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Links: Playoffs or bust for the Canadiens

Links: Playoffs or bust for the Canadiens

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, Claude Julien is focused on the post-season, Jeff Petry’s connection to Montreal, and what to expect from Max Domi in Columbus. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Claude Julien and the rest of the Canadiens aren’t settling for anything less then making the playoffs. [Montreal Gazette] How well did the Canadiens performed in comparison to their Canadian counterparts during this off-season? [Sudbury Star] With his family having settled in comfortably in Montreal, Jeff Petry sees no reason to leave the city. [Montreal...
Oct 23, 2020
The PWHPA’s second season gets a shot of optimism

The PWHPA’s second season gets a shot of optimism

Shanna Martin Secret’s million dollar investment was the latest sign of growth in women’s sports. The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association announced on Thursday that Secret was making the largest corporate commitment ever to professional women’s hockey in North America. The $1-million commitment will allow for the second season of the Dream Gap Tour to feature prize money and a trophy (the newly minted Secret Cup) for the first time. It’s the latest show of support for women’s sports amidst a pandemic that has even men’s leagues scrambling for financial security...
Oct 23, 2020
What to expect from Kotkaniemi’s Liiga stint

What to expect from Kotkaniemi’s Liiga stint

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via The centreman begins his 2020-21 season on Saturday. Experts offer their projections for his time in Finland’s top league. With Jesperi Kotkaniemi making his season debut for Ässät on Saturday, it seemed prudent to ask some Finns about whet they thought Kotkaniemi would be able to achieve in Liiga during his time in his native country before the NHL starts up again. First we turned to Pekka Jalonen, journalist at Iltalehti, one of the major papers in Finland. “Kotkaniemi should dominate games up to a certain level as the Finnish league is...
Oct 23, 2020
Links: Claude Julien expects to make the playoffs

Links: Claude Julien expects to make the playoffs

Photo by Elsa/ In today’s links, the Canadiens bench boss talks about expectations for his revamped team and opines on Max Domi and Alexander Romanov. Also, the best NHL players under age 23, and COVID-19 continues to affect the hockey world. Montreal Canadiens news and notes After an eye-opening playoffs and eventful off-season, Claude Julien fully expects his team to make the playoffs. [Montreal Gazette | Sportsnet] Will the Habs manage the pressures of expectation? [ProHockeyTalk] The coach also talked about how Max Domi became “a little bit expendable.” [Sportsnet | Montreal...
Oct 22, 2020
Links: Ilya Kovalchuk one of several players with nowhere to play

Links: Ilya Kovalchuk one of several players with nowhere to play

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, some older players left standing when the music stopped, Romanov still committed to playing in Montreal this season, and Ottawa’s loss of Mark Borowiecki the person. Montreal Canadiens news and notes The playoff performance altered the plan for the Canadiens. As a result, what was a nearly guaranteed landing spot for Ilya Kovalchuk may instead bring about the offensive winger’s retirement from the NHL. Thanks to cap constraints, several other players are in the same boat. [Journal de Montreal] Despite the dalyed...
Oct 21, 2020
Links: When will the 2021 season start?

Links: When will the 2021 season start?

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via In today’s links, wondering about the start date for next season, an introduction to Kaiden Guhle, and who’s left on the UFA market? Montreal Canadiens news and notes Early January, mid January, or maybe the start of February? When will we see the Canadiens hit the ice again? [Montreal Gazette] Cole Caufield previously tested positive for COVID-19. [Radio-Canada] Get to know newly signed Kaiden Guhle. Now that he's officially part of the Canadiens family, get to know our new prospect, Kaiden Guhle.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/GXiydNcpFg—...
Oct 20, 2020
Montreal Canadiens sign Kaiden Guhle to entry-level contract

Montreal Canadiens sign Kaiden Guhle to entry-level contract

Photo by Mike Stobe/ The Canadiens lock up their 2020 first-round pick. The Montreal Canadiens have signed Kaiden Guhle to his entry-level contract. Canadiens agree to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract (2020-21 to 2022-23) with defenseman Kaiden Guhle.#GoHabsGohttps://t.co/2B7I45OG3L— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) October 20, 2020 The three-year contract will technically start in the 2020-21 season but unless Guhle plays 10 games at the NHL level, the contract will slide and be automatically extended. It also will not count towards the limit of 50 contracts. Guhle...
Oct 20, 2020
Video Analysis: A detailed breakdown of Tyler Toffoli’s skill set

