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It's a Monday, during the middle of December, and the Montreal Canadiens are tied for eighth in the Eastern conference.  31 points after 30 games actually puts the Habs in ninth place tied with the Capitals, but we are close!

From TCL:

George Prax and his feelings about Tomas Kaberle.

"I have an email address" Pierre Gauthier by Phil T.

The Media:

Sportsnet with a short blurb about Lars Eller's fine. Forget about the lack of information in the article - was that the only picture of Lars they could find?

The Venerable Michael Farber on CNNSI about Louis Leblanc. ...

Pierre Gauthier Finally Checks His E-Mails

 

from: Pierre Gauthier gm_of_da_year1@hotmail.comto: Brian Burke <brian@mlse.com>subject: RE: Tomas Kaberledate: Sat, Dec 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

 

Hey Brian,

Finally got around to installing Windows XP on my new laptop so I was able to check my e-mails. I'm totally interested in Kaberle seeing our powerplay could be better and last time I checked Tomas was one of the premier defensemen in the league. Let me know what you think.

PG.

Original Message:

2009/05/12 Brian Burke <brian@mlse.com>

 

Pierre/Bob, I'm shopping Kaberle around the league and wanted to know if you guy...

A Stud Goaltender and an Offensive Defenceman Is All You Need Right?

Montreal Canadiens 2 – New Jersey Devils 1

The Habs Win – Someone Must Have Either Been Fired Or Traded

To judge any team and organization all you must do is look at one game.   A nondescript game, where nothing is at stake and nothing out of the normal is happening.  When it’s just one game out of the 82 a team plays, that is when you can evaluate a team.  How does a player play when nothing is on the line and when there is no pressure?  How does a player play when it’s a ho- hum game in the middle of December when nothing is on the line. 

A championship team, heck a good team, plays every game up to its ability.  A go...

Game Day: Canadiens @ Devils

The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to get back in the win-column in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon as they visit the Prudential Center to face-off with the Devils. The Canadiens have lost three of their last four in a shootout, including Thursday nights 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Neither team has been hugely successful heading into Saturday's game, with both clubs amassing only 29 points on the season so far. The Devils do hold a slight advantage though, with two games in hand and going 5-5-0 in their last ten games compared to Montreal, who have gone 3-3-4. The Devils will be looking to win a third straight game against an opponent from the No...

Habs Acquire Tomas Kaberle From Canes for Spacek

Three to five years ago, the acquisition of Tomas Kaberle would have likely been a positive subject for the Montreal Canadiens. Three years ago, Kaberle was a competent offensive defenseman who was a force for the Leafs' blueline, especially on the powerplay. He was a good passer, puck distributor and quarterback, and a player who's value and eventual trade was hotly contested, and a consistent subject of discussion in Toronto and around the league.

But three years is a long time. And Tomas Kaberle is not exactly the defenseman he used to be. At some point during the 2010-11 season, Kaberle's play started to decline with the Toronto Ma...

Two Games in One

The biggest question at the beginning of this contest between the visiting Canucks and the hometown Habs was which Habs team would show up - the Jeckyls or the Hydes. After the shootout the answer was of course - both.

The first period started well for the hometown heroes when a wrist shot by a defenceman no less went through everyone including Roberto Luongo to make it 1-0 Habs. The shot was by Steady Freddy St. Denis with assists to Cammalleri and Plekanecs. They then got into a bit of a problem with penalties giving the Canucks a 5 on 3 for almost a minute. Big Hal Gill once again did yeoman job blocking the passing lane. With approximately a minute left in the first another goal...

Game Day: Habs vs. Canucks

 

The Montreal Canadiens will look to bounce back from a slightly embarrassing 3-2 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday evening, as they prepare to face the Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Centre.

Logic would dictate that the Habs will be looking at another loss after tonight's game, but this team doesn't exactly follow the laws of physics. If this season has proven anything, it's that when their backs are up against the wall (i.e., the coach's job seems to be in jeopardy), this team will bust out a win against the most unlikely opponent. It happened in Winnipeg when the Canadiens beat the Jets in their long-awaited home opener. It happened...

From Inconsistency to Redundancy: Habs Fall To Blue Jackets

Following Tuesday night's 3-2 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre, the world of the season for the Montreal Canadiens may have changed from "inconsistency" to "redundancy".

You don't have to look too far back in the archives here at TCL to notice that most of the writers haven't exactly been happy with the level of effort the team has been showing on most nights. Win or lose, there always seems to be something major to complain about with every passing game. Either they're barely holding on for  win, or simply unable to score any goals or play consistently for sixty minutes.

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The Pros and Cons of the NHL's Realignment for the Montreal Canadiens

 

This week, the NHL announced a brand new format to accommodate certain scheduling issues that have risen the West, and thanks to the Winnipeg Jets. By now I’m sure that you’ve seen the details of the new four-conference format, so I’ll spare you most of the details, but it's needless to say that more than a few people are on the fence about it all.

What’s relevant to the subject matter here is that the Montreal Canadiens will essentially play with the same Northeast Division opponents they’ve known for years, with one little twist. The new mini-conference will also add the two teams from Florida to th...

Game Day : Blue Jackets @ Habs

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in town tonight as they look to put a dent in the first of 2 back to back home games for the Montreal Canadiens.  Tonight also marks the return of blueliner James Wisniewski who spent some time on the Habs roster last season.  Both the Jackets and the Habs are off to terrible starts this season, sitting 21st ( MTL ) and 30th (CBJ) in the league.  

After going 1-1-1 on their road trip in California, the Habs need to bounce back and take advantage of this home stand.  5 of their next 6 are at home and with Max Pacioretty back in the lineup, there aren't many reasons why this team can't steal at least 8 points.

Vinny ...