Subban back in the spotlight again; Halpern claimed off waivers

P.K. Subban was once again under the media microscope on Friday, following Thursday’s eventful 5-2 win over the New York Islanders, during which he was benched during the second period, then scored two goals.

In his post-game interview Thursday, Subban was uncharacteristically moody and he faced the microphones again after practice Friday in Brossard as the Canadiens prepared to face the Buffalo Sabres Saturday at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

“He’s a player that responded well to the message we sent him,” coach Michel Therrien said. “He played an excellent third period.”

Subban told reporters Friday that Therrien has been great for him as a player.

“I’ve enjoyed playing for him,” the defenceman said. “He brings out the best in his players.”

Ryan White will miss Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury and the Canadiens called up Michael Blunden from the Hamilton Bulldogs to take his spot. The Canadiens also claimed Jeff Halpern off NHL waivers from the New York Rangers on Saturday. Halpern played with the Canadiens during the 2010-11 season, posting 11-15-26 totals in 72 games. In 30 games with the Rangers this season he had one assist and was minus-5.

The lines at Saturday’s morning skate were: Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta; Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher; Galchenyuk-Eller-Armstrong; Moen-Dumont-Blunden. Defence pairings were: Markov-Emelin; Gorges-Subban; Bouillon-Tinordi. Carey Price will start in goal.

Brandon Prust (shoulder) and Rene Bourque (concussion) did not skate Saturday morning, but Yannick Weber (knee) did.

Saturday’s game will be Travis Moen’s 600th in the NHL.

The latest episode of the 24CH reality-TV show with a behind-the-scenes look at the Habs airs at 6 p.m. Saturday on RDS and will be repeated at 10:30 p.m.

Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Sabres

Game Notes

Subban under media microscope, by Brenda Branswell

Habs’ road warrior tag to be put to the test, by Pat Hickey

Lindros, Kovalev return to Bell Centre, by Brenda Branswell

HIO fan shines a scary spotlight on concussions, by Stu Cowan

Demers discusses 1993 and more on next HIO show, by Stu Cowan

Was Komisarek treated fairly by Leafs? by Pat Hickey

NHL news and notes, by Pat Hickey

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

587 Comments

  1. HNS says:

    This is why few want to play here. Imagine this team without PK?

  2. HabinBurlington says:

    In far more pressing news, I tried Mill Street Breweries Cobblestone Stought last night. For any of you that like Guiness and beers of that nature, I highly recommend it.

  3. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Speaking of the Rangers, former Hab Glen Sather underwent surgery for prostate cancer…hope everything works out for him.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  4. frontenac1 says:

    Halpern back?How old is he?I liked him a couple of years ago but does he still have gas in the tank? He has to be happy to get away from New York.

  5. habsfan0 says:

    I like Jeff Halpern’s competitiveness and am glad the Habs picked him up.

    Having said that,my last memory of Halpern is him deflecting Nathan Horton’s Game 7 OT shot beyond Carey Price in 2011.

  6. Hstands4Hockey says:

    All I can think of when I hear Halpren’s name is how he lost the defensive zone faceoff in Game 7 OT against Boston. Horton scored the winning goals off the draw and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

    Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!
    @Hstands4Hockey

    • deuce6 says:

      Didn’t he get waived out of the circle?

      ——————
      Brandon Prust doesn’t have hair on his testicles, because hair does not grow on steel….

      • Hstands4Hockey says:

        You are correct. Forced myself to rewatch for the first time since that game. Plekanec took the draw after Halpren got waived out, bruins scrambled it into the corner. Cammalieri couldn’t get it out along the boards and then Bruins pinched the boards while PK tried to get it out against 2 guys. A few guys looked lost on that scramble.

        Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!
        @Hstands4Hockey

      • Hstands4Hockey says:

        You are correct. Forced myself to rewatch for the first time since that game. Plekanec took the draw after Halpren got waived out, bruins scrambled it into the corner (Halpren actually made a nice play to knock it back to the corner). Cammalieri couldn’t get it out along the boards and then Bruins pinched the boards while PK tried to get it out against 2 guys. A few guys looked lost on that scramble. Halpren dove oddly at the puck and it deflected off his skate and in.

        Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!
        @Hstands4Hockey

  7. Marc10 says:

    Interesting depth signing. Like Darche said on l’Antichambre, Halpern won’t hurt us and is an upgrade where we do need help; faceoffs and the PK.

    So in a healthy lineup, who sits? It’s getting crowded down on the 4th line. Prust and Halpern and…

    Could this be the move that finally wakes up Big Trav? Otherwise you have to think Armdog has got this, if for no other reason than Dumont can be sent down and White is out of life lines (sadly IMO).

  8. Can’t wait to see the new guy with White and Moen.

    Could be good, and a move that has Armstrong sitting upstairs. Sorry Colby I just don’t see you play well enough to stay.

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  9. piter says:

    well, here are some interesting stats for tonites game…
    The Sabres have won 10 of their past 12 versus the Canadiens overall and six of the last seven in Montreal. The heck with stinking stats..GO HABS GO

  10. HabinBurlington says:

    Interesting, notice Bob McKenzie feels Shanahan screwed up not suspending Rick Nash. Good old double standard from the idiots at head office, I guess Shanny remembers his fun days with the Rangers and the fact Colon Campbell is also a long time Ranger….

  11. habstrinifan says:

    On the face of it a good pickup.. …

  12. Mark C says:

    Wow. Gabriel Dumont has Rasputin-esque spell on some members of HIO. He’s played well, but its been six games. Does everyone really feel comfortable with Dumont playing a key role come playoff time?

  13. JF says:

    Excellent pickup. Halpern will help in two areas where we badly need help – faceoffs and the penalty kill. And when it comes to the playoffs, you can never have too much depth. I think it’s why the Bruins beat us two years ago.

  14. Psycho29 says:

    Another great move by Bergevin….This will help improve the PK (17th place) and in the faceoffs won dept (22nd)

    I approve this move!

  15. melski says:

    Many thanks to BJ for posting the link to the 7-5 game over Boston. I remember listening to that game on WBZ (back then radio was my only link to Habs) in my bedroom. So many memories…..thanks

  16. rhino514 says:

    Thought that Nokkelainen was the guy they got for faceoffs, and also has some skill. If he ain´t so great on faceoffs why did Gauthier get him?

  17. naweed235 says:

    Subban wining the Norris would be a bad thing for Montreal. If he held out for that long for a contract when he was an RFA after not having proven much, imagine what he’ll be asking for when his current contract is up and he has won a Norris… Now do you think Mtl would really sign him at anything above $6M per?

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      That’s the reason why they should have signed him long term at a relative discount 2 months ago.

      That said, I’m sure if things continue as they are now, MB tries to get a deal done sooner rather than later (sometime this summer). The question is, will PK and Meehan want to talk so soon? I’d say yes, as PK loves playing here, but you never know, he may play hard ball next time around just as Montreal did in the last negotiations….but I doubt that.

    • JF says:

      It might also be a bad thing for Subban, just as getting a big contract this season might have been a bad thing. Let him work his way to Norris level more or less under the radar for the next couple of years. Personally, the only award I’m interested in is the Cup, although I wouldn’t mind if Therrien won the Jack Adams.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Hmmmmmm!

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Keep grinding P.K. down and he’ll sign with the Leafs with a record-setting contract. March 23, 2013, the date this event was first (First!) forecast.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  18. Danno says:

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  19. L Elle says:

    Torts might have a cow watching Prust and Halpern win a Cup, with another team. :)

  20. Skeptical says:

    MB just improved our 4th line. Get Prust back he goes with Galchenyuk and Eller. Armstrong with Halpern and moen not to shabby of a 4th line ….

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Where will Bourque play? Maybe MB is up to something else…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  21. otter649 says:

    Halpern makes 700,000 and is an UFA at the end of the season so no contract worries for next season….

