The Cup is ours!

You’ll want to remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news:
The Canadiens have signed Aaron Palushaj to a one-year contract.
In other Habs news, P.K. Subban – who is unsigned – went on Twitter to say he bought his brother Malcolm, a Boston draft choice, $170 Guess jeans.

The team announcement:

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the signing of forward Aaron Palushaj to a one-year, two-way contract (2012-13). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Palushaj, 22, completed his third season in professional hockey in 2011-12, his second in the Canadiens organization. In 38 games, the right winger tallied five points (1 goal, 4 assists). He recorded 37 shots on goal, and served 8 penalty minutes, while averaging 7:33 seconds of ice time per game. Palushaj scored his first NHL goal on March 17 against the New York Islanders.

Palushaj finished third on the Hamilton Bulldogs scoring list in 2011-12 with 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 35 games. He scored seven powerplay goals, collected 115 shots on goal and served 35 penalty minutes.

The Livonia, Michigan native Palushaj was acquired from the St. Louis Blues in return for forward Matt D’Agostini on March 3, 2010.


  1. Chris says:

    Goalies who were/are probably available for trades:

    Roberto Luongo
    Jhonas Enroth
    Jonathan Bernier
    Michal Neuvirth
    Anders Lindback
    Sergei Bobrovsky
    Tim Thomas (but he intends to take the year off)

    Teams who need a goaltender:

    Philadelphia (but how do they get out from under Bryzgalov deal?)
    Columbus (Bobrovsky)
    Tampa Bay (Lindback)
    Chicago? (which would make Crawford and/or Emery available)

    The big wild-card for me is what is Minnesota going to do? They are getting tight to the salary cap and just re-signed back-up Josh Harding for another three seasons. Harding played well in 37 games last season, and they have a really good young goalie in Matt Hackett that did not look out of place at all when called up after Nicklas Backstrom went down for the season with his leg injury, posting a 3-6-0 record but a stirling 2.38 GAA and 0.923 SV% in 12 games.

    Hackett had a great rookie season in the AHL, backstopping his Houston Aeros to the Finals, and proved it was not a fluke by putting up almost identical numbers this season.

    If the Wild are looking to save a little money after their recent UFA splurge on Parise and Suter, dealing Backstrom might be a good idea. Backstrom is 34 and slated to earn $6.0 Million this coming season, the last year of his contract. He is coming back from a groin injury that ended his season. The catch is that his strong play last season triggered a no-trade clause.

    The Wild claim that they will run with Backstrom and Harding this season, but I really think Backstrom would be available for the right price as well. Might he be a better fit for the Toronto Maple Leafs if Brian Burke really does have to make the playoffs to keep his job? Backstrom is not as good as Luongo, obviously, but he is still a very good goalie and only has one year left on his deal, much more palatable to Burke than Luongo’s contract that should end only moments before the Sun goes supernova.

    • TorontoHabsFan says:

      Interesting take. I’m not sure they can trade away their top goalie and go with their backup after making the Free Agent splash they did. I don’t think they afford to go through an extended slump with their backup (no matter how good he is) after trading away their star goalie.

      • Chris says:

        Look at it more as running with their star-goalie of the future. Matt Hackett is really, really good. I watched him play a lot in hte OHL with Plymouth and the kid is absolutely solid.

        He’s earned a promotion based on his play in the AHL, and he did well on his first NHL “tryout” last season.

        Montreal dumped Cristobal Huet for essentially nothing so they could get Carey Price into the net.

        At 22, Hackett has paid his dues and is ready to make the jump. I agree that it might be a tough sell, but I don’t think Wild fans are super attached to Backstrom as he has been injury prone the past two seasons and his play since landing the big contract hasn’t matched what it was when he was sharing the load a few years ago.

        It would definitely require a leap of faith…but if they were somehow able to translate Backstrom (who is almost certainly gone after next season anyways) into another roster player, I think Minnesota fans, one of the more knowledgeable fan bases in the NHL, might be okay with it.

        • TorontoHabsFan says:

          I hear ya…but that would be one helluva roll of the dice. Does Fletcher have the stones to make the move? I dunno…but it would set twitter afire πŸ™‚

  2. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I know I’m in the tiny minority here who actually likes what Kaberle brings (a bit overpaid though) to the team. I think his points would not be easily replaced were he to be traded…but from my perch a trade to Detroit makes far too much sense for it not to happen.

    • kbhab4ever says:

      Even if Price never becomes what is projected of him.Thankfully we the Hab fans do not have this MAJOR pain in the a@#,looking year in year out, for a top G- man

      • TorontoHabsFan says:

        I’m guessing you started the weekend early? πŸ˜€

      • wjc says:

        Losing one’s mind from the heat is my right. You state Gomez has to go NOW! Why are you so anxious, can that decision not be made at training camp. You are actually writing quite incoherently,

        The “fretful fifty” including aliases and posting under different identities certainly are an excitable bunch.

        Stating that “most think this and everyone thinks that, and everybody is demanding such and such. Gomez, must be punished, he must ride the buses or go to Europe.

        I can see why you will miss the gossip on the fan 690.


        • kbhab4ever says:

          The Habs cannot send him down untill camp, even tho,He will take time from a rookie in camp.I think he has to go to AHL orEurope BASED on my own veiws of the game not someone’s gossip.I am allowed to think what I want and so are the MOST that you posted about.I have no idea what you meant about the fretful 50 nor do I care .I like Hab talk

    • neumann103 says:

      He was maligned in Toronto too, which is sad when you look at how bad most of his teammates were.

      Kaberle paid 30% less or for 1 year less, paired with a responsible if unexciting defensive partner/insurance policy playing 3rd pair minutes plus PP time would be perfectly reasonable.

      He is not garbage or a bum or whatever other epithets people throw around. He is however a liability in trying to cling to 1 goal leads in the third period, and overpaid for a 3rd pairing guy. I expect he will have some value at trade deadline for a contender looking for help as a PP quarterback.

      I thought it was a foolish desperation move that offered little upgrade over Spacek whose contract was ending, but I was hopeful that the fact of taking on his contract meant that the team had resolved to resolve the Gomez situation.

      “Et le but!”

      • TorontoHabsFan says:

        I agree, he’s a 3rd pairing/PP specialist at this point in his career…not that there’s anything wrong with that. Defensively he offers little upgrade over Spacek, but I found that the PP almost immediately started looking more organized when he came over.

        He’s a 40 pt defenceman…and those aren’t exactly easy to come by.

      • kbhab4ever says:

        Rigth on, Habs bench last year was one of the worse of all time.Players figthing with coaches IN PUBIC at that. the ones who played Kab’s in late 3rd should never coach another person ever again. I know kids who know/knew they should not to do that!!! and they they even know about G’S fake rush and curve and stop move and IT SUCKS.
        Players in line up because they are good guys and a vet SCREW THAT when did a team actually win like that.AND THAT WAS/IS? THE PROBLEM.EARN ICE TIME BY WORK,VETS OR NOT.WHATS ON FRONT MATTERS NOT WHAT IS ON THE BACK .The players come and go but the TEAM will always be.

      • wjc says:

        38 year old Spacek had no future in Montreal…..give your head a slight shake. Resolve the Gomez situation, what on earth could you be talking about.


    • kbhab4ever says:

      The Habs need to let the scorers score. Pet bad move=Calling up a scorer for the 4 th line does do more damage,because he starts thinking D when he should be thinking O. Bing up a 4th liner 4 4th line. ” Kab’s ” needs to be insulted by playing with a totaly stay at home D. To cover for his mistakes. Needs to shoot more, easy to defend against if you know he passes 95% of time. 1 reason why PP sucked last YR.
      Subban,Markov=1st pp, Kab,Emelin/Diaz=2nd PP

  3. GrimJim says:

    If it’s Friday, we must have signed someone…

  4. Mattyleg says:

    So while the paint dries, I’m going to drink a Carlsberg and chime in on a couple of things:

    1) Good that we signed Diaz. I think he’s got a lot of positives, and will develop into an excellent offensive d-man. He’s got a cracker of a shot from the point, and good puck-moving skills. I’d like to see him bulk up a bit, but otherwise, he looks good. Could develop into a Petr Svoboda type, with a better shot.

    b) All this talk of Guimauve coming to Montreal elicts exactly one response from me: ha ha ha. Do we REALLY want a guy who struggles every single year to stay in shape? Do we want the guy who, instead of riding his success with the Wild, turned around and ate himself into a groin injury that caused him to miss nearly an entire season? Do we want a guy who seems more interested in his place in the Quebec Star Système than his place on the roster? You may have been able to glean (great word, btw, do you know -without looking it up!- where it comes from?) that these are all rhetorical questions.

    Geh. That beer was far too small.
    Time to crack another one and go up to do the edging.
    I’ll be Bach.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  5. frontenac1 says:

    Thanks Krob1000. Hope one of those games is not on Feb3. Can’t wait to see the kid!

  6. Okay, what the heck?
    When Subban signs, there will 8 defensemen. Since when did we become the Leafs? There better be a trade blooming.

    • Maksimir says:

      8? I guess you’re right.. if you count Weber..

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I like Diaz’s shot blocking but we can’t have Diaz, Kabrele and Weber on the same back end. They need to move someone out as a package. We need help up front and on D still.

      I am not 100% convinced that Markov will be anything near what he was before. He looked very shell shocked last year after missing so much time

      • 25insight says:

        8 defensemen? Subban not signed yet? This is starting to seem fishy. The longer the summer progresses, the more I’m expecting the bomb to drop about Subban. Any thoughts?

        • Kooch7800 says:

          Won’t happen. Subban is so young and is a stud D man. It would be a huge mistake to trade him at his age considering he can play just under 30 min a game.

          He will be signed by the habs but they will def have to move someone like Weber or Kabrele cause they don’t fit. Only problem is Markov is not the old Markov so I am sure they are weary of trading Kabrele so quickly.

