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Rotating captaincy? No, thanks!

September 18, 2009

Taking an early morning peak over at RDS, I noticed that their poll of the day was whether or not the Montreal Canadiens should employ a rotating captaincy option before selecting a definitive captain for the 2009-2010 season. This caught me by surprise, naturally, because I’ve always thought of RDS as being a collection of hardliners bent on the French Question and the rich history of Les Glorieux. After all, these are the guys that regularly host Bertrand Raymond on L’Antichambre.

So, how it comes to this? Is the organization that undecided? Earlier this week, it was reported that Andrei Markov was offered the captaincy. No offense to Andrei, but I feel that his quiet demeanor and overall working knowledge of the English (not to mention French) language would be a hindrance to his handling of the media; especially after those blowout losses or heartbreaking shootout defeats. Markov is more of an on-ice captain, leading the squad with his superb passing and sound defensive play. In the locker room, I simply feel he would lack the charisma and know-how of a Saku Koivu, for instance. Read more…


Give and Go

September 11, 2009

My apologies for the lack of recent activity on this blog. I was out of town for the long weekend, and then came down with a terrible cold upon my return. I’m still not 100%, but I figured I’d share a few stories that caught my eye in the past week. I am working on a new article profiling fantasy-worthy Habs, so stay tuned for that sometime soon. Ladies and gentlemen, here is your Friday morning Give and Go.

That’s it for now. Go on, enjoy the beautiful weekend we have lined up. I’ll be resting up and back in action for Monday!

Give and Go

September 4, 2009

It’s Friday, finally. Long weekend looks mighty good right now, and we’re nearing the start of the season, slowly but surely. Here is your Give and Go.

Politicizing the offseason

September 2, 2009

Well, we are only 30 short days away from the first official puck-drop of the 2009-2010 season. Bloggers, columnists, and analysts are all getting antsy in anticipation for the big moment. In the meantime, however, we try to fill out pages with whatever hockey-related story comes along during the offseason. Most stories are news briefs on current events (or lack thereof), opinion pieces on offseason acquisitions and moves and previews for the upcoming campaign.

Of course, some of the talking heads will try to create a controversy story where one does not exist at all. I’m referring specifically to Bertrand Raymond’s chef d’oeuvre over at Rue Frontenac. In it, Raymond finds it justifiable to criticize Bob Gainey for (wait for it)… a lack of French-Canadian players on the team (gasp). Ah, yes, it had been some time since this old red herring flew around again. Read more…

Looking ahead: July 1st, 2010

August 31, 2009

Alright, alright, so I might be jumping the gun a little but it’s August and other than indicted NHL superstars or rumors of the week, there isn’t much in the headlines nowadays.

It was certainly thrilling to watch the flurry of action that characterized the Montreal Canadiens’ 2009 free agency period. No player whose contract expired was retained (and most remain unsigned), and a whole new cast of talent was added to the CH family. While July 1st 2010 is still quite some time away, the excitement of this past free agency period lingers and inspires me to forecast which players are up for grabs come next summer. July 1st 2010 certainly will not see the same sort of turnover as this year’s signing period, but there will be some big names available and Montreal’s revamped roster might prove to be enticing for potential free agents. Read more…

Give and Go

August 28, 2009

It’s Friday. You’re happy, I’m happy, here’s your Give and Go.

  • Remember Jason Allison? He’s attempting a comeback with the Toronto Maple Leafs. What’s with these old-timers making comebacks? First Claude Lemieux, then Theo Fleury, and now Jason Allison? Jeez. In other news, Alex Mogilny is still doing nothing.
  • On a serious note, congratulations to Senator Jacques Demers on his appointment. It says a lot to the opportunity of this great nation that a man with a limited education like his can rise to one of the highest political ranks. Good work Jacques, make us proud.
  • Alex Kovalev recently revealed that he would like to finish his career in Montreal. Hey, at least he’s being upfront about it. He could have waited for a year to pass in his contract and then ask for a trade. Who does that?
  • Speaking of Dany Heatley, the fans in Alberta are certainly not showing any love.
  • The Hockey News takes a look at a few promising players at the Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut. Can’t wait for Subban.
  • Habs on the Prize answers a few questions the Russians have about our beloved Montreal Canadiens.
  • Ryan Kennedy puts Alexander Avtsin at #6 on his list of players he’s most excited to watch in the NHL someday. Call me crazy, but any player who is compared to Alex Ovechkin definitely deserves closer to #1.
  • And, just because this is one of my favorite moments in all professional sports, here is Le Comeback.

Louis Leblanc’s winning attitude

August 27, 2009

Christine Roger of Corus Sports brings us a great interview with recently drafted Louis Leblanc.

Attending Harvard this year, the young center from Kirkland, Quebec says he is ready for the challenges that playing for the Montreal Canadiens may entail. I’m sure that as a French-Canadian, he’s well aware of the spotlight and politics. Still, he has a winning attitude and I am very anxious to see what he’s got.

My goal is to play in one or two years, maximum three. That will all depend on how my progression is going. I think the team wants me soon, and it will be up to me to prove that I can crack the lineup.

Be sure to check out his profile over at Hockey’s Future.

Louis Leblanc