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  • The Habs lace em up tonight in Tronna in what should be a great return to action after the All-Star break.

    The Canadiens were desperate heading into the two final games before the break after having their worst slump of the year. They pulled off two huge wins against strong teams in Atlanta and Buffalo and most of that slump is forgotten.

    Which team will show up tonight? The same team that beats Division leaders or the team that struggled so badly in January?

    The Christmas break preceded the Canadiens slump, hopefully the All-Star break won’t breed similar results.

    The Leafs always raise their game when playing the Canadiens and tonight should be another interesting matchup.

104 Comments
  1. #1 high 4 habs says:
    January 28, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    It’s very easy SMILER 2729, to: a) belittle other comments because you don’t agree with them;
    2) to insult and denegrate others on this blog;
    3) I guess your mother never washed your mouth out with soap, because you need it, with your profanity;
    4) for someone who lives in LEAFLAND,who the hell do you think you’re talking to?
    5) you’re not God, and not any better than anyone on this blog, so LEAVE YOUR FOUL MOUTH IN THE TOILET, WHERE YOU BELONG!
    6) If you plan on leaving any more comments, WATCH THE LANGUAGE!
    It’s totally uncalled for! We all are entitled to our opinion, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT! I won’t stoop to your level with profanity.
    LEARN THE MEANING OF RESPECT!
    you owe everyone on this site an apology, or YOU”RE ON WELCOME HERE ANYMORE!

  2. #2 joshtm says:
    January 28, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    You know Douggie, they (the americans) pay you to create a winning team. They actually believed that the C in the Habs jersey stands for Champions. But under your serious butt kissing, you know Bob Guy and Saku, all but have basically created an environment where it is okay to be paid millions to just show up and do nothing. I guess if you enjoy your condo in Florida that is all that you care about eh?

    The habs have the basics now to win, they have some great players, Saku if we can ever convince him to stop getting those stupid penalties and play like he did during the Olympics….Souray if we move him to offense instead of languishing in defense and constantly knocking over what little strenght we have on the team, that being the goalies, and to get rid of the overpaid Streit, Niinnima, Johnson, retire Rivet, fire Smiler2729 and replace Rivet with him cause we all know little Douggie can’t scratch out a play on the serviettes at MacDonalds to save his own life….and maybe finally get rid of Samsonov so we can pay Souray’s final retiring wages….if we got rid of the millionaires we could afford to keep the millionaires that actually work for their money….

  3. #3 high 4 habs says:
    January 28, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    To owner of this blog: Please don’t allow SMILER 2729 here anymore. This profanity should not be tolerated and he shows no respect for others.
    delete his comments, because he is really upsetting others, and he has a very bad attitude. his language will not be tolerated, and he must go!

  4. #4 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    My apologies to all you ladies who are offended by my profanity.

  5. #5 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Who’s Douggie?

  6. #6 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    All profanity used within context is just that, within context… look up context in the dictionnary. And P.S. Don’t buy, rent or watch “Slap Shot” on TV, it’s laced with profanity and it too works real well because it is taken in context… This is HOCKEY, NOT FIGURE SKATING, again my apologies to you ladies out there.

  7. #7 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    Listen gentlemen, (myself, Stevejur and others) no more swearing on the board, no matter how frustrated you get, just keep it clean cuz some among us don’t live in the real world… This is post is rated PG for some mild suggestive humour.

  8. #8 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Gosh darn, gee willickers, we were defeated by those naughty Maple Leafs again! I sure do hope Mr. Gainey fires the coach and himself after trading all those do-no-gooders we call a team! I’m peeved and irked!!!!

  9. um….like he said

  10. lmao….smiler is the reincarnation of Howie Meeker!!!

    wait a minute…Howies not dead!….Smiler IS HOWIE MEEKER!!!

    oh my gosh!!…welcome Howie!

    lmao

    ps….lmao means… laughing mildly at Owen…..

  11. #11 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Who’s Owen? Who’s DOUGGIE??? I love Howie Meeker, and THAT was my best Howie impression thru the forum of written word, glad you got it! GO HABS!!!

  12. #12 Drive_4_25 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    @ High 4 habs & Smiler

    Smiler… It’s quite obvious (to me anyway) That what you said about backing up the team win-lose-or draw came from the heart and RIGHT ON! your 100% right, sure it’s frustrating, and irritating and yes we deserve better…But in no way shape or form should a true fan (With the exception of those who come on after a game like last night and use this place simply to VENT!)Turn their backs on THEIR team in the way that 97% of the posters above me would indicate!I was thinking it when I was reading these blogs and You said it…I would have had you not!! CONGRATS!!!

