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Another great assortment of stories from Thursday’s Hockey Inside/Out special section in The Gazette:

Locked-out hockey fans turn to NFL, by sports editor Stu Cowan

100 Comments

  1. Da Hema says:

    Dave: Thanks for the Three Stooges link. I haven’t laughed so much in a very long time! I love the line “You’re not going to hit a lady with THAT are ya? Take this, it’s bigger.” Those brothers were special.

  2. HabFab says:

    Sorry big guy but I wager all the money you will ever make that there are not 20 owners that like the NHLPA’s proposals;

    BrandonPrust8 Just wondering when the 20 owners that actually like our proposals are going to step up n use their voice

  3. HabFab says:

    A nice article on Bozon and his team en francois. Did not realize that Guy Charron was the coach. Team is totally dominating the league to date.
    http://tvasports.ca/archives/tvasports/hockey/2012/10/20121031-162348.html

  4. commandant says:

    Oh BGL, this story is still getting weirder

    https://twitter.com/sunayas/status/264085385309741057

    “Spoke to Georges Laraque who claims that Randy Gumbley’s brother is working for the CHLPA and they look very similar.”

    From a Yahoo Junior Hockey reporter.

    Go Habs Go!
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  5. RobertAlanFord says:

    Hmmmm… Bond or Bulldogs on November 9th??? Decisions decisions.

    @RAFord77
    http://bleublancetrouge.ca/

  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    New poll.

    “… with Justin Trudeau as leader of the Liberals, the New Democrats would fall to third with only 24 per cent support nationwide, compared to 29 per cent for the Tories and 39 per cent for the Trudeau Liberals. ”

    No idea about Justin, but he sure is a sharper dresser than Harper or Mulcair.


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  7. habsfan0 says:

    Very sad news about Pascual Perez.

  8. Mattyleg says:

    Great Tweet from Brandon Prust:
    “Just wondering when the 20 owners that actually like our proposals are going to step up n use their voice”

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  9. commandant says:

    This Derek Clarke story gets more and more bizarre by the hour.

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/juniorhockey/article/1280977–who-is-derek-clarke-canadian-hockey-league-players-association-spokesperson

    What is going on here?

    Go Habs Go!
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  10. 24 Cups says:

    It was announced this week that the Toronto Star will be joining the Globe & Mail in terms of creating digital subscription plans to charge users for online content. I believe the Star’s paywall will begin in the new year.

    I mention this point as a point of reference for the Montreal Gazette and HI/O. I think the Gazette will have no choice but to follow suit. Let’s say that a monthly paywall access fee would be in the $30 range. Would the Gazette also include a paywall fee for HI/O? And if so, how wouldit impact the site in terms of fan participation and HI/O ratings?

    Let’s say that the NHL season starts in January and the Gazette implements a monthly paywall fee at the same time. The world that we know and love here on HI/O could be radically altered.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      There are plenty of other free sites that you can leave comments on that people would flock to….

    • Cal says:

      At $30/month, The Star will die a quick death. At the $10 to $15 range, they will have trouble enough.
      There is too much free info out there and many of the younger generation are not used to paying for it.

      • 24 Cups says:

        I’ve got to stop doing things from memory! The Globe rate is $20 a month.

        http://j-source.ca/article/globe-and-mail-launch-paywall-oct-22

        I’ll use myself as an example. I’ve been receiving home delivery of the Star for more than 40 years. It’s an ingrained part of my morning ritual. Right now my monthly fee is $38 for seven day a week delivery. If the newsprint version stopped, would I be willing to pay $20 for the online version? Of would I re-channel how I obtain my daily news?

        I would really have to sit down and think about it. Old habits die hard at the age of 63. Any “news” on Facebook or Twitter is just a bunch of “sound bites” that have little depth or thought. A newspaper has to recoup the major costs they put out for staffing. Advertising on the internet doesn’t bring in the major coin that print advertising does. It’s a tough call.

        • Blondie says:

          In the short term it won’t cost you extra. They said most current subscribers would get the on-line version at no extra cost. They didn’t mention stopping the dead trees version.

          Even if they did there are still credible free news sources out there – CBC, Reuters, Canadian Press, and other wire services to name a few. Not necessarily Toronto centric but solid anyway.

