HI/O Show: Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre talks Habs

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre is the special guest on this week’s HI/O Show, joining Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs and sports editor/host Stu Cowan to talk hockey, Habs and even some baseball.

Coderre is asked if a possible Stanley Cup parade in Montreal this year would take the “usual route”, recalls where he was in 1993 when the Habs last won the Cup, and discusses a possible playoff bet with Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn.

And what would Coderre have bet Toronto mayor Rob Ford if the Maple Leafs actually made the playoffs?

Coderre also says who his favourite all-time Hab is and who his favourite player is on this season’s team.

And yes, he does talk about his infamous Tweet about David Desharnais earlier this season and even offers some advice for Rene Bourque.

The guest on next week’s show will be Jacques Demers, the last coach to lead the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup.

(Photo by Sterling Agres / HI/O Show)


  1. habbernack says:

    I’d like to see him against Lucic

  2. Old Bald Bird says:

    Is there something going on? That supposed video up there just appears as a static, unclickable picture for me. Anybody else?

  3. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Here’s an interesting one.. Bare with me, “best player” is a loose term…

    Who is the best player on the Habs right now? I think and argument can be made for Price, Vanek, Pacioretty, Subban and Markov. Personally, it’d come down to Patch, Vanek, and Price.. But it’s an interesting question..

    I’m not really looking to argue, just relish the fact that these five guys are “all world” talent and play for my fave team 🙂

    What an awesome team to follow, there has been a huge influx of character in the post PG era.. Look up and down the lineup and there’s players I’d welcome in my home.. Markov might be a bit of a grump.. Love the personalities of Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Subban, Price, Prust, Gionta, DD, Cube, Briere, White, Weaver, Weisse, Murray.. Even the more serious guys like Patch, Plek, Gorges, Bourque, Vanek, Emelin, Tinordi all seem like good people.. I like cheering for the respectable “family man” type guy.. Not the typical tail hound jock types..

    Loving the direction of the Habs!

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  4. Maritime Ronn says:

    jimmy shaker says:
    ….Nashville management being weary over Shea Weber’s big contract and mandatory bonus’s that go along with it.
    Poile is potentially going to be open to a possible trade….is there anyway in the world for MB to get Shea in a habs uni?
    The answer is YES – and the only trade name for Poile and Nashville would be nothing less than P.K. Subban + a little more.

    The other day, the poll question was:
    ” If you were Habs GM Marc Bergevin, would you consider trading P.K. Subban instead of re-signing him?”

    I was one of the 26% that voted, “would consider trading PK Subban”… and suggested ONLY IF Nashville called and Shea Weber was to come back in the deal.

    Weber is a ‘proven All-World’ Top 5 right handed Dman that plays and excels in every situation – be that 5X5-PP-PK.
    He is only 28, and has at least 5-7 more years of All-Star play and another Team Canada Gold Medal in him where he will be an integral part of the team with his play and leadership.

    Nashville has money issues and needs a highly skilled, charismatic, and ‘exciting’ offensive star player to sell tickets.
    Who better than P.K. Subban….and then teamed with the incredibly talented 19 year old Seth Jones (in the other Conference) could sell Hope and promise for the future?

    In terms of finances, Nashville has already paid out a lot of cash for Weber in the past 2 years, yet there is still HUGE CASH (not Cap Hit) to be paid in the next 4 years:

    Next 2 years: $28M Cash ($14M/year)
    The 2 years after: $ $24M Cash ( $12M/year)
    Total CASH: $52M over the next 4 years!

    In the next 4 years, Subban would probably cost Nashville $30M.
    That difference of $22M of pure CASH between Weber and Subban is huge for the Nashville ownership that cannot charge Canadian prices for tickets.

    What also becomes problematic for Nashville is that the Bonus payments are due on July 1st before the Revenue arrives.
    Those payments starting this July 2014 are:

    Lastly, and in terms of hockey, helping out the young guns coming.
    Imagine what a great mentor/teacher/all pro Weber could do with the likes of Beaulieu-Tinordi, and possibly Nygren-Pateryn-Ellis-Dietz…..

    Subban for Weber?
    In a heartbeat, and yesterday.

    • BJ says:

      @Maritime Ronn. I would also do it. Well thought out post and supporting your opinions with a good GM mind. I don’t know who else we could offer (maybe Eller). Weber would also add a maturity that PK has not yet brought to his game. Send your post to Bergevin….

