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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.
Ken Campbell of The Hockey News has a nice chat with Mike, who discusses what it will be like playing for Montreal.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
During the 2007-‘08 season, Tomas Plekanec scored 29 goals, added 40 assists and was plus-15. His salary was $1.4 million – which made those breakout numbers a bargain.
In 2008-09, Plekanec scored 20 goals and had 19 assists. He was minus-9. The second year of a two-year contract paid him $1.8 million.
Plekanec’s new one-year contract is for $2.75 million.
So after a season when his goals declined by 31 per cent, his assists by 53 per cent and his plus/minus by 24, Pleks gets a 50 per cent raise.
read on for a look at the Canadiens cap numbers and how a trade with San Jose doesn’t look possible.
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