Video: Spacek, Trotter, Pacioretty, final Habs scrimmage

Jaroslav Spacek

Canadiens defenceman Jaroslav Spacek on Monday.
Stubbs video grab

A few action videos and interview clips with defenceman Jaroslav Spacek and forwards Brock Trotter and Max Pacioretty.

Tuesday, it’s hockey again (almost) for real with the Dallas Stars at the Bell Centre for the Habs’ first of six exhibitions they’ll play in seven nights.

Brock Trotter video:

And Max Pacioretty:


  1. JD_ says:

    It’s probably already long been noted, but, man, Space looks to be back in Buffalo physical form. Now, that‘s how you show up for trainin’ camp.

    Undoubtedly, his bud Hammer’s two-year deal with Washington wasn’t lost on Jaro who would clearly – by all appearances – also like one more kick at the can before callin’ it a day.

    Admittedly, I was hopeful the Habs would swing a one-year deal with Hammer while findin’ a way to move Space, but it obviously wasn’t in the cards. The fact Jaro seems motivated to earn a spot in the league next off-season is, however, a bit of a positive offset.

    Still, he’ll have his moments, much as everyone does, and the fans’ll be breathin’ down his neck with a little extra emphasis, but one won’t be able to question his commitment.

  2. HabinBurlington says:

    So question to HIO staff. Various people have asked if you fine folks could bring back the red new indicator to posts. I think I recall seeing a response that it was being worked on.

    Any updates? Now during preseason could be good time to try some changes.

  3. Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks Bill and Frank. Bill that link got put in my bookmarks, great.
    I did not contact him yet.

  4. cuzzie says:

    Looking at the roster it looks like the Bulldogs are going to be pretty competitive. Hope they come play at the Bell this season. Cupboard looks pretty full, beats the Rejean Houle years.

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

  5. DEANDALLEY says:

    Could someone please tell me the website to change my Avatar? I have forgotten it.


    You can’t please everyone. Just please yourself!

  6. Chris says:


    Down below, you were discussing Spacek’s ice time. In terms of even-strength ice time, Jacques Martin used Spacek and Subban as his #1 (once) or #2 pair for the first 3 games.

    When Hamrlik returned from injury, he and Spacek were the #1 (15 times) or #2 pairing for 21 of the next 25 games.

    Spacek was actually pulling heavy duty at the start of last season, with Subban and either Gill or Picard pulling third line duty (18 times out 28 games).

    With Hamrlik gone, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him put Spacek with Yemelin or Weber as a senior mentor, as he did last season with Gill/Subban and Weber/Spacek.

    • Bill J says:

      I still suspect Yemelin paired eventually with Markov. Gill with Subban, Gorges with Spacek.

      That being said, JM is the head coach, and we know how he likes to change things up from period to period sometimes.

      If you want a days count till Habs hockey, I recommend this as your home page:

      Go Habs Go!

      • Chris says:

        I misread your post. I have a bit of a feeling that you’re being optimistic about his position on the depth chart. With Markov iffy and Gorges being worked back into the line-up, I can see Spacek getting a fair bit of ice time out of the gate.

        And I’ve said it a few times already, but I still think Gill’s the player most at risk of seeing his stock tumble. He was brutal in the first half last year, and Martin is smart enough to know that Gill’s minutes needs to be managed so that he has something in the tank for the stretch-drive and the playoffs.

  7. Ian Cobb says:


    Where are you?

    Does anyone out there know if he is still on his pegs? Or have heard from him.

  8. DEANDALLEY says:

    Another season of the HIO Bullies jumping on everyone who’s opinions differ from theirs …

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Everyones opinion matters Dean especially mine.!

    • Bill J says:

      Yes, because slamming Price and/or his father the way you did is an informed opinion. Stop crying like a little baby when someone calls you out for what you are. A ginormous troll!

      If you want a days count till Habs hockey, I recommend this as your home page:

      Go Habs Go!

