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Martin St. Louis Has The Canadiens On The Right Path

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens were coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Seattle Kraken on Saturday at the Bell Centre and flew to Philadelphia after the game, arriving in the wee hours of the morning.

“I think the way we’re wired as humans I feel like when it gets pretty hard I think we’re told to quit,” St. Louis said. “I think our brain is telling us that it’s OK … you got everything against you right now, you probably should quit right now. And I think that’s the message today. It’s you got to fight what your brain’s telling you because it’s easy to take the easy way out. Showed up late, back-to-back, if you listen to your brain we have no chance tonight.”

The Canadiens didn’t listen to their brains — but they are definitely listening to their new head coach.

After fighting back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period against the Kraken to force overtime and the shootout, the Canadiens were trailing 3-2 to the Flyers when Rem Pitlick scored short-handed with 53 seconds left on the clock to force overtime. Cole Caufield scored the winning goal on a wicked slapshot at 2:10 of OT as the Canadiens earned three out of a possible four points on a busy weekend. Nick Suzuki scored the other two goals for the Canadiens.

The Canadiens are now 8-5-1 since St. Louis took over from Dominique Ducharme.

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A Terrible Loss By The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

In a highly troubling sign of how bad their coverage game has slipped and that they’ve not absorbed their bitter lessons from the playoffs, they lost badly to the same team that upset them last spring.

The rejuvenated Montreal Canadiens slapped them around the Bell Centre, 5-2. It was another loss to a team that played the day before, Toronto’s fourth in six games with three or more goals against.

“It’s a continuation of how we defended Saturday against St. Louis and that’s the most disappointing part,” coach Sheldon Keefe said. “We didn’t do a good enough job coming out of the zone, we lost races, weren’t connected and when our D got involved, our forwards let guys loose.”

A few Leafs deserved detention for the Montreal rush chances that turned into goals, but the roster is already in a state of flux, complicated by another injury. Defenceman Jake Muzzin, struggling of late and victimized on Montreal’s third goal to start the second period, hit his head hard on the ice in a freak collision with Chris Wideman at the end of that period.

Just coming off a concussion, he was down a few minutes, but eventually went to the room on his own. He went to a local hospital and was to be kept overnight in Montreal under observation.

“It’s terrible,” Keefe said of seeing Muzzin flat on the ice. “About as bad a thing as you’ll see in the game.”

 

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Tyler Toffoli Headed To Calgary

 

No salary retained.

added 1:43pm, Montreal press release is below.

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What Direction Are The Habs Going?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

They are certainly running an interesting lab experiment in Montreal, where the newly installed executive vice president charged with resurrecting the shredded Les Glorieux has hired a general manager with no experience, who in turned has hired an interim coach with no experience.

Maybe this will work. Maybe the alliance between party of the first part Jeff Gorton, novice GM Kent Hughes and the neophyte coach Marty St. Louis that was forged across youth hockey rinks in Connecticut will be able to dig out of the rubble left behind by former GM Marc Bergevin.

I’ve said this before. If you’re hiring Gorton, you are presumably hiring him for his expertise in talent evaluation and not because of his proficiency as an administrator or his experience as an intermediary between the hockey club and ownership. Thus, if you are hiring Gorton, you are hiring him as your GM.

But not in Montreal. Instead the guy making the calls on personnel is Hughes, who left a successful career behind as an agent to step into the front office. Or maybe it’s a combination of Gorton and Hughes? That might not be clarified. It seems as if Hughes made the call to hire St. Louis, though he obviously did not do this without Gorton’s

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Martin St. Louis Named Interim Coach Of The Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager, Kent Hughes, announced on Wednesday night the appointment of Martin St. Louis as interim head coach. St. Louis is replacing Dominique Ducharme, who was relieved of his duties earlier today.

"We are very happy to welcome Martin to the Canadiens organization," said Hughes. "Not only are we adding an excellent hockey man, but with Martin we are bringing in a proven winner and a man whose competitive qualities are recognized by all who have crossed his path."

St. Louis, 46, carved out a storied 16-year career in the NHL, scoring 391 goals and adding 642 assists for a total of 1033 points in 1134 games with the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the New York Rangers. The Laval, QC native also won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Lightning and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 12, 2018.

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Dominique Ducharme Done In Montreal

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes announced Wednesday afternoon that head coach Dominique Ducharme was relieved of his duties earlier today.

"We would like to sincerely thank Dominique for his work and contributions to the Montreal Canadiens organization. At this point in the season, we felt it was in the best interest of the club to make a change," said Hughes.

Since being named head coach in February 2021, Ducharme registered a 23-46-14 record in 83 regular season games at the helm of the Canadiens. In the playoffs, he posted a 13-6 record in 19 games, leading the Canadiens to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1993.

The status of assistant coaches Alex Burrows, Éric Gravel, Mario Leblanc, Trevor Letowski, Éric Raymond and Luke Richardson remains unchanged.

The Canadiens' next head coach will be announced later today.

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An Embarrassing Loss By The Montreal Canadiens

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens’ Josh Anderson said he was embarrassed after Tuesday night’s 7-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre.

He should be — and so should every member of the team and coaching staff.

So should team owner/president Geoff Molson.

In a season with so many low points, the Canadiens hit a new one, getting blown out by a team that was winless in its previous seven games and had played the night before, losing 4-1 to the Senators in Ottawa.

The Canadiens were coming back from their bye week in the schedule and should have been rested and ready.

Instead they were terrible — again — showing why they are the worst team in the NHL with an 8-30-7 record.

“We got embarrassed out there tonight,” Anderson said. “We had a couple of mistakes that cost us goals (in the first period). You’d think after the break that we’d be refreshed and ready to go. But you guys witnessed it out there.

“I feel embarrassed, to be honest with you. So we better be ready to go next game.”

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The Montreal Canadiens Are Having A Season Of Futility

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

This could end up being the worst team in Canadiens history.

In 1939-40, the Canadiens finished in last place in the seven-team NHL with a 10-33-5 record and a .260 winning percentage.

This season, the Canadiens reached the midway point with an 8-2 loss to the Wild Monday night in Minnesota , leaving them in last place in the 32-team NHL with an 8-26-7 record and a .280 winning percentage.

One thing the 1939-40 Canadiens were able to do that this year’s team hasn’t done so far is win two games in a row. The 1939-40 team did that three times.

The worst team in NHL history was the 1974-75 expansion Washington Capitals, who finished with an 8-67-5 record for a .131 winning percentage. They never won two games in a row.

The Canadiens look like they could match that this season.

Just when it appeared the Canadiens might be making some headway, going 1-0-2 in their previous three games, they were totally outplayed in Minnesota. As one fan noted on Twitter: “At least there’s no cannon like in Columbus.”

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Video- Jonathan Drouin On His Absence Last Spring In Montreal

via TSN's YouTube page,

Recently, the Canadiens placed Jonathan Drouin on the injured reserve with a lower body injury. Inconvenient for sure, but nothing compared to the reason he had to leave the team last April, which had him miss Montreal's Stanley Cup run. Drouin later explained he was dealing with mental health issues - including anxiety and insomnia. The Canadiens forward sat down with TSN's John Lu to discuss how he's dealing with it now.

 

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