Category Archives: Montreal Canadiens
With the draft coming up a week from Friday, there’s a lively debate over whether the Canadiens should try to move up – or down – from their No. 3 position.
Given the talent available this year, No. 3 appears to be a good spot. While there are a handful of players with the potential to be useful NHL players, there’s no Sidney Crosby, no Evgeni Malkin. Nail Yakupov has emerged as the consensus No. 1 prospect, but there’s a case to be made that defenceman Ryan Murray is closer to play in the NHL or that Alexander Galchenyuk would have been No. 1 if he hadn’t been injured.
Because there is little to choose from among the top five prospects, there seems little reason to contemplate giving up an asset to move up.
There might be more of an argument to be made for trading the pick or moving down. But the only way that makes sense is if the Canadiens get an established NHL player in return.
There is some precedent for this route, but it falls into the you-should-learn-from-your-mistakes category.
In 2008, the Canadiens might have had a shot at John Carlson, Tyler Ennis or Justin Schultz, but they traded their first-round puck to Calgary for Alex Tanguay. He was so underwhelming as a Canadien that general manager Bob Gainey let him go after one season.
No matter which way the Canadiens go, the one thing they shouldn’t do is trade defenceman P.K. Subban. I’m sure this idea isn’t being thrown around when Marc Bergevin assembles his braintrust, but the idea seems to have some traction on fan websites and there are a few folks in the media who feel this would be a better team without Subban.
The Montreal Canadiens named Michel Therrien as the team’s next head coach on Tuesday.
The announcement can be seen live on TSN.ca at 2:30pm et/11:30am pt while you can listen to all-day coverage on TSN Radio 990 in Montreal and TSN.ca/Montreal.
Therrien replaces interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth, who was removed from the position by general manager Marc Bergevin on May 2.
The 48-year-old Therrien returns to the Canadiens’ bench for the first time since he replaced Alain Vigneault as head coach during the 2000-01 season. He worked two-and-a-half seasons at the helm before being replaced by Claude Julien in 2002-03.
Therrien then worked in the AHL where he coached the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins before being named the Pittsburgh Penguins’ head coach midway through the 2005-06 season. He worked four seasons in Pittsburgh, leading the team to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007-08.
The Montreal Canadiens followed up a monumental upset by pulling off another, and now the Pittsburgh Penguins are joining the Washington Capitals in sitting out the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Brian Gionta had two power-play goals, Mike Cammalleri scored his seventh goal of a series in which he upstaged Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and the Canadiens built a stunning four-goal lead before beating the Penguins 5-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night.
The Florida Panthers have traded forward Dominic Moore to the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round pick in the 2011 draft.
The trade call to confirm the deal is currently being placed with the NHL.
According to Patrick Fund of Canoe.ca, an offer would be on the table and was accepted by the Kings and Canadiens, but that Los Angeles would like to acquire another player before entering exchange. Ray Whitney and Slava Kozlov are the players focused.
The Montreal Canadiens have called a news conference for 4pm et/1pm pt where president Pierre Boivin will make ‘an important announcement regarding the club’s hockey management.’
The latest news is that Gainey has not been fired but will instead be stepping down
Pierre Gauthier will be an interim GM
Georges Laraque will not play another game with the Montreal Canadiens.
With the losses of Kovalev and Komisarek, the Habs will be hard pressed to fill the voids. However, by letting Koivu go, as expected, they now have to fill yet another spot down the middle. Gainey and the Habs need to lay to rest the Lecavalier rumors once and for all. To be forgiven for allowing fan favorite Kovalev go, Gainey will have to pull off a miracle….Vinny may be the only miracle for forgiveness in La Belle Provence.
According to Rds.cs Pierre Boivin of the Montreal Canadiens says that the new coach absolutely has to speak french.
According to Sportsnet.ca Montreal Canadiens Forward/Defenseman Mathieu Dandenault is the most likely on the team to be traded.
Bob Gainey could come out of the off-season Free Agent Frenzy looking like a genius. Now that is not to say that he has become somewhat heightened in his intelligence level but rather more likely a stroke of luck with the current econmic turmoil in the world.
The Montreal Canadiens are in a desperate situation to produce a winning formula both on and off the ice. This being the 100th year, you’d assume Bob Gainy would loosen up a little to provide the people and fans of the red-white and blue with something to remember.
It’s become apparent that Gainey made a terrible mistake when he hired a person with absolutely “zero” coaching experience. The issues with Kovalev, Laraque, Price and now Dandenault have more to do with Carbonneau’s inability to manage certain personalities and bring out the best of some players, than any real performance issues. Adversity and set backs are part of every day life, and for whatever reason, this Habs coaching staff is not qualified or capable to turn things around.
The Montreal Canadiens are in a tailspin. In their last 10 games they are 2-7-1. Kovalev was told to stay home and now their is reports coming out saying there is many more problems.
With the recent news coming out of Montreal don’t be surprised if Alexei Kovalev is on his way out of town, here is a possible trade for Kovalev and others leading up to March 4. To Montreal:Rotislav Klesla and a 2nd rd pick. To Columbus:Alexei Kovalev To Flyers:Jay Bouwmeester To Florida:Joffrey Lupul,Scotty Upshall,1st rd pick. To Washington:Nik Antropov To Toronto:Karl Alzner,2nd rd pick. To Kings:Marian Gaborik To Wild:Alexander Frolov,1st & 3rd rd picks. To Boston:Pavel Kubina To Toronto:2nd rd pick To Chicago:Chris Pronger,Chris Kunitz To Anaheim:Dave Bolland,2nd rd pick. To Tampa:Jordan Staal,2nd rd pick To Pittsburgh:Martin St.Louis
When does a coach lose control of a team?
When does the team stop picking up what he is metaphorically putting down?
No matter how good a coach you have, if he cannot get a team on board. He has to go.
After a dozen or so games, if the Habs keep playing this way, there won’t be a 25th cup in Montreal this year.
After signing Laraques, everyone thought the Habs would be a tough team to play against, well I guess not. No one is hitting, no one battles for the puck. Montreal has been a lazy team only relying on their talent. I am starting to think that there are too many so called talented players on this team and not enough grinders. It’s great to have skilled players, but if nobody wants to go into the corners and get the puck, you won’t have much sucess.
I read the article about Koivu to the Wild and the horrible trade offer he porposed that Gainey should do and I just had to post something a little better.
According to RDS.ca, Phoenix has traded Oliver Latendresse to the Montreal Canadiens. He will be joining his younger brother Guillaume in the Canadiens organization. No talk yet of who the Yolks get back in return.