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Cast Away: Former Isles Contribute To New Teams In Playoffs

Although the New York Islanders missed the playoffs this season, many players that were dressed for the team and traded made significant contributions to their new team's post-season run to the Cup (Photo credit: Michael Cummo Photography/Flickr).

To P.K. or Not to P.K.? The Subban Question

As another Islander season draws closer to an ending, it’s never too early to start thinking about the future (it’s what we do best on Long Island). Free agency will come and go and big-ticket names will be shuffled around in trades. And the one name hanging out there that appears ripe for the taking, Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, just so happens to make a heck of a lot of sense for the team in Nassau.

Habs Ship Erik Cole To Dallas For Mature Ryder, Cap Flexibility

 

On Tuesday evening, we finally saw the big differences between the current Montreal Canadians administration, and the ones that fans had been subjected to over the last decade. As most of you were probably driving home from work, the team announced a trade which would send Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars in exchange for former Hab Michael Ryder (Cole waived his no-trade clause to complete the deal). At a glance, a lot of people probably cringed at the thought of Ryder returning to his old stomping grounds, because much like Michel Therrien, he represents the old guard, maybe even everything that had been wrong with this organization. But when you delve a little further into i...

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...

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...