HI/O Show: Is Shaw too dirty for the Canadiens?

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In effort to add more grit to the club during the off-season, the Canadiens signed forward Andrew Shaw to a six-year US$23.4-million contract. On this week’s Hockey Inside/Out Show, our hockey insiders — Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, former Canadien and TSN 690 radio host Chris Nilan, and CBC Daybreak’s Andie Bennett — discuss Shaw as well as these topics: 

First impressions of defenceman Shea Weber after three games with the bleu-blanc-rouge

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Tuesday’s home-opening win over the Pittsburgh Penguins

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136 Comments

  1. Hickey, Farber even Spanakopita would be better than Andrew the high pitched Susser!

    Please Stu, move on from this guy!

    Exasperated! 23 years and counting…
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  2. Seriously. I don’t post on other streams anymore because of all of the hate from the pom-pom waving Pollys, but this guy is enough to bring anyone out from the dungeon. Get rid of Andrew Stu… He adds nothing save for irritation with his high pitched nasal voice and complete lack of hockey knowledge.

    I’m surprised Knuckles hasn’t broken his nose yet!

    Exasperated! 23 years and counting…
    Serge Savard: “on a un maudit problème”

  3. whiskeyJack says:

    The host is a jerk. Get rid of him.

  4. Several Scary Monsters says:

    First of all… Chris does not look well. I hope he is being supported.
    Number 2 – I will pay the entire HIO crew 5$ to punch the new host on the beak.
    I have never been so annoyed by anyone in hockey outside of Charles Wang.
    #3 – Stu? What the F*ck was that bit you did? I can read that. It was painful.
    Can we please go back to HIO being just HIO. The new format is terrible.

    There’s a rabid monkey in my house and he wants money

  5. Matt says:

    Please, get rid of Susser.
    I’ve watched the first two episodes because I want to hear what the panel has to say about the Habs’ week but this guy ruins it for me.
    And for Nilan, obviously 😉
    Please, please, please???

    • ronmachabsfan says:

      Cannot stand this guy Susser! He ruins the show for me and, obviously, a lot of others. Please get rid of this irritating, unfunny man who apparently knows nothing about hockey.

    • habberwocky says:

      He dissed Nilan! Who does that? Nilan has held the cup, and this unfunny punk dissed him for being old. This is not respectful, acceptable or even remotely funny.

    • Several Scary Monsters says:

      Agreed. This Susser idiot has got to go. He’s a comedian? Really? Like open mic nights comedian? You can see the rest of the team are not impressed. Nilan looks miserable.

      There’s a rabid monkey in my house and he wants money

  6. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    This guy is very strange. Why is he on the show? Does he have some specialized hockey knowledge that was missing from the show? He’s not funny or entertaining. I don’t think I’ll be watching anymore.

  7. habsfaninoakville says:

    Holy god please get rid of this guy. Seems he’s trying to position himself by putting the Stu, Chris (who probably wants to snap him like a chicken wing) and Andie on the defensive, but he’s only making himself look like a grasping douche.

    Please please please – it’s hard to watch. Get Boone on there already!

  8. HABS 63 says:

    Not a fan of Shaw , he is a weasel , if cleans up the cheep shots my option on him can change . Susser I don’t like him at all , like lots of other post her , if he continues to be the host I won’t be watching . As for THERRIEN , FIRE HIM NOW ! GO PREDS GO. 76. 76. 76.

  9. lakechamplain says:

    You don’t need a degree in reading body language to see that Nilan can’t stand this guy. Remember last year when Subban would come up for discussion in some way? Nilan acted like he really wanted to say some things but he couldn’t because he thought PK was a divisive factor on the team. He’s got the same look but worse when it comes to Susser; a thinly veiled contempt for this guy who knows nothing about hockey(much less inside out) and is irritating to boot. All I can figure is that Susser is related to some big wig at the Gazette who twisted some arms to get this guy on this show.

    The net result: a formerly nice little decent show that I used to enjoy has been ruined.

  10. Habs_Lover_69 says:

    Yeah, the earrings are bad: it’s not 1990 anymore and he’s not Lil Wayne. I’m sure he’s trying his best though.

