The playoff scramble … elsewhere

GorgesPrice
Buffalo came back twice to beat the Leafs and stay alive.
Florida lost at home to Washington and failed to clinch.
Nashville moved into fourth in the Western Conference, and San Jose beat Dallas to hang onto eighth.
The Canadiens were idle … but there was news.

Peter Budaj’s back-up against Tampa Bay at the Bell Centre Wednesday night will be Robert Mayer, who was recalled from Hamilton with forward Gabriel Dumont.

And Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported the Canadiens’ search for a new general manager has reached out to super agent Pat Brisson (clients include Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Evgeni Malkin) and Chicago assistant GM Marc Bergevin.

The Canadiens also have asked Toronto for permission to interview Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle.

Does Price have a concussion?

The consistency of Josh Gorges

As go the Canadiens, so goes RDS

Mad Mike Milbury repents

The St. Louis goaltending system

Stu Hackel: Who’s set in net?

262 Comments

  1. HabsFanMTL says:

    as far as the shootout deliberation is concerned and the 1 point for a team that loses why not just have 5 mins of overtime. Then if that doesn’t settle it, each team gets a 5 on 4 power play till someone scores, winner gets the 2 points loser 0 and thats that

  2. Captain aHab says:

    Slight concussion for Price apparently…missing the rest of the season.

    —————-
    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  3. Mattyleg says:

    The Milbury article raises an interesting point:
    The Wild West is no longer so wild anymore. It used to be that there were tons of brawls out west, and they would sneer at the ‘fancy’ game of the east.

    Now, it’s the Beasts of the East and the Mild West, as teams like Vancouver and Detroit dominate with their finesse play, while Philly and Boston bash skulls in the East.

    Funny how things turn around, innit?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • shiram says:

      Out of the top 10 scorers in the league only 2 are from the West, 8th place H. Sedin, and in 10th Hossa.
      Funny stuff indeed.

    • Phil C says:

      It seems like the “new” NHL is whatever team is having success. After the lock out, speedy teams like Buffalo made Chara look so bad in the playoffs that Ottawa decided to sign Redden instead of Chara. ( I bet they would like a do-over!!!). Everyone said Montreal was too small after the 2010 rebuild on-the-fly, until they went to the ECF. The size debate was over…until Montreal started losing and Boston wins the Cup with truculence. Now size and truculence is important again, just like Brian Burke said… except Toronto now has a small, speedy team built for the “new” NHL.

      The best team in the league is the Blues who are all huge monsters, proving that size and toughness matter, until the Canucks passed them in the standings with a speedy, finesse team with no toughness at all. Confused yet? Me too.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Yeah, for sure.
        Which is why I don’t agree with everyone pillorying Gainey. He built a team for the ‘New NHL’, which was going to be dominated by speed and skill.
        They did well until the thugs, who had neither of those things, took over, and the NHL turned a blind eye.
        Gainey shouldn’t be blamed for building a team for what the NHL purported to be, the NHL should be blamed for not sticking to their promise.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  4. English is not a Crime says:

    For correction’s sake: Florida lost to Winnipeg last night, not Washington. The Capitals had the night off last night after losing to Tampa the other night, allowing Buffalo to catch them again with their own win vs Toronto.

  5. habstrinifan says:

    Interesting discussion re Max Lapierre in previous thread. I dont think I have to repeat myself re the folly of trading away Max. I may have exaggerated his goal-scoring prowess but who knows.

    What a shame?

    I like the solidly logical response from some when players like Max are brought up.

    __________ asked for a trade. You fill in the blank.

    Sound strategy for running a franchise.

    We only persevere to the nth degree with players who smile and let us know how good they feel to be here. Anyone comes to mind?

    • shiram says:

      Seems to me he was a casuality of the JM regime…

    • Malreg says:

      Lapierre demanded a trade because he wasn’t happy with his ice-time, which was pure bullshit. At the time his average ice-time was among the tops in the league for 4th liners, which is exactly what he is. In other words, he didn’t want to play here anymore. He was even given an opportunity to play on the top 6 as a winger on more than one occasion.

      But of course now he scores 10 goals a year on one of the best teams in the league and he’s just another one of those players Montreal apparently tossed away.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      JM decided he hated Lapierre, Latendresse, and SK74 before they even showed up for their first training camp.

