Who is Frédéric St. Denis?

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He’s a 25-year-old defenceman from the South Shore suburb of Greenfield Park who played his junior in Drummondville and then a season at UQTR.
The Canadiens signed St. Denis as a free agent, and he’s played for Cincinnati in the ECHL and the Bulldogs.

St. Denis’s face will be on the tickets for the Canadiens’ opening exhibition game, Sept. 20 against Dallas at the Bell Centre.

Yes, hockey is coming.

You can feel it.

Other players whose mugs adorn pre-season tix: Brock Trotter, Alexander Avtsin, Brendon Nash, Aaron Palushaj.

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Doughty unsigned

Your Saturday video is an AK46 mash-up:

242 Comments

  1. juveslosse says:

    Agree with that point he is great man.

  2. HabinBurlington says:

    So Steve Simmons in the Toronto Sun with some realistic questions regarding the Leafs heading into the season. But veiled in the questions is the comment that Montreal has the “thinnest lineup” of all the teams to make the playoffs.

    Another critic of the Habs. Can’t wait till we show them all this season. We will be competing with the Bruins for our division title. While the Leafs will be trying to figure why they went into this season with Reimer and the Monster as their goalies.

    http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/10/simmons-says-playoffs-will-be-tough-for-leafs

  3. dasbooth says:

    After a summer of not much news and lots of peoples predictions, I think I have dwindled down my two big hopes to the following:

    1. Max Pac returns en force. No symptoms and not only plays without fear of getting reinjured but picks up more or less where he left off and continues to develop.

    2. Eller and AK46 is the new bromance. Loved their chemistry last season, man would I love to see the kind of third line that isnt really a third line though it is the third line but when you look at the stats it isnt really a third line… get what I’m saying? JM talks about not having a “first” line etc…. Three balanced lines that are a threat day in a day out, getting all worked up just thinking about it. Also, been an AK supporter for a while and would rather see him succeed, know his role and do it well, and be happy with it.

    Just my thoughts peeps, just my thoughts

    “Shutouts are really more of a team stat” – Carey Price

  4. Ian Cobb says:

    HIO family—Very Sad Pictures

    Pictures of the funeral in Russia for the hockey team. Kovalev is in one of them. Very sad.
    http://www.hotice.ru/photo/12634/?SECTION_ID

    • Clay says:

      Thanks for the link Ian – I agree…so sad.
      Putin was there as well, BTW. Nice to see their (de facto) leader attending, because this was a national (as well as international) tragedy.

      __________________________
      Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

      Winston Churchill

    • HabFab says:

      Tretiak is in several also.

  5. pierre lapuck says:

    I don’t know if this has already been posted and if so I apologize but in case it hasn’t here it is:

    http://thestar.blogs.com/tiff/

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    QMJHL Action:

    Michael Bournival, apparently feeling a bit sour coming off of a 6-4 loss yesterday to Rouyn-Noranda decided to take his frustrations out on Val-d’Or Foreurs and by frustrations I mean every negative thought he’s had all summer. He scored four goals and one assist en route to a 7-0 pounding of Val-d’Or today. He also won 66% of his draws.

    Morgan Ellis had an assist and went +1 with Cape Breton in a 7-4 loss to PEI Rocket. Was on the ice for only 1 GA.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Kid is a player eh! Thanks for the update.

    • HabFab says:

      If it takes negative thoughts, hope he saved some for the rest of his games.

      EDIT; CHICOUTIMI, Que. – Etienne Brodeur scored two goals and added an assist as the Chicoutimi Sagueneens edged the Drummondville Voltigeurs 7-6 in a wild game in QMJHL action Saturday.(invited to Rookie camp)

  7. Timo says:

    StubHub has 540 tickets for the Laffs game at about 4 times the price. All tickets go to the public my ass.

  8. W35T5ID3 says:

    Boston: 23
    Philadelphia: 18
    Montreal: 12
    Tampa: 11
    Pittsburg: 10
    Washington: 7

    ^^^^^What are those numbers you ask???Well those are the wins accumulated by eastern conference playoff teams in the last 2 seasons……and yet all i read about from the so called ”experts” like pierre mcguire is that the club will be hardpressed to make the playoffs.HEY MCGUIRE: STFU …you know NOTHING!

    …..You’ll never get to heaven if you’re scared of getting high…..

