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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The potential for looking stupid in this business is huge.
And lately, it seems, I’ve been exercising my right to it in this world of limitless opportunity.
Anytime anyone asks me about the possibility of the Montreal Canadiens trading one of their goaltenders - Jaroslav Halak or Carey Price - before the March 3 deadline, I respond immediately and forcefully.
Not going to happen.
Makes no sense.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
What’s also interesting in the goalie debate, which is all the rage in Montreal, is what impact a new sheriff will have. Gainey was a huge Price backer. Gauthier? It remains to be seen. I know Price was on the phone with his agent Gerry Johannson in the wake of Monday’s news. But as Johannson relayed to me Monday night, the kid was cool as a cucumber, as usual. He doesn’t get too rattled, and despite not playing much lately, he’s not in a snit over it.
“Carey is really happy in Montreal,” Johannson told me. “We respect that the Canadiens have smart guys running things and we know that there’s a time and a place for us to have a discussion, and that’s in the offseason. Right now, they’re doing what they think they need to do to win, and that’s OK.”
There have been no contract talks with the camps of either goalie. That will be a summer issue. And what a big one. They’re both in for raises. That’s when I think you’ll see a trade.
more plus Scott Burnside chimes in regarding all things Montreal…
The Montreal Canadiens got more bad news on the injury front on Tuesday, as RDS reports that defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron will be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a left knee injury.
Bergeron, 29, was signed as an unrestricted free agent last fall.
In 51 games with the Canadiens this season, he has 10 goals and 28 points.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
Gainey said he had decided to resign as general manager after a “long and difficult period of reflection.” With his contract due to expire in June, Gainey approached Pierre Boivin during the Christmas holiday period, telling the Canadiens’ president he was not interested in staying on “for four, five or rix years.”
“Given the choice between staying too long and leaving early, I prefer to leave a little bit too early,” Gainey said. “I did my best. Now iyt’s time to pass the torch.”
Word is, but not official, that the NHL Network will cover the Montreal press conference which is scheduled for 4:00pm ET today.
If a stream is available, I will also post it.
update 3:39pm, I have put a stream below that should show the press conference if you desire to watch it. It is not live yet, but should be by 4:00pm.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
When the Montreal Canadiens make the transition from Bob Gainey to Pierre Gauthier later today – presumably on an interim basis to start – I suspect the one question that everybody wants answered is one that won’t be; and that is, what was the plan that Gainey actually had in mind for the 2009-10 season and not the one that was actually put in place, which involved throwing a lot of money at Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri. I suspect two things: One, that it wasn’t – and that the moves that he put in place were a fallback plan after his pursuit of Vincent Lecavalier fell short; and two, we won’t hear the definitive answer in a public forum, even if it would a lot of last year’s machinations into their proper perspective.
But like a lot of Habs watchers, you had to think that Gainey knew the value of putting a French-Canadian superstar such as Lecavalier in a Montreal sweater, and not just because of his heritage either.
via Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,
Rumors are rampant Bob Gainey is stepping down as GM of the Habs. I have asked the principals involved to confirm or deny. NO response.
The Canadiens have called a 4:00pm ET press conference.
added 12:37pm, Another tweet from Bob,
Bob Gainey is stepping down as GM of the Canadiens. Pierre Gauthier is taking over.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Last Sunday, Lorelei O’Byrne succumbed to cancer at age 56, her spirit strong, but body no longer able to resist her disease. At her bedside in Victoria was her husband, Dave, and her daughter, Krystal….
“My dad called the rink to leave a message. ‘Call home,’ it said,” O’Byrne recalled yesterday, speaking quietly after Canadiens practice.
“It’s the phone call you’re expecting, but it’s one you dread. It was a sad day. It had been a long battle for my mom, a long fight.” He cleared his throat once, then again. It had been only five days since his mother had died, but O’Byrne was ready to share these memories.
“I knew she was going to pass away, but it always comes sooner than you hope,” he said. “She put up a long, hard battle. She was a strong woman.” O’Byrne had gone home to Victoria last month, his 10-day leave from the Canadiens described then as “family reasons.” His plan had been to spend four or five days with his mother, who by then was in the final stages of her illness.
But his general manager suggested otherwise.
“Bob Gainey told me to take a step back and take more time with my family,” O’Byrne said. “He encouraged me to take as much time as I needed.
from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,
If it was a joke, it probably wasn’t funny.
Asked about the game-winning goal Tomas Plekanec scored 9:14 into the third, Luongo was both flippant and inaccurate.
“Unfortunately, on the last one, I stopped the first four (shots),” Luongo said. “I got a piece of the fifth one. But not enough.”
That’s not, however, what happened and Luongo knows it. Granted his defence didn’t have a good night, but it is still down two top-four starters. And on the play in question, Luongo took himself out of the play and made just one save, not four.
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