Habs travel to Philly; Bruins get Jaromir Jagr

The Canadiens, coming off a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night at the Bell Centre, were given a day away from the rink Tuesday as they travelled to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690). The game in Philly will be the first of three in four nights for the Habs, who play host to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday before the Boston Bruins visit the Bell Centre on Saturday.

The Bruins will have Jaromir Jagr in their lineup when they come to Montreal after acquiring the veteran forward from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday in exchange for a conditional second-round draft pick and two prospects – Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne. The conditional second-round pick this year will become a first-round pick if Boston advances to the Eastern Conference final.

In 34 games with the Stars this season, the 41-year-old Jagr posted 14-12-26 totals and was minus-5 while averaging 18:17 of ice time.

The Canadiens, with a 23-7-5 record, have 51 points through 35 games. The last time they had that many points through 35 games was 1978-79, when they had 54 points after 35 games and went on to win their fourth straight Stanley Cup.

Monday’s game marked the Canadiens’ first Autism Awareness Night at the Bell Centre. Lending support to the event was Canadiens goaltending coach Pierre Groulx and Scott Mellanby, the team’s player personnel director, who both have autistic children.

On the eve of Tuesday’s World Autism Awareness Day, Canadiens management and coaches wore blue puzzle-piece-shaped Autism Speaks lapel pins during the game with Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller and his staff also wearing pins in support.

The Habs launched a number of initiatives, running well beyond the night itself, to promote the cause.

(Photo by Paul Chiasson/The Gazette)

Stars trade Jagr to Bruins for prospects, pick, by NHL.com

Habs continue roll with win over ‘Canes, by Pat Hickey

Price grateful for blocked shots, by Pat Hickey

Autism Awareness Night a first for Habs, by Dave Stubbs

Habs finding heroes where you least expect them, by canadiens.com

Canadiens vs. Hurricanes photo gallery

Former Habs Koivu, Souray shine with Ducks, by Stu Cowan


  1. Lafleurguy says:

    After a slow start, Minnesota Wild are among the second tier of legitimate teams vying for the Cup. Unfortunately, this perpetuates (I was going to type perpetrates, phew….perspiring over near-mistake) the notion you can buy a winner and explains why Feaster and now Nieuwendyk are creating cap-room (although Nieuwendyk took on a “bad” contract – Cole is good but paying him 4.5 mill at age 37 isn’t)

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  2. Kfourn says:

    If I were the GM I would be looking at prying Vanek away from Buffalo, not Pominville. It would probably cost way more than what I’d be willing to give however.

    Well, he’s kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace “accidentally” with “repeatedly” and replace “dog” with “son.”

    “It’s sad when our rookies have no NHL experience before they jump up to the NHL.” – nunacanadien

  3. frontenac1 says:

    Seems to me Marc likes to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves with out giving up anything in return. Ryder,Halpern,Sestito(which Vanc scooped). Gotta figure he
    still wants to add some muscle on D. I like Marc”s style.

  4. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    By the way, was what Boone said about Collberg goin to the Bulldogs confirmed?

    Think that guy is going to be a solid scorer

    • Storman says:

      It was confirmed in a Swedish sports page yesterday, have not seen a release yet from Hamilton Bulldogs confirming it as of yet,,, It will be fun to catch a couple of Bulldogs game down the stretch, to watch Hudon, Vail, and Colberg playing in a very tough AHL. I am In Pittsburgh for the Frozen Four, but i will check out Bulldogs schedule for future chances to see the New Kids. I will watch tonight’s Bulldog game online against Oklahoma City Barons though.

  5. Loonie says:

    So it turns out that Jagr did indeed provide a list of teams he’d accept a trade to and in doing so validated that he would refuse to report to teams that didn’t meet his approval.

    Players holding teams hostage.

  6. krob1000 says:

    I am not sure people on here are prepared to hear this but as of now I would say I would be concerned about Galchenyuk playing in playoff hockey right now. He is still feeling his way around the ice and is not quite up to snuff away from the puck either offensively or defensively right now. I have said this before but he is still reading plays and gambling as though opponents will make wrong decisions. He needs to just force things sometimes…every offensive player in the NHL anymore is expected to apply pressure …he doesn’t have to finish his hits hard or try to take anyones head off…but he absolutely needs to pressure and force the opponent into making a hurried play…especially under MT’s system.

