Will the Canadiens make a move?

It won’t be Chris Phillips. He’s staying in Ottawa.

Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier was earlier reported to have a seat on the team’s 9 am charter to Atlanta, the Habs scheduled to practise there at 1:30 pm. But multiple sources say that Gauthier already is in Atlanta, working the phones.

Red Fisher on Gauthier

Dave Stubbs on Brent Sopel

Habs icon Elmer Lach knows pain

Jack Todd on today’s “action”

• Ron Reusch on a great deadline move and the allure of Jason Arnott

Christmas Day for puckheads

Why it may be quiet

Buffalo adds Brad Boyes

Guy Lafleur plays his last game in QC

And Jarred Friedman found a cool short video by habby06



  1. Mattyleg says:

    Umm… no. Those percentages are how the 7-out-of-9-who-are-unhappy break down.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  2. HabFanSince72 says:

    12 goals @$4M?

    He’s Gomez-lite. Minus the cup rings.

    In any case our cap wouldn’t have allowed it.



  3. Castor says:

    Francois Gagnon tweets : #Habs GM Pierre Gauthier will be on board for the 9 AM charter flight for Atlanta. Dont expect a major deal from Montréal side.



  4. awesomerino says:

    Could we seriously not have offered St. Louis a 2nd for Boyes?

  5. CanadienBoy says:

    Long day a head ,Arnott ready and willing but where and for what 2 rd.. pick ? 

  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    The “Tampa have no D” meme is interesting. It probably comes from the fact that they have a few flashy scorers, so it must mean they are weak on D.

    In fact Tampa are third in shots against, behind NJ (no surprise) and LA.

    They have a fairly impressive defence corps, all the more so since the acquisition of Eric Brewer.

    They have a technocrat coach, and teams led by technocrats usually play good team D.

    What they  don’t have is a keeper who looks like he can go the distance in the playoffs.

  7. The Cat says:

    Im really interested who gets Vokoun.

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

  8. 24 Cups says:

    It’s not always about winning and improving your team at the trade deadline.  Money talks, as Ken Campbell points out in this Carolina example.

    “With a salary ceiling of $59.4 million per team and a floor of $43.4 million, the midpoint this season is $51.4 million. The Hurricanes currently have a payroll of just under $50 million, meaning they’ll receive $1.4 million in revenue sharing money from the league if they don’t go any higher. So every dollar they add Monday would not only be added to their payroll, but would subtract a dollar from the money coming back to them from the league.”

    The Habs have tons of coin as they consistently sell out one of the the largest arenas in the league.  They always spend close to the ‘cap max’ in order to enhance their playoff chances.  That’s a luxury that some other teams (and fans) can’t enjoy.  Hence the reason some deals don’t always make sense when you first examine them.  A prime example of that is Dallas with Brad Richards.  Joe Nieuwendyk is boxed into a corner no matter what he does today.

  9. HabFanSince72 says:

    My predictions for today:

    1. Every time a player is traded someone on H I/O will wonder why Gauthier didn’t get him.

    2. Brian Burke will have a lot to say.

    3. We will not trade Scott Gomez

    4. Bruins suck. Always have. Always will.

  10. pmaraw says:

    rofl love it, thats about how i see this turning out lol

  11. The Cat says:

    Yeah that myth is like Montreal’s speedy forwards, a term instantly attached to smallish players as a rule. Montreals forwards are as speedy as any other team in the NHL.

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

  12. The Cat says:

    I dont mind Burke, yeah he talks a lot but the NHL does need people who are entertaining. Imagine a league where everyone has PGs personality…And then people wonder why canadians are boring.

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

  13. adam76 says:

    Remember all those “smart” members on this site explaining how Tampa Bay was one dementional and not a legit team?

    Tampa Bay is solid in most catagories.  .

  14. pmaraw says:

    our 2nd isnt as appealing? I dunno. but we did that last year for a rental, cant do it every year.

  15. adamkennelly says:

    I would love to see Backes – Crombeen, Umberger – Boll, Arnott – Clarkson – in that order….but truth be told – we need a #2 center..unless we roll





    and DD gets traded, along w/ AK and some picks for any above mentioned duo..




    Pleky, Cammy, Backes

    Eller, Pacioretty, Gionta

    Gomez, Pouliot, Moen

    White, Halpern, Crombeen


    I prolly forgot someone but whatever

  16. JFriedman says:

    TSN confirmed Gauthier is not in Atlanta.

  17. scrowe21 says:

    Please move Gomez.Please move Gomez.Please move Gomez.

  18. awesomerino says:

    Gomez-lite, eh?  First of all, $4M isn’t nearly as prohibitive as $7.3M – especially given that AK46 and his $3+M are coming offthe books no later than this summer.  Furthermore, Boyes is a 6’1″, 200lbs goal-scoring winger, whose style of play is in no way silimar to Gomez.  Granted, he seems to have been lost in the shuffle of St. Louis’ restructuring, but your assessment is entirely off-base.

