Tinordi spurns Irish for Knights: report

The Toronto Sun reports that Canadiens draft pick Jarred Tinordi is headed to the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, after having committed to play for the University of Notre Dame Irish.

• Julie Veilleux’s nice synopsis of the Canadiens’ off-season moves.


  1. Jordio-oh says:

    I’ll choose my words more carefully next time. And I’ll forgive you for nitpicking.

  2. terrygain says:

    Wrong. Only certain contracts need to be in writing. Rather than listening to Judge Judy I suggest you read the Statute of Frauds and the Consumer Protection Act. Or keep your uninformed opinions to yourself.


    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  3. WarHero says:

    hehe, indeed he does 😉


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    I wouldn’t expect him to develop a Chara slapper or anything, but if he can develop a strong first pass than that would be great.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  5. TomNickle says:

    Every team has good prospects?

    Anaheim, Toronto, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington(other than Alzner and Carlsson), Florida, Phoenix, Calgary, Minnesota, San Jose?


  6. spcbrass says:

    You have hit the nail squarely on the head with your point about Markov.  I’m also thinking once Markov teaches P.K. a few more tricks that the Habs powerplay will continue to dominte long after Markov retires.

  7. B says:

    Every team has a good array of prospects. It will take time to find out which prospects actually become valuable NHLers.

  8. TomNickle says:

    I’ll take Hunter and McKenzie over scouts who request anonymity any day of the week.

  9. B says:

    Those were not Julie’s own observations, unnamed “scouts” were quoted. Assuming it is accurate, it contradicts coach Hunter’s quotes in the Sun article. Of course I hope Hunter’s opinion is the more accurate one.

  10. WarHero says:

    Amen! I could not agree more :)


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  11. crabvader says:

    The instigator has a lot to do with those stats.

    I still think it’s one of the stupidest penalties in the game today.

  12. Jordio-oh says:

    Great stat.

  13. Jordio-oh says:

    Yep, not a bad line up of prospects.

  14. likehoy says:

    as long as the contract numbers aren’t a gift for carey’s birthday.

  15. crabvader says:

    I think that Hunter knows he can help Tinordi develop his offensive prowess. That’s good news.

  16. TomNickle says:

    He’s a good skater.

    Even if I hadn’t seen him skate before.  I would take Hunter and Bobblehead McKenzie’s scouting reports over Julie who?

  17. crabvader says:

    Way to call out the Halak fanatics, Tom.



    (P.S. I agree)

  18. B says:

    The Sun article quotes Hunter saying: ““He’s big, mobile. He can skate and jump into the play.” and “We’re going to encourage him to jump into the play,”

    Julie Veilleux’s article quotes scouts saying:
    “when he starts to dangle, his warts show.”
    and “He will need to improve upon his skating and puck skills (…). He’s clearly a project that if he works out, will be a force on an NHL blueline. There is just a lot of work to be done.”

    So is a good skater or not? Is he an offensive threat or not? Is he there already or does he have a lot of work to do to in order to perhaps some day get there? Of course he can still learn a lot and improve if and where necessary, but you can’t teach him to be big. Fortunately, he is already blessed with very good size. I hope he does well in the OHL and produces there from the get go.

  19. crabvader says:

    Methinks some people need to watch a little more Judge Judy…

    You cannot be held accountable for a verbal contract under ANY circumstance. The only way to shake the stick at someone is if there is a written agreement.

  20. soflohabsfan says:

    Eric Engels has a great blog doesn’t he? Just saying.

  21. TomNickle says:

    Bob Gainey takes heat here everyday and yet look at what he and Pierre Gauthier are building for us…..

    Plekanec, Eller, Leblanc, Kristo, Avtsin, Pacioretty, Subban, Gorges, Tinordi, Yemelin, Weber, Price, Desjardins.

    Not to mention the veterans that have been added like Gionta, Cammalleri and Gomez.

    This team is going to be exciting.  Very exciting.

  22. WarHero says:

    I am very glad that Jarred decided to take this step! He should do well under the Hunter boys. I can’t wait to see him in action against the 67’s here in Ottawa! I’ll also get to see Louis play in Gautineau when they are in town to play the Olympiques! Gotta love that!


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  23. HFX-HabFan says:

    I really think that Ryan White will come out of camp with a regular spot as our twelfth forward.  His offensive ceiling is pretty low (though he put up respectable numbers in junior), but he plays with jam and looks like Greg Stewart with far more hockey sense.

    I would be more than happy to see a fourth line of Moen, Boyd and White.  Three guys who know how to throw a hit and create some energy/cause momentum shifts, which is exactly what you want out of your fourth line. If you can get 25 to 30 goals out of them, even better.

  24. mrhabby says:

    tom..good points on all.

    1..love the fact martin has no choice but to play the young guys. let them make mistakes and learn they will come back stronger. martins authoritative style..blah.

    2..i was thinking about Schultz. i really hopes he makes the club.we need his style , its not even funny any more…please make the team schultz.

    3..5 on 5 play still a concern for me due to the fact were a counter punching team not a slug it out mean and nasty team but with all on same page i hope it works.

    4. markov key to so many things but so gald that little pee wee player MAB is gone..what a headache seeing him with the puck.

  25. crabvader says:


    Belanger is signed with a new team… Dunno who yet…

  26. TomNickle says:

    Western is a good school too 😉

  27. soperman says:

    I agree with all of that but I would like to point out that for many major junior clubs, e.g. the Halifax Mooseheads, the boys are required to attend high school full-time or, if they graduated from High School, they are required to take classes at Dalhousie University or Saint Mary’s University. 

    It gives the boys a good life lessons in balancing lots of balls at the same time.


    Go Price. Or should I say Stop Price?

  28. Mark C says:

    Don’t need to worry too much about fighting, out of the 5 teams with the most fights, only Philly made the playoffs, 5 out of the 6 teams with the least fights made the playoffs (Minn and Montreal tied for 5th fewest fights).

  29. JIMVINNY says:

    Stop “what kind of thing”?  Stop a guy from changing his mind about what he feels is his best path for success?  Tinordi did what he feels is best for him.  No one can prevent someone from making a decision like that.

  30. Mark C says:

    double post

  31. kempie says:

    I think the biggest differences are the amount of games played and the atmosphere. I could be wrong on the number of games but I believe the NCAA schedule is a 22 game schedule whereas, in junior, it’s a 66 game schedule, so roughly a third of the amount of games in the NCAA vs. CHL. Also, games in the CHL have bigger crowds and incorporate a more professional element of entertainment. Kids get used to playing in front of more people, doing more interviews and generally dealing with a more NHL type atmosphere. Now I’m partially talking out of my butt here because I’m much more familiar with the CHL system, so feel free to correct me but I believe that’s not a bad rough analysis. There may also be rule differences that provide more realistic NHL training in the CHL.

  32. Storm Man says:

    Well Said.

  33. Bill J says:

    In MTL – thats a center that is taller then 5’7″

    in the rest of the NHL – that means taller then 6’3″


  34. TomNickle says:

    It’s funny.  I was thinking about the youth discipline thing the other day.  I don’t think Martin’s gonna have much of a choice in the way of playing the youngsters.  Eller, Kostitsyn, Pyatt, Pouliot and Lapierre make up almost half of the roster spots at forward.  I don’t think he’ll have the luxury of banishing all five of them to the fourth line! haha.

    The other thing that’s funny is that he can’t exactly start scratching them from games and calling up vets.  Who’s he gonna call up?  Palushaj, Pacioretty, Desharnais, White?

    For the record.  I can see Schultz earning a roster spot in camp due to his game and maturity.  This would make Darche the 13th forward.  The way it should be.

    As for 5 on 5 play.  I think it gets better with everyone on the same page and last year they were not.  I think our goal scoring goes up and our goals against go down.  Not drastically, but let’s say 20 and 20 respectively.  40 goal difference from last year, maybe closer to 30.

    Powerplay will struggle early on, no question.  Markov is the cog of that Powerplay, always has been, and will be until he retires.  Streit, Souray, Kovalev, Koivu, Tanguay.  They’ve all gone, but the powerplay has remained the same, and Markov is the reason for it.  No question.

  35. Aerobiz says:

    Just realized that “The Tin Man” could imply that he has no heart. Let’s hope we don’t have to go there. I should really get back to work.


    Procrastination is an art, and HI/O is my brush.


    “The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”- Randy Pausch

  36. Aerobiz says:

    Or for headlines we could go with “The Tin Man”.


    And if he can’t skate we can call him “The Tin Can”.


    If he grows an awesome Paul Mara esq playoff beard we can call him a “Scruffy looking Nerfherder.” …this is fun.


    “The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”- Randy Pausch

  37. TomNickle says:

    They get at least 30 more games in junior than they do in college.

    They get at least 2 more practices each week.

    There’s a misconception out there that players in college have more time to devote towards physical conditioning.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Players in junior need to be gym rats because of the extra load in playing time.

    Better coaching(especially in this case)

    Playing time is a big factor too.  In college, seniors tend to dominate ice-time.  In junior, the high end talent gets the ice time regardless of how much time they’ve had on the team.

  38. mrhabby says:

     still plenty of concerns as summer roles along and players are getting ready for camp.

    1..still lacking that tough guy(s)..iam still expecting the bigger teams to throw us around ..the 3 amigo’s. is  PG going to address this issue. i guess him and martin want a balance for all 4 lines and leave out the tough guy. who’s going to drop them..cammy, gio, pleks , ak, moen..we will be bounced around..arghhhh..very frustrating to see.

    2. were younger faster with eller, boyd thats all good.

    3. with the same players (mostly) , i still have doubts are 5on5 play gets better..thats just me.

    4..our pp will hurt. no markov and that little player bergeron.

    5…martins coaching style..can he adapt and let the younger players make mistakes and still play them.

    just a few thoughts.


  39. Aerobiz says:

    “Tino” is the obvious way to go.

    Though I do prefer “Nordie”.


    “The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”- Randy Pausch

  40. SLONCOLD says:

    what makes the ncaa  worse for a player’s hockey development? i’m not familiar with the development of players in the juniors or in the college system. just wondering what a player will get our of playing in the juniors in canada versus  in the college programs.

  41. RGM says:

    Anybody think that for Carey’s birthday on Monday we’ll get a contract announcement? It would be great for his PR – all the “Happy Birthday and congrats Carey!” posts would be off the charts!

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  42. GuyDoon says:

    For me the character of Boyd versus SKost’s is the main and obvious reason why I prefer Boyd. That alone is a huge plus for the Habs. Where I’m not convinced is more the 400K difference between Boyd and Moore. Was that a good choice? SKost had to go, but I keep wondering if a pick would have done that. Then we keep Moore. The 400K shouldn’t have broken the bank. Having said that, I like what Boyd should bring: sandpaper.

  43. TomNickle says:

    The school had the same commitment from Tinordi that the Knights do.  Verbal.  Doesn’t mean a damn thing and they should’ve known better.  He was enrolled for summer classes but had put nothing in writing saying he was going to attend in the fall.

    This is the better move for the Canadiens and Tinordi’s future as a hockey player.

  44. since1988 says:

    when comparing his stats to Colby Armstrong from last season they are basically the same and Boyd doesn’t make 3 million per so he will be a solid 4th line player

  45. Tighthead says:

    I don’t like junior teams “tampering” with players who have committed to play for a college squad.  Too mercenary for my liking.

  46. GuyDoon says:

    Guaranteed paycheque is the main reason. The other reason for that is strategic from the agent and player side. Let’s say Pyatt is competing for a final spot on the opening roster with another player making 800K. With all other hockey things being equal, it gives him a small edge on the competition. Lapierre and Chipchura did the same thing last year.

  47. TomNickle says:

    Jarred TinNASTY!

  48. TomNickle says:

    He could be ready to make the NHL jump next season with this move.  And I KNOW that was part of the pitch that enticed him to play in London.

  49. Storm Man says:

    Im not sure how many games and what tv you watched Boyd play. Boyd is a nasty hard working player. Think Begin but younger.

  50. Storm Man says:

    JT is going to be a Knight, This is very good news.

  51. ed lopaz says:

    that’s what I’m trying to say SF’09.


    lets open spots for White, Pacioretty and Palushaj.

    I’m all in favor of bringing those guys along for the ride.

    I am a big fan of all 3.

    we need to BANG a little – not with our top 6, but for sure with our bottom 6.

  52. ooder says:

    what’s a “big center”?


    88 is the new 23

  53. likehoy says:

    the italian stallion

  54. likehoy says:

    technically, we wouldn’t know the answer to that cause we haven’t had a big centre in god knows how long……

  55. Mark C says:

    No one has said Boyd has to play on the 4th line. While, fore-checking and hitting is important role of bottom six forwards, in no way, shape or form should that diminish the importance of goal scoring. After all, the game is won by the team which scores more than the other. It would take a hell-of-a lot of hitting and fore-checking by a 4th line center to out-weigh the value of those 11 goals.

    Also, isn’t most of the fore-checking and hitting done by wingers?


  56. Morenz7 says:

    Wait, that last one’s polysyllabic. How bout Tins?

  57. SeriousFan09 says:

    He also likes guys with a work ethic, White and Pacioretty don’t take shifts off. The two of them combined with Palushaj formed a highly effective line in HAM that was very punishing against the team they were playing, I saw the unit in action a couple of times. All 3 won’t join the Habs but those two definitely have the work ethic JM likes.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  58. Morenz7 says:

    Fun, but you know the guys in the room will go monosyllabic. My money’s on Nords. Or Tinny.

  59. likehoy says:

    don’t judge the player till you watch him, TK was only 6’0 200lbs, but he put out a lot of hits and was a tireless worker.

    steve begin was only 6’0 200lbs and he was nasty out there…

    sean avery’s only 5’11 185lbs…there are a lot of assholes and agitators and nasty players that seem undersized. dustin boyd had about a hit per game last year and he’ll look to improve on that i’m sure.

  60. Rudy says:

    OK, that makes sense, thanks for the clarification.  I couldn’t understand it when I read it on TFP link. Cammy’s sister works for TFP, so should get some good Habs coverage hopefully.

  61. Morenz7 says:

    Wasn’t Paul Kelly, erstwhile head of the PA, hired by the NCAA to stop this kind thing from happening?

  62. Bugs says:

    Workin on Tinordi’s nickname.

    What think thee of “Torrid Jabrone”?

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  63. likehoy says:

    this has been discussed over and over…he didn’t take a paycut, he took guaranteed money.

    at 500k per year on a 1-way contract, he’s making 500k no matter where he is….he had a 2-way 800k or wtv last year so he could have made up to 800k with the canadiens, and up to around 65k with the AHL team…as he split the season between the AHL and NHL, he probably made around 430k last year…also if I’m not mistaken, the 1-way contract means pyatt would have to clear waivers to return to the AHL so he’s more of a lock to stay in Montreal

  64. ed lopaz says:

    martin will favor darche’s brains over young players’ speed.

    that’s martin’s style – NO MISTAKES!!

