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  1. Here's my analysis on the way in which they split the teams and what it means in terms of the "Depth Chart."

    Assuming that Therrien simplified the division of the teams, the lines can be numbered as follows:

    1. Bourque - Plekanec - Thomas

    3. Galchenyuk - Eller - Gallagher

    5. Blunden - Dumont - Bournival

    7. Reway - Tarnasky - Leblanc

    2. Pacioretty - Desharnais - Briere

    4. Prust - White - Moen

    6. Hudon - St. Pierre - Andrighetto

    8. Nystrom - MacAulay - McCarron

    Thus, the perceived Habs Depth Chart at the start of camp is:

    1. Bourque - Plekanec - Thomas
    2. Pacioretty - Desharnais - Briere
    3. Galchenyuk - Eller - Gallagher
    4. Prust - White - Moen
    5. Blunden - Dumont - Bournival
    6. Hudon - St. Pierre - Andrighetto
    7. Reway - Tarnasky - Leblanc
    8. Nystrom - MacAulay - McCarron
    No, Thomas isn't a 1st line NHLer. He's merely auditioning for Gionta's spot in the lineup as the Captain recovers. Obviously there will be some movement as some prospects outperform others (e.g. Leblanc).
    If I'm not totally off here, I believe this says a lot about how the team has evaluated its players and their point of development at this time.
    On a final note, veterans come into camp with their jobs intact, but if they are seriously out-performed they may found themselves on the outside looking in. That said, the only vets in danger of losing their spots are really White and Moen. This suggests that if a rookie is going to make the team out of camp, it will be a player capable of 4th line duty. This falls in line with the Blunden - Dumont - Bournival line, which includes players that may flourish given an opportunity on the 4th line. Leblanc may very well work his way into this as well, but a player with Hudon's skill set may not.
    The same process can be done with the defense pairings, but it's far less exciting. In either case, here it is for your viewing pleasure:

    1. Gorges - Subban

    2. Markov - Diaz

    3. Bouillon - Murray

    4. Tinordi - Drewiske

    5. Beaulieu - Pateryn

    6. Lashoff - Nygren

    And remember folks, this isn't set in stone by any means. It's merely a Day 1 analysis: subject to change.

  2. I've read a few comments on Vail around the web, and I have to agree that he played a bit "scared" during the scrimmages at the Habs rookie camp. I don't know if he's been hit too hard a time or two, but he has the body language of a player that hears footsteps every time he goes into the corner with the puck.

  3. Since I don't think the Canadiens' site mentioned it, both Narbonne and McCarron's goals came on penalty shots. Rather than give penalties for infractions, teams were given penalty shots. It worked a bit more like basketball free throws since the rest of the players on the ice lined up at the opposite blueline and skated in behind the shooter to jump into the play if no goal was scored. Hope that makes sense... I'll have a video up on YouTube later to give the full effect.

  4. The Habs have 40 players in their Rookie Camp right now (24 forwards, 12 defensemen, 4 goalies). Now if you split that evenly, you have two groups of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen, and 2 goalies. Look familiar?

    There are 3 scrimmages scheduled over the final three days of the camp (today, tomorrow, and Monday). These intra-squad scrimmages will provide the opportunity to evaluate the players internally, without risking injury. I still expect there will be some physical play, but it won't be as dangerous as matching up your rookies against another club's entirely.

  5. Also, Ryan O'Byrne signs a 2 year deal in the KHL. Evidently his oft-praised physicality wasn't enough to warrant a sniff from an NHL team (this doesn't surprise me any but some on here wanted the Habs to get him at the deadline).

    I think he'll like it over there. I imagine he's hoping it will be an opportunity to display his talent for a return to the NHL in the next year or two.

  6. You can never have enough NHL-caliber defensemen. Murray gives the team some options on a game-to-game basis. Dress him against Boston and Toronto, but sit him against faster teams.

    He's the kind of guy you can flip at the deadline for a late draft pick if you want to, or simply toss him on waivers. I'm sure he'd be picked up given his well-priced, short term contract. Bergevin put himself in a position to have depth but also a way out if needed.

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  7. I was wondering if anyone has any experience attending practices and training camps at the Habs practice facility in Brossard?

    - How do you know when it is open to public / not open to public?

    - How early should one get there to avoid becoming part of the 'standing room' crowd?

    - Is the training camp mostly open to public? Or only scrimmages?

    I might have some more questions later - just curious as I expect to have some time to check it out this year. Any other general info would be helpful! Thanks!

    Looks like the website covers schedules, so that answers some of my questions. http://csbell.ca/en/

    Still open to any tips some of you regulars might have.

  8. Injuries are the biggest threat to reduce any player's production. Often a guy might only miss a handful of games to a dozen, come back, and take another handful of games to get back into the groove.

    With Therrien poised to roll three solid lines, I believe we'll see fewer players score over 55 points, but more guys landing between 35 and 50 points. Distributed offense is the way to go if you want to keep the team fresh for the duration of a long season.

    I guess we'll see if it pans out. I'm sure different players and line combinations will get hot from time to time, but I don't expect anyone to tear it up on a consistent basis. Pacioretty has shown the most promise in that department, and as dbalr mentioned, Subban.

  9. here's a question. Why is scott gomez referred to primarily as "former Hab" I never see him as "former Ranger" or" fomer devil:. Scotty is a nice guy but hey do we have to live that contract down for time immemorial? For crying out loud he is a former shark.

    I think it's because his Habs stint is the most recent and it was in Montreal where his career took a turn for the worst and his production plummeted. That and if the articles are written in Canada, chances are they go with a title that will attract the most attention.

  10. By the way, my friend ended up getting a wifebeater of the Violent Gentlemen: Enforce Montreal. He now has French versions of the shirt as well. A good touch.

    Nice! I picked up just the one pictured here, the white on black Violent Gentlemen. Love it. Shipping was a bit pricey though.

    Seb and Psycing? Is this HWL?

    Is that still going?

  11. Not sure if anyone else has mentioned it yet - as I'm lazy and haven't read through the thread's entirety - but the decision to cut ties with Pierre Groulx and bring in veteran Stephane Waite as his replacement is worth mentioning. While I understand Bergevin kept Groulx at Price's request, he may have done so to avoid rustling the netminder's feathers.

    It was clear that Bergevin wanted to bring in his own team to help manage and develop the team, keeping Groulx around went against this strategy. In hindsight, I wouldn't be surprised if Bergevin regrets standing pat. That said, the intentions were candid and confidence in the GM was reinforced when he snagged Waite from Chicago.

    It's clear Marc Bergevin isn't afraid to take action and make the changes necessary to benefit both the club as a whole, and the players individually. Whatever his grade after this season, I have a feeling it will improve in seasons to follow.

  12. Price has to have a great first half of the season for the Habs to be considered Luongo's backup and/or to compete for the starting role in Sochi. This means Price needs to rise up and steal some games when the team is struggling to score.

    If I were Carey Price, I'd use Henrik Lundqvist as my bench mark. Many times last season the Rangers failed to get many goals on the board, but Lundqvist kept them in it. While it must have been frustrating for the netminder to lose games 1-0 and 2-1, at least he matched the oppositions compete level with his own in hopes that the Rags offense would finally support him.

    I also have some concern for Price's health and wouldn't be surprised if he was injured at some point this season. He failed to finish the Habs' last two seasons healthy. Maybe it has to do with luck, maybe it has to do with poor habits. Here's hoping new goalie coach Stéphane Waite can keep him in top shape. At least a shot at the Olympics should give Price all the motivation he needs. And you've got to bet P.K. Subban will be in his hair about it too.

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