“Big Mo” joins the show

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Former Canadien Sergio Momesso joins The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs and sports editor Stu Cowan on this week’s HIO Show.

Among the topics discussed: Michel Therrien’s handling of P.K. Subban, the benching of David Desharnais, what it’s like being a local boy like Michael Bournival playing for the Habs, the diference between current GM Marc Bergevin and former GM Pierre Gauthier, as well as one of Momesso’s favourite Chris Nilan stories from when they were teammates.

577 Comments

  1. DalEng says:

    Now that the MT and PK controversy has hit the spotlight of TSN. I am hoping that MT crushes any speculation and plays PK at least 25 mins.

    PK vs. a very hot Karlsson should be fun to watch

  2. Habsrule1 says:

    Mornig all!

    I’m curious…this may sound crazy but is there any way to contact Geoff Molson? Does he not owe the fans of this team an explanation (probably not)? We may be making too much out of this, but I’d like to know that the owner will not let a coach (and possibly GM) set the team back 10 years like Tremblay & Houle did. I want to know that Geoff Molson knows the Canadiens need PK Subban. I want to know where Geoff Molson stands on this. Nobody loves the Habs more than I do, but I don’t know where my loyalty would go if PK was ever traded or not signed because of MT & MB.

    I’m looking for a straight answer from someone, whether it be Molson, Bergevin, or Therrien on how they see the Habs future, and how PK will be fitting into it for years to come.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Mattyleg says:

      You want straight answers?
      Dial 1-800-H/IO

      Also, you might want to listen to what Sammy P. is saying in your sig!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • naweed235 says:

      @GMolsonCHC is his twitter account. And ya, I agree with Matty… Your signature pretty much answers your question so you might just want to save your breath

      • Habsrule1 says:

        Ya, I guess you guys are right. Half of me says it’s no big deal. The other half is kinda worried that PK & Therrien can’t co-exist.

        Had the Habs listened to the fans in 1995, they may have a couple more Cups though….just sayin’

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • donmarco says:

      You really expect an owner to weigh in on a player’s ice time? Really? Tremblay and Houle were rookies and in beyond over their heads, and they were abetted by the incompetent Ronald Corey. Bergevin and Therrien are not rookies.

      You need to chill. We all do.

    • DalEng says:

      What would you do if you were a player on this team and you were absolutely fed up with PKs personality? At what point does it get old to other players hearing PK rant and joking about how good looking he is etc etc… Would you ever get tired of his cockiness?

      Just itterating what I said yesterday but somone told me over the summer that someone in the organization said “habs will never win a championship with PK on the team.” I mean to me thats saying alot about someones character. Maybe the team will be better with him gone, who knows. I remember last year the team was off to a great start with PK absent due to contract talks

      PK has had turbulence with every coach so far since he came into the league. I definitely want PK on the team but your solely putting all the blame on MT here which is unfair.

      I would like to see a good 1 on 1 meeting heart to heart. Maybe even have MB in the meeting as well. Be like OK PK I will give you 25 mins a game but certain things have to change. The things that have to change seem to be everything off ice

  3. Maritime Ronn says:

    With the renewed Inter-Conference play this year, I was looking at how each Conference was doing against the other so far this year.

    Put bluntly, the West is absolutely dominating the East.

    The West has 66 Wins and 36 Total Losses (including OTL)
    The East has 33 Wins and 66 Total Losses.

    10 Eastern teams have losing records against the West.
    Only Edmonton has a losing record against the East.

    What does it mean for the Habs in particular?
    If the present pace continues, 86 points may be enough for 8th place…meaning 4 points over .500.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      The West will now start beating each other up, but it does seem pretty evident that the West has an ambundance of elite teams, while the East is much more of a crapshoot, aside from Pittsburgh and Boston (spits on ground).

    • donmarco says:

      If you specifically look at the Habs year to date, they’ve played a total of 16 games with a whopping 12 of them against the west. With the next few weeks finally seeing the Habs play mostly eastern conference teams, that, coupled with the return of some injured players, will go a long way to determining where the team will be come next spring.
      And also keep in mind the strongest western teams have lost almost zero man games to injuries which may help to explain their sheer dominance over some eastern teams (Habs are second in the league in games lost to injuries).

  4. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Hey Guys & Gals!

    Any of you have siblings that are not Habs Fans?

    I have two older Brothers that are Habs fans & an older Brother who is a Bruins Fan. I remember the 70′s when the Habs always beat the Broons in the playoffs. He went to bed many nights with tears in his eyes!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

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  5. Mattyleg says:

    Hey, guys!
    Here’s a fun discussion topic to get people going today:

    What do you guys think about Michel Therrien’s treatment of PK Subban (D)?

    Think he’s playing him enough?
    Think there might be tension between them?
    Think that PK will walk because he doesn’t like having a coach that’s mean to him?

    Discuss!

    (I’m off to work)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Mustang says:

      I think that we Habs fans are probably making a mountain out of the proverbial mole hill. On the other hand, I could be completely out to lunch on this one.

    • Bripro says:

      Where have you been?

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      First off, I’m not a fan of MT and never have been. In my humble opinion, PK Subban is the face of the NHL & especially the Montreal Canadiens. You mention Habs to anyone & the first word that comes out is usually Subban. I don’t believe PK is handled properly or even respectfully by Therrien & a lot of hockey people agree with that. Thought about it long & what Therrien is doing makes no sense whatsoever. I don’t have a problem with Subban not playing the PK, but when the game is on the line either way, he should be the go to guy.
      My thinking is that Therrien will not see it this way and I hope that will mean his demise sooner than later.

  6. JM says:

    The only problem I have with Re-building is bringing in dead-wood to waste money. We could be saving that money to resign our good players and bring in our young guys wherever they may be on tryouts.
    About PK. When he has had enough of the BS he’ll pull a Roy and move on. There’s 29 teams out there waiting ….

  7. Steeltown Hab says:

    Everything re: Subban can be summed up pretty easily I think.

    Who’s the best defensive defensemen on the team? Subban.

    Who’s the best offensive defensemen on the team? Subban.

    Who has the best conditioning of all the D on the team? Subban…

    So who should be the first guy sent out in any critical game situation?

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    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin – @J_Perez22

  8. boing007 says:

    Free PK! Free Pussy Riot!

    Richard R

  9. SmartDog says:

    I’m gonna say it.

