Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Jan
25
2013

HABS TAKE CHARGE IN 4-1 WIN AGAINST CAPS

GAME NUMERO 3: HABS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LISTLESS CAPITALS FOR 1ST ROAD WIN OF 2013It's nice to be wrong every once in awhile. Once in awhile, okay?My Habs vs. Capitals pregame thoughts were this: playing in Washington, Caps are 0-2, Ovechkin has yet to score and with all of that, figured we would should could be in for a long night.Markov is back en force. Habs beat Caps 4-1 in Washington. APThen when the Habs took the early momentum on a power play just over a minute into the game and didn't capitalize, I thought "oh boy, I've seen this before."…
Jan
23
2013

THE NEW ALEX IN TOWN

GAME NUMERO 2: PK WHO? & GALCHENYUK POTS FIRST OF BEAUCOUP TO COME AS HABS DOWN PANTHERSOne game does not a season make. Err, or something like that.Maybe it's only a 48 game season this year but it's going to be intense and concentrated. Teams are going to play multiple games in multiple nights. That means there will be hockey on the tube practically every night.I like that.First goal for Alex Galchenyuk, first point for Brendan Gallagher and first win for the second coming of head coach Michel Therrien. Habs beat Florida Panthers 4-1 in Montreal. APSo the Habs who…
Jan
20
2013

RUT OR RUST?

GAME NUMERO 1: LEAFS SPOIL HABS HOME OPENERIt's a funny thing:The Canadiens kicking the season off against the Leafs usually results in a loss -- last year they went down 2-0.The Canadiens ending the season against the Leafs usually results in a win -- last year they won 4-1.And so far this year is no different even with a condensed schedule; the Habs lost the home opener and will finish the season here in Toronto, probably with a win. Hopefully it means something.It is universally accepted that the Habs' pregame ceremonies are the best in the business and last night…
Jan
19
2013

GET YOUR POPCORN READY!!!

GAME NUMERO 1: HABS VS. LEAFSWell it's finally arrived, the start of the 2012-2013 NHL season. Kings fans must be ecstatic -- they can at least raise their one and only Stanley Cup banner and get on with it. We know the media is jumping for joy -- they now get to do what they're paid to do.For us poor sod fans, we don't get much except what we wanted all along. That is, the chance to root for our home teams and debate about it at work. Is that so much to ask for???But what about those rumours of…
Jan
17
2013

The Big Day… Well Sort Of

Intersquad game at Molson Centre; Scott Gomez Saga Continues; No News on P.K.; Who Will Win the Habs/Leafs Season Series??Spirits and optimism runs high as the Canadiens continue their training camp. Today the big news was the return of Tomas Plekanec, whose status for the season opener on Saturday is still up in the air. But with his return we were provided a glimpse into what the starting forward lines might shake up to look like:Cole - Desharnais - PaciorettyGionta - Plekanec - GalchenyukMoen - Eller - BourqueArmstrong - White - PrustGalchenyuk definitely looks like he's going to get his…
Jan
13
2013

GOMEZ TOLD TO STAY HOME

Scott Gomez Told to Stay Home; CBA Memo of Understanding Signed-Off; Training Camps Open; Classic Habs vs. Soviets '75What was to be the big news Sunday was that the CBA Memo of Understanding was approved by the NHLPA and that training camps would officially begin -- but this morning Habs GM Marc Bergevin informed the media that veteran forward Scott Gomez was told to stay home and that he would be bought out this summer.A surprise move to me at first given I felt the coaching and management staff would at least give the guy a chance. But with the…
Jan
11
2013

WHY THE RADIO SILENCE? PART 3

HOW the HABS will SHAPE UP in 2013I'd like to see an NHL where the Oilers and Habs are the top teams once again.Good times.Well according to some, half of that equation might come to see the light this year. Some are actually picking the Oilers to breakthrough in this lockout-shortened 2013 season. With three first round picks overall in a row, joined by Mr. Clutch Jordan Eberle and a host of other, young and promising talent, you never know.And the Habs!? You just never know too...This is going to be a bizaare, crapshoot of a season. So who's the say…
Jan
09
2013

WHY THE RADIO SILENCE? PART 2

THOUGHTS on the LOCKOUT, HOW THE NEW DEAL AFFECTS PLAY ON THE ICE, THE SHORTENED SEASON, and what it all means.So at least the hockey pundits on television are excited -- they have real hockey stuff to talk about. Like Alex Kovalev -- he was invited to the Florida Panthers camp!! Why not!?Let's wish him well. The guy's 39 and hasn't played for over a year...So the lockout is over, though not officially. The NHL Board of Governors are voting tomorrow but it should be a forgone conclusion. Andrei Markov decided to stay in Russia... for one more game. He's expected…
Jan
07
2013

It was quite the summer… and fall… and winter…

WHY THE RADIO SILENCE?PART 1Yes the summer was off to a great start.The Kings were the deserved Stanley Cup champs, proving that any team in the big dance at season's end has a chance if they get on a roll. Clutch scoring throughout the lineup combined with great goaltending is usually a recipe for success.Oh man and when the Caps beat the Bruins in OT to win that series -- man that was good.Finally the long nightmare was over.Teams made some big-time signings, the biggest fish being Rick Nash who was nabbed by the Rangers. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter…
Jan
06
2013

RADIO SILENCE OVER — NHL/NHLPA REACH TENTATIVE DEAL

Hello folks. Remember me?It's been 7 months since my last posting...and as it turns out there's quite a lot of backstory to why; but in the short-term let me say that I am in the business here of writing about NHL hockey...games! Not the business of hockey, not the KHL, juniors or how large George Parros' moustache is. No, I write about NHL hockey as it plays out on the ice and the moves made around what happens between the red lines.So let's get going and drop the puck. As it stands, this circumcised season is going to be a…