      They all left for nothing and are doing well elsewhere (except for Gui’s unfortunate injury).

      We have a roster where half the forwards are AHLers, and have given away as many players for nothing (add Dagostini, Moore, Halpern, etc … to that list). I think this more than anything else is why JM was fired.

      The idea that he should be brought back as GM is absurd.


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

      • Mattyleg says:

        Sorry HF, but Gui’s unfortunate injury comes hard on the heels of his ‘self-imposed-injury-through-fatness-and-general-out-of-shapeness’. I have little pity for Guimauve.

        (man, Mattyleg’s gone Full Hater these days! Sheesh!)

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • shiram says:

          I thought he had come in good shape this season, after being called out by the owner last season…

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          You don’t have to feel sorry for him, but you can’t blame him for incurring a concussion. That’s the fault of Colin Campbell, Brendan Shanahan, Gary Bettman, Jack Edwards, Mike Milbury, Don Cherry, Nick Kypreos, ….

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          • Mattyleg says:

            For sure.
            Concussions are no fun for no-one.
            I’ll leave laughing at them to Mike Milbury.
            I just think his out-of-shapeness gave a pretty good indication of his overall attitude, and nicely supported our canning of his butt.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

  6. shootdapuck says:

    Chris,

    Re: Brisson

    Don’t confuse anything with the ego/self confidence/near arrogance of men like Brisson who when faced by a seemingly impossible task jump at the opportunity to confront the challenge!

  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …for Brisson to be interested, and accept the GM position would blow My mind …WHY ??? In the World would He walk-away from His lucrative agency and California lifestyle for the uncertainty of a GM position in the Montreal hockey circus ?
    …if he is crazy enough to decide to do so, it must mean he truly has been an unrequited Fan of Our Habs
    …BUT …

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      How many agents get their name on the cup?

      Do you know who Guy Lafleur’s agent was in 1977?


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

      • shootdapuck says:

        Try Brian Burke!

        For one.

        =================================================
        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”

    • Lafrich says:

      If Brisson becomes gm, won’t that become a conflict of interest as he negotiates Crosby’s contract when he joins the Habs?

  8. LafleurGuy says:

    Re-print:

    Mike Milbury has lots to say
    About hockey plays gone astray
    But when violence erupts
    The stands he runs up
    To shoo a poor fan away

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  9. HardHabits says:

    I just passed Ronald Corey in the hallway of the building where I work.

  10. habs001 says:

    If you add up all the goals scored by ex hab forwards this year on other teams it would be an impressive total….now many of these players did not perform here or were seen as not a good fit..now that decision by management is fine if they can bring in capable replacements…gauthier and his staff failed badly on this…

    just for fun…tom pyatt= 12 goals
    palujshaj,nokelainen,goeffrion,blunden,white,gomez,stabitz,enqqvist= 9 goals

  11. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Does the photo give some hint to the cause of Price’s injury? Gorges backhanding him in the head? :D

  12. Mattyleg says:

    On Gagnon’s article:
    Check out the bars in Montreal. You know the ones with the CH painted on their windows and the banks upon banks of cheap flat-screen tvs?

    The bars that used to be cool places to hang out and have a drink and chat, but decided to install tvs so that they could cash in on CHmania… and then leave the tvs on all the time, regardless of whether there is anything on, thus killing the ambiance of the place?

    Yeah, the ones with all the empty chairs, and the owners wondering how they’re going to pay for said tvs.

    Whence the Habs go, so too go these bars that sold out their natural atmosphere for hockey fans. I hope they learn something from it.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. habsfan0 says:

    It’s safe to say Habs probably won’t have a GM in place for the April 10 draft lottery. Who will represent team at table? Molson? Savard? Youppi! ?

  14. Ferg says:

    As are the other candidates.

  15. Malreg says:

    USA has decided to leave Galchenyuk off their U-18 roster… So much for getting a better look at the kid. What a shame.

  16. shiram says:

    Another slow day around here, uh?
    Nothing much to say, and discussing GM’s gets boring quickly, to me anyways.
    Not excited about Dumont, and Mayer should normally not get a sniff of ice time.
    I’ll watch the game, but as it’s been the case latetly, might tune out after a while.

