Finnish with No Finish: Lehkonen's Sophomore Slump

Finnish with No Finish: Lehkonen's Sophomore Slump

January 19th, 2018 So far the 2017-18 season has not been one to remember for Montreal Canadiens' second-year forward Artturi Lehkonen. The dreaded sophomore slump has hit him badly as he has struggled to score. A lower-body injury kept him out of the lineup for over a month but since his return, the offence is still...
Logan Shaw Brings Upside to the Canadiens

Logan Shaw Brings Upside to the Canadiens

January 19th, 2018 Having Phillip Danualt diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and Andrew Shaw placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed lower-body injury, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin acted quickly to bring in reinforcement. Forward Logan Shaw was claimed off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks...

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January 11th, 2018
Montreal Canadiens

There have been a lot of questions about what the Montreal Canadiens can do to turn this season around. Despite a less than 5% chance of making the playoffs, Bergevin told fans this week that he still thinks the Habs can do it. How is this possible? The much-misunderstood general manager actually told us the answer months ago. As usual, Canadiens fans were too obtuse to understand. Silly fans. Back in October, the Habs were suffering through just the first of many slumps this season. Bergevin explained the issue as only he could. No, it's not the mismanagement of the Alexander Radulov and Andrei Markov signings. Nor was the problem the nearly $9 million in cap space. It had nothing to do with trading youth and speed for sloth and age, nor trading your top prospect for a winger and then playing the winger out of position. The solution? https://twitter.com/joeyalfieri/status/923222816870322176 The Answer is in the Room (Next Door) I, like most simplistic fans, took Bergevin's...
January 10th, 2018
Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is known for stealing games, but he just got away with highway larceny. Carey Price vs. the Atlantic Division Despite being named the Habs’s All-Star Game representative, Price is in the midst of a mediocre season. He has a 2.89 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. The former figure is bad enough. The latter ranks No. 26 on the league leaderboard. So, that means Atlantic Division goalies like Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings (.916), Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins (.920), Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs (.922) and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the host Tampa Bay Lightning (who also got named; .933), are all more deserving than Price. That’s excluding the injured Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers (.928). Hell, Bruins back-up Anton Khudobin is also having a better season (.925). It’s embarrassing, is what it is… embarrassing but unavoidable to a certain extent. The Case Against Brendan...
January 10th, 2018
Montreal Canadiens

It has been a rough season for the Montreal Canadiens. With a record of 18-20-4, they find themselves sixth in the Atlantic division, 13 points out of a playoff position, and seven points out of the final wild-card spot. While things have certainly not gone right for the team as a whole, the is no shortage of valuable players on the roster to consider in fantasy hockey. In this edition of Habs Fantasy Hockey Roundup, we will take a look at the top fantasy performers on the Canadiens midway through the season, and determine whether they deserve a starting position on your roster for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. Shea Weber This Season: 26 GP, 6 G, 10 A, 75 SOG, 6 Special Team Points, 1 GWG, 66 Hits, 59 Blocks Availability is the best ability in hockey, and unfortunately for Shea Weber and fantasy owners, he is currently listed on the injured reserved list with a foot injury. He is expected to be out of the Canadiens’ lineup until at least after the All-Star break. The...
January 9th, 2018
Rumors

In today's Rumor Rundown we look at the ongoing saga of Max Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens. We also discuss the Ottawa Senators and some news that the Calgary Flames might be interested in Zack Smith. Will the Edmonton Oilers clean house after going 1-5-1 in their last seven games? The Bruins want to improve their roster but they aren't willing to trade prospects. What trades could be available for them? The Max Pacioretty Asking Price According to local Montreal beat reporter L.A. Lariviere,  it is believed that the Canadiens are looking for a proven scorer and a first round pick for Max Pacioretty. Many believe the trade of Pacioretty is anything but a sure thing and while the Canadiens may not be "shopping" the scoring forward, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin isn't ignoring offers. https://twitter.com/L_A_theRiver/status/950092862431158272 Darren Dreger was on TSN 1260 was asked for his take on the Pacioretty talks (seeing as how Edmonton would be a team that might be...

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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... December 6th, 2017

Jacques Plante: The Man in the Fiberglass Mask

22 years ago this past Saturday, the Montreal Canadiens retired #1 in honor of iconic goaltender Jacques Plante. Originally written in 2012, here's a look back at his lasting impact on the league. The month of November is perhaps the most important for any present-day goaltender guarding the... 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

Myth of the Montreal Canadiens' Early Success

On this day, Feb. 1, 1977, the Montreal Canadiens' Guy Lafleur began an NHL-record 28-game point scoring streak, with a goal and three assists, in the Canadiens' 7-3 win over the Cleveland Barons. Wayne Gretzky later upped the record to 51 games. For generations, the Habs have been dogged by... February 1st, 2017