This week’s real, live HIO stories

two refs

Erik Cole excited to hit the ice, by Dave Stubbs

RDS delighted with the return of hockey, but … , by Brendan Kelly

Rene Bourque makes no excuses for last season, by Pat Hickey

NHL referees also will have to work on timing, by Pat Hickey

Future looks bright for QMJHL stars, by Brenda Branswell

New daddy Lars Eller happy to be back, by Dave Stubbs

Back to the grind for top prospect MacKinnon, by Brenda Branswell

Montreal actor wants Habs boycott, by Corinne Ton That


  1. rhino514 says:

    Has anyone seen Leblanc play the last few games? Someone mentioned a while ago he was starting to look good again. Any way of knowing if his ankle sprain is a real bad one or is there a chance he can recover during the season?
    Even without LL, taking into account that Bourque has a much better chance to produce on his natural wing, the habs are deeper on RW and have literall only one good LW. They also have other good RW prospects. Why don´t they just trade one of them for a LW? This is the logical move.
    the only other move I can see is maybe trying DD on the left wing and moving gomez up to the third line. But Gomez has no chance if he isn´t playing with sharp shooters…I´d rather have him on the fourth line with spot PP duty where he can do no harmo than ruining the third line.
    Trade for a decent LW!!We have enough assets to do this. Doesn´t anyone see this? You gonna screw up Bourque again playing him on his wrong wing? or screw up Eller trying to play him on the wing? Or better yet, why not use Armstrong or Prust on their off wings on the second line? I am so scared the team is going to pull one of these stunts,

    but seriously….anyone have any insight on Leblanc lately? Is his season really done production-wise?

  2. jedimyrmidon says:

    Was reading some of the Lars Eller discussion down below:
    – The guy is a young center with skill and size. He’s something like 213lbs now. I think he can develop to be a great #2 center for the Habs.
    – He was producing at a PPG pace in the Finnish league, which isn’t bad at all and was used in all situations on his team by his coach, which doesn’t hurt his progression at all.

    • rhino514 says:

      The Finnish league is not as strong as the Swedish leagues, and a point per game is nothing special, especially when only five goals. I would have expected to see him tear up the league. Look at what Pleks did in his league…
      Not sure if he is ready yet to be a number two centre or when he will be.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        The Finnish league is known as a low scoring league. Someone posted below posted an article below that noted that Eller’s production matched Mikko Koivu’s. Apparently, Rich Peverley who was also on the team wasn’t really producing until Eller arrived.

  3. HabFab says:

    RenLavoieRDS – Don Meehan and Marc Bergevin met today. They’ll have more talks concerning PK Subban contract.

  4. kempie says:

    Wow, Sarnia dman Conner Murphy is out for the rest of the year with a knee injury he sustained during the gold medal game.

  5. commandant says:

    Have to say, I think the Kitchener Rangers did the best at the OHL trade deadline.

    Will it be enough to catch London or knock them off in the playoffs? I don’t know… London is good.

    Sarnia did very little (a couple of minor sell offs of a third/fourth liner, and a depth defenceman) after they were expected to be a buyer. It seems the uncertainty around Alex Galchenyuk, plus the season ending injury to Connor Murphy, and Jacques Beaulieu couldn’t figure out if he was a buyer or seller.

    1st place club… uncertain what is happening with their star forward, and lost their number 1 d on eve of the deadline.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • BJ says:

      PK is worth 3.75 for two years. No more. He is not a team favorite (other than with the fans). What chemistry is in the dressing room goes a long way towards a better contract if naturally you perform on the ice, which he does. My concern is how the rest of the team handle his presence. As good and exciting as he is on the ice. A winning team needs positive chemistry as well as talent.

      • commandant says:

        Oh look a dressing room insider who knows how PK gets along with teammates.

        Go Habs Go!
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        • Bripro says:

          There was a discussion on RDS the other night regarding PK not having signed. And the topic of his behaviour in the dressing room did come up.
          Renaud Lavoie, who is well informed and completely unbiased, said that there were frequent incidents between PK and other players. No one was specified, but he assured that it was fact.
          Some players take longer to mature than others.
          He’s certainly entertaining, from a fan’s point of view.

          • Ron says:

            I had seen that as well Bri although I had to get my wife to do my translating. It was as what you described of what Lavoie talked about. I trust what Renaud said and believe he had positive info to beable to make such a statement. Not fair to jump on BJ for his statement but it is what it is.

        • BJ says:

          Why does that bother you?

          • commandant says:

            Why does it bother me that you are spreading rumors about a player’s personal life, and pretending that you have inside information when none of us (as well as none of the media) have any idea what happens with these guys behind closed doors?

            If you are going to disparage someone and attack their character, I’d like to see some verifiable facts… just saying.

            Go Habs Go!
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      • ed lopaz says:

        The team will be better off keeping Subban and trading the guys in the room who “can’t handle his presence”.

        • BJ says:

          You have all it takes to be a great GM.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          I agree Ed. Aside from Galchenyuk and Price, Pacioretty is close…Subban is the most valuable asset we have.

          • ed lopaz says:

            After Price, Subban is the most difficult to replace without question.

          • nunacanadien says:

            No Scott Gomez is, heck Molson is standing 100% behind Gomez all the way, even with the amnesty buyout for next year, and Molson refusing to take a loss buying out Gomez this year or in June if the CBA arrangement still applies. Leave it to Gomez to say he got a papercut injury and screw up what ever plans we may have for him.

            Too bad Molson does’nt realize that buying out Gomez and signing a better player also means better press, more people coming to the games and actually buying merchandize and God Forbid the Coors Saltpeter Beer…..lame beer for lame fans.

          • frontenac1 says:

            Saltpeter Beer?

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Subban is worth $4.5 in my opinion. One day he’ll be worth more so if we can sign him to $4.5 or even $5, long term, I’d be happy.

    • punkster says:

      He’ll get what he gets and not a penny more…and we’ll get good player and nothing more…worth, value, deserves, benchmark, potential, future…it’s all blah, blah, blah…

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  6. Hobie Hansen says:

    Great to see Bourque eager, healthy and ready to go. All the the people dogging him are going to eat their words.

    Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta is going to be a sweet line.

    • ed lopaz says:

      it seems to me that Bourque is emotionally unstable. seriously. not kidding at all.

      he is fine, he is fine, he is fine….then something goes off in his head, maybe something goes wrong on or off the ice, and he turns himself off – stops skating, stops hitting, stops everything.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Pouliot Mark II?

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          Pouliot has never scored 27 goals or even 20.

          • ed lopaz says:

            he knows how to score goals, that is absolutely correct.

            Gionta and Plekanec with Bourque could work – but for how long? – until Bourque shuts himself down.

            That’s the pattern in the past.

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            So he’s big, he scores score goals, but he seems to have a bit of motivational problems. Bah, could be worse. At least he’s not a Smurf!

            He’ll get going under Therrien playing in front of the best crowd in professional sports. Lets be positive!

          • frontenac1 says:

            Agree Hobie. I have a feeling Mike can get him going this year. It really is all in his head IMO.

    • BJ says:

      I really hope he comes back to form and I think he can. Lets support him and give the guy a chance. He would be a tremendous asset on the second line if he can prove he belongs there. I’m wishing him the best.

      • ed lopaz says:

        Hobie – I’m positive. its up to Bourque to break the pattern.

        You, Hobie, would be an excellent team player. Maybe a 3rd liner who likes to drop the gloves. Certainly, never a player who would mysteriously disappear from game to game.

        unfortunately, you are not Bourque.

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