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Well I Woke Up Sunday Morning

It’s Sunday morning and although the grass needs cutting, I can’t get out there and do it because a little baby is sleeping. What a fantastic excuse!

Nathan Beaulieu has signed a two-year contact with the Habs, at a million per. Great to  have this done, it doesn’t break the bank, and it should inspire the young fellow to be all he can be and ink a whopper in a few years.

It seems like only yesterday that we debated the idea of who would win a full-time job first, Beaulieu or Jarred Tinordi, but Beaulieu came through with his skating, puckhandling and poise, while Tinordi lagged behind because of his tentativeness with the puck. But we can’t give up on the big fellow, mainly because he’s a big fellow.

And regarding Beaulieu and his dad’s assault charge in 2013, it came to light only recently that the two had heard someone at a party saying Kane’s blog sucked and they naturally took matters into their own hands. “Nobody says that and gets away with it,” said papa Jacques Beaulieu.

The Leafs have signed former Leaf Wally Stanowski to a one-year deal. Stanowski, 96, says he’s anxious to suit up as it’s been awhile, and if someone can help him onto the ice and then off again, he feels he should be at least as mobile as Dion Phaneuf, and probably a better fighter.

Below, Wally at a recent press conference. “With Montreal inking Beaulieu, we felt this signing was necessary to keep pace,” said Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. “All we ask is that he quits smoking.”

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Other tidits: The Chicago Blackhawks have taken a 3-2 series over Tampa Bay, the Arizona Coyotes are in building lease trouble, and NBC’s Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus says playoff beards should go.

It’s hard to know which is the most important of the three. Probably the Cup Final, although as a Habs fan, any playoff passion has been squeezed out like that last drop from a bottle of Four Aces. And then, of course, the Coyotes situation, which everyone should be used to by now, and which could possibly end with Quebec getting their well-deserved team.

But the beard thing is definitely important too.

“I just don’t like the beards,” said Lazarus. “You can’t see their faces. Although, for that very reason, it was good when Brad Marchand grew one.”

For me, I don’t know what to think. The Rocket and Beliveau never grew playoff beards. What about that?

Below, Lazarus at his recent press conference, explaining the beard problem.

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It Happened Like This

It was May when Brandon Prust called Senators coach Paul MacLean a “bug-eyed fat walrus”, not long before the Canadiens bowed out to the Sens in five games.

What does that mean? Nothing. I’m just babbling. And I like the quote.

In June, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, the Canadiens grabbed lanky forward Michael McCarron along with Jacob de la Rose, goaltender Zachary Fucale, and Artturi Lehkonen in the 2013 Entry Draft, Brendan Gallagher was edged out by Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau for Calder Trophy/rookie of the year honours, and P.K captured the Norris Trophy and rightly so.

And Luci and I hopped in the car and moved to Montreal.

July saw big George Parrros and little Daniel Briere signed by the Habs, I started my new job, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Scott Niedermayer, Geraldine Heaney, and Fred Shero were announced as new Hall of Famers, and P.K. and Carey Price were officially invited to Canada’s National Team orientation camp which would ultimately become a ball hockey game.

In August, Douglas Murray was signed by the Canadiens, I bought Dylan’s Blond on Blond CD, my brother came to visit me, and hoodlum Whitey Bulger, whose ex-girlfriend’s daughter was once married to Knuckles Nilan, somehow ended up with a 1986 Stanley Cup ring. (Whitey’s about to get sentenced to life).

September saw rookie camp get underway at Brossard, a guy robbed a bank in Orillia wearing a Habs hat, the Canadiens pre-season exhibition games kicked off, Danno sent me a hockey card I didn’t have, and Michael Bournival and Jarred Tinordi got the news they were staying with the big club. (Tinordi’s down in Hamilton at the moment).

October began with a loss to the Loafs during which George Parros conked his head in a fight and was gone for a month, Ryan White shaved his long blond locks, Daniel Briere suffered a concussion, Max got hurt, Leaf great Allan Stanley passed away, the Red Sox won the World Series, Alexei Emelin signed for four more years, and the Hockey Inside Out Summit kicked off at Hurley’s on Crescent St.

In November, Parros came back with his mustache missing, I bought a sports jacket, Toronto’s mayor made a whack of headlines, a Michel Therrien/PK Subban soap opera picked up steam, Gaston’s still an asshole, and the Canadiens have lost all four games they’ve played this month.

 

 

Four Things

Congratulations to Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Scott Niedermayer, Women’s player Geraldine Heaney, and coach of the ’70s Broad St. Bullies, Fred Shero.

