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Sunday Habs Headlines: Nick Suzuki is enjoying the increased attention

Sunday Habs Headlines: Nick Suzuki is enjoying the increased attention

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, Nick Suzuki is unfazed by the increase in media attention, Alexander Romanov is set to start his new season, and is it time to improve the existing NHL-CHL deal? Montreal Canadiens news and notes Nick Suzuki isn't deterred by the additional media attention he’s received since being traded to Montreal. [TSN] Suzuki has also significantly bolstered the Canadiens’ centre depth. [Sportsnet] Canadiens prospect Cole Caufield is one of many players the Wisconsin Badgers hope to see hitting the ice for them when their new...
Jul 20, 2019
Grade Phillip Danault’s season

Grade Phillip Danault’s season

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via In the first year of a new three-year deal, Danault was part of one of the top lines in the league. A prospect when he was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks back in 2016, Phillip Danault had a great first full NHL season the following year, posting 40 points. His 2017-18 campaign was reduced to just 52 contests by injury, but he played just about a full schedule last year, compiling a career-high 53 points. July 15, 2018: Phillip Danault signs three-year contract extension with Montreal Canadiens With his original two-year contract he’d signed...
Jul 19, 2019
Charles Hudon signs one-year contract with Canadiens

Charles Hudon signs one-year contract with Canadiens

The team and player avoid the arbitration hearing that was set for August 2. Becoming a restricted free agent on July 1, Charles Hudon had elected for salary arbitration in an effort to earn a fair deal for the 2019-20 season. The hearing that was set to take place on August 2 will no longer be necessary as the Montreal Canadiens have signed him to a one-year contract. Les Canadiens s’entendent sur les modalités d’un contrat d’une saison à un volet avec Charles Hudon (800,000$).-> https://t.co/Gz9eFDHYBcThe Canadiens have agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract with...
Jul 19, 2019
Could the Canadiens have their own Patrice Bergeron in Phillip Danault?

Could the Canadiens have their own Patrice Bergeron in Phillip Danault?

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Comparing the two Altantic Division pivots in various areas. Over the course of their long history, the Montreal Canadiens have enjoyed a tradition of “200-foot” centres: players who were offensively capable and defensively responsible. Hall of Famers Bob Gainey and Guy Carbonneau are usually the first examples to come to mind. However, over the last decade, the preeminent player of this mould in the NHL has been Patrice Bergeron — something that has stung at many Canadiens fans like a persistent rash. Bergeron ticks all of the boxes to be a...
Jul 19, 2019
Links: Andrei Markov looking to make his return to the NHL

Links: Andrei Markov looking to make his return to the NHL

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, Andrei Markov’s agent has reached out to the Montreal Canadiens regarding a return for the veteran defender, Christian Folin talks about his favourite things, and Greg Johnson’s death has been ruled an apparent suicide Montreal Canadiens news and notes Andrei Markov has expressed an interest in returning to Habs, the team has not reciprocated. [RDS] Andrei Markov’s agent Sergei Isakov said to Sport24 that he has been in touch with Montreal. “I personally spoke with the main scout of “Montreal” and strongly...
Jul 18, 2019
Links: Working hard even after development camp

Links: Working hard even after development camp

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Here are your daily links, including Pitlick’s dedication, Tomas Tatar’s football alliance, Phillip Danault making a name for himself, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Habs’ 2019 draft pick Rhett Pitlick is determined to make the most of his time in Montreal. [Canadiens] The Athletic has published part one of their ranking of Habs’ prospects. [The Athletic] Tomas Tatar has been a proud Bayern Munich fan almost his entire life. [Canadiens] Phillip Danault is proving his value to the Canadiens, and drawing some comparisons...
Jul 17, 2019
Phillip Danault is filling the shoes of Tomas Plekanec

Phillip Danault is filling the shoes of Tomas Plekanec

Quietly effective at both ends of the ice, Danault is filling one turtleneck-sized hole in the Canadiens’ lineup perfectly. Phillip Danault has been on quite the ride in just over three seasons as a Montreal Canadiens player. Acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in 2016, Danault originally looked to be a project of a player, with minimal NHL time and lacklustre production. None of that is what you want to see from a first-round pick, especially for a Chicago team in a cap crunch trying to squeeze a few more years out of an aging core. So Danault and a second-round pick were shipped to...
Jul 17, 2019
Links: Keith Kinkaid’s arrival should ease Carey Price’s burden

Links: Keith Kinkaid’s arrival should ease Carey Price’s burden

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports In today’s links, Keith Kinkaid represents the best backup netminder that the Habs have enjoyed in years, wondering whether the Flyers finally have a quality goaltender in Carter Hart, and how much will the likes of Zach Werenski and Charlie McAvoy make next season? Montreal Canadiens news and notes Keith Kinkaid’s arrival should help the Habs manage Carey Price’s workload. [Sportsnet] Kinkaid fills an important hole for the Montreal Canadiens. [The Athletic | Athletique] Nate Thompson opens up about the players who have influenced him over...
Jul 16, 2019
Habsent Minded: Is Marc Bergevin Finnished?

