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Now It’s Subban And Money

It’s just so great that with the lockout ending, we no longer have to hear and read about million dollar differences and rich people disagreeing with rich people. I’m just glad it’s over.

Oh wait a minute. It’s not.

P.K. Subban hasn’t signed with the Habs yet, and reading Dave Stubb’s piece in the Gazette – Subban’s Future in Doubt I see that there’s a chance that P.K. won’t sign and could be in a different uniform in the near future.

Subban told the Gazette:“I should know pretty quickly if the (contract) numbers are suitable for myself and my agent, or maybe they slow things down a little bit. The ball’s not in my court, it never has been. It’s in the court of the franchise that’s been standing for 100-plus years. They’ve got to figure out whether they see me as a player who’s a part of their future or not. I hope they do.”

Expletive deleted inserted here. I love Subban’s big talent, and he needs a healthy raise from his now-ended $875,000 a year deal, but he says “the ball’s not in my court.” I hate that. It is so in his court. He’s going to be offered several million, and in a  few years if he becomes what he could become, he’ll get a whole bunch more millions. He can say, yes, I’ll take that offer, which means the ball is in his court.

He and agent Don Meehan have decided on some sort of nice round figure, and if it’s not met or close, that’s it. Who says their number is the right number? Maybe it’s way too high and Marc Bergevin won’t pay it because Bergevin’s no dummy. So Subban goes. It wasn’t about the city that he says he loves so much, or the sweater which should mean everything. It was about the team not meeting what Subban thinks he’s worth. Everybody thinks they’re worth plenty. I think I should be paid a hundred bucks an hour. But reality can be a slapshot in the face.

“I should know pretty quickly if the numbers are suitable for myself and my agent.”

I hate that too. I hate that word “suitable.” It sounds arrogant to me. What’s he want – four million a year? More? Does he want a long-term deal like the six-year, 4.5 million per year extension Max Pacioretty signed for? Maybe Bergevin feels PK hasn’t matured enough for such a commitment. Maybe, when the pros and cons are weighed, the jury’s still out.

Or does P.K. want to be close to Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, who signed a seven-year, 45.5 million dollar deal last year. They’re both great young defencemen with one tiny difference. Karlsson won the Norris Trophy last season.

Please take a fine and fair offer and stay with the club, P.K. You’re an important guy, we like you, we love watching you, love your big shot from the point and the way you dash up ice. Of course we want you to stay. Surely somewhere between what you want and what they want can be agreed on and you stay a Hab for many years.

This whole money/hockey thing is wearing mighty thin. Like so many others, I’m just plain sick of it.


Max Gets Solid Security

Geez, Habs news. I don’t know if my little laptop can handle the shock to its’ system.

The Canadiens have given Max Pacioretty a nice six-year extension worth 4.5 million annually, on a contract which had a year left to go. So our boy ain’t going nowhere for seven years at least. This should give him plenty of time to crack the 50-goal mark.

Dave Stubbs, back from the London Olympics, writes in the Gazette/Hockey InsideOut that Pacioretty is absolutely thrilled to settle in like this, and I don’t blame him. Great money for seven more years in Montreal, where he can buy a big new house if he doesn’t already have one, his wife can get to know the neighbours and enjoy European fashion, and the future kids can have good friends and familiar schools. And he gets to play for the Montreal Canadiens!

It just seems like happy times for the Pacioretty’s right now.

If somebody wouldn’t mind giving me $27 million dollars, I’d be able to explore even further how one could be happy with this.

Stubbs’ fine piece can be seen here Pacioretty “Honoured”.

Max’s linemates have contracts as such: Erik Cole is inked until the end of the 2014-15 season, when he then becomes a UFA, while David Desharnais has one year left before he becomes an RFA. Another season like last year and Desharnais might get one those Pacioretty-type long-term deals too.

So there’d better not be a lockout, because our big line is ready to rock.

When Cal Used The Same Room As Me

Before I get into anything else, I’d like to direct you to Hockey Inside Out which has a nice interview with Jaraslav Spacek, conducted by the Gazette’s Dave Stubbs. Spacek gives his thoughts about Jacques Martin, Pierre Gauthier, Geoff Molson and others, and I found the piece really interesting.

I can’t top that. Geez.

So I guess I’ll just go on to something completely different.

This Orillia Terriers Senior club were household names, like NHL players were, for Orillia kids like me. Whit Mousseau, Nick Kennedy, Red Barrett, John Hall and the gang. The entire team was packed with great players playing in a great Ontario Senior League, and in my mind, these clubs back then weren’t far off from pro calibre like the AHL. I still feel that way.

I was just a kid, and they were grown men, really old guys who shaved and probably had sex with women. They must have been all of 20 or 30 years old then.

It was fast, rough, tough hockey, and sometimes, even retired NHLers would show up in various lineups, including Harry Lumley between the pipes in Collingwood, and rugged forward Cal Gardner in Orillia. (top left corner in photo).

