Team photo precedes Habs practice

Veteran Canadiens photographer Bob Fisher is currently lining up the troops on Bell Centre risers for the Habs’ second team photo of the year, the traditional second shot scheduled after the trading deadline to present the club that is going to/toward the playoffs.

The Canadiens are expected to be practising in about an hour. Marc-André Bergeron is due to be skating with his teammates, but not yet, apparently, is Michael Cammalleri.

Updates and post-practice audio to come.


  1. EricInStL says:

    And with this photo the Bob Gainey era with Montreal is officialy OVER…..

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  2. Shublips says:

    On this quiet Habs news day, Habs Addict has a few random musings about Bergeron, Cammalleri and the Brent Seabrook hit.

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  3. Les Habitants says:

    try 43 years without the cup!


    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  4. Paulin98C says:

    Good laugh…. I used to watch it regiliously.

    “Ca me sembrrrre (yes “bre” et not “ble”) bon… BIRDIE! Carl CARMONI! Par la porte dans arriere!”

    “Price may not be the problem, but Halak is the solution.” – light_n_tasty

  5. ReverendJim says:

    Hell ya I remember…BIRDÉÉÉ

    Brings back memories!

  6. mike g says:

    lol, nope….

    The only thing I enjoyed watching on RDS in my whole life was Mini-Putt. They used to broadcast it on Saturday mornings when I was like 10. The announcers were awsome, but apart from that they can’t broadcast any other event properly…

    To all of those that remember the mini-putt show,……BIRDEY!

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

  7. smiler2729 says:

    Cleveland? Ohio’s as depressed as Michigan and besides the Barons failed there in the late ’70s, let’s not do Atlanta all over again. The Blue Jackets have as much as that hockey market covered bu being in the middle of the state but like I said, I go down there a lot with my wife and the jobs left and aren’t coming back… why do I sound like a Springsteen song?

    Milwaukee, Portland and Seattle are northern but really have no hockey interest other minor or junior teams but I doubt they’d support NHL with NBA there, not enough sports entertainment dollars in the fans’ pockets for both in a lot of cases. Maybe Seattle since all the SuperSonics left… maybe.

  8. mike g says:

    Me neither, I heard Lucic isn’t even playing….And Chara’s had a broken pinky all year, and that’s been enough to keep the giant away from all physical play lol….

    Maybe Thornton or Stuart do something, but I doubt it.

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

  9. TomNickle says:

    Actually.  I think they can keep teams in the United States and put them in great markets.





    Every one of those places would be great for hockey because they’re in markets that have the dollars to support a team and sports fan bases to keep a great following.

    Quebec City is the only place in Canada other than a second team in Toronto that can support a team.


  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    What, you don’t like RDS broadcasts? Oyoyoyoyoy, how can you say such things?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  11. smiler2729 says:

    Sorry man, I’m late! And this Blackberry is hard to work while driving!

  12. smiler2729 says:

    So an empty building with an uninterested fanbase in Phoenix is better than the nuthouse that would be hockey in Winnipeg? There has to be some revenue sharing program that can be agreed on to prop up all the Canadian franchises in spite of their vulnerability to fluctuating dollars and sometime lesser corporate support. A grass roots program to keep hockey and the NHL very Canadian cuz in the end, that is where the fans all are, not Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, Carolina, Florida…

  13. mike g says:

    You’re right in what your saying, I can’t disagree about how to get ahead in your career.

    All I’m saying is that he probably knew that even if he kissed their genitals, in the end they decide everything. He could have pulled down his pants for them, but they don’t have to do anything for him after. Once he became an owner, there was probably nothing suggesting they would accomodate his and/or the fans needs.

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

  14. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah, I know they do, I have the Center Ice package so my wife can watch her beloved Columbus Blue Jackets but FOX needs to have a national weekly game of the week a la HNIC.

  15. mike g says:

    Yea, it does suck not being able to cheer them on for 4 days.