    The thing that is so disturbing about the way PK is being used and talked about by Therrien in conjunction with the Desharnais (and Briere) fiasco, is that it suggests that AGAIN our Habs leadership has their heads up their… in a dark place… and that this is not the HOCKEY management team we’d hope for.

    After suffering the Corey, Savard, Tremblay years, we thought we’d come out of the darkness when Gainey arrived, only to see promising young players shipped out for peanuts, terrible trades, the ridiculous over-selling of the hundredth anniversary to foolish ends, and then the coup-like handing of the baton to the skulking, unlikeable, and out of tune Pierre Gauthier.

    When Bergevin came in we thought – at last we have a HOCKEY leader. Young, tough, focused, he seemed the perfect guy. But his head is not hockey first. It’s French-first. Yes, I said it. And the hiring of Therrien, and all the rewards and chances given to Desharnais, then the signing of Briere, while Subban – our Chris Chelos-Patrick Roy – is treated like he’s a side concern.

    Lately it’s as if they’re saying “lets get Desharnais going first – then after we’ll figure out Subban”. The two things happening together – that’s what is so frustrating. Forget the whole French make-over BS. It is NOT WORKING. And focus on HOCKEY. And Subban will get the minutes he deserves, and we’ll live with the learning curve. But right now it looks like just more darkness.

    Tabernac

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    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Ken Holland, GM of the Detroit Red Wings, said last year it takes 10 years to truly evaluate the work of an NHL General Manager in the new CBA Cap World.

      • SmartDog says:

        I think we both know what he means by “truly evaluate”.

        But that doesn’t mean you can’t see what’s happening in front of you today – or have an opinion about it.

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        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          No doubt, yet as is the case in trades, these things have a life of their own and take time to play out.

          Ex: Let’s say a team wants Murray at the trade deadline and wants to pay the Habs a 3rd round choice.
          Murray cost the Habs nothing to aquire and it would take at least 5 years to know how that 3rd round pick worked out.

    • boing007 says:

      You forgot hostie, calice de …

      Richard R

    • Mattyleg says:

      Jeezis, Dog, you’re waaaaaay wrong.

      Subban is fine.
      He’s playing well, apart from the odd brain-fart, and doesn’t need to be adjusted. Perhaps Therrien dropped the ball in not having PK out in the crucial moments of the game; it was either an oversight or a discipline thing – either are acceptable, considering that our coach is a human and not a robot.

      Desharnais needs to shake his slump, and his coach is doing what he can to help him.

      I don’t see the big problem.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      I’ll agree with you if Bergevin lets this mess continue another month or so.

  10. Ozmodiar says:

    left – right – left – right – toe drag – left – right – spin move – left – right – shoulder dip – left – right – left – right

    Man, Patrick Kane is one heck of a player!! Those hands! It’s like he’s playing against kids at times. Not the best player in the league, or even on his team, but fun to watch. I’ll tune in to a Hawks game just to watch him, like I used to watch Detroit Lions games to see Barry play.

    Habs angle?!? Well, I think there’s just one other player in the league who, by himself, is worth the price of admission – PK, of course. Like Kane, he’s got that rare “what’s he going to do next?” quality that makes him so fun to watch. While Therrien might want him to be more predictable, it’s entertaining. I hope the Habs brass don’t eff it up, because I’d like PK to entertain us for the next 10 years.

  11. Phil C says:

    The funny part about the Subban controversy is that Therrien has been using him the exact same way since day 1 of last season. All of a sudden it is problem this week even though this type of ice-time management helped win him the Norris last year. Good for radio and newspapers I guess. It is amazing how easily the press can manipulate us as fans to sell their wares. The rabidness of the Montreal fan base is the gift that keeps on giving.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Really? You mean PK hasn’t been on the ice for the last few minutes of a close game. That’s a huge change.

    • SmartDog says:

      I don’t remember Subban sitting on the bench at the end of close games last year. And you’d think that winning the Norris would suggest (as Therrien himself has said) that he improved a LOT last year. Which means using him the same way as last year doesn’t make sense. There’s no way a Norris winning defender should play only 20 of a 65 minute hockey game unless he’s hurt.

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      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Eddie says:

      I’m done arguing about this. Those of you supporting Thrrrien are on the wrong side of history, and you will end up playing cards with the Count Chocula supporters.

      These types of coaches have no substance to them, and no credibility.

    • Two yearS ago when Markov was down and oUt, they played the guts out of PK, why the change now?

      This isn’t even about Team Canada, this is about having your best offensive talent on the ice during key moments of the game.

      I know we’re all armchair quarterBacks here But it’s not difficult to see. Christ, even Bob MAcKenzie meNtioned it yesterday and the boys on the show mentioned it.

      PLAY PK COACH! RELEASE THE HOUNDS

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  12. Eddie says:

    Since Gionta is very likely leaving the team this year, either by trade or free agent, the question came up about who would be the Habs next captain.

    I asked why we never hear about Plekanec as the next captain?

    Many believe Plekanec is our most valuable forward, and Markov has already turned down the offer, so will Plekanec become our next captain or Gorges, who is not the most talented or dominant of players?

    I think the Habs usually pick a player with much better than average talent, by the way, in case people think Gorges is a lock.

    I’m sure Subban would love to be captain, too, and he sees himself as a leader on this defence, since he was voted the BEST Defenceman in the league last year.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Wonder also about Max Pac, I have always had this thought that a great captain while leading by example is obvious, needs to show he can take a hit per se. The old adage of taking one for the team. Max has certainly demonstrated an ability to fight back from devastating hits etc…

    • SmartDog says:

      I’ve been saying Plekanec since before Gionta was picked. He’s a model of consistency and used in every situation. He’s a leader in his attitude and in the way he plays and you won’t find a more steady, reliable, player on the team.

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      • Ozmodiar says:

        24CH moment:

        Pleks strolls into the video room after a loss. We’ve seen similar situations before on 24CH where the coach uses the big screen to show the player what happened, what he did wrong, etc… However, in this case, Pleks was by himself and went straight to the small control room where he had the AV guy cue up the video. No coaching required. He watched the plays, looked really pissed off, then left, giving the door frame a little jab on the way out. Coaches must love that type of player.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          The cynic in me wonders if he is playing up for the Cameras. You hear the players referencing 24CH all the time, etc… I really don’t like this idea of cameras rolling. Players know it is there and need to act accordingly and I wonder how this can help.

