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:

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1,017 Comments

  1. habsfan0 says:

    The Laffs magic number to clinch a playoff spot,I believe is 8.
    When,and if they do clinch,there will be a parade on Yonge Street where Leaf fans will be jumping for joy.
    Hab fans will be there too,laughing and pointing.

  2. H.Upmann says:

    Last night i posted that MB signed DD to trade him later…. who am i kidding? no GM in their right mind would trade for a 5’5 centre

  3. HFL says:

    The only reason as to why I can see MT giving DD more ice time then Eller is because MT wants three balanced lines that can all score, which would not be possible if DD had to play with wingers that Lars has been playing with. Also, Lars plays with Chucky, which could be another reason, due to MT wanting to monitor and control Chuckys ice time, which in turn causes Eller to have less ice time.
    These two reasons are the only reasons as to why I can make sense of MT giving Eller less ice time then DD. And in retrospect, it kind of makes sense. Imagine DD having to play with Chucky and Armstrong. That line would probably not be able to generate anything, but swap Eller in, and suddenly it becomes more of a threat IMO.

  4. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    At least MT acknowledged in his last presser that DD and Max need to produce more. It looks like he is aware of the negative optics of playing Eller and AG only 12 minutes last game. Let’s see if he adjusts next time…

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

    • habsfan0 says:

      There has to be a rational reason why MT continues to play DD more than Eller. I think Pacioretty’s input has a great deal to do with it. He loves DD.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Agreed. Max’s compatibility was probably the biggest factor in signing DD.

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

        • Steeltown Hab says:

          Pacioretty probably took the discount at 4.5 with a clause that his extra 1 Mil goes to Desharnais.

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    • Cal says:

      It’s not about “negative optics.” It’s about wins and losses and productivity.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Yeah and they lost the last game…that’s why the optics are negative. When they kept playing Gomez even though he was not producing, that did not have an effect on the other players and the atmosphere around the team? Everybody in an organization has to be held accountable for it to succeed.

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

  5. shiram says:

    The issue is that Eller has proven that he is worth a long try at being a top 6 center, while DD has proven able to score like a third line center, with very favorable circumstances, this season.

    So why the hell is Therrien still giving DD all the easy matchups, offensive zone starts and PP time, and basically none of those candies to Eller?

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Would you give DD defensive zone face-offs? I wouldn’t…

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

      • shiram says:

        Of course not, it’s definitely a weakness of DD… I posted this only to outline how Eller playing tougher situations is producing just as much.
        Eller can retain his tough assignments while being given some PP time.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          The problem is DD is an offense only player. He is on the team to play in offensive situations. If you take him out of offensive situations, he’s useless to the Habs. This is the dilemma the team has to deal with when he does not produce.

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

          • shiram says:

            I’d cut his PP time some anyways, he should still be able to get some O-zone start on ES to make it work.
            It’s also why, long term and despite his new contract, I always felt that DD would be the odd man out.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      THIS is the $1 Million question!

      I’m dying to see what Eller can do with the right linemates and ice time long term!

      Go Habs Go!!

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

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Perhaps it is really simple. This is the roster MT currently is working with, and in order to get the most out this roster, he needs to play the players in situations which allows them the greatest chance to succeed or be effective.

        If he gives all these linemates and offensive zone starts to Eller instead of DD, then DD becomes completely ineffective perhaps.

        Or maybe he is just helping MB negotiate next contract for Eller by not allowing him to flourish.

        • Loonie says:

          The point you make about team results is about the only one that I agree with that justifies how the respective players are used Gerald. If the team continues to win then this is a moot point.

          If the team stumbles or goes on a prolonged losing streak with Desharnais crapping the bed like he has for the majority of the season, the issue of how the personnel is used especially when it comes to these two is very relevant.

  6. Just had a look at an article about why, with a pedestrian record, Nabakov has led the Islanders to a playoff run. Interesting read when compared to Price. It’s all about buy-in, which I’ve seen sometimes in this team this year, but not sure it’s there every game just yet.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/evgeni-nabokov-unlikely-hero-playoff-contending-islanders-160200171–nhl.html

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  7. Not even an issue DD vs. Eller. The flying dutchman has size, hands and skill and is still young. DD, unfortunately for him, had a good line last year and chemistry is sooooo underrated here. He is also easy to push off the puck despite his work ethic.

    Just watch Jacques Demers on HIO tell why he won the cup in 1993. Chemistry. Guys buying in. Having fun. Being a family. He did it with a bunch of non-stars save for Roy. I see why he is so well respected. Love that man. http://www.hockeyinsideout.com/show/s01e02

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  8. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Julien on Marchand’s injury:

    “I haven’t talked to anybody about him since the game finished.”

    Not sure what time the quote is from, but it’s nhl.com’s latest on Marchand.

    “I haven’t talked to anybody about him”… etc

    Credibility rating out of 10?

    • TommyB says:

      Well….I spoke with Dr. Recchi, and he said Marchand was watching a movie and eating popcorn shortly after the game. So, he’s good to go for next game.

  9. twilighthours says:

    If it hasn’t been made official yet, it should be:

    Eller vs DD is the new Price vs Halak

    • Cal says:

      Only if Loonie posts 20 times a day about it. He’s becoming a hit and post generator. ;)

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I am starting to think Loonie is a commissioned sales rep. working for Boone. Wonder what he gets per post, and how much per post responding to his post versus a post responding to the concept of one of his posts while not directly responding to his posts.

        Oh forget it, this is going to drive me postal….

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Maybe now it is DD vs Eller but in the off-season it will become DD vs Chucky.

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

    • New says:

      Some people want it to be that way. It is hard to evaluate a team by dividing it up into individual grades. You have to evaluate a team by it’s results. The results this year are a bit better than last year “after” Markov returned. The results this year are a lot better than last year “before” Markov returned. That is about the only comparison you can make between two years, changing ice, changing staff.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      some people like to make things bigger than they are.

      Personally, I just want the Habs to do well. I believe Eller is better than DD, but I’m not convinced yet, simply due to the lack of a true sample size for Eller with top linemates and increased ice time.
      DD showed it for a full season. He can be good with good linemates. I want eller to be afforded that same opportunity so we can compare apples to apples, that’s all.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

    • Danno says:

      The Ellerians vs the Desharnites?

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      • TommyB says:

        Mary Anne, or Ginger?

