2:44 AM EST, Wed November 25, 2020
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Hickey: Underappreciated centre Danault essential to Canadiens' success

The Canadiens arranged a video conference with Phil Danault Tuesday to discuss his selection as the winner of the Jean Béliveau Trophy, but it didn’t take long for the conversation to shift to his contract status and his role with the team. Danault said there were no current negotiations between Canadiens general manager and his agent and there is every indication that Danault will go into the final season of his three-year, US$9.25-million contract without an extension....
Nov 23, 2020

What the Puck: Canadiens fans' Cup dreams might be just that — dreams

The Canadiens are masters of media spin and a big chunk of the team’s fan base buys into it without a second thought. Take as Exhibit A the current off-season. I am already on record saying, to the shock of many, that I have liked most of Habs general manager Marc Bergevin’s moves in recent months. With the additions of Jake Allen, Joel...
Nov 23, 2020

Kotkaniemi leaves Finnish team; Canadiens lose amateur scouting guru

Jesperi Kotkaniemi will be heading back to Montreal. The Pori Assat team announced Monday that Kotkaniemi’s loan to the Finnish SM-Liiga club has ended. That’s a sign that the Canadiens are making plans for their training camp and Kotkaniemi will be returning to Montreal to begin his 14-day quarantine before camp begins. The start of camp is tentatively scheduled for mid-December although there are...
Nov 21, 2020

'Enforcer' who 'drinks a lot of water': Behold the strangest P.K. Subban profile

Like P.K. Subban ‘s time in Montreal, it all started so promisingly. “Who Is Lindsey Vonn’s Fiancé? Meet NHL Player P.K. Subban,” read the headline in Women’s Health , a delightful inversion of the tired...
Nov 19, 2020

Hickey on hockey: Price's Canadiens facing major pay cut

Getting back on the ice in the middle of a pandemic was never going to be an easy proposition for the National Hockey League, but it became more difficult this week when the league asked its players for a further cut in their paycheques. The money issues were supposed to be settled in June when the league and the NHL Players’ Association reached a wide-ranging agreement that covered the Return to Play playoff scheme, a four-year extension to the collective agreement and an...
Nov 19, 2020

Canadiens centre Kotkaniemi notches first goals of season in Finland

Canadiens centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored his first two goals of the season in Finland, but his strong performance wasn’t enough as the Pori Assat Aces dropped a 5-3 decision to the Lahti Pelicans in SM-Liiga action Wednesday. Kotkaniemi, who is on loan from the Canadiens to his hometown team, opened the scoring with a power-play goal and added a short-handed goal later in the game. But Assat’s failure to...
Nov 17, 2020

Managing rest, recovery key for Canadiens in condensed 2020-21 season

Add strength coach Patrick Delisle-Houde to the list of people who are excited about the Canadiens’ acquisition of backup goaltender Jake Allen. “It’s super interesting because Carey (Price) will have more time to rest, to recover and to take care of minor ailments,” Delisle-Houde said Tuesday during a video conference with the media. “With Jake Allen, we’re going to have an...
Nov 16, 2020

Pandemic hits close to home — and the office — for Canadiens owner Molson

There has been no hockey revenue since March. The coronavirus pandemic also meant a large portion of the 1,500 concerts, festivals and events his company would have staged were cancelled or rescheduled. But at least people are still drinking Geoff Molson’s beer, albeit at home, because bars have been closed again for more than a month. ...
Nov 16, 2020

Canadiens officially unveil third jersey; Avs tap into Nordiques roots

Just in time for Christmas, the Canadiens and the 30 other NHL teams unveiled alternate jerseys Monday for the 2020-21 season — whenever it might start. The jerseys, made by adidas, were designed to “represent unique and historical moments in each team’s respective history.” The Canadiens’ Reverse Retro jersey is predominantly blue with red and white stripes and was inspired by the colour of the team’s first sweater in 1909 and the actual design worn from 1974-2007. The number 76 is on the neckline, representing the year the...
Nov 15, 2020

College hockey: The other Caufield scores for Wisconsin

The other Caufield scored a goal as the Wisconsin Badgers had a successful start to their college hockey season when they travelled to Notre Dame and swept the Fighting Irish 2-0 and 5-3. Cole Caufield, the Canadiens’ first-round draft choice in 2019, had an assist in each game while his older brother Brock had a goal to open the scoring in Saturday’s 5-3 win at South Bend. In other news, Sean Farrell had...
Nov 12, 2020

Crowded crease in Laval poses goaltending challenges for Canadiens

Four into two doesn’t go. That simple bit of arithmetic reflects the dilemma facing the Canadiens as they try to find work for their goaltenders during the coming season. The plan for the big club is simple. Carey Price is No. 1 and off-season acquisition Jake Allen is No. 1A. Assuming a full 82-game schedule, Allen will be expected to play 30 games and Price will have what the Canadiens hope is a relaxed...
Nov 11, 2020

Young hockey players get a virtual leg up in training

When coaches talk about having a practice without pucks, it’s usually a sign that they are not happy with a team’s performance and the result is a workout heavy on skating. But the Centre de développement PAC in Mascouche has put a new twist on the term with...
Nov 11, 2020

Canadiens give fans a glimpse of new reverse-retro jersey

The Canadiens have posted a video on their official Twitter account showing a new reverse-retro sweater. The new sweater is nearly all blue, with red shoulder patches, a red collar and two red stripes on each sleeve and at the bottom of the sweater. The numbers are white with a red trim. Many NHL teams have come out with a third jersey, which is a good way to generate revenue by producing a new sweater that...
Nov 10, 2020

What is a class act? Former Hab P.K. Subban pays tribute to Alex Trebek

Former Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban has added his voice to the wave of tributes being paid to Alex Trebek. The longtime host of Jeopardy! died on Sunday at his home in California, more than a year after announcing he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was...
Nov 10, 2020

Canadiens goalie coach excited about acquisition of backup Jake Allen

Canadiens goalie coach Stéphane Waite believes general manager Marc Bergevin “hit a home run” with the acquisition of Jake Allen. “We paid the price, but it’s the right thing to do in the National Hockey League today,” Waite said in a video conference Tuesday about acquiring a veteran NHL goalie to back up Carey Price. “Jake has almost 300 starts in the NHL, he is a No. 1 compared to Keith (Kinkaid), who has had a hundred starts in the league. It’s a different...