  22. deuce6 says:

    NYR also just put D Stu Bickel on waivers..Former teammate of Prust and will help in the physical dept…

    PICK HIM UP, Bergevin!!
    ——————
    Brandon Prust doesn’t have hair on his testicles, because hair does not grow on steel….

  23. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    One thing for sure…if Halpren does not play well and Dumont gets demoted, l’Antichambre will explode. I can foresee Bergie already…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  24. HabFanSince72 says:

    I think Ryan White is gradually slipping out of the NHL.

    He is now 25 and has very rarely shown anything special. There are dozens of guys better than him available every July 1st.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Don’t think MT likes him much either…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • HAB-PROFESSOR says:

      you’ve got a lot to learn about hockey…

      you don’t understand the role a player like White plays,
      fearless, into the corners, in front of the net, and not
      afraid to drop the gloves to defend his team…

      we’ve been a tiny little pushover club for so long, and YOU DARE
      TO QUESTION A PLAYER LIKE WHITE???

      WAKE UP.


      The N.A.G. (North American Grit) effect is the only path to success…

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        I understand the role – he’s just not good at it.

        • HAB-PROFESSOR says:

          your opinion will change in a long playoff series.

          after the whistle face washes and tussles will sap the energy right out of a Galenchk/gallag/DD/Eller type player that shouldn’t be involved, but a WHITE, MOEN, ARMSTRONG, PRUST, FRANKIE… well you get the point, we now have the muscle so our talent can “stay focused in the game”

          stats mean nothing, its a delicate balance of chemistry, firepower, talent and grit…

          for their respective roles, the “WHITE effect” is equally important as the “Gallager effect”… to our success.


          The N.A.G. (North American Grit) effect is the only path to success…

    • Landof10000lakesHab says:

      Same thing was said about Laps and Chipchura, seems they turned out well enough after tossed aside. On July 1st, there are likley better players, for a price. Keeping the Cap in mind, as well as promoting from within is a winning combination.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        1. That the same might have been said incorrectly about other players isn’t germane to White.

        2. No one said that about Lappy. He irked Martin and Gainey so was shown the door (mistakenly obviously). His issue was attitude not ability.

        3. Chipchura is a marginal player at best. It’s not clear he will stick around. Under 10 min/g for a lousy team.

  25. mark-ID says:

    I like the signing. As people have already mentioned, Halpern will be a faceoff and PK specialist. Once Prust and Bourque are back in the lineup…..the fourth line should be made up of Prust + two of either Halpern, White, Moen and Armstrong. Whoever plays better and deserves the icetime….will get the icetime. This just adds to the depth of the team, and will make for some good old fashion interteam rivalry.

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  26. shiram says:

    Now can we say Nokelainen was a mistake?

  27. L Elle says:

    Interesting “coincidence”. Just last night Darche was suggesting Halpern would make a very good pickup. He said, don’t look at his stats with the Rangers, he’s a great FA and PKill player. As well, he’s a guy with tons of experience and “good in the room”. I trust MB.

    Playoffs, here we come!

  28. Mark C says:

    Love this move. Sets up a potential Prust (Armstrong)-Halpern-Moen shutdown 4th line come playoff time.

    I could caution anyone who is worried about Halpern’s lack of offensive production to realize that Halpern, like Prust did, and Boyle does, suffers from Tortorella’s extreme defensive use of his shutdown forward line. To date, Halpern has only started in the O-zone 26.3% of the time.

  29. ont fan says:

    Always surprised, when someone like Halpern is picked up, the comments. Has anyone even seen him play this year? Let him play a few games, before the jury is out. There are so many hockey people in management, they must have a clue.

  30. otter649 says:

    When I think of Halpern as a Hab – I remember him getting thrown out of the faceoff (replaced by Pleks) & trying to block (maybe deflecting) Horton’s OT series/game winning goal in game 7 as well as taking a cheap shot from Ference but that’s in the past now so Good Luck Mr Halpern in your return to Montreal Canadiens……

  31. 24 Cups says:

    I mentioned a few days ago that the Habs might want to pick up Halpern. The reasoning is it’s strictly a win-win situation.

