Montreal Canadiens

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With the way this season has played out for the Montreal Canadiens, it feels like the franchise is at a bit of a crossroads. Stalwarts like Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty have been in the rumour mill all season long as the frustration grows. The Habs are in sore need of more talent overall, particularly
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(Before you start commenting on social media without reading the entire piece…this is satirical, folks.) On the heels of the New York Rangers’ letter to their fans this week, the Montreal Canadiens management is considering releasing its own letter. Currently, in draft form, the letter is from owner Geoff Molson and general manager Marc Bergevin. It promises fans
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Tomas Plekanec’s games with the Montreal Canadiens could be numbered. It’s for the best, though. Plekanec as a Montreal Canadien Tomas Plekanec and ex-Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop – (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports) It also can’t be helped, barring a screw-up by general manager Marc Bergevin. With Plekanec set to hit free agency as
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Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin’s job is on the line in part because of his failure to secure a No. 1 center… for good reason. Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin – (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports) In addition to generally citing the difficulty of making trades in the NHL, Bergevin infamously argued the only
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A losing season isn’t necessarily a lost one for the Montreal Canadiens. Here are five hard lessons learned from this 2017-18 campaign the Habs can build on moving forward. 5) Paul Byron Is No Fluke Paul Byron continues to impress, not just through his speed, but versatility. Paul Byron – (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports) Everyone
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Scratching Jordie Benn was meant to send a message to a Montreal Canadiens defence corps that has struggled throughout the season. Unfortunately for head coach Claude Julien, defense was the least of his team’s issues versus the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. As it has for most of the season, the Canadiens’ inability to
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Will Marc Bergevin lose his job after the garbage fire of a season in Montreal? The jury is still out. Few doubt that this aborted season is Bergevin’s responsibility. However, in the Montreal Canadiens organization, incompetence is not enough to get you fired. In an otherwise results-based business, language politics influence Les Habitants in problematic ways. As
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Every NHL team has had more than their fair shares of busts and missed opportunities at the draft. Selecting a player that doesn’t work out stings, especially if a future star goes one or two picks later. Although scouting is getting better, projecting how an 18-year-old player is going to develop is still a shot
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Turning this Montreal Canadiens season around may very well be an impossible mission. Ten points out of the last Eastern Conference wild-card berth, the Habs had better focus on rebounding in 2018-19. Thankfully, that’s a much easier task, as long as they accomplish the following five goals: 5) Sell Off Assets It almost goes without
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Much like the roads of their home city, the Montreal Canadiens’ defensive corps is in dire need of reconstructive surgery. Having allowed 3.08 goals per game, the Habs consistently find themselves at the mercy of other teams and the goaltending of Carey Price, which has been far from stellar this season. Assuming general manager Marc
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If anything, Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price has just explained away his horrible start to the season. That doesn’t absolve him from blame. Chronic Fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Carey Price – (Dominick Gravel-USA TODAY Sports) In a story that made the rounds this past weekend, Price was reported as having suffered from chronic fatigue
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For fans of the Montreal Canadiens, this year has been a fiasco. This was not mere misfortune we are talking about, and it cannot be properly described as hard luck. It was a calamitous collapse of epic proportions. An unmitigated disaster. A catastrophe brought about by hubris and managerial incompetence. It is time to grieve for a
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One of the criticisms in the Marc Bergevin era has been the lack of star prospects coming up. Reasons for that include having to trade for impact players and development has been a cause for debate over the years with players failing to develop as expected. With the exception of 2012 and 2016, Montreal has
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Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is known for stealing games, but he just got away with highway larceny. Carey Price vs. the Atlantic Division Carey Price – (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports) Despite being named the Habs’s All-Star Game representative, Price is in the midst of a mediocre season. He has a 2.89 goals-against average and
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Wondering whether or not there’s a point making a resolution for 2018? Well, all the Montreal Canadiens have. Here’s an exclusive look into each of theirs, if you’re hoping for some inspiration: Charles Hudon Seriously, to do something about those two front teeth. Montreal Canadiens forward Charles Hudon – (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports) Daniel Carr,