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  1. Habs announce training camp roster

    I don't think it's a speed issue. Actually, I'd suggest he's a tad quicker. McCarron has done a good job hitting people so far. The problem is, he isn't doing anything else. His physicality is well-known but this is where he needs to be showing more skill and that hasn't happened.
  2. We're one step closer to actual game action as the Habs announced their 61-player training camp roster: https://www.nhl.com/canadiens/news/61-players-to-attend-the-montreal-canadiens-training-camp/c-291039368 The non-affiliated invites: Goalie Antoine Samuel (ATO) Defence William Corrin (ECHL contract) Eric Gelinas (PTO) Stefan Leblanc (AHL contract) Saverio Posa (PTO) Forwards Jordan Boucher (PTO) David Broll (AHL contract) Kevin Dufour (ECHL contract) Thomas Ebbing (AHL/ECHL contract) Maxime Fortier (ATO) Alexandre Goulet (ATO) James McEwan (ATO) Niki Petti (AHL contract) Yannick Veilleux (AHL/ECHL contract) All players on tryout deals are eligible to play in the minors and it's clear that they're auditioning to fill some of the final spots in Laval. Martin Reway is on the invite list but is listed as injured.
  3. Habs announce training camp roster

    He missed practice today with the flu.
  4. With the playoffs now over, the focus shifts to what should be a very busy few weeks around the league with the Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and Free Agency. This thread will be for discussion of general news league-wide. If there are going to be trades before expansion (and there probably will be), they'll need to be done by this Saturday. There's a trade/waiver freeze starting at 3 PM EST on Saturday lasting through to 8 AM EST on the 22nd thanks to expansion. One exception will be any trade agreements with the Golden Knights.
  5. The wait is finally over...well, sort of over as real games don't start for a couple more weeks but the Habs kick off their preseason with a 'road' game in Quebec City against the Bruins on Monday night. Beleskey - Spooner - Bjork Gabrielle - Nash - Acciari Schaller - Cave - Senyshyn Agostino - Studnicka - Porter Breen - Cross Grzelcyk - Postma Lauzon - Miller McIntyre Subban Galchenyuk - Danault - Gallagher Byron - Mitchell - Shaw de la Rose - McCarron - Gregoire Froese - Audette - Waked Morrow - Petry Alzner - Juulsen Gelinas - Lernout Reserve skater: Taormina Montoya Fucale Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST on RDS. Regional restrictions apply. English Radio: TSN 690 French Radio: FM 98.5
  6. 2017 Rocket/Beast Offseason Thread

