Tinordi and Bournival to start season with Habs (video)

The Canadiens finished off their preseason campaign on a high note Thursday night with a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.

The Canadiens also made training camp roster moves on Thursday, reassigning 10 players to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, including Nathan Beaulieu and Gabriel Dumont.

Michaël Bournival (photo above) and Jarred Tinordi will be part of the 23-man Canadiens roster that starts the season, coach Michel Therrien said.

“I can’t confirm that those young kids are going to be there for the first game, but they’re going to be with the 23-man roster,” Therrien said.

It looks like forward George Parros, who underwent rotator cuff surgery in May, might be ready for the Canadiens’ season opener on Tuesday at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“We hope that he’s going to be ready to play the first game,” Therrien said. “We’re crossing our fingers that he’s going to be there.”

The Habs’ final preseason game marked the return of captain Brian Gionta, who underwent surgery in May to repair a torn biceps tendon. He picked up an assist on Tomas Plekanec’s goal in the second period.

Therrien said he liked what he’s seeing of the line centred by David Desharnais with Max Pacioretty and Daniel Brière, who picked up assists on Galchenyuk’s and Pacioretty’s goals.

After the morning skate in Brossard Thursday, Brière said playing the Canadiens’ system hasn’t been a big adjustment for him.

“I welcomed it. I love the system,” he said. “You get to use your speed a lot more. It’s a lot of read and react out there. That’s what I like. You’ve got to see and take what’s given.

“And also, whenever you don’t have the puck, you’re chasing it. You’re always on it. You’re relentless. I think it suits well to the way I play the game.”

(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)

Canadiens end preseason with win, by Pat Hickey

Briere enjoying extra space behind nets, by Pat Hickey

Pateryn takes demotion in stride, by Brenda Branswell

Canadiens vs. Senators photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Habs were sneaky good, Canadiens.com

Denis Brodeur was a photography legend, by Dave Stubbs

Subban No. 27 on TSN’s Top 50 Players in NHL list, Stu on Sports blog

You can listen to some of what Brière had to say after Thursday’s game here:

And you can listen to what Gionta had to say here:

You can hear what goaltender Carey Price had to say here:

And you can hear what Alex Galchenyuk had to say here:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)


  1. HabFab says:

    J-F Chaumont @JFChaumont

    #Habs: Alexei Emelin vient de nous dire qu’il pourrait revenir un peu plus rapidement. “C’est possible pour novembre.”

    Emelin say’s he could be back sooner as in November.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Exactly the kind of talk Marc Bergevin was trying to quell at the Canadiens golf tournament before camp. When someone floated a November return, he grimaced and said that the timetable calls for him to return in December.

      I think that with the addition of Douglas Murray, and with Jarred Tinordi winning a job, and not just having it handed to him because we’re bereft of other options, there won’t be so much pressure for Alexei to return, the docs and team management can be more conservative with his ETA.

  2. HabinBurlington says:

    And here is the London Free Press write up on the Knights game vs. Saginaw with some praise for McCarron.


  3. HabFab says:

    Due to popular demand by Hab fans, Murray giving the other Hab’s D lessons in clearing the front of the net 😉

  4. HabinBurlington says:

    A good read on McCarron, pretty good insights on the character of this kid.


  5. habs001 says:

    Some issues will only get fixed with the insertion of new players in the next couple of years…Habs d foot speed overall very average…one on one puck battles for the Habs d average…..I hope they suprise me but i see lot of pk problems for this team…no key faceoff man to win crucial draws…also the rushing of the Habs point man on the pp that started latter on last season seems to be continued in the pre season and has given problems..this has to be resolved…

  6. L Elle says:


    Ow ow owww oww
    Ow ow owww oww
    Ouch ouch ouchhh
    Ouch ouch ouchhh

    Everybody was Goon Guy Fighting
    Sucker punches, fast as lightning
    In fact, it was a little bit annoying
    But they fought with intent of destroying

    There were funky mullet heads from funky Hogtown
    They were gooning them up
    They were gooning them down
    It’s an ancient Hockey art
    And everybody knew their part
    From a left into a right
    And some goons even will bite
    Everybody was Goon Guy fighting
    Sucker punches, fast as lightning
    In fact, it was a little bit frightening
    But they fought like they were enjoying

    There are funky behemoths and little scrappy dogs
    They said, here comes the stupid coach, let’s get it on
    We took the vow and made a stand
    Started swinging with the hand
    The sudden grab of the jersey
    Someone is begging for mercy


  7. Un Canadien errant says:

    An article on Blake Geoffrion that explains his decision to retire from the game a little more in depth.


    • DuckDodgers says:

      He could have died. I wish Montreal had given him employment, but at least Columbus stepped up (he was a Nashville draftee) and my esteem for the Blue Jackets organization just went up hugely.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I don’t know that a job wasn’t offered. I think it’s more likely that he was happy to get the job with Columbus and scout the Mid-West, which is home for him, better for his family situation.

