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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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Maxim Lapierre Re-Signs With Montreal

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens locked up Maxim Lapierre for the 2010-11 season, keeping him in the fold with a one-year contract.

TSN’s sister station in Quebec RDS reports that the deal will pay him $900,000.

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Morning Line

“I don’t know why you had to trade him eight days before the NHL entry draft. I wasn’t shocked he was traded, what shocked me was he was traded eight days before the entry draft, before everybody could get hot and heavy, having his name filtered out there. There were no rumours at all ... I mean there was nothing. There was never even an attempt to create a marketplace for him.

“If the Canadiens think that was the best deal they could have got for Jaroslav Halak, I would beg to differ, and I would argue that with them because I know of some teams that were absolutely shocked that he was traded and they didn’t even get a call.”

-Pierre MdGuire.  More on this topic from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette.

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Auld To Montreal

via a James Duthie tweet,

Alex Auld to Montreal 1 million, 1 year

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Canadiens Acquire Boyd, Ellis and Futures from Preds in Return for Sergei Kostitsyn and Futures

According to various sources, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired Dustin Boyd, Dan Ellis and future considerations from the Nashville Predators in return for Sergei Kostitsyn and future considerations.

UPDATE:  From TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet:

Futures in MTL-NAS trade are simple. If one side, or other, sign the player(s) involved, late-round draft pick(s) change hands. No big deal.



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Another American In Montreal

from Francois Gagnon of Cyberpresse (translated),

There is no reason to be surprised by the selection of an American as the first choice of Canadians in the 2011 entry draft.

Far from it.

Jarred Tinordi Friday became the eighth first-round pick of the Canadiens in the last 10 years the country of Uncle Sam…

Eleven Americans have also been claimed in the first round. That may explain that the Canadian had to follow the parade.  Especially that Quebec had no Louis Leblanc, Vincent Lecavalier and Marc-Andre Fleury to offer.


thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer

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Canadiens Re-sign Plekanec to Six-Year Deal

Per various sources, the Montreal Canadiens have re-signed Tomas Plekanec to a six-year deal.  According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $30 million, with a $5 million annual cap hit.

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