Will B’s advance tonight?

Vancouver Canucks center Sedin and his twin brother Daniel skate to the bench during a second period line change against the Nashville Predators during Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference semifinal hockey playoff in Nashville

If the universe unfolds as it should, we’ll have two crackerjack Conference finals:

Tampa Bay vs. Boston

San Jose vs. Vancouver

Sergei Kostitsyn, who was averaging 19 minutes ToI in the series, played 15 in Game 4. He’s minus-1 on the series.

Chris Higgins is averaging 17:25 and is plus-1. Maxim Lapierre is even through four games and played 14 minutes last night.

Sedins back on track

Bruins on the brink

Cam Cole on the Canucks

François Gagnon on SK74

• Bert Raymond: Trophies will come for Price, P.K.

Bruce Arthur and Kevin McGran on Guy Boucher

Capitals need a new direction

Boudreau gets vote of confidence

Scott Burnside dissects the Caps

Photo of the Sedins by M.J.Masotti Jr./Reuters

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  10. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Of course, every series has its own unique chemistry and dynamic. BUT, it sure is hard to resist thinking that, with one overtime goal, we could then have advanced against a Pronger-less team that the Bruins, whom we stretched, made look toothless. Couldn’t it therefore be us and Tampa, us back to the semis second year in a row?

    Therefore, arguably, only a single lost overtime goal opportunity separates us from that. In which case, Montreal should be talking about tweaking the team and not about dumping JM, not saying we’ll NEVER win with our short forwards.

    We’re close. If Pax recovers fully and evolves further, if veteran forwards wake up and add 3-5 more goals each, if Eller grows and Pouliot (stays and) starts exploiting his gifts, if good decisions about the D are made over the summer, and if we can shut down opposing 2nd and 3rd lines the way we shut down (and Philly couldn’t) Boston’s No. 1, then we will contend.

    (Possibly against the Leafs! According to Wilson!)

    Although the crowing of Jack Edwards is worse than a 1000 stomach-aches, and though I was hoping for a Philly win, I feel strangely gratified by the Boston sweep because of what I think it confirms about the Habs. Part of me would have loved to see Philly win last night and ultimately do the unprecedented and visit the identical fate on Boston two years running. But now that it’s gone the other way, I actually feel happy Boston have a really nasty monkey off their backs.

    But. Go Tampa! Can’t get enough of Martin St-L!

    Good weekend all.

    • smiler2729 says:

      Yeah but Montreal would have played Washington not Philly in round 2 if they got the Game 7 OT bounce…

      “If the Bruins played the Taliban, I’d root for the Taliban”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Good Post, watching boston dismantle Philly with such ease, does make us realize how defensively strong we can be. I do believe that with all our defence healthy we are so much stronger in our end. Would still like to see more grit in lineup next year.

      As much as we all love Pyatt, I think a player like him needs to be upgraded to a larger body. Or a big body that can play on the first line. Not neccessarily a 30-35 goal scorer, but a bruising body with better hands than Moen or Darche. I do think maxpac will be with Gionta and Gomez.

      Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  11. Duracell3 says:

    Didn’t realize that Bouillon hasn’t played since January.

  12. OneTimer says:

    A few notes from the Bruins/Flyers game tonight:

    – Bob Cole’s verbal hard-on for the Bruins was pretty hard to stomach. Guy sounds like more of a cheerleader than Don Cherry.

    – What’s this? Marchand with a diving penalty? BUT THE BRUINS DON’T DIVE! THAT’S WHAT THE PANSY HABS DO! (Bruins fanbase implodes in a puff of hypocrisy)

    – The “stacked” Flyers lack their #1 defenseman and are swept by the Bruins in 4 games. Habs lack their #1 defensemen (and #3D, and their young power forward) and take the Bruins to 7 games, three of them in overtime. I guess we should feel a little better about our team then?

    • The Cat says:

      It goes to show how huge Pronger is, he probably is the most valuable asset in the NHL.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Richards may wear the C in Philly, but Pronger is their leader. Even with him healthy I think Boston was winning, but would have been closer. He is a difference maker. Interesting how age is rearing its head with Pronger, and that is a big contract they have to live with for a while yet. Not that we have a long term contract that we don’t like….

        Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  13. RetroMikey says:

    Yes Boone, the Boston Bruins are for real,…..skill, size, goaltending, toughness, coaching and a great GM.

    Is Gauthier taking notes?????

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • ooder says:

      and yet it took them 7 games and 3 OT games to beat a team that was missing 2 of it’s usual d-men and pacioretty to advance

      ——————
      Gomez: 34 and counting!

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        Of course you´re right but this is a typical RetroMikey comment. Not worth replying to.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Yah, and that great GM in Boston gave up a 1st rounder, a past 1st round 6’4″ centreman, and possibly a 2nd rounder for Kaberle.

          Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

    • smiler2729 says:

      You are a moron, Mikey.

      “If the Bruins played the Taliban, I’d root for the Taliban”

  14. slapshot777 says:

    Bulldogs beat Manitoba 5-1 to take a 3-2 series lead with game # 6 Back in Hamilton.

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Tampa bay will slice through bruins like rommel through the 8th army. Boucher is far smarter than julien and lecavalier has awakened. Watch for domenic Moore to score a big goal, pretty much guaranteed.

      • RetroMikey says:

        Sore sport, the Bruins are for real. They are going to sweep the Lightning!

        “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

      • The Cat says:

        I dont know if itll be that easy, but I agree Moore is very clutch. I sound like a broken record but letting him and Lapierre go was moronic.

        [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

      • Tremblant Habs Fan says:

        I guess they are the lesser of two evils to cheer for, we’ll just have to put up with all the talk of Boucher, MAB and Moore being let go, not signing Gagne, and the poms poms for Lecavalier and St-Louis!, I can stomach that much more than seeing Chara, Lucic, Marchand et all competing for the chance to raise the Cup over their heads.

  15. joshua94k says:

    I wonder if the Flyers Richards will complain about the Bruins being disrespectful by sweeping them in 4 straight games.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  16. Gindan69 says:

    Funny how the habs looked better then both the caps and flyers. With a depleted roster to boot. Only a few ingredients missing now. A bit more size, more killer instinct, less damaged bodies and they are capable of a very deep run. Hell, one bounce in any if the OTs and they are bouncing the caps a second year running.

  17. JohnBellyful says:

    Five reasons why Tampa will beat Boston:

    Boucher will out-coach Julien
    Roloson will out-flop Thomas
    Boston can’t match St. Louis, Stamkos
    The MAB factor
    There is a God

    Five reasons why Boston will beat Tampa:

    Chara doesn’t play for the Lightning
    Lucic’s rediscovered scoring touch
    Clock strikes midnight for Roloson
    The Colin Campbell factor
    There is no God

  18. HardHabits says:

    So I guess the only way we Habs fans are not screwed is if San Jose wins the Cup.

    Vancouver has Higgins, Lapierre and Vigneault so if they win we’ll hear about how we lost an amazing coach and should have kept Higgins and Laps.

    Tampa Bay has Moore, MAB and Boucher so if they win we’ll hear about how we lost an amazing coach and should have kept Moore and MAB.

    Boston was down 2-0 to the Habs so if they win we’ll hear about how we lost a series we should have won but instead choked in game 4 after being up 3-1 and lost 3 games in OT including the decisive game 7.

    Go Sharks Go!!!!

  19. habsfan0 says:

    Tampa over Boston in 6.

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jacques Martin was missing Patches, Gorges and Markov to start the series against Boston, plus Spacek’s knee had been scoped a couple months earlier, than DD got a knee sprain in Game 5 OT, than Wiz busted his hand.

    Laviolette was missing Pronger and Carter, with much deeper O and D. Look what happened, swept by the team MTL dragged to Game 7 OT losing bodies all the way through on a “Non-Contending Team”, what does that make PHI?

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

  21. dudurules says:

    THEY SHOULDN’T EVEN BE THERE THOSE PUKES.. LET’S GO TAMPA

  22. 4m3y2j says:

    Regarding the Cap

    If you think there is any chance at Wiznewski at 4 million I have a bridge in NYC .Now if you can shave Travis Moen off and give Wiz 5 million,,keep Darche at 500 k,, and Deharnais at 700 k you might get a good replacement for Moen for 1 million give or take,I would love irt if there was a way to keep Halpern.

  23. Keith says:

    Totally DISGUSTING that the gooins are moving on. I can taste the bile in my throat. BLECH!

  24. dudurules says:

    I HATE BOSTON! THAT SHOULD BE THE HABS!!

  25. punkster says:

    Flyers are disappointing. Where’s the Philthy Philistine Phlyers who were supposed to sweep to the Cup? All mean and muscle and size and…oh, no scoring, no goal tending and missing their top D man/quarterback. Sorry, but these guys suck and after listening to Habs fans gush over them all season long I would have expected much more than this token effort. They’re wimps and no team in the league should ever be worried about them.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • HardHabits says:

      Whatever helps you sleep at night. Surprisingly Boston looked more like the team they really are this series. Much better than the team that faced the Habs. A team which won 4 of 5, 3 in over-time, two where they came from behind. And all this with one of their best prospects not even in the line-up.

