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Habs win a game!

  • Wow! A victory.

    Just barely. The Habs almost blew it again letting the Blue Jackets back into the game but held them off for the victory.

    Important, Michael Ryder scored. Saku Koivu scored. Will it get them out of their slumps?

    Jaro Halak got his first NHL career victory and you’d expect him to continue starting until he drops a game. He did look sharp and confident we’ll get a better idea how capable he is after few more games in the big league.

    Trade deadline is quickly approaching, all kinds of rumors floating around. Mostly completely false, some with merit.

    Do the Habs need a trade? Which position is in most need of help?

    Top 5 Canadiens on the Trade Block:

    1) Shledon Souray
    2) Michael Ryder
    3) Alex Perezhogin
    4) Craig Rivet
    5) Draft Picks

    If there is a deal, it will most likely involve these players.

    Agree/disagree?

132 Comments
  1. hey dudes
    after watching the game last night////
    if the habs had played a quality team i am afraid that this new goal tender may well be in hospital seeking some kind of shock treatment!!!!!!
    we are DOOMED !!!!!!!!!!!
    time to start again bob , dump the slackers/
    p.s. habs are still better than the leafs

  2. I can’t believe all these blogs and people that say its the fans who are to blame for the negative spirit in Montreal. Geeze, what almost a decade of full seating, that is not exactly negative support, if anything fan support for the habs is outstanding.

    Gee blame other teams for Ninny? We got Ninny, the only people to blame for getting Ninny here are us. Plain and simple.

    The only people other teams are interested in are Bonk and Pleks and a couple of our rookies. None of the list shows here.

    I can’t believe people that actually believe Bob was forced to sign Ninny and the rest that he signed, like Bob was kidnapped one day and forced to sign this bunch. A trade is a contract, regardless if it involves other teams, it is a signed contract. Like as if we get free hockey players, honestly wake up and smell your own stink on that one.

  3. Did all of you expect Gainey to cure all the ills of this franchise in three years?

    This franchise had zero prospects when Gainey came just like Minnesota did when he took over the Stars.

    Understand that Kovalev/Ninnamaa/Samsonov etc. are stop gaps till the guys Gainey drafted are ready for the bigs.

    For all those people who think Gainey bought a cup in Dallas. Gimme a break. He built that entire franchise from the ground up. Other then Belfour, Niewendyk(I have no idea how his name is spelled), Hull, Carbo and Zubov he drafted that cup winning team. Who drafted the current stars in Dallas(Turco, Brendan Morrow)?

    And you want to know why the Habs have no superstars? Let’s go back to 1996-2001. When the Habs constantly finished in 9th-10th place and just barely missed the playoffs but still were somewhat compeditive cause the fans and media wouldn’t except 4-5 years of the Habs finishing at the very bottom of the league so they’d be able to draft the likes of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Olli Jokinen, Roberto Luongo, Vinny Lecavelier, David Legwand(finally breaking out in Nashville), Brad Stuart, Alex Tanguay, The Sedin Twins, Havlat, Dany Heatley, Marian Gaborik, Kovalchuk, Spezza, Rick Nash, Jay Bouwmeester, Ryan whitney, Joni Pitkanen, Keith Ballard and Alex Semin(Although I’ll give them a pass on 2002 cause they got Higgins).

    Take a look at all those players the Habs missed out on cause all you fans out there refuse to go through a rebuilding process. You want to know why the Habs have no young superstar players? How about the fact that the management before Gainey buckled under your pressure’s cause you refused to be in last place for 3-4-5 years.

  4. I agree, but where is Samsonov in it? I think he must go!

  5. Oh ya, Habs#1, we had the lockout and a chance to rebuild, what did Gainey do, nada, like as if it is the fans to blame for Gainey acquiring and getting this bunch, gimmee a break already!

    I say trade what the other teams want, if only to change the setup so Carbo can match players together, right now his line juggling has exposed that none of the habs fit together, it is a team afterall. But the way its playing, it is not a team. You need players who fit each other.

