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Wharmsby’s Habs Lowdown

As we head into tonight’s game between the Habs and Leafs, I thought that instead of only just providing the link, I’d paste this very important Habs info provided by Tim Wharmsby in CBC Sports – Hockey Night in Canada.

The situation: The Canadians have made the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, but they haven’t won a series since they advanced to East final in 2010 … Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin needs to add offence up front and some defensive depth, but in 2013,  his first year at the helm of the Habs, he didn’t make any major moves at the trade deadline. After Bergevin re-acquired Michael Ryder and picked up Jeff Halpern off waivers earlier in the season, the only deadline move the Canadiens made was to trade for defenceman Davis Drewiske for a fifth-round draft choice … Most of the trade talk in Montreal has centred around what to do with looming unrestricted free agents Brian Gionta and Andrei Markov. There was a report earlier this week that Bergevin has offered Markov a one-year contract extension, but that the 35-year-old defenceman seeks a three-year deal … Since the Olympic break, the Habs have plucked three of four points in two games without their gold-medal-winning goalie Carey Price, who returned home with a lower-body injury.

Playoff hopes: 3rd in the East, six points behind second-place Boston and eight points clear of ninth-place Washington.

Schedule: 21 games remaining (nine home, 12 road)

At home: Toronto, Boston, Ottawa, Colorado, Columbus, Buffalo, Detroit, N.Y. Islanders, N.Y. Rangers.

On the road: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Phoenix, San Jose, Buffalo, Toronto, Boston, Detroit, Florida, Tampa Bay, Ottawa, Chicago.

Restricted free agents: Lars Eller, P.K. Subban, Dale Weise, Ryan White.

Unrestricted free agents: Francis Bouillon, Brian Gionta, Andrei Markov, Douglas Murray, George Parros.

No-trade clauses: Daniel Briere (no movement), Josh Gorges (limited), Brian Gionta (no-trade), Rene Bourque (modified), Andrei Markov (modified), Travis Moen (modified), Tomas Plekanec (modified).

Cap space: $6.9 million US.

On the farm: The Habs have made good use of the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, shuttling back-and-forth players like Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi, Louis Leblanc, Mike Blunden and Patrick Holland. Right wing Sven Andrighetto, 20, may be the next to get a shot. The Swiss forward is coming off his most productive month, with three goals and nine points in 10 games in February.

Raising The Cup


Unless these folks in New York decide to come to their senses, quit this nonsense, and give us a lousy 48 game asterisk season, maybe it’s just fine that the Cup probably won’t be awarded this year. The Habs aren’t quite ready yet. Next year they could be, and so thank you Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr and all the wild and crazy gang for not giving us hockey this year, thus allowing the Canadiens to blossom into a force to be reckoned with next year.

In fact, I think I’ll raise a cup right now. My coffee cup.

In the meantime, don’t just watch other sports, check sports betting options and make some quick cash. This is how I’m going to retire to a life of leisure. Betting on sports. I know of no other way.

Here’s what the two sides seem to be down to, from Elliotte Friedman’s fine piece in Friday’s CBSsports site – Bitterness Grows . Maybe you’re trying to make sense of all this, like me, and Elliotte’s explanations below might help somewhat.

Cap: League wants it to be $60 million next year, and Commissioner Bettman is trying keep it low to protect the floor from being too far from the ceiling. The players want $65 million for freer movement.

Contract length: League wants six years (other team’s free agent) or seven (your own). Players want eight overall.

Pensions: Players are determined to get what was previously agreed to. And they should.

CBA length: Both accept 10 years. League wants opt-out after eight, as long as intention to do so is after Year 6. And the CBA ends June 30. Players want opt-out after seven, with the CBA ending September 15.

Variance: League has offered a 30 per cent difference per season, but also that no season in any multi-year deal can be more than 60 percent lower than the highest-salaried one.

Buyouts: There will be two compliance buyouts per team before next season, although both will count against the players’ share of Hockey Related Revenue.