      • punkster says:

        Ya, ya…Boston. Whatever. I’m only talking about the Flyers, the biggest, overblown, over-hyped bunch of zeros in the playoffs thus far. Well, tied with the Caps for sure. How so many so-called experts could pick those two teams as top for a cup run in the east is laughable. The way they played anyone could have beaten them. Yes even the Habs.

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  26. JD_ says:

    And that’s all she wrote.

    Melted down like Philly® cream cheese on the hood of a purple Duster gunnin’ the mean streets of Dallol.

  27. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    With the rumours circulating that PG is interested in Leino and Laich, how’s this for a lineup?

    CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

    FORWARDS
    Mike Cammalleri ($6.000m) / Tomas Plekanec ($5.000m) / Ville Leino ($4.000m)
    Max Pacioretty ($2.000m) / Scott Gomez ($7.357m) / Brian Gionta ($5.000m)
    Brooks Laich ($4.000m) / Lars Eller ($1.270m) / Andrei Kostitsyn ($3.250m)
    Travis Moen ($1.500m) / David Desharnais ($0.900m) / Mathieu Darche ($0.900m)
    / Ryan White ($0.850m)

    DEFENSEMEN
    Andrei Markov ($5.000m) / Josh Gorges ($3.000m)
    Hal Gill ($2.000m) / P.K. Subban ($0.875m)
    Jaroslav Spacek ($3.833m) / Yannick Weber ($0.900m)
    / Paul Mara ($0.750m)

    GOALTENDERS
    Carey Price ($2.750m)
    Alex Auld ($1.000m)

    BUYOUTS: Georges Laraque ($0.500m)

    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
    (these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
    SALARY CAP: $63,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $62,636,309; BONUSES: $400,000
    CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $763,691

    Personally, I would rather Yemelin (or Emelin, lol) over Mara, but I’ll believe he’s coming over when I see it. Still hoping PG can pull it off though. Also, this takes into account the rumoured $4 million increase in the cap.

    • naweed235 says:

      i like the forwards lineup… Not sold on D tho… we are going to need backup plans incase Markov and Georges are not going to deliver as it is a very high possiblilty after serious injuries to the knee… Now if you can somehow fit the Wiz in there somewhere… no we’re talking

      • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

        Well, ideally, I would like to have a D of Markov-Wisniewski, Gill-Subban, Gorges-Yemelin and Spacek and Weber as spares. I don’t think it’s feasible if we are looking to upgrade at forward. However, I’m purely speculating on some of these salaries. It may be possible if we make some of these salaries a little lower. I’ll give it a shot, since I’ve got nothing better to do right now and we’re talking pie-in-sky anyway.

      • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

        Here goes:

        CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

        FORWARDS
        Mike Cammalleri ($6.000m) / Tomas Plekanec ($5.000m) / Ville Leino ($3.000m)
        Max Pacioretty ($1.750m) / Scott Gomez ($7.357m) / Brian Gionta ($5.000m)
        Brooks Laich ($3.750m) / Lars Eller ($1.270m) / Andrei Kostitsyn ($3.250m)
        Travis Moen ($1.500m) / David Desharnais ($0.700m) / Mathieu Darche ($0.850m)
        / Ryan White ($0.700m)

        DEFENSEMEN
        Andrei Markov ($5.000m) / James Wisniewski ($4.000m)
        Hal Gill ($1.500m) / P.K. Subban ($0.875m)
        Jaroslav Spacek ($3.833m) / Josh Gorges ($2.750m)
        / Yannick Weber ($0.800m)

        GOALTENDERS
        Carey Price ($2.750m) / Alex Auld ($1.000m)

        BUYOUTS: Georges Laraque ($0.500m)

        CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
        (these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
        SALARY CAP: $63,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,136,309; BONUSES: $400,000
        CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $263,691

        Not much cap space leftover in this scenario, and still no Yemelin. I would prefer Yemelin to Weber myself, because I think he brings more of what we need on defense, which is toughness and a mean streak to go along with size and some developing skill. Maybe we could trade Moen and Weber for something decent, which would clear up some cap space and give us the forward and defensive punch we need.

        4th line would then be:
        Darche-Desharnais-White

        D would be:
        Markov-Wisniewski
        Gill-Subban
        Gorges-Spacek/Yemelin

        Not likely though. We can dream.

    • habs365 says:

      Leino and Laich both good players but I don’t think they will be for sale.

      • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

        Definitely debatable whether they will be available, but it is possible. Leino thought he should get a deal by now, and with Philly doing so badly with their atrocious goalies, they may make a pitch to Bryzgalov, which would make it very hard to keep him. As for Laich, he may not want to stay in Washington or may be too expensive for them if they are looking to make changes.

      • Mike D says:

        Both Philly and Wash. are tight to the cap and have a few needs to address (a goaltender in Philly, anyone?). I think Leino will be the more expendable of the two to their current respective teams, but also the lesser desired cuz Philly HAS to get a decent ‘tender. He’s ony 6’0″ and 182 lbs. so he’s not really a PWF and may not be the answer.

        Laich would be the better choice but I think Wash. will find a way to keep him.

        – Honestly yours

        • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

          Leino may not be a PF, but then again, how many of those are out there? Leino would add some offense to a team that desperately needs some.

          • Mike D says:

            Not debating that my friend. Just pointing out some differences in the two players situations and mentioning that Leino doesn’t address the “size up front” issue.

            On a side note, thanks for putting in the time to put that roster together from Cap Geek. It was an interesting read.

            – Honestly yours

    • LA Loyalist says:

      I would keep wiz if possible. Gomez will be gone in a year.

  28. HardHabits says:

    I’d love to see Chara and Pronger scrap it out.

    Either way I would take either Pronger or Chara any day on the Habs. Gill is nice to have but no mean streak.

  29. HabFarmer says:

    You know Hi Def has it’s disadvantages when you see Lucic with a booger up his nose….. .

  30. Bill says:

    On the other hand, watching Richards squeal like a pig for Chara was pretty satisfying….

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  31. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I haven’t heard anything about Hunter Bishop lately, anyone know how he is progressing?

  32. Bill says:

    I can’t believe how much more I hate Boston than Philly. I can’t stand those dirty, whiny, mouthy a-holes, even if they are a good hockey team. Why are Philly so useless?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  33. HabsoluteFan says:

    I wonder if Jack Edwards said Marchand was a disgrace to the game when he dove into the boards after a nudge from Versteeg ?

  34. EricInStL says:

    I dislike Boston, but hate Phily, I am enjoying seeing Phily not able to manhandle Boston like they do Montreal. Size has its advantages.

  35. Chris F says:

    Early wish list for the Draft:
    1) Mark McNeill 6’1″ 204 C (Canadian) Ranked 16th.
    2) Brandon Saad 6’1″ 208 LW (American) Ranked 14th.
    3)Tyler Biggs 6’2″ 210 RW (American) Ranked 20th.
    4)David Musil 6’4″ 200 D (Canadian) Ranked 23rd.
    Personally I would choose a Canadian Skater if everything else was equal. These four jumped out after doing some research.

    In terms of UFA’s to target:
    Eric Boulton, Anton Babchuk, Adam Pardy, Shane O’Brien, Joel Ward, Konopka, Zherdev (if AK is not re-signed), Leino, Talbot, Ben Eager Baby!!, Brooks Laich.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      I’d avoid Biggs, he seems much more likely to end up a Moen than a Pacioretty, serious knocks on his hockey sense and that’s playing Junior A.

      For a C though, I like Mark Scheifele from the Barrie Colts, 6’3″ and had a great rookie season on a team that was the worst in the entire OHL, also had a great Under-18 Tournament.

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

      • Mike D says:

        Where is Scheifele currently ranked? Is it about where Mtl. will be picking? I like McNeill from what you wrote about him earlier in the season but not sure he’ll still be available when the Habs pick.

        – Honestly yours

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Last ranking, early 20s among NA skaters but that was pre U18 Tournament so that will likely have given him a bump. Besides, the draft is going to be wide, wide open after say, 10th overall as teams start looking for the potential steals, team needs and pass over guys who they think are boom/bust.

          I think if we want to draft for the big center than he’s the best bet for skill and size.

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

  36. JohnBellyful says:

    Some Hab lovers find it disconcerting to visit this site and see photographs of other team’s players featured so prominently where once their idols commanded centre stage. I must admit, I’m somewhat discomfited by visages of Bruins and Flyers et al sullying these pages.
    Might I suggest a slight change in HIO policy for the remainder of the playoffs: when the reports are about a particular team, say, Boston, why not dip into the archives and find a photo of the Habs and Bruins in action from the past six months. You would run an appropriate caption, of course, to make the photo relevant. For example:

    Carey Price makes a save to help the Montreal Canadiens win 2-0 in the opening round against the Boston Bruins who won the Stanley Cup last night.