  9. punkster says:

    Whew. Had to leave the cue at 11am but just went back in and snagged 2 separate seats in the whites for the Blues game Jan 10. That’s all I wanted.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  10. thehabsfan29 says:

    so i got tickets today for our first pre season game against the stars
    but they never sent my tickets to my email.

    i know a few people who bought they’re tickets also this morning and already received them

    any ideas?

  11. naweed235 says:

    I really hope that the Canadians can find a way to keep AK46 here and keep him happy… As much as I think he is mentally weak and a little bit of a princess, forwards of his size and talent level don’t grow on trees… The guy can be a game changer everytime he feels like it… Unfortunately JM is not the coach who can get that outta him… I would definitely put him on top 6 lines ahead of Pacioretty at the beginning of the season…I think Pacioretty will have no problem accepting a roll on a 3rd line with DD and Darch or Eller…
    1. Because he is coming back from a damn serious injury and needs to be eased back in
    2. He has mentioned several times that DD was the reason his play turned around with the Bulldogs last season

    • Chorske says:

      If Pacioretty plays ANYTHING like he was playing before arsehole Chara broke his neck, there is absolutely NO WAY he gets demoted to the third line. Also, I think you are dead wrong about JM- if anything, his tendency to roll the top three lines- and to give his third and fourth lines lots of responsibility- should give Kostitsyn the chance to prove himself.

      I don’t get this tendency to sit around hoping and wishing that the coaches suck up to the players. It’s the other way around. The coaches are paid to assign roles, and the players shut the eff up and play those roles.


  12. The 2011 Summit

    This will be one to remember.
    And don’t forget the Children’s Foundation Auction.
    Raffle tickets are 20.00 ea or 3 for 40.00
    Everyone should bring one item to raffle off.

    Shane Oliver
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Brandon, MB,Canada
    R7B 2R7
    hockey@sholi2000.com
    Ph- 204 724 8418

  13. Holy, I just went back in to see if there were seats remaining. If I owned more than one card I could have received CD for my Canes game instead of doing Stub Hub….sigh.

    The wait time was 10 seconds. Lots of single seats people.

    Shane Oliver
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Brandon, MB,Canada
    R7B 2R7
    hockey@sholi2000.com
    Ph- 204 724 8418

    • MikeMcLaren says:

      Yep, I also noticed that there are single white center seats still available for the Nov 19th (Summit) game against the Rangers if anyone wants to join in the festivities!

      (At this point, I think only the February 4th Capitals game is completely sold out)

      So if you’re not hell-bent on sitting next to a friend or family member, get ‘em while they’re hot!

      /\\ike
      GO HABS GO!

  14. derfab says:

    Personally, I enjoy games more on the tube. There are about 5000 decent but unavailable seats in le special Keg. As far as atmosphere goes, much of it is stupid techno hype and fast food clutter that detracts from the game.

    p.s. Eller will be a number one center within 3 years.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      If you think the games are good on a Tube TV, you really have to try out either an LCD or a Plasma Flatscreen TV. Game is even better to watch! lol

      Truthfully you are correct, while getting to games is getting harder and harder the home experience is getting better and better.

      Cheers derfab, and I have it marked down to check back with you in 3 years to discuss Eller. I like the kid alot as well.

  15. MikeMcLaren says:

    Viggo strikes again!

    “Keira Knightley risks rankling T.O. fans with Habs jersey”
    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20110910/tiff-knightly-jersey-hockey-montreal-canadiens-110910/20110910?s_name=tiff2011

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  16. HabinBurlington says:

    So watching some baseball today and getting to see all the teams different youngsters got me to thinking.

    Could the NHL do something similar to baseball? Baseball has their A, AA, and AAA leagues finish up in early Sept. They then allow for major league teams to expand their roster size. Thus allowing teams to add pitchers, position players to their roster.

    Instead in the NHL as the season is winding down they actually reduce/limit the number of callups to the big league team. If they would instead start the AHL sooner I think it would be nice if teams could bring up a couple more players to look at as playoffs approach. I realize there are many rules that prevent this, but the idea intrigues me.

  17. HardHabits says:

    Scalping tickets is a classic example of buying high and selling higher. No real mystery here. What really sucks is how a little bit of money wont buy as much as a whole lotta money. Got that comrade chairman. Or that a line up doesn’t negate a sell out before the last person passes the queue. Excuse me whilst I shed some crocodile tears.

    I would also like to thank all those who have bought season tickets and who have sold some to me in the past. I would also like to thank the scalpers for saving me the time of waiting in a virtual line up. Time is money. If you don’t got the money you be spending time.