    On the plus side, it gives everyone the chance to watch the rest of the league play. There are some really good, exciting, and important games being played at this time of the year.

    And another plus, probably an even bigger one than above, is that it gives us a 4 day break from having to hear Benoit Brunet and Joel Bouchard….

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

  16. RetroMikey says:

    Some SOB just cut me off the QEW coming  to Hamilton from Toronto!

    Must be because the jerk is a Leafs fan and saw my Habs flag hoisted on my Ford Escape vehicle but I did get a few honks!



    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  17. TomNickle says:

    At the end of the day it is a business and Winnipeg can’t support a team.  Quebec city can and did, the city refused to build a new arena.  Winnipeg’s problems were corporate sponsorships and media coverage and that won’t change.  Do you think CBC will cover Winnipeg when they have the Leafs and the Western teams?  I know the answer to that one.

  18. TomNickle says:

    Fox Sports has regional coverage of almost every game as it is smiler.  Just not a huge exclusive contract.

  19. oshawahabsfan says:

    Who is that stupid commentator? Was he trying to sell it, give your fuking head s shake. He calls the Seabrook hit a high hit and then doesn’t even mention it about the hit on Seabrook. That was the most blatant charge I have seen in quite some time. Seabrook didn’t even touch the puck

  20. TomNickle says:

    How do you get ahead in your career?  You bust your butt and kiss behind until you’re part of the club, then you can start to make your mark.  He thought that the NHL needed him but they don’t(arguably).  If you want to join a club you have to follow the rules even if upper management are a bunch of hypocritical, unethical and self serving blokes.  It doesn’t make it right, it makes it the truth.

  21. smiler2729 says:

    Screw ESPN, they put the NHL on ESPN2 anyway, FOX is the one to woo, a Saturday afternoon national game every week at 4pm from October to April.

    The only advantage to having the NHL on ESPN would be having its SportsCenter move hockey highlights ahead of dog shows and darts.

  22. cautiousoptimist says:

    Man I miss watching the Habs play, as opposed to just talking about them playing. : )  Four days between games sucks.

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  23. TomNickle says:

    I completely agree.  Darcy Regier in Buffalo was very intelligent in building his team for post-lockout hockey and it contributed to their success in 05-06 and 06-07 and if not for injuries they would’ve won a Cup.  And now, Gainey followed the same model and because Terry Gregson and Colin Campbell play by Bettman’s business first, hockey second model, the teams that built themselves for post lockout hockey are screwed come playoff time.

  24. RetroMikey says:

    Very nice of you to do this Ian, remember me buddy.

    Are you coming to Hamilton to see the Dogs play?  I’ll get you a ticket, on me!

    Drop me a line on my e-mail address buddy and let me know.



    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  25. mike g says:

    I don’t know buddy.

    IMO, he tried doing what he wanted to before he dropped his pants and signed on the dotted lines. He did this because he probably knew once the ink hit the paper, there would be nothing he could do about it. The NHL would have the last word about everything, and they would make no decisions to benefit him or hockey.

    So he stuck to his guns and said this is what I want, and what’s best for hockey. The NHL doesn’t bow down to anyone, or any good idea for hockey, so they threw him out. It seems very clear to me. The NHL probably said follow our rules now, or follow them later. He knew their rules are dumb and benefit only the NHL, not the fans, so he played hard ball. He lost, but was probably willing to lose before he baught any team, knowing all owners lose it the end.

    He did a good job not getting himself into a total mess.

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

  26. smiler2729 says:

    It’s pretty sad when the building is filled and the stipulations are businesses buying luxury boxes. Yes, I do think Winnipeg and Quebec City, hell, Hamilton too can all have NHL teams but the CBA would have to be altered to let them survive like small towns like Green Bay, Wisconsin and Jacksonville, Florida can continue having NFL teams.

    Why is it the fans who are never the deciding factor?

  27. smiler2729 says:

    Try waiting 5-6 years between playoff appearances! LEAFS lol.

  28. TomNickle says:

    Ok.  Do you really believe that Winnipeg is a viable hockey market?