        • Cal says:

          I head out on Saturdays to get my Gazette. I’ve noticed the daily version has shrunk to a shadow of what it once was. I am willing to pay the equivalent of 4.5 X $2.50 for the digital equivalent.
          Times change fast, don’t they?

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Almost every newspaper that charged online subscription later abandoned the idea. The kind of people who get their news from the Internet are not going to pay extra for the Globe and Mail online. With all the aggregators and free sites out there, why would you pay?

          Paying for News is like paying for porn.


          Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

          • athanor says:

            This is actually The Globe’s second shot at a pay wall. The first one didn’t last long.

    • shiram says:

      If indeed HIO becomes a paying site, it will just open the door for smaller blogs/forums to capture the HIO members not willing to pay the fees. Those sites usually have alot less expenses and so can do fine on ad revenue alone.

    • Blondie says:

      The Star had upwards of 400 comments on the announcement with over 90% saying “Bye bye”.

      Not a scientific study but I think it’s safe to assume that on-line readership is going to drop significantly.

  11. commandant says:

    Habs prospect Darren Dietz named Saskatoon Blades player of the month. 5 goals 9 points in 11 games.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Hobie Hansen says:

      That kid looks like a beauty.

      I forgot he was a defenseman and that he played for the Blades…shows what I know!

      6’1″ – 205 Lbs – from Medicine Hat

      15 goals and 118 PIMs last year….I love it!

      Does he have a shot at the Canadian junior team next month????

      • commandant says:

        No, I wrote about the Canadian Junior team yesterday. Nothing against Dietz, but that team is just absolutely stacked on defence.

        Ryan Murray, Dougie Hamilton, Scott Harrington, Morgan Rielly, Griffin Reinhart, Matt Dumba, Derrick Pouliot, Ryan Murphy, Xavier Ouellet, Cody Ceci, all trying out. At least 3 of those guys will be cut.

        Go Habs Go!
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        • Luke says:

          Oh Dougie… as a Habs fan and IceDogs fan, he is killing me.

          The fact he is good and a Bruin bugs me (small blessing – he could have been a Leaf, so I have taunting material there).

          But, in my opinion, he is not playing that well in the O right now. He’s turning the puck over a lot and making some pretty boneheaded plays. He’s definitely putting up points, but it seems he makes 2 or 3 huge gaffs and then picks up a point or 2 to balance out… watching him is like 2 periods of torture and 1 of “where was that guy in the first two periods?”

          He should be dominating, but looks disinterested.
          (Or should be in the NHL and that’s why he is disinterested…)

          As the lockout progresses, these NHLers (Hamilton. Strome, Ritchie for Niagara) become valuable trading chips. If contenders know they are going to have them for the playoffs, then they’ll be dealt to allow for a quick rebuild. If the lockout looks like it could end, then the contenders don’t acquire them and the weaker teams will get caught with an inflated record, and no one to pedlle for the rebuild.

          Niagara traded Beukeboom for picks last night.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          Oh ya those are some names that jump right out at ya….

          And ya, that is definately what you call “stacked.”

  12. shiram says:

    My thanks to Stephanie Myles, Dave Stubbs, Stu Cowan, Pat Hickey, Brenda Branswell and Kevin Mio for bringing us some interesting reads this morning.

  13. Hoegaarden says:

    First crack in the wall on the owners side. This likely will result in Butthead issuing a fine on Eugene…..

    http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2012/11/1/3585318/nhl-lockout-2012-ottawa-senators-eugene-melnyk/in/2252231

    I hope Butthead and his gang of 8 eventually kill the NHL so it can be started over with people who care about the sport more than the bottom line.

  14. Habfan29 says:

    RIP Pascal Perez murdered in the DR this am. On of the most colorful the Expos ever had….

  15. Mattyleg says:

    Hey Stubbs, any chance you could encourage Gary Bettman to go along to the dinner at Moishe’s?

    Maybe then he could see for himself that for some people, hockey is about a bit more than the Holy Bottom Line.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • ProHabs says:

      Bettman doesn’t deserve a free meal paid by Stubbs at Moishe’s. The greedy puke should be eating out of the garbage bin behind Moishe’s.

