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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Unusual Locations, Old Rules, Montreal Canadiens in Hamilton, David Desharnais and More

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Good AM Hab fans!

One thing that entertains me about this lockout — I am grasping for positives — is seeing players venture off to rather unusual hockey markets.

As I mentioned, Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart signed with Eispiraten Crimmitschau in Germany. Eispiraten are a second division team who've typically finished in the middle of the league table, never obtaining a chance to move up to the top-level DEL.

Maybe Simmonds and Stewart will change their new team's fortunes. Still, it's not the landing spot you would imagine for two top-nine NHL forwards.

Chris Stewart's brother, Anthony, also chose a rather unusual location to ply his trade. He has recently joined the Nottingham Panthers of the British Elite League

That league did see some NHLers fill its ranks in 2004-05 and Theoren Fleury also skated with the Belfast Giants in 2005-06. 

Habs and Hockey News

- Our Amos Legault looks at some old school NHL rules and how they impacted forwards, defensemen and other aspects of the game. 

- TSN's John Bartlett talks about the workout Habs prospects are getting down in Hamilton.

- La Presse reports on offers David Desharnais has received to play abroad.

- Pierre LeBrun dissects Darryl Katz thinly veiled threat of moving the Edmonton Oilers to Seattle. His opinion? In short, not gonna happen.

- The NHL and NHLPA will return to the bargaining table on Friday. As always, Stu Hackel offers excellent insight into the topic of the lockout. 


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