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Denis On The Comeback Trail

from Neil Hodge of the Times & Transcript,

Marc Denis has fallen upon hard times in his National Hockey League career and it’s unclear what the future holds for the 31-year-old goaltender. The Tampa Bay Lightning cut ties with him in late June when they decided to buy out the final year of a contract that was scheduled to pay him $3 million next season.

That made him a free agent and one week later he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens where he’s expected to battle for the backup job. His paycheque next season will depend on whether he’s in the NHL or American Hockey League.

“To me, this is the start of the process to rebuild my game,’’ he said yesterday following a workout at the Tim Hortons 4-Ice Centre. “Some might say that I’ve lost some parts of my game over the course of the last two seasons.

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No Love for Glen

Japers’ Rink points out an interview with Sergei Kostitsyn, where he takes a shot at Glen Hanlon today:

Q. Why do you have a special knack against Washington, scoring every third of your goals in the regular season?

A. I don’t know, it just happens. Although it’s a pity that [Glen Hanlon] left Washington. I would have scored not three but six against them. Let him see who is “too young for the national team.”

JP’s response: “Total pwnage.”  The rest of the interview is here—Kostitsyn is irrepressible throughout.

Q: Do you remember the most original question American journalists have asked you?

A. You should not expect originality from them. Every other time they ask the same: “How do you like to play with your brother?”

 

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Carey Price Looking Forward To Training Camp

from Sage Birchwater at the bclocalnews,

Carey’s looking forward to the coming season with one year of NHL experience under his belt. He’s glad the Canadiens signed 31-year-old goaltender Marc Denis in the off-season.

“I think we need a little veteran presence. There’s just me and Yaro, 21 and 23 years old, that was it. There was just us two young guys and I think Bob (Gainey) figured to bring in somebody a little bit older to have around the room.”

He says that was the best part about having Huet on the club.

‘He was an unbelievable guy. I don’t think I could have had the year I had without him there. I wish him the best in whatever he does. I couldn’t have had a better guy there in my first year.”

Carey says the immediate challenge right now is to work hard until camp.

“You’ve got to show up in camp in the best shape possible. I’m starting to feel pretty good now, but you’ve got to keep pushing yourself all the way to camp.”

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Old School Goes New Gaming

from Manny Almela of Canadiens.com,

It’s an annual tradition for gamers everywhere to wait anxiously for the latest EA Sports NHL game. For the 2009 version, it’s only fitting that its focus be on the rich tradition of the league’s most storied franchise, the Montreal Canadiens

In efforts to commemorate the upcoming Canadiens Centennial on December 4, 2009, NHL09 will feature an assortment of Canadiens All-Stars and legends of the game from the past century.

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  Tags: ea+sports, nhl+09

Laraque Takes Mom’s Advice

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

“It’s still surreal. I live here in Edmonton and I haven’t lived in Montreal in a long time and I haven’t really gone back there in the summer.

“I think it’s going to hit home when I get there, when training camp starts and I get to wear the jersey for the first time. I don’t think it’s totally sunk in yet.”...

“My dad lives in Edmonton, my mom lives in Montreal. My mom was begging me to come back home.

“I love it here, if it wasn’t for the fact that my mom was there, I would have stayed here.”

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Half Of The Original Six

from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

Seinfeld had the Summer of George. I’m predicting 2008-09 will be the Winter of Some Original Six Team. Theoretically, I’m not supposed to cheer, but deep down I’ll have a soft spot this season for these three golden oldie franchises:

Montreal: The Habs are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, they’re holding the All-Star Game and the entry draft at Bell Centre and the club is a bona fide contender in the East. It’d be sweet to see the NHL’s most storied franchise reach the peak again.

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No Guarantees In This Game

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

The consensus among Canadiens fans is that if Sundin signs, the Habs will be holding a parade in June. Detroit, Schmeetroit. Who cares if the Red Wings were already the best team in hockey before they inked Marian Hossa? In the unrealistic way of fans everywhere, they see the equation this way: good regular-season team adds Alex Tanguay, Georges Laraque and Sundin, great playoff team wins the Stanley Cup.

Uh-huh. I’ll believe that when Sidney Crosby checks into an ashram and Henrik Zetterberg decides he’d rather play backgammon for a living. Even with the additions, the Canadiens aren’t a slam dunk to win anything - but with or without Sundin, Bob Gainey has already molded the Habs into one of those quality organizations that will have a chance to win it all. Like Dallas, Detroit, Anaheim, San Jose and Pittsburgh.

Even without Sundin, the Canadiens are, on paper, one of the top five or six teams in the league - and they do need another impact forward to get over the hump and stage another parade.

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Evening Line

RDS reports Bob Gainey phoned J.P. Barry, Mats Sundin’s agent, on Tuesday.

While the sports network did not reveal the substance of the conversation, a source in Sweden has sent a recording of it to Habs Inside/Out.

Gainey: If you change your mind, I’m the first in line
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
If you need me, let me know, gonna be around
If you’ve got no place to go, if you’re feeling down
If you’re all alone when the pretty birds have flown
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me

-Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out

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Charges Against O’Byrne Dropped

from the CP via the Toronto Star,

Charges levied against a Montreal Canadiens defenceman following an incident at a Tampa Bay nightclub last February have been dropped.

Ryan O’Byrne had been charged with grand theft.

State attorney Pam Bondi says the charges against the Victoria, B.C., native were dropped after he read an apology in court to the victim and agreed to do community service in Canada.

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Harvey vs. Lidstrom

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Now, on to Doug’s question. Is Nicklas Lidstrom better than Doug Harvey?

I think history tends to nicely accept that Doug Harvey is the second best defenseman of all time, behind Bobby Orr, of course. In fact, most of the so called experts tend to place Harvey in top ten players of all time, regardless of position….

Doug Harvey was the epitome of hockey grace, and one of the few players in hockey history that could truly take control of a game all by himself.

Now that is awfully hard to compete against. Lidstrom is catching up, with more seasons ahead. He’s got 4 Stanley Cup championships and 6 Norris Trophies. His career offensive numbers dwarf Harvey’s, mind you that is due much to the very different eras each played in. Both are classic and near flawless defenders and both are dominant at both ends of the ice.

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  Tags: doug+harvey, nick+lidstrom

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