  65. SeriousFan09 says:

    He signed a 1-way deal, last year he was on a 2-way contract that only paid 68K for the year when he was in the AHL, this year is an NHL contract so he’s guaranteed that half-million provided he stays on the team.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  66. ed lopaz says:

    I am a fan of using a fourth line to forecheck and hit.

    I could care less about the 11 goals.

    why not put a guy out there who has a little “nastiness” in him?

    that’s what I thought we were getting – but Boyd does not deliver that kind of game.

    if you play a smaller top 6, let’s ram the d-men into the boards with our bottom 6.

    at least that will tire out their d-men.

  67. likehoy says:

    I honestly can’t see darche starting the season in the NHL at all. 

    I mean if he couldn’t play more than 3 minutes a game in the playoffs, what’s the point of having him on the team if he can’t provide minutes during crunch time?

    same goes with any other 4th liners that couldn’t give our top 9 players a rest. it’s no wonder we hit the wall when we have guys like gionta playing 22 minutes a game with time on all three PK, PP, and EV. 

  68. Rudy says:

    I didn’t know Pyatt took a substantial pay cut this year. Guess he will have a lot to prove.

  69. SeriousFan09 says:

    If Pacioretty/White/Palushaj make the team, Darche is the likely scratch I’d say. JM might like him but on a healthy Canadiens team, Darche is the odd man out. Younger players, faster skaters who can keep up with the game are more useful.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  70. SeriousFan09 says:

    10-goal grinder isn’t that bad and if he can bring a work ethic it’ll be fine, his WHL/AHL stats were good enough which means he likely doesn’t take too much time off when he’s on his game and being coached by Brent Sutter is hardly a boon to anyone’s career it seems. If he adds some weight and gives out a hit per game, that’s not a bad addition to the squad. David Desharnais is too small to join the Habs, Maxwell is intimidated by the game and most of our best center prospects are in lower leagues.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  71. ed lopaz says:

    yes- I agree no risk.

    I have a feeling he’ll be the “healthy scratch” very often.

  72. Mark C says:

    Ed, Dustin Boyd has never averaged more than 13 minutes a game in his career to date. He’s a 3ed or 4th liner, who gets next to zero PP time. He as some upside and is a relatively productive player given his playing time.  

    If anyone is going to get replaced by an AHLer, that player is Darche.

  73. pic1983 says:

    11 goals for a bottom six forward is really not that bad.  At least Boyd is actually a bottom six forward and knows thats his role.  Its not like Sergei who we had no room for in the top 6 and isnt suited to a bottom 6 role.  Anyways, he’s signed to one year deal, so if he doesnt pan out there really isn’t any risk.  I tend to agree that maybe the spot should have been given to one of our prospects, but with the loss of metro and moore, we needed a player with NHL experience to round out our bottom six IMO.

  74. likehoy says:

    a fourth liner that can score 11 goals is worthy on any team.

    our 4th line combined for 11 goals i bet….pyatt, laraque, chipchura, darche, who else? 

  75. ed lopaz says:

    Dustin Boyd. 

    here are his numbers.

    He takes about 10 minor penalties a season – for about 20 minutes in PIM.

    He is 6’00, 190 lbs, which is NOT big at all by NHL standards.

    He has never scored more than 11 goals in any NHL season.


    In short, I’m not even sure why we took this guy off of nashville’s hands, other than the obvious that they 

    were so disappointed in him that he was at the same level in their org. as SK was in ours.

    I admit that I have only seen him play a few times for calgary, and he was a non factor in those games.

    I am ready to be proven wrong, and I hope he can add something to the team, but based on his previous

    NHL career, maybe we would better off having one of our Hamilton centers graduate to the Habs??

  76. JIMVINNY says:

    Good for him, and for us.  Even if I do root for the irish.

  77. Storm Man says:

    Does the Irish still have a football team ? 😉

  78. RGM says:

    Worked wonders for Sergei.

    I kid, I kid. Hunter’s good at getting these young guys into NHL shape – it’ll be a very good thing for Tinordi’s development.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  79. notbigbird says:

    Whatever else you think of the decisions, it does show that guys like Leblanc and Tinordi are pretty serious about hockey and making it in the NHL. From our point of view, surely that’s a good thing. Brains don’t freeze at 25 if hockey doesn’t pan out. Lots of mature students get their degrees.

  80. G-Man says:

    Those older students probably don’t have the very high probability of concussions that these guys may face. Choosing a “long shot” over school with a good probability of injury, in my opinion, is short-sighted.

    Best of luck to both. Without schooling, they’ll need it.

  81. Mark C says:

    For me, the biggest take away from the Sun article, is how high Dale Hunter is on Tinordi’s offensive game. Stepping around the whole education v. hockey full time debate; this emphasis on Tinordi’s offensive skills and game would not have happened at Notre Dame under Jeff Jackson.  From a pure hockey standpoint this move should give Tinordi the best chance at having a high level impact at both ends of the ice in the NHL.

    Now a few years and Notre Dame would not have hurt. Tinodri will be missing out on some great education. However, I am sure he gave that full consideration while making this difficult decision.  

    Reading the tea leafs and adding my own conjecture, the best window of a Cup will be 2012-14, the current core of players signed long-term will have their deals running out, and there could be a great influx of young players.


  82. Max_a_million says:

    Yes I think you are right, it will give him a good chance to experiment and learn how to play offensively which should help him greatly if he is to have impact as an NHL player. 

    Going back to school is very much harder than it sounds, but if you make a ton of money playing hockey than hopefully thats the right decision for them. 

  83. habsnyc says:

    It wil be great to see Tinordi participate in NHL training camp.  With three of Montreal’s top seven defensemen over the age of 35, there is going to be a roster spot for Tinordi as soon as he is ready. 

    I think Montreal’s best offseason move was signing Plekanec to a reasonable contract.  Halak was a victim of the salary cap.  Auld is not an upgrade to Halak.  Losing Metropolit matters because he was a top powerplay scorer, with the most accurate shot on the team.   Montreal had the send most effective powerplay in the NHL, behind Wahington and they lost their powerplay quarterback and their sniper.  A big part of the exhibition season will be working out who will replace them.

  84. Mattyleg says:

    I think that age is an asset in defencemen, to be honest. Better understanding of the game, less prone to impatient and knee-jerk plays… But we do have to keep young bodies coming in for sure.

    Losing Metro was definitely a shame, but we don’t know how good Pyatt, White, Darche, and Boyd will be. Perhaps one of them will step up and be an upgrade on Metro’s skills. From what I’ve heard, Boyd has the goods to be right up there.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  85. Mark C says:

    For what it’s worth 4 of Metro’s 10 PP goals came when Gionta was out of the line-up. What do they have in common? Both are RH shots.

  86. Max_a_million says:

    So I was reading the Serge Savard giving away John Ferguson’s stick story on the LeBlanc feed.  When in the credits I noticed that one of the sources for the story was Ted Blackman.  Hard to belive it’s been 8 years he has been gone.  I miss his reporting, used to love those Saturday night CFCF sports show he would guest on.  Time goes by so fast.

  87. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah, is Ted Tevan still around?

  88. Tighthead says:

    What ever happened to Tim Burke? – the Gazette guy, not the mulletted reliever.

  89. yves_on_habs says:

    I really like this. Tinordi with the London Knights is good for Tinordi (IMO), good for the Knights, and good for the Habs.

    It’s just good.

    – Yves –

    Blog – http://yvesonhabs.com

    Twitter – http://twitter.com/yves_on_habs

  90. pic1983 says:

    Especially with Leblanc heading to the juniors.  I like it a lot. 

  91. Mike T says:

    Is Danny Kristo turning pro this season? Or does he still have a year left with the Fighting Sioux?

  92. likehoy says:

    he has 3 years left of college hockey.

  93. SeriousFan09 says:

    Kristo has already said he is committed to another year with UND, but I would expect he will sign his pro contract after this year and join the Bulldogs for the 11-12 season, uniting with his old USHL teammate Louis Leblanc.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  94. Puck Bard says:

    Ya, saw Ted and Ralph Lockwood at The Maples last night.

  95. Mattyleg says:

    “Shut up. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Idiot.”

    Good old Tevan.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  96. Mattyleg says:

    Ha!! Good ol’ Mapes.

    Right at the bottom of the street where I grew up! Went to sleep with drums beating every weekend night, woke up to barf on the front lawn the next morning. Watched it burn down as my ocogenarian next-door neighbour danced a jig.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  97. pic1983 says:

    I dunno, Hamr was making a lot of knee jerk plays last season.  Anyways, he’s UFA after this season so I am sure we will get a great season out of him seeing as he is in a contract year, and than he’s off the books!

    I dont think Boyd will replace what metro brought on the powerplay. but boyd will definitely bring it 5 on 5.  Hopefully guys like Pouliot, Kostitsyn and Eller can step up and score some powerplay goals for us this year to fill the void left by metro.

  98. Mattyleg says:

    I didn’t say age was a guarantee…and I would sign Hamr again, for a much lighter contract, of course. He stepped up really well when Marky was down.

    Yeah, some scoring from those guys would be great to see.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  99. notbigbird says:

    I am hoping that Yemelin (or another young D-man) is coming and that Hammer is going. I like Hammer and, unlike others, think I actually want him this year but not next.

  100. Mattyleg says:

    The kind of ‘schooling’ hockey players receive in most universities is a joke anyway. The classes they go to are so dumbed-down it’s hardly an ‘education’ they come out with anyway.

    They’ll be fine.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  101. pic1983 says:

    I wouldnt call either player a long-shot.  They arent slam dunks, but at this point its definitely not a “long-shot”.  When you are a first round pick, the team who picked you is going to give you every opporunity to succeed.  Playing in Junior vs NCAA will certainly accelerate their development. 

  102. Mark C says:

    How is it a long shot? Almost all 1st rounders these days make the NHL, if they don’t make the NHL there are many other Pro leagues where they can earn a good living.

  103. notbigbird says:

    Well if he’s going to get a concussion anyway, his degree won’t do him a whole lot of good, even if he gets it first. I mean if you’re affected so badly that you can’t do school, I don’t think you you’ll be up to applying that brain in a job that uses your degree. Really, you can’t base a decision on the chance that you may get a concussion.

  104. yves_on_habs says:

    I like that too. I think we’ve gotten some good news with some of the prospects this year. 

    Can’t wait to see how the season unfolds for these young guys.

    – Yves –

    Blog – http://yvesonhabs.com

    Twitter – http://twitter.com/yves_on_habs

  105. likehoy says:

    i’m really high on kristo, he’s IMHO our most exciting prospect now that subban is pretty much on the team.

  106. pic1983 says:

    I second that.  I was really impressed with him at the WJHC last year. 

  107. TomNickle says:

    Charlie Weis never survived missing out in peak recruiting time when he took the job while the Patriots were heading to the Superbowl.

    And I don’t feel bad for him one bit because I’m not a fan of the school, nowadays anyway.


  108. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Cammy taking a few swings at Bluejays batting practice:


  109. db says:

    That was an ugly swing… but his answer to the who has the ugliest: “I won’t tell you but it rhymes with… mitchell.  Oh I guess I told you” haha

  110. JD_ says:

    * Placin’ a 1×10^n % probability, where n = a stupidly huge negative number, on Kovalchuk goin’ to play in the KHL. The only reason I don’t say 0% outright is positing absolute certainty is just so goshdarned arrogant. Not to mention I want to have my McGuireEquivocate™ option open in the event I turn out to be wrong, you know, when I can say I did, in fact, leave the door open for him to play in the KHL, if only in the string theory sense of the word “open”. He’s goin’ to be a Devil. For 15 years. At least on paper.

    * So Dustin Boyd is goin’ to wear #17 next season. The boy’s fortunate neither Emile Bouchard (1941-43) nor Jean Beliveau (1950-51) stuck with it. On a side note, Mikhail Grabovski’s grandfather, Tony Graboski, wore it for the Habs durin’ the 1940-41 season. Tony played 66 NHL games, all with the Habs, which is a hefty 55 more than resident RDS hockey thinker-drooler Dave Morissette eked out durin’ his cup of coffee in the big leagues. Ok, so Tony wasn’t really Mikhail’s grandfather – the missin’ “v” is a dead giveaway – but that would have been cool, in an annoyin’ sorta way. Kinda like Punkster.

    * I totally understand the reasoning put forward by those who believe Louis Leblanc should stick it out longer with Harvard. Totally. Having said that, I disagree. And I place immense value on education and have a whole lot more to add on that front, but don’t want to bore you. Try as we might, we simply cannot put ourselves in Louis’ shoes and appreciate how hungry he must be. Moreover, in the interest of quellin’ the safety net crowd, the boy has not tossed aside his Harvard option. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the school does not make the man. He’s already made. The rest is fine tunin’.

    * Man, it’s just too bad Antti Niemi’s agent and well-known doobie-afficianado, Bill Zito, doesn’t also represent Kovy II. He probably would have out-awesomed himself after the arbitrator’s decision by sayin’ something along the lines of, “ Now that the arbitrator has ruled in the NHL’s favour, we are quietly confident the league will reconsider its position and look forward to Ilya spending the next 17 years with the New Jersey organization, if not longer.”

    * Carey Price hasn’t signed. In other news, took the fam to LaRonde today. Awesome weather. In a wee bit of pain after ridin’ a few too many roller coasters. Totally roped in by my two older ones. “C’mon, Dad, it’ll be fun! Look, the line is short! Don’t worry, the numbness and shooting pains in your left arm and tightening of your chest is a passing phase! Growing pains! Let’s go!”

  111. punkster says:

    Oh, so this is how we’re gonna play it, eh?


  112. Mr-T says:

                                         To all you pundits out there here is a question for you.                                            

    Assuming that the current roster is set for 2010-11 with the remaining player’s from last year plus Eller, Subban, Boyd and Auld.  Take into consideration the evaluation of every player’s capabilities[+/-] that in the right environment those abilities could be exploited to within reasonable expectations of the player’s potential.  Also to include here for the moment that Martin is not currently the coach.

    If the Habs were presently looking for a coach with the right personality traits, the ability to relate to the characteristics of both the younger and older players, a conceptual philosophy of the present game, with having the patience to sustain a young player[s] through the trial and error process, to deploying a system with a concept ideally suited to this group of players not one that inhibits and hinders them.  To add that having the experience of being a NHL coach for a number of year’s is of course an asset however if you do not meet the profile that a team is looking for it essentially has an impute value.

