25 years ago today...


On May 24, 1986 the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames for Stanley Cup number 23. Patrick Roy, Chris Chelios, Claude Lemieux and Jean Perron all spoke to CJAD to reflect on that great moment in Habs history.

When Guy! speaks, we all want to listen


CJAD's Mark Shalhoub caught up with the Habs all-time great at the promo for the Pat Burns Ride of Courage Le Demon Blond naturally had more to say when asked.

BTN: Habs carry the play like an elite road team


The Habs road record may have only recently pushed the .500 mark, but that's not the result of poor play: they generally have carried the play when the game is tied, which is arguably the best indicator of a team's strength. Bad shooting percentage (which often means bad luck) and an inability to draw penalties are probably the two most prominent things keeping Montreal down in the #6 seed in the East right now.

Fire Colin Campbell Petition


Tired of seeing your players take illegal hits that are suspension worthy that don’t get suspensions? Tired of Colin Campbell’s inconsistent and laughable wheel of justice? Tired of not seeing your players protected by the nhl, whom should have their best interest in mind? If so, join our Fire Colin Campbell petition. Read the instruction on how to post and follow suit. Keep it straight forward and in sync so we have a professional thing to produce to Bettman and the league of why this guy needs to be taken out of office. Thank you. Link is above.

Don't tell them Guy Lafleur ran off with the Stanley Cup!


Patrick Kane's Stanley Cup winning goal is missing, and now the case is in the hands of the FBI. You'd think they'd have bigger crimes to solve, right? I'm no forensics or crime scene expert, but considering Chris Pronger's puck swiping history you'd think they would want to talk to him first.

Leblanc makes Team Canada, Bournival amongst final cuts


2009 first round draft pick Louis Leblanc will be skating for Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, NY this holiday season. Michael Bournival, who was acquired from Colorado in the Ryan O'Byrne trade, was one of the final cuts from the roster. Leblanc will almost certainly be used as a winger for Canada, who have loaded up on natural centres. Have a look at the full team over at Puck Worlds, SB Nation's home for the World Juniors and all international hockey events.

Stat of the Day


Have a look at the Canadiens' schedule, and the scores of the games to date by clicking above. Notice something? Your Montreal Canadiens have not allowed more than three goals in regulation time once this year. There hasn't even been a fourth goal scored by the opposition into an empty net... only Tampa Bay has scored four times, and it took a PP in OT in the home opener to do it. Now, I've probably jinxed the team, but I figured I'd put it out there. The system seems to be working. And Carey Price boasting a .930 SV% also helps.

Stephen Gionta has small shoes to fill


Brian Gionta's younger brother, Stephen, is making his NHL debut tonight for the New Jersey Devils. He'll be wearing Brian's old #14, which I believe is the first time it's been used since Brian signed in Montreal in 2009. Best of luck to Stephen in his NHL career, except if/when he plays the Canadiens, of course.

Olaf Eller named Head Coach of Team Iceland


Olaf Eller, father of Montreal Canadiens rookie Lars Eller, has been hired as the Head Coach of Iceland's national men's hockey team for the 2011IIHF World Championships, Div. II, Group B, in Zagreb, Croatia. Iceland finished 3rd at that level last year, their highest ever finish. Olaf was a former Danish national team player in the 1980s and had coached Denmark's U20 team the past two years. Thought this was pretty cool, combining both my love of the Habs and international hockey. Shameless plug: have a visit to Puck Worlds, SB Nation's international hockey site, run by... me.

Survey: Fans Put Faith In Habs


Yahoo! Sports Canada commissioned a survey, released today, that asked 1,503 Canadians about the Stanley Cup and when, exactly, it might be back in the clutches of a Canada-based franchise. What it found? Optimism. Continue reading