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Pre-season thoughts and the Habs get underway
It's been a long summer, but Les Glorieux are gearing up for another run at number twenty five. A few quick thoughts as things get going: Max Pacioretty is a perfect fit as captain. Brendan Gallagher, PK Subban, or Tomas Plekanec could also have been a fit, but Max will…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 09/22/15 | Comments 0

Habs sign Alexander Semin
Bergy awakens. Habs sign Semin to a one year contract. Monetary information should follow shortly.  Update: $1.1 million. A solid gamble by Marc Bergevin, as close to no lose as one can get in the cap era. 
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 07/24/15 | Comments 3

Habs prepare for the Frenzy
So July 1 is but 30 hours away. The Canadiens, once thought to be out of range on big free agents this year, suddenly announced the buyout of PA Parenteau on Sunday afternoon. Could something be afoot? My hunch is yes. This isn't a coincidence. The Canadiens have sought a…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 06/29/15 | Comments 0

Carey Price
So you still wish they'd kept Halak, eh? Seriously, he's that good. Is there really anything more to say? 
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 06/24/15 | Comments 0

Habs sign Beaulieu
As is being reported across the hockey universe, the Canadiens have signed Nathan Beaulieu to an attractive bridge deal, 2 years, $2 million. This helps lock of a key part of the Canadiens future on the back end, and gives Mark Bergevin the flexibility to deal a defenceman should a…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 06/13/15 | Comments 0

Going for three
The Canadiens are ready, keen, and raring to go, heading into game six on Tuesday night. The Lightning are also keen to try and finish things off, but they seem tinged with anger and frustration. Perhaps not surprising, given the events of the last two games, and perhaps also a…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 05/11/15 | Comments 0

Habs down 1-0
Well, you never like to lose a game in double overtime - but this is especially true when the goal is scored on an offside. That's what the Canadiens were faced with Friday night, as Tampa Bay scored despite being 2-3 feet offside when entering the zone. I've never been…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 05/02/15 | Comments 1

The last one is always the hardest…
...or is it? Is it possible the Habs will have a harder time, and win, than they did Sunday night? Ottawa led 1-0 until there were 5 minutes left, when Dale Weise tied it up, and of course Weise then won it in overtime. However, along the way, the Habs…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 04/20/15 | Comments 1

Bring on game two
Travel gets in the way, but a quick note on Habs-Sens: game one was fantastic, PK got the penalty he deserved, and nothing else should come of it. Dave Cameron should have been fined, but that's up to the NHL. Will there be fireworks tonight? Probably. So bring on game…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 04/17/15 | Comments 1

Habs-Sens Redux, Awards
3 more sleeps. That's all there is between now and game one of the Senators and the Canadiens, a rematch that needed to happen in a rivalry that can, and will, be so much more. The Canadiens have their 5 game loss to Ottawa fresh in their minds, and will…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 04/12/15 | Comments 1

Habs ready for game 82
Carey Price will llead the Habs onto the ice tomorrow as they go for win number fifty on the year, and look to wrap up the Atlantic Divison title. A bit of a surprise, given Price played Thursday and most expected he would rest Saturday against the Maple Leafs, who…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 04/10/15 | Comments 0

Habs fall to Caps
Well, the Habs blew the lead, came back to tie it, and lost it in a shootout, 5-4 to the Caps. Jeff Petry had his best game as a Hab, Carey Price had, arguably, his worst of the year, Max Pacioretty disappeared, and Devante Smith-Pelly is invisible. The Canadiens are…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 04/02/15 | Comments 0

Canadiens rolling again
It's March 22nd. There are ten games left in the regular season. Carey Price entered the week with a GAA hovering a shade above 1.90. It is now 1.86. Carey Price lowered his GAA 4 points. In the last weeks of the season. Having started 59 games. This guy is…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 03/22/15 | Comments 0

