4:36 AM EDT, Mon May 20, 2019
36 mins ago
Monday Links and Open thread: The Nick Suzuki and Sean Durzi bromance

Monday Links and Open thread: The Nick Suzuki and Sean Durzi bromance

In today’s links, Suzuki’s advice to his best teammate, Snoop Dogg’s love of Montreal, one of the greatest turnarounds in hockey history, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Currently working together to capture the Memorial Cup, Nick Suzuki is always someone Sean Durzi can turn to for advice. [Vancouver Courier] Jakob Pelletier holds 15th in the first round of the NHL Draft and could be an option for the Canadiens. [NHL] It’s no secret that the Canadiens could use a top-six forward and a top-four defenceman, but what are some possible scenarios? [My NHL Trade Rumors] Who...
2 hours ago
2019 Worlds schedule: May 20

2019 Worlds schedule: May 20

Everything you need to know about today’s action. Group A Preliminary Games 10:15 AM ET: France (0-0-1-5, 1 pt) vs Great Britain (0-0-0-6, 0 pts) This game will decide who will continue to play in the top division while the loser will be relegated. It hasn’t been a great tournament for either of these teams, but they can erase that with a win on Monday. The game will be shown on TSN 2 and RDS in Canada. 2:15 PM ET: Canada (4-0-0-1, 12 pts) vs Denmark (1-1-0-3, 5 pts) Canada can assured itself a quarterfinal spot with a single point. But more than that, they need to position themselves...
20 hours ago
Daniel Audette had an up-and-down performance in a contract year

Daniel Audette had an up-and-down performance in a contract year

We saw some magical displays of his offensive skills, but also a few disappearing acts. The 2018-19 AHL season wasn’t particularly kind to Daniel Audette. From the outset, he wasn’t producing as much as was expected of him in his third year in the pros. A big leap forward was needed in the last year of his contract, to prove that he was worth keeping around for the organization. His place in the lineup changed from third to first-line centre, with stops at first-line wing and a drop to the bottom trio. Audette was basically all over the place as the call-ups and injuries came, and his...
22 hours ago
2019 Draft profile: John Farinacci hopes to follow in Ryan Donato’s footsteps

2019 Draft profile: John Farinacci hopes to follow in Ryan Donato’s footsteps

The forward produced two points per game in his high-school career, and will head to Harvard University as a drafted NHL prospect. Dexter School is a proven training ground for a blooming NHL talent. Ryan Donato, drafted by the Boston Bruins out of the prep school in the second round of the 2014 draft (56th overall) made his way to the top league in the world from the High School Hockey System. Donato played at Harvard for three season following his success with Dexter, but that was not before coming back to the same team for his draft-plus-one year, allowing him to finish as their all-time...
May 19, 2019
Sunday Links & Open thread: Nick Suzuki’s phenomenal post-season continues

Sunday Links & Open thread: Nick Suzuki’s phenomenal post-season continues

In today’s links, Nick Suzuki can’t be contained, finding Habs fans in unlikely places, and Patrick Roy interviewing with the Senators. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Nick Suzuki found his way onto the scoreboard during his first Memorial Cup appearance. [NHL] Suzuki is also touched by the support he’s been receiving from Canadiens fans. [TVA Sports] Tomas Tatar helped Team Slovakia trounce Team Great Britain. [NHL] Canadiens fans are everywhere, even apparently on The Voice Australia edition! [Le Journal De Quebec] Around the league and elsewhere The Ottawa Senators are set...
May 19, 2019
2019 Worlds schedule: May 19

2019 Worlds schedule: May 19

Everything you need to know about today’s action. Group A Preliminary Games 10:15 AM ET: Germany (4-0-0-1, 12 pts) vs United States (3-1-0-1, 11 pts) Germany is coming off of a tough 8-1 loss to Canada, while the United States is coming off of a 7-1 win against Denmark. An American win either against Germany or Canada will secure them a spot in the quarterfinal round. The game will be shown on TSN 3 and RDS in Canada and NHL Network in the USA. 2:15 PM ET: France (2-0-0-3, 6 pts) vs Finland (4-0-1-0, 13 pts) Finland is atop Group A as it stands, and should extend their lead in their...
May 18, 2019
2019 Draft profile: Patrik Puistola’s great hands are his NHL ticket

2019 Draft profile: Patrik Puistola’s great hands are his NHL ticket

Able to stickhandle in a phone booth, the Finn will need to work on his feet to make the most of his talents. Mestis, the second-tier hockey league of Finland, hasn’t turned many of its draft-eligible players into NHLers over the years. Recent top draft picks like Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujärvi played in the league before being selected by their respective organizations, but it was a year prior to their draft year (which they spent dominating in Liiga). Jesse Ylönen, who was picked out of Mestis at the beginning of the second round in 2018, could turn into the exception as he...
May 18, 2019
Grade the seasons of Joel Armia and Charles Hudon

Grade the seasons of Joel Armia and Charles Hudon

The two wingers entered the season looking to make the most of their opportunities, but they had very different years. The Montreal Canadiens finally had their dearth of talent at the centre position addressed in the off-season after years of it being the weakest position for the organization. Despite the issues down the middle, the Canadiens had been running a full complement of strong wingers for a few seasons. The addition of Max Domi to slide Jonathan Drouin back over to the wing and bringing in Joel Armia in the off-season meant there was plenty of competition in training camp to earn...
May 18, 2019
Saturday Links & Open thread: Will Bergevin consider an offer sheet this off-season?

