We’re not making this up

Playing in his own celebrity golf tournament at home in Anchorage, Alaska, Scott Gomez shot a hole-in-one … and won a $50,000 car – an Acura MD X.
And he shoots an ace???

Plus it’s not like the $7-million man was driving a Lada.

The Shea Weber offer sheet


  1. frontenac1 says:

    C”mon Habs do something! Sign PK,trade Weber,get Kabs a big boy stick,kick Gomer in the arse,just do something!

  2. Mavid says:

    speaking of being in enemy territory..last week while driving for bluesfest I got chatting with this young lady who worked for the Sens..in media/communications…so I say to her, you must be a big fan of the Sens..she looks me in the face and says hell no I F—-n hate em…oh really who do you cheer for? Montreal Canadiens she says very proudly…cool…until she starts to tell me about how great Chara is..and that it was an unfortunate hockey play…that is when she lost me…she thinks the Bruins are wonderful…Marchand is just super duper…I of course inform her that they are indeed a bunch of dirty cheating Pri—, I guess being young she did not get the whole hate/rivalry thing..which got me thinking about the time my parents packed us all in the car and drove to the Montreal Airport to meet the players, it was 1971 I believe we had just eliminated the Bruins in the first round..there was a witch called Bruin Hilda..she would cast spells on the Bruin players during the game..once at the airport i met Frank Mahovolch, Jean Beliveau, Ken Dryden, and Guy Lapointe..(who forgot were he parked is car in the lot) those were the days…the hate was at a fever pitch..I remember it like it was yesterday..one of the biggest thrills of my life..

  3. HabFab says:

    To an old fart like myself, some things still amaze me concerning the modern Communication age.
    Habilis posted a link to the warm up routine of a good looking young Aussie hurtle or steeple chase runner yesterday at 7:36pm.
    Since I looked at it shortly afterwards until now, almost 4,000,000 new views have occurred. That is like 16 hours or 250,000 per hour…freaking unreal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Mark C says:

    I’m sure this has been posted before, but it is such a great interview with Timmins its worth a repost.


    • HabinBurlington says:

      I can’t help but wonder if the NHL shouldn’t have perhaps hired a top executive from McDonald’s years ago. One of the trademarks of how this corporation has run their franchises has been their ability to pick great locations. I remember years ago reading a case study on McDonalds which discussed how rarely you ever see them close a location.

      The NHL in their desperate attempt to get owners money sold franchises all over North America with little thought to how the franchises would actually perform in these marketplaces financially. A perfect example was the expansion of Ottawa, the choice I believe was between Hamilton and Ottawa. The owners were almost polar opposites in Bryden versus Tim Hortons giant Ron Joyce. The surrounding area of Hamilton had far greater population than Ottawa, yet the league chose Ottawa. Now obviously part of this was because of the proximity of Hamilton to Buffalo and Toronto. But again, looking at the McDonalds example, there can be franchises near each other when recognizing the size of the marketplace it will serve.

      I think just as baseball will continue to operate with Boston, NewYork as the kingpins, the NHL will continue to operate with 7-8 franchises driving the bus.

      • HabFab says:

        Bettman at work. Believe the thought process was to sell the game to Sunbelt USA and then get the big National TV contracts that the NBA, MLB and NFL have. Unfortunately Scarlett and Tex have responded with “Frankly, we don’t give a damn!”

      • Chris says:

        Franchises like MdDonald’s can spring up anywhere because there is always a desire in North America for fast food. When they were struggling, they have actively sought to re-brand themselves (the new McCafe’s, for example).

        It is a bit of a stretch to compare a fast food empire to a professional sports league.

        Regarding Hamilton vs. Ottawa: I honestly think they made the right choice. People keep bringing up Hamilton as a viable alternative, but I think it really is a false argument. The largest impediments that the Ottawa Senators have faced have been:

        i) Arena location…terrible choice with no chance of walk-up crowds
        ii) Trying to win fans in a market that already featured strong Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs ties.

        How in the heavens would a franchise in Hamilton do any better? They would be right in the heart of the Maple Leafs drawing territory. Those of us who are hockey fans in the GTA and don’t cheer for the Leafs are already dedicated to another team.

        The corporate support wouldn’t be there any more than it was in Ottawa (remember that at the time, Ottawa was Silicon Valley North with Corel, Nortel, JDS Uniphase and all their related spin-off companies driving one of the more vibrant white-collar economies of any city in Canada), and the population is significantly smaller: 505,000 in the greater Hamilton area versus the 880,000 in Ottawa (or 1.3 million in the metropolitan Ottawa area) today, and I suspect the differences were reasonably comparable back then too.

        The NHL was right to look at the cities that they did. We Canadian fans forget that we were the basketcases through the 1990’s. It was only the subsequent improvement of the Canadian dollar to parity that has driven the Canadian teams to power the NHL’s revenues. Before that, 5 of the 7 Canadian teams were in significant financial difficulty and even the Montreal Canadiens were on the verge of financial issues.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      As stated in the article and elsewhere, the owners have as much to fear from themselves as they do from an united front formed by the players. In fact, the CBA, through such measures as the salary cap, is intended to provide owners with lesser resources some measure of protection from the predatory practices of owners with deep pockets.
      Rather than continue to rely on a diluted form of revenue sharing, which some have compared to socialism, the league would be wiser to engage in sociable-ism and create a true business-friendly environment — businesses that are actually friendly to each other. In such an atmosphere of conviviality, owners would be more receptive to listening to and acting upon what the players have to say, and the sport as a whole would benefit.
      Sociable-ism. No longer the mantra of “from each according to their means, to those according to their needs” but “Nice day, eh?”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Got to think something gets worked out. BTW Bubba is making a run this morning.


      • HabinBurlington says:

        Yah, the amazing thing is he is doing it on the Par 3’s. I am hoping to see Ernie have a great day.

        Not sure if he is on Ernie’s bag this weekend, but former NHL Player Dan Quinn has been carrying Ernie’s bag quite a bit the past few years.

    • HabFab says:

      Would help with the negotiations somewhat. Go from two black eyes to a red nose 😉

    • That journalist hasn’t done his homework. If the Predators match the offer, they cannot trade him for onr full year.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I think the writer is basing the trade talk on Nashville agreeing not to match the offer and then trading some of the 4 draft picks back to Philly for live bodies.

        • HabFab says:

          Answered your how accurate are the books below…

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Thanks for that, I am not pro player per se in this CBA negotiation but still have to wonder about the accuracy of the books. I have worked in the Finance world for about 20 years now, and whenever the ownership structure was private, was always amazed at how the owner could make his books look like little to no profit when I knew otherwise.

