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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.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
“There will be a time,” Trevor Daley was saying, “when the streets come calling.” The Dallas Stars defenceman was sitting with Canadiens centreman Glen Metropolit, a friend and idol of youth nine years his senior who, in many ways, had walked the same challenging road to the National Hockey League.
“When that time comes, you’ve got to have the willpower to know what decision you need to make,” Daley continued. “Glennie and I had to make those decisions to get where we are today.
“I’m sure we’ve made some wrong decisions. I know I have along the way. But it’s not an easy thing to do, especially when the streets come calling. You get into that position: ‘Do I run with these guys, or those guys?’ ” Metropolit, 35, and Daley, 26, grew up without privilege, luxury or any sense of entitlement in downtown Toronto’s Regent Park district.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
After deploying our rudimentary accounting skills, it’s hard to see how the pieces fit together for Bob Gainey under the cap next season, what with Carey Price attaining RFA status (to say nothing of the Halaks, Pouliots, D’Agostinis, S. Kostitsyns, Lapierres, etc.) The Habs have $44.8-million committed in salaries for 2010-11 (per capgeek.com), and have 13 players under one-way NHL contracts. Assuming a slight increase in the cap next year, as seems likely, that leaves something in the order of $13-14 million for the remaining 10 guys on the roster.
Although that might be a slight overestimation, as the Habs have dressed 20 players on several occasions this year - perhaps a sign of a Molson austerity regime?
Assuming $4.5-million per year for Plekanec, and that Price and Jaro Halak (also an RFA) average out at something near $3-million each (which sounds optimistic), that leaves, er, nothing for the remaining players.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
They remain little boys inside the hockey uniforms of grown-ups, not unlike playground gradeschoolers who get their jollies out of shoving a snowball down another kid’s pants.
Pranks and practical jokes have been a part of hockey forever, from house-leagues to NHL dressing rooms.
They can be craftily conceived and executed with skill:
Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame defenceman and then Calgary Flames assistant coach Guy Lapointe, the ruler-for-life in hockey’s Kingdom of Prankdom, was sitting in the sauna when he got wind of Flames trainer Brian Patafie coming his way with a bucket of ice water. So Lapointe beat Patafie to the punch, turning a hose from head to toe on his approaching fellow joker. Only then did he realize that Patafie’s pail was empty—and that the trainer was wearing Lapointe’s expensive new suit.
Montreal Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn underwent left knee surgery on Friday and will miss six weeks of action.
Kostitsyn, who has missed three games with what was billed as a “lower body injury”, was hit by Keith Ballard during a game against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 31.
“At this point, I think that Jaro has helped our team on the ice. He’s helped himself individually by garnering attention for himself from other teams and, should the right situation arise, both parties will be happy to consider it.”
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey on goaltender Jaroslav Halak. More from Gainey at TSN as he addresses the Habs at the half-way point of the season.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
After getting hammered 6-2 by the Sabres on Dec. 3, the Canadiens lost 4-3 on Dec. 14, and 1-0 yesterday; as Jacques Martin likes to say, and repeat, and repeat, it’s important to show constant improvement.
The Habs survived their 17-game month ’o hell, going 9-7-1. That’s no screaming hell, but they’ve managed to stay with the playoff pack, and with Andrei Markov and Gionta back, this is looking a lot more like the hockey team Bob Gainey assembled in the summer.
“We’re starting to come around finally . . . since getting all our players back I think it does feel like a new season,” Price said.
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