Tight games all over as Caps bounce back

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A goal by Alexander Semin was the difference as Washington won a 2-1 Thursday night thriller over the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
Three of the night’s four playoff games were one-goal affairs, but New Jersey stomped Florida.

• Braden Holtby did his Jaroslav Halak impression, making 44 saves as Washington edged the Bruins 2-1

• Mikkel Boedker scored in overtime to give Phoenix a 3-2 win and put Chicago on the brink of elimination

• Brian Elliott, the other St. Louis goaltender, beat the Sharks 2-1 in San Jose

• The great Martin Brodeur racked up his 24th career playoff shutout as the Devils evened their series with a 4-0 win over Florida

The Friday night schedule has only two games: the Penguins will be at home, trying to stave off elimination at the hands of the Flyers, and the Red Wings will be looking to stay alive in Nashville.

HIO will have live-blogging.

Hal Gill weighs in, to Richard Labbé, on the Canadiens’ season

197 Comments

  1. ZepFan2 says:

    :shock:
    :mad:
    :o

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    “I got a feeling, a feeling deep inside” – Lennon/McCartney

    I’ve got a feeling

  2. Bripro says:

    So the NHL isn’t handing down any decision on Raffi Torres today.
    What does that mean? Are they closed for the weekend? Is he out until monday? It’s not that hard…

  3. Bripro says:

    So Canada lost to the U.S. 2-1 at the U18.
    We go for bronze on sunday.

  4. LA Loyalist says:

    Very impressed with Geoff Molson sending Cammi the disputed jersey and a personal note. One small but important step in restoring our reputation as the classiest organization — which aside from pride, will help with F/A s and kids joining the team.

    Surprised not to see any Price for Luongo trade rumors here (of course Vancouver would have to take Price AND Gomez) … are you guys in summer mode already?

  5. Habfan10912 says:

    Torres hearing just completed. Known facts.
    1. Not a Bruin
    2. Repeat offender

    Would love to see him get the Bertuzzi indefinit suspension but probably unlikely. 10 games?

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    Jim.

  6. TomNickle says:

    Dave Reid just now said on TSN that Filip Forsberg will be the #2 overall pick in the draft.

    Normally I wouldn’t get excited, but he is VERY well acquainted with Scott Howson. So, it’s either a smoke screen(Reid doesn’t operate that way) or he was just being candid and let it slip.

    I’m leaning towards it being the truth.

    Let the Grigorenko/Galchenyuk debate begin!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      THat would be quite a gamble by Columbus, I understand why they are avoiding the two G’s, but that is still a big gamble.

      Will be interesting to watch this summer as COlumbus tries to trade Nash and Vancouver will have to trade either Luongo or Schneider.

      THen throw in the meathead from Toronto and how he will improve his team through trades this summer, and there will be some interesting moves to watch.

      • TomNickle says:

        I don’t think there’s much to debate with regards to which goaltender from Vancouver will be traded now. And somebody will want Luongo. Too big of a market for goaltenders.

        Columbus
        Chicago
        Edmonton
        Toronto
        Devils(probably)
        Florida
        Tampa Bay

      • Bripro says:

        So how was Mexico, Gerry?
        Or are you still spoiling yourself there?
        I hope you enjoyed…..well, I don’t think they have Guinness,
        but they DO have Tequila, right?

  7. Habs_4_ever says:

    Big riot in the streets of Montreal today, and it has nothing to do with the Habs.

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    “Can we lose the parade float?…..Thank you!”

      • Habs_4_ever says:

        Yup! At least supposedly, but like all the hockey riots, most of them are just hoodlums taking advantage of the situation to wreak havoc.

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        “Can we lose the parade float?…..Thank you!”

        • Mattyleg says:

          CLASSE (biggest student union) hasn’t denounced violence or vandalism as the other unions have.
          So I guess they are supporting it.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Cal says:

            They should lose the “CL” at the front and the “E” at the end. That would describe their “leadership” perfectly.

