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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
On the subject of captains, Scott Gomez starts lessons with a French tutor on Friday. The connection between the language of Voltaire and a letter? Gomez, whose albatross of a seven-year, $51.5 million contract was taken off the New York Rangers’ hands, now is with the captain-less if not quite rudderless Montreal Canadiens.
The former Habs captain, Saku Koivu, was cuffed about in the French-language media for not knowing French. (English and Finnish were not deemed sufficient in the province. This was a perpetual thorn in the side of the classy Koivu, who now has a one-year deal in Anaheim.) Gomez is not the captain type—he says he hasn’t worn a C since youth hockey in Alaska—but then there are no obvious choices in Montreal.
After the departure of 10 unrestricted free agents, including Alex Kovalev and captain timber such as Mike Komisarek, defenseman Andrei Markov remains the best player, but he is hardly the fulcrum of the dressing room. There are no French-speaking players on the team with enough portfolio on the ice to get the letter, and newcomer Brian Gionta, an American, is an unknown there.
more topics discussed, some have already been mentioned on KK.
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
Extreme makeover? Or did the Montreal Canadiens really improve themselves by adding three new forwards and two defensemen at the cost of letting their first-, third-, fifth- and seventh-leading scorers walk?
This is a touchy situation, especially after the Canadiens were expecting to celebrate the team’s 100th anniversary with a run for their first Stanley Cup since 1993 ... and instead stumbled down the stretch, replaced coach Guy Carbonneau and then bowed out in the first round of the playoffs to the hated Boston Bruins.
I caught this yesterday but did not post. However, I took Georges recommendation and watched Pay if Forward late last night. He was right!
We caught up Georges Laraque and put him on the hot seat to get his take on life’s little necessities. Here’s what the veteran Habs enforcer recommends checking out to read, watch or listen to if you’ve got a few spare hours to kill.
Movie everyone has to see:
Pay it Forward. That’s my favorite movie of all time.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been put in a situation that I can’t handle. I’ve never backed down from a challenge and this year I’m not going to start.”
-Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. More on Price from TSN.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
I called general manager Bob Gainey Monday and received the usual message:
“Hi, this is Bob Gainey. I’m not in. You can leave a message, but don’t expect a call back until I do something.”
There’s no reason to expect a call from Gainey, who was busy last month. He said goodbye to 10 unrestricted free agents and brought in seven new bodies.
So why are there all the rumours about an impending trade and some expensive, big-name players?
Perhaps, it’s because Gainey himself left the door open on July 1 when he announced the first wave of acquisitions and said he had until October to find the elusive big centre.
Or maybe it’s because the salary cap and Dany Heatley’s desire to be traded have set forces in motion.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
All kinds of chirping in the blogosphere about a three-way – kinky! – involving the Canadiens, Senators and Sharks.
It all began with a Bruce Garrioch item in the Ottawa Sun saying San Jose was interested in Dany Heatley but a deal would have to include a third party, likely the Canadiens.
Let the guessing games begin.The most fanciful speculation didn’t even include Marleau: Heatley to SJ, the Sharks’ first-round draft choice and – wait for it – Mike Cammalleri to Ottawa, Jonathan Cheechoo and Christian Ehrhoff to Montreal.
Like Bob Gainey is going to trade Cammalleri, the free agent he signed on the day he let Alex Kovalev walk, to Kovy’s new team, which happens to be a divisional rival.
People, get a grip!
from Topham of Lions in Winter,
I may have trouble pinpointing how this trend I feel around me has come about, I have no trouble understanding how an opposing supporter would hate me or my team. I am interested from a purely academic curiosity as to why it seems to be mounting. I suspect it has a lot to do with us not being a write-off anymore. There’s certainly that annoying arrogance we all get tagged with thanks to the amassing of a more connected and active “24 Cup brigade” – they say as much. The seemingly endless 100th anniversary (built up since season 97) is some bait, no doubt.
Video of Gomez,Gionta, Cammalleri, Mara and Moen’s visit to the Bell Sports Complex.
Okay, so the odds that you’d catch him telltale white earbuds grooving to an iPod might be slim at best, but Henri Richard still digs the tunes just like anyone else.
My Way- Frank Sinatra
The Power of Love- Céline Dion
Le temps qu’il nous reste- Fernand Gignac
Diana- Paul Anka
Exclusive video of Hal Gill’s first visit to Montreal as a Canadien and a nice gesture by Gill at the end of the video.
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