Whew!

No one at Habs Inside/Out could bring himself to watch the All-Star Draft.

But we are relieved that Carey Price was not the last player chosen. That would have damaged our boy’s self-esteem – and resulted in 1,500 Comments suggesting an anti-Habs Conspiracy.

As it was, Phil Kessel had the ignominious honour of being the final player selected, his shame eased by winning a car.

Price was picked 10th by Team Staal, just behind Team Lidtsrom’s choice of Marc-André Fleury and ahead of their pick of Jonas Hiller.

Red Fisher takes a dim view of the ASG

Wayne Scanlan’s take on the draft

• EEEEE-mail on playoff-making math

Dave Stubbs on the Heritage Classic

Stu Cowan on Claude Lemieux

Roy MacGregor on Gary Bettman

82 Comments

  1. SmartDog says:

    I think it was 2 hours but the hour I watched seemed like 6.

    “It bothers me…there are old coaches in the league today that don’t know how to deal with these young personalities.” – Mike Peca on JM handling of PKS

  2. habsgod says:

    thanks mr.stubbs!

  3. habsfan321 says:

    I’m not dissing Price… I like the kid. I knew they would trade Halak (though I’m not too happy with the return, they kept the right goaltender). It’s just alot of people seem to be unaware of the goalie rule. The all star draft is just for fun anyways… I’d take most of these guys on my team any day.

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bettman has allowed con men and paupers to buy NHL teams in the past to make sure they stay in failing markets so he doesn’t have to admit some parts of Canada might offer greater support. To hell with him.

     

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

  5. Storm Man says:

     

    1. I don’t know and don’t care as I have a life.

    2.Washington

    3. Sandpaper

    4. RJ for AK46 and a pick. ( It is unreal some on here still think Iginla is coming here… lol you need to say no to your dealer).

    5.Yawn… The steak I had at the chophouse lastnight was a 9.5 :).

     

     

     

     

     

    ” Not everyone can afford a brilliant stock advisor like storm”. TripleX 01/25/2011.20:16

  6. Dave Stubbs says:

    Start here, then click on “Next Season” to advance.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
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  7. habsgod says:

    do any of my fellow habs fan know of a site that show’s the league standings  since the lockout? please help as i’m trying to find out can’t find anything!

  8. sergio30 says:

    He was picked second to last in the draft order, but technically was picked last on Team Staal, just saying…

  9. Bugs says:

    1) Dreger

    2) Islanders

    3) Not to play the Flyers

    4) AK, Pac-Man, Weber, 1st round pick – Iginla

    5) 9.4

  10. Bugs says:

    Ricky PREPARES his material. I dare say he woulda done a better job with a “fortnight” to prepare than whatsisface did on the fly.

  11. tigress says:

    That’s how I saw it – he wasn’t chosen last, he was chosen before Hiller was (and Hiller’s no slouch!)

  12. tigress says:

    Ricky would be AWESOME but Brits know squat about hockey…still, it would be entertaining!

    Maybe they should have put the last 2 names in a hat and left it to chance.

  13. observer says:

    what does the winning team get? and what does losing team get? nfl pro bowl tomorrow – winning team gets double what losing team player gets. last year winning player’s got $45,000 losing $22,500 and many players still dont want to go there as they would be playing for less tan they usually make per game.     —   —  http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/10540742

  14. habsfan321 says:

    Not to start a 1500 comment controversy, but you do realize that each team had to pick it’s 3 goalies before the end of the 10th round?  http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=550271

    So effectively, Price was picked second to last… Ahead of Jonas Hiller though, so that’s a positive, right?

  15. joeybarrie says:

    You make a good point. But its a tall order, and I can think of many many places to start. For instance…. ASG will be 10 times better than 90% of the reality TV out there right now. And reality TV pretty much covers about 50% of whats on…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  16. J_P says:

    Even better idea, but the NHL can’t force that. 

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    Chris Philips is awful. Dead last in the league in +/- amond D-men. In the last Habs-Sens game he was just atrocious.

  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    1. What would you rather have done to you: your hair set on fire and you only have a brick to put it out, or have one of those Nile river parasites swim up your todger?

    2. I want to face the Isles. In the draft lottery.

    3. A puck moving defenceman.

    4. Anyone but Price, PK and MaxPac.

    5. I saw 7 seconds of it and I give it an 11.

  19. J_P says:

    1.  The panel was actually really stupid, and Pierre Mcguire was just plain creepy in the way he was analyzing the all-star teams.  The most disappointing thing from last night’s fantasy draft was the realization that hockey players actually are really dry.  There was barely any joking around. 

