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Patience Requested In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

In his speech to the Canadian Club on Monday, Montreal Canadiens owner and CEO Geoff Molson said “patience is a virtue.”

But Habs fans are not known as the most patient people in the world and even some of the team’s star players, notably goalie Carey Price, have been grumbling that they are impatiently awaiting a Canadiens Stanley Cup run. Molson said after the speech that it is a bit of a high-wire act for the team.

“For sure patience is important,” Molson said. “But when we’re patient and we start rebuilding enthusiasm (about the team), a moment comes when it’s time to perform. And I think if you ask any player in the dressing room, not just Carey Price, they all want to perform right now. Whether they’re young players or veterans, that’s important every year.”...

“I think we start every season with the hope that we’ll make the playoffs,” Molson said. “We divide this into several stages, as you’ve heard many times. … What we have to do is start the season well and then we’ll build on that. But for sure everyone on the team wants to make the playoffs.”

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All Geoff Molson

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

How has ownership of the Canadiens impacted you personally, and what drives you every day?

"I put my heart and soul into this every single day of my life. I want to be successful. Not only for myself, but for the fans. I know how amazing it's going to be when we reach the 25th Stanley Cup. I lived it many times in my youth but it's been a long time. A very long time.

"It is hard for me to have not accomplished it yet, but at the same time, over the course of these 10 years I've learned that no longer can you buy a Stanley Cup. You need to build. You need patience, to be able to accept that it's going to be tough and that what you do might or might not lead to greatness. That uncertainty is hard because you want to deliver No. 25 to your fans. There are no guarantees at all. Look what happened this year -- the best team in the League (Tampa Bay Lightning) was swept in the first round (by the Blue Jackets). Imagine if that happened in Montreal?

"The sentiment I hear and feel now from fans, and obviously I see them all the time and I'm not shy to talk to anybody, is very positive. They're really pleased with the changes that have been made and excited about this coming season and the future. It's a good place to be."

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Geoff Molson And John Ledecky On Their Teams


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Below, watch Jon Ledecky, co-owner of the New York Islanders with a brief statement.

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Geoff Molson Satisfied With The Moves The Montreal Canadiens Made

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

After finishing with the best record in the Atlantic Division last season, the Canadiens underwent some significant changes during the off-season.

Three of the top-six defenceman are gone and so is winger Alex Radulov, while the newcomers include Jonathan Drouin, who is being counted on to provide a needed boost on offence.

It will take a while to properly assess the changes, but team president Geoff Molson said he’s satisfied with general manager Marc Bergevin’s off-season machinations.

“I think Marc did a nice job with his signings and some of his transactions,” Molson said Thursday as he participated in the unveiling of Place Bell in Laval. “Obviously, losing a player like (Andrei) Markov after playing his full career with the Montreal Canadiens, it’s disappointing to see because he really is a true Montreal Canadien at heart. But I think he made his decision and he’s moving on and we’re going to overcome that loss. But we’re grateful for everything he gave to us.”


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Evening Line- Geoff Molson On The NHL And The Olympics

“There are some owners that are strongly against it, there are other ones that are on the fence, and there’s some that think it would be OK if we did it.

“It hasn’t reached a boiling point where everyone has to raise their hand and vote on it. But like I’ve always said, I think it’s important to give a star player a chance to represent their country and it’s a proud moment for them and I support that.”

-Geoff Molson, owner of the Montreal Canadiens.  Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette has more.

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Geoff Molson On The P.K. Subban Trade

from TSN,

While the city of Montreal is still buzzing from the aftershock of the P.K. Subban trade, Canadiens owner and president Geoff Molson is confident that the move will make the team better next season.

"P.K. was certainly a great player for our team," Molson explained to RDS at the team's AHL announcement in Laval on Monday. "But I think (GM) Marc (Bergevin) has done a very good job this summer to improve our team for next season with the arrival of new players."

Bergevin and the Canadiens made arguably the team's biggest trade in more than two decades, sending the Norris Trophy-winning defenceman and fan favourite to the Nashville Predators for star blueliner Shea Weber on June 29.

"Of course for Marc, this is a very difficult decision, but I support it 100 per cent," said Molson. 


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Videos- Life As An NHL Owner

via Sportsnet,

George Stroumboulopoulos sits down with Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson, Tampa Bay Lightning Chairman Jeff Vinik, and Executive Chairman of the Winnipeg Jets Mark Chipman about the stress that comes from being behind the scenes of a NHL team.



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Geoff Molson On Why The Ticket Prices Increased In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Canadiens owner Geoff Molson was asked about the price hikes when he attended coach Michel Therrien’s annual charity golf tournament on Tuesday at Club de Golf Le Mirage in Terrebonne.

