Subban, Habs prepare to face Bruins

After the team had a day off on Monday, P.K. Subban was back on the ice with his Canadiens teammates in Brossard Tuesday morning as they prepared to face the Boston Bruins Wednesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The forward lines at practice were Max Pacioretty-David Desharnais-Erik Cole; Rene Bourque-Tomas Plekanec-Brian Gionta; Brandon Prust-Alex Galchenyuk-Brendan Gallagher; Travis Moen-Lars Eller/Ryan White-Colby Armstrong.

The defence pairings were: Andrei Markov-Alexei Yemelin; Josh Gorges-Raphael Diaz; Francis Bouillon-Subban; Tomas Kaberle-Yannick Webber.

After practice, coach Michel Therrien announced that Carey Price would start in goal against the Bruins and that there wouldn’t be any changes to the lineup that won back-to-back games on the weekend against Buffalo and Ottawa.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche claimed forward Aaron Palushaj on waivers Tuesday. The Canadiens had acquired Palushaj from the St. Louis Blues in March 2010 in exchange for Matt D’Agostini. Palushaj tweeted: “Would like to thank the Canadiens/Hamilton Bulldogs organization and fans for everything. Very happy and excited to join #Colorado #Avs”

Subban is coming off a good first weekend of work after signing his new two-year contract last week. He picked up two assists, was plus-2 and averaged 16:44 of ice time.

However, Hockey Night in Canada’s P.J. Stock believes Subban continues to be a very square peg in a dressing room full of round holes.

The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs disagrees, writing: “Stockโ€™s opinion, delivered on a national stage, was pure gibberish that mistakenly could shape the belief of many viewers that thereโ€™s a gulf the width of the St. Lawrence River dividing Subban and his teammates.”

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(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)



  1. --Habs-- says:

    BTW – Here’s a key note for tomorrows game! Watching a Bruins game last week, NESN’s Jack Edwards was laughing at the Habs in particular their PP as he was commenting on upcoming Bruin games during the broadcast. Thought that was interesting.

    Go HABS Go

  2. --Habs-- says:

    PJ Who?

    Go HABS Go

  3. HardHabits says:

    Holy crap!!! Chicago – San Jose tonight. Should be a dandy.

  4. frontenac1 says:

    King Richard had Semin stuck to him?

  5. frontenac1 says:

    That King Richard guy would probably give it all away for a horse.

  6. HardHabits says:

    @Bill: I posted the addresses of two Sushi joints below that you might wanna check out. Good eats!!

  7. Strummer says:

    Sniper Phil Kessel failed to score again last night against the ‘Canes.

    Apparently he had Semin all over him.

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  8. Strummer says:

    24 hours to go- I wanna be sedated.

    to think the only question mark is the 4TH LINE!

    Top 9- set
    Top 6 D – set

    Coaching- set

    What a difference a year makes!

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  9. Bozo McBozo says:

    Now I have heard it all. Some Leaf fans are saying that identifying the body of Richard III is akin to discovering Bill Barilko’s corpse in 1962 and they are destined to win the Cup. Useless Plantagenets the lot of them!!!

    • Danno says:

      Leafs sign their new goaltender King Richard III to a long-term contract


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

      • Bozo McBozo says:

        It’s gonna be tough for him to pass the Leafs’ medical with that curvature of the spine. If he were merely dead 500 years, he’d probably get through!

        • Danno says:

          Scouting report has King Richard with a better glove hand than Reimer.


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

  10. Hobie Hansen says:

    Win or lose tomorrow, the Boston Bruins are a better hockey club than the Montreal Canadines. Tomorrow night’s game will tell us just how close the Canadiens are to competing among the league’s elite teams. A big win would bring us closer.

    There could be flukey goals, bad officiating, but normally a game between Boston and Montreal is of the highest quality. So if the Habs come away with a convincing win, it could be a massive boost to the team and hopefully a glimpse of the way things are going to be down the road.

    It would be a great to see Subban bang home a couple on the PP off the feed from Markov. I think it’s just about time the Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole line broke out now that Desharnais has his game going.

    We’re in good shape heading in with zero injuries! I can’t remember the last time we were 100% healthy playing Boston?

    Should be a good one.

    Go Habs Go!

  11. Bozo McBozo says:

    P.J. Stock does have his hand on the pulse of the NHL, but I won’t say where he’s taking it from!

  12. HabinBurlington says:

    Wow, the Washington Dman and Neuvirth just crapped the bed. Poti with a horrible giveaway. 1-0 Leafs

  13. scavanau says:

    RatFace DouchBag Mouth Piece Marchand to be a gametime decision

  14. frontenac1 says:

    The guys on Sportsnet called the Laffs/Caps game a Showdown between Kessel and Ovetchkin!I had a mouthful of good Single Malt at the Time…..Bast#rds!!!