        • habstrinifan says:

          Even though I dont 100% share your concern I find some questions surrounding the signing which may be applicable.

          a)If I read it right it is a 2yr 2.45 mill contract one way contract. A very heavy contract to end up paying a low order defenseman, especially after you had previously not indicated any eagerness to sign him.
          This late for this much? Could you be hedging or insulating yourself from ‘difficulties’ re Subban negotiation. Could be.

          b) If you are ready to pay Diaz 2.45 ther eis no way you will be able to pay Subban less than 3.5 in my opinion. Then the contract length becomes very important. Least it says to those who had been suggesting 2 mill/yr for Subban… aint gonna happen.

          c) Signing Diaz for 2.45 for 2yrs makes him less tradeable in my opinion. As a GM I dont see value in acquiring Diaz as a D-player for your 5th-8 spot at that salary.. and I dont think he is a top 4 D. He does not bring the physical dimensions to be a prototype in either really.

          • Chris says:

            It is $1.225 M per season. That is a pretty reasonable salary for a guy who played 60 games in the NHL last season and averaged 18:00 minutes of ice time.

            I’m not sure I follow how the team showed no eagerness to sign him. He’s an RFA…they have all the time in the world. Are they also showing no eagerness to sign Subban?!?

      • Cal says:

        I don’t understand this signing, especially if it’s a one way contract. He is too small and too soft to play D in the NHL. His performance after December merited a demotion, but it never happened. And now, Diaz has snagged a raise? Senseless

        • Kooch7800 says:

          I just checked the habs website and under Palushaj it mentions two way contract and Diaz it doesn’t so it is for sure a one way deal

          • Cal says:

            Well, that’s a jaw dropper. Weber is small, too, but at least he slashes and hacks players from behind. Diaz doesn’t do anything like that at all.

    • GrimJim says:

      If you want to be pedantic, montreal has 14 defensemen signed right now, Subban will make 15.

  7. punkster says:

    “I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by my language.”

    So Janssen employs the time honoured, mealy mouthed, tongue-in-cheek, politically correct yet meaningless apology phrasing to the world at large…but then goes on to provide a direct and clear apology to his management and team mates for embarrassing them.

    In other words, if you were not offended by my language then my apology is meaningless.

    Never mind…must be the heat.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • kbhab4ever says:

      Markov was having problems with pivoting,looked slow to me. I think the Habs will Package Plek’s and some D on the trade front(4B.R.).I know I know DON’T trade Plek well I think Eller is ready for the 2nd line center.He was close to DD and Plek’s with a lot less time and “0”ZERO ppwer play time & cheaper!! WELL THATS WHAT I WOULD DO.IF NOT: Pac,DD,Cole=1st,Bourgue,Plek,Gionta=2nd, Moen,Eller,Armstong/Prust/White=3rd& just fill in =4th

  8. FishOutOfWater says:

    RDS reports:
    Raphael Diaz a acceptΓ© un contrat de 2 saisons avec le Canadien. Il s’entend sur un contrat de 2 ans / 2 450 000 $ total

  9. frontenac1 says:

    Thanks for your post Krob1000. So,if Galy plays up with the Dogs for 9 games ,is that the Maximum?

    • krob1000 says:

      NHl 9 games….can’t play in the AHL I believe. Under normal circumstances I would say the second best forward in the draft with him not being a small guy would be a sure bet for the NHL. Teh unique situation where he was injured for pretty well his entire draft year makes it most likely he get only his 9 game taste either early on or at the end of the year depending on his camp and/or how the team is doing.
      The kid has elite talent but that year off leaves a question mark as to how quickly he will develop……then there is the weird case of the Montreal Canadiens and their 12 centers…..but that is another story.

    • Chris says:

      The time for buyouts was June 15 – June 30, and Scott Gomez was not bought out. So the credibility is non-existent. πŸ™‚

      The only possibility left on that front is if the new CBA (assuming the players and owners don’t agree to play out next season on the existing CBA, a distinct possibility) includes an amnesty buyout. But I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen, judging from the reports we are hearing.

  10. Kooch7800 says:

    Not sure if this has been discussed but apparently Montreal offered Lats a contract and he turned it down to play in Ottawa….

  11. Maksimir says:

    With Diaz signed to 2 years – maybe MB is working on a deal to move Kaberle?

  12. 27kovi says:



    Power Play

    How does this look?

  13. kempie says:

    Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger
    Might be out there. Diaz agrees to 2 year deal with Mtl.

    • commandant says:

      Good to see MB keeps quietly taking care of business.

      Go Habs Go!
      NHL Free Agency and Trade Analysis now.
      Team By Team Prospect Reports coming soon

      • kempie says:

        Renaud P Lavoie ‏@RenLavoieRDS
        Rafael Diaz Γ©vite l’arbitrage. Il s’entend avec le Canadien sur un contrat de 2 ans / 2 450 000 $ total.

    • aj says:

      Bergevin’s work is getting a little bit slower and harder in the weeks before the annual golf tournament and training camp.

      We have right now: Palushaj and Diaz signed. We’re still waiting on the Subban deal. Now, word comes out that if the ‘Yotes don’t get a done deal for this team w/ the new owner, Shane Doan might be shopping himself for a new team (hopefully, Montreal is on that top-5 list). The Habs are pretty much in limbo mode right now. Let’s wait till then…

    • Chris says:

      Excellent…this makes me most happy. πŸ™‚

      • JF says:

        Likewise. But you and I might be about the only ones who like Diaz; he tends to get dismissed as a “tiny tot” or a “Swiss miss.”

        • Chris says:

          Well, the Swiss Miss, Martina Hingis, was one of my favourite tennis players. πŸ™‚

          Raphael Diaz seems like a really good kid, so when you factor that in with what he does bring (good vision, excellent skating, good passing), I’m happy to keep him!

  14. Gerry H says:

    I can’t respond directly, since I’m sitting on the dock at the cottage with my Blackberry and a cold Mill Street Organic. But, Dude, I totally feel your pain. That whole dust in your nostrils thing? I know exactly what you mean. In fact, and I think this was very sympatico of me, I just had to contend with the very similar effects of blowing beer out my nose while reading your story.

    I’m there for you, man.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Gerry, I’m sorry if I ruined your dock-time with my beer-snorting story of ineptitude.

      If it’s any consolation, apparently alcohol absorbs more quickly through mucous membranes. So whatever you do, don’t operate any machinery any time soon. Like sanders, shop-vacs, jackhammers, wrecking balls… y’know those sorts of things.


      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  15. frontenac1 says:

    I hope Marc doesn’t rush Galy and Vail next season. I admit selfish reasons as The Sting and Spitfires aren’t in town until Feb.I really want to see them.Any thoughts as to if either makes the jump to the Dogs this year?

    • PG_doesnt_stand_for_Pierre_Gauthier says:

      They can’t go to the AHL… Players under 20 must either be playing in the NHL or go back to the CHL. This rule was done so that the CHL could protect its talent pool.

    • krob1000 says:

      I think the jury is still out on the “rushing” of could easily be said that it is better to have them playing at the best level as soon as possible…if put in a situation where success is probable…there are other factors like maturity both mental and physical, support from vets and team officials, etc.

      Vail is likely a project that is minimum 3 years from seeing NHl ice…Gally could get his 9 game taste this year and will likely be a full timer by next season at some point…of course things could play out diff’t but as of now that is how it appears anyway.

  16. ZepFan2 says:

    Funny how as soon as the ruins get themselves a Subban things change . πŸ™‚

    “Well I wouldn’t mind seeing PK drop some bombs from the left circle for us instead of against us, that shot in last years playoffs to send it to OT was a rocket.”

    “Them summer days, those summer days” – Sly Stone

    Hot fun in the Summertime

    • ed lopaz says:

      there are 30 teams in this league who would love to have PK for the next 10-15 years.

      it is going to be fun watching him develop.

      he reminds me so much of Chelios, but a way better skater, as is common for today’s players.

      last year was an off year (terrible 1st half) and he still managed 36 points

      his 53 point total in his last year in Hamilton is much more indicative of where he will fit into the Habs offence going forward.

      not bad for a young man who just turned 23.

      if the Habs traded PK to Boston I would have a very hard time adjusting.

      there are 3 players, Price, Subban, Pacioretty, that are untouchable in my books.

      these are “generational” players; players fans will be telling their kids and grandkids about.

    • PG_doesnt_stand_for_Pierre_Gauthier says:

      What’s funny is at the Draft, even Chiarelli, the Bruins GM, said that he didn’t know why the fans hated him cause he’d take him in his team if he could…!

      • ZepFan2 says:

        They hate PK because he wears the CH.

        Before the ruins picked Malcolm Subban, the rhetoric and trash thrown PK’s way on the that site was brutal. Now, not so much. πŸ™‚

        “Them summer days, those summer days” – Sly Stone

        Hot fun in the Summertime

  17. rhino514 says:

    Wow, Guidone said (I am paraphrasing from the french) “the next time i come back to montreal it could be my last”, hence why he wanted a multi-year deal. What to make of that statement?
    I actually
    He may be slow and deficient defensively, but everyone knows if he is healthy he is going to score at least 25, maybe over 30 goals. I think he is a better gamble than Armstrong for sure.
    I do hve questions about his attitude, but if the habs offered him a contract that means they believe to some extent the guy has matured.

    • H.Upmann says:

      He’s lucky if offered a one year contract… if at all at this point.

    • JUST ME says:

      All things considered Ottawa is a much better fit for Guillaume right now. He needs a fresh start with only hockey in mind . He has a steep climb ahead and a team like the Sens don`t need him as much as he needs them and that`s the kind of atmosphere that will keep him sharp. I hope he does well, i think he will if he can keep off the injury list.

      Maybe he will be a Habs again later on cause after all maybe we were not totally fair with him and made him a hero when he was not but it think that right now is not the time yet.

      We know he is a Habs in his heart so hopefully he will reach his goals.

    • shootdapuck says:

      Thought maybe the new regime in Montreal was all about ridding the organization of lazy, self entitled bums!

      See how Paul MacLean handles Latendernesse in Ottawa certainly no kid gloves!

      The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

      “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
      “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
      ” I have a pet peeve”

  18. frontenac1 says:

    Croz38. I love Leaf and Bruin bashing! Thanks for the opening. Here’s one . Last years NHL poll voted Phaneuf the most overrated Defence(or Player) in the League.Why would Burke slap the C on him? Is Phaneuf really that stinky .Is Burkie the reincarnation of Macciavelli?Does Phaneufs rule of only C and W music in the dressing room destroy Team Morale?

