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PROSPECTS | A Look at Habs Mete, Juulsen, Scherbak, Poehling, Kotkaniemi, Ylonen

Source: All Habs Hockey Magazine
Date: 2018-08-14

by Blain Potvin, Staff Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine Fans can argue if the current Canadiens rebuild is by Marc Bergevin‘s design or accidental, but we won’t be exploring that in this piece. No matter the trigger underlying this current direction, the Canadiens … Continue reading →

2018 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #14 Will Bitten

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-08-14

Bitten excels in just about every aspect of the game, but offensive production continues to be his nemesis. There are very few prospects in the Montreal Canadiens’ pool who show as much heart on the ice as William Bitten. His drive is unquestionable. More than a few times this season, I was left wondering how he could still be going all-out after roaming the entire length of the ice a few times and landing a couple of hits earlier in the shift. He would still skate hard to get to the puck first and try to put it in the back of the net. Bitten might only be 5’10”, but he plays like he is 6’4”. Self-preservation is not necessarily a priority for him, and he is always willing to battle in front of the cage and along the b

Tuesday Habs Headlines: A clean slate ahead for the Canadiens

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-08-14

Montreal Canadiens news and notes A new year is ahead for the Canadiens, and Pacioretty is ready to take advantage of the clean slate [Sportsnet] Despite rumours that Drouin was suffering from a knee injury, he was out on the ice for a shoot with RDS: Montreal’s Jonathan Drouin on the ice today with @RDS filming a shoot out challenge with 8 other top Quebec born NHL players. pic.twitter.com/dScRzPI9LP— Allan Walsh (@walsha)

What the Puck: Here are a few ideas to lift the Habs from the gutter

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-08-13

After 25 years of underachieving, maybe the time has to come to radically change the way the Montreal Canadiens are managed. Given that I and most other fans are not keen to match the Toronto Maple Leafs’ stunning record of 50 years of failure, I’ve decided to make a few modest proposals that would help pull this once-storied franchise out of the gutter. The most important thing is that Habs executives must learn to live in the present and not in the past. You might think the idea to be obvious, but the reality is that for a quarter century, successive owners and managers have spent way too much of their energy looking back at the glories of years past and have often built their business model around selling nostalgia to fans. This is not a minor point. Set up a Canadiens museum in the 1909 Taverne Moderne if you want, but the folks running the team need to realize Montreal is only one of 31 National Hockey L

The impact Shea Weber’s injuries will have on his game next season

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-08-13

Two major surgeries will keep Weber on the shelf through the first part of the upcoming season. It was not an easy road for the Canadiens last year. Injuries and horrid luck decimated their season before they ever had a chance to settle into any sort of rhythm. No one knows this better than the Habs top defencemen Shea Weber, who battled a serious foot injury for most of last year before being shut down for the second half of the season. Weber originally suffered a foot injury when he blocked a Jack Eichel shot on the opening night of the season against the

2018 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #15 Cale Fleury

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-08-13

The 2017 draft pick moved up 10 spots in this year’s ranking Cale Fleury was a Montreal Canadiens third-round pick in 2017, and used a mid-season trade to the Regina Pats to really elevate his stock. He ended up playing a more defined role for the team that ended up playing in the final of the Memorial Cup, falling in the championship game. Image credit: EliteProspects

Links: Joel Armia could be a diamond in the rough

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-08-13

Here are your daily links including Armia is a diamond in the rough, Domi says it’s an honour to wear the Habs logo, Bergevin is compared to Gainey, and more Montreal Canadiens news and notes Joel Armia is a diamond in the rough, and if placed with the right players, his offense might just take the next step. [TSN] Max Pacioretty was taking in yesterday’s Coupe Rogers final, and gave a short interview on his summer in Montreal, his training for the upcoming season, and the support he’s received from the fans. [TVA S

Healthy Pacioretty ready for Habs’ clean slate after ‘horrible year’

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2018-08-13

As October starts to inch closer and closer dragging a new NHL season with it, 31 teams all sit dead even with a campaign full of possibility ahead of them. Some teams are readying to build on the momentum of years past, others are looking to cash in as their competitive windows close and some are looking for a fresh start after disappointing finishes. The latter is all too real for Max Pacioretty and his Montreal Canadiens. The 29-year-old captain only played in 64 games after his season was cut short in March due to a knee injury, during which he recorded just 37 points, his least-productive season since his third in the league when he put up 24 through

Memories of the Montreal Forum

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-08-12

On a Tuesday night in Montreal, people flock to a movie theatre on the corner of Ste Catherine and Atwater streets to see films at half the regular price. The deal attracts a lot of teens and young adults, many of whom are too young to remember when the building was the most famous in the city, aside from perhaps Notre-Dame Basilica. Even before you walk through the doors there are reminders of its most famous occupants. For 72 years, the Montreal Forum was home to the Canadiens (and for a time their rivals the Montreal Maroons), winners of 24 Stanley Cups, commemorated by plaques engraved in the sidewalk. Entering the building, the team’s old centre ice logo is embedded in the polished floors and old seats line the corridors where movie-goers can relax before their film starts. An entire section of the stands is preserved along with a statue of a fan eternally excited by the action in front of him.

Canadiens GM Showdown: Bergevin vs. Gainey

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-08-12

In this second installment of a four-part series comparing Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin to his four immediate predecessors, we take a look at Bob Gainey. It’s been 25 years since the Habs last won the Stanley Cup. In that time, players have come and gone, but so have GMs. Five in fact have been hired since Serge Savard was let go in 1995. Only four of those five have followed him out the door though, with Bergevin being the sole exception… for now.

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