Surprise! Price to face Sabres

Here’s an update from the Canadiens thanks to The Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky.

Carey Price will start in net Friday night in Buffalo, but head coach Guy Carbonneau is not prepared yet to say who will start on Saturday.

The lineup for Friday’s game will be the same one as Tuesday night.


  1. dicktracy says:

    Exactly Old Grover…..exactly

  2. WestHab says:


    in Bob we trust

  3. Les-Habitants says:

    Gonna be a huge game against the sabers.
    They are playing well despite losing Campbell…beats me how, but they are one of the teams making headway in the standings and here’s our chance to be no.1 in the divison.

    Man, what a statement that’d be…no.2, offically, in the east. :)

    BUT NO MORE BANDWAGON JUMPING ALL OF U!! *glares around angrily*

  4. WestHab says:

    Gee, I’m gonna miss the

    “Price to start”….or “Huet in goal tonight” headlines.

    Now I can put Price in my weekly pool, aniticipating he’ll get the bulk of action….we hope.

    My only wonder left is why did they move Huet so fast for so little. Surely this should have been the last trade of the day?

  5. Les-Habitants says:

    Hossa already injured:
    He has a “grade 1 strain of his MCL” after a knee-on-knee with Glen Murray.

    LOL. I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have laughed…but I did and thought man, does that SUCK for the Pens…they gave up 2..TWO roster players, let alone esposito and the 1st rounder, and now are a visibly weaker team because of it.

    Man, great GREAT news for the Habs….horrible for the pens, albeit we don’t face them till the playoffs.

  6. sidhu says:

    Can’t take the credit boys, that line is from Boiler Room.

  7. dicktracy says:

    very…whats up with that…

  8. Blitzen says:

    Sometimes knee injuries are rediagnosed a day or two later. In football, you often see guys the day after a game say they have nothing and then they end up gone for weeks. So I’d wait for that a little.

    The Sens aren’t looking like they’re doing much under Murray either. Don’t know if you guys caught what was said in the last intermission but the Sens apparently tried to swap both of their goalies for Chicago’s two goalies.
    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  9. sidhu says:

    Flyers up 3-1 on the Sens in the 3rd. If the Sens lose, we’ll be behind them by one point with a game in hand.

    Come on boys, 1st place is within our reach!

  10. TripleX says:

    Just about a perfect evening so far….Senators losing 3 to 1 and Pens getting blown out.

  11. martin says:

    buutttscratcher? butt scratcheeeerrrr? sorry all used no sell no more

  12. Propwash says:

    I can see Breezer yelling in the stands trying to sell…..”BUTTSCRATCHERRRR!”

  13. martin says:

    you have to give Bob alot of credit, he put his team to the test by telling them these are the goalies you have and if you want to win you better play better defense.he challenged them and let’s see if our team has the heart to stand up to this test.

    Hossa out with grade 1 acl. nothing really bad.

  14. The Teacher says:

    Well, looks like I’ll be at the Bulldogs-Crunch game this Sunday afternoon at 4PM. Taking advantage of the week off to visit my buddy in laffaland.

    Anyone know how to choose specific tickets for the game instead of getting same seats over and over at ticketmaster?

    “Are the Habs ready to pay the Price?”

  15. OldGrover says:

    Bob couldn’t have counted on the kids to step up – he needed those vets in the lineup. The kids DID step up – and good on Carbo and Bob for letting them play when they’ve shown they can.

  16. PGHABS says:

    i very rarely “LOL” at anything on the web, but that’s hilarious

  17. OldGrover says:

    Oh, geez. Wouldn’t THAT be something? Can’t wish it on anyone, but what a story.

  18. showey47 says:

    begin was a waiver guy also

  19. Hoegarden says:

    The UFAs signed during Bob era so far, other than Hamrlik and Begin, are nothing to write home about.
    Breeze-by,Kosto, Smolinski, Samsonov, P.Dagenais.

    Even the ones picked up on waivers are not exactly of the star material;
    M.Leighton, P.Traverse.

  20. The Teacher says:

    Hossa just left the Pittsburgh-Boston game with an injury. Was walking like it was his knee.

    “Are the Habs ready to pay the Price?”

  21. hummer37 says:

    BG Free agents are sitting now, but will be needed for a deep playoff run. Theur experience will be invaluable in th eplayoffs

  22. mbplekfan says:

    Gainey knew that he had to develop Halak and give him a chance to show he is NHL calibre.

    In a year or two Price may be playing 60 games a year and we could then trade Halak for a quality forward.

    Without that NHL pedigree Halak would have commanded much less.

  23. nightmare_49 says:

    I try to give you a compliment and you call me a laffs fan then i remember your reputation on this site.

