Montreal Canadiens news and notes
- Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is allegedly on the hunt for a top four defensemen, but with the price of Jacob Trouba and the lack of available players will make that a very difficult task indeed. [Sportsnet]
- With 4 goals and 10 points in just 9 games, Canadiens’ veteran defenseman Shea Weber was named NHL’s second star of the month. Weber is tied for first place in points among all defensemen. [NHL]
- It was on October 27, 2015 when the Canadiens suffered a resounding loss of 5-1 to the Vancouver Canucks, effectively smearing their sparking 9-0 record on their Western Canadian road trip. Hoping they’ve learned from their mistakes, the Habs are determined not to let history repeat itself. [NHL]
- The Canadiens organization hosted their 35th annual blood drive at the Bell Centre on Tuesday, and the donors were greeted and thanked by players past and present, as well as members of the Habs’ brass. [Gazette]
- And some familiar faces from Les Canadiennes de Montréal stopped by, as well!
- With a month of hockey already in the books for 2016-17, the Canadiens are off to yet another hot start. Are they as good as they their start has led us to believe, or is it still too early to book our parade balcony chairs? Eyes on the Prize managing editor, Marc Dumont shares his thoughts on TSN 690’s Morning Show, then breaks down the team’s advanced stats in the first of a monthly analysis series. [TSN 690] [EOTP]
- Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller knows Montreal is a special place to play hockey, regardless of the jersey on your back.
Ryan Miller, who is 11-7-1 with a 2.07 GAA and .935 Sv% in his career at Bell Centre, gave a thoughtful answer on why he likes playing here. pic.twitter.com/FrvYz9M13D— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 1, 2016
- You don’t typically hold your breath for 6th and 7th round players, but Canadiens prospect Jeremiah Addison is off to an impressive start to his campaign and doing his best to prove that he’s more than just his draft number. [EOTP]
- After an impressive development camp, 9th pick overall Mikhail Sergchev chatted with Montréal Sports about learning English in just a few short months, his own superstitions and what he thought about being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. [Montréal Sports]
Around the league and elsewhere
- For Team Canada, the road to next year’s IIHF World Junior Championship will begin at selection camp in Blainville, QC next month.
- NHL legend Wayne Gretzky traveled to Toronto to watch Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews face off for the first time. Ahead of Tuesday night’s matchup, CBC breaks down what sets these two 1st overall draft picks apart from each other. [CBC]
- Speaking of McDavid, he will be eligible to sign a contract extension as of July 1st, but what effect will the CBA have on this? [TSN]
- After an impressive rookie campaign last year resulting in an invitation to play for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey, Colton Parayko’s potential is limitless, according to Blue’s head coach Ken Hitchcock. [CBC]
- With 9 points in 4 games, Lindsay Sparks of Rapid City Rush was named the ECHL’s Player of the Week. [ECHL]
- A case to bring back junior hockey. One Port Aux Basques resident aims to stir up some old junior hockey rivalries in western and central Newfoundland. [CBC]