Subban skates with Team Canada in Sweden

P.K. Subban skated with Team Canada Wednesday in Stockholm as the squad prepared for Thursday’s quarterfinal game against Sweden at the World Hockey Championship (2 p.m., TSN, RDS).

Subban, a finalist for this year’s Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman, was paired with Jay Harrison of the Carolina Hurricanes.

It will be interesting to watch Subban on the bigger international-size rink in Sweden. Subban played junior hockey with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls, who play their home games on an international-size rink at Belleville’s Yardmen Arena.

 ”I’m quite familiar in terms of how to take the rush and how to use the size of the ice to your advantage, but at the same token, I haven’t played on that rink in four or five years,” Subban told Donna Spencer of The Canadian Press Wednesday in Sweden. 

“This is my first game of the tournament. It’s been four days since I played a game and it’s a little bit different coming from a playoff game thinking you’re not even going to play hockey until next September to all of a sudden being in quarter-final game, Canada versus Sweden. That alone is a challenge.”

Canada beat Sweden 3-0 in the preliminary round of the tournament, but the Swedes have since added three Vancouver Canucks players to the lineup: forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin, along with defenceman Alex Edler.

Four other Canadiens players will be taking part in Thursday’s quarterfinals: Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic), Raphael Diaz (Switzerland), Alex Galchenyuk (United States) and prospect Danny Kristo (United States).

Here’s the schedule for Thursday’s quarterfinal games, which will all be televised on TSN and RDS:

Russia vs. United States, 5:45 a.m.
Switzerland vs. Czech Republic, 8:30 a.m.
Finland vs. Slovakia, 11:15 a.m.
Canada vs. Sweden, 2 p.m.

Below are a couple of videos of Subban from the 2009 world junior championship when he won a gold medal with Team Canada:

Diaz still skating at worlds, by Dave Stubbs

Rangers-Bruins renew Original Six rivalry in playoffs, by Stu Cowan

(Photo by Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)

822 Comments

  1. jedimyrmidon says:

    So is Canada now short of a forward on their roster? I think they have 8D with PK, and no extra forwards.

  2. Habs_4_ever says:

    Even in europe Subban gets booed.

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  3. jols101 says:

    PK is so good. It is really so much fun to watch. The last shift of the period was magic. We got ourselves one of the best in the game. Wouldn’t trade him for anyone.(well almost anyone.lol)

  4. johnnylarue says:

    For several links to the game:

    http://atdhe.eu/

    Keep tryin’ until you find one that works for you!

  5. J.J. of Turku says:

    Stamkos told at his interview, they are going to make some dirty goals next period…

    Bazinga!

  6. Timo says:

    Thanks, Matty. Great updates. Now we can put Boone out to pasture.

    • Cal says:

      Said the man with the underwear on his head. (Kidding!)

    • Mattyleg says:

      Heh heh.

      Know what?
      I wrote an email to Stu Cowan at the Gazette back during the lockout, saying that they should offer an online blog for people without game access, as I did because I lived in Poland.

      I offered my services, but he never responded.
      Then, lo and behold, a Gazette hockey blog popped up.
      I still have the email.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Timo says:

        I offered my services too and I was extremely shocked that I was turned down. With all the love I’ve received from Stubbs and Boone you’d think I’d be a lock.

        • Mattyleg says:

          Ha!
          This was back in 2005 that I suggested it.
          Never even heard back from them.
          Not even a ‘thanks, we’ll think about it’.

          Then they stole the idea.
          I’m not saying it’s a conspiracy, but it’s certainly an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

  7. johnnylarue says:

    PK’s playing great. As expected.

  8. jedimyrmidon says:

    PK looks like the most dominant possession player out there.

  9. J.J. of Turku says:

    Not sure if this link works at Canada. Here it’s blocked, but we’re seeing it from TV.
    I can check if I find something else…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqI5_IAySkU

    Bazinga!

  10. Mattyleg says:

    End of 1st.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  11. Mattyleg says:

    PK with great possession, hands it off to OReilly, misses his shot.
    Subban doing amazing, lots of shots, lots of chances.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  12. johnnylarue says:

    Here’s a link to the game if anyone needs it:

    http://norwaysport.co.uk/stream6.html

  13. Danno says:

    I see the IHL refs are sponsored by Apple Juice corporation

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  14. Mattyleg says:

    1min: 0-0
    Ladd gets a hooking call against Tallinder.
    4on4 for 2 mins.
    Hamhuis’ shot stopped by Enroth.
    Sedins on (surprise surprise)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  15. Cal says:

    Any links to this game?