    Just think about how much hate/anger will be posted on these forums when the Habs start losing…

  11. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    Nice earings, ugh

  12. habberwocky says:

    I’m sorry to complain but this just sucks. I used to love the show, now this new host is just reading from a script and thinking he’s funnier than he is.

    Why change things that are not broken?

  13. Calgary Steven says:

    Will Shaw fit in?

    How many Canadiens of bygone days “walked the line” and sometimes crossed it?

  14. Maksimir says:

    This one was better, glad they dropped the ‘on the street’ segment. Could cut out Stu’s final thoughts bit… he’s written and posted that material a million times.

  15. That’s better 🙂

    Shorten the intro, classic lighting, and a better background.

    Let me know if you want me to fly in. 😉

    If you want some comedy in there, add some cliches from the troops in the dressing room. Those are always giggles and eye rollers. You can play “Over/Under” with the panel.

    That one is free. 🙂

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  16. zip by says:

    ok – 2 shows in and i am not convinced: while i enjoyed Stu’s editorial, i would have enjoyed READING it as well. And that’s the point, now so much of the show is scripted it is like watching a newspaper article being read out loud. Worse it feels like an interview with Bergevin or Therrien.

    Just in the last couple of minutes it came alive with some of the banter we used to regularly enjoy. Nilan actually cracked one. And his humor is much better than the new guy’s. Same with Todd. Same with Boone. Please ditch the new “host” and bring back the loose, snappy repartee of old.

    • B says:

      I’m old school and actually like to read articles. More and more these days I encounter video and audio clips from sports sites’ links rather than good old fashioned textual articles. Too often I don’t even need to click a link, video and audio starts playing when I just go to some sites. I guess that’s just the direction the interweb is going.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  17. Ray Lefebvre says:

    I checked in to see if the comedy act was still going. As soon as I saw Susser’s face I cut the video. I am not watching this until they dump this guy and make the show decent again.

  18. Max_a_million says:

    Mysterious questions:
    -Is Brent Burns still behind that beard, or has he been replaced by a Yeti?
    -Al Montoya leading the league in Save percentage.
    -Interesting that Nashville’s powerplay is really clicking. While Montreal’s penalty kill has been awesome. Small sample size.

  19. Habsolo says:

    What’s happens to Shaw after Stu and Co. determine Shaw is too dirty to be a Hab? Will Stu force MB into making a trade? Stay tuned, and find out during next week’s episode.

  20. B says:

    Windsor (4th), Hamilton (7th) and Everett (8th) among this weeks top 10 CHL team rankings:
    http://chl.ca/article/chl-announces-top-10-rankings-oct-1916

    –Go Habs Go!–

  21. PK says:

    Price is back.

    So, it was the flu after all.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

    – Nostradamus, 1552

  22. Max_a_million says:

    The level of bipolarity around here, my goodness.

    Everything is completely awful or completely awesome at all times.

  23. B says:

    This is the Price quote that I believe Cowan and others were referring to:

    “P.K. is an offensive defenseman and a risk-taker. That’s made him successful, that’s the way he plays the game. He doesn’t want to change that and I respect that. I respect the way that he plays the game…his type of enthusiasm and his ability to raise fans out of their seats,” said Price. “That’s a special gift and something that not very many players are able to do. But the way we’re coached on our team, the way our team is structured, that’s not what were looking for. We’re looking for a steady type of defenseman that makes quick plays and is able to move the puck right away. Shea fits that bill perfectly.”

    People often “hear” different things, typically they hear what they want to hear. It’s human nature.

    Cowan, for instance, seems to have heard Price say that Bergevin was lying, that he was not just listening to offers but actively shopping Subban around.

    What Zepher appears to have heard Price say is that the whole dressing room is glad he’s gone

    What I heard Price say was that the gifted Subban did his own thing and felt that he didn’t have to do what the rest of the team was expected to do.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  24. NoTinFoilCups says:

    They need to let Serge in on some of that 3 on 3. Set him loose.

