Unlike the Montreal Canadiens, the Habsworld podcast gang is at full strength and raring to go. This episode covered a number of topics to span the last 6 weeks or so since the previous podcast. It was recorded on the evening of January 17, 2018 with hosts Jonathan Rebelo, Paul Macleod and Norm Szcyrek.
0:00 - 6:03 Introduction; Bergevin mid-season press conference; Drouin no longer a center
6:04 - 25:23 Possible players to be traded to right the team's ship; Habs trivia
25:24 - 48:10 Habs management crisis or stick to their "plan"; a few positive Habs topics (Jerabek, possible Sylvain Lefevbre replacement); thoughts on improving the organizational structure; reflection on Paul Byron's hat trick in December (reflecting on this lost tradition in Montreal); more Habs trivia ; rebuild/retool options
48:11 - end Discussion of Jan.17 Boston/Montreal game with Willie O'Ree tribute; wrap up
Habs fans, grab your torches and sharpen your pitchforks. The new podcast is online now to roast the Habs, not to praise them. Hosts Norm Szcyrek, Paul Macleod and Jonathan Rebelo gathered together to critize and analyze the Habs, while having a frew laughs. Topics include what's gone wrong with the Habs this season, who's to blame for the Habs plight, comparisons to past Canadiens' regimes, can they rebound this season, what could be done to right the Habs course, highlights and lowlights of Bergevin's trades, and a conspiracy theory or two to consider. There were no holds barred with this podcast, and adult language was used, so listeners should be forewarned.
Hosts Norm Szcyrek and Jonathan Rebelo discussed the terrible start to the Habs first few weeks of the 2017 season. This podcast was recorded the evening of October 26, 2017. Topics include:
0:00 - 3:17 Intro, thoughts on Gord Downie passing, Habs trivia.
3:18 - 6:32 The Good: Victor Mete, Jonathan Drouin.
6:33 0 11:21 The Bad: Bergevin's bad moves/style as GM; his recent press conference; are the Habs already in "Tank" mode?
11:22 - 17:42 The ugly: Habs outshooting the opposition most games but cannot score; is this due to Julien's coaching style with both the Bruins and Habs; current Habs "Max" underproducer; Carey Price un-Price like; is his new contract a burden or insurance to the Habs?
17:43 - 19:07 Around the league: surprising strong starts for the Devils, Lightning; Sergachev blossoming in Tampa,
19:08 - More Habs Bad: Habs struggling defencemen; could the Habs replace the GM/coach, and with who; Galchenyuk rumours with personal issue; Ales Hemsky injury; the Kings must have known Hemsky was concussion prone, why didn't the Habs before they signed him; do the Habs pro scouts actually see the players before recommending the Habs sign them
24:40 - 30:49 If the Habs go into rebuild mode, who could be traded out of Montreal?
30:50 - 35:44 Scherbak & McCarron call ups; Habs drafting past and strategies
35:45 - 45:43 Back around the league: Vegas baby! ; upcoming games for the Habs; top pick in the upcoming draft; reflecting back on the Habs last terrible season in 2012; Vadim Shipachev available but will the Habs try to trade for him; wrap up topics
Training camp has begun for the Habsworld podcast crew. Listen to hosts Paul Macleod, Jonathan Rebelo and Norm Szcyrek stretch out their vocal cords, to talk about a number of Habs items as the new NHL season approaches. This podcast was recorded the evening of September 13.
Topics for podcast #56 included:
0:00 - 3:00 Introduction, Habs trivia
3:01 - 7:26 Recap of Habs 2016 playoff loss; what went wrong?
7:27 - 14:01 Drouin/Sergachev trade, pros and cons
14:02 - 18:03 Montreal's offseason moves; Radulov, Hemsky, Schlemko
18:04 - 22:03 Markov no longer a Hab; could he return?
22:04 - 24:37 Was signing Ales Hemsky a good move; could another unsigned veteran Czech forward fare better?
24:38 - 25:59 Will Charles Hudon finally get a chance to play in Montreal?
26:00 - 29:15 Do the Habs now have anti-Russian player bias ?
