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Bergevin’s Depth Players Can’t Make up for Habs’ Weaknesses

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-01-16

While his time at the helm of the Montreal Canadiens continues to be defined by his inability to acquire a true No. 1 centre, general manager Marc Bergevin will be remembered for finding the diamonds in the rough. Having depth-players with strong character who outperform their abilities is what makes great teams elite, and they are the Bergevin guys. Those players were on display in Monday night’s 5-4 overtime loss versus the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre. Bergevin’s Guys Nicolas Deslauriers, who was acquired in a trade on the first day of the season, opened the scoring for the Canadiens 7:59 into the first period. It was Deslauriers’ second goal in as many games and his sixth of the year, tying his career high in 24 games this season. His acquisition has quickly turned into one of Bergevin’s finest. Jakub Jerabek notched his first career point on the Deslaur

The Forum: Claude Julien & Boston’s Recent Success

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2018-01-16

With the Habs playing the Boston Bruins three times in 8 days this week, we note that Claude Julien’s former team has flourished since firing their old head coach, while the Montreal Canadiens have struggled under Claude Julien so far.  With this in mind, we asked our contributors if this should be cause for worry or concern among Habs fans?   Kyle Roussel (@kyleroussel) – While it is tempting to jump all over this and claim that the Habs screwed up royally yet again, I think we have to wait. Before we make any final pronouncements on Julien 2.0, I think it’s only fair to wait until Bergevin supplies him with a full team that includes legitimate centermen on the top 2 lines, and a first pairing D that isn’t a patchwork of journeymen, or untested kids. It may very well be that the Bruins dumped Julien

Canadiens vs. Islanders 5 Takeaways: A case of the Mondays

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-01-16

56 shots just wasn’t enough 1. Habs deserved a better fate Yes it’s another loss but there isn’t much to be negative about. The Canadiens offence pounded the Islanders on Monday night. Thomas Greiss was floundering all over the crease as the Habs threw everything except for Karl Alzner’s contract at him, and scored four goals. The Isles managed just 24 shots total. The issue is that early in the game, almost every single shot ended up being a high danger chance that be

Canadiens lines at practice, January 16: Drouin and Galchenyuk to the wing

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-01-16

Two points in two games not good enough as Julien tries something new down the middle. Despite two hard-fought post-regulation losses to the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders, Claude Julien is still facing somewhat of a crisis of depth at the centre position following Phillip Danault’s unlucky injury against the Bruins. For the first time all season, Jonathan Drouin lined up on the wing today in practice, but the beneficiary of Drouin’s move to the boards was not Alex Galchenyuk... but Jacob de la Rose. The chemistry

Canadiens Notebook: Jonathan Drouin moves from centre to wing

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-01-16

It looks like the Canadiens have seen enough now of Jonathan Drouin trying to be a No. 1 centre in the NHL. When the Canadiens hit the ice for practice Tuesday morning in Brossard, Drouin was at right wing on a line with Jacob de la Rose at centre and Alex Galchenyuk on the left.  Drouin has struggled this season trying to adjust to playing centre after being used mostly as a winger with the Tampa Bay Lightning before the Canadiens acquired him last summer in exchange for defenceman Mikhail Sergachev. Drouin scored a goal in the Canadiens’ 5-4 overtime loss to the New York Islanders Monday night at the Bell Centre, but the 22-year-old has only 6-15-21 totals in 39 games and is minus-19 while winning only 40.4 per cent of his faceoffs. His goal against the Islanders ended a 13-game goal-less drought during which he had only three assists. When asked after Sunday’s open public practice at the Bell Centre if the adjustment to centre has been more diffi

Marlene Geoffrion

Source: Dennis-Kane.com
Date: 2018-01-16

Marlene Geoffrion, wife of the late, great Bernie ‘Boom Boom’ Geoffrion, is the daughter of Howie Morenz, and she was just three when her famous father died. But after Morenz passed away in hospital from something related to a broken leg or broken heart, his wife Mary, Marlene’s mom, quickly blew through the insurance money she received and eventually the Canadiens had to hold a benefit night for her at the Forum just so she could buy groceries and pay the rent. Marlene, still a very young girl, was placed in an orphanage with her brothers Howie Jr and Donald, for three long years. Eventually, Mary married a millionaire, George Pratte (or Pratt), just nine days after six-year old Donald died of pleurisy, and Marlene and Howie Jr came home. But Mary died at forty-one of alcoholism as she continued to suffer from the death of her beloved Howie.

Catching The Torch: Has Michael Pezzetta earned a contract offer from the Montreal Canadiens?

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-01-16

Pezzetta, currently close to a point-per-game scoring rate in the OHL, is surely attracting the attention of the Habs’ brass. Each week we take an in-depth look at young members of the organization while providing an overview of Habs prospects playing at the junior (OHL, WHL), collegiate (USHL, NCAA), and professional (ECHL) level. What is the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Michael Pezzetta? The Montreal Canadiens sixth-rounder certainly has a reputation. For most, the repeated disciplinary measures make him project as nothing more than an enforcer type if he is ever going to have a future in hockey. Some of his actions through the years have been reprehensible. He hasn't always refr

Julien’s return to Boston far from just another game

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2018-01-16

BOSTON—Claude Julien knows that his return to Boston after a decade of coaching the Bruins can’t be considered just another game. As much as Julien would like to pretend there’s nothing more to Wednesday’s game between his Montreal Canadiens and the Bruins than the two precious points available to his team, during a recent one-on-one with Sportsnet he acknowledged the occasion will be a special one. “There will be butterflies, there’s no doubt about it,” Julien explained. “You don’t spend 10 years in a city you enjoyed coaching in and had success in, one you built a family life in, without feeling something about it. I have a lot of respect for that city. I love that city. “A city that supports four major teams the way they do… you have to give them credit for that. Baseball,

The Recency Bias: Game 44 – Habs Lose to Islanders 5-4 in OT

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2018-01-16

The Habs registered 56 shots on the Islanders net, but it wasn’t enough in a game in which the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge overcame two two-goal deficits. Future Hab John Tavares got the game winner in an entertaining one at the Bell Centre. Had some technical difficulties on this one so you’ll just have to listen to the raw audio file, sorry! http://rabidhabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Game-44.m4a

Canadiens vs. Islanders game recap: A back-and-forth affair goes the way of Tavares & co.

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-01-16

The Habs get just a point, despite a 56-shot effort. Another strong game, and another disappointing ending. Following a shootout loss against the rival Boston Bruins, the Canadiens knew they needed to get off to a strong start against John Tavares and the New York Islanders in order to pull off a win. They did just the opposite.

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