The morning roundup

Sorry for the delay today … blame it on the slippery roads in Montreal.

Anyway, here’s a look at what is being said about the Canadiens ahead of their game against the Thrashers.

Auld making his second start: Stubbs

The two sides of coach Martin: Stubbs

No offer for Marc-André Bergeron from Habs: La Presse

Francois Gagnon on Markov and other Canadiens news

Picard says he’s lucky to be playing in Montreal

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on the Thrashers

53 Comments

  1. SeriousFan09 says:

    Maybe, maybe not but various writers have noted that Burke is fiercely loyal to his coachs + he and Wilson have history including the 2010 Silver Medal at OLY so Wilson may last longer than some suspect, which suits me fine. Screw up the Loafs players and make them want out of that city.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  2. samTHEman says:

    He should shut his mouth because I bet he’s fired before Christmas. He’s lost the locker room. What kind of a coach plays Mitchell on the 1st line?

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    Haha, quote from Ron Wilson on the Leafs PK: “The one goal was the best pass I’ve seen all year, Mike Komisarek’s pass to Cammalleri.”

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  4. TomNickle says:

    Craig Ramsay knows us well, hopefully the guys aren’t looking ahead to tomorrow night.

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  6. LA Loyalist says:

    Ok. What are the better options? I’m not advocating, I’m just wondering… there’s MAB, there’s Souray and Weber. Out of those 4…?

    Yeah I’d prefer Serge Savard or Larry Robinson or hell Doug Flutie in their prime or slightly thereafter, I’d also like a 1961 Chateau Latour and Gomez to be traded to the KHL for a crate of frozen anchovies.

    Mostly I’d prefer Markov to not be hurt so badly.

    We have NO cap room (thanks Gomez) we have NO depth to trade anyone (thanks all our GMs back to Serge). This isn’t fantasy hockey (well, not usually) so we have to stay within the realm of reality. We’re not getting Mike Green and we’re not getting Kaberle (though I don’t know why not) and we badly need someone. 

    Go ahead and LOL and say no, but how about some creative thinking about what we might actually be able to do if our brain trust is up to it (which is a whole other subject). We also need a nasty winger who isn’t a midget and knows where the freaking net is.

    You guys can say I post this all the time but we’ll all be crying in April when the playoffs are on us and we’ve not solved these needs. I guaranty it.

    And for everything else there’s MasterCard(tm)

    P.S. and so as not to offend some of our more sensitive members I will not mention RC by name again. He cost us at least one more Stanley Cup and a lost decade so henceforth he shall be called Scott Gomez the II (actually I’ll call him “He who must not be named”). :)

     


     

  7. SmartDog says:

    Good story on Martin.  I like what I hear!

    And this is just awesome (about the practice):

    It
    was intense; several times, leading scorer Tomas Plekanec got physical
    with rookie defenceman P.K. Subban, once pinning him to the ice behind
    the net and prodding the back of Subban’s head with the shaft of his
    stick.

    Go Pleks! Go Suby! 
    Both of these guys just being the competitive guys they are.  I love em both!

    ——-

    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  8. Habanero Gomez says:

    I agree…

    I was very happy when they announced Martin was the new coach… And I’m glad to see he is doing so well with this group… Martin doesn’t get enough credit for what he has been able to do with this team so far this year…

    btw: loved the quote from Halpern…

  9. Corio says:

    Hope it isn’t personality conflicts, that would suck..

  10. shiram says:

    Well with the way everyone is picking on PK during games, i guess he has to practice remaing calm and cool! Pleky is only trying to help him out!

  11. Chorske says:

    Regarding MAB. Halle frickin lujah.

  12. nick says:

    Seriously. I can’t believe people are actually talking about him…

    -12 in 19 playoff games… I mean common…

  13. Timo says:

    Not so fast. Habs are just playing hard ball.