    Logged in with the mornin’ sun
    I’ll be waitin’ ’til the evenin’ come
    Watchin’ the hits roll in
    And then I’ll just refresh my page again, yeah

    I’m sittin’ in the room where I wait
    Watchin’ the time roll away
    Ooo, I’m just waitin’ for some tickets today
    Wastin’ time

  18. B says:

    Don Meehan represents Doughty and Marchand. He also represents as yet unsigned RFAs Schenn and Bailey. It seems that using time and pushing camp deadlines is not an uncommon tactic for Meehan in trying to pressure a bigger contract out of his clients teams. This leads me to expect long and drawn out negations for his client PK Subban with the Habs next summer. I also expect that the longer it takes, the more antsy Habs fans will become (which might provide some comment fodder here during next summers dearth of real hockey news doldrums). Hopefully they can get it done with out the drawn out drama, but I am not optimistic about it.

    • OneTimer says:

      Thanks a lot, this off-season’s not even over yet and now I’m already stressing out about the next one ;)

    • HabinBurlington says:

      You have to wonder with an agent like Meehan how dominating he is with the player. I am not sympathetic to Schenn in the least because he is a leaf, however, the fit with him in Blue seems to be real good. Does he really want to be holding out at this stage of his career? Is the amount they are fighting over really that important? Sometimes I think these SuperAgents go overboard in their efforts to raise the terms financially (which is a direct benefit to themselves) only to cause sometimes irrepairable damage to the player with his team.

      As you point out B, I really hope PG and Meehan can work something out sooner next summer, but based on what Meehan has done this year his Modus Operandi appears that we will indeed have a panic filled summer ahead.

      • JD_ says:

        As somebody wrote in regards to the difficulty in obtainin’ tickets, it sometimes sux that the Habs are so effin’ popular in this town.

        Both Price and Poindexter’s agents will have the benefit of tremendous fan pressure on PG to get a deal done. It won’t be a swayin’ factor, but a factor, nonetheless.

        I’m just resolvin’ myself to the almost inevitable likelihood the negotiations will drag well through the summer, with all the resultin’ fallout, but the deals will definitely get done.

  19. HabinBurlington says:

    QMI did a 2 part interview with Chris Nilan and his troubles.
    http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/09/the-light-finally-goes-on-for-nilan

    http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/Sports/hockey/2011/09/08/18658996.html

    Not sure the Vancouver link is part 1, read part 2 listed above in the Toronto Sun today.

  20. HabFanSince72 says:

    A sort-of Mea Culpa.

    Last year I half-heartedly tried to buy tickets. This year I didn’t even try.

    I was already starting to get fed up with the NHL before the MaxPac incident occurred. Since then I’ve lost interest in going to the games, and watched very few. A player deliberately tried to injure another player and almost killed him. He got no suspension because of who he is and what team he plays for. On nhl.com that Bruins-Habs game had even been billed as a sort of grudge match, after the previous brawl-filled disgrace. Sports networks were repeatedly showing video of those fights on TV to get fans excited.

    Add to that the staggering number of serious head injuries and the clear desire of the league to sweep it under the table.

    There were other things. Preventing the guy at Basha from putting a hand-written ‘Go Habs Go’ sign in his restaurant for example.

    Hockey is sick. I still love the Habs of course, but I just have no interest in giving the league any money.

  21. I was in the waiting room for over 2 hours before I got a chance to buy tickets, and there was hardly anything left. I ended up upgrading for an Ottawa game in March around my birthday, there’s an overlap with that ticket and the one that game in my package.

    So if anyone is interested in an individual ticket in section 323 for either the January 7th Tampa Bay game or the March 14th Ottawa game, email me at jeremy_gray@ymail.com. I’m looking to sell them right around face value, I just want to cover my costs and give a fan a chance to go to a game.

    Some days I wish the Canadiens weren’t popular haha.

  22. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Ok, My girlfriend and I just purchased 4 tickets for Habs VS Jets.. I wanted 4 together but there wasn’t any so we selected to be broken up and assumed it would be 2 and 2 together. We were wrong. Two tickets are together and two are one in front of the other, to make it worse we purchased electronic tickets that I think can not be sold… does anybody know if we can sell electronic tickets (for face value)?

    • V says:

      If this is Habs vs Jets on February 5, I would be interested in 2 of them.

    • db says:

      I’ve purchased 10 game packs for the last couple of years but was only able to attend 1 game out of the pack.. I successfully sold all the other e-tickets (from Mexico!) to friends. I just forwarded the email to my friends and they wired me the money, they printed the tickets and went to the games…

  23. Bred says:

    I got tickets to the home opener, I am freaking out.

