Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Dec
03
2016
Max Pacioretty is off to the worst offensive start to his career.

So What if Habs Are First!?

Max Pacioretty is off to the worst offensive start to a season of his career. The Montreal Canadiens are tops in the Atlantic division. Great right? And, they’ve been tops in the NHL for most of the season (as of writing, the Rangers and Blackhawks lead them by two points, but the Habs have two games in hand on both). So far so good right? But so what!? We remember all too well what happened last year once Carey Price went down, so we know it’s MUCH too early to get ahead of ourselves. And it’s…

Oct
30
2016
Radulov and Weber have been key contributors to the Canadiens' hot start this season. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadiens Still Undefeated in Regulation

Radulov and Weber have been key contributors to the Canadiens’ hot start this season. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP) Should we be concerned? Last year the Canadiens’ blistering, record-breaking start quickly went down in a burning heap of flames once Carey Price injured his knee, followed by a succession of injuries to other key players. It was a kamikaze-style nosedive that left the team out of the playoffs. #NoExcuses This year after nine games, the Canadiens remain the only undefeated team in the NHL, after winning their seventh straight last night against the Toronto Maple…

Oct
09
2016
This has nothing to do with this post, except for making me nostalgic about watching the Habs when I was a kid...

“Celle qui se prend en douceur.”

Has nothing to do with this post, except for making me nostalgic about watching the Habs when I was a kid… All quiet on the Montreal Canadiens front as they await the opening of the 2016-2017 season. After completing their preseason with a resounding 6-1 victoire over the Maple Leafs, the Habs have a few days of rest and practice before kicking the year off against the Buffalo Sabres in Fluffalo. Interesting enough this year marks the first time in quite a few seasons that Montreal has opened the year against someone other than the Maple…

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…