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I am a sucker for old hockey photographs and throughout the year, Habs Inside/Out has displayed the photos of James Rice…
You’ve likely seen James Rice’s historic hockey photographs without ever knowing they came from his bulky box camera.
There is Rice’s most famous image of all, a finely detailed study of Canadiens legend Howie Morenz. It is by far the most widely published photo of the player voted the greatest hockey talent of the past century’s first 50 years.
Then there’s his shot of Georges Vézina outside the Forum, almost the only picture ever seen of the goaler. Vézina is looking down his battered stick to the asphalt beneath his bare skate blades, a year or so before he died of tuberculosis in 1925.
read on and spend some time there, you will come away feeling better about the game…
Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev is at the centre of yet another media controversy.
Le Journal de Montreal and Radio-Canada in Quebec report that Kovalev recently gave an interview to Sovietsky Sports, saying he was unhappy with the way he was treated as a player this past season by the Canadiens.
According to Sovietsky, Kovalev added if things don’t change, wants out of the organization. The 13-year NHL veteran told journalist Pavel Lysenkov - his official biographer - that his gripe is not with Montreal journalists, but with the team itself.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Is it possible that our beloved Montreal Canadiens are turning into the Toronto Maple Leafs?...
It’s simple economics: when the customer will buy anything, there’s no incentive to improve the product.
Never mind that this team finished with 90 points and missed the playoffs. Never mind that this was the sixth time since the team’s last Stanley Cup in 1993 that the Habs have missed the post-season dance. Never mind that no edition of the Canadiens since 1993 has amassed as much as 100 points, even with the silly NHL rule that gives a team a point for losing in overtime or in a shootout.
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
Maybe the Canadiens should have acquired Sean Avery before the NHL trading deadline on Feb. 27.
I imagine the sight of Avery in a Canadiens sweater would have upset many French-speaking fans and media, but the loud-mouthed manure-disturber might have provided the missing spark the team needed in its failed drive to make the playoffs.
from the CP via Metro News,
“The priority is to give Montreal a real good chance of signing me,” Souray said Monday as the team met at the Bell Centre two days after they were eliminated from the NHL playoffs.
“We have lots of time. There’s three months before anything has to be done. Montreal has been really good and I hope our relationship continues. I love Montreal. It’s a challenge, but I enjoy playing here. But it’s a business and we’ll see what happens.”
The other point is manned by 28-year-old Markov, the team’s best two-way defenceman.
“It’s not all about the money,” Markov said. “I like Montreal.
“It’s a great team, great fans. I want to play on this team.”
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Roster changes are inevitable, but there could be a wholesale reshaping of the team after the Canadiens failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth time in eight seasons.
The Canadiens needed a win Saturday night in Toronto to grab the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but they fell to the Maple Leafs 6-5 in a game that was a microcosm of a failed season.
Via Sportsnet and CP,
"The bottom line is we're not in the playoffs, and it started two months ago," said captain Saku Koivu, referring to a February slump that saw Montreal lose six consecutive games and begin a second-half slide that crushed the team's playoff hopes.Continue reading
from Habs Inside/Out,
The Habs played just well enough to lose, being dominated through much of the first period and taking some brutal penalties while trying to nurse a one-goal lead early in the third.
Undisciplined play cost them as much as anything else on this night.
read on and I am sure the comments will continue to grow…
The Official Montreal vs. Toronto post.
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from the Toronto Sun,
Jean Beliveau already could sense the buzz last month.
“I had so many people come up to me at the time saying: ‘Wouldn’t it be great if it all came down to the final game of the season between the Leafs and Canadiens?” the former Habs great recalled yesterday. “I guess they got their wish.”
Like millions around the country, Le Gros Bill will be in front of the tube this evening to watch yet another chapter in the Habs-Leafs rivalry, one that has deep implications.
The Canadiens control their own destiny. A win lands them a playoff spot.
added 9:30am, from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
It will be the biggest game between these two bitter rivals in four decades, since the Toronto Maple Leafs won their last Stanley Cup by upsetting the Canadiens in 1967.
It might even be the biggest regular-season game ever played in this country.
from the Montreal Gazette,
Look for Cristobal Huet to start in goal tomorrow night when the Canadiens’ playoff hopes depend on at least taking the Toronto Maple Leafs to overtime.
The only good thing to come out of the Canadiens’ 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers was the fact that Huet made his first appearance since Feb. 14 and showed that he’s fit enough to play in Toronto.
He replaced Jaroslav Halak in the third period and stopped the eight shots he faced.
more on the Canadiens…
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