          Personally I would like to see the Bell Infomercial put to a stop for that reason.

          • frontenac1 says:

            I agree amigo. It is distracting. Next year they could do a “24FRONT”. I would be willing to take one for the Team.

    • Just a Habs Fan says:

      Markov never turned down the offer as I remember he answered by saying he wasn’t asked…it can be confirmed by search engine

  13. Maritime Ronn says:

    Seems like Lebrun and the boys over at ESPN have both Pacioretty and Galchenyuk ” On The Bubble” for Team USA which is better than the last category called ” Outside Looking In.”

    http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/9926868/nhl-sochi-hockey-power-rankings

  14. scotland says:

    “pk most talented player since the flower”

    i would say since chelios

  15. CranbrookEd says:

    Was that Rob Ford at the Jets Hawks game last night . . . holding a beer and wearing a helmet . . . ?

    CranbrookEd
    Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . .

  16. SmartDog says:

    Momesso sure has a face for radio

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  17. HabinBurlington says:

    Important few weeks ahead with the schedule, Habs need to start beating divisional and conference opponents.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/gordon-habs-firmly-in-top-eight-with-weaker-schedule-on-the-horizon/article15305505/

    • donmarco says:

      Posted thus under the wrong one, sorry.

      Interesting article, thanks for posting it. Yesterday a poster added a link to a site that listed all teams man-games lost due to injuries. Habs ranked 2nd highest. The lowest teams? San Jose, LA, Colorado and a couple of other western powerhouses. A definite correlation.

      In US College football they use a formula called strength of schedule and I’d submit if the NHL had the same thing Habs would have ranked highly on that as well.

      With the injured players starting to return from the fold, along with an upcoming schedule against some weaker Eastern teams where the Habs find themselves in a month will be a strong indication of where they’ll be in March or April. They’ve more than held their own so far. Definitely cause for optimism, which this site could use a little of, quite frankly.

  18. Habfan10912 says:

    A little inspiration for those like me who need a little this morning. Perhaps there is hope for us after all.

    http://elitedaily.com/news/world/can-learn-lot-middle-school-football-team-video/

  19. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all. My blood pressure has returned to normal so I watched the video above.

    Is it just me or did Big Mo and Stubbs imply that Montreal Management may be playing a part of the mishandling of PK? I think Stubbs called it “deflating the tires” a bit. All for the sake of saving a few dollars on a contract? Hard to believe.

    I’m feeling the blood pressure rising again.

  20. Bripro says:

    LE SCANDAL!
    L’HORREUR!
    I opened the Montreal Gazoo this morning to read about “The Great Canadian Pub” in….. downtown Paris!!!! No less.
    A bar with an English name in the centre of La Francophonie of the world.
    The OLF must be having kittens at the thought.
    Especially after queen Marois’ last visit to Paris was to push the French government to change the “stop” to “arret” on their signs.
    How will the language minister survive this one?

    Oh yeah, morning to all you hockey fanatics.

  21. Maritime Ronn says:

    Morning all,

    Here’s liking the lines for tonight.

    Habs really need some secondary scoring from the bottom 3-6 as that has been the weak point to date.
    There has been little to no offensive contribution

    Max has to be happy playing with Plex, and the EllerG’s line should be pumped.

    Most of Ottawa’s Top 4 D and best forwards will be concentrated there, which should give the Desharnais-Bournival-Bourque some great opportunities.

    Buzzsaw Bournival should get Bourque going, and if both skate and battle to be first on the puck, that should open up space for the little guy center.
    Here’s hoping anyways….

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    While the Avalanche did lose last night, WOW what goals they score. Duchene is unbelievable, and O’Reilly had quite the top corner roof finish. That team has some unbelievable goal scoring talent on it.

    On a side note, the hit McGinn delivered on Seth Jones looked pretty bad, left his feet clearly and hit Jones quite high.

    Morning everybody, tonight is a big game if we are going to make playoffs. Ottawa and Montreal I suspect will be neck and neck all season.

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    Morning guys! Should be a good game tonight! Two pretty evenly matched teams. Things could get a little rough as a result of last spring’s playoff series. Have a great day!

  24. Goooood Mooooooorning CANADA

    That’s right, it’s time to play, Wake up Montreal.

    I’m gonna let the Montreal Canadiens in on a little secret. You need to score in order to win.

    So start picking corners, start crashing the net, and start playing PK Subban like the Star player he is. Yeah I know that will lead to more Subban penalties, and Subban mistakes, but every time he makes those mistakes now will make him a better player later.

    Play PK! He’s the best player on the team.

    The rest of you, one goal per line per game, and if you happen to score early, then score again.

    The first two periods the other night Halak was scared poopless and what did you do, you took 16 shots that meant nothing and he got his confidence back (your welcome Jaro).

    13 shot per period, and I am talking low and to the outside pad. You other two men, you see a guy getting ready to fire a laser better be going balls to the wall to the net! And Shooter, if you see the potential for a end boards rebound think about it, Montreal has the fastest boards int he NHL, use it. If you can’t get as shot through than direct it at the boards. This isn’t rocket science here.

    Marc Bergevin? Lock up PK now and enough with managing his ice time. The kid now can play 25-30 min per game, because life his short and in a few years you won’t get 30 minutes per game from him.

    Lock him up and play the guts out him.

    Lastly. Speed and Skill win games, be faster than your opponent, be first to the puck, and put it in the net. No more of this waiting for your opponent to make a mistake and then attacking. Attack Attack and Attack again.

    Oh, you can leave that 4th line on the bench and insert Whitie on the third line every now and then for some added spice and relief.

    Lets Go Boys put on a clinic for us fans, we’re paying the Bills, we want results! Don’t make Shane angry again!

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  25. CH Marshall says:

    Well I hope MB is now realizing that a 5 year tenure really means something much shorter if mistakes are made. And that’s how it goes, I suppose… I like MB, and it’s too bad that the honeymoon period is over.

    Re Larry Robinson, watching 24CH and how MT operates, you just know that Larry would never take sh!t from a guy like MT. Likewise, MT would not be open enough to have someone of Big Bird’s talent and experience on his team.

    Again I’m biased. But can you imagine Larry helping out Guy Boucher ? Or Carbo? Yeah I can!

  26. Trollhunter says:

    Everyone i work with is saying if the return is great trade his a**.
    Don’t know how I feel about it homies, I keep going back and forth on it.
    1 thing is for sure though. If Pk does that thing Bob Mackenzie mentioned and pushes for a 2 year contract to become a UFA I’d be all for a trade.

