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Stanley Cup Playoffs: BOS vs. TOR, WSH vs. CBJ — Open thread

Habs Eye on the Prize (Justin Blades) — The spotlight is on the Eastern Conference as two 2-1 series are contested tonight. Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Bruins lead 2-1 How to watch Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT In Canada: CBC , Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French) In the USA: NBCSN, NESN Online: Rogers NHL Live/NHL.tv The Maple Leafs got back in the series with a win in Game Three....
  • New: 39 min ago

Laval Rocket season review: Kerby Rychel

Habs Eye on the Prize (Scott Matla) — The trade deadline acquisition was a major force for the Rocket after joining the team. Kerby Rychel joined the Montreal Canadiens organization along with Rinat Valiev in the trade that sent Tomas Plekanec to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and in Laval he did all he could to show that he belonged to stay with his new club. The big concern over Rychel was that his skating ability would...
  • New: 7 hr 24 min ago

Coaching The Farm: 1963-1968 — Scotty Bowman only lasted eight games

Habs Eye on the Prize (Andrew Zadarnowski) — Revisiting the history of those who’ve been trusted with the task of developing future Canadiens players in the minor leagues. Sylvain Lefebvre was recently relieved of his coaching duties at the head of the Laval Rocket, the American Hockey League farm team of the Montreal Canadiens . While the announcement of his replacement is pending, it’s an opportune time to take a look back at the...
  • New: 9 hr 24 min ago

Road to Redemption: Part I — The Power Play

Habs Eye on the Prize (Nathan Ni) — The Canadiens simply need to rearrange a few pieces to ice two dangerous man-advantage units. I think that most fair observers will be able to look at the current Montreal Canadiens squad and realize that they are not the 28th-best team in the NHL. At the same time, given the emergence of the Toronto Maple Leafs and resurrection of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins , this Habs...
  • New: 11 hr 24 min ago

Bitten and Verbeek still battling for a Memorial Cup berth

Habs Eye on the Prize (raaaleigh) — Here are your daily links, including Habs prospects in the OHL playoffs, a six-month recovery for Paul Byron, rule consistency in the playoffs, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Keep an eye on Habs prospects Will Bitten and Hayden Verbeek as they face off in the OHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. [ Canadiens ] Paul Byron will miss six months after undergoing shoulder surgery....
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Stanley Cup Playoffs: PIT v PHI, TBL v NJD, NSH v COL, ANA v SJS — Open thread

Habs Eye on the Prize (Justin Blades) — Most of tonight’s series have yet to see a road win. The Sharks are the exception, with two such wins under their belt, and they can wrap things up on home ice. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Penguins lead 2-1 How to watch Puck Drop: 7 :00 PM E D T / 4 :00 PM PDT In Canada: CBC , Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French) In the USA: NBCSN,...
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Paul Byron undergoes shoulder surgery, out six months

Habs Eye on the Prize (Julian McKenzie) — The Canadiens forward has the start of his season in jeopardy The Montreal Canadiens announced that forward Paul Byron will be out for the next six months after undergoing successful right shoulder surgery on Wednesday. Paul Byron underwent shoulder surgery today in New York. His recovery period is expected to be six months. DETAILS ➡️ https://t.co/Hz1xLCmM0P . — Canadiens Montréal...
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Dominique Ducharme is a great coaching candidate for the Laval Rocket

Habs Eye on the Prize (Jared Book) — The coach of Canada’s world junior team may find a home in the Canadiens organization Dominique Ducharme is one of the best coaches not with a National Hockey League organization. And he’s looking to go into the professional ranks. While his qualifications make him an option for any American Hockey League team, he should be a no-brainer for the Laval Rocket. Ducharme was in the running for...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

End of an error: Canadiens finally make changes at AHL level

Habs Eye on the Prize (Scott Matla) — The dismissal of Sylvain Lefebvre is the first step toward righting the ship in the AHL. After six years on the job and just one playoff series to show for it, Sylvain Lefebvre has been relieved of his duties as the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens ’ AHL affiliate. With a record well below .500, Lefebvre guided his clubs to a combined record of 188-210-37-21 and a single playoff...
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Niemi would welcome an extension with the Canadiens

Habs Eye on the Prize (Nathan Ni) — In today’s links, Niemi is interested in replicating what he enjoyed in Montreal, more on Lefebvre’s departure, one interesting option to replace him, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Free agent Antti Niemi is open to returning to Montreal. [ La Presse | Google Translate ] Sylvain Lefebvre was fired as the head coach of the Laval Rocket on Tuesday. [ EOTP ] The...
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Stanley Cup Playoffs: WSH vs. CBJ, WPG vs. MIN, VGK vs. LAK — Open thread

Habs Eye on the Prize (Justin Blades) — The first elimination game of 2018 will be contested tonight, whiel the Blue Jackets and Jets attempts to set one up for their next game. Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Blue Jackets lead 2-0 How to watch Puck Drop: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT In Canada: Sportsnet 360 , Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French) In the USA: NBCSN, NBCSWA, FS-O Online: ...
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Lefebvre fired from position of head coach of the Rocket

Habs Eye on the Prize (Justin Blades) — At the helm of the Montreal Canadiens’ farm team for six years, Lefebvre took his team to the post-season just a single time. Sylvain Lefebvre has been removed from the role of head coach of the Montreal Canadiens ’ AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket. Sylvain Lefebvre relieved of his duties as head coach of the Laval Rocket. DETAILS - https://t.co/27iCnrWK8g . pic.twitter.com/DrTmOqd9tz ...
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Laval Rocket season review: Antoine Waked

Habs Eye on the Prize (Scott Matla) — It was a disappointing rookie season for the Quebec native. Antoine Waked came into his first professional season looking to make an impact for the Laval Rocket, and to say he failed to do that is being extremely generous. Whether it was hype surrounding his last season in the QMJHL, or the flashy moves he showcased before joining the Rocket, Waked never seemed to hit his stride at any...
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The Casey Staum project: Two seasons later

Habs Eye on the Prize (David St-Louis) — Stats, highlights, and updates on the Montreal Canadiens prospects from the past week. Each week we take an in-depth look at young members of the organization while providing an overview of Habs prospects playing at the junior (OHL, WHL) and collegiate level (USHL, NCAA). Casey Staum was drafted 124th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2016, using the fifth-round pick that they...
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Playoffs showing the importance of puck-moving, offensive defencemen

Habs Eye on the Prize (Justin Blades) — In today’s links, a need for a new approach to the makeup of the blue line, breaking down the Rocket’s terrible season, Jake Evans prepares for his summer training, Dahlin (unsurprisingly) up for SHL Rookie of the Year, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes The playoffs are showing the value of puck-moving defencemen who can chip in on offence, and that’s the main area the...
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