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

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Whew!

Man, they needed that one!

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  1. joeybarrie says:

    The explanation of your argument is excellent, however I disagree with the actual argument. A UFC fight is a challenge. Not a far cry from Hockey, Football, or any other high contact sport. I understand the TV part of it, but i just don’t see how they can see a guy get into a fair fight come out with a winner, and have no bad blood between them. By the way have you seen the reality show starring Steven Segal?

    I know what you mean by the Police having issues, but I think it is unfair. They are there to uphold the LAW. But the same laws do not apply to them to express their freedom. Just because its on TV… What if they wanted to be in the army reserves?

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

  2. joeybarrie says:

    OK, this is a good argument, even though I disagree with the basis, but I know its not YOUR rule. Of course there is a difference between you doing a beerbong hit and a family portrait at dinner with wine in your glass… Or a pic of your first toast at your wedding…

    I just think its ridiculous, given the training that they take. Not very different from the training for a fight. They have to fight each other in the academy and do basically everything they do to a certain degree in an UFC fight.

    Besides there are many things that are illegal with drinking, nothing illegal about a sanctioned UFC event.

    But I do like your argument…

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

  3. 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

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    Actually I’ve been getting lessons from ex police officers for the last 3 semesters and a lot of what I’ve been getting is perception matters a lot and police services must be very conscious of image and public relations because of reputation and issues with the community beforehand.

    The police I don’t think (and I don’t think they should) want their officers to be on TV, fighting for money. It doesn’t create a good image for a service where force should be the last resort they use. Police have way too many issues already with YouTube catching their dirty laundry, they don’t need their guys in primetime looking they really look forward to a fight.

     

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

  5. joeybarrie says:

    i told a buddy of mine who picked Thornton first that it was a mistake. You got to go with a guy who can score goals first, then get the points. Goals are worth more… So he said don’t worry ‘I have Marleau’….  Its my favorite joke to say whenever he says anything to me now…

    He is in 2nd to last place… I took Stamkos and Semin and Thomas… Cammi late cause no one in my pool knows him. Im in FIRST BY ALOT…

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

  6. Bill says:

    Some jobs have different standards. I’m a teacher, believe me, there are plenty of legal things I can’t do. I could get in trouble just for someone posting pictures of me drinking online, believe it or not. Cops have to maintain an image too.

  7. thebigguy says:

    Canadians, largely due to better living conditions for our working class, don’t have that same level of mistrust that you see within the US.

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    Two people step into an arena with the sole purpose of inflicting harm on each other, fits the definition I find.

     

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

  9. joeybarrie says:

    Well, I hope they don’t come out and say that publicly, cause that would be grounds for wrongful dismissal. A nickname is not on his drivers license. If you call a fellow officer a bad name and the name sticks, do they get fired too?

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

  10. joeybarrie says:

    Do you know any cops?????

    Maybe its here in the USA, but both my brothers are cops, and my wife works for the police department. The image is already there…

    I think because he competes in an organized and sanctioned event it is not only an good thing, but an opportunity. The sport is sanctioned and I do not see how they can say he cant compete. Just like boxing. Alot of these guys are on special forces in military or police departments. Having a mixed martial artist is a good thing. I think its just the mainstream ideology of the sport that makes it unacceptable.

    To me if its legal, why can’t you do it? That being said I do not believe it is a bloodsport. I think hockey is much more dangerous. MANY police officers compete in martial arts and other competitions. To me Boxing,  Kick Boxing and UFC is no different from Basketball, Hockey, Lacrosse or Hurling.

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

  11. DearyLeary says:

    Don’t worry, if there’s a team out there that can bring him down to earth, it’s the Canadiens.

  12. DearyLeary says:

    Bloodsport?  Seriously?

  13. RJB says:

    Same! Got Marleau late and Pavelski later, everyone was talking about how i stole those two…ugh I regret it now.

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  14. Graves says:

    I snagged Marleau with a late pick in my fantasy pool and I thought I had a steal – been trying to pawn him off on someone ever since.

  15. C3P1 says:

    that dude is goig to be legit

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  16. _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.

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

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    +1

     

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

  19. 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.

  20. sidhu says:

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

  21. 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…


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Whew!

Never in doubt, right?

Total domination.

A 2-0 lead squandered.

OT.

Captain wins it on the Canadiens’ 36th shot. 


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