  24. HabinBurlington says:

    In light of what’s happening today with tickets on sale for Habs here is what is happening in Glendale with Coyotes tix on sale.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8E_zMLCRNg

  25. JD_ says:

    Speakin’ from cinema-worthy experience, the easiest way to put an end to widescale scalpin’ is to have law enforcement personnel treat Bell Centre games like English football matches.

    It wouldn’t do much to the online biz, but the shiz goin’ on around the buildin’ would come to a complete halt.

    Not that that’s necessarily a good thing, you know, for those struck with a sudden urge to race downtown to catch a live game.

  26. savethepuck says:

    So Frustrating. In the waiting room to get tickets for Superbowl weekend games. My brother luckily gets in in the first 5 minutes and gets tickets for the Washington Saturday game. About 1 hr 15min in the Jets Sunday game shows that it is sold out. Less than 1 minute later a window pops up for me to pick my seats. A lot of unpleasantries came out of my mouth. Long story short, I’ve got 5 months to get 2 seats together for the Jets, Sunday February 4th.
    Any suggestions?

    • Mike D says:

      On January 15th, 200 random seats will be made available to all the Feb. home games via the team site. I would try that.

      - Honestly yours

      • savethepuck says:

        I will, but my brother knows someone with season tickets too. We’ll try that first. Just don’t want to go to EBay or something like that to have to get tickets and waiting til Jan 15th is a bit risky. Only 200 tickets available means it will be hard first to get into the ticket window and 2nd to get 2 seats together.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      stubhub.com
      ebay.ca

    • j2c says:

      I use Stubhub ever year. The tickets cost more, and you have to pay a convience fee, but you will be able to pick which tickets you want and where you want to sit as there are lots of available tickets. Stubhub also guarentees the tickets sold are authentic and will give you your money back or compariable tickets to the game if there is a problem. I would try that.

      http://www.stubhub.com

  27. AK_PK_Usay says:

    PS good luck to all trying to score ticks, out of my budget, but I can tell it is worth it, and its on my todo list as soon as i graduate! :P

  28. AK_PK_Usay says:

    - I am certain that Max Pac will get a nice ovation at the bell’s 1st game, in fact the whole team.

    - It was nice to see the video of AK, after so many negative citations in regards to him… his only crime is people don’t see him, they see the draft year. They see a scapegoat…

    - In mtl you got two scapegoat options, the goalie or a russian player. Markov has to be a top 5 nhl Dmen not to get critiqued…

    - I want an answer, if at the end of the season a player gets similar goals as other players, how do you justify “lazy” for one and “hard working” for the other? are you an nhl player to be able to tell how hard one is working? how hard one is trying?

    • savethepuck says:

      Agree on AK and the 03 draft. He was ranked as high as 5th by central scouting and we picked him 10th. More than the Habs missed those players who went later in the draft. They just developed later.

    • Mike D says:

      Patch will most certainly get an ovation, as will the team. Absolutely correct.

      Not sure scapegoat is the right word but I get what you’re saying – “disappointment” might be a better description. Many see the draft year and position (10th) and who was taken after him and get those feelings. His famous hot and cold streaks don’t help either.

      At this point in his career, Markov has done more than enough. If he gets injured again or can’t play as well as he used to, the fans will likely blame management for taking the risk on a 3 year expensive contract for him. Anyone who’s watched him through his career knows how good is he is and how much effort he plays with. At worst, he’ll lose his fan favourite status but he won’t be booed by the masses.

      I think it comes down to the (perceived) potential for the players involved. For example, if AK finishes the season with he same amount of goals as someone like Travis Moen, AK will be criticized and Moen will be applauded. Fans may not be experts, but it’s clear to anyone who knows hockey that AK is the more skilled of the two players so if they finish the season with similar goals, effort is the likely explanation for that result – one worked their tail off and one coasted.

      - Honestly yours

  29. Zepphead says:

    Scored some corner Family Zone seats for Carolina on February 13th.

    At least they’re pretty cheap. I got 1 adult, 3 kids. Me, my two sons and one other person TBD. If it’s an adult I don’t think they even check to make sure so that’s not too bad.

    I’m happy I just managed to even get some. Not the best game but at least I’ll be seeing the Habs.

  30. HardHabits says:

    Is the feeding frenzy over?