  15. Rudy says:

    Argh, the French episode of Habs 24 was taken down from YouTube probably rds stirring things up. There is no way for me to watch it in the states. I’m guessing the English episode won’t show up there now

  16. Mattyleg says:


    Loved that back and forth on the other page.
    Stuck between a Loon and a Hard place…

    Just priceless.

    Thank you fellows.

    Hadn’t seen the opening sequence of 2001: A Space Odessey for a few years.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • HardHabits says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. It was intended for your and everybody else’s viewing pleasure.

      I am kind of perplexed as to why none of it was modded. I think Puck Bard and I need to renew our bet/challenge.

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    Stubbs has some tweets regarding PJ Stock, check the twitter posts on right side of this site.

  18. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Why would anyone put stock in what P.J. says? He’s always struck me as the ultimate bonehead. How he got a job in broadcasting after his “illustrious” career plum evades me. Go Habs!

  19. Mike D says:

    Does anyone have a link where I can catch the 24CH from yesterday? Unfortunately, I was at work and didn’t get to see it.

    I checked Youtube and the Habs official site as well as TSN but couldn’t find anything for the full episode.

    Many thanks all, as usual.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  20. twilighthours says:

    Probably been said a few times over, but good luck to Palushaj. Maybe he could have been a player for us under different circumstances. We can only hope he revives his career and become an NHL regular in Colorado.

    • Bill says:

      Yeah, agree. Always have to pull for these guys. I was hoping for better for Brock Trotter too, but seems he’s unlikely to escape the minors.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • HabinBurlington says:

      While he will be missed in Hamilton, indeed I hope this is a chance for him. Interesting side story, the Bulldogs had a practise at an arena about 1,000 yards away from my house a little while back. At first I was the only person watching (I happened to recognize Stortini driving past me and pull into parking lot) then I noticed a young kid with a Dogs shirt with Palushaj on the back.

      This young kid (about 12 years old) proceeded to tell me how Aaron was his favourite player and how mad he was at Montreal for stealing all the players last year. I tried explaining to him to focus on Gallagher, Beaulieu and Tinordi, and he wanted no part of that. Palushaj was the best player and he had met him.

      Was truly a fan of the Dogs and was going on a bus trip with the team later in year as part of Bulldogs fanclub. Unfortunately Palushaj was injured before that trip, which probably broke the kids heart.

      But was nice to hear how Palushaj had impacted this young fans life. Thought I would share.

      • Marc10 says:

        Cheers for that. I hope Palush makes it. It will be tough for him unless there’s an expansion I’m afraid. Good on the Habs for letting him make a go of it elsewhere.

  21. HardHabits says:

    PJ Stock or Laughing Stock?

    • Bill says:

      Too bad, cause the Habs will be picking last in the first round, haha!

      Dare to dream.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • HabFab says:

        I can live with that as long as Nashville and Calgary suck in the interim.

        Did you see my note over on your dating thread…my niece is attending your NBCC studying to be chef. She was telling me about a couple of nice restaurants on Main. Can’t remember names but one was Japanese and the other was doing something neat with Lobster. I don’t get farther then the Pumphouse when I visit your city… love their brew!

        • Bill says:

          I haven’t been to the Lobster place, but the new Japanese place is great. Only problem is it is way overpriced, IMO. Sushi is twice as expensive here as it is in Halifax even, and three times as much as in Vancouver!

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • HardHabits says:

            Try this place out:

            Bistro Japonais Furusatoโ€Ž
            2137 Rue de Bleury
            Montreal, QC
            (514) 849-3438

            Read the reviews for yourself.

            This is another awesome Japanese resto:

            Restaurant Odakiโ€Ž
            1836 Sainte-Catherine Street West
            Montreal, QC H3H 1M1
            (514) 846-1268

  22. Sportfan says:

    So someone tell me if this is a good trade or not (fantasy hockey)
    Backes and Ryan Whitney for Duncan Keith and Semin

  23. jarat says:

    P.J.Stock on 690 now… Talking about Dave

    • Sportfan says:

      Oh please update if he says anything about what he said towards stubbs

      • jarat says:

        Saying he could have rephrased and Dave could have as well in the Gaz… Separating TV media VS written.. He’s being a weasel..

        • Bill says:

          Shocking. I’d like to know what he thinks Dave said that was over the line.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

        • Sportfan says:

          Lol no surprise he’s running scared cause he got wrecked by a Montreal fan base

          • HabFab says:

            Where did I leave my noose??
            No….okay where is the tar and feathers? We have a problem in Montreal to take care of… don’t wait up XXX!

