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Good Wins, Fight, And Finish

It’s the Columbus Blue Jackets on tap, and so far this season. it’s been two wins for the Habs in their two meetings with the BJs.

On Oct. 17th at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens managed to blow a 3-0 lead but still won when Tomas Plekanec notched the winner and then scored on the empty net for the insurance marker.

On November 15th in Columbus, the Habs won 3-2 after David Desharnais settled it in the shootout, coming just after Montreal mayor Denis Coderre tweeted that DD should be sent to Hamilton.

Now this from Beatnik.

Joel Theriault and Gaby Roch go at it in LNAH (North American Hockey League) action.

It’s a good fight with a good ending.

Big Games On The Horizon

The Canadiens get back to work on Wednesday when Detroit comes to town, then it’s off to Pittsburgh for a Thursday evening tilt, then those wacky Maple Leafs visit the Bell on Saturday.

After that it’s a serious swing into L.A., Anaheim, Phoenix and San Jose, so the boys are in for a dandy time in the next while.

Did I mention that after they get home, they get to host the Bruins and Senators?

Jarred Tinordi has been called up, and Nathan Beaulieu, who played well for the big team before the Olympics closed things down, will continue to hone his craft in Hamilton.

I like what Bergevin and the gang are doing. They’ve seen that Beaulieu can fit in nicely and now it’s time for Tinordi to show the same type of thing.

The blueline changing of the guard is approaching fast. So is the March 5th trade deadline.

Speaking of defencemen, Andrei Markov is supposedly not crazy about a one-year, 6 million dollar offer and wants a three-year package instead.

Alex Galchenyuk’s broken hand is healed, and apparently he’s ready to go. I’ve missed the old fellow. He turned 20 on Feb. 12th.

I’m guessing that Peter Budaj will get the nod in goal on Wednesday. It’s a lot of big games in a short space coming up, and Price could use a break after stopping foreign pucks on foreign soil.

But of course I could be wrong about Budaj starting. It’s time now to put the hammer down and secure a playoff spot, and the best way would be to have Price in nets as often as possible.

Michael Bournival is still fighting concussion problems, and isn’t ready to go.

Bummer in Pittsburgh

Part One

Habs lose 5-1 in Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury and Peter Budaj, who was in relief of Carey Price, almost came to blows for some reason, and which was one of the more interesting parts of the night I suppose, along with, if you’re a Pens fan, Evgeny Malkin doing the quick step.

An even more interesting thing would’ve been a Ned Flanders goalie mask stuffed into Fleury’s smiling mouth.

Part Two:

It was a blowout and it’s sad. I was hoping for a bigger blowout. Something so huge, so shocking, that it might even force Marc Bergevin to panic.

Although he’s probably been trying for months to make moves but teams just aren’t all that interested in the moveable objects.

Douglas Murray, Francis Bouillon, Rene Bourque, Daniel Briere, Andre Markov, Raphael Diaz, Brian Gionta, Travis Moen, and George Parros just aren’t that popular with other teams for some reason.

It’s a head scratcher.

The team’s been ill since the beginning of December, back when it was only sort of freezing outside instead of feeling like we’re living on a friggin’ iceberg. Stores were gearing up for the big Christmas rush. The EGG line had been on fire up until then. The team had been fighting for first place in the east.

Life had been good. Then they started winning while sucking. And sucking when losing.

It’s been a walk on the mediocre side mostly since, except for that stunning and miraculous night when the team put it all together against a great Chicago team and thrilled us to no end.

It was a night to love. Brought back to another time, to years ago when the team was great, the joint was rockin’, and on a personal note, I had more hair.

But the Chicago game was then. A one time deal. We’ve cleared our eyes and heads and have come to the realization that the team needs serious fixing and management hasn’t done a thing in the fixing department.

No trades. Guys rarely brought up from Hamilton and when they are, they’re on the ice less than the anthem singer. The defence, aside from P.K., is slow and full of holes, like a pin cushion rolling along a table.

