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Moving Forward In Montreal

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Rebuild, retool or reset?

“The choice of words is not important,” said Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes during his introductory news conference on Wednesday. “I want to establish a plan that will allow us to compete every year.”

It was a very diplomatic — if not vague — answer. But it was also the correct answer.

Whatever you want to call it, the Montreal Canadiens are headed for a transformation. How big of a transformation will depend on whether Carey Price agrees to be traded, whether the lottery balls fall in their favour at the next two NHL Entry Drafts, and whether a young core that includes Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield and Alexander Romanov can take a huge step forward after taking a step backwards.

As we saw last year, when the Habs went on an incredible run to the Stanley Cup final, there’s a lot that can go right and help speed things up. But, as evidenced by the team’s plummet to the bottom of the overall standings, there’s even more that can possibly go wrong and slow it down.

“I think there are some really interesting pieces here in Montreal that can be built around,” said Hughes. “There’s a different set of players. We have young, exciting players, whether it be a Suzuki or a Caufield. And we have more established, older veteran players.

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The New GM In Montreal Is Kent Hughes

MONTREAL -- Geoff Molson, owner, president and CEO of Groupe CH, announced on Tuesday the appointment of Kent Hughes as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Hughes signed a five-year contract with the team.

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Another Bad Day For The Montreal Canadiens

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

If there was any doubt the Canadiens are the worst team in the NHL, it was erased Monday when the Arizona Coyotes, the second-worst in the NHL, defeated the Canadiens 5-2 in a Martin Luther King Day matinée at Gila River Arena.

The Coyotes scored the first two goals of the game and the Canadiens never came closer than a single goal as their winless streak extended to six games (0-4-2). The loss dropped Montreal’s record to 7-25-5 with a 2-15-4 record on the road. They are last in the Atlantic Division and last overall.

Arizona is only a shade better with a 9-24-4 record, last in the Pacific DivisIon....

hortly before the puck drop, TSN reported that Price met with his doctors and he’s back to square one in his recovery from knee surgery.

Price had surgery to repair a torn meniscus during the off-season. It’s a relatively minor procedure and there were hopes that he would be ready for the start of training camp. He was not only not ready but his rehab was set back when he entered the NHL players assistance program prior to the start of the season. He spent 30 days in the program to deal with substance use.

He has made an occasional appearances on the ice over the past two months but he has been spotted in full goalie gear only twice.

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Video- Chris Wideman Suspended One Game

NEW YORK (Jan. 13, 2022) – Montreal Canadiens defenseman Chris Wideman has been suspended for one game, without pay, for head-butting Boston Bruins forward Erik Haula during NHL Game No. 1000 in Boston on Wednesday, Jan. 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 6:57 of the third period. Wideman was assessed a minor penalty for roughing as well as a minor penalty unsportsmanlike conduct.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Wideman will forfeit $3,750.00. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


Watch the incident below.

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The Patrick Roy Talk In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

A pal asked me this week how I keep interested during this Canadiens season from hell in which the team is destined to finish near the bottom of the National Hockey League standings.

I said it’s easy. It’s just that the drama isn’t on the ice, it’s behind the scenes and, oh my, is it popping.

Let’s start with the top story, which is recently-appointed executive vice-president of hockey operations Jeff Gorton’s search for a general manager to replace Marc Bergevin. The most buzzed-about potential candidate is, in my view, the one least likely to get the job.

That would be former Habs goaltending great Patrick Roy. Late last week, I was on Tony Marinaro’s podcast and we were both saying how surprised we were that the Canadiens hadn’t even bothered to do even one interview with Casseau. During the weekend, news broke that the controversial star had in fact been interviewed by the team’s brass last week and yet during a news conference Thursday, he denied he’d been interviewed.

When he finally fessed up, he told Renaud Lavoie from TVA Sports that he’d fibbed because he wasn’t sure he was allowed to go public with the info.

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Carey Price Could Be A Fit For The Edmonton Oilers

from Michael Traikos at the Calgary Herald,

What's up hockey fans …

First, a disclaimer: I don't think Carey Price will get traded to the Edmonton Oilers before the April 12 deadline. Honestly, I'd be shocked if he goes anywhere before the summer.

