They needed that

The L streak is over.

Carey Price’s sixth shutout.

 

609 Comments

  1. sidhu says:

    – Matt Martin’s impression of Bertuzzi should get 5+ games
    – Gilles should get suspended at least 3 for his hit on Tangradi
    – Godard is gone automatically for 10 games

    I personally think Getzlaf’s hit on Hamhius is worthy of a suspension — he left his feet and hit him in the back.  I’d give him 2 games minimum.

  2. HardHabits says:

    The team needs him to play smarter. His veteranship is escaping him and with his slow start his room to maneuver is slim. He needs a wake up call.

    Benching is severe, waivers is not going to happen.

    Hopefully Gomez proves those who have lamented him all season and those who are jumping on his case lately wrong this upcoming play-run otherwise the short leash will become a noose whose purpose will be to tighten.

    These are imprtant games he’s f*cking up in. Unless they’re secretly jockeying for 6th place but I think 1st in NE division would be better.

    Gomez has to play better consistantly from here on in starting tonight. If not. Sit him a game.

    I mean, of course, say he has the ‘flu’ or another ‘injury’ or something. 😉

  3. Da Hema says:

    The aftereffects of consuming copious amounts of Molson Ex and viagra….

  4. Chris F says:

    Some possibilities:

    Chris Neil. (Tough, good character, won’t back down, not too old).

    Andy Sutton. (Sens picked him up and won 10 straight last year, he is huge, and mean).

    Bryan McCabe. (As much as I hate ex leafs. He’s not great , but still an upgrade over Spacek and Picard, and he has some size and a great shot). Florida will be shopping if out of it, and maybe even if still in it.

    Jason Arnott. (He may not want to come to Montreal, but Gomez/Gionta may be able to help).

    I’m not sure what PG will do, but whatever he does must include size and toughness

  5. avatar_58 says:

    Propose a solution that isn’t an “EA sports NHL” solution. He’s not going anywhere. No one wants him, the AHL is not the answer…..so what else?

  6. avatar_58 says:

    Nothing. NMC. 7mil. He’s a hab for the next few years, get used to it. So he either snaps out of it or Gauthier finds linemates that make him look better than he is.

  7. Eric37 says:

    Strictly out of curiosity and nothing else: 

    What can the Habs do with Gomez?  What are the buy out logistics?  Can they put him on waivers and send him to Hamilton? Is this a case where if he clears waivers then his salary is off the books?

    Again, just curious. The details of his contract are probably a mystery.

    E.

  8. The Teacher says:

    Well, for all those yapping for years about the Bertuzzi punch on Moore. That one by the Islander player was a carbon copy of it. I am awaiting the year long suspension now. It DOES NOT MATTER if the injury is not the same. The whole incident was exactly the same except the end result.

  9. sidhu says:

    I still think Clarkson is a great fit for the Habs, though others are suggesting Chris Neil.

    What about Mike Rupp, who skates 10 minutes a game, is huge, and can fight?  In addition, he’s won a Cup with NJ (with Gomez and Gionta) in 2003.

    Pittsburgh needs depth at center now that Malkin is out — I’d be fine with shipping Halpern (who is soft, though he wins draws and plays the PK) as part of a deal involving Rupp.  Maybe we could also get Tangradi, a budding power forward who played with PK in Belleville.

    If we are going to trade with Ottawa for a tough guy, I’d rather get Carkner since we need depth on D anyway.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz3j5KMe450

  10. Caper says:

    We held our own the other night. We have a pack mentality and the team while small is tough. We lost because of poor coverage in our own end. The Bruins kept getting behind our D. Our top 2 D and arguably our 2nd best forward are out of the line-up, It catching up with us and we have to make a deal for a D man or 2.

  11. Caper says:

    Giggy is playing tonight not Reimer.

  12. The Teacher says:

    PAT HICKEY, after reading today’s article. I LOVE you.

     

    That was the biggest burn I have ever seen in a newspaper. Kudos to you for writing an excellent, unbelieveable article that had me grinning from ear to ear by the time I finished reading.

     

    Awesome stuff!

  13. sidhu says:

    Teach, good to see you back!  I agree, Hickey’s article was awesome.

  14. sidhu says:

    It’s my understanding that we can:

    1) Waive him, like Edmonton did with Souray.  If no one picks him up, he goes to Hamilton and his salary does not count against the cap, though we still have to pay his salary.  He could then go on re-entry waivers; if a team picks him up, we’d be on the hook for half of his salary in terms of the cap and paying his actual salary.

