Montreal Canadiens Links
- Manny Malhotra and P.A. Parenteau laced up at the Brossard practice facility and they're on the ice with other Habs players, and Malhotra in particular was seen going over plays with Tomas Plekanec. . Both Malholtra and Parenteau said in interviews with TVASports that they're excited for the upcoming season. Note: the interview is in English, but the rest of the video and the article are in french.
- Josh Gorges gave an interview about his time as a Montreal Canadien and about his coming season as a new Buffalo Sabre. "Montreal is always going to be a special place for me. I never really got my chance to be a player until I came to Montreal. A lot of ups, a lot of downs, a lot of experiences there…I loved my time there. It will always be a special place no matter what happens."
- Guy Lafleur chimed in on the captaincy void, and suggested Andrei Markov would be the best candidate.
Around the NHL
- Congratulations to Derek Wills, longtime voice of the Hamilton Bulldogs, for breaking into the big league. Wills was hired recently by the Calgary Flames as their new play-by-play man. Before that, he had called 1,147 consecutive games for the Bulldogs. Good luck to him in Calgary!
- Electronic Arts released a pair of new marketing videos for upcoming NHL 15 game. If you want to, you can now watch uncanny CGI versions of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand get up on stage to recite poetry and sing songs. Guys, do you realise that if P.K. had won that game cover, we would be watching computer versions of him and Pacioretty doing the same right now.
- The AHL will put a new education and drug-testing program into place, one that will mirror the NHL's closely. The program was created by NHL, AHL, NHL Players' Association and Professional Hockey Players' Association.
- Are things looking up for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Islanders? The Islanders' ownership has just exchanged hands, and Brendan Shanahan finally made use of the mythical "Toronto analytics budget" to make some smart hires. I think it'll take at least a season before we see the effects, if there are any, but last year I also thought Colorado would never make the playoffs, so maybe it's time to prepare for a new Leafs/Islanders golden age.
- What's the value of taking goaltenders early? Very little - "Even though the majority of the goaltenders (6 out of 10, 60%) were initially drafted in the first round, the value of young goaltenders sways and is constantly changing." That's not surprising, given that Puck Prospectus had previously claimed that "the difference between an NHL All-Star and a fringe goaltender is approximately one goal every other game".