2:19 AM EST, Tue March 02, 2021
4 hours ago

Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin has long history with team's new head coach

Jonathan Drouin has a long history with new Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme. Drouin had Ducharme as his head coach for three seasons in junior with the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseads, starting in 2011-12 when the forward was 16 years old. The next season, the Mooseheads won the Memorial Cup after Drouin led the team in scoring during the regular season with 41-64-105 totals in 49 games. His linemate...
5 hours ago

Canadiens Notebook: Dominique Ducharme keeps working on his new system

New Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme likes to limit his practices to 30-35 minutes, but he wants them to be intense. About 30 minutes into practice Monday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Ducharme blew his whistle, stopped the action and held a mini team meeting on the ice. The Canadiens were working on Ducharme’s new forechecking system and the coach didn’t like what he was seeing. “I...
6 hours ago

Stu Cowan: Pressure is on new Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme

When Dominique Ducharme parked his car at the Bell Centre on Feb. 20, he had no idea how much his life would change before the next time he sat in the driver’s seat eight days later. Ducharme arrived at the Bell Centre on Feb. 20 as the Canadiens’ assistant coach for a game that night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which the Canadiens lost 5-3. After the game, the Canadiens boarded two...
11 hours ago

What the Puck: Same fragile Canadiens, but new coach not (yet) to blame

This is ridiculous. Now it’s Dominique Ducharme’s fault. C’mon man. That’s what I’m hearing Monday and even by the standards of the hysterical Habs fan/media culture, this is too much. Here’s an idea. Come in from the window ledge and give the new interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens a week or two before calling for his head. ...
Feb 28, 2021

Faceoff failures killing Canadiens’ offence | HI/O Bonus

In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and former Canadiens defenceman and NHL assistant coach Rick Green — along with host Julian McKenzie discuss puck possession and the NHL learning curve for Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jake Evans. Related Dominique Ducharme era dawns for Canadiens | HI/O...
Feb 28, 2021

In the Habs' Room: Ducharme sees signs of progress as overtime woes persist

The Canadiens are back home after a tumultuous week in which they lost four hockey games and a head coach . The good news is that they found some confidence Saturday night when they dominated the Winnipeg Jets but had to settle for a single point in ...
Feb 28, 2021

Jack Todd: Habs need more imagination behind the bench

First there was the Carey bomb that went off in Ottawa Tuesday, leading more or less directly to the firing of head coach Claude Julien and assistant Kirk Muller the next day. Then there was the Carey bomb in Winnipeg Thursday, after newly hired Dominique Ducharme decided to stick with Carey Price like it’s 2016. The result was predictable. Five goals (a sixth was scored into an empty net). A couple of...
Feb 28, 2021

Can new Habs coach get more from Danault? | HI/O Bonus

In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and former Canadiens defenceman and NHL assistant coach Rick Green — along with host Julian McKenzie talk about Phillip Danault’s value to the Canadiens. Related Weber, Chiarot struggle on Canadiens’ blue line | HI/O Bonus Dominique Ducharme era...
Feb 28, 2021

About Last Night: Canadiens played like the better team in loss to Jets

Montreal still has yet to win in the Dominique Ducharme era. But it seems the Canadiens are slowly improving on the fly. The Canadiens fired over 40 shots on net last night against the Jets in a 2-1 overtime loss last night. The loss extends Montreal’s winless streak to five, but it came after their best effort in a while. ...
Feb 28, 2021

Canadiens put in solid effort in Winnipeg, but fall in OT

Dominique Ducharme is still looking for his first win as an NHL head coach, but the Canadiens have to be encouraged by their play Saturday night as they took the Jets to overtime before dropping a 2-1 decision at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. It was the fifth consecutive loss for the Canadiens, but they went 0-1-3 on their four-game road trip to salvage three points from the overtime and...
Feb 27, 2021

Liveblog: Habs seek first win for Ducharme in Winnipeg

The Dominique Ducharme era in Montreal began with a loss Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets. The Habs will look to give their new head coach a first victory in the NHL, and avenge Thursday’s defeat, against those same Jets on Saturday night at Bell MTS Place at 10 p.m. ET (CBC, SN, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio) . ...
Feb 27, 2021

Canadiens Game Day: Dominique Ducharme trying to put his stamp on team

Dominique Ducharme was thrown into the deep end without a life jacket as new head coach of the Canadiens. Ducharme didn’t even have a chance to hold one full practice before his first game behind the bench, Thursday night’s 6-3 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg, one day after taking over from Claude Julien It would have made...
Feb 27, 2021

Weber, Chiarot struggle on Canadiens’ blue line | HI/O Bonus

In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and former Canadiens defenceman and NHL assistant coach Rick Green — along with host Julian McKenzie discuss why captain Shea Weber has the worst plus/minus differential on the team.
Feb 27, 2021

By the numbers: Canadiens' identity a riddle wrapped in an enigma

Who are the Montreal Canadiens? In the wake of the axe falling on head coach Claude Julien and associate coach Kirk Muller on Wednesday, it might be a little while longer before we find a solid answer. With a newly minted interim head coach tag, Dominique Ducharme has an opportunity to resuscitate a season that has gone from a promising 7-1-2 start to a dreadful 2-4-2 slide heading into...
Feb 26, 2021

Canadiens Notebook: Jake Allen will be in goal for Habs Saturday night

Claude Julien wouldn’t reveal who his starting goalie would be until the day of a game. Dominique Ducharme is not Claude Julien. The new Canadiens head coach announced Friday that Jake Allen will start in goal Saturday night in Winnipeg against the Jets (10 p.m., CBC, SN, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). Ducharme went with Carey Price in...