 says:

    does anybody know if theres a website to watch 24CH ??? or have any links to watch them?


  61. Timo says:

    GrimJim… saw your note on the other thread now. Give me a shout when you’re online tomorrow and I’ll send you my email address and then we can find time/place to connect.

    Thank you for getting the shirt. Appreciate it.

  62. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …this is interesting, an article in The New York Times: ‘Support Grows For NHL Crackdown on Hitting’:

    …Since Gary Bettman is an unlikely reader of The Gazette and The Globe and Mail or any Canadian media, he is assuredly an inveterate reader of The New York Times

    …so, just maybe…. …You pacifists out there may be on to something coming ’round the bend

    …’touch-hockey’ ??? 🙂

  63. Johnny9 says:

    I despise the Bruins, but gotta love the Red Sox! What a series by Big Papi wow!

  64. scotland says:

    just watched bruins pens game. now thats NHL hockey worth paying for for.

  65. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I’m watching last night’s game, and I liked seeing Murray do his brick wall impression. There’s stay-at-home and then there’s size-of-a-house…

  66. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Leafs get outplayed and severely out shout again and yet get another win. Barf.

  67. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Yeah, the Varlamov story is bizarre. Better call Saul.

  68. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Ateth. Again!

  69. Psycho29 says:


    Police arrested Semyan Varlamov on second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault charges, police said. The kidnapping charge is a Class 4 felony, punishable by to two to six years in prison, following Colorado statutes. Class 4 felony kidnapping is defined by taking someone and moving them to another place without their consent.

    The assault charge is a misdemeanor.

  70. HardHabits says:

    Pffft. Not a mention of Fenwick or Corsi.

  71. Psycho29 says:

    I did that once. BIG mistake


  72. twilighthours says:

    I’m going to let someone else be first

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