Hayley Wickenheiser was named Canada's flag bearer for the Olympic Games in Sochi. Wickenheiser, who captained team Canada to a gold in Vancouver, will be participating in her sixth Olympics, and will be looking to take home a fourth gold medal to go along with the plethora of gold medals she's accumulated throughout her long and dominant career. Congratulations Hayley!
Montreal Canadiens Links
- PK Subban met with GM-Marc Bergevin following the loss in Pittsburgh. It's unclear what was discussed, however odds are it was either about his recent play, or his pending contract extension. Subban also learned that his latest defensive partner would be none other than Douglas Murray. It seems clear that Therrien is desperate at this point, willing to saddle his best player alongside his worst. Might as well give it another shot, right?
- Speaking of the latest merry-go-round on D, the Habs practiced with the following pairings: Gorges-Beaulieu, Markov-Emelin, Murray-Subban, Bouillon-Diaz. Which means that in all likelihood Emelin will play vs the Red Wings, and Bouillon-Diaz will probably sit. Carey Price is expected to get the start.
- The forwards practiced with the following lines: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher, Eller-Plekanec-Gionta, Bourque-Briere-Prust, Moen-Bournival-Leblanc. Parros practiced as the 13th forward.
- Bobby Dollas spoke about the Habs following their 5-1 loss to the Penguins. He touched upon the system flaws, the lack of preparation, and he wants Therrien to use his young players a little more wisely. It's hard to disagree with him.
- Darren Dreger was also on TSN690, and he laid the lion's share of the blame at the feet of the defense. Once again, tough to disagree with him.
- Colton Di Stefano has been on the #FireTherrien bandwagon for a while now, read his list of reasons why over at AATH.
- Speaking of Therrien, Draglikepull at PPP took a look at the possession effect between Dan Bylsma and Michel Therrien for the Penguins a few years ago. It's an old post, but it's just another example how a coach can either make a team thrive, or nosedive.
Around the NHL
- Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins took Mark Spector to school over his dumb comments following the game vs Vancouver. Copper & Blue delve further into the subject here, and it's well worth a read.
- Hockey can be a rough sport, but once in a while we hear a story that involves going above and beyond. Do yourself a favour and take 5 minutes to read the story, it's a great reminder that sportsmanship exists in all levels of sports.
- Adam Gretz explains why the Penguins allow more goals whenever they are entirely healthy, and expands on their Globetrotter style of play.
- The same Gretz examined which enforcer is the best hockey player in the league. As one would expect, the Leafs have two of the worst on their roster.
- Kyle over at Wingin' it in Motown took a look whether or not the Red Wings, who have been struggling in the Eastern Conference, are a good hockey team.
- Team USA's Opening Ceremony uniforms for Sochi were released, and they're god awful.
- The Dallas Stars flashed this picture on their jumbotron, during their 7-1 drubbing of the Leafs in Dallas last night. Well played Stars, well played.
- The last time Michel Therrien was fired
- The struggles of the Montreal Canadiens are not going away without change.
- Therrien's failing this year compared to last, big time.
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