Therrien shuffles lines; Budaj will face Sabres with new contract

Coming off Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien shuffled his lines at practice Wednesday morning in Brossard and announced that Peter Budaj will start in goal against the Sabres Thursday night in Buffalo (7:30 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin also announced that Budaj has been signed to a two-year contract extension that will take him through the 2014-15 season. Budaj, who is earning a pro-rated $1.2 million during the lockout-shortened season, will get a slight raise to $1.4 million on the two-year, $2.8-million extension.

In eight games this season, the 30-year-old Budaj has a 6-1-1 record with a 2.17 goals-against average and .917 save percentage with one shutout. He joined the Canadiens as a free agent on July 1, 2011.

Rene Bourque, who started Tuesday’s game on the fourth line, was bumped up to join Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta at practice Wednesday, while Michael Ryder was with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk. The David Desharnais-Max Pacioretty-Brendan Gallagher line was kept intact, while Brandon Prust dropped down to the fourth line with Travis Moen and Jeff Halpern.

The defence pairings were: Josh Gorges-P.K. Subban; Andrei Markov-Francis Bouillon; Nathan Beaulieu-Davis Drewiske; Tomas Kaberle-Yannick Weber.

“We tried something with Bourque yesterday by putting him with Pleky and Gio and we’ll continue with the same lines,” Therrien told reporters after practice.

Below is the video interview The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs did with Therrien before the start of the strike-shortened season:

(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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1,017 Comments

  1. Danno says:

    Brad Marchand received an elbow to the head from Anton Volchenkov. Left with what appears to be a concussion.

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  2. jedimyrmidon says:

    WTH?! First Leafs shot in a while and they score!

  3. zorro says:

    Leafs are very fortunate to still be in this game, Rangers
    just can’t finish. Reimer is over rated (battles every shot), and with no playoff experience, the Leafs may not go far.

  4. Danno says:

    Devils narrow the gap to 4-2 with a shorty by Zajac

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  5. steste11 says:

    Looks like an injured knee for Marchand

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  6. Danno says:

    Devils score. Marchand gone to the dressing room after the last play.

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  7. HabinBurlington says:

    Suggestion for Poll Question:
    Who will grow a better playoff beard?
    1. Alex Galchenyuk
    2. Brendan Gallagher
    3. Lars Eller

  8. TheLogician says:

    4 goals on 9 shots, eh?

    thanks Devils. thanks a lot.

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    Amazing how soft Brian Boyle plays for a guy 6’7″ .

  10. Danno says:

    Rat Boy just embellished a call

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  11. lavie says:

    Ryder- Eller- Galchenyuk line will be on fire to playoff.

  12. Habilis says:

    Question for everyone:

    Watching the Leafs-Rangers, it occurs to me that if/when we meet either of these teams in the post-season, we will really miss Alexei Emelin. Someone is going to have to step up in the physicality department because Prust can’t do it all.

    Which brings me to my question: If Travis Moen elevates his physical play come playoff time and plays like we all know he can, if he is that guy who steps up, does that earn him his salary in the eyes of the fans?

    I’m a yes.

  13. HabinBurlington says:

    Is Brad Richards the next Scott Gomez? I haven’t noticed him at all in this game.

  14. The Jackal says:

    HH – love those lines. Hope we see them in action!

  15. HabinBurlington says:

    Rangers winning no puck battles in corners, just reaching with one hand on stick. They look terrible. Perhaps we get an episode of angry Fonzie tonight?

  16. showey47 says:

    Great news for budaj getting a contract extension,well deserved. I’d like to see ryder get one next,preferably 2 years,3 max.

  17. frontenac1 says:

    @burly. I missed the Tilt. Who won?

  18. steve29 says:

    Kessel going for the net. Must be getting tips from his sister

  19. Kimberly2u says:

    What is wrong with the Devils? Can they at least won tonight

  20. HabinBurlington says:

    1-0 Leafs, Kessel scores….. And Frasor and Clowe have quite a tilt.

  21. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Oh boy — Devils do NOT appear to be about to do us a favour tonight. 3-0 Bruins, still 1st period. Finger Ferrence and Campbell just combined for a shortie.

    Devils looking truly dire.

    Good night from Ireland.

  22. Kimberly2u says:

    I figured the Bruins would win tonight anyways

  23. SmartDog says:

    Can one of you numbers guys give some evidence that Moen is worth more than he seems lately. He’s a good PK guy at least isn’t he?

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  24. frontenac1 says:

    Agreed Mark C. What’s with this Laff nonsense? Habs have more trouble with the Islanders and Buffalo.

  25. The Teacher says:

    Interesting poll. I picked Tavares over Stamkos myself.

  26. NJ are horrible too!

    Man oh man , 5-3 no goal and now a Bruins PS

    Ol man stacks the pads and makes the save.

    Another sho0rt handed effort and the Bruins are up 2-0 int he frst 5 minutes. Brodeur will want to leave NJ after this game.

