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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.

Once again, the Montreal Canadiens dominated play, but didn’t get the desired result, as Dustin Tokarski allowed 5 goals on 15 shots, giving the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 win in the Habs’ final pre-season game.

Join hosts Nick Murdocco and ‘Coach K’, along with Steve Farnham and CJIM morning man Graeme McDonald, as they take a look at the game’s key moments, who stays and who goes, and so much more.


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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Photo: Michael J. Cohen/EMSB

In a day and age when athletes and executives in professional sports like to shy away from the spotlight during the off-season, the same cannot be said about the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Marc Bergevin.

Bergevin was at James Lyng High School on Friday, June 19th to view the huge likeness of himself on display on the side of the building, as part of the “Bringing History to Life” program at the school.

The mural, created by the staff and students at James Lyng, gives life to some of the area’s most influential people, from famed jazz pianist Oliver Jones, James Lyng alumni and actor Jaa Smith-Johnson to Verdun city counsellor Sterling Downey.

Bergevin had the opportunity to view a book created by the program that looked at various historical elements from Little Burgundy, through Pointe St-Charles and into St-Henri. Bergevin showed his in-depth knowledge of the area’s deep history as he looked through the book, pointing out where his father worked when he grew up, and talking about some of the various area restaurants that “are landmarks” as far as he is concerned.

He even asked about the Turcotte interchange reconstruction and the beautification projects that are lined up to help rejuvenate his neighbourhood and the area surrounding James Lyng. The most impressive part was the undivided attention he gave to each student, answering their questions (unless they had to anything with trades or the draft, of course), and giving them his personal perspective on how the neighbourhood has changed and grown in many ways.

In turn, the Canadiens’ general manager gave the students in attendance at history lesson on the difficulties he had growing up in St-Henri. The well-documented linguistic feuds that divided the Little Burgundy, Pointe St-Charles and St-Henri neighbourhood was a subject that Bergevin lived through and didn’t avoid talking about.

“I played my minor hockey right next door”, said the Canadiens GM, referring to Le Centre Gadbois, located adjacent to the school. “It was tough for those of us from the other side of the tracks to come here, because of the whole English – French situation.”

When asked whether being a hometown boy puts added pressure on him to get the Canadiens more success, he shook it off. “No matter who is the general manager of the Canadiens, from this city or not, the team’s history will put pressure on you.”

The Canadiens’ Director of Player Development Martin Lapointe, who played 14 season in the National Hockey League, and has an arena sporting his name in Lachine (Ville St-Pierre). When asked about when the Gadbois Centre will carry his name, Bergevin laughed and responded, “I think you’ll have to ask the mayor about that.”

Oftentimes we associate people in highly regarded position as untouchable as well as unapproachable. Marc Bergevin is the polar opposite of that. Regardless of the decisions he makes from his office high above St-Antoine Street, he, above all others, really has MONTREAL’s best interest at heart.


Listen in to the interview I did with Marc Bergevin.

Sorry, I couldn’t ask about the draft and potential trades. You’ll have to listen to Montreal Hockey Talk; Road To Glory this Thursday night at 8 PM to get that information.

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Mar 5, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (26) during a break in action against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
The NHL trade deadline has come and gone. The true winners and losers will be determined over the course of the remainder of the regular season, the Stanley Cup playoffs and of course the future with the draft picks and prospects that were moved. But until then, here’s one hockey scribe’s immediate but hopefully calculated reaction to arguably the two biggest of the 20 trades involving 38 players made Tuesday prior to the 3 PM ET deadline.


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MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Penguins – Feb. 27th, 2014


Both teams still looked like they were suffering from an Olympic break hangover, at times looking awful, but the Montreal Canadiens managed to keep pace with the Pittsburgh Penguins and win in a shootout 6-5 at the Xcel Energy Center. Join Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco, along with Kristina Ashqar, Rick Springhetti and Coach K as they try to make some sense of the questionable officiating and some of the decision made in overtime by Habs’ coach Michel Therrien.