    High 4 Habs,
    You are correct this place is a forum from which everyone’s “voices” and opinions may be “heard” That being said it’s obvious (To me anyway) That you actually agreed with what Smiler said, and that the only thing you could use to “defend” yourself was his PROFANITY! (A very weak and pathetically obvious strategy) If you would be kind enough to step down from your soapbox for a moment and consider this ! In as much as this is a forum for all at their discression to participate and express themselves..Well the manner in which WE express ouselves is also at our discression…YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!!! If the posts with profanity offends you…THEN MOVE ON AND READ THE NEXT ONE!
    Because in as much as smiler was giving HIS OPINION the profanity was being used as a means of getting accross (TO EXPRESS) his frustration…Not to offend! And Last but not least your points 5 & 6 in your mini rant states ,

    5) you’re not God, and not any better than anyone on this blog, so LEAVE YOUR FOUL MOUTH IN THE TOILET, WHERE YOU BELONG!

    ) If you plan on leaving any more comments, WATCH THE LANGUAGE!
    It’s totally uncalled for! We all are entitled to our opinion, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT! I won’t stoop to your level with profanity.
    LEARN THE MEANING OF RESPECT!
    you owe everyone on this site an apology, or YOU�RE ON WELCOME HERE ANYMORE!

    (I am going to assume you meant “your NOT welcome here anymore!”)

    Well I hate to be the one to point this out to you but it seems to me that your the one with the MESSIAH COMPLEXE!!!

    And please don’t be offended as this is only MY OPINION!!! after all you shouldn’t have much to say…I didn’t use any PROFANITY!

    GO HABS GO!!!

  13. #13 high 4 habs says:
    January 28, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Obviously some of you , never go on other blogs, because if you had, you would know that disrespect, as well as profanity, (especially used toward other bloggers) is not acceptable. In fact other bloggs, make you sign a consent stating that won’t happen, and if it does, you are removen permanently fron that blog. Most blogs want it CLEAN, and that’s the way it should be!
    calling someone” a piece of shit” is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!
    doing that, is gutless,and shows no class.
    Smiler sounds like a guy who sits around drinking a 12 pack, and swearing, and who’se idea of a good time is raping women!

    TO OWNER OF THIS BLOG: CAN’T YOU KEEP THIS BLOG CLEAN?
    DON’T YOU THINK INNOCENT BLOGGERS WHO ONLY WISH TO EXPRESS THEIR OPINION, RIGHT OR WRONG, SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DO SO, WITH RESPECT!
    Ps. Smiler. I have a college degree, and can use every word in the dictionary, but I won’t because you sound too illiterate to understand the meanings!

  14. Here’s some food for thought. I believe the big reason for the rule changes in the N.H.L. were done in order to add a whole bunch of smaller ,but talented players into the league.The reason ?,too many teams and not enough big players to go around,it was a big bussness directive that changed the direction of the league 360% and in doing so make’s the game faster and adds more dimention: good for the fans. My guess is, size still wins out,when playing a team sport THAT STILL ALLOWS HITTING OR CHEAKING in an enclosed area, so in order to have wins”regular season &playoffs” in the new N.H.L. now more than ever ,you need lots of hitting from a big, fast north american team with a couple of euro’s. And don’t take stupid penilties AND KEEP YOUR STICK ON THE ICE , while your wearing out the little FU@KERS and shabang, a stanley cup will be ours once again. My 2 cents Mr GAINEY.

  15. #15 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Drive 4 25, thanks buddy, you are right on (PS. Don’t swear eh, some on this board are trying to live like Mary Poppins, for gosh sakes)

  16. #16 high 4 habs says:
    January 28, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I still think KOIVU is not a leader ON THE ICE!
    battling cancer has nothing to do with being a leader on the ice!
    The habs stink ! But at least they stick up for their buddies. Bring up all the players from Hamilton, because they will show more emotion and heart, something that’s lacking with the habs!
    Watch fellow hab fans, habs aren’t going to make the playoffs. let the rebuilding begin.
    If we trade Koivu, maybe we can get Doan,(he’s a real north american player, with guts); he goes to the wall for his teammates!
    And he doesn’t make excuses(unlike Koivu), for losses!

