Monday Morning QB on HI/O Show


Jack Todd joins Dave Stubbs and Stu Cowan on this week’s HI/O Show to discuss the upcoming changes to the format of his weekly Monday Morning QB column in The Gazette as well as the latest Habs news and suggests that Brendan Gallagher might be a good fit for Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics.

Other topics of conversation include the work goalie coach Stephane Waite has done with Carey Price, Michel Therrien’s line changes, the surprising play of rookie Michael Bournival and whether there is still a spot in the NHL for an enforcer like George Parros.


  1. Phil C says:

    Just heard the guys on the radio in Ottawa ripping the Sens for playing Karlsson too much. They say his gap control suffers because he is playing too many minutes. He averages about 27min/game, 2.5 more per game than Subban, who is not being played enough according to many Habs fans.

    It’s all so confusing.

  2. jamman says:

    Fast forward 4 years. What will our lines look like?
    I’ll give it a shot:

    De La Rose-Crisp-Prust

    I def think to make up for the lack of size on the second line we’d need a big winger on the 1st line.

    Help me out folks!

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Not sold Crisp will be in the NHL ever, that Gorges will still be here..or Thrower will have a spot over Pateryn or Ellis.

      One thing I’m pretty confident in. De La Rose will be a top-9 guy who this org and fan base will LOVE. Hudon/Lehkonen/Colberg. At least 1 of those 3 is a lock to be in the lineup.

      Fantasy time…

      Pacioretty – Galchenyuk – Gallagher
      Hudon – Eller – McCarron
      De la Rose – Bournival – Lehkonen
      Prust – Gregoire – Colberg/Reway – Ghetto/Leblanc…..

      A lot of potential top 9 guys of the future.


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

    • Colombiahabs says:

      you need help alright. Thats pathetic

  3. Bripro says:

    What’s with all the newcomers?
    I’m having a hard time keeping track of the old ones.
    (Begrudgingly)…. welcome!

  4. Bripro says:

    So that’s 4 back-to-back games on fridays and saturday nights.
    Dont they know that fridays are reserved as poker nights?
    The little commish troll had something to do with this, I’m certain.
    Probably because I called him Butthead once too often during the lock-out.

  5. Mustang says:

    I haven’t seen anyone mention yet that 24 CH will be running on CTV (at least in Montreal) at 4:30 on Saturdays, starting this week.

  6. Propwash says:

    Budaj is going to be the starter tomorrow.


  7. shiram says:

    Grabner has been scratched by the Islanders, obviously that does not mean they are trading him, but would he be a better candidate to bolster our right wing?

  8. Sportfan says:

    K guys stop the world, Kadri plays tonight D:

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

    • Luke says:

      Hold ’em Back Lupes!

      The formidable* Preds are in trouble.

      *(Dreger called the predators a formidable opponent and Steve Simmons disagreed, they had a little tiff on TSN1050AM this morning – “Hornqvist isn’t a scorer?” said Dreger to illustrate just how potent the Preds offense is).

  9. SmartDog says:

    Just looking at Capgeek – Bergevin has it easy this year. And next. Because we are getting Gallagher, Galchenyuk and Bournival ALL for just over $2 million. What a steal. And with Eller at 1.3 this year, we have a whole first line for under 2.5k. wow.

    Next year with Subban and Eller leaping up in cost is gonna be a little tricky but the year AFTER Bergevin is in trouble. Hopefully he takes on no more stupid contracts between now and then.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  10. jimmy shaker says:

    In the category of “Would you do it”? Bigg buff and kane for eller, gallagher and a second round pick.

    shaker out

    • shiram says:

      Don’t think we could based on salary coming in.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I’d be worried at the beginning of every training camp that Buff would be able to fit through the locker-room doors.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Bripro says:

      IMO, Gallagher has been the team’s MVP. You don’t trade a player of that calibre.
      Who else risks life from limb to go into the dirty areas, regardless of which areas or who the opponent?
      You just have to read his lips after they peel the opposing defenceman off his back and brush him off “Is that it? Is that all you’ve got?”
      Usually done with a crink in his neck.

    • ace011 says:

      No way Shaker. Buff is inconsistant. Amazing at times but needs to be woken up. Kane is also inconsitant and has a reputation for being a yappy whiner. (see photos of lates Habs/jets game)

      No way would I make this trade.

  11. WAR72 says:

    Bourque, Briere, Desharnais, Bouillon, are utterly untradable. Dead money. If they were stock options I would be shorting them. A buyer for these ‘assets’ does not exist. Habs have no choice but to take a loss.

    Diaz, Gionta, Gorges, have some value on market. Unload your losers when you can. Buyers are very scarce for this trio of assets. Habs on the bubble all year makes dumping logical. The playoffs will not be made or lost based on these three.

    Plekanec, Moen, Markov, definitely have some market value. These are the players who must be traded to appease any potential buyer. Solid returns could be expected, if Habs negotiate properly, which is rare.

