Montreal Canadiens Updates: Guy Carbonneau Undergoes Surgery

Miah D.Senior Writer IJune 18, 2008

You would imagine my surprise when I came on the RDS website today. The title on the article was "Carbonneau opere a une hanche." What? How? When? Is he okay?

If you are wondering the same, don't worry. I guess he should be fine! He is warrior you know!

Still, today's headline mentions that the Montreal Canadiens Head coach went under a hip surgery to heal an "old injury".

He won't be able to attend to the next draft in Ottawa next Friday and Saturday and will have to move with crutches.

I bet he has been trying to pull Latendresse for his skating exercises! You know, 220 lb on your hips, that doesn't keep you away from trouble!

Hopefully, the coach will be fine.

Talking about Guillaume Latendresse, the young left wing will have to meet with a power skating coach in Ottawa for an intensive program. It has been reported on LaPresse website that the Montreal Canadiens Trevor Timmins (recruiting and development staff) was behind the decision.

I always said that Timmins is a genius!

"I have talked with Guy Carbonneau about it. If I can improve my speed by 5%, especially on my starts, I should be fine." declared the young Sainte Catherine native player.

"I started to train again, and I count on coming back to the camp at 220 lbs."

This is good new for the Montreal Canadiens and Latendresse. He is about to play the last year of his contract, and the Habs need to be able to count on someone who is able to get to the other side of the ice before the end of his shift.

A little look at this year's draft for the Montreal Canadiens.

Holding the 25th spot for the Draft, the Habs are hoping that some teams will ignore some better ranked players.

"We would like to pick a player who has particular qualities" explains Trevor Timmins.

It seems a few stories talk about Nicolas Deschamps, from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

"He is a complete player, added Timmins, he never stopped progressing even during the playoffs. He is a good prospect."

Other rumours have it that the Montreal Canadiens have made inquiries on Eric Lavigne, QMJHL Val d'Or Foreurs head coach, about an Anjou native player named Derek Formulare.

The 6ft 2, 195 lb, 18 year old left wing, grew up being a fan of Montreal Captain Saku Koivu. His mother is a close friend of the Koivu family, and watched over the young Saku when he first moved to North America.

It should be interesting to see how the Habs will manage their draft picks, at their first unfavorable draft position since 1999, when they drafted Alexander Buturlin at the 39th place.

Marian Hossa has been reportedly offered a $ 50 Million contract by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not that I haven't seen this coming, but that is one forward less for the Habs to have their eyes on.

Apart from all that, we will follow another case with the Canadiens: their goaltending management. With Yann Danis leaving the team for hopefully a NHL spot, Cedrik Desjardins should be holding a more permanent spot with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Who should back him up?


Well, that's it for today's news about the Montreal Canadiens.