  19. shiram says:

    Guidoune was offered the same deal he received from Ottawa by the Habs, but turned it down, he wanted a multi year deal from the Habs.

  20. shiram says:

    Cam Janssen apoligizes

    Apologizing is nice and all, but it does not change what this man thinks and his bigotry.

  21. LA Loyalist says:

    Here on the west coast the buzz is that Kings, Vancouver and San Jose have already tabled offers to Shane Doan (who is waiting on clarity re the Phoenix ownership situation).

    Do you think Bergevin is playing? I think Doan would be a fantastic acquisition to bridge us until the kids come.

    What say the commentariat?

    • shiram says:

      I don’t think he wants to play in MTL.

    • Cal says:

      One can always be hopeful; it’s summer. He would be a great character acquisition with some scoring punch.

    • joeybarrie says:

      Its highly unlikely Doan WANTS to play specifically for the Habs. He probably wants to stay in the West coast. Somewhere not so cold… Somewhere he can get post season play and maybe have a shot at a Cup.
      But it depends on the offers. He probably has a list of teams he would play for, and he wil accept the best offer.
      So we would essentially have to over pay for him, like we did for Cammy and Gionta.

      I think he will re-sign in Phoenix.

    • Chris says:

      Can you imagine a worse destination for Shane Doan from his point of view?

      You are a 36 year old UFA looking for one last contract to end your career. Would you:

      1) Join a team that finished 3rd worst in the NHL last season?


      2) Join a team where you **know**, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that you are immediately going to have to put up with a bunch of BS from certain elements of the media over your alleged anti-Francophone comments?

      Carey Price is Doan’s second cousin and I’m sure they get along and everything, but Doan to Montreal is so unrealistic as to not even being worth contemplating.

      If he leaves Phoenix, he will either jump to a legitimate Stanley Cup contender or make his decision based on his family. His wife is from Kamloops, BC and the Canucks are rumoured to be one of the teams on Doan’s short-list of preferred landing spots (it helps that they are also a contender).

      Signing in the Anaheim, Los Angeles or San Jose allows him to keep up with his network of friends and family in the southwestern United States. Doan is very family-oriented.

      If there is a longshot pick where he doesn’t go to a legitimate contender, I would say that it is Edmonton. They have a great supporting cast, Edmonton puts he and his wife within easy visiting distance of both of their families (his family is from Halkirk, Alberta) and they were his favourite team growing up.

      Edmonton has ample cap space and would love for a leader like Doan to mentor their group of young forwards.

  22. Croz38 says:

    I’m a huge fan of this site, and the writers who contribute to it as well. I have to put my 2 cents in over the last heading “The Cup is ours!” While we all know this was done in humor, with the added lines of “You’ll want to remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news”, all i could think about was what if Mr. Palushaj frequents this site? I know, not likely, but you never know. All i’m saying is that we want our players to play well; mocking them while they re-sign with the Habs in my opinion isn’t very helpful in building confidence in them. I’m all in for fun and joking around, but why not do it at say the Leafs or Bruins players expense instead?

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Good point. That was pretty cheesey.

      Maybe just have the Habs logo and maybe a countdown “112 sleeps until opening night” unless there is actual news.

    • SmartDog says:

      Gotta have a thick skin to be any kind of celebrity…. and being an NHL player in Montreal is no exception. I doubt most Habs, even the baby Habs ever glance at our site but if he did and this doesn’t give him a little chuckle, he’s not gonna survive.

      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Cal says:

      Only an insane Hab would ever come to this site. Here is where cynicism rules supreme and lord help the poor Hab who started reading this, um, stuff.

    • ed lopaz says:

      first, Boone is a cynic, we all know it, and he knows it. its part of his sense of humor, and goes hand in hand with HIO. Sarcasm. Dry Humor., whatever you want to call it.

      second, no way the player would be upset by this. Palushaj knows exactly where he stands as a player, and he would be laughing at himself reading the headline

      third, its the summer and Boone is trying to stir the pot a bit. not so much about Palushaj, but he’s trying to get the posters who are anxious, and impatient for Bergevin to catch the big fish, make the big deal that puts us “over the top”.

      its called “marketing”.

      clearly its working to a certain extent.

      • Croz38 says:

        Palushaj knows exactly where he stands as a player? Have to disagree with this. There are quite a few players struggling between the AHL and NHL that KNOW they are NHL calibre players who can dominate. Its called having confidence. Pacioretty is a prime example when he was sent down to the AHL. I doubt that the headline would bother Palushaj if he saw it, but when your struggling to stay up with the big boys, all i’m saying is why potentially make things harder for the guy by mocking his re-signing? Question if he can be a NHL regular; that gives him fire to prove us wrong. Mock him by saying the Cup is ours now is just juvenile in my opinion.

      • Croz38 says:

        Have to agree with you on the marketing standpoint though.

    • Adidess says:

      Partial repost from yesterday

      In defense of Boone…

      I can see why people don’t like the tone, but I see a bit of a self-deprecating humor there too with Boone… Having to write a new entry for Paloosh contract (no financial details) … and the only PK news he can relay is that twitter message to his brother, that sort of thing.

      In trying to acknowledge how unimportant this piece of news was/is, he probably used too much sarcasm. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you know Boone thinks he’s funny and that can be a dangerous thing -)

      I actually like that. A blog does allow the author more freedom than other journalistic medium to bring personality, edge, flavored humor to his writing. Not saying Boone succeded there, but that’s part of his persona as others have said.

      And marketing , as Ed Lopaz said. He also keeps the masses fed, gives them a new thread, they get to comment expressing their outrage at his lack of respect for a honest though not very good player. And others like me get to say no, he’s just being sarcastic. Business goes on.

      Even the most talented players would be crushed everyday if they were to read everything said about them online or take it too personally. There are a lot of mean-spirited people out there, this is just a playful jab at the news of a minor resigning nothing particularly demeaning toward Palushaj.

      A big Centreman, please. Thank you!

    • bleedhabs81 says:

      Wow, so much virtual ink has been spilled on such a dumb discussion topic.

      Herein lies one of the problems with the world these days, we are just to gosh darn sensitive these days.

      I blame hippies, emo music, 90% of this generation of parents, bike helmets, and banana guards.

      I hope Palush???? (I can’t even spell his name without looking, that is how important he is to this team) prints out this editorial and slams it up on his workout wall. Then works out feverishly, staring at boone’s comments, and takes them personally… nostrils flaring, blood lust rising…. pounding out reps until complete and utter exhuastion.

      Seriously… stop being such a candy ass, everyone.

  23. Mattyleg says:

    Thanks for all your advice and sympathy below, boys.

    I’m not terrible at it (I helped my dad build a second storey onto the family home when I was a teenager) but it is still the worst goddamn job in the history of… well, I’d have to say ‘humanity.’

    Put the primer on (very thick coat) and now painting the kid’s room.

    I’d rather be on the links, to be honest, but it’ll look good when it’s done.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • bleedhabs81 says:

      You would rather be on the links??? Are you that bad at golf? lol

      That is like saying, I would rather be on top of a beatiful woman… of course you would…. anyone would (well, maybe not everyone).

      sorry, maty, I just found that rather amusing. I don’t mean to laugh at your frustration.

      • Chris says:

        Honestly, I think that I would rather work with drywall than play golf. I absolutely, utterly and completely despise that sport! πŸ˜‰

        Golf frustrates me to the point that, by the end of nine holes, I am ready to either break my club or throw it into the nearest water hazard. And every time I make the mistake of playing (about once per year), I spend most of the time asking myself why I am spending a perfectly nice day putting myself in a foul mood.

        Thankfully, I’ve got enough other sports (soccer and tennis) to keep me busy through the summer months!

        • bleedhabs81 says:

          While I can sympathize, I have learned to put my desire to be great (ha) at everything aside and just enjoy golf for what it is:

          A chance to take a stroll, drink some beers, flirt with the beer girls (although, I fear I am starting to get to the age where it is going to get creepy… how many years difference before it stops being OK?…) and smoke cohibas (or another substance if you so choose)…

          Edit: Also, I consider it a game… not a sport…

          • Chris says:

            I think that is the problem…I don’t drink alcohol, so the best part of golf is not available! πŸ™‚

            In many respects, golf and tennis are similar. Both are “lifetime sports” and both require a lot of technical refinements to get better. The big difference, and what makes me love tennis and hate golf, is that I have nobody to blame when I screw up a golf shot except for myself.

            If I make a mistake in tennis, I can just convince myself that the other player did a good job putting me under pressure and forget about it.

            I have all the admiration in the world for people who are good at golf. That sport just takes your brain behind the shed and beats it senseless with a hickory stick.

          • bleedhabs81 says:


            aren’t all sports “lifetime sports”?

            I mean, to be a good shortstop, one has to work at it.

            A good goalie requires the same thing…. practice.

            I will say this, Tennis is one of the greatest sports (IMO). Man vs. Man (like boxing… but with less bleeding).

          • Chris says:

            The “lifetime sports” are the ones that you should be able to play your whole life.

            I’ve already stopped playing hockey as I have no desire to be that guy that has a heart attack at 45 because I was a “weekend warrior”. I also gave up ultimate frisbee after about 10 years of playing that a couple nights per week because my ankles and back just couldn’t hold on anymore.

            I play soccer three nights a week right now, but that won’t continue. The punishment on my knees, ankles and lower back (I have two herniated discs) has been mounting.

            Golf and tennis are good because you can still get your exercise in but they don’t have to be quite so brutal on your body and heart as a lot of other sports are.

            More importantly, you can golf alone and play tennis with one other person. Hockey, soccer, etc. are hard to play with less that 10 people, and it becomes harder and harder to find enough people to play with as you get older and people’s life priorities shift.

          • bleedhabs81 says:

            Ah, now I understand….