    The only way Habs could ever pick up a real top player would be to move one of their own top guys. Historically Habs are terrible traders. Often buying high and selling higher. I wouldnt count on Habs being n the winning side of a ‘major’ trade any time soon.

    • Cal says:

      So, you’re saying we should trade producers like Markov and keep the “dead money”?
      No thanks.
      And, btw, a Stanley Cup winner like Gionta is not a “loser.”
      In fact, any player that makes the NHL, even for a cup of coffee, has probably moved along a lot farther in their career compared to some poster on HIO who shall remain nameless.

    • Say Ash says:

      Don’t underestimate the power of a salary cap minimum.

    • commandant says:

      Wait, Bourque,…. a big 20 goal scorer making 3.3 million is untradeable?

      Yeah, he’s inconsistent..

      But if he was consistent, he’d be a 35 goal guy and would make 5.5-6.0 Million.

      He has his issues but there is no way he’s untradeable.

      Go Habs Go!
      Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

    • commandant says:

      Trade Everyone… Especially our best two way centre, and number 2 defence.


      Go Habs Go!
      Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Aside from moving Plekanec and Markov I mostly agree.

      Gorges, Diaz, Gionta are prime trade pieces right now IMO.


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

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Must trade good players!!! Well, that just doesn’t make sense.

      (Also, the analogy of these players being stock options is wrong. The players would be the stocks in this case, not the options.)

  12. CH Marshall says:

    Nice HIO web episode again! Keep it up guys! And how about them HIO mugs? Could make a nice Christmas gift …….

  13. Timo says:

    Now, would anyone venture to educate a poor immigrant on proper use of ‘the’ vs ‘a’?

    HIO is new google.

  14. Chad says:

    Hi! Long time reader and long time member, but this is my first comment ever.

    I know this has been said before but how long is it going to take before Michael Bournival is consistently a top 6 forward? The guys a beast and is tied for the team lead in goals. Max Pac scored a hat trick and he still has fewer goals than Bournival!

    • Mattyleg says:

      Newbie hour!
      Welcome to you too Chad!

      Bournival is doing great, I agree, and I think we’ll see him step up off the 4th line when we either (a) have injuries on those lines, or (2) lose some vets after the trade deadline/summer.

      It’s just a matter of time.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • SmartDog says:

      Hey Chad. The thing is that Bournival seems to be able to score no matter what line you put him on. He’s like a speedy version of Gallagher. So I get why he’s there. He’s paying dues and bringing energy. If you put Gionta on the 4th line I don’t think you’d get much out of him.

      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  15. Coozeman says:

    Hey everyone, I have been reading your comments for what seems like forever and I really enjoy this forum so I decided to finally register an account… A little bit about me: I am a die hard Hab’s Fan and I have been since the age of four and I am currently 41… My favorite player is and will always be Larry Robinson… Saddest moment as a fan would have to be the Patrick Roy trade. Greatest goaltending performance I have witnessed was Patrick Roy during the 93 Cup run.

    I like the direction the Habs are going in but I am not particularly fond of the term of the DD contract or the acquisition of Briere (I hope both prove me wrong for we are but a 1/4 into the season)… I understand signing DD to an extension based on what he was doing at the time, but did MB have to sign him for this long of a term?! We have him for another three years after this one… Briere is an aging star and we have him for another year yet… Not to mention that he snubbed us for Philly a few years back (when he still had game), even after a personal call from the Great Jean Beliveau during the negotiations… Being a life long Hab’s Fan, I don’t forget that $&%t… I am trying to put in perspective that MB is rebuilding through the draft and still has to shed some of the Gainey/Gauthier contracts, but the bottom line is we are still undersized… Being undersized wasn’t a bad thing last year until injuries crept in (especially Emelin) for we played a fast countering style based on speed, which I am hoping the Minny game was a sign of what’s to come… For MT had the boys playing the ugliest, boring hockey I have watched the Habs play in quite some time… Hopefully that was a by product of the injuries and we return to form…

    MT… He will be good for developing young players as long as MB keeps him on a tight leash interms of our budding superstars like P.K. Subban… I have never seen a coach incite such media negativity around a star player ever, since I have been watching hockey!!! He has almost single handedly taken Subban off the Olympic team and I firmly believe MB intervened and that is why it stopped! As with Crosby and Co. MB’s antics wear thin eventually and he is tuned out… I sincerely hope MB truly realizes Subban is a once in a generation type player that should outlast both him and more especially MT with our famed hockey club!

    • Mattyleg says:

      Welcome aboard!
      Sounds like you’ve got a pretty balanced approach to the Habs, which is great!

      You do realise, however, that you will be torn to shreds on here, as most balanced people are, right?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …appears You’re gonna fit-in real smooth

      …welcome to the asylum πŸ™‚

    • SmartDog says:

      Are you absolutely INSANE? Have you ever watched an actual hockey game? None of that will ever happen – or should and if you watched you would know that!