          • Bripro says:

            I seriously believe this is pushed by big unions.
            My daughter goes to McGill and absolutely condemns the students’ methods.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Please all, be safe.

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      • D Mex says:

        Very pleased to see balanced / properly considered comments about any riot on this site.
        I was sickened to see a couple of flippant comments appear on HI/O last year following the mess in Vancouver.

        ALWAYS Habs -
        D Mex

    • Say Ash says:

      Meanwhile, downtown Vancouver looks like a Phish concert.

    • Mattyleg says:

      It burns me up that the students are causing all these problems, throwing cans of paint at the Palais des Congrès, then they have the gall to complain about police ‘brutality’.

      Why did you bring the cans of paint in the first place?!
      And why are you wearing MASKS?!

      Idiots.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Cal says:

      The moronic students who only pay 14% of the true cost of their tuition are going around breaking stuff. Lock the idiots up. They are losing 1 full year’s salary for $325. Morons.

    • el heffe says:

      For sure! Bitching and moaning about some of the lowest tuition rates in the country. Stay classy folks.

      Charge it to the Underhill’s.

  8. adamkennelly says:

    I don’t know what to think about the whole Cammy jersey thing..PG telling him to pay for it is petty and juvenile but at the same time, can you imagine how freakin pissed PG was in dealing with this selfish, mouthy A-hole – who talked his way out of the Habs, negatively impacted his return value to the club and didn’t perform up to his $6M paycheck…don’t get me wrong- can’t stand PG, glad he is gone but Cammy needs to STFU.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Adam, can’t argue with your points. Would just add that a manager CANNOT react to an employees action. Not only did this baffon react, he acted on it and devalued a potential asset in the process. PG was not capable of running any organization. Makes me wonder why it took so long.

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      Jim

    • savethepuck says:

      Your memories of Cammy as a Hab are the complete opposite of mine.

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

    • Mattyleg says:

      Heh heh.
      You seem to be interested in perpetuating this myth.
      As always, it doesn’t matter if it’s right or wrong, as long as people repeat it ad nauseum, it becomes ‘right’.

      Cammy didn’t talk his way off the team. What he said wasn’t anything scandalous.

      He said that the Habs were losing because they were losing. It was a psychological thing; their confidence was shot, and were having trouble shrugging off the losing mentality. Just like goal-scorers find it hard to score when they’re not scoring.

      It got wrongly re-translated back into English as ‘loser’ mentality.

      I think you might just be a bit confused.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      Cammy got traded because he didn’t score goals. Paying for that jersey has something to do with the CBA.

      “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
      - Sean Bonjovi

  9. Lafrich says:

    More and more every game I am beginning to think Ovechkin will be a Hab next season. I think Plekanec and our 1st rounder would do it. Any thoughts?

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I will pass thank you.

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    • alfieturcotte says:

      Lafrich,

      I know it is 420 today, but I have to ask, what are you smoking??? While I think that trade would make sense from the Canadiens perspective, what makes you think the Caps would trade him? If he leaves, so would the franchise.

      • Lafrich says:

        Ovie was benched last night. The Caps may be thinking that he is not as important as he once was. They may feel good about a player like Pleks that can be of immediate impact, and a 3rd overall pick that can mature within a few years. I think the trade would be beneficial to both teams.

    • Mike D says:

      Don’t see that happening at all. Talented player and all but 9.5mil cap hit until 2021 is more than enough of a deterrent for me. There’s more reasons, but I’ll leave it at that.

      - Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

    • adamkennelly says:

      that would be awesome.

    • otter649 says:

      The Ovechkin Drink – White Russian No Cup……

    • shiram says:

      With RFA ad UFA to sign, sending Plek’s 5 million cap hit, while taking on Ovie’s nearly 10 millions, other players would have to be moved for sure.