  24. T-roy West says:

    Is Locke more offensively gifted yes, but Milroy is more NHL ready than Locke. Milroy is a safe bet – he won’t hurt your team because he shuts people down. Is Chipchura a third line NHL player? By the way, Newbury is a NHL third liner because he does play in the nhl as a third liner or don’t you follow the nhl as well. As well, Newbury is a 5’10” centre were as Milroy is a 6’1″ winger.

  25. fun police says:

    i do follow the farm system, and i do remember him here last year. he is not a third line nhl player. look at newberry for the marlies, he has 40 points, +12, is he a third line player in the nhl? come on. milroy at best is a fourth liner, even then. i think the habs have many players ahead of him on their depth chart, including locke, who would be a better third line player than milroy any day.

  26. Smart Dog says:

    Alelujah! God Bless Carbo!
    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  27. sidhu says:

    He’s played 5 NHL games, give him another chance!

  28. T-roy West says:

    Why do you think he is a +14 buddy. That means he is reliable. He was a +14 last year too and a +11 in the Calder Cup last year. That means he is consistent. No one is close to him in plus minus this year and that is very telling considering the hard time they have had this year. He has a offensive upside and when Begin and company leave he will fit in really well on the third line. Him and Chipchura will play really well together. My opinion is you don’t follow the farm systems to well.

  29. Smart Dog says:

    I would bet Halak will get his chance. I think that Gainey knows there is no sure thing and Halak may turn out to be just as good or better than Price. If I had to bet, I’d be on Price… but not by much. I think Halak may be that good. And why not play them both so they get time to also watch and learn and feel less pressure. The smart call says both play. So does the Smart Dog!

    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  30. nightmare_49 says:

    Sorry , they deleted it but nice plug for HI/O anyway.

  31. T-roy West says:

    Love it when people mention these two. Milroy is a darkhorse and needs another call up.

  32. fun police says:

    not milroy. he’s a career ahl’er. we don’t need another player like that here.

  33. tony d says:


  34. showey47 says:

    OMG i just spit my drink all over the place, easily one of the funniest posts i’ve ever read. Thank god my drink wasn’t a beer or i would be pissed.

  35. sidhu says:

    BG not looking to sharp with 3 of his FA signings sitting out. Trevor Timmons looking better and better with more of his crop making the big club. Next up, Chipper? Milroy?

  36. sidhu says:

    Would you like the usual? Tube steak smothered in underwear?

  37. Rugger says:

    Yeah but their combined experience is growing twice as fast as Hasek’s!

  38. frank81 says:

    Neat stat from an article on…

    “The Canadiens called up 22-year-old Jaroslav Halak from Hamilton of the AHL to serve as Price’s back-up, giving Montreal the youngest, least experienced goaltending duo in the league. If you add their ages together, they are only two months older than Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek.

  39. GrimJim says:

    Maybe not grumpy but Sutter in New Jersey is scary. That game in NJ where Mtl came back in the third period…Nunavut beachfront property in January is warmer than that mug was on that day. They could have turned off the ice making machinery and just has Sutter scowl at the ice.

  40. tony d says:

    Brisebois?? Table for 4 ??

  41. tony d says:

    tomorrow night is Carey Price Bobble-head night at Copps…. hope this is the only time we get to see Carey with a swelled head…. on a side note, was in Party Packagers today with my wife (I was forced to okay? not my choice!!)
    saw 3 bobble heads of Alex Mogilny on a shelf…. LOL …they were reduced to $1.99… Alex who? ..soon the Toronto 5 will find their Bobble-heads in their rightful spot on a clearance shelf too
    Go Habs Go

  42. ebk says:

    taken from TSN

    Carboneau said there would be no lineup changes against Buffalo, so veterans Bryan Smolinski, Tom Kostopoulos, Mathieu Dandenault and Patrice Brisebois will sit out again.

  43. wd40 says:

    good post. about Halak though, i wonder just how much action he’s going to get in the remaining 18 games? (do i smell a poll?) lol.

  44. Smart Dog says:

    Goalies, Get Yer Goalies Here!!!
    I have to say that I’M surprised that people are surprised at the Huet deal. Obviously people didn’t pay attention when about two weeks ago on this forum I laid out the simple math. Three potentially great goalies and only two starting positions….all 3 were unhappy and we would have lost one.

    Huet, We’ll Miss Ya, But…
    Someone HAD to go to make room. We would have either lost Halak (and not got enough for him because he hasn’t had a lot of NHL experience) or Huet. The obvious answer: Huet. Three reasons to keep Halak and not Huet: 1. Better career potential 2. Lower cap hit 3. Better, more stable, tandem with neither goalie having seniority. It was a no-brainer. I’m glad Bob did the smart thing. Too bad the market wasn’t better but he had no choice.

    Price is Right.
    Price will do better now, he’s had some seasoning and there’s no-one he’s supposed to look up to while at the same time taking their job away… and without Halak down in Mtl pissed off at him too.