  17. #17 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    High 4 Habs… Raping women? Now that’s acceptable? Calling me a rapist? I, too, Mr. Fancy Pants Mary Poppins, have a College Degree as you can see by my perfect spelling, proper grammar and articulate comments (other than a few typos)… NOW I ASK THE MEMBERS OF THIS BOARD WHAT IS MORE OUT OF LINE – myself, in true Hab emotion after another loss to the Leafs and having to read utter dribble from SOME, calling Nancy FancyBoy here “a piece of shit” for having the gall to question the heart of our captain (does anybody remember ’02 and his return from cancer?) -OR- HIM CALLING ME A RAPIST???
    You’re a tough guy behind your keyboard… MEOW! Betcha that scared ya.

  18. #18 joshtm says:
    January 28, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Surfing the other habs blogs makes you think the Habs are in first place and ensured a cup. Honestly, talk about not telling it like it is.

    Koivu is the heart of the team right now, but right now he is not playing like his life depends on it. No wonder and getting all those stupid penalties.

    Kovalev is only owning up to his part, he won’t play if the rest of the team doesn’t. If all the other millionaires get paid for playing like crap, why should we expect one of our highest paid to play any different?

    It all but makes you wonder if Gainey is a winner, or Carbo, or if they are in it just for the money like the show nothing millionaire defense.

  19. #19 joshtm says:
    January 28, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Smiler does that mean that the habs are beholding to and owe Saku a guaranteed income even if he doesn’t play like he is the highest paid player this side of the border? I don’t think so. Saku needs to put up or lose his big fat paycheck, cancer or not.

  20. #20 WICKSTER says:
    January 28, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Can we stop talking about yourselve’s and deal with the important topic…the Hab’s

  21. #21 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    We all want Alexei Kovalev to be that superstar that scores 50 goals and scares the shit (oops, I mean, poo for Mary PoppinsBoy) out of the other team… Can he even be that guy? He’s always performed at his present level UNLESS he had played on a line with another high calibre type (the Penguin years)… So, duh, Bob Gainey’s looking for that type of center but pulling off that kind of deal is difficult and made even more of a highly improbable task given the salary cap restrictions of most teams…
    The last time the Habs pulled that kind of deal (for a superstar type A performer) was ’95 when Serge Savard traded for Mark Recchi, a deal that sort of backfired given the fire lit under John LeClair’s ass (oops, again, I mean bum-bum for Anal Retentive Boy Scout Guy) by being paired with a then relevant Eric Lindros in Philly. Recchi performed admirably here and I wished he’d never been traded away seeing as he still can play a high level game.
    So who, fair bloggers, who is actually available and can step in here and spark the enigma that is Alexei Kovalev? The only player I can think of is Peter Forsberg but he’s such a china doll that it’d be almost hard to watch as he could pull a Hasek-in-Ottawa type thing and cost his team their entire season… (in hindsight, with Dominator’s play this season, I think Ottawa probably could’ve won it all last year if he hadn’t hurt himself in Turin/Torino)…
    Like a football with the game on the line and it’s 4th and inches, I SAY GO FOR IT! Try to make the deal Bob Gainey, at the least it would make things very exciting for Montreal’s players and fans.

  22. BERTUZZZZZIII,BERTUZZZZIIII!!!!!!

  23. #23 high 4 habs says:
    January 28, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    I think we should concentrate on the habs plight. Our problems are insignificant. ok Smiler?
    Let’s deal with, how to fix the habs or rebuild their crumbling legacy.
    If we had a real star playr, instead of blue collar players, this team could be so exciting. But I think I would settle for a team like NJ, tho boring, because they know how to win, and with a goalie like Brodeur, who needs offence? Carbo, as great a defensive player as he was, is unable to mold this team into his style of play. His emotion has a player will never come to fruition on his team. Too bad, because he’s a nice guy, but with the wrong team. He should be coaching the devils, and Patrick Roy will succeed him as the next coach of the habs.

  24. #24 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    I wouldn’t mind Todd Bertuzzi but back injuries are lifelong battles that are always there (see Wendel Clark who never played the same way after 1990 and Mike Bossy who actually had to retire). But Big Bert’s winger, man, the Habs need a center.

  25. #25 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Insignificant? You called me a rapist, you little piece of poo.

  26. No hooking and holding is way easy on the old back.Berts only 31 and says his back feels ‘REAL GOOD”, OH yeah,if the Habs can make D men forwards ,then I don’t see a problem.