The coach can’t decide on set lines except for ones with guys who don’t deserve to be on set lines. Some play like they’re on morphine. Others have energy and take bad penalties and can’t hit the net. And the captain is shorter than Danny DeVito.

The team is sick right now, and instead of management giving it first aid, they stand nearby while the patient coughs up blood and prepares to meet its maker.

Everyone knows the Habs are in trouble. And now they play on Friday (against Detroit) which conflicts with my beer night at St. Hubert’s Chicken.

But I’ll watch it, hoping they put it all together and trick me once again into thinking they’re going good. Because the night after that, when the Caps show up, they’ll almost certainly stink again.

It’s been tough being a Habs fan for the past couple of decades.

The Mayor’s Mouth

“I will be the mayor of all Montrealers,” said Denis Coderre said last Sunday when he was elected top dog of the city.

All Montrealers except David Desharnais.

“Allo? Un billet simple pour Hamilton pour David Desharnais svp… Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to Hamilton for David Desharnais please…” tweeted Coderre during Sunday’s game.

I agree with players such as Max Pacioretty and Josh Gorges, and coach Mike Therrien also. This sort of thing isn’t going to help Desharnais. It’s kicking him when he’s down, by the new mayor of Montreal.

It’s one thing for fans to moan about DD’s lack of production in online chats. It’s the same as talking sports in a bar. And fans should complain about one lousy assist in seventeen games. But when the mayor says something like this, it hits the airwaves. It’s everywhere. Kind of a kick in the gonads.

I wonder how Rob Ford would handle the DD situation.

Desharnais must feel like a piece of shit. His family too.

Coderre says he’ll be the mayor of all Montrealers. Everyone except DD.

Trying Out Guys Except Georges

The Canadiens have sent Jarred Tinordi to Hamilton and have called up Greg Pateryn, and as Bobby Dollas explained yesterday morning on Montreal TSN 690, it’s a time to try out different guys while there’s holes in the lineup due to injuries.

I’m fine with that. Although I’m sure Tinordi is disappointed.

In other news, good old Georges Laraque told an interviewer that he thought he could come back and help the Habs.

I have nothing to say about that. It boggles the mind.

Blueshirts Blow In

Game day – Habs entertain the Rangers, with Brandon Prust back and Nathan Beaulieu up from Hamilton for his first-ever NHL game. From Hockey’s Future, which was written before his season began in Hamilton, here’s what was said about this 6’3′ defenceman.

“As well as quarterback the play from the blue line, Beaulieu is a highly mobile defenseman, who carries the puck well and can make things happen on the rush. He is smart about limiting the amount of chances he takes. He is still developing physically. Beaulieu is equally adept shooting and distributing the puck.”

The Rangers are currently sitting in eighth-place in the East with 35 points, twelve behind the Habs, and of course this is a game the Canadiens need to win. Is there another option? They need to keep the momentum going from that wild and crazy night in Beantown, and in doing so, continue to make us happy because we’re spoiled rotten now.

There seems to be some issues between John Tortorella and the inconsistent Marian Gaborik – Torts and Gaborik, and it’s nice when the Habs are sailing in calm waters while teams elsewhere battle rocky waves. There’s also apparently no truth whatsoever to the rumour that Tortorella had anything to do with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

In other news -

Luci gave me this chocolate Stanley Cup for Easter but she says I can’t eat it until the Habs win the Cup. So now I have to wait until June before I can dive in. I’m also worried that North Korea might take out much of the Eastern Seaboard, which would certainly play havoc with the upcoming playoffs.

Maybe I should eat it now.

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Tinordi And Dumont Did Their Part

The Canadiens have sent Jarred Tinordi and Gabriel Dumont back to Hamilton after what I feel was a nice showing by both guys. The huge Tinordi played a conservative game, which was to be expected and certainly how he would have been asked to play, and seemed reasonably comfortable in his role. Dumont showed that he has some fire, skated like mad, and didn’t seemed to mind getting his nose a bit dirty in scrums and in corners.

If you were 5’10″ and trying to make an impression, the smartest thing you could do is skate like mad and get your nose dirty. Imagine if you didn’t? You’d be just another Scott Gomez.