    Therefore the question is would Martin be the best qualified candidate or would Boucher have been the preferred choice or neither one of them.                                                                                                         



    Support Carey Price             “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                            

  113. likehoy says:

    boucher’s style is too experimental for our veteran team…it wouldn’t have worked immediately, but it may have worked in the future with the kids coming up.

    martin’s style is boring, but efficient…..

    i’m assuming the players being brought into the team will be in the jacques martin mold, so i’m sticking with JM as much as i hate watching his game.

  114. HabFanSince72 says:

    Mike Babcock.


  115. punkster says:

    Either Genghis Khan or Attila the Hun. It’s a tossup at this point.


    (However, in the interim I’ll stick with Martin)


  116. Bugs says:

    Since Boucher never got us to the Conference Final, I’m gonna say: Jack Marty.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  117. Dr-Watson says:

                                             Martin does not fall into that criteria so he is out.

  118. G-Man says:

    ” a conceptual philosophy of the present game”

    What nonsense. The “present” game is the same, with a little less holding and stick whacking allowed. As if the game hasn’t been played before now.

    This idea that the game has changed is utter crap.

    Btw, I don’t support goalies until they actually win more games than they lose. Thus far, Mr. Potential is less than a .500 goalie.

  119. HardHabits says:

    The New Epistemology of HH

    Should the Habs finish in last I will not stir.

    Should the Habs win the Cup I will not stir.

    Should the Habs finish 9th in the East I will not stir.

    I have become the anti-thesis of the passionate fan.

    Calm and serene, methodical and certain. Like waves battering upon the shore, rock solid, brushing aside the onslaught.

    I have entered into a state of altruistic detachment and it’s pure bliss!!!!!

  120. SeriousFan09 says:

    He says this, but I bet with the first pre-season loss HH will yell “Serenity Now!”



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  121. Bill J says:

    I call Utter BS on Point #2.  If you do not stir when they win the Cup, I am personally going to ensure you enjoy it like the rest of us!

    the rest – LMFAO!

  122. Mr-T says:

          Make an appointment with your epidemiologist or psychiatrist they can ascertain what’s conflicting you.

  123. punkster says:

    We’re here for you man. Just reach out.


  124. Bugs says:

    You wanna take it easy with the exclamation points, zen-boy?

    Trynna reach emptiness over here.

    ‘Preciate it.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  125. Chorske says:

    That’s nice. Seriously, though. That Halak trade was a dog, no?

    Just doing my bit. 😉

  126. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Traditionally at the halfway point you come back to your sense so nothing new here,but I understand cause the Canadiens are retooling in a big way with a youth movement so it’s role the dice time and let them land where they may ? This will take awhile and there are NO GUARANTEE’S!

  127. kempie says:

    You’ll stir.

  128. G-Man says:

    When the first wtf? moment happens, you will stir.

  129. Ian Cobb says:

    Fan Summit Updates– And I need your HELP.!—- CLICK! on Summit page

  130. Bill J says:

    Maybe Pascal Vincent in a few years 😉

    Specially if he has success with Leblanc this year. :)

    Perhaps Vincent didn’t want to be Boucher’s backup plan.

    Could be the Habs backup plan in a few years.

  131. Mr-T says:

    Good mini analysis on Boucher. Although I am not sure if you are implying that Martin is the best coach for Montreal by choice or acclamation. His style may be boring but efficient yet does it best compliment the individual styles of the greater number of the players which includes the top echelon and bring out their intrinsic attributes or is it counterproductive to a more progressive style suited to these players.

  132. HardHabits says:

    There’s no therapeutic cure for enlightenment!!

  133. JD_ says:

    What do you mean?

    Oh, I see what happened here, you confused your handle with these cool in an annoyin’ sorta way t-shirts. Easy mistake.

    Had me goin’ there for a second.


  134. punkster says:

    Great find. Getting my order in tonight.

    Y is on her way back from La Ronde just now with half of her spawn and half of mine. A Passel of Punkster Punks if there ever was one. Should have some interesting tales from the brood shortly.

    Keep that defib handy through the night, just in case.


  135. JD_ says:

    Nah, it was you I was talkin’ about. The t-shirt thing was just an elaborately planned coverup.

    LaRonde has come a long way since my yoot. It’s actually clean. Random stabbin’ is way down, as well.

    Hope they all had a good time. The Goliath is a hoot.

  136. punkster says:

    Goliath story (told you there’d be one). They waited in line for 45 minutes while repairs were undertaken, then the damn ride was shut down. Y figures there are still some stragglers being airlifted off the tracks as we speak. They agree on the cleanliness and while they witnessed no stabbings gunplay was at a minimum.


  137. JD_ says:

    Makes sense given LaRonde’s new marketing slogan, “LaRonde: No stabbings and minimum gunplay!”

    Too bad about The Goliath. That first drop slays.

  138. Propwash says:

    I know its expensive, but I wanna try that badassed reverse bungee jump thingy….the human slingshot.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  139. Bob Barker says:

    Serenity now, insanity later

  140. HardHabits says:

    I was leaning towards Sun Tzu.

  141. Chorske says:

    I read Sun Tzu!

    I bought a gun too, so you’ll never come to!

    Every time I see the words “Sun Tzu”, I have to say those lines.

  142. punkster says:

    This place has gotten all weirded out tonight. Something in the Montreal water?


  143. punkster says:

    Oh, get OVER it!


  144. Mr-T says:

    Must be a misprint I am sure you meant to say Halak got us to the Conference Final. Otherwise the “savvy and distinguished” out coached Mr Martin would have been on the golf course after the 6th game against Washington.

  145. HardHabits says:

    I am talking inner stirring. Outerly I’m exclaiming!!!

  146. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lapierre didn’t exactly take much time off this summer it seems, looks like he wants to come back harder and stronger for 10-11 with what Canadiens.com posted.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  147. adam76 says:

    I wonder what Prices off ice training sessions have been like?  You get 10 or 15 cents back for a bottle of Crown Royal?

  148. Mark C says:

    Good to hear, Lapierre playing at his 2008-09 level makes this team substantially better. We shouldn’t forget he was one of the best third line centers that year.    

  149. StevieRay says:

    Looking for the ” big contract  ” …. beware…

  150. nightmare_49 says:

       The Kovalchuk Hearing:  The Top Secret Transcript – DGB


  151. 24 Cups says:

    A review of the new coaches in the NHL. 

    Question – IF Atlanta and Tampa make the playoffs, who falls out of the top eight in the East?

  152. G-Man says:

    Montreal, with all its question marks – the 2 in the top 6 and the goalie situation- is a very likely candidate to drop. Buffalo has other problems along with Boston- both seem likely to struggle this season.

    Likely scenario: Atlanta’s and TBay’s improvements notwithstanding, the Thrashers fail yet again. As for TBay- let’s tune in this coming January to see what they have as far as cohesive team play goes. The old stars have to adapt to the system Boucher is going to put in place and that always takes time.

  153. Ian Cobb says:

    nice link Steve.

  154. W35T5ID3 says:

       buffalo and new jersey

  155. WarHero says:

    Ottawa & Philly


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  156. Mark C says:

    With all the pub of Atlanta being a possible playoff team, I am still wondering where their scoring is going to come from. Atlanta’s top six looks something like this: Antropov, Peverly, Byuglien, Bergfors, Little, Kane/Ladd.  Afinogenov (24 goals), Kovalchuk (31 goals in 49 games), and Armstrong (15 goals) are all gone; I don’t see Buff, Bergfors, and Ladd as upgrades for this season.   

    Many say that Montreal has two question marks in the top six, while that might be right, so too has Atlanta.  Are any of Atlanta’s top six as good as Cammi, Pleks, Gionta, or even Gomez?

    Atlanta gave up a lot of goals last season, has their goaltending improved with the addition of Mason? Maybe, maybe not.  Mason replaces the departed Hedberg, who actually slightly outplayed Mason last season. Pavelec will finally have to demonstrate his potential, something he has yet to do.

    The only major changes to the defense are the addition of Oduya* and Sopel, who are replacing Kubina (2nd highest point producer on D last season) and a collection of so-so;s inducing Chelios. Atlanta’s top four should be: Hainsey, Enstrom, Bogosian, and Oduya.  Bogosian must take a huge leap forward or else this defense could be exceptionally mediocre.

    Put me down for not buying ATL’s hype. I can see Tampa making the playoffs, but Atlanta seem like long shots, to me at least.

    * Played 27 games, part of Kovalchuk trade

  157. JIMVINNY says:

    4 teams in the NE division made the playoffs last year.  That ain’t happening again.  Pick any one of those 4 to miss, except maybe Boston.  If they can get their cap issues resolved, look for them to win the division.  No matter how much I hate them.

  158. observer says:

    Any of Buffalo, Boston, Montreal or even Philadelphia are possible.

  159. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    I think Carolina will finish higher than Atlanta, and TB won’t be a lock for a playoff spot, they will be batling with teams ranked 4-10. Ottawa, NJ and Buf will drop.

  160. db says:

    seriously? bored much….

  161. adam76 says:

    Seem we have reports on most players – why not Pricetitanic?  Love to read up on his training routine of Rye and Canadian Classics Silver (king size) is getting him ready for the upcoming season.  

  162. Bill J says:

    The more you speak of Price, the more you remind me of Tony.

    Your blind disdain for Price is borderline obsessive.  You really need to invest in a punching bag, if you have this much pent up anger inside you.


  163. SegerHabs says:

    Have you ever made a hockey comment?

  164. Mr-T says:

    WOW….Did you use all your intellectual prowess to come up with such a profound and riveting statement. I hope there was no permanent damage. Pardon me I’am sorry I forgot you already have a severe case of progressive atrophy of the brain.           



    Support Carey Price          “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”          

  165. nunacanadien says:

    Didn’t some famous Philly Flyers goalie of old drink quite a few beers before every game, take a nap after then wake up in time for the game, geeze, heck, wonder what it must have been like playing your whole career hung over and drunk?

  166. Omit says:

    If both ears matched, you could change your name to Mickey Mouse, which would also match your posts.

  167. Storm Man says:

    Adam how is your training going so far?

  168. Storm Man says:

    TSN did a report on you. If you toss a stick for Adam 9 out of 10 times he will fetch it.

  169. Jordio-oh says:

    Agreed. There was a time when his posts had some sort of worth to them. But now they’re just blind and pointless hate.

  170. SegerHabs says:

    How long ago was this?

  171. madcap_habsfan says:

    seriously adam you need to give it a rest now, we get it, you aren’t a fan of “the goalie who’s name i refuse to say” move on

  172. adam76 says:

    I, too, have a thesaurus.  

  173. K-hab25 says:

    The day after he created his account. Poor Adam, like so many, they miss the back up that was traded to St. Louis. They know how it feels to be the unloved, uncool, outsider, so they sympathise with he who was traded. They have this boiling hatred for the cool kid, Price, because they themselves are nerds or geeks if you will. It’s something that they just can’t control. I kinda feel sorry for them, living there lifes in a jealous rage, over something so silly.

  174. Mr-T says:

    It implies a variant to the evolution process of a structured system using a form of quantitative analysis that reflects the principal of the Butterfly effect which also is beyond your comprehension to grasp.                            



    Support Carey Price         “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                           

  175. Bill J says:

    BTW – your wrong, Mr. Potential as you so lovingly call him, is an above .500 player.

    One season does not make a career.


  176. Jordio-oh says:

    12 games above .500 in his career means you’re mistaken, but what else is new?



  177. 24 Cups says:

    Sunday is the deadline for the laffs to move Kaberle.  Rumour has it that up to 10 teams are interested.  This guy is a great offensive force but is pretty soft in his own end.  You won’t find him displaying any grit in the corners or in front of the net.  He loves to eat candy floss at the annual CNE event to TO.

  178. W35T5ID3 says:

    screw the leafs


  179. WarHero says:

    As soft as he may be, I can still see the Leafs getting a good return for him.


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  180. HabFanSince72 says:

    He’s 32 and only has one year left on his contract.

    Why would a team give up a lot to get him?


  181. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Leafs are asking way too much for a guy that is one year away from being a UFA.  Plus this guy is WAY overated, and soft as tissue paper.  Burke is delusional as usual.

  182. SeriousFan09 says:

    10 teams may be interested but I’m betting none of them are dangling what Loafs fans are fantasizing he’s worth. 30 teams were interested in Kovalchuk on July 1st but how many genuine offers actually landed in front of him?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  183. W35T5ID3 says:

    oh mickey

  184. RGM says:

    Check this out: http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2010/08/11/washington-capitals-mistakenly-engraved-on-prince-of-wales-troph/?ncid=txtlnkusspor00000002

    Question: if the Caps won the Wales Trophy, and we beat the Caps, does that mean the NHL–in the name of consistency–has to award the Canadiens the Stanley Cup? :)

     —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  185. Mark C says:

    Yes, according to Alexander Haig, that Cup is ours.

  186. habs33 says:

    I’m going insane! I just want some real Habs news! Anything!

    PS – Is anyone else excited for NHL11? It’s looking like it’s gonna be a doozy of a game!



  187. Aerobiz says:

    I get it every year. Fantastic game.


    I would love it if they had more classic teams though. Oilers of the late 80’s, Islanders of the early 80’s, etc…  


    “The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”- Randy Pausch

  188. observer says:

    It’ August 12 and only 41 days to go until the Canadiens first pre-season game vs. Boston on September 22 at 7:30pm at the Bell Centre.

  189. ZepFan2 says:

    Don’t know if anybody has seen this.

    PK plying his second job…

    PK Subban giving away a car


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  190. Xtrahabsfan says:

    News you want eh! OK….Did you hear the News about the Habs #2 goalie becoming the #1 goalie and not signing his contract extension cause he wants more money’s and  a longer term?He want to be paid ransomly…….Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth,sheesh!

  191. Mr-T says:

                                                Tony got a job as Gauthier’s lackey.

  192. likehoy says:

    PK Subban in Pimp My Ride

  193. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    what a great kid.

  194. JIMVINNY says:

    LOL.  Never thought I’d see that day that mickey Rourke became a cry baby drama queen.  Wonders never cease.




    And, you idiot, he wants a shorter term, as per his agent.  Also, “ransomly”?  Really?  Guess you’re putting your made-up-words dictionary to good use today.

  195. pic1983 says:

    Yeah I never understood why they only have the centennial canadiens. 

  196. Propwash says:

    Price will do fine.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  197. ZepFan2 says:

    So what you’re saying is, nothing’s happening.

    Just a thought, maybe you should at least sober up before attempting to post.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  198. ZepFan2 says:

    He really seems to have it all.