    2.  Philly.  Lets just get it over with right away.  If we can beat them, it should be smooth sailing from there on out. 

    3.  Defensive defensemen (chris phillips, Roby Regher type)

    4.  Zero.  I dont see what big impact player would be available at the deadline that we could manage under our cap, and that would beneficial for the organization moving forward, without sending a cammy, gionta or gomez back the other way.  Getting, let’ say, Jerome Iginla would be crippling to this franchise considering his $7 million cap hit for another two years after this one. 

    5. I did watch pretty much the entire thing (mostly because i wanted to see kessel go last), and there were a couple of funny moments, so 10 is a bit of a stretch.  I’ll go with 7.

  20. HabFanSince72 says:

    What I cannot understand is all the HATE the ASG seems to be getting. Don’t like it. Honestly just don’t watch it. Why is it such a bad thing.

    Hate is a strong word, but there is nothing wrong with wanting the world to be a little less lame.

  21. Jonson says:

    ive said it before (just lastnight) but ill say it again…..RJ UMBERGER IS THE ANSWER.  If we were to face the flyers  there would be no better player to have on this team. He terrorized montreal last time he played against in the playoffs. Im sure he would be even more motivated to terrorize the Flyers.

    PG….. make it happen, i promise you will thank me.

    i accept cash.

  22. ABHabsfan says:

    1. 40 players sitting around, completely un-interested, was pathetic to watch. I like Shanahan’s format, I just think it needed to be shown the way it was.

    2. Gotta be the Bruins.

    3. A reliable, shut-down d-man. Help on defense would free-up the scorers to do their thing and the offense will take care of itself. Chris Philips possibly, or Brent Burns if Minn falters.

    4. Picard is expendable IMO. Moen is not doing much and White can fill his skates quite easily. Depending on the quality on the return, I would move Spatch as well, though he was good in last year’s play-off. He has another year on his contract that could be an anchor next year.

    5. 10. Borrrr-ing. Some trades by the no-personality captains could have provided a little more interest. It was only 6 hrs? it seemed longer.

  23. observer says:

    Bettman after deciding that new fans will be attracted to his schoolyard/playground pickup game style game was thinking about having as the uniforms – shirts vs. skins. But quickly reminded himself in that case the NHL would have only half the new uniforms to sell at NHL shop so he discarded that part of his great new format Lidstrom vs. Stahl.

  24. Number31 says:

    I find it hilarious that Price and PK end up on the same team (sort of). Can’t get rid of each other! Hope one of them has a flip-cam or something.

  25. observer says:

    exactly! and in the usa where bettman wants viewers this game is only on versus that few people have and those people like here have a couple hundred channels they can look at.

  26. observer says:

    It is bad enough these all-star games like Fisher says are basically useless but I think it goes back to farther than 1972. I went to the very first one of the East vs. West format back in 1969 at the Forum here – ended in a 3-3 tie. But at least as boring and meaningless the game was fans there or at home on TV could possibly cheer for the conference their favorite team was in and if I recall there were reps of every team of the 12 in the league. But now, which fan or even viewer will give a hoot about whether Team Lidstrom or Team Stahl wins and even watch? This is just another extremely stupid move by Bettman – hockey would be a far better sport had he never arrived.

    All-Star games are not for the fansd – they are for the players to make more money for themselves for a holiday. The only All-Star game that still has any meaning is the MLB All-Star game. The Pro Bowl tomorrow no less is a joke as well but not as dumb as Lidstrom vs. Stahl in a pickup game. The Canadian Football League used to have All-Star games, either East vs. West or the previous year’s Grey Cup champion against the All-Stars and like the NHL played before the season started. Alouettes in the early 70s after  their Grey Cup win played the All-Stars at the Autostade the next season. But in football, they can’t blitz or will not hit the QB so like hockey where they won’t bodycheck – it is not a real game. 

     

    In baseball, the only one that there still is interest though that interest waned over the years, they remedied it somewhat by giving the winning league the homefield advantage for the World Series. But in the baseball All-Star game, the pitchers will throw as hard and fast as always, the hitters hit as hard, the runners run as fast as always.

     

    I really hope Bettman gets the worst TV ratings ever foir any All-Star game – it will look oh so good on him.

  27. habstrinifan says:

    Nothing to do during this ‘all-star’ break except contemplate the rest of the year for my HABS. I spent 5 minutes watching silliness of all star draft and plan to spend even less on the game.

    Accepting that PG needs to make a MOVE. A big forward or a big defender? Who would best help this team.