  16. Mattyleg says:

    2mins: 0-0
    Stamkos makes a complete balls of it, puck out.
    Puck back in, Canada with possession.
    Lots of peripheral stuff.
    Stamkos and Giroux mix it up, and get a chance.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  17. Mattyleg says:

    2mins: 0-0
    Possession in the zone now.
    PK on.
    Shot deflected off a leg.
    Robidas shot saved by Enroth.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  18. Mattyleg says:

    3min: 0-0
    Canada unable to organize.
    Lost faceoff, mixup with Smith and his defencemen, Canada playing hot potato with it outside the o-zone, offsiede.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. Mattyleg says:

    4mins: 0-0
    5 minute PP for Canada.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. Mattyleg says:

    Break:
    Alex Edler plowed through Staal’s knee.
    He can’t put any weight on his leg as Giroux and Reilly carry him off.
    Edler is getting a major, and game misconduct.
    Possibly more suspensions in order for Edler.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  21. pmaraw says:

    :o Erik Stall… gets a knee on knee….. he’s done

  22. Loonie says:

    Somebody should tell Eric Staal that karma’s a bitch.

  23. Mattyleg says:

    4mins: 0-0
    Swedes with 5 men back all the time…
    Eric Staal looks like he just broke his knee.
    Writhing on the ice… knee on knee with someone.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  24. jedimyrmidon says:

    End-to-end PK rush.

  25. Mattyleg says:

    5mins: 0-0
    PK with a great rush, got a great shot off, almost able to bang in his own rebound!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  26. Mattyleg says:

    6mins: 0-0
    Sedins out aaaaagaiiinnn…
    Simmonds witha good break into the zone, attack falls apart.
    Robidas puts it in, and Ladd fights it out in the corner, and the Swedes get it out.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  27. jedimyrmidon says:

    Team Canada looking a wee bit disorganized.

  28. Mattyleg says:

    7mins: 0-0
    Can wins the faceoff and Schultz’s shot goes wide.
    Giroux and Stamkos lookng dangerous, Enroth on top of it
    Subban stands up to Talinder at our blueline.
    Matt Duschene left all alone to come in from the corner, but can only get a weak backhand off, Enroth shuts it down.
    Break.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  29. Mattyleg says:

    8mins: 0-0
    Sedins out AGAIN with Louie Eriksson.
    Stamkos with a shot, no rebound by Enroth.
    Just replayed the Swedes’ chances, and a trip by Smith behind his own net after giving away the puck that he wsa lucky to get away with.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  30. Mattyleg says:

    9mins: 0-0
    Landeskog missed a wide open chance, Swedes buzzing around the Can net.
    Canada having trouble with the breakout pass.
    Hall takes shot, kicked out by Enroth.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  31. Mattyleg says:

    10mins: 0-0
    Sedins on, already their 5th shift.
    Messy passing by Canada, lots of skating to no great result.
    Canada offside.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  32. habsfan0 says:

    It must be unusual for PK to play a game away from Montreal and not get booed constantly.

  33. Mattyleg says:

    11mins gone:
    Not a lot of shots at either end, both teams feeling each other out.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  34. Timo says:

    Can someone blog Canada’s game?

  35. Mattyleg says:

    PK’s first presence, twinned with Jay Harrison.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  36. Mattyleg says:

    Hey Loon,
    Good to see you following cricket!
    England are looking to avenge their extremely poor showing down under.
    Not sure if I agree with their use of 3 pacers (Broad, Anderson, and Flynn) and only one spinner (Swann) however. Perhaps Monty Panesar’s recent form hasn’t been great…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Loonie says:

      I haven’t followed cricket since my father died.

      I just felt like spamming the hell out of the site today.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …Cricket Matty ???

      …now I am truly concerned for You :)

      …cricket was the reason I reluctantly left Australia

      • Mattyleg says:

        Australians would be my number one reason for leaving Oz, HiS… ;) I know a bunch of great ones, but I don’t think I could take a whole country of them!!

