Mario Tremblay will supplement his RDS gig with daily appearances on a new CKAC radio show.

Mario Langlois will be host of Du hockey, on en mange, weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tremblay’s segment will run from noon to 12:30.

He’ll also join the supporting cast on Les amateurs de sports, Michel Villeneuve’s afternoon-drive show.

• Patrick V. Hickey has some thoughts on Tremblay

Andrei Markov should be captain, Saku Koivu tells La Presse’s Richard Labbé

* This is going to be so much fun to read: the brilliant Down Goes Brown has a column in the National Post

Blake Wheeler signing pushes Bruins over the capnew

Ian White for $5 less than $3 million? Wow!

Today’s fan video (warning: Chick flick)


• A good man leaves the hockey beat. Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post will be doing other stuff. He Tweets: Thanks for the kind words everyone. It was time to try something different. More important, it was time to have time to be a full-time dad.

• Michael Whitehouse on Canadiens playoff goaltending performances

Andrew Ladd gets $2.35 million

• Another Q guy who got away: Jason Demers, two years for $2.5 million in San Jose

Updated FA list

Hawks tickets up 20 per cent … even before the Niemi decision

• SI’s Jim Kelley on the NHL’s Summer of Discontent

• Scott Burnside: Five Centres to Watch

Could Kaberle be staying put?

European Hockey for Dummies (thanks, nightmare_49)


  1. Nina76 says:

    bob……………I agree with your post very good right to the point………….some of the habs fans [which I doubt] will smash some of these players into the ground before they have even played they seem to think that they know how they are going to play……………….back off guys you are NUTS you will never have anyone better than Sakuo miss him & all he has been through & given to the people in MLT……………But take it for granted guys see if you will find another one like him …….       ……………NOT. I also am tired of the rubbish that is posted by some people on here tired of bashing players before they play leave Price alone see what he can do.If you think that he is going to stay with us you are dreaming after this year my opion is that he will be gone where he is apreaciated then what in heaven’s name have you got………………………………just alot more bitching…..GO HABS GO!!!!!!

  2. RGM says:

    Thank you for proving my point.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  3. RGM says:

    I wholeheartedly agree that there has been a steady decline in the respect factor at this website, and it has been increasing in speed since about January. I simply stopped posting for about 4 months because of the negativity, the personal attacks, and the folks like Timo winning the day over the numerous good and decent posters here. There is a way to disagree with a person without being disagreeable, and it’s unfortunate that the art of it is lost on so many people who are all ostensibly here to share their passion for their common favourite team.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  4. ZepFan2 says:

    Not really. Kind of a bust. lol


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

  5. K-hab25 says:

    Perfectly played sir.

  6. TommyB says:

    Thanks for that update on one of my favorite coaches, all-time.  It’s still sad how the HOF dropped the ball on this one.

  7. Chorske says:

    So it’s OK to talk about the love child thing? Cos that is shite is GOLD.

    I don’t feel bad at all for Tremblay. Because here is the thing- he is part of the crew that took their warrior status, and used it to crap on those that they deemed- for whatever reason- to be unworthy of wearing the Habs jersey. To mix a bunch of metaphors: when you’ve spent your life being celebrated for being a hammer, you start thinking that the fine chisels don’t even deserve to be called tools. He had this notion that all that matters is “heart”, point, a la ligne. I have a long memory, I can nurse a grudge with the best of them, and as far as I am concerned, we have yet to dig ourselves out of the hole Tremblay dug us into.

    Love child. Love it.


  8. Aerobiz says:

    On the subject of fan videos:

    Bugs, there’s no denying the awesome cool of Batman: Dead End. Nicely done.

    If you haven’t yet you should check out Grayson: 

    A couple of miss-steps, but filled with ambition and understanding of his subject matter.  

    (sigh) I miss hockey.

