Montreal Canadiens Team Celebrating Final Game Of 2011-2012 Season. Phot From US Presswire.

Where Will Your Habs Be Playing


Now with a NHL lockout inevitable the only  factor going forward is how long? With many players still uncertain about their future this year many will be looking elsewhere within a couple of weeks. So a big question a lot of us Hab fans have is where will they be playing hockey? Many players may not be going anywhere as they feel optimistic that the season can get going by Christmas time. Below is a list of the current Hab players by position indicating where they played in 2004-2005 and where they could be playing this year.

Below in the ‘Possible 12-13 Team’ column there are teams/leagues that are coloured in green, yellow, red and none. Green indicates that the player has signed for that team, Yellow indicates there is a strong possibility, No colour indicates there is a neutral chance and Red indicates that there is no chance.


Player 04-05 Team Possible 12-13 Team
Tomas Plekanec Hamilton Bulldogs-AHL HC Kladno-Czech-Extraliga
David Desharnais Chicoutimi Sagueneens-QMJHL Swiss League
Lars Eller Rodovre IK Jr.-Den-Jr./Rodovre Mighty Bulls-Denmark Rodovre-Denmark-AL-Bank Ligaen
Petteri Nokelainen SaiPa Lappeenranta-Finland SaiPa Lappeenranta-Finland-SM-liiga (Injured)
Scott Gomez Alaska Aces-ECHL None
Player  04-05 Team Possible 12-13 Team
Max Pacioretty Taft Rhinos-High-CT Ev Zug-Swiss-NLA
Rene Bourque (IR) Norfolk Admirals-AHL Injured for 2-3 months
Erik Cole Eisbaren Berlin-Germany Injured; to be skating within a week
Brian Gionta Albany River Rats-AHL None
Colby Armstrong Wilkes-Barre Penguins-AHL None
Travis Moen Norfolk Admirals-AHL None
Ryan White Calgary Hitmen-WHL None
Brandon Prust London Knights-M-Cup None
Player 2004-2005 Team Possible 2012-2013 Team
Andrei Markov Dynamo Moscow-Russia None
Josh Gorges Cleveland Barons-AHL Swiss League
PK Subban Markham Islanders-GTHL None
Francis Bouillon Leksands IF-Sweden-2 None
Alexei Emelin Lada Togliatti-Russia Signed in KHL
Raphael Diaz Ev Zug-Swiss Ev Zug-Swiss-NLA
Tomas Kaberle HC Rabat Kladno-CzRep HC Kladno-Czech-Extraliga
Yannick Weber SC Bern Jr.-Swiss-Jr. Geneve-Servette-NLA
Player 2004-2005 Team Possible 2012-2013 Team
Carey Price Tri-City Americans-WHL Swiss League
Peter Budaj Bears-AHL KHL/SVK-Extraliga

The list above is just an assumption of where the players might play.

For some of the players like Cole, Gionta, Markov, Kaberle and Gomez who are all getting into the later years of their career going overseas may not  be the best thing. It is very possible that these players stay in North America and wait out for the better of the lockout. PK Subban is another interesting story, where I can see him playing overseas in the KHL etc, but at the same token with him not signed up to a contract it may yield him from playing elsewhere. Also for guys like Eller, Emelin, Diaz, Pacioretty, Desharnais, Weber and White a small stint in Europe will most likely not hurt them but instead improve their skills. Once again this list of possible 2012-2013 teams is solely based off of the players track record and rumor interest.

Nevertheless lets stay optimistic and hope that most of these players don’t have to spend a year in another league.


Here is the most current depth chart for the Hamilton Bulldogs by position. Also some projected lines for the upcoming 2012-2013 season.

Centres Left Wing Right Wing Defense Goaltending
Louis Leblanc Blake Geoffrion Brendan Gallagher Fredric St-Denis Cedrick Desjardins
Michael Bournival Phillipe Lefebvre Aaron Palushaj Nathan Beaulieu Peter Delmas
Joonas Nattinen  Zach Stortini Patrick Holland Jarred Tinordi Robert Mayer
Gabriel Dumont  Daultan Leveille Alexander Avtsin Morgan Ellis
 Stefan Chaput Mike Blunden Brendon Nash
Steve Quailer Greg Pateryn
Ian Schultz Joe Stejskal
Alain Berger  Kyle Hagel


Gallagher Leblanc Palushaj
Geoffrion Fortier Qualier
Blunden Nattinen Bournival
Holland Dumont Schultz
Avtsin Lefebvre  Stortini
Leveille  Chaput
St-Denis Tinordi
Nash Ellis
Pateryn Beaulieu
Hagel  Stejskal


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