We’ve been in Montreal for more than four hours and I still haven’t seen Jean Beliveau.
Yes, Montreal. Finally back after only 26 years. I see the trees are bigger now.
It was straight to a hotel in Brossard, where we’ll set up shop for a few days while we find a place to live. And we did it even with the GPS voice blowing his brains out a few times and having us all over the place. He’s about to be fired.
I prefer the nice soothing voice of the Australian lady. If I wasn’t married, I’d like her to bear my children.
Being in Montreal now is slightly overwhelming, but I like to be overwhelmed. Otherwise I’d just get old and shrivel up. Now we’re here, in Habsland, 6500 kilometres from where we started, and I’m pretty darn happy about it.
I see that Tomas Kaberle has been bought out and it only cost the Habs three million to do so. The stench of Pierre Gauthier lingers.
We’re going for a drive to see the Bell Centre. Maybe Mr. Beliveau will be somewhere around there.
It’s been reported that Tomas Kaberle has been placed on waivers, and is there anyone out there who might be surprised by this?
Kaberle was a decent player when he was a Toronto Maple Leaf, where he spent 12 seasons, and whether or not Boston and Carolina fans were happy with him, I’m not sure. All I know is that Habs fans sure weren’t, at least most of us anyway.
Kaberle came to Montreal in 2011 in a trade with the Hurricanes for Jaroslav Spacek, and signed on the dotted line for three years worth a ridiculous 4.25 million per. Four and a quarter million for a defenceman who avoided the heavy-hitting the way Sonny Liston avoided Cassius Clay.
It was just a big mistake all-round, and it’s nice that the Kaberle chapter has come to a close. We need guys who enjoy the heavy-going, not ballerinas.
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.
03/07/2013 9:54 PM – MONTREAL, 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.
Our top guy, Tomas Plekanec, comes in at 36th overall in the league, with 11 points. Buffalo’s Tomas Vanek sits at number one with 23 points.
And as you can see, there’s not much happening with both Tomas Kaberle and Yannick Weber, who continue to twirl their thumbs on the sidelines. Ryan White, as you know, simply shot himself in the foot a few times too many.
Maybe one of these years, when the stars and planets are lined up a certain way, we might see a Hab in the top three. I hope I’m still alive when this happens.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified so now P.K. Subban can go ahead and agree on a new contract. Or not. Or probably. Or probably not.
Erik Cole may stay home after this shortened season comes to a close. Which drives home what I’ve been saying for years – mandatory retirement age should be dropped to 34 years old.
Hail, hail, the gang’s all here, with everyone gathering at the Brossard Complex, and with all that’s going on, maybe Habs brass could consider following in the footsteps of Olympics organizers and issue several thousand condoms for the athletes.
Rene Bourque will be better – he promised. Apparently he had a health issue last season. He was dead.
Scott Gomez is such a nice guy, and because of that, I think he should be placed on the first or second line and the first power play unit and given a big contract extension. Because he’s a nice guy.
I heard a sensational rumour about Tomas Kaberle planning on bodychecking someone this year but I don’t know if it’s true.
David Desharnias took advantage of the lockout by growing seven inches. The once-diminutive centreman is now a nice 6’2″. Good for David.
Brian Gionta, on the other hand, didn’t feel it was necessary to be taller, as Desharnais has done. “I’m too old to change,” said the captain as he climbed up on a stool to retrieve his car keys from the kitchen counter.
NHL owners and the NHLPA need a big break. They’ve been working nearly six hours a day for two days now. SIX HOURS. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. I’ll bet they’re losing weight from this brutal schedule.This must be why Gary Bettman is shrinking.
No wonder they’re not punching in for today’s meetings until the afternoon. They need to sleep in. Regroup. Catch their breath. Drink some lattes. Read the newspaper. Tip the butler. Pat the wife on the head. Nap. Choose the right tie. Dream about the day when everything gets settled and they don’t have to work such long hours anymore. Never forget, these folks must have put in a ghastly 50 hours or so since last June, struggling to have an agreement in place so fans can watch hockey again. They’re practically saints in my book.