            If I am an NHL owner, it is in my best financial interests to show as little profit as possible. Jusy sayin’

        • The writer doesn’t state as much. According to other articles. Nashville and Philly talked trade for some time, involving Coutourier, Read and Schenn. When a deal couldn’t be worked out for Weber, the offer sheet was submitted and signed. Not sure why Philly, once they have Weber, would want to turn solid assets into what could variably be low first round picks.

          • HabFab says:

            Robert, see article from Stu that I just posted. Also imagine there is incredible NHL board room talks and pressure here to make this look good. This could not have been orchestrated better for, then if actually done by, the NHLPA.

          • ed lopaz says:

            I think Nashville begins the negotiations by saying they are prepared to match Philly’s offer, bite the bullet, and keep Weber.

            Then Philly counters by suggesting that they will sweeten the offer.

            Instead of 4 1st round picks, Philly will take back the picks and trade Nashville 4 players, probably 2 young established roster players and 2 prospects.

            Nashville then backs away from matching, takes the 4 players, Philly keeps their 4 1st rounders, and Philly ends up with Weber.

            Nashville’s only leverage is if they convince Philly from the beginning that they will match the offer for Weber.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            @Ed, that would be one heck of a poker game to watch, seeing both owners sitting at the table as Nashville throws all their chips into the pot, will Snider call them thinking it is a bluff, or fold, resulting in the trade.

          • HF – I read Stu’s article yesterday, and yes, the first impression I got was that it seemed counterproductive for the league to have such an offer sheet come about right in the middle of CBA negotiations. The PA will be pointing to it all summer.

            If I’m Nashville, BTW, and sign but cannot really afford Weber’s deal, I trade him to Pittsburgh, just to screw Philly.

            Ed – I think Nashville and Philly have already gone through all trade scenarios before. While we fans are blindsided when signed offer sheets are announced, teams actually know about them well before it’s made public. There is a certain disclosure process that happens. The two teams apparently discussed scenarios for full week before the offer sheet was signed.

    • HabFab says:

      Backs the NHLPA argument that only substantial revenue sharing will fix the NHL owners problems.

      • And it also backs the players position that it is not their problem to fix.

        • ed lopaz says:

          it is the players problem to help fix if they want to keep 700 NHLPA jobs long term.

          because long term this league will end up with 25 teams not 30.

          unless the U.S economy bounces back, which many economists believe is not going to happen for years and years, if ever,

          the NHL is the type of pro league that can easily end up contracting 5 or more franchises.

          its in the players’ long term interests to help the league sustain itself in markets that are weak and teetering on failure.

          in my humble opinion, of course.

          its about NHLPA jobs in the long term analysis.

          • commandant says:

            if the owners want a 30 team league because it helps them sell sponsors, tv deals and other things to be in those markets, then they need to help each other

            Go Habs Go!
            NHL Free Agency and Trade Analysis now.
            Team By Team Prospect Reports coming soon

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Thanks for the link Robert, interesting read. Have to wonder also how much is the rest of the league having to cough up to keep Phoenix afloat? THen there is the rumours of the NHL giving the Devils some of their revenue share money in advance in order to help them finish the season.

      At the end of the day a couple teams need to be turfed and that means about 60 players need to get use to buses in the AHL as well. Of course we know this will not happen.

  5. JohnBellyful says:

    Gripe No. 117

    What makes hockey so great is, in large part, the talent exhibited by its star offensive players, who often must contend with hooking and holding and other assorted fouls while trying to ply their trade.
    Then there are those who contend that fighting is also integral to the sport’s appeal, and I suppose there is some truth in that.
    Which makes it so unfair.
    Star players are victimized by thuggish behaviour that impedes their ability to make plays that entertain fans. Why aren’t pugilists made to endure the same kind of abuse?
    How would they like it if, in the course of exchanging punches, the two combatants were hooked, slashed, elbowed, tripped? Preferably by star players.
    I’m sure we would hear screams from enraged fans: “Let them go at it, ya bums! We didn’t come here to watch you ruin a good fight!”
    No, no you didn’t, but what’s sauce for the goose …

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    Larry Brooks with some numbers from Don Fehr if the new proposal from Owners was in effect this past season.


  7. JohnBellyful says:

    The NHL might want to look to other sectors of the economy to change the way it does business.
    Industries that produce emissions considered harmful to the environment have a limit placed on the volume of pollutants they can generate. Any amount over that requires the purchase of permits from other industries that have reduced their emissions.
    This market-based approach is otherwise known as cap-and-trade.
    Perhaps the same principle can be applied to the National Hockey League. Teams wishing to exceed the salary cap would be able to purchase additional payroll space from teams having difficulty reaching the salary floor.
    For example, Team Flushed signs free agent Sam Wow for five years, $8 million per, which puts it over the salary cap by $3 million annually. It ‘trades’ for that space by agreeing to pay Team Shoestring $3 million, which is then counted toward that team’s salary numbers, enabling it to reach the league-mandated payroll minimum.
    This adds to Team Flushed’s costs of doing business but it’s a form of revenue sharing that it controls, for the specific purpose of adding to its pool of talent while remaining in compliance with league statutes.
    And, as recently seen, teams seem to have no trouble finding extra money to strengthen their lineups and, in fact, are delighted to do so.
    Team Shoestring would be dealing from a position of strengthen, given the number of suitors that would be looking to gain an advantage over other well-heeled rivals, and it could use the additional capital to improve its own roster.
    Cap-and-trade has the added advantage of not requiring parties to divest players to consummate the transaction, thereby enabling each side to build a lineup that maximizes its competitiveness.
    Provision, however, could be made to allow the purchaser to include a draft pick or two to sweeten the offer.
    Of course, to prevent the poorer franchises from deliberately signing players on the cheap in order to avail themselves of ‘subsidies” from wealthier clubs, a limit of one permit, to sell cap space, would be placed on each team.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      John, I know that Serge and Geoff wouldn’t return your calls during the GM search (you should have included your area code on the resume you sent), but I believe everything happens for a reason. You should resend that resume, but this time straight to Bettman and Daly, there is no reason you couldn’t settle the CBA in a couple of hours. Your theory would certainly have the backing of Brian Burke, with him covering your backside the negotiations would be quick and painless. 🙂

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Outside of not hiring Larry Robinson my biggest off season disappointment was the failure to find a spot for JB. 🙂


      • JohnBellyful says:

        Okay, I’ll give it a shot, but I won’t get my hopes up. You’d think with all the ideas I’ve pitched to the Canadiens and the NHL, at least one of them would have found the mark. (Keep it to yourself but I’m working on a scheme in which text ads continually flow across the blue and red lines, anything to generate more revenue for the poor cousins of the NHL.)
        BTW, didja research a patent on your grooved blade idea?

