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Suspension Hurts Canadiens, Not Domi

Suspension Hurts Canadiens, Not Domi

September 20th, 2018 Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi may not pay financially for his bare-knuckle, preseason punch on Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad. He has cost the Habs and their fans a fair bit, though. Domi Suspended Five Games Suspended for the rest of the preseason for the incident (five games),...
Canadiens Due for Battle at Bottom of Atlantic

Canadiens Due for Battle at Bottom of Atlantic

September 16th, 2018 The Montreal Canadiens will undeniably end up in the thick of a race in the Atlantic Division in 2018-19. Logically speaking though, it just won’t be for the division title or one of the last playoff spots. Breaking Down the Atlantic Indeed, in spite of how the Atlantic boasts some legitimate...

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September 10th, 2018
Vegas Golden Knights

The Montreal Canadiens have traded captain Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and a 2nd round pick in 2019, the team announced early Monday morning/late Sunday night. The Canadiens are retaining 10% of the last season of Pacioretty's contract while Vegas is retaining 9.433962% of Tatar's contract for the remaining three years. Pacioretty has spent his entire 10-season NHL career as a member of the Canadiens after the team used a first-round pick on him in 2007. While the Canadiens landed a haul that season with Ryan McDonagh (also a first-round pick) and P.K. Subban, a second-round pick that season, the Canadiens have now effectively moved on from every member of that draft class. Despite a down season in 2017-18 that saw Pacioretty score only 17 goals and 37 points in 64 games, often showing a lack of effort or passion that fans would have liked out of their captain,...
September 9th, 2018
Montreal Canadiens

During the month of September, we will profile New Faces in New Places from around the NHL. We now look at new Coyotes' forward Alex Galchenyuk. Don't look now but the Arizona Coyotes have some nice pieces in place. How does Galchenyuk fit and can they make the playoffs this season? Alex Galchenyuk 2017-18 Stats: 19-32-51 in 82 games for the Montreal Canadiens. 2018-19 Team: Arizona Coyotes How Acquired: Galchenyuk was traded to the Coyotes for Max Domi on June 15, 2018. The trade was one-for-one. Galchenyuk has two years left at $4.9 million per season. Expected Place in Lineup: Top-six forward. Mark's Take It was only a matter of time before the Montreal Canadiens did something with Alex Galchenyuk. It just wasn't working for whatever reason. Despite posting a 50-point season, Galchenyuk was always involved in some kind of trade rumors. Finally before the draft, the Canadiens and Coyotes completed a trade that got a lot of reaction in the hockey world. Galchenyuk...
September 8th, 2018
Canadiens Management

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin’s job just got a lot tougher. News that Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty won’t negotiate during the season has effectively tied Bergevin’s hands. While Pacioretty doesn’t have a no-trade clause, the hope had been that Bergevin would be able to leverage a potential extension to get a bigger return. That’s been evidenced by reports a trade with the Los Angeles Kings got nixed, because Pacioretty chose not to ink a new contract with them. So, now Bergevin has to maximize the return on Pacioretty when his value is at an all-time low, in part thanks to him after he argued an attitude problem in the dressing room was a cause of the team’s horrible season. With that, here are four other challenges Bergevin faces heading into 2018-19: Deciding What to Do with Paul Byron Pacioretty isn’t the only pending unrestricted free agent who will command a big raise. Paul Byron, who, to this day is one of Bergevin’s greatest...
September 8th, 2018
Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens were not the most desirable team to target players in fantasy hockey last season. They scored 207 goals, placing them third to last in the league with only the Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres scoring less than them. Brendan Gallagher led the the team with 31 goals and 54 points, which was the league's second lowest leading point total, with only Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers scoring less with 53 points. Goals were evidently hard to come by last season for the Canadiens, making a majority of their players unworthy fantasy options. With minimal changes to their core during the offseason, will the Canadiens be able to post bigger totals this year or will it be another miserable season? Let's take a look at some of the players that have the potential to be impact fantasy players. Max Pacioretty Pacioretty had one of his worst seasons as a professional hockey player last season, putting up 17 goals and 37 points in 64 games. At a charity golf...

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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... September 5th, 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... July 9th, 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