      • jo_maka says:

        If there’s such a thing as Ellerian, then I’m one of them, always was, although I hold no ill will towards Desharnites. I think we’re close to Sundin turf on this kid if he’s given the right opportunities and keeps growing. I think he’ll add more weight for next season and he’ll be a joy to watch.

        My only thing is that, if the motto of this squad is No Excuses, and that TOI goes to the merit, why is this kid not on PP – ditto for Chucky – while every opportunity is given to a unidimensional albeit hard-working local darling ?
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  10. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Habs need to brush up on the faceoff skills. They lose too many in their own zone. Last game Pleks failed to win the faceoff in the Caps zone with 37 seconds to go in the 3rd, the Caps win it & clear the zone.

    • Aaron13 says:

      That’s one big reason Pleks is not worth $5M. Also, why put him on the PP when he’s afraid of digging for the puck? He won’t hit anyone and he’s afraid of being hit.

      Have you noticed he’s never gassed after a shift? – first off and last on when there’s a line change – just enough effort not to be noticed as a slacker.

      Constantly waving his stick beyond the reach of the opposition is not fore-checking.

      He’ll won’t be an impact player during the playoffs but simply fade away.

      • Cal says:

        More anti-Pleks bunk. I’ll ask again- do you actually watch games?

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        A good 2nd line center makes 5 million/year. Plekanec is one of the best in the league. It is not his fault he plays on a team without a legitimate #1 center and another small offense-only center who forces him to be the first. He is second in goals on the team too…nobody’s perfect.

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

        • shiram says:

          Pleks is a first line center, when played as one.
          It’s clearly showing this year, and was evident by the little margin of points DD amassed over Pleks last season, while DD enjoyed favorable circumstances.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        Aaron, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I suggest as Cal did, that you actually watch the games. Plekanec’s value is almost immeasurable. He does it all.

        Go Habs Go!!

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

  11. Loonie says:

    Anyone else noticing that the people who said for the last two years that they didn’t “see it” in Eller are now saying that he still needs to prove more?

    Pretty funny that the fear of Desharnais losing ice-time is causing bogus opinions to form here.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      How many times have Pleks and Eller had linemates come and go in the last 2 years, I don’t see why people are so sensitive to see it happen to Desharnais

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

      • Habsrule1 says:

        That’s EXACTLY what I want to see!
        I want Eller to get the best linemates long term so we can SEE for ourselves just how good he can be….instead of guessing!
        Eller is the better player right now. I just want to see if he can continue to be, and I want him to get all the tools possible to do just that!
        How Loonie is turning this into some strange “I love DD” thing is beyond me.

        Go Habs Go!!

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

        • Steeltown Hab says:

          You’re the biggest advocate of “Eller hasn’t proven himself”

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

          • Habsrule1 says:

            And I will continue to think that until he shows it long term. Why is that so bad? Look at his numbers. I agree he has had decent numbers considering his linemates and ice time. That’s exactly why I want him to be given more ice time and better linemates .
            I want him to show us all what he can do in the best possible situation….long term!
            Am I writing in Chinese here??

            Go Habs Go!!

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

          • Loonie says:

            He was also among the “Eller doesn’t have it” crowd previous to this season. Funny how that works.

          • jedimyrmidon says:

            That’s a fair perspective, Habsrule1. With regards to DD, I would argue he hasn’t proven it “long-term” either. He proved it last season… under very, very favourable conditions (i.e. he was given everything to succeed offensively while, defensively, he wasn’t expected to do much).

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Loonie…you’re wrong on previous season. I don’t think I’ve ever really talked about Eller prior to this year.
            He’s young and they are doing what they think is right with him.
            I think he has greatly improved his game and could be a good top 6 guy, but I just want to SEE it, is all.
            Hell, I was totally ok with the Halak trade because I believed that Eller may be a top 6 guy one day, from reading differnt write-ups on him.

            Oh, and I agree that DD has not really proven much either. He did very well with linemates that were on fire last year, and this year has not been able to get to that level without very strong linemates.

            I’m not picking favorites here!

            Go Habs Go!!

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

          • Loonie says:

            Now the story is that you haven’t discussed Eller previous to this season?

            Okay. I apologize.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Apology accepted. Now can we move on?

            Go Habs Go!!

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

    • shiram says:

      Last year it was “DD is better than Pleks AINEC! Look at the points!”
      DD was supposedly challenging Pleks then… Not anymrore obviously.

      This year it’s : “Well Eller needs to prove consistent in a top 6 role”
      Nevermind that over 40 games, with less PP, lesser wing-mates and lesser overal TOI he’s amassed as many points as DD while playing tougher opponents.

      DD is sheltered and can’t produce as much as a 3rd line center, issue is not with Eller or with him having to prove he is top 6, it’s about DD proving that he is indeed worthy of the time being given to him.

    • Cal says:

      Everyone’s opinion is bogus until proven true. Eller still has a lot to prove. So does DD, for that matter. They both have not demonstrated consistency over a decent period of time that Pleks has.
      We have no say in ice time or anything else. All we do is spout off on what we feel is right.

    • Rugger says:

      Why should that surprise you? After every win, there have been quite a few “the next game is the real test” comments.

      • Loonie says:

        It doesn’t surprise me. Same people who screamed from the rooftops that Desharnais needed to take Gomez’s job can’t fathom the idea of Eller taking Desharnais’ under incredibly similar circumstances.

    • jon514 says:

      Eller is succeeding at everything he can control. If the habs insist on trying to make him into a career 3rd liner so they can promote DD, it will be to their detriment. He won’t stick around as a UFA.

      On any other team in the league this kid would be on the PP, it’s not even a question…

    • JF says:

      I don’t see any fear of Desharnais losing ice-time. Opinion here seems to be quite solidly against him, with many saying Eller should be getting more ice-time and Desharnais less.

      Down below, you answered my question about why you thought Desharnais wouldn’t be traded by saying he is a working class hero to the fans and his contract makes it clear he is in the team’s long-term plans. I disagree. First, Bergevin has yet to give any indication that he listens to what the fans think or that he has any particular predilection for French-Canadian players, other things being equal. Second, a team’s plans are not set in stone. If at some point, Bergevin feels that Desharnais no longer fits, I’m sure he can find a way to trade him. There is also the possibility of waivers at some point down the road.

      • Loonie says:

        Your point about a team’s plans changing is certainly a good one Jane. But ever since that contract it’s been pointed out by many that it’s a manageable cap hit and attractive contract to other team. An inference that Desharnais was signed to be traded.

