Montreal Canadiens Links
- Habs players continue trickling back to the Brossard skating facility to prepare for training beginning on September 18. Yesterday, Tomas Plekanec, Travis Moen, P.A. Parenteau and Manny Malhotra were spotted on the ice, while Lars Eller, Alexei Emelin and Francis Bouillon were seen in the days before that. (French)
- Is Max Pacioretty captain material? Quick summary: Pacioretty has expressed interest in wearing the "C" (which Andrei Markov reportedly does not want), and he's an offensive leader who doesn't mind the media.
- Tim Bozon, the Habs prospect who battled a serious case of meningitis last winter, will be at the Canadiens rookie training camp this September. Bozon started skating in Quebec this week, where he'll continuing preparing for camp. (French)
- Sunday Habs Throwback: Read Marc Dumont's breakdown of Maurice Richard's last game in the 1960 Stanley Cup Finals, and then check out this March 1960 Sports Illustrated issue with the Rocket on the cover and the profile inside. It opens with this exchange:
What makes Toronto tick?" asked the TV announcer. "What makes Toronto dead?" Maurice (The Rocket) Richard asked back
Around the NHL
- Are Russian hockey players unfairly criticised? From the 70's onwards, Russian players have been painted as aloof and passionless by North American sports media. Surprisingly enough, playing on a different continent with a different culture and a different language makes some people seem shy and unapproachable. Or maybe they're just all naturally enigmatic. (SI have actually compiled a list of "12 Most Enigmatic Russian Players", if you want to look at media fallacy firsthand)
- Justin Schultz signs with Edmonton Oilers for a one-year, $3.675 million contract. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish says that he thinks Schultz has Norris Trophy potential, and Oilers will continue relying on their young core.
- News outlets have been jumping over each other in reporting a NHL expansion into Seattle, Las Vegas, and/or Quebec City. Most recently, officials dismissed the rumours. From National Post: "Tim Leiweke, the chief executive of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, said the expansion claims were "just not true," and Bill Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, said that "no decisions have been made" about how or when new teams might be added."
- For good reason too, an expansion just doesn't seem financially viable. But it might give the Phoenix Coyotes a great security blanket, some people think which they might not even need.