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"I'm happy to finally be here, I'm excited to be back in the NHL.
"To be part of Montreal is huge. It's a hockey town and they always want to go on a run for the Cup and that's the main reason I chose Montreal."
-Alexander Radulove of the Montreal Canadiens. The CP at TSN has a bit more.
“I hear a lot of bad things about Michel Therrien, obviously, being a fan of Montreal I still read some of the stuff and see it on TV. That’s really disappointing to hear because I have nothing but good things to say about him. From a guy like me, I had to grind and fight my way to get into the league and when I got there he could have just thought that about me and never gave me an opportunity. But from the day I got there, he said: ‘You know what, this is a good opportunity for you. Show me what you can do. I’m not looking into your past, I want to see what you can do in the future. We believe in you.’ So just from a personal standpoint, obviously, I have wonderful things to say about Michel Therrien.
-Dale Weise of the Philadelphia Flyers on Montreal head coach Michel Therrien. Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette has more from Weise.
from Alexei Shevchenko of Sport-Express (roughly translated),
- During the negotiations have "sent" to several NHL clubs.What news was true?
- Me was interested in five or six teams. Communicate with many, but the most realistic, perhaps, were the "Detroit" and "Florida". Then the negotiations with "New Jersey" were held.We can not say that we have already thoroughly discussed the move, but these clubs have expressed interest.
- That is, they call you?
- No, all negotiations have been at a time when I was leaving immediately after the playoffs. That's why I do not hide who talked with me. We had agreed that after the final series for the Gagarin Cup, I come to talk. Phone phone, but personal communication is much more important.
- Oh, that after the departure of the playoffs.
- NHL could understand. They wanted to see me, to talk personally. I have not played in North America, has changed. Everyone was trying to figure out how I personally very interested in playing overseas. I think that for "Montreal" it was a defining moment. General manager of the club believed.
continued (translated) and other topics discussed...
Shea Weber describes the feeling of putting the Canadiens jersey on for the first time, is not worried about replacing P.K. Subban, and says he’s so excited to play in front of the Montreal fans every night.
Canadiens head coach discusses the Subban for Weber trade, saying there were no issues with P.K., but in the end, you can't pass on the chance to land Shea.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Despite promising not to, P.K. Subban couldn’t resist taking a few shots at Canadiens’ management and coaching staff at Monday night’s final Just For Laughs gala.
“I’ve got some jokes and I’ve been working with some writers,” the former Canadien said during a Monday morning news conference about the P.K. Subban All-Star Comedy Gala at Place des Arts as he sported a limited-edition Just For Laughs “Subban” hockey jersey. “But if you’re expecting me to bash my (former) teammates or the management, it’s not going to happen.”
But once the flamboyant defenceman hit the stage in front of a rapturous crowd, it seems he couldn’t quite help himself. Among other jabs on the night, Subban dedicated a couple of cheeky country and western songs: Take This Job and Shove It was aimed at general manager Marc Bergevin and Good Luck with That was sent to his former teammates trying to win the Stanley Cup under head coach Michel Therrien’s system.
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
It does seem strange that the player the Canadiens acquired in their biggest deal since sending Patrick Roy to Colorado in 1995 still hasn’t come to Montreal to don a Canadiens jersey, pose for photos and meet with the media. But there have been a lot of strange things with the Canadiens since the club started to fall apart last season, including the mysterious Carey Price injury, the John Scott trade and the foxhole GM Marc Bergevin has built with coach Michel Therrien.
However, Weber’s agent insists there’s nothing strange about Weber not coming to Montreal yet. Jarrett Bousquet says it’s simply a case of scheduling and the fact Weber spends the summer in Kelowna, B.C.
“His initial reaction (to the trade) was there was a pause and a little bit of shock,” Bousquet said during a phone interview Monday. “And then when he realized it was true, he was pretty excited. Obviously, now he’s extremely excited being back in Canada and the pieces that they’ve put together. And he knows Carey Price from B.C. and the Olympics and whatnot, so I know he’s very excited now.”
"I wish P.K. only the best and good luck with his new team. "P.K. is a great person, a great guy, a great hockey player. He's just enjoying his life, having fun. You have to know the kind of person and player he is.
"It's not always easy playing with him, but I had lots of fun doing so. And I probably learned some new things from him."
"I don't know [Weber] personally but his numbers and the way he plays prove he's one of the top defensemen in the league, and everybody knows that. He's been a captain in the NHL for many years and he's going to bring a different style of game and leadership to our team. I'm looking forward to that.
"The changes? Who cares about my opinion? I'm going to keep it [to myself]. Management knows what they're doing. I'm 100 percent sure that they're not making any moves to hurt our team. They only want to make us better."
Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens. Read more on Markov from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com.
from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,
The real question is whether the Canadiens are a better team now than they were at the end of this disastrous season. I spoke to my buddy Simon Boisvert – a filmmaker and former QMJHL scout – and his take on the new-look Habs is that this is an “all-in” edition, as in Bergevin wants to win in the next year or two.
But Boisvert calls it a “semi all-in” because the team still doesn’t have the roster to compete with the best teams in the league.
We agreed that presumably the first line next season will be Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk, which I suggested is a decent first line but hardly spectacular.
“It’s a second line at best on a championship-winning team,” said Boisvert. “But it’s not a top line on a championship team.”
Then the next line has to be Tomas Plekanec at centre, Radulov on the wing along with maybe Sven Andrighetto. The plus is you presumably have new pick-up Andrew Shaw on the third line.
“So your first line is actually a second line and your second line is actually a third line,” said Boisvert. “Then you have two fourth lines.”
from Josh Lile at WFAA,
The discussion that will never die keeps…not dying. This time we can blame Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens for lighting the cigarette near the gas leak by trading P.K. Subban for the probably washed up Shea Weber. (Special shout out to the man who traded Tyler Seguin for also trading Taylor Hall at almost the exact same time. What a stroke of good fortune for Peter Chiarelli.)
Today’s choose-your-own-adventure is built around the word “culture.” Culture is important. Culture isn’t important. Maybe culture is important, but overrated. You can’t measure culture, so leave the narrative-building to the neophytes. Narrative, analytics, culture, character, suffering, hammer, thumb, pain: the rabbit hole has no recognizable end point.
What do we actually know about culture?
We know culture as this mysterious “other” dimension that somehow dictates the inner-workings of major organizations. It’s often portrayed as something that just exists. “Hey the culture is here guys. Wait…you. You’re messing it up. Go away.” Culture is grossly oversimplified or misunderstood often, I think, largely because most people will never have to actively think about how to establish or tweak an environment for a large group of rotating people.
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