Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Apr
30
2012

Chipchura Finds His Role

I'm always paying special attention to former Habs to see how they're doing. Most of the time I'm actually rooting for them, too (Benoit Pouliot does not apply). Believe it or not, I was happy for Michael Ryder last year, caff caff.This year has its fair share of former Habs still playing for the big honours including the Kostitsyn brothers, Hal Gill and Francis Bouillon -- all with the Nashville Predators.But today I'd like to focus on the unheralded Kyle Chipchura, a guy who hasn't had it easy per se but who seems to have finally found his place on the 4th…
Apr
26
2012

Back to Normalcy

I awoke to a better world this morning.A world that is back in sync; one where things feel and look like I remember them.A world, namely, which does not include the Boston Bruins as Stanley Cup Champions.You may have noticed my radio silence during this opening round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.This was not completely intentional.I needed a bit of a break but also, since I was behind in posting my first round predictions I decided to let things unfold before chiming in.Now I can...Sometime after 10pm in my home last night, it was if the Stanley Cup had been…
Apr
07
2012

This is the End, Beautiful Friend…

Habs host the Leafs tonight at the Bell Centre for the final game of the regular season.Normally this would be a supercharged game.Normally the Habs would be playing for playoff position, while the Leafs would come in and play spoiler.Neither applies this year.The Habs are assured a third-worst in the league this year and could even finish second-worst if they lose in regulation and the Oilers beat the Canucks tonight. I wouldn't mind. If the Leafs can beat the Habs, they'll also finish out of a lottery pick. I wouldn't mind that either.This has been a tough, rough, difficult sh%t…
Apr
01
2012

Gilmour Sighting and The Game

So one of our brethren Habs Fan in LeafLand sent me this story: last week he and his party were waiting for their table at a nice restaurant here in Toronto and the folks who were just leaving included one Dougie Gilmour. Yes that Doug Gilmour, the one who starred with the Flames and Leafs, before playing (somewhat admirably even if he bleeds blue and white) with the Habs.As Gilmour is leaving, someone asks him: "Hey didn't you play for the Leafs?"He smiles and utters some friendly thank yous through some burps...Anonymous Habs Fan in LeafLand: "Wait! You also played…