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

• From Down Goes Brown: A Pro Athlete’s Guide to Using Twitter

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. SLONCOLD says:

    tiger is first because his personal life isn’t our business to start with, it’s more a story TMZ should cary than tsn

    farve thing is a pain, but south of the border i’m sure they love it



  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    I couldn’t care less about the BS in NFL or the the NBA. Woods was only an issue because he was Mr. Clean of pro athletes and now guess what folks? The guy liked having sex and apparently it made him a great golfer seeing how dominant he was, I couldn’t care less.

    Price-Halak debate existed because of the focus goaltending gets in MTL and I quickly grew tired of it, the endless arguments, the one-sided trolls and the fudging facts just to make an argument sound more convincing, or the ridiculous accusations levelled against posters or the goaltenders themselves. Be glad when the season starts and we can have some real hockey to discuss.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  3. TomNickle says:

    1. Favre – because it’s been going on for seven years, not just one or two.

    2. Tiger Woods.  As if where he puts his driver has any negative impact on his golf game.

    3. Halak/Price. And this one isn’t going away.  It will only grow from here.  Every game they play on the same night will be picked apart by fans and media east of Manitoba.  

    4. LeBron.  Only because I don’t pay any attention to it.  I thought for two years he was going to the Knicks with Bosh and Wade.  Turns out it was the Heat.  No biggy.  And he doesn’t owe the state of Ohio or the city of Cleveland a damn thing.

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    Members of my family have worked in the railways for 3 generations, it’s in the blood.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  5. Storm Man says:

    1. it is summer time not much going on so why not stir things up a little. 2. I hear you sent a text the other day saying your not happy with the trades the Yankees made this year :)

  6. kempie says:

    I truly believe that in 2-3 years this team will be absolutely frightening. The beast of the East.

  7. habaddict_andy says:

    Agree 100% period.

  8. Rudy says:

    Josh was at the Draft in Los Angeles in June?

  9. mike g says:

    Simple Jack’s Not So Simple Question Of The Day……

    What has been the most annoying sports topic?

    1- Halak/Price goaltending debate

    2- Brett Favre playing, then retiring, then coming back, then taking a dump and texting “I’m done”, then returning again, etc…

    3- Tiger Woods using his wood too much, and all the drama afterwards

    4- Lebron taking his talents to South Bitche and totally ruining any hope sports fans in Cleveland had


    My choice, in order, has been Farve-Halak/Price-Woods-Lebron. Farve is number 1 because it’s a saga that’s been going on for like 7 years, and ESPN likes to pound it down our throats 24/7. The Habs goaltending debate comes in 2nd thanks to HIO, and because I live in MTL. Woods comes in 3rd because I tend to ignore golf talk since I’m not crazy about the sport, but ESPN and all media outlets still talked about it way to much. And finally the Lebron “decision” comes in 4th because I know nothing about Basketball or the NBA and I’m actually happy it stirred up a bunch of crap; without the Lebron saga keeping us busy, the dead NHL ufa season would seem so much longer.

    So, what’s your list?


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  10. mbplekfan says:

    I love how all the preseason previews assume that every team is serious about winning the cup every year.

    PG looked at our team and noted the deficiencies that would make us a second tier playoff club. He knew that with an aging and not very tough defence we couldnt handle the bigger teams unless our goalie was lights out.

    He saw we lacked size up front and had no secondary scoring if Cammy and Gionta slumped.

    He knew that carrying two #1 goaltenders on a long shot team made no sense.

    He also sees the amount of contracts coming off our books next year and knew that a year of development for key additions would pay dividends the following year.

    This is a development year for Price, Subban, and Eller. All three are highly touted and ready to hit the big time. They will be given ice time and coaching and be given some leeway when they make mistakes.

    This is a goodbye year for Hamrlik and his monstrous contract. AK either lives up to his money or so long to brother Andrei. Yappy Lappy needs a good year or good bye…

    The team will be better this year. It will be even better the year after.

  11. Storm Man says:

    According to ESPN, Favre has denied sending text messages to any Vikings personnel about retiring and he will play if healthy LOL you think? I hope the DONKEY who made up the storey takes a week off and comes to Montreal so he can tell us what is going on with Price and PG and where contract talks are at…. Some reporters I just don’t know how they sleep at night.

  12. spcbrass says:

    I also like when you ask somebody what they are doing and they reply, “I’m not doing nothing.”  If you are not doing nothing then obviously you are doing something!

  13. HabFanSince72 says:

    F Scott Fitzgerald used it all the time.


  14. Jordio-oh says:

    I find it interesting how people can dump on Price so easily so early in his career. “Price has proven to be a major disappointment”. He hasn’t even turned 23 yet and you’re already asking why we should ‘waste’ a year on him? Yet you praise Niemi as a proven stanley cup champion, which is very arugable. Do you know where Antti Niemi was when he was 23? He was playing in Finland putting up a 2.57 and a .918 (nothing special at all for the Finnish league). Its not Carey’s fault he was taken 5th overall and put into the driver seat. I’ll admit I wish he had a better year last year, but he’s young and so far he’s ahead of the curb with regards to where he’s at on a professional level compared to Niemi and other young goaltenders. For people to criticize him at the lengths that they do this early in his career is totally moronic.

  15. lenny says:

    he deserves it!

  16. kempie says:

    Price = 61 (40/21)

    Auld = 21 (10/11)

    100 pts. 4th place

  17. Harani says:

    Josh Gorges is going to be the sole representative of the Habs to be at the Heritage Classic Announcement this evening at 5pm. He was at the draft, he wa with Jacques Martin Last weekend in Rigaud, he went to the draft. Captain much?

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  18. Psycho29 says:

    Irregardless, you know what we mean!


  19. kempie says:

    Thank you. I’m a bit of a stickler so this stuff drives me nuts but I let it slide on here. But since you went there, I’d also like to add:

    Their = possessive (HIO members are out of their minds)

    They’re = contraction of they are (they’re not getting any better)

    There = everything else (there, that’s better)

    Also, Stewie Griffin’s picks are worth noting: “A whole nother”, irregardless and “all of the sudden” are incorrect.

  20. Mattyleg says:

    Yeah, that’s a peach.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  21. RGM says:

    Good point. That guy was right – this no contract thing is bad for Carey’s publicity!

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  22. forskis says:

    Caps Game 7 could be on there as well since CBC laughed off Montreal’s chances and called WSH in 3 according to Stock and Milbury…and that it did not matter which goalie was used since the games were going to be so lopsided according to Hrudey.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  23. forskis says:

    The game was on the 10 greatest DVD set.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  24. forskis says:

    The other thing:  contractions are only used in speech not written…unless you are writing down dialogue.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

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