  6. Joshtm:

    Wake up buddy, If you are going to respond to comments you must understand them first. The Id*otic fans are not to be blamed for player acquisitions but the fact that we cant attract better. Brendan SHanahan, Patrick Elias, Jason Arnott, etc. They did not come for one reason. The fans and media turn their lives into circus acts. Its ridicualous. R U telling me that if you were a player and werent living in you moma’s basement that you would want to go thorugh all of that CRAP instead of enjoying the surf in Tampa or San Jose? Being a professional sports athlete is tough enough as it is let alone having fans demanded you are traded whether you are stuggling and whether you are playing too well and you have to be traded because you are playing so well. Get a grip FOOLS.

    GAiney has made his his fair share of mistakes but what GM has not. Lamorello traded Souray for Malakhov. OOPS! HE is dealt a shitty hand being the GM of MOntreal. Its like poker adn being dealt 2-7 off suited. HOw can you win the hand? YOu gotta stick around to at least see the flop. But when you through your first feeler bet out?

    SO JOshtm you must ask yourself What the Fu*k do you want? WHat do you want? YOu dont know? YOu want young healthy superstars like Crosby and OVeckin. okay buddy.

  7. Ok, here’s my take on this thing….Gainey’s going to gear this team up for a time frame when Carey Price is tending the nets. That should be 2-3 years away, so Bob’s got to get his draft picks and free agents all lined up properly-again remembering that so many of these moves are predicated upon the “salary cap”- so that the Habs are competitive during his solid goalie years with Price. Until then, this is a mediocre 7th-10th place team that, if fortunate enough to make the playoffs, might only win a round at best. We want a team that will be a top 4 team for years to come.

    doogie

  8. C’mon guys!!!! Montreal is a beautiful city with an amazing nightlife and gorgeious woman. WHen the Hab sare struggling that is when its time to ease up on following the Habs and enjoy other aspects of the city. I love teh Habs but why feel miserable and bi*ch all the time when things arent gonig well. Go party, get laid. YOu know lick some fudge off the abs of some Italian girl or something, whatever gets you going. Just dont waste you lives Complaining about Gainey and his job. HE doesnt complain aboutthe way some of you serve french fires and gravy.

  9. #9 R habs 4 real says:
    February 19, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    So we all say, this team’s future is predicated by the drafting and trading that Gainey will do in the next 2 years. Let’s see what kind of players,(picks) he makes. And if we’re still having this same conversation,( or if the team is as stagnant as they are now,)2 years from now, then we will realize that Gainey did not do a good job, and is not a great GM. TIME WILL TELL!
    I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
    But I’m not willing to wait 10 years for a competitive team! So he better get this team moving in the right direction, and soon, or fans patience will run out!

  10. Teh last post was mainly directed at Joshy boy. ALthough he probably wont like that with his sexual frustrations and all. Sorry bud.

  11. #11 Cote st luc says:
    February 19, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Sexual frustrations. : ) Thats hilarious.

    Go get laid josh.

  12. You can’t build a team around a terrible defenceman that only gets points on the powerplay. Trade Souray while his value is highest. Also, pencil in a loss February 26th ;)

    Congrats on the win.

  13. #13 Cote st luc says:
    February 19, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    I guess just want the LEafs learned about building their team around McCabe and Kaberle.

  14. #14 Cote st luc says:
    February 19, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    The rumour at the beginning of teh year was to acquire Land from Detroit we would have to involve Perezhogin in the deal. Boy would we love to make that deal now.

  15. #15 R habs 4 real says:
    February 19, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    there is a rumour(here we go again), from team 990, that discussions between habs and Sharks are taking place, involving possible trade, sending Souray, Samsonov, and 4th round pick for Pavelski, Vlasic, and conditional draft pick. I say, when there’s no rumour, then it’s more likely to happen, because Gainey is as tight lipped as they come. But, nevertheless, it’s possible because Thornton ans Samsonov are great friends, and SJ is in need of a good D man. We’ll see.