    • baruch says:

      since Habs Inside Out became Hockey IO the site has been markedly more generic and less identified with the Habs. Look around, see a Habs logo anywhere? Somehow I have the impression, despite statements to the contrary that a rebranding is afoot here. Canada.com wants its hockey specialty blog apparently is my guess…

      Love to see a lot more Habs Identity on this site, as a born Montrealer living abroad, HIO used to feel like home, it doesn’t feel like that much since the change….

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Putain! Ok! Here’s my compromise. Until the draft, we just put up a picture of the front of Schwarz’s on St. Laurent.

      Everyone will be happy and we don’t have to look at Marchand’s schnozzola.

  37. scrowe21 says:

    That article on SK is depressing. Ahhh..glad for him I guess.
    SK-Eller-AK… F**k.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      SK hasn’t been great in the post season. In face he’s been Mr. Invisible, and has had reduced ice time.
      Let’s give the guys with the attitude problem some time. Grabovski and SK have had good seasons, lets see if they can stay consistent.

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    C Michael Cichy, the 7th-round pick of the Habs in the 2009 Entry Draft is transferring out of North Dakota to an unnamed yet school, he’s had very limited ice and was scratched for the entirely of the WCHA and National Tournaments. Some say UND wasn’t a good fit for him to start as the definition of a longshot and project as a 7th-round selection, going to one of the 5 most prominent hockey schools in the US which attracts a lot of talent well over Cichy’s head.

    His transfer will force him to miss a year of hockey though under NCAA regulations, which as always exist to make life a little stupider for athletes.

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

  39. scrowe21 says:

    Anybody else see Pleks attack Ruutu after the hit from behind on Jagr? lol.. I really hope Plekanecs talks Jagr into coming to MTL next year for a good price.. As long as they can resign AK too.. dump Pouliot..

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Jagr isn’t coming here and besides, he’s 3 years out of the NHL and been playing a much lighter schedule in Russia, do we really think he’s going to come back and be a star?

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

      • scrowe21 says:

        No, but he is still playing good. Would you honestly rather Moen / Darche in the top 6 over Jagr? ( Under a reasonable contract given his age )

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          No, but Jagr’s a pretty strange piece to add since he won’t really fit into the future and the Habs need to be looking in that direction.

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

          • scrowe21 says:

            I think its the perfect time for a one year deal. He’d fit in great with Pleks…Add size and scoring..
            Gionta, Gomez, Cammy, Pleks are all in their prime right now. None of them are getting any younger. Next year could be the year.. Jagr wouldn’t hurt or get in the way of any prospects for one year. I honestly believe if they hadda beat Boston they would have went to the final, without Markov, Pac, Gorges..

            Healthy team + more Jagr and less stone hands.

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    You know, I’d be OK with SJS-BOS for the Cup, provided SJS won because how awesome would it really be, for Joe Thornton of all people to lift the Cup in front of the team that tossed him for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart.

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

    • JD_ says:

      Some time back, I whittled that trade down to try to figure out what the Broonz were left with; i.e., takin’ into consideration all subsequent trades, useless prospects, retirements, etc…

      If memory serves – I could be off, but am way too bagged to doublecheck after an entire day spent runnin’ around doin’ shiznat – that trade is now effectively Joe Thornton straight up for Andrew “Inter” Ference.

      It was a fire sale to begin with. Now, it’s a liquidation.

    • Keith says:

      I could dig that. I was actually discussing that scenario with a fellow Habs fan the other day.

  41. JohnBellyful says:

    I don’t think enough attention/credit has been paid to Scott Burnside’s investigative piece on the shocking demise of the talent-rich Capitals. His analysis supports a thesis advanced by many posters to this site, that coach Bruce Boudreau was largely responsible for his club’s sweep at the hands of the Lightning.
    How is it possible a coach whose team won the conference suddenly becomes a dolt? Mr. Burnside bars no holds in providing an answer:

    “Although there were rumors his job was in jeopardy midway through this season when the team went on an eight-game winless slide … Boudreau coached his brains out down the stretch. The team implemented a simpler, more defensive style of play that saw the Caps earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the second straight season.”

    Coached his brains out! There’s your answer, however gruesome the thought. And what does the NHL say? Nothing! Nothing about a coach who sacrificed his most vital organ for the good of the team.
    Boudreau is mindless now but the league … the league is heartless. And gutless. And hairless. And …[your turn, I’m drawing a blank].
    It’s swell the league is trying to do something about player concussions, but it’s time it did something about brainless coaches.

    And what causes coaches to lose their wits: implement “a simple, more defensive style of play,” that’s how. Hey, that’s not me sayin’, that’s a paid student of the game doin’ the talkin’.

    ‘Nuff said.
    [Hey, haven’t seen that said in a long time. You can never get enough of ‘nuff in my books.]

  42. gatorhabs says:

    I don’t know if this has already been posted, but I would hate to work with this guy…

    Bruins Fan pulls a good prank on his Habs boss. ( I have to admit, this is a job well done) Check out the video.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/05/bruins-canadiens-fan-prank/1

  43. LA Loyalist says:

    As the name Brooks Laich is being pondered:

    Washington’s most important unrestricted free agent — versatile forward Brooks Laich.

    The soon-to-be 28-year-old Laich made $2.4 million last year and has been a key member of Washington’s young core of leaders during the Bruce Boudreau era. The question is whether Washington will be able to afford him, because he would likely be a popular target July 1 if he hasn’t re-signed by then.

    “I’ve been here for six years. This organization gave me my shot and turned me into an NHL player, so definitely have some sentiment there,” Laich said. “But you know, we’ll have to see what they think. It’s up to Washington if they want to make a change or not. If they want me back. I don’t know what they’re thinking, we haven’t discussed anything like that. I’ll discuss it with my agent and my family and we’ll see what happens.”

    The other unrestricted free agent forwards are midseason additions Jason Arnott and Marco Sturm and fourth-liners Boyd Gordon and Matt Bradley. Gordon is the longest-tenured member of the team and a valued penalty killer. Bradley has been something of a folk hero for the fan base but it could be hard for the Capitals to keep him if he wants as much or more than his $1 million salary from the past three seasons.

    Arnott may need to take a pay cut to return — which is what Sergei Fedorov did for the 2008-09 season. If not, the Capitals will likely be in the market for a center.

    That guy could be uber-prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, who was a dominant player at the 2011 World Junior Championship and had one of the best years ever in the KHL for someone in his age group.

    “We have lots to talk about over the summer,” McPhee said. “(Kuznetsov) may want to play another year, and if he feels he needs another year in Russia, he can do it. If he feels he’s ready to play here, we can talk about that, too.”

    • habs365 says:

      Brooks Laich would make a good 2nd or 3rd line center–better than what we have…..

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Kuznetsov I understand is committed to play at least next year in the KHL and they’ll be accomodating, in the long run the Capitals are one of a few teams that have an ability to attract the Russian prospects in that they hold Alex Ovechkin, the best Russian of his generation and as long as he’s there, they can draft Russian players much more securely as he’s a recruiting tool.

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

      • LA Loyalist says:

        Any news on Yemelin?

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Uber-Reliable Habs beat man Arpon Basu says it’s not looking very good at all, when asked about Yemelin, PG was quite dismissive about the idea, seems he and the club have gotten tired of trying to get him to jump to the NHL. Maybe something happens if Yemelin comes to them but I’m not crossing my fingers.

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

          • Mike D says:

            That really sucks. A wasted draft pick for nothing, and a good player to boot. I was looking forward to him taking Spacek’s roster spot permanantly after next season. You’d think having a high-profile Russian on the team in Markov, it wouldn’t be hard to bring the kid over, especially since they’re both defensemen.

            – Honestly yours

  44. habs365 says:

    A lot of dreamers

  45. HardHabits says:

    over/under next season for Gomez

    goals: 20
    assists: 40
    plus/minus: 0
    face-offs: 50%

  46. volcano62 says:

    Habs News.

    – Ville Leino and Brooks Laich are 2 players being talked about within Canadiens management.
    – Auld will be back next year. Him and Price have become great friends and Price made sure Gauthier is aware of that fact. We will not see Mathieu Garon back in a Habs jersey…EVER.
    – Markov is not stressed. States Gauthier assured him he was part of the Canadiens’ plans. They are close to a deal, Markov wants 5.5M/year Habs offering 4.8M/year.
    – Muller might be coaching the Stars next year.

    • Habfan4lfe says:

      LOL! I was going to post the same thing. I think it was more ‘Boone’ hasn’t followed up on anything Canadiens wise and that’s why there’s no news. There is habs news and rumors every day, just not here. Those days are long gone here. This is Hockey Inside Out now, not Habs Inside Out. I’m willing to bet too that there was nothing from the organization that they had to change their name, I think it was done to try and lure more nhl fans based on their current success. Why are there dozens of other sites with the Habs name in it??? Might I also add there are also number of articles on Lapierre and Higgins that I read. How they are both being well received on their team. Yeah, Muller is pretty much gone to Dallas. All signs definitely point that way right now. Sad…

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        I don’t think the HIO guys get too taken up with what are probably baseless rumors. The commentariat can handle that really well. :)

        — formerly notbigbird –

      • LA Loyalist says:

        I actually posted an extensive quote from Vancouver about Higgins/Lapierre, and other guys post stuff, so if we are tracking 3rd party articles we should probably cull our own stuff out of the count.

