Montreal Canadiens news and notes
- The World Junior tournament begins on Boxing Day, as is tradition. This year, Montreal will be well represented by its prospects. [Canadiens]
- The Habs gave a holiday visit to the Breakfast Club of Canada. [Canadiens]
- Nicolas Deslauriers has been on fire, and gets the nod as the Biosteel performer of the week. [Canadiens]
- 2017 wasn’t a banner year for the Habs, here’s a look back at a few key turning points of the calendar. [La Presse]
- The best possible Christmas gift for all 31 NHL teams. They may have nailed it for the Habs. [The Score]
- What a difference a year makes. David Desharnais suddenly looks like someone the Habs should have hung onto. [Montreal Gazette]
- Three former World Junior teammates for Team Canada are now all in the Habs system. Jonathan Drouin, Charles Hudon and Zach Fucale recall their tournament experience. [Canadiens]
- Victor Mete and Olli Juolevi on being teammates in the OHL, and a World Junior reunion.
Juolevi: “He was my driver. There were a lot of battles bc he loved Country music & I didn’t."— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) December 25, 2017
Mete: “He & Kuokkanen would play some Finnish music sometimes. It wasn’t bad. It was kind of cool, actually."
Olli & Victor excited for #WorldJuniors reunionhttps://t.co/nHmFGMA081
Around the league and elsewhere
- Here’s the newest edition of the NHL’s Super-Slo-Mo. [NHL]
- Next big break on the NHL schedule will be the All-Star Game. Here are 10 things to watch for before the late February pause. [NHL]
- While we’re listing things, how about 17 key numbers from 2017. [NHL]
- At the Christmas break, it’s hard to ignore the Vegas Golden Knights as one of the main stories of the season. [FRS]
- Roman Josi was busy over the holidays:
I will now ruin Christmas for a lot you ladies with one picture.— Gnash (@Gnash00) December 25, 2017
Congrats @rjosi90 and Ellie. I guess this makes you the team Mom now Ellie. Please bring orange slices and juice boxes to the game this Saturday. pic.twitter.com/Yw1g5tnaKs
- Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect Carter Hart is spreading confidence among Team Canada for the WJC. [Montreal Gazette]
- If the Habs are happy to have three players in the tournament, the New Jersey Devils are thrilled to have seven prospects participating. [NHL]
- Our cross-Atlantic neighbours from Russia have arrived on the scene for the World Juniors.
- The upcoming Spengler Cup will be the last audition for Olympic team hopefuls. [Sportsnet]
- Don Cherry may have made some adjustments in order to be more relevant, showing he’s got what it takes, even at 83. [NY Times]
- Jaromir Jagr has played in many cities. One year ago he was much warmer. Where will he celebrate next year?