  8. CHicoHab says:

    I can’t see Parros being around too long coming back from rotator cuff surgery. During a fight all you do is keep “rotating your cuff”. Not counting on him to be around long. So where does that leave us again for enforcing? White, Moen, oft injured Prust. Line up will look pretty well the same as last year. A rag doll line up. Hoping MB has a back up plan. Defense still suspect. Murray not the answer. Other than Tinordi who can clear the crease area we have Diaz,Gorges,Markov who are not that tough.No one afraid of them. Even Subban has trouble pushing guys out without getting 2 minutes. Loving the offense though…..Briere and Max should be a deadly combination according to pre season.

    “take your time and hurry up”

  9. Ron says:

    Jessica Rusnak tweeted that Ryan White has cut his long hair. Stubbs comes back with get the name of the pet shop that did the grooming 😀

    Glad he cut it, it sure was long. Almost looked like he had his jersey pulled over his head during fights.

  10. Un Canadien errant says:

    About Akim Aliu, you’d expect him to do well in early-season play in the AHL, while a lot of the talented players are out of the mix, still vying for NHL spots. He’s an AHL veteran hitting his prime, some of the undrafted junior players are going to find that he’s a load. So it’s great that he got two assists, that’s what we would have expected in a game like this, that he’d be one of the best players on the ice. But let’s hope that some things fall into place for him and he shows he deserves a contract from the Canadiens. Marc Bergevin and Rick Dudley must know what they’re dealing with here, due to Mr. Aliu’s time in the Chicago organization, maybe they have some insights into the situation. If he pans out, he’d be like found money, a big tough winger with decent hands, it’s not like our system is overflowing with those.


    Dalton Thrower got two assists, and we could make the same general point about him, a second-round draft pick from two summers ago facing off against a lot of free agents and undrafted juniors. I don’t want to root against the kid, but on paper it’s hard to see him fitting in on the Bulldogs roster, stocked as it is with young prospects who need icetime. Even with Jarred Tinordi no longer hogging minutes, we still have Nathan Beaulieu, Morgan Ellis and Greg Pateryn coming back for their sophomore year, and Magnus Nygren and Darren Dietz who will play their first (North American) pro season. That’s five kids who need a lot of icetime already, there won’t be a lot left to go around. Also, Dalton is a rightie, and so is everyone of the prospects except Nathan. Plus, there are a few AHL veterans who were brought in, guys like Drew Shiestel and Matt Lashoff who were brought in to help out, they need to be worked into the roster too.


    Unless Dalton blows everyone away at camp, it’s best that he go back to the Vancouver Giants, benefit from being the #1 defenceman in a strong organization and coached by Don Hay. He’ll get to work on his game and have all sorts of pressure situations and special teams responsibilities. He wouldn’t have that opportunity with the Bulldogs. So going back to junior is not optimal for a 20 year old normally, but in his specific case, since he had an uneven season last year, it’s probably best for him.


  11. Bill says:

    Here is the NHL’s policy on fighting as I understand it (I use the term understand lightly):

    1) You’re not allowed to fight. Ok, you are, but you get a major penalty. So it’s not allowed but it is also allowed.

    2) You can fight, but you can’t start the fight. That’s an extra penalty. Though it is pretty impossible to be in a fight that is not started by someone, the penalty for starting a fight is very rarely called. Obviously then, you are not allowed to start a fight but also allowed.

    3) You can fight, but not without your helmet, because that might hurt the back of your head instead of the front. However, you can fight without a helmet as long as you don’t take it off yourself, so fighting without a helmet is both allowed and not allowed.

    4) You can fight, but not if somebody else is fighting first. That’s a match penalty. So fighting is allowed but also not allowed, especially not fighting during fighting, which is also not allowed but also allowed.

    5) You can fight, but you can’t attempt to injure another player, because that’s a match penalty and probably a suspension. Attempting to injure another player is really not allowed (exceptions for players whose names begin with Z), so you can punch somebody’s face repeatedly as long as you are not attempting to injure them while punching their face. So fighting is allowed but also not allowed. So is attempting to injure.

    6) You can fight, but not in the last two minutes of the game. That’s a match penalty and a fine. So fighting is allowed but also not allowed but definitely not in the last two minutes, sort of.

    Have I got this about right? I mean I’m not exactly Aristotle here, but does this make sense to you?

  12. HabFab says:

    Prust, Murray and Parros all training with the team this morning.

    Leaves Quailer, Drewiske and Emelin on the IR.

  13. DipsyDoodler says:

    I don’t have precise data but I disagree that there is media pressure on Desharnais because he’s French speaking. OK maybe he does a few more postgame interviews than say Travis Moen, but as a rule rds interview the usual players of interest (Carey, PK, Gionta, Max, Cole when he was here etc…as well as DD and Frankie) and translate.

