All Habs Headlines: Wednesday January 13, 2016

On this day in hockey history 1926 — Babe Ruth dropped the puck for a ceremonial face off in New York, but when the game started the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Americans 2-1, before a crowd of over 10,000 fans.  1960 — Gordie Howe tied Maurice Richard as the NHL’s all-time scoring leader, when his goal in a 5-2 loss to Chicago gave him 945 career points. Richard had an assist the next night, then Howe went ahead for good (until 1989) three days later.  1971 — In one of hockey’s biggest trades, the Montreal Canadiens obtained Frank Mahovlich from Detroit, in exchange for Bill Collins, Guy Charron and Mickey Redmond.
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► Galchenyuk’s girlfriend arrested

  • In the midst of the non-story that was the Subban-Pacioretty feculence, Alex Galchenyuk had trouble swirling around his name Tuesday morning.
  • The former Sarnia Sting centreman’s girlfriend was arrested early Sunday morning following a domestic dispute at the 21-year old’s Sherbrooke street penthouse.
  • According to reports, fellow Canadiens forward Devante Smith-Pelly was also at the event.
  • According to CJAD 800, Galchenyuk was found inside his room with a pair of other girls and they were aggressively told to leave by Chanel Leszcynski, the girlfriend. Galchenyuk was later found with a bloody nose.
  • The Habs forward did not press charges against Leszcynski. However, in accordance with law, the Director of Criminal Penal Prosecutions will make the decision on whether or not charges will be laid.

► Price back on the ice

  • On a dim day in Habby land, a glimmer of hope descended upon a team and fan base in mental diminution.
  • According to the team’s official Twitter account, Carey Price was back on the ice yesterday participating in drills, without equipment, with physical therapist Graham Rynbend.
  • The Canadiens backstop hit the ice for the first time since an elongated absence from the team where he is peerless to any other option.
  • Early last week Habs coach Michel Therrien announced to the media that Price wouldn’t be returning until following the all-star break
  • In his absence, Ben Scrivens and Mike Condon have “held down” fort, neither of which replacing the 2.06 goals against average and .934 save percentage he brought to the Habs through 12 games this season.

► New mask, new me

  • Following his first pair of starts in Canadiens red in enemy colours, Ben Scrivens has received his new mask this week.
  • Through the two games Scrivens has had a copacetic run of it, churning out a 3.64 goals against average and a .885 save percentage but he’ll be looking to turn it around in his next start, donning his new mask.
  • The mask features Lemmy from the rock band Motörhead who passed away in late December 2015.
  • Unlike many other NHL’ers, the Canadian had his helmet made by Eye Candy Air.
  • It also encompasses the band’s 1980 album “Ace of Spades” with a spade on the right temple of the helmet.

► JVR out two months

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost winger James Van Riemsdyk for six to eight weeks after the forward broke a bone in his left foot in a 7-0 loss at the hands of the San Jose Sharks.
  • The injury is specifically a non-displaced fracture and will not require any surgery.
  • The Leafs’ run of opulence has come to a screeching halt with their best player going down; Van Riemsdyk had been leading the team in points and was second on the team in goals, one behind all-star Leo Komarov.
  • JVR was on pace for one of the most redoubtable season in his turbulent career, with a projected 29 goals and 60 points.
  • With the former Philadelphia Flyers farmhand out of the lineup for a minimum of the next two months, the Leafs have recalled Josh Leivo form the Marlies.

► Hamonic out a couple weeks

  • In an anomalous time that has the blueliner in the midst of being spoken about in trade talks, Islanders defenceman Travis Hamonic will be out for the next 2-3 weeks following a lower-body injury.
  • Hamonic went down in a 4-0 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.
  • Statistically New York could’ve dealt with his pair of goals and eight points out of the lineup until you stumble upon the realization that he was playing 23:48 a games, leading his team in that department.
  • The 25-year old requested a trade from the Isle back in November due to a family issue, entreating to be headed somewhere in the Northwest, preferably in Canada where his family resides.
  • The former second-round pick is now the second member the team’s defensive core to go down recently, Johnny Boychuck will be out 4-6 weeks with a reported shoulder injury

► Quenneville re-signs

  • The Chicago Blackhawks have signed head coach Joel Quenneville to a three-year contract extension worth a reported approximately $18 million according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.
  • Quenneville, the ‘Hawks’ bellwether for the past eight seasons, has yet to fail to reach the postseason and has moved past the first round of the playoffs five out of seven seasons.
  • Along with the trio of Stanley Cups he’s won in 2010, 2013 and 2015, the former second-round pick has won upwards of 44 wins in every season in Chicago, except the lockout condensed 2012-13 campaign in which Chicago won the Cup.
  • Unlawfully, the Windsor, Ontario native has only won one Jack Adams Trophy, in 1999-00, the coextensive amount as Paul Maclean.

► Soul On Ice

  • The history of African American hockey hasn’t been redoubtable by any stretch of the imagination, sometimes consumed by the very machinations ever maligned in today’s world.
  • Canadian filmmaker Damon Kwame has created a film exhibiting the legacy of African American hockey players from the past, present and future, hence the name “Soul On Ice: Past Present & Future.”
  • The film speaks about the entire process of black hockey players in minor hockey all the way to the NHL. Wayne Simmonds, Joel Ward, the Subban brothers and father Karl are also touched upon in the film.
  • African American forward Mike Marson was intrigued by the possiblilty of informing the populous “ […]I thought to myself: ‘If I don’t know this information … how many Canadians don’t know this information? How many black Canadians don’t know this information?”
  • The first screening of the film will be held today with Grant Fuhr, Anson Carter, Kevin Weekes and Willie O’Ree all in attendance along with Gary Betman.

 

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  • Bart

    He’s a pro hockey player, getting paid what most of us can only dream of. And, yes, he’s a public figure. However, let’s not forget, he’s only 21 years old! What kind of stupid things did we do at 21?? What the kid needs is some fatherly guidance, not the recriminations from a public all too eager to push our idols off their pedestals. Yes, he needs to grow up, and be smarter; but, please, cut the kid some slack. Give him space!

    • You had me up until “he’s a public figure.” We just have to stop and realize that NHL players are nothing like us. So saying “What kind of stupid things did we do at 21??” is completely irrelevant. Even at this early stage in his career, Galchenyuk is making $2.8M US per year more than most will make in their lifetime. And Galchenyuk’s employer is a franchise valued at $1.18B US.

      So Galchenyuk has a far greater responsibility at 21 years old to be accountable for protecting his brand and to do nothing that will negatively affect the image of the Canadiens. The organization has the right to demand that players do not put themselves in a situation where they cannot control the possibility of this type of outcome.