“It’s been several years that we have not taken a price increase (in the upper bowl) … and the market dictated that it was time for us to do that,” Molson said. “We’re still pretty proud of the fact that we have thousands of tickets that are under $60 that are offered to our fans. And there aren’t very many arenas … sold-out arenas in North America that can offer that.”

One longtime season-ticket holder in the blues recently contacted the Montreal Gazette after learning his pair of tickets (located four rows from the roof at the Bell Centre) will cost $4,002.77 this season, up from $3,227.87 last year....

While speaking with the media at Therrien’s golf tournament, Molson said he was excited about his team heading into the 2015-16 season as the Canadiens look to end a Stanley Cup drought that has reached 22 years — and counting.

“I think we’ve made a couple of nice additions … one through trade (Zack Kassian from Vancouver in exchange for Brandon Prust) and one through signing (free-agent Alex Semin),” Molson said.

“I still believe we have a very young team, a team that has performed very well for the past few seasons. It’s one of the better teams in the East, so hopefully that will continue.”


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All Geoff Molson

from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out,

Here is my talk with Geoff Molson, edited only for clarity:

• If your team’s season ends in the next few days, after three rounds in the playoffs, would you classify it as a success?

A: Success comes in phases. During the regular season, there are periods when you want to be successful so you can make the playoffs. That’s Step 1. Once you make the playoffs, well, two of the four teams still playing had fewer points than us.

If we get to the Stanley Cup final, and if L.A. gets to the final, we’d have home-ice advantage. Once you make the playoffs, anything can happen. I’ve seen it twice in my short tenure here.

The way Marc is building this organization gives me more confidence. My definition of success is the confidence that we’re building one heck of an organization here. Building is the key word. Building and developing. (Three rounds in) 2010 was awesome. It was a great ride. People were falling in love with the team.

But we all sort of knew deep down inside that, even though it was amazing, it wasn’t really meant to happen. Our organization, the way it’s being built now, we’re going to be a team that’s going to be able to make the playoffs every year and it’s going to be less amazing if they do really well because it’s going to be a strong organization, strong with the people who are building it.


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Video- Montreal Canadiens Owner Geoff Molson On The CBA Negotiations

via CBC... A 7 1/2 minute interview which Molson discusses how the negotiations work from the NHL side and numerous other topics, with which he basically walks a fine line at times.  Make sure to watch the full interview.


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Geoff Molson On The Montreal Coaching Change

MONTREAL – Team owner, President and CEO of the Montreal Canadiens, Geoff Molson, made the following comments Monday on the head coaching change over the weekend.

“On Saturday, our general manager Pierre Gauthier made a coaching change and named Randy Cunneyworth interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens until the end of the 2011-12 season.

This important decision was made with the objective of giving the team a much-needed spark after disappointing results since the start of the 2011-12 season. We are responsible for providing our fans and partners with a winning team and believe that this move will contribute to improve the overall performance of our team and produce positive results this season. The action was taken to remedy the situation without further delay.

Randy Cunneyworth is a qualified and experienced coach who has earned the respect of the players and everyone within the organisation and he was ready to take over the responsibility of head coach. As Pierre Gauthier indicated, the head coaching position will be revaluated at the end of the season and, at that time the selection process will be carefully planned.

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Afternoon Line

The Montreal Canadiens organization does not agree with the decision taken yesterday by the National Hockey League. We can assure you that we have made our position clear to Commissioner Gary Bettman, and that he has agreed to make this issue a priority at the next General Manager’s meeting, which will be held in Florida on March 14-16. Pierre Gauthier, our General Manager, will be present at this meeting and has already expressed his wish to carry out, clearly, our message to his 29 counterparts and to the League.

Our organization believes that the players’ safety in hockey has become a major concern, and that this situation has reached a point of urgency. At risk are some of the greatest professional athletes in the world, our fan base and the health of our sport at all levels. Players’ safety in hockey must become the ultimate priority and the situation must be addressed immediately. As a proud father of three hockey players, I want to help create a healthy and safe experience for them, and I certainly never want any family to go through what the Pacioretty’s are experiencing at this moment.

-from a letter to the fans by Geoff Molson, Owner of the Montreal Canadiens.  Read more of the letter.

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Afternoon Line, Part 2

“We haven’t reached the ultimate, of where you walk into the building and you can sort of smell victory. But we’re a step closer to that this year than we were last year.”

-Geoff Molson, Owner of the Montreal Canadiens.  Read much more on the Molson family from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail.

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