    • Max_a_million says:

      He definitely needs to be the best defender in Junior before he gets advanced for a look at the next level. Oh wait …

    • on2ndthought says:

      I think the shutout played a role in MS22 not getting much third period ice. It protected Montoya, but protected the kid more, you wouldn’t want him feeling responsible for the icebreaker.

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  25. ProHabs says:

    It’s about time the Habs had a player like Shaw. For the last 10 years the Habs have been a bunch of cream puffs. 10 years of no push back or toughness. The bruins embaressed the team by destroying them in the alleys.

    Ever since the days of Souray Rivet and Quintal it has been a team of marchmellows with the 1 year exception of Douglas Murray and George parros.

  26. bwoar says:

    Since you guys are such culinary experts I thought I’d share this little piece of recipe history from the 80s. Who knew that Jim Kyte uses veal in his chili?

    https://s9.postimg.org/rl0mqqanz/Jets_Cookbook.jpg

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Slovenian friend introduced me to his family recipe of Cevapcici, veal, sausage and beef all mixed together with spices/seasoning. Was incredible on the bbq. Veal can add a nice flavour to a bunch of dishes, you just can’t tell everyone at the table that you used veal. 🙂

  27. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Susser sucks! He has to go, even his fellow panel members dont seem to like him, Nilan looks like he wants to pop him one in the mouth fer Christs sake…

    ______________________________________________________
    Nilan deserves a place on the coaching staff.

    • Gerry Pigeon says:

      Well said. I get Stu’s trying to broaden his audience to include younger fans, but it’s only annoying the core fans, and adding one youngish loudmouth to three more mature, even keeled analysts just makes Susser look and sound like he wandered into the wrong set. Reminds me of the Strombo experiment. A few years later, back to Ron McLean. Why annoy the core fans that long, while attracting zero additional younger fans?

    • HabsfaninNM says:

      Totally agree, HIO show has been ruined by this new format. Susser serves no purpose whatsoever, and is downright annoying. Please get rid of him

    • thesenator18 says:

      Nilan was on Lemaire’s coaching staff in New Jersey players hated him……….You deserve a place in the loonie bin.

  28. HabinBurlington says:

    He’s baaaacck!

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  29. B says:

    The IceCaps released Bryan Pitton from his PTO, back to Brampton
    http://bramptonbeast.com/news/?article_id=841&full=1

    –Go Habs Go!–

  30. hansolo says:

    Did Stu say he was looking forward to watching the ‘Washington’ Predators play? It was at the 8:56 mark, just before he quoted the SI writer who said the Preds were now the Golden State Warriors of the NHL. We know what he meant but I didn’t realize the show was recorded live and not edited.

    The analogy between the Warriors and the Preds may be better than it was meant to be. The Warriors lost to the Cavs, who had more grit (character?) when it counted – Lebron took the team on his back and “refused to lose.”

    So, with Weber in the line-up, let’s hope we’re like the Cavs.

  31. Habfan17 says:

    Just watched the Inside out show and I won’t be watching again. I like Nilan and Bennett, but, call me petty, I can’t stand Susser and his over exaggerated mouth movements! Or his lame attempts at comedy. The intro’s were awful. Susser adds nothing to the show, he detracts from it.

    Stu, time to give up your obvious issues with the trading of PK. You mentioned that so far the Habs have a better per game scoring everage than Nashville. You also go on saying that Laviollette allows his team to play offensively and Therrien stifles that playing a defence first game and you hope the league changes watching Nashville.

    I guess you don’t watch much play off hockey. Chicago, the Kings, and Pittsburgh play a balanced game, starting with defence and allowing for offence. Pittsburgh added more speed to their lineup last year, but did not abandon strong defence.

    You even shoot yourself in the foot when you mentioned that Bergevin wanted Weber as he wants a defence that gets the puck out quick, meaning a quick transition to offence.

    Until Susser is gone and they change the format, I will not be watching again. I will miss Nilan and Bennett.