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  27. Nice to see Budaj signed. Beregevin seems more keyed on getting things done, rather than gamble in the summer.

    Habs first of five straight Cups was on this day in 1956. A bit of video to go with it.

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  28. frontenac1 says:

    Steve Austin! That’s the guys name. Remember the$6 Million Dollar Man? What does. 6 million bucks buy you today? A washed up Centre from Alaska.Bionics,that’s the ticket!

  29. HabFab says:

    Nygrenn not coming over to Hamilton now according to his tweets. Apparently he was packed and ready to go but his Swedish team objected…he is under contract with them for next season.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      That’s too bad, have to think he was looking forward to coming over.

      • HabFab says:

        He didn’t sound impressed! On the other hand it gives me confidence that we can sign him now..was not sure after he extended with his Swedish team for next season.

        • johnnylarue says:

          Bummer. I had a fantasy scenario in mind wherein Nygren was flown in for a tryout and over the course of five games became Erik Karlsson Mk. II and led the Habs to their 25th Stanley Cup.

  30. HardHabits says:

    I dusted off my HIO13 and decided to play line-combo mode:

    Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta
    Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
    Pacioretty-Desharnais-Bourque
    Moen/White-Halpern-Prust

    Here’s my logic.

    The Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta line has already proven to be extremely productive. Why mess with a good thing? This is a legitimate top line capable of playing against anybody in the league.

    Moving Gallagher to the Galchenyuk-Eller combo puts together a very potent combo. A true kid line. The future of the Habs top 6.

    Bourque added to the Pacioretty-Desharnais combo puts DD back where he is best; between two power forwards. The added bonus is that Bourque gets to play his natural wing.

    I would also set the middle 6 (there’s a new expression denoting the 2nd and 3rd lines) at ice equal time during the 1st and 2nd periods and reward the better of the two with more ice time in the 3rd and/or power play shifts should they occur.

    Moen-White-Prust is as crash and bang as they come and the combo of Moen/White-Halpern-Prust is a defensively responsible trio capable of grinding and scoring and playing penalty kill minutes.

    The big change here is to separate DD and Gallagher putting DD back between two big bodies, and equalizing time between his and Eller’s lines and give more TOI based on merit and on a per game basis if need be.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Although I’ve advocated for DD and Parches to be separated, you might be on to something by trying yo protect DD with 2 bigger wings.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I think many of us see this, not sure why MT is adverse to the idea. Hard to question him given what has worked so far, but do like the idea of trying the lines as HH shows them.

        • HardHabits says:

          It also keeps the (smallest) forwards Gionta, Desharnais and Gallagher separated, thus spreading the wealth around. DD is creative and can dish well to two power forwards. Those bodies will compensate for his plodding style but it would also help him with puck possession. Gio and Gally skate well and are speedy and even though they are small they still play a go to the dirty areas game. I think these combos help the 3 lines get balance. As well either Moen or Prust can be promoted to add some grit if need be.

    • johnnylarue says:

      I had exactly the same thought re: Bourque on the DD line.

      Part of me feels like it’s a fairly facile assumption to make that Patches/DD/Bourque would equal Patches/DD/Cole just because Cole and Bourque are the same style of player. On-ice chemistry is kind of unpredictable.

      I’ll say this, though: it really couldn’t hurt to try it.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Those lines do make sense. Bourque would be back in his natural RW position.

      Top line is a balance between sniping and defensive responsibility.

      Curious how a complete line of youngsters would perform especially in the playoffs. Which line would get the most sheltered minutes?

  31. People are affraid to meet the Leafs? These guys are horrible!

    Both teams suck. Party on Garth

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  32. Kimberly2u says:

    Habilis….thank you…I knew we were close

  33. Kimberly2u says:

    Can someone tell me how many more wins we need to clinch our playoff spot?

  34. ont fan says:

    Don’t know if anyone watched the Blue Jay game. Jays down 6 to 1 in the 6th. Win it 8 to 6 over Tigers.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Kudos to them, I have been very dissappointed early with them. Perhaps this win will get them going. Full credit to them for that comeback.

      • johnnylarue says:

        It’s a looooooooooooooooong season. Plenty of time to turn things around.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Games in April worth the same as games in August. A prolonged bad start normally is indicative of how a team will play. Given this team hasn’t won together before, it is imperative they don’t fall to far behind. There is plenty of talent, but still feel the group lacks leadership. Plus listening to the owners talking heads on the owners TV station tell everyone how not to worry, makes me worry.

  35. habs001 says:

    This season individual rewards are a bit meaningless since the 2 conferences dont play each other…

  36. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Max needs to go to the front of the net & use his size. The Habs need more dirty, greasy goals if they are to go far in the playoffs. They need to bug the Sh!t out of the goalies get in their faces and make every minute out there agony for them. They have to pick their shots, none of this shooting straight into the tenders crest when he can see it a mile away. They have to pick the top corners if they miss they miss. At least make the tenders work for the saves.