    There’s no media.  No arena capable of facilitating an NHL team and very little corporate dollars.  Putting a team back in Winnipeg would be a huge mistake.

  29. TomNickle says:

    The T.V. deal was paramount.  Espn tried to justifiably low ball the league and Bettman was upset.  He scoffed at them and they’re paying the price now.  He’ll have to beg ESPN to take them back.

  30. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah but Jim’s Canadian and LOVES HOCKEY. That’s a BIG difference between him and Gary’s World.

  31. smiler2729 says:

    Did anything get your rage going like Corey Perry’s punch on Markov after the tying goal in the waning seconds and NO CALL?????

  32. TomNickle says:

    I’m not saying that the league’s rules on inclusion for owners or their bending of the rules isn’t unethical.  I’m saying that if Jim wanted to become an owner, he was on the right path until he started trying to circumvent league rules.  If he had played ball with them he would had his team and could’ve fought from the inside with more leverage.  Imagine what changes could’ve been made by an owner who turned a porous franchise into an economically viable entity?  The league would’ve bent over backwards to please him like they do for MLSE.  He shot himself in the foot while standing behind his ideals.  It doesn’t make him a martyr or a hero, it makes him an aggressive and wealthy man who can’t stand to not get his way.  Just like Bettman and Daly.  Very little difference between them all in my opinion.

  33. smiler2729 says:

    I like Jim Balsillie, I thought he has the perfect personality and money to really rock the NHL in good ways.

    The resident evil is Bettman and his 30 cronies and the problem is that Bettman is probably commissioner for life and the NHL will forever be chasing the U.S. TV deal that has eluded them since little Hitler Gary was brought in.

    Can’t blame them since a big U.S. TV deal is the only thing propping the crap product that is the NBA. Look it up, in U.S. cities where there is an NHL and an NBA team, hockey outsells basketball. But the U.S. doesn’t want NHL on TV, plain & simple, they never will. Maybe in American hockey markets like Philly, Minny, Buffalo, Detroit, New York, the NHL is strong but hell but these guys want a national game, who the hell cares about NHL hockey on TV in Alabama, Utah, New Mexico???

  34. smiler2729 says:

    I doubt the Crosby to Pittsburgh thing was fixed but with these characters, you do wonder.

  35. mike g says:

    So, the NHL got pissed when a possible future owner shows some initiative selling season tickets in a city where he thinks hockey will work? That’s a joke Tom, come on. The NHL breaks every rule possible when they feel it’s to their advantage. They felt threatened, and the comments you posted are just the excuse the NHL gave to it’s fans.

    I understand you have a good knowledge of hockey, you’re not a dummy. We’ve spoken logically for a while on this site, but how can you believe that? For you know who’s sake, more invisible tickets were sold in Hamilton that summer than the Predators have sold all year long. And Hamilton doesn’t even have a team!! Fake tickets in places where hockey matters sell better than the real ones in Nashville. It was an eye opener to the league, and they didn’t like it. They can spit out all they want to the press, but Jim’s a smart guy. He may be agressive at times, but he knows how to get the job done. He rubs some people the wrong way, but who in this world is liked by everyone?

    The NHL will bend their rules and close their eyes on certain issues if it benefits them. How do they let businessmen who go to jail for frauds and go bankrupt like crazy buy teams? Because they follow what the league wants, be a puppet. Just immagine if the NHL would have let Jim move the team to Hamilton, and it would be a great success. How would Bettman answer all the reporters when asked why it took so long to get the Preds out of Nashville, and into a Canadian city where the building will be busting by the seams every night? And what would he answer when a reporter would suggest it took someone like Jim Balsile to realize this and put the effort into moving unsuccessful franchises? Bettman would look like a dummy, because he is one and he knows it.

    He and his league just can’t face the music.