    2) Buy him out.  The savings/non-savings are shown here:
    http://www.capgeek.com/buyout_calculator.php?Player=624&buyout_y=2011&buyout_m=06&buyout_d=15&Calculate=

    3) Trade him.  He has a limited no trade-clause, under which he can identify three teams he would NOT accept a trade to.

  15. Hali_Hab says:

     i duno who we are going to trade with but as time goes one i am becoming increasingly frustrated with PG’

     

     

     

     

    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  16. Eric37 says:

    Wow. Thanks Sidhu! Much appreciated.

    After this season, depending on his performance, the front office should look into all three of these options.  Even the buyout scenario isn’t that bad, considering he has three more years at a cap hit of 7.

    Again, much appreciated.

    E.

  17. Habnofear says:

    With all due respect avatar I have too say BULLSHEIT! We can move Gomer and should for his career and our Habs …when it ‘s not meant too be it’s not meant to be ….

  18. smiler2729 says:

    FAN590 reporting Giguere’s getting the start in his hometown… man, we always get stoned by these french goalies visiting .

    I’m off for a Hockey Day in Canada exhibition game in Hillsburgh, we’re playing a team called the Canadians.

  19. Hali_Hab says:

     also has any one heard anything on the prospect of cammy playing tonight?

     

    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  20. Eric37 says:

    Definitely not meant to be.

    E.

  21. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Agreed. Redden, Huet, Souray, there are ways to get rid of crazy salaries, just like sidhu pointed out. There´s just no way we should keep a player who scores 10 goals and probably less than 40 points a season while using up more than 1/9th of our cap. Getting rid of his complete salary would give us tremendous options this summer.  

  22. mbplekfan says:

    If the leafs adopt the run PK through the boards tactics of Boston will MTL have an answer? I dont see it. Pouliot is tough but rarely fights, Pacioretty is big but hasnt mastered the art of hockey fighting.

    Moen is a middleweight at best. Ditto for Wiz.

    After that we have no other fighters or even people who can handle themselves in the rough going.

    I hope the Leafs do employ goon tactics tonight. It will force PG to get that fourth line tough guy that we are missing.

  23. HardHabits says:

    If anybody thinks Burke hasn’t watched the last Habs-Bruins game or the most recent edition of WWE on Ice they’re in for a rude awakening tonight. I just wonder who amongst Burke’s Team Truculent is going to sucker punch/cheap shot and potentially injure a Hab this evening. Time to get the bandages, ice packs and crutches ready.

  24. CHsam says:

    Been reading a lot about trading and deadline moves for tough guys….. and I must say, if we can get a player who has grit AND some skill- that`ll definately make our young ones better (Pax, PK, Eller, Pleks).

    I`ve refrained from bashing or defending Gomez… but I gotta say that NOW is that time for him to bring some clutch hockey. Too bad he ain`t a 6`2 power forward at 8 Mil per.

  25. avatar_58 says:

    All I know is I’m still annoyed they didn’t go after Byfuglien. He would ended the “too small” BS once and for all.

  26. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    how many times do we have to see it??… he should already be moving in that direction, asap… WHITE was a good callup… we need 2 more of that level or better, Fwd and Def.

     

  27. bolder says:

    An article from TSN using the counts remarks states that “the loss in boston was due to defensive errors (which is true) and that the habs dont need an enforcer”

    Larry Robinson busted Dave Schultz in the 70’s and it changed the culture of the habs which led to a sweep of the flyers

    Chris Nilan; how many battles with O’Reilly

    Shane Corson vs Cam Neely

    Some examples of the Stanley cup habs and how they dealt with the Goons!!

    The count does not support or protect his team, the hell with his passive attitude, the refs dont pitty him

     

  28. DearyLeary says:

    It’s one game… can people quit it with this enforcer garbage?

  29. mbplekfan says:

    It wont be BS when we start getting manhandled during the stretch run.

  30. Keith says:

    The BEST rivalry (The Best Gerry, The Best) imho has to be the Booins/Habs! And when Quebec gets back in the Nordiques. THAT was HUGE. Total and complete hatred on both sides. Remember Good Friday 1984? What a CRAZY game that was. The Boston game the other night brought back memories of that one. Habs/laffs? To me it just isn’t as big as the Tarranna media hypes it up to be.If the laffs try to run the Habs out of the Bell Centre, Habs HAVE to respond. These are the most important games, the Habs cannot afford to p*ss them away, and I would like to see us show up agaist this team. They always give us trouble, but I know the Habs will not give up. They have a no quit attitude. 4-2 Habs tonight. GO HABS GO!!!

