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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Let’s talk about his career as a demolitions expert. His knowledge of pentaerythritol tetranitrate. The miles of primer cord he rolled through the Bell Centre this summer.
In show biz, think of Gainey as a more urbane Big Jim McBob from Second City Television - “Blow’d up good ... blow’d up real good!”
There is a method to Bob’s madness; always has been, whether or not things have worked to his vision. And here tonight, in the first of 82 regular-season games, the curtain will be pulled back on the reconstruction that followed the summertime boom! of his Canadiens.
He’s got a new head coach in Jacques Martin, a hockey man through and through who’s instilled confidence and respect in his players and the city before one puck has been dropped for real.
Sergei Kostitsyn was demoted by the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday and now his days with the club may be over.
According to RDS, Kostitsyn has been suspended by the Canadiens for refusing to report to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. In return, Kostitsyn has asked for a trade.
Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Bob Gainey.
George Armstrong, Dave Keon and Darryl Sittler.
These are just some of the names that have been honoured to be captain of two of the most storied franchises in the NHL. But which names will be added to that list for this season.
With the Canadiens and Maple Leafs set to begin the regular season on Thursday, both teams have yet to name a captain. So who would be the leading candidates to take on this all-encompassing responsibility?
Thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer…
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Not only have the Canadiens lost four good players and quality individuals, they’ve also lost a good piece of their identity. They are left with only three francophones in the room - Georges Laraque, Guillaume Latendresse and Maxim Lapierre.
Given that the Vegan Laraque apparently intends to malinger his way through the balance of his contract, that leaves two players in the room who can communicate in the language spoken by the vast majority of fans in this province.
Does it matter? Of course it does. It goes to the identity and character of this team, but it also matters in purely practical ways. Imagine the Toronto Maple Leafs with only two players on the roster who could speak English - the demands on those two would become absurd.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail, “
[Culture] is probably the most important thing,” said Martin, a former coach of the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers. “To me, the system and everything else is secondary. The way we want to play is going to require consistency and effort. … You look at a team like Detroit, the reason they’re so successful is their work ethic, and their support and commitment to each other.”
After two weeks of training camp, is he getting there?
“Yeah. Slowly,” he said.
It’s a shift that reaches from the ownership suite to the weight room, which Martin has seen before, to a different degree.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
I think Canada has two legitimate shots at winning the Cup – the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames – and a third team, the Montreal Canadiens, who are a wild card.
First, the Canucks.
The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, have taken their game to a new level and were quite deserving of the long-term deals they signed with the team in the summer. I used to believe they ranked somewhere between low-end first-liners or high-end second-liners, but now I believe they are the type of players you can win with.
Beyond that, general manager Mike Gillis has done an excellent job of surrounding the twins with a quality supporting cast. The Canucks boast a lot of depth up front with the likes of Alex Burrows, Ryan Kessler, Pavol Demitra, Kyle Wellwood, Steve Bernier and defensive specialist Ryan Johnson.
The movie trailer for - Pour toujours…Les Canadiens. In French, but you’ll get the storyline.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
NHL veteran Patrice Brisebois, twice a member of the Canadiens, will bring his 18-year NHL career to a close when he announces his retirement tonight at the Bell Centre.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
Jacques Martin got on Sergei Kostitsyn today.
“What the f—- are ydou doing over there?” Martin bellowed.
Later in the morning drills, Martin made a chalk-talk point and asked: “You got that, Sergei?”
“This was really my first practice with him,” Martin said in his post-practice press conference, pointing out that Sergei has skated with a split squad to date. The coach said Kostitsyn, like the other players still in camp, have to “develop the habits we want.”
The veterans are saying that the new coach runs a tough training camp. And they like it.
For his part, Martin said team fitness levels need some work.
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