Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Sep
04
2016
GomezSubban

Le Calme Before the Storm

It’s been a quiet little while for the Montreal Canadiens — and for the NHL — as summer comes to an end and things ramp up for the inaugural World Cup of Hockey and the 2016-17 season. The “big news” this week was the retirement of Scotty Gomez after 16 seasons, a Calder trophy, two Stanley Cups, and over a year without scoring a goal (a period in which he was outscored by Hal Gill). As bad as his acquisition proved to be, people forget he still had a respectable 59 points in his first season with the Habs, and…

Jul
08
2016
P.K. Subban

Now What?

Now that Montreal has traded away arguably its most popular player in years, now what? Lots to talk about — it’s been awhile. I’ll get to the other stuff over the next few weeks but for now we have to talk Subban. The dust is slowly settling on the big trade GM Bergevin made last week, which left most people shocked, surprised, disgusted even. I’m not one of those people. BIG SURPRISE? I wasn’t surprised in the least Subban was traded. Is he a gifted player!? Yes. A potential cornerstone for a championship team. Great skater, big shot, but even…

Apr
23
2016
He shoots, he scores?

Oh The Pain!!!

He shoots, he scores? As the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs move into their third week, like many Canadiens fans I’m left with an empty feeling because the Habs aren’t participating in the action. No heart-thumping, nerve wracking, get your popcorn ready moments that only Montreal Canadiens playoff hockey can offer. I haven’t been too motivated to write the last few months. Can you blame me? The Canadiens not making the playoffs is despicable. Despicable!! Talk about two steps back, eh? Oh the pain! Pain!!! It hurts for sure. What hurt even more was when GM Marc…

Feb
21
2016
Marc Bergevin

Gong Show Habs

“Where have you gone, Joe Dimaggio…” Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin fell on his sword and now it’s up to him to turn the ship around. Take one step back to take two steps forward? Well, at least the Canadiens will get a high draft pick? Throw this season, to make a go of it next year? We didn’t have a chance without Price anyhow? Come up with whatever positives you want, but it is what is: the 2015-16 season has been a total gong show for the Habs. The latest in a season of lowlites:…

Jan
24
2016
Maple Leafs Canadiens Hockey

Habs See-Saw Season Continues

Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller (81) is congratulated by teammates P.K. Subban and Devante Smith-Pelley, rear, after scoring in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) What does a down and almost out, short on confidence Habs team need to make the body feel good? The Toronto Maple Leafs, that’s what. The Canadiens, in the midst of an epic downturn that only the current stock market can match, stormed into the Big Smoke last night to take an important…