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  • Canadiens’ Shea Weber, Victor Mete must adjust after tough start to season together

    Sportsnet "At this point, it has to be a concern for the Montreal Canadiens that a generally successful defence pairing of Victor Mete and Shea Weber hasn’t been reliable enough for the majority of the six games they’ve played together this season. In Game 6 on..." October 16

  • Canadiens’ Cale Fleury, Nick Suzuki gaining precious experience regardless of role

    Sportsnet "On Monday, the Montreal Canadiens gathered at the Bell Centre for their annual photo shoot. Cale Fleury was placed between Victor Mete and Christian Folin in the back row, and Nick Suzuki was right below him — standing on the end of the middle bench..." October 15

  • Jonathan Drouin, Mikhail Sergachev still searching for consistency two years after trade

    Sportsnet "It’s been two years and a few months since Jonathan Drouin and Mikhail Sergachev were traded for each other and both players are still searching for the same thing — consistency. They’re both off to great starts with their respective teams, both..." October 15

  • Offseason work paying off for Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin

    Pro Hockey Talk "The ovation lasted a good 40 seconds, and it showed just far the relationship between Canadiens fans and Jonathan Drouin has come since his 2017 trade from the Lightning. After netting a goal and an assist, it was clear on his face just how much the 24-year-old Drouin..." October 15

  • Canadiens introduce new Game of Thrones-inspired award

    Yahoo! Sports "Something tells me that the Montreal Canadiens locker room is not a good place to be if you’re trying to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers. For the 2019-20 season, the Habs have a new player of the game ritual which involves a sword related to the show. Nothing says..." October 14

  • Strong start to season has Canadiens’ Drouin brimming with confidence

    Sportsnet "MONTREAL— Jonathan Drouin stood in the middle of the Montreal Canadiens’ dressing room with team-awarded, Conan-the-Barbarian sword in-hand, and with a smile as wide as it could stretch across his face. He was five minutes removed from an interview with..." October 13

  • Canadiens plagued by worrisome defence through first four games

    Sportsnet "The sequence began with a wide-open look for Andreas Athanasiou and ended with a power-play goal for one of the National Hockey League’s hottest shooters in Anthony Mantha. In between, Mantha parked himself about 50 feet away from Carey Price and had a clean..." October 11

  • NHL, SMT announce expanded partnership for puck, player tracking

    Sport Business "The National Hockey League has expanded its 20-year partnership with real-time scoring system provider SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), which will now also become the league’s puck and player tracking partner. The puck and player tracking technology is designed to aid the..." October 11

  • The NHL's three tiers of hatred

    ESPN "I watched a Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames game this week. Not by mistake. Not because I fell asleep with Center Ice streaming. I watched it because of pure, uncut, mutual animosity. The rivalry between Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Flames..." October 10

  • NHL teams are adding dogs to their rosters: Cute pooches are welcomed across the league

    USA Today "NHL teams are as thrilled to acquire a cute dog these days as they would be landing a scoring right wing. Ten teams now boast official team dogs, and that number may grow because team dogs are becoming as popular as players. “I can't tell you how many selfies our..." October 10

  • Jonny Brodzinski, Michael McCarron Placed On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the San Jose Sharks have placed Jonny Brodzinski on waivers today and he’ll be joined by Montreal Canadiens forward Michael McCarron. The Sharks needed to make room for Patrick Marleau, who is coming in on a one-year..." October 09

  • Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin bought two tickets for Nick Suzuki's family for Leafs game

    Yahoo! Sports "It’s no secret that hockey tickets in Toronto are expensive. And for Montreal Canadiens rookie Nick Suzuki, Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs marked the first of his career near his hometown of London, Ont. With the contest being so close to home, he wanted to have..." October 08

  • New NHL rules forcing coaches to think twice before challenging plays

    Calgary Herald "Evidence of the National Hockey League’s new rules came in the pre-season, giving coaches everywhere a window into how they can approach the changes in the most advantageous way to their teams. The Detroit Red Wings were playing the Toronto Maple Leafs in their exhibition finale..." October 08

  • Jonathan Drouin’s involvement in Canadiens’ opening games an encouraging sign

    Sportsnet "The sequence starts with Jonathan Drouin driving straight to the net. From there, he crosschecks Tyson Barrie in the back, pitchforks him with his stick to gain position on him in front of the net, and then he leans in and just misses an opportunity to tip the puck past..." October 07

  • Top prospects eligible for 2020 Draft "Alexis Lafreniere is No. 1 in the inaugural ranking of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. The left wing, who plays for Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is expected to receive an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary Players to..." October 07

  • Karperi Kapanen’s lapse in composure critical in Maple Leafs’ collapse to Canadiens

    Sportsnet "Mike Babcock sees no use in talking to Kasperi Kapanen tonight. Not after the infuriated winger blew his composure and committed a mental gaffe significant enough to cost the Toronto Maple Leafs a perfect record and what could become a valuable standings point..." October 07

  • NHL goalies must form quick bond with position coaches

    Nano News "The ability of a goalie and his position coach to form a quick and strong bond is crucial to success in the NHL. The narrative regarding goalies switching teams is often about the need to build new relationships within the locker room, establish communication and trust with a new set..." October 05

  • 2007 NHL Draft Take Two: Twenty-First Overall Pick

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Hindsight is an amazing thing, and allows us to look back and wonder “what could have been.”  Though perfection is attempted, scouting and draft selection is far from an exact science and sometimes, it doesn’t work out the way teams – or players –..." October 04

  • Why goals are rising in the NHL ?— and can we expect more in 2019-20?

