"When Price's deal gets done with the Canadiens, I would expect that the term will be a lot less, in the neighbourhood of 6-7 years, but the cap hit will likely be more than Quick's, maybe $6 to $6.5 million per year. " - Bob McKenzieFollowing the 10-year extension for Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, the topic of Carey Price's next contract was discussed on TSN's Insider Trading segment on Thursday. Per Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette, Price is hoping to get a deal done in the next two weeks. The Canadiens filed for arbitration last week, in a strategic move to prevent other teams from filing an offer sheet. Stubbs also reports that negotiations on a deal for P.K. Subban are also expected to start shortly. Meanwhile a decision is expected to be made by coveted collegiate defenseman Justin Schultz sometime this afternoon. The Oilers and Senators are reported to be the front-runners in a group of six teams.
"In regards to my ankle it sure got a bad break it is cracked three places around the ankle. The main bone is broken above the ankle and the small bone is broken in the side of the leg. It looks like curtains for me as far as hockey is concerned. I look back and say that I was fortunate at that. It’s a wonder I never broke my neck. Thank God I have that at least." -Howie MorenzA rare letter from Habs legend Howie Morenz, just shortly before his death, is now on the block through Classic Auctions. The letter comes from the estate of Morenz's former teammate Mary Burke. The letter is one of hundreds of items up for bid, and we'll feature some of these over the coming days. Another unique Morenz item is his 1923-24 rookie card graded a 6 by PSA. There is no other higher graded rookie card of the Stratford Streak.
"I do see it in a similar way to what I was doing with the Canadiens over the last two years."It didn't take Bob Gainey long to find new employment. The former Habs captain, coach and GM is taking a consultant position with the Dallas Stars, a position he held with the Canadiens until the firing of Pierre Gauthier. Meanwhile, one can nip any thoughts of Saku Koivu coming back to Montreal. The Habs former captain re-signed for another year with the Anaheim Ducks.
"First and foremost, I'm excited about being here in Chicago." "I love the opportunity. I love the organization. I love where we're heading in the future and that's something I want to put to bed right from the outset." "I've got two years left on the contract. I'm very happy here and [the Montreal job] was the last thing I was thinking about."Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville squashed any rumors of joining the Montreal Canadiens, after his team dismissed assistant coach Mike Haviland on Tuesday.
"Two weeks ago, an NHL general manager said that netminder Marc-Andre Fleury was the most important Penguin because he covered for a team that gave up a lot of chances."From point 13 from Elliote Friedman's latest "30 Thoughts". Not Malkin, not Crosby, not Letang, Staal, or Neal. An actual GM thinks Fleury is the most important Penguin. Unbelievable.
Tyler Dellow's musing on parity is somewhat related to the hilarious gap between Montreal's goal differential and their place in the standings.http://www.mc79hockey.com/?p=4548
"p.k. always uses his keister to lay the big hit. Eventually that will take its toll on his spine, and he'll get injured." -posted on habseyesontheprize.com Subban: "Keister? I actually think I'm less likely to get injured that way because I'm using the strongest part of my body rather than my shoulder. Guys are so big and fast nowadays that you see more dislocated shoulders or sprained AC joints. When I'm using my hip and my keister, it's probably putting me at less risk of that happening."P.K. Subban responding to a comment Kevin made last summer Chris pointed this out in a game thread recently, but I somehow missed it until now. We love you Pernell-Karl at EOTP, don't worry too much about "Dr. Van Steendelaar" :)
"We didn’t even play a bad game. That’s the most frustrating thing about this year. If I could explain it, we wouldn’t be where we are right now," added the veteran forward. "We were in the game, we were in control, we were playing well, but it seems like there’s always something that happens. I don’t want to blame luck, because I know luck is something you make yourself."Mathieu Darche, trying to figure out the 2011-12 season. Every once in a while, in post-game, a player breaks a bit from the stock athlete quote and says something that really sums things up. It's been a surreal, frustrating year.
There is a difference between ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘changing your mind’ or ‘having regrets’. Typically, we allow that people can stop doing things when they begin to feel those things are harmful to them, and suggest in turn that perhaps others should not do those things, because they might also find them harmful. According to your logic, Don Cherry, anyone who ever held up a few liquor stores would be morally obligated to continue holding up liquor stores as long as he could, and furthermore to encourage others to hold up liquor stores as a means of survival, and if that person ever renounced liquor-store-robbery, they would be a turncoat and a hypocrite.E at A Theory of Ice, speaking of Don Cherry's disgusting first Coach's Corner segment of 2011-12. This response was to Cherry's assertion that former fighters like Jim Thomson, Chris Nilan, and Georges Laraque were 'turncoats' for having second thoughts on fighting's role in the game. While the 2011-12 season unfortunately brings yet another season of the Don on Hockey Night in Canada, it fortunately is bringing the most eloquent Habs blogger on the planet back on board. We've missed you, E.