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  1. 12 points
    I think the first meme that I've posted that I actually made myself
  2. 8 points
    While it was definitely time to part ways with DD, and I am amazed we got back any sort of NHL asset in return for his services, unlike many hereabouts I do feel a bit sad to see him go. He was part of the Habs during some pretty decent years and *was* a good player for us for a number of seasons. I also think that his story - an undrafted, tiny, not-especially-fast player relying wholly on smarts, vision and guile to carve out a career in the big leagues against all odds - was a great one and under-appreciated by the fanbase. Best wishes to Davey, may he find a home in Edmonton.
  3. 7 points
  4. 6 points
    Welcome to the new look forum. This is what has caused all the downtime on the site over the last week or so but I believe we should be good to go now. There are still some things being slowly returned via a background install (to avoid any overloads on the server) but I don't think anything of note is missing. There are some new features on here that we'll discover as we go along. As you find new ones, feel free to post them here. A few that I'm aware of: - Embedding media - For tweets in particular, all you should have to do is copy/paste the URL inside the post. It should, within a second or two, convert to the actual tweet. That's better than having to convert to HTML to post tweets like in the past. This should work for YouTube videos and other media (Instagram, Vine, etc) as well. - Replying to partial messages - If you want to reply to only a certain part of a post, you can highlight that text and then a little 'Quote this' bubble will pop up. Click it and a reply will open up with only the part that you highlighted as the quoted text. - The PM system has changed. For starters, notifications are bit more visible - when I logged on I had a notification on the bottom right on the page, just a little bubble that popped up. There are a couple of other tidbits - if you're interested, click here. I'm sure there are many more but I'm in the middle of trying to figure out where things are in an entirely new admin panel. (I did figure out how to upload a certain smiley at least...I can't find a corresponding 'sarcasm off' one though...) If any of you have any questions/comments/feedback, feel free to post those. If you see anything that doesn't look quite right, let me know as soon as possible (and if you can, send a screenshot).
  5. 6 points
    Look, this is a very level-headed and logical approach to the situation, but we have a very strong "#### Lefebvre" policy here and I have to strongly suggest you adhere to it.
  6. 6 points
    Radulov's no look backhand sauce was so sexy I'm officially nominating it for Playmate of the Year
  7. 6 points
    I'm not saying that I think Bergevin is the bee's knees, but people clamored for MT's head and to get CJ...he did. People have been complaining about DD for the past 2, maybe 3 years. He's gone. Everybody knew that Duchene and Landeskog were not getting traded until the offseason. That left Vrbata, who stayed put, and Vanek, who people didn't really seem to want anyway. Maybe holding on to that 1st when it could used for a trade in the offseason is better management than using it for a couple of months of Vrbata? Where is the mythical top 6 available player that should've been added? I'm not an Ott fan, but I do like King and appreciate the addition of Martinsen. Seeing him in person a few times, he's big and seemed fast out there. I'll appreciate those two on a bottom line instead of DD and Ghetto. Davidson and Benn make it seem like we won't see Nesterov in the lineup anymore. People seem to forget that most teams "selling" are getting assets for UFAs that would walk at the end of the year. Seriously, take a look at the forwards that were traded today. Look at the top UFA lists for 2017...most of those players are already on playoff bound teams. I know you can't please all of the people all of the time, but man, this fan base expects the moon more often than not.
  8. 6 points
    This team has won ZERO FRIGGING GAMES since hiring Julien. Enough is enough. FIRE THE BUM
  9. 5 points
    dlbalr DON Lovett Commandant Aaaaaand, my personal favourite... Habs29
  10. 5 points
    I simply don't get how trading the best offensive players on the team for offense makes any sense. We need to add offence not make a lateral trade that gains us (maybe) an extra goal or 2. Although Mark down Mark seems good at lateral trades that accomplish shite.
  11. 5 points
  12. 5 points
    would love to have heard that conversation...glad to hear it ended on a positive... Chucky: "Are you SURE i'm a fourth line winger?" CJ: "Positive"
  13. 5 points
    Hey Brian, while you're at it, please delete all the old posts where I was praising Mike Komisarek. Thank you.
