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Ad Revenue Decreases For The Montreal Canadiens

from the CP at Sportsnet,

Advertising rates for Montreal Canadiens games have plummeted due to audience fallout after the Habs’ lacklustre performance last season, one media company says.

The RDS and TVA Sports channels — which fall under the umbrellas of BCE Inc. and Quebecor Media Inc., respectively — saw advertisers paying for a per-minute viewership assessed at about 200,000 for the 25-54 age demographic.

That’s down from last fall’s initial viewership estimate of about 295,000 and 275,000 for RDS and TVA Sports, respectively.

Omnicom Media Group said pricing for a 30-second ad placement this fall dropped to about $5,000 from roughly $7,000 last year as a result of the shift.

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Afternoon Line- Tomas Tatar

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Views On The Max Pacioretty Trade

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Max Pacioretty is a sweet and gentle soul. Too sweet and gentle, you might think, for the helter-skelter mayhem of the National Hockey League, with its sharp elbows, sharper skate blades and still sharper critics ready to pounce on every move.

Yet gentle Max has prospered in the world of gap-toothed warriors, and rose to become both a feared sniper and captain of the once mighty Montreal Canadiens. Not bad for a college boy from Connecticut.

Much has been written — and much more will be written — about how Pacioretty’s relationship with his club declined from that moment three years ago when GM Marc Bergevin and former head coach Michel Therrien showed up at Pacioretty’s door bearing a jersey with the captain’s “C”.

Pacioretty was the organization’s fair-haired boy back then, the one chosen as captain over the self-regarding P.K. Subban, the one chosen to lead the bleu-blanc-rouge into what was supposed to be a beautiful future.

Instead, that future had turned ugly as a baboon’s behind.

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from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

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Shea Weber Won’t Rush Back After Knee Surgery

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Shea Weber wants to help the Montreal Canadiens as soon as possible, but won't rush back from offseason knee surgery.

The 33-year-old defenseman originally thought he would be able to return for the start of the season, but when doctors were conducting an arthroscopy on his right knee on June 19 they discovered a more comprehensive procedure to repair a meniscal tear was required and told him he would need 5-6 months to recover.

"I hope to return earlier but if it's another four months it's another four months," Weber said at the Canadiens' annual golf tournament at Laval-sur-le-Lac golf club on Monday. "I've got to do what's right for myself long term. For me to come back too soon and get hurt again, that doesn't help anybody."

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Montreal Trades Max Pacioretty To Vegas For Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki & A 2nd Round Pick

via a press release from the Montreal Canadiens,

CANADIENS ACQUIRE FORWARDS TOMAS TATAR AND NICK SUZUKI, AND A SECOND ROUND PICK IN 2019 FROM THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS, IN RETURN FOR MAX PACIORETTY

added 7:08am,

 

 

Vegas press release is below.

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Video- Max Pacioretty Today

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

Max Pacioretty discusses his current contract situation and whether or not he believes he will be a member of the Montreal Canadiens at the end of the 2018 season.

 

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Afternoon Line- Allan Walsh, Agent For Max Pacioretty

 

added 12:54pm, Walsh again...

Obvious these “sources” are coming from the club.  Max will always take the high road and repeats again, he is ready to sign an extension with Montreal TODAY.  It was Montreal that traded Max to LA at the draft and it was a DONE DEAL subject to Max signing an extension with LA.

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Making Hockey Fun In Montreal

from Andy Nulman at the Montreal Gazette,

So, as a fervent fan (and longtime season ticket holder), with plenty of experience (decades running Just for Laughs), I’m happy to offer up these experiential ideas that might make a season or two of rebuild a whole lot more enjoyable. Full disclosure: much of the following was the basis of a conversation I had with Geoff Molson and two members of his team back in March....

INTERMISSION

First move: get a howitzer cannon to obliterate the T-shirt cannon, a concept that has creaked way past its expiry date. There are better ways to fill time between periods.

Like what? Well, basketball has a long history of athletic-oriented showboating, from dunk competitions to the legacy of the Harlem Globetrotters. Why not borrow from both and develop a Hockey Globetrotters, a team of specially skilled players who can draw gasps with stunts, speed and skill? Not only could they be a regular addition to games here, but become an attraction in arenas around the globe.

Or to take stunts to new heights, hire the kids from DudePerfect, the YouTube mega-stars who bring sports impossibilities to life. Their 2014 video with the Dallas Stars included trick-shot eye-poppers like taking a slapshot and swooshing it into a basketball net tens of metres away — with both a puck and a basketball!

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Angry In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

I stay on message. Here’s the short version of that message — as long as the same incompetent managers manage this club, they ain’t going anywhere. Sure they might win some games, particularly if Carey Price bounces back from his nightmarish season, but they will not be within sniffing distance of the league’s elite teams.

So, to paraphrase Mick Jagger back when he was relevant, what can a poor boy — or Habs fan — do? Maybe street fighting is a bit extreme, but how about a little old-fashioned fan protest? I know it will never happen, because the Habs have the ultimate captive audience. When the team that can’t shoot straight makes their official debut Sept. 17 for a meaningless exhibition game against the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre, rest assured that every seat in the house will be sold and most fans will be happy to slurp down some of those over-priced beers while watching a bunch of no-name players.

And that’s too bad because the people running this once-great organization still don’t realize just how angry so many fans are out in the real world, far from the executive suites at the Bell Centre. You, the fans, need to show the suits that you’re mad as hell and won’t take it anymore.

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Max Domi On His New Team

from Mike Shulman of the CP at TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens scored the third-least amount of goals last season and finished fourth from the bottom in the league’s standings.

But recently-acquired winger Max Domi is hopeful next year’s team can find the back of the net with greater frequency, especially if he can have a bounce-back campaign of his own.

“I think, as a group, we’re going to have to all just be better and up our game a little bit,” he said in a phone interview last week while in Toronto for DSkate, a hockey camp for kids with Type 1 diabetes.

“It’s going to be tough. But, obviously, no doubt in my mind that we can do it. And, I mean, when you’ve got a goalie like Carey Price, guys like Shea Weber, (Max) Pacioretty, (Brendan) Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin, the list goes on of all these outstanding hockey players, you have the pieces it takes to win and it’s just a matter of making it all work. I’m excited to fit in whatever way I’m asked to and make it work, so it’s going to be a great year.”

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