    You can tell his skill level is world class right now…but applying those skills requires the cerebral side of the game and he has not yet got that puzzle figured out at the NHL level. IMO he will be seeing some playoff hockey from the pressbox and may already have been there if not for the stellar depth and great start to the season…we have burned a year…might as well get him as much experience as possible.

    However, come playoff time his hesitation will not be ok so he has about a month to adjust if not less. It wouldn’t be the end of the world as I remember Seguin sitting out games for Boston…but it may be viewed as the end of the world on here!!

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I can see Montreal picking up another top 9 guy and sitting Galchenyuk. I’m not sure he’s going to play in the playoffs regardless?

    • 24 Cups says:

      Galchenyuk hit the rookie wall quite a while ago, Rob. It’s not his fault, the kid has only played 1.5 years of junior with no pro experience.

      Someone posted possible lines down below if Jagr were to come to Montreal. He had Bourque on the 4th line. Flip him into Galcheyuk’s spot (Moen replaces Bourque) and you’re good to go.

      • krob1000 says:

        I agree…I thought he was due a couple weeks ago and he would have been sat that long ago likely but the team is so good and they can afford for now to have him learn on the fly….when things get serious very shortly that will change….and the great majority on here will be pretty upset.

      • NL_habs_fan says:

        24, I posted those possible lines, I like your idea of bourque on the 3rd line too. but maybe have Galchenyuk at center of the “fourth” line with Halpern and Prust on the wings. Halpern is in for faceoff duties but Galchenyuk controls the play from the center position.

        Bourque – Eller – Gionta
        Prust – Galchenyuk – Halpern

        I don’t see any reason for Moen to deserve ice time of Galchenyuk right now, also I see this as more of two 3rd lines really in regards to the amount of ice time they could eat up.

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the odd man out when Bourque comes back. That said, seems like the type of kid who will take sitting the right way.

      Only thing I’d debate with your post is that he’s fourth on the team in +/- I think that’s why he’s still a roster player despite his scoring struggles. As a third liner, he hasn’t cost the team anything defensively.

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      Correct on all counts … my hope is that he really turns it up over the next 15 games but realistically he sits for some playoff times unless he channels Brian Skrudland.

      People here will really go batsh!t for sure, especially when we replace him with a hockey player and not Zack Stortini

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  7. habsguru says:

    anybody know what happened to Mike Commador? not that we need another senior citizen on the blue line, but he has a pile of experience and is a “dressing room guy” not a la Gomez.

  8. 24 Cups says:

    That’s a pretty good deal for Vancouver. It looks like Nieuwendyk is taking trading lessons from Feaster.

    What a weird trade market right now. The Dug Murray deal looks great right about now.

    • Loonie says:

      Yeah Dean Lombardi should be included in that conversation. His team’s good enough to compensate but two second rounders for Regehr is very stupid in my opinion.

  9. lavie says:

    Plekanec should give Jagr a call.

  10. Sportfan says:

    MAB and ROy trades another TSN trade center bust haha (again I love tsn, but hate the over hyped deadline)


  11. Kfourn says:

    D. Roy to Van for Kevin Connauton and a 2nd

    Well, he’s kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace “accidentally” with “repeatedly” and replace “dog” with “son.”

    “It’s sad when our rookies have no NHL experience before they jump up to the NHL.” – nunacanadien

  12. mdp2011 says:

    Flyers have placed Kurtis Foster on waivers, could be interesting for the Habs as a 6th or 7th defenceman if Diaz comes back.

  13. NL_habs_fan says:

    I would love to get Jagr with the habs (even more so if it means taking him out from under the bruins)

    If we did get him and assuming Bourque is returning I like these lines for the playoffs


  14. 365fan says:

    Not trying to jinx PK, but given where he is in scoring for our team there is a realistic chance that he could end up leading the team by the end of the year. It may have been covered already on HIO, but does anyone know the last D-man (not named Orr) who led his team in scoring? Thanks.

  15. billylove says:

    Amazing to see Jagr and Kovy mentioned by some here as options to “improve” the team. Really? No way either of these guys will be here. MB is not interested, period.