  14. 5 points
    I dealt with Matt a fair bit over the years, particularly in the early stages of CapGeek as he was first building the site in the summer of 2009 (as I go through my old correspondence, the contract of former prospect Mikael Johansson was among the early things we discussed). He was always helpful with some of my out of the box questions about the most minute of details as well as straightening me out on LTIR calculations. We also had some interesting talks about some other CBA interpretations. He was a big part in helping me provide and understand a lot of the cap and CBA data you see on the site today. He's certainly going to be missed.
  15. 5 points
    The Montreal Canadiens are home to spread the love and joy of playing the Toronto Maple Leafs and seeing up close their perpetual state of embarrassment and disappointment. Despite the Habs suffering some recent losses against failing teams, I have nothing but confidence in the Canadiens tonight. It's particularly special because it's on Valentine's Day and there's nothing better than seeing the Habs break the hearts of the Leafs. Nothing but confidence in our boys tonight. Time to break some hearts! Game will be shown on CBC and TVA. Projected Lines Toronto Blueshirts JVR - Bozak - Kessel Winnik - Kadri - Panik Kamorov - Holland - Santorelli Booth - Smith - Clarkson Gardiner - Franson Reilly - Polak Holzer - Robidas Bernier Reimer Montreal Canadiens Pacioretty - Desharnais - Weise Galchenyuk - Plekanec - Gallagher Soon to be traded - De La Rose - Thomas Prust - Malhotra - Bournival Markov - Emelin Beaulieu - Gonchar Weaver - Gilbert Price Tokarski
  16. 4 points
  17. 4 points
    got news for ya, aside from a few of the very elite teams, any team who sustains injuries to key players generally suffers. You think Tampa flops like they did without the key injuries they had? LA Kings? Florida? We ourselves got hit for a stretch there Galchenyuk, Shaw, Desharnais, Gallagher, Markov. Our ability to fight through those roster player losses was tested, all while we had a coach who was losing his room, and still we won a division. This team is more than a Drouin or a Galchenyuk away from disaster. It basically comes down to as long as Price is healthy, and Weber stays healthy, this team will have a chance to win more than it loses. Every team has the couple Achilles heel players, where if they go down it likely spells disaster for you. Ours is Price, we were reminded of that much not so long ago, and very likely Weber. Care to wonder how well L.A Does without Quick and Doughty in their lineup for a long stretch? How about Tampa without Stamkos and Hedman? What if Nasville lost Rinne and Josi for half a season? would they still be the team we saw in the playoffs? Maybe Washington would survive the loss of Ovechkin and Holtby? i'n sure they would still win the presidents trophy if they got hurt right? As you can see every team suffers from the same "Bubble wrap the key player" theory, because it is with them that your team becomes elite, it is through them that your team succeeds. Sometimes you guys put way too much energy into the doomsday theories to try and showcase how weak Our team is. You are so quick to forget if you place the same doomsday theory on 95% of the league, the results would be just as catastrophic. We spew feces and piss at management, the players, the choices, the trades, the signings, acting like this team barely stayed out of the Lottery pick, like it will likely be a lottery pick this coming season. Yet there we were, division champions, far from any lottery, a good team, a competitive team, but not quite a contender, something more than half the fan bases in this league did not have. But this is Montreal, and here the fickle minds erase all positives when you go out in the first round, erase all positives about trading for one of the best young talents in this league, because Radulov decided to walk. Here, you lose in the wrong round, and you might as well be a lottery pick, screw bad luck, or we deserved better, nope it is all bollocks, burn it all to the ground we have 29 holes in this roster and a Management that is completely wasted 24/7. Here you lose the wrong player and you might as well not even bother evaluating the one taking his place, won't ever be as good, not a good replacement, won't be as exciting. It god damn wears me out to be a fan of this team sometimes, not because of what I see on the ice, but because of what I see away from it, from our own fan base at times, the lack of better judgment, objectivity, and downright reason, is a very disheartening thing to see. Sorry...that concludes my rant, not pointing at anyone in particular with this statement just a generalization of our fan base in my view, and I am also not saying this Management is not without its faults, because it has some. I'm just saying the team doesn't suck, and the management doesn't screw everything up they touch or look at, when will we all start acting like it? When will we start acting like there is simply still more mountain to climb and to keep pushing forward? instead of like we are in the middle of an avalanche gasping for air?
