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Dustin Tokarski

Despite outshooting the San Jose Sharks 10-3 in the first period, the Montreal Canadiens found themselves down a goal after one period and couldn’t recover,as veteran defenseman Andrei Markov turned into a turnover machine, ending his night with a -3 rating.

Join Coach K, along with Kristina Ashqar and Steve Farnham as they take alook at what went wrong, what the Habs can do to fix their issues, and look forward to Thursday night versus the Los Angeles Kings.


The San Jose Sharks, losers of six straight, swim into Montreal to take on the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Can the Canadiens their winning streak to two games, or is it time for the Sharks to get back in the win column.

Join Steven Hindle, along with Steve Farnham and Coach K as they break it all down.


The Montreal Canadiens needed their veterans to step up against the Ottawa Senators, and that’s exactly what they did. Dustin Tokarski had a solid performance in goal, Max Pacioretty scored in the 1st period where the Habs outshot the Sens 27-8, and we saw vintage Tomas Plekanec during a crucial 5 on 3 penalty kill in the 3rd period, leading the Canadiens to a 3-1 victory, ending their losing streak at 4 games.

Join Coach K, along with CJIM Morning Man Graeme MacDonald and Steve Farnham, as they break it all down, along with Global Montreal’s Kelly Greig, who joined them live from the Bell Centre.


In the grips of a four game losing streak, the Montreal Canadiens look to get back to their winning ways tonight, as they face off against the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.

Join Steven Hindle, along with Steve Farnham, Coach K and a second segment appearance by Sportsnet’s Eric Engels, as they break down tonight’s matchup.


The Habs had a better effort in Detroit, but a lack of discipline, along with some ill-advised giveaways late in the game, led to the Montreal Canadiens losing 3-2 at the hands of the Red Wings.

Join Steven Hindle, along with Coach K and Steve Farnham as they wallow in the Canadiens’ 4-game losing streak.


After a tough loss, the Montreal Canadiens travel to HockeyTown USA to take on the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena.

Join Steven Hindle, along with Steve Farnham and CoachK as they preview the second of back to back games for the Habs, along with Clark Rasmussen of DetroitHockey.Net from ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, brought to you by Telsys.


After a flawless training camp, former Hamilton Bulldogs’ number 1 goaltender, Mike Condon, has usurped Dustin Tokarski for the job as Carey Price’s backup. Tokarski, along with newly acquired defenseman Mark Barberio, was placed on waivers earlier today.

In a press conference on Monday at noon, Canadiens’ general manager Marc Bergevin cited Condon’s strong camp and Tokarski’s less than stellar performance were definitely the determining factor in the move.

There has been a severe dip in Tokarski’s game since his extraordinary playoff performance against the New York Rangers in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals. Despite losing the series, the goaltender’s work replacing an injured Carey Price gave the Canadiens a fighting chance in the series.

Since then, however, Tokarski hasn’t even shown flashes of his former self. Oftentimes, he would get caught out of position, with his back turned to the oncoming play, or simply letting pucks going through him.

As for Condon, he did everything he needed to do to earn the backup job. He looked technically sound, which is a huge plus for any backup goaltender, and he showed excellent reactionary skills when they were called upon to stop pucks fired at him.

Despite Tokarski’s experience, Condon showed veteran poise beyond his career experience, never looking flustered. That type of demeanor in goal is a character trait not held by many at this level. It wasn’t too long ago that Carey Price was vilified for having a laid back, un-phased mindset in goal. And as well all know, that worked out just fine for the Canadiens.

Mike Condon will now not only get much needed NHL experience, but he’ll be under the tutelage of two great goaltending minds. If Habs’ goalie coach Stephane Waite can make him great, with better tools than he had to work with in the case of Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford, and Price can show him the NHL ropes, the Canadiens’ goaltending will be almost as strong as when they had Patrick Roy and Pat Jablonski as their goaltending tandem.

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Despite the 2-3-2 record the Montreal Canadiens sported in the 2015-2016 pre-season, there were a plethora of positives to take away. Their puck possession has been much better than in recent years and their specialty teams are starting to look much more effective.

But now comes the difficult part. Decisions have to be made prior to 5 PM on October 7th, and there are plenty of them the Habs have to make before the puck drops versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tomas Fleischman

Has the former Ducks’ and Capitals’ forward done anything to discourage the Canadiens from offering him a contract?

Fleischman has not only played very well on David Desharnais‘ left wing, he has been a solid team player throughout the pre-season. Granted when a player in on a professional try-out with any team, you know to expect an A+ effort from him, since he’s playing to show his career isn’t done.

He’s scored, killed penalties, thrown the body….

If there were any questions about Fleischman’s ability to remain an effective NHL player, he’s answered all of them. Montreal GM Marc Bergevin should get a contract ready and get that bit of business done sooner rather than later.

Jarred Tinordi 

The 6’6″, 218 lbs defenceman has endeared himself with the Canadiens’ front office. He’s played nervous throughout training camp, and looks like his development curve has pulled a U-turn.

Tinordi’s size and occasional mean streak has been a source of hope for the Habs, but he has been able to put it together.

He continues to make the same mistakes by either pinching into the offensive zone at inopportune times, or making ill-advised passes in his own zone. The latter is due to his shortcoming in being able to play the game at the NHL’s pace, and reading the play accordingly.

His inability to use his long reach for better gap control and non-physical play have everyone wondering where his fate lies. Instead of playing to his strengths, he has tried to do too much and therein lie the problem.

Mark Barberio

As a native Montrealer, you know the former Tampa Bay Lightning prospect wear the ‘CH’ with pride, and given his 102 games of NHL experience, Barberio should remain with the big club.

His strengths lie in his position play and puck distribution skills, which would compliment the Canadiens’ offence nicely.

Barberio has been solid in his own zone, shows great play recognition, and rarely makes a mistake that puts his team in a precarious position.

GM Bergevin has often said he wants players to force him to make difficult decisions. Barberio has done just that.

Dustin Tokarski

As this picture from Bruce Bennett depicts, Dustin Tokarski has had a less-than-stellar pre-season and has put himself at risk of being sent to the AHL.

After his masterful performance in the 2013-2014 Eastern Conference final, Carey Price’s backup has looked more like a beer-league goalie than a professional one.

Diminutive for his craft, Tokarski’s passive approach to goaltending has become his Achilles’ heel. Instead of playing at the top of his crease, he remains deep in the blue paint, giving opponents way to much twine to shoot at.

Beyond that, his technique has suffered recently. His poor puck tracking often leads to him being out of position, unprepared for an incoming shot or, worst of all, with his back completely turned to oncoming opponents.

With the stellar and technically sound play of Mike Condon, who has been perfect in his 90 minutes of pre-season action, Tokarski may very well have played his way into the backup role…with the Ice Caps.

Desjardins Post-Game: Devils vs. Habs – April 3rd, 2015

Despite being given power plays of every imaginable variation, including a 4-on-3 in overtime, the Montreal Canadiens, for back to back nights, lost in a shootout this time at the hands of the New Jersey Devils 3-2. Join Corey Collard, Steve Farnham, Sean Lloyd and an irate Coach K as they try to make sense of it all.


Desjardins Pre-Game: Devils vs. Habs – April 3rd, 2015

Join Steven Hindle, Corey Collard, Steve Farnham and Coach K as they take a look at tonight’s second game in as many nights, this time against the New Jersey Devils. Paul Cuthbert of HTWRadio.com joins the crew during the second segment from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca

The Desjardins Pre-Game show is brought to you by the Peel Pub and QualityPlusTickets.com