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Montreal aTwitter over Markov’s knee

A tweet this afternoon from Tony Marinaro of the Team 990 has Montreal Canadiens fans concerned over the state of Andrei Markov’s knee. Marinaro’s sources report that Markov suffered a setback weeks ago due to overtraining, and had his knee drained by doctors in the United States.

Should Habs fans be worried?

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Fresh from cancer battle, Michael Farber on the road to recovery

In the summer of grief, some welcome good news for hockey fans everywhere, and particularly Habs fans, as today’s Gazette reports that Michael Farber’s cancer is in remission. Farber, a longtime Montreal of Gazette, Sports Illustrated, and The Reports fame, has been fighting the disease since the spring.

Michael Farber represents, to me, the best of sports journalism. If he isn’t the best hockey writer out there, I don’t know who is…maybe Red Fisher? Also one of the greats, Fisher is the author of the great news, linked below from the Montreal Gazette’s website:

Farber Gets Good News in Battle with Cancer

A fitting place to note once again my quest to raise $2,000 for cancer research in October when I do Run for the Cure. I’ve already had a couple of donations from Korner readers, along with wonderful emails of support. Any and all contributions are welcome. It’s a great cause, and one close to my heart as my mother recently battled breast cancer and beat it.

Run for the Cure Donation Page

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A little bit o’ hockey for your TIFF

As the film festival rages in Toronto, a little bit of controversy yesterday, as stars Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen sported Canadiens sweaters before their movie premiere.

Ok, it wasn’t so much as controversy as a little bit of fun. The names on the sweaters? Lafleur and…

 

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Happy Labour Day: One week to rookie camp, fantasy hockey thoughts, and a wee bit o’ fundraising

With one week to go until rookie camp, hockey really is in the air. Cool and crisp here today. I am starting to get fairly excited. Have to pick up McKeen’s this week.

On that note, a few fantasy hockey thoughts that pertain to the Habs:

PK Subban - Anchoring a power play that has a big, proven body up front, I suspect Subby Doo will top 50 points. Call me crazy, but I think he’s going to break out in a big way.

Max Pacioretty - People forget that he led the Canadiens in scoring after the all-star game before his injury. 20 goals and 50 points aren’t out of the question.

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Wade Belak gone at 35

According to QMI and various other sources.

How many enforcers have to die before the NHL recognizes that post concussion syndrome is a serious, serious issue?

Rest in peace Wade. You were one of the good guys.

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Just another Saturday in August

Hurricane on the East Coast, state funeral in Canada. Best wishes to all those hunkered down in Irene’s path, as well as those mourning the loss of Jack Layton.

As for Les Glorieux, it’s August 27th. Six weeks to hockey that means something. My musing for a Saturday morning: the Habs could use one more forward. A second or third line guy, preferably someone who can chip in 15-20 goals, play a little bit of power play, and is responsible defensively. A few names spring to mind off the list of remaining unrestricted free agents. They are, in no particular order:

Cory Stillman

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The Crosby effect: when a brain injury is a brain injury

Just a quick thought as the sun shines down on a beautiful August afternoon: the news from CTV Atlantic that Sidney Crosby is still suffering concussion symptoms, and is unlikely to start the season with the Penguins, doesn’t surprise me. It shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s ever had a concussion. Why? Because it’s a devastating injury to the brain. A brain injury.

When will the NHL, and other sports in general, recognize this?

I know I’ve written about this before, but I think it’s important, so I’m taking time out of the sun to mention it again. The brain is a pretty important part of the body. I think we can all agree on that. Yet the NHL continues to use archaic terms like “upper body injury” and “concussion.” Wouldn’t people take these situations more seriously if we acknowledged the severity of the injuries?

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Lots of Habs from your living room

You’ve probably already seen the television schedules that came out earlier today, but for all those Habs fans across Canada, from Carbonear to Englishman’s River, a quick recap:

15 games on TSN nationally: NHL on TSN

28 games on HNIC: HNIC 2011-2012

As a relocated Montrealer, I’m not sure I could be happier. Sure, I can watch them all on RDS, but it’s nice to have the different options. And I’m a sucker for tradition: there ain’t no hockey like Hockey Night in Canada.

So when does it all start?

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Hannan to the Flames, Gauthier asleep at the wheel?

A simple comment on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon: Scott Hannan for a million bucks is a good deal. One that Habs GM Pierre Gauthier should have been in on.

Why?

Depth on defence is a must for any playoff team, and while the Habs have quite a few defencemen, many of them are young and unproven. Would taking a million of the unused cap room and putting it towards Hannan really have been such a bad idea?

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AK blows off some steam

It’s the summer, and a Hab with the initials AK has made some misguided comments to the media in Europe, apparently thinking they’d never be recirculated to North America.

Sound familiar? Somewhat ironic that Alex Kovalev made questionable comments of his own earlier this week. Maybe Andrei Kostitsyn was just following his mentor’s lead. Regardless, we’ve got an issue, and as this is Montreal, despite the fact it’s August, it has the potential to blow up.

Oh great.

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About The Upper Canadien

The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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