TSN’s take

• Scott Cullen’s comprehensive off-season assessment of the Canadiens

• Mathias Brunet weighs in on who stays, who goes

And this harsh comment, on the Hockey News web site, about the departure of BGL:

I think its funny you take the toughest guy in the league and put him in
a Canadiens Jersey and he turns into a sissy just like the rest of the
team! Looks like Andrei Kostitsyn will be the keeping the rivals in line
next season!

Maybe this is the video Bob Gainey watched:



  1. punkster says:

    Well, I’m real. At least when I pinch myself it hurts so I have to assume I am real. So Halak was the only reason, eh? Gill’s shot blocking had nothing to do with it, maybe 10%? Cammy’s league leading scoring had nothing to do with it, maybe another 10%? Point being I think we can chip away at that 100% remark pretty darn quick which kind of blows your theory out of the water.

    Now to your statement about where their heads are located during the drafts. I can’t disagree completely but they haven’t exactly been slouches at the drafts. Apart from what appears to be a desire to pick smallish players, and Minnesota high schoolers at that, their draft picks seem to be the best available at the time given the scouting reports from around the league at the time (not just their own scouts).


  2. bwoar says:

    Thank you for posting, I was beginning to think ill of this place.

  3. Mr. Biter says:

    If BG had offered Plecks $3.5 mil. after a 39 point season this site would have gone bonkers. How many out there think a 39 point player is worth $3.5? If BG had gone out and signed any player with 3 years in the league who had 2 bad years and 1 good year even i would have questioned his sanity. If there are any 39 point players out there (3 years or less inleague) who we should give $3.5 to please make reference to this post (unless injury hampered their play). Hindsight is great.

  4. bwoar says:

    Washington rode their bid ol firewagon straight to the golf course.

  5. Mr. Biter says:

    Jesus H Christ the only time you crawl out from under your rock is to bash BG. Did he cut you or one of your in-laws from a team you or they were trying out for. Call the cops on you for your cat for making to much noise. During our run to the Eastern Final you never appeared after a win, only after we lost and then all you would do is bash Bob. What a putz you are. Get a life.

  6. Ghosts of the Forum says:


  7. notbigbird says:

    But that’s got little to do with tanking, which is what this thread is about. Say it all you want, and you are right to some degree at least, but it ain’t gonna happen.

  8. Kooch7800 says:

    100% agree.  I think he will test free agency though and really I don;t blame him. 

  9. jrshabs1 says:

    Tough words(pun) from the hockey news. It’s sad but true!!! Hopefully that area is one that can fixed. The players need to step up for their team and themselves. I’m sure John Ferguson is rolling in his grave right now.

  10. Max_a_million says:

    Unfortunately if they pay him more than 5 million a year long term, I think we will be regret it for years to come.

    Unfortunately he is also the best center available to sign, and we will probably be dammned if we do and damned if we don’t in this scenario.

  11. mbplekfan says:

    The free agent market is thin this year. That should open up trade possibilities on draft day. We have assets to move but we need takers.

    I think Price is the #1 asset. Young and cheap with tremendous upside. Does Philly want to improve at goal at the expense of Jeff Carter? Let us hope so. Carter fills the need for a sizable, tough forward who can score.

    Hamrlik is a solid veteran blue-liner. He is overpaid but could help a young team like L.A or Phoenix. Definitely worth a big prospect if those teams want the steady hand of a veteran.

    AK is likely staying put. We havent seen the best of this guy yet. SK will likely bolt. We should extend a qualifying offer to retain his rights if he goes to the KHL.

    Darche and Metro should be ignored. Lapierre should be signed only if nothing better is available free agent wise.

    Moore doesnt give us what we need and should only be signed if we miss out on all other centers. He will be cheap and probably be available well into July.

    Mara should be signed cheap. Last year was an aberration and I would expect much better from him now that he is healthy.