Habsent Minded: Is Marc Bergevin Finnished?

After almost all of his house cleaning is done, will the Canadiens GM make another move? Before we get into the newest episode, we do have some news to share about Habsent Minded. As you could tell by your updated subscription name and Twitter handle, we have started Eyes on the Prize Radio. This will allow us to have new podcasts alongside Habsent Minded to cover all of the things that we cover on Habs Eyes on the Prize but in podcast form. Patrik Bexell will continue his PuckDrop podcast in Europe. This might mean a podcast about the Laval Rocket or specifically about women’s hockey....
Jul 16, 2019
Links: Kinkaid is eager to play with Price

Links: Kinkaid is eager to play with Price

Kinkaid arrives in Montreal looking forward to playing with Carey Price, talking remaining free-agents, William Nylander offers to foot the bill for fans who own his jersey after changing his number, and more in today's links Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Keith Kinkaid is in Montreal and eager to get to work with Carey Price. [Twitter | Canadiens] Première journée en tant que membre des Canadiens ✅First day as a Hab ✅#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/EfxdupNyUy— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 15, 2019 Former Les Canadiennes centre Katia Clement-Heydra joins MODO....
Jul 15, 2019
Phillip Danault established himself with his best season to date

Phillip Danault established himself with his best season to date

In a top-six role for the third straight season, Danault took another step forward. Entering the 2018-19 season, there were questions surrounding Phillip Danault’s ability to lead a top line for the Montreal Canadiens, especially once Max Pacioretty was traded before training camp started. With question marks surrounding the rest of the Canadiens centre depth at the beginning of last season, a huge amount of pressure was going to be put on Danault’s shoulders and not only did he not struggle, he thrived. The line of Danault, Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher was one of the best lines in...
Jul 15, 2019
Links: The entrepreneurial side of Tomas Tatar

Links: The entrepreneurial side of Tomas Tatar

In today’s links, Tatar’s entrepreneurial side, Caufield’s love of dogs, Domi’s great advice, and more. Montreal News and Notes Four years ago, Tomas Tatar opened a one-stop gym in his hometown that has since become his training ground all summer long. [Montreal Canadiens] Cole Caufield is such a dog person that he’d easily invest in an app to find one to pet. [Twitter] Well said, Max! View this post on Instagram Smile. Life is short. Try it A post shared by Max Domi (@max) on Jul 14, 2019 at 1:35pm PDT Around the League and...
Jul 14, 2019
Coach Björn Hellkvist: Mattias Norlinder “has the whole package”

Coach Björn Hellkvist: Mattias Norlinder “has the whole package”

The coach of Allsvenskan’s Modo Hockey is confident in his charge’s chances of making it to the NHL. With their third selection at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Montreal Canadiens selected Swedish defenceman Mattias Norlinder. A native of Kramfors, Norlinder had just completed his first foray into the professional game with Modo Hockey of the Allsvenskan. To learn more about the new Habs prospect, Eyes On The Prize was able to speak with his head coach this past season, Mr. Björn Hellkvist. Taking time out of his holiday, Coach Hellkvist pulled no punches when asked if he was shocked...
Jul 14, 2019
Grade Victor Mete’s season

Grade Victor Mete’s season

After a slow start led to a short demotion to the AHL, Mete emerged as a different player. Victor Mete had quite a rise to the NHL level. As a fourth-round pick in 2016, he spent just one more year in the Junior ranks, making the Montreal Canadiens’ roster to start the 2017-18 season. August 28, 2018: 2018 Montreal Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #4 Victor Mete The debut was a good one, moving him up from the #12 spot he had claimed in our 2017 Top 25 Under 25 before his rookie season began. A strong year, with significant time alongside Shea Weber on the top pairing, placed him in the top...
Jul 14, 2019
Links: Mikey Reilly hopes to bounce back next season

Links: Mikey Reilly hopes to bounce back next season

In today’s links, Reilly wants to improve, Joel Armia and Artturi Lehkonen are focused on increasing their offence, and looking back on Alex Galchenyuk’s time as a Coyote. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Fresh off of signing a two-year extension with the Canadiens, Mikey Reilly is ready to get back out on the ice. [NHL] Both Joel Armia and Artturi Lehkonen look forward to contributing a bit more on offence next season. [Le Devoir] Marc Bergevin may not have fully believed that his offer sheet gamble would pan out. [TVA Sports] Christian Folin’s dad has some pretty good taste....