Montreal Canadiens news and notes
- Jeremy Grégoire was the recipient of the Guy Lafleur Award. Yet, instead of accepting the $6000 scholarship which accompanies the award, he graciously passed it along to finalist Dominic Talbot-Tassi. [Journal de Montréal] (French)
- Zach Fucale has established himself as the top goaltender at the Memorial Cup. Fucale's performance thus far, has distinguished him from opposing goaltenders. [London Free Press]
- Michael McCarron's early struggles with the London Knights could be attributed to his rough transition from the U.S. development program to the OHL. Through playing for the Oshawa Generals however, he was able to make the appropriate adjustments. [Yahoo Sports]
- How long can the Montreal Canadiens' winning record be used to defend head coach Michel Therrien's systems, while facts prove them to be ineffective? [L'actualité] (French)
"Plus précisément, Therrien n'a pas vraiment d'impact sur le plan défensif, mais il torpille complètement la production offensive de ses joueurs, faisant perdre plus de 4 tirs par heure jouée."
- Canadiens' legend Guy Lafleur believes that Brendan Gallagher is also a deserving candidate to be named the next captain of the team. [TVA Sports] (French)
- After standing strong for 66 years, the Pepsi Colisee is set to be demolished following the end of the Memorial Cup. The history laden arena, was once where future Montreal Canadiens' stars Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur skated and was also the former home of the Quebec Nordiques. [Globe and Mail]
Around The League and Elsewhere
- While the Hamilton Bulldogs' were the property of the Montreal Canadiens, owner Michael Andlauer had little say in team related matters. With the Bulldogs now playing in the OHL, Andlauer looks forward to creating his own team. [The Hamilton Spectator]
"For the decade-plus he's owned the franchise, Michael Andlauer's success or failure in hockey has been at the whim of the Montreal Canadiens. He paid the bills, but they provided the coaches, players and support staff. If the team did well, it was because the Habs had done a good job.
However, if they stunk, as had become the habit, he could do nothing about it except grind his teeth and wait for better days. Sure he could ask for changes — he did at times — but he had no control of the product on the ice."
- The San Jose Sharks have named Peter DeBoer as their new head coach. DeBoer who previously coached the New Jersey Devils, has made the playoffs only once though out the 7 seasons he coached in the NHL. [Sportsnet]
- Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres are interviewing former Pittsburgh Penguins' head coach Dan Bylsma, for their coaching vacancy. If the Sabres hire Bylsma, the New Jersey Devils will be the only team left without a head coach. [TSN]
- How do Anaheim's Matt Beleskey and Chicago's Bryan Bickell, fare against each other? With Beleskey being in a near identical position to where Bickell was following the 2013 playoffs, will Beleskey be worth signing to a large contract? [Silver Seven Sens]
- Check out some amazing trick shots, pulled off by some of the NHL's youngest stars! Although, it's hard not to feel bad for the poor Oilers' prospect. [Upper Deck]