    DD is certainly no Latendresse in this respect.

    • JUST ME says:

      I agree on the point that it has nothing to do with the language he speaks but he does have pressure wich i do not understand. He did have a difficult short season but one of his linemate was traded and the other one played part of the season injured.
      I have no doubt that he will fight back cause that is all he knows how to do : prove people wrong. There are so many others that i qould let go before him and some that make so much more money…

  14. Forum Dog says:

    Talked about below, but Crisp had three points last night against Barrie. Two nice goals (1 a beauty) and an assist.


  15. Un Canadien errant says:

    Slow-cooker baked beans to wake up to, it will be a great day here, despite this.


    We’re getting hit too, will melt the little bit of snow we’ve had so far.

  16. habs12 says:

    After watching the Kings-Rangers highlights from Vegas, I must say, Jordan Nolan would be an amazing addition to the Habs.

  17. Mike D says:

    Congrats to both Bourny and Tinner. Happy they both made the cut and hoping they get an adequate opportunity to test their meddle and succeed.

    I recall a lot of excitement here on HIO over Leblanc when he had his extended stay with the Habs, now many have written him off. Kinda makes me wonder if the same opinion will be directed towards Bournival if he should stutter in his development at some point in the next couple years?

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny
    The CH stands for CHaracter…(apparently)

  18. John Q Public says:

    Bonjour, votre commande?
    Yeah I’d like A Crispy Mckarron sandwich with extra Beaulieu hold the Leblanc and a side order of Colberg.
    Merci monsieur, your order will ready in a year or two.

  19. Marc10 says:

    Was taking part in my hockey pool draft for a league I’ve been involved with for the past couple of years. I’m the only Habs fan in this pool. There’s a chick from Toronto, a couple of Wings and Canucks fans, a Pens fan and a Flyer fan.

    What’s interesting is to see what happens past the superstar rounds when you get into the support players. Everyone is coming at this from a very different perspective. My picks clearly had an Eastern Conference flavour to them, but I did find that even with my biased eye playing its part, this is the order Les Boys were drafted in…

    Thought it was interesting so figured I’d share. Goalies are important in this pool. We draft a full roster with 5 guys on the bench.

    The lockout allowed some guys to slip as you’ll see with Danny Boy.

    1- PK
    2- Price *
    3- Max *
    4- Markov
    5- Chucky
    6- Gallagher *
    7- Plecky
    8- DD
    9- Prust
    10 – Briere *

    * My picks

    Still undrafted: Eller, Bourque, Gio,…

    Point of this post. When you drill down on stats to fill specific positions in pools, some much maligned players with supposedly poor seasons start to look like studs.

    • geo_habsgo says:

      Price has been a consistently good fantasy option for netminding. Because he’s a workhorse goaltender he usually has a leg up on other goalies in terms of his win column. Because he’ll play 2 out of 3 games in a week usually means that he has chances to improve his stats on your fantasy team.

      You know who else has been a surprisingly good fantasy option in net over the years? Vokoun. There is a consistency in his game that is welcome in fantasy.

      Surprised Prust got drafted though. Are penalty minutes counted in your league?

      • Marc10 says:

        Yeah… And that’s why Clarkson, Neil and Prust got picked. I wanted Neil pretty bad. In then end, I was relatively happy with my picks so picked Colton Orr for s**** and giggles. 🙂

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I started playing in a fantasy hockey pool a couple of years ago, in Robert Rice’s league if I remember correctly, he posted on here that he needed players. I’d been playing fantasy football for years, so thought I’d give hockey a shot.

      The most noticeable and best benefit is that it opens the league up to you. Players you’re usually only vaguely aware suddenly are much more familiar, you follow their games to see how they’re trending, you watch highlights from games other than the Canadiens’ a lot more closely.

      Another cool thing is how the draft works, how you learn to pick a player you want at the appropriate time/round, but sometimes you get burned and someone snags him before you do, so you make sure for your next target and draft him ‘early’, and everyone squawks that you reached and wasted a pick. Shows me that Trevor Timmins’ job may not be as easy as I think it is, what with all the glamour of travel to Erie or Moose Jaw, and all the puck bunnies.

      • Marc10 says:

        It’s also interesting to see how fans from other teams see players from your team. I outright stole Patches. He should have gone well before he got picked. Same with Briere who is on my bench. It was either him or Ryder… But some clever kid took DD right from under me as my spare center. Took Weiss out of Detroit on a ‘wing’ and a prayer instead.

        Lucic was completely buried in last year’s stats. Much like Briere he had a shocker of a season before turning it on in the playoffs.

        All this being said, the ‘intangibles’ part really comes into play. Some guys get few points but you need them to win in the playoffs. They’ll never make your pool, but you’re drafting to win weekly head to head match ups, not survive 4 rounds of playoffs…

        In the end, I picked quite a few Boston players… The things we do to win… I feel shame. (Kinda like the dude in Breaking Bad who sells his soul to leave his family better off…)

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          In the end, I picked quite a few Boston players…

          I cast thee OUT!