    Montreal’s present injury list means the team has room for an extra body. Dumont and Tinordi don’t have to pass waivers. Blunden does but nobody claims him. They all can be send down to Hamilton. Even with a full team, the Habs would only be one man over the limit. If so, then they could send Halpern to Hamilton or trade Weber (which they will eventually do anyway). If Halpern gets picked up by another team, who cares. The Habs lose nothing. If he stays, then Montreal has a Plan B just in case White can’t cut it in the playoffs.

    Halpern would only need to play 9 minutes a game. Win face-offs, help on the PK and don’t make unnecessary mistakes the way a rookie might do.

    Every year teams have to use mid and low level draft picks to add depth. Right now MB has just added a depth player without giving up anything. I doubt many teams will claim Halpern on waivers (if that eventually happens) seeing that 26 other teams passed on him before he became a Montreal claim.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      In the end MB gave up NOTHING so why not? If he does not work out, no harm.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • 24 Cups says:

        The next question has to center around Kaberle. Is he really persona non grata like Gomez was for fear of ruining the amnesty buyout window? If so, then MB must try and land another experienced Dman. I’m not sure the Habs want to count on a rookie who was playing in junior or college last year. That’s asking way too much from any kid.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          Kaberle is the 8th defenceman who is never going to play. Tinordi has been pretty good. All depends on Diaz’s return.

          “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Red says:

      Even with a healthy roster we may keep him because according to the following article, after the trade deadline, team rosters are only limited by the 50 total.

      http://committedindians.com/hockey-411-roster-limits/

      • 24 Cups says:

        Exactly. Only 11 days to go until the trade deadline and the implementation of that rule. The fact that it’s highly unlikely Diaz will return in 11 days means the Habs are in good shape for roster limits.

    • DAVE. N says:

      Agreed…he is definitely a move up for the 4th line…the question is:
      Who goes? IMO, Moen moves by trade deadline, to the West to a team in the 5-10 ranking..

  32. HabinBurlington says:

    Stafford and Scott healthy scratches tonight for Buffalo. Not sure how Buffalo has a chance of winning without big John Scott in their lineup.

    Here is a link to a blogger who is pretty indepth for the Sabres with all the latest goings on regarding Sabres.
    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/GARTH/Stafford-Scratched/6/50192#.UU3Z8hc4t8E

    • 24 Cups says:

      Stafford has two more years at 4M while Leino has three more at 4.5M. DD is looking good right now. Same goes for Gionta.

      Regier has to to walk the plank just like Ruff. Sabres need to re-tool quickly before they face a total teardown like Calgary.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Boyle not as tough as when Rupp and Prust were around…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  33. Sportfan says:

    Just noticed this except for Tinordi and Gorges all of our D will be UFA except for Subban he will be RFA in 14-15. I know there are players who will be gone by then but could potentially be a very busy signing year.

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  34. HabinBurlington says:

    All this talk of Halpern helping PK, I thought that was Therriens job, or has he given up on working to make PK a better person? :)

  35. kirbhabs says:

    Sadly, IMO, we have to have some fighting ability on this side of the league. Toronto, Buffalo, Boston & the other teams have more than one so unfortunately we need to be able protector players… The code demands it

  36. punkster says:

    Good to see MB already laying the ground work for a playoff run.

    ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

  37. kirbhabs says:

    Since we are picking up Ranger players for free, how about Bickel? Potential fighter for us

  38. habfaninyyc says:

    Whose spot does Halpern take?? Not sure I like this move, give the younger guys the chance to prove their worth.

  39. Sportfan says:

    Alright so now we need to guess who the next returning Hab will be ?

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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Laraque!…actually probably Latendress if he keeps playing like he is…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  40. Hobie Hansen says:

    If Halpen couldn’t stick on a 10th place Rangers team who traded away half their forwards for Nash, not sure how he cracks the lineup here? Puzzling and disappointing move.

  41. HabinBurlington says:

    Haha, wikipedia alreday has Halpern with the Habs.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Halpern

  42. deuce6 says:

    Say what you will about Halpern, but he strengthens two needs..Faceoffs and a sagging PK..The guy can actually bring a little more offense than White (who may be injured more serious than we all think)..