  37. habs001 says:

    DD is great for the 3rd line if you have a few elite top 6 forwards…169 games played 105 points…very competitive points per game player with other Habs forwards…

  38. frontenac1 says:

    @timo. TU-74 should go get fixed by those Commie doctors that put his face back together. They do some scary stuff over there.

  39. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Happy for Budaj & his new contract extension. He earned it & I think he’s a very capable backup. Now go out there & get those Sabres.

  40. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Bell sucks the big one!

  41. B says:

    Cap hits for today’s lines at practice:
    RB-TP-BG $3.33M+$5M+$5M = $13.33M
    AG-LE-MR $3.25M+$1.325M+$3.5M = $8.075M
    TM-JH-BP $1.85M+$.7M+$2.5M = $5.05M
    MP-DD-BG $1.625M+$.85M+$.87M = $3.345M

    –Go Habs Go!–

  42. HardHabits says:

    So does this mean that DD’s line is 3rd and Eller’s is 2nd? Because I am thinking that Eller needs more ice time than Desharnais does. Last time Eller was upped, DD game back gang busters. Light a fire under their asses MT!!!

  43. mike3131 says:

    Reading some of the discussions about Price’s stats compared to Bobrovsky and the Leafs goalies’ stats gave me an idea of a new goaltending stat category that should be counted: Earned Goals Against Average.
    In baseball, if a defensive player is charged with an error on a play and the subsequent baserunner eventually scores, the run does not count against the pitcher’s Earned Run Average.
    So if Earned GAA were to be tracked in hockey, a goal that is allowed as a result of an “error” by the defense (e.g. someone left wide open backdoor, or deflection/screen or one-timer top shelf, etc.) will not be charged to the goalie’s “earned goals against average”. However, if a goalie allows a “soft” or “stoppable” goal, (if he were in good position to make the save but didn’t make it) he is charged with an “earned goal against.”
    Of course the league would have to make sure that the official scorekeepers aren’t biased in favor of the home team’s goalie, but I think this stat would say a lot more about a goaltender than standard GAA and Save %.

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  44. Dansolo says:

    Congrats to Peter Budaj on his contract extension, well deserved!

  45. SmartDog says:

    5 QUESTIONS:
    1. Who is more valuable to the Habs: Eller or Desharnais?
    2. What has been Bergevin’s worst move to date?
    3. What has been his best move?
    4. Do Bergevin and Therrien favor French players unfairly (to the rest)?
    5. Give MB and MT each a score from 1 to 10.
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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      1. Eller. DD can be easily replaced by AG.
      2. Moen’s contract.
      3. Ryder trade.
      4. No but DD’s ethnicity probably was a factor in his new contract. A normal consequence in this market.
      5. MB 9 and MT 8.5

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    • BrianRDP says:

      1. Eller
      2. Drewiskie
      3. Ryder/Galchenyuk
      4. No
      5. MB-8 MT-9

    • Saintpatrick33 says:

      1. Eller
      2. Signing DD for 4 years. If he continues to regress it will look worse and worse
      3. Unloading the Cole contract and getting Ryder
      4. Yes DD plays badly and still gets top 6 mins but Eller and PK get benched. I’d love to see Patches with another center.
      5. MB:9 MT:8

    • Danno says:

      1 – Eller is on the uprise and Desharnais appears to be in decline or slumping although that may change.

      2 – Nothing really bad to speak of so far

      3 – Getting rid of Gomez

      4 – I don’t think it’s a factor at all but some people view things from that optic. Therrien stated today he expects more from Desharnais

      5 – 9 each. They only get 10 if Habs go all the way

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    • piper says:

      Eller
      DD contract
      Ryder for Cole looks great now.
      maybe
      MB 7 MT 8

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      1. Eller: young, has size and mass, skill, vision, fast – prototypical Top 6 center.
      2. Not much to complain about. Timing on DD’s contract perhaps. MB may have been trying to sign him cheap. Too bad DD’s production hasn’t really increased since the signing.
      3. Ryder acquisition.
      4. No, nothing blatant. Though it seems that Bouillon and DD (especially) have more leeway for errors.
      5. MB, MT: 9/10 – Did not foresee the team doing this well. Thought they could make it to the playoffs, but they have exceeded all expectations. MB also appears to have a plan going forward involving drafting and development, a big plus.

    • The Dude says:

      1) Even
      2) $6.5 million per season for Price ‘Way way too much,CRAZY!’
      3)Prust
      4) no
      5)MB 7… MT 9

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      1. Eller and it´s not even close.
      2. Moen´s and DD´s contracts equally.
      3. Ryder trade
      4. Not in general but when it comes to DD: Yes, unfortunately. On the other hand Dumont sits while Moen does nothing, at least while playing 5-5
      5. 9 and 7

    • jon514 says:

      1) DD. I’d say he’s going to be a career 2nd line center. To have him locked up for 4 years at 3.5 is about 500K – 1M under market rate.

      2) He traded for 1 7th, when we actually needed 2 a 7th and a top 4.

