Blues Acquire Scandella to Fill Bouwmeester Void

Blues Acquire Scandella to Fill Bouwmeester Void

February 18th, 2020 St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was understandably caught between a rock and a hard place. Just under two weeks before the NHL's trade deadline, Jay Bouwmeester, a beloved team veteran, and top-four defenseman went down on the bench after suffering a cardiac event. With longterm...
Blues Acquire Scandella from Canadiens for Picks

Blues Acquire Scandella from Canadiens for Picks

February 18th, 2020 The St. Louis Blues have made a move, acquiring left-handed defenseman Marco Scandella from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a pair of draft picks. The Blues will surrender a 2020 second-round draft pick, as well as a conditional 2021 fourth-round draft pick. The Canadiens will reportedly...

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February 15th, 2020
Canadiens Management

In this second installment of a four-part series comparing Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin to his four immediate predecessors, we take a look at Bob Gainey. It’s been 25 years since the Habs last won the Stanley Cup. In that time, players have come and gone, but so have GMs. Five in fact have been hired since Serge Savard was let go in 1995. Only four of those five have followed him out the door though, with Bergevin being the sole exception… for now. Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin - (Lisa Gansky Photography) How do they each stack up against Savard? Not well, it turns out. So, we’ll settle for comparing Bergevin to the other four who have failed to fill the former’s shoes, starting with Pierre Gauthier and now continuing with Gainey. Tale of the Tape: Bergevin vs. Gauthier Time Served: June 2, 2003 – Feb. 8, 2010 (Gainey); May 2, 2012 – now (Bergevin) No. of Playoff Appearances/ Seasons: 4/5 (Gainey); 4/7...
February 12th, 2020
Canadiens History

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. Jacques Plante 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...
February 11th, 2020
Canadiens History

With a history as old as the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens have had some of the best players to ever play the game on their team. As an Original Six organization, the club has a laundry list of accolades to its name and to its player's names. Among those, are four players who have hit one of the greatest achievements in the NHL: a 100-point season. Here's a look at those four players – and those who have come close – who have hit the century mark in a single season. With all of the talent that has passed through the organization over the years, the names to have done it might surprise you. Canadiens Almost-100-Point Seasons Although the Canadiens only have four members of the Century Club, it hasn't been from a lack of trying. Dickie Moore came close first, putting up 96 points in 70 games back in 1958-59. Just a couple of seasons later, Bernard Geoffrion could taste the 100-point mark, piling up 95 points. It took another decade for someone to get relatively...
February 10th, 2020
Trade Deadline

After 57 games, the Montreal Canadiens sit five points back of a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division and six back in the wild card race. That may not seem like it is too much of an uphill climb, especially as the Canadiens have been surging, having won 9 of their last 12 games as of Feb. 10. Marc Bergevin, Montreal Canadiens, 2019 NHL Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Yet, with 25 games left to play, and all five teams they are chasing in the standings also holding games in hand, it may be too little too late for the Habs this season. Even though the odds are against the Canadiens making the playoffs, general manager Marc Bergevin has confirmed with Renaud Lavoie of TVA that they are not shopping Petry at this time with Lavoie reporting: (translated from French) “They are not on the trade block. They will not be traded unless the Canadiens recieve their weight in gold which will not happen” Why Should He Stay? The current Canadiens' right-handed defencemen...

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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... January 9th, 2020

Maurice "Rocket" Richard: More than Just a Game

Perhaps one of the most revolutionary players to ever play the game of hockey, Maurice Richard brought hockey in Montreal to an elite level and set the bar high for every generation to come. Richard overcame nearly every level of adversity to become the greatest hockey player of his generation and... August 4th, 2019

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