          You’re now in a position where you have to root for the Bruins. Nice job painting yourself in that corner.

          It’s so easy, I don’t see how you could mess that up: Don’t draft Bruins, Raiders, Ravens. There. Done. Simple.

  20. HabFab says:

    7 Players under Contract to Hamilton

    Forwards (4);

    Stefan Chaput
    Justin Courtnall
    Ben Duffy
    Stephen MacAulay

    Defense (3);

    Joel Chouinard
    Matt Grassi
    Drew Schiestel


    Erik Nystrom

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Justin Courtnall and Ben Duffy looked good last night. Nystrom skated well and potted one, but looked small amidst AHL-sized players playing on a very small ice surface. MacAulay got thrown out for fighting because his fight started after the first one. Grassi was there, so-so. Schiestel, Chaput, Leblanc, and the recent cuts from the Canadiens’ camp didn’t dress. Louis Leblanc looked very trim in his suit, and may I say he could model for Dior.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • HabFab says:

        Noticed Thrower had two assists, how did he play?

        • Lafleurguy says:

          Yes he did. In such an early pre-season game for guys vying for an AHL job, he and other “known” physical players chose not to engage in that side of the game. The four fights were between guys I hadn’t heard of except MacAulay.

          “May you live in interesting times.”
          Edit: Sorry I misread your question on Thrower. Further, there were a lot of big boys on the ice and I’m projecting Thrower can’t make it to the big show as a goon.

  21. HabFab says:

    45 Players Under Contract to Montreal

    Forwards (25):

    Sven Andrighetto
    Michael Blunden
    Michael Bournival
    Rene Bourque
    Daniel Briere
    David Desharnais
    Gabriel Dumont
    Lars Eller
    Stefan Fournier
    Alex Galchenyuk
    Brendan Gallagher
    Brian Gionta
    Patrick Holland
    Louis Leblanc
    Travis Moen
    Joonas Nattinen
    Max Pacioretty
    George Parros
    Tomas Plekanec
    Brandon Prust
    Steve Quailer
    Martin St. Pierre
    Nick Tarnasky
    Christian Thomas
    Ryan White

    Defence (14):

    Nathan Beaulieu
    Francis Bouillon
    Raphael Diaz
    Darren Dietz
    Davis Drewiske
    Morgan Ellis
    Alexei Emelin
    Josh Gorges
    Andrei Markov
    Douglas Murray
    Magnus Nygren
    Greg Pateryn
    P.K. Subban
    Jarred Tinordi

    Goalies (6):

    Peter Budaj
    Mike Condon
    Peter Delmas
    Robert Mayer
    Carey Price
    Dustin Tokarski

    • HabFab says:

      For those who will ask, the 5 Junior aged prospects that the Habs signed over the summer to contracts, are covered by the Entry Level slide rule. And as they didn’t make the Habs, they didn’t turn Pro so their contracts slide forward to next season and doesn’t count against the 50 Contract limit.
      Further they don’t get paid that salary, but are entitled to the signing bonus portion which would be around $90,000 give or take. This will count against the Cap.

  22. Habfan10912 says:

    Morning everyone! What an interesting camp, huh? Bournival and Tinordi forced their way on to the team. Good for them!

    Brière looks like he could be of great help if he can stay healthy. Moen and DD look like different players then we saw last season. Many more positives then negatives.

    Even HIO posters seem to be in mid season form. The highlight for me was someone comparing Galchenyuk with a beer league player after a below average shift. (sigh)

    Even with all of this going on, the key to the season revolves around #31. The club still has issues on the blue line especially until Emelin returns. #31 is going to have to bail out the defense more often than not if the team is going to finish in the upper tier of the division.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      A loss on Tuesday would be deflating and embarrassing given the furor that flared-up in Hogtown recently, where the Sabres did a bunch of teams that play near the Atlantic ocean a big favor by sidelining David Clarkson. Mornin’ Gentleman J.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • JohninTruro says:

      Exactly what I said last night about Moen, DD, and Briere.

    • Mike D says:

      #31??? Jim, are you channeling your inner Paul MacLean? 😛

      – Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny
      The CH stands for CHaracter…(apparently)

    • JO says:

      I don’t know what the big deal is about Clarkson being sidelined or not he’s a 3rd line right winger what’s the big deal about that. A bottom 6-player and that’s all he’ll ever be unless he proves otherwise this year or down the road.
      If we’re gonna beat Toronto Tuesday night Clarkson will not be a factor in or out of the lineup. We just have to come with our “A” game and we can beat any team anything less we can be beat. everyone comes prepared to play and the win is ours if not we’ll be in the loss column that’s how easy it is!!

