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Canadiens Should Rest Gallagher to Be Safe

Canadiens Should Rest Gallagher to Be Safe

November 17th, 2017 Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has little left to prove, fresh off a nasty hit to the head. The team should take the opportunity to rest him as a result. They have little left that they can prove at this point, in what is shaping up to be a lost...
Rumor Rundown: Ducks, Leafs, Oilers, Canadiens and Price

Rumor Rundown: Ducks, Leafs, Oilers, Canadiens and Price

November 16th, 2017 In today's Rumor Rundown we look at a few deals that almost might have happened and couple deals that still could. Did the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs talk at one time? Will the Leafs be talking with the Arizona Coyotes? How much interest did the Anaheim Ducks have in Alex Galchenyuk...

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November 8th, 2017
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If Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw keeps it up, he may very well end up being worth his price tag. Shaw Effective in Offensive Zone With his first two-goal effort as a Hab in the bank (against the Winnipeg Jets), Shaw now has six points in his last six games (eight overall). In short, he is developing into a valuable forward, playing primarily alongside Phillip Danault and Max Pacioretty.In fact, that line has been the one head coach Claude Julien has most commonly used likely due to how the three players complement each other’s styles. In Pacioretty, you’ve got a sniper (who, himself, is starting to come around with a six-game point streak). In Danault, you’ve got the defensively responsible grinder, who allows Pacioretty to focus more on offense. In Shaw, you’ve got a guy who’s more than willing to go to the net, pissing off everyone in the process.It’s that mentality that more often than not tripped Shaw up leading into this latest successful...
November 7th, 2017
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Admitting mistakes can be hard. Errors are part of life, of course. Owning up to them can be difficult when you are stressed, lack confidence, or are unsure of yourself. Last weekend, like exhausted parents giving up on a punishment that never made any sense, Galchenyuk was finally moved off the fourth line.Playing with less skilled players for fewer minutes a game, he had been averaging just 1.7 shots per game. Surprising no one, when placed on the top line he had five shots over 18:43 of ice time. In Winnipeg, he contributed on the score sheet and looked dangerous all game. He drew a penalty and assisted on Max Pacioretty's power-play game-winner in OT.Will this put an end to the near constant trade rumors? Probably not. Alex Galchenyuk: A History of Misuse As most fans recall, Galchenyuk was Marc Bergevin’s first pick as general manager. He was explicitly drafted as the number one center the Canadiens had been looking for. Unfortunately, his player development...
November 5th, 2017
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The time for moral victories is over for the Montreal Canadiens. How about moral victories found in actual ones, though? They may have found just that, in addition to a potential turning point on their train wreck of a season so far. Canadiens Giving Up Goals Like Candy Analysts tend to toss around a loss of identity as a reason behind the Canadiens’ 4-8-1 start to the season (heading into action against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday). There’s little truth in that assessment, though.In fact, it’s been very clear who the Canadiens have been. They’ve been losers who consistently give up goals in bunches. If hockey were a casino, they’d be that one slot machine that is currently “out of order,” because it always pays out. At least the casino has a loophole in order to prevent itself from losing constantly. Oh, wait. The Canadiens did just put goalie Carey Price temporarily out of commission with a lower-body injury. My bad.Consider this: In all but two of...
November 3rd, 2017
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It’s technically two steps forward and one back for the Montreal Canadiens. That’s progress, right?After rattling off two victories against the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators, scoring 13 goals in the process, the Habs appeared listless on Thursday night, losing 6-3 to the Minnesota Wild. As it stands, they are the worst team in the Eastern Conference at 4-8-1 and seven points out of the playoffs rights now. That’s the bad news.The worse news? Teams that are four points out or worse past November 1 have a spotty record when it comes to rebounding from bad starts to make the playoffs. So, it may be just past Halloween, but the Canadiens continue to play dress up as second-rate versions of themselves and dig their own graves as they do. They’ve got one foot in as we speak.There is good news, though. Other teams have been in similar situations and gone on to find success… even win the Stanley Cup! Okay, maybe they should learn to walk before they run... and...

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Canadiens Should Rest Gallagher to Be Safe

Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has little left to prove, fresh off a nasty hit to the head. The team should take the opportunity to rest him as a result. They have little left that they can prove at this point, in what is shaping up to be a lost... November 17th, 2017

Rumor Rundown: Ducks, Leafs, Oilers, Canadiens and Price

In today's Rumor Rundown we look at a few deals that almost might have happened and couple deals that still could. Did the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs talk at one time? Will the Leafs be talking with the Arizona Coyotes? How much interest did the Anaheim Ducks have in Alex Galchenyuk... November 16th, 2017

Saku Koivu's Tumultuous Career With The Montreal Canadiens

Finnish star and former Canadiens captain Saku Koivu was the centrepiece of the Montreal Canadiens for more than a decade. For many fans he’s the oldest captain they can remember.  On the surface, his stats seems average but no one can bear the weight of the captaincy in a market like this if... November 16th, 2017

Price’s Injury Update Steals Habs Spotlight

Despite the Montreal Canadiens acquiring goalie Antti Niemi on Tuesday, the focus is on Carey Price and his injury right now, as it should be. Carey Price Injury UpdatePrice hasn’t appeared in action since November 2, when he gave up five goals on 26 shots in a loss to the Minnesota Wild.... November 14th, 2017