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Return of Theo

  • Tonight marks Jose Theodore’s return to Montreal and his chance at a little revenge after being traded for David Abeischer at last year’s trade deadline.

    Every traded player relishes in the chance to play their former team, but in this case the stakes are even higher.

    Will the volatile Montreal fans welcome him back or boo him mercilessly?

    Tonight will also be the return of long time Canadiens whipping boy Patrice Brisebois who may very well be playing his final game in the city of Montreal. It should be an emotional night for Brisebois who spent over 13 years with the Canadiens organization.

    David Abeischer will also be ready to play against the team who didn’t believe he was good enough for them.

    All the ingredients for a great game.

48 Comments
  1. #1 SaskHab says:
    October 21, 2006 at 11:21 am

    I believe (and hope) that the Montreal faithful will welcome Jose back in a positive way with plenty more cheers than jeers. His years in Montreal were somewhat of an up-and-down exercise, but overall he was terrific for us. He singlehandedly dragged us into two separate NHL Playoffs and that is no small feat. I’ve always been a fan of his so I hope he gives a good performance tonight. That being said, the Habs need to win this one after coming out looking terrible in their last game. I don’t care that it was the second night in a row, in another city, after a hard-fought game. These guys get paid to bring their best every night and I did not think the requisite amount of effort was put forth against Chicago. Carbo better have them flying tonight at the Bell Center.

  2. It’s not often the fans anywhere welcome back players. It’s more common to feel jilted by a player, no matter the circumstances. It just feels cooler to boo a player. That said, I don’t care for it. I don’t even like booing your team when they aren’t on their game.

    Going to be a great game tonight.

  3. Booing is classless, but it will happen, likely more in Brisebois’ case. Myself, I hope Huet starts. I’d imagine the Habs go with the goalie who chased Theo rather than the one aquired in the deal. If Huet is still thought of as the #1, it only makes sense.

  4. Its gunna be a case of separating the boos from the cheers that will be hard. Some people will, some won’t but there aloud to express their opinions and its rather hard to tell Quebecois no!

    But what would just be really nice, Theo and Brisebois aside, is a solid and comforable win with no injuires, rouge hits, bad goals given up or more argueing about who shall be in goal. A win is what we want and need.

  5. #5 Jack Tornton says:
    October 21, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    wheres ” Theo is ruturning back in october 21st”?????

  6. #6 Oct.21 - - - The Return Of Theo says:
    October 21, 2006 at 3:54 pm

    I’m going to the game. I hope the fans don’t boo him. Just because he had 1 bad season does not mean that he deserves a bad welcome back. Everybody forgets what he did for the habs in 2002.

  7. #7 CH fan1 says:
    October 21, 2006 at 5:30 pm

    let’s just hope the habs play better than the Alouettes did today!a pathetic bunch of losers! If the habs play as bad as they did against the hawks, then they deserve to be booed. after all, the fans pay alot of money on tickets, and they deserve a winner. If they decide to boo Theo, well, they did spend money on a ticket, so it’s their call! If theo had played better for us, he would still be a hab. You get what you deserve!

  8. #8 Habs#1 says:
    October 21, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    The Man who cares more about sponserships and his hair returns to MTL. Theo cared more about his appearance than about his play.

    He refused to blame himself for his bad play but instead blamed it on his equipment. Okay maybe I’ll buy it. But when Gainey offered to help him get out of his deal with Itech and get him back to Vaughn equipment and Theo told him no and if he didn’t like it trade him, then I lost all respect for the guy. That made it plainly obvious it was his own damn fault.

    Just like Riberio and Dagger, Theo needed out and the Habs needed him gone. None of those guys would have had succes in Montreal, and the Habs couldn’t win with them anymore.

    The attention he got went to his head and he felt like a god cause he was a French canadien playing in Montreal.

    Aebischer is starting tonight.

  9. #9 4mGhost says:
    October 21, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    When a professional hockey player slips on the ice while getting the mail and sustains injury, it will endear him to no one. I wish them no ill will, but I can barely express how thrilled I am that Theodore and Brisebois no longer wear The Jersey.