      3) Ryder trade!

      4) Yes. DD’s ice-time does not fit into the Meritocracy. White took 4 PIM in a game and was benched for 6 games. Dumont took 4 PIM and received slightly reduced ice time.

      5) MB: 8. MT: 8.5.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      1. Eller
      2. Tie. Desharnais contract extension and PK’s extended contract negiation.
      3. Sending Gomez home
      4. I could not tell you.
      5. MB 9. MT 9.5

    • Timo says:

      1. Eller – it’s not even close
      2. Two moves – signing Desharnais and not signing a legit NHL defenseman
      3. Signing Budaj
      4. Yes
      5. MB – 4, MT – 5

    • Bripro says:

      1. Different roles
      2. Can’t really think of any. So far.
      3. Drafting Chucky and the Ryder trade
      4. PK over Bouillon? hmmmm You’re unnecessarily stirring the pot.
      5. 9.5 and 8.87325

    • philip says:

      1) Right now, Desharnais, but time is running out. Fast.
      2) Moen contract ( years, money is fine)
      3) in my opinion, everything comes down to the signing character guys like Prust, Armstrong and Bouillon. It changed the room, the way they play, etc. He knew a good team needs this kind of player.
      4) Favor, yes. Unfairly, no. It’s Montreal, a lot of fans speak only french, it’s a special hockey market in more ways than one… And I’m not talking ice time, that’s more a veterans versus unproved players.
      5) MB 8.5, MT 8

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      1. Who is more valuable to the Habs: Eller or Desharnais?
      Eller, as you’d expect from a tall, drafted player. The value is long-term though. Desharnais is still a valuable player.
      2. What has been Bergevin’s worst move to date? Reading HIO after a loss, if he’s done that!
      3. What has been his best move?
      Prust. Therrien. Galchenyuk. Ryder. Gomez. But his best move? I hear he does a wicked moonwalk.
      4. Do Bergevin and Therrien favor French players unfairly (to the rest)? No.
      5. Give MB and MT each a score from 1 to 10.
      MB – 9
      MT – 9 (and I thought he’d fail)

    • Caesar says:

      Eller
      Not signing PK long term
      Chucky
      No or Non
      MB9 MT 8

    • neumann103 says:

      1. Who is more valuable to the Habs: Eller or Desharnais?
      Seriously? Eller. Not even close.

      2. What has been Bergevin’s worst move to date?
      The Moen contract is looking unnecessary now, but didn’t look too bad at the time. I am not in love with the Desharnais deal and there was really no need to rush it.

      3. What has been his best move?
      PRUST! The courage to pay a bit too much for a bit too long to secure exactly the best fit available on the free agent market is a virtue. And the courage to deal Erik Cole, the previous year’s pay a bit too much for a bit too long to secure exactly the best fit available player in Ryder looks pretty good.

      4. Do Bergevin and Therrien favor French players unfairly (to the rest)?
      I don’t think it is a lingustic thing. However Therrien absolutely does show incredible loyalty/favoritism to some players. One of them is Colby Armstrong, whose French would get him laughed outof my son’s grade 1 class. From Bergevin’s POV i could understand that marketing the club is helped by having Francophone players but I doubt that is a serious factor in personnel decisions.

      5. Give MB and MT each a score from 1 to 10.
      8 each. Results so far are good but it is a bit too early to fall in love with Bergevin, and Therrien has to be marked down for his reluctance to use Eller and Subban appropriately.

      “Et le but!”

  46. Mike D says:

    Very happy to see Budaj was re-signed. He deserved it.
    The price is a little high, but in the grand scheme of things not really an impact on our cap.

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    • Habfan10912 says:

      Agree Mike. I think they had to over pay a bit to show a little love to Budaj.

      • Mike D says:

        Most likely Jim. From all accounts he’s a great teammate and his stats with us certainly warranted a ‘bump’ in his contract. I would have just done it in years as opposed to the $ amount.

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      • neumann103 says:

        I think they are paying him more not to play. Most backups probably wouldn’t be such good sports about starting 15 games a year,

        The fact that Budaj accepts the role, shows up prepared, is by all accounts a great team mate, and has the chops and experience to fill in if Price got injured makes him more valuable.

        I thought he was a great signing, especially after the weird choice of Alex Auld (especially when goalies like Martin Biron were available and eventually signed for less).

        “Et le but!”

    • HardHabits says:

      I prefer to see it as a goalie tandem. Like Roy-Hayward. There was no doubt who was number 1 but there was also no apprehension about number 2 getting starts either. 3 consecutive Jennings Trophies aren’t won on the backs of poor goal tending and rarely are a result of one goalie alone.

  47. jedimyrmidon says:

    Magnus Nygren, another Habs D prospect and winner of the Salming Trophy in the SEL, is headed to Hamilton.

    So that means Nygren, Hudon, Vail, Kristo, Archambault and Collberg will play in the last 8-9 games or so of the season for the Bulldogs.

