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Needed In Montreal - A Number One Center

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

“How are you going to get this No. 1 centre?” (Ray) Ferraro said to host Mitch Melnick on his afternoon TSN Radio 690 show. “What’s the plan to acquire one? What are your assets going to be to acquire one, because the guy’s not going to drop out of the sky. It’s not going to happen.”

One player who might bring a No. 1 centre in return is Carey Price — who was named to the Atlantic Division team for the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday — but the 30-year-old goaltender already has a no-trade clause as part of his new eight-year, US$84-million contract that kicks in next season.

Five-and-a-half seasons into his job as Canadiens GM, Bergevin has yet to fill the team’s biggest need and has already traded away arguably his best player, P.K. Subban, and definitely his best prospect, Mikhail Sergachev. Yet there is still a big hole at the No. 1 centre position with Drouin posting 5-14-19 totals and a minus-17 in 37 games while winning only 40.3 per cent of his faceoffs. The Canadiens rank 29th in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 2.52 goals per game.

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Afternoon Line- Marc Bergevin

via Montreal's Twitter account,

“Today, we’re in a tough situation, but we haven’t lost hope. We haven’t thrown in the towel, but we for sure have a lot of work to do.” -Marc Bergevin

“There are certainly some players who did not live up to the organization’s expectations, nor their own.”

“Have I made mistakes? Yes. Have I done some good things? Yes. But that’s the reality for a general manager. But I’m proud of what we’ve done.”

“I believe [making the playoffs] is possible, but a lot of things have to change. There are times where I’ve seen them capable of doing it.”

“Jonathan Drouin has had some good stretches at center, and he’s had some stretches that have been more difficult. When I say that some players have needed more consistency, he’s a part of that.

“I’m a fighter, and I’ve heard my coaches and players say the same thing. We’re going to keep fighting until the end.”

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Marc Bergevin Must Go Now

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

Yes, Bergevin has made one bad trade after another. Yes, he somehow dumped all of his defencemen over the summer. Yes, he tarnishes the once classy organization by constantly trash-talking his players. But the real reason he has to be considered a failure as a GM is the fact that he has done nothing to address the team’s most important problem, the lack of strength down the middle. They might well have the worst centres in the league, led by a number-one “centre”, Drouin, who is not a centre.

Other teams somehow deal for centres. The Predators recently nabbed Kyle Turris. St. Louis picked up Brayden Schenn. It can be done. But instead Bergevin whines about how hard it is to get a good centre.

But the real reason Geoff Molson has to bite the bullet and give Bergevin his walking papers is because the time has come to radically reinvent this team and given his track record, the last guy you want helming that re-invention is Bergevin. Mark my words: If he does trade Pacioretty, he’ll make a bad trade. You can’t let this man do any more damage to our hockey team.

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Losing Streak Hits Five For The Montreal Canadiens After A 4-1 Loss To The San Jose Sharks

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

They lost because they didn’t compete hard enough.

Defenceman Jeff Petry said the team’s shortcomings were discussed in a players-only meeting after the loss.

“Guys in here, we had a little talk,” Petry said. “Obviously, we weren’t good enough tonight and we had to clear some things up.”

When asked what had to change, Petry said: “I think our compete level … definitely tonight wasn’t good enough. It just seems like we’re playing an easy game right now, making it easy on opponents. I don’t know if it’s just mental lapses from our structure or just wanting to do our own thing, but it’s definitely not working and it’s becoming more and more apparent.”

The Canadiens have scored only four goals in their five-game skid and Tuesday’s goal came on a 5-on-3 power play.

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No Explanation For The Latest Loss By The Montreal Canadiens

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Not surprisingly, Max Pacioretty was swarmed by the media when the Canadiens’ locker room opened up after Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers.

Pacioretty had just completed an entire month without scoring a single goal. The captain’s last goal came on Nov. 30 in a 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. In the 12 games since then, his hat-trick has been zip, nada, zilch.

While Pacioretty was staring into the bright TV lights and trying yet again to come up with words to explain his scoring futility — he has one goal in the last 21 games — defenceman Jordie Benn was sitting alone in his stall, a man who appeared lost in thought and his beard.

“There’s no words to explain it,” Benn said about the Canadiens’ four-game losing streak — during which they have scored only three goals — while Pacioretty kept talking a few feet away. “I don’t know … that’s all I got. I got no idea.”

“I think everybody in here’s pretty pissed off at this point,” Benn added. “If you weren’t pissed off before, there’s something wrong with you. Obviously, any athlete in any league hates losing. Obviously, we want to win for our fans and win for our team and it’s an honour to put this jersey on. We’re sick of it now.”

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Habs’ Season Fading Away

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

It won’t take much more of this for Marc Bergevin to realize his Montreal Canadiens don’t have what it takes to be a playoff team....

It has to be most disconcerting for Bergevin to see that the Canadiens’ top players aren’t generating the chances needed to bust out offensively....

Captain Max Pacioretty, who came into the game with zero goals in his last 10 and one in his last 19, recorded one measly shot on net. Second leading goal scorer Paul Byron failed to record one. And Tomas Plekanec, who came into the action with one goal in his last 23 games, didn’t even register an attempt.

You know Jonathan Drouin, playing against his former team for the first time, wanted this one badly. But he never got close enough to Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to make a difference.

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Jonathan Drouin Returns To Tampa

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

Jonathan Drouin returns to Tampa Bay on Thursday for the first time since last summer’s trade.

How will Lightning fans treat him?

Boos and jeers for a player who was as enigmatic as he was talented during his brief time in Tampa Bay?

Or whistles and cheers for a player who gave fans plenty of thrills and chills during those three seasons?...

My prediction: No boos. No cheers. No nothing.

More like a shrug and a ho-hum.

What we all thought was going to be the most anticipated regular-season game of the year is just another Thursday night for the best team in the NHL.

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Goaltending An Issue For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

It’s not forward Brock Boeser the Canucks need most, it’s goalie Roberto Luongo. A couple of defencemen like Mattias Ohlund and Ed Jovanovski wouldn’t hurt, either.

The Canucks’ 7-5 loss to the Canadiens actually represented a far better effort than Vancouver showed in 7-1 and 6-1 losses the last week against the Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames, but their goaltending and defensive play aren’t giving them a hope of winning.

The Canucks have surrendered 36 goals in the seven games they’ve played since top centre Bo Horvat left the lineup with a broken foot on Dec. 5. No wonder the team is 1-6 since then and base jumping towards the bottom of the National Hockey League’s Western Conference standings.

Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson, who appears to be duelling with Jacob Markstrom to see who’s No. 2, was beaten six times on 31 shots by the Canadiens.

Yes, there were another pile of outnumbered rushes presented by the Canucks, but that kind of save rate (.806) doesn’t win anything. It doesn’t keep you in professional hockey if it persists for long.

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Shea Weber Out With Foot Injury

via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens will be without defenceman Shea Weber for the foreseeable future.

“Shea has a problem with his foot that’s not getting better,” coach Claude Julien said after the Canadiens practised Monday morning at Rogers Arena. “We’re sending him back to Montreal so our doctors can take a look at him.”

It’s the same problem that forced Weber to miss six games last month. He hasn’t practised on a regular basis since returning to the lineup and Julien said it was obvious that the injury was affecting his play. 

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