I remember reading the headline in the Montreal Gazette when Chelios was first called up to the Canadiens. “The Coming of Chris” it heralded, which I thought was a fun headline. Several years later when I was in Leningrad I mentioned that headline to a couple of Russians and they had no idea what I was talking about.

Good for the inductees. It’s a good crop, even though Shero was at the helm of those Broad St. maniacs.

I’m also one of those guys waiting for Paul Henderson to get the call.

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I’ve made it through a total of six days so far at Classic Auctions, which I think is a substantial number for a new guy. Today, among other things, I wrote about Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey, Claude Provost, and Ted Harris 1960s game-used sticks. And a rhinestone brooch given to players and executives’ wives after the Habs won the Cup in 1946.

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Georges Laraque talks too much, and I think him saying George Parros isn’t intimidating enough in a competitive division isn’t very nice. George should stick to what he’s good at – smiling and wearing tight t-shirts.

Georges told La Presse, “I’m sure that when the Canadiens signed Parros, the Bruins and Shawn Thornton were relieved. In Ottawa and Toronto, they were relieved.”

Yes Georges. And you weren’t exactly Attila the Hun when you were playing. Especially when you were a Hab. You were a peacenik, even though you weren’t supposed to be. You hated beating up people so you stopped doing it. But you were being paid to beat up people.

Stop criticizing the new sheriff. It’ll be tough enough trying to live up to the expectations of Habs fans without being trashed by peers..

“He’s a good guy, but in the NHL you have to intimidate,” Laraque continued. “He has a good technique, but he’s more like a wrestler than a finisher…Florida wouldn’t let Parros go if he was doing the job.

Georges wouldn’t stop.

“Knowing the Montreal market, people will begin to wonder why they got this guy after two or three beatings. I know the guy – I know them all. But those who don’t believe me will see for themselves.”

Georges, you’re not being nice. Be quiet and run for politics.

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I’m going to say this anyway. I hate cell phones. Bring back the phone booth.

Punch-Up In Piestany

I went to work one day in Ottawa, back in 1987, and a fellow there asked me if I had seen the World Junior game the night before. I hadn’t for some reason, and he went on to explain that I had just missed the most incredible fight he had ever seen. Soon after, I rounded up a video of what happened that winter night in Piestany, Czechoslovakia between the Canadian juniors and the Russians, and I saw what he meant.

Thanks to Beatnik for sending this over. Theoren Fleury and the boys exchanging knuckle sandwiches with the Soviets, with the referee and linesmen escaping off the ice and getting the lights turned off.

A couple of things you might be interested in before you see this fight to end all fights. Some felt the Soviets started it in the hopes that the Canadians would be kicked out and lose any chance of getting a medal.  Some also felt it was because of Theoren Fleury, who had earlier scored a goal and made machine gun motions at the Soviet bench.

This was before perestroika, don’t forget, the Cold War was still going strong, and the intense rivalry between these two nations was more than smouldering. It was more like a four alarm blaze.

Among the players involved were Fleury, Brendan Shanahan, and ex-Hab Mike Keane, while the Russians had Alexander Mogilny, Vlad Konstantinov and Sergei Fedorov in their lineup.

Incredibly, Pierre Turgeon, who would one day captain the Montreal Canadiens, sat on the bench during the entire fight and wouldn’t come out to help his teammates. Turgeon’s reputation as a weak-spined chicken began that night and lasted throughout his entire NHL career.

Here it is. If you’ve never seen this before, be prepared to see how the Canadians and Soviets loved each other back then. Both teams were disqualified and there would be no medal for Canada, although later on, Harold Ballard of the Leafs had special medals made up for the Canadian boys.

And here’s Don Cherry, who famously defended the Canadians to Brian Williams, who kept repeating that it was a black mark and a disgrace. Brendan Shanahan told Cherry later on that “you should’ve seen what we were doing when the lights were out.”

 

I’m With Max Of Course

A very interesting story has emerged regarding a disagreement betwen Max Pacioretty and league suspension-giver-outer Brendan Shanahan.

Max says that during his recent hearing for coldcocking Kris Letang, Shanahan compared it to the Matt Cooke/Marc Savard affair.

Shanahan insists he didn’t say this.

So who was it? I’m siding with Max. He says his agent and Pierre Gauthier can vouch for him.

The story can be seen here Pacioretty Disputes Shanahan’s Words, and thanks to both Mike Williamson and Danno for sending it along.

Another Day In The Life Of The Mind-Boggling NHL

NHL suspension giver-outer Brendan Shanahan didn’t suspend Milan Lucic for barrelling into Sabres’ goalie Ryan Miller, saying there was lack of intent on Lucic’s part.