29:16 - 35:55 Discussion of new defencemen Alzner, Streit, Jerabek
35:56 - 40:16 Habs Predictions, how will they do in 2017 ?
40:17 - 48:06 Around the league topics; possible trades for players from Vegas ; Eric Gelinas signed to a PTO; Habs handling the Laval head coach & possible replacements
48:07 - 51:11 No changes to Habs assistant coaches; will Julien make any hires to his staff ?
51:12 - 1:10:37 Discussion of recent Michel Therien radio interview; reflections of previous mistakes coaching the Habs; would Patrick Roy be an improvement over hiring Therien a third time in the future; expectations where Claude Julien's coaching will help the Habs, and much more!
The Habsworld podcast gang is at full strength, ready to talk about Montreal's first round playoff match. Hosts Norm Szcyrek, Paul Macleod and Jonathan Rebelo had much to say about the series against the New York Rangers. This podcast was recorded the evening of April 10.
0:00-2:04 : Introduction; Habs trivia about #55
2:05-7:45 : Initial discussion of Rangers vs Habs in the first round
7:46-15:45 : Galchenyuk move to the 4th line; a demotion or a strategic move?
15:46-18:50 : Keys to Montreal's success against New York
18:51-23:14 : St.John's playoffs picture discussion; future of their head coach
23:15-30:27 : Playoff X-factors for the Habs in the playoffs
30:28-End : Around the NHL topics; surprise / upset predictions for the other NHL playoff series; debate about the NHL stating they will not participate in the next Olympics; final Habs playoff topics, and much more!
The Habsworld podcast team was back to full strength, with hosts Paul Macleod, Jonathan Rebelo and Norm Szcyrek filling out the lineup. We recorded this podcast after the Habs game against Carolina, the evening of March 23rd. As always, we encourage any feedback [bad and good] to help us improve the podcast and ask listeners to please take a moment to leave a rating via iTunes, or Podomatic.
There were many topics discussed about les Canadiens.
0 - 3:00 - Introductions; Habs Trivia about #54
3:01 - 8:03 - Recap of recent games; discussion - is this team playoff ready yet
8:04 - 21:51 - Galchenyuk shifted back on the wing; is he a center or a winger short term, and what about the future; Alternate theory for the switch to playing wing
21:52 - 25:41 - Analyzing the latest Habs players (Martinsen, Ott, King, Benn, Davidson) with around a dozen games played for Montreal; reviewing the effectiveness of the other 3rd & 4th line players
25:42 - 28:51 - Expansion draft & which Habs players may be protected; will the protection lists be made public ?
28:52 - 36:01 - Radulov rumoured to be asking for an 8 year contract; negotiating ploy or not?
36:02 - 42:54 - Paul Byron's improved play & nomination for the Bill Masterton trophy; should Habs fans feel guilty when Price is the reason they win a game/series ; revisiting players available at the trade deadline (Tomas Vanek, Radim Vrbata);
42:55 - 49:47 - Inconsistent play of Alexei Emelin; shuffling the bottom 3 Habs defencemen in & out of the lineup;
49:48 - 1:08:13 - Around the NHL topics: new playoff format; alternative wildcard idea expanding playoffs to 20 teams; is there too much tinkering by the NHL to reform the playoffs ; predictions on the top 3 teams from the Atlantic division, other Eastern conference teams making it to the playoffs , who the Habs may face in the first round, and more!
The latest Habsworld podcast is now live, with the home team shorthanded but well manned by killer hosts Jonathan Rebelo and Norm Szcyrek. We recorded this podcast after the trade deadline completed, the evening of March 1st. As always, we encourage any feedback [bad and good] and ask listeners to please take a moment to leave a rating via iTunes, or Podomatic.
