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Montreal Canadiens Legends Challenge: Whittling down to the very best of the best

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-01-23

A daily eliminator poll of those who’ve seen their numbers raised to the rafters. Who will be the People’s Champion? The Montreal Canadiens are a franchise with a storied history. Twenty-four Stanley Cup banners have been raised over their 100-plus years as an organization and currently hang up in the rafters of the Bell Centre. Alongside them are 18 other banners representing the greatest players to have ever played for the team, their numbers forever retired. Those players are: Jacques Plante: The goaltending innovator who not only introduced the mask for a goaltender, but also angered many by leaving his crease to play the puck, an unheard of situa

Team bonding moment for Canadiens tough guy Kotkaniemi | HI/O Show

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2020-01-23

On this week’s show, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and comedian Joey Elias — along with host Adam Susser talk about Jesperi Kotkaniemi dropping the gloves for the first time in his career and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin’s options ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Read More

Cayden Primeau on blocking out the noise, his year in Nebraska, and learning from a Dutch extreme athlete

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-01-23

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images The rookie’s poise and maturity has made an impression on teammates in both Laval and Montreal. Even after winning his first ever NHL game, 20-year-old Cayden Primeau did not look like a deer in headlights overwhelmed by the oncoming Montreal media horde. One by one, microphones and cell phones inserted themselves in the growing scrum, but Primeau didn’t lose focus of the reporter asking him a question to his right. It’s just part of the madness that comes with being a highly-touted prospect in the early stages of their Montreal Canadiens career.

Rocket vs. Crunch recap & highlights: Jake Evans’ OT winner downs Syracuse

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-01-23

Club de hockey Canadien, inc The Rocket earn an important two points in their playoff push. Charles Hudon and Jake Evans combined on a two-on-one just six seconds into overtime as the Laval Rocket defeated the Syracuse Crunch 3-2 on Wednesday night at Place Bell. It was a fitting way for the game to end for Evans, who had a strong game at both ends of the rink. Charles Hudon feeds Jake Evans the overtime winner, just six seconds into OT. pic.twitter.com/gJB8SlrrfV— Scott Matla (@scottmatla)

Links: Depth players the Canadiens could consider moving out

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-01-23

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images In today’s links, looking far down the order for players who could be turned into future assets, Connor McDavid’s recovery, and Darren Dietz’s All-Star performance. Montreal Canadiens news and notes While there are some bigger Canadiens names on the trade bait board, there are some more minor players who could be sought by playoff contenders. [Sportsnet] A conversation on which Canadiens may be on the move, and which ones won’t. [

Rocket's Matthew Peca works to tip AHL-NHL balance toward Canadiens

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2020-01-22

There are generally two classes of players in the American Hockey League — the somewhat aging veteran, who had his time in the NHL, and the youngster at the beginning of his career attempting to make the jump. Read More

The Forum: Should the Habs trade Kovalchuk?

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2020-01-22

One of the few bright spots for your Montreal Canadiens this season has been the arrival of Ilya Kovalchuk. Now the Habs have a choice to make, should they hold on to Ilya or cash in on a nice pick-up by moving him at the trade deadline? We asked our contributors. Sean O’Neill – Kovalchuk has been one of the very few bright spots in an otherwise lost season. It’s tempting, therefore, to hang on to him – we are entitled to a *little* bit of joy, even if the team should be in full-blown tank mode. That being said, the value on Kovalchuk will likely never be higher, and the front-office should be in the habit of collecting assets for when this team is finally competitive again (ETA: 2029-2030). If any desperate contender ha

3 trade deadline moves the Canadiens should explore

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2020-01-22

MONTREAL — What a peculiar time this is for the Montreal Canadiens. With 32 games remaining in the NHL season, they find themselves 10 points back of third place in the Atlantic Division and nine points back of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. And yet, they just rattled off four wins in their last five games and they’re on the precipice of getting two top-six forwards and a top-niner back from long-term injury. It sure muddies the waters a little bit. Even if they’ve conceded that Jonathan Drouin, Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron can’t do much to alter the math on the team’s playoff possibilities, which is as woefully ominous as it gets at this point. But with over four weeks to go till the NHL’s trade deadline, some of Montreal’s hardest deci

Montreal Canadiens: Who Should Replace Geoff Molson as President?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2020-01-22

There have been on-again, off-again calls to replace Geoff Molson as team president of the Montreal Canadiens. Many of the voices making this demand are there to find a way to get another person to oversee the work of current general manager Marc Bergevin, and possibly to have him replaced. 

Should the Canadiens consider trading Tomas Tatar?

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-01-22

Photo by Devin Manky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The Canadiens have a chance to sell high on Tomas Tatar, but should they take it? We haven’t heard much from Marc Bergevin and company on the trade front this season. Outside of the Marco Scandella acquisition — which was paired with the departure of Mikey Reilly — the Montreal Canadiens have remained rather quiet. Bergevin has made it quite clear that he’s not interested in selling the farm to try and make the playoffs. In fact, his surprise acquisition of Ilya Kovalchuk su

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