    • Strummer says:

      Hey Ronn – I saw your earlier posts on the economic feasibility of Nashville trading Weber for someone like Subban.
      I have to agree! ____________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      When the idea was first mentioned, perhaps a month ago, I could see how it could work. We are one team that could with PK+Somebody give a good return for Weber. I can’t see why Nashville wouldn’t be interested in talking and why we wouldn’t be too.

    • habbernack says:

      With the way Beaulieu played last night those rushes are a taste opf things to come. I would make the trade

  5. Luke says:

    Spiethie is even through 5.

    Bogeyed the par 3, 4th. Got it back with a bird on the 5th, but that’s awful! Bogeying a par 3?! Seriously?
    This guy’s caddy is a complete joke. Spieithie should fire that clown.
    With this Caddy giving him advice, I’m sure he’s going to dump an 8 on the par 3 6th. Pathetic.

  6. kalevine says:

    Hard not to like the Hawks. That’s a team that comes to play hockey the way a lot of us think it’s meant to be played. I could think of worse scenarios than them repeating as Cup champs

    • Agreed. When the Habs are out, or not playing, I usually root for the Hawks. Or the Avs, since St. Patrick played there and now coaches them.

      Defense wins championships

      “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

    • JUST ME says:

      It is really an organization to look up to and i am glad that Bergevin comes from their school of management. I am happy to notice that we do compete with them and would rather have that style of hockey instead of the goonish type…And to top it all off they have a the nicest jersey after ours of course !

  7. boing007 says:

    PK needs to start throwing hits again. With Emelin and Tinordi doing the same it should make for some thumping fun moments.

    Richard R

  8. kalevine says:

    anyone else hoping Wings vs B’s in first round? I somehow can’t see the Bruins having it easy. My first choice would be Philly vs Bruins but that looks like it won’t happen

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Right now it is Detroit. Three teams are tied at 91 but Detroit has the worst ROW. Philly has one more game to play. Columbus has one gimme against Florida and may also beat Tampa.

      In short, looking like Boston-Detroit in round one.

      Moving. Forward.

    • FormalWare says:

      None of the three teams that the Bruins might face has even a decent chance of beating them – so I would say it’s moot who finishes in the second WC spot.

      The first WC, on the other hand, gets the Penguins–who I think might be ripe for the picking. Wouldn’t it be rich if they had to face Philly?

      WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

    • boing007 says:

      Me. Want Wings to beat Boston. Badly.

      Richard R

    • kalevine says:

      what about the Sens? oh wait, never mind LOL!

  9. BobbySmithWasClutch says:

    Do you think Vanek feels weird playing against the Islanders? Is there even a slight chance it could negatively affect his effort-level tonight?

  10. 24AW says:

    Habs should win tonight, but than again, the islanders has nothing to lose. Should be a good one, hope Max gets his 40th.

  11. habsfan0 says:

    So a Habs victory tonight coupled with a Tampa loss means 1st round starts at Bell Centre on Wednesday?

    If Habs do clinch tonight I think Budaj should start on Saturday vs Rangers.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      THey would have to start on Thurs…..because HNIC has to have the Saturday night broadcast. One more day to rest could be good for the boys, but good for the bishop as well.

      Shaker out!

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Maybe CBC will make Boston their #1 series and Habs their #2. Afterall, this is the final year they get to make decisions. Wouldn’t put it past CBC to do such.

        • boing007 says:

          Speaking of the hated CBC, I read an article yesterday that said each Canadian taxpayer pays around $30 a year for all CBC services. Those of you who scream and yell about your dislike of the CBC should compare that paltry sum with your monthly cable and satellite bills. Maybe we should give the CBC more money and put all those greedy cable and satellite companies out of business. Like PKP’s Videotron Empire for starters. Or Rogers. At least trim their sails a tad.
          Socialism at its finest.
          Richard R

  12. krob1000 says:

    Any Jays fans wonder why Colby Rasmus still has his hands out over the plate when the pitch is about to be delivered? Pointed it out to my wife last night…she said how does ever get ready in time to hit the ball? I said…he doesn’t. Any Jays fans out there please watch next time…no wonder the guy strikes out so much…if he were a slap hitter maybe…maybe he could pull it off but he has a classic long, looping lefty swing….the worst possible swing type for someone who starts too late…frustrating. On a positive note the Jays are leading the AL east and the pitching is looking much better early on. Reyes will add some jump but they should still go out and acquire some speed…..Rajai Davis would be fitting in nicely right now I believe..wasn’t happy to see him go.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Well don’t forget his father knows much more about baseball than Tony LaRussa, so I am sure he therefore knows much more than you about how his son should prepare in the batters box…… So much talent, but, well I will refrain from continuing.

