The torch is passed, in the boardroom

• Pat Hickey on the succession

François Gagnon’s take and Arpon Basu’s

Bert Raymond saw it coming

• Hickey on the “other” Kovy

Demers’ hernia operation a success

Why not Canada? series begins

• Eric Duhatschek on Bob Probert

• An Elliote Friedman piece on Probert

Probert’s Top 5 (not goals)

• List of players who filed for salary arbitration


  1. nightmare_49 says:

     c – Sounds good to me.

  2. Les-Habitants says:

    Not Halak’s, Price’s.

    I was just amazed at how different those two seasons were for him, despite similar stats. 

  3. WarHero says:

    Such as no one can pick Hab players? lol


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  4. fbkj says:

    bonham gets nods for influential for sure

    as far as skill sets go though? i guarantee you lombardo could play better bonham than bonham could lombardo 😀

  5. ZepFan2 says:


    Is that what they call, “pleasuring one’s self” these days??


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  6. Tony243 says:

    I am not a troll hippy, it is you who are the troll, you and every other koolaid drinking lefty, i am the only one who speaks the truth, the only one who sees that bg and pg are standing pat, that an 88 point team with 47% wins is not going to make the playoffs or win any rounds, only me, Tony the Preacher, Tony the Evangel, Tony the Jim Jones of HIO.

    Now excuse me while I go pray to my Brian Burke picture.

  7. punkster says:

    Remember Spoor, in Brazil: “All you’ve got to do is blow your nose and it’s fixed, in’t it?”

    Hope you’ve got the right form. Or you’ll have to call Tuttle.


  8. Habsrule1 says:

    I’d say he gets a 2 year deal….3 max. As much as we’ve invested, we can’t be too crazy here. I think Price is going to be very good, but the reality is we don’t know yet. I doubt they are confident enough to give him 5 years. I also think Price would be ok with 3. I see the Habs starting their offer at 2 years, $4M-4.5M or so, and Price’s agent counters at 3 years, $6M-$6.5M.

    $2M or slightly over per year would make sense.

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  9. ZepFan2 says:

    I don’t get why he just doesn’t sign in as Tony the Troll.

    Be a lot easier for the rest of us.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  10. ZepFan2 says:

    That’s why it called, ‘trolling’.

    Hence, Tony the Troll.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  11. ZepFan2 says:

    Nailed it!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  12. HabFanSince72 says:

    All the NHL cares about is more Americans watching on NBC. A 2nd team in Toronto doesn’t help that.


  13. SLONCOLD says:

    tony990 might be trade marked….

  14. JD_ says:

    I’ve had to MacGyver my heat pump while waiting for the new HVAC system to be installed. The bloody thing is 21 years old and on its last legs. Quite the sight now, what with everything I’ve had to hook up to it to keep it running.

    Moving up to a 5-ton system from the current 4-ton and upping both the circulating fan’s HP and furnace kW by 50%. Should – better – do the job.

    The hydro chick came by yesterday to read the meter. I can’t say for certain, but I think I saw her rubbing her palms together in a gleeful fashion whilst snickerin’.

  15. SLONCOLD says:

    finally someone who sees the light:-) price WONT sign a long term 2M a year deal lol why would he? and he won’t sign a one year 1.5m deal; he’ll just hold out if that happens….

  16. Tony243 says:

    If you think things are bad now just imagine when the Habs are picking Sean Couturier and Halak is sipping champagne from Lord Stanley’s mug next summer. You think Tony AKA _blue_blanc_rouge AKA habs_guru is bad now. Just wait until Carey Price loses his 1st game. It will spawn an army of Tonies. Tony245, Tony246, Tony247, up to Tony999 wil infest these pages and show you who has the last laugh. There will be no joking on HIO, only the depressing rantings of a Halak fanboy who in real life has no friends, has no life and never got laid.

    I am Tony AKA Olay Olay AKA _blue_blanc_rouge AKA habs_guru and I have no life save coming here forever and rejoicing in my wonderful Leafs. All you HIO koolaid drinking leftie clique will suffer the wrath of the Halak fanboy!!!

    Radio Free Timo is on the air!!!

  17. pmaraw says:

    sounds like a lot of fun, are there gonna be stipulations?  since we’er all habs fans?

  18. cautiousoptimist says:

    After dealing Halak and investing the team’s future in Price, it’d be crazy not to give him a long-term contract.  I’d guess a $3M cap hit for five years — it’s probably too much, but given the team’s insistence on hitching their wagon to Price for better or for worse, I’d be surprised if they offered him a short-term deal, and even more surprised if he signed for less than $3M a year on a longish-term contract.

