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added 10:38am, Montreal press release is below...
via Dave Stubbs tweets,
Subban will warm up, Therrien says, says he's OK
Emelin will be reevaluated next week to determine his status, Therrien says
Looks like his right shoulder.
Below watch Subban take a shot off of his foot, but he did return.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
The playoff-bound teams are already starting to load up. The lurching, stumbling Maple Leafs did it again Sunday, trading Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli — two of the five useful players on their roster — for Nashville’s bottom first-round pick, a mid-level prospect and the sour and superannuated Olli Jokkinen. How Toronto can sell that to their fan base as a move for the future defies understanding — but the Predators, already a contender, just got better.
There will be more moves. Lots of them. There will be enormous pressure on Bergevin to pick up an Antoine Vermette, a Jordan Eberle, some big name to give the Canadiens the firepower to go head-to-head with the beasts in the East and the bullies in the West.
This is perhaps the first time since 1994 (when the Canadiens were the defending Stanley Cup champions) when you can say they are genuine contenders for that elusive 25th Cup. They compete. They win one-goal games, they win in overtime and they win in shootouts. They have a hard-working, two-way scoring star in Max Pacioretty, canny veteran leaders in Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov — and Carey Price, the best goaltender in the league right now.
So is this the time? If you’re a poker player, do you go all in on this hand or bide your time, figuring that you’re going to be even stronger two or three years from now? Bergevin knows how hard it is to get here, to where the Canadiens are right now. They could be back here next season and the season after — or things could go wrong and this opportunity could slip away forever.
Claude Ruel, who served as Montreal Canadiens’ coach from 1968 to 1971, and again from 1979 to 1981, has died at age 76.
The Sherbrooke, Que. native was a promising prospect before his career was cut short when he was struck in the eye by a puck.
After working as a scout and director of player development, Ruel succeeded Toe Blake as coach on the eve of the 1968-69 season.
The Canadiens went on to maintain the best record in the NHL and win the Stanley Cup in his first year behind the bench.
After narrowly missing the playoffs in 1969-70 and seeing the team struggle the following year, Ruel resigned.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins have 28 games remaining in the regular season. That’s still enough for things to go sideways.
Chances are likely, however, that the Bruins will remain among the top eight in the Eastern Conference and qualify for the playoffs. The ninth-place Panthers lost to the Predators in a shootout Saturday. The Panthers are 6 points behind the Bruins, a deficit that will be difficult to wipe out with just over two months remaining until the postseason begins.
Assuming the Bruins make the playoffs, they could face off against the second-place Canadiens in the first round. This would not be a good thing.
The Canadiens have the Bruins’ number. They swept the four-game season series Sunday at TD Garden with a 3-1 win.
Last year, they stopped the Bruins’ march toward the Stanley Cup. They could send them golfing yet again this spring.
“It can’t,” coach Claude Julien answered when asked if Montreal presented a mental block for his team. “We can’t allow it.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It's clear from talking to other teams around the league that Bergevin has talked to many clubs over the past month, making sure he's doing his homework in terms of who's available. He wants to be ready closer to March 2 in case something materializes that makes sense.
But at this point, it's more background work rather than the Habs GM being aggressive, as far as we can tell. With the uncertainty of the Canadian dollar and the salary cap, and the possibility of this effecting teams for the next few seasons, you get the sense that Bergevin believes that keeping the roster young, as much as possible, is the way to go in order to keep ultimate cap/roster flexibility.
Is he willing to act before March 2? Yes. But it has to make sense on many fronts.
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