    Halak It.
    You gotta like Halak getting his shot. After last year’s start it’s very well deserved… as Gainey said he’s probably the best AHL goalie so should be up here anyway.

    Gainey is Strategic.
    If you’re not convinced by now, this was an obvious move, this will do it. What could be better than to stellar young goalies both on entry level contracts for freeing up cap space to land a top notch sniper this summer. The Pens have Crosby and Malkin for cheap. We get Price and Halak. Not bad, not bad at all…. way to go Bob for seeing the whole board.

    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  45. Smart Dog says:

    Yeah Burke’s like that Grumpy corner store owner who acts like you stole something just when you walk in the door. He’d make a good mafia boss too.

    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  46. wd40 says:

    i guess that’s gonna be a keeper. Halak it.

  47. wd40 says:

    hahaha… i suppose so, but i think the lisp (not poking fun here) somehow softens Murray. and while we’re at it, does it get grumpier than Burke? he makes my father-in-law look like jolly old Saint Nick. lol.

  48. tony d says:

    LOL….good one

  49. nosglo says:

    Huet is not a goalie that will steal a playoff series. Price and Halak both seem more comfortable in the crease, so why not go with the youth. As for “only” getting a second round pick, 5 of the top ten league leading scorers were taken in the second round or later, including Alfredson (6th round), Zetterberg (7th round), Datsyuk (6th round)…

  50. wd40 says:

    ah sorry, i mis-remembered it! (thank you Roger Clemens!).

  51. Smart Dog says:

    Yeah, but Murray reminds me of Dr. Evil! Ever notice how he twitches and squints? I keep waiting for him to point his pinky finger at the corner of his mouth. And for “mini-murray” to show up.

    I’m sure on trade day he sounded like this “….if you give us Marian Hossa we will give you… ONE MILLLLLLIIIOOONNNN dollars!!!! mwahhahhaahhh…!!!”

    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  52. tony d says:

    that was me….said he looked like everyone’s high school principal….gave you a look like you did something wrong

  53. wd40 says:

    you can’t say he was the REASON we came back no way. Huet faced a grand total of 22 shots (vs 11 for Price) including 5 in the 3rd period, and 2 in OT. I do feel he really did shine in the SO though stopping Shanahan, Drury, and Jagr.

  54. wd40 says:

    that bit about the velociraptor was pretty funny… and you’re right about Paddock, i always had the impression Spezza was terrified of him. course looking at the guy, he always looks like (as someone pointed out the other day) that teacher in high school that always looked like someone had peed in his cheerios — and he just found out it was YOU.

  55. wd40 says:

    Lats needs a little more baking time down in the Hamilton oven. As for clearing waivers, from what i remember if he has played less than 160 games (180?) in the NHL he wouldn’t have to clear waivers… actually here i found it.

    As per:

    “Guillaume Latendresse signed an entry-level contract in 2006 at age 19. He would have been exempt from waivers for 4 years; however, he played in 80 NHL games in 2006-07, meaning the exemption was shortened to 3 years. He is now exempt until either the end of the 2008-09 season or he plays in a total of 160 NHL games [whichever comes first].”

  56. wd40 says:

    LOL… i think i’m just suffering from Habs withdrawl. I’ll settle down once i see them bank a few W’s. 😉

  57. tony d says:

    i like Halak cause he reminds me of one of those little dinosaurs in Jurassic Park that attacked Newman (from Seinfeld)…. he’s scary looking with his goalie mask…but not as scary as Paddock (yeash!! his face could squeeze a rosebud out of anyone) I bet Spezza will be able to sleep without the lights on now that Paddock’s gone….
    I know this has nothing to do with the Huet departure discussion… it’s just so cold my brain’s frozen…. uh
    about the trade, well like it or not, we all have to turn the page and move on….let’s see if the team steps up and delivers as Bob believes they can…next few days will be the Litmus test (I knew my High School Chemistry class would come in handy one day)
    Go Habs Go

  58. Hot_Pie says:

    Halak it. Halak it a lot.

  59. RH says:

    I know it’s a bitter pill to swallow but, Gainey didn’t see Huet in his long term plans for this team and, it’s unfortunate that he couldn’t get more for Huet. Like you said though, we can only hope that the tandem of Price and Halak can deliver some success over the rest of the season. In fact, I KNOW they’ll do well because, the Habs are going to start focusing more on team defense and the defensemen are going to start playing like they did, the first half of the season.

  60. nightmare_49 says:

    Looks like Gratton will go under the knife so i’m glad we didn’t pick him up.

  61. Sbah Reverof says:

    Yah, let’s move on, turn the page, etc. Too much coulda, woulda, shoulda.
    We have to get behind this team now more than ever. They’re young, hopeful, and fighting to get into the playoffs with each game they play.
    So good luck Huet, thank you for everything.
    Go Price! Go Halak!

