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Montreal Canadiens News and Analysis
  • Roster news is pretty scarce at the moment, but there are still some interesting and encouraging stories out there. One such story is that Michel Therrien has been impressed with Greg Pateryn's development, calling the 23-year old "one of the most improved players in camp." The problem for Pateryn's NHL prospects is roster space. Currently, the Habs have seven defenders signed to one-way contracts on top of prominent sophomores Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi, who are signed to two-way deals.
  • Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN have undertaken the task of ranking the best players in the NHL. They've placed Carey Price 12th on their list of goaltenders, one behind the highest-ranked Canadian, Roberto Luongo. Sidney Crosby is a fan of Price's though, calling Carey the best goalie in the NHL.
  • Chris Boucher examines the rate at which Canadiens players were able to draw "obstruction penalties" (tripping, hooking, holding, interference, and holding the stick) relative to their possession events and deke attempts. Alexei Emelin's penalty-drawing prowess deserves praise. Despite engaging in the "in the fewest puck-possession events among Habs d-men" and very few dekes, Emelin led the defensemen in obstruction penalties drawn per minutes played. Rene Bourque sports a similar stat line: lowest event rate (among wingers), highest rate of obstruction penalties drawn (among wingers).
  • All of the proceeds from Montreal's scrimmage on Saturday will go to support recovery efforts in Lac-Mégantic. The cheque will be presented on October 3, when the Canadiens travel to the town for a regular season practice at the local arena. It's a kind gesture that will hopefully help in the rebuilding process.
  • Jeff Halpern joins Colby Armstrong on the list of useful 2013 Habs that have signed in Europe. Halpern, who links the reduced salary cap to his NHL employment status, will join TPS Turku of Finland's SM-liiga on a one month contract. If only you were as skilled as George Parros, Jeff!
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