      • DEANDALLEY says:

        I didn’t slam Carey or his Dad. Just pointing out that Jerry was not as good a goaltender as his son …. Learn to read Billy ….

        I don’t comment on your post so do the same for me ok!

        • Bill J says:

          I’ll do what I want, as long as you’re allowed to troll.

          Freedom of speech goes both ways.

          btw, stating Carey got his goalie genes from his father, followed by a “lol” translates into you laughing at that idea. Followed by Carey’s dads GAA, is all slam. Learn to write Deanie.

          Edit: I see you’ve now added “never” to your post below, better… But lame when you don’t admit you tweaked.

          If you want a days count till Habs hockey, I recommend this as your home page:

          Go Habs Go!

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …has anyone been watching Alexander Avstin’s and Diaz’s live-play closely this pre-season ? …would appreciate any knowledgable observation
    …I have been awaiting Alexander’s maturation with anticipation since His draft …and, Mr. Diaz’s skating skill on D reminds Me of PK’s

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    • Bill J says:

      From the numerous tidbits I’ve read from people who have watched.

      Avstin: great hands, offensively talented. Drawback, what seems to be a work ethic issue. However, he’s taking the MaxPac approach this year and has been quoted as saying he looks forward to producing improved results this season in Hamilton.

      Diaz has apparently looked as good as many thought he would be, some getting used to the north American game should make him ready for NHL play.

      If you want a days count till Habs hockey, I recommend this as your home page:

      Go Habs Go!

    • HabFab says:

      From mostly the RDS guys, as talented as Avstin is in some areas, he is as weak in others. He just turned 20 as he came over as a 19 year old so has time to develop and his English is much better too.
      As for Diaz, he seems to do everything well. Question is, if he is strong enough to play in the NHL. Time tells.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …thanks Bill & Frank …much appreciated

      Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  10. Toe Blake says:

    I’d be careful about reading too much into Spacek looking trim. Remember, Octoberfest hasn’t started yet!

  11. Chrisadiens says:

    Ott vs Tor on NHL network in US. I can’t wait to see the Great Konopka dominate every facet of this game. I kid of course. Its nice to watch some live hockey again tho.

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Actually spoke to my buddy last Friday who knows Konopka. His back is really effed up. He is taking serious cortisone and probably other stuff to deal with the pain. You will see him in and out of the lineup all season. Sounded to me like he is fairly damaged goods, probably the reason he ended up signing his UFA contract in Ottawa so late. While he has roots in Ottawa he was really hoping Toronto, Buffalo or someone else had made him an offer.

      • Chrisadiens says:

        Well, I can’t make fun of him now and feel good about it. Hope he recovers.

        Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Oh we can all still make fun, he is the Great Konopka, few other players were so close to leading us to the promised land.

          • Chrisadiens says:

            Couldn’t help but think of those who took their own lives when you said “taking other stuff”. This is the new NHL…..

            Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Well as I typed I tried to be careful. I read alot about Wade Belak recently and reading how he was taking 3-4 huge Cortisone needles deep into his pelvis was scary to read. The chronic pain he was suffering the past 3-4 years was tremendous.

            Belak had said the worst part was he would get stretched out in pregame then sit on the bench the whole period, by the time often late in games he got the tap for a rare shift, he was completely sore and stiff and then had to proceed to fight. He especially didn’t like playing for JM as JM had zero use for that style of player as Belak put it.

  12. Chris Higgins says:

    I know it’s not saying much, but at least I have a game to watch tonight to take my mind off our fold-a-roo against the Bruins in the Finals.

  13. Un Canadien errant says:

    An interesting point made by Josh Gorges in the La Presse article is how he is surprised to have his knee feel ready to go sooner than Andrei Markov. He states that they spent a lot of time on stationary cycles together, and Andrei’s recuperation seemed to be going very smoothly, while his own knee would swell up regularly when he pushed it. That would have been expected since Mr. Markov had a two-month headstart on his rehab.

