Updated audio: Price gets start vs. Thrashers

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey reports from the Bell Centre after today’s Canadiens practice that Guy Carbonneau will go with Carey Price in goal tomorrow vs. the Atlanta Thrashers.

Lots of speculation around the arena about trades, but no deal has gone down yet.

Listen to Christopher Higgins and Michael Ryder talk about … all the talk about trades. And here’s Mike Komisarek on the same topic, recorded after Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Columbus.


  1. The Teacher says:

    Yuck, that is a horrible trade! They can have the rights to Jack Todd.

  2. RS says:

    As far as I’m concerned that’s more serious than “stealing” a purse. But thankfully he didn’t kill anybody.

  3. N.B.habs fan says:

    Hit the nail on the head,how true.

  4. moser17 says:

    Hackett is probably playing, since I think I saw a Rolaids delivery truck at the Bell Centre. Good call.

  5. showey47 says:

    If halak gets called up either tonight or tomorrow morning, it pretty much means huet is being dealt. Especially with the announcement that price is starting tomorrow.

  6. Hoegarden says:

    I don’t care if the put Hackett in nets for tomorrow’s game but I do know they have to win this game, no excuses.
    With both Buffalo and N.J. next where both Thibault and Brodeur got shutouts against the Habs earlier this year, this week-end will be the toughest yet for 2007-08 Habs.

  7. Gooner says:

    In his last two and a half gmes Huet allowed 10 goals. By the same token Price has allowed 9 in his last two and a half games. Looking at the big picture I would say both goalies are in a funk. That totals 19 goals in those five games. I would say we have a definate defensive problem right now as well. This can’t be all goal tender problems.

  8. coutNY says:

    Could be just until year end (true rental) for that all they need about $2 mil OR since the system works on a salary hit that averages the salaries out over time Healty, Spezza, and Alfredsson are making roughly 25 mil a year is actually $19.414. Take out UFAs Redden and Gerber and it looks more doable.

    Still that would mean their D-fense would be lacking but possible.

  9. N.B.habs fan says:

    thanks buddy ,I thought so too .Do you suppose Halak will get the call tommorow to come up.I have to get ready to go to work,in 1 hr and nothing happened yet.Gess I will have to wait till tommorow….

  10. HKisses says:

    This was the best article i have ever read…. My co workers were looking at me as if i was a mental case….I literally was LMAO(Laughing my ass off)

  11. moser17 says:

    Huet et al. to Atlanta in a big deal for Hossa. Huet plays against us tomorrow night. Hossa doesn’t play until he finds the missing glove with his name on it.

  12. Dave Stubbs says:

    Next thing you know, they’ll be talking about “working journalists”, an oxymoron of course, being spotted at the arena… Is it 3 p.m. Tuesday yet?

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  13. Chorske says:

    No, just heard a rumour on nothingbettertodoonFebruary25.com that the deal fell through. Leafs Inside/Out also wanted young prospect Chris Aung-Thwin thrown into the deal.

    Needless to say, Habs Inside/Out is a buyer in this market. NO DEAL!

  14. showey47 says:

    legwand plays for the nashville predators. I thought they waited till game day to announce the starter, especially since we pretty much use a tandem. Possibly something in the works, who knows.

  15. Chorske says:

    Wait! WAIT! I think someone just tested a microphone in the press room!!!!

  16. Chorske says:

    Not THAT hack?! 😉

  17. skoehn says:

    everyone has been blaming huet for last year…why don’t you blame carbo for putting him in?? it was a stupid move by the coach. Coming off an injury like huets you would expect he may not have the best game… Huet may have lost but carbo screwed up more

  18. Habs64 says:

    With 24 hours to go until the NHL’s trade deadline, the Calgary Flames don’t appear willing to deal away winger Alex Tanguay. General Manager Darryl Sutter told reporters on Monday afternoon that he is not trading Tanguay and he likes the make up of his team.

  19. N.B.habs fan says:

    showey47, this might sound stupid but do they usally tell who is in net the day before? and who is legwand?

  20. showey47 says:

    off topic, david legwand arrested for dui

  21. showey47 says:

    or No Toronto Clause

  22. Richard says:

    Man, only in Montreal (and maybe Toronto)…

    “Hey, I’ve got a story for you: The habs are cleaning the press conference room. Go write a story.”

  23. skoehn says:

    Why do you want to rush this kid so much He will not be ready to carry the load next year… especially with no veteran to help him…

  24. Blitzen says:

    Man this town is nuts…
    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  25. von says:

    For real. Call up Halak, Chipchura, and Grabovski and sit out the deadwood which is dragging the team down.

    Montreal Bulldogs, here we come!!!

  26. Blitzen says:

    We’re sending him to Pittsburgh straight up for that stiff Crosby.
    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  27. skoehn says:

    Motivator i’m not so sure.. I see to young goalies who each will want to be considered number 1 and play the majority of the games. It sounds all good but you forget these are very young men Neither has the experience to beable to help each other instead they will battle eah other and both their games will suffer..

