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Monday, September 29, 2008

Canadiens 100th Season

The Canadiens told the press on Wednesday all the events on the club’s Centennial celebration.the first event will take on the Bruins for there home opener.They will be honoring 44 stars in the Habs history that will become apart of the hall of fame. Patrick Roy’s number 33 jersey will be raised to the Bell Centre rafters during a ceremony on November 22.The Canadiens will be playing with 5 vintage jersey's this upcoming season.They will play with each Vintage jersey's in the picture above for 1 game each.On December 4th the Habs will be honoring the greatest players at the the Centennial Plaza The Habs will also be Hoisting the 2009 All-Star Game on January 25th 2009. This is the celebration schedule below.


2008-2009 SEASON
October 2008
15.Home Opener Against Bruins
20. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Florida Panthers (1970 – 1971)
28. Builder’s Night (coaches) vs. Carolina Hurricanes

November 2008
15. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Philadelphia Flyers (1945 – 1946)
22. Retired Jersey Night - Patrick Roy – vs. Boston Bruins

December 2008
4. Opening of the Centennial Plaza
Original Six Salute vs. New York Rangers
Centennial Jersey Night (1915 – 1916)
10. Inauguration of the Community outdoor rink program (François-Perreault Park, St-Michel Borough)

January 2009
8. Original Six salute vs Toronto Maple Leafs
23-26. NHL All-Star Week

February 2009
1. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Boston Bruins (1912 – 1913)
21. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Ottawa Senators (1970 – 1971)

March 2009
14. Centennial Jersey Night vs. New Jersey Devils (1945 – 1946)
21. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (1915 – 1916)
31. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Chicago Blackhawks (1912 – 1913)

April 2009
2. Montreal Symphony Orchestra Concert at the Bell Centre
Opening of the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame
11.Last Game of the Season Against Penguins
June 2009
26-27 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre

2009-2010 SEASON

October, November, December 2009
Centennial Jersey Nights (1910 – 1911, 1909 – 1910)

December 2009
Public launch of the Canadiens motion picture « Pour toujours, les Canadiens ! »

4. Centennial game at the Bell Centre
5. Centennial Gala

Written by:Andrew Di Pardo

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Canadiens Host 2009 NHL All-Star Game

The Montreal Canadiens were awarded the 2008-09 season All-Star Game by the NHL.The contest will be played for the Canadienss 100th anniversary.The last time the Canadiens hosted this event it was in 1993 when the Canadiens won there 24th Stanley Cup."We're very, very happy to have been chosen as hosts of the all-star game," said Canadiens president Pierre Boivin. "It's going to be our centennial year and we said from the beginning that we want to do everything so that Montreal really becomes hockey-centric and that it'd be a year of celebration of not only the franchise but or our national sport and our great game and all of its heroes."

The Canadiens will try to repeat Hockey History as they will try to win a Stanley Cup on yet another year they host the NHL All-Star game.

Written By:Andrew Di pardo

Friday, September 26, 2008

Habs Scoreboard

The Habs’ new central scoreboard, the third model since the arena opened its doors in March 1996.It's the largest score board in the NHL.The scoreboard weights 50,000 pounds and standing 25 feet high and 40 feet wide, it won’t be unnoticed on Friday night when the Habs take on the Senators.The Canadiens centennial scoreboard is way wider,and way bigger then the size of the scoreboard recently purchased by the Maple Leafs for the Air Canada Centre.

Written by:Andrew Di Pardo

2008 Canadiens Pre-season Schedule/Results

Mon Sep 22, 2008 Canadiens @ Bruins 3 - 8 L 6:00

Tue Sep 23, 2008 Sabres @ Canadiens 2 - 3 W 7:00

Wed Sep 24, 2008 Canadiens @ Red Wings 3 - 2 W 7:30

Fri Sep 26, 2008 Senators @ Canadiens 0 - 5 W 7:30

Sat Sep 27, 2008 Canadiens @ Senators 1 - 3 L 7:00

Sun Sep 28, 2008 Panthers @ Canadiens 2 - 3 W SO 7:00

Tue Sep 30, 2008 Red Wings @ Canadiens 1 - 2 W SO 7:30

Wed Oct 1, 2008 Bruins @ Canadiens 1 - 3 W 7:30

Sat Oct 4, 2008 Wild @ Canadiens 3 - 0 L7:00

Thursday, September 25, 2008

All Habs

All Habs

NEXT PRE-SEASON GAME :Senators @CanadiensA.T 7:00PM E.T

After Coming off a 3-2 shootout win against the wings, The Habs will look to win there 3rd Pre-Season game in a row.To do that they will need some help from the youngsters.Like Carey price who will start in goal for the Canadiens.Martin Gerber will Start in Goal for the Sens.This is going to be a good Home and Home series between the Habs and the Sens.But remember its only Pre-Season.The puck drop is 7:08 Pm E.T on Friday September 26 2008.