        And Loon, it’s cool that you know it at all!
        I play here in Montreal. Got into it 3 years ago, and I’m doing pretty well for a beginner. Opening bowler, no less!
        It’s a great sport.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …da Weeds’ Bozak with a 70% tear of his triceps …2 triceps tears for Gionta in 2 seasons …triceps is not a muscle a hockey player often injures, or uses in the game …I wonder if related to steroid usage causing muscle fragility fracture ?

  38. commandant says:

    On DD

    I disagree with Loonie, I think that wing is the best place to hide a small player.

    DD’s biggest issue is his defensive game, at wing he’d have far less defensive responsibility in our own zone and would not be overpowered trying to contain bigger players in the cycle game. Instead his responsibility would be up high, which is more about positioning, and hockey IQ than size and strength.

    The number of small players who started their career at centre, and were transitioned to wing is long including Fleury, Cammalleri, Gerbe, Ennis, Conacher, Steve Sullivan, while guys like St. Louis and Gionta have succeeded as wingers from the start.

    To me DD’s biggest asset is his hockey sense, and I think that would make a transition to the wing possible, and even beneficial due to his other attributes.

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    • Kooch7800 says:

      I think DD could be ok on the wing. I think no matter how you slice it with Montreal having DD, Gionta and gallagher all potentially in the top 6/9 depending isn’t really great.

      I will say though that Cammalleri did actually play really well at Centre this year in Calgary.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • HabinBurlington says:

        You hit the proverbial hammer on head of nail. Gio, DD, Gallagher is just 1 perhaps 2 too many.

        • ed says:

          Gionta is gone after next season the latest. maybe sooner.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I hear ya Ed, but just seems every year we are waiting for another players contract to expire in one year…. I still think MB makes a few trades this offseason.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            I agree Burly, I also think when MB says Balance that is one of the things he means. We can have some small guys but this team is too soft up front and in the back. There will be changes

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Loonie says:

      Fleury – lightning fast
      Cammalleri – a shot that can beat any goalie from anywhere on the ice.
      Ennis & Gerbe – both incredibly fast.
      Conacher – fast and an excellent shot.
      Sullivan – mixed results
      St. Louis – perhaps the most versatile player not named Datsyuk or Toews in the NHL
      Gionta – a perennial 20 goal scorer who in his prime was the fastest player among these names not called Marty.

      To be small and thrive in the NHL a player has to excel in one specific area. Desharnais’ is puck distribution. The problem with that is that when you put a puck distributor on the wing you’re eliminating not only a lane to the net, but often times half of the ice which renders the player predictable and subsequently less effective.

      Desharnais “could” be effective on the wing. But it isn’t likely given his skill set. He’s currently playing the position he’s best suited for, and he happens to be a lesser quality player than three players who share his position on this team.

      Moving him to the wing would be a mistake in my opinion. Moving him off of this team(provided Eller is okay) would be the best use of him.

      Edit: And to your point about his other “attributes” translating well to the wing. Do you mind if I ask which attributes you’re referring to?

      Would that be his below average shot, his average skating ability or more recently his inability to protect the puck?

      If we see Desharnais from last season I have no doubt he can be an excellent or even awesome NHL player. But the thing about guys who didn’t get into the league because of their skill is that they have to bring a Gallagher-like work ethic every night to be successful.

      • commandant says:

        Attributes being his hockey intelligence, and playmaking ability/vision.

        I look at a player like Alex Tanguay who has succeeded as being a distributor on the wing, and that is what I think DD can do.

        As for Steve Sullivan having “mixed results” , I don’t know about that. Sullivan was a very valuable top 6 winger on the teams he played for. His issue was injuries.

        When it comes to DD, here is what I look at.

        We are a three line team who uses a solid top 9 offence/grinding line approach. Is DD amongst the 9 best forwards in the organization? I say yes, so that means you find a spot for him. The spot they found this season was wrong.

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        • Loonie says:

          His injury issues being that he was too small to play on the wing and took an unbelievable amount of punishment as a result. He, like Desharnais has never been very fast.

  39. Garbo says:

    How long do we have to look at that dreadful score from the final game?!

  40. jols101 says:

    Canada vs Sweden in 20 minutes. Should be a beauty.

    Would love to see Galchenyuk vs PK in the finals. That would be epic.