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      While cap and trade would be disastrous to our economy, this limited version might work and, if like economic cap and trade, it did prove to be unworkable and stupid and add to the cost of EVERYTHING, it would only be hockey. However, if I’m the owner in Montreal or Toronto why is it my responsibility to make up for the weakness of the Phoenix, Nashville or former Atlanta business model? The Bettman plan will not let failing businesses fail. 30 teams may not be the ideal number and the location of some of these franchises may not be that intelligent either. If I’m the owner in Toronto or Montreal where I sell out my building every night, wouldn’t I first want the failing franchise moved somewhere where it could stand a half arsed chance of doing the same and if not or if it’s not possible to support 30 teams, shouldn’t there just be less teams? Let’s let the market fix it before we try communism.

      • JohnBellyful says:

        I agree there should be fewer teams in the NHL which is why I’m drafting an alternative proposal to the cap-and-trade suggestion — I’ve affectionately dubbed it the slash-and-burn.
        Just as teams must prune their rosters to strengthen their lineup, so should the league but on a much greater scale.
        To expand on the agricultural metaphor, slash refers to those teams whose money-making abilities have long dried up, making them candidates for the extreme measure of extirpation, arson being the most logical option. Such a policy would have to be carried out in a manner designed not to attract the attention of authorities, although the loss of a half-dozen franchises burned to the ground in less than a year will no doubt arouse some suspicions. Until it is remembered this is the NHL, after all.

        Oh yes, as with the other suggestion: 🙂

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Well John, essentially what you’ve described is a luxury tax, a system now in place in the NBA, which the Knicks make spirited use of. This form of ‘soft cap’, where teams incur penalties for going over a limit, with that penalty going to revenue sharing, is what the NHLPA was proposing during the 2004 lockout, but Gary Bettman refused, and insisted on a hard cap. He unseated Bob Goodenow by outwaiting him and got what he wanted. It will be interesting to see if he has as much support this time as January 1 approaches and teams where things are going well eye another lost season, and another crawl out of the smoking ruins back to profitability and forgiveness.

  8. Marc10 says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Boone’s article. It got me thinking.

    Do the Have Nots in the League make up more than half of the ownership?


    A Have Not would have to be:

    1) Poor attendance or always at risk because a non-traditional hockey market
    2) Relatively poor owner (ie, cannot go the cap ceiling regardless of attendance)
    3) Crappy town (or at least it’s perceived that way by the top UFAs and their WAGs)

    That puts the Have Nots at about 14.

    1) Ottawa
    2) Buffalo
    3) St Louis
    4) Edmonton
    5) Nashville
    6) Florida
    7) Carolina
    8) Colorado
    9) NJ
    10) The Peg
    11) Anaheim
    12) Columbus
    13) Dallas
    14) Isles

    That’s simply too many teams to ignore. And it’s not like economic times are great in the US. Like it or not, Bettman has to keep the ship afloat.

    • Steven says:

      (c) shouldn’t really be part of the criteria. If they’re making money, they aren’t Have Nots and are at least successful to some degree. Where you can’t get UFAs, you can get players developped in the system and at least 7 years of their service.

      That probably knocks off Ottawa, Buffalo, St Louis(?), Edmonton, The Peg, and maybe Colorado.

      Between 4 and 6 teams means that only 8-10 teams are Have Nots. A third of the league being on shaky ground is definitely cause for concern, so starting from there would make sense.

      • Marc10 says:

        I’d still keep St Louis, Colorado in there because they could easily lose fan interest forcing a move. A couple of bad seasons…

        And then imagine Shea Webber is on the Sens or in the Peg, would their owners match the Philly offer sheet? If they don’t, I see that as not being able to play the game… and so I keep them in the Have Nots.

        But yeah… It’s just not a healthy league with a winning product. It would be a mistake to think you can go back to a two-tier system without some repercussions in the fanbase and the movement/loss of a couple of franchises.

        This ain’t the UK Premiership where, irrespective of where you live in Ol’ Blighty, even if your team never wins anything of consequence, at least you’re not relegated and you’re watching a game you love.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Colorado is a perpetual money loser. They receive revenue sharing courtesy of Canadian hockey fans despite their owner being one of the wealthiest men in the world.

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

          • HabFab says:

            Actually Colorado is making money…tight budget but made more money then Boston.

    • HabFab says:

      Marc10 – you need to consider this in your arguments. Only 12 teams actually made a profit.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Many of those teams have extremely wealthy owners. Eugene Melnyk still has his pharmaceutical company which is money printing machine, Edmontons owner has one of the largest drug store chains in Canada, Nashville has the very wealthy Brett Wilson as a minority owner, Wiinnipeg has the wealthiest man in Canada Thomson, Charles Wang in New York has plenty of money but prefers to spend the taxpayers money on an arena.

      My point is simple, the owners have plenty of money, the question is whether or not they are willing to operate at a loss. I am not saying they should, but poor owners is not the issue. If anything Montreal’s owner is probably on the poorer side compared to many other NHL owners.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Good morning Gerald and Frank. I am far from an expert on the US tax code, i’m not sure one even exist given the complexity if the code, but there may be a benefit to some of these wealthy people. For instance part of the expenses may be in salaries where the employee is the spouse, parent or child of the owner. Also i believe the tax write off may be of benefit to their real money making business in terms of that tax liability. Ugh, i have a head ache. When the heck is PK gonna sign?


        • HabinBurlington says:

          Good Morning Sir, yeah I am sure for many of these owners having some write offs doesn’t hurt. But I thought you were a tax expert? Didn’t you just recently take a break from working in a State Taxation office? 🙂

      • HabFab says:

        Not sure why owners should accept losing money. I sure wouldn’t be interested. I’m sure they don’t expect to make a fortune and their growth will be in Capital gains but that is only redeemable when they sell.
        Interestingly enough, the Wirtz and Molson families own two of the top teams, but their wealth value puts them close to the bottom of the list of owners.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I am in agreement Frank that I don’t expect the owners to continually operate at a loss, but there will be seasons when some home rennovations are required in order to increase the value of the house which could result in some nice Silver Hardware as the showpiece!

