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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.
from Doug Fischer at the National Post,
To mark the Montreal Canadiens’ 100th anniversary, Canada Post will issue for the first time a set of commemorative stamps containing moving images of the historic 500th goals of three of the team’s legends.
Using archival footage blended with sophisticated lens technology, the stamps feature two-to three-second clips that show Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur scoring their landmark goals. When the ultrathin plastic stamp is moved up and down or side to side, it provides the illusion of cinema-like movement.
Mr. Richard can be seen shooting the puck into the net and leaping with joy into Mr. Beliveau’s arms. Mr. Beliveau is seen deftly sliding the puck into the corner of the goal, while Mr. Lafleur rifles a shot into the goal before heading to the players’ bench for congratulations.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
The great Jean Béliveau has been celebrated in photo, film, documentaries, books and magazines.
His likeness has appeared on cereal boxes, bottlecaps, keychains and myriad other collectibles. He’s been immortalized in sculptures made of bronze, wood and ice.
But this, Le Gros Bill says, is the first time he’s been made of corn.
Chip and Tom Hunter, farming brothers in Florenceville-Bristol, N.B., have created a 600-foot-tall Béliveau atop a logo celebrating the Canadiens centennial in a six-acre field of feed corn.
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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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