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One year ago, and a good cause

“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

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The deadline that wasn’t…

...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.


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‘Twas the night before the deadline…

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:

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Sopel fits well in Montreal

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.

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Habs acquire Brent Sopel

As per Pierre LeBrun on Twitter, the Canadiens have dealt Ben Maxwell and a 4th rounder to Atlanta for Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes.

The Habs just got bigger and meaner on defence.

Of note: this likely means Spacek is out long term.

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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.

Questions or comments? theuppercanadien@kuklaskorner.com


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