We regret to inform you …

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… that there is absolutely NO CANADIENS NEWS of consequence to report.
And we fearlessly forecast that August will be worse.

Heck, Larry Brooks’s Sunday column is about BASEBALL!

• HabsWorld projects 27 goals for Cammalleri

A translated Danish piece on Lars Eller (thanks, Marc C)

• Dennis Kane on Kovy’s new home

Khabibulin’s new home

• Computer geeks mourn: No Commodore 64 on Wings. But the computer is back!

Kings file grievance

A mash-up from PepR3m:

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  2. hansolo says:

    Ok, so there’s no news. How about this for discussion?

    Here’s an interesting take on “grit” as it applies to defensemen. It’s written by a former NHLer, so it has some validity. No wonder Nick Lidstrom has been so effective despite not being a “physical” player. Even though I thought Spacek sucked most of last year, I was surprised to see his good +/- and Corsi. He played better than I thought — actually, quite well. (So did Gill). I know JM and PG think better of Spacek than most of the HIO commentariat.

    http://tinyurl.com/3g9tkqu

  3. hab_skill says:

    What if the Habs sign Mike Grier? Good bottom six player who is big and a grinder.. I wouldn’t mind having him around. He doesn’t fight much but oh well.

  4. jew4jah says:

    how about a puckcast…….

    chara = חרה

  5. HabFab says:

    http://www.allhabs.net/feature/ctvs-brian-wilde-previews-habs-2011-2012/

    Takes about an hour to listen to all the audios but well worth it. Great insight into the Habs!!!

    • punkster says:

      Excellent find Frank. Listened to the Pacioretty and Gomez segments first and they are fascinating. I’ll dig in to the rest later. Thanks!

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Finally, someone who speaks up and explains Mr. Gomez’ poor performance last season. Instead of circumlocution and hushed tones, we get a straight up analysis from a credible source explaining that, yes, he slacked off on the conditioning and was too weak and out of breath all season.

      ———————————
      For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  6. solomio says:

    Ya..or how about how Carey did in the calf roping competition.?
    HIO is a year round thing.
    C’mon Mike stir it up man. You are a reporter after all…go after the stories man.
    Gone fishing indeed !!

    “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  7. slychard says:

    With ths dog days of summer upon us, along with the drought of hockey info and player movements that come along with it. Now is the time for the HIO staff to show their mettle and creative sides to their writing abbilities. PLEASE. Maybe a one on one piece with Gomez on his off season regiment and his thoughts about last season or how he plans to better himself for the coming season. How about a piece on Yemelin and his expectations. Diaz? Heck I’d even take a piece on the bell center ice master on his progress on the new plexyglass and taming of the evil Chara… I mean sanction. The challenge is on Boone, drink a beer on your deck all you want, you deserve it, but get on the phone and show us your creative mettle.

  8. Habby says:

    Thanks for sharing the Ryan White stuff with us Habitoba. I was there for his second goal and it was great! (Of course any Habs goal against the Leafs is great but I like White.)

    So to make your Sunday a bit more interesting: did you know Paris Hilton was a high school hockey player? She didn’t stay very long.

    My apologies if you guys hate Paris Hilton. I just found it kinda random and thought I’d share.

    The drive for 25 is alive!

  9. Habitoba says:

    Well, to continue with my story about meeting Ryan White yesterday, I met his grandfather today at the park as well and he showed me his Habs hat that was signed by Gainey, Muller, Roy and a few more greats. Maybe I’ll see them this weekend… a man can wish

  10. Rumor has it? Leafs looking to deal Mike Komisarek to NYI for rights to RFA Blake Comeau. MTF.

  11. Mike Cammalleri had a Q&A in Twitter this aft. Here’s a quick recap of it.

    ___________________________________________

    Eyes on The Prize! and on Twitter

  12. NoTinFoilCups says:

    Eller says the only thing stopping him from suiting up for the national team is the playoffs. The way it translates is as if his preference would be the World Championships over the Stanley Cup playoffs!

    This is my problem with European players. You have to wonder if their heads are in the right places. A North American player sees the Cup as the holy grail not the damn WC. I’d be keen on the WC too if all the best players were there.

    I love the gritty way Eller plays almost every shift but wonder if there is an extra gear when you hear stuff like that.

    • Nonsense. North Americans love to represent their country the same way. Pure stereotypical nonsense a-la Don Cherry.

    • t1tan5 says:

      Mountain, meet mole hill. I read it this way: “I’d love to suit up for Denmark, but I’m committed to the Habs playoff run.”

    • GrimJim says:

      I agree with Titan, you completely mis-read what he was saying. I read it as meaning he would love to suit up for his national team but the Stanley Cup comes first.

      • NoTinFoilCups says:

        In my experience Google translations leave a lot to be desired. Going from Spanish to English and vice versa the negative and positive are often reversed! So reading what the player actually means to say is a bit of a crapshoot.