Written by:Andrew Di pardo

Markov the hero for the Habs in shootout

Canadiens goalie Cédrick Desjardins stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced last night in Detroit. Markov Scored the only goal of the shootout to make the Habs win this exhibition game by the score of 3-2. Carle had his head down and he got hit fairly hard.He was carried off the ice on a stretcher 5:25 into the game after a hit by Detroit forward Tomas Kopecky at the Red Wings' blue-line."He was awake when he went to the hospital," said Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau. "We gave him a couple of quick tests and he was fine and he's going back with us.I don't think it was a dirty hit.

Detroit also had a player go to the hospital. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom was hit in the face with a shot and was helped off the ice 3:00 into the third period. He took stitches above his right eye and went to Detroit Medical Center for X-rays."It's above the eye, it touched a bit of his nose and above his head, so they're going to send him over for some tests," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "The injury is nothing to do with his eye, so that's obviously the positive news."

Matt D'Agostini and Tomas Deauregard were the goal scorers for Montreal in regulation.In the shootout the Andrei Markov scored in the shootout.Tomas Holmstrom and Justin Abdelkader scored the goals for Detroit.

You never know this might be the stanley cup Final this year.

Written By:Andrew Di pardo

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pre-Season:Habs @ Wings today at 7:00PM E.T

After coming off a 3-2 win against the sabers the Habs will be going to Hockey Town to play there first road Pre-Season game. Marc Denis will be the starting goaltender for the Habs. Chris Osgood will start in goal for the Wings.The puck drop will be at 7:08 PM E.T

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Di Pardo

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pre-Season:Habs Host Sabers

After coming off a 8-3 lost to the Bruins the Habs prospects will try to prove that they could find themselves a spot on the Habs roster. Carey Price will be the starting goaltender for the Habs.The Sabers still Have not announced there starting Goaltender yet.With Carey Price losing 28 ponds over the summer it will be interesting to see how he preforms in tomorrows game against the Sabers.The puck drop will be at 7:08 PM E.T

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Andrew Di Pardo

Roy Excited about number 33

On November 20 the Canadiens will be raising number 33 to the rafters.Patric Roy said he was hoping that this would happen.Ever since the game against the Red Wings in 1995 after Roy allowed 10 goals he said he will never play for the habs again.''I think its been long enough for the fans to get over what happened'' Explained Gainy.But the question is have the fans moved on?

Written By:Andrew Di pardo

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Saku Koivu Criticized ? Plus Koivu talks about chances of a cup in Montreal

Last year at the Canadiens golf tournament Koivu got Criticized for being honest.''Last year I said i think we got good potential but I don't think were big contenders for the cup.I think the fans took it the wrong way.''Explained Koivu. This year the fans Criticized him for not showing up at the golf tournament.He didn't even show up at training camp instead he stayed in Finland but Koivu had good reasons.''I talked to Gainy and told him i will be doing all the same drills i would be doing with the team.''Explained Koivu.

Koivu has been the Canadiens captain for a long time.But for the first time in his career, Koivu has a shot at the Stanley Cup and he can't wait to get the season started.'I was questioned a lot when I signed my contract two years ago about why I did it and why I stayed.The reason why I stayed was because I saw the potential that is possible here, and I want to be here if the team wins the Stanley Cup in the next couple of years.'' Koivu Explained.

Koivu will be entering his 10th season as team captain.No captain in Habs history has played through the ups and the downs like koivu has.'' I've seen the ups and the downs when we had a good team, but the latest years weren't a lot of fun.But this season I think were contenders.This is the best Habs team I've seen in a long time.''

Time will tell if this is the Canadiens Stanley Cup Champion team.