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  19. DD says:

    I will be looking for him. Thanks for the heads up. BTW John Hiatt goes on the same stage before Levon. Should be a great night.

  20. SLONCOLD says:

    why would price sign a long term deal at 2.4m? do u think he is stupid?

  21. aemarchand11 says:

    Count me in

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    Good idea, because if there’s something we’re missing on H I/O, it’s more bragging rights about who’s right 😉

    Seriously though, sounds like fun.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  23. Chorske says:

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about people fighting incredible odds and I think Probert and his family deserve HUGE respect for what they did over the years to try to straighten him out. But I will not romanticize someone’s self-destruction.

    So yeah: respect. But no pedestal.

  24. mike g says:


    Since some of you seem to be interested in this hockey pool idea, well talk about it more later on in the summer.

    We can fix up a date and time for the online draft, and have some fun with this bad-boy…

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

  25. SLONCOLD says:

    lol price halak was nice, you couldn’t go wrong with either. if one slumped or was off the other could step in

    price/auld? yikes. i know people talk about price and all this maturity he gained last year. But he didn’t look good in relief of jaro in the playoffs. i just hope he comes to training camp in shape…

  26. WarHero says:

    I would love another team in Quay-Bec, it would releive some of the pressure off the Habs and possibly take a few of the crazy fans with it :)


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  27. Les-Habitants says:

    Obviously, with Halak signing it got me thinking about Carey Price and I was checking his stats and was surprised by how similar his 07 and 09/10 seasons were:



    GP   W    L    OT   MIN    GA     SA      GAA    S%   SO   

    41   13   20    5   2358   109  1244    2.77   .912   0

    41   24   12    3   2413   103  1282    2.56   .920  3


    While there is a noted drop in his performance, the stats aren’t that far off from one another…but man, what a different outcome!

  28. cautiousoptimist says:

    I’d be in!

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  29. crabvader says:

    I projected Jaro making like 4+mil/per.

    This is a manageable deal that gives us more bargaining power to get Price for cheaper.

    Price should make half that.

  30. lavie says:

    I felt Halak was still with Habs…

  31. Psycho29 says:

    Oh the disgrace! Next thing you know Brisebois’ number 43 will be up for grabs!

    You are a Hockey Brain, Tony, are you saying Bob Gainey was not worthy of having his number retired?Numerous Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe in 1979, 4 Selkes. and he was called the world’s best all-around player by Soviet national team coach Viktor Tikhonov……

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste….



  32. TripleX says:

    Would it have been so difficult to say thanks for what you did in Montreal and congratulations Jaro?


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  33. Chuck says:

    Good for Jaro. Though if I’m St. Louis management, I’m hoping that he’s playing lights-out (for St. Louis) 3 and 4 years from now.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  34. biffbaddy says:

    We better get Price for a lot less than that!

  35. punkster says:

    What’s your address, I’ll ship you some hot air. ‘Course you can get lots of that by reading Tony posts, or Ole, Ole, or whatever he calls hiimself today.


  36. Habsrule1 says:

    1. He deserves credit. gillette bought for $350M, I believe. He sold for $600M. Enough said.

    2. Really good question. I’d have to say Pouliot just cause we’ve seen AK scoring 23 & 26 goals ar so. We know he can score roughly 25. With Pouliot, we are in the dark. We only see potential so far.

    3. I believe him, but I think he’s just venting cause he had chances to prove his worth and never did. If that meant fighting on his first shift of the night, just do it. And don’t chase Lucic around asking him to fight…just fight him.

    4. I’d like to see a tough guy, perhaps Schultz make the team. As for Asham, I liked him, but to read that losing him was a big deal, I think that’s an exaggeration.

    5. This team will be better if we get less injuries. I find it funny that everyone says we were not that good, squeaking into the playoffs. Name one team, with the amount of injuries to key players that we had that would finish in the top 5 in the conference. So, if we have less injuries, then combine that with the gelling we started to see in the playoffs, as well as noted improvements from Lapierre, Pouliot, and AK, as well as Eller’s role, there is no doubt in my mind we will be much better. Unless Price is bad….then there will be doubt. Lots of doubt.

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  37. Tony243 says:

    Boyd is taking #41. Suck on that Halak fanboy!!!

  38. kempie says:

    High of 15 here in Calgary and people are all excited about it. God I hate this wasteland. Please turn all fans to face west.  I want my summer!!!!

  39. SlovakHab says:

    Good for him. It’s a bit too much IMO. Glad we have Price & Auld, I think they will be just fine.

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