        That’s not the case. While Desharnais could well be traded, it defies all logic to say that he was signed to that contract while at the same time planning on trading him when Galchenyuk’s ready.

  12. jo_maka says:

    I say put Patch with Eller and Chucky, even just for a game. It seems Patch could use some exemple on what he’s supposed to do, which is what Eller right now is doing on the wing. And give more ice to the kids. DD on 3rd line duty, let’s see how he does when there’s no Patch to back check for him. He’s a good playmaker, but I suspect his 4 year contract to be a trick so we can at least trade him down the line, like next year or something. So it’s not a big problem for me. I think this team can’t afford losing Pleks, and he should be here to nurse the young guns down the middle. But DD is expendable.

    What I can’t stand about DD is not him, but rather the golden pass that he seems to get from every media. Like he can’t do no wrong and you can’t talk against him for some reason.
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  13. frontenac1 says:

    The only problem I see going into the playoffs is the D..Small and Soft.

    • Sportfan says:

      This D isn’t that bad we didn’t have Emelin when we made that big run in 2010 (yeah yeah we had Gil and Gorges who were unstopable and Halak) but I think this team is set to surpise us in the playoffs they have in the regular season.

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    • Ron says:

      I have to agree Front, it will depend on who we faceoff againist first. With the Pens we have a chance but againist Bos, Tor they will come out taking runs at anything that looks like a take out early. Hope I’m wrong but Gorges, Markov and even Diaz will need to be looking at all times. Can’t let their guard down. They will need to make quick up ice passes to stay clear of the aholes.

    • GrosBill says:

      Agree. That is my biggest concern is our D having the sandpaper to go deep in the playoffs. Lots of talent on the blue line no doubt, but with Emmy out, not much to deter opposing forwards along the boards. There is a lot of depth up front and good goaltending. No matter what happens in the playoffs, this team has giving us all lots to cheer about this season and hope for the future. Now back to reading more Eller vs DD :)

  14. HabinBurlington says:

    So this season has flown by with games almost every second night and many back to back games as well. I don’t have the stats but it seems to me that most of the Habs worst games have been when they come off 2 and 3 days rest. Perhaps my memory is serving me wrong but wonder if indeed this is the case. And I also think this in some ways makes sense, in an illogical kind of way.

    The team when it is in a busy stretch has no choice but to focus on the next game immediately and all efforts/concentration goes in to that. I am curious/anxious to see how the team plays tonight, and expect a better effort from the Habs.

  15. jon514 says:

    Looking at the development of Eller + Galchenyuk, and the fact that they have invested in Desharnais as a piece of the puzzle moving forward… What are the chances the habs trade Plek in the off-season?

    • Loonie says:

      In my opinion, this team would be hard pressed to make a bigger mistake than trading Plekanec just to keep Desharnais on the roster would be.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Zero…the salary cap drops next year and MB pretty much has the line-up set already. It is the next off-season where we should see some action with Eller’s new contract and Markov/Gionta/Diaz/Emelin UFAs. The only guy I am sure MB will keep is Chucky. If I was an opposing GM, I would be calling MB for Eller every day…

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

      • Cal says:

        Eller’s not going anywhere.
        Habs will have a lot of flexibility after next season. A few high-priced contracts will expire, giving room to sign PK and Eller.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          The issue is not the cap. It is when will Chucky play center. If he moves to center, one of Pleks/Eller/DD has to go.

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

          • Loonie says:

            And in my opinion anyone thinking that Desharnais is going to be the guy traded is living a pipe dream.

            Desharnais isn’t going anywhere for four more years.

          • Cal says:

            Chucky will be at center for 14/15. Why is everyone wanting to rush him?

          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            And that is unfortunate because DD is the guy Chucky can replace the easiest. DD is a primarily offensive zone player with little defensive responsibility. Only the French media would miss him…

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

        • Habsrule1 says:

          I don’t think it’ll take all that much to sign Eller. He is playing well, but hasn’t yet proven he’s a solid top 6. I hope he gets the chance to do just that next season, whatever that might mean as far as his position or other player’s spots are concerned.

          Go Habs Go!!

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

          • Loonie says:

            I’m really starting to wonder what more proof you need that Eller has earned and is capable of playing on one of our top two lines. He’s outscoring Desharnais from the third line and is miles better defensively. It’s laughable in fact.

            When you say that you don’t know if Eller can be a top six guy you’re ignoring everything about him and just saying it for the sake of saying it in my view.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Loonie, with all due respect, if you know as much about hockey as you would like us to believe, you would know that the sample size of Eller’s above average performance has not been that long.
            Someone asked a very good question yesterday.
            Who would be missed more when the playoffs start, DD or Eller? The answer today is Eller. 1 year ago, the answer was very clear also – DD. What I’m more interested in is the answer 1 year from today. I hope it’s Eller, but I’m not convinced that it will be simply because he hasn’t showed he can put up points on a REGULAR basis. Don’t tell me that’s only cause of his ice time & linemates because you don’t KNOW what he’d do given that ice time and linemates. You’re taking an educated guess, which is great, but it’s not FACT.
            I love Eller, but I’m not dreaming. I’m being realistic.

            Go Habs Go!!

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

          • Loonie says:

            What pompous statement. “If you knew as much as you’d like us to believe”.

            This isn’t a projection. This is today, it’s real. If you think that Desharnais is a better player today you’re in the overwhelming minority that coincidentally either isn’t watching or doesn’t know what they’re watching.

            And to suggest that this opinion is just born out of arrogance is a total disregard for the evidence at hand.

            It just goes to show that your side of this discussion has no merit and is being shared out of fear that poor little Davey will lose his job.

            “I love Eller”

            Bull roar. Revisionism at its best.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Loonie,

            Pathetic…just pathetic. I thought you had learned. Your posts were much more thought out lately. I’ve even complimented you on it.
            I couldn’t give a rat’s ass if DD loses his job or not. All I care about is the Habs winning. I don’t get why your panties are in a bunch. Look at Eller’s stats. I know stats don’t tell the whole story, but there’s no PROOF to say that Eller is the better player long term.
            FFS have you never seen a player have a good 10, 20, 30, 50 games and not turn out to be a good player?
            What I’m saying is simple. Eller is better than DD right now. I’d rather see how things play out for a little longer before stating that he inequivocally will be better long term.
            How is that choosing sides? How is that insulting Eller or pumping up DD?!?

            Go Habs Go!!

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

          • Loonie says:

            You’re throwing stones from a glass house Paul.