    “The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”- Randy Pausch

  9. habs03 says:

    Sorry for the rant, and I won’t be suprised if my post gets deleted by HI/O. I’ve been a memember since this site began almost 3 years ago. When the site started they were many of us that disagreed with one another but there were a certian level of respect and unity between one another that made this site fun to come to. I think ever since the Halak/Price debate this site has become a place where if you post something and one person doesn’t agree, get ready for a negitive reply. I find myself going to another board more and more recently(hfboards), as opposed to HI/O. Again sorry for the rant, this is not inteded at anyone, but just my general feeling, and I’m just trying to figure out the reasoning for it, is it the Price/Halak thing, is it the Team lack of success…

  10. ZepFan2 says:

    Thick heads need refreshers.

    So, you want that vowel?


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

  11. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Was that ever confirmed?  I remember the rumour, but can’t remember if it was definitely true or not.  That being said, I’m sure the situation is different now.  Or maybe not, it is a rather high-profile job for a guy who seems more comfortable keeping to himself.

  12. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    I definitely don’t want him testing the market.  I just figure that being captain would give him another bargaining tool, and management mightn’t want to hand him anymore leverage than he has already got.  It’s more of a question of how much influence the business has on the hockey.

  13. SLONCOLD says:

    goalies don’t hit people lol

  14. Bill says:

    I doubt that the people taking the time to wait on the phone on call-in shows are the sort of casual, never-watched-until-game-7 fans. I know for a fact that the great majority of the people posting here who disagree with the Halak trade are far from the kind of fan you describe. They just disagree with it. But therefore, “they know crap?”

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  15. ooder says:

    in the ohl?

    but has he done anything in the NHL


    88 is the new 23

  16. avatar_58 says:

    Lookit pal – if you are suggesting Marky’s going to test the market I may have to break one of your legs. If you actually believe they would him go, I may have to break them both.

    Course given Halak who knows….

  17. yathehabsrule says:

    A little bit of news on Pat Burns.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  18. Chorske says:

    Your MOMMAS a monkey. (actually, all of our mommas were monkeys)

    Yet, I agree. And I feel bad for Eller getting caught in the crossfire- because as you point out, if the kid fails to sparkle immediately (there is no point pretending Habs fans have the necessary patience to wait and see how this kid pans out in 3-5 years), he’ll just be more cannon fodder for the crew who think PG/JM/BG/CP can’t do anything right. Like Gui! before him, he is perhaps being set up to fail? The one thing that saves him is his age- he’s coming in at 21, with (hopefully) more maturity. And his skill set. And his status as a large centre in a town that has been whining for one like a hungry, tired baby.


  19. ooder says:

    actually managment did approach him, he did not feel comfortable at that time to be captain…

    especially with all of the new faces that came in


    88 is the new 23

  20. Storm Man says:

    I LOL at you please find me a post where Im demeaning what he did in the playoffs. If you toss a person a slice of pizza that has not had pizza in 17 years he is going to think he is eating the best pizza ever. Baaaa haaaaa

  21. JD_ says:
    * In the Koivu piece, Saku notes that former Hab vets have either been booed or really well-received on their initial return to the Bell Centre and that he really doesn’t know what to expect. That Saku, what a kidder.
    * Still of the firm belief Niemi’s toast in Chicago. Pig, lipstick, ‘n’ all that. And it’s too much of a buyer’s market.
    * From Pat Hickey’s piece on Tremblay: “…while his [Tremblay’s] level of incompetence has been exaggerated…” Now, if by exaggerated, Hickey means well-documented, then me ‘n’ the Patser are totally on the same page. I really don’t give a shiznat what the boy accomplished hidin’ behind Lemaire’s pantaloons.
    * As a Hab, Mario was as honourable a warrior as they come and I loved his win-or-die intensity. Ronald Corey demolished both Tremblay’s and Houle’s reputations by offerin’ them jobs for which they were wholly unqualified. Gross incompetence. Peanut and Le Bleuet Bionique, passionate as they were about the bleu-blanc-rouge, could not realistically be expected to turn down offers that they rightfully should have turned down. All these years later, I still sincerely feel bad for the two of them and wish things could have been different. In the intervening years, Houle’s done an amazin’ job reinventin’ himself and has a ton of responsibilities with the Habs org. Guess it’s Mario’s turn to come home.
    * Can’t, however, say I feel Corey’s pain. Except, of course, for the fact one of HI/O’s frequent contributors is Mme. Corey’s and Chris Chelios’ love-child.
    * Carey Price hasn’t signed. In other news, goin’ to chow down on some good ol’ fashioned paprikas csirke tomorrow night at the mumsters, courtesy of my aged aunt. Unlike me, she doesn’t use baking powder when preparin’ her nokedli. Not sure if there’ll be cucumber salad on the side.
    * This just in: Cadbury Adams, manufacturer of Dentyne® chewing gum, is rumoured to be takin’ out full-page ads in this weekend’s Montreal newspapers. Goin’ to be in the open-letter style of those Maple Leaf Foods and Toyota mea culpas, except that the message will be somethin’ along the lines of “Cadbury Adams, the manufacturer of Dentyne® and other popular global confectionery brands, wishes to reassure RDS viewers that the we have absolutely nothing, we repeat, absolutely nothing to do with that white glob Mario Tremblay is chawin’ on while on air, you know, the one you can even hear him smackin’ away at while he’s off-camera. We really don’t know what that disgusting shizzy is *cough*Juicy Fruit*cough*, so please don’t hold it against us.”
  22. G-Man says:

