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4-1 loss to the Canadiens signals panic time for the Caps

It is now time to panic.

The Caps are 0-3 after a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

More shocking than the record is the regression.

What was once a below average penalty kill unit is now a horrible penalty kill unit.

What was once one of the two best players in the league has become a shell of his former self.

What was once a young team, full of promise, now looks like a team of lost causes.

What was a team conceivably within one lousy penalty of the Eastern Conference Finals is looking awfully lost at the moment.

Losing isn't the problem. Teams lose all the time. Three-game losing streaks happen all the time.

Losing and looking this ...

Kristo Redentor

There have been a lot of ups and downs for Danny Kristo in his short career, but everything finally seems to be going his way.

 

Kristo, who was drafted in the second round, 56th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has faced much adversity and criticism over the past number of years due to alleged work ethic issues. The height of this was during his sophomore season at the University of North Dakota, where he was first suspended for one pre-season game because of a team policy violation, and later was sidelined for ten games with a ...

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...

Canadiens Invite 27 to Training Camp

With the NHL and NHLPA officially ratifying the new Collective Bargaining Agreement late Saturday night, all eyes have now shifted towards the opening day of training camp. Coaches will get to step on the ice with their players and evaluate their squad for the first time this season, and for the Montreal Canadiens, the players will get to formally meet their new Head Coach Michel Therrien.

 

The Canadiens have invited 27 players to camp, made up of 16 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 2 goalies. While the training...

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...

Canadiens Well Represented in Europe

National Hockey League fans may still be waiting patiently for the return of NHL action to their television sets, but as the lockout drags on there is still hockey being played around the globe. Some of the leagues premier players have made the move overseas to find a new place to play during the work stoppage, and those who wear the 'bleu, blanc, et rouge' of the Montreal Canadiens are no different. With Habs players in many leagues, ranging from the Swiss National League to the Czech Extraliga, it can be hard to keep up with how they're performing. The seasons have only just gotten underway, but lets take a closer look at the Habs who are overseas,...

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...