Waiting for Kovalchuk

The Islanders?


This is turning into Son of Sundin.

Auld looking forward to working with Price

Sather’s miscues continue – Pat Hickey

Canadiens were bargain hunters – François Gagnon
Signings slow but talks continue – Pierre LeBrun
Winners and losers – Allan Muir


  1. nightmare_49 says:

     j – Who are we, are you the spokesman for the site, regardless of your stature i’ll take your sucky post into account, right. 

  2. mastro18 says:

    So this is how it feels when a good Russian prospect wants to play in the NHL …Im excited i love his skill.Will trunev be coming over soon.

  3. A. Berke says:

    So, what’s your point?

    With the exception of Cacau (naturalized citizen), all of the German team players, although some from different ethnic backgrounds, were born in Germany too or have at least one parent who’s german thus giving them the right to german citizenship. 

    Same goes for most other european teams as well where people’s taking residence (and also becoming  naturalized citizens) in another  country is considered a normal happening.

    Did you check the Canadian and USA football teams lately and see the “foreign” names?

    Ali B.

  4. punkster says:

    Where this all comes unglued is when our travelling franchise becomes nothing more than the Washington Generals (or today’s New York Nationals) the team that blows into town to provide the convenient stooge for the local franchise to beat. Or maybe this is a brilliant concept to squeeze more money out of the pockets of the unsuspecting masses?


  5. Storm Man says:

    What are the price of tickets? The hitmen in Calgary get lots of fans also. I think Canada should get 3 more teams in the NHL that is what I would like the most.

  6. Bill J says:

    Is it me or the point still moot ?

    Still 4000 more fans for MAJOR Junior as opposed to AHL (supposedly higher level of Hockey)


  7. dh says:

    For my pool, I have Brazil, Argentina and Spain as the three winners.  For yesterday’s games I picked Brazil and Ghanna.  For today I had Argentina and Spain.  Maybe I will be 1 for 4 and have a chance to get a point for the 3rd place team.

  8. HardHabits says:

    Hence the disclaimer: I don’t know if this is feasible

    But you obviously corrected that with the river boat arena. I propose an arena on wheels that can be rolled from city to city like a travelling circus. It’s not like the situation hasn’t become one already given the Pheonix/Bettman/Balsillie/Hamilton ring around the rosy.

  9. Le Jadester says:

    Totally ! 

    I wonder what happened to the prefex “Se”  ?

    Habs, OLE !

  10. B says:

    I didn’t do any math, I just read the “capacity” column instead of the “average” column. My mistake, thank you for catching it (good thing I like to provide links when I can). That is still a very impressive attendance record though, about 50% higher than the Moose.

  11. camel_larry says:

    Agreed, 100%. He wasn’t half bad, either.


    Go Habs Go!

  12. punkster says:

    I think I’m going to be sick.


  13. ooder says:

    they will say: “oh sh!t”


    88 is the new 23

  14. HardHabits says:

    That’s why I have the 5 drink rule. After that it’s water for me although I will occasionally have that 6th but that is the penultimate.

    I was only mildly Schweinsteingery last night having drank 5 shots of Glenfiddich in the span of about 15 minutes. But it was a nice Schweinsteinger edge that made the muck and the mire seem so good to dive right into and roll about in.

  15. punkster says:

    Oui! Excellent observation!!!


  16. jbroderi says:

    why don’t you just say that you disagree?  why do you have to try and generalize about every thought that comes out of Hickey’s and Boone’s mouth, or fingers, because you disagree with a couple of them?  we disagree with people on the site all the time, but we don’t have to make inferences about them as a person!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  17. punkster says:

    Hmmm. A floating franchise concept. Build a Mississippi riverboat big enough to hold a 20,000 seat arena and cruise up and down the river, stopping at various cities to play games. There could be an east coast franchise and a west coast franchise as well. Hey, even a Caribbean franchise.


  18. Storm Man says:

    I would take a look at your math for the average on the Remparts again 😉 12,088 is what I get.

  19. andrewberkshire says:

    Remember how you said Holland sucked?

  20. nightmare_49 says:

     h_s – Most teams are waiting for his demands to be more realistic and probably at quiet a discount and also to see if the KHL rumours will start. At the right price on the short term he may get a look from PG.

       I am sure PG would like a winger, very inexpensive, who can play on the 3rd line and back up the top two lines quiet adequately, not a bandaid. There’s also Milan Satan who is 35 but you must remember PG has to get a player that will be acceptable for Mr. Brylcreem behind the bench.

  21. punkster says:

    Never say never TN. Todays NHLPA may not want contraction but you can’t predict what will happen tomorrow. I agree that expansion was too rapid and poorly thought out when launching into non-hockey markets.

    If the league does face those serious troubles over the next 5 to 10 years (though I personally think it will show up earlier than that) franchises will shut their doors and no new markets will be able to afford the extravagance of a money losing NHL enterprise. At some point the league will simply not be able to afford a bailout. That’s the point when the owners might care and contraction may occur.

    The owners will face increasing financial pressure as salaries continue to rise, the Cap edges ever upwards and expenses increase. Building a “team” when you have to pay a single player $10M a year is going to be impossible. At some point ticket prices will be just too high and arenas too small to support a competitive team. The NHLPA will then have little choice but to agree to concessions.

    Or not. It’s all crystal balling.


  22. HardHabits says:

    1st they need to see what Paraguay has to say. 😉 right back atcha!!!

  23. B says:

    The AHL Moose averaged 8,086 in attendance for last regular season’s home games.