  10. #10 Jack Tornton says:
    October 21, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    “Oct.21 – - – The Return Of Theo”

    what are you going to change your nick name for after the game?????

  11. #11 CH fan1 says:
    October 21, 2006 at 6:51 pm

    Jose Theodore was never a great goalie! he had 1 very good year. That’s it!His problem, was his ego! He cared more about himself, than his teammates.When things were going bad for him, he never took responsibility for losing games, and not stopping the pucks!He always tried to put the blame on his equipment, or the media! Guess what? The media wasn’t playing goal, and every goalie in the league had to switch to smaller pads!You can’t blame exterior sources for your shortcomings! he was, and still is, at best, a mediocre goaltender! he won’t get better!if he gets booed, he deserves it! HE WASN’T A TEAM PLAYER!!All he cares about, are his good looks, and his commercials. Just watch! 1 year from, he’ll either be in the minors, or playing for another team, because he’s not very good! So good luck to him, because he will need it!

  12. #12 CH fan1 says:
    October 21, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    Theodre is dick.

  13. #13 CH fan1 says:
    October 21, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    who is that vulgar, tasteless person using my name to make those insensitive, and lude remarks! Don’t use my name, you idiot! Get off this blog, you’re so crude and can’t even spell ,MORON!!!!!!!!!!Those remarks above don’t belong to me!You’re the dick!! Wash your mouth out with soap! I wish this blog would be able to control remarks that are so vulgar and denegrating! CH fan no more, because of misrepresentation, by idiots who have nothing better to do, than waste our time! also, you know NOTHING ABOUT HOCKEY!

  14. The rumour was that Theo didn’t slip on the ice, he was in REHAB. The thing missing in his game was cosistency, one great night followed by a mediocre one is worse that all bad becuase the D has to be looking over their shoulder all the time instead of feeding the play. There are three guys back of the blue line and they are a team unto themselves with the goaltender 1/3rd of the unitnot a saviour but a part of the defence.

    MM

  15. The rumour was that Theo didn’t slip on the ice, he was in REHAB. The thing missing in his game was consistency, one great night followed by a mediocre one is worse that all bad becuase the D has to be looking over their shoulder all the time instead of feeding the play. There are three guys back of the blue line and they are a team unto themselves with the goaltender 1/3rd of the unitnot a saviour but a part of the defence.

    MM

  16. 8 goals against Theo already. Some things never change!

  17. Whoever said Theodore was only mediocre was being very generous in their assessment.

  18. Down 3-0 in the first period? No problem! We’l just score 8 past Theodore!

    Souray great offensive match again. This may be the good old Souray that was one of the very best defencemen in the NHL a couple of years back.

    Samsonov-Kovalev finally get a pair. Real good match overall. Crappy defence but great offence.

  19. #19 CH fan1 says:
    October 21, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    now, if we could just play against Theo every night! same old Theo, same results! when the flood gates open, he can’t stop the bleeding! Maybe theo should stick to doing commercials. I think his good looks can make him more money.I just watched the post game report on Altitude, (satellite station) and they interviewed Theo. as usual, made excuses for the loss, saying the Avs were tired. what he should have said, is ” I played a lousy game, and didn’t make the stops I was supposed to make”. Instead he deflected attention from his play. Again, HE REFUSES TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A LOSS! Get over it! be a man and admit, YOU STINK!

  20. #20 tricolor true says:
    October 21, 2006 at 10:07 pm

    I wonder if Souray will be, this year what Brian McCabe was last year. A scoring machine!

  21. Souray played a great game …he makes the odd mistake but he is putting up some nice goals this year which makes our power play much better.Those lazers are great to see.( at least on our end).Need I say the laffs lost in shoot out …makes the night feel all that much better.That guy that impersonated CH fan1 needs stronger milk in his bottle.

