Unfortunate news came out of Habs Nation to start Tuesday off. News broke that Rene Bourque is not actually suffering from the flu but that he has a concussion. As per Bartlett, Therrien, training staff and Bourque himself are not sure when it occurred. He is out day to day, following the protocol. Hopefully Bourque will not be out too long as he has been the complete opposite of the guy we saw last year who came over in the Cammalleri trade. Rene found consistency in his game, driving the net with force and putting up points alongside Plekanec and Gionta. Considering the flu was going around, it makes sense that it was initially thought to be the diagnosis for the big forward. Once tests were done, the truth came out. I do not believe the Canadiens were holding onto this information as they released information on Gallagher right away. The Habs will have to push ahead without him for now and hope that others will step up in his future absences.
You still have a chance to get a Galchenyuk tuque! You can donate $27.00 online here or you can send a $27.00 donation (cheque) by mail at Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, 1275 St. Antoine St. W., Montreal, Qc H3C 5L2 – you must do so before Friday as it is only for the month of February.
There was a Habs signing event at AJ Sports World in Vaughan, ON. Unfortunately Carey Price could not make it and you could see the disappointment on many faces as they found out at the actual venue. Heard from one employee at the store that it was due to health reasons. Hopefully Carey is okay. As for the other players on deck (Prust, Desharnais, Gionta, Gallagher, Gorges and Pacioretty), they seemed to enjoy themselves by seeing their fans. Pacioretty indicated that he hates the Leafs (thatta boy) and Gorges stated that he won’t back down from anyone (referencing the McLaren fight). These are the type of players you want to have in your line up.
The big news of the night was Erik Cole being traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a familiar face, Michael Ryder and a 3rd round pick in this year’s draft. Cole was struggling at the start of the year but looked like he was getting back his game as of late. However, he will have to take that to Dallas. Ryder, who should have won the Calder when he broke into the NHL, still has a great snipe and the Habs will be looking for him to use it often against their opponents. We shall see what number Ryder will wear as Gallagher currently holds his preferred #73. Habs new acquisition is to arrive Wednesday morning.
The Bulldogs went up against St. John’s and were able to pull out a victory in their home barn. Robert Mayer was in between the pipes after spending some time on the bench, watching Tokarski lately. Rookie Nathan Beaulieu put up two goals and was first star of the game in the 4-3 win. If they can pull out some more wins, they might just push for a playoff spot.