Montreal Canadiens news and notes
- In a chat with Chris Nilan, Canadiens’ general manager Marc Bergevin noted that the team is “all business” this year, and alluded to potential moves that could be in the works come trade deadline, especially when considering the upcoming expansion draft. [TSN 690]
- If the Canadiens are serious about bringing the Stanley Cup back to Montreal, they realistically have a two-year window to do so with their current core. [TVA Sports]
- Speaking of the Habs of years to come , Michael McCarron is definitely part of the organization’s future, whereas players like Jacob De La Rose still have much to prove. [TSN 690]
- Captain Saku Koivu was named among the 20th IIHF Hall of Fame class.
- With a roller coaster of a first year and a half of captaincy under his belt, Max Pacioretty isn’t letting controversy get the better of him, and is lighting the lamp as a result. [NHL]
- If PK Subban plays against Montreal in the Canadiens’ upcoming matchup versus Nashville, we can likely expect a little something to commemorate his time in La Belle Province.
Geoff Molson : "P.K. a joué un rôle important. S’il est en uniforme le 2 mars (pour son retour à Montréal), on va faire quelque chose, oui." pic.twitter.com/rZwCUmWayQ— Hockey 360 (@hockey360) January 17, 2017
- After fracturing his ankle in early December, Greg Pateryn has finally resumed skating. [Sportsnet]
- In comparison to last season, Phillip Danault is a new man, and that’s only partially due to his new ‘do. [Gazette]
- Former Canadien Jacques Plante was named as one of the NHL’s 100 best players. And rightfully so -- he does have six Stanley Cups to his name. [NHL]
- David Vallorani, leading scorer of the Brampton Beast, has been named to the ECHL All-Star Game. [Brampton Beast]
Around the league and elsewhere
- The Finnish Player of the Year has just been named. Three guesses who.
- Far exceeding the realm of hockey, Winnipeg Assistant GM Craig Heisinger’s relationship with the late Rick Rypien was a special one. [TSN]
- As Canada’s sport, hockey is even greater when newcomers embrace the game. [The Star]
- There are a handful of teams in the league that are very much in the “rebuild” phase, but which ones are fairing better these days, and which ones still have a long way to go? [Sportsnet]