The previews begin

ESPN’s Scott Burnside sizes up the Northeast Division.

On the Canadiens:

Curious offseason for the Habs, who, after squeaking into the playoffs
on the final weekend of the regular season, surprised everyone by
knocking off Washington and Pittsburgh in seven-game sets before falling
to Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference finals last spring. Playoff
hero Jaroslav Halak was shipped off to St. Louis before he could go to arbitration, leaving up-and-down Carey Price to man the fort with only journeyman Alex Auld
as backup. Playoffs look to be a life-and-death experience, once again,
for the Canadiens and maybe more death than life with the at-times
immature Price at the helm and little in the way of a Plan B behind him.
Another key will be the ability of franchise defenseman Andrei Markov
to return from the knee surgery he underwent during the playoffs for a
torn ACL. His availability for the start of the season remains unknown.

Jacques Demers thought he was going to die

Canucks can Ryan Walter

José Theodore to Nashville?

• OK, so the Canadiens haven’t won the Cup for 17 years. Montreal is still Chick City

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The great Maurice Richard would be 89 today … (thanks for the reminder, nightmare_49)


Dominic Moore on The Fan 990

The new Hawks

Penguins’ lavish new digs

Bruins face salary cap dilemma

Forsberg? Really??


  1. G-Man says:

    I am expecting a 3 way tandem among Price, Auld and Sanford as the Habs desperately search for a goalie…*Joke*

    If all goes well, Price should start 57 and Auld 25.

  2. Ian Cobb says:


    As a young fella I had to leave town, I was getting into to many accidents driving.

  3. HabFanSince72 says:

    In fairness, Niemi was very good in the first three series. He was outstanding against the Sharks.

  4. Ian Cobb says:

    It was a fantastic night for sure Teach! I am glad you could take it all in!

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’ll likely go into the 60s this season I suspect, but if the team can secure a playoff spot earlier than usual (Not the last day of the season!) than I suspect Auld will get some starts then to make sure Price is rested for the playoffs.



    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  6. Ian Cobb says:

    Your right, a little strong. But the great service has deteriorated a lot. And I do have first hand information.

  7. Ian Cobb says:

    His operation took place in Ottawa!

  8. Fire_Laraque says:

    Food for thought people.


    How many games does Price play this year? He’s young but he’s not Martin F Brodeur.   So lets say, 50 a good number?

    Now here’s the thing, Auld will get 34.  That’s a possibility of 68 pts.  Y ou think Auld can win 15 games in there?  hmmmmm….

  9. The Teacher says:

    I remember that night like it was yesterday. How emotional it still is!!

  10. Mark C says:

    Let’s stop this Niemi just won the Cup crap. He played one good game in the Cup finals out of the 6 games played, that was game 2.

    Niemi had a SV% above .900 just once in the finals.

    Niemi gave up 4 or more goals over 66% (4 out of 6) of the games in the finals.

    Niemi had an .882 SV% in the finals.

    The fact is that team overcame Niemi’s poor play during the playoffs, and in particular during the finals. If the Flyers had a real goalie and won the Cup, Niemi would have become the #1 goat.


  11. HabFanSince72 says:

    Ian, three points:

    1. Demers’ operation was not done in Montreal, or even in Quebec.

    2. I doubt very much that you know anything about the quality of medical care in Montreal – not that that is even relevant to Demers’ case.

    3. Referring to McGill hospitals as 3rd world, even if its just hyperbole, is quite ignorant – and answers #2.


  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    If the fans dictated team policy of a pro team, it would be less successful than a Mike Milbury GMed team with Mario Tremblay as head coach.

    Niemi is a nobody who was propelled to the top by Duncan Keith and the defensive unit of the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2010 Cup Finals featured the worst goaltending duel of the decade for a Cup Final.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  13. HabFanSince72 says:

    I’m not sure where this “Price let the team down” idea comes from.

    He’s had his ups and downs, but he wasn’t really bad last year.

    Also,he’s 22. Ryan Miller didn’t become a starter until he was 25.


  14. ed lopaz says:

    just to add some balance to everything, my late father was given almost 20 extra years of quality life because of the work done by Montreal doctors.

    He had a triple by-pass when he was only 56.

    He had cancer and had one of his kidneys removed.

    He lived with a defibulator and a pace maker installed on his heart.

    He passed away 3 years ago, but without the outstanding work of his Montreal doctors he would not have seen 57.

    I understand what you’re saying Ian – but I doubt all of this could have been done to help my father – entirely free of charge – in any 3rd world country.

  15. Rugger says:

    It’s just you.

  16. Mattyleg says:

    Guess he forgot his wide-angle lens.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  17. Mattyleg says:


    The operation took place in OTTAWA!

    It bugs me when people jump on any story just because they have an axe to grind about a vaguely-related topic.

    “A man in China was hit by a car.” — Yeah, typical Quebec driver, never look where they’re going!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  18. Mattyleg says:

    Nfld, what the fans “demand” has no bearing whatsoever on decisions the management makes.

    Just because someone is a “fan favourite” doesn’t mean that he should be kept.

    Chris Osgood won the Stanley Cup!! Let’s go get him!

    oh, and any “fan” who boos their own team is a moron.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. Mattyleg says:

    Let’s have a look at some of the points you raise, because some of them are good ones.

    First of all, Niemi is a Stanley Cup winner, as you say, but he is NOT a “proven” one. That is to say, he is a rookie. That was his first year in the NHL, and he is asking for far too much money, in my opinion, for a sophomore goalie. For examples of sophomore goalie disappointments, look no further than Andrew Raycroft. Won the Calder with 29 wins, next year: 8. You’ve gotta prove yourself to deserve big money.

    Secondly, you claim not to understand how Price could have partied etc. He was young and believed his own press. Can you blame him? He should have stayed a year in the juniors -too much too young too soon. He’ll be fine.

    A Stanley Cup ring is a team accomplishment. Don’t think that flying a 2nd year goalie in here will work miracles.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. nfldanchor says:

    Listen if you are a real fan of the Habs then how can you support Price. He has done nothing for the Habs and has been a huge bust year after year. Halak was the fan favorite and Price gets booed every night. How does that help the team? He needs to go elsewhere for his own benefit and for the sake of the Habs. He can’t handle the pressure of Montreal and never will. If you think he will step up this year , then you are living a pipe dream. Remember Theodore won top goalie one year and a season later had to be traded because he didn’t fit in with the team anymore. Price is the same and he will be gone by xmas when the fans demand it! Get a real goalie who has won the stanley cup. What did Price win a backup job last year! I can hear the boo’s now wafting throught he Bell Centre as Price lets his team and his fans down once again. Niemi is the right choice right now and Price is trying to squeeze every dollar out of PG because he really believes we need him. Now Niemi becomes available and the situation changes.

  21. Ian Cobb says:

    Top Doctors and the best medical staff are no longer at the Victoria or General hospital any more. Medical service in PQ is at 3rd world level today. They used to be the best in the country.

    Demer’s hernia operation was botched when the Dr. cut his intestine unknowingly and it was discovered much later as he was about to crap out.

  22. habs63 says:

    Is it me, or did the photographer take pictures only of the uber skinny chicks? Sub 110lbs.

  23. HabFanSince72 says:

    Just like Jaro.

  24. HabFanSince72 says:

    How does your grandfather’s heart surgery in Montreal relate to Jacques Demers’ hernia surgery in Ottawa?

    And how do you know Demers’ surgery was “botched”? He had a complication, but do you know for a fact it was due to negligence?

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