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2016-2017 IceCaps Season Review: Brett Lernout made clear progress

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-05-23

The physical defender took a big step forward this season It was a year of growth for defenceman Brett Lernout in St. John’s. His rookie season showed small glimpses of what he could on the ice, but this year he showed major progress in his play. Lernout’s rookie season was like many others, a learning experience, as the transition from Junior hockey to the professional level isn’t always easy. The speed of the game, the physicality and skill is all at a much higher level, and young players have to adjust quickly or risk fal

2016-17 Canadiens Season Review: Alexander Radulov went from surprise signee to team MVP candidate

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-05-23

The energetic Russian had a great season after slotting into a top-six role. July 1 is a key date on the NHL calendar: the first official day of the new season, and the opportunity to add players whose contracts have just come to an end. In the summer of 2016, the options seemed rather slim for Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens, with David Perron and Milan Lucic being the top names linked to the Habs. At one point even Dale Weise was mentioned as

Tuesday Habs Headlines: Mikhail Sergachev seeks Memorial Cup to cap off 2016-17 season.

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-05-23

Your daily links, including a healthy dose of the Sarge, a possible solution to the Habs’ center troubles, a bit of Canadiens history and lots more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Mikhail Sergachev has not changed his way of playing, but finding more simplicity has added to his game. [Journal de Montréal] RDS caught up with the young prospect to talk about his team’s start at the Memorial Cup. [RDS] The Sarge wants to cap off his season with a Mem Cup victory. [

From the archives: Reigning on a parade: royals, rockers, Habs

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-05-23

 This story was first published on May 23, 1992, in the Montreal Gazette. MONTREALERS have always loved a parade. Once, it was royalty that could turn out the crowds. Now, it’s St. Jean Baptiste Day, or hockey, or – as with last weekend’s extravaganza down St. Laurent Blvd. to kick off Montreal’s 350th birthday party – simply the chance to have a good time. Back in May 1842, Sir Charles Bagot, newly appointed governor- general, journeyed down from Kingston, which was then the capital of Canada, to make his first vice-regal visit here. Montreal took on a holiday air. Shortly after noon, on a brilliant, sunny day, shops and public offices closed and soon the streets of what is now Old Montreal were milling with throngs of people – “in pursuit,” as The Gazette reported, “of such enjoyment as the occurrences of the day might afford them.” At 3 p.m., Bagot and his suite arrived from Lachine at the St. Antoine tu

Jack Todd: NHL decision to stay away from Olympics robs us all

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-05-23

It was painful to see, but the Pittsburgh Penguins may have done hockey fans in this country a favour when they crushed the Ottawa Senators 7-0 Sunday, freeing us all to watch a much more enticing matchup: Canada vs. Sweden for the World Hockey Championship from Cologne, Germany. Those who switched to the international game got everything they could have hoped for and more. Speed and skill on full display on the big ice surface, penalties called when they should be called, some of the best players from two of the most powerful hockey nations going head to head. Viewers of the world championship title game also got Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro, who are so superior to what we’re getting from the CBC and Sportsnet during the playoffs that it makes you weep. Finally, there was the added bonus of seeing Wayne Simmonds, the player I’ve most wanted to see in a Habs uniform since forever, and Ryan O’Reilly, who played his way onto that list with a powerful turn at the wo

2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Predators vs. Ducks Game Six — Live stream, open thread, & TV schedule

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-05-22

The Nashville Predators aim to advance to the Stanley Cup final with a win tonight Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators (NSH leads 3-2) Puck Drop is at 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT How to watch Canada (English): CBCCanada (French): TVA Sports

2016-17 Canadiens Season Review: Shea Weber gets it done on the blue line

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-05-22

Weber’s presence on the blue line helped the Habs rebound to playoff contention. Most people wouldn’t be able to deal with the pressure that comes with being traded to an intense hockey market for a player who was one of the most beloved players on said team in decades. Shea Weber isn’t most people. Weber came into Montreal with some lofty expectations from the organization, the media, and the fans to be a great asset on the blue line given the steep price paid to extract his services from Nashville. He came in with a reputation of being a hard-hitting, positionally sound, patient defenceman while having one of the league’s deadliest slapshots from the point to help Montreal’s ever-struggling power play. It

Can Nintendo Provide Guidance for Bergevin?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-05-22

Advanced stats are an amazing addition to the sport of hockey. They provide extremely useful information for teams in the hunt that are trying to get an edge. For the Montreal Canadiens, a team that isn’t consistently in the running, it’s often better to ignore those numbers and go with your gut. Sometimes it’s vital to just get back to basics. It’s like getting the most out of a race car. There are many technical adjustments to consider for smooth operation at speed. Sometimes those fine adjustments are what get you over the hump. Sometimes they get you close and you keep looking for that one last tweak. After a while though, if you’re not finding your edge, it’s better just to get a new car.

Could Joe Thornton be the answer to Montreal’s top-line centre conundrum?

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-05-22

One of the greatest playmakers in NHL history is approaching free agency, but is also dealing with a knee injury. It’s rare that one of the NHL’s all-time leading point producers hits the free-agent market. This year two of them are headed in that direction. One of them is Jarome Iginla, who should only re-sign to retire in Calgary with the Flames, but that’s a different topic. The other is Jumbo Joe Thornton, and it’s unclear whether his future still lies in San Jose after yet another early playoff exit. The long-time

Monday Habs Headlines: It’s time for a fresh start for the Laval Rocket

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-05-22

Here are your daily links including moving on from Lefebvre, Koivu inducted into hall of fame, and Crosby reaches another milestone Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Scott Matla joins Habs Breakfast to discuss moving on from Sylvain Lefebvre and giving the Laval Rocket a fresh start. [TSN] Saku Koivu was among eight inductees to be named to the 2017 class of the IIHF Hall of Fame. [Sportsnet] On May 21, 1979, the Canadiens won the

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