  28. HKisses says:

    Y would uask that? do you think anyone knows anythign at all right now? lol anything u hear are rumors

  29. Blitzen says:

    I’d be happy with Halak in net. Price as a back-up.
    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  30. johnnyhab says:

    Is Huet involved in a deal?

  31. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    Did Bob say he wanted an Impact player?

    I know that the Saputo family are looing for a goalie, so maybe we’ll get Antonio Ribiero for Huet?


    What’s that? Stunned silence?

  32. skoehn says:

    Wow I don’t undersand going with Price he looks shaky and let in bad goals… If huet gets Traded the goaltending will collapse the kids are not ready to carry the load of a season without a veteran mentor… Why carbo is so willing to throw price into the wolves right away i’ll never understand.. price needs more development.

  33. cautiousoptimist says:

    I’d hope we would get at least a high pick thrown in there to make up for Richards’s $8M salary…


  34. TC says:

    Rumour is the price is steep, Stubbs for McKenzie, Strachan and a reporter to be named later.


  35. HKisses says:

    OMG LOLLLLLLLLLLL…….i jus came across this….Habs r cleaning press confrence room LOL…pretty funny article..Its in french


  36. projectpete19 says:

    it doesnt matter what huet wants

  37. Cable Guy says:

    I never looked at it that way but your right.

  38. secretdragonfly says:

    Wow, we were in section 118, row V and came in from Oakville. While I’ll always have great memories of the ceremony honouring BG, the same can’t be said about the game itself. Time to look ahead and play like the winners we know they can be.

  39. showey47 says:

    for the love of god dave don’t waive your ntc.

  40. von says:

    Wow, definitely kind of surprised about this. I kind of expected hearing Huet would start. I guess there trying to get him into a rhythm.

    I’ve gotta agree with the speculation that a deal is in the works for Huet. Get something good for him, and let Halak and Price steal the show!!!

  41. frank81 says:

    It’s been an especially trying time for Dave Stubbs, given the rampant speculation that he’ll be traded to Leafs Inside/Out. 😉

  42. showey47 says:

    I had actually read( i wish i could remember where i saw it) that gainey was interested but hoped to pick him up on re-entry for half the price. Not really a good plan when you are sitting in the top 5 or 6 teams in the league and re-entry works from the last place teams and works it way up. I personally would of offered dandy for him straight up, it would of been a salary dump for us going into next season and the pens get a player who can play forward or defence.

  43. Habhopeful says:

    Planet,I haven’t read anywhere that tanguay waived his no trade clause…Where did you hear this?

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  44. showey47 says:

    We definatly would of won that game, only huet could blow a game where his team scores 5 goals for him. If halak had won that game, carbo would of had little choice but use him for the playoffs. If halak actually steals a round or two, it would of been hard to deny halak the starting job in montreal to start this season making huet an expensive back up. Huet essentially saved his starting job by losing the most important game of last season. Seems so wrong on so many levels. I have nothing against huet but i would rather trade him now and get something for him and take our chances with a price/halak duo.

  45. Habs_008 says:

    I agree with the Gainey ceremony. I have never seen anything like it. It was something else! If they ever retire Patrick Roy, no dout i will be back for that one.

  46. Dave Stubbs says:

    Speak for yourself…

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  47. JF says:

    Yesterday Richards was not including Montreal among the teams to whom he would be willing to be traded.

  48. Cable Guy says:

    Ya it sucks we lost but the Gainey ceremony was amazing, well worth the drive and price of admission. I drove 400 km to get there so you have me beat.

  49. TC says:

    It’s one of the big secret’s in Southern Ontario but Cobourg (population 15,000) is a little hotbed for Habs fans. At one point about 15 years ago I could name all of them, but I’m proud to say we’ve increased our ranks since then. After all we’ve had Dryden, Beliveau, and Shutt all visit the town. Hell we’ve even had Chris Chelios enjoy a pint at the local pub.

    Anyways to be a Hab fan in a town that is obsessed with the Leafs has always been a badge of honour.


  50. Blitzen says:

    He has a NTC (No Traitor Clause)
    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  51. Richard B says:

    Recchi? in a trade?
    Recchi asked to come to Mtl. for free when he was kicked out of pittsburgh and Gainey passed.
    Y whould he turn around now and change his mind.
    With that said…Hossa, Koivu, Recchi should interesting.

  52. Habs_008 says:

    No, i was in Sec 119 row R (i think) seat 3 and 4. We were behind the visitors net for 2 periods. So I saw no goals on my end. Haha. ohh well, I’m actual live just north of Toronto. But i have been a hab fan all my life. I did have a great weekend in MTL. Just wish the habs played hockey that nite. It was the first time i have ever seen them lose. Now the record is 4-1 when im in attendence. haha.