    Galchenyuk flying down the wing does PK Subban throw a devastating back side hit? Or does he ease up on the kid?

  41. HabFanSince72 says:

    Back in March someone (*) suggested we try to trade Price to Philly. Ask for Giroux, let them hang up in your face, then call them back and say you’ll settle for Couturier and Simmonds.

    Do you think they would agree to that trade now? Would they have agreed back then?

    (*) might have been me.

    • jols101 says:

      No joke HFS72, I was thinking about posting Price for Couturier and Simmonds and then getting Bernier from LA yesterday, but didn’t think it was realistic. (I don’t think Philly would do it). But we can dream.
      BTW, I am a huge Pricebot, but would still like to see this.

    • Chris says:

      Philly just got Mason, and he performed well in his relatively short stint. With Bryzgalov and Mason, they’ve got two former #1′s. I don’t think they are going to add a third unless Montreal is taking Bryzgalov off their hands for them.

  42. H.Upmann says:

    Just reading below re Samuel Morin… Hope we can trade up to get this guy. Two guys being 6`7 back there clearing creases… Balance is important, right? lol

  43. HabinBurlington says:

    Randy Carlyle quote today:
    Randy Carlyle: “The feeling is frustration, it’s lack of accomplishment, at times you feel you were hit between the eyes with a hammer.”

    Perhaps Carlyle may want to rethink that analogy, given the skull fracture/break that his defenseman suffered by a puck between eyes on the forehead.
    http://deadspin.com/the-purported-ct-scan-of-mark-frasers-head-is-terrifyi-501886762

  44. BJ says:

    Finland goes up early in the first 3-0. Slovakia ties it up in the first minute of the 3rd.

  45. HabinBurlington says:

    @Loonie, okay you made me howl when I saw your cricket link post. Too funny bud. :)

    • Loonie says:

      Just you wait. I’m considering changing my username to my business information and attaching the contact info to it so that I can generate more business for myself at HIO’s and the Gazette’s expense.

  46. Loonie says:

    So yeah, let’s move Desharnais to the wing. Our lines could look like this……..

    Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
    Pacioretty – Galchenyuk – Gallagher
    Desharnais – Eller – Prust
    Moen – White – Dumont

    What’s wrong with this picture?

  47. Cal says:

    Will that score from that last game ever be removed? I (and I’m sure many others) don’t want to be reminded all summer.

  48. habsfan0 says:

    One of the greatest games in Habs’ playoff history.

    http://youtu.be/TGjpo8CxqXY

    • Cal says:

      That was a glorious day. I remember it well. My family was gathered around the tv with some neighbours. (The new colour tv was the attraction). Must have been a dozen of us going absolutely bonkers when that 6th goal was scored.

    • Strummer says:

      I remember it well !

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    • Timo says:

      That maybe so but man, was hockey ever slow back then. Even watching games from early 90′s – the game is so much faster now.

  49. DorvalTony says:

    It’ll be a nice change to have a decent goalie behind him.

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  50. sprague cleghorn says:

    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

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  51. Bill says:

    Timo, YOU might be a better hockey player than Juha Lind. But not David Desharnais!

  52. Frank2468 says:

    Well press conference is over, thank god. You have to have seen the way the reporters looked like getting up and walking out. Well this is over lets go to Star Bucks LOL

  53. HabFanSince72 says:

    The software that suggests links is called outbrain.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outbrain

    Today it is suggesting a story titled “Drewiske to start against Flyers” and a fraudulent ad disguised as a news story for cancer treatment.

    The former is silly but the latter borders on unethical journalism on the part of Hockey Inside/Out’s owners.

  54. Bill says:

    Thanks Tom. Slowly getting it. So ok, the Habs have the 25th pick. Might have to trade up to get Mantha!

  55. Bill says:

    Is it actually some kind of problem to have Desharnais as the de facto third-line centre at 3.5 million?

    If he plays soft minutes he will put up points. Though I’d give him a pretty short leash on the PP at this point.

    • Loonie says:

      Many believe Galchenyuk should play centre. Former pros included.

      Near the same amount believe he shouldn’t have any leash to work with on the powerplay.

    • Timo says:

      There is a problem with Desharnais wearing a Habs uniform period. He is terrible. Juha freaking Lindt was better than what DD showed this season. I miss Juha. He had a fun name – Juha. Youuuuuu-haaaaa! Great name.

