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The Flavor Of Quebec City

from Naoko Funayama of NESN,

Just telling hockey people you’re going to Quebec City triggers a delightful reaction. But even better was the reaction the people of QC had to us.

“You come for hockey game?” asked our waiter at a quaint corner bistro in Old Quebec City.

“Claude Julien?” he continued in his broken English, asking us about Boston’s head coach and the former Quebec Nordiques defenseman….

Inside Le Colisee, the aura of the old NHL team still remained. Its NHL banners were proudly displayed, with wooden seats high in the “endzones” that were so vertically lined they looked like a wall.

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Gionta ‘C’ Worthy In Montreal

from Sean Gordon of French Impression at the Globe and Mail,

Jacques Martin has consistently praised Gionta’s attitude and work ethic, he’s combative (last night he got up in Geno Malkin’s grille after a bit of a sneaky elbow behind the net) and he can obviously still put the puck in the net.

I say what the hell, give him the “C”.

Until he starts sucking, at which point the experts and open-mouth shows can start chewing on his bones.

But something tells me that’s not going to happen.

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Don’t Break That Window!

Watch out for that falling ‘window’.  Check out the caption of the Montreal Canadiens picture at the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Pictures of the Day’ feature.

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Crosby Protected From An Early Age

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Tonight the Stanley Cup Champeens are in town for the last of a brutal five-games-in-five-nights stretch, and looks like Sidney Crosby will play against his childhood favourites.

It would be interesting if Jacques Martin decides to throw Eric Neilson into the fray. Fredericton’s Fists of Fury seems to have self-detaching gloves, which leaped off his hands three times against the Sens last Friday, and again in Saturday’s rematch.

But there’s another story-within-the-story involving Neilson.

According to our friends at Radio-Canada, who have a good memory for such things, Neilson and a then-15-year-old Crosby were billeted together in Rimouski during their junior days. Neilson’s listed position on that Oceanic team, you’ll have guessed, was guy-who-makes-sure-nothing-bad-happens-to-Sid.

The Semenko to his Gretzky, if you will.

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Markov Not Interested In Habs ‘C’

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Defenceman Andrei Markov will not be the next captain of the Canadiens.

The Gazette has learned that Markov, who wore an “A” on his jersey as one of the assistant captains last season, was asked whether he wanted to wear the “C”, but told the Habs he wasn’t interested.

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The New-Look Laraque

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

But this autumn, the “Cirque Georges Laraque,” as he calls it, has pulled down the big top. If you want the Ringling Brothers, he said on the eve of Canadiens training camp, you’ll need to go elsewhere.

Inside and out, this is a new Laraque, one who aims to focus purely on hockey and his role on a virtually new team.

He dropped 20 pounds over the summer, his current 245 the lightest he’s been since he was drafted into the NHL by Edmonton in 1995.

He dramatically changed his diet. As a vegan, Laraque now eats no meat, fish or dairy products.

He says he’ll no longer be the go-to guy for an insatiable media machine whose talk-shows and frothing panelists covet him for the ratings spike he provides.

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Media Grill Habs President About Lack Of French Players

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

One of the realities of living in Quebec is that the language issue colours every aspect of life.

That was evident once again Thursday as the Canadiens gathered at Laval-sur-le-lac for the team’s annual golf tournament.

The event was preceded by a press conference at which team owner George Gillett passed the torch to Geoff Molson, the head of a group that is buying the team.

During the course of the media free-for-alls that followed the press conference, Molson and team president Pierre Boivin were both grilled on the lack of Quebec players on the Canadiens’ roster. The team will start the season with only three Quebecers – Maxim Lapierre, Guillaume Latendresse and Georges Laraque.

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Carey Price Needs To Earn The #1 Goalie Spot

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens made the playoffs last year because Halak was 6-3-0 when Price was injured and had a 15-9-0 record from Dec. 18 until the end of the season.

At the very least, they deserve to go into camp as equals, two guys battling for a job.

If Price starts the season, it will be to everyone’s benefit if he has the job because he earned it.

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Winning Matters In Montreal

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

There is a new sheriff in town for 2009-10, and the certainty is that Jacques Martin will be under the microscope at least as much as any of the flood of acquisitions who’ll be wearing the Canadiens jersey this season.

He is coming here at a time when nothing less than winning consistently is at the top of the team’s priority list. Anything less is unacceptable. A 2008-09 season when the team came out sprinting in the first half and disappeared in the second is off the board.

You can include me among the group that was surprised - with gusts up to shock - when Martin was named head coach long before Bob Gainey went about the business of putting a new face on the Canadiens. Now, what remains to be seen is what Martin does with it.

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Kovalev Leaves Door Open For Return To Montreal

from Barry Riz of TSN,

The former Montreal Canadiens forward - who signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Ottawa Senators as a free agent this summer - told reporters on Thursday that he would like to finish his career in Montreal.

“I was disappointed, I thought for sure I’d be staying here,” said Kovalev at his charity golf tournament in Montreal. “I couldn’t really understand what had just happened. In the end, I took it from a business point of view. You had a chance to stay here, and you didn’t, so you just go and do the job somewhere else. But maybe somewhere in the future I’ll be back again, and get the same support.”

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