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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
With 10 goals, Lang is the Canadiens’ leading goal-scorer heading into tonight’s game against Buffalo; with 24 points, he is tied for the team lead with Alex Kovalev and Andrei Markov.
He is a crafty, smart-skating, 906-game NHL veteran whose poise and experience are precious commodities both on the ice and in the dressing room, a terrific acquisition on many levels.
“(Some) people think he was a consolation prize (to Sundin), but we had started to talk about him a little bit last year,” head coach Guy Carbonneau said yesterday of Lang.
“We took some info from Denis Savard (Lang’s coach in Chicago last season), some people who’d had him, and everything was positive. He has a lot of respect and came in here with a really good attitude.”
from Dave Stubbs at the Financial Post,
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price shoved his hand into the 50-year-old stick-hand blocker, a glove more than twice his age, and wore the look of a man who’d just pushed his palm into a bowl of liver.
He was similarly impressed with the flimsy catching mitt. And the 1970s-vintage chest protector, which was barely more than a thick undershirt.
“This isn’t protection,” Price said incredulously.
“It’s suicide. Can you imagine me going out there like this? For even one practice? No chance.”
continued with picture of Price in the gear.
from Tony Care of CBC Sports,
Whether he was watching the Montreal Canadiens from the bench when his father coached the team or broadcasting their games with the late Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin always had the best seat in the house.
Ever since Dick Irvin Sr. patrolled behind the Habs bench beginning in 1940, the younger Irvin has witnessed most of the great moments in the team’s history, along with the bulk of its best players….
Top 5 moments
1. Closing of the Forum (March 11, 1996) — “The emotion in the building was unbelievable, and the ovation the Rocket received from the fans was something to behold.”
2. Russia’s Red Army squad vs. Montreal (Dec. 31, 1975) — “I didn’t think it was that great a game as everybody else seems to think it was. It was very one-sided, even though the teams tied 3-3. This was more of a moment than a great game. The whole night was unbelievable. It was a special situation, and everybody understood that.”
Watch the Richard ovation below…
Itching to return from the moment he went on the shelf, Mike Komisarek will be on the ice tonight when the Habs host the Flyers.
A spectator and part-time coach since suffering a shoulder injury on Nov. 13, Komisarek missed 16 games while recovering. His teammates went 7-6-3 during that stretch and are currently on a three-game slide.
“The doctors liked what they saw,” he said. “They put their stamp of approval on my file. I’m good to go tonight.”
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
If you can figure out what is ailing Kovalev, please let me know. Better still, pass it on to Guy Carbonneau. Here the Canadiens are nearing the 30-game mark and Kovalev has a respectable 22 points, but only five goals. In four games, Matt D’Agostini scored one fewer goal than Kovalev has this entire season.
The strangest part is that Kovalev is in a contract year. Guys like him are supposed to wake up just in time for free agency, get the multi-year deal tucked away, then go back to sleep-walking.
Instead, Kovalev has to go into a funk at the worst possible time for himself and the Canadiens. He did hit a post Saturday night, but somehow his game simply lacks the fire and drive he displayed almost from wire to wire last season.
The Montreal Canadiens got some news on Saturday about their injured players, but the news wasn’t good.
Following Saturday’s morning skate, head coach Guy Carbonneau revealed that Carey Price is suffering from a lower body injury on top of a cold that he’s been fighting for a few days now.
Carbonneau said that Price sustained the injury during Wednesday’s practice and that the starting goaltender will remain off the ice for at least four more days.
Also on Saturday, Carbonneau made public the result of Saku Koivu’s MRI, stating that the captain will be out of the lineup for two weeks.
Carbonneau also confirmed on Saturday that Christopher Higgins will be out at least five more weeks, saying it’s the same injury that has kept defenceman Mike Komisarek out since mid-November.
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
From The Gazette’s Pat Hickey, at practice in Brossard:
• Carey Price did not practice today. He’s not feeling well, and Hamilton’s Marc Denis is on standby. This isn’t to rule out Price in goal vs. Washington tomorrow. If Halak gets the call, it will be his third consecutive game.
• Saku Koivu will miss Saturday’s game and probably Tuesday’s in Carolina. He will see a doctor later today about what’s suspected to be a foot injury suffered last night.
the injury list continues...
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Since joining the team on Nov. 29—not coincidentally, the last game before Latendresse began his exile—D’Agostini has four goals in six games and his energetic play has revitalized linemates Saku Koivu and Andrei Kostitsyn. It’s folly to think he can maintain this offensive pace, but 20 pounds heavier and two years smarter, he’s equipped to do all the little things that turn a prospect into a pro. At this point, a job is his to lose.
The same can’t be said for Latendresse, who seems ill prepared to handle his struggles. His confidence shot and his opportunities limited, he’s likely to remain on the outside looking in.
Could Latendresse have benefited from a more cautious route to the pros? Watching D’Agostini make the argument nightly, it’s hard to think otherwise.
Also, in the KK Member Blog a few days ago, Slasher98 weighed in on D’Agostini too.
The Montreal Canadiens will be without the services Mathieu Dandenault indefinitely after the forward/defenceman suffered a broken left arm in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Dandenault left the game 14:58 into the second period with his arm dangling after he was hit into the corner from an odd angle by Flames forward Dustin Boy. The hit is what appeared to have caused the injury.
Forward Christopher Higgins also suffered an ‘‘upper body’’ injury in the contest. He will have an MRI on Wednesday to asses the extent of the injury.
As the Montreal Canadiens unveiled a series of initiatives as part of the club’s Centennial celebrations, Forbes magazine is reporting that team owner George Gillett has put the franchise up for sale.
“I’m here today to celebrate the 100th anniversary and I’m proud as punch to be involved and I look forward to being involved for a longtime to come” Gillett told Sportsnet before addressing the Forbes report. “I have no comment. I haven’t seen the article but had I seen it, I would have no comment.”
The reported asking price is $400 million, more than double the figure Gillett paid for the team ($181 million) back in 2001. In a recent report Forbes.com listed the team value at $334 million.
added 4:58pm, from CBC,
On Thursday, the 70-year-old Gillett told reporters he is “angry” that he continually has to deny the hockey team is on the market.
“The club has never been for sale. As far as I know, no one has ever talked to anyone about the sale of the club,” said Gillett, who bought 80 per cent of the Canadiens and the Bell Centre for $185 million US in 2001.
“I’ve never authorized anyone to discuss it. We have received many inquiries about a possible sale [but] I’ve never entertained any of them.”
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