    I say add a BIG forward. I mean BIG not only in size but in personality and intensity. Someone a little similar to Claude Lemieux who can make it hard to play against us if you were the opponent and harder to play for us if you were a teammate who didnt want to step out of your comfort zone.

    I know Claude Lemieux is not a universal favourite. And if we could get a guaranteed big scorer I will of course jump at the chance. But I cant see that happening. So I will settle for a player who brings ‘life’ to our offense in a way that permeates the entire team and provides an upsurge in the enthusiam for ‘pushback’, aggressive, forechecking that makes every player on our team needing to go hard and fast or be run over.

    I dont think it will happen. Habs management is more into a ‘safe’ player than a ‘go at them’ kinda player. And so we will continue down the road of what people call inconsistent play but really is a consistently lacklustre and fearful style of play play by adding player swho fit that mold.

     

  28. HNS says:

    This weekend is a joke. What time is the Mecum Car auction on?

  29. Danno says:

    double

     

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

  30. Danno says:

    Here’s your TV tip…

    Tonight on CPAC In Committee From the Senate of Canada. Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Canadian Senate Committee meetings. Action starts at 7:00 pm to 1:00 a.m.

     

     

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

  31. sam says:

    Price couldn’t have been picked last, anyway. all goalies and defencemen had to be taken by the 10th and 15th rounds, respectively. so a forward was going to be the last one. glad Pricey wasn’t picked as last goalie, though. looks like Team Staal picked Carey over Hiller. that’s at least that.

    btw, PK was conservative last night, but did you catch him looking back up towards (i believe) Carey before the rookies sat down in front of the players’ seats? :) cute.

  32. J_P says:

    Any suggestions on who that player should be? Keeping in mind of course that it has to be someone who is realistically available.    

  33. SmartDog says:

    FIVE QUESTIONS:

    1. What’s more pathetic – Darren Dreger hosting a panel, or watching fourty of the most skilled hockey players in the world take part in the lamest game show ever?

    2. If we make the playoffs, which team would you most like to face in the first round?

    3. A repeat question (but it’s a set-up to #3), what do Habs most need to make a playoff run (or a run for the playoffs)?

    4. If PG makes a ‘big’ move like many suggest we need, what asset package would you be comfortable giving away?  You have to give to get… so… what or who?

    5. On a scale of 1-10 how much did the “draft” suck.  If you didn’t see it, just say 10.  Yeah, I’m biased, but I want that six hours of my life back.

    —-

    “It bothers me…there are old coaches in the league today that don’t know how to deal with these young personalities.” – Mike Peca on JM handling of PKS

  34. joeybarrie says:

    Don’t get me wrong. I will most likely watch Price’s period in the ASG tomorrow and thats it. Who wins? Who cares…? Its beyond me why this is of any interest at all. HOWEVER,

    What I cannot understand is all the HATE the ASG seems to be getting. Don’t like it. Honestly just don’t watch it. Why is it such a bad thing. The teams get together and play a charity like game in front of business men and women. No real huge NHL fans really. I mean some, yeah, but not much. Its a gimmick. But then again so are the 7000 Ovechkin and Boudreau commercials I see here in Washington DC. It seems like the two are pettling everything from carpet cleaners to photocopiers. Although I admit I liked the line from the Mercedes one that Boudreau asked for a BIG Cup holder… Sorry Brucey, Mercedes aren’t made in Montreal….

    To me it gives most of the league almost a full week off and showcases some talent and hype on a ASG weekend. Like a vacation for me. I don’t watch the NFL All star game, and I cannot fathom how anyone does. But every year, it’s there (i think).

    I mean, Sedin vs Sedin. GENIUS…. NO useless, but still. No reason to say its a waste. It’s sold out. People will watch, and Bettman will count his money. Then we are back to regular hockey.

    In the end for me its a well deserved break for the players who are not involved, and for the ones who are…I hope they have patience. So why all the hate for a gimmick. To me ignore it and watch Pricey or simply put in a movie, and pretend we have a longer layover…..

    THAT BEING SAID, I AM DYING FOR MY GAME VS THE CAPS TUESDAY WHERE I HAVE TIX RIGHT BEHIND THE HABS BENCH ON THE GLASS. SO ALL OF YOU WATCHING, CHECK OUT THE HANDSOME GUY IN THE HABS HOME JERSEY, SITTING NEXT TO MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE IN THE 1944 HABS HOME SWEATER (I say sweater cause its the jersey made of thick wool) SEATS ARE 3rd AND 4th OVER FROM THE RIGHT.

    Can’t figure out who I am, I will be the one sticking my lips through the glass panes trying to convince Muller to stay in Montreal. My wife will be the one hoping Auld gets the start so she can give Price her phone number….

