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The Montreal Canadiens played a 3 period scrimmage tonight in front of an almost full house (about 70%) full of fans that lined up for hours to see the Habs back in action. Coach Michel Therrien said after the game that final cuts will be announced tomorrow morning, at which point we'll find out whether Alex Galchenyuk cracks the roster for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs.
My two cents on Galchenyuk: many people are saying send him back to the OHL, or give him 5 games and send him back, he's too young, he's not ready. However, why not keep him up in Montreal, get him relevant experience on the 2nd line, and let him grow? That way, come October, he'll be ready to go. This gives him time to work through the growing pains. Otherwise, next season will be the hiccup.
Many will disagree, but I think Galchenyuk can help now, without hurting his development. We'll know soon enough.
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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...
5 Game Tryout Not Enough
Short but sweet, why should the Canadiens keep Alex Galchenyuk beyond his five game tryout?
Answer: Because he is the best option available for their second line. Bar none.
With each passing day of this Canadiens shortened training camp, the one thing that is becoming clear is that Michel Therrien doesn't really have anyone else in mind when...
The Canadian Press Written in large letters on the Montreal Canadiens dressing room wall is the slogan ''No excuses.''
The new management team brought in last summer doesn't want to hear about why the fabled Canadiens finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.
It just wants the losing to end. And veteran defenseman Josh Gorges agrees.
The Montreal Canadiens will do battle with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, marking hockey’s return in front of a rabid Canadian national TV audience. When the Habs do so, it’s becoming more and more likely they’ll be doing so without one of their best players.
Restricted free agent P.K. Subban has yet to sign a new contract with Montreal, and according to the Montreal...
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By James Stephan (@J_Habs)
There have been new developments in the cases of Scott Gomez and Wade Redden who were both put on the shelf by their respective teams. By staying home both players would essentially avoid any risks to injury, ensuring that they would remain eligible to be bought out in the up-coming post-season.
What raised concerns was...
The Montreal Canadiens will do battle with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, marking hockey's return in front of a rabid Canadian national TV audience.
When the Habs do so, it's becoming more and more likely they'll be doing so without one of their best players.
Restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban has yet to sign a new contract with Montreal, and according...
The Montreal Canadiens ended their tumultuous relationship with Scott Gomez earlier in the week when the 33-year-old was bought-out after he cleared waivers. It was a fitting end for a nightmare of a stint for Gomez. With that said, I think he still has more left in the tank and can still play in the NHL.
According to a tweet from Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks may be interested...
So, the season is - finally - upon us. Three main storylines for tonight's tilt with the Maple Leafs as the season gets underway:
1) The kids are alright: Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher crack the Habs roster. Galchenyuk will play on the 2nd line, and while not confirmed, I suspect Gallagher 3rd line an PP time. Why? Coach Michel Therrien said multiple times that...
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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Much-maligned and now banished Montreal Center, Scott Gomez.
Hearing this AM the Hawks have had some conversation with his agent about a possible one year deal.
Let me say this: as a depth, potential lightning in a bottle move, meh, why notâfor minimal dollars?
Remember, the Hawks brought in Brendan...
At least three 18-year-old players - Mikhail Grigorenko of Buffalo, Mike Dumba of Minnesota and Alex Galchenyuk of Montreal - will be on the rosters of NHL teams for their season-opening games. How long they will remain on NHL rosters remains to be seen. "I'm real happy that I'm on an NHL team now," Grigorenko told the Buffalo News. "I'm really excited...