    Laval's training camp roster camp out and there's only one new invitee in the mix, goalie Patrick Spano who was the starter at Yale last season. He's probably just a field filler although I guess the #2 spot in Brampton is up for grabs.
  7. The roster for Laval is already shaping up to be quite different next season with a lot of departures (and likely more newcomers to come). Here is where we'll keep tabs on the comings and goings for them and Brampton. Newcomers: F Jeremiah Addison (Windsor, OHL) D Simon Bourque (Saint John, QMJHL) F Thomas Ebbing (Michigan State, NCAA) F Byron Froese (Toronto/Syracuse, AHL) F Peter Holland (Toronto/Arizona, NHL) D Noah Juulsen (Everett, WHL) D Stefan LeBlanc (Mississauga, OHL) G Michael McNiven (Owen Sound, OHL) F Martin Reway (DNP in 2016-17 - may be ready at some point next season) D Matt Taormina (Syracuse, AHL) F Antoine Waked (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL) Departures: F Guillaume Asselin (AHL UFA) D Julien Brouillette (EC Salzburg, EIHL) F Anthony Camara (Odense, Metal Ligaen) F Connor Crisp (Toledo, ECHL) G Yann Danis (AHL UFA) F Jacob de la Rose (unlikely to make it through waivers to return) D Josiah Didier (Charlotte, AHL) F Bobby Farnham (UFA) F Max Friberg (Frolunda, SHL) F Mathieu Gagnon (Nottingham, EIHL) D Joel Hanley (Arizona) F Charles Hudon (unlikely to make it through waivers to return) D Ryan Johnston (Lulea, SHL) D Keegan Lowe (Edmonton) F Mark MacMillan (Wichita, ECHL) F Stefan Matteau (Vegas) D Dalton Thrower (Allen, ECHL) Players in Flux: F Michael McCarron (waiver exempt, finished with Montreal last year but could potentially lose a numbers game) D Joe Morrow* (could be a candidate for the final D roster spot depending on how many they carry) Potential Depth Chart Terry (V)* - Holland (V)* - Scherbak Carr* - Froese (V-) * - Reway Addison - Audette - Waked Veilleux - Eisenschmid - Gregoire (Broll, Ebbing, Petti) Taormina (V)* - Juulsen Bourque - Redmond (V)* Parisi - Lernout (LeBlanc) Lindgren Fucale McNiven * - Waiver eligible (V) - Veteran, minimum 320 pro GP (AHL, NHL, European Pro) as of the end of 2016-17 [Max of 5 skaters in this category can dress per game] (V-) - Veteran, between 260-319 pro GP [1 skater in this category can be classed as a development player]
  8. Montreal Lines: Hudon - Plekanec - Lehkonen Terry - Holland - Froese Carr - Audette - McCarron Broll - de la Rose - Gregoire Alzner - Benn Davidson - Morrow Taormina - Lernout Montoya Fucale Ottawa Lines: Stone - Brown - Ryan Hoffman - Chlapik - Smith Formenton - VandeVelde - Blunden McCormick - Reinhart - Randell Oduya - Ceci Borowiecki - Chabot Lajoie - Wideman Anderson Hammond Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST on RDS2 and TSN5. TSN is certainly enforcing the regional restrictions while RDS hasn't just yet. English Radio: TSN 690 French Radio: FM 98.5
  9. Sept. 23, Habs vs Sens, 7 PM

    I get the logic but Lindgren only has one pro year as a starter under his belt. From a development perspective, he's probably better off playing 50-55 games in Laval over 20 in Montreal. They can also spot start him here and there with the Habs if they want to or bring him up midseason if Montoya struggles. They'll have to make the call next season on who to keep between the two full-time as Lindgren will need waivers next year as well but for the time being, I suspect they'll have Montoya start the season as the backup and give Lindgren as much playing time as possible.
  10. Habs announce training camp roster

    I don't think we're close to being at a spot where it's time to write him off. I've said this a bunch of times before but remember, he went to the AHL a year early so his development curve is going to be a different one than for a lot of players. Most players his age have just finished their first pro season and aren't pushing for full-time NHL duty yet so why should that be the expectation for Scherbak? He's only 21; there's still a lot of time for development (and he still has two more waiver exempt years). Yes, his two games in training camp were underwhelming and his inconsistency is frustrating but there is still time to turn it around. He's a project (something I've emphasized since he was drafted - he's a longer-term development player than most) but he showed enough last season to suggest that there's still top-six upside.
  11. Sept. 23, Habs vs Sens, 7 PM

    If there's a positive from last night, it's that the Hudon-Plekanec-Lehkonen line looked good again - they were the one trio who made the odd thing happen.
  12. Habs announce training camp roster

    Reway, Fucale, and Scherbak were cut today. I thought they might give Reway a game first before sending him down. We'll see if anyone hits the waiver wire in the next half hour or so.
  13. Habs announce training camp roster

    I don't think we'll see too many on waivers. Taormina is likely but the fact they've placed Froese as much as they have suggests they're giving him a long look. Maybe Terry as well. I don't think they'll cut bait with guys like Morrow just yet though.
  14. Sept. 23, Habs vs Sens, 7 PM