      Instead, they could go after Semin, the contract would likely be less ridiculous, and they would not be parting with 2 valuable assets.

    • Bripro says:

      There’s no disputing his talent.
      But the guy’s a freight train looking for a wreck.
      Or he’s nowhere to be found.
      With a lot of big money left to pay for another decade or so, I seriously doubt his body can continue to withstand the punishment without turning into another Gomez (OK, so that’s a slight exaggeration).

  10. TomNickle says:

    The media being pro Bergevin and Brisebois is somewhat surprising.

    Both candidates have been learning from General Managers who have done poor jobs so far in their careers as executives.

    Stan Bowman has done nothing other than trade away the wrong players when up against the Cap and Steve Yzerman has taken bad risks, hired a coach who doesn’t teach a kind of game that sells tickets in a financially insecure hockey market and has evaluated his roster poorly since taking it over.

    • Mr.Hazard says:

      Tampa made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals last season, in Boucher’s first year! Hard to argue with deep playoff runs, as a means of selling tickets….

      • TomNickle says:

        How’d they do this season in ticket sales? The system has to work for the ticket sales to be high. Yet teams who don’t have a great winning percentage but play exciting hockey will always have strong ticket sales provided they are exciting to watch. Like the Capitals prior to their emergence as a regular season powerhouse.

        It’s nothing short of a miracle that Stamkos scored 60 in that system.

        • Habsolutely says:

          Tampa finished 13th in league attendance this season. That means there were 17 teams with worse attendance. It is a bit of an eye opener when you look at some of the 17 teams with worse attendance than them:

          Boston
          NY Rangers
          Edmonton Oilers
          Winnipeg Jets

          • TomNickle says:

            13th in attendance with the best offensive player in the league.

          • Habsolutely says:

            for sure, I’d buy a ticket to a Bolts game just to watch Stamkos play. In fact, that’s the whole reason I bought season tickets to the Panthers. I get to see my Habs twice a season and I get to see a bunch of other awesome teams come to town and play. It’s a win – win situation.

          • Lafleurguy says:

            You make me want to move to Tampa Bay.

            “May you live in interesting times.”

          • TomNickle says:

            Did they still have the name your price promotion when you purchased?

      • pmaraw says:

        and didnt make the playoffs this year, so they’re headed in the wrong direction :o

    • Cal says:

      The AHL team Brisebois manages:

      Norfolk Admirals:
      GP76 W55 L18 OTL1 SOL 2 PTS113 Winning % 0.743 GF 273
      GA 180 Streak:28-0-0-0 Last 10 games10-0-0-0 PIM 1437

      It’s about how he manages, not Yzerman.

      • TomNickle says:

        That team is coached by people Yzerman hired, the players are holdovers from the Lawton era and a few free agents signed by Yzerman.

        If by managed you mean managed the budget and business operations of that team then yeah. He managed it.

        • Cal says:

          So is no one but you good enough to manage the Habs? Are the players performing under his management or not?
          Stan Bowman got lot of credit for the team that Tallon built. Same for Burke in Anaheim. And Chiarelli, well he can go to hell with the rest of the Gooins.

          • TomNickle says:

            My opinion that Brisebois and Bergevin learning from two people who have done below average jobs with their franchises since assuming leadership roles is in no way a comment that nobody is qualified. I’m not sure why it incited a response that I believe I’m qualified either.

            Stan Bowman did little to nothing to shape the Cup winning roster.

            Brian Burke acquired Chris Pronger. Scott Niedermeyer was handed to him on a platter. Bryan Murray built that team and Brian Burke has acknowledged as much to the surprise of many.

            Chiarelli did build his cup winning team.

            Either way. My comment was meant two point out two things.

            1. The local media hasn’t been creative enough to form their own objective opinions about Bergevin and Brisebois based on credentials, history and apprenticeship.

