12:42 PM EDT, Fri April 03, 2020
4 hours ago
2010 Playoff Rewind: R1 G2 — It was 4-1

2010 Playoff Rewind: R1 G2 — It was 4-1

Chuck Myers/Tribune News Service via The Canadiens had a chance to take a 2-0 series lead, but Andrei Kostitsyn’s hat trick goes for naught. After an overtime win in Game 1, the Canadiens used the same lineup in the second game. Washington made one lineup change as the veteran Brendan Morrison came in for Boyd Gordon. Bruce Boudreau also shook up the bottom three lines. SCRATCHES: Glen Metropolit, Georges Laraque, Ryan O’Byrne, Ben Maxwell SCRATCHES: John Erskine, Boyd Gordon, Milan Jurcina, Scott Walker, Quintin Laing, Tyler Sloan Full Highlights The Canadiens got off to a...
8 hours ago
Links: Is Brett Stapley following Jakes Evans’s footsteps?

Links: Is Brett Stapley following Jakes Evans’s footsteps?

Photo by Bill Wippert/NCAA Photos via In today’s links, Ben Chiarot discusses what it means to be a Canadien and what it’ll take to have more success as a team, looking at ten unanswered questions for next season, and recalling a time when Guy Lafleur ruled the NHL. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Could Brett Stapley follow Jake Evans’s path? [RDS | Google Translate] The second part of Ben Chiarot’s interview with Eric Engels: dishing on Carey Price and Shea Weber. [Sportsnet] It was short lived, but there was a time when Guy Lafleur flew head and shoulders above the rest of...
Apr 2, 2020
Jesse Ylönen: ‘There were teams asking me to stay for the playoffs in Liiga, but I wanted to go to Laval’

Jesse Ylönen: ‘There were teams asking me to stay for the playoffs in Liiga, but I wanted to go to Laval’

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Jesse Ylönen speaks about the decision to come to Laval, and the biggest summer of his career. Jesse Ylönen joined Habsent Minded to reflect on his season in Liiga, and the finish that took him to Laval at the end of the season. There were other Finnish teams that asked for Ylönen to spend the playoffs with them on a loan, but Ylönen wanted to go to Laval and get the North American experience. With this being the most important summer of Ylönen’s career (so far), Ylönen was on his way back from an individual rollerskating session when...
Apr 2, 2020
Why Jordan Harris made the right decision to stay in the NCAA

Why Jordan Harris made the right decision to stay in the NCAA

Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via The prospect could have turned pro for the 2020-21 season, but his long-term outlook will be improved by another year at Northeastern. In an in-depth interview with Jim Madigan, Northeastern University’s head coach, Eric Engels confirmed the return of Jordan Harris to college hockey for a final season. The defenceman made the right choice. As maturity has been heralded as one of his main qualities by many (including Madigan in the interview) it feels like Harris has been with Northeastern University for years now. In reality, this 2019-20...
Apr 2, 2020
Links: Ben Chiarot reflects on his growth in Montreal

Links: Ben Chiarot reflects on his growth in Montreal

Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports Here are your daily links, including Ben Chiarot on family and hockey, Brendan Gallagher’s latest social media exploits, and more Montreal Canadiens news and notes Ben Chiarot reflected on his growth with the Habs and how he’s spending time with his family. [Sportsnet] The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation is donating $1.1 million to community organizations. [Canadiens] Brendan Gallagher isn’t having any trouble keeping himself entertained: “IDENTITY THEFT IS NOT A JOKE, JIM.” @BGALLY17’s done it again. ( : TikTok/bgally.11)...
Apr 1, 2020
Report Card: Frederik Dichow needs to become more even in his performance

Report Card: Frederik Dichow needs to become more even in his performance

The goaltender had some quality games, but a large number of poor outings as well. It was a season of up and downs for Frederik Dichow, the Danish goalkeeper whom Montreal Canadiens drafted last summer. He stood on his head some games and let in a few easy ones in others. He didn’t get to play much in the World Junior Division IA Championship where Denmark played to requalify for the main event, but on the other hand he did get an opportunity to experience the SHL when he was called up to Malmö’s A team, as a backup, for two games. Malmö’s general manager, Patrik Sylvegård, said to...
Apr 1, 2020
Links: Jordan Harris and Jayden Struble “will be good NHL players”

Links: Jordan Harris and Jayden Struble “will be good NHL players”

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, hearing from Northeastern University’s head coach about his two Habs defence prospects, Carey Price is voted the best goalie in the league by his peers, and Hughes or Makar for the Calder? Montreal Canadiens news and notes Eric Engels discusses Jordan Harris and Jayden Struble with Northeastern University’s head coach Jim Madigan. [Sportsnet] A survey of NHLPA members overwhelmingly named Carey Price as the league’s best netminder. [Montreal Gazette] Tomas “Tuna” Tatar has the league’s best nickname according...
Mar 31, 2020
EOTP Replay: Plekanec’s OT winner leads Canadiens over Capitals