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  35. punkster says:

    1. Saw 3 minutes of it. Couldn’t care less. Pass.

    2. Philly. Let’s face them when we’re fresh and put the bull**** to rest. Win or lose it’ll be a fair fight with no excuses on either side.

    3. For a run, another young, responsible D with NHL experience.

    4. No “big”moves where we lose valuable futures, PLEASE! 

    5. Pass

    ***Subbang!!!***

  36. J_P says:

    You know what might actually make the all-star game a little bit more interesting? Something as simple as every player on the winning teams gets like $20K from corporate sponsors of the event to donate to a charity of their choice. 

    It should definitely amp up the intensity of the game. 

  37. observer says:

    Re: “Saw 3 minutes of it. Couldn’t care less. Pass.”    – That’s 3 more minutes than I watched.

  38. observer says:

    You say “don’t watch it’        – THEY WON’T! The ratings especially in the USA will be a joke. Poker games, outdoor life, bowling, porn well porn always has huge ratings so forget that one, cooking shows, msnbc, etc. will all  out rate them.

  39. observer says:

    Better still $10,000 donation to a charity must be paid out of each player’s own pocket on the losing team

  40. observer says:

    5- It was NOT adraft. Bettman called it a draft so all the media swallowed it. It was a schoolyard/playground pickup game that you used when you were 12 years old. Did you call it a DRAFT then when 2 guys picked teams?

  41. joeybarrie says:

    1. tie.

    2. Washington. Beating them twice will VASTLY improve my quality of life.

    3. Another top 2 line forward like Iginla. Someone with some size and who can score by himself if need be. I would like Gagne from Tampa.

    4. If the move is indeed BIG. Like Iginla, or Spezza… Something along these lines. Then I would be comfortable giving away any of our young fringe players… Pyatt, White, Weber, Picard. Anyone from Hamilton right now. AK, and any picks for next year, and maybe even a 2nd or 3rd round for next season. But there are two things here. It would have to be someone BIG and KEY. I think Iggy has 5 years of quality hockey left, and he will fit nicely in here giving us what we need right away. But I wouldn’t accept anything less than average 80 points a season and max age is Iggy’s. 

    5. 10. Wait, it was 6 hours? wow, what a collosal waste of time.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  42. J_P says:

    That’s a great call!  Exactly the type of player the habs could use. 

    We probably wouldn’t have to give up a lot to get him, and he’s only got 1 year left at 3.75 million after this season.

     

  43. Bugs says:

    The three or four “chuckling” moments in the draft didn’t make up for the overall lameness of it. So much lack of wit or nuance or any sense of surprise gets REALLY, really boring after awhile.

    The last host I saw in acton was Ricky Gervais so lemme just say that whatsisface from TSN was decidedly underwhelming; stammering his “bon mots” all night long and vainly trying to get players to cooperate with him, it was slightly embarrassing and not funny, yay.

    And the car, oh my gosh, I thought it was gonna be or Beetle or something, a Kia, something HE would never drive himself, a little joke at his expense even though he coulda still passed it on to a friend or family member, EVEN THOUGH, the donations in his name were good enough, imo. But a 2011 friggin Honda?! C’mon.

    So TERRIFIED is the League to ruffle any egos, I mean…oh my gosh, that was pathetic, a gorgeous friggin car. Paul Stastny is goin “Uhh, hold on…if he gets a…shouldn’t I get…?” What about Cam Ward? He was picked FIRST; what does HE get?

    “Oh, you see, it’s because the leafer was last and we don’t wanna hurt anybody’s feelings even though, it was obvious to us there could be no other culminating result and a new car is gonna make everything alright for that millionaire and avoid him resigning from the NHL or worse, committing suicide.”

    Hey, next year? Chuck the sticks in the middle. No one’s picked last.

    And get Ricky Gervais, ferpetessakes, cuz…DAMN, that was awful.

  44. J_P says:

    What i was saying is that I liked your idea of the losing team having to make the donation to the winning teams players charities, but the NHL can’t force the losing team players to make a donation.  That’s why i said the corporate sponsors should give every player on the winning team like $20K to donate to a charity of their choice. 

    The NFL gives the winning and losing teams players money? That’s just dumb.  At least if the players are forced to give that money to charity they would look like real Douche’s if they didnt show up for a charity hockey game, and would be more likely to show up. 

  45. tigress says:

    I’ll be watching SAG. That’s not a mistake – the Screen Actors Guild awards are on. For some people it’s ASG, for others, it’s SAG.

