Where the heck was Phil Pritchard?

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393 Comments

  1. cuzzie says:

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  2. Miltie01 says:

    SENSATIONALISM….pure and simple. So now concussions cause depression and drug addiction so this must be the case for anyone who dies from the NHL. Get over yourselves !!! People are depressed all over this planet, and drug and alcohol abuse is rampant. Many people kill themselves or die from overdosing who have never had a concussion.

    I have read media reports that Rypien has had mental health problems most of his life (it is a far more common thing than you think), and Boogards own family admitted his tendancy to abuse drugs and alcohol. Yet I am supposed to believe that Gary Bettman killed these folks…..sure.

    Concussions are a very serious matter and one that even I realize we don’t understand well enough, but these players had pre existing issues that are being totally ignored. We have become a society that has replaced common sense with an agenda.


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  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Chris Stevenson: Sun Media

    “…it is now catastrophic.

    You cannot help but think about all the families and friends left behind in the wake of the deaths of young, physically-gifted men making a decent wage, who, superficially in our culture, would seem to have everything for which to live.

    Instead, they’re dying.

    Former NHL scrapper Chris Dingman posted on Twitter Wednesday night that “People think sports and most just see a lifestyle. It is really hard mentally and physically. Especially hard when you’re done. When you’re done, you’re left to ponder, what do I do with myself now? Tough to ponder. More needs to be done to ease the transition.”

    Belak had retired after last season.

    Three tough guys gone.

    A pattern? Three lives prematurely ended. Is there something more profound damaging these men beyond the obvious physical toll enforcers must endure, the battered hands, countless stitches and loosened teeth?

    Concussions? We are only beginning to realize the profound, long and short-term effects of brain injuries.

    Maybe not enough attention has been paid to the negative nature of their business, going out and beating people up for a living, which must extract its own grinding, emotional price.

    The NHL and the NHLPA are doing their due diligence in investigating what has happened with their players this summer. Fans of the NHL and its players shouldn’t expect anything less.

    But there are already programs in place, access to counsellors and experts, if that’s what was needed.

    What more can be done? That’s a conversation that’s taking place and you hope the questions being asked will yield effective answers, and quickly.

    The corporate, collectively-bargained safety net is already in place, but it sure looks like some poor souls are still falling through.

    These losses this summer — looking at the nature of them, an accidental mix of alchohol and prescription drugs or “a sudden and non-suspicious death” — must chill anyone who has a loved one in the NHL.

    You hope players are having conversations with teammates. Wives with husbands. Mother and fathers with sons.

    You hope somebody is listening.

    I think about Wade Belak and I think about that smile and I think about a guy gone at 35-years-old.

    We all want answers.

    The sad part is we might never get them and use them to help the next guy.”

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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  5. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Whoa whoa whoa !!! All you PHD’s on here giving your expert medical opinions on the deaths of Booguaard, Rypien, and now Belak should give you heads a shake….do you guys have a direct line to Dr.Recchi or what. These men were enforcers and sure, they took a few shots to the head doing their jobs and likely were concussed a number of times without a doubt. But where do you get off on blaming Bettman and his henchmen as well as the NHLPA for their deaths. These fella’s all had issues with drugs and alcohol throughout their careers and possibly before taking shots to head in their playing days. Depression is as “disease” ( anger turned inward) and is not the cause of suicides on their own. Alcohol is a depressant, so taking anti-depressant drugs sorta cancel each other out. Using anti-depressants and then adding alcohol or other drugs to the mix does absolutely nothing to help the patient overcome depression. I feel bad for these young guys losing their lives but to blame everybody else on the outer picture is just pure lies and ignorance. These young men had issues that they failed to deal with and the result was fatal. They are responsible for themselves and unfortunately, it cost them their lives…they did it to themselves…stop the damn blame game…it is what is is !!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      “It is what it is”? That’s supposed to be your clincher?