  22. #22 Snake says:
    October 22, 2006 at 3:09 am

    Yeah what happened to that kid that like to talk about the Laffs. He probably got grounded for looking at porn on the net or something. Anyways Souray is looking like the 2003-04 SOuray before he got hurt. He was going to win teh Norris that year. Theo looked average at best although did make some nice saves. At least he didnt let in 11 like Roy. Ooops I mean 9 in 36 mins before he was yanked. Imagine if ROy had finished that game it would have been like 17.

    Lets make a statement on Monday by beating the Sabres. Lets put Afinogenov on the IR for awhile. Im tired of his stuff in goals in teh last minute against us.

  23. #23 Snake says:
    October 22, 2006 at 3:12 am

    Sorry about my rant on Roy, seeing Thoe get booed so bad reminded me of sitting in teh FOrum and watching Roy stink it up. My throat still hurts from heckling him all night. I hope my voice still haunts him at night.

  24. Show me who played well tonight. Aside from Stastny getting his first NHL goal, that was a mess. An exciting mess, but still a mess.

  25. @ Snake.
    Are you reffering to that 1 night against Detroit where the loser mario tremblay left him in nets for 9 goals!I don’t know if you realize it or not but Dec 2nd 1995 will go down in history as one of the WORST moments in HABS history.You can’t compare Patrick Roy to Jose theodore that’s like comparing APPLES and HOOKERS! Patrick Roy was a hockey god, and will go down in history as a goaltending legend!If not for ROY it would be over 25 years since we would have brought a cup back home (Where it belongs!)Even the ill mannered, uneducated ranting loser fans that go to the games and do stupid things like boo the opponent’s anthem, Recognized this on ROY’S return ..and cheered him!So take a look at some stats, Read a newspaper google patrick roy and learn a little bit about this guy your so easily willing to dismiss as a loser because he had a bed night for “your” team!!!

  26. #26 PACTUM SERVA says:
    October 22, 2006 at 8:45 am

    I dont think snake was comparing theo to roy.And what is it with some of you hab fans?Two games ago everyone wanted souray to be traded bla bla bla he stinks bla bla bla get rid of samsonov bla bla bla.My how things have change.This is what i dont get we won last night and some people are still complaining lol.I dont care if we win 2-1 or 10-9 we still won thats what matters in the end.I honestly think that SOME people on this site are off their meds.RELAX lol

  27. Hey PACTUM
    Your right he wasn’t comparing, but he did make the corolation in his statement about it reminding him of the dreadful night in question DEC 2’95
    What kind of pissed me off was
    1.He was proud to be one of those fans at the game BOOING his own goalie for having an off night!WTF I HATE THOSE TYPES OF “FANS” Roy on most night was stellar and was singlehandedly responsable for 2 cups.Don’t boo the guy b’cause he’s having an off night!
    2.He went on to say “My throat still hurts from heckling him all night. I hope my voice still haunts him at night!” This type of Mentality is the reason that guys like Shanahan and Gionta won’t come and play here! I just find it irritating and often embarassing!!

  28. #28 PACTUM SERVA says:
    October 22, 2006 at 10:43 am

    You made a good point there jay.I do believe if roy had stayed we would of had another cup.There are many reasons why players dont want to come here.Some hab fans need to take a step back and just be happy with our great start to the season.Booing will always be a part of the game there is really nothing that can be done about it.Lets just be happy that we showed a never die attitude last night

  29. Here! Here! PACTUM
    On a positive note this team seems to be the best I’ve seen in MTL in 2 decades! Gottta love it! GO HABS GO. Let’s just cross our fingers, for BUFFALO IS COMING TO TOWN!!!

  30. #30 Habs#1 says:
    October 22, 2006 at 11:15 am

    What happened to all those people who kept saying: Souray needs to go, Get him out of here, trade his ass for a bag of pucks! Not talkin now are you. Sheldon Souray is the Montreal power play. If we didn’t have him we wouldn’t have a rocket from the point. no goals or rebounds. Did he screw up on the Brunette goal? Absolutly! But Souray will do that. You have to take the good with the bad. He’s not Chris Pronger.

