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.
The Habsworld podcast boys (Paul MacLeod, Jonathan Rebello, Norm Szcyrek) are back to talk Habs. The last few weeks of Canadiens games were discussed, along with some reminiscing about past Habs injuries, and an in depth discussion based on a forum question about the Habs youngsters and who we have the highest hopes for succeeding. We also talked about a few of the struggling Habs players, the handling/mishandling of Greg Pateryn, a post game analysis of the then just completed home victory over Carolina, the Las Vegas expansion team with regards to the Habs mandatory protected players, a little about some non-hockey topics, and more. This podcast was recorded the evening of November 24th 2016.
The 2016-17 season premiere of the Habsworld podcast had the full crew in attendance. Hosts Jonathan Rebelo, Paul Macleod joined Norm Szcyrek to discuss the Canadiens strong start to the season after the first dozen games. Is it too soon to celebrate their success, or do Montreal fans need to take a wait-and-see approach? The newcomers to the team were all discussed, including Shea Weber, Andrew Shaw, Alexander Radulov, Arturi Lehkonnen, and Al Montoya. We also talked about the embarrassing 10-0 loss against Columbus, the demotion of rookie Mikhail Sergachev, the cold and hot streaks of a few Habs players, and a few discussions about topics around the NHL. This podcast was recorded the evening of November 9, 2016.
The Habs offseason has been an emotional one, and this edition of the Habsworld podcast has it covered. Hosts Norm Szcyrek, Paul Macleod and Jonathan Rebelo discussed several topics, including an in depth look at the blockbuster PK Subban for Shea Weber trade, the acquisition of Andrew Shaw, the departure of Lars Eller, associate coach Kirk Muller's return to Montreal and the impact he may have, along with free agent signings of Alexander Radulov , Al Montoya and Zach Redmond. The hosts also shared some thoughts on the Habs first round draft pick Mikhail Sergachev and talked about which players may surprise and end up starting next season in Montreal. This podcast was recorded the evening of August 7th, 2016.
The Canadiens 2015-16 season is finally over, and the Habsworld gang of Norm Szcyrek, Jonathan Rebelo and Paul Macleod performed their post-mortum of the team. Topics included the mishandling of Carey Price, the mismanagement by Montreal's coaches, the future of PK Subban, and playoff discussions. It was not all doom and gloom as we also talked about a few highlights of the season and had a few chuckles along the way. This podcast was recorded the evening of April 12, 2016.
Is the Habs glass half full or half empty? That is what Habsworld podcast hosts Norm Szcyrek, Jonathan Rebelo and Paul Macleod debated while discussing the teams current slump. Recent trades and player moves were also reviewed along with other news from around the NHL. This podcast was recorded the evening of January 16, 2016. We encountered technical difficulties near the middle of this podcast recording; our apologies for this issue.