      There is a constellation of evidence that is impossible to ignore. Brain autopsies showing early-onset dementia in athletes who take blows to the head. The buffoonish ‘punch-drunk’ boxers we used to laugh off. Mohamed Ali. Three enforcers dead this summer, Bob Probert last summer, John Kordic before him. MRI scans of concussed athletes. Improved diagnoses and medical care showing how many NHL players suffer from post-concussion symptoms.

      Bettman runs a company that has an unsafe work environment for its employees. That’s his responsibility, not anyone else’s.

      It is what it is indeed. Whatever that means.

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

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • Chorske says:

        We’re wasting our time. This troll puts the whole concept of “depression” in quotation marks. And then defines “depression” so stupidly that it’s probably not worth starting this discussion with him. Anger turned inwards. Pff.

        “Give your head a shake” indeed. Christ On A Bike, a hate that expression.

        • shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

          Never expected to get jumped on this heavy for my comments on the enforcer’s who died in the last 3 months. Maybe I was a bit harsh on the way it came out. I’ll attempt to sensitize my opinions so you fella’s don’t get your feeling’s hurt and then lash out with immature insulting rants. I have a thick skin boys so your name calling and other insults directed at me are no bother. I shoot from the hip and tell it like is…and it is what it is…now, get back in your playpens and be nice.

      • The Dude says:

        Kordic was jacked up on a cocktail of steroids and cocaine of which he quite frequented .Alot of gym rats got into the same problem when while dealing anabolic steroids”TO PAY FOR THEIRS ” there was more money’s to be made selling blow and then Karma kicked in and the monkey was on their backs aswell.If you were Einstein or Mother Teresa and were doing this cock-tale for any length of time you would of suffered the same symptomatic results as Mr.Kordic. John Kordic was first nations and back then growing up as other than an Caucasian in Canada was worse than a punch in the head on one’s development in many instances and probably played a huge role in John’s downfall.But hey ,some people just like the simple answers eh….

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Uh, dude…. Like I said, there’s a constellation of evidence that needs to be considered. You can’t nitpick and denigrate one of my examples as if that invalidates the entire premise that the NHL must act to end fighting and blows to the head in their league. Talk about simple answers.

          Violence in hockey is wrong for many reasons. It’s poor sportmanship. It sets a terrible example for children.

          Evidence shows that aggression and anger don’t ‘release’ and ‘diffuse’ when someone lashes out, it creates a pattern of behaviour that is likely to be repeated. So fighting begets violence, it doesn’t prevent it.

          The NHL ignored the social blight it imposed on society for pure lucre. We can hope that they will now act to reduce their civil liability exposure. That’s probably a language NHL owners understand.

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

          http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Chorske says:

      Possibly one of the worst, colossally nonsensical, fundamentally ignorant, most unjustifiably snide posts I’ve seen on here in a while.

      You feel bad for these young guys? Really? You feel so bad that you dismiss them all as a bunch of drunks and drug users who shoulda known better, serves ‘em right? Pff. You give YOUR head a shake. I want a source confirming Belak was alcoholic or addicted to drugs. Better yet, instead of spouting off like an ignorant old hick on a porch, spend ten minutes on wiki fecking pedia looking up the link between head injuries and depression.

      Oh, sorry, that’s right, you don’t believe in “depression”.

  6. RiverviewCanadien says:

    My heart goes out to all the families of the recent NHL players who have died. Awful to hear about anyone who has to bury their child, father, husband or sibling.

    My rant.

    This is wrong on so many levels for hockey. Whether you blame it on the rules, the training, the monitoring of injuries, etc. It is just a sport and this should be handled as more than just a pure coincidence. Sure folks pass away all the time, I mean there are billions of people on the planet. But you should be able to predict and avoid “sudden” deaths in certain types of people. 3 hockey players dead in the same off season, all recent players?

    You sometimes think that people with money or fame have it so easy, but you can never understand the demand that is placed on these individuals. Whether it be physical, emotional, or whatever.