    I like the pick up..

    ——————
    Brandon Prust doesn’t have hair on his testicles, because hair does not grow on steel….

    • Sportfan says:

      I like the pick up too he’s very helpful on different aspects on the team needs. He also knows this team, some of the players and the city so it won’t be so hard to get used to all this. So in my books like the move

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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      One thing that is obvious about MT…he loves depending on veterans in key situations. Rather see Halpren instead of Gionta on the ice with a key face-off in our zone (with Pleks and Eller).

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  43. Sportfan says:

    Wow Jeff Halpern that’s really funny does that mean Blunden or Dumont get sent down?

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  44. habs-hampton says:

    I know Halpern is great on faceoffs, but what does this mean to the team? Does he take White’s spot and Blunden goes back to Hamilton?

    • commandant says:

      After tonight, yes. It is doubtful Halpern will make it to Montreal in time to play tonight.

      The guy will be the 4th line faceoff specialist/PK man.

      White likely is a winger now… which given his lack of footspeed is always where he should be. He’s also likely the 13th forward, though may rotate with Moen/Armstrong on occassion.

      Dumont will be Hamilton bound as the forwards get healthy IMO.

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  45. SmartDog says:

    Dang! I shoulda posted it.

    When I heard Halpern was on waivers I thought “face-off guy – knows the team – habs should get him”. And there you go!

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  46. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …for Me …this is Bergevin’s first head-scratcher

    …WHY??? Halpern ?

    …We already have everything Halpern is … or, at least, was

  47. HabinBurlington says:

    So will the Habs have to put someone on waivers in order to make room for Halpern? Kaberle?

  48. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I’m not sure about Halpren. On paper what we need…veteran penatly killer/right handed centerman who can win face-offs. Was great with the Habs before but injured in the playoffs. Will he be able to perform at the same level two years later? Not sure much better than Dumont…

    Anyway this transaction for depth player met a MB criteria…free.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  49. Hobie Hansen says:

    Halpern eh, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    I’d much rather Dumont at center on the 4th line.

  50. Kimberly2u says:

    So happy about Halpern…the face off specialist

  51. kirbhabs says:

    Halpern claimed…. There is hope yet that Koivu will be back!

  52. otter649 says:

    As per Dave Stubbs Twitter – Habs claim Jeff Halpern off waivers should be good pickup for faceoffs & PK if he gets a regular shift…..

  53. habs-hampton says:

    The Habs just picked up Jeff Halpern on waivers.

  54. Old Bald Bird says:

    According to Stubbs (look to your right for Twitter feeds), Habs have claimed Halpern.

  55. Croz38 says:

    Habs claim Halpern off waivers. Good move.

  56. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …have been away awhile

    … by the headlines, seems We are much closer to gettin’ a Malkin for PK trade realized

    …leave it to Montreal’s media to make the impossible, possible

  57. BJ says:

    Sholi and monmick if you are still on here is a link that could be of interest re. Dryden and the 7-5 game.
    http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2009/11/5/1115711/habs-bruins-april-8-1971-a

  58. HabinBurlington says:

    So the Staal brothers in Carolina will be wearing visors tonight for the first time in their NHL careers. Hopefully their brother can fully recover, amazing how many players still don’t wear these.

  59. HabFab says:

    See according to Stubbs that Trevor Moen plays in his 600th game tonight.

  60. Propwash says:

    The wultures are out to pick PK apart.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  61. Lafleurguy says:

    A compelling trend has emerged. Almost two-thirds of the season has been completed, and Lars and Alex the Shootout Prince are 9th and 10th in team scoring. Tomas P. has the most goals, and second is Captain Brian. These solid and steady veterans are leaders and get tasks done. They resemble Pavel Datsyuk in that sense; not top of the charts in league stats, but team leaders in stats and non-numerical achievements. As the Buffalo game approaches, we can bring up others who have been noteworthy in the team’s success. Will Carey make it to top ten in any statistical category? Why wasn’t he benched after letting in 6 and 7 goals in consecutive games? My measuring stick broke but it’s great for stirring the pot.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  62. HabFab says:

    For those that like to trade away our prospects, La Rose takes a look at Bulldog players and their chances of moving in trades;
    http://www.habsworld.net/article.php?id=3037

  63. Bardya says:

    If he wasn’t black…

  64. sprague cleghorn says:

    Oh no! Subban back in the spotlight again! Maybe the problem is the people who are charge of the lousy spotlight. You’d think with one regulation loss in 6 weeks they wouldn’t be that desperate to drum up interest.