            I wonder what tennis is like when you are old… do you just hit it near the person and hope for a rally (that is how I play with my wife… I do not try for winners, i just wait for the errors πŸ™‚ )

  24. frontenac1 says:

    The few Laff games I watched last season their big problems(apart from being Leafs)that I saw were goal tending and a horrific defence. I thought their forward lines looked pretty good. They did rack up a lot of points but man, what a disaster at the back end.

    • shiram says:

      If Van Riemsdyk does not work as a top 6 center they could be in trouble.

    • Maksimir says:

      Agree – offensively they were pretty good .. though their forwards rarely came back to help their craptacular D.

      • joeybarrie says:

        I think the Leafs had a good top 2, but nothing after that. Their D is terrible. Lots of grit, and some forward punch, but no actualy defensive capabilities. And that doesnt help when your goalie isnt very good.
        I think their biggest problem was that their top 2 lines became very easy to play against. I think people know how to throw Kessel off, and know its pretty easy. So until he becomes harder to play against, I think they will be a 9th-11th place team.

        • jedimyrmidon says:

          9-11th place in the conference. Perfect place for the Leafs: just low enough to have them hoping that they will make it into the playoffs, and Burke shooting himself in the foot with all his self-contradictory predictions and proclamations.

  25. Bripro says:

    That’s it for me. Early day.
    The rapids of Lachine are waiting for us.
    Then it’s poker and Guinness later today.
    Behave yourselves today boys.
    Try to get along.
    And a happy friday to all!!!

    • shiram says:

      Cheers Bripro, have a nice one.

      • 123456 says:

        mmmm guinness – i have to wait until tonight bc this “work” stuff is getting in the way. can you believe drinking in the office is frowned upon?

    • fastfreddy says:

      How does this look;


      Beef Boullion-Kaberle/(Diaz or Weber)

      CH = Les Glorieux!!!

      • shiram says:

        It’s in dire needs of Tweakingβ„’.

      • jon514 says:

        Biggest problem with your lineup is that you have guys on all lines playing off their natural sides.

        Cole plays on the right and Patches plays on the left. That’s an easy switch.

        Bourque plays on the left, and so does Plek. That’s a problem for offense, but an even bigger problem on back-checking.

        Gionta plays on the right and Moen plays on the left, again, easy switch, but I doubt Gionta will play on the 3rd line cause he’s been one of our most consistent goal scorers over the past 3 seasons.

        This would be my ideal lineup with what we’ve got:

        C – LW – RW
        DD – Patches – Cole
        Plek – Eller – Gio
        Leblanc – Bourque – Prust
        Moen – White – Armstrong
        Noki – Geoffrion – Palushaj

        LD – RD
        Subban – Gorges
        Markov – Emelin
        Bouillon – Kaberle

        PP (C – LW – RW – LD – RD)
        DD – Patches – Cole – Subban – Kaberle
        Plek – Eller – Gio – Markov – Gorges

        “This Team is Less than the sum of it’s parts while Gomez is one of those parts.”

      • boing007 says:

        Better beef bouillon than chicken bouillon.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      What a fine day you have planned πŸ™‚

      Remember that water can be damn cold, even in July… via con dios

    • bleedhabs81 says:

      i dislike you so much right now… not that you will ever see this post.

  26. Maksimir says:

    Steven posted this earlier as potential lineup:

    Patches – DD – Cole
    Plekanec – Gomez – Gionta
    Bourque – Eller – Armstrong
    Moen – White – Prust

    Subban – Gorges
    Markov – Emelin
    Bouillon – Kaberle

    I Like it but where do you put Geofferion? I’d like to see him get a solid chance to play.

    • shiram says:

      I fear putting Pleks on the wing could have similar results as putting him on the point for the PP.
      Geoffrion has not re-upped yet, so it’s tough to speculate, but he’ll probably get a 2 way deal, and unless he impresses alot in camp, he’ll be in Hamilton.

      • Maksimir says:

        I hope he resigns… I’d like to see him play well for the Habs or else that Gill trade is already 50% bust. Thanks again Goat.

        • shiram says:

          He’s still a RFA, so I would not worry about him not re-sgining.

        • mark-ID says:

          Plus we got a second round pick for Gill, did we not?? We were already essentially eliminated last year anyways, when Gill was traded… getting the extra pick alone would have been worth it, IMO

          “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

        • joeybarrie says:

          Dalton Thrower…….
          Besides like Shiram said. He is a RFA.
          We offer him a 1 million dollar contract. If he signs, done. If not he becomes ineligible to play. He will sign.
          Worse case scenario is an offer sheet, and we get draft picks.

    • knob says:

      I am completely onside with Pleks on the LW…being saying that for a while now. Allows us to utilize our offensive depth at centre more effectively.

      That third line could be a nasty line too!!

      The way I look at this team is that we have 2 #2 lines and 2 #3 lines.

      ef this

      • Maksimir says:

        I think there is a big ‘?’ around Armstrong… he has become quite fragile… and given the Habs luck with injuries he’ll probably get a concussion in training camp and be side lined until March.

      • commandant says:

        Why would you move your best defensive forward, and a natural centre out of the Centre position, where the defensive responsibilities are greatest?

        Go Habs Go!
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        Team By Team Prospect Reports coming soon

        • shiram says:

          Habs best center gets little respect from alot on here.

        • mark-ID says:

          I agree Commandant…..don’t like the idea of moving our best centreman…most realible, to the wing.

          “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

        • LA Loyalist says:

          Because it is the dog days of summer and nothing is going on. If we had a true #1 center no one would say anything. Pleks is a TERRIFIC #2 center and it’s not fair to criticize him for not being something he isn’t.

          The good news is that Alix G is in the shoot, and two – three years from now we may be getting ready to open the oyster.


          he was still -17 last year

  27. Newf_Habster says:

    Hey Site Admins!

    The login process here is real messy! I felt like big WTF when I came to automatically log in as alfieturcotte. It seems to me that the database at this site got messed up. I have a screenshot to prove it.

  28. Mattyleg says:

    Morning all.
    I’m currently doing the absolute number one, hands-down, no argument possible, WORST home renovation job ever: plastering.


    You smear down the crap, and then spend the next 20 minutes scraping it BACK OFF AGAIN. Then you notice all the holes and ridges and gaps, and you smear MORE of the crap on, then scrape it back off, then give up and decide that’s as good as it’s ever going to look. Then you wait A WHOLE DAY for it to dry.

    Then comes the real fun: SANDING. The dust gets everywhere. I mean everywhere. And it’s hot as all hell and you’re scrubbing a wall, scrubbing the stuff you spent a HOURS putting on there the previous day, and you’re sweating, and the plaster is sticking to you and you can’t breathe because you are wearing a stupid little mask that smells like ass, and is supposed to be protecting you, but is just making you hot and itchy. The wall looks no different, apart from the spots that you have sanded ALL the plaster away, while the rough bits are still there staring you in the face like some kind of RIFT IN THE SPACE/TIME CONTINUUM that will never be properly mended without the help of Gene Roddenbury and a gang of dudes wearing pyjamas.

    MEANWHILE, the entire room is full of dust despite the open windows and the fans, and you are trying to sweep it, but instead of piling up, the dust is simply dissolving back into the air, where it lodges in encrustations around your eyes. You get a Shop Vac. You’re an idiot. You should have had one since the beginning. You go to a large pile of plaster dust, and switch the monster on. There is a roar, and the dust disappears… ONLY TO BE BLOWN BACK OUT THE OUTLET VENTS OF THE F%@#*%@^ SHOP-VAC!! Now there is more dust in the room than there ever was, you are completely white, like an NHLer at a coke-and-whores party, only without the delightful company.

    You finally manage to corral all the dust. You finally manage to get the wall into some semblance of respectability. You finally manage to get the boulders of plaster out of your nostrils, eyes, ears, moustache… You crack open a beer, and the missus walks into the room.

    “Is that it?” she asks. “Isn’t it supposed to be smoother?”

    You look at the beer in your hand. You take a swig. It is smooth. Smooth and refreshing.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • HabinBurlington says:

      This reads like the current marketing campaign by Rona, the Not how to do it reno commercials. Have you seen them Matty, especially when the guy is tiling his bathroom and just smears the adhesive to the wall and randomly sticks a tile on the wall?

      Anyhow, perhaps you will finish this job with a whole new skill set.

      Enjoy, home renno’s = good times indeed πŸ™‚


    • Kfourn says:

      HAHAHA awesome.

    • Cal says:

      A friend of mine is a plasterer in England, Matty. He absolutely loves it when ordinary Joes try it. Then, they call him to fix the mess.
      Hysterical story, by the way. πŸ˜€
      It’s on par with your Gomez sweater turnstile adventure.

    • shiram says:

      Someone sponsor Matty for Canada’s worst Handyman.

    • Timo says:

      I bought a house once that needed renos. I am never ever doing that again. Your sanding and plastering will be on display once you put the first coat of paint over it. πŸ˜‰

    • Bripro says:


      When my dad was alive and did renovation work, I was the designated plasterer.
      If you’re fighting it, you’re putting too much on. Go a thin layer at a time, roughly every 2 hours. Start with a 4″ and then an 8 or 10″ wide trowel. Don’t sand until the very end.
      Between coats, take a 3″ trowel and scrape down, removing the lines on the surface. You only sand the last coat.
      And if you’re trying to avoid dust, you can use a vacuum with drywall hand-sander. It looks like a sanding pad, and comes with a long hose to adapt to a shop vac.
      Plastering is quite easy and fast once you get the hang of it.
      Also, instead of sanding, you can use a damp cloth (not wet) to smooth out the edges where it meets the “un-plastered” area.
      Good luck. If you need more advice, you know how to reach me.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        I think you should go over to his house and do it for him.

        And I think he should buy you a couple of seats in the whites (reds if you also paint the room).

        Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • bleedhabs81 says:

      Tell us how you really feel

    • Chuck says:

      Holy hell, Matty! You forgot to use the most important tool in the home renovator’s toolbox: the CONTRACTOR.


      Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

      • Bripro says:

        He’ll never learn that way, and it means extra $$$$.
        I believe in a DIY strategy!

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Sounds like you need to make a trip to Burlington. Chuck and I each have some work we need done. We are happy to “Learn” by watching you do the work. Assuming you can build me a man cave in my basement. Thanks in advance Bri!

