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Young Guy Called Up

My Feb. 11, 2010 post:


PK Subban has been summoned from Hamilton to play in Philadelphia Friday night.

This is terrific news because the young buck is considered a keeper and a big part of the future on the Habs blueline. But it also reminds us that it’s a little bit like preseason in Montreal right now, with guys being called up or sent down on a regular basis.

It’s never boring with the Montreal Canadiens.

(PK played two regular season games for the Habs during this call up before being sent back to Hamilton, and came back to the big team for 14 playoff games that year. He collected two assists in his two games, while in the playoffs had a goal and seven assists.

His NHL career fully began the following season, 2010-11, when he played in 77 games.)

Bourque Placed On Waivers

To paraphrase a line from a Led Zeppelin song (Heartbreaker) , “Hey fellows and gals, have you heard the news!”, Rene Bourque has been placed on waivers, which means it’s another team or a demotion to the Hamilton Bulldogs for the guy who simply hasn’t been earning his paycheque, unless you consider 2 assists in 13 games and a minus-9 to be good.

Thanks to Danno for sending me the news, which is right here – Bourque on waivers

One good playoff performance last spring wasn’t enough and rightly so to keep Bourque in the lineup. The team is trying be a contender, and underachievers need not apply.

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.


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


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.

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.