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The Long Over-Due Trade

To see Jarome Iginla traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins should not come to a surprise to anyone, he deserves to win a Cup and as sad as it is to say, he was not going to win it as a Flame.

To be honest, this trade is long over-due, something that should have happened last year, if not earlier.

Habs Send Gomez Home

As the NHL lockout comes to an end, players around the league are preparing to hit the ice with their teams in the coming days. For at least one player, though, the end of the lockout means the end of his season.

 

While Montreal Canadiens players took to the ice for the opening day of training camp in Brossard today, Scott Gomez was noticeably absent. Without any word of an injury, the suspicion was that his future with the club was uncertain. Soon after, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin announced that Gomez would be sent home, and will not be playing with the tea...

Analyzing the Canadiens' Changes and Chances

The Montreal Canadiens have historically been the flagship franchise of the National Hockey League. Over the years the Canadiens have amassed a record 24 Stanley Cups, and those responsible for all those Championships have been rightfully honoured - you can find the names of 61 people associated with the club in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Despite all of that success over the years, somewhere along the line that tradition of winning went away. While the prospect of adding number 25 excited many of the Habs faithful in 2010, the fact remains that “Les Glorieux” haven't been able to win it all in two decades. In an attempt to change that, the Canadien...

Habs Add Toughness on July 1st, Still Looking For Skill

 


The name of the game for the Montreal Canadiens this July 1st was 'toughness'. After years of being called too small, too weak and too soft, new General Manager Marc Bergevin decided to add some grit to his line-up via the unrestricted free agency pool, and the result was unexpected to say the least.  The biggest signing of the day, at the very least in terms of dollars and years, was through former New York Rangers tough guy Brandon Prust. The 28-year-old London, Ontario native winger signed a four-year deal with the Habs worth $10 million (an average salary of $2.5M a year). Prust had 5 goals and 17 points in 82 games with the Rangers last year, in...

Habs Restock The Forward Ranks In Strong Draft Weekend

 

 

When you use the third overall pick -- an extremely rare occurrence for the Montreal Canadiens -- on a player who's already blown out his knee and missed an entire season of hockey before even reaching adult age, the conversation can only go one of two directions. Either people will be elated that a player is so talented he can overcome a major injury to be included in the top three players of his draft year, or that player will be considered a major risk for the team that ends up drafting him. When it comes to Alex Galchenyuk, that conversation seems to be leaning towards the former. Despite missing almost all ...

Out With The Old, In With The Old

 


Here's the thing. Very few people reading this blog, if any, quite frankly, are in any position to judge what it takes to be a head coach in the NHL, a head coach in Montreal, and the type of coach required to lead the pack of players Marc Bergevin inherited when he was announced as the new General Manager of this team last month. That, of course, includes myself. But it also doesn't take a genius to figure out that what didn't work once before, likely won't work a decade later under eerily similar circumstances. I'm more than certain that Bergevin and their staff did their homework with the new (old) coach of the Montreal Canadiens, Michel Therrie...

Blackhawks script this week– Promotions, Firings & Rumors!

 

The Blackhawks players’ season may have ended on the ice but it appears the Hawks will be keeping us entertained in the off season with more drama off the ice. They say that soap operas are dead now that popular day time dramas All my Children, The Guiding Light and One life to Live are off the air. Well not to worry melodrama fans, the Blackhawks front office will be replacing this programming this season with some speculation, scheming and gossip of their own it appears.

In just one weeks time the Hawks promoted an assistant GM from within the club, fired a beloved assistant coach and had to squelch rumors that its Stanley Cup winning future HOF coach would be l...

Welcome To The Jungle, Marc Bergevin

 

Jeff Goldblum called, he wants his glasses and face back. It's been a long month since the Montreal Canadiens fired General Manager Pierre Gauthier at the end of March, with only a handful of games left in a regular season that was and felt much, much longer. The firing opened the organization up to a lot of speculation, as owner and team president Geoff Molson and special adviser (a former GM of the team himself) Serge Savard entered a long process to pick the person who would take this team forward in what can only be described as a rebuild. At the very least, a retooling. There were plenty of names mentioned, including just about ever Francophone assistant ...