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20-THOUSAND WATCH CANADIENS SUNDAY PRACTICE

Jan 23rd, 2011 | By

Only in Montreal?
More than twenty thousand fans, mostly kids, came to the Bell Centre this morning to watch the Canadiens practice. In skills competition, Max Pacioretty was the fastest skater, Andrei Kostitsyn and Brian Gionta won the target shooting and Benoit Pouliot had the hardest shot.



GAME #24 Canadiens-3 Buffalo-1 (Nov.27/2010)

Nov 27th, 2010 | By

Call them “Club Rebound”. For the third time in the last ten days the Canadiens followed a very poor outing with a solid winning effort. Friday night at the Bell Centre the Canadiens bounced back from a bad effort against the Atlanta Thrashers twnety-four hours earlier and recorded a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Canadiens are now 3-0 versus Buffalo this season



GAME #16 Canadiens-3 Boston-1 (Nov.11/2010)

Nov 11th, 2010 | By

The Canadiens scored two unanswered goals in the third period to beat the Bruins 3-1 in Boston Thursday night. The Canadiens seemed to come out of a number of slumps in the game. They scored 2 power play goals against the number one penalty killing team in the NHL. Scott Gomez scored his first goal in 13 games. Brian Gionta after a long drought scored game his second goal and third point in the last three games. And P.K. Subban finally scored for the first time in an NHL regular season game.



CANADIENS’ SLUMPS MAKE IT EASY FOR OPPONENTS

Nov 3rd, 2010 | By

Today’s NHL harbours few secrets. Every game is attended by a gaggle of professional scouts. Every game is on satellite TV and analyzed top-to-bottom. So, when the Canadiens played the Blue Jackets in Columbus last night, everyone in their organization was well aware that Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta were locked in awful slumps. It meant that the Columbus coaching staff could invest 80% of their attention on shutting down Tomas Plekanec, Michael Cammalleri and Andrei Kostitsyn.



WANTED – LEFT WING FOR GOMEZ & GIONTA

Oct 26th, 2010 | By

It’s about chemistry, or in this case lack-of-chemistry as it relates to Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta and the six or seven players who have played left wing on their line this season. Against Phoenix last night Benoit Pouliot, Travis Moen and Tom Pyatt saw almost equal time on the Gomez line. Tomorrow night Jacques Martin will again start the game with Pyatt on the left side. How long it lasts is anyone’s gue



GOMEZ & GIONTA NOT GETTING HELP

Oct 19th, 2010 | By

For the second year in a row, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta are being asked to do it alone. Five games into the season, Canadiens coach Jacques Martin has tried Benoit Pouliot, Mathieu Darche, Travis Moen and even Andrei Kostitsyn on their line. In training camp, rookie Lars Eller played with them. So now it’s Tom Pyatt’s turn. At least that’s the indication from today’s practice.



SOME THINGS ABOUT THE CANADIENS’ WEEK

Oct 18th, 2010 | By

The three Canadiens games in four nights produced two wins and one overtime loss, five of a possible six points. Untimely penalties hurt the Canadiens vs.Tampa Bay Wednesday. Carey Price faced 47 shots. Friday in Buffalo, the Canadiens halved the opposition shots on goal, got both goals from the defence (Picard & Gorges) and shut down the Sabres in the third period for a 2-1 victory. Saturday night they fell behind 3-1 against Ottawa and came back thanks to the Plekanec line. Ottawa was limited to 2 shots in the third period.



GIONTA IS CANADIENS 28TH CAPTAIN

Sep 29th, 2010 | By

The Canadiens appointed right winger Brian Gionta to be the 28th captain in team history. The selection was made by the Canadiens front office and not by the semi-traditional dressing room popularity vote.
In the end the choice was between Gionta or ten year team-veteran Andrei Markov. While Gionta has four years remaining in a five year contract signed last summer, Markov can become an unrestricted free agent next July first.



BET ON MARKOV AS CANADIENS NEXT CAPTAIN

Sep 14th, 2010 | By

It’s a two-horse race for the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens, Andrei Markov and Brian Gionta. Markov is the favourite. He is entering his tenth season wth the club and probably would have been named to the position last year but for a lack of comfort with the English language. His English skills have improved over the last year and many, myself included, think he’s ready to assume the role.



LOOKING AHEAD-The Canadiens Roster Long-Term

Sep 6th, 2010 | By

Did you know the Canadiens have seven players with no-trade clauses in their contracts including Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik, both of whom will be unrestricted free agents at the end of this season? The trade restrictions on the two defensemen ends on February first, 2011, meaning the Canadiens can make a deal for them at the trade deadline if they wish. At the end of the coming season, Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier will have to deal with five unrestricted and eight restricted free agents. He will have just over twenty-five million dollars to sign thirteen players with defensemen Markov and Josh Gorges the top priorities.
And indication of the hockey world in the salary cap era, the Canadiens presently are committed to only four contracts two years from now, Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta and Plekanec. And they are committed to only one contract, Plekanec, in the 2014-2015 season.



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