    The Habs have the best special teams in the league.

    Same old Theo, not taken the blame, dogdeging his responsibility’s.

    Final thought’s. Would the Habs have shown as much heart as they did last night, coming back from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits, if Julien was still the coach? The past two seasons if the Canadiens were down by 2 goals they would collapse like a tent. Not with Carbo. Muller, Gainey and Carbonneau bring stability that the team never had before along with the other assistant coach who’s name I don’t know(Somebody please tell me!Please!!!!!!!!).

    The Flyers have finally cleaned house. Hitchcock fired, Bobby Clark re-signs. How about Dryden calling out the 70′s Flyers this week?

  31. @ HABS#1
    Rolland melanson is an assistant coach and
    Doug jarvis is the associate coach

  32. #32 Habs#1 says:
    October 22, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks Jay.

  33. May seem like just turning over and taking it, but it would be nice to lose in OT when we play Buffalo rather than regular time.

    Now it may sound defeatist that i have already predicted a loss, but looking at the Sabres they do look nye on impossible to beat. Still a point is better than none.

    Of course a win is what we all want and the Avs game will boost the team and fans and everyone involved, so its a case of playin harder and faster than the best team atm.

    (one more thing – is the Statsny who scored last night one of the famed Statsny relatives, cause i’m sure there are like a billion Statsny’s out there!)

  34. #34 tricolor true says:
    October 22, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    so the Bobby Clark era is over! I didn’t think the flyers would do much this year anyways. without Forsberg and Gagne, there really isn’t much!Yes, I am glad the habs won, but i still am concerned about their defence. They need to do a better job in their own zone clearing the puck. Just too many giveaways. The comeback was great, but you really can’t spot a 3 goal lead, and expect to comeback all the time. Tighten up the D, and clear the zone. I think sometimes they try and get too fancy. our coaches were defensive experts, so hopefully they can get the D straightened out.

  35. @ ROLF
    2 things
    1.yes it’s actually one of the stastny brothers’ son I think Peter.
    2.Although a touch nervous to meet buffalo.not only have we been the team that came the closest to handing them their only loss…But all streaks must come to an end! And it’s generally harder for a team to play in montreal than anywhere else! Sure some players accel under such pressure (CAM NEELEY WAS ONE so let”s hold on to these facts

  36. #36 t8ter says:
    October 22, 2006 at 4:07 pm

    Hey ROLF, Paul Stastny is the son of former Nordiques player Peter Stastny and was given his fathers number to wear by fellow Avs. defender John-michael Liles out of respect for his father. Hey Rolf you might want to take a page out of the Habs book last night and don’t fold up like a lawn chair until the Habs/ Buff game is played and over!!! C’mon man it’s the HABS not the other teams in the league! This might be the only team in the league that can skate with Buffalo and if hitting on all cylinders as the Sabres are right now, then also a team that can out gun them too!!!

    GO HABS!!!!!!

  37. i was merely hypothosising that the Sabres are on a roll and APPEAR to be the better team. I can’t help thinking about losing, after all i am English and thats all we seem to do.

  38. #38 Jack tornton says:
    October 22, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    This was the best evr game I ever watched in my life. Wow! Thta’s what I meant earlier this short season”I wanna watch I game where we win by more than 2 and score atleast 5 goals”

  39. #39 Habs#1 says:
    October 22, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    Of all people, Janne Ninnamaa has guarranteed a victory against Buffalo on Monday. TSN has him quoted as saying:’Buffalo is playing really well right now.”But they’re going to lose a game, it’s going to be on Monday.’

    It’s early in the season but the rest of the October scheduale(next four games), could be crucial down the stretch. Buffalo, Boston, Toronto and Ottawa in the next week. This could be a deciding factor in the Habs fortuanes this season.

  40. HABS will win in Buffalo for one good reason, they have confidence. They look loose and willing to take risks and that is because the goaltending is solid behind them and the defence is able to recover when it makes mistakes. I think that the coaching staff have given these guys a real sense of purpose and FUN to be in the bleu blanc et rouge.

