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Boyle Spurning Isles Will Be Nothing New

Dan Boyle seems to be weighing his options on whether to sign with the Islanders or not. According to sources he will not play with the Isles like Christian Ehrhoff and Tim Thomas who recently were in similar situations, but his agent says they will have a formal answer by the end of the week.

Habs Send Gomez Home

As the NHL lockout comes to an end, players around the league are preparing to hit the ice with their teams in the coming days. For at least one player, though, the end of the lockout means the end of his season.

 

While Montreal Canadiens players took to the ice for the opening day of training camp in Brossard today, Scott Gomez was noticeably absent. Without any word of an injury, the suspicion was that his future with the club was uncertain. Soon after, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin announced that Gomez would be sent home, and will not be playing with the tea...

Analyzing the Canadiens' Changes and Chances

The Montreal Canadiens have historically been the flagship franchise of the National Hockey League. Over the years the Canadiens have amassed a record 24 Stanley Cups, and those responsible for all those Championships have been rightfully honoured - you can find the names of 61 people associated with the club in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Despite all of that success over the years, somewhere along the line that tradition of winning went away. While the prospect of adding number 25 excited many of the Habs faithful in 2010, the fact remains that “Les Glorieux” haven't been able to win it all in two decades. In an attempt to change that, the Canadien...

Canadiens Well Represented in Europe

National Hockey League fans may still be waiting patiently for the return of NHL action to their television sets, but as the lockout drags on there is still hockey being played around the globe. Some of the leagues premier players have made the move overseas to find a new place to play during the work stoppage, and those who wear the 'bleu, blanc, et rouge' of the Montreal Canadiens are no different. With Habs players in many leagues, ranging from the Swiss National League to the Czech Extraliga, it can be hard to keep up with how they're performing. The seasons have only just gotten underway, but lets take a closer look at the Habs who are overseas,...

Habs Add Toughness on July 1st, Still Looking For Skill

 


The name of the game for the Montreal Canadiens this July 1st was 'toughness'. After years of being called too small, too weak and too soft, new General Manager Marc Bergevin decided to add some grit to his line-up via the unrestricted free agency pool, and the result was unexpected to say the least.  The biggest signing of the day, at the very least in terms of dollars and years, was through former New York Rangers tough guy Brandon Prust. The 28-year-old London, Ontario native winger signed a four-year deal with the Habs worth $10 million (an average salary of $2.5M a year). Prust had 5 goals and 17 points in 82 games with the Rangers last year, in...

Habs This Week: Winding Down

This week, much to the sadness and/or delight of many Canadiens' fans, is the last of 2011-12. Last week, the Habs surrendered all three of their games, two in the shootout and one in regulation time against the Rangers.

Squeezed out: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

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Renowned Hab-killer Scott Clemmensen was in goal once again for the Panthers, but Montreal managed to pot two goals behind him, leading 2-1 at the start of the third period.

 



Erik Cole's career-high 31st goal of the season was a direct reply to the Wojtek Wolski goal that opened the scoring...

Habs This Week: Flip Flop

Mother Nature had her way with just about everyone this past week, amping up the temperatures to trick everyone into thinking they were in mid-playoff form. Unfortunately, this was the week that the Canadiens discovered (for real) that there is no chance of that for them this year.

Shut Out: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

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Cody Hodgson scored his first goal as a Buffalo Sabre and added another in the third period to procure the Sabres a win, Tuesday, against the Canadiens.
 

The Sabres once were where the Canadiens are, and are now where they usually tend to be at this time of year, fighting for a playo...

The Habs' Biggest Need Is At Their Deepest Position

If you've noticed that the Montreal Canadiens coverage here at The Checking Line has been sort of lacking these last few weeks, first of all, we apologize. But it really shouldn't be that surprising. It's kind of hard to write for a team when they're down on their luck, a team that finds themselves at the bottom of the standings with no hope of seeing higher ground. But it's even worse when it happens to a team that really shouldn't be as bad as their record indicates. And despite what you might see on the ice, in the box scores after the game and what you hear the pundits spewing, the Montreal Canadiens are not as bad as their record shows, even at 28-...

Habs This Week: Positivity Reigns Despite...Y'Know

Despite being dead last in the Eastern Conference and going 3-6-1 in their last 10,  the Montreal Canadiens just completed a roadtrip that saw them earn 5 out of a possible 8 points. One could even say they've opened up and started to (dare I say it?) have fun with one month left to go in the regular season, now that less pressure is weighed on their shoulders.

Near-Comeback: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

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The Calgary Flames outscored the Canadiens 4-2 through the first two periods, and Curtis Glencross added an unassisted marker to start the third, but the momentum switched over quickly as Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty each...

Canadiens Win Streak Ends

The Carolina Hurricanes paid a visit to the Bell Centre on Monday night for a game with the Montreal Canadiens. Each team has been struggling this year, but it was the Hurricanes who came out with a win on this night, something that hasn't been easy to come by for the Hurricanes this season. It was a close match the whole way but in the end the Canadiens weren't able to score that final goal to tie the game, as the Hurricanes went on to win by a score of 5-3.

It was the Hurricanes who opened up the scoring early in the first period as Jiri Tlusty tipped in a shot from defenseman Bryan Allen just three minutes into the game. While that was the only goal to be seen in the open...