        I was not only talking about Eller specifically. European kids grow up with a media that places more emphasis on the WC of just about any sport including hockey whereas in North America all the sports networks are all over the Stanley Cup.

        In my work I run across Russians, Finns and Swedes all the time. The hockey fans can tell me who won the WC but usually have no clue who won the cup.

        I prefer national team match ups over any sort of club championship but it is hard to get worked up over the WC when the best players are still in the SC playoffs.

        • Bob_Sacamano says:

          I am from Europe and I disagree. The only real difference I see is the commitment of European players to play the WC once your NHL team is eliminated from the SC playoffs. On the other hand there are players who often got criticized for not playing for their country when they had the chance. I am thinking about German players like Jochen Hecht or Olaf Kölzig for example.

          The media and the players are completely different “things”. If you ask a European player what he´d rather win, the Stanley Cup or the Olympic Gold Medal, you´d probably get different answers but no one would take the WC gold medal over the Stanley Cup.

          • NoTinFoilCups says:

            I can understand players when they refuse to go to the WC. Get injured in a tournament where you aren’t even paid and there goes the career. Look at what happened to Martinek this year and in a UFA year to boot. It did not look good for him at the time but fortunately he recovered and got a one year deal with the Blue Jackets.

            The fact that European players are more likely to attend adds some credence to my theory. A poll would be nice but you wouldn’t necessarily get honest answers to a question like that. Most players have all the cliches down pat for the media nowadays.

  13. Trisdin says:

    Maybe you should dig deeper. How is Gomez training to be better? how do the Randys fit in to Martin’s system? or maybe how Peter plans to help Price and the team in practice. It may be a slow month with no reported news, but that doesn’t mean theres nothing to help us better understand our team. Time to start earning those bonus checks.

  14. Old Bald Bird says:

    The new C64 is weird. I wonder how many people still have their old Commodore games? Back in the day, I had an Atari 800, which I quite adored, but both it and the games are long gone.

  15. BJ says:

    TerranceR the best solution I have found (at least from a European point of view) is http://www5.hockeystreams.com/
    They have a lot of HD via the internet (can be connected to TV via computer) very good quality and no skips or buffer problems. All games are archived + Stanley Cup playoffs + NHL draft + NHL Awards + World Championships + other hockey related events. Also a lot of pre-season games.

  16. tote-road says:

    Mute the TV and listen to the Team 990 (last year it was CJAD) feed. With a little trial and error in the buffering, you can usually get it to sync reasonably well. Some of the other team’s announcer manage to do a credible job (I like Sam Rosen), but then you get a douche like Jack Edwards that can just ruin games.

  17. Habitoba says:

    I work at a national park in Manitoba and yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan White. Told him I’d seen his first NHL goal in Minneapolis to which he replied I’m the only person he’d met that had seen that goal live. Not even his folks.

    I also asked him how he liked playing in Montreal and he said there’s no place he’d like to play more. 21000+ rabid fans at every game is really something to him. I then told him that during my games with the Lumberjacks, there’s only one person there to watch us and that’s the goalie’s wife only because she has to drive him to the arena since he’s got a DUI. That got a laugh out of him. Nice guy.

  18. HabinBurlington says:

    Ever wondered what the Bruins do for off season entertainment? Appears NESN will show weekly until start of season every Bruins fight. Ya you got it, not highlight goal, saves or hits, but fights. Ya we enjoy seeing the odd one can’t lie, but hard not see this as the real commonality for Bruins fans the fights!

    http://www.nesn.com/2011/07/nathan-horton-takes-exception-to-late-punch-from-dion-phaneuf-in-wingers-first-fight-of-season.html

  19. Ian Cobb says:

    I have requests for 11 more Summit tickets that I cannot fill. But I am working hard to sell more pre season tickets. In that way I can get more Summit tickets for them.

    Those people that I have spoken with, get your payment into me ASAP please.

    I have 91 Summit game tickets spoken for.

    I am sold out, get your money orders in the mail today please. I have to pay for them this week.

    The Dallas Sept 20th and the Buffalo 21st pre season game is still available. The more of these I sell, the more Summit tickets I can get.

    If you want pre-season game tickets, call me right away please, before they are sold to the general public at a hire price. 613-968-9807—Ian

    Nov.18,19,& 20th 2011 (Itinerary) for our HIO Fan Summit.
    Park your car for the weekend, everything is two minutes walking distance.

    Friday evening—Meet and Greet, name tags at Hurley’s pub. 1225 Crescent St.

    Saturday–8am Breakfast Chez Cora’s. 1240 Drummond St.
    10am Tour Hall of Fame and Bell Center
    Hall of Fame Tour is now included in the price of your tickets.!!!!!!!!!
    3pm Baton Rouge for pre game meal and children’s
    charity raffle. 1050 Mountain St. (rue de la Montagne)
    7pm Game Hab’s vs Rangers

    After game celebration. the upstairs at Hurley’s pub reserved for us.