        • jarat says:

          Saying that Stock doesn’t do his research.. Then they went to Elliotte Friedman audio defending that Stock does research. Stock doesn’t like players wearing headsets. P.K. off ice rubs players the wrong way. Love him on ice, hate him off ice. (rubs players the wrong way).. Saying Stubbs is trying to tell Stock how to do his job. Stock saying that Stubbs has NO CLUE what happens in the dressing room other than what they tell him… —– Very whiny this Stock fella… Says that He (Stock) was lippy a like PK when he started… (admittedly he did say not as good as PK).

    • Haberoooo13 says:

      should be interesting….well meh…perhaps not

      Na Na Na Les Canadiens Les Canadiens

    • HabFab says:

      According to his twitter, they invited Stubbs to join but he declined.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      As much as I agree with the content of Mr. Stubbs’s article, he should have gone on the radio with PJ to articulate his point of view. If you criticize a fellow member of your profession in writing, you owe it to him and the listeners to explain your views further. All that is happening now is PJ is defending himself which he has every right to do.

    • axxerd says:

      I find it funny how he is giving Stubbs shit about not being in the room as a player and doesn’t get the truth as a member of the media.

      Well then do YOU know what happens in the room since you are now media as well? The guy hasn’t been in the room for years, so anything Stock ‘knows’ is via the same avenues as Stubbs.

      Newfoundland’s biggest Habs fan. Hands down.

  24. Lafleurguy says:

    There have only been two Habs goalies who have won the Cup in the past 44 years. Has any NHL goalie won more than six Cups?

    Luongo’s risk of a career without the Cup increases if he leaves Vancouver; unless he ends up with Philly, Pittsburg, or San Jose. Remember Luongo went around ten years without playing a single playoff game.

  25. Haberoooo13 says:

    Aside from only Habs matter, how can 3 people have voted thus far for Leafs and Bruins?

    Na Na Na Les Canadiens Les Canadiens

  26. HabFab says:

    The “Hi HabFab” up on the blue strip is a nice personal touch… the “Howdy HabFab” up on the black strip… Well, seems a little off!!

  27. HabinBurlington says:

    So Mike Liut seems to be taking a page from the Alan Walsh school of NHL Agents and how to get your goalie more playing time.

  28. Loonie says:

    What’s the over/under on time elapsed during tomorrow night’s game before Alexei Emelin inflicts a bodycheck that sends the Bruins into Royal Rumble mode?

    • Bill says:

      Yeah, they can dish it out, but … without Thornton out there, I feel they skate a little more quietly. That MacDermid can’t play a regular shift like Thornton.

      Does anybody remember how it started that a clean body check was justification for a fight? One of the dumbest things in hockey.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Depends on the score. First two goal lead and the gooning will resume.


      • Bill says:

        They’ll play their usual cheap game, for sure. Stay away from the stanchions, for sure. But the Habs play these guys best when they skate and use their speed.

        Prust has gone with Lucik before, and if he wants to okay. I just hope he doesn’t fight their replacement goon … Prust is a real hockey player.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Haberoooo13 says:

      6 minutes and 36 seconds and/or 2 goal hab lead

      Na Na Na Les Canadiens Les Canadiens

    • solo066 says:

      do we know why he is sporting the cage? he took a punch in the head a few years ago in the KHL, did it happen again?

  29. HabFab says:

    NHLPA now doing Players of the Week, we will take it since it is one of our’s;

  30. frontenac1 says:

    I Get nailed frequently,but I probably deserve it because I use naughty words and I don’t give a care.

  31. Habilis says:

    PJ Stock will henceforth be known as Diapers. Both for his endorsement of said product and because he acts like a little child when his asinine comments are challenged.

    That is all. ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. badbalance says:

    Take ur date to a resto with a tv and habs game on. Everyone wons

  33. Bill says:

    I have a date tomorrow night, but it’s Habs-Bruins … what to do …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  34. Propwash says:

    @ HH
    Is mediahint working well on your end?


  35. LizardKing1967 says:

    Mr. Stubbs. It is great to see someone put PJ Stock in his place. Of course, media are supposed to be controversial, but to denegrate a player the way he did is the poorest taste you can have.

    Well done Dave!


    Drive for 25. 2012-2013. Max-Pac for Conn Smyth.
    AG27 is the NEW AK27.
    The “Gally” Line: Galchenyuk, Gallagher and the “Gallows”

  36. 1010 says:

    I wouldn`t worry about that yappy little attention seeker altering anyones`opinion of PK. I wouldn`t take his advice on which depends to buy….If the need ever arose of course.

  37. HardHabits says:

    Poor Loonie. Trapped in an endless and meandering loop of meaningless soliloquies. Since I am too busy working I missed today’s exchange but I am sure it was delightful. Is there anybody else here who has a shorter fuse and thinner skin than Loonie? Is there anybody else who needs to post 50 comments a day rehashing the same ideas in a futile attempt to convince those who see otherwise?