  17. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Brisson ?…Bergevin ? …Brisebois ?
    …no shortage of exceptionally qualified bilingual candidates
    …makes the language issue quite moot

  18. boing007 says:

    If Sutter doesn’t get rehired in Calgary I think he could play the leading role in the next Dracula film. He,s got Nosferatu ears.

    Richard R

  19. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Felipe Alou ! … No question ! :)

  20. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    I have to say that I like the list of candidates. For those crying about the language issue, please submit a list of unilingual anglophone candidates that could be available that are OBVIOUSLY better choices than Julien Brisebois, Pat Brisson, Marc Bergevin and Claude Loiselle.

    The more I think about it, the more intriguing Pat Brisson is as a candidate, and not only for the fantasy of seeing him bring in Crosby as a UFA in a couple of years. This man has been the top agent for many years and has a superstar list of clients who respect him. He has negotiated with GMs across the league. He played Junior Hockey in the Q and was a good player. He has also been involved in building grassroots hockey in California.

    This is a man with great credentials and contacts who knows the game. He also knows the collective bargaining agreement because of his role as agent. He has a terrific public image and seems passionate about being involved in growing the game.

    If the man is interested in the job, I think he should be the top choice. If it were possible to bring in a tandem of Brisson-Brisebois, I think that would be a dream.

    Exciting days ahead as we await the outcome of the search for our next GM.

    • HardHabits says:

      I see a conflict of interest. How can a person be GM for one team and represent players of others? If Brisson gets the job he has to relinquish his clients otherwise it’s a non-starter.

      • kempie says:

        Yeah that’s true for sure, but after he becomes a GM, he would still have some influence on his former clients and would affect where they chose to sign.

      • mrhabby says:

        ummmm..iam sure Brisson would devoid himself of hockey agent business. gillis did the same when he went to Vancouver.
        it will never happen anyway as Brisson will end up taking a paycut..he makes serious coin as an agent.

    • mrhabby says:

      steve yzerman..why not ask the owner of the bolts..can only say no.

  21. Dr.Rex says:

    IF you were forced to choose a new GM from the following candidates who would you choose?
    a) Mike Milbury
    b) Mr.Peanut
    c) Felipe Alou
    d) Michel Bergeron
    e) Kevin Lowe
    f) Kato Kaelin
    g) PJ Stock

  22. jmsheehy19 says:

    What do you guys think it would take to grab a pick around the 10-15 spot? Would something like a second + Weber/Diaz/Dietz start a conversation with a team looking to pick a Dman? Would ne nice to grab Faksa or Colberg after Galchenyuk/Grigorenko/Forsberg.

    • Dr.Rex says:

      The Flames will be looking to add younger roster players. May have to eat a contract though.

      • jmsheehy19 says:

        But if the Flames trade away their pick you’d have to imagine that fan base will form a mob to remove Feaster. Still can’t believe they haven’t blown that team up. They have between assets that could be flipped for a boatload of prospects and picks.

    • TomNickle says:

      Faksa won’t be available in the 10-15 range.

      Your package is a lowball at best I think. To move into the 10-15 range you would need to offer up a very good prospect or a great package of picks.

      Senators and Blues trade comes to mind. Runblad for the Tarasenko pick which I believe was in that range.

      So realistically. If you want a pick in that range, you’re looking at one of Tinordi, Beaulieu or Gallagher plus a pick(probably a 2nd).

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        Tinordi and Beaulieu are essentially mid first rounders, except they are one and two years closer to the NHL than whoever the Habs would pick.

        In other words, Tinordi and Beaulieu alone are worth more than that pick (a priori).


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

        • TomNickle says:

          They are more valuable but not when making a trade. To get somebody to give up a draft pick in that range you have to provide a pick from that range or a collection of picks that meat a threshold necessary for the other team to part with the pick.

          You think a 2nd and a 3rd is gonna get that done? No chance in hell.

          If you want a 10-15 pick, you’re giving up a first round pick or prospect who was a first round pick.

          Teams don’t select players in the first round that they believe are a long shot to make the NHL.

          • jmsheehy19 says:

            If it requires Beaulieu, Tinordi, or Gallagher, then yeah that will be too much to pay. I know my offer is a lowball, but that’s why I was saying a start.

            Dietz has been coming along nicely and like Weber or Diaz, will be ready sooner than anyone picked in the mid first round. Throw in our 2nd, which is likely to be 30-35, and I think that’s a good starting point. But whatever that 3rd piece would be is what would make it worth doing or not.