  31. HABSsince92 says:

    I got in at about 10:10am to try and purchase tickets for Jan. 31st against Buffalo and I kept on trying for different seats because I didn’t like the auto. selections. So by doing that for 45mins. I am now stuck in Sec. 313, Row EE. Are these any good? I am so pissed I should have taken the red sec. 105 (corner, Price twice) or Desjardins 219 (behind the net, Miller twice)

    The Scott Gomez line………..where wingers go to die.

    • geo_habsgo says:

      Any Seats are better than no seats! They’re not the reds, but white seats are a great place to catch a game and you’ll have a good view of the developing plays from where you’re sitting!

      • HABSsince92 says:

        Thanks I’m taking my Dad for his birthday (he’s a Sabres fan, I’m obviously a Habs fan). It will be our 2nd time at the Bell we were in 321 for Patrick Roy’s jersey retirement.

        The Scott Gomez line………..where wingers go to die.

    • Mike D says:

      Two questions:

      1) What auto seletion? Doesn’t the site show you what seats are available and allows you to select up to 4?

      2) How the heck were you “in” for 45 min.? The site kicks you out after 1min 45sec if you haven’t completed your transaction yet.

      - Honestly yours

      • HABSsince92 says:

        1. The site shows you what levels are available (red, club desjardins, whites, blues) but not the specific section or seat numbers.

        2. Once they select seats for you you have 1:45 to buy them or you can click on find other seats but by doing this you run the risk of losing the current seats that are selected for you.

        The Scott Gomez line………..where wingers go to die.

  32. Timo says:

    Of course the only game I’d be in Mtl for was sold out. Freaking useless. FML.

    • Zepphead says:

      Did you get through though? I still haven’t.

    • Mike D says:

      You probably know this already, but on the 15th of every month 200 seats to every game in the coming month become available. Give it a try then and hopefully you can get some decent seats to the game(s) you’ll be in town for.

      - Honestly yours

      • Timo says:

        I didn’t now that. Thanks for the tip. I’ll try that but I wouldn’t bet on my luck. Guess I will have to fork out a fortune to scalpers.

        • geo_habsgo says:

          If you are willing to miss the first few moments of the game and go in after the puck drop then you will find that you can squeeze the tickets out of scalpers under the cost of regular tickets. They don’t want to lose money. I’ve known lots of people who have gotten Whites for 25-50 dollars after waiting about 10 minutes into the game.

          • Timo says:

            I could. This was going to be my bday present for my brother. You know, the whole brother thing, going to a hockey game, watching warmup, singing the anthem, having some beverages rather than rushing in in the middle of the first period. I’ll pay extra for that.

        • Mike D says:

          I haven’t tried it myself before, but I would think you’d have decent odds of getting a seat then. I’m guessing most people don’t even bother trying, or forget/don’t know that it happens.

          Many others here have said that scalpers prices drop dramatically after the game starts. You might miss the first 5min. of the game or whatever, but you’d save a bunch of coin.

          edit: geo_habsgo clearly beat me to the punch on that last part. :-)

          - Honestly yours

    • secretdragonfly says:

      That’s a shame, Timo, we were rooting for you. We’ve done the ebay and stubhub route several times and got pretty decent deals – just don’t hold out for platinums and you should be fine.

  33. geo_habsgo says:

    W000T!! Just scored tickets to Jan. 25 Habs Vs. Detroit.

  34. entrevoir says:

    Accidentally bought two Centre White tickets to Panthers game, March 27th. Meant to get the October 24th Panthers game. I won’t be able to go to a March game….anyone want to trade their tickets? I’m in the waiting room to get new ones, but don’t expect to get any…

  35. I have to say, if you buy tickets just to scalp them, you’re part of the problem.

    http://twitter.com/andrewberkshire

  36. Zepphead says:

    I think this is the first year in a while I won’t be able to score some tix….

  37. geo_habsgo says:

    COntemplating refreshing the page just to get a new spot in the waiting room. What do you think? It’s a gamble.

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    TIMO. Did you score yet?

    Remember! stay your positive self my friend.

    • SBAH says:

      A lot of games have been sold out already, keep your fingers crossed Timo

      • Natrous says:

        There’s lots of word that games are sold out now, however my ‘Waiting Room’ list shows full availability for all the games, so I guess I lucked out!

        er.. wait a second..

        • SBAH says:

          once it refreshes (DON’T HIT YOUR REFRESH BUTTON) you’ll start to see all the sold out games :(

          • Natrous says:

            My buddy called to say he got in, so I refreshed my screen… I get an updated view, and 30 seconds later I’m in to the buying phase of this whacked out method of ticket distribution. What a joke. All Sat games sold out for Desjardins Club tickets.. we settled on Minny on March 1, a Thursday. Ugh.