  62. showey47 says:

    Funny how you mentioned the comeback and how ryder isn’t earning his packcheck since it was ryder who started the comeback with 2 quick goals and an assist on the fourth. After it was 5-0 huet faced 5 shots for the remainder of the game, not quite what i would call closing the door. Huet was good in the shootout but wasn’t the sole reason we won the game.

    As for trading huet, why would l.a. take him back now? They are out of the playoffs and he is a ufa. If they want him the can get him in the off season without giving up assets. Do you not think bob didn’t contact every team in the league telling them that huet is available? Bob probably didn’t want salary in return because in case we did land hossa and nobody was gonna give up a first rounder for him. Not in this years draft thats for sure. Every single team in the playoffs or close to the playoffs already have establised goaltending. There is no trade market him plain and simple.

    And with your last comment about being out of the playoffs, if we didn’t trade huet and if us making the playoffs came down to the last game of he season against the laffs. Who would you start in net, huet or price? If you can actually say huet with his track record against the laffs and mean it. You just lost all cred.

  63. projectpete19 says:

    i REALLY hope i misread the paragraphs where you said Huet shut the door against the rangers and he was the reason we came back

  64. Shobud says:

    You should try to trade him to LA.. We were very lucky to get what we got.. He had no value No goaler has much unless he is a star.. Huet was no star

  65. LizardKing1967 says:

    Here we go agian.

    GEEZ people…do I have to say this agian?

    As I have said earlier. I am sad to see Huet go, but at the same time….GET OVER IT PEOPLE! 6 playoff games does not make an eperienced netminder. Also, Price has CHAMPIONSHIP experience, twice!
    NHL or not, he knows what it takes to win the big prize, and if you ask alot of NHL players, I am sure a world championship is coveted almost as much as the cup, if not more. You did it for your COUNTRY.

    Why is everyone so hung up on Huet???
    The most games he’s even played in a season is only 42. He has never played a whole season. He has only played 6 playoff games. Yes, he CAN play stellar at times. The key words being “AT TIMES”



  66. Hockey11 says:

    Huet got is into the playoffs vs Carolina when he took over for Theo Who.

    Bob should have move on some bodies if he wants Grabovski in the lineup.

    We needed a third line centre

    Send Latendresse to Hamilton for the Calder Cup playoffs. Would he need to clear any waivers?

  67. Corio says:

    Nothing against Huet, he had his moments and sure he’s helped the Habs get to where they are but he is no better then Price or Halak in my opinion. He is a great guy, good team player but honestly he wasn’t worth keeping around. I do agree however that we could and should of received something a little better then Anaheim’s pick, especially if Anaheim goes far again this year..

    Take care Huet, go Price Go!

  68. The Teacher says:

    A little bit of Ryder hitting his stride.

    “Are the Habs ready to pay the Price?”

  69. Fabio D says:

    I’m hoping I misread some of the comments made about Huet.

    He is in large part (Along with Kovalev, Plekanec, Higgins, Markov, Komisarek and Hamrlik) responsible for the success the Habs have had this year.

    If I remember right it wasn’t to long ago, that EVERYONE on this site was celebrating the “COMEBACK” win against the Rangers and dubbing it one of the greatest games ever played by the men in a Canadiens uniform.

    Do we need to be reminded of who let the Rangers jump out to the early 3-0 lead? And also be reminded who shut the door at 5-0 when the Habs mounted their comeback and eventual win it in the shootout?

    Huet did his best for the team, earned his pay cheque, unlike others on the team (Ryder) and management decided to go in a different direction.

    Am I fan of the trade…. NO….putting a lot on a young relatively unproven goalie, whether the objective is to win the cup this year or next. Foolish me, I thought that was the whole point of playing the game, to win the championship. Didn’t know there was a rotation in the NHL that needed to be followed. Thanks Bob for clarifying, our objective this year is ONLY to make the playoffs. And next year or the year after we make the playoffs or win the Cup. Got it!

    And please no one quote, success in the AHL or anywhere else for that matter. Bare bones, the level of competition and quality of player is higher in the NHL than the HAL or anywhere else. Success in the minors does not translate into success in the NHL. There are A LOT of first round busts in NHL history to confirm that.

    A little respect for what Huet brought to the table when he was here. He was 11 games over .500 and Gainey probably could have got at least a fighter for him, not a VERY late ANAHEIM pick. Has anyone else noticed, Kovalev and Koivu being pounded out there?? Try that with a Laraques or Brashear on the team. Hell Bob could have sent him back to LA for Ivanans or something. LA needs the help, as do a half dozen other teams.