    This is going to be the first season in a long time when I will be able to calm my nerves enough to watch a HABS game the whole way through without taking a break for the sake of my wife and dog.

    MM

  41. @Jay

    There was no comparison between the two. Roy’s career was hall of fame material of Course. I was not bragging that I had booed that night. I for one also am against that sort of behaviour from fans. I love the habs and will always support them and their players. However there is one aspect I cannot agree with and that is giving up on the team and that is exactly what Roy had done that night. I was not booing him I was booing his lack of respect he had for the crest on his jersey and the fans that night. After missing the playoffs the year before and he was not exactly stellar that first half of the sesaon it was apparent his ego was causing problems. I dont care how prolific of a plyer you are you dont come before the team. Also I was a kid at the time and had travelled across teh country to watch that game. If I show up to my job and disrepect the rest of my peers and my uniform I would expect the same. I had no hard feelings after he was traded however being traded was the best thing for ROy and I for one dont beleive he would have equalled his success if he had stayed in MOntreal. Just dont think I am one of those boneheads who will show up to a game with a mickey and start booing after the team goes to 1 goal three minutes into the first period. That makes me sick.

  42. As for the Buffalo game tomorrow I think we have what it taked to beat them. However Bonk would be a big loss. We can skate with ANYONE at the Bell centre and Buffalo is due for a letdown. ALso gotta give Afinogenov a couple a hits early on, he can be taken out of a game with physical play. HE always seems to dominate us down low. GO HABS, this is a big chance to make a name for ourselves.

  43. #43 Jack tornton says:
    October 23, 2006 at 2:23 am

    bonk is injured?????

  44. #44 Snake says:
    October 23, 2006 at 6:48 am

    He is questionable for Monday with back spasms.

  45. @ Snake
    I might disagree with your take on Roy’s performance..but as for the rest I am glad that I was mistaken in classing you as one of those idiots. Good to hear your not one, the fewer there are, the better…Why does Janne’s comments on TSN about the habs winning make me nervous! For some reason I don’t put him in the same category as a Mark Messier saying the team is going to win, And he gets a hatrick!Maybe he (Janne) was just misquoted! GO HABS GO!

  46. #46 smiler2729 says:
    October 23, 2006 at 11:11 am

    Like Patrick Roy 10 years earlier, Theodore’s ego also got the best of him in Montreal but this is NOT all their fault. The Quebec media created “St. Patrick” and “Theo” and made them into Hollywood stars that transcended being mere hockey players. As for the trade, I think Houle could’ve gotten way more than Rucinsky, Thibault and Kovalenko for Roy AND Keane! When you’re trading Patrick Roy in his prime, you should get back Joe Sakic or Peter Forsberg!! As for the Theodore-Aebischer deal, it was a steal for the Habs both talent wise and monetarily. Obviously the Avs thought they were pulling another fast one on the Habs by getting their next Patrick Roy for next to nothing. Well, poor Theo (who had the ‘next Roy’ tag put on him in Mtl, has got it on him again in Colorado) got pulled in so many games last year, his confidence is shot forever and Dave Aebischer is a much better goalie than I thought and works well in tandem with Huet because they seem to be the same goalie.
    As for the 8-5 shellacking of Theo, it was just, kind of makes up for the 7-1 Colorado beating we got when Roy returned that first time.

  47. #47 Same old Story...right Theodore?? says:
    October 23, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    The game was amazing!! After the first two Colorado goals, Paris Hilton’s song started playing and the crowd started tauting Theo with “PARIS, PARIS, PARIS.”
    All night everybody was taunting him…it was so funny. One of the best games I have ever been to.

  48. #48 lavaman says:
    October 26, 2006 at 11:44 am

    I said years ago that Garon was the better goalie. They kept Theodore, and lets give him his dues, he was very good for a couple of years but he’s done now. He can’t stop a beachball and at 5.5M/year they’ll soon run him out of town.

    Lava

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