     

  31. HardHabits says:

    Sit him out a game, or two. I’d like to see Gomez and AK46 both sit when healthy bodies return.

  32. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Then how did Chicago manage to get rid of Huet, the Rangers of Redden and the Oilers of Souray? Also all by EA Sports solutions, right? There are definitely ways and why would the AHL be no answer???

  33. Chuck says:

    It worked when he was ‘injured’ earlier in the season…

  34. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    uhhh, Boone, with all due respect… we are already in the same division as the Leafs. Meaning we already play them more than 4 times a year… six actually. Did you get clocked in the head by a Bruin as well? 😉

  35. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Agreed… I would like some serious body checkers for our 4th line and as a replacement for useless Spacek, and maybe a big goal scorer, but I really don’t care if they fight or not. That being said I still wouldn’t mind JF Jacques in the warming the press box only yo be un-caged for Flyers, Bruins, and Penguins games.

    Ideally, I want Umberger, Peckham, and Jacques. We have lots of young players and prosepects already in the system. We can part with some draft picks, especially this year. Give Columbus the 1st rounder and Edmonton the 2nd. And whatever else we need to convince them to take Spacek as well.

  36. Rad says:

    I have a winning formula for tonight’s game. If we can restrict Gomez to only -1, we can win the game! All Jacques Martin has to do is keep his TOI down to about 11. It’s easy Jacques … just look at the number on his uniform and repeat after me “11 TOI. 11 TOI.” Don’t let me down Jacques, I know you can do it !!

  37. Rad says:

    They’re not trading Peckham. He’s already their #2 defenceman. But yeah, that’s the kind of player we need, an intimidating presence on the blueline.

  38. Rad says:

    I agree, let’s keep White on the team from hereon in. He can kill penalties and block shots. He’ll scrap, too. The kid is fearless.

  39. billylove says:

    I know, it’s just one game and there’s 25 more after tonight, but we really, really need a W against the leafs. After Buff on Tues the bulk of the stretch run is on the road and I really don’t want to see us hanging on at the bitter end to secure a playoff spot at/near the bottom of the Conf. We need points while at home or else………  

  40. DearyLeary says:

    Why is that?

  41. Keith says:

    Everything seems to revolve around Tarranna and HNIT. We really need to win this game, for confidence sake or if anything to shut-up those laff-lovin HNIT HOMERS! GO HABS GO!!!

  42. RGM says:

    As much as I hate to rain on a parade like this and let facts get in the way of a good rant, in exactly zero years that Shayne Corson was with the Canadiens and Cam Neely with the Bruins did we meet the Bruins in the playoffs and go on to win the Stanley Cup. Shockingly and surprisingly, during the Roy era we were actually 3-5 in series against the Bruins, including losing three years in a row.

    Go Habs Go!

  43. sims says:

    was at the practice this morning and the habs were flyin and leafs were sluggish.  no kessel, phaneuf or giguere on the ice. 

     

    all the habs looked pumped up…and its been a while since ive seen that many black eyes on one team.  travelled a long way to watch the game tonight and have been without my luggage for about 40 hours so the least mtl could do for me is clobber toronto.  enjoy! i know i will!

  44. Keith says:

    Sounds like the Habs will win for sure. Have a great time, party safe!

  45. HUDSONHAB says:

    Love this picture, I just posted it on a Leafs fan’s facebook wall with the caption ” It’s on !! “

    ….Hab4life….

  46. RGM says:

    The buyout scenario is terrible. If they were to buy him out after this season, they would be paying him the following:

    • 2011-12: $1,801,587
    • 2012-13: $3,801,587
    • 2013-14: $4,801,587
    • 2014-15: $1,944,444
    • 2015-16: $1,944,444
    • 2016-17: $1,944,444

    For the two largest seasons, that’s a quality hockey player’s cap hit that we don’t get to use at all. It’s bad enough that they still owe Laraque another half-million next season; paying Gomez to not be a Montreal Canadien until 2017 is just brutal.

    Go Habs Go!

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    Chris Neil backs down in front of anyone bigger than him, he’s a less talented Lucic.

    Sutton, I can get behind that maybe.