  18. 4 points
    Of consequence In Drouin Hemsky Alzner Schlemko Out Emelin Beaulieu Radulov Sergachev King Maybe Markov Drouin > Radulov. He's younger with a higher ceiling. I'm sure the 58 points Radulov got last year will be something Drouing brings again. Hemsky > King. Easy here. Alzner >> Emelin, Huge upgrade Schlemko > Beaulieu. Markov is the piece that has to be replaced. We either bring him back or we have 6 million to spend in a trade. Sergachev is the big loss, but its a future loss and he wasn't on the team, so in comparing last year's team vs this year's team he's a non-entity. Of course, His loss hurts for future years as there is no d to replace him... but keep in mind the Drouin vs Radulov comparison. We didn't just replace one year of radulov, we got a 23 year old who will produce effectively for many years and has not hit his prime, so consider that in any "futures analysis". Overall the off-season comes down to that $6 million. Can they use it to bring Markov back or improve at that position. if they can, then Bergevin did well. If they can't, then he didnt.
  19. 4 points
    Around what time would you have been advocating for this? In January when the Habs were a first place team? At the trade deadline where the Habs were a first place team? Or around the draft when negotiating rights are worth nothing? The 'interview period' has all but killed the value of negotiating rights in recent years and it's hard to imagine that many would have been happy if the Habs dealt their second leading scorer midseason. It's easy to say after the fact that they should have dealt him but when exactly was the right time to do so?
  20. 4 points
    We we need to stop comparing Drouin and Radulov as if this was a trade. What really happened is we traded our best, and only blue chip prospect for Drouin. I'm fine with the trade itself though, even like it. However, we straight up lost Radulov for nothing. We lost a 1st line RW for nothing. That's what sucks. I agree that there is some whining, but there is no way to avoid the fact that the talent in the organization has been watered down with the loss of Radulov. Thats why losing Sergachev hurts more now. We lose him, and only move laterally. I agree with the above posts about the lack of direction. We went all in with the Weber trade. So what we needed to do was pony up and pay Radulov while we're in our 2-3 year window. We did not do that, and now I don't know where the team is headed.
  21. 4 points
    man o man.... watching the stanley cup finals media scrums and i couldnt miss PK more so then i do right now... forget who is who on the ice. this guys a dude and we f#$ked up!
  22. 4 points
    I call Torrey Mitchell with a goal tonight. Lets goooooooo take game 4 baby!!!
  23. 4 points
    SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH: HABS VS RANGERS GAME 3 ROUND 1 PLAYOFFS MONTREAL CANADIENS Max Pacioretty - Phillip Danault - Alexander Radulov Paul Byron - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher Artturi Lehkonen - Alex Galchenyuk - Andrew Shaw Dwight King - Steve Ott - Torrey Mitchell Andrei Markov - Shea Weber Jordie Benn - Jeff Petry Nathan Beaulieu - Brandon Davidson PRICE Montoya NEW YORK RANGERS Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Mats Zuccarello Jimmy Vesey - Mika Zibanejad - Rick Nash J.T. Miller - Kevin Hayes - Michael Grabner Tanner Glass - Oscar Lindberg - Jesper Fast Ryan McDonagh -Dan Girardi Marc Staal - Nick Holden Brady Skjei - Brendan Smith LUNDQVIST Raanta SERIES RECAP Game 1: New York 2 (Empty Net Goal) – 0 Montreal Unlikely