Too Bad He’s Not A Real Doctor. Then He Could Fix My Arthritis

From CBC Sports

Hockey legend Beliveau to receive honorary doctorate

Legendary Montreal Canadiens player and Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau will receive an honorary doctorate from Toronto’s Ryerson University.
The Quebec native captained the Canadiens for 10 of the 20 seasons he played in Montreal through the 1950s and 60s, won 10 Stanley Cups and was twice recognized as the league’s most valuable player.
But Beliveau is not only recognized for his work on the ice.
A companion of the Order of Canada, he is a dedicated philanthropist, volunteer and community leader.
Once he retired as a player in 1971, Beliveau — known off the ice as “Gentleman Jean” — stayed with the Canadiens as an executive and ran the Jean Beliveau Fund for underprivileged kids set up by the team in his honour.
Beliveau has devoted his time in recent years to helping the less fortunate and has made thousands of appearances to promote charitable causes.
He has been offered a Senate seat twice, and in 1993, Beliveau was offered the position of governor general. He turned all offers down to spend more time with his family.
Beliveau is set to receive his honorary Ryerson degree on May 12.
Ryerson joins a long list of schools that have bestowed honourary degrees on the hockey legend, including the University of Ottawa, Acadia, McGill and St. Mary’s

‘Justiceview’ Has Habs Anger Issues

After a story appeared on CBC Sports about Alex Kovalev,  http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2009/02/20/kovalev-returning.html, a fellow who calls himself  ‘Justiceview’, wrote this comment. And this is what players, and us, have to put up with.

“Here is a scouting report about the habs: Listless forwards, inept defence, Goalie is dazed and does not react well, shoot high glove side and guranteed to score. Clueless coach, no game plan, no timeouts when needed, constant mixing of lines like musical chairs. A GM who clearly lives in the past, wastes assets on washed up ex-habs/over the hill players. Scouting staff that have not produced a decent player in 20 years. Whole team distracted with overhyped fiasco of 100th season, need I say more.”

Phase Three Of Putting The Hammer Down – Kovalev Takes A Break

Kovalev given ‘time off’ by Habs

CBC Sport

Winger Alex Kovalev won’t be joining the Montreal Canadiens on their two-game road trip this week. But he isn’t hurt.

Habs general manager Bob Gainey said Tuesday that he met with Kovalev, and told him he won’t be with the team in Washington on Wednesday and Pittsburgh on Thursday.

His status for Saturday’s game against Ottawa on Hockey Day in Canada isn’t known.

Gainey said that Kovalev hasn’t been playing well of late and appears to be tired. He also said that this wasn’t a team suspension.

“It isn’t a normal decision or player movement that we would make,” admitted Gainey.

“I felt in the games that I watched, in my discussions with the coaching staff, [and] my understanding of Alex … it was my suggestion based on those things, for him to just to relax for a couple of days — stay away from the team and we’ll evaluate over that period of time, and make decisions accordingly.

Kovalev has struggled this season. He has 13 goals and 26 assists in 57 games. This after a stellar 2007-08 performance, where he had 35 goals and 49 assists for 84 points.

“He was not in direct agreement with me, but at the same time I think he felt that he could trust me enough that my decision, my request … could be something positive for him, [and] positive for the team,” said Gainey.

Gainey said no teams had contacted him about Kovalev, an unrestricted free agent this summer.

On Monday, Montreal sent a pair of draft picks to Atlanta in exchange for veteran defenceman Mathieu Schneider, who practised with the team Tuesday in a defensive pairing with Andrei Markov.

Schneider, who played on Montreal’s last Stanley Cup team during a tenure that lasted from 1988 to 1994, is expected to provide a boost for a struggling power play.

“The one thing I do is shoot,” said Schneider. “I get my shots every night. I think when your power play is struggling, the best thing to do you can do is get pucks on the net. That’s been my bread and butter the last 10 or 15 years.”

The Canadiens sent two players to their AHL affiliate in Hamilton — winger Sergei Kostitsyn and defenceman Ryan O’Byrne. The club recalled physical forward Gregory Stewart.

La Presse Says Patrick Roy Will Be Honoured By The Habs

I got home from work and saw this article from CBC Sports. I suppose he deserves it, although he’s in my bad books right now. Somehow I can’t shake the notion that he bailed out on the Habs when the going got tough. I’m also not impressed about the brawl he and his son were involved in.

 But he was a great goalie and probably deserves his sweater retired, both in Montreal and Colorado. The big fear I have, however, is that he’ll end up coaching in Montreal some day. This doesn’t sit well with me at all. 

 Actually, it scares me.

