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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
No one in Montreal paid much attention on Dec. 4, 1909 when the Canadiens emerged from the womb, a franchise granted in the National Hockey Association for $1,000 – plus a $5,000 bank deposit to guarantee players’ salaries.
A few more people are watching today as the Habs turn 100, the Boston Bruins in town with the Canadiens having delivered two periods of dismal hockey last night in Buffalo, then a half-decent third in a 6-2 losing effort.
Fans will be talking all day, and for a day or two afterward, about tonight’s Centennial Game.
Game time is 8:00pm on NHL Network in the US and CBC in Canada. My understanding is festivities begin around 6:00pm. Hopefully we get see some of the pre-game show.
update 1:46pm, Just heard on NHL Live that coverage from Montreal will begin at 6:30pm. Great to hear, DVR will be working tonight.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The most extended celebration in the history of sports ends on Friday with a two-and-a-half-hour pregame salute and then an actual hockey match, although given the interminable nature of the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary, Montreal’s storied team and its opponent, the Boston Bruins, should deviate from the schedule and just reenact the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia.
Anyway, this December 4th marks 100 years to the day since the Canadiens, the most significant team in the history of hockey and the most self-important team this side of the New York Yankees, began play. Their origins pre-date the formation of the NHL by some eight years. This probably comes as a surprise to you.
Like unfortunate Florida Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun, you have been beaten over the head with this centennial thing for so long you probably think the actual date was a year ago.
from Josh Marks of SportsFanLive,
Montreal Canadiens fan Ryan Stotland, 22, is bringing his Le Tricolore (3 Colors) jersey and his bike to South America on a 12,000 kilometre (7.5 thousand mile) journey to raise awareness and funds for two causes—climate change and skin cancer.
His four-month, seven-country expedition, which has already raised over $110,000 and is currently rolling through Ecuador, has been recognized by the Habs in a video message endorsing his charitable efforts.
continued and you can watch the video below…
In case you missed this earlier on the KK Twitter...
The Montreal Canadiens have traded Kyle Chipchura to the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round draft pick.
“Kyle Chipchura is a heart-and-soul player,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “A team leader in both his professional and amateur career, Chipchura will be a valuable addition to the Anaheim Ducks.”
Jonas Gustavsson started for the Leafs tonight in their game in Montreal, but when the 2nd period started, he was replaced byJoey MacDonald.
Report is Gustavsson has been taken to the hospital for observation.
added 9:14pm, TSN reports he had an elevated heart rate and with his history the best course of action was to be taken to the hospital for observation.
update 11:20pm, According to Jonas Siegel of AM640 in Toronto, it appears Gustavsson will be ok.
from Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,
At his first press conference as Canadiens owner, Geoff Molson expressed satisfaction with team president Pierre Boivin and general manager Bob Gainey.
“Are we going in the right direction? Yes,” Molson said. “Bob Gainey has done an excellent job in rebuilding the team.”
from the CP via NHL.com,
Longtime fans of the Montreal Canadiens, who mark their 100th anniversary on Dec. 4, can remember when winning the Stanley Cup was more of an expectation than a hope.
The Habs won 15 NHL championships in 23 seasons between 1956 and 1979, with dynasties as bookends. It was a level of success that, given how the hockey business has changed, will never be repeated.
So, how did they do it?
Picking the right people to manage and coach had a lot to do with it.
Go back to the days of the Original Six.
“When I talked to you guys after the game (Saturday), I didn’t really know what I did. I didn’t think it was that bad. Sometimes in the action you don’t know what you did until you see it. After I saw it, I clearly thought it deserved a suspension.”
-Georges Laraque on his knee-to-knee hit on Niklas Kronwall. More from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette.
In the end, I think the Wild made the safer investment here. Size doesn’t grow on trees. I think Latendresse will become a solid, second-line, power-winger type for years to come. The Canadiens got the guy that can still possibly become a first-line offensive threat, but they also took on more risk if he’s unable to figure out what it takes to apply his talent at this level.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the Benoit Pouliot - Guillaume Latendresse trade. More from Pierre on the trade…
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“I really don’t think he’s a dirty player whatsoever,’’ Kronwall said. “I think he’s one of those guys that has a really good reputation, plays hard. I think this was more of an accident.’’
Kronwall said he is satisfied with the five-game suspension the NHL gave Laraque.
“I think it was fair,’’ Kronwall said. “It was kind of in the range I thought he would get. We have people in the league who look over things like this. They’ve done their job.’’
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