  19. Castor says:

    CKACSports: Martin McGuire confirms that #Habs GM Pierre Gauthier is already in Atlanta



    ….There’s hope!!

  20. observer says:

    Something is coming down!

  21. observer says:

    Canadiens are not out of the woods yet. Of the last 19 games 12 are on the road. 5 of the next 6 games and 4 of the last 5 games are on the road and Habs have a losing record on the road and probably are the only Eastern conference playoff team not having a winning road record(assuming Buffalo becomes the 8th place team with their games in hand over Carolina).

  22. observer says:

    TSN confirmed Gauthier is NOT on the team charter!

  23. observer says:

    Maple Leaf Canadian bacon

  24. samTHEman says:

    I would be so pissed if AK or Desharnais are traded for a rental. I don’t see it happening but at the same time I have a weird feeling Desharnais will be dealt. Umburger would be a nice addition but is he available?

  25. rhino514 says:

    Question:  Is Sopel as good as Gorges?

  26. adam76 says:


  27. twocents says:

    Is revenue sharing really based on cap spending?

    If it is that’s ridiculous. It should be based on revenue only.

  28. TomNickle says:

    My Predictions:

    1. Pierre Mcguire will go on at least five tirades about General Managers not doing enough to improve their teams in an effort to ignite media backlash that leads to those men being fired and subsequently opening up possible destinations for him.  Sadly though, the majority of those team will make the playoffs and do well because they didn’t screw with chemistry in their locker rooms.

    2.  When Craig McTavish isn’t sure what a specific player brings to a team he will refer to him as a good character guy.

    3. Dave Hodge will make fun of Leaf fans at least three times today.

  29. Mattyleg says:

    Peter Mueller from Phoenix?

    I don’t know, player-coaches rarely work.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  30. CanadienBoy says:

    and bring the Dog’s coach for second to Muller

  31. Mattyleg says:

    This is going to be a non-happening.

    I refuse to watch it, because it would only add grist to the mill that this sort of idiocy is acceptable viewing.

    Wake me up if something happens.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  32. Fansincebirth says:

    Spacek likely done for the season, PG should be fired if he doesn’t make a deal for a Dman – TSN

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  33. BJ says:

    I hope they keep both as well. If Desharnais is traded Gauthier better have a French Canadian name coming back this way or he should stay in Vermont and not show up in Montreal. He’s the first decent offensive French Canadian we have had in a while along with Pouliot.

  34. redgorf says:

    I would do nothing. We are not going anywere this year .this summer beef up the front and get younger in aft. keep ELLER NO MATTER WHAT and POULIOT  get rid of JM, and try MUELLER.

  35. observer says:

    Wishful thinking

  36. Sportfan says:

    Sopel is good but Gorges is way better he’s our guy for sure

  37. Sportfan says:

    Yeah too bad Dallas fans don’t know or realize how good he is :P

  38. Displaced says:

    I can’t see how Dallas doesn’t move Richards… Ownership is in question, so they’re unlikely to re-sign him next year.  Niewendyk has two issues: (1) he has to get SOMETHING for an asset for this magnitude; and (2) saving $2m in salary for the rest of the season is offset by the extra two home playoff dates Richards MIGHT help Dallas get.


    Boston paid a huge price (IMO) for Kaberle.  Richards has to be worth at least as much.  Dallas fans should be seething if Richards is with them at 3.01pm eastern.

    leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  39. Displaced says:

    Pah-lease… fired?!?!?!  For not replacing a 4th defenseman on a the sixth ranked team in the east???  No. Chastised for giving up future value for a player or players that don’t help us reach a Cup. 

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  40. Displaced says:

    They had him long enough to appreciate his skills.  It’s time for them to coalesce around new stars.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  41. Mattyleg says:

    …aaaand he’s concussed.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  42. ed lopaz says:


    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  43. forskis says:

    I am assuming it Maguire who made such a bombastic statement…guess he did not notice that PG traded for Wisniewski, Mara and Sopel which means that the Habs have been playing 4D all season…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  44. Nine1one says:

    i know he wants to be either in dallas, ny or tampa i’d love to have him back in tbay but that won’t happen ):

    Stamkos, Hedman, Lecavalier, St. Louis – contracts are gonna eat up too much cap space ): though hedman’s isnt up this year he’ll be signed long term in the next year or so


    edit: Actually wouldn’t mind seeing him in Tbay for the rest of the season. They’d have such a nice offense.

    Richards Lecavalier and stamkos and St. louis


    thats just yummy

  45. shootdapuck says:

    As far as AK goes isn’t a rental better than a postcard from the KHL?

    Think about it.

    Big dollars tax free, no language barrier and no Francophone media!


    “I only like to watch and takes notes” JM

  46. Mattyleg says:

    Thank you Ed. SOMEbody has to defent those poor TSN analysts!

