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Kosta Papoulias

Coach K is the producer of the Montreal Hockey Talk pre and post game shows, to which he is a regular contributor. His 15 years of coaching experience, along with his passion for the game, give him a unique perspective. You can follow Coach on Twitter @CoachRules

On tonight’s episode of RTG, host Nick Murdocco is back at the helm, and is joined by Steven Hindle, Steve Farnham and Coach K.

Among the topics the crew speak about are what was said at Michel Therrien’s annual golf tournament, the battle for the top 6 forward positions on the Montreal Canadiens, the log jam at defense, the legal situations of Patrick Kane and Mike Richards, as well as the Habs’ tickets hikes and much more.


MHT Road To Glory – August 6th, 2015

The boys are back, as Steven Hindle takes the reigns from Nick Murdocco for this week and is joined by Coach K and special guest Corey Collard.

The gang discusses the signings of Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Semin and whether the value of those contracts are hit or miss. They also talk about the ticket price hikes that vary between 9.5 – 24.5% depending on the section you sit in.

Finally, Coach tells you about an experience in Calgary in #WhatBreaksMyStick


On this week’s episode of Road To Glory, host Nick Murdocco, along with Steven Hindle and Coach K discuss whether or not the Habs will be better or worse next season, they take a look at the NHL expansion proposals submitted by Quebec City and Las Vegas, and with the discussion about players already done, they question whether or not Michel Therrien and his coaching staff will see the end of next season from behind the Canadiens’ bench.




On this week’s edition of Road To Glory, host Nick Murdocco is joined in studio by Steven Hindle, Steve Farnham and Coach K, as they discuss some of the recent contract signings by the Montreal Canadiens.

Grant McCagg of McKeen’s Hockey joins the crew to discuss what upside the youth in the Canadiens’ organization can bring to the table.

Finally, Nick tells you what he thinks of jersey advertisements in this week’s #WhatBreaksMyStick.


On this week’s episode, Steve Farnham joins Nick Murdocco, Steven Hindle and Coach K to discuss the goings-on at the Montreal Canadiens Development Camp, the Alex Galchenyuk saga and the impact the contract given to Vladimir Tarasenko will have on the negociations, as well as the addition of Nick Carriere to the coaching staff of the St. John’s Ice Caps.


On this week’s Road To Glory, host Nick Murdocco, Steven Hindle and Coach K review the happenings at the 2015 NHL Draft, the NHL Free Agent Frenzy and trades involving the Montreal Canadiens.

barberio-166339093-640x427Speaking of free agency, the boys are joined in the second segment by new Canadiens’ defenseman Mark Barberio, as they discuss his time in Tampa Bay, the retirement of Martin St-Louis and his personal expectations going in Habs’ camp.


WhatBreakMyStickIn this week’s “What Break My Stick”, Coach goes off on all the armchair GMs on social media, and their vitriol towards those whose opinions differ from their own.




MHT Road To Glory – July 2nd, 2015


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Normally, when a team drafts as low as the Montreal Canadiens, with the 26th overall selection, chances are most of the top end talent is off the board.

Tonight’s 1st round of the 2015 NHL Draft was nothing like that. After the Boston Bruins traded defenceman Dougie Hamilton and hated winger Milan Lucic to acquire picks 13, 14 and 15, it was almost a foregone conclusion that most of the top 20 talent would be gone. To everyone’s surprise, new Bruins’ general manager Don Sweeney drafted D Jacob Zboril, LW Jake Debrusk and RW Zachary Senyshen (ranked  12th, 19th and 38th respectively by NHL Central Scouting), it created turmoil on the Draft floor.

As picks came and went, there were plenty of players available for the Canadiens to choose from. The cupboards are bare in most areas of the farm system right now, with the likes of Nikita Scherbak, Michael McCarron and Charles Hudon due to get serious consideration at Canadiens’ camp in the fall, as well as defenseman Jarred Tinordi and Dalton Thrower. With plenty of defensemen available in the draft through rounds 1 and 2, it was expected the Canadiens would draft a skillful, well-sized and skilled forward to help address their scoring down the road.