    Sunday—-Farewell breakfast and back to the airport for home.

    Hotel rooms– group rate at the Novatel Hotel, be sure to tell them you are with the HIO group to get the deal price. reservation # 514-871-2138

  20. TerenceR says:

    Hi all. Reaching out here in case someone else has found a solution for this. I don’t live in Montreal anymore and in order to watch the games, the easiest option is NHL Center Ice but none of the games are broadcast in high definition. It’s a real buzz kill to watch the game in standard definition after watching the Habs games on CBC/RDS/TSN in high def for years.

    So that brings me to my question. Any out of market ex-Montrealers or Habs fans find a solution to watch the games in HD on TV?

    I think a slingbox might be one way of doing it but curious about other solutions.

    Feedback appreciated!

    ps: is it October yet?

    • habs178 says:

      Where do you live? I have RDS HD that subscribe to through Bell at a cost of $5/month. That’s how I watch my games….

      “How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?”
      ~Jacques Plante

      • TerenceR says:

        Atlanta, home of the East Coast Hockey League.

        • DearyLeary says:

          Then I believe that you, sir, are boned.

        • Mike D says:

          Living State-side definitely makes it tougher and eliminates RDS as an option. Unless of course you buy a Bell Satellite and HD box next time you’re back in Canada and install it down in ATL.

          Unfortunately, I think your best/only option would be Center Ice.

          You could also try streaming the games online in HD with your computer. If you can connect your computer to your TV then you can actually watch it on the bigger screen. If your computer and internet connection is fast, you won’t be sacrificing much on quality.

          – Honestly yours

        • LizardKing1967 says:

          If RDS still does it, you could buy all the Habs games through their website and watch them on line. As Mike D says, if you hook your PC to the tv, you’ll enjoy much better.

          Jim-out.

          I BELIEVE!

          • Goderichab says:

            Sorry but RDS gave that up last year.
            Used to do that then had to hook up through my cable guy…

            I remember the dynasties…

        • MikeMcLaren says:

          Who is your TV provider? There are two different TV-provider options as I see it.

          If you go to DirecTV and select *their* CenterIce product you will get more of everyone’s games in HD. DirecTV carries pretty much every regional sports network (except Comcast Sportsnet in Philadelphia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comcast_SportsNet_Philadelphia#Satellite_carriage_controversy )

          Because they carry every RSN in HD, DirecTV simply “maps” the RSN’s channel to the CenterIce channel. So if there are 10 games on in one night, odds are high 9 or 10 of them will be in HD, with each team’s feed available if it’s two American teams playing.

          Comcast, TimeWarner, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon’s FiOS and others are part of the “InDemand” consortium that provides the CI product to cable outlets. Sadly, capactiy is more of an issue here and as of last year they only carried TWO alternate HD feeds for CenterIce games. In theory you could get 4 HD games a day (2 in the east, 2 in the west), but that’s about it.

          On Saturday’s you have great odds of them showing the Habs game on the NHL Network US and getting an HD feed. Versus also shows several Canadiens games throughout the season.

          The options ARE getting better. Unfortunately if you’re watching CenterIce in the US on cable, you HD options aren’t as good.

          So for your highest percentage of games, go with DirecTV if you can, if that’s a big deal. Or, just tough it out with cable and hope that as system capacity is adjusted, they tilt the bias towards more HD broadcasting.

          /\\ike
          GO HABS GO!

    • HabsFanInTampa says:

      I’ve subscribed to NHL Center Ice for 4 years now. The HD feeds are far and few in between, but getting much better. I noticed about 25 to 30 games ARE in HD, which is okay by me, as long as I get to watch my Habs. The only huge downside is the “homer” commentators and play-by-play announcers when watching the games. 95% of the Habs games shown on NHL Center Ice are streamed through the Habs opponents home markets.

      • Mike D says:

        Man, some of the play-by-play and colour guys down there are brutal. I watched a few of the Nashville games in the first round of the playoffs and had to listen to Terry Crisp and that other guy. The thought that ran through my mind was, “no wonder hockey isn’t popular in some of the southern markets, these guys are effin BRUTAL.”

        Sadly, “Crispy” is considered one of the better commentators. Danny Gallivan would be turning in his grave.

        – Honestly yours

        • SyntaxLove says:

          Oh my god, yes! That first round against the Ducks was dreadful to listen to. Subtle undertones of “I’d rather be talking about football” seem to creep into every comment. One game they said something to the extent of “Oh, he goes rolling over the back of _____ and tumbles to the ice!” “I think that’s called a hip check!” As if they actually had a hockey brochure and glossary of terms they were relying on.