    The future is very promising!

  48. 24 Cups says:

    I’m glad to see that Hab fans appreciate the immense talent of Steven Stamkos.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      lol beauty

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      • Timo says:

        Sorry, should have given you props, SH. Just stealing it from you.

        • Storman says:

          Seems my rants on the Drewiske acquisition have some company, as do my previous posts after Emelin’s injury that it can not be under estimated , what he brought to the table, Big Time loss

          • Bripro says:

            I agree with this post!

          • Timo says:

            Brewskie is not an addition. He is a plug. And not a great one at that. He is another Max Pac who is 6’2 or 3 but plays as soft as Desharnais. Guys like Subban, Gorges and Makrov (especially) will be broken by the end of the first round, if not before.

          • piper says:

            Unfortunately, I think you’re right Timo. Regehr would have helped and was available.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Just so you know, I’ll only read it once. :)

      • Bripro says:

        No, you know what will happen Jim.
        He’ll put up some deceptive link, giving you the impression of something exciting, and you’ll end up back at that damn page, every time. Watch.

    • gumper says:

      Two things about this interesting article.
      1. It partially explains why, though his win/loss record looks good, Price’s numbers aren’t “premiere” amongst goalies this year.
      2. I’m grateful we’re going to have enough cap space to do something about our defensive deficiencies in the off season.

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    • Lark says:

      Whose line do you think Eller should be centering? Since you don’t believe that Pacioretty is of NHL caliber I’m sure you are not suggesting that he center that line.

  49. Storman says:

    Budaj extremely happy with his 2 year extension at over 55 million Czech Koruna, can buy a ton of Corona with that kind of Koruna.

  50. Marc10 says:

    Good signing. Budaj’s been great, especially in the Boston game where he earned every bit of that contract.

    Seems like a very nice guy from the 24CH clips.

  51. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    To Stu Cowan, and all the TSN 690 supporters:

    This whole Chicken Little, Save TSN campaign is incredibly disingenuous and misleading. Mitch, Tony et al have framed this issue as though the evil CRTC was out to eliminate english-language sports stations. Whereas the truth is that they are trying to restrict monopolies in radio markets.

    Bell Globemedia, a behemoth of a media/coporate giant, wants to circumvent those rules so that they can control more frequencies in one market, including the coveted 690 band on AM. IF they were prepared to play by the rules, all they would have to do is divest themselves of one of those media assets. CHOM, CJAD, Virgin, etc. The reason why TSN seems to be the most likely candidate is because it is the least popular.

    Even if they do decide to sell off TSN, there is nothing stopping another buyer from maintaining it as is. But the TSN staff are pleading for support out of fear that the station will be cast aside, and they will lose their jobs. And I fully sympathize with that. But if that happened, it would be because the company that is seeking to buy them, would be the one choosing to shut them down — UNLESS they get an exception to monopoly rules.

    If TSN 690 had consistently created a good product that produced good ratings and thus generated ad revenue, this wouldn’t even be an issue. Instead, they have tried to operate on the cheap (and get by running the same 6 ads ad nauseum). And now they act as though they are being unfairly treated. It is business!

    So, while I listen to and enjoy TSN (except when Tony is on), I do NOT support the efforts of a corporate giant like Bell to monopolize a media market, and I especially don’t appreciate their misleading save-us-from-the-evil-government publicity campaign.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • Storman says:

      I agree with this post…
      Except that you listen to Tony lol just my opinion… I only find the morning show tolerable,

      • Saintpatrick33 says:

        Tony is just awful but I love Knuckle’s show and Melnick. Personally I don’t care who owns it I just don’t want to lose my favorite radio station.

    • Bripro says:

      I’m not disagreeing with what you’re saying pertaining to Bell and their attempted take-over of TSN, but unless I’m missing something, it was last announced that the CRTC had blocked the acquisition from Astral.
      I can’t see how the CRTC is seen as evil, and I haven’t heard the guys on TSN say as much.
      As a matter of fact, when the CRTC announced their decision, everyone at TSN was ecstatic.
      I realize that TSN caters to a small but specific demographic, and yes, sometimes they’re thin on content, but overall the guys (except Marinaro… take or leave him) are well informed, have very knowledgeable regulars from every sport at specific times slots, and they’re pretty funny.
      I would find it a shame that the station has to fall victim to a business decision.
      There are people who are a regular part of your life like your neighbor, your co-workers and the morning man on the radio (albeit to a lesser extent). If they go, there’s something missing. And if TSN closes, for me, there’ll be a big silence during the 30 minute drive taking my grandson to daycare first thing every morning.
      Another English staple will bite the dust. Sad.

