100 Years of Excellence... and Counting!

Stu Cowan: Alexander Radulov hoping to put a smile on faces of Canadiens fans

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2016-09-24

There aren’t a lot of characters left in the NHL, but Alexander Radulov sure seems like one. It starts with his toothless hockey smile, with the two front ones missing just like Bobby Clarke, Bobby Hull and many others not named Bobby from the old days of the NHL. It’s a smile that is still considered a thing of beauty to Canadian hockey fans. Radulov got his hockey smile thanks to a high stick to the mouth when he was playing in Russia with the KHL. “It was my mistake actually,” he said Friday after the Canadiens’ first scrimmage of training camp. “I went for a tricky play and I got it right in the face.” Radulov smiles and laughs a lot during int

A big-time talent

Source: Montreal Canadiens News
Date: 2016-09-24

BROSSARD – Take it from Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher – Artturi Lehkonen has some serious game. Linemates through the first two scrimmages of training camp for Team B, Galchenyuk and Gallagher have both been impressed with the way the Finnish hopeful has gone about his business on the left side. While still very much a newcomer to plying his trade on smaller ice, the 21-year-old prospect already has a few veterans praising what he brings to the table. “He’s a skilled player. He works hard. The thing that impresses me with him being a young guy is his ability and trying to make plays,” said Galchenyuk, who also fully appreciates Lehkonen’s patience with the puck

Making Canadiens’ roster not the hardest thing Zach Redmond has done

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2016-09-24

BROSSARD, Que. — Zach Redmond can be found in a quiet corner of the Montreal Canadiens‘ dressing room on Saturday catching his breath after his second rigorous on-ice session and a post-practice workout. At six-foot-two, 210 pounds, the defenceman is hard to miss. But since the early portion of the summer, all the talk has been about how newcomers Shea Weber, Alexander Radulov and Andrew Shaw are going to make their mark in Montreal. No one is paying much mind to the 28-year-old Redmond, who signed a two-year contract with the Canadiens on July 1. “For me, Montreal was a very easy pick,” Redmond said. “You never know how free agency is going to unfold. They were kinda the firs

Not much offence from Canadiens during first two scrimmages at training camp

Source: Hockey Inside/Out
Date: 2016-09-24

STU COWAN OK, it’s only pre-season scrimmages, but still. For a team that struggled to score goals last season, the Canadiens have only four total goals from their first two scrimmages of training camp, including a 1-1 tie Saturday morning in Brossard between Team A and Team B. The two goal-scorers Saturday were Philip Samuelsson for Team A and Zach Redmond for Team B. Greg Pateryn and Alexander Radulov both failed to score on penalty shots for Team A. But coach Michel Therrien isn’t concerned. After all, they are only scrimmages. “This is not summer hockey … those guys don’t have that mentality,” Therrien said afterwards. “They come in, they mean

The New Guys: Getting to know Andrew Shaw

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2016-09-24

A Q&A with Second City Hockey about the Canadiens’ new aggitator. Marc Bergevin made a big splash at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft when he traded away Lars Eller — the frequent target of trade rumours, but up to that point they were never more than that — and brought in Andrew Shaw in a simultaneous transaction. In an effort to learn more about the forward who has won two Stanley Cups, we reached out to Satchel Price of our SB Nation sister site Second City Hockey, and asked him a few questions about the former Chicago Blackhawks player. EOTP: For starters, if you could describe Andrew Shaw in a single word, what would it be? SCH: Feisty. What can you tell us about Shaw's rise thr

Five great World Cup performances that will carry into NHL season

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2016-09-24

The World Cup is giving us an early opportunity to gauge which players could come out of the blocks hot when the NHL season begins Oct. 12. Sometimes, it takes players time to get warmed up and into the NHL season before they start catching fire — think Sidney Crosby last season. But if you’re already playing terrific hockey in the World Cup, you’re a likely candidate to start the NHL year off strong. Here are a few players we’ve identified who are having great World Cups, which could be a sign of things to come in October… SIDNEY CROSBY Last season, some were wondering if Crosby was starting to show signs of decline when he got off to a (relatively) slow start for himself. A peren

Five great World Cup performances that will carry into NHL season

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2016-09-24

The World Cup is giving us an early opportunity to gauge which players could come out of the blocks hot when the NHL season begins Oct. 12. Sometimes, it takes players time to get warmed up and into the NHL season before they start catching fire — think Sidney Crosby last season. But if you’re already playing terrific hockey in the World Cup, you’re a likely candidate to start the NHL year off strong. Here are a few players we’ve identified who are having great World Cups, which could be a sign of things to come in October… SIDNEY CROSBY Last season, some were wondering if Crosby was starting to show signs of decline when he got off to a (relatively) slow start for himself. A peren

Battle of the Bottom-Pairing Canadiens Defensemen

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-09-24

Mark Barberio – (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Oddly enough, one of the most intriguing battles in Canadiens training camp will be for one of the last spots on defense between Mark Barberio and Zach Redmond. Eight Is Enough That isn’t to say both can’t make the team. Numerous scenarios exist, including one in which the Habs end up carrying eight defensemen out of training camp. However, that would limit the team to 13 forwards (and two goalies) to meet the 23-man roster requirement. Alternatively, another defenseman, say Nathan Beaulieu for example, might get ill-advisedly traded, thereby opening up an additional spot. Another defenseman might get demoted in favor of Barberio or

Habs training camp day two: Teams and scrimmage stream

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2016-09-24

Training camp continues today as the teams meet up for yet another scrimmage Yesterday saw Team White cruise to a 2-0 victory over Team Red at the Canadiens practice facility, in Brossard. Newcomer Alex Radulov stole the show during the first scrimmage by having a hand in both goals scored. First he was awarded a penalty shot due to a solid effort while exiting his zone. He made no mistake, using his great release to fool Charlie Lindgren and break the ice for Team White. Later Phillip Danault was also given a penalty shot, but his attempt was foiled by a clever Zachary Fucale poke check. Shortly thereafter, Team White guaranteed their victory following some smart passing in the offen

Habs360 | Did Bergevin Put His Stamp On Team? [Podcast]

Source: All Habs Hockey Magazine
Date: 2016-09-24

by Chris G, Digital Radio Producer, All Habs Hockey Magazine MONTREAL, QC — This week’s episode (#179) of the Habs360 podcast is hosted by Chris G (@chrisg1980) and Rick (@AllHabs) LIVE on Saturday, September 24th 2nd at 2:00 pm. ET. Habs360 is the most informative and … Continue reading →

Next