Today’s news roundup

Here’s a look at some of the Canadiens news.

Goaltending still the big question mark: NESN

Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan chats with Mario Tremblay

Desjardins trade by Habs makes sense, Mathias Brunet says in La Presse

Juniors’ Vincent compares Habs prospect Leblanc to Mike Richards



  1. showey47 says:

     Koivu never said gainey didn’t want him back. I received first hand info from one of his best friends and someone i have known for close to 25 years. How about you post a link,audio or video file that backs up your joke of a statement. Oh yeah,you can’t. Must be a sad,sad life having nothing better to do then trolling all day.

  2. nunacanadien says:

    Geeze supposedly we have Lord Gainey, who spoke to the Finnish ambassador of hockey, Count Koivu, complete in tuxedoes and corsets, jovially jaunting along merrily, like proper English gentlemen they are.  AS IF!!!!  In the same light, I guess Price with his acting out immature behaviour towards fans, I guess has the right to be disgruntled, being the proper and prime Englishman he is, and us Neathendral fans who support Halak, heck, we don’t deserve to watch hockey!

  3. nunacanadien says:

    That’s a pile of baloney!!!  We all know Gainey blamed Koivu for Price’s 4 up and 4 down.  But really, all Gainey had to do to rebuild the Habs was to let Price go.

  4. nunacanadien says:

    And standing on the bench don’t forget!  Heck, Lars Eller is gonna score so much, it won’t matter if Carey lets in 10 goals a night, cause Lars boasted at his signing to Gauther, “we don’t need Halak” and Gauthier believed him….having forgot the former l’artiste and of course the other big ego signing by Gainey, who on signing Samsonov boasted his offensive output will reduce pressure on our defense, remember that?

  5. nunacanadien says:

    Let’s get the story straight once again, Price fans used to work for the old Soviet Union’s Communist paper which could make sh*t smell like a rose….heck bet all the Price fans also have a W in their middle name and are also known as George.  Twitter that, why don’t you twitter about Price’s excellent winning record?  When he was 10 years old of course, and when Carey gets let out of daycare, he will win us the Cup, or so Price apologist would say.  I don’t know, blocking 70 shots is still an impressive record.  What’s that compared to Price’s 50 shots where he let in 2 of them and lost 2-1?  What kind of impressive record is that?

  6. nunacanadien says:

    Let’s get our story straight here, this is like Gainey not returning Kovalev’s call.  Koivu made it clear, it was Gainey who did not want Koivu.  Gainey in the offseason blamed the whole team for not making his thoroughbred horse look good, so he let them all go, at least the ones who questioned using Price against the Bruins come playoff time.

  7. nunacanadien says:

    What about the bottom 10 in playoffs? Price probably has one of the worst records for a former allstar, former Bulldogs champion, former whatever (insert his great stats against Halak for all the good they will do) and probably one of the worst prospects to not transform into the next Dryden.  Although if he does that this year, it would be one of the most impressive recoveries, or wait, what will Price recover from?  Being a top 5 goalie like Halak?  Nope.  From a winning season and a winning NHL record?  Nope, Price still has to show he has it.

  8. newbrunswick troy says:

    Great point about being top 10 in both depts……that will be a key!!!

  9. nunacanadien says:

    I hope this doesn’t mean we have 7 more years of Habs hockey where we watch Carey Price’s butterfly style that constantly lets in floaters and cost us close games.  Oh wait, the games are close because teams know they can beat Price anytime.

  10. nunacanadien says:

    Nope, it’s Price signed a contract with the Blues, as it seems Price has this competition thing going with Halak.  Price still wants to show us he can earn more wins than Halak….unfortunately for Price, those wins did not manifest themselve in any playoff experience Price has had so far.

  11. derfab says:

    Your half-truth and my half-truth pretty much adds up. Hard to hit, but have you ever stood next to Semenko? Besides him and that lunatic McSorely, even guys like Messier and Tikannen were viciously protective. There was a league policy on Gretzky because he was chosen to promote the game. Period. Anyone else takes a slapshot from 15 feet out he gets his head rocked. Ask Brian Savage. Gretzky did it every night. But anyone who took a shot at Gretzky eventually paid with a broken bone.

    character is derfab destiny.

  12. showey47 says:

    As bad as some people hate gainey here,he let saku to leave on his own terms. Bob could have easily said through the media that saku had no intention of staying and wanted to move on. IMHO bob took the negative hits from the fans and media about saku leaving when he clearly didn’t have too. Class act in my books.

  13. showey47 says:

    Lives in phoenix during the hockey season,bought up a crap load of land. Rents out condo’s to some of the yotes players. Comes home in june when his kids are out of school and sticks around here during the summer. As much as people has mocked his career(mr. october) i don’t kow how anyone can complain about a guy who was an 8th ruonder and went to school on a golf scholarship.

  14. The Cat says:

    Without Halak, the habs are gone in 5 games vs the capitals. Of course some say (usually crazed fans who see nothing wrong or Price fanatics trying to diminish Halak) that it was a great team effort, if allowing 50 or so shots rather than 70 or so shots is a great team effort, then yes it was a great team effort.

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

  15. The Cat says:

    My guess is hes getting married.


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

  16. Chuck says:

    The news? Jaro’s going to tell the Blues to either play him more or trade him.

  17. Duracell3 says:

    …or the far larger and well publicized reason, that he was told by Bob that they no longer required his services. Which while I hate it makes sense, why would you keep the face of the organization for the past decade if you want something new.

  18. LA Loyalist says:

    thanks to all you guys. I actually feel better about Koivu now. 

    thanks again.



    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  19. Chorske says:

    I wouldn’t want to go to a bar that would admit me anyway.

