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  • Canadiens 2006 Draft Choices

    The Canadiens focused on building up their blue line, as top pick David Fischer was one of four defenseman selected by Montreal at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

    So the Canadiens are trying to address the lack of blueline depth in their development and selected 4 defenseman at this year’s draft. They identified a problem area and are taking the steps to help solve it.

    It’s hard to say much about the Canadiens first pick David Fischer as he is fresh out of high school and will be several years before he can even start trying to crack the lineup.

    In a rather lacklustre draft year it will be interesting to see who will emerge as solid NHLers in the future.

    More interesting were the trades sending Roberto Luongo across the continent to Vancouver and former Rookie of the Year turned castaway Andrew Raycroft traded within his Division to Toronto.

    The Canadiens will have a busy week trying to lock up some players before July 1st when the free agent market opens and the off season signings take off.

  • Canadiens hire Kirk Muller as Assistant Coach

    The Canadiens have hired former Captain and 19 year NHL veteran Kirk Muller as Assistant Coach.

    This move was rumored to be in the works for some time and today has become official news. Muller will join Carbonneau, Jarvis and Melanson to complete the Canadiens new coaching staff.

    Carbonneau and Muller both played key roles in the Canadiens last Stanley Cup victory in 1993 and understand what is necessary to win.

    Although Muller has little coaching experience and this will be his first venture at the NHL level, he was and is a great leader and will be a welcome addition to the new staff.

    This is a busy summer for former Canadiens with Claude Julien taking over the reigns in New Jersey and another ex Coach Alain Vigneault getting another chance as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks.