TGIF roundup

Have y’all recovered from the spine-tingling excitement of watching The Decision?

LeBron to Miami.

Now back to hockey:

• Pat Hickey on pint-sized prospect Brendan Gallagher

P.K. honoured by AHL

Ian Schultz wants to emulate Milan Lucic

• Juniors eye Louis Leblanc

Mike Cammalleri has been watching the World Cup

• La Presse reports extra police for the playoffs cost $2 million

• The indefatigable Robert L sizes up the team

Why not Quebec City?

• Darryl Sutter does something right

Josh Gorges’ Kelowna D partner becomes captain of the Predators

And before we close the book on LeBron James, check out this open letter by Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert blasting a “shocking act of disloyalty.”

Hey, 838 Comments yesterday? Canadiens fans are crazy.

But we knew that.


  1. Clay4bc says:

    Good post though…it’s pretty much exactly how I see it – right up to the last sentence about the “best option”. Thanks for that, Slovak.

    BYW…nice to see you still around after how your boy was treated here…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  2. Dintrox says:

    Some comments:

    1) Feaster hiring good for calgary. The owner has said over and over again that Sutter’s job is safe. Maybe finally Sutter is on his way out.

    2) Cavs owner upset. i think the raptors should be way more upset. Add Bosch to a long list of players that have left at the first chance out of TO — Stoudamire, Vince Carter, tracy McGrady,

    3) Give Kovalchuk a half hour special on TSN to explain his destination. Then maybe the circus will be done.

    4) Leblanc should stay in the NCAA. It is very unlikely given the tough CHL schedule that he could complete much at McGill. He probably has a 4 year scholarship at Harvard and he would have to pay for McGill.


    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  3. punkster says:

    And the Price watch continues. We anxiously await that puff of smoke that will signal the signing.


    At the risk of sounding Tony-esque I repeat my Price contract wish: $1.5M per, maximum 2 years.


  4. SmartDog says:

    As always, a thoughtful article by Robert, but this one has more holes than Swiss cheese. 

    It looks like Robert is trying to convince that Gauthier’s decisions make sense even while not really believing.  The Metro-Eller comparison is a clear example.  Metro could be signed for 1.27 in a heartbeat.

    Robert also gives Gauthier credit for this HUGE insight (LOL): “One thing smartly noted by GM Gauthier in recent weeks, was that
    the last two Cup winners – Pittsburgh and Chicago – benefitted from
    bargain performances by players on the cheap…. it’s all about bang for the buck.”  How brilliant!  You kjnow where you can REALLY save money?  Not trading for one of the leagues biggest joke contracts.  Or are we to assume Gauthier was sick the day they traded for Gomez?   Why did he give Pouliot such a nice raise?  Why trade for Moore and then drop the guy?  Doesn’t a draft pick count as something of worth?

    I appreciate that Robert is trying to make sense of Gauthier…. and trying to believe things are being well managed. But I think he’s bending truths to make his case.


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  5. WarHero says:

    Amen, it is quite refreshing!


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  6. von says:

    P.K. is so committed to this organization, it is so refreshing. When he matures, I see the ‘C’ on this mans chest down the road.


    “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  7. WarHero says:

    FYI, Price never made near his actual salary last year due to NOT meeting his bonus targets. I think he only actually made about 900k last season.


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  8. ed lopaz says:

    Robert L. says that Metropolit might have cost the Habs DOUBLE the salary of Eller

    “Eller is the best Canadiens prospect at center since Plekanec, and he will cost the team half of Metropolit’s salary in estimation, while being ten years younger.”

    But Cap Geek has Eller signed at 1.27 million for this coming year and next.

    Does that mean Metroploit is going to get 2.54 million as a free agent?

    I doubt it.

  9. Slovak says:

    Till Price will be signed (maybe superbrains in management want to give him his dollars as a christmas present), i found this nice post from outside world, quite interesting, isn’t it? :-)

    “$2.5-3mil plus bonuses for Price? Ridiculous. Price hasn’t held up his end of the deal yet; in fact, once the opposition got the range, he done gone ka-bust.

    He should grab his qualifying offer to make it very attractive to give himself a shot at a good season. Another season like last season, and he’ll be job-hunting. There’s no need for bonuses of any sort whatsoever – he already made out like a bandit for $6mil in that category.

    He didn’t just have lousy numbers – he had controversy and attitude. His best ranking is PIMs at 6th (1st in post-season, very tough on a team when the goalie causes the PK). His losses 15th; his wins 37th; his GAA 31st; his sv% 20th.

    He ranked 19th in 6 post-season categories – from a seed of 16 teams.

    His NHL trend is sinking through the ice. He was 13-20 in his 3rd year in the league (his worst year), on a team that miraculously raised their game when he wasn’t in net.

    Only the magic shine from management keeps this guy out of the heat lamp. Oh, and Scotty Bowman said keep him …

    It’s a puzzle. Best explanation is the cap-crunch forces them to keep the goal-tending costs under $2mil (and parachute the real deal in if the team stays in the hunt).

    2.5-3.0mil per and bonuses – dump Price and grab Turco or Nabakov. The best option already left on jet plane.”

  10. slamtherimtim says:

    838 comment , and how many deleted

  11. WarHero says:

    Not quite that much, but bet he could feel good about asking for 2mill flat for all the goals he scored. That being said, Eller would still be cheaper.


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  12. avatar_58 says:

    Couldn’t they have used Darche’s money + 500-1mil of leftover cap to offer him 1 – 1.5 mil? I mean come on, he’s worth at least that much. If he turns it down so be it, but it sounds like he was never asked.

  13. StevieRay says:

    Is it just conicidental that since being Steve Moore’s brother …. he has a hard time staying with one team .. after all he was one of the Laffs top scorers during Brian Burke’s first year …… and was let go … suppose he’s getting the old “black balled” treatment ..??

  14. WarHero says:

    Expecting Moore to buy it? Perhaps he will when he signs his new contract, lol


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  15. WarHero says:

    There was just not enough Cap to keep Moore, he priced himself out of the Habs plans.


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  16. CanadienBoy says:

    Robert read is dead on  how i feel about the habs moves ,like him why why why not keep Moore and trade him down the road when went the youngs guys proved them self!!!

  17. WarHero says:

    While I would Like LL to play junior for the extra games, I agree with 24cups that he would be a fool to stop going to Harvard. It’s to good an opportunity.



    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  18. Puck Bard says:

    It’s soooooo dull. Let Tarana have their dinosaur club.

  19. The Cat says:

    Man I cant get excited about basketball.

  20. nick says:

    Dear Dan,

    Grow up.

    - Nick

  21. krob1000 says:

    I really don’t even know how to respond to that….what if with the Gomez money we signed Gaborik and added his point totals to ours? that is some flawed thinking. Let’s also remember we have another great top center…in Cammalleri…we just choose to play him on the wing.  MAybe if Gomez had been about 75 percent better like his contract suggest he should have been we win the cup? This is a silyl way to debate this IMO.  You can partly thank that Gomez trade for Halak’s departure though…..and Moore’s, and likely a few more guys as the years pass. Fortunately Gomez is a character guy and likeable but ask yourself this….who was better than him in the playoffs?Cammi, Pleks, Gio, Halak, Gorges, etc who was better dollar for dollar, Cammi, Gorges Gio, Halak, Subban, Moore, Laps, Gill, Pleks … is a lot of cap room….a lot of cap room.  Fortunately we get part two of the cap correction plan after this season with a chance to shed Hammer, AK46, Gill and someinteresting decision will have to be made if we have any success this year…as unfortunately in a cap world….success means raises.

  22. Clay4bc says:



    Joe Cammalleri in Woostock

    Habs fan since: 1977

    I’ll tell you the hell I am, Jim or Vinny, or whatever the hell your name is – someone who takes the time and effort to read the profile of the person he is responding to. Who the hell are you? Just some loud mouthed little punk who needs a good spanking. If you had read his profile (and mine), you would have seen that I have been a fan longer than him – which is not the issue with you, though, is it? No, you just need to stick your nose in my business because I have the audacity to say out loud what we all know to be true – that Halak is a better goalie than Price. Now go away and reflect on how you can improve your debating skills.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  23. SlovakHab says:

    Gomez was worth it.

    There isn’t and wasn’t a better center than Gomez available on a market for a the last couple of years. Correct me if I am mistaken. If there was, what are the chances that he would go to the Canadiens, when the whole league needs a good center..?

    Instead of Gomez, if we only had a center that is 3% worse, look what would have happened. We would have missed the playoffs. Instead of celebrating the ECF, we’d be a laughing stock of the league, because we missed the playoffs. Halak would be worth nothing, because his poor performance in the last 3 games of the season against weak teams would had cost us the playoff berth and we’d get nothing for him. All this in case we had a center that gets 2-3 points less than Gomez.

  24. HabFanSince72 says:

    The owners hide behind Bettman.

    All these Canadian hockey fans who hate Bettman ’cause he won’t allow a team in Hamilton.

    It’s the Canadian team owners, notably the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, who don’t want a team in Hamilton.



  25. HabFanSince72 says:

    Bettman works FOR the league. He doesn’t own it.

  26. Ian Cobb says:

    Good for you Steve!!,

    Well balanced post that I agree with.  Yes! this team will surprise, and right out of the gate this year. Stay positive and enjoy the building process which is half the fun.!——-More Fan Summit Information

  27. wotever says:

    It wasn’t precisely what Tony was saying, it was that he was saying it over and over and over and didn’t seem genuinely interested in discussion.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  28. krob1000 says:

    I don’t buy the best player wins the trade thing…that is an old saying…..pre salary cap. There are several very good players that teams can’t get rid of for a late round draft pick……because of their cap hit. At the deadline it is perhaps a diff’t story if a guy is in his last year like Schneider, Moore and hopefully Hammer. I have beat this dead horse enough and think PG is doing alright at correcting things but we are seeing the casualties that were predicted and will continue to do so due to this trade and other signings….put it this way…If Gomez made 4.5 million like he is probably worth…we could have likely kept Halak and Moore……every year a similar type scenario will likely play out.  It is not only the Gomez trade and we are not alone as several teams have issues, it is the reality of the new NHL but for taking that Gomez contract we should have been the team getting a first round pick and perhaps more.  At least then we could have had someone who is potentially  a bargain for a couple/few years to help offset the overpayment. 

    Whenever someone suggest we trade Hammer they say  “we’ll  likely have to sweeten the pot andtrade a higher pick or a prospect to trade him”…same idea with Gomez down the road, same idea with Spacek when that time rolls around,etc.  All I am saying is that we cannot discount the CAP as it is ridiculously important. It can also be noted that both Finals teams were proud owners of a crazy contract (BRiere at 7 million and Campbell at 7 million).  yeah they made it where they did but look at what they are having to do now……I guess for the Hawks it was worth it…..but was it for Philly? I guess I would probably argue yes, but for us was it? not yet…not yet anyway…..time will tell but unless we get a ticket to the finals…then it won;t have been worth it.  Last year when we were playing over our heads….I was kinda  thinking it was…but once the exit is made….well…that is sports.

  29. TripleX says:

    That old cliche might have had some truth to it BEFORE the Cap era.  As Kovalchuk is now realizing the Cap is a major consideration now for any franchise looking ahead.

    Now it is more like the team that wins the trade is the one that can get back a player of equal or better talent and NOT destroy Cap space.  For Gainey not to consider the long term impacts of those contracts he signed last July was incomprehensible.


    Greatness is earned not rewarded……

  30. SmartDog says:

    Could people stop talking about Carey Price’s potential already?   Could people stop talking about whether the Habs are big enough?  Could people stop talking about how Russian players are bad gambles?   Could people stop talking about whether we need more French players, Western players, or Canadian players on the team?  

    But most of all… could people stop telling other people what to talk about or not talk about?

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  31. JIMVINNY says:

    Who the hell are you to presume to know how long someone else has been a fan of this team, or even how old that person is? 

    You are correct in that Halak deserves praise, but not in judging the intelligence of a trade for which the full effect will not be felt for some time.  If Halak’s play falls off even a little bit, and Eller turns into a legit top 6 center, we win that trade hands down.  Neither of those assumptions are a big stretch; in fact it’s a bigger stretch to assume that Halak can maintain the level of play he exhibited during the playoffs.  Your indignation is righteous on principle, but not exactly rooted in rational thought.

  32. Clay4bc says:

    As someone who currently lives in China, let me spare you the expansion woes – China cares as much about hockey as the southern US states do – which is to say, not at all.

    However, I think you should ship Bettman here…PG too, while we’re at it. And that loud mouth on TSN, McGire or whatever his name is…they can be disappeared easily here.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  33. SlovakHab says:

    Many people say that you won the trade if you got the best player in the trade. We did.

    In other words – we obtained a #1A center (Gomez) and a good, young and cheap bottom-six player (Pyatt) for Higgins (whose value has declined tremendously, is not with the Rangers anymore, and is more expensive than Pyatt, so there is $1.1M saving compared to Higgins already), a Russian that will probably not play in North America (Valentenko) and a defenceman that could turn out to be a useful NHLer (McDonagh), but not a top-2 D and will cost more than he should just because he was a 1st round pick.

    OK, Rangers signed Gaborik thanks to the salary cap savings, but missed the playoffs. We got to the ECF. 

    IMO: Short-term, we clearly won the trade.

    Long-term, we are losers of the trade IF Rangers will build a solid team and perennial playoff 2nd round club thanks to McDonagh, Valentenko and Gaborik and we will suffer because we signed Gomez and will not get past the 1st round of the playoffs as long as he is here. I don’t believe either would happen.

  34. Chuck says:

    Oops… missed that!  *sheepish grin*


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  35. likehoy says:

    every year the UFA quality goes down cause all the big players are signing long term contracts. we won’t see another exciting free agency for another 3-4 years when all the contracts start  to expire.

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