    Sportsnet "Coming out of the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL made a concerted effort to crack down on obstruction, which immediately led to more goals in that first season. But this didn’t last and the NHL went from a league that dramatically increased its goal total to one that was losing offence every..." October 04

  • Hurricanes, Canadiens hoping to put Sebastian Aho offer sheet in rearview mirror

    Sportsnet " Sebastian Aho knew when he saw the National Hockey League’s schedule come out that signing a five-year, $42.27-million offer sheet with the Montreal Canadiens in July was going to be a topic revisited on the opening day of the regular season. But he made it..." October 03

  • Canadiens ahead of schedule and prepared to end playoff drought in 2019-20

    Sportsnet "First some perspective on where the Montreal Canadiens find themselves before they embark on their quest to avoid becoming the third edition of the 110-year-old team to miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs in three consecutive seasons: They’re way ahead of where anyone thought..." October 03

  • NHL’s New Faceoff Rules: ‘Offensively, It's The Best Rule Ever, Defensively, It Sucks’

    The Hockey News "When a team starts play with the puck in the offensive zone, it can lead to really good things. Like goals. That’s why the NHL tweaked its rules over the summer to allow attacking teams to choose the side of the ice on which they’d like to take the draw in four specific situations...." October 03

  • Gustav Olofsson Placed On Waivers

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens have placed defenceman Gustav Olofsson on waivers hours before their season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes.   Les Canadiens ont annoncé..." October 03

  • The Value of a Two-Way Forward in Today’s NHL

    SI "When Predators general manager David Poile thinks about the importance of two-way forwards, two names leap to mind. The first is Guy Carbonneau. Un bon choix. Thanks in part to Poile, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, the former Montreal center will..." October 03

  • NHL 20 projects Bruins to win Stanley Cup "The Boston Bruins will be your 2020 Stanley Cup champions, at least if the EA Sports NHL 20 simulations are correct. NHL 20 unveiled its most recent projections, where Boston defeats the Vegas Golden Knights in six games in the Stanley Cup Final to take home the Cup for the first time..." October 02

  • How the NHL Is Working to Give Hockey a Grassroots Presence in China

    SI "Earlier this year, the NHL quietly made a pair of small but significant moves to grow its presence in hockey’s most intriguing market. The first was the hiring of Sandy Ma Yun, a veteran executive of the Chinese auto and motorsports industries, as director of international strategy..." October 02

  • Offence is on a steady rise in the NHL

    TSN "Offence, offence, offence. Since the 2004-05 lockout, the National Hockey League has observed an interesting – if gradual – change in scoring. In the early years immediately after the lockout, it seemed as though goals were nearly impossible to come by after the month of..." October 02

  • Nick Suzuki, Cale Fleury crack Canadiens' roster, Ryan Poehling sent to AHL "Montreal Canadiens prospects Nick Suzuki and Cale Fleury have made the big club out of camp. The Habs announced Tuesday that forward Ryan Poehling has been assigned to AHL Laval, meaning Suzuki and Fleury claimed the final roster..." October 01

  • Trade candidates you’ll hear about during the 2019-20 NHL season

    Sportsnet "After a summer that saw Phil Kessel, P.K. Subban, Jacob Trouba, Nazem Kadri, Tyson Barrie, J.T. Miller, James Neal, Milan Lucic, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Faulk all traded, plus a pre-season chock full of rumours and speculation, the 2019-20 campaign is shaping up to be a fascinating one when..." October 01

  • Trade candidates you’ll hear about during the 2019-20 NHL season

    Sportsnet "After a summer that saw Phil Kessel, P.K. Subban, Jacob Trouba, Nazem Kadri, Tyson Barrie, J.T. Miller, James Neal, Milan Lucic, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Faulk all traded, plus a pre-season chock full of rumours and speculation, the 2019-20 campaign is shaping up to be a fascinating one when..." October 01

  • NHL Should Allow Sponsored Logos on Team Jerseys

    The Hockey Writers "How do you grow revenue if you are the NHL? Continuing growth is rather difficult to do in any business and the way the NHL has gone about it has been rather smart with new partnerships, expansion franchises, and gambling partnerships. While new revenue sources are always difficult to uncover,..." September 30

  • Canadiens place Charles Hudon, Charlie Lindgren on waivers

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "With all five players Montreal exposed to waivers on Thursday going unclaimed and making their way to Laval, the Canadiens have opted to try the same with another batch of roster cuts. Charlie Lindgren and Charles Hudon have begun that process..." September 30

  • Are Canadiens losing patience with winger Jonathan Drouin?