hero Tanner Glass scores the game winner with a backhand top corner Grabner seals the deal late with an empty net goal Game 2: Montreal 4 – 3 New York (Overtime) Habs go up 2-1 in the first period only to lose the lead later in the game Plekanec ties the game up with less than 25 seconds in regulation and Radulov seals the deal late in the first overtime The Habs’ 58 shots were the most the New York Rangers have ever allowed in a playoff game. Thank you Bell Center shot counter bias SERIES STATISTICS SOG MONTREAL 31+58= 89 SHOTS ON GOAL (44.5 PER GAME) NEW YORK 31+38=69 SHOTS ON GOAL (34.5 PER GAME) SPECIAL TEAMS MONTREAL PP 0/3 + 0/4 = 0/7 NEW YORK PP 0/4 + 0/3 = 0/7 MONTREAL PK 4/4 + 3/3 = 7/7 NEW YORK PK 3/3 + 4/4 = 7/7 PENALTY MINUTES MONTREAL 13+20 = 33 PIM NEW YORK 15+ 8 = 23 PIM HITS MONTREAL 53 + 55 = 108 HITS (54 PER GAME) NEW YORK 45 + 73 = 118 HITS (59 PER GAME) TEAM LEADERS MONTREAL Goals: Radulov (1), Petry (1), Plekanec (1), Byron (1) Assists: Radulov (2) Points: Radulov (3) Penalty Minutes: Markov (10) Shots: Pacioretty (12) Time of Ice: Markov (28:24) NEW YORK Goals: Grabner (2) Assists: Stepan (1), Fast (1), Smith (1), Vesey (1), Lindberg (1) Points: Grabner (2) Penalty Minutes: Zucarello (8) Shots: Rick Nash (9) Time of Ice: McDonagh (28:52) GOALIES Carey Price 1-1 68 shots 64 saves .941 1.77 Henrik Lundqvist 1-1 89 shots 85 saves .955 1.73 1 shutout KEYS TO THE WIN FOR NEW YORK Can New York use the home crowd to their advantage? Score first KEYS TO THE WIN FOR MONTREAL Can Carey Price steal a win on the road? Shut down New York’s second line
  24. 4 points
    If playoff overtime hockey could be bottled and injected into veins, it would only be available in the darkest of back alleys.
  25. 4 points
  26. 4 points
    Assuming King's thought process while on that breakaway was something like: "I'm clear! Forehand? Backhand? He's showing me fivehole, but is it a trap? God I miss LA. I wish they never traded me. The sun... the fans who don't know when I'm playing poorly... Should I call Lombardi on July 1st or would that be too desperate? Oh ya I'm on a breakway, I should half-ass a shot I guess."
  27. 4 points
    Depending on how boring the game is, the one he's calling might be more interesting than the one that's actually being played.
  28. 4 points
    Miller had a heck of a night according to Sportsnet! Has to be a record!
  29. 4 points
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  32. 4 points
    I always find it weird, I don't see much complaining anywhere about Weber himself, just about the trade itself. Even that is mild at this point. Personally, I was never a fan of the trade, and yet I support Weber, and have enjoyed what he has brought so far. I also recognize that 6 games into a season isn't a whole lot to make an assessment of performance. Why can't PK and Weber both be lauded instead of constantly being bashed from one side? I would agree that in the beginning those of us against the trade were far more vocal about it; we were passionate and upset. Now that the fires have burned out, it seems like the Subban detractors keep going. He's also playing at a point per game. These are both elite players. Weber is plus, Subban is minus. Weber has terrible possession stats, Subban has good possession stats. Different people put more significance in one than the other, and that's alright. But why is there still this soreness against Subban since he did absolutely nothing but give it all while he was here? It's not like he left as a UFA.
  33. 4 points
  34. 4 points
    Not a used Condon... I mean really...
