1:55 AM EDT, Sat April 21, 2018
A Winning Habit 9 hours ago

Montreal Canadiens: Hayden Verbeek looks to have a strong start

While Montreal Canadiens prospect Will Bitten have started their Conference Final series, Hayden Verbeek is getting his started tonight in Sault. St. Marie. It’s down to the wire in the Ontario Hockey League. Only two more rounds until a champion is crowned and an OHL representative is chosen for the 2018 Memorial Cup. For the […] Montreal Canadiens: Hayden Verbeek looks to have a strong start - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
A Winning Habit 15 hours ago

Montreal Canadiens: Habs Twitter reacts to Tomas Plekanec’s goal

Montreal Canadiens fans had some funny things to say on Twitter after Tomas Plekanec scored his first goal in the playoffs for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Even though the Montreal Canadiens aren’t in the playoffs this year, that hasn’t stopped fans from sharing their thoughts on the different series and how they’re playing out. Lately, […] Montreal Canadiens: Habs Twitter reacts to Tomas Plekanec’s goal - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize 15 hours ago
Coaching The Farm: 1968-1981 — Al MacNeil presided over the greatest era

Coaching The Farm: 1968-1981 — Al MacNeil presided over the greatest era

The modern farm team began to take shape. Read Part I of this series, covering the years from 1963-1968. Al MacNeil (CPHL Houston Apollos, 1968-69, AHL Montreal Voyageurs 1969-70) MacNeil, a veteran NHL defenceman of over 500 games, was named player/coach by Montreal Canadiens general manager Sam Pollock, taking over from Ray Kinasewich with the primary affiliate, the Houston Apollos, in 1968. MacNeil was drafted by the Canadiens from the Pittsburgh Penguins during the intraleague draft, returning to the organization for which he played seven seasons prior. He accepted the tasks of player...
The Hockey Writers 16 hours ago

Canadiens Fans Need Answers After Lefebvre Firing

It was about time for ex-Laval Rocket head coach Sylvain Lefebvre. Or, to be more respectful, the clock had at least run out on him and his time at the helm of the American Hockey League farm team of the Montreal Canadiens. After one playoff berth in six seasons (a single playoff game won), the […] The post Canadiens Fans Need Answers After Lefebvre Firing appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
A Winning Habit 17 hours ago

The Montreal Canadiens could take advantage of the LA and Anaheim sweeps

The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks may be two teams who make knee-jerk after their playoff eliminations which the Montreal Canadiens could be in on. There are two responses to being eliminated from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Some teams acknowledge the fact that they ran into a powerhouse, make minor […] The Montreal Canadiens could take advantage of the LA and Anaheim sweeps - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize 17 hours ago
Laval Rocket season review: Michael McCarron

Laval Rocket season review: Michael McCarron

Despite accepting a new role, McCarron didn’t move the needle much in the last year of his entry-level contract. Michael McCarron is a divisive prospect in the Montreal Canadiens system. He has many of the tools needed to be a quality asset, but seemingly can’t find the consistency he needs to make a true impact. At his best, he uses his massive body to win battles along the boards, and set up teammates around the net. He has soft hands and has shown he has the capability in the dirty areas to score goals and produce like he did in his rookie season. This year, however, was another...
A Winning Habit 19 hours ago

Montreal Canadiens: Alexandre Alain is weighing options on a future deal

Alexandre Alain is drawing interest from several NHL teams, and the Montreal Canadiens will have to put up their best offer to get sign him to a contract. A lot of fans were up in arms after the Montreal Canadiens missed out on signing Alex Barré-Boulet out of the QMJHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning had that […] Montreal Canadiens: Alexandre Alain is weighing options on a future deal - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize 19 hours ago
Lindgren excited to head to Worlds

