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Video- Patrick Roy’s Last Game For The Montreal Canadiens

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Take a look back to December 2, 1995, a day that would forever alter the paths of Patrick Roy, the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche.


Below, catch the highlights from Roy's last game for the Habs.

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Topics Still Unresolved

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

As we await further news on what a 2020-21 season might bring, here are some other unresolved storylines that will rise to the top again at a later date.

In any normal season the unrestricted free-agent class would be mostly bare this long after the market opened, but for many reasons there are still a handful serviceable and impactful players available to sign.

Because of the flat cap at $81.5 million, 16 NHL teams are either over the regular-season ceiling or within $2 million of it. Because of those tight squeezes, other players could still be available at a discount via trade, which is another market for teams who hold cap space to target....

While there are some solid players still available on the UFA market, the remaining unsigned RFAs has the better pool of players at the top. If ever there was an off-season for a competitive offer sheet to put a team in a bind this is it, and it's telling we've yet to see one.

Some RFAs do take this long to sign in normal circumstances — Brayden Point, for instance, didn't re-up with the Lightning until late September last year....

more on the two topics above plus additional points...

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Will The Toronto Maple Leafs Develop An Urgency To Their Game?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Under Dubas, the Leafs have become a data-driven organization and they’ve also accumulated some playoff scars.

Intellectually, the general manager who celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday is a patient, process-driven man. But after watching his team fail to win a playoff series in each of the last four years, he’s spent this unusual off-season reflecting on urgency.

He didn’t see nearly enough of that in the August return-to-play qualifier against Columbus where he felt the team’s talent should have allowed it to dictate terms. In Game 1 and the deciding Game 5 of that series, he thought the Leafs felt things out too much. It’s a trend he traced back to aspects of the consecutive first-round losses to Boston that came before it, too.

“We were on our heels and waiting to see what would happen in the game, rather than going out and attacking the opportunity,” said Dubas, speaking with Ron MacLean as part of the Leafs' annual coaches clinic.

“I think part of it is maturity, I think part of it is experience, but I think both of those things go into mindset and what the mindset of the group is,” he added. “We have to stop waiting. We’re waiting for our potential just to happen and we have to start going out and exercising that and making it happen and forcing the other teams to respond to us.”

This has already been communicated to players.


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Morning Line- Jim Kelley

"Well, Dom was certifiably crazy, but he's a goalie so we excuse that. And he got so upset that night that he ruined a perfectly good shirt. But he might be the greatest player at his position in the history of the game and he was the hardest-working player I've ever seen. There's your vote."

-the late Jim Kelley.  Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News has more on Jim Kelley.

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Videos- The Boston Gardens In Table Hockey Form

from Darcy Seaton of CTV News,

Trent Buhler is crazy about his Boston Bruins… and a fan of old sports venues.

“I’ve been to some of the old greats but I never actually got to Boston until it was gone,” said Buhler.

That led to a project he started more than two years ago.

Buhler decided to turn a table hockey game into a replica of one the NHL’s most famous arenas – the iconic Boston Garden.

“It borders on insanity for sure but it's definitely a labour of love,” said Buhler,” I basically looked at a lot of photos and watched a lot of game footage and pulled stuff that I remembered and recognized.”


Below, watch the accompanying video from CTV and also a more in-depth video with Buhler

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Mikhail Sergachev Signs A Three-Year Deal With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Mikhail Sergachev to a three-year contract worth $4.8-million AAV, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Sergachev, 22, skated in 70 games with the Lightning during the 2019-20 regular season, posting 10 goals and 34 points to go along with 58 penalty minutes. His 10 goals were a career high and ranked second on the team among defensemen. Sergachev also ranked first among all Lightning defensemen for power play goals with five. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound defenseman averaged 20:22 time on ice per game, ranking third on the team.

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The Life Of Fred Sasakamoose

via TSN,

Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous players in the NHL's history, has died after battling a presumed case of COVID-19. He was 86. Sasakamoose played 11 games with the Blackhawks in 1953-54 and had a storied junior career with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Western Canadian Junior Hockey League.

Watch The life and legacy of Fred Sasakamoose at TSN.

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A Not So Good COVID Update

from Sportsnet,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have had several players test positive for COVID-19, the team confirmed in a statement provided to Sportsnet.

“The Blue Jackets had several players recently test positive for the COVID-19 virus. Those players immediately began to quarantine and the club closed its off-ice facilities at Nationwide Arena beginning the week of November 16," the Blue Jackets' statement reads.

"No voluntary workouts were scheduled this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The organization has and will continue to follow all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of our players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies."

The news comes one day after the Vegas Golden Knights confirmed four of their players had tested positive for COVID-19 as well.


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A ‘Real’ Trip For Daniel Carcillo

from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,

“It was the most amazing experience,” Carcillo says on the latest edition of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” set to debut at 9 p.m. CST Tuesday on HBO and HBO Max

Carcillo, who sued the NHL over his concussion-related injuries, is among the former athletes on the program extolling the benefits of psychedelic drugs in helping him cope with aftereffects of brain trauma.

The research in this area, correspondent David Scott notes, is “embryonic but intriguing.”

“Real Sports” opens its segment with Carcillo in the Peruvian jungle, where under supervision he would receive a potent hallucinogenic cocktail brewed from ayahuasca, a drug that’s illegal in much of the world.

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Stop The Parade Plans In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

The way hockey talk is going in Montreal, you’d think Les Boys had already won the Stanley Cup. This month, TVA Sports ran a piece with the headline: “Marc Bergevin hit a home run.” The headline was a quote from Canadiens goalie coach Stéphane Waite, who was talking about his boss’s decision to trade for Allen to serve as Carey Price’s backup.

First, only in Habs circles would someone describe the hiring of a backup goalie, who’d lost his job to a relatively inexperienced Jordan Binnington, as a home run. It’s a good move to finally snare an NHL-quality No. 2 netminder to help out Price but, rather than go all hyperbolic on us, one might rather ask why it took Bergevin eight years to figure out Price merits a decent backup.

But we keep hearing people talking about Bergevin’s home run of an off-season. The Athletic recently did a survey of Habs fans and their enthusiasm was off the charts. In spring, with our heroes in 24th place in Gary Bettman’s league, only 37.8 per cent of respondents felt the 2020-21 Canadiens would be a playoff team. Fast forward eight months and now 95.3 per cent of fans believe this season’s team will make the playoffs. Even more astonishing is a good chunk of those surveyed believe this team could win a Stanley Cup during the next five years, something few believed in spring.

I say give the Cup to the Habs marketing department. I mean did I forget to pick up the paper the day Bergevin signed Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and David Pastrnak?


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