  27. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Since most hockey people believe that Therrien is mishandling PK Subban, it leaves one thing & one thing only to do. Get rid of Therrien. Subban is a premier player in this league, he and not Therrien dictate what goes on the ice.

    • mount royal says:

      Francois Gagnon (quite influential() picked MT as his first star of the Habs for the month of October. He did so mainly because of how well MT adapted to the rash of injuries.

  28. Sportfan says:

    Taking the helmet was funny, pouring the beer not so much!

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  29. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Sergio looks like he’s been having more sausage subs than usual…don’t blame him.. they’re freaking good.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  30. Timo says:

    Man, how long before Claude Noel is sacked? Peg is brutal.

  31. Max says:

    Drunk helmet snatcher in Chicago! ROFLMAO!!

  32. HOw much longer before Prust and Emelin are in the lineup? one week, two? I need a pickmeup :)

    Thanks god we have Price, can you imagine being dead last every year? I don’t know how Oilers fans do it?

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  33. CH Marshall says:

    Man oh man those Hawks are good. And how bout those hands on Patrick Kane?

  34. Eddie says:

    Would you have traded Price for Backes instead of Halak for Eller? That’s tomorrow’s HIO poll question.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Ha, no enemy made here bud. I don’t pretend to know the answer on PK, I just am not so sure any of us know all the pertinent details, and I am skeptical of the media in general.

    • L Elle says:

      I wouldn’t have traded Price, but if I were his friend or related to him, I would’ve been very happy for him. ;)

    • after thinking about it, yes.

      Then we would have been drafting #1 overall the last three years in a row.

      Budaj would be playing 40 + games every year.

      We’d have Galchenyuk, HUberdeau, and Drouin/Jones.

      Looks great now, but at the time there’s no way Mtl would allow that many bad seasons. So who knows how it would have turned out? On a personal note, I’d take a goalie that can play 60-70 plus game over a injury riddled Allen Walsh headcase anyday.

      That’s why things go south in Feb for the Blues, Jaro will be an Oiler or Flyer and Jake Allen will take the Blues to glory :lol:

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  35. Lafleurguy says:

    Geez Smart Dog, I hope Gorges didn’t hurt his hand on the TV. This is the first time I’ve heard mention of Zeniths since they were erupting in fires unexpectedly.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Eddie says:

      Hey I had a Zenith, circa 1969, Chomedey, Laval.

    • L Elle says:

      When I was a kid, we had an Admiral. Somebody had to get up and change the channel or adjust the rabbit ears, and, once in awhile, had to give it a good whack to tune it. LOL

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I still remember when we got our first remote control! With a long enough hockey stick we could bang the channel dial from CBC to CTV, turning the volume dial was tough with the stick, sometimes we still had to get off the couch. For some reason my Dad didn’t think this was such a great invention his sons came up with.

      • Eddie says:

        I was the youngest of 4 kids, guess who had to get up and change the channel?

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Still vividly recall watching the ’68 Cup win on a black and white RCA.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • L Elle says:

          I used to listen to away games on a transistor radio, remember those? But Danny Gallivan could make you feel like you were right there.

          • Lafleurguy says:

            I was an Edmonton kid in those days, Mother-of-Larisa, so I missed out on listening in on the Habs regularly. Loved those transistor radios which at night could catch some short-wave band broadcasts. Unfortunately, I remember listening in the final game of the 1970 season when Habs had a chance to make the playoffs if they either won the final game or scored more than 4 or 5 goals to take over 4th place from the Rangers. When the Blackhawks took an insurmountable lead, Claude Ruel pulled Rogie Vachon (it may have been Tony Esposito) with around ten minutes to go and the Habs ended up losing something like 10-2, after trailing 4-2.

            “May you live in interesting times.”

          • L Elle says:

            Lguy, you have an amazing memory. I couldn’t tell you any scores, even from last night.

            But reading comic books with a flashlight or listening to a game under the covers, “fooling” the parents into thinking I was sleeping, that I can’t ever forget.

  36. SmartDog says:

    Someone suggested Gorges is “douchy” down below.

    I dunno about that, but I would say he’s one guy whose stock has fallen. He was talked about as Captain material. But I don’t see it. He seems to have hit his Zenith and now he’s slowly falling. I don’t find the things he says to be very insightful. And his play is not great. So…

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    • Bill J says:

      Funny I like Gorges, but I sort of agree. His stock has dropped a bit in some aspects.

      IE I do not see him as Captain after Gionta.


      Go Habs Go!

      • Eddie says:

        Assume Markov rejects the position, who would be captain?

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I see 3 candidates after Gionta, Markov, Gorges and Prust.

          • Eddie says:

            Markov has said he’s not interested in the past, that really leaves Gorges as the only one wearing a letter on a regular basis.

            Why is Plekanec never mentioned?

          • Bill J says:

            I believe Prust. He will bridge the captaincy to one of the next generation youth (Subban, Gally, Chucky maybe even)

            I used to believe Gorges would bridge the gap, but I too see his value dropping. Making him captain may not be the best idea.

            As for Markov, this team cannot afford to pay him. I’m quite certain at the rate the team is going right now, that Markov will be traded… Sooner than later.


            Go Habs Go!

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Good question on Plex, I don’t see him as a Captain in my view.

        • Eddie says:

          Is there another captain in the league who is a 3rd or 4th line player like Prust

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Probably not, perhaps this speaks to a lack of leadership on the present Habs team.

          • Eddie says:

            Well up front it’s Gionta and Plekanec, and on defence it’s Markov and Gorges, so there’s the team leadership as it stands right now. I agree that we need to think about a new leader perhaps.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Down the road, I see Bournival as a real good leader. And I think Tinordi also is a natural leader.

          • Eddie says:

            Absolutely! Good call on Bournival. Boone and Trini should be pro scouts in their next lives, and Jim was all over the Bournival bandwagon as well!

            How about Backes? Man, is that a captain?

            Maybe we could have traded Price for Backes instead of Halak for Eller? Hahaha!!

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      I think he’s forced to do too much. He’s no longer, if he ever was, a top three defenceman. He’s a decent addition to a good defence corps, however. When Emelin returns and if Therrien allows PK to be himself, that could be the case.