Video Analysis: A detailed breakdown of Tyler Toffoli’s skill set

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Toffoli is primed to provide a lot of value to his new team Over the past few seasons, Marc Bergevin had been a patient general manager. He fostered his prospects, accumulated draft capital, and refrained from spending. But you can only suppress a burning competitive desire for so long. So, when the 2020 playoffs revealed a Habs team on the upswing, Bergevin let himself loose. He broke in the trade and free agent market, bullied his way through the aisles, stocked his cart full, and took off the way he came. Joel Edmundson, Jake Allen, Josh Anderson, Tyler...
Oct 20, 2020
Links: Practically Storybook

Links: Practically Storybook

Jason Mowry-USA TODAY Sports Josh Anderson’s journey to Montreal, continuing the discussion of racism in hockey, Doc Emrick retires, evaluating free agency, what next season may look like, and more in today’s links Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Josh Anderson’s journey to the Canadiens very much of the storybook variety. [The Athletic] Now that most of the dust has settled, Darren Dreger and Dave Poulin review how the Habs and the rest of the league have done during free agency so far. [TSN] There is a possibility that Alexander Romanov and Arsen Khisamutdinov could be among...
Oct 19, 2020
EPR: Jacob Olofsson on playing against Mattias Norlinder

EPR: Jacob Olofsson on playing against Mattias Norlinder

Tommy Holl TT The Montreal Canadiens’ two SHL prospects went head-to-head again last week, and Olofsson offers a report on the speedy defenceman. Jacob Olofsson, Skellefteå AIK, SHL, Sweden Slowly but steadily, Olofsson is getting more and more minutes. His looks more comfortable as a winger for every game he plays. He sometimes ends up a bit too low, or too high in his defensive work, and that is where it is easiest to see that the transition to wing hasn’t been as smooth as one might have expected. None of the goals he was on the ice for this week were his fault. Defensive...
Oct 19, 2020
Links: Signing Jake Allen will work in Cayden Primeau’s favour

Links: Signing Jake Allen will work in Cayden Primeau’s favour

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ In today’s links, Allen’s extension doesn’t mean there’s no room for Primeau, Savard’s disappointment with the organization, why Thornton chose Toronto, and more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Despite Jake Allen’s contract extension, there’s still room for Cayden Primeau. [The Hockey Writers] Looking at how the Habs stack up against their fellow Canadian teams following the offseason moves by Marc Bergevin. [Montreal Gazette] Stanley Cup-winning defenceman and former general manager, Serge Savard, says he feels let down by the...
Oct 18, 2020
Links: Kaiden Guhle looks forward to winning a Stanley Cup in Montreal

Links: Kaiden Guhle looks forward to winning a Stanley Cup in Montreal

Photo by Marissa Baecker/ In today’s links, Guhle’s winning mentality, Marc Bergevin’s productive off-season, more signings, and potential interest from the Boston Bruins in Karl Alzner. Montreal Canadiens news and notes “[W]inning a Stanley Cup at the Bell Centre would just be unbelievable,” says recent draft selection Kaiden Guhle. [Canadiens.com] Hear from another member of the 2020 Draft class, the University of Minnesota Duluth-bound Blake Biondi. [Roseau Online] Charles Hudon hopes he finally has a shot at consistent time and production with Lausanne HC after years of...
Oct 17, 2020
In a crucial off-season, Bergevin is showing his mettle

In a crucial off-season, Bergevin is showing his mettle

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ The Canadiens GM needed to build on his team’s post-season run, and he’s doing just that. When the Montreal Canadiens were eliminated from the playoffs by the Philadelphia Flyers, two things were very true. The team, as it stood, showed that they’re better than their pre-pandemic play and that they can be a threat to anyone when playing that well. The team as it stood could also be improved and not need a once-in-a-lifetime situation to get into the post-season, and also secure a long-term stability within the franchise. Marc Bergevin noted that he had some...
Oct 17, 2020
Links: Depth at all positions makes Montreal a contender

Links: Depth at all positions makes Montreal a contender

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via In today’s links the critical role of redundancy in sports, Danault’s future, some more signings, and some details on a 2020-21 season. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Montreal now has a good deal of redundancy throughout the lineup to handle the rigours of a playoff run. [Montreal Gazette] They also have the quality to pose a proper post-season challenge. [The Hockey News] All the recent moves have made it more difficult for prospects to crack the roster. [La Presse] The young centres are quickly developing, which means Phillip Danault’s value...
Oct 16, 2020
Looking ahead to the Canadiens’ 2021-22 season

Looking ahead to the Canadiens’ 2021-22 season

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via New players have boosted the outlook for the Canadiens next year, but what are the effects on future iterations of the team? It has been a busy off-season for the Montreal Canadiens, with extensions for core players and acquisitions of others to fill roster holes. The resulting feeling has generally been one of excitement for the next NHL campaign, with the team at the upper limit (actually slightly above it right now) for the first time in several years. At the same time, there’s now a bit of concern about how long this group can stay...