          Chinchillin’

    • Tony McLean says:

      Justin.tv/exou09 usually streams RDS bootleg

      If Canadiens management and OWNERSHIP had any brains they would have added 3-4 SOB’s. Instead they plant pansies and wait for them to bloom.

    • Goderichab says:

      I live in Ontario and get subscribed to RSN every fall so I can watch the games in French.
      Where you are at, Canada, you should be able to get your cable guy to get you hooked up.
      Here in SW Ontario we’re bombarded with Red Wings and T.O. maple laffs…
      Only way to follow Habs consistently I find is on RDS.
      Hope it helps.

      I remember the dynasties…

    • cuzzie says:

      Try Myp2p.

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  21. nick says:

    Speaking of fishing…
    I went Pike / Walleye fishing north of La Tuque last week… Man did it ever suck. Everything is suspended around 15″, nothing biting… Pretty much have to hit them in the face with live bait.

  22. rob_c says:

    does anyone know a fantasy hockey league for money on the net. I was looking for something over 100 to buy in, but if that’s not possible anything else will do. thanks guys and girls

  23. HabinBurlington says:

    Not Habs news, but an interesting take on NYI and their attempts to have the locals build their new arena.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/sports/hockey/for-islanders-economic-reality-makes-new-arena-a-hard-sell.html?_r=2&ref=hockey

    Awhile back there were rumours of Moen to Chicago for 1 of their RFA’s and speculation was Stalberg. Check out the excerpts of this interview he did, not sure this guy would be so wanted afterall!

    http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/hockey/comments/all_the_right_answers/

    • Neutral says:

      I would say Stalberg has an attitude problem, kinda like he’s it other than that he’s a very good 3rd liner and has the size and speed to go with it. don’t know if it would be worth the risk, sounds like the kostitsyn we got rid of, at least moen gives it his all every game…..

  24. JohnBellyful says:

    Welcome, Hab fans, to this week’s Homage or Sacrilege, the online quiz that tests the limits of your commitment to the greatest hockey team in history. How far would you go to show your support for the Montreal Canadiens, or is there a line that even you wouldn’t cross because it would bring dishonour to the team? Let’s find out:

    1. You insist on being buried with Canadiens sweater and cap, holding a team pennant.
    Homage __ Sacrilege __
    2. You wear Habs cap to grandmother’s funeral service.
    Homage __ Sacrilege __
    3. You wear Habs cap to funeral service of grandmother who’s being buried in a Flyers T-shirt.
    Homage __ Sacrilege __

    1. You shout ‘Go, Habs, Go!’ before declaring ‘I do” during wedding vows.
    Homage __ Sacrilege __
    2. Your wedding dance is ‘Ole, Ole.’
    Homage __ Sacrilege __
    3. You schedule Sunday morning review of wedding night video.
    Homage __ Sacrilege __

    1. You demand children attending your daughter’s fifth birthday bring Habs-related memorabilia as gifts.
    Homage __ Sacrilege __
    2. You grill daughter’s first dates on their knowledge of Habs lore, making clear a score of less than 95 per cent will simply not do.
    Homage __ Sacrilege __
    3. You arrange to have Canadiens medical staff deliver first grandchild, and later to have baby baptized with melted Bell Centre ice.
    Homage __ Sacrilege __

    1. You use Hab sweater as tourniquet to save life of badly injured motorist.
    Homage __ Sacrilege __
    2. You use Canadiens souvenir pen to repair heart pump and keep ER patient alive.
    Homage __ Sacrilege __
    3. You use Hab towel to wipe brow of an unconscious, heavily perspiring Brian Burke, wondering if you should notify the golf club using the cellphone in your car in the parking lot or the payphone two blocks away that a club member has been struck, accidentally, by a cart, which, to tell the truth, you never knew could move so fast until today, and, really, the steering on those things should be checked.
    Homage __ Sacrilege __

    BONUS QUESTION!
    You’re standing in line waiting to be admitted into Heaven. There are 25,000 Canadiens fans ahead but the guy directly in front of you is wearing a Bruins sweater. Do you:
    1.) Show forgiveness equal to God’s and wait patiently for your audience with St. Peter’s?
    2.) Slewfoot the fellow and then dropkick him to the back of the line?
    3.) Have a good laugh when God hands the Bruins fan his work schedule for eternity — serving drinks to Hab supporters.

  25. 24 Cups says:

    Thr truth of the matter is that Montreal signed Cole, Markov and Gorges as well as drafting Dman, Nathan Beaulieu. That’s the only real Habs news we’ve had since late April.

    We’ll just have to take what we can get (in terms of Hab news) from here to training camp.

  26. mjames says:

    Any news on Scott Gomez.?

    mjames

  27. Talyor is a strong person. I saw his documentary last year, the incidence really shook him and his family, including Tom. Brave kids.


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