Outside of an exhibition game, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty had not played an entire game together since December 12th of last year. At that time they were two thirds of the most feared line in the American Hockey League. When Pacioretty was recalled by the Canadiens he was leading the AHL in goalscoring and nineteen days later when Desharnais was called up, he was the AHL points leader.
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With only six goals in three games a revamping of the Canadiens lineup was inevitable. Tomorrow night against the Colorado Avalanche there will be a new look not only in the even-strength lines, but also the power play units, which to date have produced one goal in thirteen opportunities.
Scott Gomez is ready to play, David Desharnais has suffered a ‘lower body’ injury, Lars Eller will be back to full practice next week while Andrei Markov continues to skate alone. Part of Jacques Martin’s post-practice injury update Thursday.
The Canadiens lost their second exhibition game in a row, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre Wednesday night. The star of the night was 18 year old defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who led all players in ice time and assisted on the Canadiens lone goal.
Early on, professional hockey, including the Canadiens, decided that 5’7″ David Desharnais had no chance of playing in the National Hockey League. The establishment forced him to start at the bottom end of the hockey food chain and work his way up. A look, step-by-step, at the odyssey that brought him to a two year Canadiens contract.
The Canadiens signed restricted free agent forwards Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais to two year one-way contracts Monday bringing the total of signed players for the coming season to fifteen including rookie defenseman Alexei Yemelin. Assuming the salary cap increases to 64.5 million dollars forthe coming season as reported, the Canadiens have 20.75 million dollars of remaining cap space to sign the eight players they need to bring their roster to the twenty-three player maximum.
The Canadiens already have 26.12 million dollars committed in contracts to their forwards. If general manager Pierre Gauthier sticks to his past budget plan of around 23 million dollars reserved for defense and goaltending, that leaves something in the neighbourhood of 13 million dollars in cap space to fill seven remaining roster spots. Gauthier has a big puzzle to solve, with myriad options.
Everybody seems to have an opinion about what Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier should do in order to upgrade his team’s offense. It runs the gamut from sending the unproductive Scott Gomez and the remaining three years of his contract to the Hamilton Bulldogs to signing, and then trading Andrei Kostitsyn.
Gauthier doesn’t telegraph his punches a la Brian Burke, so like everyone else, we can only guess the direction he’ll take. .
RDS is reporting that David Desharnais suffered a knee injury during the overtime of last night’s game in Boston. The incident apparently occurred when he was simultaneously hit by Bruins defencemen Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk early in the second overtime period. At the time he was playing effectivelyin his twelfth shift as a leftwinger on the line with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta
It’s never easy being a small man playing a big man’s game. Ask David Desharnais. For that matter, ask Yvan Cournoyer. The beginning of their respective careers have been almost mirror images. Both are 5’7” and 170 pounds. Both have had to deal with the prejudices of the hockey establishment hold for what Formula One champion Jackie Stewart used to call “men of an average height”.