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BA in History from Concordia University. Long-time Habs fan and analyst of all things NHL.

Hockey Canada Starting Goalie: Carey Price vs. Roberto Luongo

Hockey Canada Starting Goalie: Carey Price vs. Roberto Luongo

With Olympic hockey beginning for Canada on February 13th against Norway, talk about who will be Team Canada’s starter has heated up. Mike Babcock has gone on record about what his plans are for the first three games of the tournament. He said that two goalies would split the first two games; but more importantly, […]

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Why the Douglas Murray Signing has Only Upside for the Montreal Canadiens

Why the Douglas Murray Signing has Only Upside for the Montreal Canadiens

  Four points why the Douglas Murray signing has great implications on the Habs:   1. Great value (opportunism/fit): He signed at 1.5 million, which is 1 million less than he made on his last deal. Sure, that could be a sign that other professional scouting teams did not consider him worth more than 2 million, […]

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An Argument for Naming PK Subban Next Habs Captain

An Argument for Naming PK Subban Next Habs Captain

There is little doubt that PK Subban is a big game player. Everyone knows he is clutch and has proven that on multiple occasions. He cares about the Habs and grew up a fan of the team. PK is hungry for glory and ambitious. He wants to win the Stanley Cup and has the personality […]

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The Ryder-Cole swap: What each will bring to their respective teams — and the Pros and Cons

The Ryder-Cole swap: What each will bring to their respective teams — and the Pros and Cons

  Many were shocked to come home around 6:45 PM and find out that Erik Cole had been traded to the Dallas Stars for former Canadien, Michael Ryder. Immediately everyone was caught with their pants down asked themselves: why was this deal done? “Ryder? The former Hab who should have won the Calder Trophy in […]

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The Habs: The Pulse of Montréal

The Habs: The Pulse of Montréal

Montréal. One of the oldest cities in Canada. What are the first things that come to mind when one thinks of it? France?  Partying? The Alouettes? Pierre Elliott Trudeau? Georges St-Pierre? Nope, probably not. The answer is one of these two things: Women — and — hockey. More specifically, the Montréal Canadiens. I am too […]

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The Rebirth of Rene Bourque

The Rebirth of Rene Bourque

  Rene Bourque has received a lot of criticism over the past twelve months. The three-time twenty goal scorer started off very slowly during the 2011-2012 season, which prompted some very harsh criticism from CBC hockey analyst, Kelly Hrudey. (Here) Bourque, who had signed a six-year contract at an average of $3.3 million per season […]

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The Ascension of Alexei Emelin

The Ascension of Alexei Emelin

I remember when Alexei Emelin was finally signed by Pierre Gauthier on May 17th, 2011, Canadiens fans were ecstatic. They were happy because Emelin was drafted back in the 2004 NHL draft with the Canadiens 3rd round selection, but had yet to commit to coming over to North America. Fans were even more excited because […]

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With the New Habs Management, Solidarity & ‘Team’ are the Only Culture

With the New Habs Management, Solidarity & ‘Team’ are the Only Culture

  Geoff Molson performed an exhaustive search for a General Manager after he fired Pierre Gauthier before the 2012 NHL Draft. While a bilingual GM was a requirement, his most sought after quality was someone who lived and breathed hockey, and also, had a passion for the Montreal Canadiens. He found that man in Marc […]

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Habs Headlines (Podcast): Season 2, Episode 1

  MINAS PANAGIOTAKIS / GETTY IMAGES   HabsHeadlines is making a comeback. Patrick Tallon and Drew Hardiman recorded their first podcast together following the Habs 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night. From covering the lineup decisions, prospects, coaching staff, Marc Bergevin, and taking questions from the mailbag, you can be assured that no […]

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