  14. twocents says:

    A stinkin’ men

  15. jimmy shaker says:

    Trust me…..it’s not over yet!  The PP is going to struggle this weekend and I have a feeling one of our D-men is going to go down with an injury.  (hopefully spacek or hammer)

    Shaker

  16. punkster says:

    The article on JM is good Mr. Stubbs. His comments about trust, relationships, motivation and people management are telling. Are these the comments of a man too old to be coaching in “today’s NHL” or of an experienced, motivated leader who reaches out and incorporates modern methods in his approach? I like this coach.

  17. shiram says:

    I say let the team records speak on JM, right now its looking good!

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Coaching transitions in the NHL can be rocky and in MTL where JM was basically trying to change the entire culture of the team and integrating the new with the old on the Canadiens couldn’t be the easiest job ever but the results are shining through right now.

    I admit I take my issues with Jacques at times (especially last season) but considering how rarely he has been allowed because of injury to skate the roster he’d like to skate he has delivered solid results.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  19. twocents says:

    Excellent piece, Mr. Stubbs.

    You are a fine writer.

  20. Say Ash says:

    Feeling better? Atlanta’s playing some pretty good hockey of late. We might need your A-Game tonight.

  21. Timo says:

    Thanks dude, I am. See… I always hope they bring their A game, cause on every given night… yada yada yada. After all, their paychecks are being paid regularly, so I think they should bring their A game. It should become a habit.

  22. jimmy shaker says:

    Yes!

    Shaker

  23. Corio says:

    Ain’t gonna happen.

  24. Chorske says:

    You’re hoping for an injury to one of our veteran D men?

    Really?

    Really?

  25. shiram says:

    How much does MAB pay you??

  26. Psycho29 says:

    The Bruins fans have begun to reply to some of the comments on that site where you can vote for the best team in the Eastern Conference…

    They are not exactly the sharpest knives in the drawer….

    Be Sure to Vote, and vote more than once. 

  27. shiram says:

    I can’t see the comment ins IE or firefox… bah, voted the habs once more.

  28. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    LOL that was fun! I voted 8 times and then read all the dumbass comments from Bruins fans trying to figure out how we did it!

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  29. Gormdog says:

    I certainly was NOT happy when he was named. I had elfish visions of boring defensive hockey that at BEST would turn into regular season success with playoff fail left right and center.

     

    Admittedly I was way off base. Can’t argue with the results, and, honestly, i think JM has singlehandedly saved Pouliots career. Can’t believe i’m saying this from a guy that dissapeared for 30 games at the end of last season but… I want this kid playing a role on our team next year, and I think alot of that credit has to go to JM tweaking his game and playing to Pouliots strengths.

     

    That being said, I would’ve still been interested in seeing what Boucher would have done with this crew. Might have been more exciting, definitely a huge stretch to say “we’d be in a better position than we are now”, but honestly JM has done a heck of a job with this team. I normally don’t buy into “team game” nonsense (everyone on a team wants to work together regardless of a coach – people want success) but there is obviosuly no doubt that the chemistry built up during our playoff run has been nurtured by JM and carried over into this season…

     

    Full marks! Results speak for themselves!

  30. Habanero Gomez says:

    Great observation about Pouliot… Eller and Subban seem to be doing well also…

    Let us hope we are all still this optomistic in another 25 games…

    Given the way this team battles (most nights, losing to Philly and the Bolts still sting) we should be in pretty good shape…

     

     

  31. Stephan Lebeau says:

    I think JM and his staff is doing a great job. Remember how everyone was saying Carbo was totally outcoached by Claude Julien a few years ago?  Well I think that problem has been solved with JM.

     

    Now having said that a good organization should always be ready to groom people from within to move on up when the opportunity presents itself.  Obviously, the loss of Guy Boucher left a void in that succession plan.  Well through the power of video and the wisdom of one of the greatest Habs defencemen (Chris Chelios #24) I think we may have the perfect heir apparent to JM (if/when he decides to move on).  This guy teaches a brand of hockey that would be especially useful against the rough and tumble Flyers and Bruins of the east.  Have a look:

    http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/samuel-jackson-hockey-coach/20bo52lt?rel=msn

  32. newbrunswick troy says:

    oh yes …even good old Patty Burns could have learned a thing or two from “Julles Winfield”

    what was that commercial for???? other than making me laugh my f$#&ing butt off!!!!