  23. HabFab says:

    Andrew poses the questions that only time will tell;

    Time we know the answers, we will also know the results.

  24. Mavid says:

    3 days to go before the real thing…cannot wait to see the big boys rumble..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  25. HabFab says:

    Bulldogs lose to Marlies in an Exhibition game. Only half of the Bulldog team playing were Hab or Hamilton owned players, the rest were try-outs. Noticed that Nystrom scored again and getting closer to Montreal having to make a decision to sign and play him as a 19 year old in the AHL, or let him return to Sweden for another year. Another player in the limbo mold is Dalton Thrower and he had 2 assists. He doesn’t turn 20 until December but has played 4 seasons in the WHL so either can turn Pro or play Junior another year. Interesting to note that former high draft pick UFA Akim Aliu, in camp on a try out had 2 assists also.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Morning HabFab, what’s the rule for a player to qualify for the AHL. Age limit I mean? I know it’s around 20-years-old?

      • HabFab says:

        An 18 or 19 year old can play in the AHL as long as they have never played in the CHL. I’m not sure if there is a rule to prevent AHL level contracts only for those under 20 or not. I really don’t see Montreal having Hamilton sign Nystrom to an AHL contract instead of Montreal signing him to a NHL contract.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Good Morning, Halifacts. An interesting night in an Oakville bandbox which meant open ice was non-existent and lots of stickwork went on display. The stickwork that wasn’t Houslyesque generated all except the empty-net goal, so no surprise that Leaf prospect Jerry D’Amigo with his quick hands, potted two. Akim Aliu was prominent if not dominant, and he should be returning to the NHL at some near-future point, and hopefully in Le Tricolore. Joel Chouinard and Matt Grassi displayed sound defensive positioning and should be good older mates on the defense corps for Beaulieu/Nygren/Pateryn/Dietz/Thrower/Ellis.
      Most of the crowd was pro-Marlies despite the fact that the give-aways were orchestrated by Bruiser (he’s a dog and a Mascot and could take Youppi despite being smaller) who works for the Bulldogs.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  26. JF says:

    Like most Habs fans, I was annoyed when Daniel Brière chose to sign with the Flyers all those years ago, and I decided I didn’t like him. But then I started watching him closely and realized how good he is. You don’t always notice him on the ice, but then he comes up with the perfect pass or a great shot from a difficult angle. If he can stay healthy, I think he’ll be great for us. He controls the puck in the offensive zone better than anyone else on the team. That pass he made to Pacioretty for the third goal was absolutely sublime. You can see the chemistry starting to build on that line. Desharnais looks a lot faster than last year, and Pacioretty seems to be playing with more of an edge. I’m really hoping a lot of crow gets eaten over the performance of those three players.

    • Desharnais does have a spark, and Briere is showing that he could make him look really good this season. This could be the perfect situation where you stack the line and then trade the for position. I know Montreal likes their their Quebec born players, but at 27 where does Desharnais fit into the business plan? I would get him as many points as possible and then move on with the build. It sucks when you use players like that, but that’s life in the NHL. So here’s to Desharnais scoring a pile of points this season. 🙂

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    • The Cat says:

      Briere being there just takes a load of franco media pressure off of Desharnais.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  27. DipsyDoodler says:

    The only question re: Briere is whether the last couple of years are an aberration due to injuries or a reflection of an irreversible decline (he is 36 after all).

    If we get the Briere of two years ago he’s a steal at $4M/yr (all-star, 34 goals and 70 points). If not, well you win some you lose some. Not that big a deal.

  28. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Wow! The majority of voters in the poll think the Habs will finish 3rd or 4th?! I’ll take that action. I wonder what odds Bodog is giving on that? I’d say anything above 5th is a looooongshot.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Given that there are 15 possible finishing positions, every guess is a longshot.

      The Habs are safely in the top tier of the Eastern conference. The only clearly superior team a priori is Pittsburgh. I would bet on us finishing between 2nd and 7th. 3 to 4 is the mean of that.

  29. Timo says:

    So? Did Habs win? How did Carey do?

  30. vancouverite says:

    I Just bought a ticket to watch Habs vs. Ducks in March, Behind the glass where habs shoot 2x ! Really stoked !
    Im hoping to also pick up some tickets to watch Habs play the Kings and the Sharks. Any chance one of you fellow Habs fans will be in Cali in March and would be interested in going to one of these games, let me know !

  31. Caesar says:

    Not sure if it’s been discussed yet but Bournival looks like he beat out Hudon for the job in Montreal. Is Leblanc behind both of them on the depth chart? Is MB sending him a message? Can he leap frog both of them for a chance to play in Montreal as a call up?

    • B says:

      Hudon is back in junior where I expected him to be. I didn’t think he had any real chance of sticking in Montreal. I look forward to seeing him at the WJC and hope he stays healthy for it this time around. He should be an impact player for Canada there.