    Methinks Heads up their Stats is short a resident Loonie.

    • Loonie says:

      What are the chances this attack gets deleted?

      Edit: Your fixation with me was flattering for a while Dave. Now it’s getting a little scary.

      Every once in a while people need a reason to remember to lock their doors. You’ve given me one. I appreciate it.

      • HardHabits says:

        I’ll delete it when I am good and ready.

        EDIT: You confuse fixation with curiosity. People looking at train wrecks are not considered obsessed but rather can be forgiven that they stare.

        2nd EDIT: And you could try to lighten up a bit. You take yourself way too seriously and take too much way too personally, but that’s just the small man syndrome Napoleon complex in me speaking.

        • Loonie says:

          You’re a joke. An absolute joke.

          A pathetic little boy fixated with somebody participating on the board. If you have the power, delete my account and then I’ll take it up with somebody.

          You’ve obviously been trolling me by deleting posts that had no cause for deletion.

          Like I said, you’re a joke.

          I’m perfectly calm. You think you can deduce my mood based on replies? That’s incredibly arrogant and incorrect by the way.

          • HardHabits says:

            You mad bro?

          • Loonie says:

            Nope. Just insulted little fella.

            Ya know. A logical and appropriate response to being insulted is, well, feeling insulted.

          • HardHabits says:

            I am just f/ckin’ with ya. Like I said you need to lighten up a bit. I am no mod here and if I was I prolly wouldn’t delete anything you said because although you are very sensitive for a big guy your retorts are more wimpy than anything else. I’d keep them up as a fine examples of your total lack of self control.

          • Loonie says:

            I respond Dave. If you think that’s sensitivity or weakness that’s on you.

            Seeing what you want to. Keep at it.

            And I’ll remember to keep locking my doors.

          • HardHabits says:

            You can try locking the doors of the emotionally over sensitive and too easily insulted part of your personality. That would be a start.

          • Loonie says:

            It’s only because your opinion means THAT MUCH to me Dave.

            Your words hurt.

    • The Cat says:

      I prefer that to those who feel compelled to write 60 line sagas on how they feel about this and that…There should be a 10 line maximum.

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

  38. Loonie says:

    Test, Test. Is this okay mods?

    • Bill says:

      It’s getting stranger … they deleted my comment too, which was completely innocuous.

      EDIT: Saw Hard Habits’s explanation above. For the record, I’m glad there are mods to remove really over the line stuff, but it should BE over the line stuff, IMO. I’m talking someone uses racist language or threatens to hurt someone. The posts removed were nowhere near that.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  39. mfDx says:

    I think Markov should have the night off tomorrow.
    He’s looked a little limpy to me in the second game of the back to backs, and, tomorrow almost promises to be a little more than chippy. Lucic must be anxious to test his knee. If P.K. is ready to log over 20 mins wed, let Markov take a break and be ready for 25 mins vs Buffalo thursday.

    Sent from my CHphone

  40. Bill says:

    I saw your post, I’m surprised it was deleted. I didn’t see any profanity or anything over the top. I wouldn’t say you guys were playing nice, lol, but it was an odd delete by the Mod Squad.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  41. mdp2011 says:

    Apparently Hab fans aren’t the only ones complaing about HNIC, Leaf fans are ripping the broadcast crew too.

    • Bill says:

      Try to imagine the level of mind that could watch HNIC and think it was biased AGAINST the Leafs … my mind won’t stop boggling, haha.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • helluva habs fan says:

      That was hilarious. I loved Healy’s responses. Funny that Leaf fans think HNIC is full of haters. I’ve always thought the opposite. I usually watch the RDS broadcast on Saturdays… and I don’t even speak french!

      The production and on-air talent is so inferior compared to the likes of TSN. I don’t mind the commentators at all (although Bob Cole is getting to the point where I wonder what game he’s watching sometimes), but the panel… it’s so bad it’s uncomfortable to watch. The only watchable people are Friedman, Hrudey and that new girl at the iDesk… btw, wtf is an iDesk?

  42. Sportfan says:

    AWW NO we lost Palushaj too bad he didn’t turn out to be what we wanted, hopefully he finds a niche in Colorado. ANy word on the lineups tonight?

    • frontenac1 says:

      Ryan O”Reilly still not signed by the Avs. So where the heck is the Media Circus on this RFA?

      • Bill says:

        It was discussed on HNIC this weekend – though unlike the PK thing they were criticizing the team for “playing games” with a key young player.

        But it’s not getting a lot of press because … well, nobody cares about the Colorado Avalanche, haha. The Colorado sports media are ready for spring training and already talking about the next NFL season!

        Full Breezer 4 Life

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