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Charges Dropped Against Kostopoulos

from RDS (translated),

Tom Kostopoulos can breathe a bit easier since he has learned that there will be no charges against him in Florida in the wake of his arrest last week.

Kostopoulos aurait pu être accusé d’entrave au travail des policiers. Kostopoulos would have been accused of obstructing the work of police.

Le joueur du Canadien a présenté une lettre d’excuse aux policiers pour être intervenu lors de l’arrestation de son coéquipier Ryan O’Byrne. The Canadian player submitted a letter of apology to police to be intervened with the arrest of his teammate Ryan O’Byrne.

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  Tags: tom+kostopoulos

Did Gainey Find His Impact Player

from Jay Onrait of TSN,

Now Gainey is faced with a truly difficult decision and less than a week to make it.

If Ryder was the cog that would lead Montreal to land a world-class talent like Marian Hossa, it would be difficult for Gainey not to pull the trigger.

However, if a Ryder-for-Alex Tanguay deal was on the table, would it really make sense for Gainey to pull off such a deal with Flames GM Darryl Sutter? It’s hard to believe that whatever added offense Tanguay would provide, if any, would offset Ryder’s locker room presence. Not to mention the fact that the Newfoundland native appears to have re-discovered his scoring touch.

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  Tags: michael+ryder

What Happened?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When the season is over, when the final tallies are counted and the standings are established, no one will differentiate between good points and bad points.

Know this, however - the term, “loser’s point” was made for last night’s Rangers hockey team that conspired to blow a 5-0 second-period lead on their way to an astonishing 6-5 shootout defeat to the Canadiens.

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Down By Five, Canadiens Win

from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

Incredible. Impossible. Unbelievable.

The Canadiens scored five straight goals tonight to rally from a 5-0 deficit, then got a goal from Saku Koivu in the shootout and Cristobal Huet stopped all three himself, giving Montreal a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers.

continued and at times, the sight is loading a little slow, probably being flooded by Habs fans…

The first time in the Canadiens history that they have had a comeback win after being down by five goals.

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Habs Need Huet

From Pat Hickey at The Gazette,

The question now is whether to keep Huet or put him on the block. He’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the Canadiens run the risk of losing him without compensation.

That’s a risk they should take. While Price has demonstrated why he’s the Canadiens’ hope for a bright future and Jaroslav Halak is playing well in Hamilton, the Habs need all their resources if they hope to make a run in the playoffs. It’s a bigger risk if they go into the post-season with a pair of goaltenders with no NHL playoff experience.

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  Tags: cristobal+huet, goaltending, trade+deadline

A Lasting Love Affair

from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

The photograph from a family album shows Jean Béliveau slipping an engagement ring onto the finger of Élise Couture. It is Christmastime 1952 in Quebec City, a tinselled tree behind them.

This June 27, the couple will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary. And it is hardly a measure of their marriage that, on this Valentine’s Day, neither recalls the details of Béliveau’s proposal to the woman who took his heart then and keeps it to this day.

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  Tags: jean+beliveau

Facing The Public Opinion Court

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne and Tom Kostopoulos were arrested yesterday, and the first thing that jumped out at me as I read the police report was the time and place of the incident - 3 a.m. outside a bar.

Over the years, we’ve seen numerous stories about athletes running afoul of the law. The offences have run the gamut from players urinating in alleys to incidents where people have been killed. The two constants in many of those cases have been alcohol and late hours.

How come these incidents nev er take place at 3 p.m. in a library?

The legal system will decide whether O’Byrne is guilty of third-degree grand theft and whether Kostopoulos was out of bounds when he went to the defence of his teammate and was charged with resisting arrest without violence.

But the two have already been subjected to the court of public opinion and they’re both guilty of being stupid.

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  Tags: ryan+o'byrne, tom+kostopoulos

Canadiens Players Arrested

from ABC Action News, FL,

Thomas Kostopoulos and Ryan Obryne were arrested early Monday morning at Whiskey Park in Tampa.

The victim was inside Whiskey Park and had set her purse on the bar counter top. She immediately noticed it missing and alerted the bar security staff. The security staff saw the defendent (Obryne) outside the club holding the purse in one hand and the victim’s cell phone in the other.

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added 9:46am, A little more on this at the Montreal Gazette...

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  Tags: ryan+obryne, thomas+kostopoulos

Kovalev Having Fun

from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

Now, 55 games into this season, Kovalev is the powerful locomotive pulling the Canadiens Express, the creative right-wing on one of the league’s premier lines with centreman Tomas Plekanec and left-wing Andrei Kostitsyn.

It’s been a long time since the 16-year NHL veteran has had this much fun, showcasing his prodigious, highlight-reel talent with a mature completeness of game that sees Carbonneau use him in every situation. And he’s on pace to enjoy a career season in a few statistical categories.

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KK friend Roman of eNHL.cz pointed me to a video of Kovalev talking about being the first hockey player in space.  The first minute or so of the video is just that, video with no sound, but after that, we hear Kovalev speak about his intentions to go into space.

You can watch the original version of the video, with Kovalev speaking in English about his plans.

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  Tags: alex+kovalev

Big Hit Followed By A Challenge To Fight

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

While speaking to Gainey recently about his rising star on defense, Mike Komisarek, I mentioned that the physical blueliner plays a rough and tumble game, yet doesn’t drop his gloves that often. Through 53 games, Komisarek had engaged in just four fights.

What bothers Gainey is the way Komisarek – and just about all NHLers, Gainey claims – is challenged to fight almost every time he dishes out a solid bodycheck.

“It’s goofy,” Gainey says.

That is an understatement.

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  Tags: bob+gainey

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