            My panties(thanks for noticing) aren’t in a bunch. I read you consistently saying that you didn’t see the “hockey iq” or “vision” in Eller. You didn’t think he had it.

            You and so many others threw point totals and attributes that can’t be quantified on a scoresheet at people who praised Eller’s development last season.

            To answer your question about seeing a player play a good 50 or 60 games and not turn out to be a good player. Yeah I’m seeing it right now with Desharnais.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      DD was heading into a season of RFA. Not sure why this signing has created the buzz of trading Eller or Plex. MB clearly has a different agenda than the previous regime and is fine with signing players during the season.

      Nothing rules out trading any of the players, just as it is possible that DD be traded.

      • Loonie says:

        You know why the buzz was created. Somebody’s either getting traded or somebody’s moving or staying(in Galchenyuk’s case) on the wing.

        • twilighthours says:

          Which is OK (the wing part).

          There is no need to trade any forward anytime soon. Let’s enjoy our depth.

          • Loonie says:

            What if a trade creates more depth?

            I’m not a fan of keeping Galchenyuk on the wing for a number of reasons, his puck movement being at the top of the list.

            Also, what if moving Galchenyuk to centre creates fourty more goals per season than having Desharnais in that spot does?

        • JF says:

          Why are you so sure that Desharnais will not be traded? Once Galchenyuk moves permanently to centre, likely by the end of next season, one of our other centre will become expendable. IMO Desharnais is the most likely, and his contract should not be too hard to move.

          • Loonie says:

            He’s a working class hero to the fans of the team, he got a four year contract extension and is literally a home grown player.

            He wasn’t given a four extension because it’s an attractive contract for other teams in my opinion.

            If you don’t believe that, have a look at Jussi Jokinen’s contract.

            :)

          • ed says:

            desharnais would have been a RFA at season’s end, not even a UFA. Also, why give him 4 years, when he had no bargaining power?
            To me, this all means that Desharnais is in the long term, 4 year plan, that the GM has carved out, and is not being considered in a trade.
            Desharnais is worth very little on the open market.
            All these are reasons why I believe he will not be traded in the next 4 years.

          • Loonie says:

            Exactly Ed. You don’t give a four year extension to a guy with the intention of trading him.

            He isn’t going anywhere. And if form holds it will be to the detriment of the team.

    • jon514 says:

      Thanks for the responses guys!

      After seeing what Calgary got for Iginla, I can’t help thinking you improve your team more by trading Plek at his max value.

    • Sportfan says:

      Doubt there are any chances losing Pleks would mean we go forward I see DD losing his job first or being straded before Plek.

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  16. Bill says:

    Very late comments on the Washington game here:

    1. The team as a whole was ineffective. I would say they were not pumped, not ready to go, and perhaps it is not surprising they lacked emotion at this point in the season playing against the Caps. Their listless start was indicative of this. It happens, I’m not slamming them.

    2. The best looking players on the ice were Eller, Galchenyuk, and Gionta.

    3. Desharnais was, I hate to say, very ineffective. Still think it’s a god signing for the depth.

    4. Losing Emelin blew a huge hole in the D. Drewiske played hard but looked overwhelmed. Beaulieu had a decent game but it’s gonna be hard to shelter him and 44. Bouillon and Markov had their hands full covering for those guys. Again, not a criticism, just noting the problem.

    4. Everyone is talking about Price, but he gave them a chance. Stopped 9 shots and some good chances before the Habs had a single shot. He didn’t see any of the goals, and all but the second could have been prevented with better coverage. That’s what I saw.

    5. To return to point 1, this might have been the most disinterested I’ve seen the Habs play all year.

    • HUDSONHAB says:

      They better get interest fast. Playing the Rangers or Islanders in the first round is better than playing the Leafs only because I would much rather see Boston and Toronto battle and that would make sure one of our hated rivals is out in the first round.

      ….Hab4life….

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Suffice it to say if Emelin went down before the trading deadline, a different move would have been made. Habs will have to work through this. A part of me is starting to feel that I would rather see the Habs go down with Tinordi instead of Drewiskie. At least the experience will help in his development.

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

    • GrosBill says:

      Not to jump on DD as many already haver or are in the Elller Vs DD debate, but I actually found the game vs Caps to be one of the worst I have seen this year from DD. Very ineffective adequetly sums it up.

  17. Sportfan says:

    I have a question, this is not a question to anger anyone or get Price haters all happy (I like Price as I’ve said many times) If we somehow ended up playing the Islanders in the first round and they beat us the first two games and it was bad, would you try Budaj? Or you would leav Price in and hope the series turns around?

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    • Danno says:

      Yes. And I don’t am not a Price basher. It just makes sense. But of course this is a hypothetical situation. Hopefully that won’t be necessary.

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    • Clay says:

      I would go with Budaj for sure in that situation. I would think almost any coach would agree. But let’s hope for better…

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    • Sportfan says:

      I really hope Carey can have a deep adn good enough run so the haters and Halaktites can shut up finally.

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

    • Habsrule1 says:

      It’s actually a good question. I think I would go to Budaj and I have a feeling MT would do the same.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

    • 24 Cups says:

      I disagree. If you’re a team like Ottawa, Toronto or Vancouver, I could see going to your other goalie.

      Montreal doesn’t have two goalies. They only have one. They’re all in with Price. Budaj is strictly a placeholder. A back-up in the truest sense of the word.

      • Clay says:

        I think you’re selling Budaj a little short there Steve. IMO he has more in him than you think.

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        • Habsrule1 says:

          I agree Clay. Budaj has played very, very well, and I’m guessing he’ll play close to 20 games next season.
          Of course we do not have 2 #1 goalies, but a true back-up comes in and wins when he’s called upon, and that’s why you go to him if your #1 is struggling.

          Go Habs Go!!

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

        • 24 Cups says:

          I’m not meaning to be critical of Badaj, I’m just saying that Price is now the face of the franchise so the team has to go all in (with him) when it comes playoff time. It’s no different than the Rangers or Boston.

    • Loonie says:

      There’s a couple of things at play in this potential situation. First, are the lopsided losses the result of Price playing poorly or the team in front of him being bad? If it’s the team, you don’t switch in the playoffs because it isn’t the time to send messages for motivation. If your team isn’t motivated to play well in the first round nothing will motivate it.

