The Caufield deal is a message

June 5, 2023 The Montreal Canadiens picked early Monday morning to announce they had come to terms on a new contract with their sniper, signing Cole Caufield to an eight-year contract extension worth $62.8M and an annual average value (AAV) of $7.85M. This new deal is a message… or maybe a few messages. You canContinue reading “The Caufield deal is a message”

The Habs and the McGuire Profile

April 20, 2023 With the 2022-23 season complete and the off-season already underway for the Montreal Canadiens, the thing on everyone’s mind is this – How close are they, and what missing pieces are between the current version of the Habs and contender status? Of course, the real labour is figuring out the missing pieces.Continue reading “The Habs and the McGuire Profile”

The Habs can win the middle and win the game

January 12, 2023 Volumes have been written about the perfect formula to build a winning team in the NHL. Former Habs GM Marc Bergevin had a philosophy of building from the net out, a model we watched ebb and flow over a decade. Hockey analyst Pierre McGuire has a “7 player profile” that he hasContinue reading “The Habs can win the middle and win the game”

Week 6 in One Word: Balance

November 20, 2022 Three games were on tap for Week 6. On Tuesday the New Jersey Devils were in town, and the Montreal Canadiens lost 5-1 to the kind of team they’re building to become. The Habs hit the road for one game, and a chaotic affair with the Columbus Blue Jackets ended in aContinue reading “Week 6 in One Word: Balance”

Week 5 in One Word: Better

November 13, 2022 Three games were on the docket for the fifth week of action for the Montreal Canadiens. On Tuesday in Detroit, Jake Allen put on a goaltender’s clinic and the Habs beat the Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout. The Vancouver Canucks were in Montreal on Wednesday and the Habs won 5-2 onContinue reading “Week 5 in One Word: Better”

Week 3 in One Word: Daily

October 30, 2022 Week 3 of the 2022-23 NHL season featured three games for the Montreal Canadiens. On Tuesday night the Minnesota Wild came to town and handed the Habs a 3-1 loss. From there the Habs headed out on a road trip. The first stop was Buffalo for a Thursday night game against theContinue reading “Week 3 in One Word: Daily”

Week 2 in One Word: Deliver

October 23, 2022 The second week of action for the Montreal Canadiens featured thee home games. On Monday night, with Jeff Petry and the Pittsburgh Penguins in town, Kirby Dach was the overtime hero converting a perfect pass from Sean Monahan for the 3-2 win. The Arizona Coyotes were next up on Thursday night, andContinue reading “Week 2 in One Word: Deliver”

September’s Mug of the Month  

October 1, 2022 September has ended and the Habs are smack dab in the middle of training camp and preseason. Nick Suzuki has not yet played in one preseason game, but for me he is still indisputably the mug of the month. On September 12th at the annual golf tournament Suzuki was named the 31stContinue reading “September’s Mug of the Month  “

Naming Nick Suzuki captain was the next step in modernizing the Habs

September 12, 2022 This morning the Montreal Canadiens transitioned into the 2022-23 season with their annual golf tournament. They didn’t waste any time making an important announcement. Nick Suzuki has been named the 31st captain of this storied franchise. He just turned 23 in August, and he becomes the youngest player in franchise history toContinue reading “Naming Nick Suzuki captain was the next step in modernizing the Habs”

Takeaways from the Habs Draft Window

Eggs Bennett 22-15 July 10, 2022 The 2022 NHL Amateur Draft came and went, and with it the second major window of change for the Montreal Canadiens and the management duo of Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton (HuGo). We went into the draft with conflicting opinions about who the Habs should draft first overall butContinue reading Takeaways from the Habs Draft Window