Wisniewski to make debut

PREGAME AUDIO: James Wisniewski | Brian Gionta | Guy Boucher | Dominic Moore | Cedrick Desjardins

James Wisniewski greeted the Montreal media with a few words of French after his first workout with the Canadiens and said he was looking forward to playing against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. Wisniewski, who will be paired with Yannick Weber, arrived in Tampa late last night after he was delayed by the airline chaos in New York.

Alexandre Picard and the ailing Josh Gorges will be the scratches on defence tonight while Tom Pyatt is the spare forward. Picard has played the last 20 games but has struggled lately. He scored the winning goal in Carolina on Dec. 23 but he has been minus-5 in his last five games.

Carey Price will start in goal. It will be his 35th start in 38 games.


  1. Chris F says:

    With his compete level, it’s a crime Ryan White is not on this team. I realise he’s been hurt, but if not for contracts he made this team out of camp. I don’t have a problem with letting the guy develop, but he’s good enough now.

    Do it. Do it now.

    Ak – Pleks – Gionta

    Cammy – Gomez – Pacioretty

    White – Desharnais – Eller

    Lapierre – Halpern – Moen (Darche and Laps compete for their spot-whoever plays better keeps playing)

  2. Chris F says:

    Third line of Desharnais, White, and (Pacioretty, or Eller).

    Give it a try. These guys will produce playing against the other teams third or fourth lines. Why not try it, if they can score a couple, you never know what can happen.

  3. keepthefaith says:

    Finally Picard takes a seat where he belongs. The Press Box. 

  4. Max_a_million says:

    You may be right.  But it seems as though he is the best player in the AHL at this point, and I think he deserves a shot.

    Really what’s to lose by doing so?

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    Desharnais may be a better AHL player but he lacks the same two things that keeps Locke out of the NHL, speed and size. He doesn’t have a gear in his skating like St. Louis or Gionta does that lets him outpace nearly anyone nor does he have what can be described as an excessive level of strength for his size like other small NHL players have had, he’s easily moved by other players and avoids hits whenever he can, if he’s really outmatched physically in the A, I fail to see how he stands up to the NHL.



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

  6. Max_a_million says:

    I am not opposed to that, although Eller is one of the few guys who plays every night.  Probably as much a factor of age as anything, and of course smarts.  Eller makes Pouliot better, not sure Laps does. 

  7. Max_a_million says:


    In 6 plus years of AHL play Corey Locke has 434 pts in 497 AHL games.

    It took him until the 5th year to be a point a game player.



    In 2 plus years in the AHL he has 178 pts in 171 games

    (a) is 2.5 years younger

    (b) Was a pt a game player in his 2nd AHL year

    (c) his pt per game production is 0.17 pts per game above Locke’s


    Good try, but I think Desharanis is much better.  His progression has been much faster.  Anyone we throw with him works. 

    I don’t think Corey Locke or Size are good enough reasons against giving him a chance. 

    His career trends follow Martin St. Louis’ not so unfavourably (AHL 95 games, 118 pts).  Not saying he is the next Martin St. Louis.  But, this was the same age St. Louis made the jump … they are similar in size and production.  What’s to lose?!? 

  8. Max_a_million says:

    Patches was playing with Desharnais right?

  9. lavie says:

    Here we go, another media favorite guy, Wisniewski.

  10. TripleX says:

    Play Laps in the middle on the fourth line and send down Eller.  Eller playing so few minutes a game is hurting his development.  I like his skill and effort but I don’t think he is ready yet.

    White brings the grit and feisty nature we need on the fourth line and he might make Laps and Pouliot play bigger.  Darche will fill in if Pouliot or Laps dogs it.

    And ROLL ALL four lines JM and give Hammer, Spatch, Gill and Price some REST.



    “I don’t like to keep kids like that out of the lineup. They need to play; that’s how they’re going to get better.” Jacques Martin

  11. spos080808 says:

    Yah and Max was crushing the AHL but is not putting up the points playing top 6 mins. I mean come on. The NHL is not the AHL so just stop that nonsense.