      • krob1000 says:

        Watch for it tonight….I am hoping the new clean look means he is going to try and reinvent himself but KEvin Seitzer appears to be a smart guy from what the Jays announcers say he has said. It just looks so simply impossible to hit with how late he starts…he is in such a hurry to catch up that he almost overswings too late if that makes any sense? I hope it isn’t something like that he refuses to take advice…I lookat a guy like Bautista who realized the importance of timing and having his font foot down early. Bautista looks incredibly fast …almost impossible to blow a pitch by hm…he isn’t superhuman…he is super prepared with the rest of his body. HE has a fraction of a second longer to gauge the pitch and adjust to it…he can then be more selective and not miss key pitches or go cahsing bad ones. Colby is still trying to recover during that initial pitch assessment phase. Like you alluded to his natural ability is off the charts but facing 100 mph pitches every millisecond counts and the disadvantage he puts himelf at is disturbing.

    • Paz says:

      He does that for sure. Last year he stood so close to the plate he could not hit an inside strike.

      But he managed to put up decent numbers, 260, 20 homers, 60 RBI.

      I agree that he should be making important changes to his approach. I also think this has been a cause for conflict in his past.

      It would be cool if this site could have some baseball talk.

      Good post!

      • HabinBurlington says:

        All the talent in the world this kid has Ed, just seems to beat to his own drum and won’t listen. Last year seemed like a quasi breakout year for him, and the Jays gave him a decent contract. But then again, Jays have a new Batting Coach in Kevin Seitzer. I have heard many good things about Seitzer as a hitting coach so we shall see. Of course Colby and his pops have to be willing to listen.

        • Paz says:

          Seitzer was an excellent hitter for sure for the Royals in his day.

          I am rooting for Anthopolous because he graduated from Lower Canada College where I sent my kids, he is from Town of Mount Royal which is around the corner from me, he’s a guy who started in baseball as a nobody and worked his way up the ladder.

          I have a soft spot for a GM. First time for everything!

      • Cal says:

        H/B Inside Out? They’d have to change those mugs we can’t get!

        • Paz says:

          Cal, HIO should get a ton of mugs printed up on time for the Summit.

          Ian could ask people if they want to buy one when they order their tickets.

          Everyone could pay for their mugs and ALL the profits should go to charity.

      • krob1000 says:

        BEcause his swing is so all out and rushed every time when he does connect it is going to be a moon shot. He hits some monster shots…and .260(he actaully hit .276 which is better than I thought he ended) is passable for a normal player…but his talent is not normal. He is a guy who should be pushing .300 and hitting 30 IMO. The flashes of skill he show are crazy…and the power he has is crazy…he just doesn’t make enough contact..too many strikeouts. If he puts more balls in play he would be pushing the numbers I posted I believe…just strikes out too damn much.

        • Paz says:

          Krob, as Burly points out, Rasmus is a bit of a head case. Maybe, and it’s a big maybe, he will grow up one day and become a big time star.

          Your analysis is bang on.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      I prefer Rasmus with his hands out as opposed to Lawrie and his constant movement.. At least Colby is consistent in his setup.

      Is argue that Rasmus is struggling because of his approach, he is a fastball – pull only hitter. When pitchers attack him with hard stuff up and away and soft stuff in the dirt inside he doesn’t have a chance. If he changes his approach (which I think he will given the success of Melky, Izturis, Bautista, and Lind using this approach). Another factor in Colby’s struggles is his two strike approach; he simply fails to “shorten up.” (Shortening up is when a hitter drastically reduces his leg kick/stride along with a shorter back swing to increase quickness and plate coverage) Watch how Colby adapts/or doesn’t with two strikes and outside pitches and I think you’ll see how this correlates with his results.

      My point on Lawrie is that he has an non-power generating move to start his swing, he pops the bat up and brings it down, kind of like a little twitch. This “twitch” causes him to begin his swing in a different position each and every time. This inconsistent beginning to his swing will undoubtably lead to Inconsistent results. The beauty of Brett’s situation is that it is an easily reparable situation, getting a hitter that has had over 20 HR’s several times to change his approach is far more difficult.