EOTP Replay: Plekanec’s OT winner leads Canadiens over Capitals

Photo by Greg Fiume/ The eight seed shocked Washington to take a 1-0 series lead. Following a centennial birthday celebration that saw them get swept out of the playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens were going through a complete overhaul. Ownership was new, George Gillett having sold his share of the club to the Molson family. Behind the bench, Jacques Martin was brought in to replace Guy Carbonneau. The roster was turned over heavily: in came Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, Michael Cammalleri, Hal Gill, and Jaroslav Spacek. Out went Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev, Alex Tanguay, and Mike Komisarek....
Mar 31, 2020
Links: Holding Pattern

Links: Holding Pattern

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Past and present Habs Domi and Sergachev among more interesting RFAs, members of the Canadiens (and the hockey world at large) thank healthcare workers and talk about their off time, Eddie Lack retires, and more in today's links Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Max Domi and former Hab Mikhail Sergachev are among the top RFAs to keep an eye on this summer (or whenever the off-season happens). [Sportsnet] Nick Suzuki expresses gratitude for Canada's healthcare workers. [Twitter] Thank you to all the healthcare heroes. ❤️#NationalDoctorsDay...
Mar 30, 2020
Links: Phillip Danault would be surprised if the season continued

Links: Phillip Danault would be surprised if the season continued

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ In today’s links, Danault assumes the season is cancelled, yet another Gallagher talent, who would be on the Habs’ All-Century team, and more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Even though Phillip Danault is enjoying the recovery and family time COVID-19 confinement brings, he’s pretty sure the season won’t continue. [Journal de Montreal] Canadiens’ prospect Jacob LeGuerrier has underestimated offensive skills says his Sault Ste. Marie coach. [RDS] Andrew Zadarnowski talks who should be on the Habs’ All-Century team on the Weekend Game Plan....
Mar 29, 2020
A guide to RDS’s “28-Game Winning Streak” marathon

A guide to RDS’s “28-Game Winning Streak” marathon

Photo by Richard Wolowicz/NHLI via The games that will be broadcast and why are they notable. RDS will be broadcasting a series of 28 Montreal Canadiens games over the course of 14 days starting Monday, March 29. It is notable that each one of these games is a win, so while we sit in isolation, we can at least watch an entertaining victory or two. The games selected by RDS range from 2008 to 2020, which covers a lot of ground. Eyes On The Prize has been providing coverage of the team since 2006, so we dug into our archives to put together a guide of these games by linking our original...
Mar 29, 2020
Links: Draft Lottery format not expected to change

Links: Draft Lottery format not expected to change

Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via In today’s links, no alterations are expected for the lottery, the Petrys support local restaurants and hospital workers, Taylor Hall begins contract talks, and Lafrenière looks forward to his future. Montreal Canadiens news and notes While the regular season and playoff formats may see changes when hockey resumes, the draft lottery isn’t expected to be altered. [National Post] Julie and Jeff Petry have opened tabs at two Montreal restaurants to support medical professionals in the area: View this post on Instagram ...
Mar 28, 2020
Mikhail Sergachev’s development is a lesson in the value of patience

Mikhail Sergachev’s development is a lesson in the value of patience

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via The Montreal Canadiens have now started to follow Tampa Bay’s lead. Three years ago, Mikhail Sergachev moved to the Tampa Bay Lightning, closing a chapter of Montreal’s draft and development history. At the time of the trade, Sergachev had played just one season of Junior hockey with the Windsor Spitfires and a total of four NHL games under the banner of the Montreal Canadiens. The departure of such high-profile prospects always create parallel scenarios and, what if the move never happened questions that are impossible to answer truly....
Mar 28, 2020
Links: A battle brewing on the left side of Montreal’s defence

Links: A battle brewing on the left side of Montreal’s defence

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, sitting down with Claude Julien, who will stick around on the Canadiens’ blue line and who would you pick first in the 2006 NHL Draft? Montreal Canadiens news and notes Ben Chiarot, Brett Kulak and Victor Mete are all vying to solidify their roles on the Canadiens’ blue line. [Sportsnet] Claude Julien sat down to talk about his family, his career, and his time in Boston. [TVA Sports] Phillip Danault is doing his part to help battle Covid-19. [TVA Sports] Despite the unexpected end to his season, prospect Rafaël...
Mar 27, 2020
Jordan Harris will return to Northeastern University for his junior year

Jordan Harris will return to Northeastern University for his junior year

Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via The Canadiens’ defence prospect is staying with the Huskies for at least one more year before turning pro. There had been some questions about what Jordan Harris’s plan would be for the 2020-21 season. Today, it was revealed that the Montreal Canadiens’ defence prospect will be returning to Northeastern University for his third collegiate campaign rather than beginning his professional career. Just a bit of news here: Just off the phone with @Northeastern coach Jim Madigan--what an unbelievable character--and he says he has a...