    Media be warned, it’s going to be a battle for the mic between PK and Cammi this year. 😉


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  199. RGM says:

    This is a very special post. But let’s look at the reality:

    The Habs #2 became the Habs #1 and got traded to St. Louis because he wanted more money than the team could afford and because he wanted to be guaranteed #1 minutes. The original Habs #1, who briefly lost the role, thus had it come back to him. He is an RFA, still into August, because the player/agent and the team have not yet made an agreement on term and dollars. The team would like to lock up the player for the long term (dollars unknown) whereas the player/agent are looking for a shorter-term deal, presumably for a bit of a discount, in the hopes of playing into a larger, long-term deal next summer when the Canadiens have a more favourable salary cap situation.

    You just keep on posting special posts, and let the serious people deal in reality.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  200. Chuck says:

    Did he call the t-shirt a “Subbanir”?  :)

  201. ZepFan2 says:

    Looks like the meds are taking effect, fantastic.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  202. Aerobiz says:

    Here’s one that might lead to some fun debate:


    In my desire to quench my hockey thrist during the summer drought I downloaded some classic roster packs for NHL 10. The teams included were: the 86 Habs, 89 Flames, 87 Oilers, 90 Bruins, 91 Pens and 87 Flyers.


    My buddy and I decided to have a rubber match series with between the 86 Habs and the 89 Flames (which was a pretty darn good team).


    The Habs won in 6.




    “The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”- Randy Pausch

  203. Ian Cobb says:

    Fan Summit Updates– And I need your HELP.!—- CLICK! on Summit page

  204. joshua94k says:


    Love them or hate them, the Leafs don’t take a back seat to anyone as a heritage franchise and there is not a more passionate and savvy hockey town than Toronto.

    Once again the Toronto media try to call themselves the centre of the hockey world, Leafs Nation, etc. They try to call Maple Leaf Garden the most famous building in Canada. CBC decides to telecast the Leafs on the National network but where fans are concerned. Outside Toronto, noboday cares about the Leafs.

    There is a reason why Montreal was selected again in the Heritage Classic. They are Canada’s team. They have the most fans worldwide. Check Facebook, merchandising sales etc. Toronto media can never accept it. They wish to have the atmosphere and ambience the Bell Centre has with the Montreal crowd. Inside Air Canada Centre it is dull…

  205. Muckbringer says:

    Wow, Roenick really let himself go!!!

  206. Les Habitants says:

    Edit: Outside Toronto, everyone HATES the Leafs


    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  207. SeriousFan09 says:

    You can download classic rosters? How?

    As to Habs winning, no surprise :)


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  208. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Sorry to burst your bubble (and I really hate this topic), but NOBODY knew what Halak would have wanted because the damn team never contacted him until they traded him.

    And fans have NO IDEA what the hold up is, we can only speculate based on RUMORS, just Eklund – RUMORS!!!!

  209. habsfansince91 says:

    if you have a ps3 you can download the rosters off a site onto a usb and thenplug in the usb to your ps3 and download them onto the hard drive

  210. SeriousFan09 says:

    ****, I’ve got the Xbox 360.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  211. SeriousFan09 says:

    My best friend lives in Winnipeg right now, he’s seen more Atlanta Thrashers shirts than Leafs shirts.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  212. Habhopeful says:



    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  213. avatar_58 says:

    Really? I changed my goal scoring song to veritgo but I didn’t know I could change the rosters like that.

    I guess they don’t have profile images though right? Nor would the announcer say any names….making it feel kind of cheap.


    It’s bad enough he can’t say Subban :(

  214. Aerobiz says:

    I got the rosters from here: http://sites.google.com/site/nhlrosters/home/classicrosters


    They have several different sets. Its a bit complicated to install them, but totally worth it.


    I made this my goal song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFpamPjDD0g&feature=related


    I would love for the Habs to have this as their goal song.


    “The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”- Randy Pausch

  215. Danno says:

    Dillusional. Blinded by the truculence which inevitably leads to suckulence.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  216. Danno says:

    Bettman’s conspiracy exposed!!!!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  217. B says:

    The Toronto media? Your link is to one of Montrealer Ted Bird’s segments on local Montreal CTV station CFCF’s local Montreal news show. I can understand that you might not like the comment, but this time it was not from Toronto.

  218. JD_ says:

    * With both Hall and Seguin likely to make their NHL debuts this season, nhl.com has this interestin’ piece on some of the NHL’s best teenage debuts. The players highlighted in the story are Wayne Gretzky, Dale Hawerchuk, Sidney Crosby, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Jimmy Carson, Raymond Bourque, Larry Murphy, Bobby Orr, and Tom Barrasso. With the exception of one player, all of them are fairly legendary or legends in the makin’. The guy who stands out is Demetrios Kyriazopoulos. Otherwise known as Jimmy Carson, Demetrios kinda melted down after being sent to Edmonton as the marquee King in the Gretzky trade. Bit of a brainiac who didn’t gel with other players, he crumbled under the pressure of Oiler fan expectations. Think he nailed it when he pithily noted in an interview years after his retirement, “The end analysis was, I was not Wayne Gretzky.” Indeed. Must have sucked to be him, at least in the context of the NHL. Not to mention he had to live in Edmonton, at least for a stretch.

    * So, the NHL’s heavy-hitter durin’ the Kovygate hearings was one L. Robert Batterman, Esq. What an appropriate name. No truth, however, to the rumour the NHL’s legal representative was a certain Frank J. Throttlemybottom, Esq.

    * With respect to the other CapLappers, it is interesting to note that Section 26.10 of the CBA states that a league investigation will in “no way be limited by the fact that such [Standard Player Contract] was approved and registered by Central Registry,” and “there shall be no limitation of time barring the investigation of a Circumvention by the Commissioner.” Isn’t that cozy? No statute of limitations as far as the NHL’s discretion is concerned. Add to that the arbitrator’s ruling and Bettman’s yieldin’ a pretty hefty hammer. No wonder Goodenow’s out of a job. Still wonderin’ why Gary has one that pays him bajillions of dollars every year? Really? I’d hire the guy so fast it would make yer head spin. I’d just park him somewhere I couldn’t see him. Or hear him.

    * Having said all that, after the favourable ruling by the arbitrator, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, Bill Daly, communicated that the Kovalchuk decision “likely will have no impact on the contracts that are under review.” Again, I’m fairly certain the NHL got what it wanted and isn’t interested in trashin’ a whole whack of deals. Too bad for Vancouver GM Mike Gillis, though. I suspect he’s already put a call in to league offices absolutely beggin’ them to throw the book at the Luongo contract. “Please Gary! Please! Please! Help me out here! It was all in bad faith! Crossed fingers! Whores ‘n’ whiskey! Bribes galore! Did I mention the whores ‘n’ whiskey?!? Puh-leeeeezzzz!!!”

    * Carey Price hasn’t signed. In other news, Smuckers® manufactures an excellent line of sugar-free jams. You know, jam is such a useful word in the sense that if you’re window-shoppin’ for breakfast and the restaurant uses the term jam on its posted menu, then head on in as you’re likely to get your money’s worth. If, on the other hand, the menu refers to jam as preserves, keep walkin’, unless, of course, you think $16.99 for eggs benedict is a good thing. Preserves? Really? F*** off, please.

    * Deputy commissioner, eh? That’s just about a stone’s throw to assistant trailer park supervisor, isn’t it? I shudder at the thought of Daly walkin’ around NHL HQ shirtless.

  219. B says:

    We do know now that St.Louis will pay Halak less than Montreal will pay Spacek.

  220. lenny says:

    Golf tournament today for Lapierre’s charity…would have been a great opportunity for Price to show and get in some good PR before camp…BUT at las the lad is still an RFA and not a part of the team…

  221. Chorske says:

    You had me at whores & whiskey.

  222. RGM says:

    *sigh* I’m sure he’s going to fly all the way out to Montreal for a day so he can go golfing. He’s in BC enjoying his summer – can’t we just let him have that?

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  223. RGM says:

    Late. I posted this earlier today.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  224. can_of_vegetables says:

    Hell, a lot of people in Toronto hate the leafs.

    “It’s just one of those things,” said Metropolit. “I couldn’t believe I was on the power play, so I’m like, `Where do I go?’ So I said, `Why not go to the front of the net?”‘

  225. habsfansince91 says:

    maybe you cantry loading it onto a cd instead of a usb. Don’t know if it’ll work since i never tried it.

  226. GuyDoon says:

    Let’s hope Eller does better than Carson then, ’cause he’s no Halak! (Just kidding folks)

  227. RGM says:

    My bubble is not burst in any way, shape, or form. The Habs knew full well what Halak’s value was and they made the assessment that they would not be able to retain both him and Price, so they opted to keep Price. He got himself a nice $3.75M per year deal with St. Louis – it’s fair to assume that he would have wanted that (or more) out of the Habs, and they were clearly not prepared to meet that. I know Jaro’s a nice guy and all that but we’d be deluding ourselves if we were to think, “Hey, he just parlayed himself into a huge deal but he really loves the team so he’ll take a substantial hometown discount from us as well as not be guaranteed the #1 spot over the long haul.”

    And if you’d been reading these very pages during the course of the summer, you would know that we have a little bit more than Eklund’s hallucinogen-based rumours to chew on, given that Price’s agent does in fact return The Gazette’s phone calls and gives them tidbits for us all to analyze infinite ad nauseum.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  228. JIMVINNY says:

    Hell of a post.  I’m quite partial to your daily “Carey Price hasn’t signed.  In other news…” tidbit.  A little jab at the Price detractors and Price supporters at the same time.

  229. joshua94k says:

    Ted probably wants a job with the Toronto affiliate or his boss is from that that office, hence the ridiculous comment :Love them or hate them, the Leafs don’t take a back seat to anyone as a heritage franchise and there is not a more passionate and savvy hockey town than Toronto.

    The Leafs can’t compare with Montreal’s heritage and definitely take a back seat. As for Toronto being a more passionate and savvy hockey town, I wonder if Ted wandered around the Bell Centre.

    “The referees can’t miss a beat, these Montreal fans are on top of the game…” Bob Cole HNIC. 

  230. HabsFanInTampa says:

    How about my Atari Gameboard circa 70’s? Will that be sufficient? 😉

  231. Jordio-oh says:

    I’m sure he’s back home enjoying his money and his summer and letting his agent do what they’re meant for while anonymous 40 somethings complain about him on blogs because they are:

    1) jealous

    2) bored

    3) unreasonable haters

    4) all of the above.


  232. joeybarrie says:

    Its too bad he is missing this opportunity to get in some good press. I guess this kid just doesn’t understand how far GOOD PR goes during the regular season and when we are trying to win the Stanley Cup…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  233. ZepFan2 says:

    Just curious, what other Habs are coming?

    Is Josh Gorges on his way?


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  234. G-Man says:

    How about because he doesn’t do his job, ie, stop pucks?


  235. RiverviewCanadien says:

    You cannot assume anything. If that is the case…we can assume since Price is not signed, he does not want to play and anything his agent says/said is/was lip service to try and protect his client.

    Also you never know what Halak would have agreed upon with the Habs since he was never given the chance…

  236. JIMVINNY says:

    Pretty sure he’s training here in Calgary.

  237. JIMVINNY says:

    LOL.  Based on statistics, Price is doing his job 91.2% of the time.  91% at anything is pretty good.  I’d bet a lot of money that 99% of the population don’t do their own jobs at that type of success rate, including you.

  238. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Here we are approaching mid-Aug and the Habs “supposed” #1 is not even signed…I understand that it is a contract neg. but really, what and why would he refuse anything? Does he think the team would screw him over (everything depends on his next two seasons, just work hard, be a team player, and stop pucks)? They already told him he is #1, so just sign the damn contract already, take whatever they give him…and work towards the future, he is only 23.

    I hope both sides come to an agreement soon, this is getting ridiculous, I am starting to think he might be a bit of a primadonna…

  239. ebas12 says:

    Is that you, Sarah Palin?

  240. habrez says:

    Anyone know when tickets go on sale?

  241. RGM says:

    Usually a Saturday mid-September. Probably either the 11th or 18th.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  242. Jordio-oh says:

    I would hope so. I was just speculating in a way that parallels the unfair assumptions created about our starting goaltender.

  243. RGM says:

    Yeah really. Him and Bobby Ryan and Marc Staal – all cut from the same cloth. They should just be grateful to even be in the NHL and that anybody at all would be interested in seeing them play hockey. If the Habs/Ducks/Rangers offer the League minimum they should just take it and stop being such divas. Next thing you know they’ll all be colluding so that in 4 years when they’re all 27 and UFA they can go to the same team.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  244. RGM says:

    None of them are as important as Carey Price, who, despite being an unsigned primadonna, should drop everything to do some photo-ops at the Maxim Lapierre Golf Tournament. This is the key to the Habs Inside/Out fanbase getting off his back, which will in turn be crucial to the team’s success this coming season.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  245. K-hab25 says:

    I don’t know, g-mans job could be Price hater, he does that at least 91.2% of his posts. He’s still a little behind Adam, xtra, lenny, nuna and tony/observer. They’re going at a 99.9% clip, hard to beat.

  246. Mattyleg says:

    Cripes… my buddy just got me, telling me that Price was gone to Vancouver and Luongo was gone to LA because of the dispute over his contract.

    It’s a sad state of affairs when I fall hook, line, and sinker so easily… Because it’s not entirely unbelievable!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  247. Mark C says:

    Didn’t you just write that you cannot assume anything?

    Yet, it’s ok to think Price is a prim donna because he hasn’t signed a contract.

  248. fuhgawz says:

    Over the next 1-5 years who is going to make the largest contribution on this team going forward? and Why?

    Louis Leblanc , Lars Eller , Alex Avtsin ,  Danny Kristo , Maxim Trunev , PK Subban , Jarred Tinordi



  249. RGM says:

    Mine is at least based on something rational and could conceivably be more likely than not to be true; yours is based on your dislike of Carey Price and ignores not only comments made by Gerry Johannson, but also by Price himself, Josh Gorges, and Mike Cammalleri which have all made clear that Price wants to play and to win with the Montreal Canadiens.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  250. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I don’t dislike Price, you should read my other posts on the topic…just tired of reading how great the kid is and how he deserves the noble peace prize.

  251. mbplekfan says:

    PK. A defenseman with his skill set is a rarity. The ability to rush the puck and control the play from the backend is a key ingredient in all championship teams.

    The habs are Markov’s team right now. When he doesnt play we lose more often than not. PK gives us a younger version of that threat.

    On top of that he is amazing in his own zone as witnessed by his sick + – in Hamilton last year.

    Bigger than Markov, and yet to completely fill out, he will probably top out in the 215lb range.  And can throw the body around when appropriate.


  252. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I was not assuming anything, more just asking questions, and just stating MY OPINION which I am entitled to…

  253. RiverviewCanadien says:

    They ALL SHOULD be grateful. Making millions when there are starving kids and families and doctors who are paid FAR less. All for a sport that they love? If I could be paid a tenth of their contracts (which is still alot) doing something I loved…man that would kick ass!