  20. LA Loyalist says:

    cammy’s neck is thicker than my head. He is in very good shape, I saw him working out.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  21. 4loorplay says:

    But thats 5ft 8 with skates on

  22. 4loorplay says:

    The news is gonna be that halak will be traded to mtl for carey price and PK subban……WHY YOU ASK…iT FALLS IN LINE WITH HOW GM THINKS

  23. scrowe21 says:

    gotta be the new mask

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  24. Chorske says:

    Which reminds me, how is Brian these days? 😉

  25. RGM says:

    Yeah I think it would be after, so that’d confirm the 2014 date.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  26. RGM says:

    Being the Bruins network, they probably only count Cammalleri as the other skilled player. At 5’9″ he makes the average 5’8″.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  27. RGM says:

    Halak traded to the Blues, will be named captain, have his jersey retired, be given keys to the city, and will stick his tongue out in a mock salute to Carey Price.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  28. showey47 says:

    Brian savage is still one of his best friends,brian is someone who plays summer hockey with us and someone i’ve known well since we were teenagers. He talked about it last june and from what brian said, saku just felt it was time to move on. I’m sure there were the underlying reasons like media and fan pressure but the bottome line was he just wanted to move on.

  29. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Haha, great find Harani!

    BIG Halak news? Only 4 things could be possible:

    1) He’s going to be named the captain of the team.

    2) Contact extension…? LOL

    3) He’s retiring. 

    4) Non-hockey news..He’s getting married. 

    Haha, everyone take a wild guess! 

  30. punkster says:

    The sword of Damocles.


  31. Harani says:

    From Allan Walsh’s twitter: Stay tuned for some big Jaroslav Halak news coming tomorrow!

    Because I’m bored, let’s speculate on what it could be. Since Jaro has already signed a contract, I don’t know what could be coming. New mask? LOL!

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

  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    Knee jerk management? Please. They examined their position and chose to boost the team’s forward depth in the best possible trade they could make before the goalie market was so saturated that no goalie was worth much. Price was nearly dealt in a big Lecavalier deal at one point in 08-09 (Thank the Hockey Gods he wasn’t!), indicating he wasn’t invincible in the organization either. Bottom line, the organization made a deal and people need to wait until this deal actually proves to swing one way or another.

    Price is an RFA with no arbitration rights, the organization owns his professional rights to play in the NHL and if Price wants to have an NHL career that doesn’t become mired in bad press, accusations of greed and flakiness going to back his early 20s, he’ll sign with MTL.

    Cammalleri, Gorges, Gionta, Subban, Gill and the rest of the gang did a ton in the playoffs.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  33. Bill J says:

    Oh here we go…

    It was ALL Halak.

    Not the team coming together eh ?

    The Gill / Gorges duo blocking almost as many shots as Jaro was.

    Cammalleri leading the LEAGUE in playoff scoring and not even being in the Cup Finals.

    Nah – was all Jaro.


  34. The Cat says:

    Yeah I agree with you, its knee jerk management by peoples who got their asses saved by the guy they shipped to St.Louis. And the habs certainly arent in a position of strength when it comes to Price, I cant believe what Im reading here today unless today is ‘opposites day’ and no one told me.

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

  35. andrewberkshire says:

    How are the skill players an average of 5’8 when only Gionta is under 5’8?

  36. GrimJim says:

    There’s also the seven seasons rule. The CBA reads age 27 or seven seasons, but I don’t know if that’s UFA status for or after the 7th season

  37. Captain a_HAB says:

    The stalker thanks you 🙂

  38. Nick_Habs1 says:

    Halak will be at Saku Kiovu’s golf tournament to sign autographs next week. Now if that’s big news then Walsh needs to get a life.

  39. JD_ says:

    I’m generally on the same page with respect to Koivu. The only nuance I’d add is that I don’t think Gainey ever really considered keepin’ him.

    Too much is made of his departure havin’ been some sort of act of disrespect by Bob Gainey. Frankly, any Hab with beloved status who is traded or not re-signed, be it a top- or bottom-sixer, is often automatically presumed to have been dissed.

    Gainey was committed to a material rebuild followin’ the 2008-09 season. Keepin’ an agin’ captain would be an emotional decision that would hamstring the effort to completely remold the culture in the dressin’ room. Moreover, there was no room for half-measures.

    The choice was never goin’ to be Saku’s. Gainey was just goin’ to be polite as hell about the decision to move on. Meantime, I have absolutely zero doubt there is a tremendous amount of mutual respect between the two men, guys who played the game with exactly the same level of commitment and who always carried themselves with quiet dignity.

    Koivu is no slouch and understood it all. He would probably have done the same thing were he in Gainey’s shoes and probably told Bob as much.

    And, frankly, I’m quite happy for the guy. I suspect the unfetterin’ from the pressure cooker that is Montreal has been a godsend. I think he’s also more than well aware of what this city thinks of him and will be reminded of this in spades when he visits the Bell Centre.

    There might be an eyelash or speck of dust in my eye when that goes down.

  40. JD_ says:

    Not much of a choice given that pendin’ Bell Centre lawsuit hangin’ over my head.

  41. BJT says:

    I dunno.

    1- I think the Habs will do fine if Price has .915 + save percentage and lower than 3 GAA.

    2- More or less a given. I think as long as we can maintain a vague semblance of 2 scoring lines and 2 competent pairs of D-fence, injuries shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

    3- I dunno about 75 points, that’s a lot. I think if Eller, Pouliot and AK combine for around 60 goals (I.E. Eller 12, Pouliot 21, AK 24) and Subban can get 45 points that would be enough to elevate our offence, and we should be sitting pretty. I also think that top 10 in both PK and PP would be really nice.



    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  42. HardHabits says:

    I think that was habsrule1, you stalker.

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