    Witnessing the transgressions (yes I will call them that), of last season, combined with the loss of lives over the off-season. I can’t help but feel the sport I am most passionate about, has left me feeling lost. Don’t wait for the appropriate time to change the rules or procedures.

    GET OFF YOUR ASS AND CHANGE THINGS NOW!

    No matter how you argue the opinions, this should NOT happen, especially to those who are exposed to the “best of the best”.

    Something is wrong here, and I won’t begin to try and solve it. It’s beyond just the sport of hockey.

  7. Chris says:

    Time and time again I see Canadian hockey fans blaming things on Gary Bettman that he had nothing to do with.

    I can’t stand Bettman, but the inability to reflect and accurately assess the root problems that plague the game of hockey is becoming maddening.

    Go to any junior hockey game in the country and watch these kids take runs at one another, see the teenagers get into fights for trivial things. Bettman has nothing to do with junior hockey, yet those leagues are absolutely brutal for the fighting at times.

    The concussion epidemic exists because the sport allows it to exist, as it always has done. The sport was invented in Canada, and fighting was an integral part of the game was turning a relatively blind eye to fighting. The league is not mandating that guys “hit to hurt” instead of hitting to gain the puck, it is the players themselves who have adopted this mentality and who are necessarily the ones who will also pay the price for that choice.

    So people can try to claim some sort of moral high ground blaming fighting on the Americans or Bettman or whoever they want, but it is an empty claim. Violence in hockey has always been a part of the game because it was built into the game, as opposed to being strictly prohibited.

    Why do we give 5 minute penalties for fighting and not instant ejections as is commonly found in every other team sport?

    Did Wade Belak, Rick Rypien or Derek Boogaard die because they were fighters in the NHL? Who knows. I would be cautious about rushing to judgement. I think the nature of the position, as described in Michael Farber’s excellent article from the late 1990′s lends itself to guys who perhaps struggle with their confidence. We always forget that no kid signs up for rec hockey as a 6 or 7 year old with the dream of being a fighter. Along the way, their dreams have been dashed…when you take somebody and force them into a role for which they are perhaps not well equipped mentally, people can end up in a bad place.

    • habaddict_andy says:

      I would say yes and no when you say this is coming from Canadian junior hockey. Yes the style of the game comes from where it started. But.it does not have to stay the same. Junior hockey tend to follow NHL. Just look at the new rules, the hooking especially since the post lockout. These rules has changed hockey no matter which league you play.

      Bettman’s inability to establish rules to heavily punish players with late hits, fighting or blind side hits encourages this continuous attemp to hurt that cause concussions.

      Go! Hockey! Go!

    • HardHabits says:

      I disagree with you Chris. The NHL sets the example, and it’s a poor one at that, and everyone follows. If the NHL did not allow this in their league the trickle down effect would eliminate it at all levels below.

      The NHL is a guilty bystander by not acting responsibly.

    • Marc10 says:

      I do think Bettman is responsible, but he most certainly isn’t alone.

      You could add:

      - the owners
      - the GMs
      - The NHLPA and its members

      And of course the fans who bankroll the entire enterprise.

      But yeah, I think we can all agree there is something not quite right with our game. It’s not right that players in the prime of their lives choose to end it when they (theoretically) have some much to live for. It’s not right that players feel they need to fight to address perceived wrongs. It’s not right that players are incurring concussions and impacts to the head that are well beyond what the human body can endure.

      It’s time someone did something about it… and Bettman should be leading the charge, not sitting on the sidelines while idiots in his employ (Colsie and Murphs) make things worse.

      So yeah… Bball boy deserves his share of the blame.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Chris you’re a voice of reason on HIO and I usually agree with you, but I have to disagree here and concur with those who responded to you: the NHL is in a position of leadership and abdicates its responsibility when it comes to toning down the violence.

      It shrugs its shoulders and say: “Hockey has always been a contact sport and will always be violent”. It shows no creativity, no morality.