    Montreal Gazette "Remember playing shinny on the outdoor rink and there always seemed to be that one kid nobody could get the puck off? Jonathan Drouin was one of those kids. Drouin didn’t like to skate as a kid, but he’d play road hockey for hours and go on the outdoor rink in..." September 28

  • Is Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin worth trading for?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Jonathan Drouin approaches his third in a familiar situation: as a part of trade rumors. The rumblings revved up on Tuesday, when Elliotte Friedman singled out Drouin in the latest edition of “31..." September 27

  • Five second-year players that will have breakout seasons

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not every NHL rookie enters the league with a bang. Not everyone can put up 100-point seasons in their first year like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin. Some guys need that first year to get used to the pace of play at the NHL level. But a lot guys get a lot more comfortable in..." September 27

  • Carey Price back on ice for Habs

    TSN "Goaltender Carey Price was back on the ice Thursday for the first time since being scratched from Tuesday's game with a light bruise on his glove hand.   Carey Price se remet d'une contusion à la main. Il travaille sur le 2e..." September 26

  • Canadiens Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur has heart surgery

    NBC Sports "Montreal Canadiens Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery on Thursday, the NHL club has confirmed. The Canadiens say the procedure took place at the Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal (CHUM). ”This procedure was necessary..." September 26

  • Marc Bergevin: Jonathan Drouin trade rumors likely came from a 'basement in Toronto'

    The Score "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin insisted Thursday there's no credence to the rumors suggesting forward Jonathan Drouin could be traded. "I don't know where they come from," Bergevin told the media on Thursday, as relayed by TSN...." September 26

  • Karl Alzner, Dale Weise among five Habs waived

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens made more cuts to their training-camp roster on Thursday, placing five players on waivers. Forwards Dale Weise, Matthew Peca and Philip Varone, along with defencemen Karl Alzner and Xavier Ouellet were placed on waivers at noon, giving other NHL teams 24 hours to claim..." September 26

  • Canadiens' Drouin 'definitely out there' in trade rumors

    Sportsnet "It’s pre-season, we know, but Jonathan Drouin has been under the microscope since the Montreal Canadiens opened training camp two weeks ago and what he’s shown since then has been anything but convincing. Guys like him—NHL players with over 300..." September 26

  • Canadiens’ Claude Julien expects Carey Price to be back ‘soon’ from hand injury

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien expects Carey Price to be back on the ice “very soon” after the star goalie was scratched from a pre-season start with a bruise on his hand. “It’s one of those things where you’re probably going to see him..." September 25

  • Canadiens’ Carey Price misses pre-season game with bruised hand

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price missed Monday’s pre-season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs as a precaution due to a bruised hand.   Claude Julien confirms that Carey Price did..." September 24

  • Canadiens looking to trade a forward

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens are interested in shopping a forward, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports in his latest edition of 31 Thoughts. The Canadiens training camp has been very competitive, with offensive prospects Nick Suzuki and Ryan..." September 24

  • Jimmy Hayes, Griffin Reinhart Among Notable AHL Camp Invites

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s a position that no NHL veteran wants to find himself in, but sometimes it’s the only way to stay employed in North America. With NHL training camps starting to cut mass amounts of participants, AHL camps are opening for another round of evaluation and to prepare young pros for..." September 24

  • Nick Suzuki is making a strong case for a roster spot

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "It is becoming harder and harder to see how the Montreal Canadiens could start this season without Nick Suzuki on the roster. On Saturday night against the Senators, the Habs moved to 4-0 for their preseason, thanks to three power-play goals and a strong night..." September 23

  • Canadiens’ Nick Suzuki facing one last test in quest for roster spot

    Sportsnet "It’s one more test, but it might just be the most important one Nick Suzuki will face in his quest to earn a job with the Montreal Canadiens to start the season. On Saturday, for Montreal’s pre-season game against the Ottawa Senators, Suzuki will move from centre to wing..." September 21

  • Drive to improve remains strong for Canadiens' Shea Weber

    Montreal Gazette "Imagine walking into the Canadiens’ locker room for the first time at training camp and seeing Shea Weber — the Man Mountain — sitting there. You’d think it would be very intimidating for a young player, but apparently it’s not at..." September 20

  • Canadiens' Ryan Poehling out indefinitely with concussion

    The Score "Montreal Canadiens forward Ryan Poehling is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a concussion, the team announced Friday. The 20-year-old center was hit into the boards by Florida Panthers forward Dryden Hunt during the second period of the..." September 20

  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19