…But I think the coach who is on the hottest seat right now is Montreal’s Guy Carbonneau. The Canadiens are fading quickly after a fast start and now look like a playoff bubble team at best. That doesn’t sit well with the locals, who aren’t all sold on the sophomore coach. The job might be the toughest in hockey and offers little slack even when the team is winning.
Already 1 game into the tournament, team canada is gelling together and looking good! Through three periods, Bernier has shut the door with great defensive help in front of him. Sutter and Legein are also getting noticed with their physical play.
The Fourth Period reported several rumours about Ray Shero discussing trades with Ottawa for Vermette, Marian Hossa from Atlanta, Micheal Ryder from Montreal and J.P.Dumont from Nashville.
from HTR to you and your family … Merry Christmas and best wishes to you on this special day.
A combined analysis from the team report, and Hockeysfutures report, both done about a month ago.
According to CJAD, the Hurricanes and the Habs could be talking trade. There were also some Hurricane scouts at the Montreal and Dallas game on Sunday Night.
With some veteran players out of the line-up Montreal has made a few call ups from Hamilton. Sure they haven’t been dominant players in the league but they are showing they can do the job.
This could be an oppertunity for Bob Gainey to start building around his young talent and get something for the veteran players in return.
Every year there are surprises and disappointments when it comes to selecting the two All-Star Teams and this year won’t be any different. There are always players that are All-Stars but find themselves shunned and out of the the honorable lineup. This year I feel as though the lineup should look as follows:
- The Arlington Heights Daily Herald notes, even after the Ducks dealt Andy McDonald to clear cap space that the Blackhawks are one of several clubs inquiring about Ducks hard-hitting D Francois Beauchemin as the Ducks may still be looking to create more room for a possible Teemu Selanne return. Beauchemin would not come cheaply, as an inexpensive blueliner capable of logging 28 minutes per game.
In Montreal’s 5-2 win over Washington Thursday night, Canadiens fans got an up-close look at a superstar who could very well be wearing the CH in the near future: Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin, who will be a restricted free agent after this season, is earning a modest $1.3 million. While the Capitals thought they would be able to secure the Russian star with a Sidney Crosby-type contract (close to $8.7 million a year for five years), Ovechkin’s camp is apparently thinking something more in the $9-$10-million range, according to Jack Todd of The Gazette. And with Russian teammate Alexander Semin also taking on restricted free agent status next off-season, Washington will be hard put to satisfy both. And for the NHL to have a player like Ovechkin in a market like Washington is a crime.