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  • Saku Koivu’s Return: Pre-season Game 1

    The Habs lace them up tonight to kick off the first pre-season game of the 2006/2007 season.

    All eyes will be on Saku Koivu to see how he plays in his first game since going down with a terrible eye injury last April.

    The Canadiens are giving a lot of prospects a chance to play and tonight we’ll see action from:

    • Carey Price
    • Guillaume Latendresse
    • Duncan Milroy
    • Kyle Chipchura
    • Jonathan Ferland
    • Ben Maxwell
    • Matt D’Agostini
    • Jon Gleed
    • Ryan O’Byrne

    Other than the concern surrounding Koivu, the pressure will be on Latendresse to show last season’s strong camp was not a fluke.

    The new look Bruins will have Marc Savard, Zdeno Chara and rookie prospect Phil Kessel in their lineup.

    Game on.

  • 7th Defense spot up for grabs

    J.P Cote who was considered the probable front runner to complete the Canadiens defense was injured in yesterdays training camp after Aaron Downey fell on his knee.

    Cote will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

    This leaves the 7th defenseman spot wide open.

    Who will step up and get the chance to star the season with the big team?

    It won’t be James Sanford. Habs prospect James Sanford was sent home by Guy Carbonneau who was not impressed with his physical conditioning. It must be kind of embarrassing to be the first person cut and for being out of shape.

    Dan Jancevski is the only other prospect with NHL experience. Although very little, 2 games.

    But The Canadiens signed him this summer for a reason. They must like something about him. At 25 he’s paid his dues in the minors and this might be his lucky break.