      Second, Price has bounced back from all kinds of adversity through his young career. He came into the league green, lost his job and dealt with significant fan and media backlash. In each of those cases he responded stronger than ever.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        He did say “and it was bad”, so I assume he meant Price looked bad. If that’s the case, and you see your starter just doesn’t have it, you have to go to the back-up. You can’t afford to go down 3-0. I’d even say if Budaj wins you go back to Price, hoping he has worked things out, but you can’t stick with him if he’s looking bad.
        Alternatively, if he looked ok, but the team stunk it up, you stick with him, in my opinion.

        Go Habs Go!!

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      • Danno says:

        Those are good points. Sportfan said “and it was bad” so I understood by that he meant Price played terribly. But if the team was responsible for the loss it is a different story.

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    • HUDSONHAB says:

      I just think Price is victomized by at least one bad bounce a game so we will have to be up in games or maybe if it happens early enough so it doesnt zap momentum.
      Be aware: Some goalies are backups and can come in for short relief. When handed the ball they often faulter.

      ….Hab4life….

  18. Loonie says:

    Talk about the draft will start to heat up over the next few weeks. Some say it’s a vintage draft, some say it isn’t. I say it’s the most top heavy draft in terms of superstar talent since 2003. Whether that proves to be true or not obviously remains to be seen. But the players at the top are getting significant hype and it’s all deserved.

    First you’ve got Mackinnon and Drouin. Mackinnon seems like he’s a little upset about his slipping in the rankings and has 15 points in 8 playoff games to start this post-season. So does Drouin, who also happened go over two points per game this year. Those two players have been compared consistently to Crosby and Giroux respectively, high praise.

    Then you have Seth Jones. NHL size, freakish athletic ability and he’s thrived since moving to junior hockey from the US National Development Program. 56 points in 61 games in the regular season and 8 points in his first ten playoff games. From what I’ve seen out of him he’s Victor Hedman with loads more skill. Pretty nice prospect.

    Then you have two incredible Europeans. Aleksander Barkov and Elias Lindholm. Barkov has been a pro for two years and in what’s considered to be the lowest scoring league in Europe he posted 48 points in 53 games this season. Lindholm on the other hand scored 30 points in 48 games with Byrnas in the SEL this season. Barkov is considered an offensive dynamo but in stark contrast to Mackinnon. While Mackinnon relies on strength and speed Barkov relies on creativity and smooth hands. The Malkin to a Crosby if you will. Lindholm is considered a total package, call him a Ryan O’Reilly without the physical style of play the Avs forward displays.

    Then there are some wild cards with immense amounts of skill like Valerei Nichushkin, Hunter Shinkaruk and Darnell Nurse.

    A top ten pick in this draft will provide a great opportunity to get a franchise player in contrast to previous years where a 5-10 pick is a crapshoot in my opinion.

    • Cal says:

      Unless MB does some fancy trading, we have no chance of landing any of the top prospects. As usual, we must rely on Timmins to uncover late in the round gems.

      • Loonie says:

        If you buy into the theory that a top heavy draft means a weak remaining class then our pick won’t be attractive. But that’s a short sighted view in my opinion.

        If you have a look at the prospects projected to be in the range where we’ll be drafting, I think it’s more than reasonable to say that we’ll enjoy a pick in the twenties more than others have in the past.

        • Cal says:

          A top heavy draft might mean all the stars are playing against inferior players in their respective leagues, but there’s no real way of knowing that (unless you watch minor league games 24/7). After all the good to great players the Habs scouting staff have found in the later rounds gives me hope that there’s more gold in them thar hills!

          • Loonie says:

            In Barkov’s case he was playing against a lot of NHLers for over half of his season this year with the lockout.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Cal – New Jersey is 13th in the draft order as of today. They can’t forfeit that pick. Their prospects for next year’s draft don’t look that much better. With that is mind (and with the draft being held in their rink), I wonder if Montreal might want to trade their 1st rounder to Jersey (assuming it’s in the bottom six). New Jersey could then forfeit the pick to the NHL and still grab a good kid in the top 14.

        I wonder what kind of deal could be worked out?

        • Cal says:

          Much depends on what Lou in New Jersey wants to do. If he wants to make a big splash, anything can happen. I don’t see that happening, but then again I never thought the Devils would be willing to give all that money and term to Kovalchuk.

          • 24 Cups says:

            All I can say is that Stefan Matteau better turn into Max Pacioretty!

            What a wasted opportunity by NJ to put the problem behind them.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Sean Monahan is a 3rd year junior but you could do worse than pick this guy at #10. Right now Columbus picks 9th, 16th and 24th. Looks like the tide is about to turn.

  19. 24 Cups says:

    “The Montreal Canadiens score 2.56 goals at even strength per 60 minutes of play. That ranks them 5th in the NHL. They allow 1.93 goals against at even strength per 60 minutes of play. That ranks them 4th in the NHL. 57% of all goals scored at even strength in Habs games are in favour of Montreal. That differential is 3rd in the NHL.”
    (Andrew Berkshire)

    • Clay says:

      But do they have good Fenwick and Corsi? ;)
      Awesome stats though! Contenders for certain with numbers like those.
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  20. HabinBurlington says:

    It appears Joffrey Lupul is a little more realistic about his “Concussion” than his coach Carlyle.

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2013/04/11/maple_leafs_injured_winger_joffrey_lupul_dares_to_utter_dreaded_cword_feschuk.html

  21. Sportfan says:

    LOL on the Tsn article about the Bruins Devils gaem last night many people were making fun of Marchant and the Bruins and those comments got a lot of minuses looks like the Bruins fans really can’t handle being made un of either.

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  22. Sportfan says:

    So can we beat Buffalo and take the division back tonight? Buffalo has been a bit of a pain like the islanders.

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  23. habsguy says:

    I just watched the Volchenkov elbow on Marchmellow, to me it didnt look all that bad, his eyes were open, no blood, head still attached, didnt have to be carried off the ice, it looked like a hockey play to me, the only penalty should have been for embellishing, and maybe 2 minutes to Volchenkov for not throwing it hard enough !!!!

  24. Cal says:

    As this is the topic du jour, how about a little Foreigner? http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

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  26. Loonie says:

    Anton Volchenkov has always been a thunderous checker but hasn’t really been considered dirty.

    Maybe this was, as Don Cherry would say, somebody “getting” Marchand.

  27. ed says:

    I discriminate against “Rats”. When I see a squirrel run across the road I avoid running it over. When I see a “Rat” take a shot to the head, I feel no guilt whatsoever.

    Guilty as charged.