  46. J_P says:

    you cant always go by the stats.  He is a playing in an absymal situation with a team that’s going nowhere.  A trade could be just what the doctor ordered for him.  He can probably be had for cheap on top of it. 

  47. Ian Cobb says:

    Typical Toronto production, grade 6 students could make a much better show. I only wish Toronto would stop embarressing the rest of the country with such substandard productions.

    Both CBC Toronto and TSN should take media courses and lessons from Montreal, Vancouver or even Point O Pik. Very poor Mickey Mouse show last night.!

  48. 24 Cups says:

    Sorry, but there’s not a chance in hell that Columbus would trade Umberger.  He’s 28, is their best LW and has a decent cap hit.  He’ll probably get an extension once he becomes eligible next year.

  49. Jonson says:

    sorry i dont agree, i really dont see umberger signing on for anymore years in columbus. i think if any team makes the right offer they will let him go.

  50. Ian Cobb says:

    When was Halak picked last night.?

  51. Habnofear says:

    Could use Sugar Sammy?

  52. Ian Cobb says:

    OHL News Flash.- 

    Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls 16 year old hot goal tender, is becoming quite a celebrity. Thousands of fans turned out to get an autograph at the Ontario Sears Warehouse facilities.

    Not only is he going to be an NHL prospect, he has even more of an magnetic personality than his famous big brother.

  53. ZepFan2 says:

    Bahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  54. punkster says:

    Wish I owned NHL 11. Wish I owned any video games. Wish Gretzky would come back, we could get him for practically nothing.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  55. Habnofear says:

    Ian my friend ….what’s with the Halak slag? It was Halak that helped show Price how too play the game and look at Carey now,he’s a much better goalie ! Sit ….watch ….learn………….

  56. SeriousFan09 says:

    Something about hockey familes whose last names start with S. Statsnys, Sutters, Sedins, Staals… could be the Subbans are the next hockey family to make their mark on the game.

     

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

  57. mrhabby says:

    while bettman is not perfect he has grown the value of NHL franchises over the last 10 years in an excellent economy for the most part and the game is growing in most places.  last time i looked the Canadiens were sold for almost 600m that is an astounding amount of money. fact of the matter is there is only 1-2 cities left in canada who may be able to support a team. iam not convinced winnipeg is one of them.

  58. Storm Man says:

    I’m sure that hurt his feelings.

     

    ” Not everyone can afford a brilliant stock advisor like storm”. TripleX 01/25/2011.20:16

  59. habstrinifan says:

    Iginla! If I were PG I would be doing all sorts of scenarios to get this guy. I think he is available and I think a team can land him with the right prospects. Calgary needs prospects.

    I would give up a first round readily along with prospects.

     

  60. habstrinifan says:

    I really disagree with you re Iginla. If we were lucky to get Iginla I think it would be a rejuvenation of Cam, a reduction in the status of Gomez/Gionta and a wow factor for all the young prospects. I have said before Iginla will love Montreal and Montreal will love Iginla. Get Iginla and the HABS will return to RESPECT. But please if we get Iginla.. someone sit down and have a chat with JM and open up his mind. No use getting Iginla and JM treating him as the Sutters have.

  61. habstrinifan says:

    1. Equal level of lameness.

    2. Philadelphia.. scale the highest mountain first and we win the cup. It’s a no lose situation. LOSE and we get rid of many many… do i have to spell it out. Win and it would mean PG/JM added something or changed something… HOPE will be high.

    3. Add a big high intensity forward and bring up someone who can ‘fight’ and play him.

    4. AK46/Weber or Picard/White/Pouliot in that order.

    5 10.


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  1. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    According to the Toronto Police services it wasn’t the fighting in the UFC, it was his nickname that they didn’t like.

  2. C3P1 says:

    An interesting tweet from Pierre Lebrun – “I bet the sharks weren’t counting on Pat Marleau and Joe Pavelski being a combined minus-27 in the middle of december.  wow.”

    I had no idea they were that bad…

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  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    +1

     

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

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    Actually I’m fine with this. Police Services can’t have their most public face be a guy competing in bloodsport for money. He can be a UFC fighter or a cop, he can’t be both.

    Last thing the police need is to cultivate an image where it looks like their officers look forward to a fight.

     

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

  5. sidhu says:

    Hey, we’d be happy to take Demers off their hands!

  6. joeybarrie says:

    Off topic, but since Toronto SUCKS in all facets of the city i figured it would be interesting. Sean Pierson was asked to turn in his police uniform after winning his fight in UFC 124… What a bunch of crap.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  7. Samovich says:

    I just want to get this out of the way ….. I Hate Tim F. Thomas…. Phew, there, now I feel better, Go Habs GO!