      –Go Habs Go!–

    • JF says:

      I don’t think Hudon was ever likely to stick with the team this season. He’s still only 19 and he has a nagging back problem. I hope he resolves that this year and does well in Junior and the WJC. If Bournival beat out anyone, it’s Louis Leblanc and Gabriel Dumont, both of whom have spent time with the big team. Leblanc is still getting his game back after his injury last season, but it looks as though Bournival has overtaken Dumont, who did not have a great camp. He wasn’t bad, he just didn’t stand out the way Bournival did.

  32. Big Buffy Boat Club says:

    What’s the over/under on the opening night pre-game ceremony?
    12:30 minutes? I’d love to see something short and punchy for once, none of this pass the mic stuff.

    “Crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentations of the women.”

    • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

      Second that emotion. Some of these ceremonies are way over the top. There’s a difference between giving a nod to your heritage, hockey or otherwise, and having it drip off of you like wet papier mache. Time to MAKE some history.

  33. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    Derek Wills @dogsplaybyplay
    After Stefan Fournier ties game, #HamOnt native Spencer Abbott scores GWG, Jerry D’Amigo adds ENG, @TorontoMarlies beat @BulldogsAHL 5-3.

    24 cups and counting….

    • B says:

      Thanks, I like Fournier. I hope he has a strong year in Hamilton. Pre-season rematch against the Marlies tomorrow night in Cobourg. I believe it was Condon in nets tonight, Tokarski tomorrow perhaps?

      –Go Habs Go!–

  34. JohninTruro says:

    B – also Reway with an assist and Hudon with 2 goals.

  35. Mats Naslund says:

    A lot of hand wringing over line combos and which forwards will sit. Its funny how soon we forget that at some point this season we’re likely to see a full line or 2 of AHLers unless we get some incredible injury luck. Having depth doesn’t hurt. There were times in past seasons when guys like Eller, PK and Pacioretty were healthy scratches. No big deal.

  36. Mattyleg says:

    Hope we’ve got some modern-day Tinordi action to look forward to in the coming year/s.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. Bill says:

    Like father like son, eh Hobie? Sounds like fun!

  38. B says:

    McCarron with a goal and a fight in his first OHL game, London beats Saginaw 6-3. Crisp with 2 goals and an assist as Sudbury beats Barrie 5-3.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  39. twilighthours says:

    Into the Mystic, surely one of the greatest pop songs ever written. I just listened to it. You should too.

  40. crabvader says:

    The Bournival conspiracy is upon us!

    And there’ll be plenty of beatings and bone crunching checks served by Chef Tinordi.

  41. Psycho29 says:

    So the Rangers had exhibition games in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Los Angeles…

    What kind of planning was that? 4 games in 5 nights…

  42. bolder says:

    Anyone have info on Prust? Is he injured?

    • Landof10000lakesHab says:

      If Prust is on the ice tomorrow, no worries about the season opener, if not, then it is likley more concerning than MT protecting him from senseless fights the past couple games.

  43. frontenac1 says:

    @hobie. Thanks for pointing that out amigo. Cool story.Saludos!

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      One of the French papers or websites had that story today front. I knew a good hombre like you would appreciate it! Cheers!

      Oh, bought the old man a nice bottle of Scotch for his 70th tomorrow. He and I will be sipping some tomorrow night and I’ll be giving him the lowdown on the Habs. First question he’ll have is whether they’ve toughened up or not. He’ll be happy to hear about guys like Tinordi.

  44. Danno says:

    Patrick Roy still has a chip on his shoulder. Says he did not circle the date the Avalanche will play in the Bell Centre with him as coach. It’s just another game. So glad he did not end up coaching the Habs.


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  45. bolder says:

    Congrats and good luck to Tinordi and Bournival.

  46. nb hab fan 10 says:

    going to see boston on dec 5th ,but I don’t have my tickets yet. going to see sabres on dec 7th and have 4 good seats in the reds. can someone tell me what time the warm ups start, thanks

    john c brown

  47. Hobie Hansen says:

    So there was a great story today about Marc Bergevin and Jarred Tinordi. Bergevin, who knows Jarred’s dad, Mark, had a little surprise waiting at training camp this year for the younger Tinordi.

    On Bergevin’s request, father Mark’s #24 was waiting on the back of Jarred’s Canadiens jersey in the locker room. Tinordi took #42 because I believe it was taken in Hamilton and also taken in Montreal by Jeff Halpern when Tinordi was called up last season.

    If you grew up in or remember the 90s, you surely have to remember Mark Tinordi. He had some fierce battles against the Penguins while in a Capitals uniform and also with the Oilers prior to that in a Star’s uniform. He was a nasty piece of business.

    #24 is a cult classic number among tougher players. The guys who stick out wearing #24 are Mark Tinordi, Dave Manson, Chris Chelios, Bobby Probert, Scott Thornton, Lyle Odelein, Marty McSorley and on and on.