  254. RGM says:

    Yeah this place is just overrun with posts that support the #1 goalie for the Montreal Canadiens. They’re just everywhere and thank goodness we have a balancing force to keep everything on the level.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  255. K-hab25 says:

    Don’t you think the Price fans should be the ones worrying about him not being signed yet. I mean we are the “Pricebots” and Price fanboys.” I mean if he doesn’t sign, how are we supposed to go on. Yet we don’t even think about it. We aren’t concerned about it the slightest little bit. The only people who seem overly concerned about it, are the Halak fan club members. Adam, xtra, clay, g-man, tony/observer, yourself, ect. All of you use it as another platform to hate on him. I mean he’s a prima donna, really. Are you apart of the negotiations, have you payed attention to the other top RFA’s the last few years, this is pretty normal. The only people that have a problem with Price still being unsigned, had a problem with the guy when he was signed. Coincidence, I think not.

  256. RGM says:

    On this much we can definitely agree.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  257. ZepFan2 says:

    Wasn’t there a post about Theodore only signing a new contract around the same time as the Habs annual golf tourny?!

    Price isn’t the first player to take long to sign, and he wont be the last.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  258. pic1983 says:

    Not to mention he can skate like the wind, has great hands, and a booming right-handed shot.

    Puck-moving defensemen that are great at both ends of the ice are the most sought out commodity in the nhl, especially after the collapse of the goaltending market.  We saw how in demand these types of multi-faceted defensemen are with chara making over $7 million/season, and philly trading the farm for pronger.

    The demand for markov if we shopped him would be out of this world in my opinion.  The only problem with shopping such a commodity is that they are extremely hard to replace, hence their value. 

  259. fuhgawz says:

    Does another year under PK’s belt make Markov expendable next season or even during the year this season if the return is outstanding?

  260. K-hab25 says:

    Kinda like Halak should’ve been happy just to have been in the NHL and not whined about his playing time. How dare he!!

  261. pic1983 says:

    Happens to the best of us.  LA has Jonathan quick who won one less game than luongo last season (39 vs 40), and an elite goaltending prospect in Jonathan Bernier.  Dean Lombardi wouldnt go for an overpaid, playoff choke artist like luongo. 

  262. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m not going to include Subban because honestly, he’s already shown he’s an NHL-capable player, the rest of these guys are just prospects, all drafted/acquired in the last couple years save Trunev.

    I would say either Leblanc, Avtsin or Kristo, each of them seems to offer a dynamic set of offensive skills that can contribute to the team. I like Tinordi as well to be our impact physical defencemen, but I think of those 3 as a potential trio, providing a line that is so quick along with Pleks/Cammy, Gomez/Gionta units that just burn the opposition with speed on 3 lines of depth.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  263. pic1983 says:

    The bit about Jam vs. Preserves…Genious!  Funniest thing I have read all day, and its been a slow day at the office!

  264. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not at all, Subban will become a better player this season but Markov is a league-renowned PP expert who can take control of a game with his talents, his being PK’s mentor for several years would be an incredible asset, not to mention having both Markov and Subban gives Canadien’s excellent defensive depth.

    Canadiens ruled the league when they had 2 or more elite defencemen to run the back end.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  265. The Cat says:

    PK Subban is in a class by himself. Hes earned the right to be compared with the best on the habs not the prospects.


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

  266. RiverviewCanadien says:

    well being in the league is one thing playing is another (and dollars you make is another), if you are good enough, you get your turn, just glad they saw that this year. Best playoff run for a long time, but not only was Halak good, so were Camms, Gomez, Pleks, Gill, Gorges, etc, etc.

    This team is going to be fun to watch this year.

  267. RiverviewCanadien says:

    We all know what happened with Theo though right, lets hope the comparison ends there.

  268. fuhgawz says:

    i agree with you … UNLESS AK, Benny, or Lars can not bring it and fill out our top 6 then and only then i would consider it. I feel Kristo, Alex, and Louis are a couple years away but man what a line they could end up being. 

  269. likehoy says:

    Trunev was drafted in 2008, the same year as Kristo…why are you singling him out of the group? He seems potentially a greats killed player, although a bit undersized at 5’11…he dominated the MHL with 24 points in 14 games and 4 points in 30 games in the KHL…Avtsin did better in the KHL with 9 points in 30 games, but only had 9 points in 12 MHL games.

    I don’t want to heap too much pressure on the kid, but I’m hoping for a Datsyuk given his talent and skills.

  270. Bob Barker says:

    In 5 years our top-6 will be 



    Subban will have a couple of Norris nominations but will lose out to Doughty. 


  271. The Cat says:

    I think so. Subban > Markov.


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

  272. JSP1990 says:

    Is Kristo a left or right winger? Also, as it pertains to Avtsin, are we lookin at another potential power forward or more of a sniper?

  273. Chorske says:

    OMG. You’ve been hittin’ the ole catnip a bit too hard, I think. :)

  274. likehoy says:

    as per avtsin, I think it’s too early to tell. coming out of Russia, most of these kids are probably skilled players and snipers…but coming into the habs organization, we might want them to be a power forward like we tried to turn andrei kostitsyn into.

  275. punkster says:

    The jam’s the thing, JD. Jelly, preserves, whatever, nothing beats real jam. Now you want a treat go pick up some Wellesley brand strawberry jam (makers of maybe the finest toast spread of the western world, Wellesley brand apple butter). Raised on the stuff. Nothing like it.


  276. JSP1990 says:

    That’d be somethin wouldn’t it? I would LOVE to think we have a potential Datsuyk in the system. But hey, no pressure right? 😉

  277. K-hab25 says:

    We’ll agree to disagree on those 2 things not being the same, but I’ll agree I’m pretty excited for the season to start. It should be a fun year.

  278. likehoy says:


    markov is great at both ends of the ice…he controls the flow of the game and has years of experience, the only defense in markov’s mold that’s better than he is, is old man lidstrom, aside from that, there’s no other dman in the league that combines as much skill and control.

    subban is still wet behind the ears and has played only 14 NHL games…there was a play v.s. the flyers where he tried to do it all on his own, took the puck from hamrlik and skated it in and ran out of space, threw it at the boards, and the flyers came back around from the giveaway and scored on us. That’s the type of plays that drive coaches insane, but also the type of plays that is so often talked about in terms of subban’s defensive responsibility.

  279. Ian Cobb says:

    Check this out people! OOOPS—-Looks like the Hab’s spoiled someones thinking. We knocked them out.!

    Huge mistake made on NHL trophy

  280. lenny says:

    The bottom line is this…There are many fans that are not impressed with what they have seen from Price…Yes. I know his career stats aren’t bad, but his play over the last 2 seasons have been far from stellar. When you add that along with his famous two hand salute to fans last year in the playoffs, taking several stupid immature penalties, stories of him partying and not being in shape, well eventually it takes its toll on the fan base…then add a super hot goalie HALAK who stood on his head and almost brought us to the finals, then being traded etc..I think you get the picture why some of us aren’t exactly hot to trot on Price….this all being said, well you can see why it wouldn’t hurt for Price to sign his contract, become a full fledge member of the HABS and start doing some PR so he can begin to win the favor of those that aren’t his fans yet…

  281. The Cat says:

    How so? Did you see Subban in the playoffs? He was logging the most minutes. He was great. I never seen Markov be that type of yeoman back there.

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

  282. JSP1990 says:

    That would be sweet wouldn’t it? From what I’ve read he sounds like he has the skill set to be a power forward. But either way, I think we have a pretty darn good prospect on our hands. As for who could impact the team in 5 years, I agree that ya can’t include PK, he’s an NHL’er. But I’m pickin LeBlanc. He could be the big centre we’ve been waiting for.

  283. nunacanadien says:

    The Habs management always seem to let these super hot prospects who are remotely interested in the Habs get away, like we always perpetually have some really hot Russian prospect playing in Russia, but they always seem to be stolen by the Western Conference or the KHL or some other league…..is it because the Habs are not really interested in these Russian Players and signing what seems to be good prospects without ever really meaning to ever seriously have them play for the Habs. 

  284. likehoy says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KcAHZIEOG4 this is from a midget AAA tournament, so the competition isn’t that great, but trunev dominated the tournament.

  285. fuhgawz says:

    leeny you realize that only .5% of the people on HIO care about these Price rants anymore …… the other 99.5% have moved on .

  286. The Cat says:

    Sure he’ll make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes. I mean if Cammalleri fans on the puck once or twice in a game, no one says he has holes in his offensive game.


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

  287. nunacanadien says:

    The Habs management always seem to let these super hot prospects who are remotely interested in the Habs get away, like we always perpetually have some really hot Russian prospect playing in Russia, but they always seem to be stolen by the Western Conference or the KHL or some other league…..is it because the Habs are not really interested in these Russian Players and signing what seems to be good prospects without ever really meaning to ever seriously have them play for the Habs. 

  288. K-hab25 says:

    Agreed!! I think people are setting there expectations to high for this guy. Let him grow and see what he becomes. Lets not treat him like Price, who some people think at 21/22, should’ve been like Luongo, Lundqvist or Miller were at 25/26. I mean putting him ahead of Markov, is ridiculous. Unlike Price, lets wait till the guy reaches his prime, before deciding he’s a success or failure.

  289. lenny says:

    its not about being a HALAK fan, its about a guy being handed everything on a silver platter!

  290. Mark C says:

    I think Price’s situation only bothers fans who use “us” when talking about the team they follow.

  291. The Cat says:

    What I find strange is 2 years ago Price deserved criticism but barely got any, this past year he improved his game I thought, but he got loads of criticism and some of it unwarranted…Most of the crap Price gets is Gainey’s fault. If Gainey was still GM, it wouldnt surprise me if he did like Vancouver and named Price captain.


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

  292. likehoy says:

    yes but that’s a rookie mistake, and subban’s going to making a bunch of those this year…which puts him far away from being our number 1 dman. i don’t see him as being a reliable number 1 dman. I wouldn’t even say mike green is a reliable dman and he’s the capitals number 1. 

    it takes more than just flashy skillz and a few rushes down the ice to be the top dman or even player on the team…the talent and drive is there, but the kid has only 14 games in the NHL. Next season teams will have done research on the boy and know his tendencies to want to rush up with the puck and he’s going to get caught a few ugly times. we don’t know how subban’s going to react to the different treatment from other teams yet, we don’t know how it’ll affect his confidence. he has a long way to develop before i would put him better than andrei markov.

  293. likehoy says:

    …so it’s just an accident that players want to play in their home country?

    how many Russian Canadiens prospects were stolen into the western conference or the KHL?

    there were Russian canadiens prospects that never left the KHL, but thats why no one drafts Russians, cause they might not want to leave Russia. Sure we lost valentenko and perezhogin to Russia.


    do you even know what you’re talking about? We managed to get Avtsin out of Russia recently…

  294. pic1983 says:

    Minus the whole “big” part.  Hes only 6′ I believe.  Which is adequate, but by no means is he a malkin/getzlaf/lecavalier style big center.  However, he is a right-hand shot, a welcome addition to our center ranks.   Anyways, my philosophy has always been that its not how big you are, its how big you play.  Kovalchuk at over six feet plays with the physicality of someone who is 5’6″, where a guy like frankie bouillon at under 6′ plays and hits like a guy whos 6’2″. 

    I wasnt so high on leblanc seeing as he is a little lanky and was supposed to play a few more years at harvard, but with his move to junior and his excellent showing so far at the WJHC camp, he just might turn into a bonafide top 6 center. 

  295. Mark C says:

    Who are these super hot prospects you speak of?

  296. JSP1990 says:

    Well we certainly seemed interested in signing Alex Avtsin. You can’t just put the blame on Habs management, everyone loses players to the KHL. Some of the Russians like to stay home and get paid more then an entry level deal would pay them.

  297. ZepFan2 says:

    A. You hate Markov

    B. You’re a NORDIQUE’s fan

    Your opinion counts as much as a Leafs fan does!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  298. The Cat says:

    Mike Greene isnt a good dman, hes a dman that puts up points, hes not well rounded.  And I see what you’re saying but it wasn’t just 14 games, it was 14 BIG games. He came in at a difficult time and earned the most icetime. So hes earned his stripes IMO Markov still hasnt earned anything really. Come crunch time; he either disappears or is hurt.

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

  299. likehoy says:

    i don’t agree with that kovalchuk assessment…he’s a lot tougher than people give him credit for…he doesn’t go out hitting people, but he definitely doesn’t get pushed around and he can carry players on his back as he goes to the net.

  300. Habs fan in SF says:

    oh man. i can’t stand tony marinaro. he loves tooting his own horn

  301. Storm Man says:

    Im hearing Banff and he is in Calgary next week.

  302. Mark C says:

    Did you watch the games Cat? Because I saw Markov play 4 games of 27 minutes plus, out of the 7 games he played, while Subban played one 1 game of 27 minutes plus out of 14 game he played. You dislike Markov so much you’re now making things up. 

  303. likehoy says:

    subban was good v.s. the caps and the pens, but he wasn’t good against the flyers. 

    markov has shown consistency every year of his career, subban hasn’t shown that, cause he hasn’t had the chance and we can’t even compare him to markov. Subban’s big 14 games might never happen again if he can’t consistently contribute to the team throughout an 82 game schedule. 

    there are a lot of players who enter the league into great playoff runs, but they might never get there again and take things for granted. I don’t believe these 14 games of Subban coming out there with little pressure will contribute to his experience as much as you’re making it out to sound. When subban came, we were all just like “okay let’s try him out, if it doesn’t work too bad…” next year it’s going to be “subban better perform!” cause we have expectations of him now. Can subban match the expectations? we don’t even know if he can put up 50 points in the NHL, maybe he’ll have an average season and only put up 30 points? 

    we can guarantee markov when healthy, will put up at least 50 points, and score at over .5ppg clip. 

  304. The Cat says:

    You could’ve said ‘you love Subban’ instead of saying ‘you hate Markov’.


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

  305. Storm Man says:

    The dog days of summer……. So here is a little something to do. List the top 3 best coaches in the NHL not to win a cup.

