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Quiz Time 70 Years Ago

I'll bet a few of the boys were puffing cigarettes too.

 

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Video- Habs Mic’d Up At The Draft

For those of you who don't know Bergevin is a pretty funny guy.

via the Montreal Canadiens,

GoPro footage of Marc Bergevin and his scouts mic'd up during both days of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

 

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All Geoff Molson

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

How has ownership of the Canadiens impacted you personally, and what drives you every day?

"I put my heart and soul into this every single day of my life. I want to be successful. Not only for myself, but for the fans. I know how amazing it's going to be when we reach the 25th Stanley Cup. I lived it many times in my youth but it's been a long time. A very long time.

"It is hard for me to have not accomplished it yet, but at the same time, over the course of these 10 years I've learned that no longer can you buy a Stanley Cup. You need to build. You need patience, to be able to accept that it's going to be tough and that what you do might or might not lead to greatness. That uncertainty is hard because you want to deliver No. 25 to your fans. There are no guarantees at all. Look what happened this year -- the best team in the League (Tampa Bay Lightning) was swept in the first round (by the Blue Jackets). Imagine if that happened in Montreal?

"The sentiment I hear and feel now from fans, and obviously I see them all the time and I'm not shy to talk to anybody, is very positive. They're really pleased with the changes that have been made and excited about this coming season and the future. It's a good place to be."

many more questions and answers...

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Video- Season Preview For The Montreal Canadiens

from Sean Farrell at NHL.com,

The Montreal Canadiens are confident they can make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2016-17 with largely the same lineup that narrowly missed out last season.

The Canadiens finished with 96 points, after they had 71 in 2017-18, but wound up two points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

"I think this is a team that is trending towards the playoffs and was very close last year," said defenseman Ben Chiarot, who signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract (average annual value of $3.5 million) with Montreal on July 4 after playing 305 games with the Winnipeg Jets. "All the pieces are here and a little bit reminds me of where we were in Winnipeg a few years ago with some of the young pieces and the leadership of guys like [defenseman Shea] Weber and [goalie Carey] Price. I think all the pieces are here for us to be successful, and I'll bring what I bring and I think we should be trending in the right direction."

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Below, wateh the preview for the Habs....

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Jean Beliveau Or Sidney Crosby Plus Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Sidney Crosby turned 32 the other day, is about to enter his 15th season, and he has loudly positioned himself as one of the greatest to ever play in the NHL.

The question as time goes on is: How great?

Four players stand alone above everyone else who has ever played before. You can pick the order, but the top four has to include Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe.

And then it gets interesting.

In my mind, Jean Beliveau has always slotted nicely into the No. 5 spot all-time. But that’s the door Crosby is banging on now. And Crosby’s game, so different from that of the elegant Beliveau, matches up historically if not statistically with the legendary Montreal Canadiens captain.

continued plus notes like this...

After being traded by the Leafs and bought out by Carolina, Patrick Marleau figured he would go home and return to the San Jose Sharks. Well, that’s not happening. Sharks don’t want him. Apparently, Arizona does, but Marleau may not want to play there. This off-season isn’t turning out the way he hoped it would … Tampa Bay has signed Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy for a total cap hit of $35.3 million when all the contracts kick in by 2020-21. The Maple Leafs already have Matthews, Tavares and William Nylander at for $29.5-million without signing Mitch Marner. They’ll be at at least $40 million for the four when the Marner deal is done.

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40 Year-Old Andrei Markov Wants Another Shot With The Habs

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Andrei Markov wants to make it clear he never wanted to leave Montreal.

But two summers ago, when Markov was unable to reach an agreement on a new contract with Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, the defenceman returned home to Russia, signing a two-year KHL deal with Ak Bars Kazan. During his first season in Russia, Markov posted 5-28-33 totals and a plus-7 rating in 55 games and helped Ak Bars Kazan win the Gagarin Cup as KHL champions. Last season, he had 2-12-14 totals and was plus-13 in 49 games.

Now, the 40-year-old is a free agent and would love nothing more than to sign a one-year contract with the Canadiens to finish his playing career and reach the 1,000-game milestone in the NHL. Markov played 16 years with the Canadiens, posting 119-453-572 totals in 990 games and earned the same US$5.75-million salary in each of his last 10 seasons.

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The Habs May Be Turning Into The Old Leafs

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

It used to be so much fun laughing at Leafs fans. You remember. The talk of “losers since ’67” and all that. I’ll never forget going to a Montreal-Toronto Saturday night matchup at the Bell Centre with my son, like maybe 12 years ago, and, as usual, the joint was filled with obnoxious Maple Leafs fans. That night, as we walked in, they were taunting Habs fans, shouting — “Ha ha, you haven’t won since ’93.” And us Canadiens fans just laughed even harder, reminding them they hadn’t won that Cup since 1967.

That was then, this is now. Ever since Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment hired Brendan Shanahan as president of the Leafs in the summer of 2014, the former loser Leafs have, at the very least, joined the discussion as a potential elite team. I am well aware that they still haven’t won squat in the playoffs under Shanahan, general manager Kyle Dubas and overhyped coach Mike Babcock. And yes, if the Leafs once again lose to their kryptonite — that would be the Boston Bruins — in the first round this coming season, I have to figure Babcock is going to be feeling some mega heat.

But the Leafs are a smartly managed team and you have to think that when Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews get another year or two under their belts and Dubas finally gets a stud D-man, they’ll be a serious Cup contender.

Things are much less certain for Montreal Canadiens fans.

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Afternoon Line- Brendan Kelly On The Sebastian Aho Offer Sheet By The Canadiens

In the end, there are only two options. Either they thought Carolina would crumble under the weight of this offer, in which case the Habs managers are out of it. Or they orchestrated the whole ploy as a distraction. Neither scenario is particularly encouraging.

-Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette where you can read more on this.

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Ben Chiarot Signs With The Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Thursday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract (2019-20 to 2021-22) with free agent defenseman Ben Chiarot. The deal has an average annual value of $3.5 million.

"We are very happy to have come to an agreement with Ben Chiarot today. He is a very reliable defenseman and a solid player who will fill a need for our club. He is the type of player who can play some big minutes and be used in different situations. We are convinced he will improve our defensive group," said Bergevin.

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Carolina Hurricanes Will Match Aho Offer Sheet

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes will match the offer sheet made Monday to center Sebastian Aho by the Montreal Canadiens, Canes owner Tom Dundon said Tuesday.

Dundon said an announcement would be made Tuesday.

Of his reaction to the offer sheet, Dundon, said, “We’re surprised. We love the player and we’re happy to have this done. And surprised something would have thought this would work.”

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added 12:24pm,

 

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