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • krob1000 says:

        Remember Aaron Hill went to thehe more direct, hands back approach? HE quieted his momvement before and had great success until he got hurt…took him an extra year to recover but he eventually did. I agree re all the guys you mentioned. Lawrie appears to have his whole body pop which I think is responsible for his bat popping up a bit, but I do notice that twitch.
        You are right re two strikes but the Jays for years have not hit situationally….one thing Seitzer is doing is trying to get them deeper into pitch counts which is about friggin time.
        I think Rasmus just needs to find some sort of timing device like Bautisita did with his step and foot down and to start with his hands back to begin with…something….he is all world talent wise. The Jays historically have put so much emphasis on “production” and power/extra bases and in a game where ptichers rule the day, and when your team faces the best ptiching division in baseball year after year they have to start manufacturing more runs….deep ptich counts, making more contact, spraying the ball around the field and shortening up are all necessary. I don;t think Rasmus is content with his career to date…he shouldn’t be…he is only 27 and some guys don’t make the majors untilt hat age and still ahve great careers….he has time left to sort things out if he is receptive to it.

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          So you’re suggesting that Rasmus uses the “pre-cocked” approch like a Harold Baines or Ichiro? I think this would help him immensely for average and consistent contact. I think the reason he will not do this is because he gains “load-up momentum” by starting with his hands forward and away, he doesn’t want to sacrifice power for contact. Truth be told, his HR totals would likely increase if he made the adjustments that you mentioned, he already gets his hands through the zone very fast, and with more contact and a quick fluent swing, he’ll get plenty of long hits given his natural power. He might sacrifice the TWO times each season he reaches the upper deck (but he can still take those “hero” cuts in 2-0 counts in games that are out of reach either way).

          Pure contact/up the middle hitters are the ultimate player, they get their Home Runs exclusively (for the most part) off of pitches on the upper half of the strike zone, pop up less (because they square up outside pitches and go with them, typically up the middle low liners ala Melky or Lind) where a pull hitter takes it off the end of the bat, more doubles because they hit gaps more often, and you never face a defensive shift. There are far too many advantages to an up the middle approach to list.. The biggest is that you still pull the pitches you should be pulling but also put outside pitches in play.

          Also, given that pitchers are feeding power hitters outside fastballs, why not take advantage of it.. Most pitchers these days try to keep HR numbers down and tend to “stay away from power.” A huge reason why Miguel Cabrerra is the best hitter in the game, he destroys high – outside heat..

          With that said, Colby is a useful player in the bottom third of the lineup with his current setup and approach… Unlikely to experiment in a contract year.. But man.. This guy could be putting up Vernon Wells type numbers (the good Vernon) but nowhere near the D.

          ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • Paz says:

        Excellent stuff! Really great read!

  13. Prop says:

    Hey Matty, happy birthday!


  14. jimmy shaker says:

    Interesting read over on the fourth period site, about management being weary over shea’s big contract and mandatory bonus’s that go along with it. Poile is potentially going to be open to a possible trade. Now, I don’t know how MB could do it with signing PK, Marky and Vanek this off season, but and I know it’s a big but……..with the cap going up and letting some vets go (bio, bourque, yes I know he is still under contract, but I’m sure MB can deal him for a pick somewhere. Murray, Weaver, Parros, frankie) and with nashville taking back some of shea’s salary, is there anyway in the world for MB to get shea in a habs uni? Nashville would need a top line scorer and top d man. But maybe they would go for either eller or chucky with beaulieu and a first rounder. What do you boys think? I know this is way too far fetched, especially retaining vanek in all this too, but MB is slick! Weber is 28 years young too, so lot’s of good years ahead.

    Shaker out!

  15. HabinBurlington says:

    So the Allan Walsh (agent for Halak) is saying Jaro never said he didn’t want to face Blues. Oates says otherwise.

    Jaro is really not helping his cause for a new contract. Last year he and Hitch got into it. Just seems like there is always drama with Jaro.

    Retweeted by Allan Walsh
    Andy Strickland ‏@andystrickland Apr 8
    Jaro Halak tells me he never told #Caps Head Coach he didn’t want to play against #stlblues. Halak says what’s out there isn’t true.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Oates is making a habit out of calling out players, right or wrong it’s a strong indication of a man who knows his days coaching this team are numbered.

      The problem with a coach making such a public proclamation with both Halek and his franchise player (Ovie) last week is it will tarnish his reputation for future employment.

