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  • 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.

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    Claude Julien faces some tough choices.
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  • Training Camp Report
    Habsblog contributor Mark D. reports live from the Montreal Canadiens training camp on Day 1.

    Last night after a couple of pints I decided I would visit the Habs training camp and see the team up close and personal. Up early with a little bit of a headache, I decided to make the trip to Pierrefonds’ Quatre Glaces.

    Practice was split into two rinks and I happened to walk into the one that had a couple of players I wanted to see: Kovalev, Souray, Dandenault.

    Rookies: Kostitsyn, Latendresse and Chipchura to name a few.

    Kostitsyn and Latendresse were very impressive. Kostitsyn’s wheels and Latendresse’s size and hands in particular.

    After a couple of drills the players left the ice. I moved over rinks and happend to get a great spot for the first 30 minute period that had whites vs reds. The play was a little sloppy at first, 15 mins into the period Kovalev broke loose and pulled a sweet deke on Rivet then made one of the sweetest moves roofing the puck over Theo’s shoulder.

    On a side note, I would like to say that the first person on the ice before the game started was Kovalev, a nice site to see.

    I didn’t get a good view of the second half because everyone piled into the other rink for the second 30 minute period. Only in Montreal is there a capacity crowd for a practice. Ribs potted a nice one just before he hit the ice and the crowd roared. Another quick one was potted and it was 3-0. Both of these goals were on the rookie Carey Price. He let in two but he was impressive. He’s a big boy and covers a lot of the net. He will definately be an asset to us in the near future.

    Overall great time, and I’m more excited than ever to see what this team can do this season!

    Habs Training Camp