  8. Danno says:

    You got it Spats! I love those boys. <———Parental advisory. Coarse language

     

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

  9. Mark C says:

    You can add poor 22 year old Jason Demers to the growing list of players who have seen their career’s ruined by their head coaches. Check out this verbal beat down by the Mike Babcock trained Todd McLellan.

    “Obviously we made two mistakes and it’s in our net, but the third one’s the one that pissed me off more than anything,” the coach said to open his post-game scrum. “It’s a 2-2 game and you decide to pinch when it’s four on two? Absolutely unacceptable. It’s called game management and it was poor.”

    “He’s in the NHL. Young, old it doesn’t matter,” he said. “He’s in the NHL. That’s a situation that you have to read.”

    link

  10. SPATS says:

    Well said, totally agree. The boys know their hard earned momentum was taken from them with the non-call on Pouliot and the suspect call on Pleks. But being the pros they are, they sucked it up and played against stacked odds… Would’ve been extra sweet if they could’ve hung on and scored a go ahead goal. But, the comeback was exceptional. We went nuts (all 21K+ who were there!)

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  11. joeybarrie says:

    How long does it take to Gel?

    By the way, SK is averaging the same points per game as he did while he was in Montreal under JM’s influence. Even with his current hot streak. I dont know about Obyrne, his team is one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Cant compare. Its like saying he can play top line on the Isles, but not the Caps…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  12. SPATS says:

    I really hate your f++++n guts and I’d like to kick ya in the N++s so F ya F ya Eff You See Kay Why Ayyyyy

    “I really mean it” reprise …;-)

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  13. sidhu says:

    The Caps’ “system” is to skate around for a while, then rely on pure skill to win.  BB makes an emotional speech as if he has some impact on what the players do on the ice, the fact remains that he has no power.  He does not discipline Ovie at all and is at his performance’s mercy, essentially. 

    The jig is up.

  14. Danno says:

    Wow! Talk about a potty mouth!

    Now I don’t feel so bad about posting a Maclean and Maclean song the other day. A little tune called F@#* Ya!

     

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

  15. nick says:

    It’s sad that a team full of multi-million dollar athletes need a pep talk to get the job done.

  16. scrowe21 says:

    Whats Prices record since he shaved his stache?

  17. HabsFaith says:

    they haven’t made the conference finals yet… so how great are they really?

  18. sidhu says:

    The Habs don’t seem to go after the most logical or intuitive choices — I don’t know many people who thought we’d get Moore last year, for example.  SK74 to Nashville is another one that no one predicted.  They tend to go off the radar. 

    You heard it here first: Habs get Chris Campoli to sure up the D.

  19. sidhu says:

    If that’s the best that BB can do to inspire the Caps, he’s done.

    Someone needs to say it again — RJ Umberger was right about the Caps, they don’t play the right way, teams are catching on to their style, and the Caps are being exposed as a team without true two-way capabilities. 

     

  20. Born in a Bad Year says:

    Arrgh matey, Pirate Bay and utorrent….

  21. TripleX says:

    Pirate Bay is your best friend dude.  :)

     

     

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  22. Morenz7 says:

    Tommy:

    It isn’t the profanity that’s surprising so much as the inanity. The guy can’t seem to assemble his thoughts. 

  23. saskhab says:

    If you saw the rest of the episode, you’d have noticed he did a lot of positive talk with the team that week.

    Fact is right now, they’re outplaying their opponents most nights but just aren’t getting either goaltending or the bounces offensively.  We’ll see if he gets fired, but I’m skeptical this streak is going to last much longer.  I think next week’s 24/7 will have a bit more happy of an ending for the Caps.  

    Just because an attitude worked with the Pens doesn’t mean it will for the Caps.  Plenty of yellers have won Cups.  

  24. oshawahabsfan says:

    Not sure if they still do it, but the Oshawa Generals did this at one game every season. A great event put on my the junior clubs

  25. DearyLeary says:

    I know they do one every year in Hamilton, it was pretty impressive when I went one year.

  26. DearyLeary says:

    I agree with your assessment of Pitkanen.  I think that the two of them would be an overall upgrade for the year, but acquiring two contracts on the larger side while feasible for our cap position, I just worry about emptying our pick/prospect coffers in trying to acquire two rentals.  

    If we were able to learn that we could resign Pitkanen I’d definitely be looking into what it’d take to acquire him.

  27. nick says:

    Saw this on Puck Daddy. 2010 Calgary Hitmen Teddy Bear Toss.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFMHySdCOLY&feature=player_embedded

    Un-freakin-believeable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen / heard of anything like this. Totally awesome. Its just unreal.

