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Jaromir Jagr to Habs? It’s actually a real possibility

It’s all preliminary, but Pierre Lebrun has confirmed via Twitter that Jagr’s new agent Petr Svoboda (yes, the former Hab) has confirmed talks with the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens:

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Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda told me Detroit and Montreal, as already reported elsewhere, among teams they’ve spoken to

Jagr, or “Yammy” as Don Cherry always calls him, used to say he loved playing in Montreal. Could we see him lining up with Plekanec in the fall? Svoboda says a decision could come this weekend.

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Congratulations Boston

You deserve it. Well done. It pains me to think of how happy Jack Edwards must be today, but there you have it.

It was a tough series for Habs fans. Vigneault vs. Julien. Higgins, Lapierre, Ryder, Recchi. Quite a few ex-Canadiens, many from recent years. Tough to swallow. But interesting to see that they all made significant contributions to the series. Some for more honourable reasons than others perhaps, but contributions nonetheless.

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Quick Habs notes

As most have heard by now, the Montreal Canadiens re-upped Andrei Kostitsyn for a year at $3.25 million, Mathieu Darche for a year at $700,000, and rumours emanating from Russia suggest they’ve also signed Brock Trotter, who bolted from Hamilton last year for the KHL.

Kostitsyn and Darche are likely to take similar roles to last year, Kostitsyn flanking Tomas Plekanec on the second line while Darche chips in as a valuable fourth line forward.

However, where could Trotter fit?

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Hal Gill Officially Re-signs

As rumoured yesterday by, uh, the Canadiens’ very own official Twitter account, Hal Gill is staying a Hab. The text of the Canadiens press release follows.

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Gill close to staying with Habs

In a first, as far as I can recall, on Twitter, the official site of a hockey team has posted a “rumour” - and I have to believe that means it’s probably going to happen.

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According to multiple reports, Hal Gill is close to signing a one-year deal with the Habs.

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Congratulations Boston and Vancouver

Should be a great final. A few ex-Habs scattered amongst both teams. In my opinion, Vancouver has the edge from the defence out, but goalies will determine the series. Can’t wait to see it get going.

More Habs off-season news and thoughts will be coming in the next few weeks. Until then, sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. These two teams will put on a show.

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As expected, Habs sign Emelin

Announced this afternoon, the Canadiens signed Togliatti native Alexsey Emelin to a one year deal. Details from the Canadiens press release through the link.

An aside: this is the third spelling of Emelin’s name that I’ve seen this week. Hopefully we will get some clarification on that soon.

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Uptown Hockey Tweets, NHLer Leaves

For those who were following the Uptown Hockey controversy earlier this week - and based on internet postings and Twitter that seemed to be many hockey fans -  I figured an update was in order as there have been a couple of interesting developments. I’ll keep it brief, because this Detroit-San Jose game has been phenomenal.

Most of you have probably heard by now that Damian Goddard of Rogers Sportsnet tweeted in support of Uptown Hockey, and was summarily fired the next day. Rogers insists (how convenient) that they had made their decision prior to the tweet, and it had nothing to do with Goddard’s being fired. Goddard has since given interviews to a few media outlets saying that the “truth will come out” and, as far as I know, has not apologized. This is just another example of the age old teaching that I remember well from my kindergarten days: think before you speak. And, in this case, before you tweet. Or Facebook. Or do, well, just about anything in this age of cell phone cameras and social media.

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Habs set to ink Emelin

Marc de Foy broke the story that everyone in Montreal is now talking about: the Canadiens will shortly announce the signing of Alexei Emelin.

Many readers probably just went: Alexei who?

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The business of sports: Uptown Hockey wades into the gay marriage debate, Part Two

Following on my earlier post regarding Uptown Hockey and the controversy surrounding their remarks regarding gay marriage, two important updates:

1) Todd Reynolds, Vice President of Uptown, took to the airwaves to defend his firm’s decision to post these remarks at 6:45 this evening. That interview, which is well worth the listen, is available here:

TSN Radio Podcast: Uptown Hockey

Kudos to James Cybulski and Bruce Arthur for a very good interview.

2) Don Reynolds, Todd’s father and president of the company, did an interview shortly thereafter with the National Post. That can be found here:

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2011/05/09/nhl-agent-avery-misguided-on-gay-marriage/

In the interview, Don Reynolds appears to equate gay marriage and beastiality. Controversial at best, offensive to many at worst. Something tells me Uptown Hockey may need a consulting firms services soon. This is why public relations experts exist, by the way.

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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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