      • Storman says:

        I agree with this post

      • mksness says:

        what can i say get xm radio :-)

        it’s not the best station an di htink it only has about 10 loyal listeners who always call in. i wish them the best of luck

      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        Bripro: The CRTC did block the acquisition. But now Bell Globemedia has reapllied. Thus the recent “please save us” on-air campaign. The fact is, Bell already owns TSN. The only entity that TSN staff should feel threatened by is their own owners. But the campaign is to try and convince a governing body that is charged with maintaining a diverse and competitive use of public airwaves to alter the rules to allow Bell to be even bigger. And I find it reprehensible that one of Bell’s assets is allowed to use those public airwaves to openly lobby against those rules.

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

        • CharlieHodgeFan says:

          I was a loyal listener in the pre-TSN days. It was a corny, shoestring station with some really good shows and a bit of local amateur hour silliness. Then TSN moved in. Gradually, I gave up. I’d turn it on and either get Tony the marinated mind, or syndicated US stuff only a diehard gambler could care about. It’s a 3 hour a day station, and I just lost the thread with it.

          TSN killed it.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Oh yeah the great government who can’t balance budgets, empty emergency rooms, fund schools, fix roads, not take payoffs and rip off tax payers. I think there are bigger issues to worry about than who owns a radio station we listen to for free.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • habsguy says:

      I live in toronto and listen to 690 every morning, that is until the loud mouth, over bearing, liten to me sing and speak italian marinaro comes on, then I switch to 590..

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        I like Tony’s hockey analyses but the singing and soccer-talk is getting out of hand.

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        That’s when I turn it off, too. I’ve never heard an announcer so enamoured with his own opinions and obsessions (and so obsessed with his detractors).

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  52. Sportfan says:

    I noticed the habs don’t do many giveaways anymore no bobble heads or anything around those lines. Is it because of the sell-outs?

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  53. Storman says:

    Last year this time of year I would go on my back deck and smell poop from my Labrador’s long winter collection in the yard..This year I smell playoff poop, much better.. Canadiens Flags starting to mount on more and more passing cars…

  54. Storman says:

    Here is hoping Budaj does not have the blues , after signing a new contract,, DD certainly has had a long case of them, although DD has plenty of money now to clean or buy a new mattress..and Travis Moen told him where to get a good deal..

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      That Moen deal really was unnecessarily long

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      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

      • Storman says:

        Kind of think if they were worried they would not get Brandon Prust name on a contract when Free agency signing period opened , because signing Moen June 29 , and then signing a much better version , on July 3rd in Prust, does rank of a little bit of a miscalculation by MB, but I also think Moen must be hurt (probably shoulder) to be playing this soft..

        • otter649 says:

          Prust could learn a bit about killing penalties by watching Moen do his job as one of the best PK killers in the league. Four players on the ice against six Bruins last saturday – Markov-Gorges-Pleks & Moen…..

          • neumann103 says:

            Prust was a front line penalty killer for the Rangers and one year scored 5 shorthanded points. A fourth liner who scored 5 points on the PK.

            I like Travis Moen but Prust does not really have much to learn from him

            “Et le but!”

      • whitehouse says:

        Dare I say it…the Desharnais one as well. could have been for less $$$ too. but what can u do, nothings perfect.

    • B says:

      Note that Desharnais has not received any money from his new deal yet. He is getting paid $950,000 for this season with a cap hit of $850,000 (all pro-rated from the lockout of course).

      –Go Habs Go!–

  55. SmartDog says:

    This is a good signing by MB. I’m very impressed by his ability to nail down the right guys for reasonable amounts.

    Budaj has shown he’s a good teammate, that he likes the role, he likes the team, and he can step up and win games.

    You could NOT get more for $1.4/year.

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

  56. Steeltown Hab says:

    A good read with some insight on the 81, 51 situation.

    http://www.allhabs.net/feature/the-curious-tale-of-marc-bergevin-and-michel-therrien/

    ———————————

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

  57. The Dude says:

    The best thing bout the short season is it’s made for this Habs team and has a lot to do with the success they are having . And the best results of this will be in the off season when MB assess the season and continues to change the team for long term rewards so don’t get to used to the team but do enjoy it. Now the players have more worth and trade bargaining value’s for MB AND THIS IS A good thing!
    Now as for all the banter about Price “paid too much’ or DD ‘to small’ or Plecs ‘perimeter player’ or Gorges ‘over-paid shot blocker ‘ etc, together they have played well as a team so far so all’s well. Now ,do I find the fanaticals on the fan base over the top,oh yeah’ reminds me of the 16 magazine my sis used to read’ and it’s kind of sickening but it come’s with the territory,remember the Habs haven’t had a Superstar since Lafleur and that was a long time ago so due to their lack of experience they can be forgiven for thinking Price’s a Superstar. Who knows maybe one day Carey will be the greatest but as of now he’s a good and really over-paid hab…that’s it ! that’s all ! but Great Trade bait! Go Habs Go…..

  58. johnnylarue says:

    Is there a way around the cumbersome limit imposed on the number of Comments that can be displayed on a single page?

    I routinely find myself contributing absolute genius replies to comments, only to see them relegated to the “Older Comments” page seconds later–which I assume no one ever reads. As such, I fear I may never receive an amount of recognition commensurate with the outrageous and consistently high level of quality of my posts.