The contract is simply too massive to move in-season. Finding a team that can take on his $10.5-million salary — or send back the necessary pieces in order to match — is next to impossible. Even if you could do it, there's the fact that Price hasn't played since Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final that should scare away any potential bidders.

That being said, I'm not ruling it out completely.

After all, something needs to be done in Edmonton. Something bigger than juggling the lines or changing the head coach.

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Not The Right Time To Hire Patrick Roy In Montreal

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazzete,

You know the story. How Roy, facing the Detroit Red Wings at the Forum, gave up five goals on 17 shots in the first period. How petulant head coach Mario Tremblay (looking to humiliate his superstar in the latest chapter of their personal feud) left Roy in until he had given up nine goals before replacing him with Pat Jablonski. How Roy came off the ice and marched straight to team president Ronald Corey behind the Canadiens’ bench to declare that he had played his last game for Montreal. Four days later, on a tragic anniversary of a very different sort, Roy was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.

If there was a moment that marked the definitive end of the Canadiens’ dynasty, that was it. Ever since, it seems, we have been waiting for the return of Roy the saviour — and it seems we’re still waiting....

Asked about Roy at his presser, Gorton replied: “I’ve heard of him, yes.”

Gorton will need that sense of humour, because he will keep hearing of Roy. The one-time superstar made sure of that with a bit of unseemly public campaigning for the GM’s job.

“Since 1993, the team has been running in circles,” Roy said. “What do they have to lose by giving me a chance and seeing what I can do with this club?”

The short answer is: They have everything to lose. Roy is Roy. He is the greatest money goaltender who ever played the game. He is also incandescent, mercurial, hot-tempered, arrogant, abrasive, impatient, impetuous and impossible.

I have nothing but respect and affection for Roy. He is quick-witted and often brilliant. He offers something beyond the usual clichés. Once this team is ready to compete, I would consider Roy for the coaching job. His fiery temperament and ability to think outside the box could turn around an underachieving contender — but this is not the time.

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The Hammer Falls In Montreal

MONTREAL - Geoff Molson, Owner, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Club de hockey Canadien, has announced that Marc Bergevin, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Trevor Timmins, Assistant General Manager, as well as Paul Wilson, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, have been relieved of their respective functions, effective immediately.


 

 

added 3:56pm, Statement from Marc Bergevin is below.

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Changes Needed In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

After Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to the Capitals in Washington, the Canadiens are sitting in 30th place in the overall NHL standings with a 5-14-2 record, two points ahead of the Arizona Coyotes (4-14-2) and three points ahead of the last-place Ottawa Senators (4-12-1). The Coyotes hold one game in hand and the Senators have four games in hand. The expansion Seattle Kraken (6-12-1) are one point ahead of the Canadiens and hold two games in hand.

The Canadiens are on pace to finish the season with 47 points, less than half what it will probably take to reach the playoffs. They have been outscored 70-24 in their 16 losses, allowing five goals or more nine times, and have scored more than two goals only six times.

This team is a total mess and something has to happen.

The first thing is that Molson has to sign Bergevin to a contract extension or announce that his GM won’t be back and that he’s searching for a new one. In a perfect world, that new GM would be in place before the NHL trade deadline on March 21. Bergevin shouldn’t be allowed to make any moves if he’s not going to be back. Let the new guy have control over fixing this mess.

“There isn’t a clear-cut plan,” Craig Button, TSN’s director of scouting, said about the Canadiens after Wednesday’s game.

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At This Point A Forgettable Season For The Montreal Canadiens

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Are Canadiens fans ready for another 63 games of this?

That’s a question many must be asking themselves — if they’re still watching the games — as this road-to-nowhere season continues.

The Canadiens have a 4-13-2 record heading into Saturday’s game at the Bell Centre against the Nashville Predators (7 p.m., SNE, CITY, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM) and have been outscored 67-38, scoring an average of only two goals per game.

The Canadiens are bad and boring.

Make that very bad, and memories of last season’s journey to the Stanley Cup final have already faded away, seeming like it was years ago....

The Canadiens often look lost and confused in the defensive zone and have big problems hitting the net in the offensive zone.

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