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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 No. 1 thing is our attitude,'' he said this week. ''We have to bring back the mentality of what it means to be a Montreal Canadien. There's a winning tradition in this organization and that has to be re-instilled in everyone. To understand that it's not OK to be average. That's not acceptable.''
The 2011-12 season saw 24-time Stanley Cup-champion Montreal end a four-year run of making the playoffs. The campaign was marked by injuries and a coaching change, when Jacques Martin was fired on Dec. 17 and replaced by first-time coach Randy Cunneyworth.
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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...
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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 P.K. Subban has yet to sign a new contract with Montreal, and according to the Montreal...
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 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...
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...