PuckCast, Vol. 5., No. 1 [Podcast]


The Canadiens are set to open training camp this weekend as they prepare for the 2010-11 season. With Carey Price as the undisputed No. 1 goaltender, and the health of Andrei Markov’s knee, there are a few questions heading into the season.
What we do know is that there will be a captain this season. Our experts weigh in and tell you who they think it should be.

Today, Gazette sports writer Pat Hickey, Dave Stubbs and columnist Mike Boone, along with Kevin Mio, discuss these issues in the season’s first puckcast.

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  3. Alirio says:

    Because they don’t know how to manage a Podcast properly…


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  4. Habalisous says:

    Why is this puckcast not yet in itunes?


    ”You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

  5. Alirio says:



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    Please fix the Podcast feed so the latest episode actually appears.


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  6. solomio says:

    Do not give up on O’Byrne. He’s a keeper. Just needs some decent playing time and some faith in him from the coach.
    He can be a real asset imo.

  7. habs03 says:

    With all due respect, I can’t agree with some of the stuff you said, you guys blame J.M for benching A.Kost and playing Pouliot, are you serious, atleast Pouliot plays with some heart, where as A.Kost is just awful in term of effort. Also O’B ice time increased under JM as opposed to the year before under Carbo, and saying the offseaon moves were made for J.M.? Metro, Moore, Laraque guys in there 30’s are being replaced by Boyd 24, Eller 21, Pyatt early 20’s? Come on now, I understand J.M. isn’t very well liked, but I believe he made Hossa, Halvat, Spezza,Chara who they are today. I also find it crazy how some people in the media is bashing the Habs for having too many 1 way contracts, “Oh Max Pac isn’t going to make the team, Maxwell isn’t going to make the team”, those guys have to earn it, what has Maxwell done to be given a spot, believe me if any of the guys like Max Pac, White, etc are good enough, the habs will put Darche and his 1-way contract down to Bulldogs if they need to.

  8. WarHero says:

    From time to time I write blogs on http://www.Hockeybuzz.com and have just finished the final article in my 2010/2011 Player Points Predictions series. Please feel free to take a read and comment. Your feedback is always welcome!

    Montreal Canadiens – Player Points Predictions – Defensemen







    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  9. Bryan says:

    95 points for Pleks?  Everything else seems decently reasonable except for that.


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  10. avatar_58 says:

    PR/Fan standpoint – Cammalleri. He oozes “I want to be a hab”.
    Leadership – Gionta or Gorges.

    But you can’t ignore Markov / Plekanec’s resumes. They are habs for life (yes? cmon marky!). Ergo they deserve consideration too.

  11. nunacanadien says:

    Gionta seems to be the natural leader here, Gorges too, but I wonder if we pick a habs for life Price should also be considered.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget before he came here he also tried to “ooze” I want to be leaf to Burkie, just saying is all. Clearly that is gone now.

  13. Woah_Dana says:

    I like what you’re saying. Though, with Markov & Pleky, a good resume doesn’t always mean “management” material. I guess I just have a hard time seeing either of those two go out there & be the face of the Canadiens (team-wise & market-wise) as their personas are not as big & bold as the previously mentioned. But, what do I know?

    I agree with your statement about Cami, though. He really does love being a Hab, & as we all know that’s got to be one of the most important traits on our bench. People who didn’t have the heart, well, most of them are gone.

    Regardless, it’ll be exciting :)




    GO HABS!

  14. Natrous says:

    Has anyone read the article about Belanger at TSN.ca yet??


    It looks like the Caps has a verbal commitment to sign him to a one-year, $1.85M contract and backed out because a trade they were expecting didn’t pan out… so he’s left to hang in the wind, and sign in Phoenix for over a million dollars less. Unbelievable!

    People rag on the Habs management around here quite often, but never in a million years would you (or should you) hear of a GM agreeing to a contract verbally and then back out of it based on another agreement that fell through.

    I know this is only one side of the argument, but it’s hard to sympathize with the other side if any of this is true.

  15. SLONCOLD says:

    so the lesson is “talk is cheap”

  16. Chuck says:

    If I were Ovechkin I’d be protecting my knees when they play Phoenix. Belanger might be looking to send a message to the Caps’ management.  :)

  17. Ian Cobb says:

    A verbal agreement is as binding as on paper, harder to prove is all.