I remember watching Gardner play like it was yesterday. I can even visualize where I was sitting at one game when he was on the ice, which is weird because I’ve often forgotten why I’ve walked from the living room to the kitchen. But I remember Cal Gardner vividly, and it was amazing to me to see a real live person who had actually played in the NHL against the Rocket and Howe and others, but was now an Orillia Terrier, only a few feet away, and who used the same dressing room as I did.

Gardner played for the Rangers, Toronto, Chicago and Boston before retiring in 1957, was twice an all-star, and joined Orillia after being with the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League. His two sons, Dave and Paul both became NHLers too.

Gardner also had a couple of big connections with the Habs in different ways.

Gardner was on the ice for Toronto when Bill Barilko scored his legendary goal to win the Cup for the Leafs in 1951, and had set up Howie Meeker who missed the net, just before Barilko didn’t miss the net.

And he and Montreal’s Ken Reardon enjoyed a bitter and dangerous feud that lasted years. It began when Gardner was with New York and got his stick up after a shot from the point and clipped Reardon on the lip. Gardner said his stick was up a little. Reardon said it was a blatant cross check to the face. Whatever it was, it started a bench-clearing brawl and Reardon promised revenge on Gardner, pretty well every time the two met after that.

In 1949, when Gardner was a Leaf, Reardon finally got his revenge at the Forum, when he “accidentally” ran into Gardner and broke his jaw on both sides, causing league prez Clarence Campbell to force Reardon to post a $1000 good behaviour bond. But they continued to rough each other up even after that and the ill-will apparently continued long after both had retired.

Too bad Reardon didn’t latch on to an Ontario Senior team and they could have kept it going, maybe at the good old Orillia Community Centre, with me there to see it. I always did enjoy a little blood and intestines splattered on the ice. As long as it wasn’t mine.



Abe Hefter’s New Show About To Kick Off

I received a note from Montreal radio station CJAD’s Abe Hefter today, who talks about the launching of his new sports talk show, “The Locker Room.” It’s absolutely my pleasure to pass this info unto you.

Here’s Abe:

“Wanted to share this with you and your web readers:

Starting this weekend, CJAD Sports is taking you inside “The Locker Room.”
Saturday’s 6-7 p.m.; Sunday’s 5-6 p.m. It’ll be sports, sports, and nothing but sports.
And of course, during the hockey season, that’ll include wall-to-wall coverage of the Montreal Canadiens!
Yours truly will be hosting and taking your calls.  I’ll be joined by CJAD’s Rick Moffat, Chantal Desjardins and Barry Morgan for some
spirited round-table discussions.  And regular contributors will include Dave Stubbs of The Gazette.
The Locker Room on CJAD and CJAD.COM.”

New Kid On The Block

Joe Who? Joe Callahan. Sounds like a detective.

Pierre Gauthier went out and signed the 6’3″, 210 pound defenseman, (the same size as new forward Blair Betts), and does this mean Alexei Yemelin has impressed absolutely no one and is about to book a one-way ticket back to the Motherland? Or will he play in Winnipeg on Sunday and show he belongs?

I think Yemelin will stay put, play in Winnipeg, and Callahan is just insurance, a little more depth. With Chris Campoli now on the sidelines and with the possiblity of more going down because that’s what the Habs are really good at – losing defencemen – we need guys with big league experience to step in when called upon.  

Detective Callahan, if he sees any action at all, (and he may not), probably won’t figure much in any stats department. One assist and 12 penalty minutes in 27 games with Florida, and in a total of 46 games in the bigs with not only the Panthers but also with the Islanders and Sharks, he accumulated four big assists.

Of course, if he plays and he shows that he’s a big, mean son-of-a-bitch who strikes terror in oncoming forwards, then he’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

But he’s probably just another journeyman. We’ll see.

Good luck Detective Callahan.

Curious Note:

In looking up information about Alexei Yemelin, I’ve noticed that some aren’t sure about his last name. Does it begin with a “Y” or an “E”?

I’ve always said it was Yemelin, not Emelin, and CTV.ca, The National Post, TSN.ca, and Pat Hickey and Dave Stubbs at the Montreal Gazette also say it’s Yemelin. Wikipedia has him listed as both.

HF Boards, HockeyDB, Russian Prospects, and Canadiens.com have him as Emelin.

So I did what I had to do. I asked my Russian wife. And the definitive answer is……….it’s both. It’s just what we do in the translation process. It’s like Yevgeny and Evgeny.




Good For Bob Gainey

Bob Gainey spoke to the media on the eve of the Heritage Classic and had the following to say about players from other teams crying about PK Subban. (Not mentioning any names, of course, like Joffrey Lupul and Mike Richards and a bunch of Bruins for example).

This comes from Dave Stubbs reporting from Calgary for Habs Inside/Out.

“(Subban) is a very talented player,” Gainey said. “Anyone who’s met him knows that his personality is outgoing, overflowing, and it hasn’t yet been tempered with full maturity. I think he should have fun and play. Some of those people should shut up and play against him. Just keep their mouths shut and play.

“He doesn’t have a big, tough guy playing beside him to look after him, he looks after himself. Not everybody else in the league who is an outgoing above-average player plays in that position. I think Montreal is lucky to have him and the NHL is lucky to have him.”