            I know it’s a longshot, but I can dream for a few months.

    • habsnyc says:

      A 15th would take a first in 2013+ an early second round pick in 2012 and if there is a bidding war for the 15th, perhaps a prospect.

      Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

      • TomNickle says:

        See the Runblad trade.

        St. Louis traded him(#17 overall selection previously) to the Ottawa Senators for their #16 overall selection in 2010. Vladmir Tarasenko was the choice St. Louis made.

        Your package for a #15 pick is out of this world.

        • habsnyc says:

          There is a big difference between trading a high quality prospect for a pick and trading picks for picks.

          In the 2010 draft, LA acquired the #15 pick from Florida (prior owned by Boston) in return for the #19 pick in 2010 and the #59 pick in 2010.

          I think my suggestion of a 2012 second round pick + 2013 first + possible prospect is pretty much equivalent.

          Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

          • TomNickle says:

            You said high first rounder plus second rounder.

            LA’s second rounder in that deal is nearly a third rounder and the first round pick they sent is in the middle part of the second half of the first round.

            That’s a far cry from high draft picks from the first and second rounds.

          • GrimJim says:

            I think your reasoning is skewed a bit because your forgetting that Florida already had picked 3rd in 2010. The upshot of the trade was that Florida gained one draft pcik in 2010 in return for moving down 5 spots. FLO walked in friday morning with 2 first rd and 2 second rd picks and walked out with 2 first rd and 3 second rd picks. To do the equivalent means you have to target WAsh or Buff as they are the only teams with picks in the 10-15th spots and have multiple first rd picks. Then then you have to convince them that the bird in the bush (2013 1st round) is better than the one in their hand.

          • habsnyc says:

            No because I said a 2013 first not a 2012 first. There is a huge difference betweeen a 13 and a 12.

            Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

  23. jon514 says:

    Anyone else thinking it would be good to hire someone like Bergevin who is connected out west? Teams are always more likely to trade talented players to another conference, right? In a perfect world GMs should always be happy to take each other’s calls, but I don’t think we live in a perfect world. I suspect Gauthier made all his trades secretly because he knew most of the GMs wouldn’t pick up when they saw Cookie Monster on their caller id.

  24. DorvalTony says:

    So is it “best man for the job” or Francophones only?

    • Cal says:

      The best man who can speak French.

      • DearyLeary says:

        Luckily, for once, many of the best candidates available are bilingual.

      • jon514 says:

        I was listening to Serge Savard’s interview on team 990 and… first off, I wish he would take the job, but second he was very clear that the guy MUST speak french AND english.

        He knows what it takes cause he’s been there twice and he WILL find someone who at least has the potential to get us there. Molson was pretty brilliant bringing him in as a talent scout.

        “Let’s be clear on the facts…”

  25. prankstergod says:

    sorry if this has already been posted…..http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=392199

  26. Strummer says:

    “The fans were nestled all snug in their beds,
    While visions of Grigorenko danced in their heads ”

    ______________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  27. scavanau says:

    Going to be there tonight. Can’t wait! Hopefully that piece of sh*t Malone will leave with some facial damage.

    • Habshire says:

      During the Tampa Washington game McGuire was talking about how classy Malone was for not continuing his beat down on Chimera. Where was Pierre when Malone lost his mind against Montreal.

  28. habsnyc says:

    I hate the NHL standings. It tells me very little about how teams are doing in regulation. I want to know over 60 minutes of true hockey whether the team generally wins loses or ties. An overtime win or shootout win ar not at all the same quality of victory as an overtime win. I wish the standings would include regulation wins.

    In a world of wins, losses and ties, without overtime, Montreal would have 22 wins 35 losses and 22 ties for 66 points. Over 70% of Montreal’s games result in at least one point for the opposition.

    Teams are awarded a phantom goal for or against for shootout wins and losses. I would prefer that the goals for and against be limited to goals actually scored or allowed. It becomes very difficult to compare teams when the numbers are flawed.

    Florida, who may win their weak division, has 30 regulation wins and 25 ties for 85 non gimmick points. Ex phantom shootout goals, they scored 191 goals and allowed 211. Montreal scored 197 goals and allowed 210. As bad as Montreal actually is, their record could easily improve next season by 20 points without doing anything. The NHL regular season is so random that the same quality of offense and defense can lead to a last place finish or a third seed in the playoffs. This does not make hockey less entertaining but it does make the results less meaningful.

    Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

    • TomNickle says:

      Being awarded a point for losing a hockey game is perhaps the most idiotic rule the league has implemented in its existence.

      If they don’t want ties, they should play 4 on 4 until it’s over. It’s incredibly rare that five minutes of boring defensive hockey occurs in a four on four setting.

      • Say Ash says:

        Not so sure. What percentage of OT games end up having to go to shootout?

        • TomNickle says:

          I don’t think it matters what percentage of regulation tied games to a shootout. Deciding a game by providing each team with three breakaways is a ridiculous way to determine a team’s merit for the playoffs where there is no such deciding factor in a hockey game.

          By large majority the four on four hockey that I’ve seen has been exciting and full of skill and teamwork.

          This isn’t basketball, football or soccer regardless of how much Mr. Bettman would like it to be.

        • habsnyc says:

          1198 games season to date. 290 games went to overtime. 115 were settled in overtime and 175 were shootouts .

          24% of games result in a regulation tie.
          14.6% of games result in an overtime tie
          39.6% of ties are settled in overtime.
          60.4% of ties are settled in the shootout.

          In 1990, prior to overtime, 13.3% of games resulted in a regulation tie. In 1989 less than 12% of games resulted in a tie.
          With overtime, regulation ties are twice as prevalent as without. This is partly due to lower goals per game today than 1990 but also a consequence of teams playing less aggressively when tied in the third period.

          Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

      • habsnyc says:

        The NHL semantics are that each team is awarded a point of a regulation tie and a bonus point is awarded to the overtime or shootout winner. So there is no loser point, only a winner point. But the fans look at it as awarding a point for losing a game in overtime and two points for winning a game in overtime. The NHL has not convinced many people that their system makes sense.

        I never saw anything wrong with regular regulation hockey, 60 minutes resulting in a win loss or tie. I would be happy with that system. I would also be happy if all games led to either a winner take all win or loss and points were eliminated in favor of winning percentage like baseball or basketball. But to me, the current points system and standings are confusing and misleading.

        Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

        • TomNickle says:

          Exactly. The NHL’s phrasing of the rule is a citing of semantics that ignore the flaw with the process.

          It’s like saying that the Canucks didn’t lose in the Stanley Cup Finals, they were one game away from winning it.

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        Maybe they should revert to 4 on 4 in the last 5 minutes of a tied third? Then they could go to 3 on 3 for the OT.

        • TomNickle says:

          Can’t do it. You can’t stop the clock with five minutes left in the third period.

          That would just be shortening the game by five minutes.

          • habsnyc says:

            I feel like the clock has been effectively stopped with five minutes to go in the third if the game is tied. Teams shut down and play for the overtime point. My stats above show that in the overtime era, regulation ties have doubled. I think that can be partially attributed to conservative play late in tied games. Perhaps a stats expert can run a test of prevalence of tie breaking goals scored in the last five minutes of games today compared to the prior era.

            Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

          • TomNickle says:

            This is the second most significant reason that the loser point should not be awarded. It takes away from the product on the ice. The most important being that teams are rewarded with a point for every game that goes to overtime.

            I would be satisfied with the current system deciding games but with no point for being tied at the conclusion of regulation.

          • habsnyc says:

            I fully agree. However, the extra point benefits the league by making the standings more close and adding shootout highlights to ESPN.

            Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

      • 69HABS says:

        Win, Loss or Tie … That’s it!

  29. Mattyleg says:

    Mornin’ tout le body!

    Sunny day here in Habcentral, and I’m goin’ to the game tonight!
    Only pity is that I have no goddamn voice…bleh.
    Taking an Irish buddy along with me. He’s been here nearly a year and is a total Habs fanatic now. Bad year to start supporting La Flannelle, but I guess it can only get better…

    Looking forward to seeing a Ryan Malone beat-down. Anyone will do. Staubitz, White, Blunden, Plekanec… anyone. Bash that hairy creep’s face in for Emmy, I say.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  30. TomNickle says:

    Money isn’t everything and reaching out to Pat Brisson is one thing. But looking at his list of clients, it would take nothing short of a miracle for him to leave his current job to join the Canadiens as GM. They include Crosby, Briere, Duchene, Fowler, Heatley, Kane, Kopitar, Malkin, the Sedins, Tavares, Toews, Giroux and he also has Nathan Mackinnon.

