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.

159 Comments

  1. dicktracy says:

    Exactly Old Grover…..exactly

  2. WestHab says:

    really?

    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.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=230837&hubname=nhl

  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.
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  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
    hahahahaha

  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:

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  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 TSN.ca…

    “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:

    http://www.nhlscap.com/waivers.htm

    “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”

    Jim-out.

    I BELIEVE!

  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


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