      Football and rugby are both violent games, yet they have taken steps to drastically tone down the mayhem. Look at the rules protecting quarterbacks and ‘defenseless’ receivers in the NFL, the league office is catching a lot of flak from the diehards and still forging ahead. Rugby has insisted that tackles be only on ball carriers and that you have to ‘wrap’ with your arms, preventing body-check style collisions that, while spectacular, would greatly increase the risk of injury. Look at the steps taken to reduce injuries in scrums. When they were introduced the old-guard cried bloody murder, claiming it would kill the game, leaving unsaid the fact that they would accept a few cervical spine injuries in return for being entertained by the game they love. Both sports were told they were killing the game with sissy new rules, and both are thriving.

      The NHL is the most arthritic, short-sighted organization there is. If only they rid the game of the hockey plays and finishing your checks and fights and goonery and the little hooks and trips of the puck carriers, if they allowed Alexander Ovechkin and Martin St-Louis to dazzle us nightly, if they allowed the average game to be a 7-5 end-to-end skate-athon instead of the 2-1 clutch and grab garbage rebound goal slugfests they are now, the sport would gain so much in popularity
      that the loss of a couple of Milburys and Cherrys along the way would hardly be noticed.
      ———————————
      For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • Chris says:

        I don’t disagree with anything you have said.

        Where I disagree is with who is ultimately responsible. The tendency is to blame the owners, to blame Gary Bettman. For me, this will never address the root cause.

        The violence is there because we, the fans, tolerate and endorse that violence. Using junior hockey as an example once more, I will use this anecdote. Years ago, I attended an OHL game between Guelph and North Bay with a friend who was over on a year-long exchange for Sweden. In the third period, the score was something like 6- or 7-1 for Guelph, and I warned my friend that he was going to see the ugly side of North American hockey.

        The context here is that he was a huge hockey fan over in Sweden and was a regular attendee of Swedish Elite League games. That being said, he was absolutely shocked at the bloodlust in the crowd. In a game where the home team was absolutely dominating their opposition, the crowd was relatively docile until the fighting started. At that point, the vast majority of the crowd were up on their feet cheering and chanting the names of the combatants from the Storm. My friend could only remark that there was nothing even remotely like it in Sweden. We say that the players want to emulate the style of play in the NHL. But we also have to acknowledge that hockey players are human…who would not exult in that kind of adoration?

        We can say that the NHL has abdicated its responsibility, and this is absolutely true. But I absolutely and utterly refuse to let the fans themselves off the hook.

        Just earlier this summer, we had a drawn out debate on the merits of signing Zenon Konopka to the Montreal Canadiens. one of the most inflammatory names here in Montreal is Georges Laraque, the reluctant fighter who admirably refused to fight players who were not willing combatants.

        I’m all for physical play, when it is within the spirit of the game. I just can’t stand the hypocrisy of hockey fans who on one hand are one of the most blood-thirsty group of fans in any professional sport, rivalling those of UFC or boxing, while on the other are crusading against this plague of deaths with a potential correlation to brain trauma suffered from fighting.

        And for the record, I have zero doubt that the brain trauma issue is real. No child of mine will ever play organized hockey or football, as I have a hard time justifying risking my child’s health for something as frivolous as a sport. When I coached youth soccer, I embraced the edicts coming down from higher up that we should refrain from coaching heading for younger children as we are now starting to see some long-term effects amongst retired professional soccer players related to accumulated trauma from heading the ball so frequently over a career.

        I also freely give credit to people like Sidney Crosby for associating himself with that brilliant Tim Horton’s add. Given the nature of the sport, Crosby has put himself on a potentially hard road: the “old guard” may not look fondly on this activism, but I think that Crosby has the courage of his convictions to sustain him.

        Mario Lemieux made a stance in the early 1990′s about the coming storm and was largely ridiculed. Sadly, we are perhaps faced with the conclusion that these serious injuries have had to happen before fans themselves woke up to the serious issues facing the sport.

