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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
You can still see Ryan White sitting in the Canadiens’ penalty box wearing his goofy, gap-toothed grin, laughing heartily, a bag of ice on his knuckles, his wild mane flying in all directions, looking like he’d combed it with a pitchfork.
The missing tooth was his right incisor; it sacrificed itself to a puck during a 2010 Hamilton Bulldogs playoff game, White sliding to block a shot and effectively using his mouth to do it.
He says to this day that, every now and then, he “dusts off” the tooth that was made to fill the gap — but only for very special occasions.
Amid the big-name departures from the Canadiens at the opening of free agency on July 1, Ryan White slipped off the roster almost invisibly.
And that is unfair to this friendly 26-year-old plugger from the prairies, who gave heart and soul and at least one tooth to the Habs organization during 141 regular-season games and another 10 in the playoffs, spread over five seasons.
A restricted free agent, White was not given a qualifying offer by the Canadiens last Tuesday, the team cutting him loose to sign with any club that might be interested.
Brendan Shanahan explains the illegal check to the head.
The penalties and a 2nd video with different angles can be seen below the first video.
Another solid weekend for the Habs saw them take 3 of a possible 4 points. Max Pacioretty continues to impress, and Carey Price continues to make big saves. A few Monday evening observations:
1) The late period goal continues to be the Habs’ Achilles heel. Anaheim scored to make it 3-1 with less than a minute to go in the second period on Saturday, the umpteenth time this has happened in 10-11. Surely I’m not the only one noticing this, am I?
As you’ve probably already read, the Canadiens trimmed their roster one final time yesterday, and two players who had excellent camps were sent to Hamilton. Ryan White and Alex Henry both head to the Bulldogs, along with Curtis Sanford, Ben Maxwell and Yannick Weber.
Many Habs fans, including myself, are especially frustrated by the demotion of White. He had an excellent camp, scoring goals, setting up his teammates and establishing himself as an imposing checking forward. He is exactly what the Canadiens have lacked for years on their 3rd line, a 2010 Shayne Corson-esque player, willing to plant himself in front of the net, take his whacks, and stand up for his teammates when necessary.
However, consider for a moment that Pierre Gauthier and Jacques Martin may have made a great decision.
Jacques Martin addressed the media this morning and advised that cuts are to come later today, before the 3 pm NHL deadline. He and GM Pierre Gauthier are still be weighing options ahead of tomorrow’s season opener versus Toronto. The decisions on who stays and who goes have become a bit more difficult due to injuries and illness.
As per the always informative Habsinsideout, Goaltender Carey Price has come down with the flu, and if he is unable to start expect to see Alex Auld between the pipes. Roman Hamrlik has also been ruled out for tomorrow’s game.
The Canadiens didn’t look great last night against the Buffalo Sabres, a team that only landed in Montreal two hours before the game and still managed to outplay the Habs.
Alex Auld looked weak on a few goals, giving up five along the way. The Habs responded three times, including a rare goal by Ryan O’Byrne. Mathieu Darche and Tom Pyatt rounded out the scoring for the Canadiens.
Too many cooks?
Not only did the Habs keep a lot of players late into camp, some are starting to question the number of veterans they’ve signed.
The Habs looked good on Monday night, putting on an offensive show in a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Some veterans, Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec especially, seem to be rounding into form fairly quickly. Lars Eller? Not as fast - but remember, he was injured for two weeks, so his conditioning is likely not yet where it should be.
Then there’s Ryan White.
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.
Game four of the pre-season saw the Canadiens win 4-3 and even their record at 2-2, as a Koivu and Brunette-less Minnesota Wild were held to a meager fourteen shots by a stifling Canadiens defence.
The Habs dominated most this game, holding a shot advantage of 22-5 through the second period. Alex Auld played the entire game, looking good for most of it despite a lack of action and the .786 SVP on the night. Without question, the prettiest goal of the game was scored by Minnesota’s Justin Falk, who capped an impressive end to end rush by splitting the defence and beating Auld to his right.
For the Habs, Dustin Boyd stood out, playing an effective two-way game while scoring a goal for the second game in a row. Boyd stands out for his effort, which is consistent shift to shift, and the energy and poise he brings to the bottom six. If this brand of play continues, Canadiens fans will very soon forget the name Sergei Kostitsyn.