Grading the Habs deadline
The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Montreal Canadiens are a better team than they were on Sunday. As far as I'm concerned, that's the most important aspect of the deadline when a team is in playoff contention. However, the other important factor is, of course, what the…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 03/03/15 | Comments 3

Everyone’s talking’ ‘bout…
Trades, trades, trades. Understandably. So far, M. Bergevin has been very quiet. Perhaps he's got an ace up his sleeve? Until we find out, a link below to a fascinating chart I was forwarded earlier today, built by Matthew Brown at the University of Toronto, which represents the offensive chemistry…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 03/01/15 | Comments 4

Bergevin gets Therrien his man in Sekac-Smith-Pelly swap
Today's Jiri Sekac - Devante Smith-Pelly swap was not the blockbuster Montreal fans may have been looking for, but it was a sign that Marc Bergevin is looking to toughen up his team ahead of the playoffs. Smith-Pelley, a former second round pick, may not have the flashy skills that…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 02/24/15 | Comments 0

Habs face Wings, Bergevin testing the waters?
The Canadiens visit Detroit tonight, having beaten the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, 2-1 in a shootout. The Canadiens should have been able to take care of Toronto in regulation - though they have had a tendency to play poorly against weaker teams this season - but an injury to…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 02/16/15 | Comments 0

Habs on top after win over Boston
The Canadiens are flying high after Sunday's 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins, as they swept the season series against Boston for the first time since 2008. The Habs looked dynamite all game, causing fits for a Bruins team that just seem to rage every time they play the Habs.…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 02/09/15 | Comments 0

Habs at the break
Travel has gotten in the way of writing the past two weeks, but the Canadiens are looking good. If things hold, they've got a shot at the conference title, and given that Carey Price is the key cog in the wheel, that may actually come to pass. Price has been…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 01/25/15 | Comments 0

The Habs thus far, and looking forward
Well, no one can say that the Montreal Canadiens didn't start 2015 off on the right foot. Back-to-back wins over the New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins solidified Montreal in the top spot in the East, led by the goaltending of Carey Price in both games. The Habs have…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 01/04/15 | Comments 0

Habs look to get back on track versus Ottawa
The Canadiens disappointed fans in attendance on Thursday, dropping Saku Koivu night to the Anaheim Ducks 2-1, ending their short winning streak and sending back to the drawing board. Koivu was feted for his contributions to Montreal, on the ice and off, in a 35 minute ceremony that included multiple…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 12/20/14 | Comments 0

Victorious Habs with a rare Saturday off
The Canadiens played with fire Friday, as they were badly outplayed by the LA Kings, yet skated away with a 6-2 vicotry. Carey Price was sensational, making 44 saves, his most at home since 2010, and Jiri Sekac led the way for Montreal, scoring 2 goals, while PK Subban added…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 12/13/14 | Comments 0

Habs go down to Hawks, lose Eller
It was a frustrating night for the Montreal Canadiens. Predictably, they gave up the first goal in Chicago on Friday but, perhaps unpredictably, they fought back, took the lead, dominated the game at times, and hit a post with 4 minutes to go. However, it was all for nought, as…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 12/06/14 | Comments 0

A sad day to be a hockey fan
Merci, M. Beliveau. We are forever in your debt. The world is a better place for having had you, but our hearts of heavy.  Bonne nuit, Le Gros Bill.
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 12/03/14 | Comments 2

The Habs thus far
16-6-1. Not a bad start for Les Canadiens, as they sit atop the NHL the last week of November. However, while the record looks good, Carey Price has been solid, and various players have performed extremely well, most of those losses have been blowouts. While a loss is a loss,…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 11/25/14 | Comments 1

Habs deal Rene Bourque to Anaheim for Bryan Allen
The Bourque glory lasted for about ten games, and it is long gone. Bourque heads to the Ducks for veteran defenceman Bryan Allen. GM Marc Bergevin continues to (intriguingly) stockpile veteran defencemen. Could another move be in the offing? The Habs take on the Blues, and New Brunswick native Jake…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 11/20/14 | Comments 1

