Seven members of the Canadiens have memories of the NHL-imposed lockout of eight years ago. Four of them rode out the dispute with European teams, the other three played in North America, two in the AHL and the other, Scott Gomez in his hometown of Anchorage Alaska.
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Of the nine Canadiens players who were facing unrestricted three agency at the end of the year, five have received contracts for the coming season. The Canadiens re-signed three of them. Mathieu Darche, Andrei Kostitsyn, Chris Campoli and Jaroslav Spacek are still awaitiing offers.
The biggest task the new Canadiens general manager will face in his first months on the job will be repairing the depth at the left wing position. It is clear after closely examining the team;s depth chart that the only options will be the free agent market, trades or bandaid solutions such as playing players out of position..
In late November Max Pacioretty admitted he was confused about the criteria the league was using to adjudicate ‘head shots’. He had just been hit with a three game ban for elbowing Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang. Five months later and the rest of the hockey world is still trying to figure out how Shanahan makes his decisions.
The Canadiens traded forward Andrei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators in return for a second round draft pick, their only move on the NHL level on ‘trade deadline day’. Late in the day they returned forward Louis Leblanc to the Hamilton Bulldogs and called up Blake Geoffrion. Geoffrion was acquired from the Predators a week and a half ago as part of the deal that sent Hal Gill to Nashville.
Among other things on our Sunday review – Max Pacioretty has an appointment NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan Monday morning. The league will also be talking to the game officials about the way Saturday night’s Pittsburgh game ended. The Canadiens penalty killers make news and the Hamilton Bulldogs are worse off than the Canadiens in the injury department.
Andrei Markov in Florida having his knee checked; Tomas Plekanec-star of the week, Josh Gorges-babysitter, Erik Cole, Travis Moen, Andreas Engqvist, Bournival injured and more. All making news in the first week of the Canadiens 2011-2012 season.
The Florida Panthers Darcy Hordichuk is vowing to avenge the Travis Moen/Erik Gudbranson fight that took place in an exhibition game September 27th.
In the third period of the 6-2 win over the Panthers, Moen hit Panthers rightwinger Evgeny Dadinov from behind sending him headfirst into the boards. Gudbranson then jumped Moen and the linesmen moved in. Moen landed two punches while one of the linesmen had Gudbranson’s arms tied up.
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