    (This must be what Lars Eller feels like.)

  59. B says:

    In their last 10 games:
    Ryder…………9 pts -1 28 shots
    Plekanec……8 pts +0 22 shots
    Pacioretty….7 pts +3 43 shots
    Prust………….6 pts +3 12 shots
    Desharnais…6 pts +2 16 shots
    Galchenyuk..6 pts +1 21 shots
    Gionta………..6 pts +0 21 shots
    Bourque……..5 pts +0 24 shots
    Eller…………….5 pts -3 16 shots
    Gallagher…….4 pts +0 23 shots
    Armstrong….2 pts +4 12 shots
    Dumont………2 pts +0 14 shots*
    Halpern……….2 pts -1 8 shots**
    Moen………….1 pt -1 10 shots
    White…………0 pts -1 3 shots
    *2 of Dumont’s 10 games are from 11/12
    **2 of Halpern’s 10 games were with NYR

    –Go Habs Go!–

  60. Stevie.Ray says:

    So when do you think MB starts extension negotiations with Subban?

    If he does it too soon then it looks like he is admitting that he fleeced Subban with his current contract, but the later he waits the more unhappy Subban may become.

    I think he will have Subban sign a deal next November.

    What kind of deal do you think he will get?

    I’m thinking 8 years at ~6m

  61. Timo says:

    I can just see it… Budaj wins tomorrow (again). Price loses on Saturday (again)… HIO needs to get more hamsters.

  62. Timo says:

    So is it going to take Jessica’s balls again to ask Habs’ coach why Desharnais line stays intact when it’s plain obvious they don’t have it this year? It is obvious that Stubbs, Hickey, Boone and whoever else that has access to the press conferences won’t ask this question.

  63. myron.selby says:

    So we’re back to trading Eller or Plekanec or Desharnais again eh? When loonie started saying that Desharnais signing his new contract meant that Eller was going to be traded, it made me shake my head.

    Any player can be traded, that’s a given. But would it make any sense to trade Eller? Given that he continues to improve by leaps and bounds with limited offensive opportunities, has tremendous defensive instincts, great speed, is tremendously strong and – this year at least – plays balls-to-the-wall every shift, the return would have to be pretty spectacular. It’s possible, but I don’t think he has shown anywhere near what his potential is. And in that case it would be very difficult to get fair value in a trade.

    As for trading Plekanec, how about no. I could see them trading him if they were going into full tank/rebuild mode. But given how key he is to the team – best penalty killer, dangerous short-handed, good in every zone, effective scorer (in short, usually their best forward) – I can’t imagine what return could make up for his trade. The only possible reason for considering a trade might be his age. But since he has been extremely healthy throughout his career, he probably has at least 4 years left at a high level.

    That brings us to Desharnais. People assume that his new contract means he isn’t going to be traded. I’m not so sure about that. Having a fairly proven center tied up for 3.5/year for 4 years could make him pretty attractive to a number of teams.

    I like DD. My preference would be to move him to the wing. I’m not sure why people think he wouldn’t be effective there. If I remember correctly he played right(?) wing during the playoffs against Boston last time around and he looked pretty darn good.

    So if I had to guess, I’d say either DD to the wing or out the door. Either of the other options would have to bring back a huge return and I just can’t see this management team giving up on Eller this early in his career.

    • veryhabby says:

      There is no “NEED” to trade any of our centres this year or next. There is always the possibilty that Pleks asks too much for his next contract. He;ll be in his early-mid 30′s and will want one last big contract. Not saying he doesn’t deserve it. Right now I think he is our best centre period. But do we want to resign him 4-5 yrs? What if that’s what he is looking for again. What if he still wants $5M/season.

      There is sooo much that can happen, and will happen, that will lead our GM to make roster moves. But the fact that we have 4 really good ones with the club right now is NOT a reason to trade one. Ever hear of depth? Ever hear of long term injuries that can occur. altho we all want Gal as our #1 centre last year, Therrien already said the plan is for him to play wing next season. And if so, we can imagine it will be his last as winger…and again just when Pleks contract is up, Gal will be in line to move to centre. We will have another year of Eller developing, and another year to know if this is a slump or not with DD.

      No reason to trade anyone right now. When the time is right, this mangement team will do right.

  64. 24 Cups says:

    I wonder if MT will start Budaj during the next three Thursday contests so Price is well rested for a playoff run.

    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/schedule.htm?season=20122013&gameType=2

  65. Danno says:

    Peter Budaj Gets Some Security

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  66. HabFanSince72 says:

    OK we’ve had Pricebots and Halakites.

    Any suggestions for Budaj supporters?

    How about the Budai-diddly-ites?

  67. Le Gros Bill says:

    Not trying to start a Price bashing session as I am a big supporter and was thrilled when we dealt Halak but I would like to bring up a comparison with one of his Vezina competitor.

