12:12 PM EDT, Sat September 19, 2020
Eyes On The Prize 4 hours ago
Chiarot offers a reason to view the Edmundson acquisition positively

Chiarot offers a reason to view the Edmundson acquisition positively

His predecessor’s success has expanded Edmundson’s chance of finding a niche on the team. “[…] is not an upgrade [on the third pairing].” “Is [he] better than Karl Alzner?” “No.” “[…] a bad player on an expensive contract with term.” “Why?” No, they’re not talking about Joel Edmundson, recently signed to a four-year, $14 million contract by Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. These comments were made in July, 2019 after the acquisition of Ben Chiarot. Looking closer, there are so many similarities between Chiarot and Edmundson that one could...

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A Winning Habit 2 hours ago

Montreal Canadiens: Is There Still Room For Noah Juulsen on Habs Roster?

The Montreal Canadiens defence is getting deeper. Is there any room for Noah Juulsen? The Montreal Canadiens were a little thin on defence in the postseason. Xavier Ouellet only played a handful of games in the regular season, but he was a regular in the lineup when the Habs faced the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia […] Montreal Canadiens: Is There Still Room For Noah Juulsen on Habs Roster? - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
A Winning Habit 6 hours ago

Montreal Canadiens: Which Habs Prospects Will We See at World Juniors?

The Montreal Canadiens had some great performances over the past few years at the World Juniors. Who will we see this year? The Montreal Canadiens have been well represented at the World Junior Hockey Championships the past few years. They have hoarded draft picks from all around the globe over the past few years and […] Montreal Canadiens: Which Habs Prospects Will We See at World Juniors? - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize 6 hours ago
Draft profile: Connor Zary has high offensive potential despite his flaws

Draft profile: Connor Zary has high offensive potential despite his flaws

Photo by Marissa Baecker/ The Kamloops centre possesses great shooting talent, but his skating concerns might hurt his draft stock. Despite the Montreal Canadiens locked into pick number 16 in the upcoming NHL Draft, the options for players are plentiful. One of the more intriguing pieces available is Kamloops forward Connor Zary, a centre with high offensive instincts who is typically ranked in the latter half of the first round. With 38 goals in a COVID-19-shortened WHL season, Zary was one of the league’s best offensive producers, and could be a high-end option for the Canadiens...
Eyes On The Prize 8 hours ago
Links: Putting Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s season performance in context

Links: Putting Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s season performance in context

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via In today’s links, what Joel Edmundson brings to the team, what Marc Bergevin might need to do and the resurgence of Russian goaltending. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Where does Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s performance rank among his peers this season? [NHL] Joel Edmundson brings some well needed physicality to the Canadiens blue line. [Sportsnet] Edmundson is also confident that he can help boost Montreal’s defence not only through his size, but with his skating ability as well. [Montreal Gazette] Here are six forwards who the Canadiens could...
Montreal Gazette 18 hours ago

Hickey on hockey: Canadiens likely to dangle Domi in bid to add offence

Can you have too much of a good thing? That’s the question confronting the Canadiens as they prepare for the coming season. At this time last year, the Canadiens had gaping holes at centre and on the left side of the defence. Today, they have a surplus of talent at both positions and that poses challenges and opportunities. Let’s the start...
Eyes On The Prize Sep 18, 2020
Is Phillip Danault right to ask for a bigger role with the Canadiens?

Is Phillip Danault right to ask for a bigger role with the Canadiens?

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via The Victoriaville native is the team’s best defensive centre, but is he worth trading for more offensive help? If you’re accustomed to living life in a penthouse, it’s hard to swallow being told your future will be in the basement. It could be the life Phillip Danault is forced to live as a Montreal Canadien. A few weeks back, Danault told the media that he might not be ready to accept playing a reduced offensive role as Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi look primed to lead the Canadiens as their top two centres going forward. Danault, of...
A Winning Habit Sep 18, 2020

Montreal Canadiens Should Look to Buy Low on Phil Kessel

The Montreal Canadiens have been busy already this offseason. Their next move should include looking at Phil Kessel. The Montreal Canadiens have been busy already this offseason. They acquired Jake Allen and Joel Edmundson in separate trades and then signed Edmundson to a four-year extension. They still have about $10 million in cap space available, […] Montreal Canadiens Should Look to Buy Low on Phil Kessel - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
A Winning Habit Sep 18, 2020

Montreal Canadiens: Term, Not Salary, is Imperative in Brendan Gallagher Negotiations

