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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Game day, Galchenyuk's Debut, Markov's Return, Northeast Preview And More...

Good Morning Habs Addicts!



Habs' P.K Subban will watch tonight's opener from
his home in Toronto.
Happy game day!
It may be three months late but the day we've been waiting for since the end of the disaster that was the 2011-12 season has come.

What better way to put an end to fans' NHL withdrawal than with a game against the Leafs? Although honestly the Habs could be up against the Blue Jackets and the city would still be counting down every last second leading up to the drop of the puck.

Tonight marks the first time Habs fans will have the chance to see top prospect Alex Galchenyuk in action. Gally looked good in Thursday night's scrimmage the team put on for the Habs and will now have the  oppurtunity to impress where it counts.

Coach Therrien had said that he wasn't originally expecting to have Gally on the opening night roster but the young Russ... American earned his spot in training camp. There is some debate on whether or not he will return to Sarnia after his five game trial but it's best for him and everyone involved to just take it game by game.

Joining Galchenyuk on the opening night roster is his roommate Brendan Gallagher whose path to the NHL hasn't been as straight forward as the number one pick in the 2012 draft.

Tomas Plekanec is expected to lace up after missing training camp due to a rib injury he suffered while playing in the Czech Republic. Lining up on either side of Plekanec will be Galchenyuk and captain Brian Gionta.

The center of attention leading up to this game however - and to nobody's surprise - is defenseman P.K. Subban. Still without a contract, the dynamic and animated Subban is said to want a longer term deal than GM Marc Bergevin is willing to dole out just yet.

Until he is signed, Subban has just become the latest distraction after the departure of Scott Gomez.

All that aside, the Habs will start their season against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 pm, enjoy the Game!, and don't forget to tune into the post game show at www.montrealhockeytalk.com five minutes after the final siren!

Go Habs Go!

Habs And Hockey News

- Jacob Saltiel (@JacobSaltiel) breaks down the Northeast Division heading into this shortened season.

- Andrei Markov's return will be focused on nearly as much as Galchenyuk's debut.

- With Canucks' blue liner Alex Edler inking a six year $30 million contract, what effect do you think that makes in the Subban/Bergevin talks?


(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

1 comments:

Are we sure Gallager will play tonight? The RDS guys seemed to say he will sit out tonight along with Blunden and Weber.

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