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Video- Max Pacioretty On Leaving The Montreal Canadiens

via Sportsnet,

Max Pacioretty sat down with Christine Simpson to outline what exactly went down with regards to his departure from the Montreal Canadiens.


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The Decline Of Carey Price

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

The first signs of cracks came during the 2016-17 season just before coach Michel Therrien was fired. Remember that night in Colorado when he seemed to almost deliberately let in goals? Still that was a short stretch. Last season was a total disaster and nobody — no journalist, no Habs manager, not Price — has explained how he became not just mediocre but quite literally the worst starting goalie in the NHL.

This season, he’s just been average but there are signs that he’s about to go from average to terrible. He has let in at least four goals in each of his last four games and he is once again near the bottom of the NHL goalie rankings. On Thursday night, Price was not in the game, fighting pucks all night. By my count, four of the six Buffalo goals on him were just brutal, including the OT winner from Rasmus Ristolainen.

I’ve been saying it for two years. There is something wrong between Price’s ears. He finally admitted it Thursday.

“It’s all upstairs, I gotta figure it out,” he said.

The scary thing is that Bergevin’s plan has always been to rely on Price and hope he pulls off a miracle. The plan hasn’t changed and that’s a mistake because it looks less and less likely that Price will be pulling off any miracles.


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Tomas Plekanec Going On Unconditional Waivers Today

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that Tomas Plekanec will be placed on unconditional waivers at 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, for the purpose of terminating his contract.

Tomas Plekanec has played a total of 1,001 career regular season games in the NHL, including 984 games in a Canadiens uniform. The Kladno, Czech Republic native has 608 career points (233 goals, 375 assists). Plekanec also played in 94 career playoff games, and registered 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists).

On October 15, Plekanec suited up for his 1,000th NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings, scoring his lone goal of the season.

Tomas Plekanec was selected in the third round by the Canadiens (71st overall) at the 2001 NHL Draft. He had been acting as an assistant captain from the 2010-11 season through the 2017-18 campaign.

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No Excuses From Carey Price

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Carey Price was a man of few words Thursday night, but he didn’t need many words to sum up the Canadiens’ 6-5 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres. “Let’s cut the chase, I wasn’t very good,” Price said to kick off a post-game scrum that lasted 56 seconds. Price, who is trying to bounce back from the worst season of his career, has given up at least four goals in each of his last four starts and his numbers aren’t very good.

After Thursday’s debacle, he has a 3.07 goals-against average and an .892 save percentage. Price wasn’t looking for any excuses. When asked about defensive breakdowns in front of him, he replied: “I’m not playing as well as I did earlier.” And when he was asked whether changes in the equipment contributed to the fall-off in his play, he said: “No. it’s all upstairs. I’ll figure it out.” 


Game highlights are below.

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Good Start By Tomas Tatar In Montreal

from Travis Yost of TSN,

The prized acquisition of the  trade was thought to be prospect centre . But right now, it’s another player from that deal who is helping move the needle in Montreal.

has had a fascinating career. Tatar was a reliable top-six scoring option for years in Detroit – a quality playmaker and goal scorer who fit in well on most speed-based lines. But in 2017-18, Tatar fell into a bit of a slump with the Red Wings. When Detroit prepared to gut their entire roster and enter a full-blown rebuild, they decided to ship him to Vegas for draft picks.

Tatar fit in Vegas like a square peg in a round hole. He was an ineffective attacker and never appeared to draw the confidence of head coach Gerard Gallant, who routinely made him a healthy scratch in the playoffs....

t’s too early to say which side ‘won’ the Pacioretty trade, but Tatar surely is making it interesting. Playing primarily with  and  in Montreal’s top six, Tatar has had a strong start to the season (five goals and eight assists in 15 games.) He’s one of the big reasons why the Canadiens are off to a hot start this season.

But Tatar hasn’t just brought an individual scoring touch to Montreal. Part of what’s made the Canadiens so successful this season is that they’re owning the puck in a way they didn’t last season, and it starts with improved performance in the top-six forwards. 


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Video- Habs Score 2 Goals In 2 Seconds

The last goal was an empty netter.




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Hot Tatar

from Marc Dumont at the Montreal Gazette,

Last week, I said the Tomas Tatar-Phillip Danault-Brendan Gallagher line had breakout potential. This week, we’re no longer talking about potential, but rather their excellent results.

The line has been flat out dominant and has yet to allow an even-strength goal while they’re on the ice.

Tatar has led the charge, scoring three goals and adding four assists (three of which were primary assists) in his last four games and controlling the play. His seven points also happen to be the best point total among all NHL players in the last week, tied with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid.

During Tatar’s shifts, the Canadiens controlled more than 70 per cent of the shots and just under 70 per cent of the high-danger opportunities.

He was on the ice for seven goals for, and none against. He leads the Canadiens in almost every statistical category, including individual high-danger attempts, where he ranks 14th in the NHL.

Simply put, he’s been on a tear since joining the Canadiens, to the point that the Golden Knights are probably starting to regret including him in the Max Pacioretty deal as a salary-cap casualty.

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Xavier Ouellet Wants To Make His Mark With The Montreal Candiens

from Olivier Beauregard at Canadiens.com,

 Xavier Ouellet has been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster in recent months.

First, because the Red Wings elected to buy out his contract and part ways with the 25-year-old defenseman instead of keeping him in the fold.

Ouellet is hoping to put that chapter of his career behind him - permanently.

"As a player, you don't really want to look behind you too much. Things didn't work out and I was bought out by the Red Wings. It was disappointing, and it's something that you never want to happen," he explained. "But, it comes with the job. That's the way things go in hockey."

Come July 1, though, Ouellet signed a one-year, two-way contract with the team he grew up cheering for.

"I'd just experienced some disappointment and then a new opportunity came my way," mentioned Ouellet, who was born in Bayonne, France. "I was so happy."


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Pay No Attention To The PR Man Behind The Curtain

from Brenda Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

If management spent half as much time on hockey operations as they do managing the media, the Habs really would be contenders. There was a lot of talk about the team’s off-seasons moves — bringing in mighty nine-goal scorer Max Domi and Vegas playoff bench-warmer Tomas Tatar — but I maintain that the biggest move since that miserable last season was Geoff Molson’s decision to hire Paul Wilson as head of PR.

Molson, who heads the Habs ownership group, promised full transparency at the post-season press conference but it’s been just the opposite since Wilson replaced longtime communications chief Donald Beauchamp (who was, in passing, thrown under the bus in unceremonious fashion). They fudged the truth on Shea Weber’s knee injury, waiting ’til it was convenient for them to announce it. They insinuated that Max Pacioretty lied about wanting to stay with the Canadiens.

And the spin has been in overdrive in the past few weeks as Molson, Marc Bergevin and Wilson do everything possible to make fans forget that the team that is set to kick off the season Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs is at best only as good as the team that finished 28th overall last season. And credit to ’em — they have most everyone from the media cheerleaders to the rose-coloured-glasses fans all feeling warm and fuzzy about a mediocre team.


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Shea Weber Named Captain Of The Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens announced on Monday that defenseman Shea Weber has been appointed the 30th captain in franchise history. The decision was made by the club's hockey management. Weber is preparing for his 14th NHL season in 2018-19, his third with the Canadiens. He was an alternate captain in his first two seasons with Montreal.

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