            2. The two “front runners” are front runners by media design.

          • TomNickle says:

            What I get from that is that he oversees Norfolk and helps Yzerman with contract negotiations and cap management.

            Not exactly impressive in my opinion to each their own.

          • Bripro says:

            I was listening to Melnick on TSN990 last week, and McGuire was on.
            Now don’t go all yahoo on me when I mention his name, because he’s been very professional on his rumoured candidacy.
            Anyhow, he was talking about Brisebois as a candidate, and spoke of his direct involvement with players in Hamilton and how he works all the time, between upstairs and ice level…
            …learning the game, learning the players, learning the hands-on system, and not just the administrative side.
            What I found so striking about his analysis and definite support for, was the exact same route Brisebois was taking as was taken by the B’s Peter Chiarelli. And we all know how the Bruins have done under him.

          • Bripro says:

            Thanks Frank. That’s the one I was looking for. It was linked here last week, but I couldn’t find it. It was going to be my 3rd glance.

  11. naweed235 says:

    Just trying to get an idea of the future discontent on this site when the GM is selected….
    Say it will be Julien Brisebois… Does anybody here object to that?

    • TomNickle says:

      I’ll reserve judgement until I find out what he does with the people surrounding him(who he fires and brings in).

      It wouldn’t have me very excited about the future though.

  12. boing007 says:

    If you thought the violence in this year’s playoffs is bad, this is what it looked like in 1945.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od9kDza3axA

    Richard R
    Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  13. TomNickle says:

    So now Eugene Melnyk has spoken out about the disciplinary system the NHL uses.

    That makes…..

    Mario Lemieux, Ray Shero, Geoff Molson, Pierre Gauthier, Eugene Melnyk, Peter Chiarelli, Mike Babcock, Rocky Wirtz, Joel Quenville, Darryl Katz, John Tortorella, Mike Gillis, Alain Vigneault, Ted Leonsis and Dale Hunter. That I know of.

    6 owners, 4 general managers and 5 coaches(I’m sure there are more) who have publicly taken issue with supplementary discipline protocol and rule enforcement in the last calendar year.

    But Brian Burke and doesn’t think there’s a problem so all is well.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Surprised at Chiarelli being on your list. Shots holes in my pro Jacobs bias the league seems to have taken the last two seasons. On well. I am wondering that until we see the NHLPA added to the list it will be just rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic.
      As for Burke, he will fit in good in a broadcast boothe with the likes of Cherry, Stock and Milbury when the Leafs pull the plug.

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    • Bripro says:

      That’ll be another $10,000 fine.

  14. Bripro says:

    All this trash talk on PG.
    No more cookies for any of you!

  15. Storm Man says:

    What is going on here today? I understand the pot heads are enjoying 420 day but geeee No talk about what a bum Price is or how great Halak is(Guess he’s great in the hot tub I have no clue). Molson gave Cammy his jersey by mail? He could not have done it in person?. Now we have NFL draft talk this is good stuff.

  16. habsfan0 says:

    “Braden Holtby did his Jaroslav Halak impression”

    Them’s fighting words on this site!

    • ZepFan2 says:

      I forget who was calling the game last night, but he compared him to Dryden. I also forget why he did. :lol:

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      I’ve got a feeling

      • TomNickle says:

        Bob McKenzie did because Dryden started his playoff series 2-2 with the Bruins a year after they’d won the Cup.

      • Clay says:

        I heard that….said Dryden as a rookie stoned and demoralized the Bruins in ’71, just like Holtby is doing tonight, or something like that.
        I love to see the Bruins lose, I have to say…

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    • Clay says:

      Still though…I watched that game, and couldn’t help but compare it to Halak beating the Pens and Caps while watching it. Holtby had a stellar game, under intense pressure.
      (And yes – I’m aware that our whole team did won, not just Halak; but Halak was the main reason we won, just as Holtby was last night.)

