Montreal is a tough market even when times are good. And for the Canadiens right now, times are quite the opposite of good.
It has been a strange start to the season. While a lot of teams we thought were going to be good (Tampa, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Columbus, Chicago) are indeed good, so too are teams we could have never expected. Colorado? Detroit? New Jersey? Vegas?
The Flames unsuccessfully pushed to get the incumbent mayor, Naheed Nenshi, booted from office. The Flames really made a big push to get the incumbent mayor, Naheed Nenshi, booted from office, because he wasn’t really all that willing to play ball with Flames ownership when it came to funding a new
Auston Matthews has been playing at an MVP level this season. Not to draw too many conclusions from the first week and a half of the season, but you know that step everyone expected Auston Matthews to take? Five games into the season, he has exactly that many goals and three assists.
How will McDavid and Matthews stack up to Crosby and Ovechkin when all is said and done? Ryan Lambert answers that and more in his weekly mailbag.
Auston Matthews and Jake Gardiner celebrate a goal against the Blackhawks. Vadim Shipachyov signed with the Vegas Golden Knights before the expansion draft last summer and likely had dreams of NHL glory. After all, he’d been an elite point producer in the KHL for years, and if we knew just one thing
Every year, there are guys who go on scoring runs they’ve never seen in their careers before, while other players take huge steps back for seemingly no reason. With all the preseason standings predictions now coming out, I was thinking about this in the context of the Washington Capitals overall, because
The long-term outlook for the San Jose Sharks is not great. Almost everyone on the team who makes any sort of meaningful impact is out of their prime already. Thornton, at 38, is on a one-year deal and probably pretty close to reaching the end of the road on a guaranteed first-ballot Hall-of-Fame career
You have my word that I will not be doing any more White House/Penguins stuff for a while, even if the Penguins keep coming out and saying wrong, bad stuff about it. The good news is people whose lives haven’t been ruined by Politics Twitter have plenty of questions that need answering, and as a smart
The University of Denver Pioneers were one of the two or three best teams in the country for the entirety of the 2016-17 season. In those four games, against some of the best teams in the country, they never trailed, and were tied for less than 30 minutes out of the 160 they played. The notable loss
Easy to forget, given how the playoffs went, that the Montreal Canadiens were pretty damn good last season. Yyeah, okay, systems alone don’t win you everything over 82 games, so that’s why it’s important to note the Canadiens also have Carey Price — who was merely “very good” last year at .923 over
What happens to the Los Angeles Kings this season should absolutely dictate what they do going forward. A few of these guys have had not-great seasons judging by their own lofty standards, and when you pair that with injuries and the aging process, plus a paucity of meaningful contributions from guys
Well first of all, Rich, this is barely an NHL question but it’s technically one so I have to answer it, legally. There are a lot of guys on that team who could absolutely play in the NHL and make a big impact. Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk stand out, obviously, but so do a couple guys who are now
Joffrey Lupul’s situation with the Maple Leafs has been truly bizarre. If you’re watching preseason hockey because you think it’ll be, like, entertaining? Zach Sanford, Jay Bouwmeester and Colin White are, as near as I can tell, the first two major injuries suffered in training camp by players with
Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon has made some questionable decisions this offseason. Dale Tallon was back in charge of all personnel decisions after a year of being, ahem, promoted, and all the smart, younger hockey guys who worked to improve a team with a decent framework were out. The way the Florida