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From Dave Stubbs at The Gazette,
The Canadiens have made a contract offer to Sheldon Souray, and the all-star defenceman will take a little time to digest it, and consider what might await him on July 1, should he decide to test the waters of unrestricted free agency.
Paul Theofanous, Souray’s New York-based agent, said last night that Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey made the offer on Tuesday, 24 hours after the club had signed 28-year-old defenceman Andrei Markov to a four-year, $23-million (U.S.) contract, making the Russian the best-paid Canadien of all time.
from the Montreal Canadiens,
But when it comes to the calf-roping approach of winning a Stanley Cup, no one does it better than the Canadiens. The two most dominant Cup runs in the modern era each came courtesy of the Habs.
On their march to Stanley Cup No. 15 in 1968, Jean Beliveau and the Canadiens went 12-1, with their only loss coming to the Blackhawks in the semi-finals, sandwiched between sweeps of the Bruins and Blues.
The Habs were at it again in 1976 when they not only won their first of four straight Stanley Cups, but they did so in style. After sweeping the Blackhawks in the opening round, the Canadiens’ only hiccup came in Game 4 against the Islanders in the semifinals, setting the stage for a sweep of the Flyers in the Cup final.
from the Montreal Canadiens,
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of defenceman Andrei Markov to a four-year contract (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Andrei Markov is one of our best players, and a huge part of our hockey team. We drafted and developed a player who has become an elite defenseman in the NHL. His desire to remain a member of the Canadiens’ organization was evident, and today we are very pleased to have a long-term agreement with Andrei,” said Bob Gainey.
TSN’s sister station in Quebec RDS reports that the Montreal Canadiens have offered defenceman Andrei Markov a four-year contract worth just over $5 million a season.
from Hall of Fame Magazine,
Hours before the opening face-off, crowds, most of whom did not have tickets, gathered on St. Catharines St. and adjoining streets around the forum, and they were in a surly mood. At the Montreal Gazette, the editor, sensing that the usual number of reporters staffing a Canadiens game would not be sufficient to cover what might happen, assigned a young sports writer named Red Fisher to rush to the Forum, not to cover any aspect of the game, but to handle whatever other newsworthy event might occur.
Fisher, who was to become a journalistic legend in Montreal, had never before covered anything at the Forum, but as soon as he arrived he sensed that what was growing among the crowds, both inside and outside the building, was a possible riot. He was correct.
From Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette,
Alexander Perezhogin is headed back to Russia.
There were reports last week Perezhogin had signed with Avangard Omsk, but agent Don Meehan said last night the forward has signed a contract with Salavat Yulayev Ufa, another Russian Super League team.
Meehan said that Perezhogin will net $1.7 million U.S.
“That works out to about $3.4 million gross in the NHL and it’s unlikely the Canadiens could match that,” Meehan said. Perezhogin earned $627,000 last season.
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.
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