    Lets hope PG drafts size and toughness. We lack any sort of tough to play against prospects. Most of ours are gentlemen and lady byng candidates.

  12. Kooch7800 says:

    I think you are missing the point. Plekanecs has had two good seasons of 4.  He has also been basically non existent in the playoffs (not just this year, think of the last two).  If Montreal signs a player like Pleks for 5 million or higher they are just as gollable as our gm friend with the Rangers. Pleks is a good player but is not worth more than 4.5 mill.

    Pleks did dissapear in the playoffs.  Take away his empty netters and he really did not do much. You can talk about his defensive aspects which he is good at but defensive players do not get huge bucks.  If that is your logic than I guess Pyatt and moore are up for big raises. 

    Due to a crap free agency Plecks will be a highly doubted prospect and will get the cash (more than he is worth). 

    In my opinion with the current contracts we have we need to get rid of pleks as we are stuck with Gomez.

    I would dissagree that most of our players decreased in the playoffs,  Gio, Cammy, Lappierre, Gill, Halak, Moore, Moen, Jorges, Pyatt all played better under pressure.

    We need to add more scoring and a little size up front.  We also need to add some grit on D.  Other than Obyrne we don’t have anyone threatening.

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    It was a comment by a reader, not one of their writers. Although, I felt they lost all credibility when one writer got an article published saying the 2007 Ducks were the best Cup team ever.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  14. pmaraw says:

    guess i’ll never buy the hockey news again.

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    No, the Canadiens drafted heavily at centre in the 2009 draft to cover the future of that position, the team could use some depth at wing and big defencemen. Petrovic, Mcllrath should be the targeted choices. He’s not big enough either to benefit from having a big centre in the system by taking him.

    Although I suspect the highly-touted KHL player Vladimir Tarasenko is going to go in the 2nd or 3rd round because he’s still over there, I’ve seen some mock drafts with him in but with the Radulov, Zherdev and Filatov drama, I doubt another KHL player will be 1st-round material unless he is a franchise player like Ovie and Malkin.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  16. HardHabits says:

    Everybody needs to stop using Detroit as an example. They picked almost exclusively from Sweden. They obviously had decent scouting there. They build according to a concept. The Habs on the other hand pick players from Europe like they’re ordering chinese food: 2 from A, 1 from B, 3 from C and two extra egg rolls and wonton soup.

    That was my lament last year before I had my tanking epiphany. Why did the Habs not scour Finland to build around Koivu?

    Even Carbo says stay away from Europe unless you pick all the players from the same country.

    So in that sense I do support picking exclusively from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, ONLY. Trying to put together a multinational hockey team has as much chance as flying as does an Iron Butterfly.


  17. HardHabits says:

    3 goose eggs will do that.

  18. Dethroner says:

    so the sedins arent franchise players? phaneuf hasnt been made one now? toews? brodeur? i know lecavalier hasnt been as visible, but can you say he’s not a franchise player? what about crosby?


    and yeah, neiddereiter is that good. i bet he has more goals his rookie year than hall or seguin. mark my words.

  19. saskhabfan says:

    Kind of like putting the word “brilliant”,”knowledgable”. or “hockey smarts” in the same sentence as manapart. Now that would be funny.

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

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    Too be fair, I said I’d leave Crosby alone for a good long time after the ‘Golden Goal’ but our playoff series against them drove me over the edge. I’m guessing dropping 4 out of 5 games, 3 of them badly put him over his limit.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  21. camel_larry says:

    Points becomes pints. 35 pints.


    Go Habs Go!

  22. camel_larry says:


    You said if the boys made the ECF you’d stop promoting tanking!


    Go Habs Go!

  23. Dethroner says:

    i dont think anybody said that laraque was AFRAID to fight…more like he became a pansy earth child vegitarian who thought that fighting is wrong unless it’s conscentual. like sex without the agreement is rape. anyway, he can still fight, sure, but he doesnt want to. that makes him a sissy. i mean, in the hockey world at least.

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