          • Bripro says:

            Built an office upstairs – my wife kicked me out and designated it our grandson’s room.
            Built an extension on the back of the house – supposed to be a family room – my wife kicked me out and designated it the play room.
            Built a large man-cave to include my office – my wife kicked me out and turned it into my daughter’s bedroom.
            See a pattern here?
            Now she wants me to build a larger shed….. I guess we’ll be trading the K-size bed for two singles. One for the bedroom, one for the shed.

          • shiram says:

            Thats just great Bripro, love it!

    • Rugger says:

      I can sympathize with you. Last weekend i painted the bathroom ceiling. So hot i stopped halfway thru, shaved my beard for the first time in 20 years (didn’t even recognize myself when done!) then finished it.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I hate to be cruel but I have no sympathy for you.. as I have been there. I damaged 4 or 5 bed covers and a washing machine trying to re-plaster the defects on 4 walls and a ceiling in my family room. I cant prove it but I think my kids re-focussed themselves, grew up and moved out because of that project.

      To attempt plastering repairs (especially sanding) without being plastered is downright contradictory to the innate drive for self-preservation.

      All joking aside, I hope you wore a mask because anything to do with drywall dust is actually very dangerous inhaled.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      You never heard of drywall? πŸ™‚

      Funny post. Good luck!

  29. SnowManHabs85 says:

    The headline reads as sarcastic leaf fan joke. Palushaj gas been working hard and with the injuries Habs has last season, Palushaj got better as the season went on which each call up.

    If he puts in some weight, he could be a very effective checking forward with some offensive potential.

    I come into this site to see if some hockey related news, not just Habs news, were posted, but it seems only commentators post the news.
    All this trading for Kane for Plekanec + Subban is total overpayment for a better version of SK74. Even if Leddy is included, Subban is already a better dmen and even though Leddy was drafted 14th? overall before Subban.

    • shiram says:

      Subban is not getting traded, he is a vital part of the Habs D, and with question marks surrounding Markov, you cannot take a gamble and deal away your 23 year old top pairing D!

  30. joeybarrie says:

    Jonathan Bernier is a good goalie. I dont think he is ready to be a number 1 right now, but I agree with you, he will be a very good one. I think being in LA is not good for his development, as he gets minimal time.
    Burke would not have to give up too much to get him. Probably a prospect of similar value. He might get away with giving up Kadri and a draft pick. Or maybe Blacker and a first. (ok giving up either of these guys is a lot, but getting Bernier is a lot too)

    • filincal says:

      giving up Kadri is a lot?
      you do mean Kadri, the third liner for the Marlies?


      • Chris says:

        At 20 years old:

        Nazem Kadri
        AHL: 44 GP, 17 G, 41 PTS
        NHL: 29 GP, 3 G, 12 PTS

        Max Pacioretty
        AHL: 37 GP, 6 G, 29 PTS
        NHL: 34 GP, 3G, 11 PTS

        At 21 years old:

        Nazem Kadri
        AHL: 48 GP, 18 G, 40 PTS + 11 GP, 3 G, 10 PTS in playoffs
        NHL: 21 GP, 5 G, 7 PTS

        Max Pacioretty
        AHL: 18 GP, 2 G, 11 PTS + 5 GP, 1 G, 1 PTS in playoffs
        NHL: 52 GP, 3G, 14 PTS

        I find it funny how quickly people are giving up on Nazem Kadri merely because he is a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect. The kid can play…I got to watch him a fair bit when he was with London, and he is a good prospect.

        Thus far, his development is not any slower than that of Max Pacioretty, who is now one of the few players on the Montreal Canadiens roster that most of their fans wouldn’t dream of parting with.

        Kadri’s development is not really any worse than that of Louis Leblanc, who was drafted in the same year. Would Louis Leblanc be a fair trade for a prospect like Jonathan Bernier?

        The 2009 draft has not graduated many regular NHL players to the NHL yet. But many of them will eventually get there, and I suspect Kadri will be one of them. Kadri’s biggest issues are his attitude and his relationship with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization: they do not seem to have much patience for him, and he seems to be frustrated with his lack of progress and the lack of anything approaching a development plan on the part of Burke and Ron Wilson, who spent more time ripping the kid in the media than he did coaching him to become a good player.

        I’m not sure Randy Carlyle, a no-nonsense coach that players largely detest and who doesn’t seem to have much patience for youngsters, is the right guy to help nurture Kadri either. But the kid has significant talent and offensive flair, so he certainly would be a player worth taking a chance on if I was the GM for another NHL team, especially one like the Kings who don’t need him to step into a top-6 role immediately.

        • habstrinifan says:

          I agree with you re his talent. From what I have seen of him he needs two changes to attain his full potential.

          a) Grow into his height. He has ‘long legs’ and sometimes an athlete needs to grow into those.

          b) Would help A. Hit the GYM.

          If Burke makes him available he would be snatched up. I dont think he would be a Paciorety. Kadri doesnt seem to have the focus and purposeful thinking that Pacioretty does.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Didn’t Burkie LOVE Kadri? Did they fall out? Did Burke over-hype a prospect?

      I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you!

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Actually a Bernier trade would be interesting. The argument bounces from “there is a surplus of goalies and therefore a poor market” to “We could get Getzlaf and Perry for Price”, so any actual transaction that adds to the sample size would help ground such discussion a little.

  31. commandant says:

    In happier news than my Janssen piece. I also did one on Selanne’s career, and the two big milestones he can reach this season.

    Go Habs Go!
    NHL Free Agency and Trade Analysis now.
    Team By Team Prospect Reports coming soon

  32. Chuck says:

    Not great judgement shown by Cam Janssen, but what do you expect from a guy that chooses to get punched in the face for a living?

    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  33. scavanau says:

    Well, I just logged in to see any new headlines and read this one.

    With anticipation, I s-l-o-w-l-y read the first sentence knowing full well a cup is a bit out of reach but figured we signed someone who could catapult this team upward. Then I read the second sentence… Sometimes I hate this place.

  34. Kappy says:

    Thanks to everyone who responded to my post yesterday. Special thanks to Hali Hab for the great advice.

    We can’t hardly wait to get out East and see some more of our beautiful country!

    I heard the tall ships are coming in to Halifax Harbour well we are there, so that should be a nice site.

    Thanks again.


    • Kage says:

      Hey Kappy,

      Sorry i’m late to the party on this, but it looks like you got some great advice… I certainly share all the thoughts put forth by Hali-Hab as well.

      As for tall ships 2012, this plans to be a fun time on the Halifax water front. Try to get out for a sail or maybe even take in the concert on Georges Island on the 21st. My recommendation would be to leave some time free to just head down to the Halifax Harbour waterfront and just roam. Aside from all the great spots mentioned by others already, there’s a few Gems that you might want to discover on own.

      Also, if you like Wine try to get in a vineyard tour in Annapolis.
      Below is the Link to the tall ships festival. Hope you enjoy your time here on the east coast !

      “I need players who hate to lose!”

    • LA Loyalist says:

      And with the oceans rising from global warming, the tall ships are taller than ever.

  35. ed lopaz says:

    Jonathan Bernier is making it clear that he is ready to move on.

    He believes he can and should become a #1 goalie for another team.

    This is a move a GM who needs a goalie should be looking at very

    closely. Bernier is a terrific goalie in the making, I believe, and he

    should develop into a top 10 NHL goalie in the years to come.

    Question: what would it take to acquire Bernier?

    That’s a tough one to answer, but I think someone like Burke should

    be calling the Kings about him.

    • And here is a great exampe of very different sports views. I see him as very good solid backup.

      As I stated a few days ago, I hope he gets a chance, I own him on my keeper league. πŸ™‚

      They Call Me Shane
      “They never asked to be Canadiens, they were Chosen.”
      Shane Oliver
      Twitter @Sholi2000
      Custom Sports Figures

      • ed lopaz says:

        you see him as a back up, maybe because that’s the only role he has been given by the Kings.

        I’ve watched him for a few seasons, since Major Junior, and as 1st round pick, #11 overall, I think many in the NHL believe in his talent.

    • Gumper Knows Best says:

      Florida or Chicago would be a good landing spot for him

    • HabinBurlington says:

      The dilemna for Burke I think, is he was hoping to get Luongo by exchanging bad contracts, a Connolly or Komisarek type exchange. And Burke knows he needs to get rid of one or both of those. Gillis is still adamant he can make a hockey trade with Luongo.

      L.A. is not going to take on any garbage and will want prospects or real talent in return for Bernier.

      • ed lopaz says:

        yes. I totally agree that the Kings will want real prospects.

        I also think its time to make a real hockey trade in Toronto and get a real goalie.

        If I was running the show there I would much rather have Bernier and build around him than Luongo.

        But that’s just my personal preference and opinion. Not fact.

        • Greg says:

          I don’t think Burke is looking for another backup that may become a starter. That’s exactly what he has in James Reimer. Burke wants a definite starter, probably for 2-3 years, to mentor Reimer. I think the Leafs have Reimer pegged as their guy, they don’t want to throw him to the wolves.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            Isn’t it the case that Burke needs to make the playoffs to keep his job?

            Luongo gets him into the playoffs, not doubt about it.

            Bernier? Can’t be sure.

            Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            That is a good point HF72, Burke must get this team into the playoffs this season (Not that we haven’t heard that before), and while Luongo has his demons, he is a proven NHL starting goalie and I think somehow he still ends up with Luongo. It is rumoured on the radio here in Toronto that Nonis and the other Asst. GM’s want him and essentially know how to get the deal done, but the holdup is BUrke hates the contract Luongo has and has been outspoken on that topic. He can’t get his head around accepting that structured deal onto his lap.

            Selling another past backup as the saviour will be tricky for him, such as Bernier.

        • Chris says:

          What the Kings want and what they get are probably going to be very different things. The reality is that they have a malcontent in Bernier who is tired of being a back-up, and everybody knows that they probably need to get rid of him now that Quick is the undisputed #1.

          Bernier could very well be traded for a 1st round pick (like Varlamov) or as part of a salary dump.