          Part of the problem however, is can the books which the owners reveal be fully trusted?

          • HabFab says:

            Since the last CBA went into effect, one of the conditions was the NHLPA having access to the team books. The first year revealed that the figures quoted prior were inaccurate and a big jump occurred in HRR. This has grown each year since and have heard nothing negative from the NHLPA so assume they are happy with their access. As a money guy would like to see the books of the Bruins, compared to the other top teams and Revenue, would expect more profit. Perhaps there were some heavy bribes made for that Stanley Cup plus non suspension of Chara and other goons 🙂

        • Habfan10912 says:

          I think equity has something to do with it as well. If an owner is losing say 5 million a year but the value of the franchise is growing by 8 million, the paper loss is a tax benefit but in actuality the owner is making money.
          Then there is the ego of owning a major sports franchise. Pride of ownership I think its called.


  9. sprocketman says:

    Flyers showing Doan the city with style!
    The Flyers organization plans to show Shane Doan the city in attempts to sign the coveted forward to their roster. They plan on showing Doan the city and all that they have to offer in an effort to sign him to their roster.
    This is on my qualified source that Doan will be present in Philly on Saturday July 21, 2012.
    Locals, give me an update…and good luck!



  10. Un Canadien errant says:

    Article in le Journal de Montréal on Tomas Kaberle. You can use Google Translate. It’s notable in that there’s a picture of him which shows that he’s shed a few pounds, he looks a little leaner than last season.

    Main points are that he says he’s training with Tomas Plekanec, Michal Frolik, and Jiri Tlusty. He repeats that last season’s off-season training regimen suffered due to the long playoffs and Stanley Cup celebrations, and that it won’t happen again. He thinks the team will have more character and toughness with the new arrivals, and that he always found Michel Therrien-coached teams tough to play against. He says he’s ready to do his part in this regard.


  11. JohnBellyful says:

    If the NHL and players’ association won’t do it, I will: connect the dots if they don’t reach a deal …

    No CBA … no hockey … massive layoffs by teams … disastrous ripple effect on local economies … GDP in both countries suffers huge hit … bureaucratic workforce cut in half … diminished regulatory oversight and enforcement … dramatic rise in incidence and severity of water contamination, air pollution, and soil degradation … accelerated climate change … food riots break out following prolonged droughts and frequent flash floods … mounting social unrest results in draconian measures to constrain civil rights … martial law declared to maintain law and order … Supreme Court formally recognizes autocracy as a legitimate response to widespread threats made to violently overthrow government … civil war … Islanders sign 35-year-old John Tavares to 15-year, $347 million guaranteed contract

    Given the scenario just extrapolated, based on highly respected computer models, I foresee military intervention happening fairly quickly, the latter part of September if no agreement has been reached by then. General Consensus will be brought in to try to mediate a deal and should he fail, the matter will be turned over to Corporal Punishment.

    • shootdapuck says:

      During it all the NHLPA officials merrily continued to cash their paychecks.

      Status quo.

      The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

      “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
      “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
      ” I have a pet peeve”

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Yeah, the NHLPA officials are the ones who’ll be cashing in on this. Like environmental scientists who are raking in the dough because of this global warming con job they’ve put together.

        • shootdapuck says:

          Come on Normand, you actually believe that Don Fehr or any of the 40 staff at the NHLPA will not get paid if there is a lockout?

          What the hell has global warming to do with NHL hockey?

          The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

          “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
          “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
          ” I have a pet peeve”

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            No bud, they deserve to get paid since they are working hard.

            What I am saying is that you’re setting up a construct where the NHLPA execs have much to gain or at least nothing to lose in the event of a lockout, and therefore are to blame for the inevitable. That’s patently ridiculous. The owners are the ones who are going to cause the lockout, not the NHLPA and its executive. The owners are the ones who will profit, and will sit back during the lockout and wait for the players to cave, they’ll be the ones fiddling while the game burns.

            The reason I bring up climate scientists is because of the similar fantasy concocted by oil companies that environmental researchers invented the greenhouse effect and global warming to earn massive, untold riches… in the form of research grants to further study the issue. You know, tens of thousands of dollars to run experiments. That’s what they were after. They got every reputable scientist in the world in countless disciplines in on this conspiracy, and are faking all their data, to earn untold additional research grants. It’s not the oil companies who have trillions of dollars to lose by climate research, they’re not the ones who stand to profit by refuting the evidence. No, the scientists who stand to earn their wages studying this issue as opposed to just moving on to study other phenomena, they’re the ones who have the motive to lie, not Big Oil, they won’t benefit from a lie and coverup.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      John, I’m not sure you’ve connected all the dots. How does Nikola Tesla fit into all this?

      • JohnBellyful says:

        The scenario I posted was the condensed version. The full connect-the-dot exercise includes reference to Tesla and the weaponization of his technology, which is used during the civil war by rebel forces. The CN Tower will later be known as the CN Rubble.

  12. Propwash says:

    Penguins fired their med staff.


    “Access Forbidden” gettin’ ya down?
    Hold down Shift while clicking refresh.

    • JUST ME says:

      Thanks for the link. I am surprised that the media does not make more noise on this . It look`s obvious to me that decisions were made in Pitt more about business than about player`s well being.

      Both Crosby and Letang were brought back too fast while dealing with concussions. Of course everyone is in the dark when it comes to concussions and treatments but one must not take it lightly and assume that the athlete is ready cause he says so.

      I think that there must have been an insurance firm also putting pressure on Pittsburgh to act on the matter.

  13. Un Canadien errant says:

    From an article from Grantland on bumbling Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan and his decision to not re-sign Jeremy Lin:

    Here’s how Jim Dolan would play pocket aces in a game of Texas hold ’em:

    Sweet! Pocket aces! Come on, JD, don’t mess this up. … Why is this asshole dealer looking at me like that and why is that dude in the cowboy hat smiling? Oh man, I think he knows. … Nah, he doesn’t know, he’s so stupid with his stupid hat and his stupid accent. Shit. He does know. Maybe I should call Isiah? Nah, cause if they see me calling Isiah, they’ll all laugh. Play it cool, Jimmy. What would be the only thing they’d never expect from you? What would Isiah do? WWID? Fold, Jimmy, fold!

    DOLAN: I fold.
    DEALER: Sir, it’s not your turn to act.
    DOLAN: Don’t tell me what to do.
    MAN IN HAT: Folded aces again, huh?
    DOLAN: It was the right move, dickface.


