Found January 18, 2013 on Hockey Fan Land:
  MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens made seven cuts Friday morning to leave them with 23 healthy bodies in training camp, and top draft pick Alex Galchenyuk was not among those who were sent home.  Galchenyuk, the No. 3 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, has spent the entire camp skating at left wing on the Canadiens' second line, and that's presumably where he'll be when the Habs host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night in the season opener.  The Canadiens also kept forwards Brendan Gallagher and Mike Blunden, sending forwards Michael Bournival, Gabriel Dumont, Louis Leblanc and Patrick Holland and defensemen Mike Commodore, Frederic St-Denis and Jarred Tinordi back to their American Hockey League affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs. Galchenyuk did not get on the score sheet during Thursday night's intra-squad scrimmage in front of more than 17,000 fans at the Bell Centre, but it has been obvious throughout training camp that he will at least get a five-game tryout before t...

Canadiens final cuts tomorrow

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Maple Leafs-Canadiens Preview

With a combined 35 Stanley Cups, the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs are two of the league's proudest franchises. Neither team, however, is coming off a season to be particularly proud of. While there appears to be a glimmer of hope the Canadiens will see some improvements, it doesn't seem the Maple Leafs have done enough to get back into the playoff picture...

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