  306. Ian Cobb says:

    Fan Summit Updates– And I need your HELP.!—- CLICK! on Summit page

  307. K-hab25 says:

    I agree with some of what you say there cat. The only time Price has truly been as bad as some say he was, was after the 2008/2009 all-star break. That was after his ankle injury. He was playing like crap, but Gainey stuck with him. Thats where the myth that Gainey makes the coach play Price comes from. The reality is till that all-star break under Carbonneau Price was 40-16-7, that’s why he was playing. Then Price got hurt, Carbonneau got fired and Gainey continued to play Carey, which IMO is where alot of the Gainey/Price hate stems from. It’s also where the BS, Halak got us into the playoffs, saying started. Despite the fact he was 7-6 after the all-star break, he supposedly played great and was the sole reason for our team making the playoffs. He was far from great, it was just Price was playing so poorly, that average seemed great. Just like when he took over for Abby 3 years ago, he was average at best, but people remember him as being great, based on a comparison with Abby. Which brings me to this year, the first good year Halak has had in the NHL. He was outstanding from mid DEC on, which in turn made Price, who played well, look like he was struggling. Halak had a top 10 season last year, so when Price was compared to him, he looked bad. Despite having stats that were as good as alot of #1’s in the league. My point is perception isn’t always reality. People perceived Halak as playing great, in comparison to Abby 3 years ago and an injured Price 2 years ago, but he was average at best. Then this year people perceived Price was playing poorly, in comparison to Halak, but he actually played well. It was just Halak played better than well, he played outstanding.

  308. andrewberkshire says:

    Current coaches or all time?

    For current I’ll say Lindy Ruff, Barry Trotz and Claude Julien.

  309. likehoy says:

    Guy Carbonneau, Jacques Martin, and Guy Boucher.

  310. Propwash says:

    When it comes to Price, its a “what have you done for me lately” kinda scenario around here and people fail to see the bigger picture. There’s times I wish he was not on the team so we don’t have to read the bull that gets spewed against him around here.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  311. habsfanincalgary says:

    some good points here..i’d like to add yet some more to the great debate:

    – halak came into his own this year.  i think a great deal of the playoff success was due to the work of the defence.  halak saw a lot of shots and the he played angles well, didn’t allow rebounds, etc.

    – price had a mediocre season.  he had his meltdowns (edmonton, the salute to habs fans, etc.).  he needs to mature a little better and it will take time.  the won-loss record is deceiving.  he face a LOT of shots in certain games and didn’t get the goal support (you can’t win if you don’t score).  i was at the NAS game where he was shelled with 55 shots.  they lost 2-0.

    – both goalies had bad games.  if i remember correctly, halak was pulled twice in the playoffs.  good goalies have minimal bad games.  they show up for the big game, can bounce back, and make that big save in the big game.

    – it will be interesting to see what transpires over the next few weeks.  i’m leaning toward the side of “stick with price.”  i was disappointed that the organization didn’t fight a little harder to sign ellis as it would have made a good one-two goalie combo.  alex auld for $1 mill?  i’m still trying to rationalize that one.

    – i don’t know what niemii will sign for and where he would land.  having a cup winner added to the lineup can only improve the team.

  312. K-hab25 says:

    What has he been handed, please tell. People like you like to spout out this same ignorant s**t, while backing it up with nothing. He’s earned everything he’s ever gotten. Don’t confuse the team deciding to go with a younger cheaper guy, who was playing just aswell as the 32 year old veteran, handing him the job. He earned being the #1 over Huet. He went 40-16-7 in his first year and half, I think that earned Gainey sticking with him when he struggled the second half 2 years ago. Then this year Martin basically didn’t have a real #1, till the last 2 months, when Halak got the majority of the starts. Now again the team went with the younger cheaper guy, who can do the job aswell as the older more expensive player. The key to all of this is, minus those 3 months after his ankle injury, Price has been comparable to any of the #1’s in the NHL. That my friend is earning your way.

  313. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’ll say Trotz, Tippett and… I have to say I like Clouston and Sacco, but not enough of a body of work yet to say they’re aces. Most of the rest have either won it or I find not to be very good.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  314. ZepFan2 says:

    Why should I? You’ve posted many times your hate for Markov.

    I bet you would be the first in line to condemn PK after a few mistakes. Love? I think not!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  315. joeybarrie says:

    Dog days of summer, and the Price bashing continues. Based mostly on hearsay and nonsense. My favorite stuff is the partying… So between his rookie season and his second he lost some 20 lbs and came back fitter than ever. I have never heard ANYTHING from anyone about him not giving it his all, and never missing practices os BUSSES…  Yet somehow he is the ONLY party boy around…..

    I remember going into Cheers and having Kirk Muller, Shane Corson and friends get behind the bar and start bartending for the night, drinking half of everything they served. I remember seeing Saku Koivu going to alot of the same bars and picking up girls left and right. In fact he was with a girl my friend dated and I learned a few interesting things. Yet despite all this… PRICE in the party boy, and these other guys were not…???

    The we go to the nonsense about him taking stupid penalties… Guys on this team have been taking stupid penalties for a long time now.  This kid has a total of 8 penalties in 3 years… Get over it.

    You want to talk about behaviour… What about our HERO Patrick Roy… GET A CLUE…

    He won the CHL goalie of the year, World Jr. Champ MVP, Jack Butterfield Trohpy and a 24-12 with .920 SV% in his rookie season.  His SV% last season was well in the middle of the goalies in the NHL, and the kid is ONLY 23 years old. Why are we so worked up that he isnt good, and can’t become one of our greatest goalies ever? He has had success everywhere he has gone, and is still learning.

    Besides, I have seen our team play. GOALIE is not our weakness. Why are we so insanely obsessed with this???

    We need to start supporting our players and not running them down every chance we get… You guys want to talk about character and being childish… Its constantly bashing someone every little chance they get based on mistakes that are made by everyone in the league. So take a good look in the mirror before you judge Price at such an early age. I haven’t heard ANYTHING from the team itself that he isn’t backed by EVERYONE and doing great…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  316. nunacanadien says:

    What’s wrong with wanting your team to win, and most of all for the goalie to stop those floaters from going in and costing you the game, the series, the season etc.  Price is a goalie, he is expected to stop pucks from going in, that is his job.  No one cares if he got a nice fancy trophy from before he became a pro.  So what.  All I care about as a Habs fan is to watch the Habs win. 

  317. Storm Man says:

    use current and all time coaches.

  318. SeriousFan09 says:

    For some reason I thought Trunev was a 2007 selection but realistically, I don’t expect a ton from him. Nothing against him per see but he’s had some dominance in a midget tournament and I haven’t heard any really good reports about him since.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  319. SeriousFan09 says:

    *insert smartass remark about Mario Tremblay*


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  320. Mark C says:

    Think you ment to post that somewhere else?

  321. AndyF says:

    There’s more reality in this post than any I’ve seen here on HIO in a long time.   Face it folks, although the career journalists in this town are too discrete to say it, a lot of the players and coaches have done things that really haven’t helped the team.  And this goes a long way to explaining some of the ways the team has flopped.


    Or has everyone forgotten why Carbo was fired already?  😉



  322. The Cat says:

    Yeah signing Auld makes no sense other than eliminating a goalie controversy Price cause Yann Danis couldve been had for cheap I bet and hes a good little goalie. I dont know what kind of veteran presence Auld can bring, its not like hes seen it all or an impressive resume that would make Price listen to him.


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

  323. Mark C says:

    Auld puts in much more yeomen effort than Yann Danis.

  324. nunacanadien says:

    I guess you must not read the Habs prospect news over the years, heck we had Perezhoigin it seemed too, so I won’t hold my breath, maybe Avtsin will see the light and realize this is a small team with no enforcer and you get the crap checked outta you, no wonder no one wants to sign in Montreal except washed up shrimps who live in Alaska…..

  325. Propwash says:

    What place was the Habs in goal scoring in the league during the regular season?


    *edit* found it, averaged 2.56 goals per game, good for 26th in the league. We had much bigger issues than goaltending.

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  326. HFX-HabFan says:

    Ruff, Trotz, and our own Jacques Martin.  Honourable mention to Tippett, I guess the other three have a tad more longevity and that tips the scales in their favour.  I think all four of those guys have won the Jack Adams though.

    All-time?  Tough call- you could use any of my current four, but for variety’s sake, I’ll go with Pat Quinn, Roger Neilson, and Bill Reay (longtime coach of Chicago in the 60s and 70s).

  327. The Cat says:

    Whatever I say is going to bug you zeppie… but when have you heard me slagging Gorges, Gionta, Gomez, Subban etc. Im loyal to the players I like, I never jumped on the lets hate Laraques bandwagon (Im sure you did cause, well,everybody else was doing it).

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

  328. Rob says:

    Watching Pour Toujours Les Canadiens…..again.  And everytime i watch it, i get emotional during the segment that focuses on Saku Koivu.  I think it will always eat me up that he wasn’t able to bring a Cup to Montreal; so that we could have at least one image of Saku…. with the Cup raised above his head, and tears of joy streaming down his face….to mirror the tears we have all shared with him over the years.

    Just thought I’d share my little moment with some of the other people who never have too much going on in their life that they don’t have time to think about our team….

    and yes, for those of you who don’t get it….it is “our” team

  329. Mark C says:

    One player? You said super hot prospects, not one ok-to-good prospect…Where are the super hot prospects?

    no wonder no one wants to sign in Montreal except washed up shrimps who live in Alaska…..

    The “shrimp” from Alaska is the one small player who didn’t sign here.

    Full of crap aren’t you?

  330. K-hab25 says:

    Since most Price haters minds only allow them to remember 2 things, the Phi series and the 2nd half of the 08/09 season. I decided I would see what Price’s career #’s looked like had it not been for the post injury 08/09 season. With out those 2 months of awful play, Price has clearly put up top 15 #’s, at 20-22 years of age. He was 53-37-13 with a 2.52 GAA and a .917 sv%. This wasn’t based on some small sample size, like the haters use. This was based off of 109 games over 3 years, not 24 games over 3 months So basically as long as he doesn’t play hurt again, we should be pretty damn good in net.

  331. Say Ash says:

    Oh, it eats me up that he wasn’t able to bring a Cup to Montreal, too.

  332. K-hab25 says:

    Funny thing is someone posted, I think it was Chuck, how Halak got like 2.75 gfa and Price got something like 2.19. Those aren’t the exact #’s, but I remember there was a little more than half a goal per game scored for Halak, than for Price. Might help to explain the big difference in the W-L records.

  333. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Price is TO BE the Habs #1. I just want him to sign already…this is no Kovalchuk we are talking about.

    One thing you have to keep in mind with your stats, is in 07-08, THAT team was awesome (incl. Price) but the numbers may be twisted a bit in Price’s favor due to how well the team in front played. That could be why some people migrate to what he did after that (not as good, but I don’t go there, I just liked Halak better, always have). No question about it, Price has played some INCREDIBLE games in his short career.

    Another thing that most people overlook is Halak is VERY similar to Price. So that is why I still think the wrong goalie was traded but really don’t care as both are good I(most fans know the team should be in good shape with Price). Price is better to some while Halak is better to others…isn’t that ok?

    To re-iterate, I do not hate Price (and I would like to see where I have said this), I just don’t understand what is taking so long to sign. To me this is not good as both sides seem to be competely opposite the spectrum (worth, term – however you want to slice and dice it). I think the team is in great hands right now (from the top down), so I really think (hope, assume, whatever) that this Great Club is being fair and maybe (assume, think, whatever) Price is being unrealistic (but I have no FACTS to back this up, just a GUT feeling).

  334. K-hab25 says:

    Auld wasn’t that good last year in his 19 games, but in his previous 2 years, in 75 games, he had 2.51 GAA and a .910 sv%. Auld is a decent goaltender, that is willing to except the 20 to 25 starts he’ll get. He won’t whine about his playing time and instead will just be a good teammate. The available guys that were clearly better than Auld, want to be the #1 and we already have ours.

  335. RiverviewCanadien says:

    he won’t whine about his playing time and instead wiil just be a good teammate?

    i wonder who that is a stab at…

  336. The Cat says:

    What you say is all true. What Id like to know is what happened 2 years ago? Im speculating but something happened…Maybe Price was involved I dont know but you can almost sense the team changed the way it played in front of him. It led to Carbo getting fired, you rarely see a team do an about-face like that. Carbo said the truth would come out and it hasnt yet.


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

  337. ZepFan2 says:

    I’ve seen Houle and Lambert many times at the now closed Le Carbonnier (sic) in alexis nihon plaza.

    Talked with Ludwig at a strip joint.

    These are grown men. They drink and party like normal people (except with more moola).


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  338. The Cat says:

    I saw Patrick Roy when he played for Granby in the Q and it was a bad team, man he got peppered night in night out, maybe thats where he developed his neck twitching lol


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

  339. ZepFan2 says:

    Sergei Kostitsyn?!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  340. Chuck says:

    Yeah, I don’t remember the exact numbers off-hand, but it was a ballpark half-goal difference in support. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you extrapolate that over an entire season, it really makes a difference.

  341. avatar_58 says:

    Shame yes. :( Doesn’t matter though, always love the habs cup or cup. Saku is still the man and will always be a hab to me.

  342. pic1983 says:

    I believe Carbo is still a paid member of the montreal canadiens so he cant say anything yet.  Carbo seems like the type of guy who will certainly say the truth a couple of years from now.

    I agree with you about the team playing differently in front of Carey.  Careys a great goalie, the team just wasnt giving the same effort in front of him as they were in front of halak.  Theres obviously a reason for this, and I think the way a lot of the players referred to him as “superstar” with a hint of contempt in their voice is indicative that something happened behind the scenes.  Im sure it had to do with his attitude and lack of work ethic. 

  343. HFX-HabFan says:

    I think the argument about the scoring prowess of the ’07-’08 team actually makes me feel confident that Price will play better this season.

    Because the ’07-’08 team finished on top of the East in goals and points, Price’s play often had the benefit of an extra goal or two as a cushion in many games.  Last year that was simply not the case, as our 5-on-5 play was mediocre at best and downright terrible for many stretches.  Think of the number of games we played where we were shutout or only managed 1 goal (regardless of who was in net).

    Having not only Markov around for most of the season (assuming a full recovery), but another excellent offensive d-man in Subban for a full season, will only help our 5-on-5 scoring, let alone our power play.  Having Cammalleri and Gionta play around 80 games each will probably mean 60-75 goals between the two of them.  Our bottom six forwards will likely contribute more offensively than last year’s bottom six.

    Basically, Price doesn’t have to be other-worldly this coming season.  He simply has to play as well as he did most nights last year, and our offense should take care of the rest.

  344. ZepFan2 says:

    It’s a fake loyalty. Nordiques come back, there goes you’re loyalty.

    You’re just a part-timer.

    As for Laraque. Yes, I needed everyone else to see he wasn’t worth the coin that he was given to throw my hate into the pot.

    George was here for one thing and one thing only. Everybody and their Grandmother knew that except you it seems.