  16. Storman says:

    Derek Roy to Vancouver for a 2nd and a prospect,,

    No way Jagr requires a 1st round pick

  17. habs12 says:

    Roy to VAN according to Kypreos

  18. Hi folks,

    There’s some talk here about Montador being on waivers — here’s three concerns about him from the Edmonton Journal:

    1. A new contract. Chicago, impressed by the player and looking to shore up their blue line, signed Montador in the summer of 2011 to a four-year, $11.0 million contract. The deal was front-loaded and included signing bonuses in the first two years as well as a limited no-trade clause. While the reduced salary relative to cap hit in the last three years of the deal may appeal to some clubs, the cap hit ($2.75 million) is significant and not one Chicago can afford for a reserve guy.

    2. A mediocre season. Montador’s debut season in Chicago did not go particularly well. He played against poor opponents and had a lot of time in the offensive zone, but failed to maintain his scoring numbers. The Blackhawk’s shot rates with Montador on the ice were good, but not outrageously so given the situations he was playing in.

    3. Injury. Montador is coming off a serious concussion. Talking about the injury, Montador said “I didn’t know if I’d ever play again,” and it’s been more than a year since he last dressed for an NHL game. That concussion makes Montador a risk.

    Of those three, the first two are no biggie, but the last one is a deal-breaker for me. So far this year, he’s got 2 pts in 7 games for the Rockford Icehogs, and he’s looking like another sad concussion statistic.

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      I think he was waived three weeks ago to let him join Rockford … can’t see how his play since has convinced anyone to pick him up – unless it is Tampa Bay 🙂

      Curious to see if anyone bites on Foster – Philly has Dmen hurt and he goes on waivers?

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  19. Mattyleg says:

    Erik Cole has 3 goals with Dallas and is -9.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • shiram says:

      Good thing he’s still got his size and grit, right?
      He could have been Cammy 2.0 if Bergevin had not acted when he did.
      And his TOI his steadily declining in Dallas….

  20. habsfan0 says:

    No news on Armstrong yet.
    In this case,I’m afraid,no news is bad news.

  21. Hstands4Hockey says:

    Alright – who changed the Wikipedia Norris trophy page? Confess!

    Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

  22. ebk says:

    As it sits today, Montreal will have the following draft picks next year, #27,#32,#41,#57,#68,#87

    On another note, the people advocating Bergevin sit tight might want to recall the 07/08 season. Virtually the same discussions being had then and now. Team was first overall in the East and bursting with young talented hockey players. Shaky goaltending derailed the 08 playoffs, the kids never developed and Montreal added four more years of mediocrity to its history.

  23. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Renaud Lavoie ‏@RenLavoieRDS 12m

    Stars told Jaromir Jagr that he will be traded before 3 PM Eastern Wednesday. #transactions2013 #RDS

  24. mrhabby says:

    Pleks for Bobby Ryan straight up.

  25. steve29 says:

    Everyone wants Jagr it seems does everyone forget that he wasn’t even a fourth liner last year in the play-offs for Philly

  26. Loonie says:

    I’d be okay with Jagr if…….

    1. Plekanec tells Jagr that the Habs want him
    2. Jagr pulls a Kipper and tells uncle’Joe that he won’t report to anyone other than the Habs.
    3. Bergevin holds firm and offers our 2nd round pick.

    Done deal.

    • shiram says:

      Well there were all those rumours about Jagr wanting to play here, so that second point could be true, or at least MTL could be on Jagr’s list.
      For a 2nd, I doubt it, some team will pay more I think.

      • Loonie says:

        I’m posting this tongue in cheek but Jagr can act like Kiprusoff and determine his destination by threatening retirement if he isn’t sent where he wants to go.

        If that were to happen the team with knowledge that he’ll only go to them can lowball the rival GM, like Shero did with Iginla.

        • shiram says:

          Could be, but I think I read that Jagrs wants to keep playing after this season, so that would nix that.
          If he could be had for a 2nd + 3rd, might be a decent deal…

  27. MassHabsFan says:

    Wouldn’t you rather roll with Reimer than trade for Kipa if your Toronto

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      No way. Kipper isn’t having a great year, but it’s the Flames. In a playoff run, he’s one of the league’s elite.

    • Storman says:

      They have to make a move for a goalie now, as Nonis with all this open negotiations with Kipper has basically told his team Reimer is not good enough to roll on down the line with…….