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

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    Except now they’re letting the league regress back to pre-lockout hockey with what’s going on these days. Clutching and grabbing is back, uneven officiating, it’s the same old joke. Nothing to see here under the Bettman regime, everything’s a-okay. They still don’t have no-touch icing, dragged their feet on headshot rules for years, player safety isn’t a concern for Bettman.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  37. TomNickle says:

    Your opinion about Jim isn’t true Mike.  He was unanimously approved by the board of governors for the Penguins purchase but Mario Lemieux stepped up and said he would keep the team in Pittsburgh if approved.  Jim got a bit of a raw deal there but should be understanding that if the league could get Mario back into the league in any capacity, they have to.  Second, the Nashville Predators deal went south because of Jim trying to sell Season Tickets in Hamilton prior to approval for purchase and getting a go ahead from the league to get a feel for the market in Southern Ontario.  He’s repeatedly tried to dodge league rules since the Pens fallout and that’s why he’s without a team today.  He has nobody to blame but himself.  

    All of that said.  Bettman and Daly are snakes who have only made one improvement to the NHL.  The new hockey we’ve seen since the lockout.  Everything else has been a screw up.

    P.S.  The draft lottery that saw Crosby go to the Penguins was fixed.  Just thought I’d throw that out there.

  38. mike g says:

    You know, I can live with debates and problems with 3 point games, no touch-icing, the trapeziod, etc…

    But 2 things piss me off personally, and ruin the game tremendously: The officiating and the disciplinary committee. These are the 2 driving factors of your league that will determine it’s integrity and respectfullness.

    The NHL is failing repeatedly in those 2 aspects, and everybody knows it. Themselves included. They just can’t do anyhting about it, because the NHL is a “big boys club”. It’s like the mafia, once your part of the club, you’re safe. Notice those who left the NHLPA, and what they said about how the league is run. They were on the inside and said it’s a laughable structure.

    Ever wonder why Jim Balsile couldn’t buy a team? NOt because he wanted to move the Pens or Coyotes to Canada. That’s what the media tells you and make you believe. The real reason is because he has a head on his shoulders, and realizes that if he’s gonna spend hundreds of millions of his hard earned dollars, he wants to make sure he will be able to control and manage his investment properly. Well, the NHL doesn’t offer this, it’s their way or the highway. If you want to be a puppet and obide by their rules, you’re in. But Jim was smarter than them, and they didn’t like him for this. They saw someone who could threaten their little club, and eventually other would see this and would want to follow. They didn’t allow him to join the club because they knew this guy had the power to do great things for hockey, but not for them.

    Great job Jim, many people may dislike you but you stood by your values. It’s not worth playing with babies in the parc, leave them in the sandbox.

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

  39. Ian Cobb says:

    I have a great 100 year photo of all the old and new players for the past 100 years that are still breathing. It was sent to me for a Christmas gift from Rejean. I have it on my computer in a file and when I figure out how to put it up on the site for you guys to copy I will.

  40. TomNickle says:

    Haha, about five years ago I started saying “you’re welcome” to people who don’t thank me for holding doors open for them.

  41. avatar_58 says:

    Yep. Just ask drivers who continue to text while driving. Or those who won’t even hold the door open for your fellow man.

  42. TomNickle says:

    Just imagine what the suspension would be if he hit Kane or Toews!

  43. avatar_58 says:

    Oh so they are business savy? Is that why the coyotes stayed in a financially strapped city with no fans when it could have made TONS of money here in Ontario? Doesn’t take an MBA to figure that out. Seems to me they run off pride not business smarts.

  44. Ian Cobb says:

    Same old subject, hits to the head until someone is dead!

    Seabrook gives a high hit to Perry.

    then Wisniewaki charges into the corner all the way from the blueline.
    No one died tonight but it is coming. No respect. As a matter of fact,
    throughout society today, respect is a lost art.

    Video: Down goes Seabrook, out goes Wisniewski?

  45. johnny_habs_4ever says:


    BTW, just saw this “The Count censored” video recently, its hilarious!

  46. Say Ash says:

    Umm, because it’s a business? Last time I checked, most players don’t have MBAs.