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    • Propwash says:

      I defend Price as much as the next guy, but Halak did have a great playoff run with the Habs. There’s no denying that (although Holtby hasn’t been yanked yet….)

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    • Storm Man says:

      Nah… Halak doing his Steve Penny impression that is fighting words on here lol.

  17. Clay says:

    Molson sends Cammy the jersey…this is one of many reasons PG had to go. I imagine reporters can have a few cookies now ;)
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=393714

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  18. ed lopaz says:

    I have been trying to tell you guys that Molson is the real deal.

    First, he absolutely LOVES the Habs and everything their great tradition stands for.

    Second, he is smart enough to know that he is new to this environment and he is surrounding himself with people who know the game.

    Third, and most important, Molson will do everything in his power to win a Cup.

    The difference between Molson and Gillette is the year to year profit and loss issue.

    Gillette was running the Habs as profit generating business. Therefore, Gillette’s “primary objective” was to make the playoffs.

    Molson’s “primary objective” is to win the Cup.

    Molson “expects” to make the playoffs, but that is only a means to a greater end.

    I believe that Geoff Molson will be a terrific asset for the Habs going forward.

    I have heard him speak openly and privately about the Habs, and the sentiment he puts forward matches exactly how you and I feel about this team.

    • TomNickle says:

      He had no reason to purchase the team if he didn’t feel so passionately about the Habs Ed.

      Anybody who thinks that he had dollar signs in his eyes when making that deal is nuts. The man and the family don’t need another dime.

      • ed lopaz says:

        that is precisely it.

        The man is a straight shooter.

        What you see is what you get.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          I love your optimistic attitude Ed. It’s looking more and more like you are correct. Lets all hope so. Next step, GM selection.

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          Please feel free to call me Jim.

          • ed lopaz says:

            Jim,

            For those of us who have been following this team for about 40 years now, we understand that the “tradition” of winning starts at the “top”,

            When the owner, president, GM, and coach behave like “winners”, the players usually find a way to follow suit.

    • TomNickle says:

      Didn’t get a chance to discuss Julien Brisebois with you yesterday Steve.

      I don’t really have an opinion on his possible hiring other than to say that it would be a tremendous challenge for him to assemble the right hockey operations department to surround him. The one significant positive that could come from his hiring could be retaining Trevor Timmins and Larry Carrierre.

      Edit: Another note on Brisebois, if they were going to hire him I believe they would have by now.

      • 24 Cups says:

        There really isn’t a stellar, waiting in the wings, type of candidate out there right now (Tallon won’t be leaving Florida). No matter who the team chooses, he is going to have to experience some growing pains.

        Everything points to Carrierre as being a knowledgeable, experienced guy who would be a perfect fit for an imcoming GM. People say he is a great guy, as well. I have no problem with Timmins who displays a great track record for the team. His only mistake was Fischer, not that the Habs would have taken Giroux instead (Robert L did a great peice on that topic explaining why most teams would have passed on Giroux).

        I see you are keen on Crawford as coach. All I can say is that I hope to hell he’s better at coaching than he is as an analyst on TSN.

        • TomNickle says:

          There are a few things that I like about Crawford and I don’t feel that other than Clement Joidin there is a better qualified candidate.

          He has gotten the most out of his stars in every destination. Think Sakic, Kamensky, Forsberg, Lemieux, Deadmarsh, Ozolinsh. Then Naslund, Bertuzzi, Aucoin, Morrison, Cooke. Cammalleri, Frolov and Avery(who was actually an excellent player with Crawford). Then Richards, Eriksson, Ribeiro, Morrow and Jamie Benn with Dallas.

          He puts his best players in positions to succeed and coaches a well balanced game. My god if the man had a goaltender in any destination other than Colorado we could be talking about him being among the league’s best coaches of all time.