Charlottetown Islanders’ leading scorer Daniel Sprong (ranked 20nd by NHLCS) was available for the Canadiens, and despite holes in his defensive game, his offensive skill ranks among the top 5 players available in the draft.

juulsen-draftCanadiens’ general manager Marc Bergevin and Director of Amateur Scouting Trevor Timmons decided to bolster the back end, picking defenseman Noah Juulsen from the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. Juulsen (22nd – NHLCS) is 6′ 1″ and 176 lbs, shoots right handed and has a very respectable two-way game. The 18 year old from Abbotsford, BC is an excellent skater and plays a relatively physical game. He can provide excellent support to his teammates and has an above-average ability to anticipate the game.
Noah Juulsen’s Career Statistics:

Many aren’t thrilled with the selection, including yours truly, but time will tell if Juulsen will fit the bill for Montreal. He needs to put on some significant muscle to play at the professional level, but given his age, he will spend a couple of more years in the WHL and perhaps one or two with the Ice Caps, which should give him more than enough time to fill in.

The NHL Draft continues tomorrow in Sunrise, Florida. Hopefully, the Canadiens’ brain trust have a few more moves up their sleeve to pacify Habs’ fan, who expected a bigger splash on the draft floor.

In anticipation of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and possible moves that can be made on the draft floor by the Montreal Canadiens, join Nick Murdocco, Steven Hindle and Coach K, who are joined in studio by James Stephan, as they give you their take on what may transpire.

We also got a hold of Gus Katsaros of McKeen’s Hockey to talk about possible Habs’ targets, and what can be expected from some of the Canadiens’ draft choices graduating to the AHL.



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As if there was any doubt?

To many in HabsNation, tonight’s affirmation at the 2015 NHL Awards of Carey Price was nothing more than a formality. Canadiens’ fans near and far all know how great Price is, while others know of his abilities from his gold medal performance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi for Team Canada.

The night started with the presentation of the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the player voted most valuable by their peers. To some players, this award means more that the Hart Memorial Trophy, because the players decide the winner.

Price went up to the stage, looking sharp in a tuxedo and bowtie, and thanked everyone, from his teammates to his parents, and of course, his wife Angela. Price accepted the award with his usual humility, jokingly saying, “I’m more nervous up here than when I’m playing.”

Voting Total for the Vezina Trophy

Next up was the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league’s best goaltender. The choice was easy. Price led the league in wins with 44, save percentage at .933 and goals against average of 1.96. Despite a great season by Devon Dubnyk, who single handedly resurrected the Minnesota Wild’s season, there’s no disputing Price’s dominance between the pipes.

Again, Price went up on stage to accept his award, except this time, his message was different. Sure, he thanked his teammates, as he always does, but instead of adding to the list of people to thank, the Canadiens’ netminder spoke about the First Nations’ Youth.

It’s well known throughout Canada that First Nations’ children struggle to succeed in life, often getting caught up in drugs and alcoholism. Tears flowed from Price’s eyes as he tried to encourage youngster to follow their dreams, and if he could make it this far in life, so could they. It was just a glimpse into the life Carey Price led in rural B.C., but one that moved everyone that was watching.

The Jennings Trophy is awarded to the team that allows the lowest goal against during the regular season. That honour was split between the Montreal Canadiens and the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Finally, it was time to award the Hart Memorial Trophy for the league’s most valuable player. Many thought because Price was a goaltender, and had the Vezina and Lindsay Trophies all but secured, that Alexander Ovechkin, who led the league win 53 goals, would be his biggest competition.

Hart Trophy Voting

As the chart to the left shows, it wasn’t even close. Price blew away the competition, beating Ovechkin in voting by over 600 votes. John Tavares of the New York Islanders finished third.

World Junior Gold, a Calder Cup with the Hamilton Bulldogs, a gold medal in 2014 and not a slew of NHL hardware. All that’s left for Care Price is to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a Stanley Cup and his career would be complete…hopefully next season at the age of 28.