Usually at this time of training camp the Canadiens are off at a retreat somewhere but this is an Olympic year,the season is opening a week earlier than usual and there simply isn’t enough time. So the Canadiens are spending the three days leading up to opening night Tuesday against Toronto at their Brossard facility. At his Saturday morning news conference head coach Michel Therrien listed the goals. “First of all we need to work on the system. Secondly execution which I think is really crucial. And team building.”
The only hard news out of practice was the announcement that forward George Parros has been cleared to play. Parros practiced on a line with Travis Moen and Brandon Prust Saturday morning relegating rookie Michael Bournival and Ryan White to spot duty. Yet to be cleared is defenceman Douglas Murray leaving Jarred Tinordi once again paired with Francis Bouillon. Murray, who’s 33, has missed ten days with a lower body injury and conditioning is now an issue. It’s unlikely he’ll be available for Tuesday’s opener.
The Canadiens also announced that Gabriel Dumont has cleared waivers and can now join the Hamilton Bulldogs training camp.
The Practice Lines