  53. huge_polar_bear says:

    Not to mention it was Huet that started that game that we lost to the Laffs… Would it have been different if we went with the hot hand of Halak? We will never know but I think we would have won that game with Halak in nets.

  54. nick says:

    only if we get something 😉

  55. nick says:

    Hossa to Ottawa? I don’t think so.

    Ok so theres been some speculation that Hossa is headed to Ottawa… Personally, i think this might be a little far fetched. Their first line, well Healty, Spezza, and Alfredsson are making roughly 25 mil a year right now. Thats right, 25 million split 3 ways. Which leaves, 25 millionish for the remainder of the team. Unless Ottawa is going to move a couple players, i seriously don’t see them picking up another 6-7 million dollar salary if they can help it.

    But thats just me.

  56. Cable Guy says:

    Trade deadline day is better than Christmas……

  57. Richard says:

    HOSSA (yes, a 3 way trade)
    1st round pick



    Or at least we can all dream. Sigh…

  58. Cable Guy says:

    hey where were you sitting? i was in section 206 of the desjardin section, row c, seast 1 and 2. Are you the family from Cobourg?

  59. RGM says:

    I’m surprised that Carey’s getting the start tomorrow, but pleasantly as I’m one of his biggest backers. It’s nothing against Huet, it’s just that I want to see Price develop quickly and be prepared to assume the #1 role next year in the (likely?) event that Huet’s no longer around with the team. Hopefully it’ll be a much better all-around performance…and who knows who else will be in the lineup that night.

    See you April 5th at the Bell Centre!

  60. planet habs says:

    I have a feeling Huet will be traded to Tampa along with Ryder for Richards. I hope it’s true,because Huet is a UFA and unless he’s traded, we’ll lose him for nothing. I heard that Ottawa is willing to give up Vermette to Atlanta for Hossa. If we offer Higgins, Higgins has more goals than Vermette this year and past 2 seasons. But I don’t think Gainey is willing to part with Higgins. maybe Ryder, Grabovski, Yemelin and a pick for Hossa and Recchi?
    Tanguay has waived his NTC, but to which team? would be great if we could get 2 scoring wingers, or winger and centerman.
    God forbid Ottawa gets Hossa; it would be a real downer for habs fans.

  61. mrstewart61 says:

    Let’s wait to see if Halak gets recalled!

  62. mrstewart61 says:

    To Tampa for a 1st

  63. Habs_008 says:

    I was at the game Saturday, I drove 500km to see the Habs. They didnt even score a goal! I did get some good Pictures/Video footage of Gainey’s retirment. Well the footage isnt the greatest cause it wasnt a video camera. Huet could be gone, I wouldnt be surprised. Even though he has at times been our best player since we got him from LA. The habs havent shown him enough respect at times. That being said he hasnt looked good at all lately, neither has Price or our Defense. This team is not yet their, but they will be a season from now.

  64. Habs64 says:

    Huet to another team not Atlanta.

  65. Alirio says:

    Huet and Ryder to Tampa???

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  66. Y says:

    Ummm no, why would Huet want to go backup Lehtonen?
    Waddell said he is happy with his goalies

  67. showey47 says:

    You know, moving huet and bringing up halak could be the ultimate motivator to get the best out of price. Who is the bigger threat to steal price’s future #1 job, huet at 32 and a ufa next year and won’t be here or halak at 23 and is the best goalie in the ahl who also at this time last year carried this team to within one point of making the playoffs?

  68. N.B.habs fan says:

    Price played well,just no help fron the defence and you have to score to win.Get over it please…….

  69. G-Man says:

    I get the feeling Streit will hit the road, too, but don’t worry. I’ve been wrong before.


  70. MathMan says:

    As previously pointed out, this is very interesting. On the one hand, Carbonneau needs to give his starter a few games in a row to get into a rhythm/build some confidence, rather than do the Ottawa lose-and-sit dance.

    On the other hand, Huet is ostensibly the starter, and Price certainly did not look like he was too hot last game. Logically, it should be Huet getting the bulk of the starts, to get him back into a rhythm for the playoffs.

    Besides the trade possibility, two explanations exist.

    Either Price is seen as the probable starter going forward…or they just want to use the backup against the weaker team (especially post-deadline) with two bigger match-ups on deck this week.

  71. G-Man says:

    Can you say Huet, Ryder +1 prospect = Hossa? Sure, I knew you could. 🙂


  72. Habs64 says:

    Huet to be traded I would say!

  73. 24 Cups says:

    These two points against Atlanta are vital if we don’t want to start sliding back toward the playoff pack sitting around position #8. Our schedule doesn’t get any easier after Tuesday. I think Price is the right choice.

    The Original 24 Cups

  74. MikeL says:

    This is extremely weird. Price did not play well enough Saturday to get another start. This is very fishy and sounds like Huet may be gone come Tuesday night.

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