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NHL Relocation: Seattle?

The buzzards of Quebec, Hamilton, and Toronto circle overhead as the Coyotes cling to life in the Phoenix desert.

As their position in the NHL becomes more precarious each day, the topic of relocation continues to heat up.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has repeatedly said that he wants to keep the Coyotes in their suburban Glendale home. That might prove to be too difficult considering the most recent attempt to buy the club, and most promising, has come up some $20 milllion short.

In the near future Bettman will have to seriously consider owners who will relocate the club possibly to the aforementioned Canadian cities.

Just recently, an American city has emerged ...

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 ...

Montreal Canadiens select Alex Galchenyuk with 3rd pick in 2012 NHL Draft

 

Montreal selected Alex Galchenyuk with the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Galchenyuk is a center that is capable of making the players around him better. Boasting an impressive hockey IQ, Galchenyuk is a multi-tool player who generates offense with his skating, passing and shooting abilities.

Selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Draft by the Sarnia Sting, Galchenyuk played with the top prospect in this year’s NHL Draft class, Nail Yakupov.

Unfortunately, Galchenyuk has only had the chance to play one full season with Yakupov as he sustained a knee injury, which forced him to miss 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...

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 ...

Player Spotlight: David Desharnais

Montreal Canadiens' centerman David Desharnais has risen to fame with a breakout year, and has been one of the few bright spots on an otherwise gloom season for the Canadiens' organization. Totalling 58 points at this point in the season, Desharnais has certainly proven all of his doubters wrong. However, the road has not been easy.

 

The Laurier-Station native comes from a small town of a little over two thousand people, but he has come a long way since then. Desharnais was drafted 20th overall in the 2003 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Chicoutimi Saguene...

Habs This Week: Winding Down

This week, much to the sadness and/or delight of many Canadiens' fans, is the last of 2011-12. Last week, the Habs surrendered all three of their games, two in the shootout and one in regulation time against the Rangers.

Squeezed out: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

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Renowned Hab-killer Scott Clemmensen was in goal once again for the Panthers, but Montreal managed to pot two goals behind him, leading 2-1 at the start of the third period.

 



Erik Cole's career-high 31st goal of the season was a direct reply to the Wojtek Wolski goal that opened the scoring...

Final Week Final Thoughts

Heading into one of the better weeks in sports as the NHL regular season winds down and playoff spots are finalized, I thought I would give some thoughts on the season and things I look forward to heading into the playoffs.

Habs and Leafs Entire Final Week in Surprisingly Similar Positions

Next Saturday, the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will face off in the final match of the season at the Bell Centre. It's an annual tradition that these two teams open and close their seasons against each other, and usually, the game has some sort of playoff implications, either for positioning or even clinching. We all remember the years where one team or the other played spoiler in that final game, and it always made the affair a little special. But this year, this match is a little different. Both the Habs and the Leafs will enter the game eliminated from playoff contention. In fact, they might even both be competing for a lottery pick when the puck drops on Saturday ...