      It’s immaterial if it’s true or not. Oates has behaved like a coach who wants to get fired these past two weeks.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        That whole scenario in Washington is bizarre. I can’t help but wonder if McPhee is next out along with Oates.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Don’t ask me. I really thought Torts would have been the first fired out of Vancouver. I think I read somewhere that McPhee was highly thought of by Ted Leonsis but Oates certainly has to go. I’d have fired him after the St. Louis game.

      • krob1000 says:

        In a normal circumstance I would agree with you…but the players are not the ones that hire him and the organization has a long history of underachieving withe teh current core roster. I liken the Caps problems to the Lefs re leadership…..there just isn’t enough leadership there and gien the problems were there before Oates….and he is at odds with the current player regime…I am going to side with Oates and say what he is trying to implement is getting push back by the captain and franchise player..Ovie. Ovie got his 50..only player to this year…his plus minus is horrific but he is not captain material. You cannot have a captain who deos not play well away from the puck…how can he call other players out when he is the worst guy on the team away from the puck?

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Solid points. You make an argument for a clean sweep and a rebuild. I think that’s a possibility.

          Ovie is a special player in one zone but does create other problems as you’ve pointed out. Should be interesting to see what happens there in the off season but as skilled as Ovie is, I’d take a pass.

          • Paz says:

            Ovie should be traded to the Rangers where he would be a perfect fit for that franchise.

            Oates should be fired. You never talk publicly about a private meeting with a player.

            McPhee should be fired. He’s had his chance and its time to move on.

            Halak’s career is not going well. Once St Louis traded him I could see the writing on the wall.

            Walsh stands up for his clients. Nothing wrong with Walsh in this in this instance.

          • Habfan10912 says:

            Eddie, as usual I find myself in complete agreement. CHeers!

          • Paz says:

            Cheers Jim!

  16. Maritime Ronn says:

    A big tip of the hat to GM Bergevin and staff for what has been accomplished in such a short period of time.

    It all started here:
    May 13, 2013 (after the playoff loss to the Sens)

    “Can Carey be better? I have faith in him that he will be better… I’m 100 per cent behind him.”
    “They’re things we’ll talk about,” the GM said. “And I’m here to help him – come up with solutions to help him.”
    The “Solution” was going out and hiring arguably the best goaltending coach (mechanical AND psychological) in the NHL with Stephane Waite.
    All teams – Boston included, live and die with goaltending, and has anyone ever seen Carey play so complete over such a long stretch, Olympics included?

    Next up was trade deadline.
    In essence, the Habs gave up 2nd round draft prospect Colborg and a 2nd to acquire Vanek and Weaver.
    The 5th round pick to acquire Weaver was reacquired by the Habs from the Islanders in the Vanek trade.

    That’s two 2nd Round draft picks for Vanek-Weaver…the same price Pens GM Ray Shero paid for…Douglas Murray at the 2013 trade deadline.

    Many fret about re-signing Vanek, yet perhaps we should just enjoy the moment.
    When has there ever been this much optimism going into the playoffs…especially when several had the Habs on the playoff bubble, and some even not making the playoffs.

    There is a lot of time between now and July 1st being UFA time.
    There is the draft – potential trades, all kinds of things.

    • Cal says:

      Enjoy the Habs as they are right this minute. They are playing entertaining and winning hockey. 2 more games until the real test begins. Ought to be a lot of fun!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      The Vaneck, Weiss, and Weaver acquisitions were huge. Of course we all thought Vanek would help but the value that Weiss and Weaver have brought to this team was a great surprise.

      I do think this team is better poised for the tougher playoff games then they were last season.

    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      I agree with trying to enjoy the moment but the proof will be in how we do in the playoffs. If we lose in the 1st round and don’t re-sign Vanek, what will your take be on trading away Colberg and that other 2nd round draft pick?

      • kalevine says:

        worth the risk.
        The way the playoffs are structured, and the way the team has been playing, they could make a lot of noise in the playoffs. If I can see a run equivalent to 2010 I’ll be very happy, anything beyond I’d be ecstatic. If they get trounced in the first round again, it’s not like they would have done better without the trades, and I don’t see how, with the talent pipeline the way it is, that the traded picks will hurt so much

  17. OptimystiCH says:

    What an amazing game last night. Fast paced, pure and high skilled hockey is an amazing sight and should be on everybody’s must see list. Hope Bettman and Campbell were watching.

    Repent ye doubters. Our time is near.

