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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
This is a wooden Doug Jarvis hockey stick, leaning against a Bell Sports Complex wall in Brossard during the Canadiens’ semi-annual used equipment sale. It is remarkable for its simplicity, at least relative to the dozens of modern composite sticks whose company it is keeping….
Maybe, like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, it just needs a little love. So I take it home for $19.95 and $2.57 more in tax, and then call Doug Jarvis at his home near Kingston, Ont., to discuss this Sher-Wood’s history.
“In junior, everybody used the same stick - a Sher-Wood,” he recalls of his days with the Ontario league’s Peterborough Petes. “They told you: ‘If you want to try something different, you have to pay the difference at the local sports store.’ “
from Mick Kern of Home Ice XM 204,
A large number of books have been written about Bowman and his coaching style. Suffice to say, Bowman is arguably the greatest head coach in NHL history. His two greatest stretches of accomplishements happened in Montreal, and Detroit. Each incarnation was impressive to behold. My heart says Scotty Bowman is first-and-foremost identified with the Montreal Canadiens, but my head says that his most impressive coaching job was with the Red Wings.
The better question might be, who would win in a best-of-seven battle between the 1977 Montreal Canadiens and the 1997 Detroit Red Wings?
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
For decades, the photograph was folded in half and archived in a wood barrel in the basement of former Canadiens goaltender Gerry McNeil, remarkable history unceremoniously stored.
It is a magnificent, early 1950s oversized glossy snapped by photographer James (Scotty) Kilpatrick, the sharp fold giving this end of Detroit Olympia ice a second crease: McNeil is sprawled on his back, wearing the tortured look of every maskless netminder, as teammate Émile (Butch) Bouchard arrives to clear the rebound.
Five years ago, upon the death of his father, David McNeil discovered the image in a dusty cardboard box stacked in the basement locker of the Pointe Claire condominium where his parents had lived.
McNeil has since learned more about the precious Kilpatricks his father had been given and squirreled away, photos he discussed during a poignant half-hour presentation at the Bell Centre last Saturday to the annual meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research.
continued and make sure to check out Gerry McNeil: Goaltender Under Pressure Manuscript Description that contains some fantastic old-school hockey pictures.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester figures to break the bank when he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1. So, what about the second-most coveted free-agent defenseman: Montreal’s Mike Komisarek?
According to an NHL team executive, his organization initially viewed the right-side blueliner as a $6 million player but downgraded him slightly after his mediocre season. One problem is the rugged Komisarek brings virtually no offense into the equation. He is an upgrade over Scott Hannan, who signed a four-year, $18 million contract with Colorado in 2007, but with the salary cap poised to shrink in 2010-11, Komisarek might be worth closer to $5 million annually.
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Hockey legend Guy Lafleur has been found guilty of giving contradictory testimony.
The former NHL star, who played much of his career with the Montreal Canadiens, was on trial this spring on a single charge of giving contradictory testimony during his son Mark’s bail hearing in 2007.
Lafleur agreed to supervise his son at the time and enforce a court-ordered curfew. But he failed to tell a judge that he drove his son to a hotel to spend a night with his 16-year-old girlfriend while he was under curfew….
Lafleur faces up to 14 years in prison.
Update 1:30pm ET (Alanah): Guy Lafleur’s lawyer was a guest on AM 640’s Leafs Lunch today, further explaining the consequences of this ruling for his client. Follow this link, then look for the interview titled “Guy Lafleur’s Lawyer” and you can listen to the full interview.
from Norman Webster of the Montreal Gazette,
Much of the time it seems to consist of forwards skating into the goaltender’s crease after he has frozen the puck and giving him a hard stare, as Paddington Bear used to do to those who incurred his disapproval. The whistle has gone, nothing whatever can be done to advance the play, but this staring, accompanied by the usual obscenities, is supposed to bring great advantage to the perpetrators.
The defenders do not like this. They retaliate by rubbing opponents’ faces with the palms of their gloves - “face-washing,” it’s called, although if you have ever dipped your nose into a working hockey gauntlet you may question the term “washing.” The defenders, too, loose the usual insults, while the linesmen run around throwing their bodies in front of potential punches (is there any other sport which so shamefully degrades its officials?). Of course, this brings Montreal’s sophisticated fans out of their seats every time.
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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Saku Koivu said it would be “awesome” if he finished his National Hockey League career in Montreal, but there are no guarantees that’s going to happen….
Koivu said if his vision of the future meshed with that of the team, he expected to have a deal, ideally for two of three seasons, before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He added that if there’s no deal before the deadline, he will probably be playing elsewhere next season.
When Koivu was asked if joining his younger brother, Mikko, in Minnesota was an option, he said: “It would be amazing in one way to play with him on the same team. But on the other hand, he’s at the point where he has his own career. He’s making a name for himself and in some ways, it’s easier for him and I’d like to keep it that way. But it’s tempting to think about playing on the same NHL team with him and having some success.”
from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
It’s some of the best advice I’ve ever received: Never make important decisions in overly emotional moments. Right now, everyone in the Montreal organization should listen.
Take a step back, really think things through, and don’t make any major decisions in the immediate aftermath of the 100th anniversary letdown.
The Canadiens are at a crossroads, with a need for the most honest and extensive self-evaluation since Bob Gainey’s arrival. With the fans out for blood, it would be easy to offer up a series of public floggings/hangings to satisfy the mob. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s right.
That’s why it’s best that Gainey wants to stay. It was funny to hear the “Carbo! Carbo!” chants after the coach was fired, because many of the people yelling were probably the same ones phoning the radio shows and demanding his head in February. Those same people are angry at Gainey now, but would probably be yelling his name once the team lost three in a row under a new GM.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Montreal Canadiens general-manager Bob Gainey has lashed out at Tampa Bay Lightning counterpart Bryan Lawton and the team’s ownership for “disgraceful” behaviour in leaking names they were interested in during trade talks for superstar centre Vincent Lecavalier.
Gainey said the wild speculation over Lecavalier, a Montreal native, was a significant distraction that helped derail his team in the second half of the season.
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