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from the Montreal Gazette,
Now that Gainey and Robinson have joined the list, the question is: Who will be honoured next season as the Canadiens approach their 100th-anniversary celebrations.
Guy Lapointe, the third member of the Canadiens’ Big Three on defence beside Robinson and Serge Savard, is a possibility and there will be a heated debate over whether Patrick Roy is worthy of the honour. Roy retired as the all-time NHL leader in wins and won two Stanley Cups with Montreal, but his stormy departure in 1995 is part of his permanent record.
The one person who has been overlooked and I’m hoping it’s because the club is saving him for its centenary, is the late Hector (Toe) Blake. To the current generation of Canadiens fans, Blake is a distant memory, the coach who guided the Canadiens to eight of their record 24 Stanley Cup wins.
But many people forget that Blake was a Hall of Fame player.
from Habs Inside/Out,
The Canadiens will honour two more of their greats this season as they continue preparations for the club’s centennial celebration in 2009.
In the coming months, the organization will retire the No. 19 of Larry Robinson and the No. 23 of general manager Bob Gainey.
The Montreal Canadiens are the latest Canadian NHL team to release their new look jersey for the 2007-08 season, going with almost an identical look from their previous sweaters.
The usual current team colours of red, blue and white are there, as well as the classic horizontal stripes for their red home jerseys.
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from Habs World,
...Undoubtedly the Avalanche would love to trade him, but there aren’t many teams interested in paying $6 million dollars this year for a guy, who statistically may be the worst goaltender in the NHL. The Avalanche has thought of buying him out, but for now have decided to hang onto Theodore to avoid a major cap hit.
Needless to say, when his contract is up at the end of this year, it is safe to say that Theodore will not be able to retain his position as the league’s second highest paid goaltender. To say that he will be staring at a substantial pay cut is an understatement. Whether some team is willing to take the gamble on Theodore remains to be seen.
Any team that signs Theodore from here on in is hoping to strike lightning in a bottle again. And while all signs point to Theodore being unable to regain his MVP winning form, it is wise to remember that even Samson regained his former power, but only when his hair eventually grew back.
from Eyes On The Prize,
This post concerns the fan who is Kovalev’s biggest fan.
In the past, I have often qualified Kovalev as enigmatic. That has always been the most generous positive term I could use to describe the player who I saw as both maddingly talented and glassly disconnected from his surroundings and perceptions.
I assume that I am not alone in saying that he is a difficult player to assess and a hard person to get a good read on. Habs fans have seen Kovalev both floor the accelerator and jam the clutch pedal in his three years as a Montreal Canadien.
While most players actions speak louder than their words, Kovalev has in the past, shown the opposite of this notion. Over this past season, number 27’s words have been headlines while his game in 2006-07 rarely screamed as loud.
read on, you may be surprised…
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read on for reports on all the Canadian teams in the NHL…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
But every time a new great game comes along, that New Year’s Eve game has managed to remain “The Greatest Hockey Game Ever Played” point of reference.
And the New Year’s Eve game in the Montreal Forum in 1975 still has a phenomenal “I was there” value. So if I have to pick a game, as was the assignment for this series, why not claim this game?...
Outside the Forum, scalpers were asking $150 for a pair of tickets an hour before game time. That was an insane amount of money to pay to go to a game at the time. Those of the standing room-stuffed crowd of 18,975 who paid that kind of money had no complaints.
What made this game great was that, in the end, it turned out to be about the glory of the game. Hockey that night, in the building which was the cathedral of the sport, was, with apologies to the Brazilians and soccer, The Beautiful Game.
The Montreal Canadiens and the Soviet’s Central Red Army ended up in a 3-3 tie.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette:
“I first became friends with him when I was a boy with the Canadiens,” [Montreal Canadiens physician Dr. David] Mulder recalls.
“I got to know him with Toe Blake and (one-time Canadiens scout) Ron Caron when I was looking after the junior Canadiens. When Sam fell ill, his disease was outside my realm, but I sort of directed him to people who treated him here at the Montreal General.
“One thing that always stood out with my relationship with Sam is I always thought his intensity was only matched by his loyalty. He was very loyal to people he knew. He came back to see us when he had serious medical problems, but he was more than that to me. He was a mentor in many other ways.
“We had many talks about being a general manager ... about meeting people,” Mulder said. “I learned an awful lot from Sam. On practical life lessons, you couldn’t have a better teacher than Sam Pollock.”
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
I talked for an hour with Souray this weekend, and he spoke highly of his experiences in Montreal over seven seasons, and of growing as a player on the ice and an individual off it. But he also went into fine, candid detail about his contract talks with the Canadiens, discussing why he chose not to return to the Habs.
“There are no bitter feelings toward anyone. None. I don’t leave Montreal with one shred of remorse for having played there,” he says. “But I didn’t think it was going to play out like it did. It was disappointing how things finally went down.”
The feature will appear here and in The Gazette on Monday morning.
Well, the Vancouver Sun picked it up today, so read on... Great read!
update 8/20/07, Read the whole story now at Habs Inside/Out, which includes additional information and some great pictures too.
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