  39. Mike D says:

    Man, all this talk of getting tickets has me itching to get some too. Reminds me of last year when I was in the virtual waiting room waiting my turn. I remember the exuberation when I scored tickets to the ANA game and got to see Saku’s return to Montreal.

    Good luck to all you guys.

    - Honestly yours

    • Zepphead says:

      Same here! I was so happy when I got that game last year :)

      • Mike D says:

        What an awesome experience it was! Getting to actually participate in a Montreal standing-O at the Bell Centre, and for Saku no less!

        Plus MaxPac’s game-tying goal late in the 3rd when the whole place erupted!

        I had a bird’s eye view of all the biggest moments of the night due to the seats I had (Red B Corners)!

        Ahhh…….(sniff sniff)…….memories. :-)

        - Honestly yours

  40. bel33 says:

    Wow… 1 hr in the waiting room… two computers… NOTHING. My buddy gets in.. after 45 mins.. and still can’t get us 4 tickets together for any Saturday games!!!! I wish I lived in Mtl and could catch a weeknight game.

    • I think single seats are the way to go.

      Shane Oliver
      http://www.Sholi2000.com
      Brandon, MB,Canada
      R7B 2R7
      hockey@sholi2000.com
      Ph- 204 724 8418

    • Mike D says:

      At this time of the day, you’ll be hard-pressed to even get 2 tickets together for any weekend games, let alone 4. Good luck anyway though.

      - Honestly yours

      • Frank2468 says:

        I know what you mean, I tried to get tickets for weekend games no luck, and I didn’t get into buy tickets until 10:50 am. I entered the waiting room at 9:17 am guess that 2 minutes killed me. I finally took October 24 Florida game in section 321 Row ee. It’s a Monday game I got 3 tickets in a row but then again it’s Florida but who cares it’s for the experience of the Bell Center and for my daughter. Well guess I’m lucky that I can be flexible enough that it doesn’t have to be a weekend game.

        I hope someone could be so kind as to recommend a Hotel near the Bell Center that won’t break the bank and is a decent Hotel.

        Thanks to everyone

        • Mike D says:

          Frank, congrats on the tickets even though it wasn’t exactly what you wanted. Luckily you can count on the Bell Centre being sold out anyway and the experience will still be awesome.

          As for a hotel, I doubt there’s much in the way of inexpensive accommodations in that part of the city, but I would try Expedia. For travel sites, I find I always get the best prices and options there.

          - Honestly yours

          • Frank2468 says:

            Well thank you for your input, I booked with Novotel Montreal Center which is like 300 meters from the Bell Center. The prices for a night are pretty good and it’s a 4 star Hotel. It’s $159.00 a night for a room with either 2 double beds or 1 king bed and pull out sofa. They also have a special on right now if you book and pay now you can get the room for $139.00 a night. So anyone going to a game may actually consider this hotel.

            Thanks

        • geo_habsgo says:

          Frank, there is the novotel which is a very short walk up the street from the Bell Centre. I live in Montreal so I’ve never stayed there but I have stayed in other Novotels and they’ve always been comfortable and moderately priced.

          http://www.novotelmontreal.com/home/novotelmontrealhotels.shtm

          EDIT: Just saw you booked it haha. Great minds I guess.

  41. SBAH says:

    Waited a whole 10 mins for tickets :)
    Nov 21 Bruins/Habs

  42. 24 Cups says:

    Quote of the day: “I’m like Prince Charming, they were pumpkins and I turned them into parliamentarians.”
    Silvio Berlusconi

  43. Timo says:

    All you people getting tickets are pissing me off :)

  44. I GOT BRUINS TICKETS
    21 NOV 11
    OH MY GOD I’M EXCITED!!!!!

    Shane Oliver
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Brandon, MB,Canada
    R7B 2R7
    hockey@sholi2000.com
    Ph- 204 724 8418

  45. Ian Cobb says:

    Don’t forget to pick up a pair of gift tickets to donate to the Children’s Foundation raffle at the Summit.

  46. j2c says:

    So I finally was able to get tickets from the site and I got them for the Saturday game against Pittsburgh on November 26. Hope Crosby is back by then. They are in Section 209 Row F. I have never sat in this section before is this a good section to see the game from?

    Thanks

  47. Timo says:

    How do you tell your wife to make you a breakfast while you are glued to the computer waiting for hockey tickets?