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Everyone who plays with Corey Locke scores goals, why isn’t he up with OTT?

    Desharnais is not fast enough for the NHL, nor is he strong enough. It’s unfortunate, he has some of the talent to do it but he doesn’t have an NHL player’s body.


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

  13. Max_a_million says:

    Canadiens need goals.  Goals win hockey games, in fact it is the only thing they count towards the final outcome.  Everyone who plays with Desharnais scores goals.  I don’t care how he does it, he does it well. 

    Let him do it for us. 

  14. Max_a_million says:

    I like White, but this lineup already benches Lapierre.  So you would have to probably make a trade to free up the space. 

    The Flyers have a 3rd line that can score, not sure why other teams can’t? 

    I think it would take pressure off of Gomez to not have to take faceoffs, and not be responsible for scoring.  Maybe he could flourish as a LW on an ‘Energy’ Line.

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Canadiens are too soft and too small on the forward lines I keep
    reading, that’s all I read on some days so our solution is bring up a
    guy who’s needed extremely generous listings of his height that have him growing about an inch and a half from 2 years ago to be a lofty 5’7″ and
    does not have Gionta’s speed, nor the bull strength/aggressiveness of a
    Theo Fleury or Francis Boullion, awesome.


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

  16. REB says:

    I absolutely loathe the leafs, but must admit that Clark was a better than average player, and one mean, nasty SOB who never backed down from a scrum, and always had the back of his teammates.  Yes, the Habs desperately need a player with his ability, heart and pugnaciousness.

  17. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just because you’re drafted doesn’t mean you’re making it, look down the list of past WJC squads and there are names there that have been written off as potential NHLers or are spending their careers in the A. Yes many of them stick around in hockey but they’re never making the show.

    Most a lot of these players will be able to say in 15 years about their hockey accomplishments is they played for their country in the Under-20s. For some of the European players, only reason they had a reasonable look at the draft was because of their WJC performance and they deserve a decent look, despite what Dan Chorra might have to say about them being in ‘our game’.

    The Tournament is flawed certainly, but the European programs are not to be written off. The SWE/FIN goaltending programs are a vast help to the NHL with their production rate while Canada falls behind (and they have a superior philosophy towards training and developing goalies as well).


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

  18. TripleX says:

    Never happen, although I really like your lines.  Too much offense for JM and he would never demote Gomez.  Although I don’t know if that is really JM or it is coming from upstairs.

    The only change is that I would bring up Ryan White to play on the fourth energy line.

    Two lines that can score, a shutdown line with some skill and an energy line.  Why not?


    “I don’t like to keep kids like that out of the lineup. They need to play; that’s how they’re going to get better.” Jacques Martin

  19. TommyB says:

    No doubt about the cash grab aspect of it.  I posted a comment much earlier today about that.  Unfortunately, that aspect of hockey, or any other sport, is a fact of life today.  The Olympics, the biggest world stage for hockey, is no different.  To the organizers, and host countries in particular, it’s all about the money.  Why do you think Bettman wants to hold out?  He wants a bigger cut for the NHL.  As far as people losing interest…how can we accurately gauge the interest or lack of interest in the Junior game, or hockey in general, in the countries overseas?  These games are not rotated back and forth between Canada and the US only.  And when the games are played overseas, I see the games being played to full houses.  It’s the only thing we have access to when it comes to gauging hockey outside of North America.  There are years, like this one, where there is a shortage of big name junior players in this tournament.  I think that would account for any lack of interest.

    I will say one thing regarding the “maple leaf emblazoned hockey orgy”.  It can definitely be embarrassing at times.  How about Canadian fans booing the Canadian player of the game because they wanted Schenn to be named player of the game instead?  How embarrassing is that?  Of course the reason is that anything named Schenn quickly becomes synonymous with Toronto Maple Leafs, and many of the Canadian fans attending come from southern Ontario, which is dominated by that blue and white mentality.  But to boo one of our own?  Disgustingly embarrassing.