    As I’ve posted before, it takes approximately up to six months to ‘heal’ an ACL reconstruction, but then can take an additional year to get back to full functioning where the athlete feels as comfortable as before the injury. Tom Brady and Wes Welker are good examples of this. Mr. Welker had a good season last year, but this season seems to have regained his amazing form. Both these athletes are consummate professionals and competitors, and rehabbed and trained as such, but their first season back was a bit of a down year for them. Those who follow the Canadian Ski Team also notice this pattern, that racers returning from an ACL reconstruction experiencing relatively disappointing results the first season, followed by a marked improvement the season after that.

    One of the risks in these procedures is that the knee starts to feel really good, and the ahtlete ‘pushes it’ ahead of schedule and repops the ligaments. This isn’t the case for Mr. Markov, his ACL is sound according to Dr. Andrews, but he may have overdone it a little with training camp approaching, being anxious to be ready. The swelling is not good news, but not catastrophic and not unexpected.

    The silver lining to all this is that I feared Mr. Martin might overuse Mr. Markov early in the season if he was pronounced ready to go. His being held back might firmly implant in his mind the notion that he needs to baby Andrei along even when pronounced medically ready, and not rely on him like the reliable workhorse he can be. Even though Mr. Gorges claims to feel as ready as ever, he also needs to be reintroduced slowly. Both need to be monitored for any soreness or pain or swelling, and their minutes need to be limited and gradually increased as the season progresses.

    The depth of the Canadiens defence should help achieve this. Glowing reports on Alexei Yemelin, combined with positive performance from Yanick Weber and Raphael Diaz, have made this a training camp that confirms the future is well in hand, and that reinforcements are a couple seasons away in the form of Mr. Beaulieu and Mr. Tinordi. This is the other silver lining, that Mr. Yemelin, Weber and Diaz are available to eat up these minutes that Mr. Markov and Mr. Gorges can’t or shouldn’t take. Early season should allow these three and others to gain valuable experience, and then take more of a supporting role as Mr. Gorges and Mr. Markov are dialed up as the playoffs approach.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  14. Chrisadiens says:

    Sorry if already asked, but……

    Anyone know who is expected to play tomorrow night? I heard on twitter Price is gonna start. Im curious if any other players were confirmed yet. I would love to see Yemelin!

    Edit: Do we know if its Yemelin or Emelin? I’ve seen both spellings….

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  15. DEANDALLEY says:

    Carey never got his Goaltending genes from his father … LOL.
    Jerry’s best season was a 4.33 GAA …. WOW!

  16. Everlasting1 says:

    So the Blues host the Bolts tomorrow night. GM Armstrong releases 3 Quebec hopefuls. Reporting on the latest developments as they unfold. Stay tuned 😛

    “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  17. HabFab says:

    An interview with Aaron Basu and his thoughts on the training camp and up coming season by the same people who did the Brian Wilde interview.

  18. HabFab says:

    For all the Hab fans living in Ottawa, what is this rumor I’m hearing that the Spartan is out and Britney Spears is in?

  19. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …great to see Jaro lookin’ 5 years younger …with Hammer gone and Andrei with a large question mark, it’s reassuring Jaro is taking His responsibilities on Our promising Team’s D seriously

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  20. Mr. Biter says:

    My God, how can we have 11 players injured before or during the 1st week of practice. Does the injury jinx never end.

    Mr. Biter

  21. Habs_4_ever says:

    Any word on who’s in the lineup for tomorrow night’s preseason game?

    “That’s the save of the year and it’s not even the year yet!”

  22. cuzzie says:

    Ray Ferraro on the Melnick show saying Gallagher will be an NHLer.

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

  23. Bripro says:

    According to François Gagnon (Twitter), Gorges was expecting a long-term deal and is a little disappointed.
    He did however point out that Gauthier was honest with him, and the Habs position is to see how the knee holds out before offering a long-term deal. He still gets decent money after coming back from an injury, but I wonder if this will affect negotiations for next year.

