Audio: Opening Day of Canadiens camp

AUDIO: Lars Eller | Maxim Lapierre in French and English | Mathieu Darche | Ryan Russell | Jarred Tinordi | Ian Schultz

Pat Hickey talks to Ryan Russell


5-2 Reds.

Mike Cammalleri had seven SoG, as did Yannick Weber.

Carey Price stopped 11 of the 13 shots he faced, Peter Delmas 18 of 19. 

Players then went to the indoor soccer field, where Pierre Allard, the new strength and conditioning guy, supervised speed and flexibility drills.

François Gagnon’s 3 Stars: Max Lapierre (2 g, 2 a), Ryan Russell, Alexander Avtsin


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Russell converts a great pass from Schultz to make it 5-2 Reds.

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Sign in the crowd:

“Mike and Carey: We can’t have you, so can we have your sticks?”

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Schultz hit from behind into the boards by Henry.

Penalty shot, stopped by Delmas.

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Lapierre in alone, but hat trick foiled by Delmas

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Reds up 4-2 after 25 mins.

Crowd loves it … and will love it more now that Champion and Delmas are the goalies.

Red lights will get a workout.

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Avtsin for the Whites. He looks good.

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Reds are killing the Whites.


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Lapierre strips Gorges, skates in and roofs Auld.

He’s hot.

3-1 Reds

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Considering it’s his first action, Eller has looked terific.

Excellent skater, not afraid of traffic.

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Lapierre flattens Carle, cashes a rebound.

He’s been all over the ice.


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Big crease crash: Conbouy drives Weber into Price.

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Moen dekes Tinordi, in alone on Auld. 


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Eller zings one off Price’s left shoulder .. and he felt it.

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First goal: Conboy backhand on Price, rebound of a Maxwell shot


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Gomez gives the crowd a wave.

Reds (Team B) vs. Whites (Team A).

First chant: “Carey! Carey!”


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Officials take to the ice.

No boos.

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They’ve opened the stands … and they’re full.

Zamboni out, preceding scrimmages

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TSN sizes up the team.

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Not skating: Markov, Hamrlik, Hunter Bishop, Dany Massé.


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For all you conspiracy theorists who think Kirk Muller coaches the team, he’s at the white board with Jacques Martin at the edge of the scrum.

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Yom Kippur Special: Jeff Halpern centring Mike Cammalleri and Travis Moen.

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Five-on-five drills.

Scrimmages later.



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First knack: Nicholas Champion.

The season is doomed … in Rouyn-Noranda


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Jacques Martin at cenbtre ice, watching line rushes.

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Among the visitors: Sean Van Allen, a friend of Perry Pearn

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First laugh: Travis Moen, in reaction to something Kirk Muller told him


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Players out at the side boards, waiting for Zamboni to finish

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The camp rosters:

Team A: Price, Champion, Ellis, Nash, Picard, Spacek, St. Denis, Weber, Cammalleri, Desharnais, Engqvist, Fortier, Halpern, Lapierre, Moen, Pyatt, Russell, Schultz

Team B: Auld, Delmas, Carle, Gorges, Hamrlik, Henry, Klubertanz, Stejskal, Tinordi, Avtsin, Conboy, Darche, Eller, Gallagher, Gomez, AK46, Lefebvre, Massé, Maxwell, Palushaj

Team C: Mayer, Sanford, Bisaillon, Desnoyers, Gill, O’Byrne, Subban, Urquhart, Bishop, Bonneau, Boyd, Dumont, Gionta, Leblanc, Pacioretty, Plekanec, Pouliot, White, Wyman

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Markov was out for about 40 minutes. Mostly flexibiolity drills with Graham Rynbend. Last bit was a few pucks dumped into the corner, which Markov chased down and outlet passed.

Lars Eller will skate today, Roman Hamrlik won’t


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What a hockey town!

An hour before the players hit two sheets of freshly-Zambonied ice, the parking lot of the Brossard training complex is nearly full.

Welcome innovation: A section reserved for media parking. Habs Inside/Out grabbed the first space. We’re laughing … until some bitter blogger from AllHabs slashes our tires.

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First out: Pierre Groulx, the goaltending coach, with Carey Price.

Next: Andrei Markov, doing skating drills with athletic therapist Graham Rynbend

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Tallest player in camp: Hal Gill, 6’7″

Shortest: The Captain and David Desharnais, each listed at 5’7″

Heaviest: Gill, 250 lbs

Lightest: Brendan Gallagher, 168

Most goals last season: Gabriel Dumont, 51 in the Q

Most assists: 51, Desharnais in Hamilton

Points: 93, Dumont

PiM: Jimmy Bonneau, 187 in the AHL

Coolest hometown name: Kyle Klubertanz, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

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Darren Dreger Tweets: Cristobal Huet will clear waivers and be sent to Switzerland. The Hawks will have to pay him, but the $$$ won;’t count against the cap.



  1. HardHabits says:

    Sen’s fans are used to dealing with narcolepsy. He’ll do just fine. :p

  2. B says:

    A.Kostitsyn was one of only 4 Habs with over 100 hits last season. His hits per game has gone up in each of the last 3 seasons, from 1.30 to 1.67 to 1.72.

    Perhaps he should be focusing more on producing points than having to provide hits? His ppg has gone down from 3 seasons ago, from .68 to .55 to .56 last season. He had twice as many hits last season in 59 games than his usual center (Plekanec) had in 82 games. His other usual/expected line mate (Cammalleri) managed only 18 hits last season. I suspect that if A.Kostitsyn had 25 to 30 goals and/or 50 to 60 points then folks might be less concerned about his hitting or physical play.