  20. kevin m says:

    Dear Mr. Gauthier,

    This is what the Habs need. If you can find one of these, you will win the Cup!!!!!!!!!!!!



    DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Max_a_million says:

    Ok so everyone who plays with Desharnais scores, isn’t it time to start beating a constant drum calling for Desharnais???

    AK, Pleks, Cammy

    Patches, Desharnais, Gionta

    Gomez, Halpern , Moen

    Pouliot, Eller, Darche


    “I need player who hate to lose” D. Irvin

  22. mike g says:

    Most of the players in the tourney are often already drafted….

    Plus, hockey programs in Europe and elsewhere except North America are dying very quickly. Hockey as a sport is currently, and looks like it will be exclusively, dominated by USA and Canada for a very long time.

    Finland, Sweeden and Russia can be good teams, but none come close to North America at this tourney. In the past 4 years, only 4 countries have won medals. The rest play for nothing.

    Ken makes an excellent point when he says that it’s become a money-grabber for Hockey Canada and TSN. They promote these massive marketing campaigns on how it’s such a classic event, yet the tourney has died down to a sometimes 4 teams showdown, but most often a Canada-USA domination. The network makes big money, as does Hockey Canada, and the players get nothing from it.

    The tournament is always held in Canada, or a bordering city of Canada, because it’s the only place in the world where people are actually crazy enough to pay big money to watch Canada kill Norway 10-1. Not to mention someone here even said parking is like 40$. This is because they know if it’s held in Europe, nobody would go. And like Ken also says, it gives Canada home-ice advantage every year. And as all hockey people know, home-ice advantage is huge.

    For me, I don’t even pay much attention anymore until Canada hits the semis. It’s just not worth watching a 10-1 or 7-2 game. I’d much rather watch these kids play with their Junior teams. Closer games, even talent, etc…

    And the global talent pool of hockey players is being trimmed every year. Not as many kids playing. Global scouting IMO isn’t as important now as it was 5-10 years ago. There are some great players here and there, but North America is where probably 90% of the best players are.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  23. samTHEman says:

    Hockey exists outside the NHL you know? The truth is the NHL is a business before it is a sports franchise whether you like it or not, it’s reality. How does not cracking the NHL equate to leaving hockey behind?

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    The bottom 4 teams are generally ‘Out’ by the time the puck hits the ice, but the Under-20 usually features at least 4 teams making an honest run at Gold. Team Sweden looks very strong and the Finns are tenacious enough to make things interesting IMO. You could probably trim the Tournament to 6 teams easily, but to be fair to some of these young players, it is the only time some of these guys can get a scout’s attention if they’re playing out of Europe, with a great WJC performance and for others, it is the only time they will have national attention, a lot of them will not be NHL players but this is their one chance to be part of something before they must leave hockey behind.


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

  25. 24 Cups says:

    Puck Daddy’s 10 Greatest Goals of 2010.

  26. HUDSONHAB says:

    I’m glad it’s not MAB.

    Hopefully this helps turn the road trip around and puts them back in the race for 3rd instead of fighting for 8th for the rest of the year.


  27. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Any fellow HIOers in the Tampa area today?

  28. mike g says:

    Ken Campbell wrote an excellent article on the World Juniors..

    You can all find it on the Hockey News website or in their newest magazine.

    He points out how the tournament has pretty much become a joke, and nothing more than a “maple leaf emblazoned hockey orgy”…

    I must say that in the past 5 years I’ve lost alot of interest for the tournament. I found it exciting and not predictable like it is today.

    But if you guys have the time, read his article. It’s great how he explains that all it has become is a way for TSN and Hockey Canada to rack up millions of dollars, in a tournament that’s almost about as predictable than womens hockey.



    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

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