Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Rejean Tremblay Reality Check hockey writer Rejean Tremblay always has an opinion. Although I'm rarely in agreement with him, he makes some great points in this look at the Habs chances this year. He also makes some inflammatory comments comparing Jean Charest to Pauline Marois (?).

I should get into politics, I've long wanted to build my dream home on the ground where the Expos once planned to break ground for their downtown stadium. If I'm elected to office i will pull the necessary strings to annex the land required. Mark my words.

Rejean Tremblay Opens a Can of Whoopass

Habsworld Previews Hurricanes-Canadiens

Matthew Macaskill over at has a piece about tonight's matchup, with mercifully few references to Patrice Brisebois.

At this point, I've had had it with predictions. Let's see what happens on the ice. I will say this: The Leafs will not make the postseason. Yes, they added another backup goalie (now they have two) and a guy who had a career year last year in Jason Blake. The fact is, this is a team that got older and failed to address serious shortcomings in goal. It will be a pleasure to watch John Ferguson Jr finally pay for his ridiculous tenure at the helm of the Leafs when all is said and done.

Macaskill at Habsworld

RDS Previews Habs - Canes

If you read French, here's RDS giving you a preview of tonight's game, including the lines and defensive pairings. Notice Carbo has split up the third line of Latendresse-Plekanec-Smolinski, removing Smoke in favour of Tom Kostopoulos. Dandenault-Smolinski-Begin are two centres and a defenceman who will make up the fourth or "energy" line. Josh Gorges, whose hard work and great play in camp didn't pay off as Patrice Brisebois got a free pass as a top-four defenceman, is in the pressbox. Here's hoping he gets his chance sooner than later.

RDS Gamenight Preview

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Habsworld: The Maturation of Mike Komisarek

T.C. Denault of has a great article about Mike Komisarek aka Komisaurus, and examines some notable first-round draft busts of the past. Obviously #8 has some big shoes to fill this year, following the departures of former stalwarts Sheldon Souray and Craig Rivet.

Mike Boone Discusses the Habs Final Cuts

Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette weighs in on the Habs' final cuts... Boone tends to get an insane amount of feedback for his posts, and this one is no exception.

Eric Engels on When Kovalev Comes Out to Play

Eric Engels over at discusses one of the more memorable nights of Alex Kovalev's NHL career... Hopefully we'll see more of this version of AK-27 this year!!

here's a highlight:

"In that game the Rangers were trailing, and playing rather poorly in the first half. Then Mike Keenan officially lost his cool, and put Mark Messier with Alex Kovalev and Adam Graves. And wouldn't you know came the goals. Kovalev finished that night with a goal, an assist on the tying goal, and an assist on the winning goal (both scored by Messier). These weren't just assists either, these were plays that were fully made by Kovalev, sending Messier in alone for a half-breakaway on the tying goal, and giving Messier a tap in for the winner after taking the most blistering slapshot with one of the quickest releases you have ever seen. After he scored that goal, Messier was arm and arm with Leetch, both of whom were looking over at Alex Kovalev bewildered and amazed."

TSN previews 2007-08 Canadiens

Here is a highlight:

Montreal's difficulty in acquiring any big-name free agents means that they need to rely heavily on homegrown talent. While there are a lot of promising young players seeing action with the Habs, but it will require some substantial breakout seasons for the Canadiens to be an exciting team from a fantasy perspective.

Of course, there is also the hope that a rookie goaltender may be able to slide in and cure all the team's shortcomings.

click below to hear from the psychics at TSN