    Habfan17

  32. Timo says:

    Too dirty? Sheesh… he had one slew foot incident. And it’s about time Habs got dirty. Enough of this “classy” crap, which isn’t all that classy based on last year alone. The problem I have with Shaw is that he’s too small. Shaw need to grow about 6 inches and add about 50 lbs. And they need to get another Shaw.

  33. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Is Carey Price playing tonight?

  34. B says:

    Last night in the CHL:
    Bourque had an assist in a 5-4 win over the Armada
    He now has 12 points in 10 games

    Pezzeta scored his 4th goal in a 6-2 win over the Soo
    He has now scored 4 goals in his last 4 games

    Bradley had a goal and 3 assists in a 10-3 win over the Ice
    He now has 5 goals and 13 points in 11 games

    Juulsen had an assist in a 4-3 OT loss to Kelowna
    He now has 8 points in 8 games

    –Go Habs Go!–

  35. bwoar says:

    Good day Burly! Glad Laine and the boys could right do right by your dear Mom. Enjoy!

    It’s been very entertaining watching the Jets this year. I think of them as Dallas-lite. We’ll win our share of games 5-4 and lose about the same number, 5-4. I’m hoping our Habs are somewhat less, um, exciting in that respect.

  36. Luke says:

    Moving on from the Classical Tragedy that is occurring in the Kelly’s living room, and onto the game tonight:

    I think the two clear and obvious challenges that the Habs must overcome to win are:

    1) How DD can handle Pronger’s size and physical play.
    2) How Weber can deal with Datsyuk’s agility & creativity.

  37. knob says:

    I like guys like Shaw (and FWIW, Ryan White). I don’t like the term and $$s that Shaw got. My biggest concern is that, much like Brandon Prust, Shaw plays a hard game and at some point in time his body is going to break down. His term is too long and I find it hard to believe that he is getting paid more than Brendan Gallagher. One is a second line winger (notwithstanding the fact he is playing on the first line) and the other is a third line winger.

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    • HabinBurlington says:

      Salaries unfortunately are always going to be somewhat out of whack as timing and sometimes good fortune matter most. Shaw got to play on a great team where the elements he brought were highlighted and revered by the team. As a result he could no longer be afforded by the Hawks due to the cap constraints. As such he was able to make hay with that as his contract came due at the perfect time.

      Gallagher in a perfect world makes more money, but he got his payday sooner than Shaw and will get another payday after this contract. LIkely Shaw gets another contract but for a decrease in pay at that point.

      The salary cap has really changed the pay structure in the league, it is an intriguing dynamic to watch play out. Unfortunately for the Kings and Hawks, I think their runs to the Cup finals are over as they now have had to reward to many of the players with big contracts and can no longer afford the quality of depth players needed. This isn’t to say they aren’t still good teams, but they cannot afford injuries and top players to slump at all.

      • knob says:

        Good points Burly, especially in your second paragraph. Here is hoping that, in the future anyway, Shaw’s contract doesn’t negatively impact the roster too much.

        in all thy sons command

  38. B says:

    Was chronic slew footer Subban too dirty for the Canadiens?

    –Go Habs Go!–

  39. Hammer says:

    Shaw is the best thing that has happened to Gallagher in his career. Having two players opposition love to hate takes a lot of the pressure off of #11. There are only so many crosschecks to go around when one is standing in front of the net. Having another S””T Disturber and Rads will bring a whole new element to the Habs, Now if we can only get Marchand from Boston it would be a hat trick!!

  40. on2ndthought says:

    OK, I see Stu in a different light after that editorial. It’s not so much that he’s a PK fan, he’s an acolyte of the ‘pretty game’; Paul Coffey, Paul Kariya, Paul K. Subban.

    I get it, it is the team Gainey tried to build when he traded for Tanguay, Gomez, Kaberle, and signed Cammalleri and Spacek.

    If the league had changed the rules (or enforced the ones in place) that team would have been competitive. Alas, this is the NHL, and Bergevin’s responsibility is not to beauty and unicorns, but to building a team that can compete and contend in the current NHL. I think he’s doing a fine job.

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  41. habs001 says:

    Maybe my memory is bad but it seems the Habs have struggled vs Ariziona?