  35. 4 points
    Raise your finger if you got traded out of a terrible organization today
  36. 4 points
    Yeah, The Habs fans speak their mind.... Verse 1 Now three Habs fans drunk on St Catherine's St Discussing their team as they are said to be Said one to the other, "now listen you two" There's a certain rumour that can't be true A team that started on a nine and 0 pace goes .200 until they're out of the playoff race They need bigger forwards and signed Paul Byron The GM calls a press conference to laugh about a Therrien firing Yeah, The Habs Fans Speak Their Mind Verse 2 There's something funny thinking of hockey in May When the coach can't stop playing David Desharnais He plays him with Max, one game after another Until you swear he's a pee wee coach, playing two brothers Yeah, The Habs Fans Speak Their Mind Verse 3 And another thing you thought you'd never see The free agent acquisition crash his truck into a tree A team of character, supposed to play for each other Signs Kassian and Semin over the Summer And if not for the expensive season ticket fees All you'd see in the Centre Bell are empty seats Yeah, the Habs fans speak their mind Verse 3 Here's another thing this team won't do Go out after a blowout and get into a stew There's no stickwork or shoving or nary a scrum Of mice not men, they have become Yes, the Habs have descended into worthless bums But from Richard and Le Gross bill they did not come Yeah, the Habs fans speak their mind
  37. 4 points
    Exclusive video of drouin phoning yzerman this afternoon.
  38. 4 points
    Price is like that scene in Avengers with Loki and Tony Stark. When Stark says, "We have a Hulk" that's the Habs when they know Price is playing.
  39. 4 points
    Freidman is one of the best in the business, Certainly more respected than Healy. He predicted incorrectly that Eakins would be a good coach for the Oilers. He was wrong about that, therefore he is incompetent?
  40. 4 points
    imo pap is the only dead weight there. calling plex dead weight is lunacy too. Here's a little comparison of two-way forwards. Plex - 26 goals 60 points backes - 26 goals 58 points landeskog - 23 goals 59 points bergeron - 23 goals 55 points o'reilly - 17 goals 55 points if plex is dead weight, so are those guys.
  41. 4 points
    We have a Top 10 LW, Top 5 D and Top 3 Goalie. At center we have a Top 30 center in Plekanec in that defensively he's one of the best centers in the game but offensively he's at the weak end of the Top 30. Desharnais is again at the weak end of the Top 30 offensively but he still produces at a top six center clip. It's not ideal. Nobody is arguing that it isn't. But until Galchenyuk develops into that #1 center, rolling with two players more ideal for second line C hasn't held us back from making the Eastern Conference finals.
  42. 4 points
    I'll take a team full of players from Kuala Lumpur if it meant we were going to have a better chance at the Cup. I don't care where a player is from and neither should you.
  43. 4 points
    It all comes back to Plekanec saying he was playing "like a little girl" back in, oh, 2008 (?). That was actually a gutsy act of calling himself out, but of course it fixed in the mind of certain members of the fan-base for all time the idea that he is a bad playoff performer. Sure, he's had stronger and weaker series, like most players do who have played in lots of series. But to focus on bad penalties against the Rags while forgetting all about the series where he shut down Crosby or Ovechkin or Kreijic is just blinkered absurdity. Like I always say, any team in hockey would be happy to add Plekanec to their core, and only Montreal Canadiens fans seem not to know it.
  44. 4 points
    Thus far this playoffs I have given up work shifts, traded work shifts, gone in early or stayed late, ditched a hot date, and bailed on a softball tournament just to be able to watch every game. I can't imagine missing this one for 1 shitty softball game
  45. 4 points
    Still the crapping on Brisebois. Apart from ONE SEASON (2000-01) when he was played on the wrong side the whole year and finished -31, he was overwhelmingly a "plus" player throughout his NHL career. 420 points in over 1000 NHL games. Wow, that's a real piece of crap. Brisebois became the scapegoat in 2000-01 for everything that had gone wrong with the Montreal Canadiens at the worst moment in their history. He was the martyr to a crowd that wanted to flog somebody, anybody, for its own suffering. His reward for loyally toiling on his wrong side and being set up to fail, never complaining, was a merciless, disgraceful demonization by an irrational fan-base - a kind of nightly, public humiliation by 20 000 people who are supposed to be your "fans" - that none of us can possibly imagine. When this endless stress finally led to a heart condition, he was then further pilloried for being a sissy, by people who would probably drop dead if subjected for five minutes to what he had to put up with. And the rest of his life has been defined in the so-called "minds" of these so-called "fans" by that ONE disastrous season in an otherwise distinguished 16-year NHL career. What we did to Brisebois remains a shameful, black mark in Habs history. An inexcusable instance of mass bullying of a quality player and by all accounts a decent man.
