Montreal - Nov. 19, 2014: I first talked to Pat Burns - alone - on August 1988, the day of the Gretzky trade. Burns hadn't coached an NHL game yet - he had been hired by the Habs just two months earlier - but had worked for Gretzky while coaching Hull in QMJHL. It was the middle of the summer, a lot of people were away from their desks (including, famously, Red Fisher) and I couldn't get Gretzky or the man who traded him - Peter Pocklington. Nor the man who was beginning to shake up the NHL - Bruce McNall. So I called Pat. FULL STORY
Montreal - Nov. 5, 2014: Usually we show a lot of character. We didn't show it tonight. - Michel Therrien. Happy Birthday coach. Habs started very well. Carried the play. Corey Crawford made some big saves. But the common theme was Montreal's inability to finish. P.A. Parenteau had an open net but couldn't bury the puck. He didn't get all of it, allowing Crawford to move over and make a strong pad save FULL STORY
Montreal - Nov. 3, 2014: First game back home following a week long road trip always seems to be a tough assignment. But it's not like the Flames arrived via a 45 minute flight from NYC. And Calgary was without several regulars including Matt Stajan, Mason Raymond, Joe Colborne and Mikail Backlund.
Maybe Subban and the Habs forgot to turn their clocks back an hour FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 29, 2014: Grand Theft Goalie.
And the Montreal Canadiens get two points in Calgary for the first time since Doug Gilmour scored the winning goal against his former team in 2002. Or, as Ray Ferraro pointed out, when Brendan Gallagher was 10 years old. FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 28, 2014: Thud.
The Montreal Canadiens like a team that spent the flight to Edmonton reading about how great they are. While filling up on Grade AAA Alberta beef. Maybe they'll be hungry again in Calgary. The Edmonton Oilers skated to a 3-0 victory. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Oct. 28, 2014: On the strength of a shutout performance from netminder Ben Scrivens and a two point night from winger Benoit Pouliot, including his first goal as an Oiler, the Edmonton Oilers managed to push their win streak to four straight courtesy of a 3-0 victory over the Carey Price(less) Montreal Canadiens at Rexall Place. Don't look now but Dallas Eakins' side looks to have righted the ship...at least for the time being. FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 17, 2014: The Boston Bruins knew it would be a difficult chore to beat the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, especially after arriving in Montreal between 3 and 4 AM (or as Tyler Seguin used to call it - Happy Hour). They also knew they'd likely have to get a strong performance from Tuukka Rask to stay in the game. FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 14, 2014: Sunday night was a sobering reminder that the rest of the season will be a lot more challenging than a 3 for 3 start. And that every game that the Montreal Canadiens play against the Tampa Bay Lightning will be viewed by them as potential pay back for being swept away in the first round of the playoffs. FULL STORY
Toronto - Oct. 9, 2014: The National Hockey League kicked off their 2014-15 campaign in style with on Wednesday night with a classic end-to-end thriller between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. Unfortunately for the Leafs, a goal in the final minute of play from Tomas Plekanec proved to be the difference in what was a rather disappointing 4-3 loss. FULL STORY
Montreal - Aug. 2, 2014: The arbitration hearing between defenseman P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens was held Friday in Toronto.
Subban, a 25-year-old restricted free agent, was seeking a long-term contract from Montreal leading up to the hearing. He now likely will receive the salary determined by the arbitrator, though he and the Canadiens can continue to negotiate until the decision comes down. FULL STORY
Montreal - Jul. 1, 2014: Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of a 2nd round pick in 2016 from the Buffalo Sabres (Minnesota’s pick previously acquired by the Sabres), in return for defenseman Josh Gorges. FULL STORY
Montreal - Jul. 1, 2014: Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and a fifth round draft pick in 2015 from the Colorado Avalanche, in return for forward Daniel Brière. FULL STORY
Montreal - Jun. 30, 2014: Defenseman Josh Gorges told reporters Monday he does not expect to return to the Montreal Canadiens for the 2014-15 season, with a trade the most likely outcome. "It's out of my hands whether I'll be back or not," Gorges told La Presse. "But it's my understanding it's not going to be the case." FULL STORY
Montreal - Jun. 24, 2014: They were the only Canadian representation in this year's NHL playoffs, and for some it was excruciating to be constantly reminded, especially for Leafs fans. But the fact remains, this allowed the Montreal Canadiens to play with a chip on their shoulder, which ultimately pushed them to battle hard, play gritty, and out muscle some of the league's top Cup contenders. Falling short of the finals, the Canadiens ended their season on a sour note, but overall there were many positives in their play during the 2013/2014 season. FULL STORY
Montreal - Jun. 23, 2014: The guessing game is over. Andrei Markov will be happily donning the bleu-blanc-rouge for the next three years. During a conference call from Florida where he’s spending a hard-earned offseason, the All-Star defenseman commented on his freshly-inked, three-year pact. “I never doubted I’d be back with the Montreal Canadiens. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Jun. 18, 2014: With the both the NHL Entry Draft and Unrestricted Free Agency just around the corner, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish will have some very tough decisions to make over the next couple of weeks. He will undoubtedly be trying his very best to improve this club for the upcoming 2014-15 season and you can bet his primary focus will be on the Oilers blueline. FULL STORY
Buffalo - Jun. 16, 2014: This is part four in a series of posts looking back at the NHL Draft between 2004 and 2009
This might be my favorite draft of the six that I worked through. There seemed to be a few more big moves than the others I looked through. There seemed to be a number of seriously talented players lurking in the middle of this draft which made slotting them in properly a challenge in many cases. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Jun. 14, 2014: For those of us who were lucky enough to watch the Edmonton Oilers grow into one of the finest teams the game of hockey has ever produced, it was a moment in time none of us will ever forget. As successful as they were during their initial decade in the NHL, it was the Oilers 1981 first round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens that ultimately sent Wayne Gretzky and company on their way to greatness. FULL STORY
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