          There are other goalies out there as well. The Luongo situation is obviously the most high-profile one, but I am really surprised teams aren’t kicking the tires on Michal Neuvirth from Washington.

          He’s got good size (6’1″, 209 pounds) and has had great success in the AHL. He’s still relatively young (24 years old) but already has 108 NHL games under his belt. He’s coming off a substandard season, meaning that he could perhaps be obtained a bit more cheaply than Bernier, who still commands a lot of hype, and he’s had decent success at the NHL level.

          Then you’ve got Enroth in Buffalo, who has basically shown all that he can as a back-up at this point.

          Like you, I would much rather have Bernier or even Neuvirth and Enroth than Luongo, who costs too much and is approaching the years where he should begin to decline. He is also too much of a lightning rod for criticism now.

  36. Pancho says:

    Interesting article on Semin. The guy breaks down his stats and shows he may be worth signing if he’s put in a proper situation.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      So put Semin in the right position and he produces eh? πŸ™‚

      • Greg says:

        bo-dom csshh!

      • habstrinifan says:

        Yep ! give him the right partner ; slot him in the right hole and he grows in stature until Semin is involved in everything they do.

        My first and hopefully last dip into the Semin pool.

        • Clay says:

          I really wish maturity would prevail and people would stop disparaging this person’s name. So childish. πŸ™„

          ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

          • HabFarmer says:

            And here I was just going to say that my playoff pool was never better for bad jokes than when we could choose between Semin and Satan.

            Sigh…. I miss those days…… .


            Bring on zee Fembaahhts!!

          • habstrinifan says:

            Point made and received!

      • HardHabits says:

        Yes but if you look at how the Habs handled him the year they went to the ECF’s its easy enough to contain Semin to the point where he was just shooting blanks.

        • Clay says:

          Coaching…works both ways. Maybe a good coach can help Semin to overcome this problem.

          ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

  37. munch17 says:

    I don’ t think everyone should concede the number one centre position to DD. He played with our two best wingers. He is weak defensively.
    He’s a good little player but I think Pleks , Eller, and even Gomer could do better.

    • chemic says:

      who is this Gomer-Guy who could do better than DD?

    • Greg says:

      Maybe they could do better, but they didn’t. DD was great on that line, which was one of the most productive lines in the NHL last year. He earned his spot, and he’ll have to fight to keep it, but I can’t see why everyone wants him off that line?

      • krob1000 says:

        Pleks centered a better line when he was a top center in 08 with Ak and KOvy…they averaged 30 goals each and outpointed the DD line, Gomez in 09-10 had 59 points and gio and cammi were both on over 30 goal paces (26 and 26 with 65 and 61 games played). I think it is safe to say that whoever is given the top two wingers and first unit pp time consistently will get a minimum of 60 points or thereabout assuming the wingers are healthy…even Gomez did what Dd did. I have yet to figuere out why when DD gets 60 some points it is all of the sudden an undisputed first line but when Pleks or Gomez did it they were nothing more tha a second line.
        Now consider which teams were better.?
        which center(s) are more diverse?
        It is pretty clear to me that as well as Dd did …it was nothing special….a great story of perseverance on his part…but nothing more….I believe any one of Pleks, Gomez or Eller would produce similar numbers if not better than DD in that role.

    • 123456 says:

      this is a good comment – as well as DD clicked with cole/patch last season maybe there is a better combo this year. long term DD maybe not be top line center material….. it could very well be the case that the habs have three very good second line centers in DD/plecks/eller – if that is the case then one could be on the blocks and it’s hard to imagine the habs would let eller go… i do not think DD would generate a lot in return so that leaves plecks… as much as i think plecks is the most underrated player on the habs his time may be limited. IMO i keep all of them and try combo’s that work.

      If bourque has a good year the habs do have 6 very good top line players – and eller on the third line should be good…. while i think he is a little overrated i do think he will show significant improvement this season.

    • shiram says:

      The thing about DD is the fans love him, he’s a great story, the small undrafted kid that finally works hard enough to land a top 6 spot and does good with it. I think it clouds alot of people’s judgement. What he did last season was not so extraordinary, it was a great season for him for sure, but he was insulated from the tougher assignements, did not have to work the PK and was put in the best position to succeed offensively, it worked out and his line was successful, but the team was not succesful.
      That’s why I want the Habs to try to move some forwards around.
      It’s also why if I had a choice in whom the Habs trade down the line, I would choose DD, as his skillset is alot more limited than Plekanec and I think Eller can create offense on a similar scale.
      But I don’t see it happening, DD is a good player and with the French/QuΓ©becois thing going on with the Habs they won’t move him.

      • Cal says:

        It’s not a bad thing to have a lot of centers fighting for ice time come training camp and the pre-season. We have interesting times ahead as long the the NHL and NHLPA do not pull the plug on the season.

  38. alfieturcotte says:

    Why not pick up Hasek. As a back up I don’t see Budaj being better, plus he would be a good mentor to Price who certainly needs the mentoring.

    • Landof10000lakesHab says:

      Hasek is 104 yrs old. Budaj was one of the better back-up’s in the NHL last year. Why do think Price requires a mentor??

      • K-hab25 says:

        Because he doesn’t like Price, so he trolls us everyday hoping for a response.

        • alfieturcotte says:

          K-Hab: I didn’t realize it was inflammatory to say that Price needs a mentor. Nor do I hope for a response, particularly not one as absurd as yours!

      • boing007 says:

        Because he ‘chills out’ too much when he’s supposed to be competing.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

      • alfieturcotte says:

        These were Hasek’s stats only 1 year ago: Moscow Spartak; 46 games played; 2.48 GAA, 0.915% Save %.

        I’d say these are worthy numbers. If Price is ever to reach the potential that many believe he has, why not bring in one of the best goalies (HOF) to assist. Of course, genius posters like K-Hab assume that he does not need it. They are content with his average stats to date and delude themselves to thinking he is already a HOF goalie.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      And so how do you propose the team deals with the 2nd year of Budaj’s contract? Maybe Molson could just eat that salary as well, and then people can complain about concession prices?

      • boing007 says:

        Molson’s going to end up gaining a lot of weight by the end of summer. Either that, or a bad case of indigestion.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

        • Greg says:

          Actually I think he’s pretty relaxed this summer. It was last year he was fighting the heartburn. He’s dropped this whole thing in Bergevin’s lap and promptly retired to his yacht with a mojito.

    • ont fan says:

      Pick up Hasek? Wow. Is Glenn Hall still around? He’s probably cheaper.

  39. commandant says:

    Fixed it quicker this time, because it was identical to the first time. Changed passwords and putting better security.

    Its fixed now, so here’s the Janssen rant.

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    • Cal says:

      Shouldn’t have insulted Neanderthals that way. πŸ˜‰
      CJ should be suspended for 10 games for his “hit to hurt” comments and another 30 for belonging back in the 50s with his homophobic attitude.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Yah saw that rant on deadspin yesterday, was pretty surprised Janssen didn’t have a little more PR savvy. Bonehead.

    • boing007 says:

      Was it the Howard Stern Show?

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

      • commandant says:

        No, I like Howard.

        These guys are two idiots who try to copy Howard and all they are able to do is be vulgar, but not funny.

        It takes a talented comedian, and Stern is that to do his show, to be both funny and crude. These guys are just crude without the funny, and it makes them horrible cheap imitations.

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    • Greg says:

      I’m not defending it at all, but you’ve gotta wonder if this the kind of “weird behavior” that people with multiple concussions and painkiller addictions tend to display. They say fighters are the nicest guys in the league, and I know that’s just a folksy thing to say, but that is really over the top. I wonder if it’ll come out in a few days that he was stoned on percocet or something, because even for the most media-ignorant players, that’s really something.

    • Natrous says:

      I’m not surprised about what Janssen said regarding hitting people to hurt them – that’s always been his MO dating back to when I watched him play for the Spits in Windsor. He was a one man (or two man if you count Josh Gratton) wrecking crew and threw all sorts of dirty hits to ensure the maximum amount of pain was felt. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s why he was drafted – his “edge” exceeded most all other junior hockey players.

      That said, he is simply a thug who lives (and will no doubt die) by the sword. His homophobic statements should be of no surprise given his cognitive impairments, so expecting otherwise from him is akin to hoping he’ll score A SINGLE GOAL in a season.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Well, I think that is what got him to the NHL. Multiple concussions will not help the way he is discussing it but lets face facts that we know there is guys in the NHL who are out there to hammer people. He is one of them.

  40. Hasek calls Buffalo?

    Let it go Dominator, or at least call an organization who actually needs goaltending. Buffalo is set for a few more years with a very good Miller, and an excelent number two (Enroth) who will have no problem being number one some day.

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  41. Gumper Knows Best says:

    Interesting little tidbit from TVA. Seems as though the Habs offered Guillame Latendresse the exact same contract that he accepted from Ottawa 1 way 1 year $1.25 + bonuses to $2. Yes he was known as lazy with a bad work ethic and bad habits, but if he ever gets his head on right could come back to haunt. If the Habs made an offer, you have to believe they checked him out. You have to wonder what that`s all about. He said he wanted to get closer to his son and his son lives in Montreal.Close but maybe not too close?

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      He really burned his bridges here.

      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        If TVA statement is true and he did turn down a Hab offer, he did the club a favor. We need to move forward with a new attitude and a new group of players.


      • Gumper Knows Best says:

        He played here as a 19-22 year old here. . All the pressure for a home grown and Patrick Roy comes out and says he wouldn’t be the team if he wasn’t francophone. Then a father to boot at 21 and a divorce….I’m not saying he changed, but that’s a lot of goings on at that age. And after the trade, he had 25 goals in just 55 games for The Wild then the concussion but heck,we don’t need any big wingers that can score goals.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Yes, but his rant after being traded is what makes it hard for him to return.

          Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • wjc says:

      Seems as though, he was given an offer….”seems as though”, seems as though he was offered the exact same contract…seems as though. If the habs made and offer … seems as though, if, if if, could, if, might, seems as though.

      Not very definite, no facts just mights, ifs and maybe’s.


