Montreal Canadiens

At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, the Montreal Canadiens placed Victor Mete with Shea Weber on the top defensive pairing. Mete, a left-shot defenceman, was an ideal fit to play alongside Weber, a right-hand shot. Also, Mete’s speed and ability to move the puck suited Weber’s shutdown, defensive-minded game. The two had good chemistry.
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The pressure is on Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and his scouting staff. That’s because, with the No. 3 pick at the upcoming NHL Entry Draft (in Dallas on June 22-23), they have a chance to right the trajectory of a ship that’s been set off course. Bergevin can help the Habs replenish their
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Last Friday, the local Montreal press had a chance to interview the Habs’ potential first pick in the upcoming draft, forward Filip Zadina. The Czech teenager answered a few questions about his readiness for the NHL, his goals for the upcoming year and expressed enthusiasm about the prospect of playing for the Canadiens. If selected,
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Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin just can’t win. Now, that’s of course true literally speaking, with the Habs having just suffered through a season, during which they finished in 28th place. However, it’s more in reference to how, no matter what he does, a large portion of the team’s fan base will find something
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Despite rumours to the contrary, Tomas Plekanec has likely played his last game for the Montreal Canadiens. It’s painful to see his regular season games played total sitting at 998. A player of his calibre deserves to have played 1,000 NHL games. It’s a badge of honour that tells fans you survived training camps, played
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The Montreal Canadiens absolutely don’t need Antti Niemi. Nevertheless, it’s hard to fault general manager Marc Bergevin for re-signing the goalie, as he just did to a 1-year, $950,000 deal. Think of Niemi as that extra insurance policy you have, because, “Hey, why not?” There really isn’t a reason. Price vs. Niemi To be clear,
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It’s possible the Montreal Canadiens retain the services of Max Pacioretty up to the point at which his contract expires next summer and beyond. Just unlikely. That’s due to numerous factors. For example, barring an inability to bounce back from an uncharacteristically unproductive 37-point season, his next contract will be more befitting of a perennial
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After moving up one spot in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, the Montreal Canadiens are poised to select third overall for just the third time in franchise history. The Habs have many options with the third pick, but there is one player in particular who could steal the spotlight in La Belle Province.  Filip Zadina:
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If the 2017-18 Montreal Canadiens season had been a play, their embittered fans had likely been hoping for a tragic ending during which management fell on its sword. After all, the first two acts certainly fit the bill anyway. Unfortunately, what they got was a comedy as owner Geoff Molson and general manager Marc Bergevin
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The Montreal Canadiens spent the last two months of their season auditioning many of their young prospects at the NHL level to see where they are at in their development. Some have shown good promise and have potentially pencilled themselves into next year’s lineup. For others, it’s obvious they aren’t quite ready yet. This is
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As the NHL season draws to a close and the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, Montreal Canadiens fans will no longer be able to cheer on their hometown team. Granted, there’s a chance they weren’t cheering for the Canadiens anyway, between them hoping for better draft-pick odds, and, you know, the Habs sucking this season. The
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With more and more new hockey fans enjoying the game we feel it’s more important than ever to look back at some of the game’s greatest. When discussing all-time great defensemen Bobby Orr’s name is always the first mentioned, as it should be, but the list directly below him is crowded. Names like Nicklas Lidstrom,
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When Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said he’ll “be there at the draft in Dallas,” he didn’t say in what capacity. To Promote or Fire Bergevin The implication was of course he wasn’t getting fired and had the full support of Canadiens owner Geoff Molson as the team’s GM. Theoretically though, that would further
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While the adage goes that defense wins championships, 16 goalies have won the Conn Smythe Trophy in NHL history compared to just 10 defensemen. Considering the Montreal Canadiens have won a league-high 24 Stanley Cups, that’s a lot of good goalies from which to choose when selecting the best in team history. Granted, championships alone
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