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Stop Blaming Max Pacioretty

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-10-23

Montreal Canadiens fans have lots to be concerned about. Carey Price is off to the worst start in his career. He is 1-5-1 with a .881 save percentage (SV%) and a 3.95 goals-against average (GAA). The Habs’ defense is lost in a defensive system they have not adjusted to. They appear out of place and all over the ice. Moreover, the entire team is struggling to score.  With just 12 goals for and 33 goals against, the team is a mind-blowing minus-86. Things are bad. When things get bad, people start looking for someone to blame. For a while last week, that person was captain Max Pacioretty. In what has been called a “soul exposing confessional” to Arpon Basu in The Athletic (10/20/17), Pacioretty outlined in devastating detail the complications of trying to lead a team when he himself has been struggling. As most fans know, Pacioretty has only scored eight goals in

European Prospect Report: Another week, another goal for Lukas Vejdemo

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-10-23

A weekly update on the Montreal Canadiens prospects playing in Europe. Joni Ikonen, KalPa, Liiga (Finland) KalPa’s struggles continue. The team got a win, against Joonas Nättinen’s JYP, but also lost 5-1 to HPK. Being stranded at the bottom of the table does not really help the progress of Joni Ikonen. It is positive that his time on ice is staying around the 10-minute mark, and that he is solid as the centre on the fourth line. The negative bit is that it is the first line’s time that gets cut when KalPa is in trouble but Ikonen is not lifted up to be part of another line.

Jack Todd: Now is not the time for Habs' brass to panic

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-10-23

In October 1995, the Montreal Canadiens lost four straight games — to Philadelphia, Florida, Tampa Bay and New Jersey. Ronald Corey, with a pricey new building set to open in the spring and a fan base frustrated because the Canadiens had missed the playoffs in the lockout-shortened ’95 season, jumped on the panic button with both feet. On Oct. 17, Corey fired general manager Serge Savard, coach Jacques Demers, Savard’s assistant Carol Vadnais and chief scout André Boudrias. The Canadiens then played and lost their fifth game of the season to the Islanders, with assistant Jacques Laperrière running the bench. Before the morning skate that day, broadcaster Mario Tremblay stood beside me in the scrum around Guy Charron, asking the Islanders assistant how he felt about his chances of being named head coach of the Canadiens. Tremblay asked the question knowing he himself had already been hired to coach the team. What wasn’t known was Tremblay had nearly co

Monday Habs Headlines: Frustration setting in for Canadiens

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-10-23

Here are your daily links including frustration continuing to build, Scherbak’s strong start, analyzing the Habs’ playoff chances, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes After the worst start since the 1941-42 season, frustration started to hit the Habs after their seventh consecutive loss. [NHL] Despite their losing streak, they’re determined not to panic with the main focus of getting Carey Price back on track. [Sportsnet]

Canadiens recall forwards McCarron, Scherbak from AHL

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-10-23

The Montreal Canadiens have recalled forwards Michael McCarron and Nikita Scherbak from the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron called up from Laval. DETAILS -> https://t.co/wX1JxlbGDh #GoHabsGo — Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL)

Canadiens recall forwards McCarron, Scherbak from AHL

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-10-23

The Montreal Canadiens have recalled forwards Michael McCarron and Nikita Scherbak from the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron called up from Laval. DETAILS -> https://t.co/wX1JxlbGDh #GoHabsGo — Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL)

Jack Todd: Now is not the time to Habs' brass to panic

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-10-22

In October 1995, the Montreal Canadiens lost four straight games — to Philadelphia, Florida, Tampa Bay and New Jersey. Ronald Corey, with a pricey new building set to open in the spring and a fan base frustrated because the Canadiens had missed the playoffs in the lockout-shortened ’95 season, jumped on the panic button with both feet. On Oct. 17, Corey fired general manager Serge Savard, coach Jacques Demers, Savard’s assistant Carol Vadnais and chief scout André Boudrias. The Canadiens then played and lost their fifth game of the season to the Islanders, with assistant Jacques Laperrière running the bench. Before the morning skate that day, broadcaster Mario Tremblay stood beside me in the scrum around Guy Charron, asking the Islanders assistant how he felt about his chances of being named head coach of the Canadiens. Tremblay asked the question knowing he himself had already been hired to coach the team. What wasn’t known was Tremblay had nearly co

Canadiens call up Mike McCarron and Nikita Scherbak from Laval

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-10-22

The Canadiens, mired in a seven-game losing streak and off to a 1-6-1 start to the season, called up forwards Mike McCarron and Nikita Scherbak from the AHL’s Laval Rocket on Sunday. McCarron and Scherbak are both first-round draft picks. The Canadiens selected McCarron with the No. 25 overall pick at the 2013 NHL Draft and Scherbak with the No 26 pick in 2014. McCarron has two goals and two assists in six games with the Rocket, while Scherbak has one goal and eight assists in six games. Forward Ales Hemsky suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of Friday night’s 6-2 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim and didn’t return. Hemsky is pointless in seven games with the Canadiens after signing as a free agent this summer following Alexander Radulov’s departure for the Dallas Stars as a free agent. McCarron has 2-5-7 totals in 51 career NHL games, while Scherbak has one goal in three games with the Canadiens. After the Canadiens cut McCarron

Stu Cowan: Time for Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin to look in the mirror

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-10-22

There has been a lot of talk in the locker room during the Canadiens’ seven-game losing streak about players having to look themselves in the mirror. “It’s our job to play 60 minutes, there’s no excuse,” the Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher said after Friday night’s 6-2 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim. “It’s on us as a team, it’s on us as leaders,” he added. “If we’re going to start winning games, I think we need to start to look ourselves in the mirror and understand that it’s not just going to happen for us.” The man who needs to spend the most time looking in the mirror right now — with the Canadiens off to a 1-6-1 start to the season — is general manager Marc Bergevin. Six years into his five-year plan, this is Bergevin’s team from top to bottom because he has had more than enough time to keep the players he wanted and get rid of the ones he didn’t — and he has already fired one coach. Right now, this is a broken team

The Montreal Canadiens have recalled Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron from the AHL

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-10-22

The Habs add two of the members from the top line of their AHL team. The Montreal Canadiens have recalled both Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron from the Laval Rocket of the AHL. Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron called up from Laval.DETAILS -> https://t.co/wX1JxlbGDh #GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL)

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