All Habs Headlines: Saturday September 23, 2017

On this day in hockey history1992 — Manon Rheaume became the first woman ever to play in an NHL exhibition game, when she played in goal for the Lightning. She made 7 saves and gave up two goals in one period in a game against the Blues, in Tampa Bay.  1991 — Bob Pulford, Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, coach Scotty Bowman, and veteran Clint Smith were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, at a ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario.
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► Notes from Canadiens Practice

  • Lines and defense pairings at morning skate on September 23rd

Hudon – Plekanec – Lehkonen
Carr – Audette – McCarron
Broll – De la Rose – Gregoire
Terry – Holland – Froese

Alzner – Benn
Morrow – Davidson
Lernout – Taormina


  • Injury updates

Noah Juulsen – broken foot, out six weeks 
Josh Brook – wrist surgery, out three months
Jerimiah Addison – shoulder injury, out 6 months
Andrew Shaw – neck injury, day to day
David Schlemko – hand injury, day to day

► Waivers for Redmond

  •  Defenseman Zach Redmond has been placed on waivers by the Canadiens. It is expected that he will clear waivers and provide veteran leadership for the Laval Rocket.
  • Adding another NHL capable depth defenceman to the AHL roster helps build what could be a team that challenges for the division crown this season.

► More camp cuts

  • Markus Eisenschmid and Michael McNiven have been released from Canadiens main camp and will report to Laval Rocket training camp.

Habs Red-White game raises money for charity

  • The Canadiens Children’s Foundation has announced that more than $71,000 was raised at the annual Red vs White intrasquad game on September 17th at the Bell Centre.
  • All proceeds from this event will go to the Canadian Tire BLEU BLANC BOUGE in Action program, an initiative that enables underprivileged kids to be more active through skating lessons. 

Devils center Boyle facing major challenge

  • Brian Boyle received bad news after blood tests during pre-season physicals revealed he has leukemia.
  • Speaking to Tom Gulitti of, Boyle said “”I feel very fortunate and very blessed. We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of prayers, and if there’s anything I can ask it’s that that continues. That is something that I’ve seen firsthand heal cancers and heal situations that are said to be untreatable. For us, we’re in a good spot. We think we have a good plan of attack here and I’m looking forward to getting on the ice and playing.”
  • Boyle said that his focus is to be in the lineup for the season opener on October 7th vs. the Colorado Avalanche.

► Joffrey Lupul to be examined by NHL doctors

  • The Joffrey Lupul saga continues. As you will remember Lupul took issue with Toronto Maple Leafs medical staff after failing a physical.
  • “I responded earlier this week to some negative comments on Instagram. It was an inappropriate response, and I deleted it, but I take full responsibility. It’s been extremely tough not being able to play over the past 1.5 years. I will not be seeking a second opinion, but I hope one day to be able to get back on the ice. I apologize to the media, fans, Leafs organization, and most of all my teammates for this unneeded distration,” Lupul posted.
  • While Lupul will not be seeking a second opinion on his failed physical, the NHL intends to have an independent doctor determine if the 33-year-old is healthy enough to participate in the season.
courtesy of Joffrey Lupul Instagram feed @jlupul

Max Fortier takes cut from Canadiens Camp in stride

  • Maxime Fortier returned to the Halifax Mooseheads the day he was cut from Canadiens camp on a tryout basis.  While he did turn some heads with his solid play, he did not do enough to earn an NHL or AHL contract.
  • The 20-year-old was named team captain of the Mooseheads by head coach Jim Midgley. 
  • Fortier had two goals in a 4-1 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Mooseheads season opener. The captain was named the second star of the game.

Vegas Golden Knights take aim at Canadiens

  • In a salty twitter exchange, the expansion Golden Knights took aim at the Canadiens and their Championship pedigree, which has many in the hockey community either amused, or incensed.

  • As fans began bantering about the merits of this exchange, the mic drop came from an unlikely source, the defunct Atlanta Thrashers parody account walked away with the Gold

Calgary arena dispute gets public

  • The negotiations surrounding the proposed new arena for the Flames in Calgary went public as all sides traded barbs in the media.
  • Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi wasn’t particularly helpful offering these comments, “The city has a very fair offer on the table, I think one that many Calgarians – most Calgarians – will see as eminently reasonable. And there is another offer on the table that most Calgarians will see as eminently unreasonable.”
  • The new arena slated to be in Victoria Park will cost in the neighborhood of $500 million.

Duchene does his talking on the ice

  • Matt Duchene had a goal in pre-season action helping his Colorado Avalanche defeat the Dallas Stars 5-1.
  • Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar had positive words for the play of Duchene, “I’ve talked to him. I think he’s come back a motivated player and he’s playing with two other new players and that line’s been good all training camp and they were good again tonight.”
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