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The Wrong Way To Build In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

When Bergevin signed Price to a long-term deal this summer, the Habs’ GM’s strategy was crystal clear. He’s hoping the Canadiens’ all-world netminder performs the kind of heroics he’s often showcased and bails out the middling team in front of him.

With Anahim Lake, B.C.’s most famous citizen signed through 2025-26 with an annual salary of US$10.5 million, the franchise’s next decade is going to be built around Price.

And that, in my humble opinion, is a big mistake. The big news in hockey this week was the Edmonton Oilers signing centreman Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year US$68 million deal. There was a lot of chatter about the fact that the Oilers are paying Draisaitl all this dough and will also be paying his teammate Connor McDavid a few Brinks truckloads of greenbacks (US$100 million over eight years) as well in the coming years.

But here is the $168-million question — would you rather have Draisaitl and McDavid locked-up to long-term deals or Price and Shea Weber? To ask the question is to answer it.

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Mad In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

I love the passion of the Habs debate, but this is crazy. I feel like there’s a level of bitterness to the discussion of the Canadiens this summer that’s unprecedented and, honestly, most of that anger is coming from the fans in the pro-Bergevin camp.

They simply cannot accept any criticism of Habs general manager Marc Bergevin or his team. It is downright bizarre.

I have been a journalist for a very long time, mostly writing about arts and culture. Yet, I have never seen anything like the abusive commentary that has been tossed my way since I started writing What the Puck in this space at the beginning of 2016. I’m a big boy and can handle it, but still....

Whatever happened to civilized debate? Let me just say this loud and clear, once and for all: I am a Habs fan. You can’t take that away from me. You can say I’m an idiot — as you often do — but you can’t say I don’t love the Canadiens.

What is odd is this notion that you can’t be a Habs fan and be vehemently opposed to the direction the team’s going in. Some claim I have invented this division amongst Habs fans. But that’s absurd.

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Fans Losing Interest In Their Beloved Habs?

from Dan Delmar at the Montreal Gazette,

There is no doubt the legacy left by the Montreal Canadiens will remain an important part of this city’s heritage for decades, even generations, to come. However, there are signs the modern incarnation of our beloved NHL franchise is devaluing fandom, to the team’s own detriment.

Like most, my rift with the Habs did not happen overnight. My disinterest was cultivated over years of mediocre performance and myriad blunders; the latest disappointment being the failure to re-sign reliable 16-year veteran Andrei Markov, so devoted to the franchise that his recent wedding was somewhat Habs-themed.

To think that my interest in Canadiens hockey may prove to have been fleeting feels like sacrilege. I only take comfort in the fact that I am far from alone.

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Morning Line- Jack Todd

I don’t understand why GM Marc Bergevin didn’t make more of an effort to hang onto Markov. Perhaps the organization saw a decline in his game that wasn’t obvious to mere mortals. In any case, the Canadiens have never had the knack of easing their most honoured veterans into retirement. From Rocket Richard to Guy Lafleur, from Robinson to Saku Koivu, things have always gone south before that final game — Jean Béliveau is one of the few exceptions to that rule.

With the Habs still sitting well under the salary cap, you have to believe Bergevin has some major move up his sleeve. If not, he’s boxed himself in. The usual knee-jerk suspects are all over the GM for losing Markov: They’d savage Bergevin if he picked up Sidney Crosby on the waiver wire.

-Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette where you can read more on Andrie Markov and the Canadiens...

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Afternoon Line- Arpon Basu On Andrei Markov

If you missed it earlier today, Markov announced he will play in the KHL.

 

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Andrei Markov Will Not Return To Montreal

MONTREAL - Andrei Markov will not be back with the Canadiens for the 2017-18 season. The veteran defenseman will be available to speak with reporters via conference call on Thursday afternoon (the release note says at his request).