    I figure those guys alone are netting him around $6.5 million annually. And I left a lot of names out.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think the only thing that would drive Brisson is if his ego wants the challenge, and perhaps he has a deep rooted passion for the Habs.

      I don’t make the ego comment in a negative light, but eventually when a person has had the success he has, it becomes more about ego than money. (So I am told, for now money is still important to me hehe).

      He is an intriguing fellow, clearly a very smart fellow.

      • TomNickle says:

        That’s one of the questions. Does he want to build something?

        Other factors to note are that in the agency world Brisson would be able to sell his book of business to a colleague with the same firm for half of the commission over the life of the contracts. So he could probably walk from his agency with around $20 million in balloon payment.

        The other is the question of what the Habs are willing to pay the right candidate? I’m guessing no more than $3 million but that is an uneducated guess.

  31. SmartDog says:

    Just curious, any of the mentioned GM candidates NOT bilingual?

    And I’m ALL for bilingual. As long as they don’t (cough-PG-cough) suck. If bookies took bets on how PG was going to turn out as a Habs GM, the HIO commentariate could’ve put the mafia out of business. So obviously not a guy with the right insight and talents to be a big dog in the big leagues.

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  32. LA Loyalist says:

    Well, as no one has posted this (to my knowledge) and it’s VERY slow newsday… what if we WERE in the playoffs and PRICE HAS A FREAKING CONCUSSION and we have NO SERIOUS BACKUP GOALIE… there’s fat for the fire.

    Thanks. I’m here all week.

    Also, Down Goes Brown has the GM application form, it’s hilarious. (Previously posted by another HIOer , but worth revisiting)

    • TomNickle says:

      What teams have a more capable backup than Budaj right now?

      St. Louis, Rangers(debatable), Bruins(health concerns), Ottawa.

      I think the only teams that you could reasonably expect to do better with their backup than the Habs are the Blues and Senators.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        Canucks, Flyers, Devils, Sabres, Avs, Panthers, Caps, all have a better backup than Montreal.


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

        • TomNickle says:

          You want Luongo in the playoffs?

          Bobrovsky? Enroth has one win in how many months? Theodore and Clemmensen are shaky at best. The Capitals goaltending has been abysmal all season long.

          Hedberg I’ll give you. And I would be more comfortable with the Canucks situation even with Luongo’s bi-polar tendencies.

          I realize Budaj doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence. But putting myself in the shoes of the teams you mentioned. There isn’t a single organization other than the Canucks, Bruins and Blues where I would be comfortable with the backup, and in the Canucks case, I’d be more comfortable with the backup than the starter.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            Perhaps, but I think all those backups are better than Budaj.


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

  33. JayK-47 says:

    Anyone know what day the draft lottery is held?

  34. Hobie Hansen says:

    With the Habs golfing by the end of next week, I think the Bruins and Sens series could be interesting.

    I was watching the Sens game last night and Neil is an animal. He absolutely destroyed a couple Canes with huge hits but got a penalty on both. One should have been called but the other was a joke.

    Anyway, they showed a hit of his on Boychuk earlier in the season and I think it’s the hardest hit I’ve seen since the Subban hit on the rat last year.

    I think it is going to be on real nasty and intense series between the Sens and Bruins.

    • D Mex says:

      Neal dealt with Brad (the finger) Ference very handily last night.

      ALWAYS Habs -
      D Mex

    • Captain aHab says:

      I think Neil felt the Boychuk hit too…took him a while to get up…although that might have been because Chara was waiting for him to get up.

      —————-
      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

    • LafleurGuy says:

      Good points. As a digression, Foligno’s hit on Gunnarson last night was fierce, and if it’s OK to go way back, Larry Robinson demolished Gary Dornhoefer, and Wendel Clark did the same to Mark Howe (after which he had a Rockem Sockem Robot fight with Rich Tocchet).

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  35. nellis13 says:

    Are you kidding, Claude Loiselle? What about Garth Snow? Or how about the captain of the Titanic? Is he still around?

  36. NoTinFoilCups says:

    I’m in town for the game tonight. Where’s a good spot to cozy up to a bar for a pregame meal? I’m on the tankwagon but would rather not see the boys lose this one.