  28. commandant says:

    Boston clearly doesn’t have enough goons.

    If they had a team of big, tough goons, then players like Volchenkov wouldn’t make dirty hits at Brad Marchand and he’d be protected from concussions. Same with Bergeron’s concussion last week.

    Isn’t that how this whole protection thing works?

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    • Captain aHab says:

      I thought Marchand had learned to protect himself by submarining guys in the knees? Guess he forgot.

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

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      “Live by the sword…”. What is ironic is that the Bruins and their fans hate the Habs but they are not the ones hurting their players….

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

  29. Small_Town_Boy says:

    From Moose12:

    “I would start Budaj back to back this week, if for anything to light a fire under Carey. He can be the difference maker , but this year he has not played to his true potential. He may need to be pushed or threatened to regain his swagger”.

    I agree.

    BUT

    Carey Price from the start in Montreal has always or mostly anyway been faced with 30+ shots per game. He usually plays great in that situation.

    Now, this year he is playing on a very good team where it usually takes til the ten minute mark to face a shot or two. That is something he & his goalie coach have to correct. Ken Dryden was used to those strecthes with a shot or two since he started playing in Montreal & he got used to that quick.

    I have seen many goalies play in the NHL & I must say that Carey Price is the most UNLUCKY goalie there. Shots going in off of his own D-men. Other players & his own self. Take last game for example, he played oustanding in the 1st period. The 2nd was it two soft goals or unlucky goals.

    How can he play lights out and then let in two goals such as that? After all, he got his flury of shots in the 1st to warm him up!

  30. gumper says:

    I’m thinking about Weber this morning. I guess if he can’t draw into the lineup now, he never will. I suppose this means that if they had received any sort of offer for him before the trade deadline, he’d be gone now. I wonder if he’ll end up being waived this summer. You would think that they should at least be able to get a late-round draft pick for a guy who’s actually played over 100 NHL games and has a zero +/- rating. I feel a bit sorry for the kid, being stuck on a team full of undersized players.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think on a team lacking offensive Dmen, he could find a spot on an NHL team. Understand your sentiments.

    • Cal says:

      Weber should have been waived to Hamilton in February. He is clearly no longer in the Habs plans, like Kaberle.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Weber is still an asset that can be used at some point down the road. The Habs don’t have a 4th or 5th round pick this summer so that could be one way to move him.

      Both Weber and Kaberle seem to be handling a difficult situation with a lot of professionalism.

    • Luke says:

      Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t the injury trumping any playing time Weber might be eligible for?

  31. HabinBurlington says:

    The Budaj contract explained, who knew Ned Flanders spoke French.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6iuT0-x-mU

    Audio is a bit quiet.

  32. Dunboyne Mike says:

    @habsfanO
    Re. “Ain’t over til it’s over”.

    You were of course so right. It’s normally an Article of Faith for me, so I’m doing penance today for sinning in this way.

    I still think the Devils are a mess. But what’s interesting about their comeback was how the so-called Big Bad Bruins weren’t able to finish them off.

    I despise the dirty and dishonest way that Marchand plays hockey, how he corrupts the obvious skill and competitiveness that are his upside. However, I still don’t like seeing players injured, especially concussions.

    That said, there’s no denying that for whatever duration Marchand is off the ice, other players are safer.

    No time to chat today, Habs fan brothers and sisters. Please resolve all problems in professional hockey in general and Montreal’s line combos while I’m away.

    Slainte

  33. 24 Cups says:

    This is the only weekend where the Habs have to give up center stage.

    http://www.masters.com/index.html

  34. JohnBellyful says:

    Throughout this season the Canadiens, inexplicably, have faltered in the middle periods – what the cruder among us would call ‘sloppy seconds’ – and it’s a failing that needs to be addressed before the playoffs commence. The team’s post-season will be short-lived if corrective measures are not taken post-haste. Otherwise in a few short weeks we’ll all be writing post-mortems. And nasty ones at that.
    What to do, what to do …
    Well, let’s start with how well the team starts. Clearly coach Therrien has the players well-prepared for the opening 20 minutes, when they play lights out – or what the older ones among us would say, ‘like gangbusters’.
    Why isn’t that level of performance replicated in the second period? Perhaps it requires a rewind of what took place prior to the game’s opening whistle. A reset, as it were.
    As the boys leave the ice at the end of the first, have them head straight to a bus in the parking lot, change into civvies, walk back into the building and return to the dressing room, or at this point, the redressing room, to go through the same routine that obviously put them in the right frame of mind to start the game.
    Given that intermissions are 17 minutes long – or an ‘eternity’ as the more jaded among us describe them when part of a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast – the players will need to proceed at a brisk pace. But that liveliness will undoubtedly carry on when they take to the ice for what will surely be an energetic second period.
    (If the boys are running a little late, coach Therrien could use a 30-second timeout before the puck is dropped.)
    Alternatively, MT could take the opposite approach and lead the team in a yoga trance dance, which Shivea Rea tells us, “cultivates natural movement, intuition, and creativity” and enables you “to enhance your range of motion, break through physical and energetic blockages, boost cardiovascular strength, and create a more positive relationship with your body.”
    Did I mention “liberate one’s creative life-force”? No? Well, Shivea will tell you that, and she knows her stuff – or what the more cynical among us might say, ‘knows squat’.
    Anyway, I like the idea of players leaving the dressing room enhanced, unblocked, boosted and on better terms with their bodies. Can you imagine the havoc that would ensue if the brain and feet weren’t on speaking terms – think Pouliot – or if the left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing, as sometimes happens during shootouts, eh, Kadri?
    A third option would be to play Eller’s line more, but let’s try the other ideas first — what some of us here might call ‘baby steps’.

  35. rhino514 says:

    It would also help if Moen would contribute like last year and Armstrong came back in caase we face his former team in the playoffs. They aren´t key guys, but they are the type of guys who can be factors in the playoffs, especially for a team our size.
    Moen is clearly not in a slump, he´s been underperforming all season which leads me to believe he has received one too many hits to the head and may be effectively done, save as a PK guy.

  36. rhino514 says:

    Just saw the hit on Marchand. Two conflicting feelings in my gut. Have to say even though he is a rat it didn´t feel good to see a guy go down like that. The league has to do something about this issue. It´s gotten to the point where many teams are down a couple of key players each season because of this epidemic. Further to that, there are long term health issues at play.