  42. Luke says:

    I don’t want to dig up old bones, but about What the Puck…

    I had a quick glance. I noticed something stated that was somewhat shocking to me, and had to read through ALL of the comments to see the reaction… and there was zip. nothing. How could this be?

    So here’s Kelly’s comment that shocked me (in two acts):

    my teenage son came running into the living room…

    (Given an either/or option, I would have guessed Kelly was the teenaged son not the father of one, but here’s the kicker):

    Now clearly he’s just working through some Oedipal issues here…

    What a weird thing to PUBLISH about your child. Seriously, What.The.Puck????

    • HabinBurlington says:

      It is bizarre to say the least Luke. It was pretty much at that sentence I stopped reading. I guess the family values of the site, depend on what kind of family is being discussed.

      • Captain aHab says:

        I had a post where I used “puck” to replace the same word Kelly uses it to replace and it was modded. So I guess the editorial line is “Do as I say, not as I do”?

        —————-
        Drop da puck already!

      • Bash says:

        Either he knows the Oedipus myth and the Bard’s interpretation (in which case the comment is weird to say the least) or he has only a vague notion and the comment reveals that ignorance.

        “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

    • Dust says:

      yeah I found that wierd too. Maybe there is a different meaning for the word Oedipal but i thought it was along the lines of a child wanting to have sex with their parents. I’m hoping there is another meaning

    • on2ndthought says:

      In a (slightly) more benign and less Freudian way, this is just babble for ‘teenage rebellion’, nothing more sinister. It was delivered tongue in cheek. I’m not one to defend BK, but this is not his most egregious transgression.

      More single malts, more saloons, más habla español, more spittoons: Free Front!

      • Luke says:

        I don’t think it was a “transgression” per se… just the weirdest darn thing i’m going to read this week.

      • bwoar says:

        I didn’t read the passage in question, and I know next to nothing about Freud (like, Bill & Ted level ignorance) but having definitely read Oedipus Rex, I’m not sure how ‘Oedipal issues’ would ever come to mean ‘teenage rebellion’.

        Count me in the ‘this one’s super bizarre’ camp. I think some editorial oversight could be exercised here.

  43. adamkennelly says:

    Shawn is a bit dirty for sure….but I’m ok with it – he pushes back which is what I are about….still think Habs are lacking size and muscle front – no one to really back it up…when we played the SENS and their D started hitting – Habs forwards had not much to say or do about it.

  44. Puck Bard says:

    The whole PK dust-up reminds me of when Jacques Lemaire was traded to the Sabres. Everyone freaked out at first but then…

    Oh wait a minute…

  45. Kooch7800 says:

    well just watched the HIO show and it will be my last. Listening to Stu about the Subban trade did it for me. Seriously Stu, give it a rest. PK didn’t walk on water. If you want maybe you should start a Nashville team website. Problem is you may have 5 people visit it a day.

    The habs won’t miss Subban because Sergachev will be our #1 d man when Weber is at the tail end of his career.

    As soon as Subban held a gun to the habs when he was in negotiation and turned down 8.25 million his days were numbered. PK can’t accept any blame for the trade and blames it all on personality. Well, PK is the highest paid D man but isn’t the best D man in the NHL. Plain and simple. The habs had the highest paid D last year (still up there) but when Carey went down the defense was AWFUL.

    I wish PK well in Nashville but I think the Habs addressed a major need in the acquisition of Weber. They need a physical D man who clears the net and scores goals. He isn’t flashy but gets the job done.

  46. bwoar says:

    Hope to see a nice return for Carey Price tonight.

    As the PR flak for Team Dirty Champions, I can only say that the Canadiens are not yet dirty enough for Andrew Shaw, and I blame the fanbase generally for this.

    The recent influx of sandpaper is encouraging. The hope is that by xmas we can add a useful guy like Mike McHeadbutt and possibly turn a corner. The lack of a proper enforcer is absolutely a concern moving forward but until the GM can find one who can skate we’ll be unprotected.

