Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Oct
31
2015
Smith-Pelly skates off after scoring against the Flames, followed by Mitchell, Paul Byron and Tom Gilbert. All were low-key signings by Habs GM Marc Bergevin and are giving the Canadiens the depth they need to go to the next level as a team. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Master of Low-Key Signings

[caption id="attachment_1471" align="alignleft" width="240"] Low-key signing forward Dale Weise scores one of his three goals to carry the Canadiens to a 6-2 win last night in Calgary. Weise is a shining example of GM Marc Bergevin's under the radar signings. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)[/caption] Hockey fans like when their team makes a big splash in terms of a big free agent signing or blockbuster trade. Since Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been in charge, the only splash he makes is when he puts on his cologne. It's pretty much common knowledge now that if the team was to…
Oct
24
2015
Habs fourth line allows Head Coach Michel Therrien the ability to keep rolling his lines. A fitter Smith-Pelley along with former Sabres Mitchell and Flynn gives the Canadiens the kind of energy -- and timely scoring -- all teams would hope for in a fourth line. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Habs Streaking?

[caption id="attachment_1461" align="aligncenter" width="586"] Head Coach Michel Therrien just keeps rolling his lines. A fitter Smith-Pelley along with former Sabres Mitchell and Flynn gives the Canadiens the kind of energy -- and timely scoring -- all teams would hope for from a fourth line. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)[/caption] Habs start the season 8-0. You have to like that. But are they streaking? Sure. Winning games in a row can be defined as a "streak." But their now franchise-record 8-0 start is much more than just a streak, in my 0-pinion. To me, it comes off somewhat negative to label this team…
Oct
18
2015
Habs Stanley Cup parade, 1966.

Habs Picture Perfect

Through six games, your Montreal Canadiens are 6-0. No need to plan the parade route though. Why? Because it's already planned!! You know what the late, great Montreal Mayor Drapeau used to say when asked the question during the last Canadiens' heyday in the seventies: "The usual route!" [caption id="attachment_1451" align="alignleft" width="343"] Habs Stanley Cup parade, 1966.[/caption] So there it is, the usual route awaits the Habs if and when they can bring home the Stanley Cup to Montreal. Everyone's feeling mighty good right now after the team extended its franchise-best start to a season after defeating the Detroit Red…
Oct
14
2015
Jeff Petry was an important signing for Marc Bergevin over the summer and just makes the team harder to play against. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Habs Primed to Win

A 4-0 start to the 2015-2016 campaign for the Montreal Canadiens is sure to remind everyone around the league that hey, Montreal actually has a real shot at competing for the Stanley Cup this year. Right? You may remember, the Habs had an excellent start last year too, going 7-1 to open the season. They went on to finish second in the conference but bowed out in the second round of the playoffs to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 games. Somehow, this year already feels different for a few reasons. And Zach Kassian has nothing to do with it.…
Oct
03
2015
He shoots, he scores?

Scoring Woes Already?

Last year's edition of the Montreal Canadiens struggled to put the puck in the net. [caption id="attachment_1433" align="alignright" width="300"] This dynamic duo can't do it alone.[/caption] A woeful powerplay didn't help. The Habs were¬†20th in the league with 214 goals scored and their power play ranked 23rd at a measly 16.5 per cent. This summer, GM Marc Bergevin stayed pat, opting to keep his team relatively intact. He shipped Brandon Prust out to Vancouver for under performing forward Zach Kassian; then signed the enigmatic and Kovalev-ian forward Alexander Semin to a relatively no-risk contract. Kassian seems to be embracing the…