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  • Flyers dropping like Flyes.

    As soon as I declared the Flyers my pre-season pick to take the Eastern Conference this year they started falling apart.

    Peter Forsberg, Derian Hatcher and now Sami Kapanen are already out and the pre-season games haven’t even started yet. Minor surgery for Forsberg, and Kapanen and a sprain for Hatcher. Will they be ready to go by the 1st game? Will they be 100%? Bobby Clarke is taking no chances.

    In attempt to beef up the team, Clarke signed forward Brian Savage. Word to the wise Bobby, don’t expect anything from Brian Savage.

    Habs fans remember “Mr.October” well, producing a lucky streak of goals early in the season and then falling off the map. Savage was just that, savagely lame. A journeyman for a reason, he can’t get the job done.

  • Habs Training Camp

    On the second day of the Montreal Canadiens Training Camp rookies worked tirelessly to try and win their spot on le Tricolore.

    Veterans like Sheldon Souray didn’t make it easy on them. The scrimmage was high tempo and fast action and enjoyed by the several hundred fans who attended in the tiny Pierrefonds arena. It is still very early to tell who might steal one of the available spots and coach Julien will definitely have decisions to make as there were many talented players. For the first time in a long time, the Canadiens may have a surplus of talent to go around. Every good team needs depth and the Canadiens are about as deep as they have ever been in the last 12 years.

    Who stood out above the rest? Mathieu Dandenault. He looked effortless as he broke up 2 on 1’s, scooped up loose pucks, and pinched in as an offensive threat. Experienced and talented, he could easily play 25 minutes a game this season and perhaps make a sizeable contribution offensively.

    Head Coach
    Claude Julien faces some tough choices.
    View Habs Blog’s photos of the Montreal Canadiens Training Camp.