  19. habs001 says:

    PP we hope will improve as pk is a year older and we hope that markov regains some of his previous skill sets but unlikely he will ever reach his previous max levels…the point is a very important component of the pp so if pk or markov miss a few games we are in trouble…for our pp to improve we cannot depend that we will score in the first half of the pp all the time and we need some balance in scoring in the second half…the problem right now is we have no point players for the second half of the pp that will produce results even at an average rate…

  20. Cal says:

    Looks like B915 got 86ed. :)

  21. habs001 says:

    Faceoffs as mentioned a few days ago is still a sore point with the habs(i believe we finished 25th in the league)…the majority of the best faceoff guys on other teams are better than our best..now this issue is not new as even the last few years there were many games we won despite losing sometimes 3-5 draws in a row in the last minute of the game…the improvement has to come from within the roster as it is unlikely we will add a faceoff specialist in the off season as they may not even be available and there probably is no room for him…

    • TomNickle says:

      There isn’t a single prospective roster move that is unlikely at this point.

      Anything is possible with a new GM and hockey operations team on the way. Nobody is safe. Not Price, Subban, Pacioretty. Nobody.

      • 24 Cups says:

        They’re the only three building blocks we have and they are all under 25 years of age. I seriously doubt they will be going anywhere.

        Loungo on the other hand……

        • TomNickle says:

          You know as well as everyone else that new GMs like to put their prints all over a team though Steve.

          If somebody like the Blackhawks offered Kane, Danault and Bolland for Price and an excellent prospect do you tell them to take a long walk off of a short pier?

          How about if Columbus offered Brassard, Mason and their first round pick for Subban?

          • 24 Cups says:

            I was just needling you about making such definitive statements.
            Your point about anything can happen may be true but highly unlikely.

            BTW, I wouldn’t make the 2nd trade you mentioned.

          • boing007 says:

            No thanks.

            Richard R
            Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  22. GuyDoon says:

    Hi everyone. I must admit I’m having a hard time getting excited about the playoffs. Although with a more dispassionate approach I’m doing much better at predicting the winners in our office pool.
    This morning, did anyone notice the explanation from the league regarding the WSH-BOS game going an extra 5.3 seconds!?
    The optics are not very good…. hehehe.

  23. Mattyleg says:

    Hey, thanks for sharing, B!
    Would you like some Kool-Aid?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  24. ZepFan2 says:

    Cool story, bro :roll:

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    “I got a feeling, a feeling deep inside” – Lennon/McCartney

    I’ve got a feeling

  25. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Thanks for letting us know. Now foad.

  26. smiler2729 says:

    Is anybody else here a Miami Dolphins fan?

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    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
    The Halakian Jaroslaves’ constant BS make me anti-Halak

    • ZepFan2 says:

      I am…unfortunately. :sad:

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      “I got a feeling, a feeling deep inside” – Lennon/McCartney

      I’ve got a feeling

      • 123456 says:

        Bills fan – hated the fins back in the Kelly/Marino era

      • smiler2729 says:

        Am I in the minority here in Phinland or what?

        I like Matt Moore as QB and don’t want Ryan Tannehill. This upcoming draft has me nervous cuz Ireland is a dumb freakin’ GM that has alienated everybody from fan to player.

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        Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
        The Halakian Jaroslaves’ constant BS make me anti-Halak

        • ZepFan2 says:

          I’ve been disillusioned with the Dolphins for awhile. I mean when you have J-Lo and her husband becoming minority owners, there’s a problem.

          Besides, I doubt Tannehill will oust Moore anyway.

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          “I got a feeling, a feeling deep inside” – Lennon/McCartney

          I’ve got a feeling

        • TomNickle says:

          Philbin wouldn’t start Tannehill from day one anyway Smiler. No need to worry.

        • EricInStL says:

          Just for you…

          Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
          The Dolphins whiffed on Peyton Manning. Matt Flynn signed with the Seahawks. Even Alex Smith laughed at their efforts to sign him, claiming that the sole purpose of his trip to Miami was just to see South Beach for the first time in his life. Miami’s quarterback situation is a mess, and this is its one opportunity to fix it.