  48. habs1966 says:

    I’m in the waiting room in Japan,it’s 10:19 pm here. Wish me luck!

  49. Timo says:

    Well… any freaking day now.

  50. Timo says:

    So what’s Club Desjardins tix? Is it where you get free food and booze?

  51. secretdragonfly says:

    Success!!! Tickets to the Feb. 4 Washington game.

  52. Timo says:

    Waiting for my turn now… Still waiting. Still waiting.

  53. 24 Cups says:

    There appears to be a bit more optimism this year that the Habs just might be able to do better than just getting into the first round. With that in mind, I took a minute to think through what our chances might be (from a realistic perspective rather than a GoHabsGo viewpoint).

    Two quick qualifiers before I begin. I tend to look at the NHL the same way that I do MLB. I only care about the American League when I look at baseball as a Jays fan. Who cares about the National League seeing that you would only ever face them if you go all the way to the World Series? Same goes for the Western Conference in the NHL. Obviously, the Hab games against western teams are important, points are points. That aside, I really couldn’t care less what happens out west from a Montreal standpoint. It’s only the East that counts. Secondly, I acknowledge that anything can happen once any team makes the playoffs. It’s a well worn cliche. But I think certain conclusions can be made before a season starts. Reality states that Ottawa isn’t winning the Cup this year no matter what happens around the league.

    Teams that have no chance of going to the final – Ottawa, Winnipeg, Florida, the Islanders, Toronto, Carolina and New Jersey. In fact, there’s a chance that only one of them might even make the playoffs. Yes, Jersey will be better than last year but they’re not winning a Cup with Brodeur in net. Way too many games for one man to face at his age. Carolina is always a bit of a funky team but they don’t have enough depth up front. The team is basically going through a mini rebuild right now.

    Close but no cigar – Philadelphia, the Rangers and Tampa Bay. Philly made wholesale changes with an eye on the future. I’m sure they realized it might take a bit of time. Pronger still is a question mark in terms of his health and Bryzgalov hasn’t been stellar in the playoffs. The Rangers have a lot of good pieces and one of the best goalies in the NHL. I’m just not sure that their young defense is ready to carry the load. Speaking of goalies, does anyone honestly think that Roloson can handle 24 playoff games?

    If all the stars align – Pittsburgh and Buffalo. Pittsburgh is easy to handicap. If Crosby plays, they can win the Cup. Without him there’s no hope. Buffalo might just be the sleeper candidate in the East. Miller is the real deal so there’s no problem there. Roy, Ehrhoff and Regehr will make a difference this year and Leino just ‘might’ do the same. Ruff will certainly have to give him plenty of ice time. In the end, Buffalo could just be one of those teams that needs to take two steps forward and one step back before they can really go all the way.

    Head of the class – Boston and Washington. The Caps made some good moves when they brought in Brouwer, Ward, Halpern and Hamrlik. And Vokoun was a master stroke by McPhee. (What the hell was Holmgren thinking?) The only real question marks here has to be the reliability of two important people – Bruce Boudreau and Alexander Semin. They both need to excel if Washington is going to win the Cup this year.(Note to self – all hell is going to break loose in the East if Washington wins the lottery draw for the 1st pick overall in next year’s draft).

    That leaves Boston. Not much chance of HI/O fans being logical when it comes to evaluating the Bruins. Some posters are still stuck with the “we almost won in overtime and Thomas is the luckiest goalie in the world” mentality. Guess what? We lost in overtime (get over it) and Thomas was the best player in the NHL from the time Crosby went out with a concussion (read it and weep). I certainly didn’t like the way Boston won in terms of their intimidation and dirty play but it did work. Not only that, but most of those elements are still part of the team. Nothing lost there. Seguin will soon make fans forget Ryder, that’s a given. Corvo is an adventure in his own end but that’s not why he is there. Recchi (his doctoring aside) will be missed and I seriously doubt that Pouliot or Caron will be able to replace him. Having Kelly and Peverley already in place from day one will be helpful. Thomas is another year older so who knows what will be in store for him. Regardless, a Thomas/Rusk duo still gives Boston the best goalie tandem in the East. They just might have to be seeing that Boston’s D has a few holes in it.

