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Extra Pressure On Local Players From Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

It looks like the pressure-cooker that is life as a Québécois Canadiens player has been tough for Drouin. He’s not the first local francophone to feel the heat nor will he be the last. The only other local francophone on the team, Phillip Danault, talked Wednesday about how locals like him and Drouin can’t help but listen to the radio shows, hear what people are saying on the street, and that can be rough.

Lots of unkind things have also been said this year about Danault, who is presumably the team’s first-line centre yet only has four goals. So he knows what Drouin is going through.

So does David Desharnais, another francophone Quebecer who was often scorched by fans during his tenure ici. Like Danault, Desharnais was a No. 1 centre who probably never should’ve been given the job. It’s no knock on him or Danault; it’s a knock on Habs management, which hasn’t had a bona fide No. 1 centreman for years.

Remember when then-mayor Denis Coderre tweeted to say Desharnais, who was in a scoring slump at the time, should be sent down to the American Hockey League? That was a horrible thing for Coderre to say. A fan can say that. The mayor of Montreal can’t.

Louis Leblanc, a Canadiens first-round draft choice (No. 18 overall in 2009), also knows all about the crazy pressure for local players here. So does Guillaume Latendresse, who was selected No. 45 overall in 2005 by Montreal. You could also have a good chat with Patrice Brisebois about what it was like to listen to thousands booing him every time he touched the puck at the Bell Centre.

There is something unique about being a francophone Quebecer wearing the CH. Many of the Habs greats — Hall of Famers like Maurice (Rocket) Richard, Jean Béliveau, Serge Savard and Guy Lafleur — thrived on the pressure.

But things have changed in the past quarter-century. A good half of the roster of the Canadiens team that won the 1993 Cup were francophones. Now, there are only two francophones on the team and so the weight on those two guys’ shoulders is all the greater.

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The Dream May Be Over Early In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Canadiens fans can be forgiven if they’re now thinking the first 10 games this season might have only been a dream.

The Canadiens started the season with a 7-1-2 record while outscoring the opposition 44-27.

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Since then, the Canadiens have a 13-16-7 record and have been outscored 108-90. They now have a minus-1 goal differential for the season.

The Canadiens had a 9-5-4 record with Claude Julien as head coach and are now 11-12-5 under interim head coach Dominique Ducharme following Saturday night’s 5-2 loss to the Flames in Calgary. This team has been getting worse instead of better as the season goes on.

While Canadiens fans might have been dreaming about a 25th Stanley Cup 10 games into the season, missing the playoffs now looks like a real possibility. After two wins in two nights over the Canadiens, the Flames are only four points behind in the chase for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division with Montreal holding one game in hand.

The final game of this three-game series Monday night in Calgary (6:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM) will be huge.

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The Too Old, Too Slow Montreal Canadiens

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

The perfect symbol of the 2021 Montreal Canadiens is their captain, Shea Weber. I have nothing against the Man Mountain, but he more than anyone perfectly represents general manager Marc Bergevin’s lack of a vision for this team.

Weber has played some great hockey, though not recently. It’s not his fault. He’s just too old for today’s game, just like another Bergevin acquisition, Eric Staal.

As an aside, it’s hilarious to note that three key members of the current Habs squad — Weber, Staal, and Corey Perry — were all on that epic Canadian team that won Olympic gold in … 2010! That plays right into the jokes about how Bergevin is building the perfect team to win the 2010 Stanley Cup, complete with a big, lumbering defence corps that seems so out of line with today’s speedy National Hockey League.

But let’s return to the curious case of Weber. He looks terrible out there. He keeps making costly mistakes that would result in anyone else being benched by interim head coach Dominique Ducharme. The entire Canadiens team, with the exception of Jake Allen, sucked eggs Wednesday in a must-win game against the Calgary Flames. But it was Weber who made sure they lost with a boneheaded play in his own zone that led to third Calgary goal and the final nail in the coffin.

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Cole Caufield Is One Step Closer To His NHL Debut

via Sportsnet,

The Montreal Canadiens have recalled forward Cole Caufield from the Laval Rocket, their AHL affiliate, on Friday and assigned him to their taxi squad.

The team has not officially said when Caufield could make his NHL debut, but the earliest date would be Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators.

Caufield, who won the 2021 Hobey Baker Award as the best player in the NCAA, was one of the most prolific scorers in college hockey this year, scoring 30 goals and adding 22 assists in 31 games for the University of Wisconsin.

In two AHL games with the Rocket, Caufield scored three goals and added an assist.

Montreal also recalled goaltender Cayden Primeau on an emergency basis.

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Afternoon Line- Jon Merrill

“It’s exciting to be in the mainstream of the hockey world, in the heart of it all,” he added. “Every day I’m in the NHL, I’m just happy to be there. Any time my name’s called to go over the boards, I’ll be ready. Whether it’s 20 minutes a night or 12. I’m really excited about the opportunity to play some playoff games.”

-Jon Merrill of the Montreal Canadiens.  Herb Zurkowski of the Montreal Gazette has more.

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Don’t Play With Cole Caufield’s Development

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

This team is going nowhere. Not now, not this season. On paper, they appear to have enough talent to challenge. On the ice, the only thing they challenge is your patience.

So now you want to take Cole Caufield, perhaps the most exciting Canadiens prospect since Guy Lafleur, and dump him into this very deep hole and see if he drowns?

Seriously — what’s wrong with you?

Can Caufield make this team better? Absolutely.

Can he make them good enough to beat the Leafs? Absolutely not.

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A Friday To Remember For Cole Caufield

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Cole Caufield was already trending on Twitter in Canada early Friday night.

Part of the reason was the Canadiens’ top prospect was named the Hobey Baker Award winner as the top player in U.S. college hockey. About 30 minutes after that announcement, Caufield made his pro debut with the AHL’s Laval Rocket in Toronto against the Marlies.

The fact a 20-year-old who has yet to play a game in the NHL was trending is a sign of just how excited Canadiens fans are about Caufield. The game was also televised on RDS and broadcast on TSN 690 Radio.

Caufield didn’t disappoint, scoring two goals — including the winner — and adding an assist in a 5-3 Rocket victory.

Caufield’s first goal came at 1:28 of the second period with a one-timer blast on the power play from the faceoff circle to the right of Marlies goalie Joseph Woll. His second goal at 9:43 of the third period came after streaking down the left side, taking a shot and then roofing his rebound.

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Cole Caufield Signs His ELC With Montreal

MONTREAL - General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract (2020-21 to 2022-23) with forward Cole Caufield.

The agreement will see Caufield earn $700,000 at the NHL level in 2020-21 and $832,500 at the NHL level in both 2021-22 and 2022-23. Caufield will also receive signing bonus payments of $92,500 in all three seasons and will earn $70,000 per season at the AHL level. The deal also contains performance bonuses up to a maximum of $300,000 in 2021-22 and up to a maximum of $850,000 in 2022-23.

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Eric Staal Traded To Montreal For Draft Picks

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team has acquired Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the club's third and fifth-round picks in the 2021 NHL Draft. The Sabres will retain $1.625 million of Staal's salary.

Staal, 36, suited up for 32 games with Buffalo this season, recording three goals and seven assists. In 17 seasons in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and the Sabres, the 6'04'' and 195 lbs left-handed centerman amassed 1,031 points (439 goals, 592 assists) in 1,272 regular season games. A Stanley Cup champion with Carolina in 2006, Staal has 51 points, including 21 goals, in 62 playoff contests over the course of his NHL career.

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