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from the CP via TSN,
Mathieu Dandenault isn’t demanding a trade but the Canadiens veteran will reflect upon his future in Montreal after being told he would sit out a game….
It was the second time this season Dandenault has been a healthy scratch. Both times, he has taken it hard.
He said he would discuss with his family and his agent, Mike Gillis, where his hockey future lies.
“I’m not saying I want out, I’m just saying I don’t want to be sat out,” he said. “The next guy the next game is probably going to say the same thing….
from the London Free Press,
“I had the old gang and then I had the new gang,” Cournoyer, 64, said over lunch yesterday as the stars gathered before last night’s 52nd annual Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction at the London Convention Centre.
The old gang, Cournoyer said, included Henri Richard, Jean Beliveau, Claude Provost, Gump Worsley, Jacques Lapierre, Ralph Backstrom and John Ferguson….
The newbies included the likes of Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, Ken Dryden, Mario Tremblay and Doug Risebrough.
Take ten minutes out of your day to watch a Legends of Hockey video on Cournoyer…
Habs Inside/Out pointed to this video today, which was first posted last year on YouTube. A nice little demonstration of what stickhandling and accuracy looks like when Alex Kovalev shows off his skills.
from the New York Times,
They are stars in the Canadiens’ constellation, but at home they are a couple of 20-somethings who live five minutes from each other in Huntington, guys who work out together all summer, visit each other’s families and fade into the neighborhoods.
“I could wear my jersey out and no one will know who I am,” Komisarek said.
People will know who he and Higgins are Tuesday, when they are back home on Long Island for a game against the Islanders. Amid Montreal’s huge road turnout of fans, a good swath of Nassau Coliseum will be full of their fans, family and friends.
From the CP via TSN,
Veteran defenceman Patrice Brisebois is expected to return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury.
Mark Streit will play forward against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night to make room for Brisebois on defence.
“I practised so hard the last two weeks in the gym and on the ice, so it’s fun to be back,” said Brisebois, who has one goal and six assists in 26 games this season. “I’ll just try to make the easy plays, take short shifts and try to be in the right position.”
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
It was two days since Price had struggled through a 5-4 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals, having sat Saturday almost inconsolable in the dressing room.
“It’s time to move on,” he told reporters after Monday’s Bell Centre practice, only his wet jersey peeled off. “You learn what you did wrong and take what you can out of it.”
But privately a half-hour later, Price said he’s not yet let go of the disappointment of his effort that earned him the wrath of the team’s proudly fickle fans.
“I won’t be over it until the next game,” he said. “It’s not going to drag me down for my next start, but I’ll be over it only when I play better.”
Update 12:15pm ET:
But Price’s next start won’t be today. From TSN,
With rookie netminder Carey Price battling the flu, the Montreal Canadiens have called up goaltender Jaroslav Halak from Hamilton of the American Hockey League.
The Slovakian netminder was recalled on Dec. 3 and played one game with Canadiens this season against the Carolina Hurricanes, allowing one goal and making six saves in 19:59 of action.
Update 3:38pm ET:
TSN has updated the previous story link to state that Price has now been demoted to the AHL.
From the CP via TSN,
If the National Hockey League had an award for comeback player of the year, a prime candidate could be Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens.
Last season, the skilled but unpredictable right winger scored only 18 goals and looked to be on his way out of Montreal and perhaps even the NHL.
But Kovalev has rebounded to become the Canadiens scoring leader, as well as acting as mentor to young Belarus forwards Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn.
“You can’t be perfect all your career - there’s going to be ups and downs,” the 34-year-old Kovalev said Thursday after the pre-game skate. “Last year was one of those years where you can’t find your game and nothing’s going your way.
from the Globe and Mail,
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN—Pity poor Major Eric Cottenoir of the Vandoos.
A brand new hockey sweater arrived in the mail for him yesterday. But when he put it on at the hockey rink, all his friends laughed at him.
Instead of sending him the red, white and blue of the Montreal Canadiens, a big Canadian clothing chain had instead mailed the blue and white sweater of the hated Toronto Maple Leafs.
All the other players favoured les Canadiens. Nobody wanted to wear the Toronto sweater. Major Cottenoir was booed by his fellow hockey players the moment he put it on.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
While the two other major North American winter sports continue to make Christmas games a staple of the season, the NHL decided to just say Noel nearly four decades ago.
The Wings, who downed the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena, play tonight against the Blues and Saturday at Minnesota, then are done until after Christmas.
“I think that’s the way it should be,” Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall said. “It’s a great tradition. It’s a time for everyone to spend with family and friends.
“I think that’s really important. I really appreciate the few days that we get.”
added 8:08am, from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
You see the Canadiens will be in the midst of a road-trip when Christmas Day comes. They play Sunday night in Dallas and then Tampa on the 27th.
The organization planned to fly all the players’ families to Florida where they would meet the team after the Dallas game, and have three days to spend together over Christmas. A classy move.
One problem. It’s illegal.
Under the new CBA, teams can’t provide “anything of value” to players or their families outside of the player contracts. If the rule is broken, the money spent would count towards the salary cap.
via On Frozen Pond,
Rumors have it that Montreal is shopping Michael Ryder, and I would think the Panthers have an interest with Ville Peltonen out a substantial—six/eight weeks—bit of time with his broken foot. Ryder has scored 30 goals the past two seasons, but is struggling so much this season he’s been a healthy scratch. Ryder has three goals and seven assists this season.
He hasn’t scored a goal since Nov. 16 at Buffalo and hasn’t so much as recorded a point since getting two helpers against Boston on Nov. 17. Change of scenery—and some sunshine—might be what Ryder needs.
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