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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Seeing as last week's live blog was a success, I thought today's matinee would be a good opportunity to do another one.
Refresh often, Updates and thoughts will be coming every few minutes!
4:42PM: When you think this team is due to lose, they pull out an effort like they did tonight. Much credit to the Bulldogs call-ups (including Mathieu Darche), who, along with most of the rest of the team, put in a 60 minute effort and earned this win, one of the few wins they've actually EARNED this season. Great game, great win, great TEAM win. I will update with post-game thoughts shortly, thanks for following the live blog through the game!
UPDATE: Marc-Andre Bergeron has been placed on IR after taking a shot in last night's game and will miss a minimum of one week. While it was expected that Bergeron would miss this weekend's games, the move to IR was made to make room for a trio of forwards from Hamilton.
Called up from the farm team was David Desharnais, who played one game for the Canadiens on emergency call-up this season, Ryan White, back for another stint with the team, and Brock Trotter. This is Trotter's first go-around in Montreal.
The Canadiens' entire first line of Plekanec, Sergei Kostitsyn and Benoit Pouliot took therapy days, along with Bergeron, but there is no word on whether or not any of them wou...
Update: For a Bruins perspective, check out Wally Brennan's game blog at this link!
Also, on Saturday, I will be doing another game blog for the game between the Habs and the Pens at the Bell Centre, the second live blog in as many weeks, so keep an eye out for that!
If you could believe it, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins haven't faced each other since December 4th, one of only two meetings (so far) between the rivals this season. And if the fact that the NHLs biggest and longest rivalry has been iced (no pun intended) for precisely two months is hard to believe, then you won't believe the results of those two games.
The first, on November...