The Montreal Canadiens officially begin the season tommorow with the beginning of their training camp. 46 players have been invited to start camp, some worthy of note.
Michael Ryder most importantly remains without a contract and therefore not at camp. Should Canadiens fans be worried? Rumor has it that Bob Gainey and Ryder’s agent are only $100 000 apart on a deal. Will it be 1 year or long term? Canadiens fans hope to see this guy locked up for at least 3. It’s important to have him begin training camp with the rest of the team and Gainey knows this. Ideally they’ll announce a deal today.
Cristobal Huet is missing training camp with an injured knee. How severely injured is this guy’s knee after not having hockey for so long? Who will be backing up Theodore when the puck drops?
Goalies at camp: Yann Danis, Jaroslav Halak, Olivier Michaud, Carey Price.
Olivier Michaud having played 2 periods one night in Edmonton is the only one with NHL ‘experience’. Whatever young goalie can impress the most at camp will find himself sitting on the bench come October.
The Canadiens could face a bit of a problem should Jose Theodore get injured early.