    • commandant says:

      I think he might have to move to LW.

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      • The Jackal says:

        That would suck.
        The guy who everyone was excited about for being the big #1 centre is now a winger?
        Please no, trade DD or move DD to the wing, he is expendable – Eller, Chucky, and Pleks are not.

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        • jedimyrmidon says:

          Think he may have been referring to DD.

          • Loonie says:

            Small and not particularly fast is a worse fit on the wing than it is at centre, by a huge margin.

          • The Jackal says:

            God I hope so.
            Nothing against DD but Pleks, Eller, and Chucky are clearly better centres and better fits for what the Habs need.
            I don’t say trade him, but don’t leave him at C.

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  56. HabFanSince72 says:

    I’m not even a particularly big fan of DD and wouldn’t care for one second if he was traded. I’m also OK if he stays. I thought his story was kind of cool, and I tend to prefer skill players, but it’s obvious that he is no Martin St.Louis. Heck he’s no Yanic Perreault.

    But stupidity bugs me – and thinking the Habs can’t trade DD because they’re afraid of Pauline Marois’ reaction is stupid.

    • habsfan0 says:

      C’est la vie au Quebec, mon dieu!

    • Habsrule1 says:

      DD was one of our best players last year. Did Max & Cole make him better…or did he make them better?
      Let’s see how he does next season before writing him off. He’s not the first player to go through a softmore jinx.
      That said, if we can get any value for him in a trade, I’m fine with that too.

      The way some of you are reacting, we should have traded Max a couple months ago too.

      Go Habs Go!!

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  57. Bill says:

    Thanks Jan!

  58. Frank2468 says:

    OMG Tsn is streaming the presser live on TSN.ca. Why am I not suprised. Nonis looks upset kind of looks like Pugsley from the Adams Family LOL. Guess they have to broadcast Canada’s Team failure coast to coast. I think Nonis just said they may put Reimers wife in net next year. She seems to have a nasty side to her and nothing can get through the 5 hole.

  59. Bill says:

    Does anyone out there know exactly how the draft works for the playoff teams? How and why do they move up or down depending on playoff results? Montreal has the 27th pick … does this change with Ottawa beating them? Etc.

    • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

      Teams eliminated in the first two rounds are re-seeded based on whether they won the division and their regular-season record. Since the Habs won their division, they can only improve their draft position if Pittsburgh and Chicago get knocked out this round, because they finished with a better record than us. Anaheim getting bounced in the first-round moved us up one spot. I think the highest we could pick is 22nd. We’re more likely to pick 25th.

    • Loonie says:

      Montreal doesn’t have the 27th pick. Wikipedia or whatever is being cited went by the regular season standings.

      Chicago, Pittsburgh and Anaheim finished higher than Montreal, thus the 27th selection being noted.

      The conference finals teams are seeded 27-30. The rest of the playoff field goes from 26-15 based on where they finished the regular season.

      So the best the Habs can do is 23rd(if Pittsburgh and Chicago are eliminated in this round) and the worst they can do is 25th because the Ducks currently sit in the 26th spot.

      • Timo says:

        You are walking book of knowledge, Loons.

      • 24 Cups says:

        That’s what I said earlier in the week (25th) and then somebody told me I was wrong!

        How difficult can it be to find a policy statement on this point?

        • Loonie says:

          Probably because it’s such a stupid policy that they don’t want to make it public.

          A team that finishes where the Islanders did for example and is eliminated in game 6 or 7 of the second round draws six home playoff games and the gate revenue and in addition still gets the 15th pick while the Capitals for example if eliminated in the conference finals and finishing with one more win than the Islanders would get the 27th pick.

          It’s a joke.

          • 24 Cups says:

            A lot of mock drafts still have the Habs picking 27th. Go figure.

            The weather is too good to have me pursue this anymore.

  60. habsfan0 says:

    I think MB made a minor transaction a few days ago, but I wonder what his first major move will be in the offseason?

    My guess is saying adieu to goaltender coach Pierre Groulx.

  61. Gally365 says:

    Other than his size. I don’t understand what everyone has against Desharnais. He’s a good 2nd line center but. He’s way too small for the NHL. He has NHL talent and is good for regular season Hockey. I can’t see him been beneficial in the playoffs his size is against him.