    • Un Canadien errant says:


      As a side note: When, exactly, did fans start to believe that their best interests and the best interests of team owners were the same? When did, “Well, I don’t think [INSERT NAME OF REALLY RICH GUY] should spend his money in a way that would provide maximum entertainment value for me, the paying fan” become the go-to response? We have no idea how much money Jim Dolan stands to lose and how that affects the Knicks’ future. And Knicks fans shouldn’t care. They should just want the most entertaining, best product on the court. A team with Jeremy Lin is a better product for consumers than a team without Jeremy Lin. That should be 99 percent of every fan’s calculation. Furthermore, the statement “Jeremy Lin isn’t worth $14.8 million as a basketball player” is shortsighted. It assumes that marketing dollars don’t exist and that every athlete is paid entirely based on his ability to go left or defend the pick-and-roll. No contract in the history of the NBA has been signed within such a vacuum. So why has “Jeremy Lin isn’t worth $14.8 million as a basketball player” suddenly become the “smart and rational” response? Those statements assume a world that does not exist. They are the opposite of rational.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Totally agree. Jeremey Lin was worth more than the pure vale of his talents to the Knicks, to the NBA as a knicks player and to NY basketball buzz. He should have been resigned.

        On top of it all, I dont believe that the ‘go to guy’ (not a real basketball fan so I wont even attempt his name) is able to modify his selfish (not only my opinion.. many experts in the game) attitude and ‘lead’ the team.

        Bad move.

        You know I tried for 15 mintes to insert “habstrinifan” as the rich guy but it wouldnt take. Guess there is some sort of flag on my bank account.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Still more:

      Also … really? Jeremy Lin owes Jim Dolan? In what America does that make sense, except in the America where every employee owes every rich guy undying loyalty for life because the rich guy happens to sign his checks? Especially when said employee was the linchpin in a TV contract and when his popularity was the leading factor in a $600 million increase in the value of said rich guy’s company? Oh, wait, that’s exactly what Jim Dolan’s America looks like. We are all just paying witnesses.

      • HardHabits says:

        Hahahaha. I spooked you with my suggestion that they put a cap on the amount of characters allotted to your comments.

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          I thought about it, but I’ve posted much, much longer ‘tomes’, as you call them, without a problem. I decided that it was probably just a case of the HIO hamsters not being able to keep up, as often happens, and of your habitually pessimistic outlook, not of wordcount. Besides, I tried to condense the post which wouldn’t show up, and believe me, there wasn’t an extraneous word.

          In the case of the present post, the fact that it is posted in three parts is due to the fact that I started reading the article, loved the earlier passage, skimmed the rest and decided to link it here so everyone could enjoy. When I returned to it and read it more thoroughly, I came across more passages that I thought were applicable to our current woes with the coming lockout, and posted those as well.

  14. SnowManHabs85 says:

    I met Theoren Fleury today, the guy was told he will not give autograph and what does he do? He takes out a marker and autographed my Collector’s Edition Theoren Fleury card and took a picture of him and I.

    The guy did everything he could in such little time to visit the kids at the summer camps and hockey schools. Such a great guy, he swore once while on the ice when he forgot his phone, everybody laughed.

    For such a small guy, he barely reached my chin, he accomplished so much. I sneaked out of work for a couple minutes just to meet him. Gave an awesome motivation speech last night too. Almost punched him for taking the cup away from the Habs on 89. 😛

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Nice story snow. Read his book. The man has been through a lot. Glad you had a positive experience.


      • SnowManHabs85 says:

        Thanks Habfan. I couldn’t made him sign my ebook on my iPhone. Upper Deck card the next best thing 🙂

        “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

    • habstrinifan says:

      Great story. Like the ‘almost punch’ line. Habs mania .. irrepressible. LOL

  15. Habilis says:

    This is way off topic but it’s sports related and once you guys see the clip you’ll forgive my digression.

    Trust me.


    Greatest. Warm-Up. Ever.

    This lovely athlete will not be competing in London but she is definitely one to keep an eye on. Or both eyes.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Yeah, she’s getting lots of attention for some reason for a 5th place finisher and non-qualifier for the Olympics. Good for her. The only people who would object to her warmup routine are the mortally jealous competitors in Lanes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9,…

      I hate to stereotype, but Australians tend to be a fun-loving bunch.

    • habstrinifan says:

      OMG freakin wild! She really doe sthat in warmups? WOW!

      They are lucky I am not the starter. My GUN woudl go off PREMATURELY every time.

    • durocher says:

      Can Molson hire her to dance in the Desjardins level?

    • Chris says:

      I like that she had fun with it (great smile), but her warm-up isn’t that strange to be honest for a hurdler. I was a field judge for many years at track meets (both my older brothers were sprinters, unfortunately I was not!) and that warm-up wasn’t so odd.

      I do give credit to whoever put it to music through…that made the whole thing pretty hilarious! 🙂

  16. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    Braydon Coburn in a trade, a big mean psycho defenseman

    Can it happen, and what would it take to pry him away from Philly??

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Philip Anschutz is a lovely human being isn’t he?

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

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        He’s a great man who is rich, and is therefore great. Undoubtedly he creates jobs. Hockey would be impossible without him, therefore the players should take a 20% pay cut and be glad for it.

      • boing007 says:

        Intelligent Design? They sure goofed up when they made Anschutz. And if he thinks that Earth was created around 5 thousand years ago, he’d better take a trip to the La Brea tar pits and get his head straightened out.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  17. Habs54 says:

    This is no doubt old but whatever happened to Evelyn Audet? I watched the Shauna Denis interview and thought of her. The Habs TV thing just sort of quietly disappeared. She was a treat to watch!

  18. HabinBurlington says:

    So Patrick Kane has spoken up regarding his weekend in Madison, hope for his sake he has learned from his mistakes. Kid has talent galore.


  19. Mavid says:

    I love this site…it is obvious that I am no where near as knowledgeable as most on here..but I have been watching hockey for over 40 years and I love it..its my true passion..I am amazed at how much the posters on here know this is truly MY vault of knowledge…gotta laugh at Gomez getting a hole it one…now that is some funny stuff..I love you guys…

    • Habs54 says:

      We all crap on the guy but I was impressed that he would drive around in an old Nissan. Is he cheap or just a regular guy? I think the latter.

  20. HabinBurlington says:

    Sam Gagner 1 year 3.2 million, seems high to me. But then again, all the contracts seem high this summer.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      That 8-point game made him a lot of money me-thinks

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I am thinking the same thing, aside from that game and his 1 week streak around it, quite an average season. Considering his name was on the trade block all last season, not sure what this does to his trade value.