    Enjoy.

  28. Morenz7 says:

    “If you want it, don’t just think you want it. Go out and f*ckin’ want it!”

    Er, yeah coach, whatever you say ….

  29. C3P1 says:

    I guess I could see carbo…but I don’t know how the gunners like ovechkin and semin would take to that, what makes them so great is their offensive run and gun

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  30. pathockey1 says:

    Anyone know somewhere I can watch last night’s HBO 24/7 episode online?

  31. dleb84 says:

    I’m not sure about anyone else but I think Pitkanen/Arnott would be huge aquisitions for us at the deadline.

    I have no idea what the price would be but they are both vets that are UFA at the deadline.

    Pitkanen is extremly under rated IMO.

     

  32. CHasman says:

    I thought the game was over at 3-1 so coming back to tie it made my night at that point.  Letting it get away really hurt, but that involved some bad luck and a chain of events that led to Philly regaining the lead.  Really it could have gone either way.  If the Flyers get called for the high stick on Pouliot right before the Pleks penalty then we are the ones with the PP.  Small things can turn losses into wins and vice versa.  All that being said, if everyone on the team hustled the way Pacioretty did last night I don’t think small things would have mattered.  I’d really like to see him score tonight so that confidence level doesn’t fizzle.  Also speaking of confidence I’d like to see Price bounce back with a big game to keep his confidence up there.  Goalies are especially susceptible (spelling B word)  to those nagging doubts and I’m not sure Carey is past having them yet.

  33. oshawahabsfan says:

    Haha check out the duster on Thomas! He’s sure carrying Movember into overtime. Bruins/Canadiens Ice Chips on tsn.ca

     

  34. Graves says:

    Favourite part of that video is Ovechkin’s expression when he walks into the dressing room. “Here we go again.”

    I can’t take Bruce Boudreau’s profanity seriously; it’s like watching Humpty Dumpty go on a tirade.

  35. habsfan2442 says:

    I left my new 82′ HD tv behind tonight ( still cant believe I bought it ) to be in montreal LIVE tonight to watch what I hope is a BEAT DOWN….. Be happy with a win..

    Always a long ride back when they loose…

    GO HABS….

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    Using flop and Tim Thomas in the same sentence seems redundant.

     

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

  37. HabsFaith says:

    Carbo… what better than a defensive minded low talker to help mend some of that teams weaknesses?

  38. 24 Cups says:

    TSN’s video preview (Ice Chips) for tonight’s game.  The two goalies who were flops last year, are now battling it out for the Vezina.

  39. C3P1 says:

    the problem is that there isnt any viable candidate – their AHL coach has no experience and there are no free good coaches, like laviolette or torts or guys who have fueled big turnarounds in the past

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  40. Timo says:

    Lol… you are from a completely different era :)

    I am not sure about modern music, man. I can’t stand listening to radio cause they recycle same crap over and over again. At present I don’t know of any new metal (whatever metal genre) band that would be an attention grabber for its music. So i don’t know… I will probably die with Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd (not metal), and some death metal bands I tend to listen too. Justine Bieber is just too heavy for me.

  41. Hockey Socks says:

    Boudreau’s out after the Winter Classic. He reminds of Michel Therrien when he was with the Pens. He’s not the guy that can lead them to the cup. The Capitals are going through hard times and Boudreau’s throwing his guys under the bus, being an overall negative influence. Meanwhile, Crosby is lauding Bylsma for his positivity and energy when he took over as coach of the Penguins.

    Boudreau’s lost the team and is taking his frustration out on them. The sooner the Capitals get rid of him and get a real coach in, the better off they’ll be.

  42. C3P1 says:

    your avatar change worked! haha

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  43. oshawahabsfan says:

    I think he was going for the f-bomb record in a minute long rant

  44. oshawahabsfan says:

    Bloody brilliant!

  45. TommyB says:

    I don’t understand anyone being surprised by Boudreau’s f-bomb rant.  It’s standard vocabulary with any pissed off coach.  I’ve been on both sides of that rant many times.  His uneasiness was no doubt due to the fact that there was a camera rolling, but to his credit he didn’t let that camera change the tongue-lashing his players no doubt deserved at that time.

  46. SeriousFan09 says:

    i don’t think any coach in the NHL is on as thin ice as Boudreau. Burke always backs his coachs to the wall, Mcphee will be protecting his job and the owner is interested in taking his team further. They may not fire him before the WC, but if some Ws can’t be thrown together soon… it won’t be long after that ex-coachs will have phones ringing.

     

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

  47. Mike Boone says:

    They can’t afford me. Besides, I’m too old-school for those pussies!