  47. smiler2729 says:

    There are a lot of little things sooo wrong with the greatest and best hockey league in the world.

    The unnecessary violence,
    the shootout,
    the “3-point” game,
    the goalie trapezoid,
    the armoured equipment on the skaters,
    the massive pads on the goalies,
    the inconsistent on-ice refereeing,
    Colin Campbell’s judiciary system,
    the 6 or so southern franchises failing no matter what…

    BUT these are all symptoms of one BIG thing that is just killing this game – GARY BETTMAN and his 30 Owners, who butters who’s toast here?

  48. avatar_58 says:

    Six. Six wins….ah ah ah

  49. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t understand why the top positions in the hockey world aren’t held by hockey PLAYERS. I mean seriously. Why the hell do we let business men who don’t give two shits about the sport run it?

  50. doug says:

    These hits make my stomach turn.  The one last night was vicious and essentially a crime.  Cooke’s repeated hits to the head – with two two game suspensions this year for shoulder to head and then nothing for doing that to Savard – should have him banned from the league.

    These guys will have permanent disability from these concussions.  It is sickening.  If they are going to have a two minute rule for frigging inadvertently putting the puck over the boards and two minutes for stick to head up to four if any blood. . . if there is such arbitrariness already. . . make it a five game penalty for a hit to the head every time with escalating offenses or more if deemed intentional.  The hitting from behind stuff can be a harder call – I’m told Ovechkin and Lapierre knew exactly what danger they were creating and thus maybe the same rules should apply but I candidly didn’t play hockey in college/juniors so can’t judge – but the open ice hits to head.  Get the offenders out every time.  All this right after the glorious olympics which displayed the beauty of the game. . . these guys are hacks and they need to be removed.  Fighting is stupid and lame but this stuff encourages the lowest common denominator to keep playing and has a huge effect on ECHL, CHL and other fringe player development.  It simply puts every player at huge risk and can and should be not tolerated.

  51. comeonhabs says:

    I hate waiting 3-4 days between games, the week is sooo much longer

  52. johnny_habs_4ever says:

    New nickname for Jacques Martin:

    Count Jacques-ula

  53. Les Habitants says:

    Anyone know where you could find a good quality version of the first team photo on the web?


    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  54. mike g says:

    So, when the NHL decides to suspend Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wiesnewski-whatever my last name is for 1 game, or not suspend him at all, will they release another DVD to the teams demonstrating illegal bodychecks?

    It’s really sad guys, the NHL is our favorite league by default because we love the sport of hockey so much. It’s run by a bunch of men wearing suits, with deeper pockets than 10 of us put together. They don’t care about these hits, or the safety of their employees. If they did, serious sanctions would have been handed out. But what freaks me out even more is how the players are letting this happen.

    Immagine of your boss let your fellow employees hurt you or destroy your car for example, and then not discipline them. How would you react? You would either quit, take legal action or have a nice long talk with him and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Immagine it keeps on hapenning though, and nothing is ever done about it. Well that’s the NHL, where your rich boss doesn’t care about his employees.

    So, I’m sure Bettman and Campbell will supply the popcorn for all 30 teams, so they can watch the DVD’s in style. Because we all know things will not change on the ice. As long as you can get a 2 minute penality for charging a player from 60 feet away, when he never touched the puck and smash his body into the boards while jumping off your feet, it’s too good to pass up. Heck, if I’m a player in the NHL and I know I can get only 2 minutes for that, I’ll make sure I use it properly in the playoffs. It’ll cost me or one of my teammates 4 minutes of penalities to run Crosby and Malkin out of the arena if we play Pittsburgh.

    What a joke. I hope the players get smart, cuz the league never will, and go on strike. The only way the NHL will wake up is if you put a dent in their pocket. They went on strike for money a few years back, but I think going on strike for safety of human beings is more important. But hey who am I to speak, I’m not a millionaire so I obviously can’t distinguish right from completely/obviously wrong.

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

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