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via the Montreal Canadiens,
Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais met with the team's medical staff on Wednesday in Montreal.
For both players, team doctors confirmed a knee injury, and the recovery is expected to be 6 to 8 weeks for each.
ST. LOUIS - Alex Galchenyuk suffered a lower body injury on December 4 in Los Angeles.
He went for medical testing in St. Louis earlier Monday, and will be out indefinitely.
He will be further evaluated by team doctors in Montreal on Wednesday.
An update will be released later this week.
from Brenda Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,
How about the notion of John Tavares in a Canadiens jersey? There is all kinds of media chatter that the New York Islanders star is potentially on the trading block given the Isles’ mediocre start and for some reason — most likely the invention of the Loafs-obsessed Toronto hockey media mob — the Maple Leafs are most frequently mentioned as a potential destination for Tavares.
But why not Montreal? Bergevin would have to give up something big to land a guy who scored over 30 goals in each of his last two seasons. So how about giving New York a guy who’s scored over 30 goals in four of his last five seasons?
Exactly. Max Pacioretty for Tavares, with presumably Montreal throwing in someone else to sweeten the deal. Patch is having a sad-sack season, but maybe what he needs is a change of scenery to kick him out of his funk. The one thing for sure is that it’s not clicking for him here and hasn’t for a while.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Enter Maximillian Kolenda Pacioretty, stage left. “Patches,” to those who love him (and there are plenty who do) is in the throes of what Montreal’s notoriously critical fans consider a difficult season. It started with Team USA, when John Tortorella decided to go Full Jerk on Pacioretty. Tortorella’s tactics, predictably, backfired. Pacioretty wilted under the criticism and Team USA showed less “compete” than you might have expected from Team Latvia.
Then there was the off-season flap when radio reporter Michel Villeneuve claimed coach Michel Therrien had called Pacioretty the “worst captain in Canadiens history” while playing in a golf tournament in June. Villeneuve was fired from 91.9 Sport for the report and Therrien denied he had said any such thing — but no matter what was said in public, the relationship between coach and captain has to be frayed.
Finally, as an indication of just how absurd things get, Pacioretty was raked when he failed to take the full star turn on the ice after scoring the winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes last Thursday. Only Montreal could turn that into fodder for a couple of news cycles.
There’s a lesson here. Perhaps we need to learn to take our players as they are. Pacioretty is 28, already in his ninth season with the Canadiens. Like everyone else, I’ve been impatient with him at times: he’s a finesse forward in a power forward’s body and it seems he could be so much more.
Includes Babcock's chin, lips and nose...
If I had to rank the all-time goaltender list, I’d start with Terry Sawchuk, but Price is working his way up that list with a full head of steam. He is locked in to an almost unimaginable degree. He is doing things no one every thought of asking a goaltender to do: making stickhandling plays on the ice, leading in the room.
Most of all, Price has a degree of separation from his peers that I don’t believe any goaltender can rival. That is probably the ultimate test. Price simply has no peer. Goalies rise and fall, one plays well for a time than another. But you can go back to before the 2014 Olympics and Price has been, as José Théodore said last week, in a class by himself.
There’s only one missing link in the resumé. You know what it is. Price knows what it is: A Stanley cup ring.
-Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette where you can read more on Carey Price.
With an assist to the netting too.
via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
Watch as the Los Angeles Kings and Montreal Canadiens honour Hall of Fame inductee Rogie Vachon.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Carey Price said he’s not awestruck very often, but he was taken aback when he looked up from his stall in the Canadiens dressing room and saw golfing legend Jack Nicklaus delivering a pregame pep talk to his team.
“It threw me off because he had his back to me,” said Price. “I was doing my stuff and I looked and there was someone standing three feet in front of me. I was kind of awestruck and I don’t get awestruck very often.”
Nicklaus’s appearance in the dressing room was the result of a conversation coach Michel Therrien had with a friend earlier in the day. The friend said he was bringing Nicklaus to the game against the Bruins and he wanted to know if there was a chance of a dressing room visit.
“We decided to have him say a few words and read off the starting lineup,” said Therrien.”I think it took a while for some of the players to realize what was happening.”
Watch Nidklause address the team below...
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