Nilan and Boone provide a 1-2 punch on HI/O Show

Former Canadien Chris (Knuckles) Nilan and HI/O’s own Mike Boone are the guests on this week’s HI/O Show to discuss the latest Canadiens news.

Among the topics discussed are the latest P.K. Subban controversy, whether defenceman Nathan Beaulieu is ready now for the NHL, and if Louis Leblanc’s days in the Canadiens organization are numbered with his contract running out at the end of this season.

Nilan recalls the first time he was called up from the minors by the Canadiens and gives his take on the recent Flames-Canucks brawl on his Knuckles’ Knockout segment.

And Boone, who does a live blog on HI/O during every Habs game, discusses the fans’ passion and part of what fuels it.

(Photo by Sterling Agres/HI/O Show)


  1. GL says:

    Habs are having problems scoring 5 on 5 because they are not tough enough for todays NHL. I said before. They have the skill and they have the speed but they play like they don’t want to hit or be hit until they get tougher with some skilled players they will always be a sub par team. Until they can go one on one with the other 29 teams they’ll never win a cup ….

  2. saskhabsfan says:

    Knuckles Nilan rules! He calls it as it is, would be nice to have some of that with the habs! Being called out by someone who’s been there would go a long way, to kick start some of these guys!

  3. SUMO says:

    Stu, thanks for getting Nilan more face time. Anyone who follows TSN690 and listens to Knuckles on “Off the Cuff” or his in game analysis on “In the Box” will tell you he’s got such great insight into the game. The more exposure for him the better.

    Great Show.

  4. Loved the show!

    Shane Oliver
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  5. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Ha! Timo, just saw this on previous thread: your fine recommendations for how to play Emelin, but finished up with:

    “Anyhoo… i am sure Michael Therrien knows better.”

  6. Bripro says:

    Go Genie!
    Go Habs!

    Tonight could end up being an amazing night, or a complete bust.
    I’ll stay optimistic.

  7. jo_maka says:

    What if MB says cut the language thing, our asst coaches can help with that and he goes and get Peter Laviolette ?

    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

    • CJ says:

      Might be a lateral move.

      If were talking hypothetically, I love to have someone with a Stanley Cup on their CV. Language being a non factor, ideally a Mike Babcock, although I get that’s nearly impossible.

      • jo_maka says:

        I thnk it’s impossible to pry Babcock out of Motor City, but I agree he would be the ideal coach here. Proven winner, no-nonsense, McGill alum, international and NHL resume that speak volumes….everything.
        Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

  8. Maritime Ronn says:

    Some Markov rumors (facts) around concerning his very recent negotiations and contract negotiations/demands…none that are a real surprise.

    It appears that Markov wants 3-4 years at something like $5.5M-$6M per year….based upon the contracts given to Mark Streit and Sergei Gonchar comparables – which reflects the 30 team Marketplace, and not Habs fans wish or want lists.

    Last summer:
    Streit: 36 years old – 4 years/$21M ($5.25M/year)
    Gonchar: 39 years old – 2 years/$10M ($5M /year)

    Those contracts above were also signed during a much lower and decreased Cap Ceiling.

    Would some GM give Markov 4-5 years at $22-$28M?
    In a heartbeat.
    At least 5 quickly come to mind, most probably more, with everything he could bring to a team in need of his skills and leadership/mentorship.

    So what should the Habs do?
    – Resign him to those demands?
    – Trade him before the deadline ( If he agrees to waive his unknown Modified NTC?)
    – Lose him for nothing on July 1st?

    And yes, he has stated he loves Montreal – and yes, he loves the Montreal life with his Montreal woman, yet if a Contract is floated to him from a potential Cup Champ, or quick high potential team (Colorado) that includes term and guaranteed $10M more money, where do you believe he will go?
    (He also has experienced some problematic ‘investments’ in the past that are public knowledge…and that could be a factor)

    • dr. gesundheit says:

      I say this with a heavy heart…(he’s great)…but, too much for too long. Trade him while his value is still high (according to @ least 5 GMs…
      and I like him better than Streit and Gonchar)

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      Sign, Sign, Sign, … if it really is 22-24 million over 4 it is a bargain. He is back to a physical level where he can compete while preserving himself (Lidstrom style) and can easily mentor the younger players.

      I am imagining what he could do for Pateryn …

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

    • CJ says:

      No, I would not resign Markov to a 4-5 year contract. I believe three years would be absolute tops. I understand where Markov is coming from, but that’s not good business for the franchise.

    • Bripro says:

      I really don’t think they have much choice, given the availability and many players’ preference for playing elsewhere (California).

      Who can replace his talent? Not too many.

      He should have been a Norris winner earlier in his career, or at least serious consideration.

      Yes, he’s definitely slower than he used to be, but once he has the puck, there are no smarter D in the NHL, IMO.

      4 Years is long given his age, and because of this I think MB will push for 3.

      But the salary cap is going up, Gionta is likely gone at the end of the year. So there will be money available, and I think $5MM/year is not a bargain, but reasonable.

      I mean, it’s a ridiculous amount of money for anyone, but in the desensitized world of sports, his is not an unreasonable demand.

    • RUSTIE says:

      Sign him for 3 yrs, 4yr op.

      Joe Laplane

  9. CJ says:

    Game day! Go Habs!

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      You got a problem with my posts bud?

      • CJ says:

        I find your posts abrasive. I have respect for your opinion, but your posts can read a little harsh. As I said, I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you, so I’m unfortunately relying entirely on what you’ve written.

        Look, I’m far from perfect myself. Much like you I’m frustrated with the team’s recent play. That said, the reason posters jumped on your post an hour ago was because it is consistent with previous comments which are inflammatory in nature.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      So you are an authority on kind people around the world are you? Look here buddy, I don’t care whether you like my posts or not, I’ve been a fan of this team since 1975 and I post what I feel at the moment. You can take it or leave it but don’t ever be arrogant & disrespectful.

      • CJ says:

        I’m neither arrogant nor disrespectful. I invite you to take five minutes and read what I’ve contributed to this forum. If that is the impression I’ve left you with my writing has failed terribly.

        • WindsorHab-10 says:

          Not talking about your contributions Einstein, simply stating you singling out posters. Not very thoughtful contribution is it?

          • CJ says:

            I agreed with your original post. Your comments here simply reflect what I have already written. Look, I’m disinterested in engaging in personal attacks. I have no issue with you. You asked me about your writing style and I shared feedback. I’d be happy to buy you a beer next time I’m in the Windsor area. Cheers, CJ

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Hey CJ, I’d have that beer with you some day.

          • Bripro says:

            OK you guys, settle down.
            And call the bartender over.
            But just for me… it looks like you’ve had one too many already! 😉

          • CJ says:

            Mike, you got it! It’s on me friend. Cheers, CJ

  10. bwoar says:

    Boone >>> Nilan


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