  28. Psycho29 says:

    Leafs’ GM Nonis to speak with Kiprusoff today:

    “The 36-year-old Finnish netminder has posted a 6-10-2 record in 18 games with the Flames this season. He has also posted an .868 save percentage and a 3.64 goals-against average.”

    He sounds like just what the Leafs need….. 😉

  29. Sportfan says:

    @TSNBobMcKenzie 8m

    Waivers today: Kurtis Foster (PHI), Mike Santorelli (FLA), Steve Montador and Rostislav Olesz (CHI), Hall (TB) and Barker (VAN

    Any of you think MB might grab one?


  30. ElMcFoldo says:

    Derek Morris could be a decent 6th Dman for the playoffs. I wouldn’t give up more than a 3rd rounder though. Here is the opinion of Coyotes blogger Adam French:

    “Derek Morris: I’ve given him crap a lot over my time writing, but he’s shown some great versatility. He brings physicality and every now and then some glimpses of his old offensive self from years ago. He’s still a second pairing defender who can play 20-21 minutes a night including PK time.”

  31. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    My guess is Columbus offers their first-rounder for Jagr.

    If the Bruins want to match that….

    • shiram says:

      If that’s how the bidding war is shaping up, it would be best to stay away from Jagr.
      Besides, he’s not the same without the mullet.

      • Ghosts of the Forum says:

        2 first-rounders and a roster player with the mullet 😉

        I’m just guessing of course…but CBJ said they’d be willing to part with a first-rounder for a scoring winger, which Jagr is. Plus getting a player of that stature would be a boon for the franchise.

        Does he have a NTC at all?

  32. Steeltown Hab says:

    Jagr for our 2nd round pick from Calgary and a 5th.

    Would you do this?


    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

  33. mrhabby says:

    I miss MAB….there i said. Feels good to get that off my chest.

  34. Propwash says:

    Steve Montador placed on waivers, decent pickup for an extra defenceman?


  35. Sportfan says:

    You know untill today I had no idea who the Dallas Stars coach was, frankly after seeing him on TSN I still don’t know who he is.


  36. Mattyleg says:

    Anybody hear anything about Tom Kostopolous?
    Saw what happened last night and it didn’t look good…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. adamkennelly says:

    Matt Martin – go get him. He can fill in for Armstrong, help Prust out and makes us harder to play against in a long series.

    • Loonie says:

      Funny you say that.

      Matt Cooke of all people made Martin look like a fool on Saturday afternoon repeatedly. Checked him so hard and often that Martin was a punch line on the Penguins bench.

      Martin’s a tough guy and can fight, but there isn’t much else there. Tough isn’t enough.

  38. MassHabsFan says:

    Just think how awful the Bs future would have looked if Toronto didn’t gift them Rask/Seguin/Hamilton for essentially Kessel and Raycroft

  39. Maksimir says:

    I’d like to see Montreal grab Jagr out from under Boston – just to piss them off… as long as the price wasn’t overly high… with Gainey in Dallas he’ll tell them to take Kaberle.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I think they are already pissed off losing Ryder, who killed the Habs last time, earlier this season.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  40. Kooch7800 says:

    I was impressed with Josh Gorges last night. He had a heck of a game and seems to be coming into playoff form.

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  41. MassHabsFan says:

    That would be awful. I think the last thing you want to do to this team right now is trade their captain

  42. Timo says:

    Is there an update on Armstrong?

  43. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Guess St. Louis is “all in” too with all those RFAs this summer…JayBo’s contract will be tough for them next year.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  44. MassHabsFan says:

    Is it me or is Jagr the last player I’d want the Habs to get. There is zero chance he buys into Therrien scheme and he would be a defensive liability as he floats. I understand he can still score but I think he would harm the room and be in Therrien’s doghouse from day 1. I hope Bs get him

    • Storman says:

      MT requires each player to be responsible to his team mates, the dressing room is as tight as it has been in many years, a trade that brings in someone who does not buy all in to his responsibility in a 200′ by 85′ area, would be a distraction bordering on disaster..

    • Bill H says:

      Good point Mass. Chemistry with Pleks and a few goals on the power play would be great, but at what cost? We better pass on the Jagr option.