  8. Chrisadiens says:

    Thanks mods.

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  9. LL says:

    The evidence is mounting that the sport we love is becoming too dangerous to play. All the deceased and forced-into-retirement players are now martyrs, but only if the league finally gets it.

    If these kinds of injuries were sustained on a construction site, there’d be hell to pay. The NHL is responsible, yet untouchable all at the same time.

    • DearyLeary says:

      I’ve got some kook of a Leafs fan trying to tell me that it’s the substance abuse programme’s failing, and not the fact that these guys probably suffered multiple concussions sustained while fighting.

      Needless to say I’m not getting into that argument (especially when a lot of the prescriptions these guys are taking are to cope with concussion symptoms).

    • DearyLeary says:

      And how good is the quality of life for Boxers, Football players, and mixed martial artists? After the sport these guys are shells of human beings.

      Arian Foster (from the Houston Texans) tweeted that people inquiring about his status for fantasy football were sick. He went on to say that he felt like a piece of meat for other people’s enjoyment.

      He’s not far off. During their career high impact athletes are heroes, and after (barring a rare hall of fame career) they’re disposed of. Their quality of life goes through the floor. As more fighters donate their brains to medical study, I have no doubt that we’re not going to like what we see.

      I find it abhorrent that people are saying “hey, that’s part of the game” when there are ways to try to curb these injuries. Hockey’s not going to be any less entertaining if we don’t have thugs running around on the ice trying to punch other players in the face. Nor will it be less entertaining if you don’t have idiots like Matt Cooke trying to decapitate people.

      You have to put these deaths in perspective. All three were fighters who were dealing with concussion symptoms; all three were taking medication to deal with those symptoms. Yet, somehow, this doesn’t set off alarm bells for the neanderthals running the sport. And that is every bit as tragic.

  10. The Dude says:

    Unless you really peel back all the layers” in this case all 35 years of Mr Belak’s existence you will never know or realize it’s not as simple as just blaming Post Concussion Syndrome .People are as different as their finger print and a lot of stuff goes on in one’s life too the point where the pie chart does no more than a clairvoyant in a lot of cases.You can start with this Nahlsy….how well did you know Wade Belak?

  11. Chrisadiens says:

    Here’s the scumbag’s bull&*]# statement. This is your fault philly/bos/bettman/campbell. Hope you all sleep well at night.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=587571&cmpid=nhl-rxl-twt

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  12. Chrisadiens says:

    Just got home from work and heard the news. This is getting out of hand. I hope Bettman realizes this is what he created. And I also hope the heartless, evil idiotic fans of violence from bos and philly feel responsible too. Makes me sick. U want death and carnage, here ya go….

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  13. Miltie01 says:

    I really think folks are jumping to way too many conclusions with the recent deaths of these guys. I mean some of these guys had long existing issues. Not to speak ill of the dead, but Rypien is well known to have battled mental illnes for most of his life. Boogard was also well known to have substance abuse issues. These two most likely would have found themselves in the same circumstances whether they were NHL tough guys or worked as a florist at the little shop on Main street in their hometowns.

    Everyone is linking A and B here…….but there is nothing to back it.

  14. Neutral says:

    Given the right players in Boston, Pouliot may surprise a few people. Remember I said may surprise a few people or disappoint a whole lot of Boston Fans like he did in Montreal.

  15. Ian Cobb says:

    THIS IS A REPOST OF MINE

    What is a concussion, as comprehended and explained by myself.

    I have been involved as a lay person with research pertaining to neurology at a major medical university.

    I have picked up a lot of information working first with veterinarian pathologists when I was doing research on my fox and mink ranch with calcium.

    And I have been involved lately with the neurology research dept from a major medical university. Only as the handler of the research birds involved in the study. So I do not profess to be an expert on the subject

    Pertaining to concussion,

    I will try to explain, the best that I can, what happens to the brain cells that have been concussed inside the skull. And why one must stay completely resting after a concussion.