Written By:Andrew Di Pardo

Friday, September 19, 2008

Pre-Season:CandiensV.S Bruins(IN Halifax, NS) this upcoming monday Sept.22/08

On September 22nd the Canadiens will be going to Halifax to take on the Bruins.
Michael Hutchinson is expected to start in goal for the Bruins.As for the Canadiens Jason Missiaen is most likely to start in goal for the Canadiens.It will be good to see how the prospects of the Canadiens play against the Bruins prospects.Lets see if the prospects of the Canadiens play as good as the Canadiens played last season.We will also see if the prospects of the Bruins play like the Bruins played last season.The puck drop is 6:08PM ET

Written By:Andrew Di Pardo

Thursday, September 18, 2008

2008-2009 Season Predictons for the Canadiens

The Canadiens are expected to finish at the second spot of the Eastern Confrence with 100 points.With Carey Price leading the way as it is his first season as a number 1 goaltender the Canadiens won't have to worry with price making as many mistakes as he did last season because he has experienced alot of pressure last season and during the playoffs.The Canadiens Captain Saku Koivu has alot of presser to score more than 16 goals this season he is expected to score 21 goals this upcoming season.As kovalev is expected to lead the way in points and goals for the Canadiens this upcoming season.

This Is the Predictions for the Eastern Confrence Standings

1 Penguins
2 Canadiens
3 Capitals
4 Rangers
5 Devils
6 Senitors
7 Sabers
8 Bruins
9 Flyers
10 Hurricanes
11 Panthers
12 Leafs
13 Lightning
14 Islanders
15 Thrashers

Written By:Andrew Di Pardo

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Montreal Candiens 2007-2008 Regular Season Stats

Kovalev RW 82 35 49 84
Plekanec C 81 29 40 69
Streit D 81 13 49 62
Markov D 82 16 42 58
Koivu C 77 16 40 56
Kostitsyn LW 78 26 27 53
Higgins LW 82 27 25 52
Stewart LW 1 0 0 0 Locke C 1 0 0 0
D'AgostiniRW 1 0 0 0 Ryder RW 70 14 17 31
Latendresse RW 73 16 11 27
Hamrlik D 77 5 21 26
Smolinski C 64 8 17 25
Lapierre C 53 7 11 18
Komisarek D 75 4 13 17
Dandenault RW 61 9 5 14
Kostopoulos RW 67 7 6 13
Brisebois D 43 3 8 11
Chipchura C 36 4 7 11
Gorges D 62 0 9 9
Grabovski C 24 3 6 9
Begin LW 44 3 5 8
BouillonD 74 2 6 8
O'Byrne D 33 1 6 7
Price 41 2413 2.56 24 12 3 .920
Halak 6 285 2.11 2 1 1 .934


Going into training camp there was no room for young guns on the Canadiens roster like Max Pacioretty and Ben Maxwell on the Montreal Canadiens.If they want to play for the Canadiens they will have to prove themselves worthy of a spot on the roster."You've got to steal a job from someone," Carbonneau told Max Pacioretty and Ben Maxwell.The 19 skaters and four goaltenders at the rookie camp are there to make themselves familiar with a pro hockey environment.Only 15 players will stick around for the main part of the camp, which starts on Saturday.If the young guns will not make the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, Montreal's top farm club,they would not be able to make it to the Canadiens.

Written by:Andrew Di pardo

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Habs plan to win the stanley cup on 100th season

With the Canadiens finishing first in the Eastern Conference and going to the second round in the playoffs,the Canadiens would be expected by their fans to win there 25th stanley cup this year.Bob Gainy has been doing all that he can to make his team become a contender for the cup. He has added a few extensions to his team such as Max Pacioretty, Georges Laraque, Alex Tanguay, Robert Lang and Marc Danis. A reporter asked Gainy, "In your opinion has your team gotten tougher over the summer and is your team a contender for the cup?" Gainy simply replied, ''Yes. We have gotten tougher over the summer with the extension our team has gotten this summer.You can't say if we are a contender yet, we have to see how our team plays when the season starts then we can tell you.'' It wont be long until we find out if they are contenders or not.The season is just four weeks away.