  16. We should be getting Thorton for Souray ,a top 5 d man in the nhl,that trade is shit !

  17. #17 R habs 4 real says:
    February 19, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    I also heard that Kovalev(with that contrived injury), has swore to never play another game for the habs. did you notice he mentioned he was injured, ONLY AFTER HE WAS BENCHED IN THE 3RD PERIOD OF SATURDAY’S GAME?
    I believe the injury was vastly embellished,(because he was playing with the injury for 2 months) and it’s his pride that was injured more than anything else. I’m told you can’t bench or scratch him, or he’ll never give you 100% for a game. Did he ever? I really believe, HE’S GONE!
    I hope that’s true, because he goes thru motions more than playing hard.
    What a prima donna. Who the hell does he think he is? No wonder NYR gave up on him. No room for loafers on this team!

  18. There’s more loafers on the HABS than at a Hush Puppies factory !

  19. You know what’s really sad to me is in 7 days the c@ckssucking Leaf’s are going to blow the fu@king Habs rite out of the Bell Center, which just sickn’s me and your still going to get these guy’s saying stupid thing like: U don’t know hockey ,I ‘m a goalie,I use my jock strap as a pillow at nite, It’s the fans fault,it’s the tax’s and the media…bla bla bla bla bla and were going to have Laff fans like Frank or THM RIDICULE US TO NO END and nothing …NOTHING will be done about it !!! What a bad fu@kin joke

  20. #20 HABS fan in Newfoundland says:
    February 19, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Please ..the person (69 Xhabsfan )reading this blog, ban that guy off this blog.Danger to have him even think.What an idiot!!

  21. Actually Kaberle is about 10 times hte player that Souray is. McCabe is a good proxy for what you can expect if the Habs try to build around that pylon.

    And THM is a sens fan.

  22. #22 I am Canadien says:
    February 19, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    XhabsFan: You are an I.D.10.T !
    Nuf with the brainless ramble. Go to a Leafs blog and tell them you’re a Sens fan because we don’t want you to disgrace us!! LOSER!!

  23. #23 Cote st luc says:
    February 19, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Rivet still thinks he should be on the first PP unit instead of Souray. At the beginning of the season I think Rivet was looking to get around 4 million/year from the Habs. NOw he will be lucky to get 2 million/year from anyone. RIvet is sooooo gone he might as well leave on the same flight as Niniamm. The cargo plane as its way to Germany.

  24. My noodle gets itchy when I watch GIlmore girls.

  25. #25 jean.pierre says:
    February 19, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    hey, i like your blog. too bad the people (not all but most) who comment are clearly lacking between the ears. i think mitch melnik said it best. you guys are the reason why shanahan and other marquis free-agents didn’t want and will never want to come here. why did sammy get 3.5mil per year: because we have to vastly over pay just to get players to play in this city. shame on you all.

  26. Hey snake, how are things in Stoney Mountain? You lack class buddy, posting under my handle even going as far as getting a stupid yahoo account to make it look like me, you are sad!

  27. Watch out on that intersection on Provincial Road 321 buddy, how’s it going Snake? What the guards didn’t let you have your fag buddy? This is a hockey blog buster, go onto some other site.

  28. #28 HABS fan in Newfoundland says:
    February 19, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    From Jack TODD today love it!!Other zeros: Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Giants, Bud Selig Jr., Jeffrey Loria, David Samson, Claude Brochu, Jim Beattie, Jason Giambi, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Roger Clemens, Floyd Landis, A.J. Smith, Jose Theodore, Pierre Lacroix, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jim Carrey, Don Cherry &&&& last but not least, the Toronto Maple Leafs – the only organization in sports that could celebrate 40 years without a championship.

  29. Hey jean pierre, ya you, on barton and manning avenue, get back to your damn laffs blog buddy, this is for habs.

  30. Stop blaming le Bob!

    Newsflash, people: Montreal is a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to play there! Players who have a choice don’t want to play in Montreal. That includes English Canadians and French Canadians players too so the ideas of those who say dump Euros and just sign French Canadian players are completely out to lunch. You also cannot currently build the Habs on UFAs and/or any veteran who has the potential to waive trades.

