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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 Shuffle off to Buffalo

Ten days left to the NHL trade deadline, and the 13th place Habs are shuffling off to Buffalo to meet the 14th place Sabres. Yes, a battle of the titans. Sabres were picked by many pundits to finish high in the eastern conference standings, but they've obviously proven not to be as good as advertised.

In their last game, mere hours before tonight's tilt, the Sabres would lose a 7-2 contest to the Flyers in what can only be described as a lack-luster performance. The Habs on the other hand are coming of one of their better performances of the season in their shootout loss to the Bruins two nights ago. In their last game, the Habs showed grit and determination, albeit in ...

Habs Drop Bruins' Matchup 2-1, Trade Cammalleri Mid-Game

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The Montreal Canadiens managed once again to keep the focus away from the game being played, in what this time seems to be one of the more shocking and puzzling twists to a 2-1 loss against the Bruins in recent history.

Boston opened the scoring off a strange play, as a clearing attempt meant for the stanchion took an unexpected bounce and wound up in the Canadiens' net off the stick of Jordan Caron with just 1:23 having elapsed in the game. Caron had just been recalled from the Bruins' AHL affiliate in Providence earlier in the day. 

Not a goal was scored until early in the thi...

Habs Acquire Tomas Kaberle From Canes for Spacek

Three to five years ago, the acquisition of Tomas Kaberle would have likely been a positive subject for the Montreal Canadiens. Three years ago, Kaberle was a competent offensive defenseman who was a force for the Leafs' blueline, especially on the powerplay. He was a good passer, puck distributor and quarterback, and a player who's value and eventual trade was hotly contested, and a consistent subject of discussion in Toronto and around the league.

But three years is a long time. And Tomas Kaberle is not exactly the defenseman he used to be. At some point during the 2010-11 season, Kaberle's play started to decline with the Toronto Ma...

Habs Look to String Wins Together, Get One in Carolina

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Coming into tonight’s head-to-head with the Hurricanes, the Montreal Canadiens hadn’t put two of anything together since the Western road trip that saw them beat the Coyotes and Predators two weeks ago. And it stopped there.

In the first period of this game, a significant portion of Habs’ fans had their eyes on the Bruins/Sabres rematch, and it was difficult to blame them.  Jiri Tlusty opened the scoring within the first minute of the game and Anthony Stewart made it 2-0 for the Hurricanes at the 6-minute mark.  For the remainder of the opening frame, the Can...

Habs Win Impressive Victory In Winnipeg; Lose Two More To Injury

 

It was an odd night for the Montreal Canadiens. Not only were they taking part of history at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, as the first opponents of the newly reinstated Winnipeg Jets, but they were also looking for their first win of the season, after dropping a 2-0 decision in Toronto on Thursday night.

Impressions weren't exactly at their highest after that first game, but that was only one game for the Canadiens. Cobwebs were being swept away and the team was searching for chemistry after a tumultuous pre-season, which included injuries, new players, and even a couple of late acquisitions

Things didn't seem like t...

Habs Sign Defenseman Chris Campoli to One-Year Deal

In an effort to fill the void left by ailing defenseman Andrei Markov -- once again -- the Montreal Canadiens have made a late acquisition on defense. According to TSN, the team has signed defenseman Chris Campoli to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

27-year-old Campoli has played 397 games in the NHL since the lockout, putting up 33 goals, 102 assists and a -39 rating with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, and most recently, the Chicago Blackhawks -- who walked away from an arbitration hearing for the player back in July. The North York, Ontario native stands at 6'0" and 190lbs, which seems to be about the norm for the Habs thes...

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...