  24. HabinBurlington says:

    Gotta love the class of Ron Wilson in TO. He says they are going to cut the B.S. right away and get down to their roster ASAP for the preseason games.

    At least Ron is making all these kids 1st ever NHL camp a real dream come true. The smartass arrogant prick doesn’t deserve to win another NHL Game.

    Oh well, my vent for the day.

  25. Bill says:

    Can’t believe I get to watch the Habs tomorrow night! Pre-season, whatever, in Montreal every game is life or death and I’ll be right there living and dying on my couch.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  26. Morenz7 says:

    Reduced time for Spatch assumes a healthy Markov. So I hope you’re right.

  27. Looks like Spacek has lost 5 lbs in his cheeks and jowl alone. Good on him. I have a feeling that with reduced responsibility Spacek will surprise a lot of people this year.

  28. The third piece of the 2011 Super Summit has arrived. Bruins @ Habs 21 Nov, Club Desjardins seats! My third set of tickets for that week of Fun in Montreal……stay tuned.

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  29. avatar_58 says:

    Wow, he looks good. Nice to hear some positive news with all this injury/markov scare nonsense. Yemelin hitting like a tank and Gallagher owning as well.

  30. LA Loyalist says:

    Quick ? How many fans are out at Habs training camp?

    I was at my kids practice Saturday and Kings were on the other rink – only about 50 fans, a few hard core autograph hounds (male, pale, fat, scary-looking with backpacks – serial killers if ever I saw some) but seriously, there were almost that many Kings on the ice.

    Just curious.

  31. ClaytonM says:

    Is everyone else resigned to bruins fans being the most obnoxious in the league?

    Here’s hoping someone targets chara’s knees, thomas gets parkinsons, and they find julien’s kiddie porn stash.

    Ken Dryden For NHL Commissioner

  32. steeveedee says:

    does patches have a shnauze on him or what?!!?
    larsy darcy !

  33. caladin says:

    Playing 15-17 min a night on his proper side (left) Spacek may look a lot younger than he did at the end of last year.
    Man I’m excited. Depth! Competition for almost every spot on the team!
    Well done PG!

  34. Habitoba says:

    Just a thought: Imagine Begin Metroplit and Darche on a line together. 3 tenacious workhorses showing folks how to work hard every shift. Would probably be one of the best 3rd lines ever.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think a line of AK/Eller/Desharnais has more skill than that group and if AK gets feisty that line has 2 pretty good hitters in Lars and Andrei.

      No doubt though Begin/Metro/Darche would be hard working and abrasive.

      • Habitoba says:

        I agree with you on both fronts. As soon as I thought up that line combo, I traded for them in NHL2k9. A couple games in Vancouver wanted metro for burrows… couldn’t say no to that. always great to have a finger chomper on your team

    • LA Loyalist says:

      You mean those bums Martin got rid of?

      I agree with you actually, though I like Desharnais.

      On a far lower level, I recently played a game against a much stronger team, but we played hard D and just frustrated the hell out of them, by the third period they were cursing and we tied it up 1-1, hanging on for a 1-1 draw in OT. My point is it was really satisfying to play a game like that, to make the skill players crazy. 🙂

      Go Grinders!

  35. scrowe21 says:

    Is it just me or does Spacek look younger this year? Lol..

    Thanks for the video!

    2 things I noticed.. Gallagher is a bit bigger than Gio. Ive seen Gallagher listed at 5’7 and 5’8.. looks like he might even be 5’9 now.

    and.. Kostitsyn looks huge, hope he goes to the net like that in the regular season too.

  36. shiram says:

    Spacek looks fit, hopefully he can keep up with the kids!

    If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

  37. G-Man says:

    It’s great to see hockey action, even if it’s very raw. Thanks for the video!

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