    I think Jarred Tinordi is going to do his father, the Canadiens and #24 very proud.

  48. habsfan1001 says:

    Does anybody have a link where I can get streams for hockey games tonight

  49. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Say, I do want to ask this question again:

    Who wants PK Subban as Captain of the Montreal Canadiens?

  50. Strummer says:

    Will PK Subban ever become a 28 minute defenceman like Chara, Webber, Keith and Suter?

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Not even a question!

      • Strummer says:

        He ranked 35th for TOI/game last season – seems he should be playing more considering his status as the defending Norris winner

        Edit : And considering he’ll be making $8 million a year on a long term contract starting next year
        “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      I think he’s already at that peak level of playing 30mins a game.

      I think the big question is, will PK play a vital role within the leadership ranks of this club?

      There’s no question, him and Georges are possibly competing for that elusive “C” on their left chest.

  51. Un Canadien errant says:

    Sean McIndoe investigates which longshots could win an individual trophy.

    How Drew Doughty is not listed as a favourite to win the Norris while Dion Phaneuf is is mind-boggling. I know the betting site wants to take Toronto pigeons’ moneys, but this is ridiculous.


  52. Un Canadien errant says:

    Eric Francis on the outlook for Mike Cammalleri this season.


  53. Steven says:

    Thanks to that handy site B provided, I was able to look at the highest Goals/Games Played ratios all time.

    The highest recent one was Gretzky, at 1.176 goals/game. The highest all time, though, was Joe Malone in 1917-1918. He had a goals/game rate of 2.200, or 44 goals in 20 games. I know the game was very different back then, but that’s some absolutely ridiculous production. Equally incredible was the fact that he assisted on a grand total of 4 goals that year.

  54. stevieray says:

    Certainly is a lot of love for Bournival…granted he did score a few goals in pre season but he didn’t look that hot to me last nite . However Beaulieu I felt was pretty sharp and didn’t look out of place a bit . Some nice tape to tape long breakout passes and solid as a rock on D . I like the kid and when he a Tinori are ready to make the jump I think they would compliment each other well .

  55. jols101 says:

    I googled the Panther’s new owner, Vincent Viola.
    The guys net worth is 35 million. That is impressive by most standards but isn’t he going to be broke in a year and a half?
    I mean every time you read a story about a non traditional market in the NHL you hear about how the franchise lost 10 or 20 million last year.

  56. habfan01 says:

    No going off for team building exercises this year?

    • B says:

      This may not qualify, but on October 3, the Habs will be holding a team practice in Lac-Mégantic. This is another part of the team’s efforts to help support the town and it’s people to rebuild and move forward.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  57. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I noticed that 3 lines can have interchangeable Centre/Winger positions:

    I’ll take what I did earlier as an example.

    Left Wing – Centre – Right Wing:
    Pacioretty – Desharnais – Briere (1st Line)
    Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta (2nd Line)
    Galchenyuk/Eller – Eller/Galchenyuk – Gallagher (3rd Line)
    Moen/Prust – Bournival/White/Prust – White/Parros (4th Line)

    Desharnais and Briere can switch positions. So did Eller and Galchenyuk, then White and Bournival.

    The Plekanec line is the only one who doesn’t have a interchangeable winger/centre forwards.

    So far, I like this Idea that two centres/wingers + one winger can create the dynamics of this team.

  58. JohninTruro says:

    Great to see very good preseason efforts from Moen, Desharnais, and Briere. All guys with question marks going in. Moen has hit well, and stepped up with defending team mates etc.

    • Alvin says:

      John…you must be a Moen lover ’cause Moen has not done well and also got stunned with a good shot by Casian the Giant.
      Over all I’m afraid he is a waste of space.Being from Saskatchewan he’d prolly prefer a Western located team.

      • JohninTruro says:

        Haha far from it my friend. That would make me a DD and Briere lover too. I see a lot of value on the 4th line, but not any higher. OH, and I am far from a Briere and DD. That being said I comfortable saying and thinking both will exceed expectations of what have been discussed about them for this year. Both will do very well offensively for us. Helps that Patches looks like he wants to play.

  59. Because I’m in a really great mood (minor hockey starts tomorrow), here are some stats to help B understand the difference between a starter and a split season goaltender.

    All Time Season Leaders Save % games played over 60.

    01-02 José Théodore .931 67 gp
    55-56 Jacques Plante .929 64 gp
    56-57 Jacques Plante .920 61 gp
    58-59 Jacques Plante .925 67 gp
    75-76 Ken Dryden .927 62 gp
    10-11 Carey Price .923 72 gp
    11-12 Carey Price .916 65 gp
    93-94 Patrick Roy .918 67 gp
    96-97 Jocelyn Thibault .910 61 gp
    Huet- never played over 48 games as a Canadiens
    Halak- never played more than 48 games as a Canadiens

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  60. JohninTruro says:

    Where is Frank and all of his good links?