    First decent goalie playoff performance for the Habs in 17 seasons and all you try to do is demean it. Pfffffttt!

  23. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Making Markov the captain, as Saku suggests, mightn’t be a bad hockey decision at all…I’m not in the room, but it seems like Andrei has a lot of influence and respect.  The team certainly plays at another level when he is on the ice…his incredible skill probably doesn’t hurt in that respect either.

    That being said, so many decisions these days seem to be business ones as opposed to hockey ones (Halak??), and I wonder if management would see making a guy slotted for the UFA market captain as a good idea.  I mean, there is a good chance he could leave the year after next, which is kind of embarrassing for the team, especially one with the tradition of our habs.  On the other hand, being captain gives him a fairly large bargaining chip in negotiations, if the club wants to avoid the situation above.

    So, for the sake of argument, even if Andrei was the best choice for captain, would management name him so?  I’m not sure.  Thoughts?

  24. Storm Man says:

    He has won alot of sheep on here and a rabbit as his CEO of his fan club. H-Word was crackin but not slackin in the eyes of most. It is sad to see the H-Word as a cliche around here.

  25. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Everyone’s got to chill bout the goal tending situation in Habland,after all the finals proved you don’t need a net minder at all.And having Price and Auld is like not having a backstoper as well we gots Hal Gill “our new #1 puck stopper”.In fact let’s not even play a goaltender ….let’s just play  with 3D men and that way we all can watch 3D habs hockey on 3D tv,a first eh!

    This Price  experiment will bite all of us fans in BUTT AND IF I’m wrong then Gauthier will walk on water ,lol

  26. RGM says:

    So do 29 other cities and the teams that inhabit them. That’s the beauty of sport: competition to be the very best. What the city and its fans need to realize are the following: a) the playing field is larger than it used to be, b) the talent pool is more evenly distributed than it used to be, and c) other teams are just as motivated to win the Stanley Cup as our beloved Habs. We’re decades removed from the era in which a parade down St-Catherine was a rite of passage every spring, but some folks still can’t get over the fact that not every year is going to be “the year”.

    That’s not an excuse, it’s a reality. It’s one thing to want perpetual success, but it’s completely unrealistic to expect and demand it while deeming anything short an automatic despicable failure for which all the guilty parties must be excoriated for years after the fact. 

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  27. RetroMikey says:

    We should worry and focus  about how the team is going to perform in their second year, as a whole and not worry about AK or Benny.

    No excuses, we played as a team under Martin’s system a full year  and should finish in the top 3 in the Eastern Conference.

    Highly unlikely, we still have golatending issues, a very weak and over the hill D. and we have not gotten bigger upfront.

    These are recipes for disaster. Gauthier will always make an excuse saying he is in Year 1 of a 5 year plan for the club.

    Did I hear this before from someone whos failed as a GM?

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

  28. ZepFan2 says:

    That happens when you score 92 goals and add 120 assists in one year. It’s bound to get you noticed. 😉


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

  29. mike g says:

    If they wanted a Stanley Cup, they would boo every prospect we have…

    They’d stick by them until they succeed.

    They wouldn’t be begging for Kovalev, cuz he wasn’t gonna bring a Cup here.

    They wouldn’t be bitching about Gill, and then all of a sudden love him come playoff time.

    They wouldn’t boo Price, they’d encourage him and do everything possible for him to love this city, team and fans. They’d do this hoping one day he will lift a Cup as our netminder.

    Most Habs fans don’t do that.

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

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

  30. avatar_58 says:

    Frankly if they hadn’t signed guys like Spacek for more than year maybe we wouldn’t even be talking about this. Halak wanted 4mil +? Give it to him. Sign Price as a backup, since he’s an RFA.

    Maybe it’s just me but I sincerly doubt guys like Hal Gill or Travis Moen would have refused a contract if it wasn’t at least 2+ years. You can’t tell me either of those guys are worth more than Halak.

    Yeah yeah “hindsight is 20/20!” – except we all knew Carey and Halak were un-leashed this year. Where’s the excuse? I don’t see it personally.

  31. ZepFan2 says:

    Hmm, oddly enough, they are with you.

    Let’s play a game.

    F  C K OFF!

    Would you like to buy a vowel?


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

  32. Rudy says:

    The Saku interview is great. Still miss that guy.

  33. matmacat says:

    I enjoy the videos at times. NOT the picture slideshows.

  34. TripleX says:


    I guess it all depends on the criteria you are using to determine ultimate success.  

    If it is to be fiscally responsible and not undergo radical changes to the roster, then arguably the Hawks have failed.

    If it is to WIN the Stanley Cup while retaining the core group of players then the Hawks are huge winners.  The Hawks have one Cup in hand and even with huge cap problems will be serious contenders the coming season.  

    Even if Stan Bowman never wins another Cup he has done the City of Chicago and his father proud.

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  35. HabFanSince72 says:

    What has Halak won?

    I’m serious.

    He’s actually never won anything. Not even that Olympic Bronze.

    Not that it is necessarily his fault, but it’s a fact.

    I can only assume you used “winner” as a sports-journalese cliché for  “talented athlete”.




  36. G-Man says:

    “This city and fans are lost, they don’t know what they want.”

    This city and its fans want a Stanley Cup winner. Got it? No excuses. No stupid management deals. Just a Cup winner. There. Got it?

  37. Bugs says:

    Unless it’s this one. Titled: Dead End.

    Bat-man vs Predator vs Alien.

    Now THAT’S a fan video.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  38. mike g says:

    Ah, that Bugsy…

    I never understand wtv he writes. Sometimes it’s clear and simple, other times I’m simply lost.

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

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

  39. mike g says:

    Really, huh?….

    What about 90% of hockey fans that popped stiffies the last few years over the Blackhawks. All those fans who jumped the bandwagon, and said this was the new NHL dynasty, they had they best management because they rebuilt from scratch, best young players, blah blah blah….

    Where are the Hawks now?

    They’re scratching their heads, stuck with disgusting contracts, trading away their character players, and are on there way to the middle of the pack. Stan Bowman, due in large to his last name, was the best young GM in the league last year, but what about now? What positive move has he made since lifting the Stanley?

    How does logic explain that? It doesn’t, so let everyone have their fare chance and then judge. I’m not gonna knock Bowman after 1 year, and after he inherrited all those bad contracts. But most will, and won’t follow the Hawks as much.

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

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

  40. TripleX says:

    Bugs is being sarcastic. (:



    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  41. Bugs says:

    The first 10 games will tell us what’s what with K Senior.

    And I firmly believe that with more time afforded to the project, Gomie and Gio will make a man outta Poolio.

    Cuz that boy needs to get mad. Angry. Dirty. Nasty. Mean. Rrraargh! C’mon, kid! Get in there!

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  42. adam76 says:

    I understand this site is a business, and needs content to keep us all clickly clicking – but these fanboy videos need to go.



  43. ooder says:

    Gretzky.. hmmm

    i’ve heard of him


    88 is the new 23

  44. mike g says:

    Not really Bugs….