    • twilighthours says:

      Dunno. If Jagr and Plex could make some magic, then it’s something worth pursuing. In general I am down on the idea of Jagr but the Plex connection (the conplexion?) makes it intriguing

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      I wouldn’t go as far to say he’s the “last guy” I’d want to see on Habs but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me – you can’t bump Ryder (our top scorer) off the first line. He might help a bit down the depth charts but risk/reward is skewed against bringing him in.

      Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

  45. mark24 says:

    See a confirmed source on twitter says Canadians have offered Gionta and 1st round pick to Sabres for Pominville. Wonder about the clause in Giontas contract.

  46. Marc10 says:

    Ryan Clowe, Jagr and Luongo…

    Should be an interesting day all right.

    I know Boston will make a splash. I just hope we beat them with their new players in a couple of days to really send them over the bend.

  47. Sportfan says:

    Did Blunden get sent down too when they called up Beaulieu?


  48. Haberoooo13 says:

    Gotta like the odds of Habs getting the 1st pick in the 2nd round

    Na Na Na Les Canadiens Les Canadiens

  49. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Habs’ PK had a lot to do with Carolina’s acquisition of MAB, I feel 🙂

  50. Haberoooo13 says:

    Pierre LeBrun on Twitter:
    Told the Dallas Stars have decided to trade Jaromir Jagr. My sense is Boston leads the list of front-runners

    Na Na Na Les Canadiens Les Canadiens

  51. joshbenn says:

    Don’t worry Timo it’ll be over soon…


  52. Loonie says:

    So Jagr’s on the move and Plekanec is on his way to Bergevin’s office to beg.

  53. Storman says:

    I thought one of my first attempts was quite funny with Brandon Thrust,
    Then I came up with Josh Engorges I really thought that was unbeatable,
    Do not mind the wave jokes, did not expect us to hit a top 100 list as opposed to a top ten list though, but i find the new play by play blog is really more of a free for all with not many reply loops or even much time for replies.

  54. Timo says:

    I am not commenting on MAB trade cause I don’t want to get banned.

  55. Propwash says:

    Be glad that MAB is not a Hab…
    Hey I can do this rap thing too, where’s my millions of dollars???


  56. HabinBurlington says:

    Does Derek Morris have enough left in the tank to help team?

  57. Sportfan says:

    LOL MAB TO CAROLINA! 7th rounder too bet Timo will thing thats a steal 😛


  58. Sportfan says:

    Newest and Latest Blog check it out! I hated talking about the Bruins -_-


    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      I sure hope that Bonifacio hits before Rasmus…

      Great read.. I highly doubt Romero makes it back this season, he appears to be defeated mentally, the mechanical issues he is working on are between his ears. I’d expect to see Drew Hutchison and/or Kyle Drabek make it to the big club (once healthy) if there is an issue with any of the 5 starters you’ve mentioned.

      • Sportfan says:

        I was surprised to see he didn’t get the 2nd spot, things change quickly in baseball though, I doubt Rasmus will be around by the end of the year unless he plays amazing.


        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          His swing is so compact and quick… like Lind, he chases far too many low – inside breaking balls.. Rasmus has great D.. Hope he reaches his potential in TO because Gose looks lost at the plate, and Bonifacio is much better at 2B than CF.. I really don’t see the point of playing Izturis every day at 2B… he’s more of an Omar Vizguel utility type for the team..

  59. bel33 says:

    MAB to Carolina…
    Breathe Timo… breathe.

  60. Newf_Habster says:

    Any updates on Armstrong injury? and, how long will not he play?

  61. 24 Cups says:

    If the Habs need to replace Diaz then Filip Kuba might be a realistic option. Tons of experience, 36 years old, 6’4″/225 and signed for next year at 4M. Florida could take back half that amount to help them reach the floor next year (if need be).

    The price wouldn’t be that steep as Montreal could still keep lots of options open for the future in terms of prospect assets.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Decent shot for 2nd wave of pp as well.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Exactly. That`s what the team needs, not guys like O`Byrne or Zanon. Other posters have mentioned Streit.

        I am so pissed that the Habs didn’t go after Bouwmeester. He`s not as good as some people think but he would have been a great year and half stopgap measure.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          JayBo was just too expensive for next year’s cap.

          “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • 24 Cups says:

        Not if Florida takes back half of that. It`s part of the new CBA. The Habs could have done the same thing with Bouwmeester`s salary next year.