    Yep, Blunden is the former Hab. I'm not a big fan of Broll getting a game but considering the fighters that Ottawa has in there, I can understand why.
  15. Habs announce training camp roster

    Redmond clears waivers as expected.
  16. Injury news

    Well, that changed in a hurry. Make that six months for Addison which means that he'll now miss almost the entire season.
  17. Habs announce training camp roster

    McNiven and Eisenschmid were both cut after practice today. Montoya gets the nod tomorrow against Ottawa and will play the full game.
  18. 2017 Rocket/Beast Offseason Thread

    Remember, Laval doesn't really have a radio feed (which is pathetic in this day and age). TSN 690 will do select Friday home games and that's it so you'll be relying on the opposing feed probably 80-85% of the time.
  19. 2017 Rocket/Beast Offseason Thread

    RDS announced their AHL schedule yesterday - they'll have 16 games: http://www.rds.ca/2.17262/rds-presentera-16-matchs-du-rocket-de-laval-cette-saison-1.5727678
  20. Habs announce training camp roster

    He wasn't the worst defenceman on the ice yesterday but count me among those that didn't think he played particularly well. He is an extreme defensive liability and has been for years now. That's not magically going to change all of a sudden. He can shoot but that alone shouldn't have him in a regular NHL role. Two teams tried that and it didn't work. Morrow won't count against the veteran limit as he's only at 251 pro games and the first threshold is 260 (as of the start of the year). I've got Terry, Holland, Taormina, and Redmond counting towards the five 320+ veterans while Froese is in the 260-319 category so there should be room for one more. I'm surprised Taormina isn't on waivers today as well - they haven't given him a sniff of action so far and he's not going to push for a spot so since Redmond is on waivers (no shocker), I figured he also would have hit the wire.
  21. Habs announce training camp roster

    I think a lot of that will be determined by who gets through waivers. If someone like Morrow, Redmond, or Taormina gets claimed, they might turn around and sign Gelinas and then run him through waivers to have as depth. If they all make it through though, I can't see them wanting to use one of their remaining contracts on someone who would slot in somewhere around 10th or 11th on the depth chart. An AHL contract would be preferable at that point where he could sign an NHL deal if/when injuries come up. Remember, Gelinas couldn't crack the worst defensive corps in the NHL last season, cleared waivers, and then somehow managed to be even worse in the minors. If he's on the NHL roster to start the season, that's probably not a good thing.
  22. Sept 21, DEVILS vs HABS, 7PM

    There were a lot of things missing on that PP. I'm really surprised they had one that long - the call on Rooney was iffy and then a bench minor on top of that.
  23. After dropping the preseason opener, Montreal will look to get in the win column on Wednesday as they host the Capitals. Ovechkin - Kuznetsov - Vrana W. Simpson - Stephenson - Smith-Pelly Connolly - Pilon - Wilson Sill - Albert - Peluso Orpik - Hobbs Jokipakka - Bowey Siegenthaler - Williams Alternate Skater: O'Brien Grubauer Copley Pacioretty - Drouin - Hemsky Hudon - Plekanec - Lehkonen Martinsen - Froese - Scherbak Carr - Holland - Eisenschmid Mete - Weber Benn - Davidson Jerabek - Streit Price Lindgren Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST on RDS, CSN-DC, and the NHL Network. Regional restrictions apply on RDS...probably (Monday's game was open surprisingly). English Radio: TSN 690 French Radio: FM 98.5
  24. Our annual fantasy hockey pool, the SK League (named after Saku Koivu), is now open. It's a points-based league with 21-man rosters and three IR spots. It's looking like we're going to have an opening or two so if you're interested in giving the league a try, please post a note here or shoot me a PM. If you have any questions about the pool (which is run through Yahoo), feel free to ask.
  25. Sept 21, DEVILS vs HABS, 7PM

    I also like what I've seen from Waked so far (including the first preseason game). I don't think there's a lot of offensive upside in his game but if he plays with that type of energy, he'll have some success.