Canadiens cruise to 6-3 win, Weise with 2
The Montreal Canadiens kept ahold of first place in the NHL, and Dale Weise kept up his scoring ways, as the Habs downed Philadelphia 6-3 in Montreal on Saturday night. Lars Eller did not score the winning goal for the first time in a week - but not to worry,…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 11/16/14 | Comments 0

Habs trade Travis Moen for Sergei Gonchar
What a 48 hours. Rene Bourque, gone. Travis Moen, gone. Sergei Gonchar acquired. Power play improved. In Bergevin we trust. 
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 11/11/14 | Comments 0

Habs-Hawks as Montreal looks for a fix
The Canadiens are heading the wrong way, fast. A bad game in Vancouver, a terrible game in Calgary. After two poor games to start the previous road trip. Not a good showing for the Habs. So what is a coach to do? If I were Michel Therrien, I would instantly…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 11/04/14 | Comments 0

Habs look to end Western swing on a positive note
The 3-0 loss to the Oilers was, without a doubt, a clunker. Boring game, team didn't show up, looked tired - it is going to happen. Calgary, well, that was another story. The team showed up, somewhat, but primarily the guy who showed up was Carey Price, who put on…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 10/30/14 | Comments 0

5-1 Habs recall Bournival, get ready for Red Wings
Montreal heads into Tuesday's game with the Red Wings coming off an impressive 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Habs dominated the Avs at times, and perhaps most importantly, Carey Price looked like his normal self after a slow start. PK Subban was especially brilliant, scoring two highlight reel…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 10/20/14 | Comments 0

Habs off to a roaring start
I know what you're thinking. Roaring? Montreal lost 7-1 on Monday. Well, yes they did - but they also went 3-1 on a roadtrip to start the season, playing four games in six nights. Who opens the season with back-to-backs on the road and wings both? The Habs. That's who.…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 10/15/14 | Comments 0

Here we go
Game one is upon us. Fittingly, it is Montreal and Toronto. However, this Habs group is different. Different, and better Peter Budaj is gone. Jakub de la Rose has been sent down. Your Montreal Canadiens roster is set. Old names, like Price, Subban and Pacioretty will be skating with new…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 10/08/14 | Comments 1

Habs sign Bowman
Alright, back from two weeks with no internet in Northern Quebec, and the Habs greet me with the news that...they've signed Drayson Bowman to a 2-way contract. Not a bad move, given Bowman is a solid checker who has shown soft hands in camp. He's solid depth and adds to…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 10/02/14 | Comments 0

No captain, my captain
As you have no doubt already heard, the Montreal Canadiens will have no captain for the 2014-15 season. Shades of fives years ago, and not an experiment I entirely agree with. Surely, if Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and PK Subban are good enough to wear the altenrate 'A,'…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 09/15/14 | Comments 1

Brodeur courting Habs…Habs after Brodeur?
Alright, it's cooling down outside, so it's only fitting that we address the first Habs rumour of the season. Lots of scuttle the past week over Martin Brodeur saying he'd be open to playing for Montreal. Tonight we hear from Vinny Damhpousse, now of RDS, that the Canadiens are indeed…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 09/08/14 | Comments 1

Thoughts and prayers for Jean Beliveau
Rumours over the past week have had Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau suffering from poor health. Sadly, this news was confirmed in a tweet from the Montreal Gazette's Dave Stubbs, who conveys my view on the subject perfectly. Beliveau, who turned 83 this past week, is one of Montreal's all-time greats,…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 09/04/14 | Comments 3

50 days and counting…
A quick note as summer wanes and the leaves begin, ever so slowly, to turn: 50 days. 50 days from tonight, Montreal faces off with Toronto to start their 2014-15 season. After signing his new contract, PK Subban will be cemented on the blue line. New Hab PA Parenteau will…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 08/19/14 | Comments 0