        • JIMVINNY says:

          Except that the flames would have had no reason to keep half jaybo’s salary, as they found a trade partner willing to take it all. Same thing with Kuba. IF Tampa is set on trading him, they won’t need to worry about keeping half his salary, someone will take him at full price.

          • 24 Cups says:

            I was thinking that any deal Montreal offered would be sweet enough to make the salary part feasible. It might be a stretch on my part.

            I just feel the team needs to get a replacement for Diaz. We’ll know in 27 hours!

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      Habs can’t afford 4m in cap space next year, even after they buy out Kaberle

      Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

  62. EastCoastHab says:

    Taking a break from the hockey talk for a minute (sort of) I want to applaud the team for recognizing Autism awareness and again showing how classy this organization can really be. I too have a son with Autism and he is a HUGE Habs fan! Last week I was on the road when my wife texted me. My son was watching the game as usual and saw a play that should have constituted a penalty. Someone wasn’t very nice to PK Subban….he was not impressed. He was looking for the CBC phone number to call and let them know. Such a wonderful boy and such a big fan of our beloved team!
    I live in Newfoundland and we save every day to get to the Bell Centre. We weren’t there this year but last year and the year before and if we get the Leaf’s in the playoffs I will have to pull a second mortgage on the house to get there!
    Today is world Autism day and I would like to thank the team!
    Oh yeah….go Ryder! Our favorite player of course…..sign him!
    Have a great day everyone!

    • Marc10 says:

      Yes. Great initiative by the team.
      Good luck with the mortgage. I do see us playing the Leafs. It’s going to happen and it will be a war.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Not sure if you were able to see some of yesterdays daytime discussion thread, but a couple of posters, Habfan10912 and Luke, also posted some real good items to read regarding Autism. All the best, have a great day as well.

    • bel33 says:

      Hope your son and you have a great day!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      East. I hope you are enjoying all of your sons milestones as much as my family is enjoying my grandsons. What a wonderful organization that we root for who would have a night for people to take note of this condition. CHeers to you and your son my friend.

  63. bel33 says:

    Darren Dreger is reporting the NYI talks with Streit aren’t going well… thoughts on picking him up if Diaz isn’t close???

  64. Old Bald Bird says:

    I find myself more in agreement with the “stay the course” folk than the “load up folk.” Perhaps that’s because I don’t think this team has the right mix to survive four rounds, and I don’t think an addition or two will do it.

    Someone wrote on the previous thred that this team always falls short in the playoff because they lack toughness. That may be true, but it could be that they have fallen short because they simply haven’t been good enough. In any case, THIS team has yet to fall short as it is not the same team as recent groups.

    There is also the idea that it might be a good idea to see how the team, as presently constituted, does in the playoffs. That might give management a better idea of needs.

    One more thing for those who say Beaulieu and Tinordi aren’t ready. You are probably right, but this is about the time that PK was brought up in his first year, and he didn’t do too badly.

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      Tinordi and Beaulieu are nowhere close to the talent PK was when he came up.

      Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

      • twilighthours says:

        The moment he stepped on the ice that year, he was MTL’s best defenseman (defenceman, Terry?). That’s what I recall.

      • Loonie says:

        Beaulieu is.

        • Hstands4Hockey says:

          Give your head a shake. PK came in and filled the shoes of a premier NHL defenseman his first few games in the NHL. Played 30 minutes a game in the playoffs against Crosby/Malkin and came out on top.

          Don’t get me wrong, I think Bealieu will be a very good NHL defenseman.

          Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

          • Loonie says:

            Give my head a shake?

            Look bucko, Beaulieu and Subban at like-ages were regarded differently.

            Know why? Cuz Beaulieu has it all, the only area he falls short of Subban in is confidence.

            Beaulieu is a dynamic talent and was ranked as such and is regarded as such today.

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            Confidence can not be taught.

            PK has it all.

          • Loonie says:

            No, players never gain confidence with experience.

            (rolls eyes)

            Saying Beaulieu’s skill set isn’t anywhere near Subban’s is something I expect to hear from somebody who’s never seen the kid play.

          • Hstands4Hockey says:

            I remember Bealieu costing Canada the Gold Medal at the World Juniors because he gave up on a play on the 6-0 goal. Canada lost 6-5. PK dominated that tournament and was the best defenseman in the AHL playoffs before being called up. Bealieu is a very good talent but has a ways to go just to be a regular NHL defenseman. PK is a generational talent and at the age of 23 is the best defenseman in the world (maybe 2nd best if karlsson was healthy, which he’s not)

            Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

          • Loonie says:

            So you don’t see Beaulieu’s talent based on a mistake at the WJHC?