  47. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Every successful team seems to need a player who other teams hate and other team’s fans love to hate. These guys often play just over the edge. I agree that you can’t complain about being too soft and then bemoan the addition of some serious sandpaper.

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain

  48. Puck Bard says:

    I’m on the bandwagon but…

    Recalling that Habs won their first three last year… and with Condon between the pipes for one of them.

  49. Marc10 says:

    I liked Stu’s Op/Ed. That adds context to his comments post trade.

    Now, he’s assuming Carey told the whole truth. I wouldn’t go that far.

    Did PK get traded because he flagrantly flaunted team rules by turning up late to team meetings on more than one occasion? The number was put at 18 times by Tony Marinaro, I believe.

    Did he go out on the town while recovering from his neck injury while the team was playing? Yeah, he did. Twice. Once when they played the Wings and once against the Sens.

    Did he refuse to play even though the doctors had cleared him to return to action? Again, that’s what the media that were doing their job were reporting. Stu?!

    So did PK really go out of his way to make sure he got traded? I think he did. Those points weren’t brought up by Price, nor by Stu. That PR piece put it down to a difference in philosophy… and I guess that’s true in a way. PK wanted it his way. He just made sure he forced management to trade him by acting irresponsibly… and in that context, I’m glad we got Shea. He won’t put the team second.

    PK’s a great player, but you have to look at the full picture. I don’t think Stu is doing that. A little digging and investigating would do the trick. (Heck, just bring Marinaro on the show if you want to talk to a guy who did the work post trade. He’s one of the few that did.)

  50. HabinBurlington says:

    Shaw is always going to rub some fans the wrong way. He knows what style of play got him to the NHL, what got him his contract and what style he has to play to stay in the NHL.

    Having said that, he needs to be smarter. It’s one thing to play on the edge, be physical/yapping on the ice etc, but it is another to outright slew foot a player as he did.

    I imagine it is a difficult line for him to tow as he has to play on the edge to be effective. I like him on our team, I am happy the team acquired him, but he also needs to be somewhat held in check. I would like to think/hope that players like Weber would be having lots of conversations with him throughout the game and between periods.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Shaw will be fine I think. He plays the line and sometimes goes over it. I don’t have a problem with that. He will be an asset against teams like Boston, philly and in the playoffs.

      We now have Gallagher, Shaw, Radulov, Carr who are all players not scared to go to the dirty areas. That is a huge upgrade from last year

      • bwoar says:

        And Lehkonen. Kid’s got some jam.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          yes, you are correct. My bad.

          Such a different feel to this team this year. I didn’t like MB’s moves last year but this year he did well in the offseason

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Agree with both of you guys. Teams can play bigger than they are, it is all in how they play. Weber and Shaw set the table, the rest have to learn to have the same manners when eating together as a family.

  51. 24 Cups says:

    Andrew Shaw – you can’t have it both ways. Fans can’t bemoan the fact the team is too soft and then whine when MB brings in a solution.

    Shea Weber – I still cringe at the thought of giving up four years in terms of age but I don’t miss PK. Weber is like those truck ads – Like a Rock (apologies to Bob Seger).

    Andrei Markov – I’m a bit baffled to see Sergachev playing the right side but if that doesn’t change I can see Markov coming back for a few more years (to fill the void) as long as the contracts are one year deals at a reduced rate of coin.

    First Impressions – it’s only three games but:
    – 5 out of 6 points without Carey Price.
    – the team soundly beat the defending Cup champions.
    – line combos and D pairings look encouraging.
    – Andrighetto and Barberio both passed through waivers giving Montreal some added depth for later in the year.
    – the new players such as Weber, Radulov, Shaw and Montoya appear to be off to solid starts.
    – penalty kill looks excellent.
    – best GD in the league at +6
    – no injuries (Price’s status is just fluky, not a major concern)
    – 8 out of 10 points is well within reach after playing the Coyotes (no Smith) and Bruins (no Bergeron) this week

    As for the HIO panel, I have to agree with The Headmaster and state that Andie Bennett is at the top of the class.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I’m not sure how it is wanting it “both ways” to want a player who is tough but not dirty.

      Shea Weber comes to mind.

