Former Canadien Chris (Knuckles) Nilan is back as the guest on this week’s HI/O Show, joining columnist Dave Stubbs and sports editor/host Stu Cowan
Nilan, who knows a thing or two about dropping the gloves, weighs in on a couple of current enforcers and answers the questions: should the Canadiens’ George Parros retire after suffering his second concussion this season, and was the 15-game suspension given to the Boston Bruins’ Shawn Thornton for his attack on Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik too little or too much?
Nilan also gives his opinion on whether Orpik should have dropped the gloves and willingly fought Thornton and gives his own definition of “The Code”.
The Canadiens’ Daniel Brière only got 4:27 of ice time in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes and the question is asked if the 36-year-old is finished and whether it’s time for GM Marc Bergevin to make another move.
Stubbs tells a story about speaking with former Canadiens captain Yvan Cournoyer recently, who told Stubbs what he thinks the problem is with this year’s team, and Nilan talks about former teammate Mats Naslund, the last Hab to finish in the top 10 in NHL scoring way back in 1985-86 — a season that ended with a Stanley Cup parade in Montreal.
Coach Michel Therrien said this week that his team was tired and “there’s no more juice” after losing to the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
The HI/O panel asks: What happened to “No Excuses”?
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Next week’s special holiday edition of the HI/O Show will feature Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated and TSN as the guest.
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