  61. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Bobby Ryan: “There will be more pressure,” says Ryan, who will be paid $5,562,500 each of the next two seasons. “In Anaheim, if you have a bad game, the team knows about it and that’s about it. Aside from the fans that write on the message boards, there’s not a whole lot of a peanut gallery. I’m looking forward to embracing that. I think it’ll be nice to be held accountable for my actions day in and day out. It’s going to push me. I don’t think I need to change and do anything differently. ”

    …Peanut Gallery ???

    …and I thought fan-blogs like Ours were citizened by aristocratic types, …connoisseurs of hockey, …experts of all things of the Puck

    …I assumed players and management-types were provided edited excerpts of Our insights and punditry before taking the ice the next morning

    …I’m dismayed We actually are considered nothing but PEANUTZ ! 🙁

    …this will take some time for Me to adjust 🙁

  62. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Crap !!! …why ??? didn’t that little Bugger 48 join Us 4 or 5 seasons ago ??? 🙁

    …such a waste …when He could have been the darling of Montreal rather than just another Foreign Frenchman for da Philthydelphia Phluckers 🙁

    • Habcouver says:

      It probably would not happen but I’d warm more to Briere if he publicly admitted that he regret not joining the Habs 4-5 years ago. Be convincing regardless of how he really feels!

      Waiting patiently for #25

    • JUST ME says:

      The wife decided they were staying in Philly…Now they divorced so he was free to choose where to go and probably happy to go far away from the ex…

  63. B says:

    Best season save% by a Hab:
    Theodore .931 2001/02 67 games
    Huet……. .929 2005/06 36 games
    Halak….. .924 2009/10 45 games

    Best season save% by a former Hab:
    Vokoun .926 2008/09 Florida 59 games
    Halak.. .926 2011/12 St.Louis 46 games
    Vokoun .925 2009/10 Florida 63 games
    Roy….. .925 2001/02 Colorado 63 games

    Honourable Mentions:
    Hackett.. .927 1996/97 Chicago 41 games
    Aebischer .924 2003/04 Colorado 62 games

    –Go Habs Go!–

  64. JO says:

    I don’t care who MT puts together. These are the lines I’d like to see. Whether he plays them or not. There’s nothing in it for me.

    1. Pacioretty Plekanec Briere
    2. Bourque Desharnais Gallagher
    3. Eller/Bournival Galchenyuk Gionta
    4. Moen White/Parros Prust

    A veteran on our top three lines to teach and learn from.

  65. lazman says:

    Heard about MB switching Tinordi’s number from 42 to his father’s number 24. This is the kind of thing that develops loyalty and admiration from all the players. Kudos to MB – solid guy.

  66. crabvader says:

    I’m really glad we got Danny Briere, who if healthy, can really help our guys control the offensive zone.

    We have not had someone who can control the puck in the offensive zone since, GASP, Alex Kovalev.

    Pleks and Subban can kinda do it but are prone to lose the puck with overthinking.

    Now, I’m not saying Danny is Kovalev as far as stickhandling capability goes, but he definitely knows how to keep the puck in the zone and make the smart play.

    Chucky will eventually get there and is showing signs of maturity when it comes to controlling the play, but he still needs a bit more time. I think that’s also another aspect Danny B. can help Galchenyuk with.

    Also, putting him on a line with a strong player/shooter like Patches is going to be very promising. Hopefully DD can contribute but I’m not too worried.

    I think we’re in for a pleasant surprise once these guys start clicking at every level of the ice.

    • B says:

      Briere on Desharnais:
      “[David] is explosive. He’s always on the puck. On the third goal we scored, it all started with him creating a turnover. I can’t count the number of times he’s done that since the start of camp. He always finds a way to get his stick or his skate on the puck; he’s a lot of fun to play with. I feel fortunate to play on his line, and I hope that we can be productive all year,”

      –Go Habs Go!–

  67. JO says:

    I wouldn’t mind trying Bournival on the 3rd line with the two Gally’s to see what they can do. Right now the EGG line is not working that well. So lets have some fun with that line and see what works the best.
    We could use Moen, Eller white till Prust and Parros are 100% healed. Worth a try.

  68. habsfanforever7631 says:

    We have 14 forwards.
    Which 2 sits?

  69. Timo says:

    How do I know I am finished as a person? A buddy texted me to get a couple of drinks at the end of the day before heading home. My response: “sorry dude, i brought gym clothes… going for a work out”. Someone put me out of my misery please.

  70. Psycho29 says:

    For Timo…..not sure if you saw, there’s a series of videos…

    Lori Graham descending down the side of a building….In a Catwoman Suit…..


  71. krob1000 says:


    Great article about the much documented and movie like upbringing of Bobby Ryan. The story should seriously be a movie.

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