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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...

LIVE BLOG: Pens @ Habs, Matinee Madness!

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! ------------------------------ THIRD PERIOD: 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! ...

TCL Top 10 Questions for your Friday

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...

GAMEDAY: Habs / Bruins rivalries Renewed

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...

Game Day: Canucks Visit Hurting Habs

The Montreal Canadiens will look to rebound from 3 straight losses tonight when they receive the Vancouver Canucks, but it will be a daunting task. After losing to three teams they should have faired better against, the Habs will face the closest thing to a powerhouse you'll currently find in the league. What's worse, they'll have to do it without their leading goalscorer, Mike Cammalleri. They'll also have to do it with Paul Mara (upper body injury), Jaroslav Spacek (also out with an upper body injury), Andrei Kostitsyn (on the IR after surgery), and maybe even Matt D'Agostini, who was just called up. ------------------- CAMMALLERI We all know about the loss of Cammalleri, who ...

Montreal Canadiens lose Michael Cammalleri to right knee injury

The Montreal Canadiens lost sniper Michael Cammalleri Saturday afternoon when he went hard into the boards after colliding with defenseman Anton Volchenkov, his leg buckling under him. The injury did not look good at all, and Cammy was unable to put any weight on his right leg. At first glance, it looks like he both injured his right ankle and right knee and it could lead to lengthy absence. Update: the injury is to his right knee. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JDc2Py20tw Cammalleri was scheduled to undergo an MRI yesterday or today to know about the extent of the injury; however, we are still awaiting the details on the injury. Sportsnet revealed that, while the injury will keep ...

LIVE BLOG: Habs @ Sens, Hockey Day in Canada!

Going to do something different today, and try doing a live blog during today's afternoon game in Ottawa, which is, of course, a part of CBC's Hockey Day in Canada festivities. So keep yourself logged in to TCL starting at 2PM for updates from the game as they happen! And if you haven't done so yet, register and share you thoughts as the game progresses! Refresh to see updates!Full game comments will follow shortly after the game! ----------------------------- OVERTIME: 4:44PM: And just like that it's over. Fisher scores after a nifty 2-line pass from Karlson and on a play where he doesn't give up. Not a surprising result, ends 3-2 Sens in OT. Stay tuned for some post-gam...

Breaking News: Markov Allegedly Confronts Price; Locker Room Split?

I wasn't going to post a blog today but this needs some attention... according to Tony Marinaro on the Team 990, Andrei Markov confronted Carey Price after the 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. Allegedly, Markov told Price "Play with more heart, or stay home.. we don't need you." (source). Following this comment, Tony claims that half the locker room backed Price, the other half, Markov. Marinaro then implied that this confrontation could have been one of the deciding factors behind the demotions of Pacioretty and D'Agostini to Hamilton, and that there might also be friction between Markov and his defense partner (also Price's best friend), Josh Gorge...

Fun in the Sun: Habs face back-to-back games against Panthers, Bolts

The Montreal Canadiens will go into tonight's game against the Florida Panthers with a lot of confidence. Not only did they beat two teams that were ahead of them this past weekend, not only did they secure a playoff spot (for now), but they took out their revenge against two teams that embarrassed them earlier this month. After losing to the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre in a 2-1 contest on Janaury 9th, they exacted their revenge this past Friday night, controlling the play for most of the game and walking away with 2 points in a 3-1 victory. The following night, they exacted revenge on the New York Rangers, who wiped the floor with the Habs only 6 night before the Saturda...

I should write bitter, angry blogs more often

UPDATE 5:45PM: After Max Pacioretty was shipped out to Hamilton this morning, Matt D'Agostini was sent packing as well. No real surprise here, he was actually worse than Pacioretty, and time with Guy Boucher will do both of them some good. Ben Maxwell, a natural center, has been called up to replace him. Maxwell played 7 games with the Habs last year, scoring no points. He has 34 points in 46 games with the Bulldogs. Also, Paul Mara won't accompany the team on its Florida road trip, resting after suffering an upper body injury this weekend (according to RDS). Onto the next bitter, angry blog.... ------------------------------------- I'm a lifelong Habs fan. I've ...