    McCabe, please, no ex Leafs, he’s the puke who started the scrum in pre-season and left that kid Gudbranson hanging with Moen.

    Arnott, too old.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  48. Exit716 says:

    How Did CBC get William Shatner to come to Regina for the outdoor tournament? Oh wait, that’s Mick McGeough.

     

  49. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I wasn’t hitting my Taylor made driver well at all so I just replaced it with a Callaway and what a difference.  Though some people swear by the Taylor Made’s.

  50. Habitoba says:

    Funny how CBC, a government-run broadcasting station that’s meant to represent its people, can’t remain impartial on air.

  51. VancouverHab says:

    I know attitdue is fun and all that, but when Gomez was injured for three games earlier in the season we were utter, complete and total crap. We not only lost we never looked like winning.

    If it makes you people happy to diss Gomez, well, that’s what pro sports are for. But Gomez is not the first nor will he be the last elite multiple Stanley Cup winning player who has an poor time in a regular season after a decade’s grind in the NHL.

    Some idiot Hab GM listened to bitching and abusive fans and traded a player who was having an off season — & we regretted losing John LeClair every one of the ten years that followed.

    If we did trade Gomez, he’d just land on some contender and have five more years of probably Cup-winning glory.

    Were lucky to have Gomez and I hope PG has the guts and nous to realise that and hold on to him.

  52. scrowe21 says:

    Chris Neil being a less talented Lucic is an understatement. No interest in him at all.

  53. doogie says:

    This may be Taylor Made night but y’all gotta try the new Titleist 910 D2 driver…….awesome baby!  Only good if you wanna hit it longer and straighter.  

    Taylor Made’s just selling a paint job here!  Go Habs!

  54. Chuck says:

    Actually, I think that I’m one of the few around here that looks at Gomez as a plus. Does he need to step it up and play better? Sure… but that could also be said about at least half of the team.

  55. solomio says:

    You can bet on it being the other way round come game time!

     

    You’re playing hockey and I can’t compete

    You’re playing hockey and beat the crap outta me

    I’m down, I’m really down

    I’m down,down on the ground

    I’m down, I’m really down

    We won’t get to the Cup,yeah you know I’m down

  56. Da Hema says:

    You have a good point there. Cammalleri has had a very poor season, and has taken at least as many stupid, selfish penalties as Gomez. Yet very few posters have ganged up on Cammalleri. I am not pleased with Gomez’s play, but how many Habs have played to their full potential this year? Let’s look at the list of underachievers: Cammalleri, Gomez, Pouliot, Kostitsyn, and Moen. That’s almost half the team’s forwards. I just hope they can get their acts together now.

  57. Rad says:

    LeClair could skate, hit, and score. He had one of the hardest, heaviest shots in the league. He was 6’3, 233 lbs, and impossible to move from the front of the net.  He scored 50 goals three straight years, played in the All-Star game for 5 straight years, and is in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. I don’t see any comparison whatsoever between John LeClair and Scott Gomez. Except in one sense: both were VERY BAD TRADES for Montreal.

    After watching Gomez play for a year and a half, I think the evidence is in. He is NOT a great player, nor is he a winner. He is an “average” player, quite replaceable. The New Jersey team that won the Stanley Cup had players like Scott Stevens, Martin Brodeur, Ken Daneyko, Scott Neidermayer, Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias, Peter Sykora, Claude Lemieux, and Jamie Langenbrunner. Gomez was hardly a key cog on that team. Gomez was a very bad signing by Glen Sather, but an even worse trade by Bob Gainey, who had had a chance to see what Gomez had done in New York — not much. Gainey was desperate for a center, and made another in a long line of very bad trades made by Montreal management over the years.

    As for PG having the “guts” to hold on to him, I doubt very much that any team in the NHL is willing to trade for him. I don’t think we could give him away. If we sent him to the minors, it is doubtful that any team would pick him up on re-entry waivers for even HALF his salary. 

  58. Keith says:

    Don’t hurt the whales!

  59. twilighthours says:

    Rob, can you provide examples, with video if you can, when Neil backed down in the face of someone bigger?  

  60. twilighthours says:

    I don’t think the Habs need an enforcer, because games like that don’t happen in the playoffs.  But are you trying to tell me that a guy like Neil couldn’t make the Habs better?  I would love to see him with us.

  61. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    I like my Callaway Diablo. A lot cheaper too!

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright


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