Linemates P.A. Parenteau and David Desharnais scored for the second straight game and the Reds defeated the Whites 5-2 in the third of four Canadiens pre-season scrimmage games. Of the twelve goals scored by the Reds, six have come the Desharnais-Parenteau-Pacioretty line.
The Desharnais line once again was the story of the day as the Canadiens held their second training camp scrimmage Saturday at their Brossard training facility. P.A. Parenteau scored twice and Desharnais added another in the Red Team’s 4-2 win over the White’s.
Canadiens training camp has been divided between three teams designated A, B & C. “A” played “B” to a 3-3 tie in the opening scrimmage of the 2014 training camp Friday. The Canadiens will scrimmage Saturday and Sunday before playing their Red/White game Monday night at the Bell Centre prior to their first exhibition game Tuesday against Boston.
The Canadiens will have to ask waivers on Dustin Tokarski if they want to send him to Hamilton to start the first year of his two year contract. His situation leads a collection of odds and ends left over from the summer as teams enter their respective training camps this week.
In an interview with TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin revealed that former third overall draft pick Alex Galchenyuk will be used at centre ice during training camp. Although a natural centre, Galchenyuk, who will not turn 21 until next February, has been used primarily as a left winger throughout most of his first two NHL seasons.
At the Canadiens annual golf tournament Monday, general manager Marc Bergevin announced that the team would not be naming a captain for the coming season. Instead there will be four “alternates”. It is just the second time in history the Canadien will play a season without a named captain.
One of the items of business at 2014 Canadiens training camp will be the naming of a captain to succeed Brian Gionta. Among the favourites for the team honour is P.K. Subban. Like everything involving P.K., the candidacy is controversial. The naysayers question his maturity despite a summer in which he has demonstrated ability to stickhandle his way through a minefield of off-ice personal and team issues without controversy.
The announcement of Saku Koivu’s NHL retirement recalled the events that led to his hasty departure from the Canadiens after nearly ten years as the team’s captain. His departure started a string of events for which the Canadiens continue to pay.
Advanced statistics are playing an increasingly important role in the examination of hockey. Most of the new statistics flow from puck possession numbers and success in carrying the play can be translated to consistent success on the scoreboard. The Canadiens would beg to differ.
With at least four teams in salary cap difficulty there will be deals to be made as teams head into training camps on September 18th. There is an indication that Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is paying close attention to the market which is delaying any decision he might make on the future of unrestricted free agent Francis Bouillon with the team.