Armia Deal with Canadiens a Win for Both Sides

Armia Deal with Canadiens a Win for Both Sides

July 15th, 2018 When all is said and done, winger Joel Armia could end up being the Montreal Canadiens’ big July free-agent signee. That statement is more a testament to how underrated the move to trade for him (and Steve Mason’s contract) was by general manager Marc Bergevin than how the only legitimate...
Canadiens & Pacioretty: Is the Love Gone?

Canadiens & Pacioretty: Is the Love Gone?

July 13th, 2018 You could feel the tension on the Montreal metro the morning of March 9, 2011. The night before, Max Pacioretty, the Canadiens' 22-year-old left wing and emerging star, was pushed into a stanchion at the end of the visitor's bench by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara during the game, leaving him...

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July 9th, 2018
Canadiens History

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 and most hygienic roller rink,” a decent establishment, “catering only to the highest classes of patronage.”
July 7th, 2018
Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber’s knee surgery has undeniable negative ramifications for general manager Marc Bergevin’s deluded playoff hopes. Big picture though, it only bodes well for the team overall. Weber's Prognosis As Canadiens head physician Dr. David Mulder noted, chances are good Weber “should get back to the same height of performance.” So, assuming the doctor is correct in his assessment of Weber’s prognosis, following an expected five-to-six-month recovery, the team is poised to collect a second straight high draft pick after having taken Jesperi Kotkaniemi with the third-overall selection last month. With American center Jack Hughes, who’s projected to be a phenom in the same vein as Toronto Maple Leaf Auston Matthews, projected to go first overall, the Habs could do much worse than tank next season. And, make no mistake, whether it’s the organization’s intention or not, the team should be well out of the playoff race by the time Weber...
July 6th, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

In today's rumor rundown, Erik Karlsson is going to Tampa... or wait, no he isn't. Also, Shea Weber is out for six months which has stirred up an interesting name as a replacement, a Justin Faulk trade is likely imminent and St. Louis is looking at trading one of their best defensemen? Just when things seem to be quieting down on the free agent front, the NHL is getting extremely interesting. Erik Karlsson Update In Erik Karlsson's mind is it Tampa Bay or bust for the star defenseman? The news around the NHL yesterday was that Karlsson would only agree to sign an extension with the Lightning if traded there and that the Lightning are certainly interested in the idea of Karlsson and Victor Hedman as their top-two blueliners. But, to make any trade between the two teams work, it appears Tampa needs to find a third team to help manage the cap implications. https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/1015006959874072581 The New York Rangers are rumored to be that third team and...
July 6th, 2018
Montreal Canadiens

Talking about the Montreal Canadiens inevitably leads to a conversation about their problems at centre. The recent signing of John Tavares by the Toronto Maple Leafs was especially hard for Habs fans, who watched their division rivals bolster their offense while they had to be satisfied with the return of veteran Tomas Plekanec. The drafting of Jesperi Kotkaniemi and continued progress of Ryan Poehling suggests the team may not have to wait long for help up the middle, but lost in the excitement are the remaining centres who will likely start for the team next season. Jonathan Drouin's development will no doubt continue, aided by his old coach with the Halifax Mooseheads, Dominique Ducharme, who is now an assistant with the Habs. Plekanec will squeeze back into his old role on the third line, checking first-line opponents and providing help on the penalty kill. Jacob de la Rose showed the occasional flash of dependability last year, but his most noteworthy accomplishments...

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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

Myth of the Montreal Canadiens' Early Success

For generations, the Habs have been dogged by accusations that their historic Stanley Cup success was because they had territorial rights to the best players French Canada had to offer. In this great article, originally published May 12, 2010, former THW contributor Mike Moore lays out why all... February 13th, 2018

Jacques Plante: The Man in the Fiberglass Mask

  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... October 9th, 2017

Howie Morenz: Hockey Royalty

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