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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

  • Michael Ryder signs 1 Year Deal
    Michael Ryder
    Michael Ryder signs a 1 year $1 Million Contract

    Another important piece of the puzzle has fallen into place.

    As I stated earlier today , Michael Ryder did sign before the Montreal Canadiens training camp gets underway tommorow. Ryder the last player without a contract is an integral part of the Canadiens offence. After being drafted over 7 years ago, 216th overall, Ryder emerged out of nowhere to contend for the Calder Trophy.

    Ryder rounds out what many believe is the Canadiens most potent offence in quite some time. Canadiens fans would have rather seen a multi year deal in place but are relieved to have our core assembled heading into camp.