Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
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…
Nov
09
2014
"The Big Three" reunited once again.

Pointu Points the Way

Habs beat Wild 4-1 to make it two wins in a row; Guy Lapointe's number 5 is raised to the rafters in an emotional pre-game ceremony; and my fantasy team gets thumped and thumped good. [caption id="attachment_1292" align="aligncenter" width="620"] "The Big Three" reunited once again.[/caption] It's been an up and down last couple of weeks for the Montreal Canadiens. After returning home from a 1-1-1 roadtrip out west -- which is far from a disaster to say the least -- the Canadiens got their you-know-whats handed to them by both the Flames and then the Blackhawks. But what's been even…
Sep
21
2014
Markov has slowly but surely found his game and served as a mentor to both Alexei Emelin and P.K. Subban. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Et tu Markov

[caption id="attachment_1237" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Andrei Markov is an experienced defenceman with a lot of gas left in the tank and the Canadiens would be hard pressed to replace him. (Icon SMI)[/caption] This week's announcement that the Canadiens will go captainless during the 2014-2015 season, opting instead to go with four Alternate Captains, combining leadership from the old (Markov, Plekanec) with the new (Pacioretty, Subban) only reinforces what Andrei Markov means to this team. Yes, he could have been made Captain outright, but it's not his style. A quiet leader on and off the ice, Markov prefers to lead by example…
Sep
13
2014

P.K. Subban & How Racism Has Changed Its Stripes

As we approach the opening of the 2014 training camp, let's revisit my piece on arguably one of the Montreal Canadiens' flashiest, polarizing and colourful players the team has had in a long time: P.K. Subban. The Ontario native possesses the skill and ability to pull Habs fans right out of their seats, but can also frustrate his coaching staff and teammates alike. Whatever the case may be, Subban has already proven that he's a gamer, raising his game in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs while others (caff, caff Pacioretty) receded into the shadows. Now the highest paid d-man in…
Aug
21
2014
Milan Lucic is a jerk

Hi! I’m Baaack…

[caption id="attachment_1188" align="alignright" width="294"] "I'm gonna get you..."[/caption] Hey you, yeah you! It's been awhile -- I know, I know, you're mad. Mad at Thomas Vanek, mad at me. And you have every right to be. Hey it's not that I haven't been writing, just other things. And you know I wanted to post during the sweet run the Habs had in this past year's playoffs, but I thought that wouldn't be right. I'm not a bandwagonner!! But I had much to say, much to say indeed. I was writing last year,  but for a blog called "The Hockey Writers."…
Apr
21
2013
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Some Funny Habs Quotes From the Room

After a disappointing 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals to end their home season, I thought I'd give you some funny Habs quotes from the room:   Carey Price: "Hey, I spoke to my daddy and he says I just have to work harder to get through this." Max Pacioretty: "Well at least I scored tonight." Brandon Prust: "Look. I'm playing with a separated shoulder, a sore back and a funny rash on my leg. I can't speak for the others." Raphael Diaz: "It's not my fault. I haven't played since February." Brendan Gallagher: "I'm just a rook!" David Desharnais:…
Apr
12
2013
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Habs Clinch Playoff Spot!!

Montreal wins its way into the postseason with a decisive 5-1 win over the hapless Sabres I challenge anyone right now to come out and say that they picked the Canadiens to make the playoffs this season. Maybe the completely biased fans that make up Habs Nation might have; but certainly not any of the "professional" pundits. Of course, the proof is right here on this blog that Habs Fan in LeafLand did indeed pick the Habs to make the playoffs, finishing 7th in the conference. [caption id="attachment_1127" align="alignleft" width="300"] Brendan Gallagher outwaits Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller to put the puck…
Apr
05
2013
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Habs Bounce Back with Budaj

Canadiens best Jets 4-1 in Montreal to hand Winnipeg their fifth straight loss Peter Budaj's father and brother were in Montreal to see him. Coach Therrien said "Yah sure, you can play." So backup goalie Peter Budaj not only played but played well in a 4-1 Habs win over the Jets at the Bell Centre. [caption id="attachment_1107" align="alignleft" width="254"] Michael Ryder scored two goals helping the Habs to a 4-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets. AP[/caption] The win allowed the Canadiens to notch two points and climb a step closer to conference leading Pittsburgh in the end of season sprint.…
Mar
17
2013
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Habs Snoozer in Jersey

[caption id="attachment_1069" align="alignleft" width="294"] Jarred Tinordi congratulates Colby Armstrong on the game's opening goal in New Jersey. Habs outlasted the Devils 2-1. AP[/caption] Habs keep pace with Eastern Conference leaders with fifth straight win against Devils in New Jersey There's something about Habs/Devils games that are at once quite tense yet somehow still extremely boring. Quite an unique skill, actually. It's a waiting game, and last night's tilt in New Jersey against the Devils was just that: one, long, waiting game. Ugh, going to the dentist can be more exciting. But as has become a theme this year for the…
Mar
14
2013
Lars Eller scores on shootout

Take Two and Call Me in the Morning

Habs shake off dust from the road to beat Ottawa Senators 4-3 in shootout. It goes that way sometimes. Teams are aware of it. You're on a road trip. You get into a groove and routine. Then suddenly you're back home. Happy to sleep in your own bed, catch up on your mail, see your family, whatever. But wait! There's a game tonight. As it stands that first game back at home after a long road trip always seems to give the home side trouble and the Canadiens weren't immune to it last night against the Sens. But as it…
Mar
08
2013

CP Rides High In ‘Cane Country

Carey Price makes 42 saves in leading the Canadiens to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes ------ So what was it that I was saying? Last post, that game against the New York Islanders!? Oh yeah, about Carey. Carey Price. You know!? The young star goalie of the Montreal Canadiens. Right. Carey Price made 42 saves on the night helping the Habs beat the Canes 4-2. AP And what was it that I was asking him for? To steal a game? Actually, to stand on his head and win the Habs a game. Well I don't know if CP…
Feb
08
2013

Habs Tale of Two Cities

Canadiens drop 3 of 4 points in back to back games against Bruins and Sabres-------------------------------------------If I said Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller would give up four goals five straight games in a row, would you think I was crazy? Drunk? Just plain stupid?(Well I am fighting a cold right now.)But it's true. Yet still, the Canadiens unfortunately reminded us of the team we painfully watched last year Thursday night in Buffalo when they gave up a two goal lead in the third to lose in a shootout 5-4.For their part, the Canadiens came back strong after a disappointing loss to…
Feb
02
2013

Closing out the P.K. Subban Affair

Well P.K. Subban finally came back to his team with his tail somewhat between his legs. Now it's up for him to make good with his teammates and put words into action. And I think he will.Throughout this process, there was a lot of emotion involved, some good some bad by fans and writers alike. Some were in favour of the Canadiens signing him to a longer term deal, which was reported that's what Subban wanted. He came out in the press to state he wanted his "fair value" and wasn't looking to break the bank. Using the press like…
Feb
02
2013

What’d I miss!? A lot, apparently…

GAMES NUMERO 4, 5 & 6 AND OTHER HABS STUFFWow! You go away for some fun in the sun for a few days and you can miss a lot in a lockout-shortened season.For instance, I missed the Canadiens extending their winning streak to four before going down against the Senators in Ottawa in their first back to back of the season.Buh-bye "triple low-five." The fans may like it, but you know what? The team lost a lot of games during the shelf-life of this celebration and it's time to leave it behind. It was universally stated by the media that the…
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…