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from Peter Scowan of the Globe and Mail,
In February, 1971, a slightly bewildered boy stood beside his father in the Montreal Forum as waves of applause tumbled over them.
The ovation lasted 10 minutes, an unbridled display of gratitude from Canadiens fans who had just seen the team’s legendary captain, Jean Béliveau, score his third goal of the night and the 500th of his career.
The cheering fans in the better seats were the picture of Montreal elegance. Women wore fancy hats and good dresses, and the men were in suits. Higher in the arena, the standing-room-only diehards wore Habs jerseys emblazoned with their favourite players’ numbers.
Mattieu Carle of the Canadiens was hit by the Wings Tomas Kopecky and was taken to the hospital for observation.
You can see the hit at RDS.
Nick Lidstrom was also taken to the hospital after taking a puck to the face. Reports are he went for stitches and an xray.
from the Montreal Canadiens,
The Centennial celebrations will provide a unique opportunity for Canadiens’ fans across Quebec and throughout the world to honor the team’s heroes and builders of yesteryears and relive the great moments that shaped the Canadiens’ rich history.
The first initiative will take place on October 15, on the Canadiens’ 2008-09 home opener with the unveiling of the Ring of Honor celebrating the 44 players and 10 builders enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A few days later, on October 20 fans will be treated to the first of twelve Centennial Jersey Nights featuring Canadiens players donning the first of six vintage jerseys.
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Always fun to see familiar faces among the Montreal press corps. Several were camped out at the Bruins’ hotel, waiting to speak with ex-Canadien Michael Ryder.
“How was Ryder?” I asked one of them.
“All smiles,” cracked one of the reporters. “He signed for $12 million after scoring 14 goals. He should be all smiles.”
—Fluto Shinzawa at Bruins Blog in the Boston Globe
‘‘I was questioned a lot when I signed (my contract) two years ago about why I did it and why I stayed. I said that I’ve seen the ups in the mid-nineties when we had a good team, but the late nineties wasn’t a lot of fun.
‘‘The reason why I stayed was because I saw the potential and the fun that is possible here, and I want to be here if the team wins the Stanley Cup in the next couple of years.’‘
—Saku Koivu of the Montreal Canadiens, speaking about his hopes for this season at the opening of training cap Friday. Koivu is entering his 10th season as captain of the team.
Montreal Canaidens coach Guy Carbonneau took part in a tele-conference today…
Q Could you talk a little bit about how Lang and Tanguay will fit into your team format?
GUY CARBONNEAU: I think their style of play will fit really well. We proved last year that we can be a good solid offensive team. We’re a team that wants to use our speed. Maybe we’re not kind of like Detroit or Dallas that wants to be a puck control team. Not that we want to get rid of it. But we want to make plays to get the puck quick out of our zone and go into the offense. And I think those two guys are going to fit really well.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Price will be reporting to the Bell Centre Friday for his medical and fitness testing just a shadow of his 2008 springtime self, having shaved probably 20 pounds off his six-foot-three physique.
Gone is much of the baby fat he carried last season, then a 225-plus-pounder.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
While every team went to the market with an eye on getting better for 2008-09, head coaches of roughly one-third of the NHL family signed contract extensions during the offseason.
Randy Carlyle in Anaheim, Ken Hitchcock in Columbus, Dave Tippett in Dallas, Mike Babcock in Detroit, Jacques Lemaire in Minnesota ... the list goes on and on.
Anything wrong with this picture?
Not really, except that Guy Carbonneau, who led the Canadiens to No. 1 overall in the Eastern Conference last season, is entering the final year of his contract - yet remains unsigned, for now.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Lang will be reunited in Montreal with Alex Kovalev, with whom he enjoyed great productivity in Pittsburgh. In his best NHL season, Lang scored 32 and assisted on 48 more in 2000-01 with the Penguins; linemate Kovalev had a career-high 44 goals and 51 assists that year.
“Montreal is a great hockey town and you can’t really be in a better place to play,” Lang said. “Alex and I had a great time together in Pittsburgh. Hopefully, we can revisit (that) chemistry.”
He sees his role as that of an experienced skater who will be “a good fit (on a club with) a lot of talent, speed, excitement and skill.”
The Chicago Blackhawks today announced the team has acquired a second round draft choice in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the Montreal Canadiens (via the Toronto Maple Leafs) in exchange for center Robert Lang.
“Robert is a quality guy and we appreciate that he gave us everything that he had but this move gives one of our great young players an opportunity to step up,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said. “We are excited about adding a second round draft pick in 2010 as we continue with our philosophy of building from within.”
Update 6:05pm ET (alanah): From the Habs—
Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the acquisition of forward Robert Lang from the Chicago Blackhawks, in return for a second-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (acquired from Toronto along with Greg Pateryn, in return for Mikhaïl Grabovski, July 3, 2008).
The Canadiens also re-signed Patrice Brisebois today for one more year.
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