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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Club 1909 (www.club1909.com) was launched last week, a multi-faceted fan membership program that intends to align Montreal’s brand around the world along the likes of the other big franchise hitters in the world of sports.
Sitting in his Bell Centre office last week during an interview with ESPN.com, Kevin Gilmore, the team’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer, explained the genesis for Club 1909 and why a team with automatic sellouts and sky-high TV ratings felt the need to branch out even more.
"Sometimes, you have to look at your business and kind of turn it sideways to see what it is now," Gilmore said. "The challenge from a marketing standpoint was to say, 'Guys, let’s look at what we do, who we are and what we represent.' We spent a while on it, we talked to some outside people and to people inside here.
"Basically the conclusion was that for the lack of a better word, we’re a legacy team, we’re synonymous with the sport. Same way the Yankees and Red Sox are with baseball, the Cowboys and Packers with football. I’m sure the Leafs would argue the Leafs and Canadiens with hockey and that’s a fair comment. We said, 'If that’s what we are, we need to start acting a little more like that.'"
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
...more often than not, the Bruins play right into the hands of the Canadiens. They see that fluttering red cape with the CH logo, and they lower their heads and charge.
Why don’t they ever learn? Well, if there is such a thing as wanting to win too much, the Bruins do. They have decades of paranoia wired into their system. They have lost so many times, in so many ways, that they buy into all that Don Cherry “da game is rigged” nonsense, and they end up finding new and creative ways to lose.
Fans here will never buy into this, but Lucic is an intelligent, thoughtful, complex guy. But put a CH jersey in front of him and his Mexican combo platter is about a taco short. Claude Julien might do well to bench him next time out, because in his zeal to turn some unlucky Hab into roadkill on the highway of life, Lucic inevitably trips over his own skate laces and makes a fool of himself.
It’s all part of what has to be the greatest rivalry in North American sports at this juncture in history: the Habs vs. the Bruins.
My question is, where are the Avalanche players?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
With the Montreal Canadiens up a goal against the Boston Bruins in the third period Thursday night, Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien sent Manny Malhotra out for a defensive-zone faceoff Malhotra easily won over Gregory Campbell.
Chalk another one up for the veteran center, whose addition to last July 1 might end up paying way more dividends for the Canadiens than people first bargained.
For starters, Malhotra is among the league's top faceoff men, which will improve the team's defensive-zone start numbers. Through five games, he's won 65 percent of his faceoffs.
But his impact might be just as important off the ice, where he's already made himself one of the most vocal leaders on the team despite being a newcomer.
via Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
The joint was jumping, of course, the fires of passion stoked by the Habs’ unparalleled game-presentation crew that marries the Canadiens’ rich past to its exciting present and future with lasers and lights and music that will rattle your bones.
The arena’s foundation quaked when Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden emerged from the tunnel to stand beside the Canadiens bench, the blazing, storied torch held aloft.
Watch the pre-game ceremony below.
via the CP at Sportsnet,
When asked after the game if Rask noticed the laser being pointed at him, he was quick to dismiss it.
“At me? No,” said Rask, who allowed five goals on 23 shots before leaving 7:17 into the third.
Although the Finnish goalie did notice the laser being directed elsewhere.
“You know, I saw it in the second, but it was in the offensive zone,” said Rask. “Good thing I didn’t go blind or anything.”
Watch the incident below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Is there a more anticipated rematch in the early NHL season?
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens get it going again Thursday night after last spring's drama-filled, seven-game series, which saw the underdog Habs prevail.
Given the handshake line heard around the world, who knows exactly what will transpire Thursday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal's home opener.
Normally, these types of games rarely live up to the hype fueled by media and fans.
Although sometimes ...
"I had one with Vancouver where we played Boston for the first time after the Stanley Cup final and we had a line brawl seven minutes in. So I think the fans, the media and everybody got what they wanted there," Canadiens winger Dale Weise said Wednesday after practice.
"I don't see it being the case tomorrow. The media kind of blows things up and the games have a hard time living up to that. We're just focusing on trying to come out and have a good game. Obviously, being the first home game, we're excited; our crowd is going to be jumping and we'll be ready to go."
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
When it comes to keeping their own players and attracting new ones, the Montreal Canadiens have history on their side. They have a rafter full of retired jerseys and Stanley Cup banners testify to the team's pedigree.
But the Canadiens, like some other NHL teams north of the border, face a troublesome obstacle when it comes to negotiating with players: Revenue Canada. Many players on NHL teams in Quebec and Ontario pay the highest combined federal and provincial/state income tax rate in the NHL, a TSN study has found.
Canadiens defencemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban will each make $7 million on paper this year. But after handing over 49.7 per cent of their check to the taxman, they'll each bring home just $3.5 million.
Welcome to the modern NHL, where, as salaries skyrocket, the amount the players owe to the government is rising in kind.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
P.K. Subban had some advice for Steven Stamkos after the Tampa Bay sniper scored three goals Monday night to lead the Lightning to a lopsided 7-1 decision Monday night at Amalie Arena.
“I’d tell Steven to enjoy it because it’s not going to happen again,” said Subban....
“We’ve played a lot better against this team, i.e. in the playoffs last year, and we just have to park this loss,” said Subban, who was minus-2 on the night, was in the penalty box when Stamkos made it 4-1 and generally didn’t play very well.
“We’re still trying to figure out how to play,” said Subban. “We ‘re trying to figure out our identity. We’re very happy with this road trip and we just have to move on.”
more post-game comments
The first 20 seconds or so of the video shows a few clips of the game...
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