      … just breaking you in. πŸ™‚ Let’s hope Subban is tough enough to survive whatever Therrien throws at him and gets to the next coach.


      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • Habitant in Surrey says:


      • Mattyleg says:

        Subban isn’t.
        He’ll break down in tears at any moment now.
        Just read some of the posts about it (many your own)!

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Timo says:

          Will he cry in Michael Therrien’s arms?

        • Luke says:

          Everyone hates him. I bet He’s just lonely. You can see how down he is on the 24CH show. He’s just always glum and moping. And the team keeps picking on him… hiding his sticks and sewing his clothes together.

          Maybe he needs a Kitten. Can Bergevin buy him a kitten? Is that allowed under the CBA? I’d probably buy him a Kitten.

          Or maybe a Siamese Fighting fish for his locker! Except I heard that Therrien already has one on his desk, so that’s probably not a good idea.

          • Mattyleg says:

            I blame everybody’s racism.

            And the lack of a pony to make him truly happy.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Coozeman says:

        I have been purusing here for quite some time, I really don’t care what someone’s opinion is as long as it coincides with mine!

        πŸ˜› Just kidding, I like that people are passionate regardless of whether they are a dumba$$ or not!

    • CH Marshall says:

      Welcome ! I agree re DD. I thought MB would just give him yearly contracts at 1 mil or 2.5max. And though I’m happy for his recent game success, it’s looking like over a span of 82 games he isn’t going to deliver the goods… so yeah term is still a surprise

  16. huge_polar_bear says:

    A bit of interesting information, I was listening to Brian Wilde (he covers the Habs for CTV) on TSN690 with Tony Marinaro, he mentioned that he thinks Rene Bourque should retire because his concussion issues are serious. I wonder how severe the symptoms are now, is Bourque playing more of a perimeter game because he does not want to go through another concussion? I know he would have to pass the NHL tests to come back to play on the ice, but does anyone really believe that the players are really symptom free when they come back? I also wonder how much information is shared with other teams when/if a trade is about to happen.

    • bwoar says:

      I don’t think he’d be playing if his symptoms are very serious. (Unless they are the real reason he got scratched, which is plausible.)


      • huge_polar_bear says:

        He used Twitter to say the following:
        BrianWilde ‏@BWildeCTV 27m

        He is as far as I know symptom free now. I am worried for the next one and I was speaking of what he suffered last year.

  17. Old Bald Bird says:

    For those who won’t watch the video, I’m just letting you know, Stubbs has more to say on the video than Todd — or at least as much. My mother had an expression: “That’s like cutting off your nose to spite your face.”

    • Mattyleg says:

      Not really.

      Watching the video allows for the conclusion to be drawn that people watched it for Jack Todd.

      I want to make sure that that conclusion cannot be drawn in my case.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I enjoy this now weekly feature Matty …I don’t care what guests They have on …They talk about Our Habs, not Jack Todd

        …I feel the same as You about Todd, but tune Him out

        …there are enough general nuggets of conversation that makes it worthwhile

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        I don’t get how that works. Who has to know that you watch it and why you watch it?

        • Mattyleg says:

          If I click it, it creates that possibility.
          I’d rather not, which could then make them say, “huh, fewer people watched our video with Jack Todd than any other video before or after.”

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • CH Marshall says:

      Stubbs DOES talk a lot. But it’s all good fun

  18. Marcusman says:

    Would the Oilers take Bourque, Diaz and a 2nd for Hemsky? or Yakupov?

  19. habsfan0 says:

    Will Budaj get a start in one of the games this weekend?

    Seeing that tomorrow night’s game is in Washington, I wonder if there will be a moment of silence prior to the game in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.

  20. sweetmad says:

    Interesting interview,with Mike Vernon,never heard of him before today.Didn’t listen to Jack Todd,I read a couple of pieces by him that was enough,one was about Carey.So the way I heard the interview was the media and the fans,chased Roy away,we have to be careful Jack Todd and his ilk will do the same to Carey,if given the chance.

    We are lucky Carey is more laid back than Roy,but it makes you understand how he feels, about the way all every body wants to talk about is hockey,where ever he goes,even to get his groceries.

    There is a lesson to be learned here,if you are ever lucky enough to meet Carey Price,ask him about his horses.

    I once sat on a plane going to Yugoslavia ( before the breakup) next to the then world champion, road bike racer,I think his name was Sheen,we talked the whole way,but not about bike racing,but about wines and my job.Just before we landed he thanked me for not talking bikes,or his accidents,he was full of metal pins,and was just recuperating from a really bad accident,and said he was going to rest and recupoerate,and it was the last thing he wanted to talk about.

    So I don’t blame Roy or Carey for their attitude,towards the media and the fans,sometimes living in a goldfish bowl,is not worth the money.

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