    The team that the Habs have to beat to ever have a chance to win the cup in the next five years are the Pittsburgh Penguins (or the Kansas City whatevers.) In order to match that team in the foreseeable future, you need a bunch of young prospects type who will be peaking together at the same time in the next 3-5 years.

    I love Souray, but I am not sure that he alone is someone that you could build a team around. He is not Martin Brodeur or Sidney Crosby. Carey Price is Montreal’s future. If the Habs can get a couple of quality prospects that will be at their career peak in the next 3-5 years for Souray, they should do it. It makes sense. Souray’s trade value is at its zenith right now.

  31. #31 PACTUM SERVA says:
    February 19, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    Just think guys after next tuesday we will all know where this team stands and in what direction it is going

  32. Frank not only is SOURAY a better player with a way better shot”100mph+” than THAT FAG KABERLE,Souray is a leader ,something Kabfagrle is not. Hope your enjoying the 40th anniversary of the last time the maplequeers won anything and remember to take small bites Toronto fans ,even so, your team will choke its traditional,LOL, HA HA HA H A HA ………

  33. #33 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 19, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Watching an interview with Marty Brodeur Yesterday on SNY 360, he was asked “Did you ever envy Rangers fan support and would he like to be across the river some nights?” Marty’s response was “No I love it here but if I were to want to play in any city it would be Montreal, that place is like the mecca for hockey.”

  34. What I am trying to say in post #80 is that clearly this hockey team does not have IT this year. I am almost certain that Gainey signed Samsanov this summer because of the intense pressure that was felt to just sign anyone! Don’t force Gainey to throw more good money after bad in order to lose four straight in the first playoff round against Buffalo or New Jersey. Not making the playoffs this year would not really be the end of the world. The Carolina Hurricanes did not make the playoffs the year before they won the Stanley Cup.

    If you ever want to have a team that can match the Penguins, a rebuilding phase is probably necessary. Get a few guys who will be legitimate players in the next 3-5 years. As we say in Nova Scotia, if you are not going to fish, cut bait!

  35. Rob, you don’t make sense. All you do is come off sounding like some angry bigot!

    I don’t think that is what you want. Carey Price is where Huet, Abby, you name any young goalie, we are placing too much faith in someone we don’t even know will mature or grow with the game. Look at one of our great prospects, Richer was supposed to come and save us, the same with Penney, but did they pan out?

    Like as if Gainey is planning his future around some untried prospect, you really think that is where he plans? You sound just as hungover as Jack Todd and his stupid column. Granted the habs are hurt, but hey when they were healthy they got into this slump, so Todd’s story holds no water.

    It just doesn’t pan out, we can’t blame the players for the slump, nor Gainey or Carbo, is that what you are saying, its because we believe some French Canadian player can do it, is that why we are so bad, for wanting French Canadian players to play in a French Canadian city? Honestly Rob, you are just some angry Laff fan taking it all out like some English Canadian bigot that you are….

  36. To whom it may concern:

    Carey Price (just like Sidney Crosby) is the real thing. baby!

  37. Stioney mountian? Provincial rd 321? What is all of this? Chill out buddy, you think with all the bcrap you pull you would have a sense of humour.

  38. ROB ,glad you brought the subject of the Pens “Kansas City?” up !Why not send them to Winnipeg , Hamilton OR Quebec City, theirs a salary cap now,what’s the problem Bettman you midget !I think it would even work putting them in Halafax.It’s Canada’s turn Gary, Canada’s turn !!! Kansas City Tin men ????

  39. I give up, I thought this was a blog for hab fans, but all it looks like its become a site for angry bigots who are having fun at everyone’s expense. I think I will contact the habs organization to see if they would ask habsblog to remove the logo and links. You never know they just might do that. You freaks should just put the Maple Leafs logo on this site because that’s all it has become.