  65. Say Ash says:

    The Karri Ramo for Cedrick Desjardins trade disagrees with you.

  66. habsfan 1954 says:

    I have always said all PK needed was to be schooled in what to say and not to say. I don’t think anyone can say he was not talented. Maturity takes a few years and I like the way he is developing. If not this year , next he will be a norris candidate

    • gK_HabsFan says:

      I don’t get it! He has never said anything in an interview that would be classified as disrespectful or immature. This criticism in my opinion is unwarranted.
      The fact is, people dislike him because he’s good.
      Sometimes, I wish Hockey was more like basketball or football, where good players with a certain level of cockiness and charisma aren’t criticized. Sports is entertainment!

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Imagine standing over an opponent after making a dunk. Tacky and unclassy, but the sheep will adore you. P.K. is about the most articulate 23 year old around, but if he were fluent in cliche-speak, the sheep will slam him for that.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

    • habs-hampton says:

      Would you rather him stand there and go on and on about working hard and giving 110% and blah blah blah? Theres 700 guys in the league that will give you interviews like that. He’s refreshing.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Strongly agree. He has NEVER trashed coaches, teammates, opponents, Mike Richards. He gave a tremendous ratings boost to Sportsnet as a guest panelist on Hockey Central. He got away with saying frigging on air. (joke) In old days, we admired his traits as charismatic.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

  67. habitual says:

    It is good to talk about the growth of PK as a player. But let us also tip our hat to Therrien. His management of players appears to be light years ahead of the ill timed bursts of temper in his early Habs stint, and even those in Pittsburgh.

  68. gK_HabsFan says:

    PK should be captain!
    **Hides for cover**

    -GK-

  69. HabFab says:

    Dustin Tokarski got his 3rd shutout in 10 games last night making 40 saves. He has allowed just 15 goals in those 10 games since being acquired from Tampa. Unfortunately he is only 6-4 during that time due to lack of scoring from a weak Hamilton team.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Kid has good pedigree, I am starting to think MB made a real nice move here. Seems to me Stevie Y. struggles in judging goaltending talent. Lets Mike Smith go, trades this kid, in general goaltending in Tampa has been a mess since he got there. Perhaps he forgets that in Detroit the team was great thus no reason they needed a standout in net, but his team is no Detroit.

      • Mark C says:

        Still too early, but Lindback isn’t looking like a goalie you trade two seconds and a third for.

        Then one week later Tampa uses a first round pick on a goalie.

        In sum, I haven’t been to impressed by Stevie Y.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Had to read up on his background, but you’re bang on that young Tokarski has a good pedigree. I don’t think Cedric D is taller, and I was greatly relieved that he didn’t stone us in the last game.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

    • B says:

      He has a 1.54 GAA and is only 1 game over .500! Woefully low goal scoring for Hamilton.

      How much more difficult is it for a goalie under 6′ to make it or survive in the NHL?

      –Go Habs Go!–

      • HabinBurlington says:

        One of the things discussed at GM’s meeting was reducing size of pads on goalies. If they do this, there is talk that it could help smaller goalies who rely less on the puck just hitting them.

  70. What’s the o/u on Colton Orr’s TOI tonight??

    Gotta be better than the embarrassing two seconds, to go with his 29 minutes and a game misconduct vs Sabres.

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  71. commandant says:

    My look back at Alex Kovalev’s career. Like all great artists, he was misunderstood.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/03/23/alex-kovalev-lartiste-says-goodbye/

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