Shanahan said he asked Milan about his intent, and surprise, surprise, Lucic said he didn’t mean to hurt the goalie, so Shanahan said fine, go home and have a nice day. What was Shanahan expecting to hear? “Yes Brendan, I intended to hit him hard, hurt him as much as possible, and hopefully knock him out of the game?”

Of course Lucic is going to plead innocent. That shouldn’t sway a hearing at all. it’s all on video.

“I had the hearing because I did make an initial assessment of the play as I do with all plays, but I did have some questions for Milan and I wanted to hear directly from him,” Shanahan told NHL.com. “They were regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisfied with his answers.”

So there’s the answer on how to cut down on suspensions. Just tell Brendan Shanahan that you didn’t mean it.

 

I Guess It’s No Surprise

I’ve been out of commision all morning due to a little thing called work, but I’ve been reading the comments and looking around and taking in as much as possible the Malone vs. Campoli vs. Shanahan affair.

Now I’m waiting for the on-camera announcement from Shanahan himself. You know the one, where he looks like he’s in grade three reading about Dick and Jane and Spot.

I thought I had it figured out. The league was attempting in a big way to rid itself of head shots, but I guess it’s only some head shots. Depends on who’s giving and who’s taking.

I was also pretty sure that previous suspensions I’ve seen this year in preseason and described by Shanahan were, for the most case, fairly dangerous and were dealt with accordingly. I thought some of them were almost as nasty as the Malone shot.

It seems Chris Campoli stuck his head out and tried to hurt Malone’s elbow. What was he thinking?

And just when I thought I knew a little bit about hockey, it seems I don’t. Because I thought it was a flagrant, vicious attack that deserved at least five games. Maybe ten. Boy, was I out in left field.

There’s no use complaining about this. It just gives Habs-haters more ammunition. They had a field day with the cops getting involved in the Chara-Pacioretty case, and now they can say we’ve taken a little love tap and turned it into a punch by George Foreman.

Of course, their miserable hate-on blinds the reality, but there’s no use trying to tell them that.

What would have transpired if Campoli had suffered a serious injury from this? Does it then make Malone guilty, or is he still free as a bird? And if he’s suspended for an injury-causing blow, then what’s the difference?

I’m also disappointed in Jacques Martin. Is he afraid to criticize the league in any manner whatsoever? When have we ever heard him blow a fuse over an injustice? Martin should have come out with guns blazing and backed his man in print and on the air. But it seems it’s not his personality, and I think it’s a big downfall of his.

Players want to know that their coach will go to bat for them. Martin has failed miserably, as he did in the Chara-Pacioretty incident.

Anyway, I’m all about Thursday, when the Canadiens take on the Leafs. We’re just going to have to do things the old-fashioned way. Win and win often.

Whether the league wants us to or not.

Much Better

A nice display by the Canadiens Saturday evening as the team dominated and controlled throughout, and a 5-1 lopsided affair re-affirms that the sky isn’t falling and the world isn’t about to end anytime soon.

At least until December 21, 2012, which is when the world comes to an end according to some.

But aside from the fact that the team played well with Scott Gomez continuing along his comeback trail, it’s the antics of Tampa’s Ryan Malone that need to be discussed. The league wants to get rid of headshots?  Then we wait for Officer Shanahan to hand down ten big ones to Malone, who was an asshole all evening, but in particular later on when he provided a dangerous head shot to Chris Campoli that had concussion written all over it.

These things are just so ugly and we’re all sick to death of it. Throw the book at him. This was a very similar hit as to what Malone’s ex-teammate Sidney Crosby experienced, and who still remains on the sidelines.

These hits may never stop. Shanahan can suspend half the league and some will still do it. Maybe Sean Avery was right when he said many of the players in the league are quite brain-dead.

Campoli could have been, or even might be, concussed from this play, and it’s his health we worry about first, and then we consider the fact that he’s our Andrei Markov replacement at the moment and we can’t afford to lose him.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out with the league and their ongoing crackdown.

I just glad preseason has now come to an end. I’m tired of it, and we almost lost Gorges the other night when he seemed to twist his knee, and hopefully Campoli says hello to his model girlfriend tonight and remembers her name.

Random Notes:

Brian Gionta opened the scoring while shorthanded when he intercepted a weak Stamkos pass and waltzed in alone. Gomez, Darche, Cole, and Cammalleri were the other Habs marksmen.

Full marks to Josh Gorges for stepping in in support of Campoli. This is leadership and being a team player at its finest.

Nice to see hockey in Quebec, and it’s fairly funny to think that the league might consider abolishing fighting and also might place a team back in Quebec at some point. Because we all know what happens when a team in Quebec and a team in Montreal begin a rivalry. It’s not pretty.

Now we wait for October 6th when the real fun starts. Habs in Toronto. Hopefully Campoli will be there.