Welcome home, Mike Ribeiro

The Dallas Stars make a rare visit to the Bell Centre Tuesday night.
It will be Mike Ribeiro’s first regular-season game in Montreal since he was traded to Dallas in September, 2006.
And it’s the Canadiens’ last home game this month.

Ottawa and Carolina won by shutouts Tuesday night. The Senators stalled the Islanders, who remain tied in points with the Cnadiens and Lightning at 58. Carolina is hot and inching up out of 15th.

Cunneyworth’s balancing act

Too many home-ice stinkers this season

Dave Stubbs on Martin and Denis Brodeur

Pat Hickey on an entertaining game

Canadiens in buy/sell limbo

Michael Farber on the NHL meat market

Pierre Ladouceur’s weekly report card

Red Wings interested in Moen?

Marc Antoine Godin talks to Blake Geoffrion


  1. alwayssunny says:

    Since we got two journeymen who are going to help Hamilton for many years to come, PLUS around the 50th best prospect in the upcoming draft for our penalty killing specialist – how would you guys feel about Mister Gauthier dangling his power play specialist too?
    It wouldn’t seem to make sense to trade Kaberle after just acquiring him, obviously Gauthier saw qualities in him that no other GMs did. But maybe we let him go and hope he doesn’t make us regret it. Or maybe wait until the offseason for one of those “cap-floor” teams I read about here who crave a contract no matter how large or useless. At least we have some options and forward looking management who don’t paint themselves into corners.

  2. alwayssunny says:

    You know the predictable comments are going to start now that Ribeiro scored. “Bob and Pierre should never have traded him for Janne Niinimaa”. Well just go back through your HabsInsideout history and you’ll know he HAD to trade him. Ribeiro was acting his age and not showing any of the maturity that say, for example, PK Subban shows. They were no strangers to Janne and knew what they getting back. Plus Janne was only making a couple of million a year. He notched us 3 points. Oh well, no sense dreaming about the past. Not like we have the same people making decisions now. Brighter days ahead.

  3. FlyingFrenchie says:

    Several poster’s have remarked that P.G has been doing a great job.
    After I finished cleaning my computer screen, I gave it some thought.
    Are these people high on stinkweed?
    Perhaps they’re from Toronto…
    Or maybe, they just could be right…
    A strong 27th place finish in a 30 team league,
    leaves one beaming with pride. (Go figure)
    (It must be the chemicals they put in the food these days).

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      To say he’s been doing a great job is a stretch I agree. I think most posters mean by this that they are impressed with the bounty he received for Hal Gill, and like the way he got Mike Cammalleri’s big salary and negative attitude out of town for a comparable player who is bigger and gets half his salary, plus a second-rounder and prospect. That’s the way I feel, anyway. I still hate the Tomas Kaberle trade, and wish he’d signed Shane O’Brien in the off-season. I wish he’d pick up Anthony Stewart off waivers. Overall, he’s not as bad as some people seem to think.

      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


  4. Habitall says:

    Question related to Columbus: If you’re Scott Howson, why would you trade Rick Nash, when you’re going to draft #1-#3 overall, and likely land an NHL-ready centre? Nash is in his prime, and, along with Carter, could be a huge piece of the puzzle when the high picks start to shine. Would you trade him for young players and diversify your assets, or would you build around a strong core of offensive talent?

    • Strummer says:

      it can be called a salary dump.
      The franchise has the worst attendence in the league and they simply can’t afford any big ticket players.
      As well Nash has had enough of losing and wants out.
      Carter’s next to go.
      Then Wiz.

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”
      -Dennis Miller

  5. Chris says:

    Goal and points for a number of NCAA alumni who played 4 years of NCAA hockey before making the NHL, at roughly the same age as Montreal’s new prospect Blake Geoffrion (taking him as 23 years old for this season, given that that was his age when the season began):

    Blake Geoffrion (23 years old) – 42 GP, 6 G, 11 PTS* (still underway)
    Martin St. Louis – 13 GP, 1 G, 2 PTS
    Matt Moulson – no NHL experience
    Chris Kunitz – finishing senior year of NCAA career
    Ryan Malone – 81 GP, 22 G, 43 PTS
    Mike Knuble – no NHL experience
    Rich Peverley – no NHL experience
    Jason Blake – finishing junior year of NCAA career
    Brendan Morrison – 87 GP, 18 G, 55 PTS
    Shawn Horcoff – 188 GP, 29 G, 71 PTS

    Blake Geoffrion may or may not turn out as some of these guys. Or he may bust. But to those that are already labelling him a bust based on his limited career, be patient. He may still need another 2-3 years to find his game. Sometimes, all a guy needs is a change of system and scenery, so perhaps he takes off now. Nothing is written in stone.