        That said, following ex-habs around the league is fun because it usually makes management look like idiots :) which I know is pathetic but we need to cheer up anyway we can.

      • GrimJim says:

        I would rather Boone, Stubbs et al, post verifiable news rather than rumours any day. There are more than enough commentariat for all the rumours about the Habs (not to mention the Eklunds of the world). IMO the purpose of the Gazette crew on HIO is to provide a counterpoint to the craziness that is the commentariat.

        • Habfan4lfe says:

          And you lost the point. HOCKEY INSIDE OUT? Previously HABS INSIDE OUT. Yes I expect followups on Habs rumors and stuff on this site that was supposed to have just the name change. Rumors, gossip and stuff was what this site was. Now as I said, it’s Hockey Inside/Out.

          I’ll bet you a million bucks I write the habs organization and there was no such statement to remove HABS from this sites name. Like I said, why is there a bunch of other sites still going with the name and probably even bigger communities? http://www.habfans.com/http://www.gohabs.com/http://habs.com/http://www.yathehabsrule.com/.

          This is a general nhl news site with a habs theme.

          Look at the top of your screen. Absolutely everything about the habs. Ya. Nice touch.

          EDIT: Oh you guys are funny. Now moderation eh? Ya shut the guy up. Pftt. Well at least the Spam posts get in the threads eh? WordPress, the most over rated CMS there is. Gazette go the cheap route and hire a spring chicken web page designer? Moderate me all you want.

    • J Haul says:

      There we go! Thanks pal. Now Boone… get to writing! :D

    • RetroMikey says:

      Too much to pay for Markov who is injury prone…..3 Million a year maximum! No more! We need to focus on adding depth on our third and fourth lines, get bigger in these areas! And a big skilled CMan, and 1 or 2 physical DMen.
      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

      • LA Loyalist says:

        Do you have any idea what Markov will bring on the open market? What do you guys think?

        Even coming off 2 surgeries? Washington would sign him in a heartbeat, as would many other teams.

        My vote is 2 years at his old salary. I think that’s fair to both sides.

        • Mike D says:

          I think RetroMikey is sippin that Gin ‘N Juice heavy styles – sorry Retro. An offer to Markov of 1 year @ 3mil will earn PG a backhanded bitchslap from both Markov AND his agent Don Meehan.

          On the open market tons of teams would offer him 2 year at 5mil per, and some teams would offer even more for sure.

          2 years at around 5.5mil per is acceptable. 1 year would be better but I dont think that will happen.

          – Honestly yours

    • Morenz7 says:

      Laich, I like. But I fear the Caps will acknowledge the obvious: he’s one of the few true character players on their team. He’ll get signed before July 1.

    • J_P says:

      If I was gauthier, id give markov the $5.75M on a one year deal, but if Markov wants three years, I wouldnt give more than $5M at this point.

    • Mike D says:

      Hey Volcano. Where did you hear/read this? I’d be curious to check it out myself.

      – Honestly yours

    • Mr. Biter says:

      It had better be a 1 year deal. I just think giving an injury prone d-man (a very good d-man 2 yeaars ago but a lot slower this year before his 2nd. injury). Rather go with Wiz who is younger and tougher. I don’t think any sane GM would throw a 4or 5 year contract to Markov .However it’s a crap shoot. If he returns to his former self (which I doubt) PG will look like a genius or the second coming of Sather depending if he signs or doesn’t sign. Glad i don’t have to make the decision but I’d go with a 1 year & option but no long term or we might have another Gomez situtation and BTW I hopes Gomer comes back really strong next year.
      Mr. Biter

      • Mike D says:

        I don’t think the current CBA allows signing a player to X years with an “option” for any additional years.

        The advantage to signing a player like Markov to a long term deal is that the current CBA is structured in such a way that when a team signs a player who is over the age of 35 (and Marky is 32) at the time they sign the contract, the team is still on the hook for that contract on their allotted salary cap if the player retires, or if the team for any reason no longer wishes to keep that player. Spacek is currently on a 35+ contract so even if we send him to Hamilton or buy him out or whatever, the team is still on the hook for almost his entire salary.

        With that in mind, let’s say Montreal were to sign Markov this summer to say a 6 year deal for example. If he is no longer effective at some point down the road, we can buy him out and not have his contract be on the books for our salary cap (because he was under 35 when he signed), meaning we can find a better player to take his spot without having to “budget” him in, or make sacrifices in other areas of the roster. The other advantage to that is if we did sign him for that long, we can probably do so at 3.5-4mil per season, instead of the 5.5mil or so it will cost to sign him to a 1-3 year deal. Essentially that lowers his cap hit so the Habs have more cap space to sign better players who are in turn more expensive.

        It’s really all a gamble. If we sign Marky for 2 years and he plays well and stays clear of injury, then in 2 years we’ll have to pay him big bucks again if we want to re-sign him. If that happens, then we may end up having Markov for the same 6 year period as I mentioned above, but at greater expense to the team, and at a larger overall cap hit.

        I think the better decision is to go with a 1 or 2 year deal at a fair price, and that’s likely what will happen. The option of signing him long-term for less money per year is a gamble and carries with it more risk. If of course it pays off, the reward is also greater though.

        – Honestly yours

  47. HabinBurlington says:

    Watching the 3rd period, OT and shootout today, just reminded me again how much better I think the NHL would be on the big ice. Today’s game US/Canada, two teams that like to hit, yet there was so much less. Especially the “finish the check” variety. The big ice penalizes teams that get caught out of position trying to just hit everything. 10-12 years ago (approx) when all the teams were building their new arenas would have been a great time for a commissioner with some foresight, to mandate all rinks need potential to be olympic ice surface.

    Thoughts anyone?

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

    • HardHabits says:

      Many people, myself included, have brought this up. I agree 100%. It would reduce the injuries and possibly the head shots too.

    • Habfan4lfe says:

      Ya clubs lose revenue because you would have to remove seats. Not going to happen. NHL wants the hard hitting and headshots. They want the physical to stay in the game. Though I agree with you, I don’t see it happening. Not in Bettman’s league anyhow.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Unfortunately we all know it is never going to happen. Pipedream is all, it is just such a different game to watch. I can only imagine how well our current squad would do on that surface also, where skating is the premium. Isn’t that novel, hockey a game with skating being a premium, not what Gary wants.

        Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

    • LA Loyalist says:

      The problem is it should have been done 20 years ago when they started renovating stadiums. Air Canada Center and The Bell Center should have taken the lead and then the US would have had to follow suit. But as usual, no balls, no vision, just pigs at the trough.

      It’s really sad. Screw Gary Bettman. Screw him. Seriously. (I just threw that in for laughs).

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Completely agree. I have been watching a lot of games from the World Championships and I enjoy it much more than the NHL playoffs. I like physical hockey but wrestling on ice? Not so much. What I have been seing in Slovakia is the right mix between speed, skill and physical play. There also have been a lot of hard hits (not only Emelin´s…) but a lot less cheap shots.

      When a game between Germany and Finland is more enjoyable than one between the Sharks and Red Wings despite the superior talent of the NHL teams it´s honestly a little bit sad. In my point of view NHL hockey would be much better on the big ice.

      The most exciting NHL hockey during the regular season often is played during overtime btw…

  48. J Haul says:

    Ugh, didn’t realize when the site changed it’s name that we’d have to read about other teams every day.
    C’mon Boone, Habs news! I don’t give 2 poops about what the “B’s” are doing.

  49. HardHabits says:

    For the Habs to be a contender I feel they need to address two major weaknesses; the size/grit factor and offense 5 on 5.

    The PP, PK and goals against are all top 10, the area of concern is scoring as the Habs were bottom 10 in that category. Being top 10 is good, it is not elite though. Top 5 is elite.

    Nevertheless, 20 extra goals puts them in the top 1/2 of the league. 30 extra goals puts them in the top 10. (40 extra goals puts them in the elite category, or top 5.)

    Habs were not elite in any category this year, however if they can remain top 10 in PK, PP and goals against and enter top 10 in goals for they have a chance IMO to be a team that can make noise in the play-offs (without relying on extra-terrestrial goal-tending), but that is only if they can also bring to the table more grit and size, as in a rugged bottom 6 that can wear down the opponent’s defense so as to open up space for the smaller core forwards in Cammy, Gionta, Plekanec and Gomez.

    As stated the top 10 category in scoring is achieved with 30 extra goals. Can the Habs up this ante while not compromising the other 3 categories they managed to finish top 10 in? What would it require for the Habs to get these extra 30-40 goals?

