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Philadelphia Flyers 1 Montreal Canadiens 5

It didn’t take long for Pierre Gauthier to listen to fans and the media.  Something needed to be done.  Something needed to change.  Someone needed to be held accountable for the start:  the worst start in the franchise’s history. 

So 90 minutes before the game Gauthier fired assistant coach Perry Pearn.  Pearn and coach Martin go back a long way but that relationship ended tonight and that change led to the Canadiens walking over the Flyers tonight.  That is what Gauthier would want everyone to believe!

After a long day of hearing everything from fire everybody to trade Carey Price...

Time To Say Goodbye to Uncles Jacques and Pierre

102 years.

That's how long the Montreal Canadiens have been a hockey organization. Longer than any other team currently in the NHL. Longer than the league itself.

And in all those years, throughout an entire century, the Canadiens have never suffered as embarrassing a start to the season as the one they are currently going through.

Eight games. One win. Six losses, one in overtime, the last of which came Monday night at the Bell Centre, at the hands of the Florida Panthers (Laura Kenney's recap).

I repeat, one win, on the road, against the Winnipeg Jets, a team that's just about as bad as the Habs. Through eight games, one measly win, and, by the way, n...

Habs Squander Everything in Loss Against Leafs

Another game, another loss for the Montreal Canadiens.

More squandered leads, more lazy plays, and another failure to capitalize on opportunities that should have meant a tick in the win column for this team, at home, against the Toronto Maple Leafs

It was an exciting affair that included 9 goals, and (at times) end-to-end hockey. The Habs and Leafs traded leads and goals, and even runs at each others goals; James Reimer would not return to the game after the first period, thanks to an accidental shot to the head at the hands of Brian Gionta at the top of the game. Travis Moen would put up two goals, Lars Eller 2 assists and Andrei Kostitsyn...

Chris Campoli's Injury A Matter of "Months"

It was less than two weeks ago that we were discussing the signing of defenseman Chris Campoli. Was the young defenseman, rejected no more than three months ago by the Chicago Blackhawks after an arbitration hearing, going to have a positive impact on the Canadiens' blueline. Was this a panic signing by General Manager Pierre Gauthier, after mulling over the bad Andrei Markov news coming into training camp? Or was Campoli just another Paul Mara or Brent Sopel, acquired for no other reason than to keep a seat on the bench warm?

Whatever your original opinion on the defenseman may have been, it was now been rendered irrelevant, thanks to a freak...

P.K. Subban and the Drew Doughty Factor

If you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Kings, you’re likely not very happy camper right now. While your team is getting ready for the upcoming season at training camp, your top defenseman, and possibly your best overall player, is currently holding out for more money.  

The Kings have offered Doughty, 21-years-old and a restricted free agent coming off his first NHL contract, a handsome sum of money to continue his tenure with the team, as much as $6.8 million a season – which is what the Kings’ internally-appointed franchise player, Anze Kopitar currently makes, also coming off an entry-level deal. That amount w...

Here We Go Again: Markov Suffers Setback in Rehab

We were all wondering not if, but really when it was going to happen. By the looks of it, our fears have become realities, and likely much sooner than anyone had anticipated.

According to Hockey Inside/Out (via Tony Marinaro), Andrei Markov has suffered a setback in the rehabilitation of his knee. Word is that a few weeks back (likely long after Markov signed a new three-year contract with the Canadiens), Markov was diagnosed with water in his knee, the end result of training too hard, and had to have it drained while in the US. Moreover, at the annual Canadiens' golf tournament -- where Markov was sheltered from the media -- Pierre Gauthier h...

Off-Season Rankings: The Defense

 


Over the last couple of weeks, we've been ranking and rating the players of the Montreal Canadiens. First, we looked at the top-six forwards before rating the lower-tier forwards, or, the best of the rest. The next logical step is, of course, the defense.

I toyed with the idea of presenting the defense rankings first this year, since, as we all know, coach Jacques Martin tends to go with a defense-first system. We may hate it more often than not, but in reality, that system has brought the Canadiens most of their success over the last couple of years. Of course, it's argua...

Off-Season Forward Rankings: The Best Of The Rest

 

Last week, we started a five-part series, ranking, rating, and analyzing the members of the Montreal Canadiens. From the forwards, to the defense, to the goaltending and management, we’re going to look at it all before the start of training camp. We started with the top six forwards, and while some didn’t agree with some of my thoughts or rankings, that’s the nature of the beast, and exactly why the reason why we started TCL nearly two years ago.

Today, we move on to the “bottom six”, or as I like to call them, “the best of the rest”. Instead of rating all the forwards together, I thought it m...

Josh Gorges & Arbitration: What's the Issue?

There was a bit of a surprised reaction in Habland yesterday when it was revealed that Josh Gorges and his agent, Kevin Epp, had decided to file for player-elected arbitration.

The news was especially surprising to me, as I had just got done posting a blog where I had mentioned that I thought the negotiation process with Gorges would be relatively simple, as the 26-year-old defenseman was one of only two skaters on the main roster that the team had left to sign, along with tough guy forward Ryan White.

To give you a bit of a backstory to the whole matter:

Gorges made $1.3 million in the last of a three-year deal that the Kelowna, BC na...

Habs Welcome Cole, Budaj; What's Next?

When Pierre Gauthier signed Erik Cole to a four year, $18 million contract on last Friday's free agent frenzy, I'm sure that both parties knew they wouldn't be introducing a stranger to the Montreal crowd.

In his ten-year NHL career, Cole has been known as lots of things, but in Montreal, he is simply known as a "Habs-killer".

The Oswego, New York native has played nine seasons in the NHL, mostly in Carolina, with a brief stint in Edmonton in 2008-09. In all those years, he's totaled 620 career NHL games, with 184 goals and 206 assists for a total of 390 points, with a +3 rating and 557 penalty minutes. His playoff totals include 6 goals and 8 assists...