    I’ve calmed down somewhat 2 days later over the loss of Huet, and HOPE Price can deliver some success this year. Not counting the last game against Atlanta. The test will be Friday against a hungry Buffalo team and Sat against a tough Brodeur and Jersey team. Then the last 10-15 games will not be cakewalks either.

    The Habs can quickly find themselves out of the play-offs/eliminated early if Price and Halak do not live up to the hype.

  70. the real vinnydj says:

    How about no…….lol

  71. gofor25 says:

    Enough about the trades. Whats done is done.
    Enough with the goalies. Let the kid play…no other way to get experience. Weve got excellent back up as well.
    Enough with the bickering about each player.

    The crowd wowed the players a few weeks ago.
    The players wowed the crowd back and themselves as well with the results.

    That “WOW” came from spirit to win.

    All the players are good or they wouldnt be there.

    Its time to forget all the crap and start the machine roaring again. Thats all these young players ( for the most part ) need to kick in their skills

    Spirit to win and excitement is all they need at this point in the season. They have to be left to DO IT !!!

  72. wd40 says:

    maybe we’ll get a chance to see “a little bit of Grabovski on PP” (sung to the tune of Mambo #5) keep it going people.

  73. Smart Dog says:

    He’s gotta learn to stay outa the bargain bin. You get what you pay for (and sometimes less).
    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  74. habsguy says:

    Habhopeful !!!!!!….it just goes to show THE KIDS GOT IT !!!!!

  75. Chuck says:

    Anyone else here going to the game in Buffalo?


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  76. nightmare_49 says:

    Ottawa signed Volchenkov and Phillips last year just before the playoffs and they were on fire after that.

  77. Bill H says:

    We have 8 FAs at the end of the season. Bob does not have a policy against negotiating during the season and he as stated as much. But he obviously prefers to do the negotiating in the off season. O’Byrne and K1 are not the only ones who could be poached.

  78. Peter Young says:

    This is a guess, but I think it’s common sense. The club prefers not to negotiate during the season because it is a huge distraction. It can be tension-filled and stress-producing. It can lead to bad feelings. It can lead to doubts and uncertainties about where one stands. It can throw players completely off their game.

  79. king ddd says:

    ummm guys.. is it jus me or does everyone realize WE HAVE TO WIN THE GAME TOMORROW COZ Rangers and the bruins are only a point behind and philly and sabrs are catching up

  80. Smart Dog says:

    At least for now, thumbs way up on the Richards trade – wow! 5 points.

    I just read it was Hull who pushed to do the deal… interesting. Though there are questions about Richards because of his big contract and poor plus-minus, if anyone knows a real clutch performer when he sees one, Hull should.

    And if Richards does as he did during the last playoff run and last night – which is to fully rise to the occasion…. Dallas looks poised to be a finalist this year in the cup – and may be the biggest threat to the Ducks getting there.

    Thumbs down on the Pens trading away pieces of their future and present for a gambler’s run at this year’s cup.

    It’s optimistic at best. At worst, they traded away a future elite player in Esposito, and Armstrong who was a physical force in the last game against us. A 100% rental situation.

    Hossa’s injury won’t keep him out long – and who knows, maybe they do have a run (if their goal-tending can hold up – a real question), but I for one am very glad Bob stayed the course with our guys, and our plan.

    We have a strong team with good chemistry, and next year – when we get rid of our aging free-agent baggage and instead add an elite player of our own – with a young hot and inexpensive goal-tending tandem, Montreal will be the one to stop in the East. Mark my words!

    Listen to the Smart Dog!

    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  81. coutNY says:

    I wouldn’t go deeming Mr. “Hull” a hockey wizard yet, it was just one game. 5 points is impressive and I wish him well. $7.8 million he should be putting up those kind of numbers more often and maybe he will now that he is out of Lecavalier’s shadow. I would just be careful when thowing around real clutch player until he’s got a few games belt and sees some playoff action. Maybe I am wrong but I have always thought Hull was a loud mouth idiot which has nothing to do with the Richards trade. Chicago is not the healthiest of teams at the moment… but 5 points is impressive!

    Not to defend Pens but I heard Espisito really has been living up to his future ELITE Player status in terms of development.

  82. RetroMikey says:

    I really hope they put Halak in some games. The guy’s deserved it based on his merit in Hamilton.

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  83. howtathor says:

    Am going to the games in LA. Unfortunately will be in Vegas on Thursday.

  84. sidhu says:

    Hey, since we’re talking about upcoming Habs games, I will be at the one in Phoenix next week. If anyone is interested in going, please let me know. I can get tickets at a considerable discount. First round is on me!

    Go Habs Go!

  85. wd40 says:

    lol… i can just hear the soft-spoken Huet after a few games:

    Huet (in the locker room): Hey guys.. um.. you can take the man sometimes eh? and i don’t mind if you want to block a shot now and again.

