habby4ever Posted October 16, 2013 Report Share Posted October 16, 2013 bleu-blanc-rouge Ya! The Habs Rule! Gretzky on the Habs would have been epic, him and Lafleur would have made a dynamic duo through the 1980's. Actually...as scary and as unfair as this sounds, he would of been a Hab! :amazed: The Habs had made a deal with the Rockies previously to have their choice of either their '79 #1 pick or their '80 #1 pick. The Habs opted to take their '80 pick after not being all that impressed with what was available and they had their eye on Wickenheiser and Denis Savard. If Gretzky went into that '79 draft though, you can bet the farm that perhaps the greatest GM in the history of the league, Sam Pollock, would of grabbed him Wow..the habs would have had Gretzky and Roy (whom presumably they would have still picked up since he was drafted in the 3rd round). Imagine that for a second. The greatest offensive force and (arguably) the greatest goaltender the game has known, in their primes, on the same team at the same time. if gretzky could have extended lafleur's peak like i suspect he would have, lafleur might have retired as a top ten play all time. (assuming that lafleur retires with 6+ cups, the two harts, three straight art rosses, plus, say, 1,500 or 1,600+ points, that puts him in richard territory, maybe even beliveau/harvey. i'd still hesitate at putting him above morenz, who seems universally behind richard, but imagining lafleur's alternate resume, very comparable with richard.) Heck, maybe Habby4ever as coach (Darn it!) I woke up. "Papere, Papere, is Gretsky, on the Habs? :)" Chucky - Eller - Gally Watch out NHL. These kids can play. Chucky - Eller - Gally Watch out NHL. These kids can play. at To Play the Games is Good, To Win is Better, But to Love the Game is Best of All Live as if you were to Die Tomorrow, Learn as if you were to Live Forever The Blue Jackets will enter the 2013/14 season with the hope that Vezina Trophy winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky can return to his stellar form from a year ago. Newly acquired power forward Nathan Horton will miss the beginning of the season due to injury but could provide a much needed spark in the Columbus offense which barely missed the playoffs a year ago . Marian Gaborik will return for his first full season with the Jackets. A line including Gaborik and Horton could potentially be deadly. Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov will look to continue to make their mark in Columbus in their second seasons. This team has quickly moved from the rebuilding stage, to a team that is playoff calibre. Look for Columbus to continue making strides in the right direction and push for a playoff spot this year. Habs Influence: Gerard Gallant coached Columbus for 45 Games Record 16-24-4-1 Lyle Odelein was Columbus first captain for two seasons. What if? Galchenyuk was the third overall choice in the 2012 draft. Canadiens fans can be grateful that Scott Howson was still the general manager in Columbus. With the second pick that June, the Blue Jackets took defenceman Ryan Murray. Had their current GM, Jarmo Kekalainen, been in charge, Columbus almost certainly would have drafted Galchenyuk. The Canadiens begin a five-game homestand Thursday when the Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Bell Centre. Montreal and Columbus have never met in the playoffs. Head to Head Statistics: Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets played 8 Games up to today. Montreal won 2 lost 5 tied 1. Injury Report Columbus Horton underwent surgery on his shoulder on July 17th. He is expected to need four-to-six months to recover, and is not expected to be ready for the start of the 2013-2014 season. Foligno (personal reasons) did not play Tuesday against the Red Wings. Cody Bass on injured reserve and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks Comeau said he was afraid to put too much pressure on his feet as he tried to get off the ice. He needed "about 15 or 16 stitches" to get the wound sealed, he said, and is wearing reinforced Kevlar socks now. Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert underwent surgery to repair an abdominal injury Calvert is set to miss six weeks for surgery to repair an abdominal tear, . If Comeau cannot play, the Blue Jackets have Sean Collins and Ryan Craig able to step in. Sean Collins "Center", called up from minors Habs Parros sustained a concussion on October 1st against the Maple Leafs after hitting his head against the ice during a fight. He is almost symptom-free but is still without a timetable for a return. (9/30/13 )Murray will be sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks with a lower body injury. Davis Drewiske underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday morning in Montreal. (today) His recovery is expected to take 5 to 6 months. Emelin is recovering from a torn ACL and has no timetable for a return. Montreal's Max Pacioretty fell awkwardly after Winnipeg's James Wright pulled him down on a rush to the Winnipeg net at 13:02 of the first period. Pacioretty was helped off the ice favoring his left leg and did not return to play with what Montreal personnel termed a lower-body injury. Therrien did not have an immediate report on Pacioretty's status after the game. While the Canadiens did not specify the nature or severity of Pacioretty's injury Tuesday night, he was unable to put any weight on his left leg coming off the ice. Habs Probable Lineup Carey Price .944 Sv % 1.81 GAA Peter Budaj .964 Sv % 1.00 GAA Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher Prust-Desharnais-Briere Moen-Bournival-White Gorges-Diaz Markov-Subban Bouillon-Tinordi/Beaulieu Habs Probable Lineup Carey Price .944 Sv % 1.81 GAA Peter Budaj .964 Sv % 1.00 GAA Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher Prust-Desharnais-Briere Moen-Bournival-White Gorges-Diaz Markov-Subban Bouillon-Tinordi/Beaulieu Charles Prévost Linton “And it’s an incredibly privileged position to be a Montrealer and to be singing the national anthem for the Canadiens de Montréal at the Bell Centre. It’s like a unique job. Every big city with a hockey team has one guy who does that thing and it’s great to have those peers. It’s surreal, but it is great fun.” His work as an anthem singer has made Prévost Linton known to a wider audience in Quebec, including many anglophones who probably don’t know that he once performed with a Québécois rock group in the 1960s called Les Sinners. Their biggest hit was a French version of The Beatles’ single Penny Lane. Prévost Linton’s face now graces campaign posters in Outremont, where he’s running in the upcoming municipal election for a borough councillor position with Équipe Conservons Outremont. He’s lived in the borough since his early teens and raised his family there. Habs 3 Jets 0 Coach Michel Therrien: “We had a good start. This is where we won the game. We were ready to play. We wanted to dictate the pace. We wanted to surprise them with our intensity. We got an early two goal lead.” “I thought we played really well in the first half of the game. The second half, I felt my team was missing some energy especially with the loss of Pacioretty. He’s an important player for us. He is filling a lot of roles. But when we had breakdowns, Carey Price was outstanding again tonight for us.” “It’s good for [Price], good for his confidence. Right now, I think Carey is in a good zone, his confidence, and he’s been really good since the beginning of the year but his last two performances, they were outstanding.” “It’s important to have depth. When we put Danny [briere] on the fourth line we said that things could change quick and we had a good example tonight. “But on the other hand you don’t replace a Pacioretty because he has an important role. He’s playing the power-play, he’s playing penalty-killing, he has a big role on his line.” “The second half I could tell that this was the end of the road trip and the guys were missing some energy. We were on our heels a bit too much. But guys were blocking shots and when we got breakdowns, Carey did the job.” “David [Desharnais] was skating well , was competing. Him and Danny Briere, I thought they had their best games this year.” "Game Day Lineup Available when released." The Montreal Canadiens ability to captivate us shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, how many "legendary" franchises have as many championships? Here are the Canadiens - les Glorieux - playing in the hockey capital of the world in one of the most recognizable uniforms in all of pro sports; the franchise that provides most of the texture for the history of not just the NHL but the game of hockey itself. “Like an army on ice, we march south every winter, We return in the spring the conquerors!” —Sebastien Dhavernas, "Les Canadiens" OK,,,LET'S GET ON WITH IT, SHALL WE? "Les Kinot-1" Ya! The Habs Rule! Updates from this post to Gametime will be posted by someone Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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