      There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

    • punkster says:

      With respect to Gorges…he is a +3, takes a minimal number of penalties (4 minutes so far), averaging 20+ minutes a game, leads the D with 26 hits, 3rd in the league in blocked shots (43) and has only 3 giveaways so far (same as Chara). He has never been a scorer and seems to me to be a fairly solid, dependable 3 or 4 D.

      So how exactly is his play not great?

      Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
      but…
      ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

      • Eddie says:

        I think Gorges is not seen as great because he never has the puck. Is there a player who plays 20 minutes who has the puck less than Gorges, stick handles less, shoots less? I think that’s why he is seen as less than stellar.

        • punkster says:

          Unless there was a huge (as in HUGE) drop off in possession numbers since last season, both before and after he was paired with PK, I don’t see possession or stick handling being an issue…but I don’t have those at hand, do you?

          Shoots less? Possibly at 0.6 shots per game so far, as opposed to last year at 0.8 (half the time with PK when all his stats improved) and the year before at 0.7…but in that regard, who cares, it’s not his role and certainly not his forte.

          Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
          but…
          ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I think he is bouncing back well from last season. Not sure what some people expect from him. I suspect his contract is what people hate.

    • jamman says:

      @SmartDog
      I think Gorges is alright. I would say itd be between him and Emelin as to whos our best defensive dman. Not to mention he’s heart and soul guy. I feel hes got many good years left in him and we would miss him if he was injured or traded. It would be nice if he was 6 3′ but what can you do

  37. JM says:

    The only weakness I see in PK in his own end he try’s to rush things and sometimes that causes turn overs. Maybe that is what Terrien is trying to get across to him and it’s why he don’t put him out late in games … Don’t know if any of you noticed this or not.

    • Bill J says:

      How about MT plays PK for 30 mins in one game, call it an experiment if you will. If the Habs win, repeat the test.

      If the Habs lose, you’ve got more situations to use on video reply to teach PK. WTF is with punishing an elite athlete for blunders? Meanwhile his pet DD has been given pooploads of chances to just score a flipping goal!


      Go Habs Go!

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Yes I noticed that a while ago. Only caught last night’s game from the penalty shot to the shootout, but PK did stop the old heart during his shifts in the OT.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

  38. habbernack says:

    MB should decide who he wants to keep long term…P.K. or Therrien. P.K. will be in the league alot long than MT…P.K. will become a free agent and sign with the Leafs.

    • Bill J says:

      No way PK signs with Leafs, with the Bruins or Canucks? I’d put very good odds in both those teams landing PK.

      Not so much with Toronto.


      Go Habs Go!

    • habkin says:

      That’s what I said last night but in a different way. Perhaps some of us, including me, is taking this episode in PK’s career to the extreme. I believe we have a fantastic core of young players and PK is one of them. If he does leave he would most likely join his brother in Boston. Wow, that would sting!

    • Nitroslices says:

      MB has until July to decide; and then some. It is still very early in the season. The Habs have a year to play this out and besides, I think (?) PK will still be a RFA….I did not bother to look it up.

  39. habs001 says:

    Eller has improved a lot since joining the Habs but offensive expectations of him are too high based on his hockey history…he has never had scoring numbers at any level of hockey that jump out at you…..nhl 225 games 38 goals…ahl 70 games 18 goals…sweden 62 games 12 goals….swede jr 84 games 29 goals….he still looks to me skill level wise as a 15-20 goal player ….which is not bad..

  40. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …for the cultural savants among Us …if You’re chasing poutine on the Left Bank of Paris this week-end, here is the bar to watch Your Habs play whilst soothing Your cravings

    … The Great Canadian Pub http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Parisian+brasserie+home+Habs+fans/9133637/story.html

    …note bene: …You will notice too that l’Office québécois de la langue française has not sniffed this joint out yet :)

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    …and, last, while You at it, also retire Guy Lapointe’s number 5 !!!

    • The Jackal says:

      Ah yeah, that place is awesome!
      I watched a cup final game in another Canadian bar called The Moose, back in 2008. The Moose is not in near the Seine but it is just off Bvd St. Germain in the 6th arrondissement.

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  41. frontenac1 says:

    The Camel Clutch on the way amigos!Iron Sheik Coming for Rob Ford.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/06/iron-sheik-rob-ford_n_4227914.html

  42. mount royal says:

    One thing that MT does that annoys some people is that he tells it like it is. Today he gave a detailed criticism of Chuck`s play at center and basically said that he wasn`t yet ready for the job. I don`t in any way sense that he is being a bully or trying to embarrass Chuck. Its the same with Subban. If he has a problem, he will discuss it openly. There is nothing personal about it. Are players too sensitive for this? Well, they get worse criticisms daily from diverse media, including this site.

    • SmartDog says:

      Just because he sometimes tells it like it is, doesn’t mean that other times he’s not being an ass.

      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Habitforming says:

      So the future franchise #1 center isn’t ready for the center position because the coach, in his infinite wisdom, decided to test him out against a team that is 10 times better than team he coaches?

      I’m calling BS on this one.

      He set Galchenyuk up to fail, and I’ll even take it one further and say he did it intentionally. Was it for his little buddy Desharnais or was it just to quiet the critics for a while?

      I don’t know the reason obviously, but I figured Galchenyuk might be given even half the opportunities DD gets.

  43. alfieturcotte says:

    This from Bob McKenzie re: PK’s previously signed 2-yr bridge contract: ” it could be argued that the two-year ‘bridge deal’ that he signed last season may now play in his favour”. Funny, I argued vehemently last year that what rookie and still very green MB should do was to sign PK to a long term contract 2 seasons ago. My posts were met with much criticism by many on this board. We could have locked up up long term for less money, significantly less money that it will cost today. Whatever nonsense MB and MT are playing with Subban, I can only hope that they realize just how dominant Subban will be for the next 10 yrs. The real thoroughbred and only star on this team is Subban.

    Stop f’ing around and sign Subban.

  44. frontenac1 says:

    Test;hello Tokyo

  45. Danno says:

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  46. sweetmad says:

    Thanks people,for the compliments on my poem,Max you proved my point for me,I was writing about all the rubbish written by people on TSN “your call”,they see hockey players as nothing more than that,but they are people first,and to me PK is an amazing person,I don’t think I exaggerated his virtues too much,perhaps you should try to be a little more like him.