  42. I love listening to sports radio and working in the afternoon. So for the next 14 months I am sending CJAD a letter per day requesting that a 3 hour show be aired from 3 until 6pm EST. I’d like to have Rick Moffat and Mitch Melnick as the personalities, along with Mitch Gallo and Rod Francis as their second in commands.

    All I know about CJAD is that for years I would listen to their play by play on the computer over anything that was aired on TV. I enjoyed calling in after the games.

    Is it possible to mix an information station with sports? I surely hope so, you can’t please everyone, so you may as well upset half the people half the time and please the rest during the best of times.
    Rick and Mitch, two completely different people working as two completely different people πŸ™‚

    Line Combos are like……..

    50 days until PK signs

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    • wjc says:

      There will be a need, they will fill it. Sponsors will be easy to find. They will fill the requisite with just enough “gossip” to keep everyone fired up and fretful.


  43. Steven says:

    Assuming no changes are made until the season starts(Although I’m hoping for Doan), this would be my lineup:

    Patches – DD – Cole
    Plekanec – Gomez – Gionta
    Bourque – Eller – Armstrong
    Moen – White – Prust

    Subban – Gorges
    Markov – Emelin
    Bouillon – Kaberle

    Now, before you write that nasty comment because I slipped in Gomez and Kaberle, listen to my rationale.

    Gomez has had success with Gionta in the past, and even though that excuse has been thrown around and never came to be(except in 09-10, to some extent), considering our offence, it’s worth trying to capitalize on that one more time. You move Pleks to the wing to complete the line(Gomez at center since that might be his best chance to get it going. Doesn’t really matter which of the two plays center, though.) If the line works, you get a pretty good second line. If it doesn’t, you break it up and all is well.

    As for Kaberle, despite his contract and his shortcomings, he’s grossly underrated on this site. Regardless of what it looked like, Kaberle put up points for us last year, and would work very well put in a situation where he cannot fail. You let him run the 2nd powerplay unit and he’ll get you points. You give him less minutes playing the bottom pairing and he can’t hurt you too bad, especially with the defensively responsible Bouillon as his partner.

    Being able to play Bourque on the 3rd line with Eller as his center is just icing, and gives us offensive depth(Assuming, of course, that Bourque can figure it out again. He seemed to have good chemistry with Eller)

    If everything works out like I hope, writing this post, then this team probably won’t finish lower than 6th, and could take the division. Of course, that means Gomez and Bourque both finding what made them good players again and Kaberle being well used. Judge for yourself the likeliness of all that.

    …If we get Doan, though, forget about Gomez.

    • JUST ME says:

      I think you are right on the money ! I did not and still don`t expect any changes to the lineup or at least not before the all-star break when we may get rid of a few players if the price is right or even go and get help if our situation asks for it.

      We are in a transition year working with the youngsters in the AHL and will be gradually inserting them to our regular roster. I do not think that anyone is guaranteed of a job with the Habs long term and it is up to them to show Bergevin their worth.

      As for the Β¨undesirables Β¨ i believe that a Gomez will be tempting with one year left on his deal and a decent season. Kaberle could also be a building block for a team that needs a veteran d-man comes all-star break. But then again with a complete season on the p.p. some people may see him differently.

      But still there are a few interesting assets like Diaz and Weber that may find a way on our roster or someone else`s…

      Obviously the ambiance around the team last year was the main problem . Personnaly i understood that when i saw how many hockey men we had to hire to fill important jobs in the organization. I just did not see before how P.G. made sure he could run a one man show. Making sure you are all alone sure helps ! We now have an organization like any professionnal hockey team wich is a basic rewuirement if you want to go forward.

      Just for that i remain cautiously optimist but now look ahead for a real future. Man ! if this Galchenyuk guy is the real deal we fill finaly have someone to build around and look for a long term new image.

    • Bogie Man says:

      Sorry I think anyone who believes Gomez should be playing on the second line is kidding themselves as he does not have the skill to keep up with Gionta or Plekanec. Promoting Gomez to the second line would be extremely destructive to the team. It send the wrong message and will demotivate those around him. You are rewarding a player who has potential for extremely poor play. This will not help him or the team. There is only one way for Gomez to play on any line in the NHL and that is if he proves himself to be NHL worthy, but from a personal life learing perspective he needs to start back at the bottom (AHL) and earn the right back.

      • Steven says:

        If we don’t add any other pieces and Gomez has a good training camp, the team could end up playing him. I was only thinking that this would be a good way to try and get him going.

        Although, ideally, I don’t want him near the team.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Steven – I appreciate your realistic view of the Hab line-up but I strongly believe that Gomez has to leave this October.

      Rightly or wrongly, he is the main face of the Gainey years and the ultimate demise of the club. There is no fresh start or turning the corner as long as Gomez is on the team.

      BTW, you and many others on this site, still refer to White as a centre. To the best of my knowledge he has never played centre for Montreal and really isn’t that well suited for the position. He’s best left on RW. I think the Noke signing is proof of that fact.

      I think White’s upside is to be an energy 4th liner who gets about ten mintues a game. Anyone who is playing pivot on the 4th line needs to be a defensive stalwart who can win faceoffs and kill penalties.

      • Chris says:

        White played centre all through junior and played centre for the Bulldogs. From what I could tell, one of his strengths was taking faceoffs, a desperate needs for the Canadiens. If they were anxious to never use him there again, you would have thought they would have thrown him on the wing in the AHL.

        That being said, I think the logjam at centre (Plekanec, Desharnais, Eller, Nokelainen) at the NHL level keeps him on the wing. The upcoming centres (Galchenyuk, Leblanc, Nattinen) should ensure that he stays there.

        • commandant says:

          White might have the faceoff skills, but he lacks the footspeed and vision necessary to play in the middle IMO. I see him as an agitating winger who can do good work on the forecheck

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    • nbsjfan says:

      To the people who keep penning Gomez in as the #2 center – get with it. Ain’t gonna happen. The team will be cutting ties with him. A team that wishes to progress is not going to do it by taking their legitimate #2 center in Plekanec and moving him to accommodate Scott Gomez. That’s just plain nuts. In fact, Gomez would fall behind Eller at this point. Its time to move on, not to retry the re-tread that has shown for 2 years running he is incapable of playing at a level required at the NHL. Scott Gomez will be in Hamilton or another team but he will not be playing in Montreal.

      • wjc says:

        Okay, so time will tell. I can only offer wisdom. You do not have to accept my wisdom.

        Forget…first, second, third, as far as lines go….just think top 9.

        How do you ice the strongest team you can? By finding your top 9.

        By operating with a closed mind, you have already dismissed “Gomez”….is this wise.

        Wise is waiting for training camp and deciding, who belongs where.

        If you make up your mind now, then why bother with training camp? Just pencil in your team and play exhibition games and start the season….not wise.

        Be more deliberate, make your decisions slowly and thoughtfully and try not to make snap judgements. If you are right, and of course you may be, then do not be afraid to see how things play out.

        Can you write off a player, because of frustration. Can you right off a player because you have already made up your mind. Many people in all walks of life have risen after being down in the gutter.

        Has Gomez had a good…last two seasons….not by his standards. Did he have a good first season (59 points) yes!!!! Is he 39 years old…no he is 32 years old.

        Do you hate his salary……that is not your concern….nobody is asking you/me to contribute.

        Stop hoping/wishing failure on a member of the Canadiens. Focus your bad vibes on Leafs/Bruins etc.


        • Chris says:

          Saying that Gomez’s first season was good is a stretch. He had a very hot stretch of 34 games mid-season, putting up 8 goals and 35 points, that rescued what was otherwise a fairly mediocre season. His past two seasons have been unmitigated disasters for a guy who should be in his prime and was given ample ice time (19:56 in his first season including 2:38 on the power play, 18:33 in his second season including 2:42 on the power play and 14:08 last season including 2:20 on the power play).

          At this point, it would be a mercy for Gomez to be freed. The guy has become a pariah for Montreal Canadiens fans. He is the face of all that was wrong with the team. Even if his salary were lower, Gomez would still be criticized because his production rate quite simply does not match his ice time and opportunities: he brings no offence to the table anymore, his defensive game is mediocre at best, he’s been weak on faceoffs, and he has absolutely no physical game whatsoever. For a hockey player, that is a pretty damning list.

          For the majority of Montreal Canadiens fans, the guy basically brings nothing to the table anymore.

          A change of scenery would be a blessing for all involved. Scott Gomez would surely benefit from a chance to rediscover his MIA game in a market with less scrutiny (he has shrunk under the glare of the spotlight in both New York and Montreal), and the Montreal Canadiens would surely love to divest themselves of the PR nightmare that he now represents.

      • Steven says:

        For the lineup I wrote up, you could switch Gomez with Plekanec, but I totally get your point. As I wrote in a post above, I’d rather the team have nothing to do with Gomez, but if we go into the season as is, it could be worth hoping he gets it all together again. Not like we couldn’t send him down afterwards, right?

    • wjc says:

      Switch Eller with Pletanics and you would have it, I think. Eller would benefit with a year on wing, and he really does not mind, according to an interview I heard. He says he just wants to play.

      Gomez, needs a chance to flourish again. His first season in Montreal he produced 59 points. He must reach that plateau again.

      If he does the Canadiens will have a pretty good top 8 or 9….top 6 is old, the new is top 8 or 9….pushing out fighters with players who can skate and make plays. Fighters if they exists, have to be good tough players that can Lucic…..or 4th liners who can still skate and check as well as stir things up.


  44. commandant says:

    Cam Janssen showed that he’s a real idiot today. (Warning Foul Language Rant Below).

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    • stephen says:

      Hi commandant,

      Followed the link but was stopped in my tracks by a malware warning. Not sure if you’ve heard that before, but might be worth checking out.

      • commandant says:

        thanks we were hacked at the draft, this looks similar, I’ll take down the links and have the web guys check into it again and have everyone change their passwords again.

        We may need to look into some better security too.

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    • hardrockhab says:

      Long time reader who just signed up. Logged on late tonight and saw some earlier posts regarding the belief that home towns are great. I was born and raised in Sudbury and the best I can say is that wherever I have travelled in the world it has looked better than where I came from.

