Week 1 NHL Impressions

The NHL season is off to an fascinating start in both North America and Europe. Here some developments that jumped out: Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer opened with a shutout over the hated Canadiens. He picked where he left off last season, when he finished extremely well to take the No. 1 role. He also lost 20 pounds through offseason and that paid dividends, too. Conversely...
Via The Hockey Guy
October 07, 2011  |  Discuss

Slow Stars Put GMs, Coaches On The Spot

It’s never too early for NHL general managers and coaches to feel the heat. A topsy-turvy October raised the angst level in several cities.These individuals are sweating more than most: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson: His big money plays for center Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski didn’t pay off, in part because Carter got hurt (cracked foot) and Wisniewski opened the year with an...
Via The Hockey Guy
November 01, 2011  |  Discuss

Wish Cunneyworth Luck. He Will Need It

Canadiens general manager Pierre "The Ghost" Gauthier proved his desperation when he fired respected assistant coach Perry Pearn. That sent a message to head coach Jacques Martin that he would be next. Montreal kept lumbering along at a .500 pace, so Gauthier fired Martin, too. He installed English-speaking Randy Cunneyworth as the next coach -- put him in an almost impossible situation...
Via The Hockey Guy
December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

What's Next In Montreal?

Patrick Roy has announced that he is ready to consider NHL jobs after this junior hockey season. That news has Canadiens fans on red alert. Roy, a Montreal legend, has forged a tough-guy coaching reputation while working with younger players. He is one of the potential Canadiens coaching candidates that excites the public.Nobody gives interim coach Randy Cunneyworth much of a chance...
Via The Hockey Guy
December 24, 2011  |  Discuss

Montreal Church Places Ad For Last Place Canadiens

The Archdiocese of Montreal has placed an ad in French language newspapers urging fans to pray for the Montreal Canadiens who are toiling in last place in the Northeast Division and 14th, out of 15, in the Eastern Conference. The ad shows the Eastern Conference standings with the exception of the last place Canadiens. In the spot for eighth place, the final playoff spot, it says...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
February 09, 2012  |  Discuss
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