UPDATE 3:45PM: Bergeron officially a Hab, according to TSN and RDS.
Looking to fill a need at defence caused by the injuries to Andrei Markov and Ryan O'Byrne, the Montreal Canadiens found some help in the free agent market.
According to RDS.ca, the Habs have signed Marc-Andre Bergeron to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Bergeron spent last season with the Minnesota Wild. He recorded 14 goals and 18 assists in 72 games in 2008-09.
Prior to his time with the Wild, The 28-year old played parts of his six-year career with the Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers.
It's been over 20 years since the Montreal Canadiens and ...
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So here we are, Monday morning, October 5th, another crappy-ish fall day. The habs are sitting pretty at the top of the Eastern conference, just below the Washington Capitals, on a 2-game road winning streak. The new players, for the most part, are producing, Carey Price is standing on his head, and the team is finding ways to win despite the odds being against them.
So what's the problem, you say?
Andrei Markov, the Canadiens' all-star defenseman, one of their top point producers and arguably their best all-round player, is injured for 4 months. A tendon cut by a skate, it's the injury that almost ended Robert Lang's career, and many believe a 4 m...
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Edit: I learned just after writing most of this blog that Markov just underwent surgery and will be out for 4 months. God help us all.
Last night, I was so ecstatic about the Canadiens victory over the Leafs that I almost posted a blog right away. I figured I'd wait, seeing as letting a few realities of the game sink in might reduce my homerism and allow me to transmit a more objective viewpoint (ya right).
Needless to say, I think I speak for a lot of Habs fans when I say that our egos are at least somewhat deflated this morning, despite the impressive victory the boys put together last night. Some of it certainly has t...
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After what's proven to be a VERY long summer and pre-season, the puck FINALLY drops for real tonight, and the highlight of the night is certain to be the match-up between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs at the ACC, slated to air on the return of Hockey Night in Canada tonight in primetime!
Can you wait? I'm on the edge of my seat at work, fidgeting and constantly distracted. It's going to be a long few hours until the game starts!Nevertheless, there is still a lot to talk about until 7PM tonight.
Both the Habs and Leafs have an all-new look. The leafs enter the fray tonight with the Monster sitting on the bench, just itching for Toskala to lose...
Sorry for the double post but I think this is important enough of a story....
Sergei Kostitsyn, brother of Andrei and a player who was once a highly touted prospect for the Habs, has apparently gone AWOL, according to Habs Inside/Out. Bob Gainey will address the matter from Teen Ranch in Ontario, where the team is staying until tomorrow's game, but according to Renaud Lavois at RDS, Kostitsyn has let the team know through his agent, the notorious Don Meehan, that he will be asking for a trade and that he won't be reporting to the Hamilton Bulldogs training camp in Scotland (don't ask...)
He has been suspended by the team and it is unknown at this time what else Bob Gainey and his s...
The Habs roster is down to 28 players, Sergei Kostitsyn is gone, those left are bromancing it up at ''teen ranch'' outside Toronto, and Thursday couldn't come any sooner... seriously...
As good as it to have hockey back in any form, I'm sick of training-camp scrimmages, preseason games, and NHL 10 is even starting to get to me! I want the real thing, baby! I want hard hitting, meaningful, regular season hockey! And it's almost here! Only a few more days until the Habs face the Leafs in what is shaping up to be an emotional, hard-hitting, hard-nosed classic between the two age-old rivals.
Ok, I MAY be hyping it up a bit more than it deserves to be, but, come on, the storylines coul...
And so it begins...
Despite the loss last night, Jaroslav Halak is making a convincing case for himself and his status between the pipes for the Montreal Canadiens. Halak's preseason play since the beginning of September has this city buzzing. He's clearly been the best goaltender at camp, better than the one that was groomed for the #1 position, Carey PriceThe stats don't lie: Halak's tallied a GAA of 1.56 and a save percentage of .938 (versus Price's very scary 3.23 GAA and .875 SVP... ouch).
Because of their respective performances and stats such as these, there have already been calls in the medias and amongst fellow Habs bloggers to give the other young goalie a shot at starti...
It's so weird to see Kovalev in a Senators jersey. Have to say that he certainly looks the part, but to see the man that basically represented the Habs these last few years go to the "enemy", well it kind of has to hurt, at least a little bit. I've never really had anything against the Sens, in fact I'd say they've always been one of my favorite teams, after the Habs, but it isn't fun to see one of your favorite players score a goal on your team.
That being said, is anyone else scared of Alex Kovalev on the Sens this year?
As a Habs fan, I know I am. I'm not that worried that the Sens slammed the Habs last night 6-1 . It's just preseason play, and the Habs were icing more Hamilto...
Note: Props to Ron Guillet who polished off his first blog today... I'm bumping him down so I'm making sure to remind you all to scroll down and read his masterpiece after you read mine!
Scotty Gomez is lobbying HARD to get the C. His man crush with this team and this city has begun. Thanks for this, Mike Boone:
In his post-practice scrum today, Scott Gomez compared Carey Price to Martin Brodeur.
He said he was blown away by Andrei Kostitsyn's skill level.
He likes playing with Mike Cammalleri.
And he's surprised the Bell Centre will be sold out tomorrow night for the exhibition opener against Florida.
Gomez delivers these observations with a ready smile and the affa...