Calm before the storm in Habsland
It's been a quiet few weeks for Habs fans, but that is about to end, with the arbitration sessions for Lars Eller and PK Subban fast approaching. Rumours today had the Habs offering Eller $1.65 million per year, and Eller's camp countering around the $3.5 million mark. Logic would dictate…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 07/23/14 | Comments 0

Quick thoughts on the Habs on UFA eve
Writing from the side of a lake, a few quick thoughts on the Canadiens heading into free agency: Josh Gorges will not be a Hab come October. That much if for sure. Where is he going? If not Toronto, my money is on Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver. He would sure…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 06/30/14 | Comments 1

Habs begin offseason tweaks
It started with Andrei Markov's new contract on Monday, and it continues tomorrow night in Philadlphia, as the Habs get set to pick 26th overall at the NHL draft. Trevor Timmins has shown a penchant for drafting unexpected players, so there is no way of knowing who the Canadiens may…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 06/26/14 | Comments 0

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more
It's a line from Henry V, but it is fitting for so many reasons for the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs defeated the Rangers 7-4 Tuesday in what was one of the most wild, momentum shifting playoff games I have ever seen. Can anyone else recall a playoff game that went…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 05/28/14 | Comments 7

Habs trust in Dustin
Well, I'm back from a short holiday, and how the times are a changin'. The Canadiens head into Madison Square Garden tonight down 2-0, trying to desperately eek out a win and avoid going down 3-0. Michel Therrien has announced the Habs will again go with Dustin Tokarski in the…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 05/22/14 | Comments 0

What a game, what a series
Carey Price was magnificent. Dale Weise was a force. Daniel Briere was Mr. Clutch. The Habs pull it out, and are heading to the conference finals.  Red. White. Blue! The series begins - wait for it - in Montreal on Saturday (when was the last time the Habs had home…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 05/14/14 | Comments 1

Someone’s going home tomorrow
Habs. Bruins. Game seven. As it was meant to be. As it always was going to be. Two storied franchises going head to head for the 34th time. One team, big and brutish, coming off a phenomenal year, leading the league in points, 54 wins, a year removed from the…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 05/13/14 | Comments 0

The PK Subban show
Is there anything this guy can't do? PK Subban is playing the most domianting hockey of his career, and along with Carey Price is carrying the Montreal Canadiens. While the Habs are now up 2-1, and they've still got a lot of work to do, the Canadiens looked good Tuesday,…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 05/07/14 | Comments 6

Setting the stage for game 2
Can the Habs go home with a 2-0 lead? It seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened, including in 2011, where the Habs went home in the first round...with a 2-0 lead over Boston. We won't talk about what happened afterwards.  Game one was all Carey, all Subban. How do…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 05/03/14 | Comments 0

Thursday night can’t come soon enough
Well, it appears to be official. After days of online theories and twitter suggestions, the NHL appears to have (finally) announced the Canadiens-Bruins series will start Thursday night, followed by a likely afternoon tilt on Saturday. No doubt the Canadiens are salivating at the thought of playing actual hockey, as…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 04/29/14 | Comments 1

Habs storm ahead
It had a great pregame show, it had Ginette Reno, it had the apparently possessed Rene Borque, it had phenomenal goaltending, it had referee controversy - yes, last night's Habs-Lightning game had just about everything. What an entertaining hockey game, and what a sunny, warm, welcoming Monday morning for Canadiens…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 04/21/14 | Comments 0

Break out the Van Halen and put the beer on ice, it’s playoff time
It's the most wonderful time of the year. The tulips are sprouting, the birds are chirping...and the snow is falling? Regardless, it's playoff time, and the Montreal Canadiens are getting ready to take on Tampa Bay in the first round. Montreal looks to be a more complete team than they…
Posted by The Upper Canadien on 04/15/14 | Comments 0

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