Written by:Andrew Di Pardo

Habs 2008-2009 Regular Season Schedule

October 2008
Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (ET) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)

Fri Oct 10, 2008 Canadiens Sabres 7:30 PM RDS

Sat Oct 11, 2008 Canadiens Maple Leafs 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Mon Oct 13, 2008 Canadiens Flyers 7:00 PM RDS

Wed Oct 15, 2008 Bruins Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS,TSN (HD)

Sat Oct 18, 2008 Coyotes Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS

Mon Oct 20, 2008 Panthers Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS,VERSUS (HD)

Sat Oct 25, 2008 Ducks Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS

Tue Oct 28, 2008 Hurricanes Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS

Thu Oct 30, 2008 Canadiens Wild 8:00 PM RDS KSTC

November 2008

Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (ET) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)

Sat Nov 1, 2008 Canadiens Islanders 7:00 PM RDS

Fri Nov 7, 2008 Canadiens Blue Jackets 7:00 PM RDS

Sat Nov 8, 2008 Canadiens Maple Leafs 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Tue Nov 11, 2008 Senators Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS,TSN (HD)

Thu Nov 13, 2008 Canadiens Bruins 7:00 PM RDS

Sat Nov 15, 2008 Flyers Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS

Sun Nov 16, 2008 Canadiens Blues 6:00 PM RDS

Tue Nov 18, 2008 Canadiens Hurricanes 7:00 PM RDS,TSN (HD)

Thu Nov 20, 2008 Canadiens Senators 7:30 PM RDS SNET-E

Sat Nov 22, 2008 Bruins Canadiens 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Mon Nov 24, 2008 Islanders Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS

Wed Nov 26, 2008 Canadiens Red Wings 7:30 PM RDS,TSN (HD) FSN-D

Fri Nov 28, 2008 Canadiens Capitals 7:00 PM RDS

Sat Nov 29, 2008 Sabres Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS

December 2008

Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (ET) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)

Tue Dec 2, 2008 Thrashers Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS,TSN (HD)

Thu Dec 4, 2008 Rangers Canadiens 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Sat Dec 6, 2008 Devils Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS

Tue Dec 9, 2008 Flames Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS SNET-W

Thu Dec 11, 2008 Lightning Canadiens 7:00 PM CBC,RDS SUN

Sat Dec 13, 2008 Capitals Canadiens 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Tue Dec 16, 2008 Canadiens Hurricanes 7:00 PM RDS

Thu Dec 18, 2008 Flyers Canadiens 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Sat Dec 20, 2008 Sabres Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS

Sun Dec 21, 2008 Hurricanes Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS

Sat Dec 27, 2008 Canadiens Penguins 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Mon Dec 29, 2008 Canadiens Panthers 7:30 PM RDS

Tue Dec 30, 2008 Canadiens Lightning 7:30 PM RDS SUN

January 2009

Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (ET) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)

Fri Jan 2, 2009 Canadiens Devils 7:00 PM RDS

Sun Jan 4, 2009 Panthers Canadiens 2:00 PM RDS FSN-F

Wed Jan 7, 2009 Canadiens Rangers 7:30 PM RDS,TSN (HD)

Thu Jan 8, 2009 Maple Leafs Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS SNET-O

Sat Jan 10, 2009 Capitals Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS

Tue Jan 13, 2009 Canadiens Bruins 7:00 PM RDS,VERSUS (HD)

Thu Jan 15, 2009 Predators Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS FSN-S

Sat Jan 17, 2009 Canadiens Senators 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Tue Jan 20, 2009 Canadiens Thrashers 7:00 PM RDS

Wed Jan 21, 2009 Canadiens Devils 7:00 PM RDS

Tue Jan 27, 2009 Canadiens Lightning 7:30 PM RDS SUN

Thu Jan 29, 2009 Canadiens Panthers 7:00 PM RDS,TSN (HD) FSN-F

Sat Jan 31, 2009 Kings Canadiens 2:00 PM CBC,RDS

February 2009

Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (ET) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)

Sun Feb 1, 2009 Bruins Canadiens 2:00 PM CBC,RDS

Tue Feb 3, 2009 Penguins Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS

Fri Feb 6, 2009 Canadiens Sabres 7:30 PM RDS,TSN (HD)

Sat Feb 7, 2009 Maple Leafs Canadiens 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Mon Feb 9, 2009 Canadiens Flames 9:00 PM RDS SNET-W

Wed Feb 11, 2009 Canadiens Oilers 10:00 PM RDS PPV

Fri Feb 13, 2009 Canadiens Avalanche 9:00 PM RDS,TSN (HD) ALT (HD)