    I would love to get a room with PK,we could have a nice long talk,and I would tell him to ignore the fans,I am 69 years old and married, so there is fat chance of anthing more than talk,maybe if I was,50 years younger,I don’t reall y care how you address me.

    You can call me all the cows and bitches under the sun,
    As long as you don’t call me old or late for the fun.
    GO HABS GO

  47. frontenac1 says:

    I haven”t been able to post today due to the Mobile Issues with this site but have read lots of comments about Doug Murray. Give him a little more time amigos, You will love this guy. The Sharks were sad to see him go. Saludos Crankshaft.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aedJbDCmI8

    • jrs10069 says:

      wrong..he started strong but is now reminding the sharks fans why they were happy to see him leave. Slow and dumb, bad combination.

      jrs10069

      • frontenac1 says:

        I only know a few Shark fans amigo, probably less than you.

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        Completely agree. Murray is just horrible. I think I read today that we´re at 10 scoring chances for and 21 against when Murray´s been on the ice. Watching him “play” is even worse than looking at his stats.

        I´m not surprised that some people here still get blinded by his size and aggressiveness. I hope Therrien is at least not dumb enough to play him over Bouillon. Despite his flaws Bouillon is still much better than Murray.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Hey Front. The problem with him right now is he’s being asked to do too much. Once Emelin returns he’ll fit better as dman #6. CHeers.

  48. Lil Snapper says:

    Detroit placed Tootoo on waivers, don’t like his style but what you all think about picking him up?

  49. jols101 says:

    Watching the newest 24CH (English version) and while I’m not a fan of Therrien his motivational speech to the boys in the video room was really good.

  50. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Have not posted in some time, but I need to vent, and these boards are awesome, I read them daily.

    Therrien would be a great coach for a team of pluggers. I do not mean that as a derogatory comment. Simply, that is what i feel would suit his type of game and personality.

    He understands hard work, and I will go as far as quoting him “when a student studied hard, he goes to an exam with confidence”, could not agree more.

    However, he will never understand having a strong personality and raw talent.

    I will remind you all, his Pittsburgh team WITH Marian Hossa, did not beat Detroit, yet, the next year WITHOUT Marian Hossa, they did…

    He needs to go, I think Boucher is our man, he is smart, he ADAPTS to the player (instead of being silly to think its the other way around)… An NHL coach has to work for the player, not the other way around. NO BOSS makes less money than his employees… SO no, i keep hearing RDS, bunch of old boy club, past their prime, air bags throw away words like “his team, leader, captain, etc” NONSENSE.

    You get a player to improve by proving to him you can help him better himself. No other way, people respect Babcock because he will not try to mold you, he will try to fine tune you.

    Boucher did amazing work with bulldogs, and if tampa wasnt such a horrible team during his tenure, it would have shown.

    Montreal is more talented than some would admit, however, their weaknesses no one is addressing.

    And if meritocracy is what Therrien really preached, then explain ice time to me…

    No, this is all nonsense, but hey, Pauline Marois was elected, not exactly the province of avant garge common sense.

    when all think alike, no one is thinking very much

  51. HardHabits says:

    There appears to be a whole new crop of recent arrivals to these hallowed pages, youngsters looking to make their mark. Welcome aboard newbies and good luck with those line combos and HIO13 trade scenarios. Have at thee with the PK slings and arrows. Revel in the “fire Therrien” rampages and rants and raves. Me, I am just an over paid veteran whose production has slumped playing 4th line minutes.

    But it still isn’t time to raise the good old HH logo all the way up to the HIO rafters… at least not yet and hopefully not for a long while!

    In the meantime… I am saving myself for the play-offs… for the 2015-16 season that is.

  52. jols101 says:

    Sports Center trying to blow up the Subban/Therrien situation.

  53. sweetmad says:

    Please oh! please leave PK alone,
    He’s the player all teams want to clone,
    Went to TSN to see the news,
    All I saw,just gave me the blues.

    14 pages of its your call,
    Just screw them up, into a ball,
    What a lot of rubbish people write,
    Nobody seems to have any insight.

    They say Pk wants to play elsewhere,
    That it’s about the money and he just doesn’t care,
    They just don’t know anything about our man,
    Wether it’s media or a supposed HABS fan.

    Pk is special we all know that,and more,
    But about the person,they don’t know the core,
    Pk is as stubborn as hell,
    It’s what I am, thats how I can tell.

    Pk is flamboyant and maybe loud,
    You will always notice him in a crowd,
    But he is kind hearted and sincere,
    If he is your friend you need never fear.

    With PK there are no halfways,
    Thats the way he lives and how he plays,
    He’s tenacious and caring and doesn’t give a damn,
    He will always give his all, co’s that’s all he can.

    I am sick and tired of the judgements I see,
    Why can’t people,just let the kid be,
    He is a beast, he is a dove,
    He is the kind of person I love.

    Forget about his hockey skills
    Just think of the future,and hope he instills,
    If there were more people on this earth today,
    With the love and compassion that make up PK.
    GO PK GO

  54. SmartDog says:

    5 QUESTIONS

    1. Today in his presser, Therrien said Subban played a great game. Do you think that mattered to Subban?
    2. Leblanc sent down but the coach said he did a good job. Will LL be a full-time Hab next year?
    3. What’s the most interesting or surprising thing you’ve seen on 24CH?
    4. Is Eller 1st line center material? 2nd line? 3rd line? – where will he end up?
    5. Will Therrien last the year?
    SD

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      1). Probably not but it might have quelled some of the crap going on in the media.
      2). I liked what I saw as well. Yes.
      3) Nothing. I think it was counter productive in this market.
      4) 2nd line with penalty killing expertise.
      5) Yes

    • Timo says:

      1. No. THerrien couldn’t have been less sincere
      2. Probably not. Perhaps he’ll be a part of some package. Don’t really care
      3. Don’t watch but that thing with Prust sewing Subban’s sleeves was funny
      4. 2nd line
      5. Sadly yes

    • The Jackal says:

      1) It mattered to him as much as it matters when he is criticized. Nice to hear, different kind of motivation.
      2) Yes.
      3) PK wearing goalie pads – it was hilarious but Gorges seems like a douche.
      4) Solid 2nd line.
      5) Yes. And if not, that’s not a good thing. Revolving coach door is bad for the team.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • naweed235 says:

      1. To Subban, No. I think he said that just to get some heat off of himself
      2. He played well in his short tenure here, so I don’t see why not
      3. When M.T. basically crapped all over Subban between periods.
      4. Eller would be an amazing 3rd line center and good 2nd liner if played with great wingers…
      5. Yes

    • mksness says:

      1. no
      2. he might not be with the habs next year at all
      3. nothing
      4. 3rd line center.
      5. yes

    • jrs10069 says:

      1 – no
      2 – no chance, he’s not nhl
      3 – how dumb our coach and GM are
      4 – tough one, he’s a hog, needs to open up his play
      5 – yes and 2 more until Molson fires MB

      jrs10069

  55. JM says:

    Blame the coach all you want it’s the product on the ice. You either got it or you don’t and a lot of players on this team don’t. They’re following the same route Toronto took and look at them. Still waiting to win a cup 40 + years later. Don’t be surprise if you’re still waiting 40 + …. No Guarantees in winning a cup Gotta have the best and we’re a long ways away.

