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The Montreal Canadiens cut four players in advance of Monday night’s game versus the Florida Panthers. Louis Leblanc, Jarred Tinordi, Alex Avstin and, perhaps surprisingly Aaron Palushaj, were all sent packing. More on that here:
Habs cuts continue (in French)
While three of these cuts were expected, I am genuinely sorry to see Palushaj already gone.
The Canadiens had a good first and it went south from there during Saturday night’s game against Ottawa. However, any worries are likely unnecessary, given that the Senators dressed a fairly NHL heavy lineup, while the Canadiens were a bit lighter on the talent side. Regardless, one would have hoped for a better showing from Carey Price after his game against the Bruins on Wednesday. Against Ottawa, Price again proved off, surrendering six goals on 30 shots. While some of these goals were not his fault (Jaroslav Spacek gets a nod here), and there were clearly defensive errors, Price still needs to stop the puck - you can’t win giving up six goals. But it is the pre-season, and many a team have come up empty in September only to blaze out of the gates in October.
Who’s impressed so far, and who’s a step behind?
Well that was ugly, to say the least. Carey Price let the first goal in at 1:33 on a Nathan Horton wrist shot, and the boos began. Thirty minutes into the game, he’d allowed four goals on ten shots - and that was all she wrote for Mr. Price. He left the ice to more than scattered boos from the Montreal crowd, and all of a sudden things aren’t so rosy after Montreal’s 2010 playoff run. Perhaps more telling than anything? Price did not make himself available to the media after the game
The Canadiens hit the ice tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins, in what promises to be a spirited affair as players try to earn Jacques Martin’s eye and thus a spot on the roster. Of note, Jarred Tinordi and Louis Leblanc make their debuts for Montreal, with the latter sure to get a response on par with the praise lauded on Gui Latandresse in his first game years ago. Jeff Halpern will also be donning the CH for the first time in his career, and Aaron Palushaj, acquired from St. Louis last season in exchange for Matt D’Agostini, gets the start up front after scoring four goals in an intrasquad game last week. Curtis Sanford and Carey Price will split the net.
A non Habs note: good for the OHL for scrapping the all star game this season. The only reason these exist in hockey is to make money.