  33. andrewberkshire says:

    He was beyond atrocious in the playoffs. So glad we have Picard instead.

  34. LA Loyalist says:

    Chelios is negotiating to play in Russia.

    Would you guys bring him back for a year to cover for Markov and mentor Weber and the utes? I don’t mean playing 25 minutes a game, I mean PP, PK, important minutes.

    Look at Selanne at 40 (he’s hurt at the moment, but he’s playing really well). A better option that MAB

    And Ron Corey’s long gone, so I don’t think that would be an issue…. whatcha think?

  35. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    LOL I was thinking the same thing but its a little late in the guys career at this stage, I mean who would you sit to free up roster space? And would that benefit the teams developement?

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  36. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    Are you serious?

    No team would take him in the NHL last year and you think we should give him PP time?

    Surely, there are better options.

  37. andrewberkshire says:

    Selanne is 40, Chelios is going to be 49 in January… That’s an insane proposition. 49 years old.

  38. punkster says:

    Hey, if you’re gonna stretch that far why not go all the way? Gordie Howe is available, as are Gretzky, Messier and the Hiulls (father and son). And none of them are injury prone.

     

  39. Habanero Gomez says:

    Ronald Corey’s name should be banned from usage on this site…

     

    If there is one guy who I blame for sending the Habs into the dark ages ( 1995-2008) is that tool…

    I know he was Habs President when we won in 86 and 93…

    However, firing  the entire Canadiens’ hockey management – general manager Serge Savard and coaches Jacques Demers, Carol Vadnais and Andre Boudrias, four games into the 1995–96
    season, and replacing them with Rejean Houle and Mario Tremblay is a non pardonable offense…

  40. punkster says:

    You got a problem with old guys? Huh? Do ya? Wanna step outside?

  41. andrewberkshire says:

    Only when playing pro sports.

  42. Bugs says:

    This Boston ballot ain’t stuffed enough to my liking. Who has the best team in the East? Dig in. Boston wants to know.

    What the Habs wanna know is: Where’s the beef?

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  43. andrewberkshire says:

    God I love Habs fans. The Broons just don’t get it. They don’t even realize the comments have been infiltrated. Bugs, you have that guy completely convinced.

  44. CERF says:

    best HIO gag yet!

  45. Nilan4Pres says:

    Just read this post over there:

     

    Patrick Hickey a dit…

    I heard the Bruins have 2 prospects ‘hidden’ on the Hartford Hellcats of the NEHL. Rumors are that they will be brought up to the big club as soon as after Xmas:

    1. David Stubbs, RW. 6-1, 172 lbs. Hard working playmaker forward. Honed his craft playing in the Black Forest Hockey League in Austria.

    2. Michael Boone, Def. 5-8, 286 lbs. Fireplug stay at home defenceman. Keeps the net clear and blocks a lot of shots.

    Watch for both these youngsters in 2011
    Répondre
    November 26, 2010 at 01:46

     

    Almost fell off my chair

     

  46. iHeart Les Habitants says:

    I gotta give you credit Bugs, this is one of the funniest threads all year.

  47. punkster says:

    I was never on the dump JM bandwagon. I didn’t know much about him prior to last season, only went by his stats and history, but it was enough for me to be cautiously optimistic. He exhibits the kind of patience and control this team needs behind the bench to counter the insane madness that swirls around this team daily, from the media (both local and international) and the huge fan base across the hockey world. I think he’s a special individual.

  48. SmartDog says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha… good post!

    Knuckledragging Bruin Fan Observer said in reply to Chuck…

    There is nothing wrong with spitting, urinating on or beating (or all three) a fan wearing another team’s jersey. It’s done as to teach a lesson to the others who want to come here.
    This is Bruins Country. It’s tradition

    ——-

    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  49. andrewberkshire says:

    I had to chip in myself, as Bruinsfan4.

  50. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Nice avatar, I didn’t know Kenny F. Powers was a Habs fan!

  51. Bugs says:

    The ballot or the beef?

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com


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