    Having said that, Crosby and Neal out for pens, Bergeron and Marchand now out for Bruins.
    We haven´t been playing our best the last few games, but if we can just avoid a slump for the last eight games which have done all year, there is no excuse to not finish ahead of the bruins. It´s true we are lacking depth now on D, but we aren´t hindered to the level the bruins are. Finishing ahead of the Pens really isn´t all that important, but finishing first or second puts us in a much better postion for the playoffs than finishing fourth.
    The guys have to dig down deep now, and, above all else, AVOID INJURIES the last few games.
    I hope we play the islanders or the devils (but they are pretty much done), or a reeling Ottawa team. The leafs are playing well and it would not be an easy series, but would still haver a slight preference for this option over the rangers, though the powers that be may do subtle things to “help” the leafs advance.

  37. Moose12 says:

    I love this team, but they are showing flashes of last year which are starting to worry me. I am dreading the games against Buffalo and Toronto because we never seem to show up. The losses to Philly and the Caps were two games which could have been won or at least gain a point, had the effort had been there. I realize you cannot win them all, but to not compete, results in losses that have significant impact on the standings. We play amazing and hold our own against Boston, only to lose to teams we should beat-Buffalo,Philly, Washington. We are now fourth and will be in a dogfight the rest of the month, to finish first in the division. I do not want to play the Leafs, they match up pretty even with us and in a seven game series, there physicality could hurt us. The loss of Emelin is tough because he was a dominant physical defenceman who gave us a little grit on the back end. The new Drew will be fine, but we need a bigger presence in the playoffs like Tinordi or Petyrn. DD and Max must pick it up, but I have no worries about the rest of the team. We just need to treat every remaining game like a playoff game and go into the playoffs strong.
    However I would start Budaj back to back this week, if for anything to light a fire under Carey. He can be the difference maker , but this year he has not played to his true potential. He may need to be pushed or threatened to regain his swagger.
    Go Habs!

  38. Seps says:

    With the addition of the dinosaurs there’s a change of culture in Boston. So weird seeing no one jump into a fight after a Bruin gets hit, let alone gets hurt. By PJ Stock’s reasoning, guess no one in the dressing room likes Marchand.

  39. HabsSoCalManFan says:

    Stupid! I’m sorry!!! But, desharnais-pacioretty “chemistry” hasn’t been that evident this shortened season! While Gallagher IS A bad dude!!! I’d much rather see Desharnais on the Moen-Halpern line! Maybe, Therrien has tried it in practise, if so… Forgive my ignorance…my frustration stems from, while Desharnais being a true talent… It barely matters when he is knocked off the puck every 1/2 sec., bhe is has the puck! Sure, same could almost be said for Gallagher, but he seems to get right back on the puck, where as DD seems to give up! Anyway, logic would dictate, IMHO, to keep lines with small dudes(often playmakers), with the bigger dudes, that could potentially create more opportunities for the “skilled” fast feisty dudes to score! Pleky-Gionta are excluded, because they both play bigger than they are, though… They do at times are simply beat because if their lack of size!
    As for the D! While I’m one of P.K.’s biggest fans! I’m one of his largest critics! But, the keyword is critic, as in critique! The guy is so bad ass, that when his age, shows in ego-maniacal plays, it’s frustrating! You know, he is the real deal, and often his on Ice posturing when it goes bad, leaves one open for the worst in criticism, because, he seems to try and SHOW THE WORLD that he is the best d-man, rather than JUST BE the best d-man! I blame it on age, and the media! “Hey P.K.!!!!” “Don’t believe the hype!” You’re shining for sure so far! But, you still aren’t playing playing to your TRUE potential, and you know it! So quit trying, and just like your sponsors slogan says, “Just Do It!” Or as we use to say before Nike!, ”
    Lastly, the motto for our Habs this year is “No Excuses”. Well, that’s gotta go for the coach, too!!! Trust your gut Coach Therrien! It’s not that big for no reason!!!

    Understand????

  40. Skeptical says:

    Lineup looks good to challenge Buffalo Thursday.

    • Clay says:

      You do know that we have 2 regular d-men out, don’t you? When that happens in the NHL, people must be found to replace them. They are invariably from the AHL.
      And Drewiske and Beaulieu have acquitted themselves fairly well, all things considered. Especially the latter, who I think will be a real talent as he matures.

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  41. sheds88 says:

    anyone know if there is a clip of pj getting put in his place by freidman on saturday night ?

  42. AH says:

    Just got in from my daughters bball game…read that scumbag Marchand got concussed..is it true? if so, did someone nail him like he deserves?

  43. habs001 says:

    I still say in a Leaf/Habs series the pressure would be on the Habs…I am not sure if it is not more advantages to start this series on the road…Also the goaltending pressure would be all on Price…If Reimer plays great and Price poorly and the Leafs win the series i dont know how Price survives in Montreal…But if the opposite happens he will get very little credit..

  44. habs001 says:

    Marchand is okay..he is in line for a midnight movie…leafs only 6 points behind Habs…

  45. HFL says:

    I know this is getting over poster, but…. MT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give Lars Eller more ice time. He is playing so well and more ice time will just give him even more confidence.
    Did anyone notice how hard he was skating with 1 min and thirty seconds left in the game on Tuesday night.
    I can only hope that due to Ryder, our top goal scorer, being added to his line that MT will have some sort of sense to put the Eller line on the ice more.
    I swear im going to lose it if I keep seeing Lars get less ice time then DD.
    Another point for increase Ice time for Lars is to put him on the PP instead of DD. One of our problems this season is that we cannot get the puck into the offensive zone to set up on the PP. Throw lars out there and that might be the solution to your problem. Has MT seen this guy skate through the neutral zone when he has space and time?!?! no one can stop him, his big, fast and skilled.
    Man i know im going off on a tangent here, but I just need to get my frustrations out

    • H.Upmann says:

      no man you’re not. It was ridiculous that JM used him so little and played Gomez. Eller has what it takes to be a Sundin type no. 1 or 2…

      Honestly, I think MB signed DD because he needs to trade him later. Anyways having Eller, Pleks, and the Kid are good problems to gave imo

    • Timo says:

      “Did anyone notice how hard he was skating with 1 min and thirty seconds left in the game on Tuesday night.”

      … and then he put Desharnais no the ice and killed any chance of tying the game.

