4 Habs Late-Round Prospects to Watch

4 Habs Late-Round Prospects to Watch

April 25th, 2018 In many ways, drafting is like a game of chance as sometimes the best players on draft day don’t live up to their potential. However, when drafting in the third round and beyond, it becomes even more of a shot in the dark. Players picked in the later rounds have talent but also have flaws in...
What Another Offseason Disaster Looks like for Bergevin

What Another Offseason Disaster Looks like for Bergevin

April 25th, 2018 Montreal Canadiens fans don’t have to look far for an example of what a bad offseason looks like. General manager Marc Bergevin is coming off a horrible one in 2016 in which he traded away P.K. Subban just for starters. His past one, in 2017, was arguably even worse, as he continued to dismantle...

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April 14th, 2018
Montreal Canadiens

It wasn’t just a horrible season for the Montreal Canadiens. From both a professional and personal perspective, there are few worse things than getting it completely wrong. This writer did exactly that, making simply disastrous predictions for the 2017-18 Habs season. Where to start? How about the good. The One Good Habs Prediction: They’d Be Worse It’s hard to take credit for arguing the Habs would be worse off than they were in 2016-17. After all, it was downright logical. General manager Marc Bergevin had completely dismantled the team’s left defensive side, star goaltender Carey Price had finished the previous season looking human and the GM had still failed to address the team’s hole at center. Adding Jonathan Drouin was supposed to bolster the team’s offense, after the Habs had scored just 11 goals in last year’s first round against the New York Rangers. Despite the coup landing the native Quebecer, Bergevin failed to re-sign Alexander Radulov who had...
April 12th, 2018
Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens furthered their announced new era of transparency this week as captain Max Pacioretty joined Chris Nilan and Sean Campbell on TSN 690 to talk about the season that was. In a frank conversation, Pacioretty was forthcoming and offered fans few surprises about how he sees the league and the future of the Canadiens. Canadiens owner and president Geoff Molson described his new focus on transparency at the post-mortem news conference earlier this week. The shift is a new development for an organization not known for being transparent with its fans and the media. Has the era of greater transparency in the NHL finally made its way to Montreal? For Molson, transparency means "...understanding that we can communicate better and bring in a fresh way of us communicating with our fans that they’re going to appreciate.” Pacioretty on Locker Cleanout Day The interview on TSN 690 built on his media availability earlier this week as players gathered for the last...
April 11th, 2018
Canadiens Management

Fans hoping for solutions from Marc Bergevin and Geoff Molson at this year’s end of season press conference were disappointed. However, they could not have been very surprised. In fairness, this owner and general manager had an impossible task. Some fans are livid. Others have lost faith in this management team. This has been a terrible team hampered by numerous questionable trades. What is worse is that the rhetoric has not matched reality. This year, instead of being honest with fans, management has demonstrated a fundamental misunderstanding of the essential problems in Montreal. It is a question of vision – or lack thereof. On more than one occasion at the end of year press conference ownership stepped in to clarify the ramblings of Marc Bergevin. Three key takeaways from the post-season press conference can be summed up as attitude, transparency, and the emergence of Geoff Molson. Blame it on the Attitude Of late, any appearance by Marc Bergevin invariable leads to tough...
April 10th, 2018
Canadiens Management

If the 2017-18 Montreal Canadiens season had been a play, their embittered fans had likely been hoping for a tragic ending during which management fell on its sword. After all, the first two acts certainly fit the bill anyway. Unfortunately, what they got was a comedy as owner Geoff Molson and general manager Marc Bergevin seemed to want to pass the buck for the failed season at their post-mortem press conference, only for both to hilariously just fall short. No swords unfortunately. Bergevin Learns a Lesson To his credit, Bergevin attempted not to make the same mistake he did two seasons ago, blaming injuries on a non-playoff finish. Then, at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, Bergevin infamously said, “I believe with a healthy Carey Price, we’re not sitting here today.” That, despite the team having gotten off to a historic 9-0 start and banking enough points early on to theoretically get them in. This time around, Bergevin was clear (or at least he tried to be):...

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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

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... December 6th, 2017

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