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Analyzing the Plekanec Deal, Another Look at the Halak Deal, and More!

For the first time in a long time, Montreal Canadiens' fans can actually relax heading into the Free Agent Frenzy of July 1st. With a week left to go until this year's set of NHL contracts are due to expire, the job seems to be half done for GM Pierre Gauthier and the Montreal Canadiens. The goaltending controversy has seemingly been resolved, as Jaroslav Halak has been traded to the St. Louis Blues and the reigns of the organization have been handed to Carey Price. The need to replenish the prospect ranks has been partially met with the acquisition of Lars Eller and Ian Schultz, and will be further met in two days at the draft, where the Canadiens will draft 27th overall. And f...

BREAKING NEWS: Jaroslav Halak Traded to St. Louis Blues

According to various sources, the Montreal Canadiens have shipped goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues in return for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. If you asked yourself ''who?'' when looking at that trade, well, you wouldn't be the only one. Lars Eller looks like a decent prospect. Drafted 13th overall in the 2007 Entry Draft, Eller is a forward from Denmark (Really?). The 21 year old started his young career in Sweden before moving to Peoria this past season to play with the Rivermen of the AHL, where he accumulated 18 goals and 39 assists in 70 games. He also made his debut with the Blues, scoring 2 goals in 7 games. Ian Schultz is a Right Winger from Calgary who h...

It's Your Turn, Pierre: Discussing the Habs' Captaincy Issues

Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs ended an entire season of speculation when they announced Dion Phaneuf as their new captain, the 18th in their long storied history. The decision was generally met with approval from most Leafs fans. Phaneuf certainly represents the team that Brina Burke has built this far well, in terms of truculence, belligerence, hard work, and, of course, Canadiana (or I guess North-Americana, but anyway). From an outsider's perspective, or more specifically, a Montreal Canadiens perspective, I can't help but find ways to make fun of this decision. This is the man that nearly cried in every interview he did after he was traded from the Flames to the Leafs thi...

Habs Lose Boucher to Lightning; Might Lose Pearn and Muller Too

UPDATE: According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Habs assistant coach might be the next one to leave the organization, having been offered the job to coach the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings. Along with Boucher and potentially Kirk Muller, this could mean some big changes in management for Montreal this summer. According to various sources, the Tampa Bay will announce shortly that their new head coach is none other than Guy Boucher, the man who coached the farm team for the Montreal Canadiens in Hamilton this season. For many, Boucher was considered the best off-season acquisition for the Canadiens this past off-season. The 38 year old burst onto the scene as the coach of the H...

Habs to Visit Flames for (2nd) 2011 Winter Classic

According to Bob McKenzie and TSN, there will be 2 (count 'em, TWO!) NHL Winter Classics in 2011. TCL reported nearly two months ago that Pittsburgh would be hosting the traditional Winter Classic on January 1st, 2011 against their rivals, the Washington Capitals, but it seems like the NHL is going to reward hockey fans with a SECOND outdoor game. The second one will be played in Calgary at McMahon Stadium, home of the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, and will take place sometime in February. The Flames will be hosting the Montreal Canadiens, who will become the only Canadian team to play in two outdoor games, having played the host team in 2003 in Edmonton, a game which the Canadie...

Habs - Flyers Game 3: LIVE BLOG!!

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Diagnosing the Problem

Two games, two consecutive shutouts, and with their latest 3-0 lost at the Wachovia Center last night, little to no hope left for the Montreal Canadiens, in their quest to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers and make it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in two decades. Most people will tell you that anything past that first round series win against the Capitals was gravy for the Canadiens, and in all honesty, they'd be right. I thought so myself, especially going into this series against the Flyers. But truth be told, the way they're losing, while being so close to a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals, so close to, as so many have put it, destiny, or fate, if you will (because acco...

Habs - Flyers Game 2: Ugly

Ugly. Probably the word that best describes Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. At least for the Montreal Canadiens. Words such as embarrassing, cringe-worthy, disconcerting and humiliating also come to mind, but when you really get done to the nitty-gritty of what happened Sunday night in Philadelphia, UGLY is really the most accurate term you could use. For those who missed the game, or have already wiped it clean from their memory, the Montreal Canadiens were simply owned by the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 6-0. Micheal Leighton made 28 saves in the win, and the Flyers got goals from six different players. Seven total players have multiple points, and Claude Giroux...

The Habs Meet Their Toughest Opponents

The Philadelphia Flyers are going to be the toughest opponents that the Montreal Canadiens have faced thus far in this year’s playoffs. That’s not only because Peter Laviolette’s 2010 squad is somewhat reminiscent of the old school Broad Street Bullies, but because they are a team that wins by out-working their opponents and doesn’t rely on raw talents like Ovechkin, Semin, and Backstrom or Crosby and Malkin. It would only seem logical that if the Habs can eliminate two of the best teams in the league, as well as the NHL’s top-two superstars, that they should be destined to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals and possibly win hockey’s greatest prize. But right now they are faci...

Habs - Flyers Game 1: Destinies Collide

Yeah, Yeah. By now, we've all heard of what the Philadelphia Flyers have accomplished. Coming back from a 3-0 series deficit, only the third team in history to accomplish such a feat. Moreover, coming back from a 3-0 deficit in game 7 to win by the score of 4-3. Kind of poetic, isn't it? Leave it to the Flyers to overshadow the triumphs of the Montreal Canadiens in these playoffs. For those who forgot, the Canadiens defeated the Washington Capitals in the first round, in the biggest upset in NHL history. If being an 8th seed defeating the #1 overall team in the league, the Canadiens did it with the least amount of points in the history of any 8th seed in the current playoff format....