Lindgren excited to head to Worlds

In today’s links, Lindgren is thrilled about heading to Denmark, the post-mortem continues on Sylvain Lefebvre’s tenure, and the league tries to learn from Las Vegas. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Charlie Lindgren is humbled and excited to represent the USA at the World Championship. [Montreal Canadiens] Looking at the top candidates for the newly vacant Laval Rocket head coaching position. [Last Word on Hockey] Gordie Dwyer is a dark horse candidate for replacing Sylvain Lefebvre. [Journal de Montreal] Lefebvre’s tenure was not only negative. [RDS] The Canadiens should not...
Eyes On The Prize Apr 19, 2018
Laval Rocket season review: Kerby Rychel

Laval Rocket season review: Kerby Rychel

The trade deadline acquisition was a major force for the Rocket after joining the team. Kerby Rychel joined the Montreal Canadiens organization along with Rinat Valiev in the trade that sent Tomas Plekanec to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and in Laval he did all he could to show that he belonged to stay with his new club. The big concern over Rychel was that his skating ability would hinder his ability to be an effective player overall, but in the 20 games he played between the AHL and NHL he looked more than capable. Rychel came to Laval the weekend of the trade deadline, and in his first...
A Winning Habit Apr 19, 2018

Montreal Canadiens: Follow a similar plan as the Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights are an example that talent is always present if you take the time to use it and the Montreal Canadiens should follow that message. The Vegas Golden Knights have continued to defy the odds after sweeping the two-time Stanley Cup Champions in the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. […] Montreal Canadiens: Follow a similar plan as the Vegas Golden Knights - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize Apr 19, 2018
Coaching The Farm: 1963-1968 — Scotty Bowman only lasted eight games

Coaching The Farm: 1963-1968 — Scotty Bowman only lasted eight games

Revisiting the history of those who’ve been trusted with the task of developing future Canadiens players in the minor leagues. Sylvain Lefebvre was recently relieved of his coaching duties at the head of the Laval Rocket, the American Hockey League farm team of the Montreal Canadiens. While the announcement of his replacement is pending, it’s an opportune time to take a look back at the history of the coaches behind the bench of the minor-league club, responsible for guiding the next generation of Canadiens players in their first forays into the world of professional hockey. It’s...
A Winning Habit Apr 19, 2018

Montreal Canadiens: Marc Bergevin was right about Carey Price

Carey Price had a rollercoaster of a year, and when you look at the stats, Marc Bergevin was right to hold some of the Montreal Canadiens shortcomings on him. Many people have their opinions on what went wrong for the Montreal Canadiens this season. All arguments start with Marc Bergevin and spread out to different […] Montreal Canadiens: Marc Bergevin was right about Carey Price - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize Apr 19, 2018
Road to Redemption: Part I — The Power Play

Road to Redemption: Part I — The Power Play

The Canadiens simply need to rearrange a few pieces to ice two dangerous man-advantage units. I think that most fair observers will be able to look at the current Montreal Canadiens squad and realize that they are not the 28th-best team in the NHL. At the same time, given the emergence of the Toronto Maple Leafs and resurrection of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins, this Habs team — without serious changes — is also unlikely to replicate the Atlantic Division titles that it won in 2015 and 2017. As a team “somewhere in the middle,” the Habs will need every edge they can...
A Winning Habit Apr 19, 2018

Montreal Canadiens: Paul Byron’s injury was another kept secret

The Montreal Canadiens announced Wednesday that Paul Byron received successful surgery in New York, however, that makes another secret kept from the fans. When the Montreal Canadiens announced the completion of Paul Byron‘s surgery, the fanbase went through a rapid wave of emotion. At first, shock, relief, and finally confusion. At what point did Byron […] Montreal Canadiens: Paul Byron’s injury was another kept secret - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize Apr 19, 2018
Bitten and Verbeek still battling for a Memorial Cup berth

Bitten and Verbeek still battling for a Memorial Cup berth

Here are your daily links, including Habs prospects in the OHL playoffs, a six-month recovery for Paul Byron, rule consistency in the playoffs, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Keep an eye on Habs prospects Will Bitten and Hayden Verbeek as they face off in the OHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. [Canadiens] Paul Byron will miss six months after undergoing shoulder surgery. [EOTP] No one expected Nicolas Deslauriers to be as much of a contributor as he turned out to be this season. [The Athletic] With the head coaching position open in Laval, which candidates would be the best...

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