    Discuss!!! ;-)

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      It doesn’t all come down to a stats sheet. If we add a 40 goal scorer or acquire a defenseman who was + 25 on another team last year….

      The reason why Montreal is hurting on 5-5 so badly is they don’t have a real centerman. Plekanec is a great #2 on most teams but not a #1. Gomez unfortunately is killing us 5 on 5.

      If Gomez was giving us the return you’d expect for 7 mill a year centerman we’d all be laughing and Cammalleri and Gionta would be scoring the 40 goals you’re looking for on the wings.

      • HardHabits says:

        Gomez is not a number 1 and I agree wholeheartedly that the Habs need a bonafide #1 centre as that man is not Plex either. However, unless PG is a magician, the Habs are stuck with Gomez for at least another year.

        However if the Habs can add 30-40 goals next season while maintaining their defensive game they become a much, much better team.

        So if;
        Gomez adds 5-10 goals,
        Pacioretty add 10-20 goals
        Eller adds 5-10,
        the Habs start moving into contention.

        The only other factor I see missing is the needed size and grit to endure the punishment that is 4 rounds of NHL play-off hockey.

      • derfab says:

        Eller is going to take some of his minutes next year and could blossom quickly into an elite, dare I say even a Sedin-type player. The best trade in recent memory.

        Gomez is going to have to turn it on offensively or leave town.

        • LA Loyalist says:

          We hope. He’s shown flashes. But Poo showed flashes too.

          Let’s wait like another year before we use a sharpie to put his name in the dressing room instead of masking tape. It’s less stressful on everyone, including him. My personal opinion is both he and the Habs would have been better off if he’d spent the year in Hamilton.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            BP os toast as a Hab.

            Mr. Biter

          • olematelot says:

            There is a big difference between Pouliot and Eller. Eller has more hockey sense, works harder, is more defensively responsible, doesn’t fall down all the time, is great on the boards and is more consistant.

    • Tony McLean says:

      A different coach and GM.

      Props to “Canadiens South.” Away les boys!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Gomez I predict will chip in 1 more next year than this past season. 1/30th of the way there!!! Without having to sign anyone.

      Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Do agree with you, our scoring will improve if we have a healthy Markov and PK. Having each of these guys anchor a defense pairing will give alot better breakout from our zone. Max-Pac hopefully will help the one line. As others have mentioned, if we could add a Brooks Laich type forward to our team we could be much improved. I don’t see the big center coming for awhile, we are going to have to pray that Gomez takes all he said to heart and does everything possilbe to prepare for next year. not Saying he can be bonafide #1, but well you know the story.

      Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  50. Hobie Hansen says:

    First of all, Montreal would have taken out Boston with Pacioretty, Markov and Gorges in the lineup. They were one shot away from doing so without.

    Secondly, all teams have their issues. Philadelphia has no goaltending, Washington is lacking heart and leadership, Pittsburgh had injuries. If the Habs were 100% healthy they would have had a pretty good shot at making it to the finals.

    So for people to say that Martin and Gauthier should be fired and blame them for S. kostitsyn having a good year and Boucher doing a good job with TB is just silly.

    Every team in the Eastern conference has a few adjustments to be made over the summer and Montreal is one of them. If the Habs make a trade or two and sign a free agent…we’re right there!

    Relax people!

    • Tony McLean says:

      To paraphrase Pierre McGuire, Chris Nilan, Mitch Melnick and others the Canadiens are NOT close. Amazing how delusional younger fans have become. Remove the two cups Patrick Roy stole and it would be 32 years since the last cup win. Rebuilding rebuilding rebuilding.

      Props to “Canadiens South.” Away les boys!

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        I heard that same interview on the Team 990 the day after the Habs were eliminated and Pierre had a couple valid points but was going way overboard…

        Pierre said we have no talent in the minors, the defense is falling apart and every team needs two centremen like Malkin and Crosby to win the cup…

        Next year after the Habs go on a winning streak he’ll say the complete opposite like he always does….

        And saying that if we didn’t have Roy would be like saying if the Pens didn’t have Lemieux, what’s your point?

        • joshua94k says:

          McGuire said we have no talent in the minors. Where did Subban, Pacioretty, Desharnais, White, Weber, Palushaj come from ?

          “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

      • punkster says:

        A hack, a drunk and a radio talk show host.

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

        • GrimJim says:

          …walk into a bar and bartender, who is a duck, says “Quack, quack quack.” And the talk show host says, “Yes we are, but we have money to pay.”

          • otter649 says:

            A baby seal goes into a bar & the bartender asks what will you have – Seal says “Anything but Canadian Club”………

      • joshua94k says:

        As good as Patrick Roy was, in 86 had a a 100 point team with defencemen such as Robinson, Chelios, Green, Ludwig, Svoboda, a very good group along with Gainey, Carbonneau, Skrudland, McPhee, Nilan, Walter, Tremblay etc. That’s a great group of grinders and checkers that can shut down any forward line. You also have Naslund with a 105 point season with Bobby Smith, Claude Lemieux, Stephan Richer, guys who can score. That’s a pretty good team that competed against the Islanders and Oilers, two dynasties.

        In 1993, same thing, a 100 point team with a good group of defence and forwards (Deshardins, Schneider, Carbonneau, Leclair, Damphouse, Muller, Bellows, Keane, Savard etc).

        It is wrong to say these teams were lucky to win. You cannot win four series of play-offs with luck and only hot goaltending.

        “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

      • G-Man says:

        Why do you resort to revisionist history? Roy AND his teammates won those 2 cups. Why does everyone dis the ’86 team with the likes of Robinson, Gainey, Carbonneau? Likewise the ’93 team led by Kirk Muller and Damphousse.
        McGuire, Nilan and Melnick have never been GMs and never will be.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Take away the 4 cups Edmonton won with Gretzky stealing them and they only win 1.

        Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  51. RetroMikey says:

    Bobby must be clenching his teeth when he was GM knowing he let go a very good coach in Claude Julien.
    Bruins are going to the Cup! Believe it!
    They’re going to destroy the overrated Boucher and Tampa Bay!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Martin is better than Julien so it all worked out…

    • joshua94k says:

      That’s what Bruins fans were saying last year. Then Julien got out coached as they lost the series after being up 3-0. There is panic in Beantown as the nightmare is still with them.

      Even this year against the Canadiens, they blew leads in game 3 and game 7 and nearly lost both games. With a depleted line-up Jacques Martin out-coached Julien and nearly beat them. The Bruins powerplay was very poor against a Montreal team missing its top defensemen. The Bruins top forward line was missing in action against the Habs. Against Tampa Bay, they won’t have much of a chance.

      If he Bruins blow a 3-0 lead again this year, it will set them back a decade.

      BTW, didn’t Julien’s Canadiens lose control of the series against Carolina in 2002. His days were numbered in Montreal since then.

      “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

      • RetroMikey says:

        It was Michel Therrien, not Julien back in 2002 and the famous putting Bill Lindsay out for the faceoff. Julian was property of the OIlers when he brought the Bulldogs to within a game of the Calder Cup title back in 2002. We obtained Julien;s rights from the Oilers for compensation. Still a great head coach IMO.

        “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • LA Loyalist says:

      I’m bookmarking ing your post.

      I think you are entirely wrong Tampa will make Bruin’s heads spin like that chick in the Exorcist. Go ahead and cheer for your team, but I would manage your expectations a little to prevent stroke and heartbreak.

  52. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Any chance Philly is just paying possum to let the B’s get their hopes up so they can smoke them in 4 straight? :grin:

  53. HardHabits says:

    Middle of the pack teams do not win the Cup and as long as the Habs finish in the middle of the pack they will always finish in the middle of the pack.

    As I have stated many a time, it takes a top 5 finish to be a contender to win the Cup. This year was an exception as the 2nd to 8th place teams were separated by 4 points. So this season a top 8 finish was satisfactory as there was little separation between 2nd and 8th.

    Vancouver (1st – 117pts ) vs. San Jose (5th – 105pts )
    Boston (7th – 103pts ) vs. Tampa Bay (8th – 103pts )

    So it goes to reason that 100 points minimum is needed to be a contender.

    Odds are still on that the Cup winner will come from the West this season.

    The Habs were 7th over-all in PP, 7th over-all in PK, 8th over-all in goals against per game, but here is what killed the Habs, 24th over-all in goals scored per game. What do the Habs need to do to be a contender? Obviously score more goals.

    My fear however is this. JM will not push the team to score more goals and rather will push the team to be better at PK, PP and goals against. Any wonder why so many Habs fans are frustrated with this team’s management and coaching staff.

    The Habs need more offense so a 40 goal scorer would be ideal. Chances are though that JM would turn a 40 goal scorer into a checking forward.

    • G-Man says:

      Great D wins championships, as long as there is timely scoring. This is why the Habs lost to the Bs. Trying to pry a 40 goal scorer from elsewhere is not easy- there weren’t that many in the league this season.