  86. CHsam says:

    Yeah I would definately like to see Slava get a chance. Would be fun,.

  87. bantamcc says:

    Habs fan Since ’54…

    Was going to mention this earlier but forgot. Did anyone read the LLSJ’s article on Tuesday or Monday of this week ? If you did, “go to the front of the class” and “the rest you know” !

    Red Fisher waxes poetic about what a ‘splendid swede’ Mats Sundin is for not waving his no-trade clause. Splendid Swede ?

    Can we not get the LLSJ to sit in on a ‘hot stove’ chat with Don Cherry ?
    Bring it on !

    The LLSJ used to be seen on various interviews and such but I guess he does’nt get out much anymore. Too busy throwing lavish parties at his CSL mansion ? lol !


  88. teamplayer says:

    yeh but hull may also be gambling very much giving up smith, that guy has a bright future ahead of him the nhl

    and yes esposito is living upmore to his original name. they put him on the wing this year too and is doing well.

  89. teamplayer says:

    completely off note but batamcc brought up don cherry and it made me think of the game last night, where marc savard when in the corner to wave off touch icing, took the hit properly after he played the puck, and then they ended up scoring… please dont take out touch icing! just learn how to go into the corners properly, its something that is or should be taught at a young age

  90. Will Longlade says:

    Maybe not a hockey wizard, but if you saw the goals the Richards’ line scored you would have come away very impressed. There’s no doubt in my mind that this makes the Stars the team to beat in the West. Detroit peaked too early and is decimated by injuries. The Ducks are up going to be there, but I really like the way the Stars have been playing lately.

  91. Habhopeful says:

    I hope your not talking about me with the lats bashing…

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  92. PGHABS says:

    i couldn’t agree more, he’s basically played the whole season on the fourth line. he has more goals than any other fourth liner in the leauge

  93. Chuck says:

    I’ll be at that one, too!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  94. Chuck says:

    You can try for ticketing info.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  95. Chorske says:

    I’m hoping to go to that one- how much are tickets?

  96. teamplayer says:

    im going to the one on march 28th if that counts

    sorry im just a little excited

  97. Chorske says:

    Yeah, the mean-spiritied, snippy, jerky side of me was kind of smug for a bit.

    It’s the “SPURN THE HABS” curse. Souray and Hossa are just two of its victims!!!

  98. Hot_Pie says:

    Hossa injured?

    Halak it. Halak it a lot. :)

  99. teamplayer says:

    yeh i thought at first pierre mcguire said the trade was horrible for the pens… I dont understand why so many reporters and analysts said that the pens were the deadline winners. that hossa deal was bad for the pens not only longterm (thn has esposito ranked 53rd in future watch prospects and the pens top future player) and also short term by getting rid of armstrong, although i thought dupuis played pretty good tonight.
    Boston is a good team, just think if they split the games vs us theyd be first in the conf.
    p.s Price is #1 in thn future watch and there is a 3page article about him in it.

  100. subdoxastic says:

    I hope what doesn’t get missed in the frenzy concerning Hossa’s injury is the story of the same itself. The Pens were seriously outmatched in this game.

    While the Bruins powerplay was woeful at times (btw, pressure the puck carrier– particularly if he’s one of their D) they won the majority of the battles that occur in gritty stretch-drive hockey. They displayed a Strong forecheck (Savard’s a champ), some effective cycling and an excellent backcheck when their neutral zone blanket let them down.

    Tonight the Bruins demonstrated a dominant physical game, playing hard by repeatedly drawing a line as to the amount of space they were willing to give the Pens and then punishing the attacker.

    Thomas’ soujourns out of the blue paint to handle the puck were troubling however.

    For all the talking heads out there who were speaking of how much the Hossa trade would impact the Pens positively, would you like to reassess your rose coloured view of a team that is not (currently at least) demonstrating it can play playoff hockey (I’m talking to you TSN.)

    For those who would use Hossa’s injury as an excuse for the team’s performance: what does it say when the Pens (who suit Georges Laraque) involved in an already physical and adversarial game did not act to punish the Bruins (pick a player if you have to) on what was a blatant and intentional knee on knee. While the video used recently on TSN provides two angles, they are definitely sanitized compared to the footage initially aired during the sportscast.

    I assume that when Bob was eyeing up Hossa he was careful to distinguish between impact on the scoreboard (not a bad thing) and impact in the dressing room (a good thing– ask the sens). The Penguins perhaps miscalculated in their offer if the kittenish response by the team after the play is any indication.

    I’m still sighing in relief that we didn’t trade for Hossa and wonder if the Bruins haven’t found something to play for.

    P.S. Would love to hear reactions to Spezza’s butt-end incident and in particular how you felt it was addressed by Bob Mackenzie.

