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Halak and the Haggard Habs

  • Montreal drops to 10th.

    Five straight losses. Forsberg a Predator. Kovalev out 3 weeks. Huet injured. Johnson injured. Pneumonia. Penalty after Penalty, these are thoughts that come to mind when thinking about the Habs.

    Not too much positivity in Montreal at the moment.

    As far as Forsberg goes, you can say the Canadiens missed the boat on this one but this was a long shot from the start. Assuming Forsberg even wanted to be a Montreal Canadien, and let’s face it who really wants to at this point – the Habs could never offer a trade package as good as Nashville’s.

    Will it pan out for them? Only time will tell. I personally think it’s a lot to give up for a rental, but the Preds are serious contenders and a healthy Forsberg just might put them over the top. They are taking the chance, and with no risk there is no potential for reward. You know Anaheim and San Jose are scratching their heads a little after the deal was completed.

    Back to the Habs…

    Jarosalv Halak has been called up from Hamilton. Jaroslav Halak

    Halak has been the AHL’s best goaltender this season and the Canadiens are looking to him to bring a little energy and confidence with him.

    Will he be able to have the same success in the NHL?

    This is somewhat similar to when Huet got a chance few starts about this time last year when Theo’s play tanked and all of a sudden found himself the #1 Goaltender.

    Halak will definitely start, they would not call him up to sit on the bench. One good game may be all it takes to get on a roll. Does Cam Ward come to mind? He’s the major reason the Canes won the cup last year after getting hot at the right time.

    Cup dreams and Cam Ward comparisons might be putting a little too much pressure on him, but why can’t he come in and lead the Habs to the 8th seed? Stranger things have happened. Halak has nothing to lose and everything to prove.

  1. #1 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    Izzy, it was in print today that he wants to try the free agent market. That’s where the RDS guys got it from. Maybe he did want to stay in the begining of the year when everything was going great and now he sees that not only is he far from his daughter, but if he stays, he’s gonna be stuck on a non-cup contending team.

    Or maybe things happened in his personal life and he really wants to be out west now.

    I love the guy and if Gainey did talk with Sheldon about staying, then great. Or else, trade.

  2. Great ,my contact lens just fell out when Ryder scored. I didn’t know Ryder could lift a puck.

  3. Hey moderator I think its time to warn everyone about posting under other peoples handles.

    Isn’t it interesting everytime I say something that resembles the hard truth, some bastard goes ape nuts and posts crap? Like Izzy stop posting under my handle freak, it’s easy to see its you. Jack it’s Izzy that deserves the bith slapping fool.

    Man if it was any other team, and they head hunt like that, there’d be chaos. But no, what do the habs do? Nothing. So Chimera or whatever the phoque his name is got away with murder.

    More than once they had Halak’s number, we are lucky that the jackets fanned on all those opportunities. Halak is good, but hey, when the defense allows these pricks the jackets to post themselves in slots ready to shoot, heck it’s just a matter of time, even the world’s best goalie can’t make up for a crappy defense backup.

    Maybe next year Dandy and Boully will mature enough to learn to knock these pricks down, like what happens to Montreal in the jackets end. Not that I am a fan of the jackets, but almost every game the Habs play, they get the crap beaten out of them literally on offense.

    Then their offense skates circles around our defense.

    By the way Aucoin is a broken down injured vet, almost every time he sneezes he pops a hernia, or his ribs fall out, heck its a horrible site, almost as bad as Forsberg’s toes falling out when he stands up…but hey, give Gainey what he wants. He wants to throw away 8 million on Aucoin, who will only play maybe if lucky 12 games a year at a row….he could always say his elbow hurts…oh wait where did we hear that one?

  4. #4 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    yeah and i was typing my message to Izzy and missed it… Damn you Izzy! lol

  5. #5 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:12 pm


  6. Well there goes the other contact ! I didn’t Ryder could stick handle ?

  7. Kovalev who ?

  8. #8 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    ya that was incredible. Seriously Kovalev would be jealous

  9. #9 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    WHAT?!? 3-0 for montreal?!? I almost choked. When’s the last time Montreal had such a high lead?

  10. Jan 20
    Against buffalo

    1 month

  11. #11 West Coast Habs Fan says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    hmmm…. I wish I could see this…. oddly enough the game is not on in Vancouver. How’s Halak looking? Be cool to see him start his NHL career with a shut out…. this is his first game ins’t it?