The Montreal Canadiens have a number of top players with one year left on their contract. The Montreal Canadiens don’t have a lot of contracts to deal with this offseason. Most of the players who were playing on the last year of their deal, were traded at the trade deadline. Ilya Kovalchuk, Marco Scandella, Nate […] Montreal Canadiens: Term, Not Salary, is Imperative in Brendan Gallagher Negotiations - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize Sep 18, 2020
European prospect preview: Mattias Norlinder takes his talents to Frölunda

European prospect preview: Mattias Norlinder takes his talents to Frölunda

Tommy Holl Norlinder sprinted up the prospect list last year, now he gets a shot with one of the top clubs in the world. “I have really high expectations on him. He should be a spark for our team. He should be known in the league as one of the best offensive defencemen in the league.” Frölunda’s head coach, Roger Rönnberg, doesn’t hold back when it comes to Mattias Norlinder. About a year ago, many Montreal Canadiens fans didn’t know what to expect from Norlinder. Eyes were firmly fixed — and rightly so — on college hockey for recent draft pick Cole Caufield, or on the...
Eyes On The Prize Sep 18, 2020
Links: Joel Edmundson wants to be a leader

Links: Joel Edmundson wants to be a leader

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports The newest addition to the Habs blueline talks about playing for Montreal, predictions on who will be moved this offseason, and scouting challenges for 2020-21. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Joel Edmundson thinks he can be a leader on his new team. [Montreal Gazette] What impact will Edmundson have in Montreal? [The Hockey News (Video)] Will the newest acquisition be suiting up next to Jeff Petry? [La Presse] Edmundson’s arrival is part of a new emphasis on toughness on the Habs blueline. [Radio-Canada] Around the league and elsewhere With Eric...
Montreal Gazette Sep 17, 2020

'I want to be a leader,' Canadiens' new blue-liner Joel Edmundson says

Defenceman Joel Edmundson made his family happy when he decided to sign a four-year, US$14-million contract with the Canadiens. “It’s been my one my family’s favourite teams for their whole lives,” Edmundson said Thursday during a conference call from his off-season home in Kelowna, B.C. “My dad’s side of the family is French and...
A Winning Habit Sep 17, 2020

Montreal Canadiens Finally Using Cap Space, But Are They Spending it Wisely?

The Montreal Canadiens are spending plenty of money already this offseason, but are they doing it wisely? The Montreal Canadiens allowed Andrei Markov and Alexander Radulov to walk away from the team as unrestricted free agents three years ago. Marc Bergevin spoke at the time about having the money to keep one, but not both, […] Montreal Canadiens Finally Using Cap Space, But Are They Spending it Wisely? - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize Sep 17, 2020
To qualify or not to qualify, that is the question for the Canadiens

To qualify or not to qualify, that is the question for the Canadiens

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Restricted free agents await their fates. The annual National Hockey League calendar may have been altered due to the coronavirus pandemic, but key milestones have obviously not been eliminated entirely, simply delayed. October 6, at 5:00pm EDT, is the deadline to submit qualifying offers to pending restricted free agents. The time is rapidly approaching for the Montreal Canadiens to decide whether to give qualifying offers to their RFAs or to let them walk free as unrestricted free agents. It’s an annual exercise that is usually pretty evident for...
A Winning Habit Sep 17, 2020

Montreal Canadiens: Alex Galchenyuk Moving On From Yet Another Team

The Montreal Canadiens hitched their wagon to Alex Galchenyuk in 2012. He will be a free agent this summer. The Montreal Canadiens miserable 2011-12 season was supposed to have a silver lining in that they were granted the third overall pick at the end of it. The Habs selected Alex Galcehnyuk with that pick and […] Montreal Canadiens: Alex Galchenyuk Moving On From Yet Another Team - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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    Joel Edmundson

    Chiarot offers a reason to view the Edmundson acquisition positively

  • 1 Jake Allen

    Jake Allen

    Report: Talks between the Blues and Alex Pietrangelo have broken off

  • 1 Jesperi Kotkaniemi

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi

    Links: Putting Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s season performance in context

  • 1 Ben Chiarot

    Ben Chiarot

    Chiarot offers a reason to view the Edmundson acquisition positively

  • 1 Xavier Ouellet

    Xavier Ouellet

    Montreal Canadiens: Is There Still Room For Noah Juulsen on Habs Roster?

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