Rave review

Check out what SI.com’s Allan Muir thinks of Tomas Plekanec and the Canadiens’ approach to nurturing young talent.

High praise, indeed, from a really astute hockey writer.

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The Captain has class:
Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo met the media today for the first time since his wife was diagnosed with cancer.
Among Alexia Kontolemos’s well-wishers, Calvillo said, was Saku Koivu, who sent her a card.

 

12 Comments

  1. Scott in Montreal says:

    Expect nothing less from Saku. When I used to work at the Peel Street McD’s in the 90’s he would come in from time to time on his way to practice. Always recognized and saluted by the kitchen staff, his presence would make our day. Everyone wanted to know what he ordered etc. (Used to be the same with Ryan Walter when he’d bring his family in at the Beaconsfield McD’s before church every Sunday. I was a sixteen year-old star-struck kid then and we used to fight each other for the chance to make his eggs. He liked ‘em over easy.)

    Back to Koivu however: we used to have a collection bin for loose change in front of each cash register for the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, and Saku always made sure to clean out his pockets completely into those things. I know; it’s not like a guy making his kind of dough would miss it, but the way he made such a point of it really showed that he understood how blessed he is, and how important it is for someone of his stature to show leadership and empathy for the less fortunate, even if there was hardly anyone around to notice it.

    And this was before his battle against cancer.

  2. Scott in Montreal says:

    Expect nothing less from Saku. When I used to work at the Peel Street McD’s in the 90’s he would come in from time to time on his way to practice. Always recognized and saluted by the kitchen staff, his presence would make our day. Everyone wanted to know what he ordered etc. (Used to be the same with Ryan Walter when he’d bring his family in at the Beaconsfield McD’s before church every Sunday. I was a sixteen year-old star-struck kid then and we used to fight each other for the chance to make his eggs. He liked ‘em over easy.)

    Back to Koivu however: we used to have a collection bin for loose change in front of each cash register for the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, and Saku always made sure to clean out his pockets completely into those things. I know; it’s not like a guy making his kind of dough would miss it, but the way he made such a point of it really showed that he understood how blessed he is, and how important it is for someone of his stature to show leadership and empathy for the less fortunate, even if there was hardly anyone around to notice it.

    And this was before his battle against cancer.

  3. tonymr says:

    Hi Ali,

    Just to clarify, David Fisher is in Minnesota, Ryan McDonagh is in Wisconsin and Max Pacioretty is in Michigan. All seem to have gotten off to a decent start.

    Tony

  4. Ali says:

    Montreal’s prospect drafting and development has come a long way since the days of Reggie Houle, and alot of the credit has to goto Andre Savard, was drafted most of the young guys on this team. Trevor Timmins has definately a great eye for talent, and Doug Jarvis being their coach in the minors doesnt hurt.

    Add that to the fact that they don’t rush these kids at all, look at O’Byrne. They let them develop in the environment thats best for them and at their own progress, look at Chipchura, he looks like a seasoned vet out there, and could easily become a 2nd line center from what i’m seeing of him. They also recognize good programs, like Pacioretty and Ryan McDonagh staying in Minnesota, an awesome program.

    I was really critical of both Gainey and Carbo last year, but this year there are no complaints so far. Hamrlik, Kostopolous and Smolinski were fantastic signings, and Carbo has really developed his coaching. The most surprising part is that for the first few games, he seemed defensive again with the players and media, and all of a sudden, you get a couple of wins under your belt, and the communication and decision making is much better now.

    The future looks very bright in Montreal, and with a classy captain like Saku, our future leaders like Higgins, Komisarek, Chipchura, and Price are in excellent hands.

  5. MikeMcLaren says:

    There’s something to this “building from within” thing methinks. There’s more talent in the pipeline too with D-prospects such as O’Byrne and then we’ve got mini-tits on the farm too. Donning shades we should be as the future is bright…

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  6. sidhu says:

    Speaking of the future, tonight Lapierre had a goal (his 7th), 4 shots, was +2, and had 14 penalty minutes before getting kicked out in the 2nd.

    O’Byrne had two assists, was +3, had two shots and 19 penalty minutes.

    Go ‘Dogs Go!

  7. Lee_D says:

    Check out this from TSN’s Scott Cullen!

    Sergei Kostitsyn, LW, Hamilton Bulldogs – The younger brother of Habs forward Andrei Kostitsyn, 20 year-old Sergei is making an immediate impact in the pros after a productive junior career with the London Knights. Montreal doesn’t need immediate scoring help, but Kostitsyn does have 13 points in 12 games.

  8. OldGrover says:

    I saw that and thought “When was the last time Montreal didn’t need immediate scoring help” – sweet.

  9. Ali says:

    Oh, and love the new look of the site!

  10. Chuck says:

    It’s scary to think that the praise for Plekanec only scratches the surface of our young talent pool. It won’t be long before this group forces everyone to sit up and take notice. A win over the Sens would go a long way omaking that happen.

    There will be bumps along the way, of course, but with the steady growth that’s already occuring coupled with our studs on the farm, the Habs have the potential to be a very good team for a very long time.

  11. Moey says:

    I agree Chuck, a win over the Sens this afternoon would be excellent. A real confidence booster for the team. They came close last game against the Sens, but they have to bring their “A” game. They played decently against Boston, but I’ve seen them better. They need to come out killing dead things.

  12. nigel-ski says:

    Though he was spot on about Plekanec, his contribution to the team, and other things, this quote from the GM has me wondering–

    “It’s about putting a player in a situation where he has the best chance to succeed,” Montreal GM Bob Gainey has said about the team’s philosophy

    Why, then, is Latendresse not in the AHL, and Lapierre not with the team? Just wondering. As always, another insightful article by you men from Habs I/O!

    Habs rule, Leafs drool…


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