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via Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Montreal Canadiens forward Sergei Kostistyn has again been suspended by the team after apparently bolting from its AHL affiliate in Hamilton.
The younger of the Habs’ two Kostitsyn brothers had a brief holdout - for which he was suspended - after being sent to the minors at the end of training camp.
According to various media reports in Montreal, the 22-year-old Belarusian forward packed his gear and personal belongings after the Hamilton Bulldogs’ game on Tuesday and decamped.
There were also unconfirmed sightings at Montreal’s Trudeau airport - several Russian-language websites have reported in recent days that Kostitsyn had given the Habs an ultimatum to either call him up or he would accept one of three offers from the Russian Kontinental Hockey League.
Many people questioned Marc-Andre Bergeron playing the full game after this hit last night.
Max Afinogenov of the Thrashers scores against his old team, the Buffalo Sabres tonight.
added 10:54pm, Alexei Kovalev of the Senators with a goal tonight against the Canadiens can be watched below…
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Two weeks into this fledgling NHL season and it’s like being told you’ve just won a month’s vacation in Tahiti - with Louise Harel.
You don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
If you’re a partisan of Les Habitants, you want to weep.
But if you also happen to hate the Maple Leafs, you’re collapsing in hysterical giggles every time someone hits the punch line: “Brian Burke.”
As this tale of two cities unfolds (and it’s important to remember that the season is still so young it has to be burped after every game) the rapidly eroding fortunes of the Leafs and Habs are a big part of the early-season story line.
from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
No one remembers how it started, but the Habs Inside/Out bench-clearing brawl got really ugly really fast.
I’ve described the HIO Comments section as the world’s biggest tavern sports discussion. There are times, however, when it becomes a daycare with a liquor licence.
That’s what happened in August. An exchange of viewpoints became so heated that some perceived a threat of violence implicit in some of the Comments.
Hey, I’m no choirboy. Part of the fun of being a sports fan - a Canadiens fan in particular - is voicing strong opinions, often loudly and in words of one syllable.
But there are limits. Threats are way over the line.
So that’s when Plan Prefect kicked into high gear.
from the CP at TSN,
NHL tough guy Georges Laraque is pumping out apologies faster than he pummels his opponents’ faces.
The Montreal Canadiens enforcer says he’s sorry for appearing in an ad being slammed as sexist.
Women’s groups have decried the ad for an alcohol drink in which Laraque plays street hockey with a group of scantily clad women.
from Cheryl Cornacchia of the Montreal Gazette,
“At the end of the day when I retire I don’t want to be remembered by how many people I’ve beaten up,” said Laraque, who was born in Montreal in 1976, the eldest of three children of Haitian parents who arrived here in 1975. “I want to be remembered for the impact I have had in the community.”
After seeing Earthlings, a powerful documentary on the exploitation of animals for the pet, food, clothing and entertainment industries, and for which he is now doing narration for a French-language version, he said he decided to do something to help animals.
Quebec is known as the puppy mill capital of Canada, he notes. Unlike the guys he roughs it up with on the ice, “willing combatants,” he said, they have no choice.
Ever wonder what would have happened had Gordie Howe played for the Canadiens alongside the likes of Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau? Believe it or not, it almost became a reality in the fall of 1946.
During a scouting trip that year that included a look at the Red Wings’ affiliate in Omaha, Canadiens general manager Frank Selke was blown away by the performance of a promising young prospect named Gordie Howe. After doing a little digging, Selke discovered that Howe had been left off the Red Wings’ negotiation list by Knights coach Tommy Ivan, making the future Mr. Hockey available for any NHL club wishing to claim him.
via Pat Hickey of Habs Inside/Out,
They skated with pucks for 20 minutes to start the session and after 40 minutes of drills designed to encourage quick breakouts and one-on-one battles. coach Jacques Martin had his team do sprints – groups of five, four lengths, completerd in 45 seconds or less to avoid an extra length – in what Mike Cammalleri described as a “good old-school bag skate.”
“I thought I was ready to (vomit),” said goaltender Carey Price who expressed his frustration last night by taking out a piece of the drywall in the visitor’s dressing room.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
There was talk last season Price was wound too tightly under former goaltending coach Roland Melanson, who wasn’t around the big team as much after general manager Bob Gainey fired Carbonneau and took over behind the bench. Gainey’s super-human tranquility tried to revive Price but the damage was already done.
With Martin in charge and Pierre Groulx as the new goaltending coach, Price has reverted to the demeanour that has always suited him best. His teammates have noted the bounce back.
“Last season there were a lot of downs for the whole team and everyone pointed fingers at him,” said defenceman Josh Gorges, who quickly added, “It’s not easy being a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens. But when he came to camp this year you could tell he was in great shape and ready to go. I think it’s just maturity. It took me three, four years before I understood the little things you have to do and he’s only 22.”
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