  18. zephyr says:

    subban looks like he’s playing with a very short leash. I think that’s a giant mistake. I’d fire mt just for screwing that up so badly. his comments about being a team of grinders was revealing too. he better win the cup this year because that’s the only thing that should save his job.
    btw, u can’t fault the dmen on 2 of those goals esp the last one. only the hossa goal looked like poor coverage but chi did have an extra man on the ice too. the other goals & many chi chances were a result of fwds failing to clear the puck properly.
    I wish our coach could be more imaginative about getting out of our zone & that players would show some sense of urgency about it at all times. it only takes a lapse or 2 to result in a goal.
    that game also showed we have some nice depth on def.. beaulieu looked very good. wish he had a bit more muscle on him tho. if georges hits like that, then he’s a keeper. all he needed was a physical element to his game to be a very good, all-around dman. nice that we have options there.
    hope galchenyuk is ok. he’s our 2nd best playmaker already. he’s got some magic when he has the puck & creates chances. he took a hit making a clearing pass to Gallagher in the 1st period. it was a perfect cross-ice pass under pressure & he put it right on g’s tape. things like that often get overlooked. he may not be ‘lighting it up’ but only our 1st line is right now. I don’t think pleks has ever ‘lit it up’ so maybe that’s expecting too much of the kid.

    • krob1000 says:

      What is this imaginitive way to get of your own zone? I am sure every coach on the planet would love to know.

    • Psycho29 says:

      Yep he’s on a short leash to be sure, he only played 24 minutes last night.
      I’d definetely fire MT and his 98 points. There should be no reward if he doesn’t win the Cup a year and a half into a rebuild.
      In fact, there should be a rule that all 29 Cup losing teams have to replace their coaches.

  19. Psycho29 says:

    Just a Happy Birthday shout out to Matty (or is it Manny?)….
    Either way have a fun day!
    Stay away from the live blog tonight; that’s when the crazies come out!

  20. shiram says:

    Panthers are on the verge of finishing their season with no player reaching 40 points.
    Dale Tallon says he has to do a better job.

  21. Luke says:

    I don’t know much about the golfs, aside from how to lose a golf ball, but I am putting all support behind Spieth to win this thing!

    Go Spiethie!

  22. habs001 says:

    Cannot complain about yesterdays game..it was a solid effort…PK was okay but very conservative…did not look any better than most of the Habs D…Playoff will be hard fought and as long as they play like yesterday there should be no complains if they lose…

    • Timo says:

      That’s the idea. Habs are working to reduce him to the level of the regular defense herd in order not to pay him the money. It’s ok for PK – someone else will.

  23. jimmy shaker says:

    I’ve been meaning to ask, what r ur pet peeves about the habs or maybe the nhl game in general.

    1) I don’t like the coach’s shaking hands with each other after a win.
    2) pleks small/tight hockey pants
    3) linesman that can’t drop the freaking puck for a face-off and throw the players out constantly.

    I’m sure there are lots more, let’s have at er.

    Shaker out!

    • ABHabsfan says:

      I cannot stand when announcers call a schmozzle of players in a pile a rugby scrum. A rugby scrum is a very structured, organised situation. The two have nothing to do with each other yet play-by-play guys use it all the time. Idiots

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • krob1000 says:

      prefer the triple low five? might be some aching backs if they did that.

    • shiram says:

      The Chicago play by play guy kept calling Beaulieu Boil-o.
      That annoyed me quite a bit.
      So maybe annoucers pronouncing French names.

      Pierre Houde oftens goes out of context and laughs at his own jokes.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      1) puck over the glass should be treated as an icing.. Simply do not allow offending team to change (not just from own zone, every time..)

      2) Make the netting “in play” seriously, the puck lands on the ice, keep the action going…

      3) The Blue line.. I hate it.. It is 100% there for defence! it slows down rushes! allows teams to easily stop opposing teams sustained pressure.. I can’t think of one good,reason to have Blue Lines.


      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • zip by says:

        1) puck over the glass should be treated as an icing.. Simply do not allow offending team to change (not just from own zone, every time..)

        this is definitely the best solution I have seen – bravo

    • Phil C says:

      – Whining and complaining after every call, even when it was a blatant penalty
      – excessive spitting
      – “finishing your check” (this one is a serious problem, maybe not petty enough for this list)
      – Bruins announcer going “WHOOO”

    • Timo says:

      Habs: Therrien and everything that goes with it
      NHL: player interviews and the Boston Bruins

    • frontenac1 says:

      Instigator Rule.

