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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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All Carey Price

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

I get the sense there’s real good communication between you and Marc Bergevin and where this all fits together long term. And I bring that up because a lot of people wondered after Max Pacioretty was traded where that left other veterans on the team.

Yeah, for sure. It’s always a big shake-up when you trade a captain. I think our guys have responded well. We have a few more veteran guys in our lineup that have helped. Obviously, with Webs (Shea Weber) and company as a solid leadership group, it definitely helps.

This league is so close. A year ago at this time had we talked about New Jersey and Colorado making the playoffs after being last in their respective conferences, you would have been surprised probably. But isn’t that the league today?

Yeah, for sure. You never really know how the season is going to go until it seems about a quarter of the way through. It’s a surprising league now with the way teams flip-flop in and out of the playoffs. It definitely gives our team optimism.

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A Four-Year Extension For Paul Byron In Montreal

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Sunday that the team has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with forward Paul Byron (until the end of the 2022-23 season). The deal has an average annual value of $3.4 million for the Canadiens.

"We are very happy to have signed Paul Byron to a contract extension. Paul is a fierce competitor, and an example of courage and will. With his speed, his play on both sides of the ice and his skills, he is a key element of our team," said Marc Bergevin.

Byron, 29, registered 35 points in 82 games with the Canadiens last season (20 goals, 15 assists). He ranked second on the team in goals. The 5-foot-9, 162-pound Ottawa native was one of four players to play in all 82 games with the Club in 2017-18. He was the recipient of the Jacques-Beauchamp-Molson Trophy in 2015-16 and in 2017-18 (player who had a dominant role with the team during the regular season, without obtaining any particular honor).

Selected in the sixth round, 179th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2007, Paul Byron was claimed off waivers by the Canadiens (from Calgary) on October 6, 2015.

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Max Domi Meant No Harm

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

“I didn’t mean to hurt him.”

Those words are spoken by just about every NHL player who is suspended for injuring an opponent and the Canadiens’ Max Domi is no exception.

“It’s a real tough situation, obviously, for everyone involved,” Domi said after practice Friday in Brossard about being suspended by the NHL for five pre-season games after sucker-punching Florida defenceman Aaron Ekblad in the face during a 5-2 loss to the Panthers Wednesday night at the Bell Centre. “I feel bad about it. It’s not the way I wanted to handle that. It’s an emotional game. Obviously, I’m an emotional player. I’ve known Aaron for a long time. Grew up playing against each other. We always play hard, always battle, whether it was in minor hockey, junior, the national level and now the NHL, too. By no means did I want to hurt him.”

There it is.

Of course Domi wanted to hurt Ekblad … that’s the idea behind punching someone in the face. Maybe he wasn’t planning to break the defenceman’s nose and leave him on the ice in a pool of blood, but that’s what happened.


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Video- Max Domi Suspended For The Remaining Preseason Games

NEW YORK (Sept. 20, 2018) – Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason for roughing Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad during NHL Preseason Game No. 29 in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safetyannounced today.

The incident occurred at 0:56 of the third period. Domi was assessed a match penalty as well as a minor penalty for roughing.

The explanation.





Below, two former NHL players with their opinion.

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Video- Max Domi With A Sucker Punch

Match penalty.


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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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