  40. Untried prospect??? Oh, how soon they forget!

    In case, you have missed the memo on this, Carey Price won the gold medal for Canada in the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship! He also won the Tournament MVP, Tournament’s top goaltender and was named to the tournament all star team.

    To mention Price’s name in the same paragraph as Steve Penney and Stephane Richer has got to be a joke.

  41. Sorry, joshtm:

    I apologize for my comments. I forgot that people who are REALLY against Bob Gainey don’t want anyone to even mention the name of Carey Price since drafting this guy will be the most ingenius move pulled off by a Habs GM since Sam Pollock was at the helm. Who are you working for anyways, dude?

  42. Gee didn’t Richer win a gold medal too? Oh wait, so did Samsonov, and Koivu, heck then they must be the world’s best hockey players too Rob….honestly.

    Good one Snake, I had a good laugh too, but honestly hacking into the site and removing blogs, that is too much.

    Let’s get back to the issues here. It looks like Gainey is going to be forced to give someone up, knowing that he loves Rivet, he just might have to let Plekanec and Streit go, maybe even Bonk so Gainey can give Rivet a raise, yes a raise, cause hey, it’s “mission accomplished”, you know Gainey’s won the war in Iraq for us with this one victory. We don’t have to trade no more, we just gotta let the hard working guys go so we can pay off an old tired Rivet….cause hey, Red Fisher and Jack Todd can’t get enough of Rivet catching the flu or giving the puck away.

  43. If the Habs don’t get 2 or 3 more big defence men to control the action in the Habs end, I don’t care who they put in ,Halak,Price,Abby or Huet,those goalies are going to need Gulf War Syndrome treatment.

  44. Hey Rob, the latest, Bob Gainey is investing in Tim Horton kids cause hey, its the future, we just gotta wait 15 years for those incredible award winning mighty mites in the minor leagues, yes, Bob Gainey has drafted six year olds. INCREDIBLE!!!! now I can sleep knowing that Gainey is really thinking into the future….

  45. #45 jean.pierre says:
    February 19, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    i think joshtm is on crack.. this guys has no idea what he’s talking about. the iraq war? buddy, it’s a hockey blog! i agree with Rob on all this, you seem to be the only one making sense. joshtm your a disgrace. go habs

  46. #46 PACTUM SERVA says:
    February 19, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    joshtm i know we have had our differences and i want to ask you a question without any disrespect.What is it that you would want bob gainey to do?I know you dont like over priced injury prone players but besides that what direction do you want gainey to take this team. Thanks

  47. xhabsfan—worst team ever??no there have been many worse than this,
    Rhabs4real–I remember just a short couple years ago when the Habs were playing in the 7th game of the semi finals—Kovalev—that scum bag supreme, could not play because he had a sore finger. Now that we are fighting for a playoff spot, this scumbag is again, unable to play. Let me tell you these Russians and also a lot of Europeans, just don’t get the STANLEY CUP.
    Let me tell you, if you are playing towards the Stanly cup, and someone chops your arm off, pick it up,put it in your teeth and on you way to the bench, you absolutely flatten two of their players, just the way Stevens did to that
    useless, never won a thing flake lindros(doesnt deserve a capital L.

  48. Hacking in? what? all i did was write your name instead of mine. DOesn’t take a brain surgeon to do that. Still want to know what this stoney mountain is, is it like brokeback mountain?

  49. joburg,the difference is the salary cap ,we can’t buy our way out of this one.

  50. Guys and or Girls
    I am an old Habs fan… almost 60 years now, does anyone remember the
    days of the Flying Frenchmen, when we had power to spare up front, we have
    turned into a defensive team now for so long, I am sure there are many
    who can’t remember when we had offensive super power.
    Look at the attendance every night—one thing I check every game, Montreal usually draws about 3 or 4 thousand more fans than most teams—game after game, that is a lot of greenbacks, I don’t completely buy the theory Montreal can’f afford some good help, but get rid of pylons like, Kovalev, Bonk, Samsonov, also an NHL team has NEVER—read that again—NEVER—won a Cup with an European or foreign captain, Habs won’t be the first unfortunately.

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