Way to go Als!

Now back to hockey.

• Dave Stubbs feature on the great Vladislav Tretiak

• Red Fisher on the Carey Price – Ryan Miller goaltending duel

• Pierre Ladouceur: Is Price the NHL’s best?

• Pierre Durocher looks ahead to a challenging December

Tomas Plekanec for the Selke

• Canadiens slip to seventh in TSN Power Rankings

Reporters vs. Bloggers

And on a whimsical note, video scout Jarred Friedman found this clip of the Tampa Bay Lightning playing street hockey near the White House



  1. shiram says:

    I do like Timothy, but he might have been stuck with some lesser quality movies.

    As for Craig, i’m not sure but i think his contract is for only one more Bond, and while he is a good actor, the newer movies have so little to do with the classic James Bond idea… its weird.

    That said, Ian Flemming wrote James Bond somewhat as an embellished version of himself, and Craig is so far from that, Dalton was too flashy a sign of his time I’d say.


  2. andrewberkshire says:

    Gallagher should be able to step right into the spot vacated by Jordan Eberle.

  3. Storm Man says:

    That is a very bold statement. All Montrealers have the Rouge et Or close to the heart???. I don’t care much for CIS football into NCAA football myself. I think you should ask someone from McGill, Concordia and the Universite de Montreal see what they have to say on the topic.  

  4. habs365 says:

    I don’t hate Gomez..so far he hasn’t proven he’s a top six player or Eller, however Eller has lots of time to mature..I would go with Pouliot-Halpern-Cammalleri..I think they would make a very good second line..I maybe wrong but it’s worth a try…….

  5. lavie says:

    Gomez-Pleky-AK46 line will be made as the final hope.

  6. andrewberkshire says:

    If Gomez isn’t producing in the next 5 or so games, Eller should replace him temporarily. Unquestionably.

  7. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Yeah, you musta missed where he threw our coach under the bus (who by the way is looking like the best coach in the league thus far) and had the audacity to say hes a top 6 NHL forward when hes looked like crap on ice everytime hes played here. Pointless squabble aside, if we could swing for Parisé and Max was part of the deal, could you honestly say you wouldn’t go for it? Markov is done and if he doesnt re-sign for under 4 mil its time to let go. Parisé is top notch. We will have the cap space. Bring him to the land where his fathers’ died! (Sorry, awful play on an American anthem song seeing he’s half French half American. Myself also being American).

    The Hockey God will remain for 6 more years…

  8. Bugs says:

    Daniel Craig is the new James Bond.

    Not totally sold on the guy just yet… He’s good, I like’m, but…aw, I dunno, not fersure yet.

    Timothy Dalton was just so KICK-azz, you know? A bad mother.

    THAT was the James Bond Ian Fleming wrote about.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  9. Max_a_million says:

    He is signed for so long, and at that high level of cost finding ways for him to be more productive are the best alternatives.  This requires careful thoughtful skilled management. 

    **aside** I do think a lot of fans try to transfer their frustration with his lack of production into the locker room, which as far as I can see is the furthest thing from the truth.  He has a great personality that meshes well in the locker room.  His teammates love him.  Doing something bad to him like burying him in the minors would be classless and harmful.  Something a team like Toronto or the Rangers would do. 

    (a) he is working hard, not sure how pride would matter in this. 

    (b) I think you could cut his time, and change his role without making it an outright demotion.  “Scottie we want you to work with Pyatt and Moen to make them more offensive, and have more scoring lines …”

    (c) Seems like they are already having Cammelleri play as more of a playmaker with him right now, so he is less of center already. 

    (d) If the right trade for a struggling character player with issues arises than I could see that.  It’s not a likely scenario, but if something happens just right it would make sense. 

    * – I think they cut his time gradually.  Nothing much happens unless they lose more than they win.  In a couple of years PG will trade him. 

  10. StevieRay says:

    There’re not missing much then are they ?

  11. forskis says:

    All of it is really no big deal…the complaining just adds fuel to the Hab-haters who think that Habs’ fans are the whiniest in the League.

    First, it is just Cherry’s opinion…it is not as if they did a survey of the players in the League about PK….it is just like his segments about improving equipment to reduce injury, it is just his opinion, a lot of it, even though it makes sense has not been implemented.  He has also harped on Crosby for all his ref complaining…

    And leave Bob Cole alone…have you ever considered that the easy save, really WAS an easy save, like a shot from the outside perimeter?  The Leafs and Habs were bashed constantly the past few years about taking a lot of perimeter shots with no traffic.  We all think here that the Habs take too many easy, traffic-free shots.