  101. teamplayer says:

    NJ has 80 pts , we are 3 pts behind them but 2 pts behind pittsburgh. We do however have a game in hand on pitts and ottawa.
    ive always been told in a race never look behind you!

    i like your way of thought better.

  102. piche says:

    Must have been the year they moved… which i think is also the year he was traded… impressive none the less if true.

  103. RGM says:

    Halak’s home ice record really is something. I don’t remember when was the last time a goalie went X number of games to start off a career perfect at home, but wasn’t there a season where Patrick Roy never lost on Forum ice?

    See you April 5th at the Bell Centre!

  104. Rugger says:

    Yes, I remember that, though i think he lost at home in the play-offs. Don’t recall the year, 92-93 maybe?

  105. GPK says:

    Maybe Halak will get his chance on Saturday??? An opportunity to extend his undefeated string at the Phone Booth!

  106. Chorske says:

    I don’t know why Halak doesn’t get more credit on the board here. Any time we have called on him, he has exceeded expectations. The guy is NHL material, and he knows it.

    Nice coffee mug in that picture, GPK- 😉

  107. Rugger says:

    Happy with no changes to the line-up

  108. Habs64 says:

    Good plan Guy, should be a great game.

  109. gauvinator says:

    Hey last time I saw Halak he showed me some shut-out hockey…unfortunately it was the 3rd period at MSG and the Rangers were already up 4 zip. I can’t remember who started the game in nets…some guy from Belgium or France we used to have…something like “Hew-wette” or maybe “Hew-way”…I’m so confused!

  110. usversusthem says:

    You watch your tongue! Some of us are still grieving! I bet you didn’t send flowers, either.

    P.S. One or two more consecutive wins and we’ll talk.

  111. the real vinnydj says:


  112. PGHABS says:

    i think the Habs should go on a quick little five game winning streak. that would be outstanding. but that’s just my opinion

  113. the real vinnydj says:

    Halak the fact that we got 2 premier young goalies. You lak too?

  114. piche says:

    Halak it… Halak it alot.

  115. HabsInBlood says:

    Fan A: “Halak Price better than Halak.”
    Fan B: “who?”
    Fan A: “Halak”
    Fan B: “Ya I know you like him, but who, spit it out.”
    Fan A: “I said Halak!!!”
    Fan B: “…

  116. Rugger says:

    I think it was before that, when Hayward was still the back-up (and road warrior) and it was for a full season.

  117. piche says:

    I think I found it… this is a crazy stat:

    March 22, 1989 – Patrick Roy sets a new club record by being undefeated on Forum ice for the 26th consecutive game (24-0-2) in an 8-0 win over Quebec.

  118. Chorske says:

    Quit Carey-ing it on, you guys.

  119. piche says:

    It was 1989 (earlier post)… and they did lose at home… in the final… i still remember Lanny McDonald coming down the wing that year and firing a bullet from just inside the blue line.

  120. Chris says:

    If I recall correctly, he did lose at home in the playoffs, and I believe it was to the Philadelphia Flyers. After looking it up, it was the Flyers, but also the Flames, in 1988-89. Roy was 33-5-6 that season, but was something like 25-0-4 on home ice (not sure if I counted it up right). But he lost 2 games on home ice to the Flyers in the Conference finals and 1 to the Flames in the Finals. I remember being absolutely stunned when they lost to the Flyers as you could always take a win to the bank when Roy started on home ice that season. :)

    By the way, its a testament to Brendan Shanahan that 1988-89 also signalled the start of his still-active streak of 20-goal seasons. 18 seasons and counting now. That is simply amazing.

    And while I was trying to find the year, I also came across the quirky fact that Patrick Roy conceded the 500th career goal of Joe Mullen, Steve Yzerman AND Brendan Shanahan. Found that coincidence pretty cool! :)

  121. SUMO says:

    In Bob we trust.

    Good evening my friends. I just looked through to check out the Habs upcoming RFAs and UFAs for next season. A couple of RFA names intrigued me, Andrei Kostitsyn and Ryan O’Byrne.

    Anyone out there think someone will make a Kevin Lowe type move for either of these players? I wouldn’t say its completely out of the question. This is the year Andrei started to show signs that he is ready to take his game to the next level.

    Ryan O’Byrne has looked steady. Not spectacular but sound. He also skates very well for a big man and could develop into a top-4 dman by next season.

    So anyone think this guys are vulnerable to being poached by a rival GM?

    Go Habs Go!

  122. WestHab says:

    they’ll have to take SK as well, I don’t think the brothers will part easily….and Ryan is still under the radar more famous for the purse thing.

  123. Bill H says:

    Good question. I’ve been wondering the same thing. I think both will want to stay with the Habs. Bob will sign them both before they become RFAs. If not, for sure there could be poached. If that happened, at least we would be compensated. Anyone know how the compensation works.

  124. Habs-Kat says:

    Anything’s possible in the nuthouse that is the NHL management circle.

