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The Story of Bob, Bryz and Defense

It’s an issue divided.

When it comes to the Philadelphia Flyers defense, Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky, opinions vary across the gambit.

Following the Flyers most recent loss to the Nashville Predators, the debate has seemed more like a “Choose your own Adventure” book more so than a discussion.

For Flyers, Too Much is Never Enough

The Philadelphia Flyers are a tenacious team.

Fully capable of exploding with a barrage of goals at any moment, the team is rarely out of any game.

Whether they’re down by four goals to the Winnipeg Jets, or three goals to the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders or Anaheim Ducks, the Flyers have proven that no deficit is too great for them to overcome.

While the team has had great success in overcoming leads, as of late, they’ve done an even better job of blowing them.

Canadiens Sign Josh Gorges To Six-Year Contract Extension

 

Josh Gorges' belated Christmas gift finally arrived on New Year's day, as the Canadiens' defenseman signed a six-year contract extension.

The deal will pay the Kelowna, British Columbia native $23.4 million, or an average of $3.9 million a year through the 2017-18 season. Gorges signs this deal after somewhat of a controversy over the summer, after Gorges and his agent, Kevin Epp, filed for arbitration only to sign a one-year deal worth $2.5 million mere days before the hearing.

While considered fair and deserved, Gorges' $2.5M salary was a significant increase over his $1.1M cap hit from his prior 3-ye...

Montreal Canadiens offer up a Stinker

The much anticipated home opener for the Montreal Canadiens was this evening at the Bell Centre. The opening ceremonies were a lack-luster affair, with the highlight being the names of the players showing up on the ice. The team was introduced by the public address announcer, the Habs came out and acknowledged the capacity crowd. The Anthem was performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra - with the crowd singing. There was no ceremonial face off - then the game started. 

The Habs started with a lot of energy and pep with Andrei Kostitsyn scoring on a beautiful set up by Max Pacioretty on a two-on-one. It was a nice start for the home town heroes. Then the Habs starte...

Shot Selection Study 10-8-11: Flyers Shut Down Devils

Goal scoring was a major concern in Philadelphia but with the team's stellar defensive play thus far, goal scoring may quickly become a problem of the past.

Habs Sign Defenseman Chris Campoli to One-Year Deal

In an effort to fill the void left by ailing defenseman Andrei Markov -- once again -- the Montreal Canadiens have made a late acquisition on defense. According to TSN, the team has signed defenseman Chris Campoli to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

27-year-old Campoli has played 397 games in the NHL since the lockout, putting up 33 goals, 102 assists and a -39 rating with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, and most recently, the Chicago Blackhawks -- who walked away from an arbitration hearing for the player back in July. The North York, Ontario native stands at 6'0" and 190lbs, which seems to be about the norm for the Habs thes...

Off-Season Rankings: The Defense

 


Over the last couple of weeks, we've been ranking and rating the players of the Montreal Canadiens. First, we looked at the top-six forwards before rating the lower-tier forwards, or, the best of the rest. The next logical step is, of course, the defense.

I toyed with the idea of presenting the defense rankings first this year, since, as we all know, coach Jacques Martin tends to go with a defense-first system. We may hate it more often than not, but in reality, that system has brought the Canadiens most of their success over the last couple of years. Of course, it's argua...

Fixing the Leaky Roof

Last season, as the Montreal Canadiens were adding up the injuries and spending valuable current and future assets, general manager Pierre Gauthier advised he had been saving for an offensive weapon but had to spend the cap room on repairing a leaky roof. 

This off-season so far, he has been reinforcing that roof, while saving for a possible bargain from one of those over the cap teams that need to shed some salary.

Gone from last season's 12 defenseman suited up for the Habs are Wisniewski, Sopel, Picard, and Hamrlik.

The returning ones are Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges who were both injured for most of the year with blown kn...