    As for the Dallas highlights…it could just be an analysis of what they did right against Dallas vs. what they did wrong against Ottawa.  Also, Kadri has had only 7 NHL games to date…it is way too early to call him a disappointment, besides he is a center with 4 assists in 7 games, not bad for a rookie.

    To echo below…it is what it is…the team is doing well…who cares what others say about it as long as they continue to play well.  Look at the Flyers, everyone agrees that they are a bunch of nimrods, but everyone agrees that they are amongst the deepest in the League.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  12. habs365 says:

    we’re getting there but it’s a ways off yet..for now I wouldn’t plan a parade route..gotta find a couple more steady scores..than the parade maybe on…….

  13. G-Man says:

    Listen to the game on radio and PVR it into synch.

  14. G-Man says:

    SD will write out another 5 question post.

  15. TomNickle says:

    I wouldn’t scratch him but I think taking away powerplay time and offensive zone faceoffs are viable options.

    He looks to me like Benny did late last year, lacking confidence.  I’m very thankful that his mistakes don’t translate into goals for the opposition.  And he’ll probably see his regular ice time ongoing for that simple reason.

  16. shiram says:

    I think thats because they dont see him!

  17. ctony says:

    This one is for you VancouverHab…


    I choose, (f) absolute status quo because…


    (1)  making changes = panicking

    (2)  coaches and management never make mistakes so
    don’t doubt them

    (3)  we are winning right now and doing
    something with gomez would be like changing your underwear while you’re on a
    goal scoring streak or shaving during the playoffs, bad mojo

    (4)  he’s a veteran guy and deserves respect

    (5)  it doesn’t matter how much he makes he’s a
    good team guy

    (6)  he’s the only reason we got gionta and cammi
    to sign

    (7)  we never did things like that to l’artiste
    (oh, wait)

    (8)  he’s a leader and leaders don’t take
    secondary roles (sure, gainey played on the third line, but that was a long
    time ago)

    (9)  His multi-year downturn is due to end soooooon,
    we promise

    (10) we don’t
    have anyone in the organization and no cap room to find someone who can put up
    more than 7 points.


  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    Exactly. So this trade helps the Leafs and hurts the Bruins.

    As far as the Flyers are concerned, only a meteorite would do justice to that franchise.

  19. StevieRay says:

    e …. you gotta play him .. we’re into him for 7 -8 mil a year . I can’t see him coming out of the funk he’s in though

    The fans are cutting him a lot more slack than they did Carey last year !

  20. Danno says:

    Well they may not be so close geographically, but they are close to the heart of all Montrealers that’s for sure. Want to bet both teams get invited along with the Als for a special pre-game celebration at the Bell Centre? Both will be proudly hoisting their hardware no doubt.


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

  21. Everlasting1 says:

    For a contact sport that promotes and encourages fighting, and which fans want to see, nobody (other than Subban fans) cares what Cherry opines about.

    How about a letter to CBC/Cherry about their fixation/support for the military, and their occupation of countries like Afghanistan which we have no business being involved in?



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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  22. aemarchand11 says:

    It all depends on the coaching philosophy, if they are looking for an offensive powerhouse then Bournival and Gallagher could both make it. But if they are looking to play the 2-way, hard nose hockey we have grown a custom to then Gallagher may not fit the bill.

    I agree that it is Leblanc’s spot to lose, he had a great summer camp and has made a great transition from College to the Q. (Transition meaning more games, travel, pressure etc…)

    Go Habs Go!

  23. habs365 says:

    They have a good group as far as defense goes, probably the best in the league but if cammalleri thinks they can win a cup with just good defense..he’s in for a rude awakening..they only have 2 or 3 steady scores..mostly the first line..never win a cup like that..look no further than chicago last year..70% offence that’s the main reason they won..the Habs have already proven they’re not a come from behind team..when they get the first goal..they usually win…….

  24. aemarchand11 says:

    When ones tax dollars are being allocated to this TV show, they have every right to complain about it. Much like people who vote complain about the government.

    Go Habs Go!

  25. SmartDog says:

    ONE QUESTION (actuallly two):

    If Gomez doesn’t show signs of being an improved player within the next handful of games, which do you think SHOULD HAPPEN?:

    a. Sit him to wake up his pride.

    b. Replace him with Eller or Halpern on the 2nd line and moved down.

    c. JM should try him on the wing.

    d. Something drastic (i.e. traded for another problem player, sent to Hamilton)

    e. None of the above. Gomez is a veteran and as long as the team is winning it doesn’t matter.

    Which WILL happen?



    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  26. mbplekfan says:

    Quit whining. It is what it is.

    Grapes is Grapes and HNIC is a TV show.

