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The Hype Is Over

Game DayMontreal Canadiens Vs. Winnipeg JetsMTS Centre

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ever since the National Hockey League announced the return of the Winnipeg Jets, all anyone who is a hockey fan has been waiting for is opening day.  If the return of Jets wasn’t enough, the league decided to bring in the most storied franchise as their first opponent:  the Montreal Canadiens.  The summer of logo and sweater unveilings, new coach hirings and player signings is over and now real life in Winnipeg begins.  The hype is over and now it’s time to drop the puck.

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Chris Campoli's Injury A Matter of "Months"

It was less than two weeks ago that we were discussing the signing of defenseman Chris Campoli. Was the young defenseman, rejected no more than three months ago by the Chicago Blackhawks after an arbitration hearing, going to have a positive impact on the Canadiens' blueline. Was this a panic signing by General Manager Pierre Gauthier, after mulling over the bad Andrei Markov news coming into training camp? Or was Campoli just another Paul Mara or Brent Sopel, acquired for no other reason than to keep a seat on the bench warm?

Whatever your original opinion on the defenseman may have been, it was now been rendered irrelevant, thanks to a freak...

Game 1 Canadiens Leafs in the books

The Montreal Canadiens played their first game of the season last night, and believe me it was not pretty. It's always exciting when the Habs take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the matches are always close, even when the talent may not match up on either side. Both teams have historically brought their A game to the table. Leaving one fan base to wonder often out loud - who are these guys and why can't they play like that all the time.

Unfortunately last night was not one of those nights. In the first period, the Habs totally dominated the leafs - using their speed to draw penalties. Unfortunately, they hit a couple of posts and Reimer brought his A game to the table. The ...

Opening Night Liveblog: Habs-Leafs, Flyers-Bruins

Hockey's back! And TCL is right here with you to take it all in. It's opening night, and we'll be right here with you every step of the way. Join us as we cover the Montreal Canadiens at the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the Philadelphia Flyers at Boston. Just enter your comments and follow along in the discussion below, or click here to open the widget in a new window!

 

 

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Game 1 : Canadiens @ Maple Leafs

It's TIME!

Original Six showdown in Leafs Town tonight.  Welcome back everyone! IT'S HOCKEY SEASON!

The Montreal Canadiens are in enemy territory tonight, opening their season in Toronto. This will be the first of six meetings between the two rivals and tonight's game will put all of the off season banter between fans to rest.  Habs, Leafs, TCL hockey!

After another let down season in Toronto you can be sure that the Leafs have something to p...

Habs Pick Up Blair Betts Off Waivers

It's convenient that today is the day TCL launches its brand new Flyers team site. Apparently, Pierre Gauthier got the memo, and decided to pick Blair Betts off of waivers, according to RDS.

Okay, that makes no sense, and it was totally a cheap plug for our new site. Moving on...

Betts comes to the Canadiens after being cut by the Philadelphia Flyers out of training camp. Before you panic and wonder why the Habs need a Flyers castaway, keep in mind that Philadelphia is incredibly deep up front, and needed to make room for several youngsters, including the recently drafted Sean Couturier, who is slated to start the season with the NHL clu...

Updated: No Suspension for Ryan Malone For Campoli Hit

Updated:

While we weren't blessed with Brendan Shanahan's beautiful face in one of his suspension videos, the Shanhammer did offer his take on the hit, and why no suspension was handed down.

 

“We felt that this hit was the most challenging one so far in this preseason for the Department of Player Safety to evaluate. In the end, we felt that Malone had committed to the hit when Campoli was upright. However, when the contact was made, Campoli's head posit...

Game 7 : Preseason Bolts @ Habs

Tonight will be the 7th game for the Habs this pre-season, finishing the week off with back to back games against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  As we near closer to the first game of regular season you can expect to see, from both teams, some more realistic rosters.  

Chris Campoli will make his debut in Montreal tonight, pairing with Gorges on the blueline.  You can also expect to see Peter Budaj between the pipes. Starting lineups should look a little like this: Cammalleri-Plekanec-ColePacioretty-Gomez-GallagherAK-Desharnais-Gionta

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Gill-DiazGorges-Campoli

Yemelin-Subban

 I think it's safe to say that it hasn't been the most in...

Habs Make First Round of Cuts; Who's Still Here?

 

It's been an eventful training camp for the Montreal Canadiens thanks to, among other reasons, yesterday's Chris Campoli signing. Some players have impressed, some have surprised us, while others have left Jacques Martin and his coaching staff unexcited, and that of course means cuts.

With the recent spell of four games in four nights in the books, the Canadiens finally announced the first few waves of cuts:

Defensemen --

Nathan Beaulieu: The 2011 first round pick impressed many at training camp, but it's obviously in his best interest to continue his QMJHL career at 18-years-old. The 6'2" 175lbs defenseman still has a frame to fill ...

Habs Sign Defenseman Chris Campoli to One-Year Deal

In an effort to fill the void left by ailing defenseman Andrei Markov -- once again -- the Montreal Canadiens have made a late acquisition on defense. According to TSN, the team has signed defenseman Chris Campoli to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

27-year-old Campoli has played 397 games in the NHL since the lockout, putting up 33 goals, 102 assists and a -39 rating with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, and most recently, the Chicago Blackhawks -- who walked away from an arbitration hearing for the player back in July. The North York, Ontario native stands at 6'0" and 190lbs, which seems to be about the norm for the Habs thes...