The NHL should raise ticket prices and charge fifteen bucks for a glass of beer to ease the burden. We’ll work more hours at our own jobs so they can be contented and happy. We’ll do anything to see Rene Bourque put the hammer down and Scott Gomez bulge the twine. And I personally can’t wait to witness Tomas Kaberle once again crush all comers as they streak down his side of the ice.
I sure hope this third day of meetings doesn’t go six hours like the other days. We need all concerned to be healthy and happy so they can bless us with so much.
P.K. Subban and his agent have rejected the initial offer put forth by the Canadiens, which was, according to RDS, $2.75 million a year for two years ($5.5).
As Mike Boone at Hockey Inside/Out mentioned, it would put PK fourth-highest behind Andrei Markov ($5.75), Tomas Kaberle ($4.25), and Josh Gorges ($3.9), which just doesn’t seem fair considering the major role the young fellow has been placed in.
PK deserves a nice raise over the $875,000 he collected last year, and $2.75 million would indeed be a nice raise, although it’s not enough. Hopefully he and his agent will come back soon with a figure that’s not ridiculous, and one that makes everyone happy, including us. Maybe $3.5 million a year? Close to Gorges? Why not?
And doesn’t it burn your ass to be reminded that Tomas Kaberle is the second-highest defenceman on the team, being paid, but not earning, $4.25 million.
Pierre Gauthier has been hired by the Chicago Blackhawks as director of player personnel, and all I can say mostly say about this is simply repeat what someone commented on the CBC story pertaining to the news. He or she wrote that “I’m not a Chicago fan, but they don’t deserve THIS.”
It’s not a big deal for Chicago to have a silent, grouchy, bland type in their organization. Bob Pulford, who was a coach and executive with the team for 30 years, was very much that. Chicago fans are used to it.
Now they have party animal Pierre, who is not only a wild and crazy guy, but who also possesses a fine eye for talent. Like Tomas Kaberle and Rene Bourque, two superstar impact players he brought to Montreal to fix things, and who basically got them for a song. (Bourque – $3 million plus, Kaberle – $4 million plus. Per season).
Centre Petteri Nokelainen, along with defenceman Brendon Nash, has signed a one-year deal with the Habs, and this now sees the team with a whack of centremen – David Desharnais, Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller, Nokelainen, Ryan White, Blake Geoffrion, Alex Galchenyuk, who may or may not crack the lineup this year, and of course, the one and only Scott Gomez.
Maybe a nice juicy trade is in the wind. Or maybe the team just loves depth down the middle. Regardless, Gomez should start packing his wallet and electric head razor.
Nash injured his shoulder in training camp last year and missed the entire season, but will see lots of ice time in Hamilton next season. I love his size – 6’3, 214 lbs, and we could see him earn a regular spot with the big club down the road after Tomas Kaberle is traded to Toronto for a vintage CHUM Chart.
You haven’t asked but I’ll tell you anyway. I’ve got time after polishing off my cheez whiz on Russian rye and lemon drink concoction that is supposed to be healthy and kills enemy cells but I really have no idea.
Would I like to see Alex Ovechkin play for the Habs?
But I’d take Evgeny Malkin or Ilya Kovalchuk in a heartbeat. Pavel Datsyuk too.
And if Montreal went out and got Alexander Semin, whom I suppose is available on the market, then I hope a lockout happens and isn’t resolved until it’s time for him to retire.
If Montreal got Semin, I don’t even want to be stickboy. That’s how bad it is. You ever see him fight?
As for Ovechkin, I think players and coaches around the league have him figured out. You just have to be careful when he has the puck close in because he has such a wicked shot. Other than that, I can do without the flair and high maintenance. Unless Washington wants Gomez, Bourque, and Kaberle in return. Then welcome Ovie! Can I get you anything?
And yes, I know you’ve seen this Semin fight a million times, but I’m showing it again in case there’s the odd person out there who just got out of prison or was living in a monastery in Tibet for the past several years.