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Where’s The Outrage?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Lodged somewhere between the free agent frenzy – yeah, we know it’s a stretch – and the dog days of summer, came the rather quiet and curious announcement by the Montreal Canadiens they are effectively getting rid of team president Pierre Boivin.

It appears as though Geoffrey Molson, the frontman for the CH Group, who has never run a big business in his life, thinks he can operate a multi-million dollar sports enterprise better than the guy who, in no particular order: played a key role in tripling the value of the franchise; established the Canadiens Children’s Foundation; ushered the franchise through its ambitious and hugely successful 100th anniversary celebrations; and made former owner George Gillett a ton of money in the nine years he owned the team.

The fact there was absolutely no outrage in either the French or English media in Montreal is curious.

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Did Louis Leblanc Make The Right Decision By Leaving Harvard?

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

“If you look at the average age of players in college hockey, (Leblanc) would have been playing against kids from 19 to 25 years old, and now he’s going to be playing against kids from 16 to 20 years old. I think Louis was aware of what I thought was in his best interests, but once he’s come to that decision I support him and wish him the best.”

But (Ted) Donato (Harvard head coach) does have some concern about the pressure Leblanc will face in Montreal.

“I think if there were characteristics that would allow someone to be successful under such a spotlight, I think Louis has some of them,” Donato said. “He’s got great character, he’s a great kid, he’s got a tremendous work ethic. But the fact of the matter is, for different kids it takes different time frames.

“We’ve often talked about having the ability to not only to make the NHL, but to be an impact guy once he gets there and to stay there for a number of years.

“I think it was a case where he felt his development would move along quicker playing outside of the NCAA. I don’t agree with him, but I respect his decision.”

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You Call This A Classic?

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

There is one thing to be said about the Heritage Classic, which will be held in Calgary on Feb. 20 when the Canadiens visit the Flames: the guy who decided to describe it as a “classic” had a vivid imagination.

A money grab it is, a “classic” it ain’t.

When a few players and executives from both teams, along with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, got together in Calgary on Wednesday to put an official stamp on the affair, the four-letter word heard most often was “cold.” Flames defenceman Steve Staios, who played in the first “classic” when the Canadiens visited Edmonton in 2003, knows all about it.

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Morning Line

“It came to the point that I could stick around and probably get a one-year deal here, but what for? ... I’m leaving the NHL as a Montreal Canadien. What more can I say? I’ve been blessed with all the teams I’ve played for and all the people I’ve met.”

-Glen Metropolit who signed with EV Zug in Switzerland.  More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

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Heritage Classic Sweaters

So, what do you think?

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Talking Heritage Classic

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

Eight years after it hosted the first outdoor game in NHL history, Canada will finally get a second crack at it.

The Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames—the last two Canadian teams to win the Stanley Cup—will take part in the 2011 Heritage Classic on Feb. 20 at McMahon Stadium, home to the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders. The League will make it official Wednesday afternoon during a press conference to take place on the field that will play host to the NHL’s sixth-ever outdoor game.

continued and you can watch the press conference at 5:00pm ET on NHL.com or the NHL Network.

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You Don’t Have To Be Fluent In French To Be A Canadien

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Under the headline “He shoots, he scores,” Journal columnist Richard Martineau attacked Ted Bird for writing on his Bird’s Eye View blog at ctv. ca that the Canadiens’ Andrei Markov doesn’t need to learn French after recently becoming a Canadian citizen. The blog was followed by some anti-French comments from readers.

Wrote Bird: “It’s like this: Markov pays his taxes in Quebec, but as a National Hockey League player, even in Montreal, he lives and works in overwhelmingly English-speaking circles. He doesn’t need to learn French.

“Yes, it would be a nice courtesy to the provincial majority if he could appear on l’Antichambre and exchange bon mots with les boys, but learning a new language is a substantial undertaking, and Markov has more important things to do in-season and better things to do off-season than sit in a classroom conjugating verbs if he doesn’t want to, which evidently he doesn’t.”

Responded Martineau: “We are not asking Markov to recite by heart the complete works of Moliere, just to be able to get by in French.”

I like Bird, but I have to disagree with him on this one. Markov should make the effort to learn some French, even if it’s just to say “bonjour,” “comment ca va?” and “merci.”

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Wings Were One Of The Teams To Show Interest In Gagne

from John Boruk of CSNPhilly,

What were Gagne’s main deciding factors?  Would you believe: cap space. Ironically, he didn’t want to be with a team in a similar situation the Flyers had put themselves for a couple of reasons. Primarily, he is not looking at this as a one-year rental. That may or may not be the situation in Tampa Bay, but he wanted to know that there would be plenty of cap room to sign a multi-year contract past this upcoming season. 

Surprisingly, the Detroit Red Wings had expressed interest and wanted to add Gagne, but with less than $4 million in cap space, the idea of joining one of the most successful franchises in hockey didn’t seem too appealing. The same can be said for his hometown Montreal Canadiens. 

Ironically, it was conversations with former Red Wing and Tampa GM Steve Yzerman sold him on the idea that he could become part of the Lightning’s rebuilding process, and Gagne feels they are a playoff team that will only get better.

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Cammalleri Has Praise For Price

from TSN,

“I’m a huge Carey Price fan,” added Cammalleri. “I think he’s incedibly talented and I’m really proud of the situation he handled this year. I expect a lot of things from him.”

And Price, a restricted free agent who has not yet re-signed, will undoubtedly be under the spotlight when training camp begins in eight weeks.

“There’s a lot of pressure to play well,” said Cammalleri. “To the point where it’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s not about him, it’s not about one guy. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.”

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What To Pay Carey Price

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

So just how much should a 22-year-old, still-developing netminder with oodles of talent and a career stat line of 60-48-18, 2.73 and .912 for a team that’s finished eighth in the East twice in his three seasons get? I’ll betcha he’s thinking something in the range of $3.5 million. Here’s why.

First off, this is Montreal we’re talking about, home to the most intense fans in the world and a place where goaltenders are revered. And despite Halak taking over at season’s end, Price actually improved his numbers from the season prior. And let’s not forget, despite those numbers not being outstanding, he was playing for a team that just squeaked into the post-season and finished 26th in goals for.

Then, of course, there are the league-wide comparisons, everyone’s favorite. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne is five years older, has played 21 fewer NHL games and has a career save percentage of .914. Rinne’s price tag: $3.4 million. Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller is 28 and has just three more career wins than Price. Hiller makes $4.5 million.

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