    And now back to the original point. Your hate-on for Markov.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  345. K-hab25 says:

    Well to me there are 2 different groups on here, those like you, that really just liked Halak alot. Then there are the group that just hates Price, like adam, xtra, clay, doug, g-man, lenny, tony/observer, ect. That group have posted very little postive about Halak, atleast not in comparison to there posts constantly bashing and hating on Price. I mean thats the cycle right there, one of those above mentioned posters will trash Price and then somene like myself, Andrew, Joey, Mike, Mark, SP, ect. will refute there claims of sucktitude. Then others like you will say you’re tired of hearing how great Price is, when in reality the only reason we post the good stuff about Price, is to rebuff all the bad crap posted. Not because we think he’s great or a god. We just think he’s a good young goalie, that’s been as good as, or better than, any other 20-22 year old goaltenders have been over the last 20 years. Is he top goaltender right now, not in my opinion he’s not. Can he be, I think so, if he’s given the chance to grow.

  346. HFX-HabFan says:

    Hmm…don’t suppose you’d have a link to an article or some footage that shows “a lot of the players” referring to Price as the “superstar” with “contempt in their voice”, would you?

  347. saskhabfan says:

    Yeah but according to the price haters the only stats that matter are the ones that happen after january 1st 2009. For some reason that is the official date of who will be the better goalie. I also wonder if there would be alot less crying from the price haters if halak was still a member of this team and he was the one who wasn’t signed yet. I’m guessing they would be blaming management instead of halak. Cause it was always someone elses fault even when he had a 0.845 save percentage in 4 loses tothe flyers.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  348. observer says:

    Marinaro on Team 990 was told by a caller who claimed he knew people inside the Canadiens organization that his relable sources say, “while Gainey may have had some of his decisions questioned, everyone in the organization respected Bob Gainey”. But he added that “Gauthier is the most detested person in the entire Habs organization by most within it”. Marinaro added “Gauthier is the reason the media is barred from speaking to Habs Timmins or Martin. In draft media was not even allowed to speak to Timmins” – end of story.

  349. The Cat says:

    The only stat that matters is getting the Ws, and you cant deny Halak has the knack for it.


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

  350. The Cat says:

    Of course theres no link, theres no proof, but can you deny that something happened though? The way the team completly stopped playing was what, just randomness?


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

  351. saskhabfan says:

    Good old bullshiting bgl. Tells the league he is going to come back with another nhl team,gets his buyout. Then decides to retire after getting his buyout. Three straight years that idiot found a way to screw over the habs. Hides the fact that his back is screwed,makes a phantom code to prevent himself from fighting,frauds the habs into buying him out when he had no intention of playing this season. The guy is a coward and a fraud.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  352. AndyF says:

    Carbo has his own skeletons from that year that he’d love to keep buried.   It led to a lot of his harshtreatment of Dandenault and I think that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Gainey. 


    Carbs acted like a player in a year when he needed to be an example for the rookies. 




  353. K-hab25 says:

    Would you believe me if I said Sergei? :-) In all seriousness though, Halak did go to the media about his playing time, causing a media frenzy, that wasn’t good for the team. I don’t think it should be surprising to anybody that he got traded and was replaced with a guy thats more than happy to be the back-up. Do you think PG wanted to deal with Halaks agent being around the next 4 or 5 years, tweeting every little problem with the team. I wonder would Auld being signed to be the back-up, even be such a big deal, if we’d have kept Halak and traded Price. Probably not, but now the Price haters are afraid they have to start being Auld guys and it pisses them off.

  354. The Cat says:

    Thats interesting, I never heard the Dandenault thing, he has close relatives near by where I live, so what is the reason behind the harsh treatment?


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

  355. ZepFan2 says:

    And losses…9-9

    He’s like Seinfeld, even Steven.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  356. K-hab25 says:

    Well like I posted above so does Price. Halak in 101 games is 56-34-7 with a 2.62 GAA and a .919 sv%, in his 3 years, at 22-24 years of age. Price as I posted above in 109 games was 53-37-13 with a 2.52 GAA and a .917 sv%, in his 3 years, at 20-22 years of age. Those 3 months when not only Price, but the whole team collapsed, have made a huge impression on what people think of Price. Also keep in mind that 20 of those 37 losses for Price and 26 of those 56 wins for Halak, happened this year while Halak was getting over a 1/2 goal more per game in support. Might not seem like alot, but take those 20 GF away from Halak and add them to Price and I bet there records would’ve been much different.

  357. K-hab25 says:

    They didn’t play any better in Halaks 13 starts (7-6) the second half that year either. Keep grasping at the team hates Price idea though, despite the lack of any evidence and the fact this year and last years teams were almost completely different.

  358. GrimJim says:

    Marinaro on Team 990 was told by a caller who claimed he knew people inside the Canadiens organization that his relable sources say

    Gee I wonder how rumours get started… 

  359. punkster says:

    Tony, you gotta stop chattin’ with that evil monkey in your closet. He’s got you thinkin’ talk radio is real life.


  360. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    How many wins and games will Halak have for the Blues this year?

    How many wins and games will Price have for our Habs this year?

    Predictions is Price will have better stats than Halak. Puttin it to bed before the season starts.

    Just a die hard Habs fan thinking of nothing but the best tis season. Go Habs Go!!!


  361. Mikey_39 says:

    The fact that Gomez was given number 11 kind of bothers me.  I feel like it basically means there isn’t a chance that Koivu returns to the Habs.  Since the day he left, I’ve hoped that on trade deadline, he would come back to Montreal and help us in our cup run

  362. habsfreak13 says:

    Hey guys, I’ve been reading HIO for quite a few years now and have finally made an account. Right now let’s imagine Price signed and no more signing’s are made. What do you guys think our lines will look like at the beginning of the year?  These are the lines I would like to see:


    Cammy – Gomer – Gio

    AK46 – Pleks – Pouliot

    Laps – Eller – Boyd

    White – Pyatt – Moen



    Subban – Hamrlik

    Spacek – O’Byrne

    Gorges – Gill









  363. avatar_58 says:

    He’s not coming back, and never was. Not really sure why you’d trick yourself into thinking this.

  364. Harani says:

    This video was posted on PuckDaddy and its pretty hilarious. An interview with Marty Turco of the CHICAGO BLACK SOX! And watch how the guys asks him how it’s going to feel about playing at Joe Louis Arena, talk about not knowing! ? Surprised Turco didn;t punch him! 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  365. Mikey_39 says:

    That’s more or less what I would do.  But I would keep Plecky and Cammy together.  They were awesome together, and I like having two duos (gionta-gomez/ cammy-plecky) that you know work well together.  Pouliot starts with Gomez,  AK with plecky.  And if they don’T produce, give a chance to one of the young promising players who have a good training camp.  I don’t like when the coach just throws in one of the 3rd/4th liners to replace our struggling wingers.  I’d definitely go with a young guy and let them develop on one of the top lines

  366. Mikey_39 says:

    Not tricking…Hoping.  Besides is it that crazy to think he could come back and finish his career here?

  367. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Pouliot – Gomer – Gio

    AK46 – Pleks – Cammy

    Laps – Eller – Boyd

    White – Pyatt – Moen

    Schultz – Pacerority


    Subban – Markov

    Spacek – Hamrlik

    Gorges – Gill





  368. SeriousFan09 says:

    I would expect Cammalleri to go with Plekanec, they showed a great chemistry through the season and Pouliot generally generated when he played with Gomez and Gionta. I think Hamrlik-Subban will be the top pair provided Markov isn’t ready to go, but I would expect Spacek-Gorges, Gill-OB since JM is very hesitant to use OB in games where he isn’t paired with Markov.

    Agree with your bottom 6 assessment, more or less how I’d play it.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  369. Chorske says:

    Would have bothered me if he’d done it last year. One year of mourning is plenty. I’m glad he’ got his old number back, may it bring him much luck.

  370. Say Ash says:

    In just one year, we hard a better cup run with Gomez than we did in a decade with Koivu.

  371. Chorske says:

    Well, yeah… it doesn’t make sense from the Habs’ perspective, and it certainly doesn’t make any sense from Saku’s perspective.

  372. habsfansince91 says:

    i think the guy asked how it felt to play at the Joe Louis Arena because i think they were in detroit for the promotion of nhl 2k11.

  373. JIMVINNY says:

    More on the “Cammi supports Price” story;

    Cammaleri did an interview on the fan 960 here in Calgary, and at one point was asked to comment on the sense of disappointment regarding the trading of Halak.  Cammaleri was quick to give credit for what Jaro had accomplished, but rather that avoiding the question of disappointment, instead replied “I don’t know about disappointment.”  He then went on to speak of how he didn’t score on Price in the last two months of practice,  and how hard Price worked even though it must have been tough for him, being an excellent teammate.  He mentioned that Price is incredibly talented, and more than capable of carrying the team, but he also spoke to how he doesn’t want him to have to carry the team, and that the team as a whole needs to play better in both ends of the rink.

    I think this kind of dispels the notion that Cammaleri was only doing as a teammate should, and supporting Price accordingly.  If that were the case, he would have either expressed disappointment in Halak leaving, or avoided the question altogether.  Instead, he flat out said that he wasn’t disappointed, and has full confidence in Price.

  374. Chorske says:

    I can only think of two, Claude Julien and Alain Vigneault.

  375. Mikey_39 says:

    That’s an unfair way to look at it.  Gomez and Koivu played with two completely different teams.  If Koivu had guys like a hard working Gionta, a legitimate sniper like Cammy, a PK machine like Gill, and a brick wall like Halak, I think he could have done just as well

  376. Mr-T says:

    The Price detractors are just superfluous narrow-minded individuals, self defined for their lack of morality and principles. Their naivety and obtuse intellectual inadequacies are transparent. They are devoid of any social values or structure displaying their own insecurities, misguided by attacking a self image of their limitations and faults in a jealous perception of what they seek but cannot have. They therefore inflict disdain and belligerence towards that person. That is there outlet path to vent their misplaced frustrations. They perceive life through a tunnel vision ideology.                                                                                                                      



    Support Carey Price         “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                                                                                                     

  377. Clay4bc says:

    C’mon Zep…this just begs for the obvious rebuttal…

    Carey Price has a 5 Wins 11 Losses playoff record, and has lost what – 9 or 10 in a row? With an NHL career .894 save % to go along with it… I’ll take even Steven over that any day…


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  378. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    “was told by a caller who claimed he knew people inside the Canadiens organization that his relable sources say”


    are you serious with this crap?

  379. adam76 says:


    The fact is, I am upset because this organization traded away a winner, for an overweight, hard drinking, players light smoking hipster who can’t stop the puck or get a win.  I’m also upset at how Price embarrassed this franchise with goon/punk like play in his only playoff loss.  Shooting a puck in a goal celebration, taking a swing at a player from the bench was a f&cking disgrace.

    I am also sick of you price-bunnies who stick up for every failure, because his dreemy eyes make them tight in the pants.  Keep quoting his save % and how he worked hard in practice for  TWO SOLID MONTHS.  

    Shocked he wasn’t nominated for the masterton trophy



  380. adam76 says:

    Lets ask Markov what he thinks.

  381. adam76 says:

    Stop using logic and facts. 

  382. avatar_58 says:

    I think it supports the fact that Cammy is a good captain candidate since he can handle the media with ease while saying what needs to be said about his team.

  383. avatar_58 says:

    Exactly, it’s done. Personally I don’t believe in re-signing players you’ve let go. You let them go for a reason  – bringing them back only a few short years later proves you have no real plan for the team as a GM. You know, like Calgary is doing.


    It’s different inviting a vet back as “moral support” ala Schneider, Chelios or whoever – but to say “oh sorry Saku, we need you back now! Who cares if we felt we didn’t only a year ago!”…..I mean what?

  384. RGM says:

    It’s nice to dream, but the fact that Koivu just signed a 2-year deal with Anaheim that includes a NMC is more indicative that he’s not coming back than any business about Gomez getting Saku’s old number.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  385. Xtrahabsfan says:

    The only thing that Hab fans like Adam is guilty of is having an opinion that doesn’t include ROSE COLOURED GLASSES.

  386. RGM says:

    And now that you’ve posted it on the Internet, it must be true.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  387. RiverviewCanadien says:

    so I am in the “good” Halak club? 😛

    I think your post was a fair assessment, not sure about the posters you called out, but you know as well i do, I thought/think very highly of Halak and have given him my support without dragging Carey through the mud.

  388. crabvader says:

    Bare with me.














    I know thrusting Eller into first line duties seems like a bit much and I would gladly put him elsewhere to start the year but as far as potential chemistry goes, I think it’s a good fit. He isn’t afraid to sit in front of the net, he has great hands and he would compliment Gio and Gomez rather well in that aspect. Where Eller might lack 2-way skill, Gio and Gomez strongly compensate in that department.

    AK needs Pleks. He also needs Cammalleri. This line was marred with injuries but when they were in top shape, they were RIPPING it up big time. Don’t touch that line.

    This third line I think is absolutely fantastic. Lapierre and Boyd bring some ruggedness with deceptive skill to a line where Pouliot can add some goal contribution where they would lack a finishing touch. If Pouliot does better than expected and someone else is lacking on the top 6, switch em up. Either way, this line is a forechecking winner.

    4th line is all about grit and tiring the opposition. Hard-nosed hockey with guys who aren’t afraid to lay it on the line for the team. They also have the skill to contribute at times.


    I find our D to be lacking a bit… This is the only place we seem truly vulnerable, thus making our goaltending equally as vulnerable. On the upside, Gorges just seems to get better and better and Gill is always ready to block shots. I’m still worried about Hamr and Spacek due to their increasing age and would like to see O’Byrne finally find his way. He is capable of thundering hits, protecting teammates and blocking the odd shot. I don’t want to see him prancing around the goaltender crease, watching the play like he was doing last year… He needs to punish players who are willing to sit in front of our goaltender and make them pay for every inch of real estate behind the net. He is a great skater for his size and needs to use his body as much as possible. He needs to regain that confidence he had that one game he played Florida where he fought 2-3 times and crunched about 5 guys on one shift. When he plays at his best, he is an intimidating force. Conversely, when he plays at his worst, he looks like the worst. 

    Price can only do so much. If he gets the support system we should expect from our team, he will shine and everyone will forget about any goaltending debate. However, it’s all on him. He needs to roll up his sleeves and get down to business. He shouldn’t let the press or any insanely stupid fan, who would boo their own team’s players, bother him. This is his chance and he needs to make the best of it.

    My analysis is that we will be a very smart, fast and skilled team. I just hope our guys can play defence as well as they will surely be on offence.


  389. Mr-T says:

    You just made that up because Gauthier would not autograph the picture of him that you keep on your office desk.

  390. adam76 says:

     Disingenuous mountebanks with their subliminal chicanery! A pox on them!

  391. crabvader says:

    You should follow his example and bury the hatchet.

