Montreal Canadiens

Whoever said preseason action means nothing probably hasn’t met Montreal Canadiens prospect Victor Mete. Meet Victor Mete Victor Mete- Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images While that hypothetical reaction, that the games don’t mean anything, is probably a gag reflex to the Habs’ 0-4 record so far, it can’t be denied that it would
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At this time last year, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was coming off a polarizing summer. Following an offseason during which he traded P.K. Subban for Shea Weber and signed Alexander Radulov, Bergevin received a passing grade. Will he be so lucky heading into 2017-18? Looking at moves that are projected to impact just
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Montreal Canadiens training camp started this week, meaning the Habs are in focus once again… as if they were ever out of it in this hockey-mad town. With the start of the 2017-18 season coming up fast, here are the top five of 61 attendees to keep an eye out for: 5.  Martin Reway Montreal
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At least Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson and general manager Marc Bergevin seem to be on the same page. Unfortunately, it does not seem to have the league rules to contract tampering on it. Molson’s Head in the Stars After saying that he and Bergevin discuss stars, “including [John] Tavares,” earlier this week, Molson may
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This post was originally published in October, 2009. Ex-NHL player Bob Sirois wrote a book examining the NHL’s treatment of French Canadian players called Le Quebec mis en echec: la discrimination envers les Quebecois dans le LNH (Quebec body checked: discrimination against Quebecers in the NHL.) The book contends that prejudice is alive and well
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As training camp inches closer, the Montreal Canadiens are seemingly no closer to finding out what kind of season will unravel before them in 2017-18. Here are the top five questions surrounding the team that have yet to be answered: 5.  Are the Canadiens Contenders? In several ways at least, the Canadiens have improved. That
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Defenseman Eric Gelinas’ tumultuous career has taken another turn, hopefully for the positive with the Montreal Canadiens. Gelinas’ professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the team qualifies as a risk-free, potentially high-reward move by general manager Marc Bergevin. Gelinas Can’t Make It Work in Colorado Eric Gelinas – (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports) There’s little sugarcoating Gelinas’
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If the Montreal Canadiens do fall in the standings in 2017-18, there’s a good chance it will be through little fault of their own. With Atlantic Division rivals like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning poised to attain contender status (and the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers likely to improve), the Habs may
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The best-case scenario for the 2017-18 Montreal Canadiens is fairly obvious: They will ideally contend with their sights set on the Stanley Cup. What about the worst-case, though? Capable of Great Things While that ultimate goal may be unrealistic considering the long list of classic legitimate contenders and new ones that have emerged (Columbus Blue
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This article was originally written in September, 2010. Lorne “Gump” Worsley, born and raised in Montreal, was the last NHL goalie to play without a mask.  “My face is my mask,” he would say, refusing to don facial protection.  He acquired the nickname Gump as a youngster due to his facial resemblance to Andy Gump,
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This article was originally written in June, 2010. University of Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion, winner of the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award for college hockey’s best player, is the new Crown Prince of NCAA Hockey.  Like a champion thoroughbred racehorse, Blake’s hockey blood lines can be traced back four generations. Howie Morenz, his great-grandfather, who played
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While losing Andrei Markov will definitely be felt by the Montreal Canadiens defense, so will the loss of an alternate captain. Who is the likeliest candidate to replace him? Markov and Subban Out Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban – (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports) There’s been significant turnover with regard to the team’s leadership corps since
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Think you know all there is to know about the Montreal Canadiens? Time to find out. We’ve dug into the past of the nearly 100-year-old team to pull out some factoids you may be totally unaware of. Time for a Habs history lesson. How Well Do You Know the Habs’ History? Which Montreal Canadiens superstar was the first-ever
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Now that summer is starting to wind down and preseason schedules have been released, it’s time to start looking forward to the season ahead instead of back at the season that was. The Montreal Canadiens are always one of the more entertaining teams in the NHL and that doesn’t change in 2017-18. There are numerous
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Joe Morrow flew under the radar relatively speaking, during a whirlwind summer for Montreal Canadiens fans. The big question is whether or not it was justified. Morrow an NHL Defenseman? Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joe Morrow – (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) At first glance, Morrow, who has yet to establish himself as an NHL defenseman at
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It’s been a long offseason for veteran defenseman Andrei Markov. After spending the first 990 games of his NHL career over 16 seasons since being drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, it was announced Thursday that the 38-year-old blueliner would not be re-signed. The Canadiens made some
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This July we celebrate the goaltender. Here is a post written back in 2012 that we feel is still relevant and a great story for goalies. Earlier this week we published Goaltenders – A Breed Apart, with some great videos as well as a feature on legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretiak. We hope you’ll enjoy them.
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Even after the flurry of early offseason activity, the Montreal Canadiens still have plenty of question marks heading into the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. General manager Marc Bergevin still has a few major problem areas on the roster. Among those, he must determine who’s going to play center and who’s going to round out
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– Originally published on Dec. 19, 2010 The City of Montreal was home to two NHL teams during a good chunk of the league’s formative years in the 1920’s and ‘30’s – The Montreal Maroons and the Canadiens. At the time, Montreal was the financial center of Canada and its biggest city. It was the
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It’s an annual tradition at this point, wondering aloud whether or not Tomas Plekanec has a future with the Montreal Canadiens. He won’t be around forever, that much is for sure. And, based on his significant drop in production last season, the end of his career is probably closer than that it is far away.
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Don’t let the “Mark” in Andrei Markov’s last name fool you. He and Mark Streit are two different players. In spite of their similarities, being that they are both left-handed, both have worn Montreal Canadiens jerseys in the past and both, uh, play hockey, Streit is not a suitable replacement for Markov. Not by a
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Like any other NHL team, the Montreal Canadiens have their strengths and weaknesses. Which are which, though? Habs Solid in Net (Obviously) One short glance at their roster will reveal the biggest strength, in net, where all-star goalie Carey Price plies his trade. And, with Jonathan Drouin potentially placed on the right to complement Max
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The time for the Montreal Canadiens to play hardball with Andrei Markov is over. There might never have been a good time, but what’s done is done, and general manager Marc Bergevin has no other choice but to give into Markov’s admittedly high demands of $6 million over each of the next two years. “First
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