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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Slightly used hard man for sale, still feared, no reasonable offers refused. Inquiries should be directed to B. Gainey, Bell Centre, Montreal, Que.
Yup, Georges Laraque says he’s on the trading block, assuming the Canadiens can find a taker for the $3-million remaining on the three-year contract he penned in the off-season.
“I haven’t asked for a trade, but with my salary and the way they’re using me, I’m definitely expecting it. The coach has told me he doesn’t like tough guys, he said I’ll be in and out (of the lineup) until the end of the season,” a dejected Laraque said after practice today.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Lang suggested that, if all continues to go well and the Canadiens hang around the playoffs for a spell, his season might not yet be finished.
“If everything’s perfect and the team plays long enough, then it’s possible, yes,” he said of a postseason return.
“If everything goes according to the rehab protocol, it could be 10 weeks, 12, maybe 14, who knows. I have no idea when I’ll be able to skate, but it is possible to come back and still help the team if we stay in the playoffs.
“Get to the playoffs and hey, anything can happen.”
Fourteen weeks from the date of surgery is May 11, one month after the Habs’ final regular-season game.
Below are some comments from Roman Hamrlik talking about his situation in Montreal, specifically his relationship with Pasquale Mangiola (more on the background available here). Hamrlik was apparently concerned about how his situation has been reported in the Czech press, so the Canadiens gave him permission to speak to one media outlet in his home country.
Here’s the link to the original Czech (including video), but below is the English translation of a segment, provided by a friend of KK who regularly translates material for us.
Canadiens players are not allowed to talk about this to media but Hamrlik was given permission to speak to one Czech TV station and he has chosen TV NOVA.
Lets start with what Hamrlik is saying [about Pasquale Mangiola]:
“When you come to a new city, you don’t know where to go after the games. Sometimes we went for a dinner and that was everything. I provided him with some tickets for hockey games. I didn’t know he was doing some bad things, I didn’t know he has something in common with a, b, c, or d. Drugs or guns or whatever he did. I didn’t know he was involved in this. I didn’t meet this guy this season because I have already known he talks too much about hockey players and he draws attention to himself that he knows us. I didn’t meet him this season. I think this is really big lesson for my next life.”
Important Note: Any errors in this translation are ours, and should not be attributed to anyone else. But it is our belief this is an accurate translation.
added 2/27/09, Here is a little more thorough translation of the video found at TV Nova…
I provided him with some tickets for hockey games. I didn’t know he was doing some bad things. Where do I know him from? One hockey player introduced us but I wont tell his name. This man used me a little bit, he took pride in knowing me and other players. I think it is difficult to find the right friend here in Montreal - everyone loves you just because you are hockey player, because you play in NHL and because you have money. They dont like you because of who you really are and what kind of person you are. I didn’t know he has something in common with a, b, c, or d. Drugs or guns or whatever he did. I didn’t know he was involved in this. It is sad what happened here but life goes on and nobody is perfect. I know I made mistake that I was somewhere with him but I didn’t meet this guy this season because I have already known he talks too much about hockey players and he draws attention to himself that he knows us. I didn’t meet him this season. I think this is really big lesson for my next life. Every day we learn something new and all of this is unpleasant because of what has been written about me. Nobody knows the truth, just me. I made quite good hockey career during all those years and now it is not good for my name, for my family and especially for my daughter. She doesnt deserve to read those absurdities about her daddy. I am really sorry there are lies in Czech newspapers. When you come to a new city, you don’t know where to go after the games. Sometimes we went for a dinner and that was everything.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
One last point on Kovalev, though. Here’s what one GM told me Monday: “You can’t trade Alex Kovalev, pure and simple. The East is wide open. With all due respect to Boston and Washington, all eight teams that make it in the East have almost an equal shot at making it to the Cup finals. That’s why you can’t trade Kovalev. You won’t be able to replace him for these playoffs.”
read on as Pierre and Scott Burnside discuss trading Kovalev…
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Tonight, the Canadiens will attempt to notch back-to-back victories for the first time in more than a month, and they’ll do it with Jaroslav Halak between the pipes.
Habs coach Guy Carbonneau said he wants to ride the hot hand, and explained his decision in terms that could foreshadow a goaltending controversy in Montreal.
“I think I’ve given enough chances to Carey [Price] and enough time to come back from his injuries … now it’s up to Jaroslav to show what he can do,” Carbonneau said, adding “we have no choice” but to play the Slovak.
CBC reports on the issues facing the Montreal Canadiens.
Somewhere in Tampa lies Montreal native Vincent Lecavalier and he’s thinking to himself, “You know what? Maybe life here in Florida ain’t so bad after all.”
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. More from Pierre on all things Montreal.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The NHL on Friday will send security officials to Montreal to meet with local police following reports linking a number of Montreal Canadiens players with an organized crime investigation, sources said.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
The Canadiens took one of a possible 12 points on their road trip.
They are clinging to a playoff spot, and the future of their most talented player is uncertain.
Things couldn’t possibly get worse, right?
La Presse columnist Richard Labbé is on 110% (TV show) promising a blockbuster story in Friday’s edition of the paper.
It pertains to the suggestion, by former coach Jean Perron, that some younger Canadiens have been enjoying too much of Montreal’s celebrated nightlife.
Boys will be boys, right? This is a great party town.
Labbé says this is more than a few beers, a few shots and some late-night skirt-chasing. He’s hinting at behaviour that brings criminal charges.
continued & the site is getting hit hard, so it may be slow to open…
added 2/20/09 at 8:55am, Read the La Press (translated) story.
Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette quoting Guy Lafleur,
- “If I were in (Alex Kovalev’s) skates, I’d have played my last game for the Canadiens.
No player with his talent would accept being humiliated like that. ... I don’t know what (Bob) Gainey is trying to prove in front of everybody.”
- “If you’re paying guys $4 million, $5 million a year, give them the tools to make sure they’ll produce. You just can’t switch lines and try things every night and hope something will come out of it.”
- “I don’t think this club has a team spirit. They don’t play for each other. They’re not playing as a team and they’re not ready to sacrifice themselves to win.”
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