  56. crabvader says:

    Gloom and doom.

    Gloom and f’in doom.

    You guys are too cheery for my taste.

  57. The Jackal says:

    I’m not sure if anyone posted this, but it’s an interesting article from an interview with Carbo on his being fired.

    I like Carbo a lot and think he should be our next coach.

    http://www.bloggingcarbo.com/2013/10/the-firing-over-four-years-ago-still.html

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • thorandresson says:

      but why hasn’t he been hired by other teams? and why hasn’t he tried his hand at coaching in Europe for example, like other professional coaches have done (see Bob Hartley, Marc Crawford)

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Carbo knows exactly why he was fired. Remember the “Soon the whole story will be told” quote. There is a really good reason why he hasn’t sniffed another job. Hiring him would be a bigger mistake then hiring Therrien.

      • Timo says:

        So why was he fired?

      • The Jackal says:

        Maybe the story he is referring to is why he was fired, and he still does not have a reason as to why.
        There is a good theory that the decision came from an impatient Boivin and Gilet, who wanted the Habs to win more during the centennial season and were disappointed with the All-Star slump.

        Carbo got us to first place and was a good coach for us. He was fired with a winning record too.

        ______________________
        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

        • thorandresson says:

          yes, but despite his “great cv” why hasn’t he coached again? surely other teams would’ve valued that? or perhaps there is something seriously wrong with his coaching…

          • The Jackal says:

            I’m not sure, but Therrien also had a long absence and so has Boucher. It’s not like they have a bad rep, the teams probably thought another coach was a better fit.

            ______________________
            Hockey sine stercore tauri.

          • thorandresson says:

            In response to Jackal Re: Therrien taking a break and the same for Boucher. Therrien coached Wilkes-Barre the year after he got fired and Boucher is still kinda fresh from his firing, chances are he’ll coach soon enough. It’s been 5 years since Carbo got canned and all he’s coached is the team he owns Chicoutimi for 15 games… There’s a big difference between a player turned-coach (Carbo) and a career coach (Boucher and Therrien)

          • jols101 says:

            Because, unfortunately for him, there is only 1 team in the NHL where speaking French makes you a prime candidate for head coach.

        • CH Marshall says:

          I sorta believe the Gillett theory.. he was thinking of selling the franchise, needed to make the playoffs for some quick liquid cash. Winter slump gave him a scare, so he told Bob to pull the plug on Carbo……

    • Ali says:

      Carbo has been too proud to take an AHL coaching gig, and expects to be handed another NHL job. He did a good job, but still has a lot to learn. I think he’ll be waiting a while if he decides not to pay his dues.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      Carbo needs to go somewhere and prove that he can coach. All I can remember him doing since he left is taking the U18s to a dismal showing. Go learn your trade Carbo.

  58. Bripro says:

    I see all of this focus on PK as just another issue to keep Habs media and social media in full swing.
    I watched most of L’AntiChambre last night with the same result.
    After the first 10 minutes, it all becomes repetitive.
    And this seems to be the case with the general media surrounding the team.
    What else is there to talk about?
    Yesterday, the major news was DD sitting out.
    So he sat out…. big deal.
    Many will say that it took a while, but proved them right.
    Again… so what?
    The Montreal Canadiens Organization is the nucleus of hockey around the world. Even through years of mis-management and under performing, you talk to fans throughout North America or Europe, and many will wear the team crest on their sleeve.
    So with all of this attention, is it any wonder that teams come in here hyped to the rafters, ready to play like it’s a playoff game?
    Is it any wonder that there are enough distractions to keep our guys off of their game?
    I’m sure the pressure is tremendous.
    I’m the first to agree that that’s why they’re paid the big bucks, and if they don’t, they’ll hear about it.
    But at some point, a lid on the team’s comings and goings might make it easier and help the team perform better, without the assistance of the half million wannabe-GMs.

  59. JM says:

    Should they lose to Ottawa – They should bury their heads in the sand … No shame losing against St. Louis they’re a pretty good team
    Still don’t like the shoot-outs. St. Louis would have had 19-pts in the standings instead of 20 That’s how some teams get in the playoffs who shouldn’t be in there ….

    • Habfan10912 says:

      That formula worked to our advantage last season as well. Haven’t you heard how our tremendous coach finished second in our conference last season.

      • The Jackal says:

        Is that the new theory, that it was because of the loser point?

        ______________________
        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          No. If you recall the team couldn’t buy a point the last month of the season and were helped greatly by the Bruins and Leafs finishing as bad. One or two points would have made it a 7th or 8th place finish.

          And while I have your attention your post about Therrien helping PK win the Norris is equally dumb. PK had No training camp where he could partake in the excellent coaching techniques if MT. It was all PJ. He worked his butt off during the off season. All Therrien did was tap him on the shoulder which aparantley he’s forgotten Joe to do this year.

          • thorandresson says:

            All PK? Really? How about having a healthy Markov all season? Markov has done it with other players before (see Streit, Souray…)

          • Habfan10912 says:

            You missed the point completely. Markov should get more credit then Therrien. It was PK’s hard work that was the biggest factor in the reward. Not knocking the contributions of his teammates. Just arguing the fact that giving the coach too much credit is wrong.

          • The Jackal says:

            Well sure, but they got enough points over the season to avoid that, they still stormed out of the gate. You can’t blame injuries on the coach.

            And I believe PK was largely responsible for winning the Norris, but the coaching staff helped insofar as giving him more responsibility, more TOI, and helping him play a more disciplined and efficient game.