    The very soft brain cells, when violently thrown against the skull, are damaged and the neuron releases a potassium chemical out of the brain cell. Leaving a void.

    Calcium that is already present around the outside of the cells, seeps into the cells replacing the potassium. This calcium is what gives the chemical imbalance to the brain and is what causes the damage.

    Until all of this calcium leaves the brain cells completely, and it can take a long time, depending on how much calcium was taken on each cell. The patient is left extremely vulnerable to instant death upon a second bump, or at least permanent brain damage.

    Even a hard coughing spell or light exercise can cause severe pain and damage. Complete rest is needed.

    These damaged cells have to be cleared completely of this calcium before one can resume activity to avoid more serious consequences including death.

    This is very acute in young people under the age of 24 as the brain is still growing and developing.

    Please, coaches and parents know this, every severe contact to the head can cause some cells to expel potassium and take on calcium. A second, even slight bump, with the cells still containing calcium, can be even more deadly.

    Ian Cobb

  16. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay this is the Toronto Sun, not the greatest source, but they also broke the story first and were correct. (They are saying Belak hanged himself). Edit: Toronto Sun has now removed the Hanged himself sentence, but still maintains he took his life.

    http://www.torontosun.com/2011/08/31/ex-leafs-enforcer-belak-found-dead

  17. Ian Cobb says:

    Sorry Ian we are swamped with the belak story. I will call you in the morning

    Kerry Goulet
    Director
    Stopconcussions.com
    Goulet29@stopconcussions.com
    President
    29sports.com

    Another concussed hockey player, suffers from depression, dead.
    >
    > Former NHLer Wade Belak found dead.
    >
    > How many have to die before they change contact to the head.
    >
    > NHL is killing players!!! Bettman capital 1 charge!!!

  18. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …listening to Benoit Pouliot, who has he says put on on 10 to 15 pounds of muscle this summer …despondence and/or lack of self-confidence does not appear to be a credible reason for his struggles in Minnesota and Montreal …to Me, he is the poster-boy of the kind of unique talent that would flourish under a coach like Guy Boucher
    …I believe Benoit Pouliot would be a 30 to 40 goal, and 60 to 70 point producer for Our Habs under a Guy Boucher
    …in Boston under Jodoin he likely also will not get the opportunity to produce at that level, but I believe this will be a season We will be wishing he is not a Bruin

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    • Propwash says:

      Pouliot had every chance to prove himself. You seem peeved at the fact that Boucher had every single right to go wherever he wanted in the league after his stint in the AHL. Blame Boucher for leaving, not the organization.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …PW. We all have Our perspectives, so I usually don’t get into debates …just, normally, give My opinion and leave it to others to respectfully disagree or agree
        …during last year’s process of observing the Habs’ having Guy Boucher as Their employee, and the understandable process of Guy’s ambition to coach in the NHL play-out …I was, as a long-suffering Habs’ Fan watching My Habs wallow in mediocrity for 20 to 30 years, having My gut identify Guy Boucher as a talent-asset We finally had in-hand that represented exceptional potential similar to previous iconic people-asssts We once had that made the Montreal Canadiens’ history as special as it is, and that I presume also caused Yourself to commit Your emotions as a Habs’ Fan
        …I don’t usually get very excited about many issues in the evolvement of Our Team …things out of My control, looking-in …the minutiae usually bores Me …the stats, and numbers, etc.
        …so on HIO, only 2 issues have really caused Me to feel these were inherent issues in My own opinion that were essential to the change of that condition of mediocrity …these were the Halak/Price debate and the Martin/Boucher debate
        …I heatedly commented frequently arguing with those that could not recognize Carey’s potential to be a superstar and icon for the Habs, and the other was My deeply felt identification that Guy Boucher will be an elite-level coach with a potential to one day be on a par with a Scot Bowman and Hector ‘Toe’ Blake …a coach that will make his players reach a level within a team-concept the average coach can not
        …at the same time, Jacques Martin, Whom I know having watched him over many years is better than an ‘average’ coach, but still with enough of a ‘mediocre’ quotient I knew he would not return the romance of what I feel the Montreal Canadiens could or should be, again
        …We have a great skill and character Team, that makes even a Jacques Martin look acceptable as a coach …but, I can not help to give-in to the ‘what coulda been’ if Molson or Gillette identified what, in Boucher, They had then in hand, and made the hard decision to eat dollars and bump Martin into some other position, to hire Guy as an assistant, at least
        …I’m not behind the scenes …there may indeed have been some effort in this regard …maybe even Boucher did not want to start off in Montreal …but, as a Hab Fan impatient to return to what The Habs once were, I will be, from time to time, be second-guessing ‘what coulda been’ …as if it will make any difference :( , but at least I can vent to let-off the steam of My frustration …to maintain My Habsanity :)

        Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
        http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  19. mrhabby says:

    another heavyweight goes down. rip wb. very spooky …down right crazy.

  20. The Dude says:

    R.I.P.Wade Belak….oh the irony,death by painkiller. I lost my own father due to doctor prescribed painkillers in 1969 and muscle relaxers” caused a chemical imbalance and his suicide”.
    I’m a 52 year old roofer who does his own work “going to do a Church by myself in the next month!” and will only take a painkiller when absolutely needed and trust me I’M one sore M.F.er “I’ve had some awesome free flights,lol” and dont want or need them….pain is good and tells you to change your style till you heal. Just smoke a fatty andforgetaboutit!

  21. New says:

    I’ve been really ‘off hockey’ since the Chara foul on MaxPac. I don’t expect the NHL to do a damn thing about headshots, cheap shots, or goons.

    That is why the instigator rule is a bad rule. The NHL will only pay lip service to blatant fouls. Before the instigator rule there was another way to straighten out people like that.

    Didn’t help Mr. Orr’s knees though.

    • caladin says:

      I don’t buy that the instagator rule is having any effect here at all. Nobody decided not to beat up chara because they’d take an extra minor. They decided not to beat up chara because they can’t.
      The NHL needs to enforce the rules they have. Chara should have been suspended but there were much worse hits last year than that one.
      I don’t have much faith here but I’m hoping Mr. Shanahan makes a difference.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Total agreement. While I suspect some crap would have been cutdown by the instigator rule removed, plays like Chara on MaxPac have zero impact from Instigator rule.

        What would help, is if the fricking league actually called the rules it has in its fricking rulebook!

        Wouldn’t that be a novel idea.

        • HardHabits says:

          It’s not about the Hockey Plays™. It’s about the Staged Fights™.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I understand and I hear what you are saying. So if the instigator rule is dropped, do you believe every team in the league instantly drops their goons off their roster? If they are left on the roster, what do you expect them to do when they get their 2 mins of ice time?

            I am not against dropping the instigator rule, I just think their will still be fighting, and alot of it will still be staged, as it will be tough guy versus tough guy and a few other fights.

            I know that sounds contradictory, what i mean is yes, dropping the instigator will make the rat/marchand type player think twice (I hope) but as long as teams have goons taking paycheques, what else can a goon do?

      • Number31 says:

        Instigator rule is a cop-out. No one seems to remember Gomez had to be restrained by a ref and two players after the incident. He was so angry he looked ready to kill.

        The rules are one thing, enforcing things seriously is another, and special cases seem to be randomly dealt with. I’m sick of the “special rule for special players” crap. Why Steve Downie got 20 games for what he did while some players get maybe a game for a similar attack is something I’ll never know. The League should take a page out of the Junior leagues with how they deal with terrible plays that result in injury…

    • The Dude says:

      Larry Robinson didn’t help Mr. Orr’s knees with that MOTHER OF ALL HIP-CHECKS he wasted Bobby with ….


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