    I really like him for his talent but his size is holding him back against tough teams ….

    • habsfan0 says:

      Please explain this to Marc Bergevin.

    • Loonie says:

      What you just said is what most people “have against” him.

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        That´s the point. Why would anyone have anything against him? He did really well to get so far but he´s soft, small and even more important: We just don´t need him, especially at centre.

        • Loonie says:

          Yes I know. When some people say he’s expendable and or should be traded it’s because they have it in for him. Others like to parrot the point and claim that others who share it have an agenda but they have benevolence behind their view. Funny that they cite the same reasons those they accuse of being biased do.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            You must have posted about DD well over 1000 times. And that’s not hyperbole.

          • Loonie says:

            Forgive me but most of this was due to the overwhelming support for Michel Therrien and Marc Bergevin.

            They were heralded as mistake free hockey operations people who turned everything they touched to gold. They are human, they were making mistakes.

            If Michael Frolik were getting more and better ice-time in Chicago than Patrick Sharp it would be a big deal. That’s why this situation was a huge conversation generator for Habs fans.

    • 24 Cups says:

      I think the real issue with DD is that the team has four legitimate centers for just three spots. Galchenyuk and Eller are the future while Pleks is a solid 1A pivot.

      Either somebody moves to the wing or gets traded.

      I guess the French-Canadien factor might also come into play. I can’t really comment on it’s importance as I live in laffland.

    • habs1992 says:

      LOL, you just said what is wrong with him, he will never be good in the playoffs, so he is useless.

      I support Carey Price

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      He needs excessively catered conditions to be successful. He’s slow, which is a huge detriment when your that small and play that small. I think most people are frustrated with the ice time / line mates he gets more than him in general.

      I wouldn’t call him a good 2nd line center though. If he’s a 2nd line center which I’m not sure he is, he’s at the low end for sure.
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    • Timo says:

      Your last 2 sentences sum it up. Plus, his contract.

    • jols101 says:

      Galchenyuk, Eller, Pleks – on merit and skill these guys should be our top 3 center men. We are now stuck with DD for 4 years. If his name was Mike O’Reilly instead of David Desharnais he never would have gotten a 4 year extension. There is no doubt the Habs need home grown talent on the team but with DD they are trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. He just doesn’t fit.

      • Loonie says:

        Moen got a four year extension beyond all logic and his name is Travis Moen.

        • Steeltown Hab says:

          True, but on a lower payscale in a less significant position. If anyone thinks Desharnais being a homeboy didn’t play a part in the extention at all that’s just naive.

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          • Loonie says:

            Put me in the naive crowd then. I think Bergevin just screwed up like he did with Moen.

      • Gally365 says:

        jols101 – It’s got nothing to do with the name. Why do you keep bringing this up. I have a feeling you don’t like french names. I’d like to see more on the team as long as they have talent. It would be good for Quebec and the french guys would give it their all like the good old days (The flying Frenchmen) it gave the team an identity and did their province proud like Toronto for Ontario.

        That’s a part of the problem today. Teams don’t have an Identity. It’s all about money. I’m not french but there’s something wrong with people who think like that. Desharnais is a real good player. Size makes playing against the Bigger, Tougher guys a bit tougher yes but it has nothing to do with his name getting an extension. Wake up ….

      • wjc says:

        Galchenyuk needs seasoning, he is 19 years old. Do not rush him. His turn will come. D.D. will fill the void until he is ready….simple eh!

        wjc

      • GuyDoon says:

        I’d say what the Habs did is fit a round peg in a square hole. It will fit if the peg is small enough; albeit, not tight :)

    • JUST ME says:

      I think people need a victim. With Gomez gone D.D. became the perfect one for many reasons. But nobody admits that with Cole gone and Max Pac not always in top shape Desharnais could have been lost. Finished ahead of Ryder ,Galchenyuk , Bourque, Gionta, Prust tied with Gallagher in points total but for some reason for D.D. not being number one is a total disgrace.

      • HammerHab says:

        with more icetime and a whole lot more PP time he should have vastly out scored all those guys. Ryder was a disappointment, Bourque missed a lot of games, the Gally’s are rookies, and Prust isn’t a scorer …. he *should* have out scored all those guys easily.

