Marie-France Coallier , GAZETTE
Day 2 of the Montreal Canadiens camp was a showcase of rookie forward Alex Galchenyuk's skills. Not only did he beat Carey Price with a wrist shot that the goaltender is still looking for, but he absolutely undressed both Habs' goalies during a shootout contest.
In the press conference that followed, Canadiens' head coach Michel Therrien said he continues to be impressed by Galchenyuk's talent. Therrien explained that not only does the OHL's leading scorer have incredible skills, but he also has above-average vision on the ice, and a maturity beyond his years.
The Canadiens' open scrimmage on Thursday, January17th at the Bell Centre, which is open to the public on a first come, first serve basis, will be Galchenyuk's chance to prove his worth. While it is an inter-squad game, it will be his only chance to show Therrien what he is capable of in a game situation.
Therrien also showed some love to left-winger Rene Bourque, telling the media present that he was impressed by his work ethic so far. The coach reiterated that while he appreciates the effort so far, it will be up to him to make sure Bourque continue to work equitably night in, night out.
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The Players' Association, while not accusing the Canadiens of any wrong doing, would like to find a more favourable solution to the situation, that would allow the former Calder Trophy winner to continue his career. The union is also discussing the same situation in regards to New York Rangers' defenseman Wade Redden.
Redden was playing in the AHL over the past two seasons, but with his salary counting against the cap because of changes to the new CBA, he is the same situation now as Gomez. The NHLPA is arguing that sitting out the players for an entire season would hinder their ability to secure employment with another NHL team next season, once they are bought out by their respective teams.
- Carey Price has an new way of looking at himself. Canadiens' goaltending coach Pierre Groulx has resorted to placing an iPad in the corner of the rink focusing on Price, allowing the Habs' #1 to take a quick look at himself to see what he can improve on. Price welcomes the idea, saying that as the position evolves, so do the teaching methods.
- For you fans who are so starved for hockey, the NHL announced today that the are selling their online GameCenter package for $49.99 for the entire season. For further details, go to NHL.com.