New HIO talk show makes its debut with ‘Knuckles’ Nilan as guest

Today, The Gazette launches a new feature on the Hockey Inside/Out talk show.

The 25-minute videotaped web show focuses on the latest news surrounding the Canadiens. Joining Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan on the first show is columnist/feature writer Dave Stubbs and a man who needs no introduction to Habs fans: Chris (Knuckles) Nilan.

To watch the show, click on the Show tab at the top of the HIO home page or on the right, above the Scoreboard. Or go to

Among the topics touched on during the show are:

Can this Canadiens team make the playoffs and contend for a Stanley Cup?

Nilan recalls Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin as an on-ice opponent in the NHL and comments, along with Stubbs, on how Bergevin has quickly changed the culture of the Canadiens.

How much of a surprise has Michel Therrien been behind the bench in his Montreal comeback?

Can Brendan Gallagher survive in the NHL combining his feisty style with his small stature?

Who was the toughest small player Nilan played with or against?

Was David Desharnais a flash in the pan?

Would Nilan have liked having P.K. Subban as a teammate?

Is Brandon Prust the Canadiens’ early season MVP?

Nilan also tells a touching story about his 1986 Canadiens Stanley Cup ring, a funny story about how he ended up with No. 30, and he insists that he never received a tap on the shoulder from a coach to go on the ice and drop the gloves during a game. “Knuckles”, who knew his role with the Canadiens, also says what he would have done to any coach who would have dared given him the tap.

We hope you enjoy the show.

Please send your comments to or email sports editor Cowan directly at

Another new HIO feature: We recently launched another new feature on Our live Play-by-Play feature keeps track of all the key stats on the fly during every Canadiens game, including shots, goals, hits, power plays, shots on goal, take-aways, faceoffs won, hits, power plays, giveaways, penalty minutes and saves. Combined with Mike Boone’s popular live game blog and HIO fan comments, we hope it adds to your enjoyment of following the Canadiens. Click on the Play-by-Play tab at the top of the HIO page or in Boone’s live blog on game nights to check it out.



  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …tit for tat

  2. boing007 says:

    Knuckles for Prime Minister.

    I would like Stubbs and Cowan to ask Chris Nilan what it’s like in the heat of battle, in the locker room after a tough period, loss, or well earned victory. Give us some details on how a hockey player prepares for a game, lives the game. Ken Dryden did in his book. Let’s hear from Nilan’s mouth.

    Richard R
    Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  3. HardHabits says:

    So if Gallagher plays who sits?

    I would like to see


    • B says:

      Is Prust a go for tonight? Stubbs tweeted earlier that he didn’t practice yesterday or take part in this morning’s optional. I suspect he is a go as he very rarely misses a game due to injury.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  4. B says:

    It looks like Therrien has been slowing moving Subban into better skates this season.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  5. Steeltown Hab says:

    Let’s shut up that loser Torts with another Dub tonight.


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

  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    Jumping into the Kristo debate late – but it seems incontrovertible that Kristo chose UND over free agency last summer.

    Therefore how can someone claim that he stayed at UND precisely in order to pursue free agency?

    He may well choose free agency in the future – we don’t know – but staying at UND didn’t facilitate that decision. In fact staying at UND meant rejecting free agency at the time.

    Shades of the DD only ever produced with Pacioretty argument.

  7. NL Hab says:

    Could someone please add a bit of insight into the whole Danny Kristo situation. I was just reading an article that said he has until Aug 15, 2013 to sign an entry level deal. It also said in the same article, that this Justin Schultz loophole has been corrected in this new CBA. However, what happens if Kristo refuses to sign a contract with Montreal? How long does his rights belong to Montreal?

    Et Le But

  8. B says:

    Saskatoon wins its 14th in a row. Dietz scores 2 including the winner. He is now tied for the CHL lead in goals by a Dman with 19. Thrower picked up a pair of assists.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …We all love to be spectators of the ferocious check, the sight n sound of taking a man heavily into the boards, or in open ice

    …but at what cost ?

    …I mean, ain’t it a gas to watch a demolition derby ? …yet, You wouldn’t use Your own family Prius, Your Land Rover or Mercedes if You were one of the competitors, would You ?

    … Gallagher will be a victim of debilitating injuries, and likely concussion-related injuries if nothing is done about boarding and the allowed techniques of body-checking

    … Gallagher represents the meaning of the irrepressible meeting the immovable …His style, and relative size in this current business of no-mercy hockey means Gallagher will end up a very injured young Man, and a short career if He doesn’t adjust His style or if the rules of body-contact are not adjusted and tweaked

    • 24 Cups says:

      Simply put, it’s time to revamp the game. The powers that be on both sides of the fence can’t see the need. And even if they did, they don’t have the stones to do it.

      Fighting, cheap shots and blindsiding are all part and parcel of today’s game.

      Concussions are nothing more than just bad headaches.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        The shocking thing to me is that the players are as much of a roadblock to change as the owners are.

        • Danno says:

          The ones who realize the senselessness of the cheap shots are probably intimidated into remaining silent about the issue for fear of retaliation by the NHL powers that be which promote goonery.


          “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

        • otter649 says:

          When The NHLPA does not agree to have visors mandatory for all players in The CBA especially when all players grew up playing with facial protection as a kid then there will be problems agreeing to more serious issues……

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I believe We can keep hockey a very red-blooded game by eliminating using the stick, gloves and forearms in a forward motion …checking must be restricted to lateral-movement, hip to hip …no stick, fore-arm shivers to the back or to a player’s chest into the boards

  10. frontenac1 says:

    Watched some of the Hawks game last night . Man,they sure got the Mojo going. Making their farm team wear Pink must help.

    • mdp2011 says:

      Wow, is it 1975 again? Those refs completely lost control of that, hopefully there are some 25-30 game suspensions coming. No place in Hockey for that anymore.

  11. Loonie says:

    The Sabres roster…….


    Stafford, Vanek, Pominville, Hodgson, Ennis, Gerbe, Foligno, Grigorenko, Hecht, Leino, Ott, Kaleta and Scott.

    Defense: Regehr, Myers, Erhoff, Leopold, Weber, Sulzer and Sekera.

    Goaltender: Miller and Enroth

    I think it’s fair to say the coach and players were underachieving.

    The GM will NOT be the next shoe to drop. Players will be going first.

  12. HAB - Have A Beer says:

    Looks like Gallaghar is gonna sit this one out and I noticed he has a different line up this time against the Rangers.

    Hope it works. I liked the one he had on the 19th.

  13. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …unmm that should be Toe Blake, NOT Toe Bake !

    …the only one baked is Me ! 🙂

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