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  1. The first 50 seconds or so is an extract from the TVA interview to air tonight (8:00 pm) ... as many have speculated and reported it is an anxiety disorder. A short extract from the RDS interview to air tonight (7:30 pm) in which he says he sometimes went three nights without sleeping I am eager, and optimistic, to see how he does this season ... anxiety/stress can have an incredible impact on one's life.
  2. Same question for Ontario (Belleville and TO games), Manitoba (couple of games against the Moose) and BC (couple of games against Abbotsford).
  3. It's not only the games he couldn't play due to travel restrictions but also the risk he poses to the team by being more susceptible to Covid ... both because he would then miss more games and he could then potentially spread it within the team ... wonder if they would loan him back to a SM-liiga team (likely? his former team the Pelicans)
  4. Not my preference, but in the (unlikely) event that the Habs were to get a top 4, LH-puck moving defenceman then Joel is the logical move ... don't see Chiarot moving to the right-side, even on the third pairing
  5. No surprise he is rumoured (favoured?) to be Team Canada's Captain at the 2022 WJHC ... he handles himself very well.
  6. IMO its a legit top 4 puck mover the Habs need ... someone who will get 20+ minutes per game ... ideally a RHD who can push Savard or Edmondson (switching sides) down to play with Romanov
  7. Habs have 7 NHL contracts on defence (Petry, Edmundson, Savard, Chiarot, Romanov, Kulak, Wideman) ... but Kulak does not see to be "in favour" ... if none of the rookie D make the team AND the Habs could move Kluak AND get Demers at Brett's AAV or less ($1.85M) it could be an interesting idea ... it would be quite a drop in AAV for Demers but it wouldn't seem he is likely to get a much better contract at this point ... Wideman/Demers as the 6/7 wouldn't be terrible.
  8. It is possible that some bottom of the roster players (e.g., 6/7/8 defencemen, 12-13-14 forwards) making $1.125M or less (i.e., can be fully buried) ***may*** find themselves in the AHL if they are not vaccinated, simply because their teams don't need the associated complications or distractions.
  9. If you have access to Bell File there is a new Sports Franco package (scroll down the page) with just those 5 channels ($10/month).
  10. Evander Kane defending himself in an ESPN interview ... he frankly admits he has had a gambling problem, but denies betting on hockey or throwing games ... the latter allegation always sounded "off" to me as a forward can't really do a lot to throw a game.
  11. Pretty good job (IMO) for a young man's first trip into the Montreal Media Fishbowl ... serious/cautious but calm and relaxed ... very well spoken ... good to hear that he usually played on the right-side but had started on the left-side this season, gives him and the Habs flexibility
  12. How about Former Non-Rocket Habs Prospects? Nice to see a young man who has battled injuries have a good start ... I wish him well ... but four periods is just four periods
  13. Carey Price back on the ice, for 10 minutes ... doesn't mean he is there opening night, but a good start
  14. Habs are beating the bushes to find defencemen with Weber out 😉 😁
  15. I would think that they didn't want to speculate, and wanted to hear directly from Jonathan. Marc de Foy (Journal de Montreal) today reports the cause of Drouin's absence was an "anxiety disorder" related to his play/performance ... he notes it is not unprecedented, mentioning the recent issues experienced by Naomi Osaka and that it happened as far back as the 60s when Frank Mahovlich was hospitalized with depression when he played with the Leafs under Punch Imlach ... de Foy doesn't cite a source but I assume the Journal must be comfortable the story is accurate in order to print it ... he also notes that Drouin will be interviewed by Renaud Lavoie for TVA, but doesn't provide any details on when either interview will be broadcast.
  16. No more than it was your "hunch" that he couldn't speak to anyone else because he agreed to the interview with Chantal ...
  17. Great news ... with TVA covering 25 or more of the Lions home games (almost all) there will be LOTS of Habs related hockey to watch this season.
  18. We wouldn't know ... which is why I said "I don't know" ... in this context contractual exclusivity would mean a binding contract was agreed to, likely in writing and signed, that compensated Drouin and required he not speak to anyone about what happened or will happen regarding this leave of absence and future with the Habs until after the interview was aired (like signing an agreement to buy a house prevents the owner from selling it to someone else as long as the terms of the contract are met and the seller paid the agreed price) ... this could be the case here, but my impression is that is not the way Canadian networks usually do business. The original post edited to clarify as the last sentence was not intended to imply a contract e=was signed.
  19. ***NOT*** saying the rumours were/are credible ... but anyone with a source they consider both close to Drouin and credible can report what they hear ... and don't know that the interview is covered by any sort of contractual exclusivity preventing Jonathan from saying anything to anyone but Chantal ... if there is any exclusivity it is likely just in the sense that he wanted her to be his first formal interview since the leave of absence. EDITED for clarity (in blue)
  20. Ivan Zhigalov (19 yr-old goaltender of the Sherbrooke Phoenix) was invited to the rookie camp but has as yet been unable to leave Belarus (bureaucratic reasons - presumably Belarusian) ... too bad for the young man ... would be/have-been a great opportunity to show his wares and adjust to the North American game/ice-surface before reporting to Sherbrooke ... wonder if they have an alternate lined up.
  21. The other four teams have had .627 or better winning percentages over the last two seasons (combined) ... Habs are at .512 ... any "disappointment" by them is entirely based on the 10-week Cup Finals playoff run ... that team was "built-for-the-playoffs" and has lost their TOI leader up front (Danault) and 2nd in TOI on defence (Chiarot had 0:02 more per game than Weber) from those playoffs, causing significant changes to the lines/pairings going into this season ... any expectations high enough to lead to serious disappointment are not IMO built on the sturdiest of foundations.
  22. that would be sweet ... even better would be non-Hab Martin St-Louis (also undrafted) ... and either would be infinitely better than the second coming of Corey Locke (who like Desruisseaux also led his league in goals and points his final junior season)
  23. He never got to coach a game ... he was hired this past June
  24. ☹️ ... my swiss cheese memory thought it recalled someone else doing that ... too bad
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