Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Issues for the Canadiens, Stevens, Grigorenko and More

Tomas Kaberle - Montreal Canadiens v Vancouver Canucks
Happy lunch hour, Hab fans.

For today's news roundup, I will try something a little different in terms of style and presentation.

Hopefully, this will make the piece a bit more readable and generate further discussion.

Of course, we welcome your comments, so tell us what you think of the new format.

Habs and Hockey News 

- I discuss some unresolved issues for the Montreal Canadiens. Namely, P.K Subban's lack of a deal, the trio of Rene Bourque, Scott Gomez and Tomas Kaberle as well as the defensive logjam are sources of concern. 

- Sean Lloyd continues his excellent offseason profiles, this time looking at Francis Bouillon
- HabsWorld continues its look at the composition of recent Stanley Cup champions, this time focusing on the dreaded Boston Bruins.

- Scott Stevens joins the New Jersey Devils coaching staff. He, along with Matt Shaw, will help compensate for Adam Oates' departure. As you will recall, Oates accepted the head coaching position with the Washington Capitals. 
Mikhail Grigorenko signs his first deal with the Buffalo Sabres. It's still hard to fathom how a projected top-five pick slipped as far as 12th. 
- After much turmoil behind the Chicago Blackhawks' bench, Joel Quenneville names Jamie Kompon as his new assistant
- Stu Haeckel, over at Sports Illustrated, muses over the difficulties of being a hockey fan. The now infamous Canadiens condo project is front and center in this piece. 
- The Hockey News' Ryan Kennedy portrays the upcoming CBA negotiations as a battle between owners.

(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images North America)


I like the new format.

As far as Grigorenko dropping, I think it was expected as it had been predicted for months before the draft.

I think it is fairly common that some top tens drop quite a bit. I think Forsberg dropping was a much bigger surprise.
I believe Nathan Beaulieu dropped quite a bit last year, he may have been projected in the late top 10 from what I remember.


Thanks for the kind words re: the format

As for Grigs, I realize we saw a decline coming, but I still found it to be a touch surprising how far it was.

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