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Road Trip Wrap-Up; Homestand Preview

Going into last night's game against the Anaheim Ducks, there's no way Habs fans couldn't be happy with the previous three games their team had faced on the road. A win against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday included 4 unanswered third period goals and a good team game to bring the Canadiens to a 4-1 victory against their most immediate Eastern Conference rival. This was the proverbial ''must win'' for the Canadiens, and everyone delivered. From Carey Price, who posted a .958 save percentage in the win, to the 3rd and 4th line players who provided three of the goals, to the offense that peppered 32 shots against the bruins and the defense which split 20+ minutes a piece amongst five of ...

Lapierre Suspended Four Games

The National Hockey League has suspended Montreal Canadiens forward Maxime Lapierre for four games for hitting San Jose forward Scott Nichol early in the third period during last night's game. While no penalty was assessed on the hit itself in-game, the hit was late and unnecessary, as Nichol had already followed through with the hit. While Nichol left the game with a shoulder injury after the hit, the extent of his injuries remain unknown pending an MRI. The incident seemed to motivate the Sharks, who, as a result managed to come back from a 2-1 deficit and beat the Canadiens 3-2. We can sit here and argue about the hit itself until the cows come home, and on the merit of suspend...

Canadiens Trade D'Agostini to Blues

According to TSN, the Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Matt D'Agostini to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Aaron Palushaj. Palushaj, a former 2nd round pick in '07, has 5 goals and 22 points with Peoria in the AHL this season. The Michigan native played his junior hockey in the NCAA with the University of Michigan. D'agostini, a former 6th round pick in '05 has actually been up with the big club this season and the better part of last season. However, after showing some goal scoring ability last season, D'Agostini has a disappointing 2 goals and 4 points so far this season. Personally, I like this trade for the Habs. It's obviously not a big trade and doesn't r...

Return of Gameday! Habs @ Bruins

What?? NHL hockey is back? And we're kicking it off with the NHL's most storied rivalry? Sign me up! It seems like it's been forever since the Montreal Canadiens took the ice. Frankly, I'm fairly certain a lot of Habs fans would like to forget their final outings before the break, a home-and-away series with the Philadelphia Flyers that ended disastrously. Not only did the Canadiens lose both games (a 3-2 loss at Philly on Friday and an embarrassing 6-2 loss at home the next night), but they fell two spots down the standings in the process, handing over the #6 seed to the Flyers and falling behind the Bruins. They now find themselves in 8th place, with 64 points in 63 games, and w...

Spotlight on Jaroslav Halak

As a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, I feel compelled to cheer for any Habs that were lucky enough to be selected by their countries of origin to compete at the Vancouver Games. Following this group of players, both for this website and as a mega-fan, you can't help but feel a bond with each and every one of them - even if they might frustrate the Hell out of you on the ice a lot of the time. Now, with all but one Hab eliminated from medal contention at the Games, the spotlights falls unto one player, and a very important player to the Canadiens and their fans. Tonight, Jaroslav Halak will have the attention of the world, as he leads Team Slovakia against the hometown boys of Team Cana...

Habs vs. Flyers: Looking for Revenge

It's been a busy week in Hab-Land. After a weekend of games against the Penguins and Bruins, the organization began the week with the decision to make a change. On Monday, Bob Gainey stepped down as GM of the Montreal Canadiens, citing the desire to leave before he overstayed his welcome, that he basically had no desire to continue on with the team through the end of his contract, making decisions that someone else had to live with - never mind the fact that we already have to live with a lot of the decisions he's made in the past. His replacement; Pierre Gauthier. A man with a long resume, having worked in major roles with the Quebec Nordiques, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Ottawa Senator...

Canadiens acquire Dominic Moore, call up PK Subban; Frolov to the Habs?

According to TSN, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Dominic Moore from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a second round pick in the 2011 draft. The 29 year old center/winger from Sarnia, Ontario has 8 goals and 9 assists in 48 games with the Panthers. While those numbers don't look promising, keep in mind he played for the injury-ridden Florida Panthers (who aren't very good to begin with), and that he's not a top flight offensive forward. Moore's best season came last year, when he scored 12 goals and added 32 assists with both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres. In 343 career games, he has 43 goals and 76 assists for a total of 117 points, and a -5 rating, wit...

Habs Host Caps in First Game of the Gauthier Era

Yesterday, I racked my brain trying to come up with something sensible to say about everything that's happened to the Canadiens, not only in the last two days since Bob Gainey decided to step down as Habs GM, but this entire season... even the entire 7 years of Bob Gainey's tenure. I even had part of a blog written up, but it just didn't feel right. Should I sit here and criticize 7 years of moves by a General Manager? Should I criticize his will to be the general manager, to bring this team to a new level? Do I have the right to do that? Or even the knowledge to do that? Truth be told, I don't know how to answer any of those questions. As fans, we've learned how to sit behind ou...

Breaking News: Bob Gainey Steps Down as Habs GM

Updates: Listen to the Canadiens press conference here. Read Bob McKenzie's thoughts on the move here. I will probably put up a full, organized blog on the matter sometime tomorrow. For now, join the lively discussion below! ----------------------------- Udpate: TSN Reports bob Gainey has stepped down as General manager of the Montreal Canadiens.. Pierre Gauthier will take over his duties on an interim basis. Details to come. The details are still thin, but the Canadiens have called a press conference for 4 PM to make 'an important announcement regarding the club's hockey management.' Keep your eyes focused on TCL, this blog, and my twitter account all today as we...