  37. LA Loyalist says:

    Well, this just in from TSN:

    “Sources told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday that the Canadiens have reached out to Chicago Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin and player agent Pat Brisson to discuss their vacant post.

    La Presse columnist and TSN contributor Francois Gagnon reports that the team has also contacted Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois and Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle.”

    Unleash the Commentariat.

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    ON ALL HAB”S
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  39. Un Canadien errant says:

    From Wikipedia’s entry on Mike Komisarek. Not sure what incident they’re referring to.

    “On April 3, 2012 at a game in Buffalo, NY, Komisarek angered Sabres forward Marcus Foligno, for which he and the Leafs were made to look silly.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Komisarek

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  40. LafleurGuy says:

    With a tip of the hat to JohnBellyful….

    Carey Price was taking a breather
    When a shoe flew from the bleachers
    But quick as a gopher
    Josh blocked the loafer
    And Milbury departed a sneaker

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  41. HabinBurlington says:

    Given NBC’s interest in the NHL with their new tv contract and the fact that their new sports station relies on NHL to fill alot of time, will executives at NBC be at all concerned with Milbury’s blathering comments? Pittsburgh and Crosby are the darlings of NBC’s TV coverage afterall.

  42. Mr. Biter says:

    Mike,
    THe Jets beat Florida last night not the Caps.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  43. jon514 says:

    Ari Gold for GM!

  44. HabFanSince72 says:

    Here’s your rumour of the day.

    The Leafs have not allowed us to speak to Loiselle because they are re-thinking their front office. They will get rid of Burke at the end of the season and Loiselle would be among the possible replacements.


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

  45. LafleurGuy says:

    Anyone cheerin’ Stamkos? Lots of spite…. on this site….for Crosby, Ovechkin, and even the only all-star Hab.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  46. Kooch7800 says:

    check out this page, it is of Mike Komisarek, look at the graph and try and figure out when he became a leaf lol

    http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nhl/1412/mike-komisarek

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  47. 69HABS says:

    http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/jordan-leopold-chaotic-controversial-goal-saved-buffalo-sabres-024954253.html

    Friggin Refs strike again. No way did the Zebras see the puck in the mess of players …. no way ….

  48. Cookies says:

    Just saw the Sharks vs Stars highlights and I can’t see why teams can’t hold onto Dominic Moore. He had about 2 assists that game, he played relatively well with us, did the same in Tampa…

    Doesn’t seem to be the type of player that will rock the boat in the locker room either.

    What do you guys think?

    • Ali says:

      Apparently he always asks for too much money. Then settles for less when nobody will pay him as much as he wants.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I have always wondered if there is a bit of a guilt by association with Moore as it relates to his brother suing an NHL team/Bertuzzi etc…

      I have no insight on it, but seems no team will give him more than a 1 year contract and are happy to move him. Odd to say the least. Of course one of the first moves Burke did was get rid of Moore as I recall.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Journeyman player. Lots like him.


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

    • Chris says:

      In 77 games with Tampa and San Jose, Moore has 4 goals and 24 points while posting a -18 rating in an average 15:30 of ice time.

      That kind of production is okay if you are a 20-24 year old developing forward.

      But Dominic Moore is a 31 year old. He had a career high 18 goals last season with Tampa, but hadn’t topped 13 goals in his 5 seasons before that.

      Given the amount that he has been traded (5 mid-season trades) and the fact that no team keeps him around for more than one season, I suspect he might very well be the type of guy that DOES rock the boat in the dressing room.

    • jmsheehy19 says:

      I would like him back to center the 4th one next season. Although I’d be comfortable with someone else if he wants more than say 1.25 for two years.

  49. nickster13 says:

    Man what a dorky picture of Gorges!

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

  50. JohnBellyful says:

    If Molson tried to get BriseBois to bolt the Lightning, would he be accused of tampa-ring?

  51. Bob_Sacamano says:

    I really hope Gorges (among other Habs) gets an invitation to play at the World Championships in Finland/Sweden next month. He really deserves to and it would be a mistake to overlook him only because he is useless on the PP.

  52. Malreg says:

    Incredible stat… Crosby has just as many assists as Ovechkin does this year. In 50 less games.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      That is pretty amazing. Granted Ovie has been scoring at a much better pace the last few weeks.