Sun Feb 15, 2009 Canadiens Canucks 10:00 PM RDS PPV

Wed Feb 18, 2009 Canadiens Capitals 7:30 PM RDS,TSN (HD)

Thu Feb 19, 2009 Canadiens Penguins 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Sat Feb 21, 2009 Senators Canadiens 3:00 PM CBC,RDS

Tue Feb 24, 2009 Canucks Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS SNET-P

Fri Feb 27, 2009 Canadiens Flyers 7:00 PM RDS,TSN (HD)

Sat Feb 28, 2009 Sharks Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS CSN-BA

March 2009

Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (ET) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)

Wed Mar 4, 2009 Canadiens Sabres 7:30 PM RDS,TSN (HD)

Fri Mar 6, 2009 Canadiens Thrashers 7:30 PM RDS

Sun Mar 8, 2009 Canadiens Stars 6:00 PM RDS FSN-SW

Tue Mar 10, 2009 Oilers Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS SNET-W

Thu Mar 12, 2009 Islanders Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS

Sat Mar 14, 2009 Devils Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS

Tue Mar 17, 2009 Rangers Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS

Thu Mar 19, 2009 Canadiens Senators 7:30 PM RDS SNET-E

Sat Mar 21, 2009 Maple Leafs Canadiens 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Tue Mar 24, 2009 Thrashers Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS

Thu Mar 26, 2009 Lightning Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS,TSN (HD) SUN

Sat Mar 28, 2009 Sabres Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS

Tue Mar 31, 2009 Blackhawks Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS,VERSUS (HD),TSN (HD)

April 2009

Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (ET) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)

Thu Apr 2, 2009 Canadiens Islanders 7:00 PM RDS,TSN (HD)

Sat Apr 4, 2009 Canadiens Maple Leafs 7:00 PM CBC,RDS

Mon Apr 6, 2009 Senators Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS SNET-E

Tue Apr 7, 2009 Canadiens Rangers 7:00 PM RDS

Thu Apr 9, 2009 Canadiens Bruins 7:00 PM RDS

Sat Apr 11, 2009 Penguins Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS

Upcoming game:Habs V.s Bruins Monday September 22 2008


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Upcoming games for pre season


The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Robert Lang from the Chicago Blackhawks, in return for a second-round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.When asked with the extension of Lang does that mean Sundin was no longer in their needed, Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey replied "yes."Gainey said that the discussions with Sundin were not good."At no time did I have any feeling we had Sundin locked up or anyone else did."As for Sundin's plans, Gainey explained that he had no idea when or if the forward would return to the NHL."Sundin didn't give me any indication he was going to make a decision and my hockey department and I were not prepared to wait for a player who may or may not decide to play in November, December or January or February."Gainey explained.''

With Lang the Canadiens get a forward with the skills to shoot, score, play defence,and wrack up points.The 37-year-old played 76 games with the Blackhawks he got 54 points (21 goals, 33 assists), getting a plus-9 rating while serving 50 penalty minutes in the 2007-2008 season."He adds to our depth and experience and to the level of our attack," explained Gainey.Lang was excited about the deal."You never want to get traded or have to move your family, but I think it's going to be a great situation," Lang told the Press. "It's a great hockey town."Lang's best season was in 2001-2002 when he recorded 80 points (32 goals, 48 assists) in 82 games with the Penguins.

Written by:Andrew Di pardo

Monday, September 8, 2008

Jason Missiaen Top Prospect

With their fourth-round selection, 116th overall, the Canadiens have picked Jason Missiaen, a goaltender from the Peterborough Peter of the OHL. And he's a large goaltender, listed at 6 foot, 8 inches tall, weighing 193 pounds, a native of Chatham, Ont. This pick was the Canadiens tallest draft pick in there history.

Jason Missiaen's story as quoted below:

“I started playing hockey when I was eight years old,” said Missiaen, the tallest player ever to be chosen by the Habs. “But the problem was that my mom insisted that I wear the most protection possible and that’s how I became a goalie.”

Ranked 23rd among North American goalies, Missiaen was nonetheless the 12th goalie to hear his named called at the Scotiabank Place.

