Montreal Canadiens: Offseason Speculations

Miah D.Senior Writer IJune 12, 2008

The days are longer, and it feels like it has been a lifetime that we hadn't seen each other. I have been trying to move on, but still, you remain in my deepest thoughts and I feel like talking about you all the time. I miss you, Hockey.

The time is not for depression. We have got some news about the Montreal Canadiens.

Angelo Esposito grew up Bleu Blanc Rouge, and it seems he still does.

"I obviously always dreamed of playing for the Montreal Canadiens, and hopefully that can happen one day, or maybe it will."

The player has been officially introduced by his new QMJHL (Quebec Minister's Joke to the Hockey League) team, the Junior de Montreal.

Recall that at last year's draft, the Canadiens had the opportunity to pick the Quebec-native player, and many thought they would. Instead, the team drafted D-man Ryan McDonagh (2007 Mr. Hockey of Minnesota).


Habs CL Matt Eichel reports on the annual NHL award ceremony—especially on the Jack Adams Trophy winner. Recall that Montreal Head Coach Guy Carbonneau has been one of the three nominees for the award, the other two being Bruce Boudreau and Mike Babcock.The Journalists Association voted the All-Star teams of the NHL. In the rookie All-Star team, guess who is in the net? Le numero 31, number 31, Careeeeeeey Prriiiiiice!

In the second NHL All-Star team, another Canadien makes the roster. The number 27, Aleeeeeex Koooovaaaleeeeeev!

Here are the complete rosters for each team.


The discussions with Mark Streit haven't even begun yet.

As reported in the Journal de Montreal and Habs InsideOut, Streit's agent, Pat Brisson said that "there is currently nothing happening" to address the future situation of the defensive-offensive Canadiens hybrid.

Rumour has it that the Rangers would be willing to offer him the spot on the defense line that he desires so much. Obviously, that would not be possible for Montreal, since there is already a line for the big D of the team.

But Streit playing defense during the first round last playoffs resulted in back injuries and a quick return to the forward spot. I have to wonder if the Habs really need him.


Oh this will make you smile, or scream, or something. RDS says today that Saku Koivu is reportedly trying to convince (drum-rolls) Teemu Selanne to come to Montreal.

The website went as far as reporting that even Anaheim GM Brian Burke declared the player would finally consider Montreal's offer. (Ken, how gone with the wind do you think the Montreal Media is for this one?)

Let me get this right. It has been since probably 2004 that I have been hearing such speculations about him coming to play with Saku Koivu. It has been four long years.

Carey Price had the time to get a gold medal at the Junior World Championship, the Calder Cup in the AHL, the first goalie spot in Montreal—‚and still, we hear the same thing over again summer after summer.

I'd have to admit though, if by any luck this time it's true (the "if" has got to be really big), it would be really nice. Now, would he fit? That is another question.


If you will be travelling in Pardubice, east Bohemia, make sure you attend to an exhibition game for a charity event on August 17. Among the possible roster, Dominik Hasek, Mark Messier, Teemu Selanne and our dear Captain Saku Koivu.

If you do make it to Bohemia, please shoot a Go Habs Go for me! Thanks.

*Note: I had to edit this for more news.

The "more news":

Anaheim Ducks Francois Beauchemin warns the Canadiens fans not to expect a Selanne signature whatsoever. "He has been in Anaheim for ten years. All his kids go to school there."

Too good to be true.

Yann Danis, of the Hamilton Bulldogs, won't come back with the Montreal Canadiens Organization as he decided to test the free agent market.

Well, who can blame him? At least, that is one question resolved for our last discussion.  

Last but not least, former Canadiens Peter Mahovlich got his rings stolen from him, in Ontario. The first ring was given by the Montreal Canadiens, the second was a symbol of Canada's victory in 1972. The robbers broke into his car to take the rings ... must be some frustrated Montreal fans. Hey Bob, do you see what people are forced to do to get a Stanley Cup ring?


From Montreal, it's summer time.


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