          Ryan Tannehill has been pushed into the top 10 because of the need at the position, but if Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder can be top-12 picks, so can he. He’s the favorite to be chosen here, as the NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported that Miami already liked Tannehill even before it hired Mike Sherman to be the offensive coordinator.

          *** OTHER 2012 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

          1. Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB – Ingram can be a solid pass-rusher across from Cameron Wake. He’d be a great into Miami’s 4-3/3-4 flex defense.

          2. Michael Floyd, WR – Brandon Marshall was traded, so the Dolphins need a new No. 1 receiver.

          • smiler2729 says:

            Thanks for that.

            Stephen Ross (majority owner) is a starstruck twit and can’t see Jeff Ireland’s scaring off potential FAs.

            The need for a top WR was solved when he signed Legedu Naanee… yeah exactly, WHO?

            Every team I root for has fired their coach in the last year and have GM issues – Habs, Red Sox, Fish… as a sports fan, woe is me, other than that life is great!
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            Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
            The Halakian Jaroslaves’ constant BS make me anti-Halak

    • EricInStL says:

      I was when Marino was the QB, but now I’m a Lion supporter.

  27. mdp2011 says:

    Looks like Geoff Molson is trying to repaire the damage done by Pierre Gauthier to this once classy organization:

    From Michael Cammalleri ‏ on twitter @MCammalleri93

    Just received a hand written letter from Geoff Molson and my jersey from last game as a hab. Much appreciated thank you. Merci

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Seems like the train now points in the right position.

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      • RGM says:

        Put a smile on my face. After hearing that story a couple weeks ago I couldn’t believe that man could possibly be so petty.

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    • Old Bald Bird says:

      Beat me to it. I am very happy about this — the gesture, not you beating me to it. :)

    • naweed235 says:

      good on Molson

    • Timo says:

      Jerseys and kissups are good and all, but I’d really like to see them winning hockey games. All that other touchy feely stuff I couldn’t care less for.

      • RGM says:

        Well you may not have heard but there’s no Habs games for a while, so in the meantimes it’s “Jerseys and kissups” for all.

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        GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
        “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

        Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

      • Mattyleg says:

        Do you not think that it is the first ‘classy’ gesture we’ve seen in a while from the club, which indicates that perhaps there is a change of attitude in high places that will reflect itself in success on the ice?

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Even if the team isn’t winning hockey games doesn’t mean that as an organization the Habs can just throw away common courtesies or do away with being classy.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Good man Geoff, bad man Gauthier.

      Let’s get this boat back on track!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Stev.R says:

      Hope the hand written letter was the bill.

      • RGM says:

        Mr. Gauthier, is that you?

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        GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
        “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

        Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

    • kempie says:

      I had trouble believing that story was true until this. I guess that confirms it. I can’t help but shake my head when I think of what a huge dbag PG was. Between this and the Gill interview I’m at a loss for words. But then I think at least all that’s over now and we can move on to a better place. So far, Molson seems to be doing his best to try and turn the ship in the right direction. Unfortunately, big ships like this one change direction very slowly.

  28. PrimeTime says:

    Thanks Bear! I respected Gill as a Hab and wanted to know his comments since the trade. I hope he returns to Mtl as an Associate D Coach.

  29. PrimeTime says:

    Can anyone interpret to English the Gill interview?

    • slamtherimtim says:

      google translate , he siad nothing changed with the new coach

    • huge_polar_bear says:

      He basically said that when JM got fired the team was anticipating changes. Maybe a new system, some new hockey changes but he says there was no new identity. He still believed that this team was able to make the playoffs at that point and was upset when he got traded because he and his family liked Montreal. He is currently injured and is finding it difficult to watch Nashville play without him. The reporter mentions that Gill’s role was an important one in Mtl but not as much in Nashville. Gill says that it is especially hard to adjust since his family is still living in Mtl.