      (Note: I’m not anti-Shaw. I think he’s going to be OK.)

      —–

      • Marc10 says:

        Shea broke Andrew’s ribs back in the day. I’m sure he did it cleanly though…

      • HabinBurlington says:

        The game Shaw plays is almost night and day from Weber as I see it. Shaw is an undersized gritty forward who gets under the skin of the opposing team, who bangs away in front of the net, and has to always be giving 100% physically to be effective. This gets him involved with all kinds of players on the opposing team whom likely have the same job for their team. Seems to me these kinds of players often get caught up in the game per se with such actions. He played this same way in Chicago and was adored by the fans and teammates there.

        • DipsyDoodler says:

          You’re also describing Gallagher, who isn’t at all a dirty player.

          I have to admit I don’t know Shaw’s history, but AFAIK he never did any Matt Cooke type stuff did he?

          —–

  52. Cal says:

    The HIO show improved from last week’s “first show” nerves.
    It’s a tough job, playing host and attempting to be funny. It’s not easy, and the criticism is harsh. Glad to see a short “editorial” segment. Giving each of the panelists in rotation that 90 second to 2 minute window to prepare something will give us better insight into the panelists, and give us all something to chew on.

  53. Habsolo says:

    I’m starting to think I’m too dirty to be a Hab fan. This site has jumped the shark. What a stupid thread.

    • Habanero78 says:

      It’s all about entertainment! Didn’t you know…. Montreal’s history is filled with powder puff hockey. Richard was never dirty, he just scored goals. Oh what??

  54. Habitoban says:

    Good show. It seems to me that Susser has to work at making his presence more conversational. Because of his comedy club background, Susser may still be projecting to the person in the last row. TV is way more intimate than a club setting. As a viewer, I like to feel like I’m eavesdropping on a chat at the table next to me. Unfortunately, that illusion gets lost a bit currently.

  55. JohnBellyful says:

    Continued from last thread …

    I get the impression there are still a few seats available on the Brendan Kelly bandwagon.

  56. Marc10 says:

    Shaw… That’s a good question for Chris Nilan to answer. He was our enforcer and resident bad-ass. He fought the wars and protected/defended his teammates. He also crossed the line on occasion – and every single time it was warranted. 🙂

    So to answer that first question…

    1) No. Shaw isn’t too dirty for the Habs. He just needs a quick review of MT’s personal improvement course material. I can also overlook any transgression against the Bruins and Chris Kreider. Andrew: If you feel you need to have a psychotic episode and you happen to be playing the Bruins or that punk in Rangers uniform… Well you go right ahead buddy. You get a pass, m’kay. This also applies to Chris Neil, Mark Borowiecki, Eric Gryba, and Steve Ott.

    2) How many seasons does Markov have left?

    Given the speed of the league, I hope we win the cup this year and make that decision for the General easy. I think at best he can do one more GonCHar farewell tour. Speed’s the killer for our man.

    What were the other questions again…?

  57. knob says:

    in all thy sons command

  58. BriPro says:

    One thing’s for certain, Sergachev’s pretty hair rivals Carey’s. 🙂
    Probably enough to keep him in the Show.

    • knob says:

      Sergachev will be a great player but he doesn’t bring much value to the team today, especially if MT doesn’t trust him on special teams (see third period, game 3), which I don’t have a problem with BTW. Send him to Windsor and get the roster to 7 dmen. Call up Ghetto and start some sort of rotation between Ghetto, Carr, Danault and Flynn.

      in all thy sons command

      • 24 Cups says:

        Like it or not, the team seems set on keeping Sergachev for a few more games. I’ll accept that but then send him back to junior. Run with a 22 man roster for now (we don’t have any waiver players to protect now that Ghetto cleared) and play Carr full time on the 3rd line. The newest theme in the NHL is that youth must be served (to save cap dollars!) so let Carr play. Flynn, Mitchell and Byron can rotate through on the 4th line (Danault gets full time youth minutes).

  59. HabinBurlington says:

    Habs vs Yotes tonight, Two more points please.

    Go Habs Go!


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