            That’s rhetorical.

          • toinz says:

            I’ve never found shaking my head to be a good way to get me to change my mind. Maybe im just stubborn…

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        Very few do have PK’s talent level, but it’s interesting that they were both drafted higher than PK. Hmm?

  65. twilighthours says:

    Since we are a family in here and we can tell each other how we really feel…

    I found the liveblog very frustrating last night. In addition to the mindless hating on players and nitpicking their every tiny flaw (which I’ve mostly come to ignore), there was (were?)

    1) the really tiresome attempts at making stupid sex jokes with seemingly every player in the NHL’s name. It all went downhill after Josh Engorges.

    2) when people try to reply to others, but since they are posting from the mobile webpage, their reply just appears at the top of the page as a new comment (and there’s no context or an @user to help us out). This is somewhat a commenter problem but mostly it’s a mobile webpage/app problem and once again I’d ask: can the Gazette people please figure this out? It would make the experience so much better.

    Otherwise, good game, fun evening, and I hope we add D without sacrificing much future.

    • Maksimir says:

      I thought the porno names were pretty entertaining…

      Travis Moan!

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      1) I think it was just a one-time occurance…

      2) This is a real problem…becomes too annoying to stay.

      BTW I prefer Shane Moan…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • malaka316 says:

      Seriously man, where is your sense of humor? Lighten up some

      …..Brendan Gagginher

    • Mattyleg says:

      I found last night annoying too.
      The names were alright.
      Kept people entertained and didn’t detract too much.

      The negativity was irritating, and some posters who only show up for the games need to be e-radicated, or at least their parents should better monitor what they’re doing.

      The mobile thing needs to be fixed. I don’t post on there (actually I never use it) because it’s too difficult to figure out who’s saying what to whom.

      If the poster can’t be bothered to give an @whoever, whatever they’re saying can’t be that important.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Marc10 says:

        Negativity? On HIO?!

        What a ridiculous notion…

        I do sometimes miss the guys that only bother to show up (I was going to say ‘come on the site’ but I digress) when the Boys manage to blow a lead (damn… did it again) or screw it all up (I give up…)

    • habs-hampton says:

      I agree on point #1. Too bad you couldn’t filter out comments based on user names.

    • Loonie says:

      As relevant as your points are you were taking the Desharnais heat far too seriously.

      He’s a good player but couldn’t hit sand if he fell off of a camel last night.

      I can’t remember the last time a player had that many premium scoring chances in a game without cashing in.

      It was something to behold.

      • twilighthours says:

        Dude’s in a slump, nothing more. You’ve been there, I’m sure.

        Also, that was not a shot at you. Don’t be so sensitive, or else I’ll have to big brother you and steal your dessert.

        We are a family, after all.

    • hfotwc says:

      The level of intelligence on the live blog last night was at an all time low. It was mind blowing to see grown up man (I doubt any woman participated in this acne plagued teenager boy fest) getting carried away with so much moronic bad humor. Where this place is mostly interesting, entertaining and humorous, I think that last night was despicable and infantile. Perhaps some people should show more respect to their wife, girlfriends in public and keep their porn in the confine of their dark basement.

  66. Mattyleg says:

    Where’s Timo??
    MAB not on the ice in TB, tweets Renaud Lavoie; “should be traded today.”


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  67. Mattyleg says:

    Hey, is this a new thread?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  68. commandant says:

    Rumors flying last night that the 4-0 loss makes Dallas sellers. Here are the 4 big trade pieces they have.


    Go Habs Go!
    Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Stéphane Robidas would be a perfect fit…not sure JN wants to deal with MB after the last robbery…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Newf_Habster says:

      I would love to see Jagr come to Montreal so he can play with Plekanec. They played so well together in Czech league last fall.

  69. HabinBurlington says:

    Opening Day for a rebuilt BlueJays team and the lead story in the Toronto Star Sports Section is the possible addition of Kiprusoff.

  70. Captain aHab says:

    Second, but like Avis, I try harder.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  71. commandant says:


    Go Habs Go!
    Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

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