  46. 4 points
    Oh, God. It's all part of this idiotic, joy-sapping "code" whereby if players fail to act like robots, they are "disrespecting" the opposition and therefore deserve to receive physical assaults with the potential to leave them crippled for life. Unless, that is, they are players of a certain, Don-Cherry-approved profile such as Tiger Williams. Then it's OK.
  47. 4 points
    Agreed. Trading Subban would be the act of a fool unless the return was overwhelming. Don is basically criticizing PK for not being superhuman, while he apparently believes that other teams' star players are. Setting aside "character" - much of which, I suspect, has been overblown by a combination of subliminal racism among NHL types and a ridiculous old-school indignation at rookies who fail to be sufficiently worshipful of other guys on the ice - Subban's main "weaknesses" as far as I can see are these: he gets caught up ice once in a while, and he takes more than his share of dumb penalties. The former "weakness" is characteristic of ambitious, puck-moving defencemen, and will probably remain an element of his game; the latter is presumably a symptom of an excess of combativeness coupled with youthful lapses of judgement, and will likely recede as he continues to refine his game. All this stuff about him being "soft" in the defensive zone, meanwhile, is nonsense. He is one of the toughest guys in the league to move off the puck, vacuums it up in his end reliably and then leads the rush, hits as hard as anyone on the team, and battles pretty much every shift. "Oh, he doesn't block shots!" Yeah, he ain't Hal Gill. And that God for that. (Incidentally, Big Bird didn't block shots either, as per Dryden in The Game. Inexcusable!).
  48. 4 points
    Controversy will come no matter what. Controversy wasn't dead when the team was 2/3rds French with a French coach and GM right after winning a Stanley Cup. It was actually magnified to the point where Guy Carbonneau had just captained the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup the previous season and one bad moment on a golf course got him traded for Jim Montgomery. You will never escape it no matter who speaks what on the team. However, a good coach and GM who can speak THE LANGUAGE OF THE MEDIA can deflect the attention from the team and place it on themselves. This is about the most useful asset of Brian Burke. He was able to keep both Toronto media and Toronto fans hanging onto his every word for four seasons and it's only now where they've realized all of his changes still kept the team with massive weaknesses that kept them right where they were with John Ferguson Jr and Richard Peddie running the team. That's because Burke confronts the media and puts them on their toes instead of the other way around. There are other GMs and coaches who do this like John Tortorella. This is what the team truly needs. If a Jim Nill was the GM it wouldn't matter if he doesn't speak French if Patrick Roy is the head coach, a man with an enigmatic personality who will engulf the attention of the media onto him and speak up for his players. Same goes for if Roy was the GM. There are a few others I think could be that passionate orator in our GM pool (Bergevin) but we need either the coach or the GM to be able to speak both French and English to keep the media at bay and let slumping players or a slumping team work out their problems without the media stirring up the pot like we saw this past season. You can have a coach and GM who make great on-ice decisions and great managerial decisions but if they do nothing about the media and fans those factors will seep into the team and handicap your on ice performance. This is less about finding a guy who can make good decisions. This is about finding a guy who can facilitate a winning organization. That's why I respect the Detroit Red Wings so much. They've accomplished it for over 20 years now.
  49. 4 points
    You are? I could never have guessed...
  50. 4 points
    Bottom line on the whole situation is the french media crying about the language issue puts unneccessary pressure on the current coach and management, as well as ownership. Last time I checked, the majority of players are not french speaking as their native tongue. Are you telling me you would rather have Louis Leblanc (no offense intended, he will be a good player) as a first round pick or Sidney Crosby? Carey Price is among the best at his position and hails from B.C. Two of our best people to ever be involved in the organization were Scotty Bowman and Sam Pollock. We need to get back to picking the best player, best coach and best GM available based on ability. I question the scouting as well. If teams like Detroit can finish near the top of the standings and pick quality players lower in the draft, why can't we. Let's cut the crap, get the best people available in all aspects, hire a translater if needed and rebuild the Habs to where they should be; at the top.
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