Markov has spent his entire 16-year NHL career to date as a member of the Canadiens. Narrowly missing the 1,000-game milestone with 990 career games under his belt, the Russian rearguard sits sixth on the franchise's all-time leaderboard for games played. He has also suited up for 89 postseason tilts during his time with the Habs.

Since making his NHL debut in 2000, Markov has racked up 572 regular-season points, including 119 goals. He finished his final Canadiens campaign tied with Hall-of-Famer Guy Lapointe for second place in team history for points by a defenseman, and is ranked third for goals from the back end.

The 38-year-old blue-liner was drafted in the sixth round, 162nd overall by Montreal in 1998 and became a Canadian citizen in July 2010.

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Mark Streit Signs With The Montreal Canadiens For One Year

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract (2017-18) with free agent defenseman Mark Streit.

Streit, 39, played 68 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17. He amassed 27 points (6 goals, 21 assists), including 13 on the power play. He added two game-winning goals and 28 penalty minutes, while averaging 18:45 of ice time per game. Streit added two assists in three playoff match-ups, helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup.

The 5'11'' and 191 lbs defenseman has played 784 regular season NHL games with the Canadiens, New York Islanders, Flyers and Penguins, contributing 434 points (96 goals, 338 assists). Streit scored 47 goals on the powerplay (207 points), two while shorthanded and added 14 game-winning goals. As a member of the Canadiens from 2005-06 to 2007-08, Streit recorded 109 points (25 goals, 84 assists) in 205 games. He added 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 34 playoff contests.

 

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Printed Season Tickets In Montreal Will Cost More

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens have informed fans by email that tickets for the 2017-18 season will be available in mobile format only. Season-ticket holders will receive the tickets electronically on their smartphones, which can then be scanned at the Bell Centre.

Those who want printed tickets can obtain them for an additional cost of $150, plus taxes, per seat. So a Canadiens fan with two season tickets will have to pay $344.92 just to get printed tickets.

Season-ticket holders also pay an administration fee of $100, plus taxes. So two sets of printed tickets, plus the administration fee, will cost $477.14, plus the cost of the seats.

In the letter to season-ticket holders, Canadiens management cites security, ease of use and environmental sustainability as reasons for the change. Some fans, however, are calling the new fees a cash grab....

However, one elderly longtime season-ticket holder said he doesn’t own a smartphone and has no choice but to pay the extra fee.

“They don’t think about this stuff,” said the season-ticket holder, who wished to remain anonymous for fear the Canadiens will revoke his seats. “And if you read the letter, you’ll see that they just jammed it at the bottom of the letter with this nice little surprise.

“I’d be willing to bet that 99 per cent of the season-ticket holders will opt for this extra fee,” he added. “Soon they’ll be charging to use the urinal and escalator, or breathe the air from your seats. ”

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Jacques Plante And The Goalie Mask

from Stan Fischler at NHL.com,

For decades goaltenders never would think of donning a mask. But then again, why would they?

In the years leading up to World War I and the formation of the NHL in 1917, shots on goal were rarely as dangerous, and certainly not nearly as hard, as blasts from today's players. But by the end of World War II the NHL had become faster and more furious than ever, and so were the shots on goal.

Maurice "Rocket" Richard, with his backhand drive alone, could propel a puck at speeds of more than a mile a minute. When his teammate, Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, developed a slap shot at even faster speeds, goalies were in big trouble.

Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Glenn Hall once told me in no uncertain terms, "Goaltending is sixty minutes of hell." Hall's teammates had no doubts about his statement; they watched him vomit before every game. Yet Hall, who starred on the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning team in 1961, played 502 consecutive regular-season games without facial protection.

As it happened, one of Hall's contemporaries, Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens, began getting the notion that being playing goal without a mask was a bad idea. Ever creative, even as a junior player, Plante began experimenting with the idea of a face protector.

At first he did it surreptitiously, and for good reason: He knew that Montreal coach Toe Blake would dismiss the idea of a goalie mask out of hand.

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Video- Jonathan Drouin…

... as Jonathan Drouin.

 

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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