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Mike Cammaller will have an MRI on his leg and resuls won’t be known until Monday, but it sure doesn’t look good for him.
Let the video play, you’ll see multiple angles at the end.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
At the NHL level, the margin between winning and losing is razor-thin. The great ones have what Roy had: a ferocious will to win. It might be worth no more than a half-goal a game, but ultimately it’s the difference between Halak’s 14-9 record this season and Price’s abysmal and embarrassing 11-21.
A few fans last week accused me of “hating” Carey Price. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I was proud to cover the first regular-season game Price played for the Canadiens, on the road in Pittsburgh, because I thought I was seeing history. Like many others, I was fooled into believing that he might be a great one.
By now, I am heartily weary of the whole Price/Halak debate, especially of the obscene verbal abuse and mind-numbing justifications Price’s defenders trot out every time their overgrown baby draws a little flak.
But while I no longer believe Price has the inner stuff to be a great goalie, I still think he could be a good goaltender. I simply believe that it’s bad for Price and bad for the club when he’s handed a job he hasn’t earned - not once, but over and over again.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
For those Nervous Nellies in Montreal who are now yapping for general manager Bob Gainey to trade laconic 22-year-old Carey Price and anoint 24-year-old Jaroslav Halak as the No. 1 goalie, please take a giant step back from the situation. Maybe Price doesn’t blossom into the Second Coming of Ken Dryden, but it is still far too early to tell in a profession rife with late bloomers such as Miikka Kiprusoff, Tim Thomas and others who have had a far skimpier portfolio than a fifth overall draft pick.
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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
A Swedish newspaper this morning reports that the NHL has blocked Georges Laraque’s intended move to AIK Stockholm. “It’s a complicated situation we can’t resolve for the moment,” the boss of the Swedish club says.
The problem seems to revolve around Laraque’s no-movement clause, which is puzzling since he’d presumably waive that clause if he wanted to play in Sweden. If BGL waived it, then it’s the league or the Canadiens that have an issue with this.
Tampa Bay with a 3-0 shutout of Montreal tonight, highlighted by Vinny’s goal.
from Jack Tood of the Montreal Gazette,
But now, with this curious up-and-down season coming up on the Olympic break and then the short, furious scramble for playoff spots that is sure to follow, you have to wonder. Will the battling Slovak finally be given the job he has legitimately won a half-dozen times?
Or will Jacques Martin and Bob Gainey go on with business as usual, giving Price the bulk of the work and trotting him out every time Halak has the misfortune to lose a game?
To tell the truth, Price has been much better this season than I thought he would be. He’s been better - but he hasn’t been as good as Halak.
via the CP at TSN,
Hospital officials say hockey legend Jean Beliveau is recovering from a mild stroke and his condition is continuing to improve.
The Montreal General Hospital says Beliveau and his family are appreciative of all the support they have received.
They are also asking that their privacy be respected.
from CTV Montreal,
Hockey great Jean Beliveau has suffered a stroke. CTV News has learned the Montreal Canadiens legend suffered a stroke Wednesday night and was transported to the Montreal General Hospital.
He is now in the neurological department and no further details on his condition are available at this time. However, a source tells CTV News that his life is not in danger.
Georges Laraque will not play another game with the Montreal Canadiens.
TSN’s sister station in Quebec RDS reports that the club does not intend to play him for the rest of the season and will buy him out at the end of the 2009-10 campaign.
Laraque, a Montreal native, signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract in July of 2008 and has one year remaining on his deal.
added 10:32am, from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Laraque, who told TSN he was on his way to practice in the morning when he received the call to meet with Gainey, insists he’s been a good team player and said there were no issues with the team or Martin, whom he believed was behind the decision.
“Jacques Martin doesn’t like me and doesn’t believe in toughness,” Laraque told TSN.
Laraque added that Martin never shared any concerns directly with him and is furious with the Canadiens’ approach based on the emotional issues he’s dealing with following the devastating earthquake in Haiti and the impact this disaster has had on both him and his family.
“Classless,” Laraque said angrily. “To do this in the midst of all I’m dealing with in Haiti, the timing is awful. I’m not going to sugar coat anything.”
Janssen & Hamrlik received 2 minutes for roughing and Blues goaltender Ty Conklin received 2 minutes for going beyond center ice.
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