Habs Daily Recap: Feb. 4th

Photo: Dave Sandford, Getty Images

Photo: Dave Sandford, Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens had a day off from training today and deservingly so as they had back-to-back games this past weekend, coming out on top in both. They will be back at the rink in Brossard at 11am Tuesday as they prepare for another set of crucial games against divisional opponents, Boston and Buffalo. Boston will be practicing at the Bell Centre as well on Tuesday at 12:30pm but it is closed to the public.

Today is Ian Schultz birthday, he is now 23 years old. Schultz came over in the Halak deal with Eller after the 2010 playoffs. He has spent most of this season in the ECHL, splitting time between the Wheeling Nailers and Utah Grizzlies. He was called up to the Hamilton Bulldogs for just two games where he recorded 2PIM and a -1 rating.

Aaron Palushaj was cleared to play after being out for quite some time. He was placed on waivers today so that he can be sent down to the Hamilton Bulldogs, who could definitely use him. He had 10 points in 21 games before he fell to injury.

Andreas Engqvist, a player the Bulldogs could have used as well, became a father this past weekend. He is currently playing overseas in the KHL as the Canadiens qualified him but did not sign him to a new deal. Engqvist has 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points in 45 games.

The english version of 24CH aired on TSN tonight, extremely well-done and it is something for the fans of the Canadiens to feel even more connected to their team. Looking forward to future episodes.

Per Dave Stubbs, the Habs 5th Bleu Blanc Rouge rink opens Tuesday at 2 pm, Confederation Park, 4985 Westhill Ave, NDG.

Want a Galchenyuk tuque? The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation have made them available for fans to purchase. All you need to do is send a donation here for a total of $27.00 before the end of the month. You can also send a cheque by mail to Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, 1275 St. Antoine St. W., Montreal, Qc H3C 5L2.

Dave Stubbs, the Gazette, is well-known for his connection to the Canadiens and is quite respected by the players. Fans also appreciate all the work he puts in to keep them informed about what is truly going on with their favourite team. He wrote an article (here) on PK Subban and how P.J Stock of HNIC was completely in the wrong in what he said this past weekend. Unfortunately, Stock did not take that too well and responded by a number of tweets towards Dave. Habs fans backed Stubbs up and Dave reacted in a respectful manner. Here is what happened:
StockStock 2Stock 3As you can see, Stock was quite out of line and showed that he can’t handle being wrong. Stubbs is constantly around the Canadiens and knows them well enough that he should be trusted for information over Stock, someone who is constantly added to articles about the worst players to wear a Habs jersey. Dave took the high road and tweeted this out to everyone:
StubbsPJ could learn a thing or two from Stubbsy, okay… probably a lot, especially this thing called ‘class’, which seems to have skipped over Stock completely.

There were a lot of scouts in the building at the Carolina-Toronto game tonight. According to David Pagnotta, ANA, BOS, COL, DAL, DET, EDM (2), FLA, MIN, MTL (2), NAS, NYR, OTT, PIT (2), SJ, STL, TB (2), WPG were all in the house. As you can see, Montreal had two observing the match up. Of course many will speculate.

No games were played today by any player in the system, however, Dietz and Thrower will be up against the Moose Jaw Warriors at 8:05pm ET Tuesday.

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7 Responses to Habs Daily Recap: Feb. 4th

  1. Well, in all fairness, Stubbs called Stock some pretty bad things in his column, so they were both pretty disrespectful to each other, but since Habs fans hate Stock, he’s the only one who gets called out for being classless.

    Stubb does write well, but you have to admit, he’s a bit of a cheerleader and homer, you can’t argue with that. I don’t think Stock is making stuff up (Elliotte Friedman was on the Melnick show today and defended PJ and pretty much agreed with him in the PK situation, but just phrased it in a nicer way, PJ tends to be a little more brash which gets him in trouble a lot) And PJ didn’t say every player didn’t like him, Stubb kept misquoting him throughout the article…he said “every other player” lol, so about half – not entirely unbelievable and outlandish

    I don’t think Stubbs is completely right, I don’t think PJ is completely wrong, I think the truth lies somewhere in between. I know Stubb talks to the players a lot but no player is going to go on record to a reporter talking crap about his teammate and the examples Stubb’s gave were kind of weak. Attending a team Superbowl party? I go to Christmas parties with my co-workers, doesn’t mean I like all of them, I can’t stand some of them, but it’s just something you have to do. Having a meal with Prust? Not the best example, the only guy who hung out with him was a guy who wasn’t on the team last year?

    Only time will tell I guess. Anyways, that’s just my two cents…

    Robert T February 5, 2013 at 12:04 am Reply
    • I appreciate your comment. However, the amount of times that Stock sticks to the Habs for whatever reason he feels, there is a reason why Habs fans are not a fan of the guy. I found Stubbs points in the article to be fine, not really classless in my opinion but it is where everyone draws the line. Stock didn’t have to go through Twitter to discuss it with Stubbs.

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