      • Ton says:

        In the end they lost game 7 in overtime. I call this close. They scored just as many goals then the bruins and I think they out chanced them. What really hurt this team is the face off circle. It hurt them territorially and Boston scored important goals from winning the draws in this series such as the overtime goal. Still we need size and skill up front. Max was a significant injury, one more player and if we keep our d corps together, price in net I like our chances for a cup in the next two playoff years.

      • pat s says:

        The problem with montreal is that the need get way from that pretty boy hockey and start playing blue collar in your face hockey. We have lost the past 4 years in the playoff to either Boston or flyers. If anyone can’t see that than just accept the fact the habs will bo on the golf course early every year.

      • HardHabits says:

        The bottom line is the Habs need to add offense to their current game. Defense does not win it alone. It is only a cog in the machine, however important.

        My analysis shows that they need to add an additional 30-40 goals while maintaining their current defensive game intact. Where it comes from is unimportant. If 4 players add 10 goals each it’s a done deal.

        My fear is that JM will try and tighten up next season even more.

        If JM succeeds in this, I don’t believe the Habs can win it all even if they reach elite status (as in top 5) in all 3 categories PP, PK and goals against while being bottom 5 in goals for. Hoping for that clutch goal and playing rope a dope until the buzzer sounds is not contending. It’s being a punching bag or sparring partner at best.

        Therefore and IMO the Habs need to keep the current defensive scheme intact and add offense. Staying the course is not enough.

    • ed lopaz says:

      if Max Pac stays healthy he is very capable of scoring 40 or more.

      his combination of size and speed is EXACTLY what this team has been missing.

      he goes to the net.

      he has the skill and more importantly the attitude to become a huge scorer in this league

      • punkster says:

        One 40 goal rookie will not make this team a top contender. Yes, he’s good so far and if he picks up where he left off we’ll see some improvement. But we need more than one.

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

        • HardHabits says:

          I agree. It’s better to have the scoring spread out. The Habs would have only needed 30 more goals to have been in the top 10 in goals for so it’s doable IMO. I believe it would be done by adding size and grit to the bottom 6 forwards and bottom defensive pairing along with good years from Eller and Pacioretty.

          Needless to say, a 30-40 goal scorer or two wouldn’t hurt.

        • Tremblant Habs Fan says:

          Cammy is a 40 goal scorer, AK and Gio are 30 goal scorers, Pleks can get 25 plus Max with 30-35, the scoring potential is there, they just have to get it done.

      • HardHabits says:

        I agree Pacioretty will add goals but I don’t think he’ll reach 40 although that would be awesome. I think it’d be more offense all around that would make the Habs better.

        The weak link in all this is Gomez. He needs to have 20+ goals,40+ assists, not be a minus player and win more than 50% of his face-offs for the Habs have a chance.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Martin is the best coach this team has had in almost 2 decades. He works with what is available to him.
      If he was to open things up and exchange chances all night with the Pens, Bolts or Caps, to name a few, how do you think the Habs would do?

      Martin was one shot away from Beating Boston while missing 3 important players. He out coached Boudreau and Bylsma last year and I think he was better than Julien with all then injuries this year.

      Is the guy supposed to walk on water?

      • pat s says:

        If JM is the best coach we had in 2 decades or this the best we can do, than sorry to say, the habs are in a bigger mess than I thought.

        We just need a GM that believes in hard nosed hockey and gets the soldiers that are needed to win in the playoffs. Our 3rd and 4th line was a joke compared to Boston.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          So if we beat the Bruins would we still have been a mess or would have one shot in game 7 ot have cleared that all up?

          • HardHabits says:

            If the Habs beat Boston it is my opinion that they would not have had the horses to go further.

            Here’s the bottom line. The Habs were up 2-0 in games. They lost game 4 after being up 3-1 in it. They lost 3 of the final 5 games in OT.

            They folded. In view of their inability to close the deal I seriously doubt they would have swept Washington or Philadelphia as TB did and Boston has a chance to.

            The Habs are a few years behind Boston and Philadelphia as well in terms of team building. So the future might have some promise but currently the Habs are around 30 to 40 goals away from contention.

      • Tony McLean says:

        If it leads out of town he is.

        Props to “Canadiens South.” Away les boys!

    • LA Loyalist says:

      We have a 40 scorer – Cammi, there is no question about his hands. I was just talking to an LA Kings person who greatly regrets not having him (ironically, there is still a big poster of him up at the Kings practice rink (can we post photos? if so, I’ll shoot it tomorrow on my iPhone and post it). Is that funny or what?

      Anyway, seeing as we’re GM’s until October – who would you put/get with Cammi to maximize his talent?

      • Mike D says:

        Well, based on past results I think the only answer is Iggy. That said, I don”t have actual interest/hopes of the Habs getting him due to his age, cap hit, and what Calgary would want in return. Plus Calgary ain’t gonna trade him anyway.

        – Honestly yours

      • GrimJim says:

        MaxPac . I wish we had two of him. Since cloning isn’t an option yet, Scottie Upshall or Curtis Glencross. Erik Cole might be good too

      • OneTimer says:

        I’d love to see what Cammy can do with a whole season at full health. With a great set-up man, too, for those one-timers down on a knee. Boom!!

        • Mike D says:

          Did you notice that he barely tried that at all during the reg. season. I kept asking myself why he wasn’t, but as soon as the playoffs started he was doing it all the time. I wonder why he didn;t try that more often during the season?

          – Honestly yours

          • OneTimer says:

            Yeah, I know, and when he did score like that once (or was it twice) against the Bruins, I was all like, man, where has that play BEEN? Hopefully we’ll see more of it next year.

            To answer your question, although I think he’s had health issues, I don’t think that’s what was holding him back from that particular shot. Just not enough opportunities overall to get it off. Could be wrong though.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      If a Hab scored 40 goals JM would bag skate him into next week. Not allowed.

    • Wamsley01 says:

      2010 Conference Finals

      San Jose (1st – 113pts ) vs. Chicago (2nd – 112pts )
      Philadelphia (7th – 88pts ) vs. Montreal (8th – 88pts )

      2009 Conference Finals

      Detroit (2nd – 112pts ) vs. Chicago (4th – 104pts )
      Pittsburgh (4th – 99pts ) vs. Carolina (6th – 97pts )

      2008 Conference Finals

      Detroit (1st – 115pts ) vs. Dallas (5th – 97pts )
      Pittsburgh (2nd – 102pts ) vs. Philadelphia (6th – 95pts )

      There is no minimum point total to be a contender. There is a minimum point total to be a Cup winner though.

      No team has won the Stanley Cup without at least 99 points and that was one team. The rest of the teams post lockout were 110 points +.

      • HardHabits says:

        I am talking over-all finishes in the League not by Conference. I do not place teams outside the top 5 as contenders. They might make it to the SC Finals but rarely if ever do they win.

    • punkster says:

      You’re kind of all over the map with this HH. You point out their strengths (special teams) and their weakness (scoring) then lose your argument with that last sentence. (But I know your last sentence is just for effect so I’ll let it slide ;)

      Without a top scorer or two, consistent top scorers and not just a young flash in the pan kid, their best offence is a good defence. But top scorers are not easy to find or afford. This may not be the year they get one, hence more solid D and special teams. But if they do manage to find one or two they can afford I am just as sure they’ll ramp up the offence as you are sure they’ll turn them into checkers.

      Overall I’m OK with keeping the top flight goalie and special team excellence in place until the right combination of scorers can be found. Because one of those elements would likely have to be sacrificed in order to afford to “buy” goals next season.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Tremblant Habs Fan says:

      So you’re saying they should be more like the Capitals? Thanks, but no thanks!

      • HardHabits says:

        No. Where do I say be more like the Capitals?

        I guess you’re saying that you like to put words into other people’s mouths or misconstrue what you read.

        Read again. I am saying the Habs need to keep their current game intact while adding 30 more goals. They need more size to endure the play-off grind.

        Is that clearer or should I draw a little picture for you?

        • Tremblant Habs Fan says:

          Adding 30 more goals in the regular season won’t hurt, but that wouldn’t have made a difference in the playoffs. They scored as many goals as the B’s,17. How many did their 30 goal scorer Lucic net agaisnt them, big squadoutch!
          It’s all about defence, effort, timely scoring and a few bounces going their way. My referrence to the Caps is a team that scores more doesn’t always equate to playoff sucess. Cammy, MaxPac, Gionta, AK46, Pleks and DD all have the potential to pick up those extra 30 goals you want.

          I really don’t think they are that far from contending, having Markhov, Georges and Max Pac for a full season will be huge, but of course injuries are part of the game and the depth has to be there, hopefully the youth will continue to improve and be ready to chip in and contribute.
          There are no teams that are perfect, I guarantee you that once the Stanley Cup champion is crowned, we’ll be able to pick out something that they can improve on from the regualr season.

  54. Old Bald Bird says:

    I like the permalink without the apostrophe. Will BS advance tonight? Probably.

    — formerly notbigbird –

    • G-Man says:

      I am stuck hoping that the Bs lose and that the next team facing TB beats them in 4 straight so I can stop seeing how wonderful and god-like Stevie Y and Boucher are.
      Move to Tampa, people. They need the fans.