      • HFL says:

        By the way Timo, I read that article you have been posting. Pretty good points, I think thats what put me over the edge on this Eller situation.
        And I hope your right Upmann about the contract and trading DD. Not that I think he is a bad player. I actually like DD. I think he plays hard, and normally gives it his all, and has pretty good play making abilities. However, I believe he is number 4 on the depth charts at center

        • Timo says:

          This whole thing with Desharnais and Eller really starts to remind me about JM being our coach. Playing favorites, punishing non-favorite players for the tiniest mistake while sticking with others no matter what. He maybe has them play different more suited systems for the players we have but as far as fair treatment of the players he is no different than JM.

          • HFL says:

            I think your right about therrien not being fair to players to a certain extent. But I wouldnt go as far as to say MT and JM are one of the same in that category. We have not seen how MT would react if the team was not playing well, where JM had plenty of oppurtunities. The whole team is playing well, and he has a winning formula which might be why he is refraining from messing with the line combos.

        • sheds88 says:

          i like DD too, always been a fan, but i don’t see where he fits into our future. plex eller & chucky are 1,2,3 ( in no particular order ), and the fourth guy should be big that can hit, create a spark and score the odd goal. DD is clearly the odd man out, and his production or lack there of, isn’t helping his case to keep him

  46. Da Hema says:

    I hope other teams’ players don’t catch the fakeitis bug ravaging its way through the Bruins’ dressing room….

  47. Skeptical says:

    I hate to see any player get hurt but. After what Chara did to Pacioretty looks good on them. Hope he’s gone for 6-months.

  48. habsfan999 says:

    with regards to an earlier article about fans lamenting Price, or wishing Halak was still here,

    I think Price played superbly in the four games leading up to the Caps game, quietly making fantastic stops, playing solid, appearing to be a better-than-average goaltender, while still showing potential that he could one day be the best goalie in the league.

    enough crapping on Price already. He’s a good goalie. We should be glad to have him.

  49. JohnBellyful says:

    We all know what PK stands for: Pernell Karl, truth, justice and the Canadian way.
    But we know nothing, and care less, about what the initials PJ in PJ Stock’s name are short for.
    Well, in advance of tomorrow night’s CBC broadcast of the Canadiens-Sabres game, I’ve narrowed down the possibilities:
    a.) Petty Jerk
    b.) Pretty Juvenile
    c.) Punditis Jokus
    d.) Penis Jr.
    e.) Poo-Poo Jigglio

  50. Habilis says:

    Only positive about the B’s win tonight? The Habs can clinch a playoff spot with a win tomorrow night.

    B’s can also clinch with one more point. They play the Isles tomorrow night.

  51. Skeptical says:

    Going into Buffalo tomorrow night we are the better team. Lets see if we are the better team when we leave.

    I’m going out on the limb and say 3-2 For Habs ….

  52. Danno says:

    Too little too late for the Devils

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  53. Danno says:

    Ex-Hab Matt D’Agostini scores with 37 secs. left to bring the Devils to within one goal of tying Bruins

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  54. HabinBurlington says:

    1 goal game 37 seconds left!

    • Adidess says:

      it was too good to be true, I guess. Just realized they’re playing NYI, Car, Ott, Buf next so they’ll probably hang on to 1st in the division. Like everyone is saying, it will be great drama playing the Leafs!

  55. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Why would Clarkson want to stay with the Devils? They are going nowhere..

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

  56. habsfan0 says:

    To paraphrase the late,great Harry Carey: “Laffs Lose! Laffs Lose!”

  57. Danno says:

    Rangers win 3-2 in shootout over Laffs

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  58. DorvalDrive says:

    Small town.boy. Considering the Leafs could turn out to be first round opponents, it might be worth while understanding their strenghts.

    If Habs play them you’ll care.

  59. Boomer says:

    I don’t get it, The first goal was on Ryder, the 2nd was just messed up. I don’t even know if it was a good goal. On the third goal, Gorges followed Ovechkin to the boards and let the puck go right by him (instead of clearing it from the zone) resulting in the caps finding the back of the net (Carey was screened by 4 players!!!!). Yet it’s Carey’s fault. AGAIN. It’s getting ridiculous the hate he’s getting.

  60. Danno says:

    Brodeur is having a very unBrodeurlike night

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  61. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @Stu Cowan; re fight to keep TSN 690 alive in Montreal

    …Stu, You quoted ‘Wayne Bews, general manager of the station, thanked Montreal radio listeners and sports fans for their support for the station’s future with more than 15,000 people signing a petition at SAVETSN690.ca. Bews also thanked the Montreal community for submitting more than 1,000 letters of support to the CRTC.’

    …I don’t want to nitpick Stu, but I led an effort for all HIO members outside Canada and in other parts of Canada to complete Their support of the online petition to the CRTC. At that time many of Our members confirmed Their participation in said petition.

    Disappointed Your column or Wayne Bews did not acknowledge the support received from Us whom listen to Mitch & Friends online on TSN 690 around the World besides those in Montreal.

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  62. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Brad “Booger” Marchand gets elbowed to the head by Volchenkov. He should easily get 5 games for this.

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

  63. Kimberly2u says:

    Go Devils

  64. DorvalDrive says:

    Forgot to add, their one of only three teams that have no players on the injury reserve.

    Not saying their a better club then the Habs, just stating some stats.

    Reimer does seem to be playing with alot of confidence also.

  65. Danno says:

    Devils score. Now it’s 4-3 and the Bruins have lost momentum

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  66. DorvalDrive says:

    How the leafs are gettng down. First and foremost, they work hard every game. There first in the league, in checking way ahead of second place. They’re second in the league in block shots. They alsohave the 3rd best PK. Again all signs of a team that works hard. Habs betterput their work boots on for the rest of the season, otherwise they’ll be fighting for fifth, not second.

    • Adidess says:

      I have been waiting for the statement that the Leafs are a juggernaut this year because they might make the playoffs for the 1st time in ages. And this team (the Habs) which has been closer to 1st place than 4th place all season is all of sudden in danger of surrendering to the Mighty Leafs. Thank you.

      Oh btw, we’re up 7 points on them with same amout of games played!

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Yeah, and they also give up a lot of shots too. And score on a much smaller number of attempts.

      Their goalies give up a lot of rebounds that don’t seem to cost them. Their forwards also seem to get behind the defense while the opposing team is in their (Leafs) Ozone, which means that the puck is somehow getting out to them despite the Leafs D not being mobile.

    • H.Upmann says:

      Awesome goaltending btw

  67. habsfan0 says:

    So,CBC is broadcasting tomorrow’s game.
    Who’s calling it? Hughson or Cole?


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