  48. longtimehabsfan says:

    You f ing guys!!!!!!  You lallygag around the ice…you lallygag you’re way to the bench….You lallygag you’re way to the net…you know what that makes you?!!…..

  49. Chuck says:

    Boudreau sounded kind of uneasy in dropping theose F-bombs. 

    Centre Hice: Sainte Flanelle, illustrated history: 1935-36

  50. Harani says:

    IF Bruce Boudreau sounds like that for the Cap, wonder what Ron Wilson sounds like every game!

    “It must be love!”

  51. Chuck says:

    His take-off on the classic “Metropolis”. Great stuff!

    Centre Hice: Sainte Flanelle, illustrated history: 1935-36

  52. longtimehabsfan says:

    Weber should be in for Picard.  Boone for coach!!!

  53. oshawahabsfan says:

    The picture is from the film “Modern Times” c.1936. The film is about the industrial revolution and is gut-busting hilarious

  54. SeriousFan09 says:

    Depends how the season shakes out but there’s plenty of time for other teams to work themselves into the basement and get in that draft lottery position.

     

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

  55. C3P1 says:

    also true…but the oilers certainly have potential to be a top 5 or even number one pick…stranger things have happened (read:penguins).

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  56. CHsam says:

    do tell, what’s the name of the film ? i like Chaplin myself

  57. SeriousFan09 says:

    They also need some defencemen, but the only 2 Ds favoured to go high this year (so far as I know) are Adam Larsson and Ryan Murphy, Larsson is a potential #1 pick (Meaning the Isles get him) and Murphy may not make Top 5.

    Oilers aren’t getting anywhere without a blue line upgrade.

     

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

  58. C3P1 says:

    those oilers are going to run everybody over in a couple years…if they get a good goalie

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  59. SeriousFan09 says:

    Omark’s been a YouTube sensation for a while, but I think he’s going to be a specialist in the NHL like Jussi Jokinen, capable of scoring but you’re only going to see his best skill when it’s the SO/PS.

     

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

  60. punkster says:

    Ha, how true for some things. I’m still a fan of 60s Miles, Coltrane, Hendrix, Cream, The Doors and all that era. I really never thought Metallica or Iron Maiden would become classics but that’s just because they weren’t of my “era”. I often wonder which of the new bands will stand the test of time, besides Justin Bieber of course.

  61. oshawahabsfan says:

    Haha great Chaplin image! I could watch that film over and over again

  62. C3P1 says:

    everyone remember the swede that embarassed dan ellis over the weekend? he’s been doing it for years

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkXF0dpAI6A

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    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  63. burlingtondave says:

    article is in today’s Gazette – Sports section

  64. burlingtondave says:

    I realize this not Habs related, but readers should go to the inspirational “farewell” article by a really courageous Montrealer and former Alouette Tony Proudfoot – he puts everything in perspective.  Safe journey, Tony

  65. Timo says:

    There is something to be said for old tunes, Dave. Take Metallica, for example, or Iron Maiden, or any other great metal band. The old tunes is what sticks… the new material is crap. :)

  66. BeachHabFan says:

    the magic of photoshop! 

  67. punkster says:

    Same old song TX. Try a new tune.

  68. C3P1 says:

    your avatar is comical as well…i cant tell if someone actually made a stop sign like that or if you made it

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  69. BeachHabFan says:

    that’s too bad, i thought it was captain highliner.

  70. C3P1 says:

    captain EJ smith, at your service

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  71. BeachHabFan says:

     – so are hundreds of old satellites on the verge of plummeting to earth in a fiery rain of carnage.

    that said, i think the team is close to being a true contender if they can ever get more than ten guys playing consistently well.

  72. BeachHabFan says:

    is that the captain from the movie “titanic”?

  73. TripleX says:

    My lines exactly. And keep them together to develop chemistry.

    Is Pouliot better now or when he first came to the team pre JM’s influence?

    Is Pk better now or when he first came to the team pre JM’s influence?

    Is SK better now under a new coach or under JM?

    Is O’Byrne better now under a new coach or under JM?

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  74. notbigbird says:

    Nobody likes the results of the past three games, but two were to arguably the best tems in the league. We were in both games and could have won both. Although it doesn’t much count because we usually mess the bed against the Leafs, we were in that one too.

    Conclusion: the sky is still up there.

  75. Mike says:

    I’d still rather ak on the first line. Give them time to develop chemistry.

    AK-Pleks-Cammy
    Patches-Gomez-Gionta
    Pouliot-Eller- Lapierre
    Darche-Halpern-Moen


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