      • ManApart says:

        Maybe people are a little over the top, including myself, but you have to give them credit. That team missed the playoffs 3 straight years. Even though there were expectations this season on Yzerman and Boucher, nobody predicted them going to the semi’s and maybe further. That team had a ton of holes last season. The turnaround and improvement, in one year, done by Yzerman and Boucher has been pretty remarkable.

        • G-Man says:

          A lot of their playoff success is driven by Roloson’s out-of-his-head play. If he goes back to form, the Lightning will have BIG trouble.

          I think both men have done well with the reconfiguration of the team, but they haven’t won anything, yet.

          • The Professor says:

            Neither has JM or PG in many, many years in the league yet you sing their praises. Look, I’m not saying you’re wrong to support our management, but if people want to point out that it might have been a mistake to let Boucher go or whatever, then just make a counter-point instead of telling them to move to Tampa and become fans elsewhere. It’s ridiculous to me that whenever someone disagrees with the Habs brass or handling of players (on a discussion forum, no less), they’re constantly being told to root for another team.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Tampa also had ownership the past 3 years that couldn’t pay for anybody. In getting new ownership, Yzerman was allowed to fill the roster to cap capacity. This still meant he had to make wise choices, but prior to this, the team was only concerned about minimizing costs.

          Boucher and Yzerman have done a great job, no doubt about it. But a guy like Lecavalier was watching his owner do nothing to try make team better. I mean really, hiring Barry Melrose to Coach!

          Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

      • LA Loyalist says:

        I don’t think I want to be Boston for the next 2 weeks.

  55. JD_ says:

    Meh. Bertrand Raymond’s gettin’ soft. He’s gone off all huggin’ ‘n’ lovin’ on Carey and Poindexter Bentley.

    They’re ok, I suppose. Some sorta potential there.

    Maybe.

    Not too long ago, Caps’ owner Ted Leonsis published a book called, “The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets To Extraordinary Success In Work & Life”. Well, I looked at Ted’s six secrets and not one of them – not one – was Bruce Boudreau.

    That is some tellin’ stuff. Very tellin’.

    I dunno. Keepin’ Boudreau on after yet another epic playoff fail would be like Burkie keepin’ Wilsie on after yet another epic regular season fail.

    *cough*

    Thing about Leonsis, aside from his perpetual happiness, is that he is very loyal. Loyal to a fault, as it were. He’s all warm and cuddly about his team, its management, coachin’ staff, players, and fans. Yeah, he can be critical of them, but does so as one would a family member.

    With that in mind, stay t00ned for Caps Meltdown™ 2012.

    Speakin’ of coaches movin’ around, I suppose it’s just a matter of time before a somewhat trimmer – it’s all relative – Hitch takes over the Devils, MacT the Wild, Dave Cameron or Bob Hartley the Sens – depends on whether or not Murray just wants a guy to yell at the players – and Captain Kirk the Stars.

    And Muller is leavin’. Of that I have little doubt.

    If Kirk Is Work’s departure really riles you, my best advice is you get it out of yer system now. See, if you actually wait for the inevitable news to hit the tape, your ostensibly must-read post will get lost in the resultin’ vast sea of bitter recrimination, forever diluted by the salty tears of crushed hopes and dashed dreams.

    Act now and avoid the HI/O postin’ deluge, cause he’s history.

    Whatever you do, you won’t want to miss this!

  56. Chris F says:

    Whoever is whining about SK should really stop. He wasn’t working here, nobody except the team knows why. He wasn’t going to get a full year here on a top line with the mistakes and laziness he was showing in the defensive end. Period. Yes, he’s skilled and has size, but he was invisible in the game last night, many players would score 20 given the chance, it was his attitude that got him sent out.
    I don’t miss D’ags either, same type of one dimensional player. Put Ryder in that mix as well.
    ***What I can’t accept is giving McDonagh away in the Gomez deal, why can’t the fans be given an explanation. Why should such a bad move for an entire franchise simply be allowed to go un-answered. If Gainey expects people to believe the deal wouldn’t go thru without McDonagh, he’s crazy. Who else was going to take Gomez and that contract? I would really like to know.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Sk isn’t that great and his attitude is a problem

    • Malreg says:

      So you want somebody who isn’t even the GM anymore to call a press conference to give you an explanation on why a player was included in a trade?

    • Mike Boone says:

      Yeah, it struck me last night that SK74 came up pretty empty in an important game.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist
      mboone@montrealgazette.com

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Well I’ll tell you why: an explanation would lead to accountability.

      No one wants to take the bullet for a horrific decision, which Gomez was, with McDonagh as salt in the wound.

      We will probably learn the truth about the raid on Bin Laden sooner and with more specificity than we will learn about why Gainey blew up the Koivu Habs. I hope one day Bob writes a book and just lays it out.

      P.S. If Gomez is serious about his summer trip to Damascus why doesn’t he just hold a press conference and announce that he’s going to wear a blank jersey next year until he has scored 20 goals. Then he gets to put #11 back on. He shames Koivu and Muller everytime he steps on the ice. Sorry, but I didn’t bring up the topic.

  57. nek25plus says:

    Who is our coach anyway? (Since J.M’s contract has run out!)

    Please don’t say he’s coming back, he’s a nice man and a great tactical coach…but not meant for this new NHL. My brain cramps at the thought.

    • smiler2729 says:

      He’s got two more years.

      “If the Bruins played the Taliban, I’d root for the Taliban”

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Who was the manager (Chicago?) who forgot to file some papers on time?

      We should have our HIO lawyers subpoena JM’s contract and check it for an escape clause or a deficiency that would get us out of it.

      We have lawyers, don’t we? I have at least 3 on my old-timers team down here…

  58. HabinBurlington says:

    Anybody got a link for todays USA/Canada game?

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  59. punkster says:

    Question: What’s with the Arthur and the McGran articles being so similar? Did they both perform the interview at the same time? Odd.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  60. sims says:

    who are those two in the picture? havent seen them in the playoffs this year

  61. HabinBurlington says:

    In watching the Bruins/Flyers series, the one thing that has shocked or surprised me, is just how small the flyers are looking or playing against the Bruins. I expected the Flyers to push them physically but the Bruins are having their way them. In looking back, not only did we play the Bruins much better, I think we hit the Bruins much more than Philly has. I recognize Pronger has not been there much and is clearly hurt, but Hartnell/Richards/Leino/Carcillo these supposed banging forwards have not looked the slightest imposing in this series.

    I just hope Philly can stretch the series a bit, maybe maim krejchi or marchand.

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  62. Castor says:

    It actually says a lot about the Habs that they took Boston down to ONE goal and Boston just runs over a team like Philly. The boys should feel good about that at least.

    • wall2bay says:

      I just get pissed off that these so called experts still don’t give Habs the credit, instead they talk about how bad the B’s played in the first round.

      “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

    • Mike D says:

      Yes and no. Before we get overly positive about the Habs, we can’t forget that Philly’s goaltending has been abysmal to say the least and is a far cry from what it was in last year’s playoffs. Goalie Bob may or may not pan out but I think being a rookie and not being used to such a long reg. season took its toll on him. He started the season off pretty well (though didn’t get any shutouts), but as the season wore on, his play decreased as well which carried over into the playoffs. Boucher proved that his good play last year was just a positive glitch on the career of a back-up netminder.

      Not to take credit away from our boys cuz they competed hard, just pointing out that Philly’s goalie flaws have a big part in why the B’s are runnig away with the series so far.

      – Honestly yours

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Last I checked, goalies are part of the team. If either Thomas or Price plays poorly in round 1 the series doesn’t go 7. Philly has chosen to put all their money into forwards and Pronger. Eventually they need to pay for a goalie.

        Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

        • Mike D says:

          Of course goalies are part of the team, and everybody outside of the Flyers brass has known that they have sucked in that position since the Bernie Parent days and are in dire need of a legit starter. The point I was making is that while I DO give the Habs credit for taking a good Boston team right to the brink, we shouldn’t pat ourselves on the back too too hard. If Bobrovsky was playing even close to the level he was playing at earlier this season I doubt they’d be on the ropes of a sweep. Conversely, if they’re goalies had played this poorly during the season there isn’t a chance they’d have even make the playoffs.

          For the record I absolutely hate both the B’s and the Flyers, especially Bitchards, Pronger, Chara, Luchicken, Marchand, Recchi, Horton, and “my finger got stuck” Ference.

          – Honestly yours

      • LA Loyalist says:

        Goalies won’t go to Philly because they put a clause in their contracts that they can’t buy Porsches.

    • Tremblant Habs Fan says:

      Funny, I was in Boston during the Habs series, and the comments down there was the B’s didn’t match up well against the Habs, and were much better suited for the Flyers.