      • Malreg says:

        Ya he’s been playing much better. I just chuckle at that stat because people tried to claim that he was scoring less goals last year and this season because he was passing a lot more and setting up more plays.

  53. habs001 says:

    a tampa regulation win means the habs cannot finish higher than 28th….too many expansion team type forwards on the habs roster…

  54. Clay says:

    I’m firmly in the Pat Brisson for GM camp – solely for what he could bring to the team in players. We need Cid the Kid. Could use Malkin as well…of course, Brisson being GM doesn’t guarantee this happening, but improves the odds.
    As for Leaf cast-offs – just say NO.

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    • HabFanSince72 says:

      The most surprising thing about that video is that Komisarek wears the ‘A’.

      Hasn’t he been a healthy scratch?


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

      • Kooch7800 says:

        regularly scratched under wilson. I don’t think he has with the new coach yet though but they are also trying to tank so

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        • HabinBurlington says:

          I believe he has been a scratch at least once under Carlyle. Burke assigned those letters, and gave an A to Komisarek to try and justify his existence on team. Burke knows he effed up signing Komi and giving him a no trade and no movement clause. So he has been trying to sell all year how good Komi is in the room. Remind us of a similar situtation here in Montreal about an overpaid veteran being good in the room?

          • Strummer says:

            Though not a good player Komi was always regatrded as a good leader even in Montreal.
            You recall he was behaind the bench for the Habs when he was injured and the buzz at the time was that he was future captain material.

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        • DorvalTony says:

          He was in decline here well before Luchicken punked him out. He was never ever suggested as captain material by anyone anywhere ever, what a joke. A soft underachiever who tailed off very early in a mediocre career.

    • Clay says:

      ‘Twas a thing of beauty…

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    • Chester says:

      What a D man he is. Should play for the Beaners.

  55. HabFanSince72 says:

    Come on boys. Only three more regulation losses and the prize is yours.


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

  56. smiler2729 says:

    Boone, Florida lost to Winnipeg, Washington was idle…

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  57. Ferg says:

    The 1st person on the GM list should be Dale Tallon. Proven winner everywhere he goes. Et francais je pense.

  58. habs001 says:

    out of 79 games i believe 24 regulation wins….right now we have 5-6 quality forwards on the roster but watching other games the majority of teams have a way better forward roster…

  59. chanchilla says:

    The leafs team is infinitely better than before burke came in, he didnt do a terrible job with what he ha to work with.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Poor defense plus poor goaltending. Cup contending teams need at least one of those. He’s failed in building a solid base to build around.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      I disagree. They have no hope. None whatsoever.


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

      • petefleet says:

        LOL

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  60. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Oh Yeah…go get that leafs guy…that’ll help….

  61. GrimJim says:

    Who said it?

  62. Kooch7800 says:

    My fav was some fan on TSN said yesterday that if Milbury was starting to hand out apologies that he might want to start with the Islanders fan base….lol

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  63. Malreg says:

    Definitely agree, the potential is there.

    However, will he want to take a big paycut to come work as a GM? Who knows…

  64. Captain aHab says:

    I’m guessing the first question at the interviews is likely: We have already chosen Patrick Roy as Coach, would you be OK with rubber stamping that?

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    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  65. Strummer says:

    This morning’s Globe and Mail – Bruce Dowbiggin’s column “Usual Suspects”

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  66. Mattyleg says:

    The owners of the ‘Pioneer’ are coming across as pretty trashy.

    They booted Bernie out (the manager of ‘Clyde’s') because they wanted too much money for the place, then they decided to go back in time to the Bad Old Days when the only bands that played there were crappy cover bands, and the main clientele was the Hell’s Angels.

    Next thing, the owners are denied a liquor license.

    Then, they book a band playing a tribute to a murdered gang-member, get told off by the police, and then ban hip-hop and try to blame it on everyone else so that they look innocent, and so that they can pretend that it’s someone else’s decision.

    What lowlifes.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  67. Un Canadien errant says:

    I thought KRS-One’s “Stop The Violence in Hip Hop” campaign had been successful. Just the other day I was thinking how that was a non-issue now, that rap was all about the Cee Lo Greens and the Nellys, just commercial music now.

    I miss the good old days of Ice Cube and Public Enemy and Tupac and Westside Connection. That was good rap. Says this white boy poseur.

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