  125. originalsix says:

    They should sign the RFA/UFA NOW! Anyone know why the Habs org doesn’t like to discuss or sign contracts during the season?

  126. RH says:

    In regards to O’Byrne, he does skate pretty well for a big guy. And he plays with a huge mean streak to boot. I’d like to see him over the course of an entire season though.

  127. 1010 says:

    I’d be especially be concerned about Kostitsyn. And I say that with no disrespect to O’Byrne. Kostitsyn , I’m sure, has caught the eye of other teams with his skill level. O’Byrnes’ biggest statement so for has been his penchant for purses. Although that could change in a hurray if the team makes any noise at all in the playoffs.

    GO HABS.

  128. 1010 says:

    The stars have to be aligned just right for GMs to offer for these guys. You have to have the cap space. There is also a gamble involved. Most of these guys are unproven commodities. And you have to be able to give up the draft picks to get them. Last years situation may have been an isolated incident. Kevin Lowe was a desperate, not to mention bitter, man at the time. Let’s hope this doesn’t become common practice. It could really hurt a team like the Canadiens who are committed to developing from within.

    GO HABS.

  129. Will Longlade says:

    I think GM’s like Gainey are attuned to the fact that as long as there are teams w/cap space there’s a possibility that RFA’s can be lost to offer sheet. I wouldn’t be surprised if teams adjust their timetable for negotiating with their RFA’s to mitigate this risk.

  130. RudeMood19 says:

    Hossa got a Grade 1 MCL sprain as you know.

    How long does that usually take to heal?
    1. February 19th, 2008, a day which will live in sublimity.

  131. RudeMood19 says:

    NVM I kept reading and found out.
    1. February 19th, 2008, a day which will live in sublimity.

  132. Habs_008 says:

    Life’s a risk Carnal…

  133. Will Longlade says:

    For most athletes 1-2 weeks.

  134. 1010 says:

    The compensation, I believe, is based on the size of the money they sign for. Penner signed at around 4 mil and Burke got a first round pick out of it. Vanek was offered up around 7 mil by Lowe and if Buffalo wouldn’t have met the offer I belive they would have received a couple of first rounders.
    Not sure exactly but I do know It’s based on how much they sign for.

    GO HABS.

  135. teamplayer says:

    penner was like 4.2 – 4.4 and anaheim gets edmontons 1st, 2nd and 3rd
    so the main person im worried about is kostitsyn, cuz gainey would have to match it and i would not like to see him become our most expensive player quite yet.
    but if someone like o’byrne gets picked up for over 4million, id say let him go, cant waste money like that, he will be missed but recieving 1,2,3 from a shitty team would be nice too. and that would give us two first rounders, three second rounders and two third rounders in a deep 2009 draft. Do you think bob gainey could do something with those picks come the trade deadline and also we still have 4,5,6, and 7th rounders.

  136. SUMO says:

    In Andrei K’s case consider Pleks, Komi and Higgy from last season. They signed 2-year deals;

    – Higgins & Komi (us$1.5mill this year and us$1.9mill for next year)
    – Pleks (us$1.4 this year and us$1.8mill for next year)

    Based on this, Andrei can expect to receive an offer in the range us$1.4-us$1.9mill. Which is in-line with his peers on the team. (Can’t pay him more than Komi!) O’Byrne and Gorges are entitled to a league minmum raise (I think its 10 or 15%)


    – By trading Huet (us$2,750,000)
    – and if Ryder (us$2,950,000), Smolinski (us$2mill), Brisebois (us$700k) leave we will have cleared us$8,400,00 in capspace for the off season.

    I hope this $$ is used to re-sign Komi, Higgy and Pleks to long-term deals!

    SOURCE:, a very good site for checking out salaries.

  137. 1010 says:

    With this type of room it appears Bob will be able to keep who he wants and pick up a couple of draft picks for those he doesn’t think are worth the offers. Remember, if someone makes an outragious offer Gainey would no doubt take a first round pick or two off their hands. These next couple of draft years are supposed to be good.

    GO HABS.

  138. Habhopeful says:

    check out this link and watch 2 of latendresse goals, i wish he still did that this year, also ryder has some nice ones, these are from last year tho

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  139. wd40 says:

    loved it! the kosti behind the back pass to pleks on the 2-on-1 was amazing.

  140. The Teacher says:

    Didn’t take Richards long to get 5 assists did it now?

    “Are the Habs ready to pay the Price?”

  141. wd40 says:

    unbelieveable. good for him!

  142. PGHABS says:

    What a HUGE game tommorow, Buffalo’s in ninth. This is the EXACT team we have to stuff down.
    Pessimism is a cowards way out.

  143. Joe Habsfan says:

    BRAD RICHARDS = 7+ million = WORTH IT!

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