  63. mjames says:

    It is discourafging to watch MacDoungh and SK74 develop with other teams while we sit with nothing in return. How management gets away with this perfromance is beyond me. I can just imagine what AK46 will do when he gets paroled from Habs. Our other cast offs are managing just fine. Must be something in Montreal’s water which affects our players.
    In any event we are never going to win with the way we draft, develop our players and operate. We are a poor judge of talent. You can say what you want about Tampa Bay but they crater and retool while we just muddle along.

    mjames

    • Mike D says:

      You’re right about McDonagh. Being that we took Gomez’s nightmare contract off of Sather’s hands, there was no reason to throw in a good prospect for that trade to happen. It’s widely known that deal was Gainey’s worst as GM.

      As for SK74, he punched his own ticket out of town with his behaviour, attitude, and the negative impact/distraction that had on the team. The whole league knew little ‘tits was a gamble to bring into the fold of a team. He had little-to-no trade value at the end of last year, and the Habs knew they couldn’t bring him back for the reasons I previously mentioned. Yeah he’s got some skill, but he’s not Ovie. I’m glad the Habs traded him regardless of the season he had for 2 main reasons:
      1) I like the approach that the Montreal Canadiens take that professionalism and work ethic do matter, and the lack of those characteristics won’t be tolerated. Wearing the CH should be done with pride. If you ain’t with us, you’re gone.

      2) Who’s to say SK would have had such an improved season if he stayed? I don’t mean this in the context of the defensive system that we play. I mean that perhaps it donned on SK (because of being traded for next to nothing) that he was on his last chance in the NHL and that fire under his arse is what finally caused him to improve his play. While it can’t possibly be proven, I’d bet that if we kept SK, he would’ve had another lackluster year, and he would have potentially caused problems for the team and the room again.

      Speaking of the return we got for SK, while Dustin Boyd didn’t play well enough to stay with the big club this year, he did play great with the ‘Dogs. Maybe – and hopefully – he just needs more seasoning being that he’s only 23….or maybe not. Either way, getting rid of SK was a must.

      – Honestly yours

      • habs365 says:

        I don’t know what it is about the Habs but they seem to do something to young players and they don’t wanna play there.
        I mean three good young players wanted out pretty much
        management blames it on their behavior. what can you expect from most young kids with a bag of money we were no different and a night life in montreal that probably can’t be equaled anywhere . Grabovski, Kostitsyn, D’agostini all happier where they are and doing great. come on now there has to be something going on they even picked on PK for awhile. the next to go will be Pouliot and A.Kostitsyn that would make five pretty good players, I don’t know, I give up on the Management in Montreal chances of winning a cup anytime soon you can look at it as a maybe……

        • smiler2729 says:

          Pretty convenient that you forget D’Agostini’s two goals in 50 games that got him traded.

          “If the Bruins played the Taliban, I’d root for the Taliban”

        • punkster says:

          They picked on PK? They should just leave the little guy alone, I say. Nothing worse than bullying the little guy. Some day…some day…he’ll grow up and he’ll show them all.

          Pick on PK will they. The nerve!

          ***Subbang Baby!!!***

        • Mike D says:

          D’ags sucked in STL until the injuries this year.

          Grabo sucked in TO until this year and there were rumours he was on his way out of TO in the offseason too (last year). Plus he’s a bit of a menace with team chemistry, or was at least. Don’t you remember Koivu going after him in Grabo’s first game against the Habs? When have you ever seen Koivu do something like that? It’s totally not in his nature or the type of player he is so that is very telling of the crap Grabo caused the team.

          SK74 was a menace for our team and played like crap when he was here. You can’t keep those players around.

          – Honestly yours

      • smiler2729 says:

        The only reason Dustin Boyd didn’t get called back up after lighting up the AHL was he would’ve been claimed on waivers so that tells me the Habs may have plans for him… hopefully he can win a faceoff cuz other than Halpern, our centers blow at it…

        “If the Bruins played the Taliban, I’d root for the Taliban”

        • Mike D says:

          Absolutely right on all counts. What happened to Pleks’ faceoff ability? Is it just me, or was he quite good in the faceoff circle prior to last year.

          – Honestly yours

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      The Gomez deal was a complete blunder, no doubt. I think if you look around the league the majority of GMs have a deal or two their not proud of.

      In Kostitsyn’s case however, not that a big a deal. He was under performing in Montreal and wasn’t happy and was involved in some off ice shenanigans.

      We already have plenty of small skilled forwards, didn’t really need him. And if his brother leaves and plays well elsewhere, good for him. He wasn’t exactly doing it in Montreal.

      The team is extremely well coached and we were one shot away from beating Boston with many injuries.

      Good job by management in my opinion.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        He is also getting first line minutes in Nashville which he wasn’t going to get in Montreal. Agree with Hobie, we have players (too many) of that same skill stature. But it would have been nice had we received a serviceable player off their roster, but I am not sure even Nashville expected him to settle in this well. I suspect Sergei is quite happy being the star, and the anonymity he gets off the ice (compared to Montreal). Probably gets to do whatever he wants off ice.

        Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

    • G-Man says:

      I’ve been having a hard time watching SK with the Preds, too. He’s been invisible against the Nucks.
      With Subban in the fold, only a team more desperate for D would rely on McDonagh. Yep, those Rangers are desperate enough.
      Habs are terrible at judging talent. ie. Subban, Price, Eller, DD. Yep, they all stink.
      Oh, yeah, and the coach is boring. And Gauthier is a vegan. No wonder the Habs will never get anything right.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        Is there anything more pointless than being a vegan in Montreal?

        Not being able to go to Schwarz’s? Living w/out Steack Frites?

        Yikes!

    • smiler2729 says:

      Y’know some of you people need to get over this, EVERY GM, even Sam freaking Pollock, makes what turns out to be a bad trade more than once in their careers.

      For you to think that a GM should be dismissed ASAP and instantly replaced is as stupid as buying a new car cuz your current car ran out of gas.

      Get real…

      “If the Bruins played the Taliban, I’d root for the Taliban”

  64. Sean Bergenheim? Injuries killed us this season, and it drives me crazy watching all these teams advance. Bruins, and TB? What a joke.

    Hit the gym Canadiens, and Andre Kostitsyn, how about working out this summer. Try lifting a weight instead of a keg. You come to camp fat every year, and in the playoffs you actually looked like a hockey player. It shouldn’t take 6 months to get in shape.

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

  65. 24 Cups says:

    More on Guy Boucher.

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/nhl/article/986602–boucher-lights-up-lightning-lives

    A quick thought for those who feel the Habs blundered by not firing Martin and keeping Boucher. I think it’s not a case of who’s the most talented, but more a reality check of where the Habs were last summer. Martin had left his job as a GM the year before to become coach of the Habs. That in itself is unusual. There is no way in the world he would make that move without a parachute of some kind.

    No coach is going to get fired after just one year of a four year deal – especially after shocking the hockey world and beating the best rated teams in the East to advance to the conference final. No way. Not to mention the dilemma of Boucher being a first time coach. Been there, done that.

    Reality dictated that Boucher would have to leave the fold in order to prove himself and get his NHL career started. The same will be true for Kirk Muller. Not to worry, Boucher will have his day in Montreal, and he’ll be a better coach then he is right now. He’s Montreal’s parachute for down the road. He’s like a high 1st round pick who will one day pay big dividends.

    Time is on his side, and ours.

    “You’re searching for good times, just wait and see
    You’ll come running back
    You’ll come running back
    You’ll come running back to me

    Time is on my side, yes it is
    Time is on my side, yes it is”
    (The Stones/’64)

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Good morning Steve!
      You just never know in this game. Good post.

    • JF says:

      Steve – I certainly hope you’re right and that Boucher will be back. But as long as he has a strong team in Tampa, he’ll stay there. I realize Lecavalier and Saint-Louis are no longer young, but they still have Stamkos and Hedman; and Steve Yzerman seems to be a genius at finding overlooked talent – witness Sean Bergenheim. Boucher could last a lot longer than the average three or four years’ tenure in Tampa. Jacques Martin has two years left; at that point, we could be either renewing him or looking for a new coach who is not Guy Boucher.

    • punkster says:

      Calm, reasoned logic backed by the Stones at 7:03 am Steve? Please, this is HI/O, where fantasy reigns and madness prevails.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      If Boucher is good and keeps doing a good job, I wouldn’t hold my breath about him coming to Montreal. I would like him to, but I have my doubts.

      — formerly notbigbird –

    • G-Man says:

      100% right, 24.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      You’re probably right, it’s just damn painful to watch here in real time.

      I’d rather watch Vicki Cristina Barcelona with toothpicks holding my eyes open than “le systeme.”

  66. gatorhabs says:

    My sentiments exactly.

    The only thing I hate more (right now) than the broons, is the fawking leaf fan bartender I know wearing a broons t-shirt.

    I even explained, to no avail, how the further the broons went, the worse draft pick the leafs got. His reply; a draft pick won’t help the leafs right now. At least he is right on that point.

  67. HabinBurlington says:

    I have had the same discussion with many leaf fans, they just don’t even understand who to cheer for.

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!


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