The Canadiens Wild Centennial Season

The Montreal Canadiens marked their 100th anniversary as a franchise on December 4, 2009, in what was their 101st season. Celebrations officially began a year earlier, but since no NHL hockey was played in 2004-05, the 2009-10 season was actually their real centennial year. Few fans noticed, as they were too busy following the unpredictable chain of events that led to the Habs longest playoff run in 17 years. In…

July 19, 2018
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Canadiens’ Coaching: Has it Improved Enough?

With the announcement that Luke Richardson was hired as the new defensive coach for the Montreal Canadiens, it finally rounded out what the coaching staff will look like for next season. With the Dominique Ducharme hiring as an additional assistant coach and bringing in Joel Bouchard for the AHL squad, it’s clear upper management knew it was time to improve the quality of coaching with the team. However, will the…

July 17, 2018
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Can Ouellet Crack the Canadiens’ Top-Six?

It’s almost mid-July and a number of questions remain about the Montreal Canadiens’ roster for the coming season. One pressing issue is the team’s defense. With the news that Shea Weber has undergone surgery on his knee, head coach Claude Julien will be starting the 2018-19 season with a variety of defensive pairings until his star D-man returns to the lineup in December. This bodes well for the young players trying…

July 16, 2018
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Canadiens & Pacioretty: Is the Love Gone?

You could feel the tension on the Montreal metro the morning of March 9, 2011. The night before, Max Pacioretty, the Canadiens’ 22-year-old left wing and emerging star, was pushed into a stanchion at the end of the visitor’s bench by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara during the game, leaving him motionless on the ice. The hit was intentional but the intent to injure subject to speculation. Subsequent calls for…

July 13, 2018
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Pacioretty Snafu Puts Canadiens Rebuild on Hold

It’s a good thing the Montreal Canadiens swear up and down they’re not rebuilding and are aiming for a playoff spot instead. Because, barring a miraculous turnaround, they could be stuck with perennial-30-goal-scorer Max Pacioretty. That is, up until the end of the season, at which point Pacioretty will have no reason to stay. If you believe recent reports that the Habs have let him know they have no intention…

July 13, 2018
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Guy Lafleur: The Last of the Great Habs Skaters

Guy Lafleur’s 17-year NHL career spanned from 1971 until 1991. The first 14 years were with the Habs, followed by a three-year retirement. He then skated one season with the New York Rangers and two with the Quebec Nordiques. He’s known as one of the greatest right wingers ever to play the game and one of the most exciting offensive players of all time. Oldmaison/Flickr The Flower’s trophy case includes…

July 12, 2018
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NHL Rumors: Pacioretty, Karlsson, Goldobin, More

In today’s rumor rundown a report out of Montreal seems to suggest the Canadiens are unwilling to talk extension with forward Max Pacioretty, the Dallas Stars are once again in on Erik Karlsson, and Andreas Athanasiou and Nikolay Goldobin should be added to the trade-watch board. Pacioretty Trade Inevitable Recent reports have suggested the Montreal Canadiens were looking at extending the contract of forward Max Pacioretty after trade options were falling through….

July 11, 2018
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Do You Know Your Canadiens’ Trivia?

Think you know all there is to know about the Montreal Canadiens? Time to find out. We’ve dug into the past of the storied team to pull out some factoids you may be totally unaware of. Time for a Habs history lesson. How Well Do You Know the Habs’ History? Which Montreal Canadiens superstar was the first-ever head coach for the Quebec Nordiques in 1972? Maurice Richard Maurice Richard coached the first two…

July 11, 2018
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The Canadiens Legacy of Losing

I remember the afternoon of April 27, 1980, clearly. Walking down Ste Catherine street, I saw a tall, lanky figure walking towards me. It didn’t take me long to recognize Larry Robinson, the Canadiens’ star defenseman, who would win the Norris Trophy later that year. Approaching him, I shouted, “You guys are gonna win!” in reference to Game 7 of their quarterfinal series against the Minnesota North Stars that night. If…

July 10, 2018
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