  21. ABHabsfan says:

    Oh, and please all you ex and current rugby players out there; please vote for the Lindsay Rugby Club in the TSN Kraft celebration Tour contest today. http://www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca. Thanks!

    “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  22. ABHabsfan says:

    After a quick look at Capgeek, if Nashville does not match The Offer they will not make the cap floor with very few UFAs available to sign. A guy like Gomez may be very attractive in this situation, or even Kaberle since the Preds are down to 4 NHL d-men, led by Hal Gill.

    “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  23. OK, I don’t get it why in the United States Baseball has such a following and valuation on the franchises, just as for football. I understand the dynamics of revenue (Football stadiums fitting over 60,000 seats, baseball playing double the number of games to hockey, lucrative television deals), but paying a baseball player $20 million a year when he doesn’t come close to the same effort that a hockey player does? I don’t get it. I used to watch and listen to the Expos games and was heartbroken when I was at the big “Owe” to see Rick Monday launch a home-run over the right-field fence and end the Expos pennant race (their only one), so I understand devotion and fan-dom (hey, I also just got back from San Diego’s Comic-con with my younger daughter, fun was had by all!) but paying these guys $20 million a year to swing a bat and scratch their family jewels… while we are in CBA discussions, I gotta think these owners are out of their minds…especially in baseball… snooze!

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think for the most part salaries in all pro sports are direct correlation to the revenue those sports produce. As for the notion of hockey players giving so much more than a baseball player, I think that may have been true of the past, but not as dramatic anymore.

      Aside from some uber talented pitchers and some big bopper Designated Hitters, baseball players are in excellent condition. The new generation of young ball players like Bryce Harper, Brett Lawrie, Robinson Cano are extremely physically fit, extremely talented and have worked their tails off to get to the level they are at.

      Of course baseball does not have the physical confrontations that hockey has, but playing day in day out like most do for the entire season takes its tolls. Many players like the shortstops and 2nd basemen take many shots from players metal spikes on hard slides to 2nd, catchers get absolutely lambasted at home plate by opposing runners with virtually no padding to protect such hits.

      I don’t dispute Hockey players are as physically gifted as any other sport, and play an incredibly physical sport mixed with incredible talents. But the new baseball players today don’t look as much like David Wells or Steve Balboni as they used to.

    • boing007 says:

      I was at the Big O on that disappointing day as well.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  24. Bripro says:

    Before I log out for my friday night ritual, I just want to say one thing.
    I visit this site almost every day.
    Sometimes I wonder why, but most times I enjoy and participate.
    Some posters rub me the wrong way, just as I’m sure that I do the same to them.
    But with most, what I read is fairly to incredibly perceptive and truly informative information.
    Some posters have shown incredible knowledge of the game and the players at ALL levels. You know who you are. And I thank you for what you’ve taught me.
    Some, like me, come here because what we know is more about the Canadiens than other teams, or minor-leaugue players. But I’ve learned an awful lot about the NHL as well as other leagues as a direct result of this site and it’s links.
    Most show a great deal of respect, but a few….if I was a mod…

    But today, another poster showed that it’s OK to admit when you’re wrong, without taking offence. I wish we were all like that.
    I don’t see the need for aggressive posts. Maybe it’s because there’s really nothing hockey-related going on.
    But let’s all try to just get along!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Well put Bri. Have a great evening.


    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Friday night ritual? Is City TV still showing the Blue Night movies that my friend Tony raves about and says got him through high school?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I don’t think we want to know what his ritual is, but I am sure he will be “all in” by the end of the night. 🙂

        Just kidding, if memory serves me correct Bri has a regular Friday night poker game with his buddies.

      • Bripro says:

        LOL…Channel 17.
        That station was closed down years ago.
        Now, being “somewhat older”, friday nights is 4 grumps
        (well, 2 grumps, 1 hyper (yours truly) and one stoner).
        A couple of Guinness and a few hands…. all in good fun.
        I’m gone. Have a good one boys! Cheers!

    • Psycho29 says:

      You have a lot of nerve posting something like this! You’ve obviously never played the game, and….

      Oh wait, wrong spot for this reply…

      just kidding Bri, that was a great post, I am a lot like you, I’ve learned a lot on this site (good and bad!)

      Have a great weekend! 🙂

  25. Un Canadien errant says:

    The list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises as compiled by Forbes includes all NFL teams, and no NHL teams.


    • Habfan10912 says:

      Very interesting that the soccer teams have such high value. The other interesting thing is the Dodgers selling for 2 billion but Forbes values them at considerably less. I wonder if the sale included additional property such as the stadium or if the purchase price included future equity? Anyway, thanks for sharing.


      • Habs_Norway says:

        Soccerclubs (or football – since its a ball and its kicked with the foot 😉 ) are in so much dept it should be illegal.
        The only reason that Man U isnt bankrupt and shut down is because they are a winning team. The Rangers from Scotland just got relegated from the elite-league to 3rd league because of financial troubles.
        Its like, I earn 100.000 dollars a year, but i still owe 3 billion dollars. Still, people say im worth 100.000.. Crazy.

        Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years

  26. HabFab says:

    An article on the young reporter killed, from one of her newspaper friends;

  27. accp says:

    When it comes to Gomez. It’s not about his scoring. if that was true the fans should be on all the players in the bottom six. very little scoring from any of those guys. it’s about the money he’s getting and like I said before don’t blame Gomez for that. they gave him the money and he took it like any other player in the NHL. offer the same money to white. you think he’d say no. I doubt it and neither would any other player on any team. habs made a mistake so live with it
    By the way. the reason he shot a hole in one. he didn’t have to beat a goalie. Have a nice summer….

  28. sane hockey fan says:

    I’m confused, maybe someone can clarify this. RDS and CKAC are both reporting that Don Meehan is meeting with the Canadiens in the hopes of negotiating a deal for PK and hopefully avoiding arbitration. They both mention arbitration in the articles. CKAC even goes so far as to compare the situation to Weber and says that other NHL teams might be interested in giving him an “offre hostile” (french version of offer sheet)

    I was under the impression that PK wasn’t arbitration eligible so we don’t have to worry about him signing an offer sheet.

    • HabFab says:

      Deadline to file was June 5th. Another blogger has twittered that PK actually was eligible by 1 day to file but didn’t.

      • sane hockey fan says:

        I’m still confused LOL. So he was eligible for arbitration but didn’t file. So that means he cannot go to arbitration? Do you know if he can be signed to an offer sheet?

