All Habs Headlines: Friday November 24, 2017

On this day in hockey history

1987— Paul Coffey traded to Pittsburgh with Dave Hunter and Wayne Van Dorp for Dave Hannan, Chris Joseph, Moe Mantha, and Craig Simpson.

2001 — In a pre-game ceremony, Colorado retired Ray Bourque’s No. 77 jersey.

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Jakub Jerabek (Photo by Associated Press)

►  Lines at practice

Galchenyuk – Drouin – Byron
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Davidson*
Deslauriers – De La Rose – Froese

Benn – Weber
Alzner – Petry
Mete/Jerebek – Morrow

Price (in starter’s net)
Lindgren/Niemi

*Gallagher on a therapy day

  • Nikita Scherbak is recovering following knee surgery
  • Carey Price is day-to-day with a lower-body injury
  • Ales Hemsky has concussion symptoms
  • Al Montoya has concussion symptoms
  • Artturi Lehkonen is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury
  • David Schlemko has a hand injury
  • Shea Weber is day-to-day with a lower body injury

Too late

  • Prior to the Canadiens facing Dallas Alex Radulov spoke about weighing his free agency options last summer, saying, “To be honest with you, I wanted to stay. I wanted to stay and I really enjoyed to be there.”
  • Radulov acknowledged that he was offered a five-year deal by the Canadiens as part of the negotiations through the season. “There was a three-year, a four-year, and a five-year offer in December, and the money was different for all three deals,” said Radulov but he preferred to focus on the Canadiens season.
  • In the end, Marc Bergevin only presented a contract that matched Dallas’ offer with respect to dollars and term well after Radulov had accepted the deal from the Stars.

The return?

  • Both David Schlemko and Carey Price joined their teammates at practice Monday.  Both will also join the team on the road trip.
  • Their estimated return to play is still unknown.

We’re talking about a rebuild

  • During Saturday’s HNIC intermission Nick Kypreos stated  “We throw out the terms ‘rebuild,’ ‘reset,’ ‘retool,’ but there is a sense that Montreal will be leaning toward this.”

  • He went on to speak of Max Pacioretty and compared his situation in Montreal to Phil Kessel’s last year in Toronto.

► Lunch date

  • Max Pacioretty has been mending fences with Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur

  • Pacioretty would seem to be the first Canadiens player to set up a lunch date with Lafleur in hopes of gaining a better understanding of his position in Montreal as Captain.

    “I just think it’s so important to be on the same page as the legends here,” Pacioretty said. “They know what it’s like to go through the ups and downs in this franchise, so it’s just really important for me and special for me to be on the same page as them.”

Czech me out

  • Jakub Jerabek received the call he wanted and joined the Canadiens in Nashville in time to dress for his first NHL game
  • His first game was a very good outing for someone who had been travelling since 4:00 am. that same day.  Jerabek had one shot on goal in 18 minutes of ice time, displaying sound defensive play and an aptitude to help create offence.

 

 Happy Birthday Saku!

  • Former Habs Captain Saku Koivu celebrated his birthday on Thursday.
  • Koivu is still beloved and missed in Montreal today.

Juulsen on his feet

  • Noah Juulsen is back on the ice practicing with the Laval Rocket.

► Gone Hollywood

  • Torrey Mitchell is on the road to Hollywood after giving two solid seasons of work to his hometown team.
  • Marc Bergevin received a conditional fifth round pick from Los Angeles in return for the Greenfield Park, Quebec native. The condition is that if the L.A. Kings make the playoffs, the pick becomes the Canadiens’ own fourth round pick that they traded in return for Dwight King at last year’s trade deadline.

 

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