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The Tired Montreal Canadiens

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

It’s not yet time to write the obituary, but the Montreal Canadiens have that hangdog look about them — as though they know they’re beaten and they’re just waiting for it to become official before they start booking tee times.

The natives, predictably, are restless. The Canadiens are three points out of the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference (and they’d be securely in possession of a berth out west) but already the #FireBergevin and #FireJulien crowds are out in force.

Saturday night, it looked as though the team had come up with a novel strategy to get everyone off the back of the frequently disinterested Jonathan Drouin. “OK guys, here’s what we’re going to do: We’re going to go out there and stink out the Bell Centre together so they’ll stop picking on poor Jonathan!”

Against the Chicago Blackhawks, it looked as though Thomas Vanek, René Bourque, Nathan Beaulieu, Alex Galchenyuk, Vladimir Malakhov, Max Pacioretty and the bad Alex Kovalev had all decided to join Drouin and hold a slacker’s reunion on Bell Centre ice.


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Video-64 Years Ago, The Richard Riot


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Official Trade Between Montreal And Arizona

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday that the team has acquired forward Jordan Weal from the Arizona Coyotes in return for Michael Chaput.

Weal, 26, has played 47 games for the Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers this season, recording 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists). The 5'10'' and 179 lbs centerman has also won 55.8% of his faceoffs.

A native of North Vancouver, BC, Weal has suited for 153 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia and Arizona, posting 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists). Weal was Los Angeles' third-round pick (70rd overall) in 2010.

Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2018, Chaput recorded five assists in 30 games with the Canadiens this season. The 6'02'' and 205 lbs forward added 16 points (10 goals, 6 assists) in 24 contests with the AHL's Laval Rocket.

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The Truth Regarding The Montreal Canadiens

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazettd,

The Canadiens are a wild-card team. Sorry to bring you all crashing down to Earth, but that’s the truth.

This is not about hating or trying to be negative. It’s about trying to be realistic. The Habs are better than last year’s bottom-feeder team, but that’s really not much of an achievement.

Is the future so bright you need to wear shades? Maybe. One of the things that disturbs me the most in the hockey culture ici is so many people buy into the Canadiens’ management spin. In case you missed the memo from the Habs’ PR bosses, here is the spin: General manager Marc Bergevin has turned this team around by focusing on character and bringing in a philosophy built on youth and speed, and it’s only going to get better with all the great prospects in the pipeline.

Let’s pick apart the Habs’ PR line piece by piece. As far as the character thing goes, I think that’s hogwash. The team with the best players wins. Of course hockey, possibly more than any sport, is reliant on chemistry among the players. But it’s not about character, or grit, which is Bergevin’s philosophy. What’s key is how the players work together on the ice.


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LA Kings Trade Nate Thompson To The Montreal Canadiens

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft (previously acquired from Calgary) from Montreal in exchange for forward Nate Thompson and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft (previously acquired from Chicago in exchange for the rights to Dominik Kubalik), Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

Thompson has appeared in 53 games with the Kings this season, posting six points (4-2=6), a plus-3 rating and 17 penalty minutes. Acquired from Ottawa last season along with Dion Phaneuf, the Anchorage, Alaska native has appeared in 79 regular-season games with the Kings, recording 12 points (5-7=12), a plus-2 rating and 27 penalty minutes.

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Montreal Canadiens Acquire Dale Weise From The Philadelphia Flyers

MONTREAL- Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday that the team has acquired defenseman Christian Folin and forward Dale Weise from the Philadelphia Flyers in return for David Schlemko and Byron Froese. 

Folin, 27, has participated in 26 games thus far this season with Philadelphia, recording two assists, 16 penalty minutes, 60 hits and a +5 differential. The 6'03'' and 204 lbs defenseman is averaging 15:33 of ice time per game.

In 209 career NHL regular season games with Minnesota, Los Angeles and Philadelphia since his debut in 2013-14, Folin has recorded 38 points (7 goals, 31 assists) and 96 penalty minutes. A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, he has a +21 differential. Folin appeared in six career NHL playoff games.

The 30-year-old Weise has played 42 games thus far this season with Philadelphia, registering 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists). He scored one of his goals while shorthanded and added one game-winning tally. He is averaging 12:08 of ice time per game, has recorded 67 hits and served 15 penalty minutes. Weise added two points (1-1-2) in three contests with Lehigh Valley (AHL).

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A Solid Win From The Montreal Canadiens

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The line of Jonathan  Drouin, Phillip Danaut and Brendan Gallagher had three goals and seven assists and contributed to every one of Montreal’s goals in Thursday’s 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night.

So what did they want to talk about after the game?

Their defensive play.

“When you play guys like (Blake) Wheeler and (Mark) Scheifele, you have to be on your toes and we were tonight,” said Drouin, who scored two goals and added two assists.

“It’s a great role, it’s exactly what I’ve wanted my whole life,” added Danault, who has been tasked with shadowing the opposition’s top lines since he arrived in Montreal. “I want to keep going and get better. It’s  only the start.”...

“We just worked and skated and capitalized on our chances.,” said Gallagher, who had a pair of assists. “That’s a really good line that we were up against. They’ve done a lot of damage this year and we were excited about the challenge. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But I thought we were able to kind of — all five of us, our line and then (Victor Mete) and (Shea Weber) — we were just kind of able to play in the other end, which always helps.”

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Video- Good Or Bad Hit From Milan Lucic On Victor Mete?

Jack Todd tweets,

How do you fail to make the call on that play? Scary, terrifying hit the way Lucic threw Mete into the boards. And no call. Sickening.

Wouldn't be surprised to see Lucic get a suspension for that hit. But the referees are the first line of defence. Most of these clowns don't care about fines or suspensions - throw them out of a game and you get their attention.


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A Very Good Year For Tomas Tatar In Montreal

from Marc Dumont at the Montreal Gazette,

His 16 goals and 38 points place him second (behind Max Domi) among Canadiens players in scoring, and he’s on pace to match his best single-season mark, 56 points, which he achieved in 2014-15 with the Detroit Red Wings.

Once we dig a little further into his numbers, his impact on the Canadiens this season becomes quite clear. He’s by far their most dominant forward in several key categories. He leads the team in shot share (59.2 per cent), scoring-chance share (58.9 per cent) and high-danger shot share (58.5 per cent). Consequently, while Tatar has been on the ice, the Canadiens have controlled 61 per cent of the goals, as well as over 65 per cent of the high-danger goals.

Those are elite underlying statistics, as well as high-end results. Not only was Tatar’s contract a worthy gamble, he is underpaid relative to the current market.

There are several factors that have led to Tatar’s resurgence, notably his usage, which has mostly consisted of playing on a line with Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher. Both are good players in their own right, but together, the trio tends to check all the boxes, including smart play, hard work, determination and, most importantly, talent.

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Video- Paul Byron Suspended Three Games




added 5:30pm, Statement from Byron is below.

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