  27. #27 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    As for the Habs’ defence, still not impressed by Andrei Markov, I mean, he’s a top 4 guy but not a number 1 offensive defenceman/pillar. I wonder what Edmonton would’ve wanted for Chris Pronger cuz if I were Kevin Lowe, I’d have traded him but NOT to sunny California like he wanted but somewhere just as cold as Alberta.
    Never been wowed by little Frankie Bouillon either, speedy yeah, but that’s it. It pains me to see all these ex-Hab defencemen throughout the league establishing themselves as consistent reliable d-men (Beauchemin, Robidas, even Alain Nasreddine is a regular in Pittsburgh!) I see Ron Hainsey play a lot in Columbus and other than being adequate on the PP, he’s a liability back there consistently.
    Carolina has a glut of defence and Ottawa’s looking to trade Joe Corvo so maybe there’s something there or Dan Boyle from TB…

  28. #28 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    This team needs its hunger back, and that’s up to the players and they do seem to need an injection of something like Todd Bertuzzi, Peter Forsberg or just someone to put a zing back in the game… oh yeah and they need to SHOOT THE GOSHDARNED PUCK MORE AND HEAD FOR THAT NET FOR REBOUNDS EN MASSE, not play the perimeter looking for the perfect play… pretty plays are nice and all but they happen once every 3-4 games, I want crash and bang garbage goals a-la-Phil Esposito, Dino Ciccarelli and Mike Bossy, now those guys loved the slot.

  29. Bouillon would do much better on a team with really big D, but so would the Habs.

  30. #30 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    This defence isn’t bad, but they seem tentative and scared to get a penalty (which they do anyway)… we didn’t exactly win the ’93 Cup with a stellar defence (Daigneault, Brisebois, Haller, etc… only Eric Desjardins and Matt Schneider stood out) and both Tampa Bay and Carolina won the Cup the last two seasons with non-descript defence corps…
    I wonder if Chris Chelios could come back and stabilize these wild things we have now, heck (see Nancy Boy, I said heck NOT hell), Chelly could probably play a couple of more seasons too.

  31. #31 joshtm says:
    January 28, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    How about just clearing the puck out of the habs end, instead of the attempt at fancy passing that all but sees the defense cough up the puck?

    Similarly Gainey seems to scout for injured small players, and Montreal gets outmuscled.

  32. #32 Habs#1 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    Everyone who still beleives that in a cap world the Habs can have a roster chalk full of superstars and keep them together for the long haul can go back to the sixties.

    Your time is over. Your era is over. The Habs will never be the team that won 5 in a row again. Deal with it, accept it and move on. You’ll be a lot happier.

  33. #33 joshtm says:
    January 28, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Yes, lets do it Habs#1 way, lets shut down the habs, heck we lost the expos, why do we deserve the habs? Why cheer for the team anyway eh Habs#1? We all make excuses for Gainey and Carbo, but hey, other small market teams have managed to win the cup, this in cities and states where taxes are outrageous and no support for hockey. Heck you’ve seen teams that use up only half of the Habs 200 million budget and won the cup years in a row.

    Who says the era is over to those teams? Because they have coaches that want to win. They draft players who care and who give it all they have.

    What do we have? We have the likes of Habs#1 saying Gainey is God. Honestly.

  34. #34 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Bob Gainey’s better than Andre Savard, Rejean Houle and Serge Savard all put together.

  35. #35 chevy14CH says:
    January 28, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    so who saw the comments of Don Cherry last night?
    He said the habs have terrible penalty killing, that’s why the leafs scored on the PP. Did someone forget to tell him that before last night’s game, habs were among the top 4 in killing penalties.
    What do you think about Conroy from LA? He could fill our void at center.
    With the NHL the way it is now, could be just trade a player for CASH, without getting a player in return? If it’s possible, then let’s give Samsonov to anyone and offer to pay some of his salary.

  36. That way we can pay him to score against us!

  37. #37 chevy14CH says:
    January 28, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    Does anyone think Samsonov will score at least 15 goals? I doubt it.
    Think maybe he’s stubborn about standing in front of the net. He’s not going to stickhandle around a whole team, you know that.
    So, are there any star plyers available at this year’s draft? who is this kid Esposito? any stats on him, and what position does he play?
    I’m sure Ryder would attract some bidders, but for whom? ideas, guys, anyone?

  38. #38 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    I’m warming to Craig Conroy returning for the cheap, maybe he gets back to his Calgary form, worth a try eh.

  39. #39 chevy14CH says:
    January 28, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Conroy is old now, with nothing left. can’t score anymore. he’s just 1 of those broken down players Joshtm talks about. He really want Kopitar, but they would want alot for him. I doubt he is available. the key is patience, because if we wait until Feb 27th, trade deadline, we can get someone cheap. Teams out of the playoff race will be selling.

