Canadiens Best Deadline Targets

Canadiens Best Deadline Targets

February 17th, 2019 Over the last few weeks, the Montreal Canadiens have amped up their play and now look like a legitimate playoff contender. A few weeks back, I wrote about how general manager Marc Bergevin will likely make depth trades before the deadline as he continues to hold onto to his budding young...
Lightning Blank Canadiens - Vasilevskiy Gets Shutout

Lightning Blank Canadiens - Vasilevskiy Gets Shutout

February 17th, 2019 TAMPA, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist in the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 20 saves in his second conse...

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February 13th, 2019
Montreal Canadiens

The fate of the Montreal Canadiens is in their hands. Two thirds of the way through the season, that’s all you can really ask for, seeing as few predicted the Habs would be in playoff contention past the holiday break. Yet, here we are. With 26 games left to play, they are 31-18-7 (69 points) and in the first Eastern Conference wild-card position, clear of Spot No. 9 by five points, which is undeniably huge. It translates to an 88.1% chance of making the playoffs as of Feb. 13 according to sportsclubstats.com. At this rate, it would practically take an act of God to keep the Canadiens from making them… that or any one of the following three possibilities: 3. A Tough Schedule There are really only two teams with a semi-realistic shot at pushing the Canadiens out of the playoffs: the Carolina Hurricanes (64) and Buffalo Sabres (63). Between the three teams, the Habs have the most road games left (16). Granted, their road record is a decent 14-8-3. However, they have...
February 12th, 2019
Montreal Canadiens

  The month of November is perhaps the most important for any present-day goaltender guarding the crease in the National Hockey League – but most might not even know why.  It was during that month back in 1959 that the position changed forever, thanks to a 6-foot, 175-pound man from Quebec. Advancement in Goalie Gear Was Slow in Coming It had been nearly 42 years since the formation of the NHL and advancements in player equipment had been progressing at a slow pace, especially the position of goaltender which seemed to be the most prehistoric.  One can only imagine how difficult being a goaltender was in hockey’s earliest days, with little to no protection, simply using your body as a shield in front of the net. As time went on, equipment became part of the goaltender’s repertoire.  The protection first began with equipment being applied below the waist.  Leg pads were added in 1896, after George Merritt of the Winnipeg Victorias strapped a pair of cricket...
February 11th, 2019
Montreal Canadiens

True to his word, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has admirably played the trade market conservatively up to now. Despite appearances to the contrary, that sentiment extends to the modest blockbuster he swung with the Philadelphia Flyers, where he got depth-defenseman Christian Folin and re-acquired forward Dale Weise in the process. Bergevin Buys Low, Doesn't Rent Even though Bergevin said he wouldn’t be in the rental business, Folin will admittedly be an unrestricted free agent. However, when you’re only giving up a career minor-leaguer in Byron Froese and a current minor-leaguer whose best days are behind him in David Schlemko, it’s hard to get mad at Bergevin. He didn’t give up much. Granted, he didn’t get much if you look at this deal below the surface. Weise’s name will turn some heads just due to the success he enjoyed with the Habs over parts of three seasons with the Canadiens, before leaving for what he had perhaps thought were the...
February 11th, 2019
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In today's News & Notes, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired Nate Thompson, Collin Delia has signed a three-year contract extension and the NHL has announced their three stars of the week. Canadiens Acquire Thompson From Kings The Canadiens traded a fourth-round selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Thompson and a fifth-round pick, the team announced Monday. This deal comes as a result of the Canadiens looking for additional depth on their fourth line. While Thompson may or may not be an upgrade, the fact that they were able to acquire him for a trade-down in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft while paying him only $487,903 for the remainder of the season should leave Habs' fans feeling good about this exchange. Thompson has scored four goals and six points in 53 games this season with the Kings, his first full season with the team after being acquired by Los Angeles in the trade that saw Dion Phaneuf shipped to the Kings in exchange...

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The Montreal Forum 1908-1996

The Old Forum in Montreal -- Opening night, November 9, 1908, was a sensation and all 3,000 pairs of roller skates available for rental saw extensive use as thousands of Montrealers came to wander through, gawk at or try out the facilities at what was hyped in the press as “the largest, finest... July 9th, 2018

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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... August 15th, 2017