    • Mattyleg says:

      He also said that Mattyleg was the most insightful and witty commenter on HI/O, and that he knows where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Habfan10912 says:

        If you knew where Hoffa was buried that would explain why he said nice things about you. :)

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        Please feel free to call me Jim.

        • smiler2729 says:

          Who’s Hoffmann?

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          Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
          The Halakian Jaroslaves’ constant BS make me anti-Halak

          • Habfan10912 says:

            Lol smiler. My fat fingers and auto correct plus my laziness of not putting my glasses on contribute to some amazing post. I am just loaded with physical challenges. Don’t get me started on the mental ones.

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            Please feel free to call me Jim.

          • The Dude says:

            Halak Attack……………

      • GrimJim says:

        First Superfriends and now Hoffa, you’re in a 1970s frame of mind this morning…

    • smiler2729 says:

      If you read between the lines, firing Jacques Martin didn’t change a thing cuz the Habs never found their identity under Cunneyworth (probably cuz Gauthier saddled him as a lame duck with the definitely interim tag).

      Also, his family are still in Montreal and love it and he’d play there again if he could.

      His role is not as big in Nashville as it was in Montreal and it sucks being injured and watching the playoffs.

      I’d take him back as the 7th defenceman in a heartbeat, the guy can eventually be defensive coach…

      _______________________________________________
      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
      The Halakian Jaroslaves’ constant BS make me anti-Halak

  30. Mattyleg says:

    Morning friends and super-friends!

    Great interview with Gill. Gives an idea of how the team was feeling, and was interesting to read how pissed he was to be traded when he felt like there was still a chance to make the post-season.

    It’s a good insight into how players feel – that they are building things together – and gives something to chew on for people who think that players are a) expendable and b) millionaires who don’t give a crap .

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good morning Matty and all! Hearing about the inner workings of the organization makes you realize how disfunctional and rudderless this team was. You got to think we’re hearing the censured waterdowned version of events so I’m convinced that it was really bad. Must have made Molsons decision to clean house easier.
      Is there an application for this super friend you speak of? I am interested. :)

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      Please feel free to call me Jim.

    • jon514 says:

      Let’s focus on the very positive future! This team has a bunch of talented youth and 4-5 great prospects in the CHL. Now we need a coach who can extract the best from his younger players and veterans that all of these kids can pattern themselves after like the Cole – Patches experiment.

  31. Habs_4_ever says:

    Teams I despise:

    Boston Bruins
    Philadelphia Flyers
    New Jersey Devils
    Toronto Maple Leafs

    There are others that I hate, but these ones are in a class all there own.

    I use to like it when every team played every other team an equal number of times during a season. It’s hard to have a rivalry with a team that you may or may not meet once a year.

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    “Can we lose the parade float?…..Thank you!”

    • smiler2729 says:

      Definitely Boston, Philly and Toronto, not so much New Jersey (they’re just boring)

      I can add Quebec Nordiques, NY Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames to the hate list…

      _______________________________________________
      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
      The Halakian Jaroslaves’ constant BS make me anti-Halak

  32. slamtherimtim says:

    does anyone know where to see the draft order for the entire draft

    thanks

  33. Old Bald Bird says:

    Gill according to Labbé: new coach but nothing changed.

    And it really seems like the players were looking forward to a new approach.

    • New says:

      All water under the bridge now. Martin couldn’t change and Cunnyworth et Gauthier wouldn’t change. Organizations need to adapt and not to stubbornly cling to methods that never proved effective. It is the Canadiens organization that failed the owner and fans.

  34. commandant says:

    Another big two-way centre. This one from Latvia via the USHL
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2012/04/20/nhl-draft-prospect-profile-16-zemgus-girgensons/

    Go Habs Go!

  35. shiram says:

    Small things seem more important when nothing is going, but it’s nice to see Molson involved and caring.


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