  12. #12 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Wow… thanks HB. You always show up when its least expected eh? hehe…

  13. M….I….L…R…O….Y well at least he was infront of the net. Hey, when was the last time we were up 3 zip ??? Now if we could get the shut out,score 9 more goals and win 4 fights ,we be finding the tire’s !!!

  14. I’m always here.

  15. West Coast Habs Fan,If u got a digital shaw box,phone up shaw and for 2 bucks a month u get RDS.

  16. #16 HABMAN says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    He’s playing good, very cool and poised like he belongs in the NHL, no rebounds and has good position, not flopping around like, well you know what I mean. It would be nice to end this horrible run. PLLLEEEESSSSEEEE!!!!!

    GO HABS GO !!!

  17. #17 joshtm says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Imagine if Gainey brought up Kosty and Grabby as well? So much for all you pukes who didn’t think our rookies had it in them. Guess who is bailing us out? A bunch of rookies…

  18. #18 Habs#1 says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Gainey not to blame for habs’ plunge

    JACK TODD, The Gazette
    Published: Sunday, February 18, 2007

    ‘The wolves are circling. If not for all those years when he was one of the most respected players ever to wear the CH, if not for the fact his No. 23 jersey will surely go to the rafters of the Bell Centre one day, Bob Gainey would already feel them nipping at his heels.

    It’s mostly in the French press so far, although some of the flaming gasbags on English talk radio may have caught the scent, for all I know. It’s people like Michel Blanchard in La Presse ripping Gainey for not talking to the media – when Blanchard doesn’t attend games, practices or press conferences.

    It’s Rejean Tremblay, complaining “le Bob’s” tenure here hasn’t amounted to much so far, other than the successful trade of the apparently washed up Jose Theodore to Colorado. (Signing Mike Johnson and drafting Carey Price, apparently, doesn’t count.)

    Outside the ghastly cave of 110 Per Cent, they’re not calling for Gainey’s head – so far. That will come soon enough if these Canadiens don’t start winning, and winning consistently.

    I suspect this will keep George Gillett Jr. awake about 1.5 seconds on the average night. Gillett knows the kind of solid leadership he gets from Gainey, he knows Guy Carbonneau has all the qualifications to coach this team. He knows this was a pretty good team in November and it will be a good team again.

    These are the same Canadiens, after all, who came within a Justin Williams stick to Saku Koivu’s eye from knocking these Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes out of the playoffs in the first round last spring. Of course, it’s a bitter disappointment to the organization and its fans to see them play as they have played of late, but there are explanations.

    What went wrong? Begin with Alex Kovalev’s long-term elbow injury. Throw in a sub-par Cristobal Huet, now faced with the abysmal news he faces hamstring surgery today. Add Koivu’s prolonged slump, although the Koivu who was buzzing around the net last night looked like the old Koivu; I have suspected something has been physically wrong with him for a dozen games at least, but not last night – last night, the problem was the bad bounce.

    Then there is the flu that hit in early January and has not let up, claiming Craig Rivet (whose flu became pneumonia) and Johnson as its latest victims. That first period, when the Canadiens outshot the Hurricanes 18-7, was indication enough that there is life in this team yet. Tomas Plekanec, Alexander Perezhogin, Sheldon Souray, Chris Higgins, Mike Johnson, Mark Streit and call-up Duncan Milroy had it going.

    It took five seconds of the second period for it to go sour. One bad hooking penalty on Michael Ryder, a couple of Rod Brind’Amour goals, including the 400th of his Hall of Fame career, and the Canadiens were once again on the south end of the score and sinking deeper out of a playoff spot.

    That’s what it’s like when you’ve lost six in a row and been outscored 22-10 in those six, when you’ve dropped eight out of your last nine and lost ground to all those teams – Tampa Bay, Carolina, Toronto, the Islanders, the Rangers – fighting for the last playoff spot

    As mysteriously as a team can fall into a slump, it can snap out of it. No one thought on Dec. 23 this was a squad that might conceivably tumble out of a playoff spot in less than two months. No one thinks now this same team could somehow come charging back to cruise into the playoffs.

    It’s the truest cliche in sport and the one we forget most often: You’re never as good as you look when you’re winning or as bad as you’re look when you’re losing. If you watched Koivu last night, you also know it’s true that right now if the Canadiens have any luck at all, it’s bad luck.

