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So zero games for Zdeno Chara. Almost a week later and the controversy continues. You may have noticed that I haven’t chimed in much on this controversy. There’s a reason for that. For the first time in years, I’m actually questioning my place as a hockey fan.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love hockey. I love the Canadiens. What I don’t love is watching people get their heads beaten in. If I wanted violence, I’d watch UFC.
What I want is hockey.
Gotta be ten games, no?
Is it the biggest? Everyone said the Canadiens were down and out after their 8-6 loss to Boston a month ago, but since then, the Habs have defied injuries, logic, and most recently the weather, to stay in the race for a top four playoff spot in the East.
It’s good to be looking up rather than down this time of year, and the Canadiens have earned the right to do that.
5 points out of 4th, 3 points out of 5th, Montreal has a real chance of proving just about everyone wrong and finishing top 5, if not top 5.
But it’s going to depend on a few things.
This is another big one tonight, two points the Canadiens can not afford to give up. Carey Price starts, somewhere surprising given Alex Auld’s performance against Florida this season, but hey, the Price is right most of the time.
Things to look for? Let’s see if Scott Gomez can finally get out of this funk. Mike Cammalleri hasn’t really been hot of late either. we have yet to see the vintage Cammalleri we saw late last year.
And my big takeaway of late? Yannick Weber. This guy isn’t just a run of the mill prospect. He’s really good. Let’s see if he keeps it up.
Good news for the Canadiens today as it was announced Jaroslav Spacek will be back in four to six weeks after a procedure on his knee. He’s no Markov, but Spacek is a valuable shot-blocking asset who provides solid depth as a third or fourth defenceman. Good news for Les Boys.
As for tonight…
“The” goal was scored one year ago. We all remember it well.
What you may not know is that, as a business guy by day, I occasionally blog on business matters related to hockey, and while this isn’t a business matter, it is an innovative way of trying to raise money for Canada’s amateur athletes.
Now, an initiative that I have been made aware of, and one that has the opportunity to raise a lot of money for a good cause.
The Canadian Tourism Commission is supporting the Canadian Olympic Team in collaboration with the Canadian Olympic Committee. They’ll be providing up to $250,000 in support to the Canadian Olympic Team: $1 for each ‘Like’ to the Canada at Keep Exploring Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/like4gold
...for Montreal at least. The biggest news for Habs fans? Max Lapierre fetched more in a trade from Anaheim to Vancouver than he did when Montreal dealt him to Anaheim only two months ago…and he has struggled since then…think that’s going to tick off the fan base a little bit?
The Canadiens did make one move, dealing Brett Festerling (acquired from the Lapierre trade) to Atlanta for goaltender Drew Macintyre. Why? Hamilton needs help, as Curtis Sanford looks to be injured long-term.
So, apparently, tomorrow is a big day for some reason. Some deadline or something. Anyone getting excited? I know I sure am. I’m going to make a couple of predictions, most of which will likely not come true:
The Brent Sopel acquisition may have cost more than people expected, but Sopel is exactly what the Montreal Canadiens need. A tough, hard-nosed defenseman with a Stanley Cup on his resumé, Sopel instantly makes the Montreal PK better. He’s an older, slower version of Josh Gorges, but he’s also got more offensive upside.
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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