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  62. Timo says:

    So, Leafs have both coach and GM doing the end of season presser. How come Michael Therrien wasn’t available for end of year? Is he in the process of being fired? Yes?!

  63. Ian Cobb says:

    Another classic LeafsNation mock-umentary.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH4NZ1EsWKs
    Will Ferrell Reacts to Maple Leafs’ Game 7 Loss to Bruins
    http://www.youtube.com

  64. Timo says:

    TSN says Gryba could be available for game 2. Too bad, but hopefully Matt Cooke can finish him off.

  65. habs1992 says:

    I never knew Shayne Corson was our captain at one time.

    I support Carey Price

    • commandant says:

      I don’t remember him ever being captain. Maybe he had the C for a game or two with someone injured, ala Kovalev?

      Go Habs Go!
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    • Chris says:

      When Koivu was voted captain in 1999, the scuttlebutt has always been that the vote actually ended up tied. Many of the veterans went against the wishes of Ronald Corey and Rejean Houle and voted for Shayne Corson instead. The supposed tie was only broken when Corey and Houle made Koivu the captain (instead of having another co-captain situation as happened with Chelios and Carbonneau). That Corey and Houle were not at all happy with the idea of Corson as captain doesn’t take much to believe. :)

      Captains that weren’t voted by the players: Bob Gainey in 1982, Pierre Turgeon in 1996, Brian Gionta in 2010.

      Robert L had a nice rundown on this a few years ago.

  66. commandant says:

    For those who want size and physicality… number 36 is Samuel Morin from Rimouski in the QMJHL. A giant at 6’7″ already and hasn’t had his 18th birthday yet.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/05/16/samuel-morin-2013-nhl-draft-player-profile-36/

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    • 24 Cups says:

      There is a good chance that Morin might not even be around when the Habs pick 27th.

      It would be nice to see the Habs move up in the draft by trading a prospect or 2nd rounder. A dream situation would be Montreal grabbing Gauthier and Morin.

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      Do we know for sure where we will be drafting? I’m still hoping for Mantha with our first round pick

      • 24 Cups says:

        It’s difficult to get a correct answer on this point but I’m under the impression that if there is a Chicago-Pittsburgh final then the Habs draft 27th. They would move up one or two spots if those teams falter.

        It appears that the only truly competitive series will probably be the Boston-NYR tilt.

        • Loonie says:

          That’s incorrect Steve. The teams in the conference finals take spots 27-30.

          The worst pick the Habs can have is 25th. The best they can have is 23rd(which would only happen if Chicago and Pittsburgh are eliminated in this round).

    • adamkennelly says:

      grab him and teach him to be mean.

  67. habsfan0 says:

    So Czech Republic is out.
    Did Pleks play like a little girl..again?

    • Timo says:

      I bet he will say that they don’t need more size. Just more turtlenecks.

    • Frank2468 says:

      LOL I watched a bit of the game and he did play like a little girl.. again. It looked like he was pleasure skating out there. On the power play not sure of the lineup but each time Pleks was not on the first line. At one point Diaz coughed up a suicide pass to Pleks but all I heard was a girl scream and Pleks let the puck go by. LOL I’m just having a little fun ala MacClean lets not all go crazy with the suicide pass comment. It’s boring in here with Habs on the shelve guess we have to make our own fun I guess. Don’t know if it’s a bad photo of P.K but he still has a disappointed look on his face. To bad the Czech are out would have been nice to see P.K defend against Pleks. I remember Pleks saying something to the effect on 24CH that if he played against P.K he would end up in a fight with him and P.K would lose. LOL

  68. Loonie says:

    Desharnais and the 34th overall pick to the Blackhawks for Andrew Shaw and Dylan Olsen.

    Discuss.

  69. Timo says:

    Woo… go USA!

  70. habsfan0 says:

    Leafs will be facing the media at 11am,trying to explain their Game 7 collapse.

    It will be hard to suppress a chuckle or two.

  71. Luke says:

    Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak are playing a Double Bill at the Montreal JazzFest this year.

    Man… not the biggest Isaak fan, though I do like him well enough… Lovett is just one of the best… May just have to consider that.

  72. Sportfan says:

    Jays destroyed the Giants!
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/05/16/jays-turn-into-giant-killers/

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

  73. Mattyleg says:

    Czechs pot one!
    2-1 Swi still…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—


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