    Tonight in Columbus, the Canadiens will go to young Jaroslav Halak and try to change that luck. It won’t be easy, but stranger things have happened (see Roy, Patrick and Dryden, Ken). Halak has been brilliant in Hamilton; he just might have some magic in that mitt and if he does, this whole thing could turn on a dime.

    First, however, it might be nice if the wolves went back to baying at the moon.

    They aren’t going to get Bob Gainey fired – but given that the man is trying to simply go on going on while weighed down with an almost unbearable tragedy, they might become enough of a nuisance that he will simply decide he doesn’t need the aggravation any more and move on.

    It’s the kind of decision you have to make sometimes in life. Let’s hope Bob Gainey doesn’t decide that sometime is now.’

    Anyone who thinks Gainey is a bad GM(you know who you are), you just don’t know hockey.

    Or if you think you do your probably one of those old timers who are stuck in the past and don’t understand the modern economics of the league and don’t want to admit that Montreal isn’t a desirable destination for a lot of FA’s(i.e. Jason Arnott, Patrick Elias, Brenden Shanahan all turned down larger offers from Montreal to go elsewhere.).

    You don’t know better then Gainey and you never will.

  19. #19 West Coast Habs Fan says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks Xhabsfan and HABMAN.
    Unfortunately, it isnlt a Shaw box, the cable is through the landlord which is cheap, but not very customizable. I may have coined a new word there.
    If Halak can look sharp all game it might give this team some more confidence… it has not just been scoring that has been lacking.

    GO HABS! (please…. damn ‘nucks fans are having a great time)

  20. #20 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Habs#1, nice post. I have faith in BG too. He knows what he’s doing. Oh and it’s been a while but I got sumthing to say: GO HABS GO!!!!

  21. Habs#1,Your rite .It’s everybody’s fault but Gainey, You are going to jinx this game too if you keep that shit up dude !!! W E ONLEY HEAR FROM YOU WHEN WE ARE WINNING AND THEN THE LITES GO OUT DUDE !!

  22. #22 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:51 pm


  23. #23 joshtm says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Yup all those people who say Gainey is great only come out when the habs win a game, hey , where have you been the last two and half months?

    Dear God, please help us keep this three game lead, please God, make sure that Koivu doesn’t get a stupid penalty, or Markov, please God we want to win just one game at least….

  24. #24 R habs 4 real says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    Guys, if you want to know all the talk about the habs here in Montreal, just log onto “The Montreal Gazette”, and go to sports. Red Fisher and Pat Hickey, and Todd always have alot of interesting things to say.
    Let’s hope this lead holds up.
    Yesterday, I typed a comment, saying that Halak is just what we need, and could be like Dryden or Roy(rookie goalie leads team to cup).
    He will give us a spark, and I’m actually glad Huet got injured, because it’s the only way we could get Halak up here to show his stuff!

  25. #25 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Ya well… LEAFS SUCK!!! GO HABS!!!

  26. #26 joshtm says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Oh wait, Jack Todd forgot to mention that pothole near the Bell Centre that lead to a broken rim, and then there was the time Koivu got a cracked fingernail, or hey what about the time Samsonov got a bad case of dandruff? Oh yes we can’t blame Bob for those now can we Jack Todd, but hey, it’s Bob who selected these injury ridden players and put them there in the first place Jack. Common sense says if you spend 3 million on an injured veteran, yes the first few times after they are forced to work for their paycheck, it’s gonna eventually lead to guess what, a sore elbow, or a groin, or what is that flu?

    Oh wait, we forgot about the time that Abby picked up a bad case of chapped lips, oh yes we can’t be blaming Bob for that one now can we?

  27. #27 Jack Tornton says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    I NEVER POSTED POST# 245-246

    It’s not even funny and I have nothing against Joshtm.”Bitch slap”?????

    Na. It’s not even funny. Whoever did that, you must feel ashame of yourself.

  28. #28 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    HALAK IS DA MAN!!!! The team better help him get his shutout!

  29. It could be that THM idiot playing with the site or the like’s ???

  30. #30 joshtm says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Did ya see that they destroyed our defense and got Halak’s number! Now they are blitzing the net again, the jackets have just announced to the world on how to get past Halak, just knock Boully or Dandy down and rush the net…

  31. #31 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    the team is breaking down… Johnson gives the puck to brule…. God don’t tell me a 3 goal lead doesn’t give you enough confidence to play constant for a whole 60 mins!!!