  27. joshua94k says:

    On Saturday night, CBC Leafs propaganda was at its worst. It is obvious Leafs fans McLean, Cherry, Cole were not in a good mood, especially after Leafs Nation is on the verge of missing the play-offs again.

    After the Leafs lost to struggling Senators, Cherry and McLean show highlight of the Leafs last win against Dallas, several night earlier ! They show show a token highlight of the Senators win that night and hardly praise them for their victory.

    Then obviously upset that the Leafs have no good prospect in sight, that Kadri is a disappointment ( no goals in seven games), Cherry vents his frusturation on Subban.

    When Subban played in the play-offs last season Cherry said “His name is Parnell Karl Subban”. Now he says “PK whatever his name is”. He says that he is becoming the most disliked player in the league. Cherry is upset that Subban is disrespectul to Sidney Crosby when thay played earlier this season. Perhaps Subban was upset at the constant whining to the referees. McLean just nods like a puppet to Cherry’s tirade.

    Cherry is upset that Subban is disrespectful to Richards. Perhaps Subban was defending Kostitsyn who is not a fighter. McLean just nods like a puppet.

    Cherry is upset with Subban after he says something to Tyler Myers, but Myers gave Subban a cheap shot boarding hit. McLean just nods like a puppet.

    This is disgraceful. Our tax dollars are being paid by biased and unfair coverage. They are being ‘disrespectful’ to a rookie on national TV. They are trying to make him look like a Sean Avery or Claude Lemieux which is unfair to a player who never instigates fights, never takes cheap shots or illegal hits, who plays the game hard but fair. The fact that oppenents have a hard time getting by him is what makes him unlikeable. 

    How much more do we have to hear Bob Cole say “and the goalie makes another easy save”, after every third shot by the Canadiens, 

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  28. SmartDog says:

    Yeah, and my fire is still going but it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t throw another log on. 

    Your post is childish and hardly deserves a response.

    Just because we’re winning doesn’t mean Gomez isn’t a problem.  Good leadership doesn’t ignore problems and even better – is proactive. If you don’t see Gomez’s terrible stats/performance as a problem that can drag the team down then you are blind and short-sighted.

    More to the point: the team WILL do one of the things we are suggesting soon if he does not pick it up.  Mark my words.

    You can go back to your playstation now.


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  29. ctony says:

    This isn’t a Gomez thing, it’s a second line thing.  Like it or not, we are going to need a second line, preferably one that can score consistently (to take a little pressure off the top line, fewer shutouts when teams shutdown the top guys, etc.).  

    So, it’s up to management to come up something.  For JM it means re-starting Gomez or finding someone in the current organization to centre the second line.  For PG it may mean changing the roster.  All the experts claim there are no trades because no teams have cap room.  With Markov out, we have lots of cap room.  We could pick up a power forward, PP defenseman, a slick centre, or whatever we want.  Teams with high priced guys need to move players, we have room and a decent farm system.

    We can do all that and keep Gomez around.  Leaders come in all forms these days – Luongo as Captain in net (unheard of), Rivet healthy scratch for five games (unusual), Ethan Moreau on the fourth line in Edmonton, hell Bob Gainey was a third line player on the Habs while he was our C —- leaders play the role their teams needs.



  30. SmartDog says:

    The source is Yahoo! Sports

    Does that mean: written by a sports writer who works for Yahoo! or written by some guy who thinks he’s part of the new economy but really he sits home in his underwear and writes stuff to post on Yahoo!




    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  31. ctony says:

    If JM is committed to doing EVERYTHING possible before drastically reducing Gomez’s ice time or demoting him, this is the last option.  Plecs has resuscitated every one else this year.  

  32. lavie says:

    Gomez/Plecs/AK was my bet on JM’s next shuffle.

  33. ed lopaz says:

    anyone ever post that maybe we should try Gomez on the point during power play?

    he’s an excellent passer; very creative, great vision of the ice.

    maybe this would help him get kick started?

    put some extra points on the board, make some nice plays, maybe even score a few goals.

    in NJ he had a good shot, as well – wonder if he still does?

    I love my country, that does not mean I support the present government. I love the Habs, that does not mean I support the present Habs management.

  34. VancouverHab says:

    Sorry, you mean, what? Like, acquire a promising young player in a trade and then groom him as an understudy to eventually replace a veteran?

    Wow: it’s almost like it was planned by a GM or something.


  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    Props to Bournival for getting the invite, he was left off the Summer Camp roster but he’s managed to play his way to the final selection group. Gallagher and Bournival will both be fighing for a spot, the general observation is that Leblanc’s spot is his to lose.