    So, where does that put the Habs? I wold realistically say that they would fit in the same category as Pittsburgh and Buffalo. All things might be possible if those stars somehow align themselves in our favour.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Yikes, it didn’t look this long when I wrote it out.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      I am not sold on Buffalo, they have Miller but at the same time their spending spree has raised the hype level a bit too much. Ehrhoff is set to collect 10 million dollars in the next 12 months and I don’t think he’s justified on his new deal. Regehr is a definite enhancement, but I think BUF fans will be a little disappointed when they find out Ville Leino isn’t quite the same when he’s not playing on the best 3rd line in the NHL against weaker competition.

      Every accusation that can be hung on Montreal’s forwards for being too small or soft can apply to BUF really. No big centre, 5’9″ Derek Roy, 5’9″ Ennis, 5’5″ Gerbe, Vanek’s non-existent phyiscal play (AK threw more hits this season than Vanek has in his last 3) Stafford has an average to poor physical impact as well, Boyes isn’t much in that department either. They’ll be better on the blue line, but Montreal still wins out there, plus they enjoy a stronger forward group and while Pominville was an injury case, he provided them C depth, which they’re now missing.

      I consider the Pens, Flyers, Caps and Bruins to be the Big Four for Montreal to duel with to expect placement in a Cup Final, they need to be able to take these teams on and defeat them without it burning them out like their 7-game series against Washington and Pittsburgh in 2010 did.

      Also, lay a solid beating on Toronto and New Jersey, two teams that have vexed us for too long to exorcise demons and get valuable points for a NE title.

      - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • 24 Cups says:

        Robert – I think the main issue with Buffalo was that once the new owner arrived they went out and spent cap money like drunken sailors. The only problem was that it was a pretty soft market. They might have been better off keeping their powder dry until after the new CBA was worked out. Getting Regehr might have been enough for now. Not to mention they also are still over the cap so another player will have to be moved.

        Luke Adam is a good kid to keep an eye on. Kassian and Foligno will arrive next year to keep an eye on the smurfs. Man, Gaustad would look great in a Hab uniform.

        I can still see the look of dejection on Miller’s face after he let in the soft goal by Crosby. A very tough way to lose a gold medal after being the star of the game right into overtime.

  54. Sean Bonjovi says:

    What’s Brad Marchand worth to Brian Burke?

    “Andrei Kostitsyn is a better hockey player than Max Pacioretty”
    - Sean Bonjovi

  55. dufour says:

    How are all the lower bowls sold out already for every game?

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” Jacques Plante

  56. Chrisadiens says:

    I seem to remember Eller having a ton of chances to score but he failed to cash in. If this kid settles down and buries these chances, this team suddenly gets the depth to roll 3 lines and score with any of them.

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

  57. geo_habsgo says:

    In the waiting room. Good luck to everyone trying for tickets today!

    • Timo says:

      Yeah, what an honor to buy worst seat in this stupid area for top dollar. Molsons sure know how to run a good busine$$.

      • geo_habsgo says:

        Unfortunately beggars can’t be choosers and I am certainly a beggar. My student budget dictates that I am heading for the nosebleeds. However, there were low whites available last season from scalpers for around 35 dollars after the puck dropped.

  58. Timo says:

    Useless organization top to bottom. No tixs available in the middle for the Laffs game other then in a bum f#$% white zone?! FU, molsons! Scalpers it is.

  59. HabFab says:

    A 3D reconstruction of how the aircraft crashed in Yaraslavl, Russia from the russian news agency;
    http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20110908/166545389.html

    Further the Yaraslavl team has decided not to play this season, although a draft was offered from the other teams. The team said it has to focus on care (healing) for the crash victims families and survivors first.

    • 24 Cups says:

      If Turris truly thinks he is worth $4M, then he can sit out the season. It’s not like Phoenix is going to make the playoffs.

      Want to know what’s ironic about Marchand sticking it to the Bruins as a first time RFA? It was Boston who gave out the very first unnecessary, overinflated contract to a RFA, Patrice Bergeron. The salary grid has basically gone to hell ever since. It’s not just the UFAs that are hurting the cap, it’s more about a league that has quickly become a world of haves and have nots in terms of salary.

      Of course you could say the same thing about the USA and Canada. Gotta keep cutting taxes and the safety net so the rich can buy more luxury cars to ease the drive to Muskoka. It’s no coincidence that Stephen Harper wears a Sergei Samsonov jersey to Hab games.

  60. HabinBurlington says:

    With regards to the little jr. rat in Boston, Doesn’t Chiarelli know who he is? I have to believe that when Marchands agent updates him on how negotiations are going, Marchand probably uses the Lucic quote.

    Hope that negotiation continues on deep into training camp. Let him be as much a distraction to the Bruins as he is to the rest of the league.


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