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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 ...

Wheeling Nails Trenton With A Loss in Titans Home Finale

The final home game of a disappointing 2011-12 season for the Trenton Titans saw the Titans lose by a score of 4-1 in front 4,213 fans at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton.

Trenton gave up the first goal yet again in the first period as Matt Schepke beat Dave Caruso on a wrist shot in the slot late in the first period. Just over a minute later, Paul Crowder made it 2-0 on a power play with Steve Silva in the box for tripping.

Breaking News: Pierre Gauthier Is No Longer Habs GM

Update 11:55AM: Bob Gainey also out of Montreal. Serge Savard brought in as special advisor for the new GM search.

Update 11:20AM: TSN's Darren Dreger is suggesting that Bob Gainey will step aside as well. Still no word on Randy Cunneyworth's status.

In a move that has been many months coming, Pierre Gauthier has been relieved of his duties as the General Manager of te Montreal Canadiens. The Habs and presumably Geoff Molson will hold a press conference at 11:45AM on Thursday morning to formally announce the news, and their plans going forward.

The timing of the announcement from the Canadiens is interesting to say th...

Habs This Week: Flip Flop

Mother Nature had her way with just about everyone this past week, amping up the temperatures to trick everyone into thinking they were in mid-playoff form. Unfortunately, this was the week that the Canadiens discovered (for real) that there is no chance of that for them this year.

Shut Out: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

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Cody Hodgson scored his first goal as a Buffalo Sabre and added another in the third period to procure the Sabres a win, Tuesday, against the Canadiens.
 

The Sabres once were where the Canadiens are, and are now where they usually tend to be at this time of year, fighting for a playo...

Two Talented Goalies, Two Completely Different Seasons

This is a story of two goalies.

Both have performed exceptionally well in their NHL careers. Both have shined in the playoffs, although they have never raised a Cup. And both had something to prove once this season began – one for a new team, the other for his only.

Ilya Bryzgalov began the 2011-2012 season with the Philadelphia Flyers, his first with the squad. Carey Price was returning as the Montreal Canadiens’ starting goaltender after proving his worth over the past four seasons.

Though they both entered the season full of promise, only one looks to be playoff-bound.

The Habs' Biggest Need Is At Their Deepest Position

If you've noticed that the Montreal Canadiens coverage here at The Checking Line has been sort of lacking these last few weeks, first of all, we apologize. But it really shouldn't be that surprising. It's kind of hard to write for a team when they're down on their luck, a team that finds themselves at the bottom of the standings with no hope of seeing higher ground. But it's even worse when it happens to a team that really shouldn't be as bad as their record indicates. And despite what you might see on the ice, in the box scores after the game and what you hear the pundits spewing, the Montreal Canadiens are not as bad as their record shows, even at 28-...