  40. #40 Habs#1 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    chevy, Angelo Esposito is the #1 ranked North American prospect in the draft and will probably go #1 or #2. While I’m sure everyone in Quebec would love to have him on the Habs cause he’s a french canadian boy, the Habs have no realistice shot at drafting him.

    He’s in the same situation as Mario Lemieux, Vinny Lecavelier, Alexandre Daigle(thank god Ottawa drafted him instead of trading him to MTL), and Derrick Brassard. He’s going to go way to high for the Habs to draft him.

  41. #41 Rubberman says:
    January 28, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    Gainey: time to think outside the box. Does this team have it to make a good run in the playoffs? It doesn’t look like it anymore. This is the time of year where you’re either a contender or pretender. And, the Habs aren’t cutting it.

    Not matter what, the Habs sell out every night. Mgmt owns it to the fans to put the best product on the ice. Time to clean house. I love Koivu but he’s not the leader who will win you a cup. Your other all star shows up less than 1/2 the time. If I were a coach, I’d strangle that fuck. Oh, I will use profanity here ‘cuz I’m fucking disgusted with the LACK OF EFFORT. These over-paid athletes should look at the folks selling peanuts for peanuts ($8 bucks an hour) and use that as a motivation to get up the freaking game!
    $8 hour verse $100,000 a month (minimum contract).

    Trade: Koivu, Kovelez, Abisher(?), no wait, isn’t he French…

    Sorry about that, but as a French Canadian, living in NOrthern Ontario (being in the minority), this is a big sore point for me. People who think the Habs need a French Canadian/Québecois have their heads in the sand. Get off it! I watch 110 % nightly and the way the press are in MTL, man I’d stay away from there. Think about, did Mario Lemieux, Cavalier, St-Louis, Brodeur, Luongo, ever ask to be trade to MTL? Fuck no…

    Sorry off topic. Trade the older big names for younger, gritty, talented young blood from either Québec, Ontario, the Prairies, Minnesota, Massachesett(?). North American players. I don’t give a fuck if they speak French/English, CHinese, or don’t even talk at all. GET PLAYERS THAT WANT TO WIN EVERY NIGHT!!!

    I hope the get their act together.

  42. #42 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Tsk tsk tsk, potty mouth, better say sorry or the Nancy Boy will call you a rapist… I know! He called me one!!

  43. #43 smiler2729 says:
    January 28, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Sic ‘em High 4 Habs!! Sic bad potty mouth Rubberman!!!

  44. I got to tell you all this,we may not have the best hockey team rite now but we do have the best blog site in all of pro sports,cheers!!!

  45. #45 High 5 Habs says:
    January 29, 2007 at 1:22 am

    I agree with the above comments regarding the removal of all profanity from this site.

    In the future, instead of “poo” or worse could we simply use the more proper expression “movement of the bowels.”

    As well, I find “bum-bum” far too harsh. The anatomically correct word, “rectum” will suffice.

    After all, we would all be pretty embarrased if the Queen was to stop by Habsblog to submit a comment; now, wouldn’t we?

    My last point: Joshtm, I think you should go “fornicate” yourself and log on to the Leaf’s site where you belong.

  46. #46 chevy14CH says:
    January 29, 2007 at 1:23 am

    actually, this is my first time on this blog, and guys you really are boring. you repeat the same thing constantly, and all you seem to do is bad mouth each other. Wow, this is unbelievable. Can’t you find something interesting to say? I was just watching sports late night, (habs practice), and all they can say is, we need better communication, like we didn’t know. The trouble is, they have the same lousy players. so, habs, get a life!

  47. Your opinions are noted chevy14CH,this being your first time on HabsBlog makes you a Hooker with a P.H.D.

  48. #48 PACTUM SERVA says:
    January 29, 2007 at 2:01 am

    Good old habs blog lol.Hey joshtm i bet my dad can beat up your dad lol.

  49. #49 PACTUM SERVA says:
    January 29, 2007 at 2:13 am

    lol just kidding dude we are all on the same team here but i think you are a bit of switch hitter.I mean that hockey wise im not saying you are gay or anything but if you are hey its your life.Im sure there are alot of gay hockey fans so dont be ashamed.Joshtm if you feel you need to COME OUT and tell the blog your life style its up to you but im not saying you are gay or anything. Did i already say that? LOL

  50. #50 Queen Elizabeth II says:
    January 29, 2007 at 7:50 am

    High 5 Habs

    Thank You young man for making provisions and taking precautionary steps to avoid me stepping in some UN-royal feces upon my arrival. I will email you directly from this point forward to make sure you have removed all potty from the text within these pages before I visit.

    you may get off your knees now

    Liz.

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