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What’s Wrong With The Montreal Canadiens

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Shea Weber has been everything he’s supposed to be, a tower of power, an intimidating force, a leader. The problem is that on defence, the drop-off in talent after Weber is spectacular. The Canadiens this season could have had a Big Three of Weber, Andrei Markov and Mikhail Sergachev. Instead, it’s Weber, Kneel and Pray.

Whatever the approach was that Bergevin took to signing Markov and Alexander Radulov, it resulted in the CH losing both players: Bergevin, with $8.5 million left in the kitty, came up a day late and a dollar short. Markov went back to Russia to play for Kazan, and Radulov signed with Dallas.

Up front, that meant the Canadiens lost size, muscle and scoring ability. An undersized crew of forwards seems even smaller without the bull-like Radulov out there breathing fire and daring opposing defencemen to try to move him off the puck. The only remaining forward with any size, Max Pacioretty, plays like he’s 5-foot-6 and 135 pounds. The Canadiens lead the league with 36.6 shots per game but rank next-to-last in goals per game, because only Brendan Gallagher, Andrew Shaw and Paul Byron drive the net.

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The Bad Habs

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

How bad are your Montreal Canadiens?

Frederik Andersen’s 32-save shutout was the fourth time a goose egg has been hung on them this season.

Home cooking?

More like home yakking: Three of the shutouts have occurred at the Bell Centre.

On four other occasions, the Canadiens have been held to one goal.

And there are 61 games to go.

This, folks, is the most impotent scoring team in the NHL.

They are punchless. They are boring.

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Game highlights of the 6-0 Toronto win can be watched below...

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Video- HNIC Opening Toronto/Montreal

A piece of history.


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P.K. Subban Still Cannot Explain The Trade

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

On the phone from Nashville, Subban says he has no idea why he is no longer playing for the team he grew up loving as a kid in Toronto, adding it’s up to Habs management to explain themselves.

“It’s just hilarious when people ask me the question, ‘Why do you think you were traded?’,” Subban says after a recent practice at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

“You know what? Let’s get a panel. We can get (Montreal Canadiens president and co-owner) Geoff Molson, we can get Marc Bergevin, we can get (former Habs coach) Michel Therrien. We can get the whole front office and we can just throw those questions at them.

“The reality is that I didn’t ask to be traded. I don’t know. I never got an explanation for it.

“When you think about it, I think it was two years before, we had a great team, put on a great run (in the 2014 playoffs) and I thought a lot of those pieces were still there for us to do it again. But for whatever reason, that was not just part of the plan any more.

“I can’t explain it. I can only make the best of the situation I’m put in.”


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Video- Claude Julien After The Montreal Canadiens Suffer A Home Loss To The Arizona Coyotes

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette has the recap on the Arizona Coyotes 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadians and Claude Julien basically wraps it up in 30 seconds.



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More Rest For Carey Price



added 11:55am, Watch Price talk about his recovery below...

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Carey Price Struggles Again

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

It was 10 seconds of action that made you wonder who the guy wearing No. 31 for the Montreal Canadiens was.

He didn’t bear even the slightest resemblance to Carey Price, the consensus best goaltender in the world. Granted, he looked a bit like the Price we’ve seen in the early part of this season—the guy who came into Thursday’s 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild with numbers unbecoming of an average goaltender, let those of a terrible one.

Before Price and the Canadiens flew to Minnesota he was asked about his .883 save percentage and his 3.64 goals against average.

“I don’t feel like statistics mean much going into any particular game,” he said. “It’s all about the way you feel and the way you prepare for each game.”


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Questioning The Compete Level Of The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

There are words that raise red flags around hockey teams that are struggling, phrases like the lack of “energy” and “compete” and “battle level.”

All of them were uttered inside the Rangers’ locker room and by their coach after one more disheartening loss in an opening month chock full of them, this being a 5-4 defeat to the equally struggling Canadiens on Saturday night at Bell Center.

“When someone questions your effort level and compete, it’s not a good feeling,” captain Ryan McDonagh said. “You want to prove it to yourself and prove it as a group that that’s not what we’re about, that’s not acceptable, that’s not who we are.”

But now at 3-7-2, it is at the very least who the Rangers have been. They might be trying to focus on some of the positives that have been there, but they are not delusional in their situation — especially coach Alain Vigneault, who knows how this start reflects on him.

“We’re 3-7-2, that’s alarming to me right now,” Vigneault said. “We need to obviously play better than we have.”


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Marc Bergevin In The Spotlight In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

General manager Marc Bergevin said this week the answer to the Canadiens’ problems is in the locker room.

Maybe if the GM looks around the room long enough he can find the roughly $8.5 million in salary-cap money he didn’t spend this summer to help improve his team.

It’s hard to believe the NHL’s second-most valuable franchise with a record 24 Stanley Cups — the Canadiens were evaluated at $1.12 billion last year by Forbes, trailing only the New York Rangers at $1.25 billion — wouldn’t spend close to the $75-million cap limit. But that didn’t happen after Bergevin failed to re-sign free-agents Andrei Markov and Alexander Radulov this summer and didn’t seem to have a Plan B in place. Or at least not one that would work.

Bergevin said he “kicked tires” on a lot of free agents this summer and made some “really, really good offers,” but the players decided they didn’t want to come to Montreal “for whatever reason.” That left the dapper GM with a lot of money sitting in his pockets.


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Carey Price Hears Boos During Habs 4-0 Loss To The LA Kings

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

It’s been pretty rough for the franchise goaltender in the early going of this season, with the Canadiens stumbling out to their worst start to a season since WWII was in full swing; since the Chatanooga Choo Choo topped the charts; since Casablanca was playing in movie theatres; since…okay, you get the point. It’s rough and Price’s big contract—signed this past July—is still nearly a full calendar year away from kicking in.

It was particularly rough for Price on Thursday night, when he was mock-cheered with nearly 20 minutes remaining in a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings....

Thursday marked the fifth time this season Price allowed at least four goals. He was handcuffed on the first one from Kings forward Andrian Kempe, beat clean on the second one just 11 seconds later, beat clean by a tremendous shot from Kings captain Anze Kopitar and left shaking his head on Kurtis MacDermid’s shot, which was tipped by Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw some 50 feet away from his net.

Did Price hear the taunts that came shortly after?

"Sure," he said. "I don’t have anything to say about it. It’s been done before, it’ll be done again."


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