    • JUST ME says:

      -The coyote sound after the goal announcement in Phoenix is the cheesiest thing i have ever heard. I hate everything that pertains to the cheap side of the game or the ones treating us as if we know nothing like yesterday saying Power Play Black Hawks after the announcement of a Habs penalty.

      -The damn face-offs and the refs trying to show NHLers how to do it. And WE cannot tell the ref how they should work.

      -4 refs on the ice. Changed nothing at all ,just gave jobs to more and more questionnable refs…

      -Timo coming back here after every game and people like me acting as if he is relevant….

    • OptimystiCH says:

      No icing on the penalty kill.

      Repent ye doubters. Our time is near.

  24. ooder says:

    i don’t think there is anything more infuriating than reading the comment’s on TSN. It’s like the bottom of the gene pool for hockey fans. we were treated to an amazing hockey game, where the habs played extremely well, and it ended on a blooper goal, that we will laugh at next season

  25. AliHaba says:

    It’ll be interesting to see who has to tangle with Brett Gallant tonight. No doubt he’ll be wanting to go with someone after one-punching Kassian the other night. Maybe his cousin behind the Habs bench will have a little chat with him to mellow out. Two tough dudes from Summerside, PEI, to be sure.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I didn’t think they were related? But indeed, no one from Habs needs to tangle with this kid. Nothing to gain, I am hopeful his reason for fighting in Ottawa game, was because, well, Ottawa.

  26. ooder says:

    so i can’t imagine Galchenyuk’s injury being too awful if he finished the shift. I tore my ACL a bit once and I thought i was going to throw up.

  27. Mattyleg says:

    Morning everyone!
    It’s my birthday!
    83 years young!

    Enjoyed a great game last night – despite the result – and realised that we are the real deal. If the Hawks are amongst the favourites to make it to the finals, we should be too. We never backed down, didn’t get intimidated, and took it to them in their own barn. With a full roster, we’d have been even better.

    Looking forward to a fun game tonight.

    I’m not terribly worried about Chucky; we won’t miss him that much, he’s hardly our most effective forward, but having said that, we’ll miss his speed and moments of skill that make the other team less than comfortable when he’s on the ice.

    Mind you, his team-second-worst -12 doesn’t look good…

    If he makes it back for the 2nd round, that would be cool.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  28. Hobie Hansen says:

    Last night’s game, no biggie. Kind of a funny situation. Do we give it 100%, do we not, do I block a shot or finish a hit…score didn’t really mean anything.

    I’m not trying to start an argument right off the bat this morning but will mention what’s on my mind. I logged on yesterday afternoon and noticed people going on and on about Michel Therrien.

    I put my two cents in. I mentioned I was OK with the treatment of PK Subban because he’s been making lots of mistakes for a guy with world class talent. I also said Lars Eller is to blame for his own situation.

    You would have thought I logged on and insulted everyone’s mother! People worship PK Subban on this site and in Montreal. He’s probably my favourite player on the team too but my god! People want Michel Therrien burned at steak in this town.

    The rest of the hockey world looks at Montreal, who was in first place last year and is having another fantastic season this year and is wondering WTF are these people freaking out about?

    I’m not saying anybody is right or wrong, I’ve been wrong many times. I’m just pointing out how crazy this entire situation is. People go nuts over it!

    • shiram says:

      I’d prefer to have Subban playing a lot of minutes, his style of play seem so different from last year or the years before.
      And the team will dearly need him in the playoffs.

      He should face top opposition, get top PP minutes and have more leniency in playing the puck.
      Pair him with a steady guy, I’d pick either of Gorges or Emelin.

      Bu yeah, people are very protective of Subban, he’s been through a lot, and Habs fans don’t want to lose another star player because of a coach.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Some people get on a horse and feel like it’s too challenging to get off and think, and choose another one, so they ride the one they’re on into the ground long, long after everyone says its already dead.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Subban fan boys are the worst. Unfortunately, there’s lots of ’em here.

    • JUST ME says:

      I sooooo agree with you because this is he only place where Therrien`s job makes such a big fuss. Nowhere else. Elsewhere those who criticized him came to the conclusion that they were wrong and that he has done more than his job.

      That being said ,obviously you cannot be in the middle when you write about M.T. You either hate him or are a cheerleader. The guy is not perfect ,made some errors as the rest of the elements on the team did and is getting better every day in my book. Made great decisions with what he had on hand and deserves my respect. For some reason i cannot grasp, it cannot be as simple as that here.

