All Habs Headlines: Wednesday January 3, 2018
|On this day in hockey history…
1917— The Canadiens suffered their first NHL loss on the road, dropping a 7-5 decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1975— Ken Dryden recorded his 23rd career shutout in a 6-0 win over the Capitals in Washington.
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► Lines at practice – January 3
Pacioretty – Danault – Hudon
Carr – Drouin – Lehkonen
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher
Deslauriers – De la Rose / Froese – Shaw
Alzner – Petry
Morrow – Schlemko
Benn – Jerabek
- Ales Hemsky has concussion symptoms.
- Shea Weber has a lower body injury.
- Victor Mete is on loan to Team Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championships.
- Alex Galchenyuk missed practice with the flu.
► Bad news for Weber, Canadiens
- It was not the news that Canadiens fans wanted to hear. On Wednesday, Claude Julien announced that Shea Weber will not return until the end of January at the earliest.
- “I looked into it again, and from what I’m being told, [he’s] probably doubtful until after the All-Star Game,” said coach Julien. “And I say doubtful, but right now he’s still in a boot, and so this is the update I’ve gotten on him.”
- Weber leads all Canadiens defenseman with six goals, 10 assists in 26 games this season.
► Rumours swirl around the captain
- On Hockey Night in Canada, analyst Nick Kypreos said that Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty is being shopped by general manager Marc Bergevin.
- Kypreos said that Bergevin would like a younger goal scorer in return in a package that could include draft picks and prospects.
- If Bergevin is not able to get his asking price by the February 26th trade deadline, Kypreos said that the Canadiens GM would look to make a move at the NHL Entry Draft in Dallas.
- Pacioretty addressed the trade rumours this way, “You just live your life and worry about your family. If it happens, it happens. I’m very proud of the past success I’ve had in Montreal. I’ve played here for 10 years, and I’ve never gone through something like this. I’ve gone through ups and downs, but never this low.”
► A legend lost
- On Boxing day, the family of Leafs Legend Johnny “China Wall” Bower announced his passing from complications due to pneumonia.
- The 93 year old Hall of Famer was well known for his love of the game and charitable nature. We at Rocket Sports convey our deepest sympathies to his family friends and fans
It is with great sadness that the Bower family announces the passing of @MapleLeafs legend #JohnnyBower after a short battle with pneumonia. (Photo courtesy of the Toronto Star) pic.twitter.com/FHayp8xE1t
— John Bower (@Ooks_AD) December 27, 2017
► A proud hockey dad
The moment Bobby Butler’s dad found out his son is going to the Olympics.
Absolute chills. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/iFoGfeIpkQ
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 2, 2018
► Happy birthday Ryan!
— Amy (@FlyersRule) January 4, 2018
► Into the Mete grinder
- Victor Mete had a great start to the World Junior Championships earning himself Player of the Game honours in Canada’s first game against Finland.
- Mete was injured in the outdoor game against the United States and did not play in the quarter final game against Switzerland.
- Canada plays Czech Republic at 8:00 pm. on Thursday in one semi-final. The USA and Sweden will square off in the other semi at 4:00 pm.
— #WorldJuniors (@HC_WJC) December 27, 2017
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