Suivant! Next!

No confirmation from RDS, but the blogosphere is buzzing with the not-unexpected news that Benoit Brunet is toast.

Question for the Commentariat:

Who would you like to see/hear providing complementary analysis/colour to Pierre Houde’s play-by-play?

Yvon Pedneault redux?

Joel Bouchard?

Bob Hartley?

Guy Carbonneau?

Mario Tremblay?


* CapGeek has launched a FAQ

* David Perron signs for two years. $1.8 million and $2.5 million. A sane second contract for a star-to-be.

* Clarke MacArthur got $2.4 million in arbitration, and Atlanta is walking away. So he’s a UFA.

* More two-year deals: Nick Foligno in Ottawa, Patrick Kaleta in Buffalo



  1. G-Man says:

    GM Lou was quoted. It sounded like he was against this type of deal.

  2. db says:

    The league did nothing wrong, this time..  Maybe they allowed some questionable contracts but 17 years. Cmon.  Lou even said this was an organizational decision, and that he would vote against this next CBA if he could. 

    Basically, in this case Lou’s job was player/risk assessment and nogotiating for an owner…. IMO

  3. K-hab25 says:

    Max was drafted before he ever played a game for Michigan.

  4. pic1983 says:

    22 years old, comes from the USHL and US college.  Generally takes those types of players a little longer to develop IMO.  I would give him at least a full season or two in the ahl before writing him off. 

    It’s starting to become alarming how many first round picks we are writing off.  The insistence in drafting US college committed players in the first round is killing me.  We need a few actual hockey players in our pipeline, not just scholars IMO!  Either that, or we really are the worst talent developing team in the NHL. 

  5. andrewberkshire says:

    Err… Bugs, en Francais svp.

  6. Bill J says:

    How about Gaston “y’reste une chose” Therrien

    When the guy says “But there’s this ONE thing” about 20 times in a sentence, man I wanna poke my ears with pencils!

  7. derfab says:

    Just shows you what kind of a-holes manage and coach top level minor hockey.

    character is derfab destiny.

  8. derfab says:

    If cute means: big, strong, smooth skater with a wicked shot, Pacs is cuter and the right choice over Perron. He will be a reliable 30 goal man soon. Give him a chance to grow some whiskers!

    character is derfab destiny.

  9. Bob Barker says:

    That’s cool. Good for him. Perseverance in the face of adversity. 

  10. ZepFan2 says:

    Hmm, the ‘John Madden’ commentary style, in hockey.

    Why not, Cole is still doing whatever he’s doing. I say go for it, Bugs.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  11. mike g says:

    With the League…

    He’s the NHL stepping in, a league that’s never done anything right out of fear of losing fans, telling Lou that he can’t have what he wants. And Lou always got what he wanted.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  12. Mike Boone says:

    I think Max-Pac is on the clock. Starting to get “bust” vibes off this guy.

  13. twocents says:

    ‘Uncle Lou must be furious now.’

    With whom?

  14. mike g says:

    I have no idea…

    All I know is whichever team signs him will gain alot of haters. I for one will cheer against whichever team he signs with, and I was quite alright with hating the Devils even more than I already do.

    This whole Kovalchuk saga started off with some excitement. Then, 2 days after July 1st people starting getting fed up. A week after July 1st, it was extreamly annoying. Then when he finally signed yesterday, most people didn’t even care anymore. Now the deals been nixed, and seriously I really don’t think anyone cares about this guy anymore.

    I thaught his deal would be a crutial factor in determining this UFA crop. Now, I think GM’s will say “f-u” Kovalchuk, and go ahead building their teams.

    I said it a few weeks ago that this whole saga was rediculous, and the greedy Russian should just go back to Russia. Alot of real hockey fans have lost a ton of respect for him, and it may sound crazy to say it, but the Devils organization looks very stupid now.

    And nobody has ever made them look stupid. The Devils have always looked like a model franchise, rarely making big mistakes. Uncle Lou must be furious now.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  15. puck face says:

    forget the stats , you just think he’s cute.

  16. PuckBuddy says:


    No doubt looking back on it that Perron is better but do you think Max Pac can turn into the PWF he was touted to be? If he can add 15-20 lbs on his 198lb frame he might be able to compete harder. I felt he got tossed around last season too often and needed to work on his balance.


  17. Bugs says:

    “As you can see here on the replay, Reggie, this guy is skatin on the ice with the puck on his stick. And see, when he gets to the line, he’s confronted with the choice of whether or not to make that play. And he decides to make it. He passes it to this guy and the puck is in the net. That’s a SET play, Reggie. Putting the puck in the net. And winning. And as you can see on the monitor, the defender CLEARLY wasn’t winning properly.”

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga:

  18. Say Ash says:

    Mike Keane

  19. krob1000 says:

    Don Cherry! He doesn’t speak English either so language is not an issue. 

  20. twocents says:

    How long will the Kovy Kontroversy drag out?

    Will it be resolved before the season starts?

    Will it be a preliminary backdrop to what we can expect in 2012?


  21. ed lopaz says:

    1st year Midget, Perron played Midget C !!!

    he had a troubled home, and the organisations in his area had pretty much “black balled” him. 

    “His progression has been impressive because, less than three years before playing his first NHL game, he was still playing at the Midget C level in his hometown of Fleurimont”


  22. eyhp says:

    My vote goes to Joel Bouchard.