      • toneez says:

        I totally agree !!! one of the better posts I have read , I am totally against Bettman and believe that hockey will never be the same until he’s no longer commissioner , he’s a snarly A$$$$$ Pretty annoying too !!!!

        All Habs all the Time

  16. DorvalTony says:

    NFL. Please. What a joke.

  17. L Elle says:

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, ow!
    There he stood in the street
    Bobbing his stubborn head to his feet
    I said Gary what is this
    Now Gary maybe, maybe he’s in need of a piss
    I said a hey what’s your game Gary
    Maybe we can see things the same.
    Now don’t you wait or hesitate
    Let’s move before they raise the CAP rate, ow!

    All right now, Gary it’s-a all right now
    All right now, Gary it’s-a all right now, ooo…

    Let me tell you now

    Donny took him home to his place
    Watchin’ every move on his face
    He said look what’s your game Donny
    Are you trying to put me in shame
    He said Bro don’t go so fast
    Don’t you think that hockey should last
    he said love, lord above
    Now you’re tryin’ to trick me you think? ay!

    All right now, Gary it’s-a all right now
    All right now, Gary it’s-a all right now, ooo…

    Yeah it’s all right now, ooo
    (guitar solo)

    Ooo
    Oh yeah ow!
    Let me tell you how we’re suffering now, ow!
    Yay

    Donny took him home to his place
    Watchin’ every move on his face
    He said look what’s your game Donny
    Are you trying to put me in shame
    He said Bro don’t go so fast
    Don’t you think you should learn from the past?
    he said love, lord above
    Now you’re tryin’ to trick me you think? ay!

    All right now, Gary it’s-a all right now
    All right now, Gary it’s-a all right now, ooo…

    All right now
    Gary it’s a all right yeah
    All right now
    Gary, Gary Gary it’s all right

    All right now, ha
    Yeah
    It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right
    Yes
    All right now
    Gary it’s a all right now

    Yeah
    We’re not so happy together, ow!
    It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right
    Everything’s all right, yeh
    Ooo…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siMFORx8uO8

  18. HabinBurlington says:

    Thanks Mr. Hickey for the Galchenyuk and Beaulieu articles, good reads both.

  19. RobertAlanFord says:

    Price’s Assassin’s Creed Masks, PK the weather man and update on how those 2012 draft picks are doing http://bleublancetrouge.ca/

    @RAFord77

  20. SBAH says:

    Oh the though of it is quite frightful,
    But a cure would be so delightful.
    Movember is time my Bro,
    Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow!

    Shaving this month we be stopping,
    Letting it grow there’s no chopping.
    Awareness to the cause, Hey YO!
    Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow!

    When we finally win the fight,
    And Prostates return to the norm.
    When we finally win the fight,
    The Boys will be back in top form!

    To keep our Brothers from dying,
    Research to the cause keep trying.
    If you are asked to shave say, NO!
    Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow!

  21. Geez…you have me working overtime every Thursday morning posting all these stories to my site…
    Telio
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  22. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning. Still in the dark. Kind of chilly last night but can’t complain too much. Saw video yesterday at my daughters house of the Jersey coast. Sad. Just got a quick glance of hio. I see Timo had the perfect strategy to get candy from a 3 year old. :)
    Nice work by L, JB, Cal and bri on their songs. Wasn’t able to :you tube though.
    We heard that Hydro Quebec was in the area. The wife suggested that we hang our Canadian and Habs flag out front in hopes of getting preferential treatment.
    Have a good day all. CHeers!

    ———————————–

  23. habsfan0 says:

    Bernie Parent claims that Shemp was the funniest of the Three Stooges.

    Right…

    And I claim that Bill Barber NEVER dove..

  24. Cal says:

    Hickey’s article on Galchenyuk depicts a solid young player with a great coachable attitude. I’m glad he is going to be a Hab, and that will be sooner rather than later. If the “Two Idiots and a Contract” thing ever gets settled.

  25. Timo says:

    Heh… on RDS site there is a video of PK doing a weather report. And the blondie who usually does it tries to give him a nice rub.

  26. Timo says:

    What time does a 3 year old goes to bed on Halloween night, after a bountiful candy hunt?

  27. Muckbringer says:

    kinda sucks fighting for scraps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ns63s9i3k

    Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
    Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
    Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
    Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
    Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.


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