    Sergei Bobrovsky (will be the leading contender if Columbus makes the playoffs)

    29 GS
    14 W
    10 L
    6 OTL

    GAA: 2.05
    SP: .930

    Columbus has a GD of -9 as a team and have sored a total of 95 goals this year.

    In comparison Price has

    32 GS
    19 W
    8 L
    4 OTL

    GAA: 2.28
    SP: .915

    Habs have a GD of +28 and have ascored a total of 122 goals this year.

    When comparing these stats, would it be reasonable to expect that Carey should be somewhat closer to Bobrovsky in GAA and SP considering that Columbus is an inferior team to Montreal in pretty much all categories?

    Why does Bobrovsky consistently have a higher SP and GAA to Price?

    Is it fair to expect that Price should perhaps be in the top 5 or 10 in both GAA and SP considering the team he plays for, his talent level and perhaps unfairly, his salary?

    Price does have quite the goaltending pedigree going for him but I still do not trust him as a clutch performer yet and I truly hope that he proves all his doubters wrong with a strong performance in the upcoming playoffs.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Every season a goaltender who previously looked average or perhaps less than average has a good/great year. When Bobrovsky puts up 2 or 3 years like that then a comparison is due. If just going by one season, hell lets find out what Steve Penney is doing these days!

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Bill

      You forgot to exclude Price’s worst two games.

      Price’s stats are much better if you ignore those “outliers”.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Yah not a fan of excluding particular games either. The stats are what they are and Price is what he is, I think a very good NHL goalie, not yet great. I think or hope he will soon be so, but Great is an overused word to describe athletes.

      • Luke says:

        then you have ignore bobrovsky’s two worst games as well.

    • Luke says:

      “Why does Bobrovsky consistently have a higher SP and GAA to Price?”

      Both stats are influenced by things outside the goalie’s control.

      Bob’s S% may be inflated due the amount of shots and rebounds allowed (case in point: The Leafs goalies).
      The Habs block a lot of the easy outside shots that some teams allow.

      I don’t wanna think about GAA right now. I’m sleepy. But I’ve never been a fan of it when grading goalies.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Yeah, I’ve noticed many people pointing to sparkling save percentages as the be-all-end-all stat.

        As you mentioned, Scrivens and Reimer have good save percentages, but they regularly give up lots rebounds that no one seems to cash in on. And I can’t count how many times Reimer makes a save by sprawling out Luongo style without having any clue where the puck is. People mocked Luongo for going spread eagle on the ice, but it doesn’t seem to cost Reimer that often.

    • makka83 says:

      What was Bobrovky’s stats when he played in a city with high expectations? Just a question because it seems to me, he couldn’t handle it and was dealt away.

  68. bel33 says:

    Just trying to ignite some fun chat:

    What about offering Calgary DD and their 2nd round pick back to them for one of their 1st round picks? Think they’d go for it?

    Note: I don’t dislike DD… but think he should be 4th on the depth chart at centre.

  69. rhino514 says:

    Didn´t watch the game so i don´t know how good The Kid and Larry were, but always happy to see them get points and build on their confidence.
    Also saw that Beaulieu was +2 with an assist, did he play that well? I guess they kind of need Drewiske´s size with the loss of Emelin, but am wondering if the choice to bump off Beaulieu when Diaz comes back may not be as automatic as once thought, especially if the kid keeps putting up plus numbers.
    Diaz needs to come back in a hurry.
    It´s also about time the captain popped a couple, maybe the insetion of Bourque will help.

  70. habzfan2003 says:

    Thoughts from the game last night:

    I thought we played extremely well! I feel like we outplayed the caps and if not for a couple of bad bounces we win that game.. With each passing game, I feel like more and more we can beat any team in a 7 game series.. (at least in the Eastern Conference)

    Back to the game… The caps 2nd goal? I thought it was a high stick by the forward… But I think Markov (trying to knock the puck away from going in the net) inadvertantly knicked the puck and thus eliminating that high stick by the Cap’s player? Anyone agree with that?

    • savethepuck says:

      I watched it several times in slow-mo. The puck went in off The heel of Carey’s skate, then Marky swatted at it, but I don’t think he touched it because I could not see a change in direction or rotation of the puck..

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      Ruling was that Chimera didn’t touch it either

  71. Bripro says:

    OK so based on what Boone supposedly said (can’t find), I propose the following…. ready?
    OK all the anglos go stand on the right side of the room.
    Now, all the francos on the left.
    Wadaya mean, the english should be on the left?
    That’s only out West.
    Huh, pourquoi de l’autre coté?
    Wow, just a suggestion…. you don’t have to kill the messenger.
    One little initiative. I just wanted to conduct a poll.
    Is that effigy of me? Who posted that?… Moderators!!!
    OK, forget it! I tried, but it appears there will always be language conflicts, even when it comes to our religious pass-time.

  72. The Teacher says:

    Eh. Resigning budaj? Eh

  73. HabinBurlington says:

    A loss on Saturday and this place blows up real good!


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