  23. pic1983 says:

    Watch him play and you will understand.  The idea that we took maxpac before this kid considering our team is based in QUEBEC is unreal.  I mean, I have personally watched him play when he was in Junior AAA with the panthers on a few occasions.  Are you telling me our scouts didnt see his talent in our home province of Quebec, but saw maxpacs talent playing for US college?  The habs insistence on drafting out of US college, or committed to US college in the first round is driving me nuts.

    Great story this kid too.  Got called up to AAA St-Jerome Panthers because his older brother played for them. They needed an emergency call-up, and he ended up sticking with them.  I think there was some politics as to why he wasnt playing at that level.  In the end, the Q scouts noticed him and lewiston drafted him the following season, and than after a great year with lewiston, St-Louis drafted him 24th overall (maybe not 24 but somewhere in that area, right after maxpac).  I had no idea what had happened with him after St-Jerome, and was pleasantly surprised when I saw him drafted by St-Louis.  


  24. mbplekfan says:

    If by xmas PK is performing at the level we expect and racking up points and making exciting rushes will all other GMs in the league start comparing their 2nd rounders to him?  Thus making BG look like a genius.

  25. CBrady12 says:

    LOL funny, I know there hasnt been any hockey for a few months, but from what I remember, you don’t really see the colour guys hands very much since the camera is broadcasting the game on the ice. 

  26. CBrady12 says:

    No way!!! he is the most boring, annoying announcer ive ever heard!!! Not only that, he knows NOTHING about hockey!! Him and Murray Wilson are the only two people capable of putting me to sleep while listening to a hockey game…you wanna hear good play by play, listen to ckac, the guy is so into the game, its awesome. Team 990 should have the rights the the habs games CJAD BLOWS!!!!

  27. Danno says:

    Mister Lahey.


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

  28. Bryan says:

    Not saying the kid’s a bad player by any means, but he also has comparable stats to AK46 during that age.  I just think it’s way too premature to call him a “star to be”


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  29. SeriousFan09 says:

    I vote for Bugs.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  30. Mike Boone says:

    No infatuation, but the kid is from Montreal and he can play: 225 GP in thgree seasons, 48 goals, 76 assists. Comparable stats for Max Pacioretty, who was drafted ahead of Perron: 86 GP, 6 g, 19 a.

  31. waisguy says:


  32. Bugs says:

    I like Hartley.

    I would love him if he didn’t say the word “certes” all the time.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga:

  33. Bugs says:

    Dany Dube. A most excellent, level-headed commentator. Knows the terms, is fully aware of different strategies employed and can identify who is doing what right or wrong on the ice, doesn’t search for words, and doesn’t talk to his audience like they were amateurs, thereby lookin like one himself (which, imo, was Brunet’s greatest failing. oooohh, THAT’S a “puck”; thanks, benoit).

    I also like La Zone’s Gerard Gagnon. Old-time, Russian-style mathematical theory in positioning players. You’re either doing it right or wrong. Make that play! I love it. Also Rene Pothier, calm and collected, and like me, considers the psychological card as the actual 6th man to be employed as a weapon with the same precision as one would afford the PP. … They’re all good on La Zone actually. But those two stick out. Especially Gerard. Love that guy.

    And hey, I’m free too. Here’s a taste:

    “Look at that guy! He done gone all did somethin he wasn’t suppoed ta and that guy skated right around’m and done gone scored! See, he was supposed to stop that guy and he didn’t and the other guy had to make that play and he did. And now, these guys are winnin and these guys are losin. That’s hockey!”

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga:

  34. Bryan says:

    Don’t quite understand Boone’s infatuation with Perron.


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  35. Habfan29 says:

    Yvon Pedneault , Bouchard’s hands are really annoying and Carbo is just plain boring.

  36. aemarchand11 says:

    If there was an English Habs Station, Rick Moffat from CJAD sould be the Play by Play

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  37. aemarchand11 says:

    CBC with Carbo, Cole and that other doofus was the worst crew EVER.

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  38. Danno says:

    PJ Stock!


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

  39. dh says:

    Joel Bouchard or Carbo.

  40. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I’ll take Joel. Death is too good for Mario <spit> Trembles.

  41. bel33 says:

    Very true… I know a number of English only Habs fans here in Toronto who get the “French package” with Rogers just to get RDS.

    You can’t beat every Habs game in HD!  Hell.. I don’t know if the Maple Loafs even get that kind of coverage!

  42. namgel says:

    Celine Dion and Jacques “The Cock” Grande

  43. ZepFan2 says:

    Joel Bouchard.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  44. bel33 says:

    What about you Mr. Boone?

    And anyone accept Bob Hartley….

  45. The Beer Guy says:

    Dave Stubbs! Enough people across Canada watch RDS for Habs games they would make alot more money if it was bilingual. 

    You’re going to love my nuts!

  46. DearyLeary says:

    About damn time.  I’d like Hartley or Carbo, personally.

  47. alestar says:

    BTW, that video is hilarious…Brunet is such a pompous tool.

    Hard to believe he managed to be a worse commentator than player…its not like he didn’t spend enough time in the press box during his career!


    XXIV…and counting

  48. W35T5ID3 says:

    claude quenneville

  49. G-Man says:

    Carbo needs a job and he’s probably pi$$ed enough to take it. Good money- no stress. No more ay-yi-yis!

  50. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t speak french so….

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