        • HabFab says:

          Believe so, any RFA can be. Sorry and yes, too late for arbitration.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          I too get confused by the inner workings of ;the CBA. Posters much smarter then i tell me that PK can indeed sign an offer sheet. But the Habs have the ability and cap space to meet any offer sheet so there is no danger in losing him.


  29. Un Canadien errant says:

    The Bruins are reportedly out of the Rick Nash/Bobby Ryan sweepstakes.

    “The teams have had “exploratory” talks regarding Ryan, according to a source close to the situation, but Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has made it known that Krejci and Milan Lucic (also mentioned in recent trade rumors) are not available.

    “This source also indicated that the Bruins, who are on a list of teams that Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash would approve a trade to, have dropped out of the sweepstakes for Nash. There have been reports that the asking price for Nash from the Bruins was any combination of Krejci, Lucic, Tyler Seguin and prized prospect Dougie Hamilton. “


    • neumann103 says:

      It just blows my mind that anyone thinks that Rick Nash and his $7.8M per year contract is worth any two of the excellent and moderately paid or excellent and entry level contracty players on that Bruins list.

      “Et le but!”

      • otter649 says:

        So Boston possibly wants the best player off CBJ – Rick Nash yet when The Jackets ask for Bruins their 5th best players & lower as well as a prospect(s) they are asking for too much. The same attitude with other NHL teams not sure if Columbus will ever be able to make a trade and get anything close for true value for Mr Nash…….

    • Lizardking89 says:

      Chiarelli was smart not to do that. Talk about shooting for the moon, the asking price for Nash is way too high if you ask me.

  30. Max_a_million says:

    Lots of people saying that Nashville should match. Given the entire franchise is worth 160 million, do they have 27 million, (plus their other salaries to at least meet 50 million floor) lying around to match. One quarter of his total salary is due in the first 12 months!

    It’s a tough poison pill. They might not have a choice. Will a bank give them a $13 million loan, with the threat of lockout looming, if they don’t have it?

    Most players are paid throughout the season, and would not be paid in a lockout. He has to be paid regardless of lockout, and 13 million would come now, and 13 million next summer before they would be allowed to trade him both in lump sums!

  31. commandant says:

    My own article on Arbitration, that I just put up.


    Go Habs Go!
    NHL Free Agency and Trade Analysis now.
    Team By Team Prospect Reports coming soon

  32. habs_moleman says:

    Great commentary from Trevor Timmins about this draft class


    It’s great that he can finally speak to the fans! The insight into scouting and projecting is wonderful, the interviewer is quite good (and pretty cute), and it’s about time that the wall of secrecy that surrounded the Canadiens’ organization has finally been torn down!

  33. rhino514 says:

    so what happens after arbitration assuming the player stays with the team (the team doesn´t walk away in the event of losing the decision)?
    Is it one year or two years before the player can become UFA? What happens after the arbitration year?

    • HabFab says:

      Arbitration does not impact UFA status, you still have to have enough time in. What happens after that contract is done is that he must sign another (Weber right now) Side note is teams can only institute arbitration once with a player while he is with them, but the player can do more often.

    • RGM says:

      Usually it becomes a poisonous relationship between the player and the organization. Where the player goes in looking to pump himself up and get max value for himself, the organization finds any flaw and weakness in order to minimize that value. It can be a very hurtful process, and quite often once a guy who has gone through an arbitration hearing becomes a UFA, he’s on the first plane outta town.

      GO HABS GO! Maybe 2012-13 will be our year!
      “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

      Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

  34. Un Canadien errant says:

    Great article on the perils of salary arbitration by Adrian Dater of SI.


    June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
    June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
    June 2429: Travis Moen [x]
    June 2627: Mathieu Darche
    June 26: Ryan White
    June 30: Alexei Emelin
    July 1: P.A. Parenteau, Taylor Pyatt
    July 3: Shane O’Brien
    July 52: Carey Price [x]
    July 6: Lars Eller
    July 9: P.K. Subban
    Sept. 15: Training camps open
    Oct. 11: Puck drop, Canadiens vs. Senators


  35. rhino514 says:

    If I´m Nashville, given their situation, I match and don´t spend even near to the cap. Save at least 10 million that way, and maybe a couple fo kids come through for them.
    I wouldn´t match, and be quite happy not to match, if the picks were from teams perennially in the bottom five or so. Not the case here.
    Don´t forget, it´s not only the four picks, it´s the 7.5 million per year you save as well which allows you to go out an get an all-star.
    What I´m most displeased about is the fact that Philly will be very tough to beat for a few years if they get Weber. They are already a tough team; I fear this would make them a powerhouse for at least the next 5 years, unless something goes terribly wrong. Say what you will about Holmgren, he is proactive. If he hadn´t gotten Bryzgalov, I would say he was a genius, taking all of his other moves into consideration. And who knows, Bryz could end up being a decent goalie for them.

    • Cardiac says:

      5 years is a little aggressive. Next year they have to resign Hartnell, Simmons and Timonen and the year after that Giroux B. Schenn, Couturier, Read and Meszaros. You may depend they will lose at least two or three of these players.

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

    • HabinBurlington says:

      The problem Nashville may have with matching is that Weber’s agent has apparantly been pretty vocal in interviews that his client wants to be in Philly and not in Nashville. Bringing Weber back to Nashville may not exactly be an ideal situation.

      It sounds like Weber and his agent targeted a number of teams for Nashville to talk trade with. And when Philly (one of those teams) got frustrated with the timeline involved with the trade the offer sheet was presented, but it sounds like Weber was very aware this offer sheet was coming his way.

      • rhino514 says:

        Still, Weber is a professional and seems like a guy with integrity. Unless he personally were vocal about not wanting to play in Nashville, I think he would keep playing great hockey and give his all for the rest of his career if he stayed with Nashville. But of course there is no way to prove that.

      • NL Hab says:

        I think that if Weber wanted out of Nashville, then he would not have signed this deal. If he truly wanted out, he could have played out his last year, then become UFA. Now he can be stuck in Nashville for the next 14 years. If he really wanted out, he should have done his homework.

        Et La But

        • rhino514 says:

          Exactly. I was doing some research, and I agree with you. If Weber really wanted out of Nashville, he would never sign the offer sheet. The offer sheet gives Nashville the chance to sign him for 14 years, which they wouldn´t have in any other scenario. He´s be UFA after one more year if they don´t reach a long term deal, and then he´d just leave.
          It´s actually a win-win situation for Nashville, though I believe the win more by keeping a guy like Weber on their team for the rest of his career.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Apparently there were 3-4 teams trying to trade for him, at a price considerably higher than four #1 picks.