  392. B says:

    By my count, Halak stopped 74 of 86 shots in the 4 losses to Philly for an .860 save% (not .845).
    In the win against Philly, he stopped 25 of 26 shots for a .962 save%.
    In the series overall, he stopped 99 of 112 shots for an .884 save%. That series lowered his playoff leading save% to .923

    Price stopped 9 of 11 shots against Philly for an .818 save%. That lowered his overall playoff save% to .890

    Niemi stopped 157 of 178 shots against Philly for an .882 save%. That lowered his overall playoff save% to .910

  393. JIMVINNY says:

    They asked him about that, too, and he didn’t say anything to dissuade the notion that he’s interested in the C. 


  394. JIMVINNY says:

    I’ll make sure to let you know as soon as he does an interview on a Calgary radio station.  So you should probably sit there hitting F5 repeatedly until that happens.

  395. adam76 says:

    When Price does something to EARN back respect – I will be the first to give him a standing O.  I’m not giving him props because of his age, height or minor league successes. 


  396. adam76 says:

    Will do.  Thanks!

  397. crabvader says:

    I didn’t say love him. I said leave it alone.

  398. adam76 says:

    request denied

  399. RGM says:

    I doubt it severely.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  400. JIMVINNY says:

    Someone who has no respect for himself will have trouble giving respect to those that deserve it.  Something that fits this situation perfectly.  And really, why should anyone be surprised?  I couldn’t respect myself if I acted anything like you, either.

  401. Storm Man says:

    You should be doing something to EARN the respect of people on here, So far you’re age and IQ are the same.

  402. SeriousFan09 says:

    Little known fact: Teammates will constantly call each other out in the locker room over the course of the year over mistakes, lack of compete on a given night or their attitude. Believe it or not, I doubt Price was the first person Markov ever called out and I doubt he will be the last.

    Marinaro ran with that line for so long because it got the ratings up on his show because it fed the goalie debate.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  403. Storm Man says:

    About you, It would be alot of swear words in Russian. 

  404. Clay4bc says:

    Well, I’m not a Price “hater” per se…more like a Price realist…but I remember the last season very well – you know, the one where he lost the starting job to a superior goalie and lost 2 games for every win?


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  405. Mr-T says:

    There is very little or no relationship between the size of a person’s brain and mental ability. Unfortunately you have neither.                                                                                                                                             



    Support Carey Price                 “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                                                                                                                            

  406. saskhabfan says:

    was that before or after the official goalie is a bust date of january 2009?


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  407. Storm Man says:

    I’m upset at how you are acting like such a child. By the looks of things you’re overweight drinking, smoking punk who has nothing good to say about the team. I will let the rest of them finish you off today.

  408. saskhabfan says:

    Hey look its ashley kirilow.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  409. observer says:

    No, I didn’t say either thing – it was Marinaro and that caller. Marinaro added (para.) “that is how Gauthier has always operated towards all his employees, OBEY AND FOLLOW MY ORDERS!”

  410. Clay4bc says:

    Whoah! Back up the train there, sister. I do not hate Price, and never said I did. What I “hate” is the fact that he was given preferential treatment over the better goalie because of his high draft position. I hate that he was given chance after chance (and here’s another one) despite Halak being clearly better.

    And my posts about Halak are certainly positive about him…they are usually about how Halak is better, using stats to prove it. You’re hatred clouds your vision, I guess. I don’t personally insult Price.

    Don’t put words in my mouth, sunshine. And don’t bring me into a conversation that I had no part in.

    Listen, sonny…you spew garbage like this – “Then others like you will say you’re tired of hearing how great Price
    is, when in reality the only reason we post the good stuff about Price,
    is to rebuff all the bad crap posted.”
    – yet here I am posting only to rebuff the crap you posted. There’s a word for what that makes you…

    So since I am here – because of you – I say again that Halak is a better goalie. I’m sure Price is a nice kid and all, but not the better goalie.

    See how there were no insults directed at price? Maybe you should save my posts from now on, to refresh your memory when you need to.


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  411. observer says:

    As I said Marinaro added how Gauthier has ordered all management and coaching to NOT speak to the media AND also said during the summer though he CANNOT stop the players from talking to the media and why we are hearing them. Today on Team 990 they had at various times of today live – Gomez, Lapierre and Subban. This conversation I am talking about occurred just before Subban was on live from a golf course around 5pm.

  412. Storm Man says:

    When it comes to you. Logic has ran away and facts are down the drain.

  413. Clay4bc says:

    Lack of morality and principles???? WTF?

    Looks like someone found the Kim Jong Ill insult generator!

    It’s home of such gems as “You politically illiterate traitor!” , “You sycophantic flunkey!”, and “
    You black-hearted philistine, we will transform your country into a sea of fire!”


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  414. saskhabfan says:

    The thing that the price haters forget is that the halak trade was made because halak had a better season (well 2nd half of the season and playoffs),this season and would cost more to resign then price would. In other words if their stats had been reversed price would have been traded instead of halak. The more expensive goalie was traded in order to resign plekanec. Too bad it is so hard for them to figure it out. We have just over 4 million in cap space. If we kept halak instead we would have virtually zero cap space left.

    Before the “we cheer for halak and not the team” bandwagon gets their panties in a bunch and start with the whole “gainey and his chosen one” crap.They should maybe skip past their selective memories and recall that price was traded to tampa last year for vinny before bettman stepped in. The post january 2009 group need to wake the hell up realize and this move was more about signing pleckanec then it was about goalie preference.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  415. ooder says:

    i can offer some


    88 is the new 23

  416. HabFab says:

    Eklund talks to his dog so Tony can talk to his monkey IMO!


    Tony…no spanking!!!!

  417. HabFab says:

    Think Pouliot gets first shot but this would definitely be plan B.

  418. Mr-T says:

    What a “convoluted” thought although not to be confused in the abstract.                                                        


    Support Carey Price            “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                                       

  419. Mr-T says:

    Let’s not be to harsh on him his IQ is at least in the double digits.                                                                  


    Support Carey Price         “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                                                 

  420. adam76 says:

    Taking maturity shots form a guy who posts “sexy babe” pics as his avatar and tosses out grade school insults.



  421. madcap_habsfan says:

    he apparently doesn’t get it storm man you might as well save your energy for someone else..i say well all just start ignoring adam’s posts since there constantly the same and really no fun

  422. madcap_habsfan says:

    god your an arse

  423. GrimJim says:

    Okay, I’ll play your game. Define what Price has to do to earn back respect.

  424. madcap_habsfan says:

    look we get it he doesn’t think that “goalie who’s name i refuse to mention” is going to be able to do anything for us…he’s made his opinion known  now ..he needs to move the frick on and get a new topic of conversation, because again im going to say, he’s a pain in the arse and its extremly annoying

  425. madcap_habsfan says:

    thank you for this amazing post

  426. saskhabfan says:

    Don’t waste your time. Adam is a cowardly troll.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  427. K-hab25 says:

    The hockey locker room is like a California construction site IMO. The english speaking people tend to hang out with other english speaking people. The spanish speaking with other spanish speaking people. The eastern europeans, the old USSR countries, all hang out with each other and the asians with each other. I would venture to say Markov is probably alot closer with Halak, Hamerlik, the Kostitsyns and Plekanec, than he is Price. So it wouldn’t suprise me if all of them prefered Halak over Price, thats there comrad. Price’s friends on the team are guys like Georges, O’byrne, Gill and Cammy, english speaking guys. Lapierre was best buddies with Latendresse, french speaking. Language plays a roll in locker room politics, just like it does in Montreal politics.

  428. Bill J says:

    Read K-Hab’s post again Clay.

    He said you where in the group that liked Halak, and THEN another group who just hate Price.

    K-Hab didn’t accuse you of hating Price.  Quite the contrary the way I read it.

    You wrote a novel about how idiotic K-Hab was to accuse you of Price hating, when he didn’t even accuse of this.

    Seriously, some of you need to take a breath before posting sometimes.


  429. Bill J says:

    See my reply on page 2 of this thread.

    No one accused YOU of being a Price hater.

    Not everything is about you Clay.

    Adam, terrygain, Tony & his multiple accounts, retromikey…. THOSE are Price haters.

    obsessive about it too…

  430. Bill J says:

    Personally… I would rather look at the sexy babe avatars then your mug with a bra on your head.

    or you OH-SO-MATURE Price picture when he had a smoke in his mouth from 2 seasons ago now.

    You of all people have NOTHING to say about others maturity level.

  431. Bill J says:

    Perhaps not Rose Coloured Glasses.

    But I suspect he wears the same type of glasses you wear.


    You & adam are by far the most arrogant posters on this site, with the most idiotic ideas of how to be a fan.

    Hopefully one day you will get a grip on your life, and be a better man.

    Till then, you just make yourself look like a tool.


  432. nunacanadien says:

    I don’t know about that, Markov’s comments came during the time Price came back from a long period where Price was allowed to heal completely, but Price continued on his floater hex it seems.  No matter what Price did, he lost games.  And you could see the way the team changed after that.  Then that report of Markov’s comments.  Lets get our facts straight.

  433. nunacanadien says:

    I’m tired of the Price fans trying to sell us that Price brought us to the playoffs last year through his stats alone and the Halak rode high because of Price’s winning stats.  The reality is Price is a loser.  His head is too big, he knows he has the GM’s support.  You Price arsehole fans who try to sell us that Price is a winner because of his stats with being able to stop a puck on his pad side, well what about those glaring stats that show floaters going in that cost us games?  Those are the most important stats.  Never mind being the most winningest goalie in the Bulldogs and this makes his pedigree somewhat more exciting.  Its winning cups or winning games in the NHL that make you exciting.  Not some washed up General Manager who has had clinical depression since Polyester and Disco were hot says Price is hot, no, I want to see Price win and deserve the praise he receives, otherwise where the hell am I?  In the old Soviet Union where it was ok to lie about losing and to use wrong information to tell you a loser is a winner?  Nope, Price’s stats show he is a loser, and until he starts winning more then hey, shut up about Price already.  We already know its sad when George W Bush had Colin Powell lie about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, remember that lie?  Well now we have the continuing lie by Bob Gainey that Price is Montreal’s hottest goalie.  Remember Bob and Pierre Gauthier’s dispute with Halak’s agent the year before, when Halak was hot and Price was not, but Gainey saying Price is the hotter goalie in spite of the stats…everyone remembers that. 

  434. adam76 says:

    The truth makes me an ass?

  435. nunacanadien says:

    The shrimp from Alaska since you are so good at highlighting, is Gomez.   And I’m sure you are just a prick who delights in being a prick, well we are delighted you are prick, and we are happy to entertain pricks like you who don’t read the news at all. 

  436. nunacanadien says:

    I’m sure when Markov starts scoring again, we’ll forget this past year where Markov was hurt.  When will Price ever recover from his injury?

  437. nunacanadien says:

    Are you implying that because Carbo is a paid member, he can’t praise Price?  Cause he was to do that, he would have done that already, perhaps Bob didn’t bribe Carbo enough to lie about just how great Price is not, or did not turn out to be.  I can only surmise they are paying Carbo to keep quiet about Carey, as long as Carey is here.  And we can bet it would help to support Markov’s dissatisfaction.

  438. Clay4bc says:

    LOL…read K-Habs post again, Bill…

    I quote: “Then there are the group that just hates Price, like adam, xtra, clay, doug, g-man, lenny, tony/observer, ect.”

    Not much room for interpretation there…Time for new glasses?



    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  439. Clay4bc says:

    And see my reply to your reply on page 2…

    In fact, K-Hab accused me (by name) of hating Price. You misread his post – I suggest reading it again.


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  440. Bill J says:

    Ah crap… I totally read it wrong – man I feel like a dolt lol

    BTW I do not think you hate Price.

    Perhaps unfair to Price is more like it.

    I still maintain.

    terrygain, Adam, Tony & his several accounts & retromikey…. THOSE are Price haters.


  441. Bill J says:

    :O – lol your right…  I think when I first read it, I must of not had enough coffee.

    That and this horrible head cold I have today :(

    BTW I do not think you “hate” Price (I could be wrong though as proven today lol)

    I do think sometimes you are a bit harsh with him, but then again you can be harsh towards other posters too.  So IMO I think, that’s just how you are…

    a Rather blunt guy.


  442. ProHabs says:

    I agree, I don’t see the big deal about Atlanta. To me that don’t look that good on paper, sure they made alot of changes but they have gotten alot of third line players with their changes.

  443. Mr-T says:

    Was that a prophecy or premonition he had before exiting this materialistic world.                                              



    Support Carey Price            “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                            

  444. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    The Sharks gave the Habs Josh Gorges and a first round pick(Max Patches) for a couple of months of a 32 year old Craig Rivet!

  445. B says:

    Rivet played in San Jose for a couple of months in the season of that trade AND another full season after that.

  446. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Anyone see this?

    Little League Brawl

    Man, glad it was St.John and not here in Moncton…

  447. Malreg says:

    Aged 15-16? Boys will be boys…

    I used to play hockey for one of the only english cities on the South Shore, needless to say we used to get into a lot of fights with the french towns…  One year a parent from the other team threw a steel garbage can onto the ice when one of our players hit their goalie.  The police had our schedule after that, and came to all our home games.


  448. habs-hampton says:

    Actually it was in Saint John, not St. John.

  449. RGM says:

    Here’s something cool I got in the mail today:


    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  450. SeriousFan09 says:

    Kelowna Rockets jersey?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  451. D Alcorn says:

    Greenfield Park ? Monarchs ?

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  452. Malreg says:

    Good old GPK!

  453. yathehabsrule says:

    Some evening reading for you: LaPierre, at his golf tournament, on Price, Cammalleri on the Team960 (Calgary) and a bunch of other Habs blog posts of interest.



    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  454. JSP1990 says:

    There was a really good article about Gabriel Dumont too. I love that kid!

  455. avatar_58 says:

    Not hockey related, but this video is awesome



  456. RGM says:

    This summer’s Alumni Game worn jersey at that.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  457. habs03 says:

    I got this from a link from a poster down below.


    Its a Cammy interview in Calgary, and half way threw he talks about how he could the tax in each state/province effecets his demand, clearly showing how the Habs will always be at a disavg due to tax.

  458. yathehabsrule says:

    From that interview, and a couple he did a few weeks back, he certainly keeps an open mind/forum when discussing contract negotiations.

    He’s at least willing to discuss topics like that (taxes, etc.), unlike most NHL players.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  459. Rudy says:

    Thanks for this. Notice who gave Cammy the advice that helped him turn things around after his injusry?? Not Martin, but Kirk Muller. Love that guy.

  460. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah, The Checking Line has some good reads on it.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  461. JSP1990 says:

    Honestly, thanks to you guys on HI/O, I find all these great reads that you guys always post. So thanks for that everybody!

  462. yathehabsrule says:

    I added this to my earlier post, but here is the CKAC/P.K. Subban interview from Lapierre’s golf tournament.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  463. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Not sure on the diff, I just abbr. the Saint part. Not like I called it St.John’s (where I am originally from). Sheesh!

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