Topics discussed include:
00:00 - 02:20 - Introduction, opening remarks and trivia about #53
02:21 - 32:05 - Trades leading up to the deadline, reviewing all 5 new Habs players, reflections on players moving on
32:06 - 43:26 - Around the league trades before the deadline; which moves did other trades make that stood out or seemed questionable; how these moves could help their playoff chances
43:27 - 47:56 - Discussion of coaching improvements by Julien; rumour about Therien berating Shaw during a game, leading to the follow up meeting with Bergevin and the Habs leaders;
47:57 - 53:58 - Weber and Markov pairing; Habs recent improved play; struggles with some forwards; what the new lineup may look like going forward
53:59 - 58:52 - How do the trades impact prospects Charles Hudon , Chris Terry, Michael McCarron;
58:53 - 1:08:43 Return of PK Subban to Montreal; analysis of upcoming games including Western road trip; revisit discussion of how many starts Price should have through the end of the season; John Tortorella melt down after Columbus OT loss to Habs; podcast wrap up
Hosts Norm Szcyrek, Paul Macleod and Jonathan Rebelo were back in their virtual studio, to record episode #52 of the Habsworld podcast the evening of February 22. As always, we appreciate any feedback [bad or good] and ask listeners to please take a moment to leave a rating via iTunes, or Podomatic.
Topics discussed include:
0:00 Intro, opening remarks, Habs trivia about #52
1:50 Michel Therrien firing / Claude Julien hiring discussions ; Initial thoughts about the team's play after the first two games
8:24 Possible trade deadline acquisitions for the Habs; discussions about previous trade deadline pickups
20:55 Discussion about trade for Nikita Nesterov how's he's been playing for the Habs, comparisons to Barberio
23:54 Talk about Greg Pateryn and his wife's social media comments ; Pateryn availability memo to 29 other teams; what will be Pateryn's role with the club?
30:08 Upcoming Habs games opponents; Subban's return to Montreal; Habs trade minor league prospect [both sons of former NHL players]
33:39 Division rivals coming on strong to challenge the Habs for first ; other around the league topics including trade rumours for non-Habs teams
42:48 Did Geoff Molson have a hand in the coaching change ; other final thoughts
The Habsworld podcast team of Paul Macleod, Jonathan Rebelo and Norm Szcyrek were at even strength to discuss their first podcast of 2017. Episode #51 was recorded the evening of January 19. As always, we appreciate any feedback [bad or good] and ask listeners to please take a moment to leave a rating via iTunes, or Podomatic.
Topics discussed include:
0:00 Intro, opening remarks, Habs trivia about #51
3:51 Discussion of recent Habs losses against Detroit, Minnesota, Pittsburgh
9:19 Carey Price's play; slump or nothing to be concerned about?
15:58 Higher scoring around the league, Habs slumping and Return of Galchenyuk and Shaw
18:47 Will Price attend the All Star Game?
21:26 Markov's injury status; setback or extension?
22:08 Demotion of Michael McCarron; deserved or mishandled?
28:01 Ice time increase for Sven Andreghetto, his waiver status and his worthfulness to the Habs
33:14 Discussion of topics from Marc Bergevin's appearance on Chris Nilan's show
36:15 Habs making the playoffs and who's expected to excel; improved play of Max Pacioretty
40:53 First Call Up of Nikita Scherbak
43:08 Habs Trade rumour due to scouts at a recent Habs game; which NHLer may make Vegas their new home
49:01 Around the League topics; Habs Prospects in the World Junior Championship; improved play of Ottawa Senators; Second NHL Head Coach Fired and Who May Be Next
58:43 Predictions for upcoming Habs games
"I was born in a dark year, the last year the Leafs won the cup--and they defeated Les Canadiens to do it. It struck me after we celebrated our 50th podcast that I should share that I am looking forward to celebrating my 50th birthday and the Leafs 50th year without the Cup next year.
With a little luck, I will celebrate my centenary and the Leafs centenary without the Cup in 2067."
This poignant reflection comes from Habsworld co-host Paul Macleod, after we recorded our golden anniversary podcast with Jonathan Rebelo and myself, Norm Szcyrek. Topics discussed spanned the Habs games of the previous two weeks, including their 5 game road trip, the unfortunate injuries to Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais, the 10-1 defeat of Colorado, another epic clash with the Bruins, some around the NHL topics including the first NHL coach fired this season, and more. This podcast was recorded the evening of December 13, 2016.