      Being a Habs fan is like frying bacon naked

      • Timo says:

        LOL… a friend of mine who was born and raised in Sudbury says the exactly same thing. πŸ™‚ He said that even Regina is better, which, having been there, I find hard to believe but still…

      • Chris says:

        No kidding. I grew up in Bancroft, Ontario and I could not be happier to be gone.

        Bancroft, just south of Algonquin Park, has some beautiful landscape but is essentially a dead end town. I’ve been through there once in the past decade, and it looked even more depressing than before, which should have been nearly impossible. πŸ™‚

    • Marc10 says:

      Just Google newsed it….

      That was pretty special. He sounds like a real meat head. I wonder what Uncle Lou thinks about it.

      He’s a very marginal player. Clarkson is much more effective… I don’t know if he’s going to get the BGL treatment and get his walking papers.

  45. JUST ME says:

    Wow ! Free points for the Al`s! Still cool that the could manage a comeback but basically did not deserve the W. Lots of work still to be done.

  46. frontenac1 says:

    Love the CFL!

  47. frontenac1 says:

    Als down by 12pts with 2.40 left.Als come back to win by 1pt!

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Feel sorry for the Stamps QB. Poor guy completely lost it at the end.

      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  48. Mattyleg says:

    Hm. I was hoping the press release would be about PK buying the jeans…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  49. HabFanSince72 says:

    Weird finish to the Als game.

    Stamps give up a crazy int. when all they need is to run out the clock.

    The guy who intercepts somehow fails to go into the end zone.

    Then we score on the 3rd down which wastes more time.

    The the Stamps forget that the clock is running down!!!


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  50. otter649 says:

    Typical CFL game – It isn’t over till it’s over……

  51. ProHabs says:

    I wish Gauthier had watched this video clip of the greatest player in the NHL and really listened to what he had to say at the 2:45 part of the interview before he become GM of the Habs years ago. Things could have been different.

  52. cthabfan says:

    going to work now-talk to u guys later!

    have a good night

  53. mark24 says:

    Wonder who Bergevin is inquiring about from St. Louis? Stewart,Berglund,Reeves? Would love to see Backes in a Habs Jersey but I know that’s not happening.

  54. Chuck says:

    How bad of an idea is the NHL in Phoenix when it’s like pulling teeth to get people into an air-conditioned building in the middle of the desert?

    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

    • The Jackal says:

      Wow, that’s the best way anyone has put it so far! Exactly right Chuck!

      Not all oysters produce pearls, thankfully, Price is a pearl producing oyster.

  55. frontenac1 says:

    Leafs got Bryz?

  56. cthabfan says:

    having a summit in st. maarten would be great!

  57. cthabfan says:

    lol- i have met quite a few canadiens fans in st.maarten

    one is a restaurant/sports bar owner who is from quebec- his walls are filled with canadiens jerseys- has a big screen tv and he gets all the canadiens games – like he said, nothing beats watching the canadiens in january in 80 degree weather

  58. cthabfan says:

    am planning on moving to st.maarten in october.
    can’t wait to see the habs from one of the many beach bars they have
    and coming to this site watching the beautiful sunsets

  59. nickster13 says:

    Montreal. Best city on Earth! A little bit of European Flavour in a north american venue. Ya some things like language and politics and construction annoy me to no end, but theres no place like it, and most people have a very high standard of living with everything they could ever need! I will be moving back to it soon from Korea.

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

  60. frontenac1 says:

    Bripro..Happy Hour 2 for 1 drinks in Ont are illegal so I guess there’s no point.

  61. J Haul says:

    Neil Young lived in Winnipeg for a spell, but it’s tough to lay claim that he’s from there. He’s “from” a small rural town in Ontario, called Omeme.

  62. Bripro says:

    Are you guys still going on about the best cities in this country?
    Funny how no one mention the GTO.

    3 things: Wine, Women and Food. Sorry boys! Montreal takes it, hands down!

  63. cthabfan says:

    Sal dellafiore

    finally register after many years of reading all the comments here
    am from connecticut,and have been a habs fan since 1955, i did live in ste. agathe for 7 years from age 4-11
    i look foreward on being active on this site

  64. neumann103 says:

    I consider the diversity of Habs fans to be one of the great strengths of the team. I have attended more Habs games on the road in other NHL cities and the number of Hab fans always rivals the home side.

    But growing up in Kingston and living in Toronto for the last 20 years I don’t have the day to day experience in Montreal that many here have. Which is why i find some of the memes and tropes about Montreal to be so interesting.

    I understand the thing about the women. I don’t know if the women of Montreal are objectively better looking than those in many cosmopolitan cities, but they definitely seem to care more about how they present themselves. Plus they have a higher propensity to appear sluttier without seeming actually too slutty if that seeming contradiction makes sense to the men here…

    Some of these memes are just exaggeration of real issues. Like taxes being a hard impediment to attracting players. Which surely is true as compared to Florida or Alberta but inconsequential as compared to Toronto or Ottawa.

    But the one thing that I see referenced almost daily that just seems bizarre is the “Insert Name of Player Here would never survive because he would be consumed by the Night Life in Montreal” generally followed by reference to some strip club or bar where puck bunnies hang out. (As if these places do not exist in other NHL cities).

    Now I have spent enough time in dead one horse towns to understand (if not fully comprehend) how a downtown like Ottawa can seem like a deserted ghost town at 5:30PM (WTF? 5:30 in the afternoon fer chrissakes ye gutless bureaucrats!!!!)

    I expect that Columbus Ohio is like a Walmart parking lot in terms of excitement. But what would so overwhelm players used to New York or LA or Chicago or Miami? Yes, the arena in Miami is way North of South Beach. Sure the Bell Centre (like the Forum before) is right downtown when some of these markets have their actual arenas in suburban hell holes, but what about Washington, Toronto, Vancouver etc that also have the center of the hockey team in the center of the city?

    So for the native Montrealers, what gives? What exactly do you think is the rationale for this Montreal Night Life meme?

    “Et le but!”

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      (Columbus is a party town too. Ohio State)

      I think the difference – and this isn’t just Montreal but all Canadian cities – is that a hockey player here is like a rock star. Sure there are bars in South Beach. But which Florida Panther will be recognized in there?

      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

      • neumann103 says:

        Don’t you mean “THE” Ohio State?

        But seriously I agree that the rock star element is worse (better?) in Montreal than anywhere else. I have posted previously that one of the things that is most interesting about the more knowledgeable Leaf Homer media here is that they recognize that while Leaf players are in a fishbowl unlike many in pro sports, that the insanity of attention/ adulation/ obsession/ vilification in Montreal towards the Habs is way worse than anywhere else.

        So I wouldn’t question anyone saying that it is harder to attract players, or they are under more pressure than anywhere else.

        I would however suggest that even being a smaller fish in a much bigger pond has it’s risks. Th LA Kings as Cup champions, the New York Rangers in the ECF, The Red Wings or Blackhawks in hickey cities, hell even the Minnesota Wild players in a hockey mad region that drinks a ton.

        But what makes a Montreal stripper waving her hoo ha in Johnny Rookie’s face somehow more threatening/ enticing than the pudenda of other regions. I ask this because I lack perspective since I think every stripper I have ever met was from Montreal.

        “Et le but!”

    • habaholic68NJ says:

      Neumann. The bottom line is that the strip club scene in MTL is the best and friendliest in North America. NYC, Vegas and South Beach included. I am speaking from experience living 27 years in MTL, the last 21 years 25 miles from mid-town Manhattan and having the opportunity to travel on business throughout North America and experience clubs everywhere. Yes there are exceptions but overall, MTL is best. All of my NYC nightlife buddies agree that MTL is the top destination for bachelor parties, boys (men) night (weekend) out, and GFEs. No wonder young hockey players are distracted.

      *Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at

  65. HabFanSince72 says:

    Trade our second rounder next year plus Kristo for Jonathan Bernier.

    Trade Price to Philly for Claude Giroux.

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  66. Toe Blake says:

    The long-awaited glorious comeback of Scott Gomez is just a few weeks away. All non-believers will be left entirely dumbfounded by his greatness, as assuredly will I!!!

  67. slapshot777 says:

    Whyte is useless as a punter for the Als. He can’t kick for Sh!t when it counts. His place kicking is good but when the Al’s need a big punt he just chokes.

  68. HardHabits says:

    Yo frontenac1. This isn’t a chat room.

  69. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Montreal women is the one most missed ‘esthetic’ here in BC
    …o well …can’t have ‘everything’ I guess πŸ™‚

  70. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @LA Loyalist
    …Canadian Rockies, …in fact, pretty much all of British Columbia …one must see with one’s own eyes to understand how incredibly beautiful this corner of the world is blessed by awesome beauty

  71. frontenac1 says:

    Ok Lads,The two best cities in Canada are squaring off on the Gridiron! Stamps vs Als ,1st quarter No score yet .Enjoy the game Amigos!

  72. frontenac1 says:

    Ah For Chri*#t Sakes Wintercount! I’ve been knockin back Vodkas all afternoon and you”re bringing up Math problems?!!Cruel,just plain Cruel!

  73. HabFanSince72 says:

    You want to know what city sucks?

    Phoenix Arizona.

    Sure the parts outside of Phoenix are gorgeous, but the city itself? They don’t even have sidewalks. There’s no downtown. Just malls and freeways. Everyone drives everywhere. They actually have valet parking at shopping malls. It’s the obesity capital of the world.

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Sounds like Toronto.

    • joeybarrie says:

      Actually Phoenix AZ is the 68th fattest city in the USA.
      Corpus Christie TX has the top spot, and TX has 5 of the top ten cities. Phoenix ranks quite well (B-) in terms of the active lifestyle and health of its overall residents. San Fransisco, Washington DC and Burlington VT are at the best with all A+.
      according to the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

      Now as for the actual beauty of the city???? you are probably dead right.

      • habfan01 says:

        Actually Burlington Vt sucks now. It’s turned itself into a haven for liberals and gays

        • Marc10 says:

          Ah, you mean people with higher average IQs… (Not sure about Libs, but gays on average have higher IQs than the general population as I recall from socio studies back in my uni days…)

          So there must be a reason why them smartie pants like Burlington. Maybe it’s the same reason PG calls it home.


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