I’ll miss Tinordi’s size (6’6, 218) on the blueline. I liked seeing that. It’s always nice to have a giant among a group that is a bit shy in this department, but Tinordi really could have impressed if he’d scrapped with a few big guys on other teams. Did some damage. Had everyone talking about him. But it might not be in his makeup and I think if I were him, I’d take some boxing lessons and reinvent myself as a terror on ice.

And if he’s not already married, hook up with a nasty bitch who makes life miserable at home, and at the rink he’ll want to pulverize scalpers and parking lot attendants before he even gets inside.

A happy home can be good, and an unhappy one might be good too.

The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs says that Brandon Prust is finally ready to go and should be in the lineup Saturday when the Rangers come to town. Yannick Weber also seems ready, and maybe he should reinvent himself too. Add an edge to his game whether he’s comfortable with it or not. We’re talking about a job that pays millions of dollars, so c’mon Weber, stick your nose in and bruise someone’s knuckles from time to time. The coach will love it.

And anyway, those two-week paychecks have to be better than aspirin.

 

 

 

 

Tinordi Gets The Call

2010 NHL Draft Portraits

Defenceman Jarred Tinordi has been called up to the big team and Greg Pateryn has been sent back to Hamilton after a three-game stint.

The great thing about Tinordi is that he’s huge at 6′ 6″, 218 pounds, and I think is somewhat mobile, although I’ve barely seen him in action. He’s also the son of former NHLer Mark Tinordi, who played for the Rangers, North Stars, Stars, and Capitals.

Here’s the announcement, from Canadiens.com.

The Montreal Canadiens have called up defenseman Jarred Tinordi from the Hamilton Bulldogs. He will join the Habs in Brossard for their Friday morning practice ahead of the team’s Saturday night game against the Devils in New Jersey.

In 55 games with the Bulldogs this season, the 6-foot-6 defenseman has registered a total of two goals and nine assists, while also dropping the gloves on five occasions and racking up 51 penalty minutes. This is the first year of Tinordi’s professional career after having captained the London Knights to an Ontario Hockey League Championship in 2012. Tinordi’s accomplishments also include a gold medal at the U18 World Championship in 2009-10 as a member of the American team.

 

Blake Retires

Geoffrion

Montreal’s Blake Geoffrion has announced his retirement after suffering a fractured skull last November in a game against the Syracuse Crunch when he was with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Blake had come to the Canadiens in a deal that sent Hal Gill to the Nashville Predators.

It’s very sad, and hopefully he’ll will have a wonderful life from here on in. We wish him all the best.

Luci and I were at the Habs-Canucks game in Vancouver last year and were only about twenty feet from him when he netted his very first goal for the Canadiens.

Pateryn Joins The Big Club

Pateryn

With Raphael Diaz nursing a concussion, Yannick Weber getting injured during the Carolina game, and Tomas Kaberle being Tomas Kaberle, the Canadiens have called up Greg Pateryn from the Hamilton Bulldogs to help shore up the blueline.

Good luck to the new guy, and hopefully he can impress.

Here’s the announcement from the Bulldog’s website.

MONTREAL CANADIENS RECALL GREG PATERYN

By: Hamilton Bulldogs

03/07/2013 9:54 PMMONTREAL, QUE – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Canadiens have recalled defenceman Greg Pateryn from the Bulldogs.

Pateryn, 22, has played 22 games for the Bulldogs this season recording eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) and 15 penalty minutes.  The native of Sterling Heights, Michigan played four seasons for the University of Michigan Wolverines of the Central Colligate Hockey Association registering 43 points (6 goals, 37 assists) a +44 rating and 143 penalty minutes in 142 regular season games.  In 2009-2010, Pateryn helped lead the Wolverines to a National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship.  The 6’2”, 219-pound defenceman played for the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets of the United States Hockey League in 2007-2008 notching 27 points (3 goals, 24 assists) and 145 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games.  Pateryn was acquired by the Canadiens in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs with a second round pick in 2010 in exchange for Mikhail Grabovski.   Pateryn was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the 5th round, 128th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.