            ______________________
            Hockey sine stercore tauri.

          • thorandresson says:

            Recall how little MT was using PK at the beginning of last season too, that surely had an effect and kept his ego in check…

          • Eddie says:

            Jim, you’re on fire! I’m with you on every post, bud!

  60. mark-ID says:

    Timo, you are like the DD of getting the first post.

    Not good.

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  61. jimmy shaker says:

    Even though he’s a millionaire, playing a sport he loves , playing for the greatest and most storied franchise in NHL history, I still kind of feel bad for Parros, who’s +/- is plummeting worse than Obama’s popularity. He’s on the ice for about 5 minutes a game, get’s benched about every other shift, doesn’t really have any offensive prowess whatsoever, and now is basically a defensive liability while on the ice. I wish he had a little bit more speed or skill to warrant more ice time and be more effective. Didn’t like the fact that he went out there when St.louis’s 4th line was out there and challenged i believe it was reaves to a staged fight. Help me out on this question…..when he was member of the ducks stanley cup team, did he play in the majority of the playoff games?

    Shaker out!

  62. Bripro says:

    Hey! I’ve been moderated.
    C’mon guys, that was funny!!!!

  63. CH Marshall says:

    Hey Gazette guys, where can we buy an HIO mug as seen in the show?

  64. toneez says:

    All I know is that if it ever comes down to one of them leaving that its NOT PK , as us loyal Habs fan know from a while back Chelios and Patrick Roy had wonderful careers after leaving the Habs and so will PK , only reason MT got the job is because he’s French so if he loses this job well his chances for employment in the NHL as a coach are NILL because no other team has a mandate thet the coach must speak French , I say you want a French coach then let go of Ego Therrien and bring in Guy Boucher who in my opinion was born to be a Habs coach … just my two cents …

    All Habs all the Time

    • donmarco says:

      Boucher was a joke as an NHL head coach with his stupid defensive tactics and permanent slasher scowl. His team tuned him out in less than 1 season. He’d make us pine for the good old days with Mario Tremblay if he was ever behind our bench.

      • CH Marshall says:

        Consider this though: one year with the Bulldogs and goes to the Calder finals, first year with Tampa and goes to the Conference finals, almost sinking the Bruins. Every coach has his faults, but I think Boucher has more positives than negatives.

        • The Jackal says:

          Boucher is a really good coach who has succeeded at every level he has coached in.
          Stevie Y panicked when he fired him and got lucky that Cooper was there.
          But Boucher is a very good coach who is highly competitive and he is a players’ coach.
          You can bet he has learned from his mistakes at the NHL level and any team would be lucky to have him.

          I hope he or Carbo are next in line for the Habs.

          ______________________
          Hockey sine stercore tauri.

          • CH Marshall says:

            absolutely.. I watched that Tampa – Bruins series and was very impressed by what that Tampa squad was doing. Vinny and Louis looked great, Stamkos was a beast. Fast transition. Always in the puck carrier’s face. I’m sure he’s had time to mull over his mistakes, and will be more flexible in the future. Personally I like his 1-3-1 system, and if he can make a hybrid system out of it that could suit the Habs both offensively and defensively, I say why not? Especially since he knows P.K. well and let him run with a bit more room in Hamilton than say now with Therrien.

          • Habfan10912 says:

            Carbo? The great communicator. There’s a reason no one else has considered him. One of my favorite players but not coach. You’d be better off bringing bowel movement back.

            Here’s what I hope for. Roy fails miserably in Colorado and Bergevin gets a “do over”

          • Eddie says:

            Wow! That’s a post I agree with 100%, Jack. And may I add that Boucher was terrific coaching Subban as well. Boucher is a brilliant man, and I wanted him to coach the Habs a few years back.

      • boing007 says:

        What about Dany Dubé? He’s still waiting patiently.

        Richard R

  65. HABZ24 says:

    The sports media in this town of mtl needs a slap in the head..wtf is going on,why oh why is the media constantly relentlessly always picking on pk subban ? The guys a stud,best player on the habs.period.the mans still growing as a player,ya he needs to stop going for the highlite real hit which he has slowed up on.pk has a hard shot loads of passion,gives it his all 99 percent of the time.why doesnt the media get on players backs like gionta few pts small old guy lost a step or desharnais overpaid do bugger all smurf,or murray cant skate. Leave pk alone or he,ll move on

    GO HABS GO

    • Haberoooo13 says:

      you don’t listen to 690 I’m guessing…

      Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

    • Timo says:

      Re PK I find that even half of the french media and majority of posters on RDS are having a WTF moment about Therrien’s treatment of the star defenseman.

    • donmarco says:

      You think this is just a Montreal story? Check out the lead story on TSN. It’s rapidly becoming the talk of the NHL. As if this story needs any more attention. And if you pay attention to what the media is saying they’re not knocking PK at all, it’s Therrien that’s causing all the head scratching.

  66. Coca Cola Kid says:

    Sergio looks like he’s spending a lot of time at his dad’s restaurant

  67. FlyAngler says:

    So DD will move from the press box to a line with Bourque and either Pacioretty or Bournival. If he has been doing so good a job defensively, why not put him on the fourth line UNTIL he shows he can do something in the offensive end INSTEAD of saddling Bourque and Pacioretty or Bournival with him? He has shown ZERO on offense so far this season despite excessively generous power play time. Bourque and Bournival have been playing great lately. Why F them up by sticking DD with them? How effing stupid can you be?

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  68. Haberoooo13 says:

    Listening to A. Ward on 690 and it’s typical PK comment from him…all of a sudden Therien is the best coach in the world

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  69. Bripro says:

    Damn!

    Ooops. I can’t even say that without it being a double post.

    Damn Timo!

  70. wall2bay says:

    This organization is a joke….from the moment I saw Briere get the torch from Lafleur on opening night, I knew this organization had it backwards.

    MT is outdated and quite simply the only coach in the NHL that thinks PK should not be on the ice during the last 4 minutes of a tied game.

    All this team talk is BS now cuz it has now become about one person……and that is MT himself! Clearly he is trying to show the public he is smarter than others when in fact he has just a big joke!

    • Kooch7800 says:

      He also played almost the entire PP (the only PP of the game I might add) so he was tired. I think we all knew it was going to overtime. He wasn’t benched in overtime. Not too mention he got hit pretty hard in the game not long before.

      I wouldn’t doubt it all this BS in the media gets Subban signed sooner rather than later

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”


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