      Strange that most of what i wrote applies to M.T. and P.K. maybe that`s the problem you have to choose either one of them i guess…

  29. HabinBurlington says:

    @StevieRay, did you see the opening Montage from a recent Mooseheads game?


    • stevieray says:

      Didn’t see it live ..but the local TV early morning show showed it …pretty cool I thought and a class act .. the team has tremendous support down hear and considering who they lost from the Memorial Cup team last year they are doing good ,
      Kudos to the owner Bobby Smith ( remember him ?)
      They also have a helleva ,well liked and respected coach .

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Bobby Smith, I am surprised he isn’t the President or GM of an NHL team these days. Class, and what a player. Was GM in Phoenix 96-2000, but those were tough days to work for that franchise.

  30. habsonly says:

    I wish Buttman and his lackies would take note of the way NHL hockey should be played, a la last night’s beauty featuring the Hawks and Habs.
    Sadly clutch and grab, thuggery, finishing your check and gooning is what they are selling. Skill, skating and speed whats that??

  31. I gotta say, Coderre did a great job promoting his brand. Far better than Ford in Toronto. I would even vote for him!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  32. Kooch7800 says:

    I wonder if the mayor still thinks DD should be in the minors?

  33. shiram says:

    Anyone thought DD and Vanek had chance where they would have been better off shooting than trying to feed a pass to Max for his 40th?
    No big deal really, Vanek still had 4 shots, and I’m ok with the 1 point.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I am really ok with it. They are really playing as a team so in a game that really doesn’t mean anything they were trying to help out Max. To me it shows that this team really is a team. I hope Vanek feels the chemistry

      • shiram says:

        As I said, I don’t think it’s a big deal, and I’m sure in the playoffs they’ll go for the better option.
        Just trying to see if my eyes deceived me.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          I think they were trying to feed him the puck.

          Like I said though, I really think it is a good thing. This habs team since the Ottawa win has looked better than they have in years as playing for each other. That is something needed heading into the playoffs.

          I am excited for next week

  34. jimmy shaker says:

    Tuff sleding for the bolts, philly tonight and c-bus tomorrow, without the bishop. If t-bay loses tonight and the habs pick up 1 point, home ice is sealed up. Of course the boys could still end up starting on the road, but it doesn’t look like it. Thinking probably white and frankie are out with their hand injuries so eller and parros (for chucky) probably draw back in. And murray comes back in for frankie and tinordi and beaulieu sit for emelin and marky just to get the top 6 set for the playoffs.

    Shaker out!

  35. Hstands4Hockey says:


    Please throw out your completely ill-informed speculation and rumours on how long Galchenyuk will be out for.

    Bonus point if your post starts with….
    “I heard someone on twitter say…” +1
    “Well my friend is a doctor and he thinks….” +2
    “Sportsnet is reporting…” +3

    Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

    • Shackles says:

      Shhh…Dr. Recchi’s press conference is about to start. 😉

    • krob1000 says:

      I heard it from a friend who–ooo
      heard it from a friend who–ooo
      heard it from another he was limpin arou-ound.

      They said it’s a knee again
      he’s out for the weekend
      talkin bout him being back late first rou-ound

      But I know the Habbyhood
      And talk is cheap when the story is good
      and the tales grow taller on down the line

      But I’m tellin you babe
      That I don’t think it’s tru-u-ue babe
      even it is the team will be fine

    • 24AW says:

      There will be good hockey but they won’t need a parade route unless you see something I don’t see. They may get out of the 1st round, be careful with your betting, a lot of good teams to beat especially from the west.

  36. Hstands4Hockey says:

    Did these guys seriously just talk about the parade route? When did this site fall so low as to mimic Leafs fans?

    Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

  37. JarryPark says:

    I was listening to TSN Radio and they mentioned there was a recent pic circulating around with Carey walking down the player’s tunnel with a caption that says “Don’t worry Canada – I have your back – Again”

    can someone pls post it – curious to see…need a pic to send my Leaf buddies.

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    We got the one point in the standings that we needed, and this game showed that we need our best players to hold off the Stanley Cup champs. Missing were, Price, Markov, Emelin, Prust, Moan, Eller, Galchenyuk, who did I miss. We can make it to the finals this year if we stay healthy, stay out of the box and stop icing the puck..

  39. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    The first after the first. What’s that? Second, right?


  40. Vid says:

    I thought this was an April’s Fool joke for a moment.

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