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Habs Links Checks: January 2, 2012

The Montreal Canadiens are in thirteenth place with 35 points.  After 39 games played the Habs are eight points out of a playoff spot.

The Checking Line:

George Prax discusses the contract handed out to Josh Gorges.

The Media:

The Canadian Press is on top of the fisticuffs at practice.

And TSN has the video evidence.

The Associated Press on the apology by the Habs for hiring a non-french coach.

TSN at the presser for the state of the union by general manager Pierre Gauthier.

Eyes On The Prize with the rumors of Claude Loiselle readying to be the next general manager.

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette wants the best players to be ...

Canadiens Sign Josh Gorges To Six-Year Contract Extension


Josh Gorges' belated Christmas gift finally arrived on New Year's day, as the Canadiens' defenseman signed a six-year contract extension.

The deal will pay the Kelowna, British Columbia native $23.4 million, or an average of $3.9 million a year through the 2017-18 season. Gorges signs this deal after somewhat of a controversy over the summer, after Gorges and his agent, Kevin Epp, filed for arbitration only to sign a one-year deal worth $2.5 million mere days before the hearing.

While considered fair and deserved, Gorges' $2.5M salary was a significant increase over his $1.1M cap hit from his prior 3-ye...

New Years Eve Tradition - Habs Lose Again

New Years Eve tradition continues for Les former Glorieux. For as long as I can remember the Habs have played a game on New Years Eve. Up until a few years ago the Habs played the Flames in Calgary. Lately they have been on a southern swing during the week between Christmas and New Years ending in Sunrise Florida. This one had some promise as the only former Habs goalie that does not play like the reincarnation of Georges Vezina was starting in nets for the Panthers - Jose (Three-or-more) Theodore. 

The first period started off okay for the Habs, scoring the first goal of the game. On a shot from Travis Moen on a pass from Lars Eller and Tomas Kaberle just over five and a half ...

Game Day: Canadiens @ Panthers

The Montreal Canadiens finish up a six-game road trip in Sunrise, Florida tonight as they face the Panthers in the BankAtlantic Center. This road-trip has been a miserable one for the Canadiens, as they have dropped four out of five games so far. Tonight they will try to end 2011 with a win, something that hasn't come easy to them this season.


In seasons past, this game might be an easy win for the Canadiens, but not this year. This year, the Canadiens (14-17-7) have been around the bottom of the Eastern Conference for the majority of the season. Meanw...

Habs Link Check: December 30, 2011

The Montreal Canadiens sit in thirteenth place after last night's loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.  After 38 games played the Habs have 35 points.

The Checking Line:

Czechtacular with thoughts from last night's loss.

The Media:

Marinaro's thoughts on TSN.

John Bartlett discuss the evolution into Cunneyworth's team.

Pierre Lebrun and Scott Burnside remind people of the Heritage Classic.

Adrian Dater and CNNSI talk about their Patrick Roy predictions for 2012.

The Score on P.K. Subban.

CBS Sports has a poll on which mid season hiring is the best one.

Scotty Bowman receives the Order of Canada.

Dave Stubbs...

Habs' Win-Streak Ends at One

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The Montreal Canadiens were unable to build on their performance against the Ottawa Senators earlier in the week, as they dropped tonight's matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning by the score of 4-3 despite being up 3-1 past the halfway mark of the second period.

Vincent Lecavalier completed Tampa's rally at 8:37 of the 3rd and former Canadiens JT Wyman and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored for the Lightning.  Steven Stamkos was the one who opened the scoring just under four minutes into the game, redirecting a Pavel Kubina shot for his third goal in two games.

Some time later, two...

Game Day : Habs @ Bolts

The Montreal Canadiens are in Tampa Bay tonight to take on the Lightning.  Despite having a 14-16-7 record, the Habs actually have two more points than the Bolts (15-17-3), which may surprise a few people.  Both teams are struggling within their respective divisions and are looking to make a post holiday break splash.  

Habs coach Randy Cunneyworth came up big earlier this week collecting his first win as a head coach in the NHL, beating the Ottawa Senators 6-2.  It's a safe bet that the team we saw on the ice Tuesday night is the team fans have desperately been waiting to see.

Leading the team was Lars Eller on the top line, who scored short handed in ...

Habs Link Checks: December 28, 2011

The Montreal Canadiens are coming off a win to end Randy Cunneyworth's winless streak.  The Habs sit in twelth place with 35 points.

The Checking Line:

David Collins: and the losing steak is snapped.

The Media:

Tony Marinaro on TSN on the infamy of Cunneyworth.

HabsTV on the official site of the Montreal Canadiens talks with prospect Brendan Gallagher.  The site also has discussion with Carey Price, Lars Eller, Yannick Weber and P.K. Subban.

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star tells the world that the Habs are the worst Canadian team. 

Red Fisher from the Montreal Gazette with his thoughts on Molson.

My Thoughts:

It was g...

Canadiens Snap Losing Streak in Ottawa

A short break over Christmas seems to be just what the Montreal Canadiens needed, as they bounced back in a big way with a 6-2 win over the eighth place Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. After a five game losing streak the Habs finally won a game, giving interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth his first victory as the man in charge behind the Canadiens bench.


The first period began with the Senators controlling the game for the most part. Just two minutes in they jumped out to an early lead with a goal from Zach Smith. The lead didn't last for long thoug...

Habs Link Checks: December 23, 2011

The Montreal Canadiens sit alone in twelth place in the Eastern conference.  The Habs have 33 points and have lost five games in a row.

The Checking Line:

Habbykins discussing yet another loss.

The Media:

Tony Marinaro with his thoughts on last night's game.

Stu Hackel actually shows a clip of Cammalleri doing something good.

Carey Price venting?

Doug Smith weighing in on the language debate.

Red Fisher in any language is good.

Pat Hickey loves Cammalleri.

My Thoughts:

Even the internet needs to have some censorship.  All my thoughs today need to be censored and sometimes saying less is more.  Less!