Habs Daily Recap: Feb. 19th

Photo: Scott Levy, Getty Images

Photo: Scott Levy, Getty Images

Next Tuesday, the 26th, there will be a Habs signing at AJ Sports World in Vaughan, Ontario. There are 7 players that are listed to be there, they are: David Desharnais, Brendan Gallagher, Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges, Max Pacioretty, Carey Price and Brandon Prust. The signing begins at 7pm ET, however, in the past it gets busy pretty quickly so you will want to show up earlier. The venue for this event has a lot of awesome hockey stuff among other sports for you to look at and/or purchase as well. For further details on pricing, go here.

Posted earlier today (here), Bulldogs current goaltender Robert Mayer will be off to Switzerland next season. This creates a minor hole in the goalie depth for the Canadiens but also makes the Tokarski trade have a little more importance than it initially did. Regardless of Mayer having a better season than what most would believe he would have, it does not seem that he has enough in his arsenal to be a back up in the NHL down the road, unlike Tokarski who has a lot of upside. It will be interesting to see if Bergevin at least qualifies Mayer to retain his rights similar to Andreas Engqvist before he heads overseas.

Mathieu Darche announced his retirement over Twitter in probably the coolest way he could have. Darche tweeted out a photo of his skates hung up, stating that he was moving on to his second career. It is unknown what that is at this current time but if he ends up at RDS or something else related to hockey in general, it would not be surprising. Darche said, “My first game with the Canadiens was more exciting than my first NHL game.” Thanks for all the memories while you were with the Bulldogs and Canadiens.

The Habs did not have a morning skate prior to their game against the New York Rangers, most likely due to the fact that they played last night and then travelled to NYC. The only change in the line up from the match against the Canes was in goal as Carey Price has returned from the flu. Newcomer Brandon Prust seemed quite ready to play his former club Tuesday night and will have to play them again on Saturday in Montreal.

The game was slow and not much going on until the third period where both teams pushed to end the game in their favour. The Habs came on top with goals from Pacioretty (not from centre ice this time), Galchenyuk and Diaz. Prust was solid in his return to MSG as he posted an assist, 4 hits, 1 block, 2 shots and a +3 rating. The Canadiens have now won 5 in a row and sit at the top of Eastern Conference. It’s pretty.

Prospect Update:
– Klubertanz remained even his team’s 6-1 loss
– Nyström recorded an assist and a -2 rating
– Přibyl tallied a goal and was a +1 in Sparta’s 4-2 win

And Jarred Tinordi’s birthday is tomorrow, the 20th.

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