“I knew Montreal was interested in me, but I never expected to be picked so soon. This whole experience is hard for me to even put into words.”
The morning of game day I like to keep to myself to avoid distractions. Throughout the day I try to picture myself making saves, always having good positioning and good rebounds. I try to eat the same things at the same times. My pre-game meal consists of spaghetti with meat sauce. If the game is at 7pm I like to eat at 3pm. After my meal I take a short nap 30-45 minutes max.

''When I arrive at the rink I tape two sticks both toe to heal. After that I warm up on the bike and stretch while visualizing myself in game situations. Throughout this time I am not socializing with fellow teammates. While I am getting dressed I put on my left side first then my right. At the end of warm-up I like to leave the ice with 41 seconds left on the clock. During the anthems I like to stand in between my crease and the hash marks while visualizing more game situations. During stoppages of play I always skate to the corner to my left and never to the right. My water bottle is always pointing to the left of the goal.''

Quotes said BY:Jason Missiaen

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Number 33 will be retired

Do you think Patrick Roy's jersey #33 should be retired by Montreal this upcoming season? When you look at the incredible numbers Roy put up in his career - 4 Stanley Cups, 3 Conn Smythe trophies, 551 regular season wins, 151 playoff wins - it is hard to believe that the Habs could refuse to hang Canadiens jersey #33 from the rafters of the Bell Centre.But really think about it he left the Canadiens on the wrong foot.He left because the head coach at the time Trembley did not pull him out of a game when he said he was having a bad game.So just think about this question do you think Patrick Roy's jersey #33 should be retired by Montreal this upcoming season?

Written By: Andrew Di pardo

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Habs may consider playing outdoor game for there100th season

The Canadiens may be considering playing outdoor game at Olympic Stadium as one of their 100th anniversary celebrations.The rumors were that the outdoor game was planed for December 4th 2009.That rumor was wrong according to team spokesman Donald Beauchamp.It will not be Dec. 4," he said."There's no specific date, but it's not that one."Outdoor games have been very popular since the Oilers hosted the Canadiens in 2004.To play at the domed Olympic Stadium, the roof would have to be removed.An OIB spokesman said this game would have to be played when the roof is being redone.

Written BY:Andrew Di pardo

Friday, September 5, 2008

BOB GAINY works on team future

Fans of the Habs cant complain that there hasn't been any good trades this summer.Bob Gainy has been criticized for not making good trades.The past couple of weeks ,we have seen Gainey, in a series of moves that have been helpful for the canadiens as they look to win there 25th stanley cup.For the longest time, many in the media and in fan circles have criticized on the Canadiens lack of toughness.This problem should be resolved by the signing of Georges Laraque.

The signing of Alex Tanguay brought the Canadiens to a top six forward that should bring more offensive power to a second line that struggled at times last year. Watching the Habs at developmental camp this past week also brought a glimpse of the future.Gainy has been gust staying inside the salary cap as they sign alot of young talent like Andrei Kostitsyn Yannick, Weber Max Pacioretty, Ryan O'Byrne, Josh Gorges, Maxim Lapierre, Cédrick Desjardins and Jaroslav Halak.

Written By:Andrew Di Pardo

HABS@SABRES on oct.ll

The canadiens will be goning to buffalo on oct.10th to take on the Sabres for there season opener. Hab players are looking forward to there 100th season as they look to win there 25th stanley cup. Saku Koivu has been training hard all summer as he wants to guide his team to a stanley cup victory in the season 2008-2009. This season in my opinonun the Habs should go to the stanley cup final and win the cup.A reporter from TSN asked Guy Carbonneau what life would be like with Mat Sundin on your team. He simply responded that they would be a contender for the cup. Mat Sundin is still undecided about his playing career.
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Written By:Andrew Di Pardo

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Carey Price showed up at the Habs golf tournament 25lbs lighter. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? In my opinion thats a bad thing.Some people might think its good but its not.While it may make him a little smaller in net, and boy did he look big last year, no amount of padding can be added to correct this problem.

Written by:Andrew Di pardo

Mats Sundin Still doesn't know

Sundin will be attending a charity Hockey game on Friday.Sundin has options open to what NHL team he can play for.But apparently he's taking to long according to Montreal head coach Guy Carbonneau who has already setup there starting lineup.As the season progress we all know he will not be playing for the Habs or at least not on there starting roster.

