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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 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.

Shnarped

It seems that Brendan Gallagher (MTL), Blake Geoffrion (MTL), Jonathan Quick (LA), Sam Gagner (EDM), 30 other players in the NHL, and half the Hamilton Bulldogs are using the new Shnarped Hockey app to engage their fans. I don’t have a device that uses apps, so I guess this leaves me out.

Reporting From Cobourg – Hobo!

As far as I can remember, the only American Hockey League game I ever went to was an exhibition contest in Barrie, Ont. in the early sixties between the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Bisons. Ron Clarke and I hitchhiked down from Orillia, got there early, and somehow managed to meet the Buffalo trainer, who let us hang out in the Bisons dressing room and gave us jobs as stick boys during the game. We then took the bus home, carrying sticks signed by the Buffalo team, which we promptly wrecked playing road hockey.

I suppose this winter I could spend six hours making my way to Abbotsford, east of Vancouver, to see the Bulldogs when they come to town to play the Heat, the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate, but I think I’ll pass on the long and tedious drive, the hotel room, and the several restaurant meals. Unless it’s a handy drive, no hotel involved, and cheap tickets and arena beer, I’m not donating any more greenbacks to the NHL. They have lots and I don’t. And we’ve seen how much they care about us.

I’d do what Hobo just did though. He drove a few minutes from his place to Cobourg to see the Bulldogs and Toronto Marlies in action, spent almost nothing, and he sends a nice little report about the affair.

Take it away, Hobo!

“It was the Marlies 3, Bulldogs 1, and the Marlies get full credit for the victory. The Dogs looked painfully like the parent club, not generating any kind of flowing offence, and losing in the last few minutes by taking a needless penalty. But at least they weren’t afraid to mix it up.

“The Cobourg rink is a great place to watch a game. We were in the last row of seating, about fifteen rows from the ice, and right behind us were Habs brass Larry Carriere and Rick Dudley in a makeshift press area. It took awhile for me to put names to these faces I recognized from somewhere, and I didn’t really talk to them much except to to tell them their little team played just like the big boys. I suppose they didn’t really need to hear this from a schmuck like me. It was interesting to eavesdrop on their conversation, though.

“Jarred Tinordi hardly played a shift for the first two periods but played more in the third. Brendan Gallagher didn’t dress. The Bulldogs pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and I heard Carriere say, “Hey, they only have five guys out there.”

“I really enjoy watching AHL games, especially at fifteen bucks a ticket. And Jake Gardiner was by far the best player on the ice. Too bad he was wearing the wrong colours.”

Thanks Hobo. Just great. And if anyone checks out the Bulldogs in action or any other minor-league tilts and wants to write a little bit about the experience, please sent it along. It would make for a nice post, just like Hobo’s today.

Here’s the lineup when Ron Clarke and I saw the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Bisons in Barrie. I didn’t realize until years later when I looked at this that Don Cherry was in the Amerks lineup. I guess he didn’t stand out.

Please Carey, No Rodeo

Following some serious hemming and hawing, it’s now been officially confirmed that Carey Price has suffered a mild concussion after a collision with David Desharnais in practice, and that’s all she wrote for our goalie this year.

I just hope he takes the summer off and forgets about his rodeo stuff that he likes to do in Western Canada. All we need is for him to fall off a horse onto his head and turn this mild concussion into a Sidney Crosby-type problem.

Robert Mayer, called up from Hamilton, will back up Peter Budaj from here on in.

Blair Betts Newest Hab

Montreal has a new defensive centreman after claiming Blair Betts off waivers from Philadelphia. Betts now has a golden opportunity to be an important guy on the fourth line, kill some penalties, and help his new team become even more well-rounded.

Betts’ numbers are right here.

With 6’3″, 210 pound Betts joining the team, Andreas Engqvist has been sent down to Hamilton, which is a bit of a relief because Betts is much easier to spell than Engqvist.

 

Habs Bring Up Another Bulldog

Habs call up Brendon Nash

Tuesday, 15.02.2011 / 10:28 AM
Montreal Canadiens
PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL –The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that defenseman Brendon Nash has been called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Nash will join the Canadiens in Montreal, for tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, at the Bell Centre.

The 23 year old, 6’03’’, 210 lbs defenseman has recorded 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) in 50 games with the Bulldogs this season. His three goals have all been scored on the power play. He registered 53 shots on goal and served 41 penalty minutes. Nash is tied for second on the Bulldogs with a +12 differential.

In his last season at Cornell University in 2009-10, Nash led all team defensemen in scoring with 19 points in 33 games (2 goals, 17 assists) and served 48 penalty minutes. He recorded a total of 67 points (8 goals, 59 assists) and 173 penalty minutes in four full seasons with Cornell. From 2004 to 2006, Nash registered 60 points (9 goals, 51 assists) in 112 regular season games with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League).

A native of Kamloops, BC, Nash signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on March 30, 2010. He participated in the Canadiens’ development camp, as well as the rookie camp and the team official training camp in 2010, from which he was released on September 27, after posting a 1-1-2 record in two games.

Almost A Habs Night On Saku Night

Canadiens lose 4-3 in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks, and although it was only one point garnered for the home team, what a night it was.

Saku Koivu came back to an appreciative Bell Centre crowd and proceeded to take three penalties, one which led to Max Pacioretty tying it with 13 seconds left in the third period, which was Max’s second of the night.

It was the tying goal with Saku sweating it out on his big and emotional night.  

A lovefest in fact.

My wife asked me why Alex Kovalev didn’t get this treatment when he returned the first time and I had to explain that things are slightly different with the two. 

Storming back was a lovely thing for Habs fans, which made up a little for Brian Gionta missing the net several times and looking less than great in the shootout when he made a little move and then fell over. Although Benoit Pouliot and Andrei Kostitsyn also looked quite feeble in the shootout.

It was almost like the Canadiens were spent after dramatically tying it up like they did.

And when I say storming back was a lovely thing for Habs fan, maybe it wasn’t for those who wanted things to be perfect on Saku night. I don’t know. I’m hoping all Habs fans wanted a win regardless of the situation.

I’ve not been happy with Gionta lately but I sure am with Pacioretty. No wonder he complained he wasn’t getting a fair shake when he was sent down to Hamilton in the beginning. The guy’s a goal-scoring power forward and should have been with the big club from the get-go.

Our friend Danno was at the game with his dad and they, like the rest of the monster crowd of 21,000, got their money’s worth, with the Canadiens getting it together in the third period and taking over. In fact, it was only Jonas Hiller in the Ducks’ net who stole this game for his teammates. And maybe Bobby Ryan.

Kind of makes one wonder what it would have been like in Ottawa Friday night if the Senators, who allowed seven goals, had a guy like Hiller between the pipes.

Great game and a big point for the Habs. Two bad it couldn’t have been two.

Random Notes:

Mathieu Darche, who has become such an important foot soldier for Montreal, scored the Habs’ other goal.

And although I don’t like to whine too much about officiating, the hooking call on Benoit Pouliot early in the third when the team was working on grabbing momentum, just might be the worst decision this year that I’ve seen by a referee. Pouliot raced back, lifted the guy’s stick in a great play, and was sent off. It’s calls like this that the bosses look at and decide if a referee is worthy of working the playoffs or not. 

I’m thinking this guy will be golfing come post-season.

I haven’t liked the Anaheim Ducks since they came into the league named the Mighty Ducks after a stupid Disney hockey movie.

Next up – Tuesday in the City of Brotherly Greaseballs when the Habs take on the orange Flyers.