    You can think that losing Halak was bad, but you don’t HAVE to boo. Only those who want to be heard and need attention will make a show and boo. The responsable and good fans will shut up, wait, and see what happens. They don’t jump on someone when they make 1 mistake, or hype up a prospect before he even plays in the NHL. The love for Guy Boucher is disgusting on this site. What if he goes to Tampa and can’t make it in the NHL? What will his lovebirds in MTL say then? What will we all say if Halak struggles to be a #1 in the NHL?

    I’m a Price boy, and thaught that the Halak trade was a little weird. But I didn’t boo even though I wasn’t happy.

    You guys all know I hate AK46, but I’ll never boo him at the Bell Center. I’ll go nuts on him here, and say how I really don’t like it when he grabs his you know what. But I’ll never boo in public, it’s insulting and makes the fans look like idiots.

    I’m not sure if you’ve ever played sports or played on a big stage, but if you have you’d understand that being booed is one of the most hurtful things for an athlete..

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

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

  45. Habs fan in SF says:

    regarding the $ 2,999,995 contract Ian White signed, the $5 saved can buy you a $5 foot long sammy from subway down here in the states! extra mayo please!

  46. Bugs says:

    I’m all for this “let’s put this goalie thing behind us and move on” business.

    What I’m NOT down with is “those who think unlike me in goalie appraisal are probably, probably such’n’such” or the even worse “those who think unlike me in goalie appraisal either hate or don’t watch their Canadiens.”

    No, I ain’t down with that. Reckon there’s better ways to assert your view than by demeaning others.

    In my opinion, this is the worst mistake we’ve made since Roy. Sometimes, the writing is on the wall and you thank Jebus it’s so clear: Halak’s a winner. Always. Has been. A winner. The Priceberg has the better tools, techniques, speed, size, reflexes, pedigree? Ok. Fine. But Halak’s a winner. Everywhere. All the time. And I think trading him was a terrible, terrible mistake…unless…

    Unless Eller brings the same impact that Halak did. Impact. I wanna see some. So I’ll be watching him. That Danish bastich better be good. Which would then filter the Priceberg’s responsibility towards the club in the Halak trade. Cuz I love the Kid. Expect to see him start winning consistently too.

    That’s just my opinion and I love and respect you all however you feel about it.

    You monkeys.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  47. ZepFan2 says:

    Correction, oh witless one.

    He had a superstar career in Edmonton and then was promptly traded. Exactly the point the OP was making. Too bad it went straight over your head.


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

  48. TripleX says:

    Don’t bother using logic Bugs, against those that firmly believe management is infallible in all decisions.  Kind of like arguing the Theory of Evolution with a Creationist. 



    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  49. mike g says:

    Exactly, and there are a ton like that…

    They started watching the Habs last year when we forced game 7 vs WSH. We won, so they partyed and pretended like they knew everything about hockey. Teenage girls were even watching the Habs instead of their little gossip shows.

    Some people in MTL use the Habs to be “cool”. They watch the playoffs and then say, “OMG I love Cammy!!!!” or “omg Halak is the best”.

    Then when we trade Halak, 75% of the people who call in radio shows are those same people who only saw Halak when he was insane in the playoffs, so they don’t understand why he was traded. They don’t understand the salary cap, how players are developed, etc…

    They just spit out wtv crap they hear. And then because they know crap about hky themselves, that’s a bunch of crap mixed in with hockey.

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

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

  50. CP31 says:

    Beside’s the whole “which Carey Price will we see this year?” debate……………I think people should be more focused or better yet, worried, about how AK and Polio will play. Both have skill to be 30+ goal scorers but can’t seem to put it together over a full year.

    I think they both step it up this year because people like Gio and Cammy won’t tolerate anything less than 100% effort in both games and more importantly practice!

    Bring on the 2010-2011 season!

  51. TripleX says:




    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  52. ZepFan2 says:

    Great post.

    No way should we diminish what Halak achieved in the playoffs. He was awesome!!

    I was pissed when he was traded, but as you pointed out, stars are traded. Gretzky is a prime example. Imagine if there was an Oilers inside out back then.

    I cheer for the Montreal Canadiens. I don’t cheer for individual players (at leeast anymore) since loyalty became a four letter word in the wide World of sports.


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

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