  18. Natrous says:

    Sure, however contractual talk is also binding…

  19. WarHero says:

    Thanks for the comment :) There are a few reasons for my Pleks prediction. However, since posting, I would say that 95 is a bit high and 85 might be more reasonable.

    1. If Cammy can remain healthy all year will will score more goals

    2. If AK gets out of the fog, he will score more

    3. With no major injusries our PP should get back into the top in the league thus generating more pts for Pleks.

    4. His time won’t be wasted on the PK with the signing of Halpern. So he’ll have more energy to focus on scoring.


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  20. newbrunswick troy says:

    I couldn,t agree more…for some reason players seem to have “off sesaons” after signing lucritive deal..except for the absolute elite…( and unfortunitly PLECS ain,t one of them)

  21. Black Snake Moen says:

    Man, this makes me excited for the season, just hearing the boys shoot the shit…

    hahaha, what happens if a player needed to call Markov at 3am for a chitchat?

    *in a Russian accent….”huh? Buy her furcoat….Goodbye”

    and the bit about Corson…hilarious haha

    I spoke a little bit to Pyatt this summer, I know a few of his buddies, he sounds assured that Prices’ game is ready, and Tom is a guy of few words who doesn’t say anything he doesn’t have to.  A little under a month to go and we’ll all see where this team is headed.

    Boone, you should moonlight as a charachter voice actor…really

  22. Mike Boone says:

    You should hear me do Red Fisher. Had Bettman going for 20 minutes on a prank call. He didn’t catch on till “Red” said; “Clarence Campbell crapped bigger than you.”

  23. bostonantifan says:

    “I spoke a little bit to Pyatt this summer, I know a few of his buddies,
    he sounds assured that Prices’ game is ready”.  Do you really think he’d say anything derogatory about Price?  He’d have to be awfully stupid to go around trashing Price to people he doesn’t know.  (You said you knew his buddies, not him.)

  24. Chuck says:

    Hey Dave, nice Vachon reference!

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ian, I think I speak for a number of guys here who would say that if verbal agreements were binding many of us would have had a much more interesting social life when we were younger.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  26. observer says:

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  27. JD_ says:

    Bit of an odd one. When the Habs took the 2010 team picture, I believe the Gazette’s online edition published a picture of the seating arrangement and Gionta was in the captain’s spot. If memory serves, Markov wasn’t in the picture because of his tendon injury and was going to be photoshopped in later. Then someone today posts a picture of the team with Markov in Gionta’s spot.

    Guess it really doesn’t matter where anyone sits until the team’s PR editors have a go at it.

    My money has the Hab honchos goin’ with the Camster. He has, in my view, been the most open campaigner for the job, had the requisite run-ins at practice with a couple of underperformers – one with Laps comes to mind – and really took it up a notch durin’ last year’s playoffs. This isn’t a slight against any other player, just a bit of speculation on my part.

  28. showey47 says:

    Great puck cast. Still can’t get martin’s issue with obyrne.In the playoffs Mab is a -12 and gets 20 minutes and over  a night,ryan is a +1 and gets 2-4 minutes a night or the pressbox. Considering gill and hamlik are both probably going to be gone after this season we are going to need a defenceman who can step in. Tough to develop and fulfill your potential physically and mentally as a player when your own coach won’t give you a leash long enough to see your own feet but meanwhile others like mab got unlimited oppurtunities. Hopefully this year ryan can get off to a good start this season,i still think he will be a good 2nd pairing dman.

  29. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM has an issue with the younger players who make mistakes, leans too much on his veterans to get things done. Nothing new, but I hope OB gets more rope this season.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  30. Bill H says:

    I agree with your assessment of O’Byrne.  Let’s hope Martin sees the light and gives him a chance.

  31. showey47 says:

    You are going to make mistakes,especially when you are a defenceman and thats how you learn. When you are a forward and make mistakes its much less noticable because you can have a forward, 2 dmen plus your goalie are there to cover for you. When its a dman making it,its usually one dman or just your goalie left hanging.

  32. Black Snake Moen says:

    in a small town like this, we all know each other pal, so dont worry about that, don’t concern yourself with wether I actually know the guy or wether I’m some clown who walks around saying he knows Habs players, haha it doesnt matter me to… and what he actually said that I didn’t feel like typing on a public forum when asked about what he thought about the Halak trade/Price annoited #1, was that all the guys can really see how much better Price actually is skill set wise and they were baffled as to why the couldn’t play better in front of him last year…but i digress

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