  CBC Sports

The Montreal Canadiens plan to honour goaltending legend Patrick Roy by retiring his No. 33 jersey in November, according to a Montreal newspaper.

Roy, 42, told La Presse, that he had no knowledge of the report, which originated in the same French-language newspaper.

The Canadiens refused to comment on the story.

The honour would be a part of the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary celebrations and would recognize the hall-of-fame goalie despite his bitter split with the team in 1995.

Roy was named Montreal’s starting goaltender for the 1985-’86 season with just 20 minutes of NHL experience under his belt.

But he thrived in the role, leading the Habs into the playoffs and, after posting 15 victories and a 1.92 goals-against average, the Canadiens captured the Stanley Cup. Roy won the Conn Smythe Trophy that post-season as the most valuable player.

He displayed a similar level of dominance for Montreal in the spring of 1993, winning 10 straight overtime games against just one loss in extra time as he captured his second Stanley Cup. His post-season record that year was 16-4 with a 2.13 GAA.

But the end of his time in Montreal came shortly after a loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 2, 1995. Roy was left in net for nine goals and after he was finally pulled, he stormed past head coach Mario Tremblay and confronted team president Ronald Corey.

“It’s my last game in Montreal,” he said.

Roy, the 51st player and third goalie chosen by the Canadiens in the 1984 draft, was traded just days later to the Colorado Avalanche, where he went on to win two more Stanley Cups.

The native of Sainte Foy, Que., retired after the 2002-03 season, leaving the game with a goaltending records in regular-season wins (551), career games played (1,029) and career playoff wins (151).

The Avalanche retired Roy’s jersey in October 2003. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame three years later.

Roy currently serves as the co-owner, general manager and head coach of the Quebec Junior Hockey League’s Quebec Remparts.

He has been a controversial figure both on and off the ice with the club, with the most recent incident occurring during a brawl in a game against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens on March 22, 2008.

During that game, Jonathan Roy, the team’s starting goaltender and son of Patrick, skated the length of the ice and pummeled his Chicoutimi counterpart, Bobby Nadeau, who was unwilling to fight and covered up during the assault.

Jonathan Roy received a seven-game suspension and was also fined $500. He also faces one count of assault.

Patrick Roy, who later received a five-game suspension, said he did nothing to encourage the melee and denied he made any gesture to his son to go after Nadeau

Important yet Bulls**t Story About Mat Sundin

Yes it’s laziness to copy another story, but in this case, I thought it a pretty good idea. Because this story, although denied, is the first little sniff in the Mats Sundin saga in about a week. Which means maybe Montreal still has a shot. But like I said before, the guy stands a good chance to suffer injuries.
But Mats Sundin would be a good addition to the Habs. And as long as he stays healthy, they could even win the Cup with him. (And again, please excuse the lack of capital letters in this paragraph. I’ve no idea.)

Sundin’s agent confirms no deal with Canucks

Last Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2008 | 7:17 PM ET

The North American agent for Mats Sundin, above, denies a claim that the centre will play play for the Vancouver Canucks next season.The North American agent for Mats Sundin, above, denies a claim that the centre will play play for the Vancouver Canucks next season. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)A Swedish newspaper has reported that Mats Sundin has agreed to a deal with the Vancouver Canucks, but the centre’s North American agent has denied the claim.

J.P. Barry, Sundin’s North American agent, has confirmed to CBCSports that the report by Dusan Umicevic in Sweden’s Daily News is false.

In an interview with a Vancouver radio station earlier this week, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis expressed confidence that Sundin, who became an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career on July 1, would still accept the club’s offer of a two-year contract valued at $20 million US.

Sundin has been the subject of intense interest from several other clubs including the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers. A return to the Toronto Maple Leafs also remains an option.

The Swede has posted 555 goals and 766 assists for 1,321 points in 1,305 NHL games with Toronto and the Quebec Nordiques. He was selected first overall by Quebec in the 1989 draft and traded to Toronto five years later.

Sundin, 37, has yet to play in a Stanley Cup final. He earned $5.5 million last season on a one-year deal that included a no-trade clause.

Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher had given Montreal and the New York Rangers permission to talk to Barry prior to July 1 in hopes of working out a deal.

The Vancouver offer would make Sundin the highest-paid player in the NHL. Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh and Alexander Ovechkin of Washington currently top next season’s salary list at $9 million US apiece