First cuts the deepest for Leblanc

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 9/17/2013 6:38:00 AM

Louis Leblanc had the Habs' first shot on goal against the Bruins at the Bell Centre, but that didn't prevent the Canadiens from including the West Island native from being among the first cuts.

Leblanc is sent packing back to the Hamilton Bulldogs after picking up an assist, 4 hits and 1 blocked shot in just under 15 minutes of icetime in the 6-3 loss to the Bruins.

The former 2009 1st-round draft pick earned the assist on the Habs' first goal of the game by Travis Moen that tied it 1-1 in the 1st period.

Leblanc is farmed out along with the likes of Morgan Ellis, Darren Dietz and Joonas Nattinen.

Zach Fucale, Martin Reway and Charles Hudon were all returned to their junior teams.


McCarron and Bournival impress in Habs pre-season opener

Posted By: Abe Hefter · 9/15/2013 11:46:00 PM

Michael McCarron (pictured) and Michael Bournival picked up two points apiece and were among the youngsters to raise eyebrows as the Canadiens took to the ice at the Bell Centre in their pre-season opener.

Bournival had a pair of goals and McCarron picked up two assists as the Habs fell 5-4 to the Buffalo Sabres in a shootout.

Bournival showed lots of ofensive spark out there and McCarron displayed some soft hands in setting up both Bournival and Martin St-Pierre.  McCarron went hard along the boards to dish the puck out to Bournival for his first goal of the night.  The Canadiens' top draft pick of this summer could also be found parked in the opposing crease; which is exactly where you want McCarron's 6-5 frame to be.

Two other players of note who impressed me up front were Martin Reway and Erik Nystrom: both showed plenty of finesse as ...

Parros Fight-Club advice for PK

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 9/10/2013 6:06:00 AM

Having assumed the "NHL 14" fighting identity of Zdeno Chara and thrashing PK Subban in a gaming fight on video, George Parros has some advice for PK Subban.  

Keep your gloves on.  Let Big George drop the gloves.

The Habs' new weapon spoke at the launch party of EA Sports new game about PK, the Habs and his Montreal first impressions.

Subban stoked for Habs camp

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 9/10/2013 5:27:00 AM

The face of "NHL 14" isn't sure if he's any bigger or stronger this season, but he's been pushed by his little brothers and is ready for the opening of Habs camp tomorrow.

PK Subban and George Parros hit Lamouche on St. Denis Monday night for the official EA Sports game launch and after laughing at his video game image being pounded by a Zdeno Chara clone, Subban spoke with me about the Olympics, the coming season and whether he's added any more muscle to his Norris Trophy frame.

Bergevin rookie reality-check

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 9/9/2013 6:36:00 AM

Marc Bergevin admits a rookie can always force your hand, but it appears any newbie making the Habs' regular season roster will be the exceptional candidate.

There may be only 1 job opening among the Canadiens' 40 rookies closing out camp at Brossard today.

Marc Bergevin's assessment of their weekend first impressions:


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The Habs will win the Cup...
in the next 2 years. Subban, Carey and the Gally's get it done now.
in 3-4 years. Bergevin's recipe still needs time to blend.
5+ years. High taxes and too much media pressure---elite FA's still don't want to come.
Before the Leafs.