    The Quebec Major Junior Remparts averaged 15,176 for last regular season’s home games.

  24. Bugs says:

    Spain won’t have anything to say about it.

    Holland might and probably will.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  25. HardHabits says:

    Who does PuckBard and I think we are kidding? Only ourselves it seems. We are amateurs at getting our IDs banned compared to some of the pros who grace these pages.

    I’ll stick to being balanced in my criticisms and balanced in my appraisals TYVM.

    I’ve always believed that the best comedies were the ones without a laugh track. The analogy being that humour can be a very effective tool to spur on cognitive activity. It seems by comparison that a lack of good humour and excessive pessimism and negativity presuposses a lack thereof.

    N’est-ce pas?

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    Nah, Tore Vikingstad still reign supreme.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  27. ZepFan2 says:

    Define pigs.

    I seem to partly remember being a Schweinsteinger on many a night.

    Booze will do that to you. 😉


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  28. Storm Man says:

    The numbers dont lie Tom, The CAD doller was 60 cents in 1995 that hurt all teams in Canada the laffs were the only team that could do something. Winnipeg has the number 2 average in the AHL with 8,086 fans per home games. Lets not forget where the sea of white came from. Losing 2 teams from Canada had nothing to do with fans it was ownership that could not keep losing money with the doller at 60 cents.

  29. ZepFan2 says:


    Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of the Candyman. But beetlejuice works. lol


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  30. SlovakHab says:

    Yes, I remember.

    Well, I am not a huge fan of this, but at the same time understand it. Countries like Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and UK are attractive immigration destinations. Families will children come over there, settle down and kids grow up. They feel the belong, learn to play football and represent the country. Understandable.

  31. bigjames says:

    we want thoroughbreds not ponis!

    ok that was lame but you get my drift….

  32. HabFanSince72 says:

    Schweinsteinger = one who mounts pigs.


  33. HardHabits says:

    Interesting thread. The league IMHHO should innovate a bit. I don’t know if this is feasible and if so what would be a good time frame to put on a city’s success at making a franchise financially viable, but I would look at the money losers, and of them take the worse two and move them to new locations and say to the new cities “you got x amount of years to get profitable or we move the team to another locale.” The criterion for current teams losing money being something like x amount of years of red ink puts them in the “you’re going to get moved” category .

  34. punkster says:

    There are still a few ahead of you in that line Dave. But it’s good to have goals and objectives 🙂


  35. likehoy says:

    they should at least pretend to be singing the german anthem!! or learn the words to it!

  36. likehoy says:

    i pointed that out to my friend before the game started…but it’s not as embarrassing as the france 2002 team where they hadsomething like  2 french-born players in their starting 11

  37. bigjames says:

    yes germany looked very solid. very good teamowrk and passing on the last 3 goals. think they could go all the way.

    but the diving and clutcing of shins/ankles/knees is driving me crazy. more diving in the world cup than in the summer olympics. not good for the sport in my view.

  38. SlovakHab says:

    Born in Poland to Polish parents.

    But I’m just teasing him. Welcome to Europe, where Surinamese-born play for Holland and African-born play for France.. 

    But please don’t take me wrong, I have nothing against it, myself having lived in 6 different countries. Fully understand the globalization.

  39. Danno says:

    My bad. You are correct. They face Spain or Paraguay.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  40. TomNickle says:

    Bastian Schweinsteiger might be the best name in the World to have.

    It’s just awesome on so many levels.

  41. HardHabits says:

    Woohoo!!! Now I can go back to being the most obnoxious asshole here!!!

  42. ed lopaz says:

    although your comments directed at the HIO’s El Norte are ridiculously rude and uncalled for, I will admit that your point is valid.

    the “GOON” is alive and well in NY and Philly and Boston hockey circles.

    Boogard will be a great attraction, and therefore, he’s great for business.

    The “paying” fans want players like Boogard to cheer for; they buy the tickets, the concessions, and the merchandise.

    Its kind of like John Merick in Elephant Man.

  43. TomNickle says:

    I disagree but no biggie.

    I will agree that it can’t be worse than most sun belt teams that don’t even need to be mentioned by name.

    I just don’t want to see fellow Canadians get their hearts broken again.  If Winnipeg had been shown half of the support that Phoenix, Nashville and Tampa Bay have been, they’d still be there.

    And that’s one of the largest injustices of this whole thing.

  44. HardHabits says:

    You’re calling that a decision?

    KovyII is worth Markov, Hamrlik and A. Kostitsyn and comes cheaper too.

  45. BJ says:

    It is. Germans really happy over here.

  46. Rugger says:

    Lol, beateljuice was on tv last night!

  47. TomNickle says:

    The biggest problem in my opinion is that once you’ve gone through expansion there’s no going back.

    Players Associations will never agree to contraction because of the money and jobs lost in the process.

    Making the NHL a 30 team league was the biggest mistake they could’ve made.  

    There are teams that will be in some serious trouble over the next 5-10 years and the owners of the profitable teams don’t care, they should, but they don’t.  Everytime a team gets into serious financial trouble the league steps in and finds a new owner instead of correcting the problem.

    They’ve gone so far as to allow at least two criminals the chance to own teams and nearly gave a team to a third criminal.  

    They don’t care as long as the league maintains the reputation that they care about their small markets.

  48. SlovakHab says:

    German citizens? Yes.

    Germans? c’mon

  49. Fab K says:

    actually they face the winner of the spain-paraguay match:



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