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BROSSARD – On Friday morning, the Canadiens held a practice at the Bell Sports Complex. The team will fly to Toronto later in the day for a Saturday match-up against the Maple Leafs.
- Brandon Prust (upper-body injury) and Josh Gorges (broken hand) did not skate.
- After practice, coach Michel Therrien announced that Prust will miss the team's remaining regular season games due to injury.
"This organization has a lot of class. They put a lot of pride on the past, and they have a great past," Roy said.
"Two years ago, I could have had both jobs, coach and GM, if it were up to the fans. And I truly appreciate that. I thought that was a great gesture, and it made me feel good with the fans. It's not that I had doubt, but at the same time it was nice to see that the past was way behind us and everybody had moved on, and that they could see me as their next coach and GM. For the ego, I have to admit, it feels good."
-Patrick Roy, head coach of the Colorada Avalanche on the Montreal Canadiens. The Avalanche play in Montreal tomorrow and Roy met with the media today.
More on Roy from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post and below, via Sportsnet, watch the media gathering with Roy...
from Chris Stevenson at the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators lost their minds after a series of controversial calls -- a goal called back, various interpretations of goaltender interference and the final indignity of Bouillon scoring after it looked like Senators goaltender Robin Lehner had the puck covered up.
“Four-on-four you have to create some offence when they use you,” said Bouillon, who scored his first goal of the season. “When I saw Davey Desharnais bring the puck to the goal and the puck was stuck there, I went down a little bit and I got pretty lucky the puck came right out to me.
“The puck was not covered up. It was kind of under a pad, but the goalie never had full control so it was a good call by the ref.”
Senators general manager Bryan Murray was still engaged in fighting the good fight with three of the on-ice officials, including referee Dean Morton, an hour after the game as the team's bus idled nearby.
Watch the frantic Montreal comeback below...
Ottawa vs. Montreal.
from Guillaume Lefrancois of CBC,
With the NHL trade deadline more than a week behind us, we now have a clearer view of the decisions teams will have to make in the off-season.
Judging by the players wearing Canadiens jerseys Wednesday night, and those wearing a jacket and tie, Habs capologist John Sedgwick, who's been GM Marc Bergevin’s right-hand man for a little less than a year, will have an interesting question to answer: Should he give winger Rene Bourque a $3.67-million US check on June 15 to buy out the remaining two years of his contract?
For the fourth time this season, Montreal head coach Michel Therrien made Bourque, 32, a healthy scratch on Wednesday. In the salary-cap era, sitting a player who counts for 5.2 per cent of your payroll doesn’t exactly spell success.
Bourque’s tenure in Montreal has been downright disappointing. After piling up eight points in 38 games after being acquired from Calgary on Jan. 12, 2012, he showed signs of life in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, was slowed by a concussion, and came back to play decently in a playoff series against Ottawa.
Dustin Tokarski of the Montreal Canadiens wants this one back..
You have probably seen the 'after' picture (below) of Dale Weise, who took Nazem Kadri's skate to his face last night.
Here is how it happened and scroll to the 1:45 mark for a slow-motion replay.
The video is about 5 1/2 minutes long.
Very nice presentation as always in Montreal.
Price was not scheduled to start tonight against Detroit...
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