    • third generation haber says:

      Regardless of Geoffrion’s offensive out-put, he already plays physical and plays both ways, plus he has some size.
      Why on earh did we call-up Palushja?? (no idea how to spell it)

      Geoffrion is NHL fourth line ready, so let’s give him a test run b4 next season. Do we really need to see more of Palusha 2 know he’s crap???????

      j.p. murray

      • Sportfan says:

        totally agree by march if we are basically out and done let Blake and Louis and other young guys get lots of ice time and let them get a good feel for next season

      • 123456 says:

        i watched geoffrion play sunday night…. i was not overly impressed. was he better than most of the AHL players – yes. but did he stand out – no.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        third generation haber, (sigh….),

        if you have no idea how to spell a name, or a word, any word, just type what you think is your best guess into Google. 99% of the time the right spelling will come up. For example, I input your version, Palushja, and here is what popped up:

        Showing results for Palushaj

        The beauty of this is it takes less time than writing “(no idea how to spell it)”, or the useless “(sp?)” I often see. Plus, your brethren at HIO will appreciate the effort.

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


  6. Top Ten Mythical Creatures

    (2 contributions from Hockey InsideOuters, 7: slychard and 10: SmartDog)

  7. Propwash says:

    Ribeiro makes an interesting point…
    Ribiero on Montreal’s hockey media: “Most of the time the job of the media is to research negative and sell it.”

    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

    • shiram says:

      That’s what sells papers, or online subscription nowadays.

    • mb says:

      Well negative sells more than positive.

      Another interesting point: “In Mtl you have to win now. A lot of times young kids aren’t ready to win now & (#Habs) get impatient & trade them”.

      Probably he was talking about himself, in a (not so) subtle way, but that is a fact. Young players are rushed and if they don’t perform right away to expecations, they’re out.

      • Malreg says:

        Who falls under that category over the last 6-7 years? Ribeiro, Latendresse, and SK74 are the only ones I can think of. Not much of a sample size to say it happens all the time.

        He still sounds bitter about his time here. Heard an interesting story on the TSN990 morning show today about how a radio host at then Team 990 harshly criticized Ribeiro, so Ribeiro and Dagenais showed up at the studios so they could confront the host.

        That says it all about his personality…

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        Ribeiro was traded because he was a punk and an embarrassment, not because the team wasn’t winning.

        Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  8. SteverenO says:

    interesting tidbit for tonigts matchup. Dallas, despite Having Souray, Ryder, and Ribeiro on the PP are barely better than us in powerplay effectiveness.

    Like the Habs, a decent powerplay would probaby have them well in line for post season play.


    Steve O.

    Steve O.

  9. LA Loyalist says:

    Shiram made a great point down below about Pleks that he can’t do everything himself.

    Look at the guy du jour, Rick Nash — where’s his team? Look at Kopitar, who we would kill for, you could put Kings in a St. Denis night club and they couldn’t score.

    You have to build a team and each part is important. We have some of the pieces, but not all.

    • shiram says:

      Thanks, I could be biased, as I like Turtleneck Plex.
      I just feel it’s harsh to rag on him when he’s had a huge rotation of wingers, and not exactly top players either.
      Habs still need at least one legitimate top 6 winger…

      • 123456 says:

        i agree – i have always thought plexs was underrated. his performance this season has been dissappointing but as pointed out when you do not play with good talent you look worse.

        anyway – the habs could have a solid team if they got pleks going with gionta and (missing piece). third line would have eller AK46 bourque/moen

        i’m kinda sick of posting long rants but most of the top teams moved from mediocre to top team in a matter of a year by adding/subtracting just a couple pieces. if hte habs only blew half the leads they had this year we would be talking about a rental to put us over the top.

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