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Eyes On The Prize Jun 12, 2018
Signing Jack Johnson would be a potential disaster for the Habs

Signing Jack Johnson would be a potential disaster for the Habs

Rumoured to be a potential target for Montreal, the Blue Jackets defender isn’t going to solve any of the Habs’ issues. It’s no secret that the Montreal Canadiens are in the market for a left-handed defenceman to play next to Shea Weber. Plenty of names have been thrown around, but in the latest edition of “31 Thoughts” by Elliotte Friedman, the Sportsnet analyst believes that Montreal is “a stealth destination” for the pending unrestricted free agent. Quite frankly, signing Johnson, who wants term and money on a contract, would be absolutely disastrous for the Canadiens....
Eyes On The Prize Jun 8, 2018
Links: Teenage days are over for Victor Mete

Links: Teenage days are over for Victor Mete

In today’s links, looking at Victor Mete’s future, wondering who Marc Bergevin should jettison, and why hockey players don’t say “I.” Montreal Canadiens news and notes Teenage days are over for Victor Mete. [Montreal Gazette] Three underperforming Canadiens that Marc Bergevin should consider moving. [The Hockey Writers] Brendan Gallagher and Shea Weber put their knowledge of NHL logos to the test. [NHL.com] Zach Fucale does not appear to be in the future plans of the Canadiens. [RDS] Around the league and elsewhere The Washington Capitals have won the Stanley Cup. [Japers’...
Eyes On The Prize Jun 6, 2018
Can Mete be a top-pairing defender next season?

Can Mete be a top-pairing defender next season?

He showed glimpses of top-level talent, and Victor Mete could once again begin the season on Shea Weber’s flank. Victor Mete blew everyone away last season, rocketing up the depth chart from a very good CHL prospect to an NHL regular in the span of a few months. By the time all was said and done, Mete not only found himself an NHL player, but he had secured himself a spot on the Montreal Canadiens’ top pairing with Shea Weber. It’s a tall order given the usage that Weber has in Montreal. He plays major minutes night in and night out in every conceivable situation as their top...
Eyes On The Prize May 26, 2018
Grade Alex Galchenyuk’s season performance

Grade Alex Galchenyuk’s season performance

Catch up on all the articles we published on Galchenyuk this week, and grade his season performance. It may not have seemed like it at the time, but Alex Galchenyuk had a rebound season in 2017-18. He managed to work his way off the third and fourth lines, taking his place back within the top six. Even though he had a difficult time producing during five-on-five action, with the absence of Shea Weber, Galcheynuk stepped up and brought his one-timer to the power play on more than one occasion. Over the last two years, the Canadiens have played the young forward alongside more...
Eyes On The Prize May 23, 2018
Draft prospect profile: Jared McIsaac excels in all three zones

Draft prospect profile: Jared McIsaac excels in all three zones

When he wants to be, the Nova Scotian defenceman is a force all over the ice. When watching Jared McIsaac play defence, you can’t help but notice a bit of a throwback style emerge. While he doesn’t possess a Shea Weber-like slapshot, he focuses on keeping his end clean before joining in on the offence, and he’s not afraid to throw his body around. That being said, it’s not all physical with McIsaac. He relies on applying pressure, forcing the opposing team to lose control of the puck with good stickwork and closing the gap to push them to the outside. With those two defensive...
Eyes On The Prize May 21, 2018
Galchenyuk needs to play with offensive-minded defencemen

Galchenyuk needs to play with offensive-minded defencemen

The Habs have tried to help Galchenyuk’s defensive game with responsible blue-liners, but the strategy has had the opposite effect. On the surface, Alex Galchenyuk had a rebound 2017-18 season. He played himself off the third and fourth line, showed good chemistry with Jonathan Drouin, and recorded decent offensive output (19 goals and 32 assists) on an offensively challenged Montreal Canadiens squad. However, Galchenyuk’s campaign was largely fueled by the American sniper’s power-play prowess, in a system that, with Shea Weber out of the lineup, reinvented itself to focus on the...

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