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Guy Carbonneau of CBC answers some email questions,
The Bruins re-signed [Milan] Lucic to a three-year extension and avoided free agency. Should YOUR Montreal Canadiens do the same with [Carey] Price now?
I thought it was a good move on the part of the Bruins to re-sign Lucic before he had a chance to become a restricted free agent next year. With the new economics in the NHL I can see more teams go after young players in their prime that would only cost draft picks in a restricted free agency system. So I am sure that the Canadiens are looking at Carey Price very closely to make sure he can keep improving and become the goalie they expect. If that happens, then they will probably try to sign him to an extension also.
more Q & A…
Ladd received five minutes for the elbow, 2 minutes for roughing and a game misconduct.
D’Agostini did not return to the game.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
If there is a problem with Montreal’s goaltending, it is not so much the ability of the two puck-stoppers but the dynamic. While all the “1 and 1A” stuff sounds swell, teams generally prefer defined roles—a clear-cut top guy and a reliable backup who can fill in competently or at times spectacularly as Craig Anderson (now with Colorado) did in Florida and Ty Conklin (now in St. Louis) did in Detroit last season.
But Halak is 24 and Price is 22, hardly the age in which either would care to play Sancho Panza to the other’s Don Quixote. And as they are similar in age, they are not all that dissimilar in ability even though Price, the 2009 All-Star game starter, has more renown. The situation should work fine in the short term, but if this construct doesn’t eventually change, some creative friction might arise that would not be as healthy.
more plus a look at the injuries throughout the league and a look at the Oilers…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The jury’s still out on Bob Gainey’s wholesale makeover in Montreal, but a look at the former Habs and their performance almost one month into the NHL season perhaps shows some prescience in the Canadiens GM’s offseason decisions.
Christopher Higgins is in John Tortorella’s dog house in New York; Saku Koivu has struggled to get it going in Anaheim; Alexei Kovalev has been so-so for Ottawa except for his one game against the Habs; Alex Tanguay has been dumped from the top line in Tampa Bay, and Mike Komisarek leads Toronto & in minor penalties.
from Brian Wilde of CTV Montreal,
From my time with the Oilers in Edmonton dating back to the early 90’s, one of the relationships I have been able to foster is with Kevin Prendergast. He’s an extremely intelligent hockey man who is the top scout and decision maker for talent, young and old, that the Oilers might be interested in. Prendergast and I talk usually when he takes in a Habs game. He doesn’t take in many. Every two or three months, he watches one contest and then moves on to the next city whether it be Ottawa or Albany….
I mention all of this because Prendergast has spent the last three games watching the Habs home stand.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
“Are you the Stan Jonathan who…?”
Yes, he’s the same 5-foot-7 skating bulldog who scored the stunning one-punch technical knockout of 6-foot-2 Canadiens defenceman Pierre Bouchard on May 21, 1978, during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final.
Jonathan, 54, is better known for relocating Bouchard’s nose with a sledgehammer left fist than he is for any of the 91 goals he scored for the Boston Bruins. Or for his 110 assists or the other 746 penalty minutes he took in 411 NHL games from 1975-83.
Yesterday afternoon in Kahnawake, before a charity game between Bruins alumni and a local all-star team, Jonathan and Bouchard shook hands at centre ice in their team jerseys and mugged for photos in only their second meeting since that famous night at Boston Garden.
read on and let’s take a look at that Jonathan/Bouchard battle…
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
...Twenty-three years later, Bob Fisher is still sweating the details.
He was on Bell Centre ice this past Monday at 9 a.m., the empty risers in front of him awaiting the 2009-10 Canadiens for the first of two team photos that he’ll shoot this centennial season. A second will be taken after the March 3 trade deadline, of the roster the club hopes will skate into the playoffs.
“But this is the most historic picture I’ve ever done,” Fisher said, admitting that nerves kept him awake most of the night before. “This is (essentially) the team that will be playing on Dec. 4, the Canadiens’ 100th birthday.
“People are going to talk about this picture 50 years after I’m dead. They’ll ask: ‘Who was there in the centennial season?’ Well, this is the team.”
One hundred years ago, the first team photo of the pre-NHL National Hockey Association Canadiens was merely a montage of 11 players and league official Eddy McCafferty. This image, signed by Albert Dumas, was a template for many photos to come, mug shots or frozen poses cobbled into a single print.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
If you thought Hamlet was a confused young man, you’ve never met Sergei Kostitsyn.
In a 24-hour period, the younger Kostitsyn brother walked out on the Hamilton Bulldogs, was suspended by the Canadiens for the second time this season and then agreed to return to the American Hockey League team after meeting with Bob Gainey after the general manager told Radio-Canada that he thought Kostitsyn was going to Russia.
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.
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