    (excellent use of capitals, by the way. Shows us you were shouting.)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  47. ed lopaz says:

    I was SHOUTING! :-)

    Like to keep HIO accurate,. Thanks.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  48. Kain292 says:

    Spezza and Gonchar can’t be moved. The town would murder him if he traded Alfie – he will retire in a Sens sweater. Beyond that, he has to have some semblance of a team remaining to play their next game. I expect a couple more deals out of them today.

    Pihllips re-signed because he’s in the same boat as Alfie. He wants to retire a Senator. I don’t think many teams would take him beyond being a rental for the playoffs.

    Being a Habs fan is a way of life, and a great one at that.

  49. slapshot777 says:

    This is why the morons on TSN, and especially McGuire doesn’t know jack sh!t when it comes to what a team needs or does. This is simply a reaction from a person like McGuire who will never be a GM in this League. Yet applies for every job that opens up and gets rejected for every job.

    What does that tell him when every team in the NHL who needs a GM doesn’t want him.



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

  50. Displaced says:

    I thought he was the weak link.  Where do you think they need to improve?  Their window is closing in the next year or two.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  51. Fansincebirth says:

    which part are you refuting Ed? The Spacek part or the PG part? My son is following it and that’s what he said.

    Calm down fella, yer gonna blow a gasket

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  52. TomNickle says:

    That’s kinda the point.  Anybody who says the Avs or Rams are in financial trouble has a few screws loose.

  53. shootdapuck says:

    Mr. Mcgoo did make a snide comment about Goatier going to Atlanta!



    “I only like to watch and takes notes” JM

  54. observer says:

    want to cherry pick? do it on each and every gainey/gauthier move here over EIGHT YEARS – burke is in his 2nd full season there.

  55. Mattyleg says:



    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  56. HFX-HabFan says:

    The pride of Cobourg, Ontario.

  57. observer says:

    Tell me how stupid Burke is in his 3rd year with the Leafs – TSN says Leafs have $17.5 million cap space and have 11 draft picks in this coming draft including 2 first round picks.

  58. Displaced says:

    Assets are overvalued right now.  PG knows how to buy low (Wiz), I’d like him to sell high.  Now is the time.  I doubt if he’ll participate in any meaningful way.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  59. TomNickle says:

    He gives defensemen fits.  He’d be a good rental add.  The extra year may be a downer though.

  60. TomNickle says:

    If there’s any truth to the rumours that Scott Howson has been shopping Steve Mason and Nikita Filatov, I would make him my focus for the day.

    Based on what’s been said about Columbus wanting to make a splash and the Colorado’s almost inexplicable moves, Greg Sherman and Scott Howson would be #1 and #2 on speed dial.

    Based on what’s been reported to be asked for by the Oilers for their assets, I wouldn’t call them for the rest of the day.  I’d wait for them to call me and try to swing leverage back my way.

  61. Storm Man says:

    When you marry a Walton you have no financial troubles Tom.

  62. Displaced says:

    What’s the fuss with Neil? I only see him play against us and he’s ok, nothing special.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  63. krob1000 says:

    It could make that Goemz contract that much more tradeable down the road though.

  64. Nine1one says:

    burke’s done a pretty good job with the ducks , canucks, and team usa. Honestly i Hope he fails in toronto though

  65. observer says:

    They have no choice if he doesn’t sign today and why should he when on July 1 there will be a bidding war. To Rangers or Leafs!

  66. TomNickle says:

    Do you have a point?

    Stan Kroenke is one of the wealthiest owners in North American sports.  They are not in financial trouble.

  67. Displaced says:

    I doubt even he said it. 

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  68. HabFanSince72 says:

    The owner is rich but the team is losing money, despite equalization.


    Kroenke probably didn;t get rich owning money losing businesses.


  69. Displaced says:

    His speciality is trading assets for future. And he’s positioned them really well to rebuild long term with picks and short term with cap space.  If they make the playoffs, we’ll never hear the end of their fans calling them the next dynasty. 

    But, what has he built?  His core for the past two years included Versteeg and Beauchemin — both now traded.  Other than the Sedins, I haven’t seen him trade FOR players who make an impact equal to what he gives up (cough *** Kessel) or draft players that play to their drafted position. 

    Until he drafts a lot of quality players with those picks and trades for a lot of quality players to fill the cap space.  All he has is “potential”.  That and $4.50 buys you a cup of coffee. 

    leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  70. Displaced says:

    You asked, I tried to provide a thoughtful response.  To be clear, I wouldn’t trade what I think they’d want. 

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  71. twocents says:

    It seems to me this doesn’t jive with things I’ve heard before. I thought revenue was key to qualifying for revenue sharing and that, in addition, you had to spend above a certain level to qualify.

    I could be wrong though, I’ve never bothered to understand that process.

  72. slapshot777 says:

    I’d like to get Konopka, but he is a centre isn’t he Tom? We would have to move a centre in order to make this happen, and who do you think it would be?


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