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  • Canadiens make Final Cuts

    The Pre-season is over and the Canadiens have trimmed the fat and come up with their starting roster. The fat in question can be considered a bit of a surprise.

    • Peter VandermeerRaitis Ivanans, the big Lativan has seemed to sneak in and steal the enforcer job from Vandermeer. Vandermeer must be very upset, he has been trying to crack the league for several years and has lead the AHL in penalties numerous times. Ivanans, much larger than Vandermeer, did his job in the pre season and impressed the management enough to get a chance.
    • Ron Hainsey – Swiss player Mark Streit has apparently taken Hainsey’s job. Hainsey has been trying to make the Habs for several years now and it seems he just can’t get to the level the Canadiens want him at. Hainsey will no doubt be very dissapointed and frustrated at his latest failed attempt. Hainsey will be placed on waivers where he more than likely will be claimed. If not, he will return to his spot in Hamilton.
    • Opening game is a little over 48 hours away, it will be interesting to see if this new team meshes well early and get off to a strong start.

  • Guillaume is Gone

    The media bandwagon has grinded to a halt. Guillaume Latendresse was cut and sent back to his junior team in Drummondville before Sunday’s final pre-season game. After Marcel Hossa was traded, speculation increased that the Canadiens would keep the 18 year old for the year but it was not to be.

    This was a smart decision and as Bob Gainey put it an “easy decision” to make. Latendresse would see little to no playing time this year on the Canadiens, halting his development.

    Latendresse will go back and dominate the Junior ranks with the confidence of a strong NHL training camp.
    He will most likely gain International experience representing Canada in the World Junior Championship. At 18 years of age, he has plenty of time to get even better and it won’t be long before seeing him sport the CH.

    The last cuts have been made and the 2005-2006 Roster is pretty much finalized. The Canadiens will play their first NHL game on the road Wednesday against the rival Bruins.