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How Good Is Jaroslav Halak?

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Respected pundits are now musing that he’d be worth a top-six forward or a first-rounder in a trade (we’ll have what they’re having), and that maybe it’s a smarter move to ship out Carey Price.

Why, we even heard a normally reasoned commentator compare the plucky Slovak, whose agent is reportedly agitating for a move, to Patrick Roy the other night.

Which he surely is - minus the consistency, wins, shutouts, playoff dominance and championships.

This is not to hack on poor, old, hard-done-by, trade-me-right-friggin-now Jaro. Oh, no.

He has played quite well - and occasionally brilliantly - in his current string of four road wins, having been shelled for 1,983 shots over that period (well, given the excitement, it might as well have been that many).

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Which Montreal Goalie Would You Trade?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has got to be counting his blessings that he wasn’t able to deal backup goalie Jaroslav Halak to the Philadelphia Flyers a couple of weeks ago.

For those of you keeping score at home, Halak has faced 40, 50, 47 and 49 shots in his past four starts and won them all. He was brilliant Saturday night when the Canadiens stole two points from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-2 overtime win and has faced an average of 46.5 shots in his past four games.

This gives Gainey a little bit of time to ponder his goaltending situation. And you know what? If he has any stones at all, he has to be at least considering the possibility of trading Carey Price instead of Halak.

Please hold your expletives and your electronic hate mail for a minute while I try to explain this.

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Ray Whitney Connected To Bruins & Habs Need Production From Gomez

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Chances are Carolina Hurricanes UFA Ray Whitney will end up with the Boston Bruins as a trade-deadline deal for a second-round draft pick. The offensively-challenged Bruins will perhaps ask Mark Recchi what he thought of Whitney from the Canes’ 2006 Cup run. If not Boston, then Philadelphia may be a possible destination, as former Hurricanes bench boss Peter Laviolette is currently head coach there.

• Montreal’s Scott Gomez has seriously missed linemate Brian Gionta, who has been our with a broken foot since November. Gomez, at $8 million, is the club’s second-line centre behind Tomas Plekanec. The Habs are seeing what the Rangers saw -not nearly enough offensive production.

more talk…

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Markov Makes Early Return

from Canadiens.com,

The holidays are finally here! The Habs’ bags are packed and they’re ready to go, set to take off on Friday for a seven game road stint. Defenseman Andrei Markov will be boarding the flight with his teammates – and not just as a passenger.

On the shelf since the first game of the season with a lacerated tendon in his foot, the veteran blue-liner is poised to make his highly anticipated return this Saturday on Long Island. The original prognosis had Markov slated to come back only at the end of January, but the shifty rearguard will join new D partner Ryan O’Byrne on the Habs’ blue line this week and Marc-Andre Bergeron will move up to forward.

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Halak And The Trade Talk

from Bertrand Raymond at RueFrontenac (translated),

Item in the news: the Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers were discussing a trade involving goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

To know what it returns, there is nothing like talk to an actor who finds himself in spite of himself at the heart of this rumor: GM Bob Gainey.

“Bob, as a journalist, I’m what’s the story?  I treat it as a new or I consider it a rumor, just another rumor?

Gainey is well known, does not usually comment on rumors. Rather than sending everyone into the left field, he usually prefers to say nothing.

“This is not for me to suggest what you write, the chief replies. All I can say is that it was I who called the Flyers, not the contrary. “

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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Quick Whistle Or Not?

Last night, Pens vs. Habs.  No goal, the whistle had blown.  Habs lose 3-2.

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“I’m A Drug Addict & Alcoholic”- Chris Nilan

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via Faceoff.com,

Once, he was the darling of Canadiens fans because he wore the CH on his heart. Doors in Montreal and elsewhere were open to him. Life was good, but that was then, this is now - and it’s not a pretty picture.

Nilan: addicted to pain-killing drugs.

Nilan: alcoholic.

He is 51, a grandfather, and he remembers the first time he plummeted into the ugly, mind-bending culture of pills and booze. He can recall how in their own clawing, gnawing way they crept into his mind, convincing him they were the only way out of a life of pain. Instead, in the light of day it was a life gone wrong, including a divorce after 25 years of marriage. (Karen and Chris have two daughters - Pauline, 26, Tara, 19, and a son, Christopher, 23.) Where does it start? When? Why? “Probably the first time I saw the pills was after I finished playin’,” Nilan said.

“I was coachin’ the Chesapeake Icebreakers in the East Coast Hockey League. Two years. First year, I got coach of the year. Second year, I’d had surgery in the offseason and I took some Percocet. It’s an opiate. I got addicted to ‘em.

I needed them. If I didn’t have them, I was real sick.

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Canadiens Looking At Heavy Fine

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It’s a good bet the Montreal Canadiens will receive a significant (six figure) fine for playing an ineligible player on Tuesday night.

Ryan White was pulled from the game in the first period when the NHL noticed he was playing, but that the Canadiens had neglected to notify the league of his recall before the daily 5 p.m. deadline.

The Canadiens finished the game minus one forward. And now there is every reason to believe the Canadiens will be slapped with a hefty fine.

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Markov May Join Habs Sooner Than Later

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Andrei Markov will be back in the lineup sooner rather than later.

That’s the impression you get from talking to the veteran Canadiens defenceman.

Markov suffered torn leg tendons when it was sliced by Carey Price’s skate in a freak accident during the NHL season opener on Oct. 1 in Toronto. The original prognosis said Markov would be out of action until February.

But he has been skating with his teammates for the better part of a week.

“I feel pretty good, I’m skating with the team and I need a little more time,” Markov said.

There’s no pain in the leg but “it feels different.” The main obstacle to his return appears to be conditioning.

“I feel like I’m starting training camp, so I have to take it step by step.” Markov, who said he’s in daily contact with doctors, has a date in mind for his return, but he’s not willing to share it. But nobody should be surprised if Markov is back before the New Year.

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NHL Looking At Plekanec High Stick

via Matt Kalman of ESPNBoston,

Krejci tried to challenge Plekanec after the whistle, but he was rebuffed. In addition to Plekanec’s high-sticking penalty, the two players received unsportsmanlike conduct minors. Krejci says he has no idea what precipitated Plekanec’s hit because there were no words exchanged.

“I don’t care about suspended, but he should stick up for [himself],” Krejci said before Saturday night’s game with Toronto at TD Garden. “But he didn’t do it. He did what he did and he just left. He didn’t respond or anything. So I think it’s a gutless move. And we’ll play them again this year, so we’ll see what happens.”

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed to ESPNBoston.com that he has been in contact with the NHL offices about the hit and the league is reviewing it.

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