  32. It’s all Habs#1 ‘s fault !!! Not Gainey ,lol

  33. #33 West Coast Habs Fan says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    Halak have a chance on that one? My kingdom for a satilite hookup.

  34. #34 West Coast Habs Fan says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:19 pm


  35. #35 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:19 pm


  36. WestCoast,your better off not seeing this, trust me ……

  37. #37 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    This game looks like if its the whole season of Montreal compressed into one game

  38. Go Jackets Go!

  39. #39 joshtm says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Well I guess Jack Todd says don’t blame Gainey for Samsonov, oh no, Samsonov has a bad case of dandruff and that is why he’s not producing, it has nothing to do with Bob Gainey, oh no, one day without Bob knowing it, this guy Samsonov showed up, playing next to a guy with a bad elbow, oh no it was a horrow show, a bad elbow and a bad case of dandruff, we can’t blame Gainey for that now can we?

    Hey at least Higgins is playing like he cares, but where did Milroy go? I guess that hit by Nash kind of scared him off. The jackets are showing all you have to do to the habs is hit them hard and they buckle.

  40. Ah Frankie, how did your circumcision go with the blind gynacoligest go?

  41. #41 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    I had trouble finding it at first, but after the second try things went smooth

  42. #42 joshtm says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you lord, but now you’ll hear Jack Todd saying, “oh no we can’t trade now, not even if they offered the best”…..

    We won the battle but now we gotta win the war.

  43. #43 Habz4EveR says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    oh wait… wasn’t i supposed to do a manicure on your nails?

  44. #44 Jack Tornton says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    SAMSONOV IS AMOTHER FU***. He deserves a bath of shit. payoff his contratct. He doesnt help this team for shit. Aquire a good player before the trade deadline. send a niniinma to the other end there we have 3.5+2.5= 6 milluions dollars in the pockets

  45. Wooo! Sole possession of 9th place! GO ‘ABS GO!

  46. #46 joshtm says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Someone should tell Halak he can’t be doing those Micheal Jackson impressions on beer night, those splits are murder when you are sober eh Huet?

    We should ask Guy Carboneau in the interest of winning, that we bench Sakku for the third period when we have the lead, the same with Samsonov, if only to stop them from getting stupid penalties, Bob if you are not gonna do the common sense thing and trade for a strong forward or defense that can fight back to the teams like the Jackets, at least do the next best thing, bench Koivu and Samsonov in the third periods between now and the end of the season…

  47. #47 Habs#1 says:
    February 18, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Well, Montreal went into their classic shell game and it almost cost them. If they get a lead they always lean back and count on their goaltender cause they stop skating. It’s a good thing Halak was in net and not Abby or they would have lost. He looks to maybe be the starter next year if Huet’s injury is really serious.

    And of course it’s my fault cause I posted. I guess I’ll just let the the rest of you post during games from now on. I apologize for almost costing the Habs the game.

    And joshtm, I agree that Sammy is Gainey’s fault but other then that he’s done nothing but improve the quality of play on the ice(the Habs made the playoffs like twice in eight years before he got there, they’ve mad it two years running with him), and the number of high quality prospects in the system(Latendresse, Price, Fisher, Yemelin, Chipchura, Grabovski, Streit, Sergei Kotstitsyn, Maxwell, Carle, White and Valentenko. How many good prospects did the Habs have before Gainey got there?).

    I still can’t beleive Andre Savard passed on Jeff Carter, Mike Richards,Brent Seabrook, Steve Bernier, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in favor of Andrei Kotstitsyn(or didn’t try to trade up two spots to get Dion Phaneuf). Who knows how Andrei’s going to turn out but right now that looks brutal. Oh and passing on Patrice Bergeron in the second round in favour of Cory Urquhart(who the hell is he) was just brutal.

  48. Habs#1,Who know how a prospect going to turn out,it’s not a for sure science,but you can only point your finger at one direction when it comes to bad and expensive aqusitions.It means your not in tune with the realities around you or the needs of the fans. We want a W I N N E R……….

  49. #49 West Coast Habs Fan says:
    February 18, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    hey… they won! cool

  50. #50 Gui-Unit says:
    February 18, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    wooooo finally!, Halak played really good! but too bad he didn’t get the shut-out.

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