    Gallagher could make it with his goal-scoring drive, Team Canada may want that guy who will give up anything to hit the back of the net, Bournival could make it as a pure-effort player.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  36. sholi2000.com says:

    It would be great to get to watch our fellas in another World Championship.  It would give Don Cherry something to talk about :)

    They Call Me Shane

  37. alestar says:

    Ian, I have to side with Joe on this one.

    Duval nearly cost us the last two Grey cups with his terrible punting and inconsistent place kicking, its like a “stick in the spokes” for momentum.

    I like the guy and he has done a lot for the team over the years, but that kick-off out of bounds in the 4th quarter was the final nail in the coffin for me…

    XXIV…and counting

  38. sholi2000.com says:

    Oh I would give anything to listen to Dick color another game.  Beautiful avatar!

    Quote of the year :)

    They Call Me Shane

  39. Habfan29 says:

    agree troy I was so disgusted with the TSn announcers at pijt yesterday I turned the game off, all I heard was Riders this, riders that, blah, blah, blah…. I am so glad that the ALS won, Stick that in your pipe Toronto Sports Network, Als are the Best……and the leafs suck deal with it!!!!!!!!!

  40. shiram says:

    I’m sorry Mike, but not much made sense in there, to me.

    Gomez : how about he be a great ice rink guy?? While not diminishing the value of leadership, or “locker room” qualities, if he is meant to play on the second line, he needs to play better hockey, and make points.

    And i dont see any team picking up in trade any time soon, or the summer of 2012,  if his record does not improve.

    The Kaberle talk was mostly about trying to cover an eventual loss of Markov, so speculation there. That said, with Hammer, Gill, Gorges and to a lesser degree Weber and Picard all looking for new contracts next year, it’s not hard to see we could go for a D soon.

    Trading to Toronto so they avoid being last?? Thats just no, if we trade we do it to improve our team, make some cap space, or invest in future prospect. Making a trade to help a division rival is just not good hockey.
    And we shouldnt have to help the Loafs cover their own mistakes… unless they want Gomez?

  41. joshua94k says:

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  42. StevieRay says:

    Well Mikey … I think Eller can and will eventually replace Gomez.. Just got to wait it out ….. I’m thinking Gomez should “imagine” that his 7 or 8 million/year contract is actually a 649 jackpot  he just won ….and he should  do like everyone would if they won …. quit his job ..retire …travel !! LOL

  43. Bob Barker says:

    Price and Plekanec for a first-round pick? That would probably be one of the worst trades in the franchise’s history. Just awful.

    Toronto would probably be a middle-of-the-pack team with both Price and Pleks so the pick wouldn’t even be that high. 


  44. Mattyleg says:

    Hey all,

    Been away a while. What’s happened?

    Nice to see that we’ve slipped in the Power Rankings. This can only herald good things.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  45. Mike says:


    GOMEZ IS NOT GOING ANY WHERE!!! Stop crying people.. He is a great locker room guy. Our team is a group right now. We are not going to mess with that. Secondly, who do we get to replace him. Eller/Halpern. Niether of them are able to replace Gomez. Eller is not ready, and Halper does not have the talent.

    This is not NHL 11 on your xbox or PS3. So give it up guys. We are going to keep Gomez at least untill the end of the year if not longer. I do not think we will keep him past the end of next year. I can see us trading him to Florida, in the summer of 2012.


    A trade for Kaberle is interesting, HOWEVER he is not a physical defenseman. I would rather let Subban learn by expeirence how to play better on the PP. I would like to see us make a trade with Toronto, because they seriously need to get better or else Boston will be picking in the top 3.

  46. Ayan_SB says:

    Habs prospects Bournival, Gallagher and Leblanc have been invited to the Team Canada’s WJHC camp.

  47. shiram says:

    I dont know, i appreciate the effort, but you gotta figure its not the first time Cherry put his foot in his mouth, and the company just nodded vaguely and kept any heat away from him.


  48. shiram says:

    Gorges out with another therapy day, Weber plays with Gill at practice,

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  50. Storm Man says:

    Laval( Quebec City) has nothing to do with Montreal. The only cup that matters is Lord Stanley.

  51. shiram says:

    Well the team is winning yes, but that doesnt mean we should not evaluate indicidual players, and there are still areas in the Habs game that could improve. Also how long on patience as we are 24 games in, and Gomez has as much points as Gorges.

    The only opetion i would entertain at this point is less ice time and/or a line demotion.

  52. Danno says:

    1 – Vanier Cup to Laval (Montreal)

    2 – Grey Cup to Montreal

    3 – Stanley Cup. Stay tuned…


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

  53. ctony says:





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