The Montreal Canadiens are an elite organization, and it’s safe to say their fans, for the most part, match them in terms of class. Attending a game at the Bell Centre is an experience in of itself, and an absolute must for hockey fans looking for a unique atmosphere.
Listening to a recent conversation between media personalties Tony Marinaro and Brian Wilde about why the goals per game in the NHL are at historical lows, the solution is simplistic. The NHL does not want to make the big meaningful changes required.
When Michel Therrien was hired about 18 months ago to coach the Montreal Canadiens, the decision didn’t have unanimous support from the fans and the media. The truth was that Therrien had already failed behind the Habs bench in the early 2000s. Yet, the move paid off last season when the Canadiens managed to lead the team to a Northeast Division championship with a record of 29-14-5 for 63 points in 48 games.
With a record of 9-9-2 after 21 games this season, the Montreal Canadiens have been inconsistent to say the least. After starting the season 5-2-0 in their first seven games, the Canadiens went 4-7-2 the following 13 games.
Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted a comment that went something like “so when is David Desharnais going to be sent to Hamilton?” Immediately, Max Paccioretyy chimed in to say that his tweet is inappropriate. Coach Michel Therrien made a similar comment.
Dear Mr. Bergevin and Mr. Therrien,
I know you think you are both doing the right thing with David Desharnais, by giving him every opportunity to get himself back to playing at a respectable level. To the contrary, the way I see it, you are both hurting him more than ever.
Michel Therrien, the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, has made some interesting decisions behind the bench so far this season. With a record of 8-8-1 to start the season, the panic room certainly isn’t a place the Habs’ bench boss needs to be so early in the season.
Five days ago, the Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Alexei Emelin to a four year contract extension worth $4.1million per year. Supposedly on his return from injury shortly, just how big […]
TVMcGill Sports Producer, and Montreal Hockey Talk contributor, David P. Stein, had the privilege of interviewing TSN Montreal bureau chief, John Lu. Lu goes in depth about the Montreal Canadiens,and […]
PK Subban may or may not have made a fantasy line-up for Team Canada, and it seems that people are losing their collective minds over fictitious predictions. The will-he or won’t-he should be encouraging pleasant discussion and friendly banter; unfortunately, it has caused just the opposite.
To fight or not to fight? That is the question one hears when discussing the NHL these days. It’s definitely not without merit. But let’s delve in to the reasoning behind banning fighting from hockey.
The first month of the 2013-2014 NHL season is done with and it didn’t take much for me to burst a brain vessel. And when I say it didn’t take much, I mean it literally in the form of diminutive forward David Desharnais.
As a Canadiens’ fan, are you fed up of the constant visceral comments being thrown at David Desharnais? I know I am. Missing optional skates and half-hearted efforts have Habs Nation in a uproar.
Much has been said over the course of the past couple of days about Lars Eller and his now infamous words regarding the Edmonton Oilers. In the very odd case that you haven’t heard them yet, Eller basically compared the Oilers to a junior team. Edmonton’s head coach Dallas Eakins apparently used his words as fodder, and his team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Habs 4-3.
The Eller-Gallagher-Galchenyuk line has been by far the best and most promising line for the Montreal Canadiens this season. They have a combined for a total of 10 goals and 21 points. They’re also the most stable and consistent line the #Habs has, playing together 17.3% of all even strength shifts together. The only other line that has played over 10% is Gionta-Plekanec-Bourque at 10.75%. The kids do all this with an avg. of 16:04 of ice per game while the Gio-Plek-Bourque line avg. 16:50 of ice per game and only has 6 goals and 10 points. The kids have been the 2nd or 3rd line even though they are producing at a 1st line rate.
By: David P. Stein (@davestein13) When a 4th overall draft-pick falls out of favor with the organization that selected him just four years previously, naturally question marks will follow him […]
Despite the addition of the Red Wings, Cup Finalist Boston Bruins remain the team to beat. The most entertaining battle in this division will come from the Canadian Content. Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal are all clubs that who are entering a phase in their history where it will be time to add the final pieces to establish themselves as legitimate cup contenders as the rival Bruins have done.
Recently the Bs have both held the cup and come second in the running. Most organizations would consider any kind of significant change to be a risk not worth taking.
The Detroit Red Wings may not be used to how hockey is played out east, but given their consistent ability to be contenders in the wild wild west over the years, it’s impossible to count them out. Losing key players and leaders in their locker room has not stopped them from being perennially playoff-bound and that will not change this year.
Alfredsson exits the Senators; fear not, enter Bobby Ryan. Although they gave up youngster Jakub Silfverberg and a 1st, this is quite a good deal for Ottawa. Stuck in Perry’s shadow may leave the casual hockey fan with little knowledge on this new Senator, but as Brian Murray said, “we believe we have an elite scorer in Bobby and we don’t think he’s reached his potential” further proof is in the pudding when it comes to Ryan who in 6 years, has scored 30 goals 4 times, failing in his rookie year and in the lockout shortened year.
Leafs nation rejoiced when David Clarkson signed on the dotted line and when they traded for goaltender Jonathan Bernier making him the future #1 despite the solid play of James Reimer.
Marc Bergevin has more to deal with then he may have hoped for with Montreal’s success last year. Despite a great finale seeding the Habs’ in the playoffs, they were ousted in the first round. With many selections in the front end of this year, Montreal loaded up their future stockpile. Rather than ship out some of those picks to teams in a rebuild, he kept them on the off chance they don’t storm the table like last season.
Jonathan Huberdeau won the Calder Trophy last year and with the departure of Weiss will be certainly slotted in the top 6. Along with winger Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann, Tomas Kopecky and the emergence of prospect Nick Bjugstad the Cats do have some up-tempo players in their top 6. However a lack of secondary scoring was a factor throughout the lockout shortened season, in which the Panthers drew a slew of injuries that riddled their roster. With a decent stock of quality prospects including Drew Shore who had a stint with the big club last year, GM Dale Tallon can fill in the forwards nicely during this upcoming season.
When your team ices Steven Stamkos it’s hard for the opposition to contain such a great scorer, let alone one who has the help of an elite playmaker like Martin St-Louis. Although Lecavalier (PHI) was bought out, they did choose to fill in the skill void by drafting Jonathan Drouin who will be given the opportunity to play immediately.