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The Montreal Canadiens have let go of so many players since last summer that it seems with every upcoming new opponent comes a former team member. In a week from now, it will be Guillaume LatendresseÆs turn with the Minnesota Wild. Latendresse was vowed to become a power forward for the Habs. With his generous shape came the expectations of physical plays and on-ice imposition. Instead, he has been criticized as slow ...

Montreal Canadiens: Mike Cammalleri As Captain, Anyone?

Posted: 2nd December 2009 by Miah D. in NHL
As the Montreal Canadiens’ famous day of December 4th is drawing closer; there is one thing that is still missing—yes, apart from a winning team, a Captain. The General Manager and the head coach want to take their time to assess each possible candidate so they make the right choice. But if we keep the current pace, we might end up days away from the trade deadline still with three As. A ...

Montreal Canadiens: Giving Jacques Martin A Piece Of The Cake

Posted: 25th November 2009 by Miah D. in NHL
Prior to the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday, Ken Hitchcock was praising the Montreal Canadiens coaching staff for the fine work it was doing with the team. I think I have just been too caught up into everything that is negative around our Habs, that I did not realize that Jacques Martin and his assistants were doing a fine work, indeed. Very fine. I mean, take a look at this ...
We have previously wondered what were Bob Gainey's biggest moves since he came into office with the Montreal Canadiens. Some have talked about Alexei Kovalev, some about Carey Price, but here is another one that might top some charts: Guillaume Latendresse is no longer a Canadiens. The hype surrounding Latendresse has always been reportedly associated with his birth certificate. Drafted 45th overall, his arrival with the team has been surrounded by enormoys scrutiny. ...

Montreal Canadiens Week 8: The Good, The Bad And The Injuries

Posted: 23rd November 2009 by Miah D. in NHL
The Montreal Canadiens closed their eighth week in a less painful way than many had anticipated. The apprehension regarding the two last games was so strong, that it sounded as if the team ôBanana splitö from the Garage league of Goone-land was going to faceáan NHL team. á The Good. A few points are quite encouraging from last weekÆs challenges. Bob Gainey can now at least close one eye when he sleeps ...
Our folks have taught us to think first before we speak, so we do not send the wrong message. But some messages are just meant to be wrong. The fuss over the goalie controversy provoked by Allan Walsh a few days ago truly reflects the susceptibility around hockey in Montreal. That was one heck of a gutsy twit; but then again, coming from an agent whose client is constantly trying to get ...
The Montreal Canadiens will visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, in one of their 82 ôtrue testsö of the season. The Mellon Arena will host the matchup between the Pens plus Sidney Crosby, and the Habs plus ... Guillaume Latendresse. If you are trying to find out what is wrong with that sentence, letÆs go back in time to solve this nonsense. It is the 2003 QMJHLÆs entry draft. The Rimouski Oceanic selects ...

Tell Me Montreal Fans, What Is It About That Price Guy Again?

Posted: 22nd October 2009 by Miah D. in NHL
Hearing the RDS announcersùand the entire NHLùgoing gaga over Odrej Pavelec during the MontrealÆs match up against Atlanta; I could not help but remember the fuss about Carey Price during his rookie year. Was it his impressive 6 ft 3? Was it his unshakable cool? Was it his laid back, yet funny, yet mysterious personality? It had got to be something. Because boy, were we sold early on that kid. Come to ...

Why the Montreal Canadiens Can Benefit from Underdog Role

Posted: 18th October 2009 by Miah D. in NHL
The Montreal CanadiensÆ current situation has given reason to the many skeptics who anticipated a painful season start following the teamÆs summer changes. Jacques MartinÆs crew has been surprisingly wandering without a direction and identity so far in the season, with their fifth straight loss in just seven games. Surprisingly, really? Snow in Madagascar is a surprise; American Idol getting Ellen DeGeneres as judge is a surprise; but our dear Habs looking ...

Montreal Canadiens: Keeping The No.27 As The “Kovalev 27″

Posted: 13th October 2009 by Miah D. in NHL
Montreal Canadiens Georges Laraque confessed to the Gazette that he approached the Canadiens Management to ask for a number switch. Having always worn the no.27, he has been forced to change to no.17 when he joined the team; since a certain ôArtistö already had it. Call it superstition, or just coincidence; but LaraqueÆs first season as a no.17 was far from what we expected. First, a groin injury had him miss the entire ...