BY:Andrew Di Pardo

Canadiens 2008-2009

2008-09 The Habs season is just around the corner head coach Guy Carbonneau has put ing together his starting roster for the CANADIENS DE MONTREAL:
Age Birthplace

22 Steve Bégin
6' 0" 187 14 Jun 1978 30 Trois-Rivières, QC, CAN
28 Kyle Chipchura
6' 2" 204 19 Feb 1986 22 Westlock, AB, CAN
21 Christopher Higgins "A"
6' 0" 199 2 Jun 1983 25 Smithtown, NY, USA
11 Saku Koivu "C"
5' 10" 187 23 Nov 1974 33 Turku, FIN
46 Andrei Kostitsyn
6' 0" 201 3 Feb 1985 23 Novopolotsk, BLR
74 Sergei Kostitsyn
5' 11" 196 20 Mar 1987 21 Novopolotsk, BLR
6 Tom Kostopoulos
6' 0" 200 24 Jan 1979 29 Mississauga, ON, CAN
27 Alex Kovalev "A"
6' 1" 224 24 Feb 1973 35 Togliatti, RUS
40 Maxim Lapierre
6' 2" 200 29 Mar 1985 23 Saint-Léonard, QC, CAN
17 Georges Laraque
6' 3" 243 7 Dec 1976 31 Montreal, QC, CAN
84 Guillaume Latendresse
6' 2" 222 24 May 1987 21 Ste-Catherine, QC, CAN
14 Tomas Plekanec
5' 10" 194 31 Oct 1982 25 Kladno, CZE
18 Alex Tanguay
6' 1" 189 21 Nov 1979 28 Ste-Justine, QC, CAN


51 Francis Bouillon
5' 8" 196 17 Oct 1975 32 New York, NY, USA
25 Mathieu Dandenault
6' 0" 204 3 Feb 1976 32 Sherbrooke, QC, CAN
26 Josh Gorges
6' 1" 195 14 Aug 1984 24 Kelowna, BC, CAN
44 Roman Hamrlik
6' 2" 215 12 Apr 1974 34 Zlin, CZE
8 Mike Komisarek
6' 4" 240 19 Jan 1982 26 West Islip, NY, USA
79 Andrei Markov
6' 0" 204 20 Dec 1978 29 Voskresensk, RUS
3 Ryan O'Byrne
6' 6" 228 19 Jul 1984 24 Victoria, BC, CAN

35 Marc Denis
6' 1" 193 1 Aug 1977 31 Montreal, QC, CAN
41 Jaroslav Halak
5' 11" 182 13 May 1985 23 Bratislava, SVK
31 Carey Price
6' 3" 226 16 Aug 1987 21 Anahim Lake, BC, CAN
Jason Missiaen 6' 8" 193 25 Apr 1990 18Chatham, ON, CAN

These are some of players that the Canadiens have been trading and acquiring during the offseason.

Corey Locke (C)
Traded to Minnesota for D Shawn Belle
Mikhail Grabovski (C)
Traded to Toronto for D Greg Pateryn

Michael Ryder (RW)
3-year deal with Boston

Mark Streit (D)
5-year deal with NY Islanders


Alex Tanguay (LW) Acquired from Calgary for 2008 1st round pick
June 20, 2008

Georges Laraque (RW) 3-year contract
July 3, 2008

Marc Denis (G) 1-year contract
July 3, 2008

Alex Henry (D)
1-year contract
July 3, 2008

Greg Pateryn (D)

Acquired from Toronto for C Mikhail Grabovski

Ryan Flinn (RW) 1-year, two-way contract
July 7, 2008

Shawn Belle (D) Acquired from Minnesota for C Corey Locke

Mike Glumac (RW) 1-year, two-way contract
July 16, 2008

Yanick Lehoux (C) 1-year contract
July 25, 2008

Chad Anderson (D) 1-year, two-way contract
August 6, 2008


Yannick Weber (D) 3-year contract
August 15, 2008

Max Pacioretty (LW) 3-year contract
July 17, 2008

Ryan O'Byrne (D) 3-year contract
July 16, 2008

Josh Gorges (D) 3-year contract
July 9, 2008

Jaroslav Halak (G) 2-year contract
July 8, 2008

Cédrick Desjardins (G) 2-year contract
July 3, 2008

Andrei Kostitsyn (LW) 3-year contract
July 2, 2008

Maxim Lapierre (C) 2-year contractJ une 9, 2008