          This way Philly gets a bargain, Weber hits the jackpot AND he doesn’t weaken his future team.

          Only loser is Nashville.

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

  36. HabinBurlington says:

    @Sane Hockey Fan, your response to Habfan10912 I found very disrespectful. You don’t know Jim at all, I have met him and have gotten to know him over the past year. He is in actuality an incredible doer and along with that he is also a man of prayer.

    I can’t believe you actually turned his sincere cares for a tracic issue into an insult when in actuality you have no idea what kind of person he is.

    • Cardiac says:


      Kids these days think it’s cool to bash faith.

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

    • HabFab says:

      Must be the heat but the crazies have been out in full force all week!

    • sane hockey fan says:

      You’re right. That was insensitive of me. Just because I don’t personally believe in god doesn’t give me the right to undermine other peoples faith. I apologize.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Sane. Its an emotional time for all of us. No need to apologize to me. We’ll share a drink and a laugh at the summit I hope, or some other time soon. Cheers!


      • HabinBurlington says:

        Thanks, I appreciate your comment. Have a good weekend, hopefully you do meet Jim, he is one heck of a good guy, and he will honour his purchase of beer, he did it for me! 🙂

      • Bripro says:

        I didn’t post the tragic events expecting such a varied (and as you admitted) disrespectful replies.
        But you weren’t the only one.
        The fact that you can man-up and admit a wrong shows a great deal of maturity.
        Jim, Burley and I will probably be sitting together at the summit,
        (unless they figure out what I’m really all about and kick me out), but you will be more than welcome at my table….or theirs…or maybe not. 😉

      • sane hockey fan says:

        Thanks for your understanding guys.

  37. rhino514 says:

    What´s the deal in the end with Crosby? Was it broken vertebraue producing concussion-like symptoms, or was it a concussion?
    If it´s the former, it´s all good, with proper healing of the vertebrae there is a good chance he won´t have problems again.
    If it´s the latter, his long term health remains at great risk if he gets another big hit, and his playing career itself remains in jeopardy.
    Judging by the contract extension, the penguins believe it is the former, seems to me. Otherwise that´s just a crazy contract.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      I was wondering the same, but I don’t think itwas the vertebrae that were potentially injured, I think it was soft tissue damage.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I am not sure anyone is 100% sure, but from what I have read it appears the initial contact with Steckel and Hedman resulted in a concussion, and that the 2nd leave of absence may have had more to do with the broken/cracked vertabraes which apparantly can produce concussion like symptoms.

      I don’t think they could ever confirm exactly since by the time the independant doctors discovered the neck vertabrae issues, they had already healed themselves to quite an extent. Therefore making the timeline difficult.

      Lets hope for Crosby’s sake 1 out of 2 of them at least was vertebrae related as opposed to concussions. Would be a shame if hockey lost his talents so young.

  38. frontenac1 says:

    Senor Gomez este uno Hombre Muy Macho! Ha Ha,muy tequilla por favor!Hola Amigos!!

  39. HFX-HabFan says:

    I’d sign Pavel Kubina for $700,000 at the end of August.

  40. Un Canadien errant says:

    Jamie McLennan on TSN, about the Predators: “They made their bed, now they have to pay the piper…”

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Sad but true. Last year Weber wanted a 3 year deal…they went to arbitration and gave him 1 year….not looking so great now for them

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think Poile unfortunately put too much trust in his instincts as it relates to Suter and Weber. I believe he truly thought Suter would resign in Nashville, despite most sports media outlets speculating all along he would test UFA market and that it would be hard for Nashville to keep him.

      I think David Poile is one of the good guys in the NHL as a GM, and it is too bad to see this happen to him. However, end of day a GM has to make tough decisions and perhaps he didn’t want to make that tough decision of trading Suter a year ago or breaking the bank vault open a year ago for Weber. The dominoes are now falling and it doesn’t look so good for the short term for him and the team.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Kooch, HiB, I was highlighting the mixed metaphor here, that’s where the comedy gold is. Riff on that, not David Poile.

        You guys are way too dour, I can see why you were such big fans of the Pierre Gauthier-Jacques Martin tandem.

    • DorvalTony says:

      Daring Beautician on TSN: “If it wasn’t for football I wouldn’t have went to college. Really!”

      Welcome back, Tank.

  41. bleedhabs81 says:

    Maybe we just figured out what is wrong with Gomez… He thinks hockey is like golf…. as in, the fewer points he puts up the better he is!!!

  42. Bripro says:

    True story.
    Two years ago, I was in a customer’s facility looking to enhance their production, when the owner brought me to a storage section of their warehouse.
    Lined up along the back wall were brand new class-A diesel SUVs.
    That was his son’s business.
    He took me for a quick peek, and showed me the nicest one on the floor.
    We’re talking multiple slide-outs, entertainment centre, cherry wood everywhere. Full size tub and shower…. Pretty amazing unit.
    It had been bought the day before for “a little over $400,000” and paid cash by….
    Scott Gomez.
    Wow, great job if you can get it!

  43. The Jackal says:

    Luke that was a great post. For some reason people like to crap on Gomez.

  44. habs03 says:

    I hate Gomez the player, but man if I would be friends with some NHL guys, he would for sure be up there, its seems everyone on the team loves him, specially the youngs, Eller, DD, Subban all have talked about how he has helped them off the ice, I guess it comes from his days in that Devils dress room.

    I gotta say one thing, I think ppl are too hard on him for the simply reason that the guy was NEVER that good, look at his numbers throughout his career, 2nd line centre, 50-60 point.

    • Cardiac says:

      Glad he’d helped them OFF the ice because he sure ain’t helping them ON the ice. The least he can do is pick up their tabs at the bar…

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

    • ebourcier says:

      Im sure he is a great guy, Great teamate, great mentor, but bottom line is he SUCKS on the ice at a CRAZY cap hit…. So lets make him an assistant coach an he can continue to mentor these kids that way.


      • habs03 says:

        Agree with both you and Cardiac, but my main point was that he was never that good to start with. Just kinda generally speaking, not saying he should stay on the team or anything, just that he really has been the same throughout his career, it just seems like some Habs fan, and Rangers fan expected him to play up to his salary when they acquired him.

    • DorvalTony says:

      He should be dispatched ASAP. Before training camp.

      Welcome back, Tank.

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