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Canadiens Fans Need Answers After Lefebvre Firing

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-04-20

It was about time for ex-Laval Rocket head coach Sylvain Lefebvre. Or, to be more respectful, the clock had at least run out on him and his time at the helm of the American Hockey League farm team of the Montreal Canadiens. After one playoff berth in six seasons (a single playoff game won), the Canadiens could not justify keeping Lefebvre aboard any longer, not after the season the parent club had, anyway. Someone had to lose their job. All due respect to Lefebvre, it might as well have been him. That’s due to several reasons, but above all else, consider the arguably two questions a team must ask itself when looking at its AHL bench boss: Is he developing the talent with which he’s been entrusted well? Is he being groomed for an NHL position within the organization? The answer to the first is,

Social Notes: Sports Celebrity Breakfast serves award to Tim Raines

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-04-20

SPORTING SOCIAL: Confession time: as much as I’d like to be that spicy gal in the spirit of Sporty Spice who is a) an all-out sportster, great at and game to try any and all types of sports, and b) totally on top of the rules of every major sport, alas, she is not me, but a mere fantasy construct of what is clearly a very active imaJENNation. That said, I remain a loyal Habs fan (aware of most of the rules of play, TG!) and, by virtue of having covered the social scene for over a decade now, am rather familiar with the social/philanthropic events in the ville that boast a spirited sports vibe. Which brings us to today’s lead event: the 14th annual Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Foundation Sports Celebrity Breakfast, chaired with passion and perseverance by business execs/sports enthusiasts Michael Wagen (Delmar superstar) and Bram Naimer (Union chief). Always a hot ticket on the social circuit, the ev

Laval Rocket season review: Michael McCarron

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-04-20

Despite accepting a new role, McCarron didn’t move the needle much in the last year of his entry-level contract. Michael McCarron is a divisive prospect in the Montreal Canadiens system. He has many of the tools needed to be a quality asset, but seemingly can’t find the consistency he needs to make a true impact. At his best, he uses his massive body to win battles along the boards, and set up teammates around the net. He has soft hands and has shown he has the capability in the dirty areas to score goals and produce lik

Lindgren excited to head to Worlds

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-04-20

In today’s links, Lindgren is thrilled about heading to Denmark, the post-mortem continues on Sylvain Lefebvre’s tenure, and the league tries to learn from Las Vegas. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Charlie Lindgren is humbled and excited to represent the USA at the World Championship. [Montreal Canadiens] Looking at the top candidates for the newly

Stanley Cup Playoffs: BOS vs. TOR, WSH vs. CBJ — Open thread

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-04-19

The spotlight is on the Eastern Conference as two 2-1 series are contested tonight. Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Bruins lead 2-1 How to watch Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDTIn Canada: CBC, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)In the USA: NBCSN, NESNOnline: Rogers NHL Live/NHL.tv The Maple Leafs got back in the ser

HABS UNFILTERED podcast | Canadiens Team Grades, Angry Rants [S1/E10]

Source: All Habs Hockey Magazine
Date: 2018-04-19

HALIFAX, NS. — This week’s episode [S1/E10] of the Habs Unfiltered podcast is hosted by Trege Wilson and Blain Potvin, our two favorite sarcastic, goofy, sports-savvy characters from Canada’s East Coast. Habs Unfiltered prides itself in being a show that discusses the … Continue reading →

Proud of the old Book

Source: Dennis-Kane.com
Date: 2018-04-19

I’ve mentioned a few times over the years about the time I got a book for Christmas when I was kid, called Let’s Play Hockey, which my father sent away to Montreal and got signed by pretty well every Montreal Canadien player from the 1957-58 season, with just Doug Harvey’s signature missing. Not long after, my dad took me to a Habs-Leafs game in Toronto and he brought the book, took it down by the Canadiens dressing room, saw Toe Blake in the corridor, and asked Toe if he would take the book into the room and have Harvey sign it for me, which Blake did. That’s Harvey’s autograph over on the left, on its own. And no, my dad had absolutely no connections to the team. As you can see, Jacques Plante’s

Laval Rocket season review: Kerby Rychel

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-04-19

The trade deadline acquisition was a major force for the Rocket after joining the team. Kerby Rychel joined the Montreal Canadiens organization along with Rinat Valiev in the trade that sent Tomas Plekanec to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and in Laval he did all he could to show that he belonged to stay with his new club. The big concern over Rychel was that his skating ability would hinder his ability to be an effective player overall, but in the 20

Coaching The Farm: 1963-1968 — Scotty Bowman only lasted eight games

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-04-19

Revisiting the history of those who’ve been trusted with the task of developing future Canadiens players in the minor leagues. Sylvain Lefebvre was recently relieved of his coaching duties at the head of the Laval Rocket, the American Hockey League farm team of the Montreal Canadiens. While the announcement of his replacement is pending, it’s an opportune time to take a look back at the history of the coaches behind the bench of the minor-league club, responsible for guiding the next generation of Canadiens players in their first forays into the world of professional hockey. It’s wort

Road to Redemption: Part I — The Power Play

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-04-19

The Canadiens simply need to rearrange a few pieces to ice two dangerous man-advantage units. I think that most fair observers will be able to look at the current Montreal Canadiens squad and realize that they are not the 28th-best team in the NHL. At the same time, given the emergence of the Toronto Maple Leafs and resurrection of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins, this

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