Saturday Links & Open thread: Will Bergevin consider an offer sheet this off-season?

In today’s links, a possible offer sheet the Canadiens could use, Tatar’s play in the World Championships, Carey Price’s new tattoo, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Is Marc Bergevin bold and daring enough to offer-sheet one of the league’s best young talents? [Montreal Gazette] After Carey Price got one tattoo sleeve done, it seems he’s on his way to getting the second done, with some beautiful artwork created. [Montreal Canadiens] Tomas Tatar put up two assists to keep Slovakia running at the World Championship yesterday. [Canadiens] Around the league and...
May 18, 2019
2019 Worlds schedule: May 18

2019 Worlds schedule: May 18

Everything you need to know about today’s action. Group A Preliminary Games 6:15 AM ET: Denmark (1-1-0-2, 5 pts) vs United States (2-1-0-1, 8 pts) There is still a lot to play for in Group A and there are combinations of results that could completely shake up the group. A Denmark win in regulation would be one of those. It would tie them with the United States for the final playoff spot. The game will be shown on TSN 3/4 in Canada and NHL Network in the USA. 10:15 AM ET: Canada (3-0-0-1, 9 pts) vs Germany (4-0-0-0, 12 pts) Germany has been on a roll in this tournament so far but they...
May 17, 2019
What is Joel Armia worth to the Montreal Canadiens?

What is Joel Armia worth to the Montreal Canadiens?

The big Finn had a solid first year in Montreal, but how much will a new contract cost this off-season? There are not many big free agents looming in Montreal this summer. In fact, the free agents for the Canadiens should be re-signed without much to do. Joel Armia is one of those players. And while a new deal is likely imminent, the actual cost will be quite interesting. Armia, for all his strengths, is not a major point producer. But a solid defensive winger who can chip in 10+ goals a year is a great piece to have in your bottom six. He was an excellent safety blanket for rookie Jesperi...
May 17, 2019
2019 Draft profile: Peyton Krebs processes the game faster than his peers

2019 Draft profile: Peyton Krebs processes the game faster than his peers

The forward didn’t have much to work with in Kootenay, but his work ethic has gotten him noticed. The Kootenay ICE finished last in the overall standings in the WHL in two out of the last four seasons, and did not make the playoffs in any of those years. They spent a lot of that time getting shelled by other much stronger organizations. It wasn’t the best environment to foster the growth of a top prospect, but Peyton Krebs was the flower that emerged out of the barren land to show itself to the world. With great resilience, an unwavering work ethic, and a burning desire to win despite...
May 17, 2019
Friday Links & Open thread: Peter Budaj hopes to stay in the game he loves

Friday Links & Open thread: Peter Budaj hopes to stay in the game he loves

In today’s links, Peter Budaj talks about his post-playing career future in hockey, Geoff Molson answers questions from the fans, and is more video review the answer to debacles like the one on Wednesday? Montreal Canadiens news and notes Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s first career goal or yet another Carey Price highlight-reel save? The quest to find the Canadiens’ play of the year continues. [Montreal Canadiens] Newly retired Peter Budaj hopes he can stay involved in the game that he loves. [Montreal Canadiens] Nick Suzuki is aware that Montreal’s eyes will be on him as he prepares for...
May 17, 2019
2019 Worlds schedule: May 17

2019 Worlds schedule: May 17

Everything you need to know about today’s action. Group A Preliminary Games 10:15 AM ET: Slovakia (1-0-0-3, 3 pts) vs France (0-0-1-3, 1 pt) What was a tremendous start for the host Slovaks - a win against the United States - has turned into a huge disappointment. Last minute losses to Canada and Germany have cost them a chance at the playoff round, and now are left to play out the stretch. France took Denmark to a shootout and that may be enough to keep them from relegation but it may come down to their game against Great Britain. The game will be shown on TSN 3 and RDS in Canada and...
May 16, 2019
2019 Draft profile: Victor Söderström is the mobile defender you’re looking for

2019 Draft profile: Victor Söderström is the mobile defender you’re looking for

If strong skating, puck-moving, and solid defence aren’t enough to draw attention, leadership skills well beyond his years should be. Victor Söderström caught Magnus Sundquist off guard this season, the Brynäs head coach admitted to Eyes On The Prize after a game against Växjö. “I didn’t have anything to do one night in Gävle when I just had been appointed as a coach,” Sundquist explained. “I went to catch a game with the U20s. I had heard about Victor as a talent, but not anything else. Then, when saw Victor play, I said to myself, ‘He is too good to play with the...