    Hopefully he will play reasonably physical AND provide acceptable production this coming season. If he had played 82 games last season, his pace would have produced about 21 goals and 46 points which is not really horribly off of his career high of 26 goals and 53 points in 78 games back in 07/08. I don’t think it a big stretch to see him set new career highs in goals and/or points next season (and once again have over 100 hits).

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    Leave Gonchar alone! Narcolepsy isn’t easy for him to deal with.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  4. punkster says:

    Tony’s just gettin’ warmed up. This is his training camp too.


  5. HardHabits says:

    The same Moen who blasted past Gonchar in round 2? Put him on the 1st line JM.

  6. HardHabits says:

    If only. Maybe he’d have some imagination. Problem is he hits it with his head like a hammer on a nail.

  7. B says:

    Jaime Bell wrote in it that Markov should be healthy enough to start the season with the team.

  8. andrewberkshire says:

    Very unimpressive. Not to mention they completely ignore that we did in fact get larger up the middle with Eller, Boyd and Halpern coming in to replace Moore and Metro.

  9. Mike Boone says:

    I defer to Frankie Gagnon’s expertise: Lapierre, Russell, Avtsin

  10. JSP1990 says:

    Oh well that’s an easy one! Thanks SF!

  11. warriorhockey says:

    so how did Engqvist look ??


  12. Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks for the live blog Mike,

    You get to pick 3 stars, who stood out.?

  13. Chuck says:

    It’s never too early to hit the bong.

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    I heard Av-sin on the radio.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  15. observer says:

    Habs could now trade Price and Pouliot to St. Louis for Halak. Since everyone knows Price “has a better future” plus they’d get Pouliot (a player who played so well for the Habs after leaving Minnesota that he got a raise and he would surely want revenge against his former team Minnesota who is in their conference) Blues would surely do it.

  16. coachdoug says:

    If it was Avtitsin…we would have Sergei’s replacement…maybe he will change it

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  17. JSP1990 says:

    Sooo anyone wanna help me out with how you pronounce Avtsin?

  18. habsfansince91 says:

    thanks for the live blog, much appreciated!

  19. Chuck says:

    Yeah… talk about rehashing what was probably read in a Shiloh, ManApart, or Headbanger33 post here on HI/O.

  20. K-hab25 says:

    Other than Avtisn’s goal, the rest came from 3rd/4th liner types, very interesting.

  21. Harani says:

    How does Palushaj look?

    “It must be love!”

  22. J.T. says:

    Jeez, Lappy!  Save those goals for the real season!


  23. K-hab25 says:

    Eller and Shultz looking good, me likey.

  24. Propwash says:

    Aye! lol


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  25. Hockey Socks says:

    All in favour of Carey Price starting over Alex Auld?

  26. JSP1990 says:

    Lol! Bit embarrassing eh? I’m sure he’ll be okay though!

  27. jbroderi says:

    I think we can go a little easy on Tinrodi for now.  Moen is very fast with killer slick hands!!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  28. Hockey Socks says:

    If you aren’t already, follow Arpon Basu on Twitter. Good commentary on training camp in addition to HI/O.

  29. J.T. says:

    First pool of the pre-season: Bets on how long before Carle sustains a season-ending injury in training camp?

  30. J.T. says:

    No kidding…another David Fischer-type first round pick.  Way to go, Timmins.

  31. SeriousFan09 says:

    Tinordi got deked by Moen? BUST!!!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  32. J.T. says:

    See?!  I KNEW Muller was coaching the team!

  33. punkster says:

    Two issues I have with the article.

    First the comment that fan “expectations” came crashing down after the Halak trade. That’s nothing more than a media driven, Leafs-centric assessment of the feelings in this town. My expectations for the team didn’t hinge on one player and I’m sure that even the Halak supporter Hab fan expectations don’t either. People were disappointed, sure, but pro sports means you have to expect and anticipate roster changes. Having your hopes and expectations pinned to one single player would be, quite simply, immature. But then that pretty well describes a Burkie fan right there.

    Second, the so-called “team’s inability to come to terms” with the Price contract. Another media fueled statement aimed at getting Leaf fans to write nah-nah-nahhh comments about the Habs. I would consider that statement to be close to the truth if Price signed for well above or well below what we expected, one side or the other digging in their heels and dragging out negotiations. But he signed for what most seem to think is a reasonable contract. Inability? Please TSN, save that word for your Leaf articles in the coming season. You’ll be using it extensively.

    My “expectations” are that the Leafs will have a recurring “inability” to perform well this season.


  34. Hockey Socks says:

    A prospect playing in the NCAA. Probably won’t ever make the big club.

  35. 24 Cups says:

    I can’t say that I was very impressed with the TSN article.  Mostly the same old, same old about Halak and Price.

  36. Propwash says:

    It’s gonna be funny if Price lets in a goal during training camp. I can sense the doom and gloom buzzards hovering already.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  37. warriorhockey says:

    who the hell is Stejska ???

  38. HabFanSince72 says:

    Leafs are going to be good any time now.

    Denial is a river in downtown Toronto.

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    Any word on why Masse is not skating? I know he basically lost the 09-10 season to knee surgery, did he get injured at camp or is he odd man out today?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  40. Castor says:


    More people underestimating the Habs. When Carey plays very well this year and we don’t get injured and we finish on top of our division (which this team has the capability to do. It’s a fact) we can rub it in to the Toronto Sports Network.

  41. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    30 teams in 30 days…Habs turn today.


  42. Sith says:

    I got up early today cause I kept thinking about the training camp. I’ve never cared bout pre-season, let alone training camp.

  43. coachdoug says:

    Lol…thought the same thing…I think Plek needs some muscle on his line…No doubt AK46 can hit but he was real timid last year…Would love to see 46 have a big year…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  44. J.T. says:

    First meaningless suspicious observation of 2010-11: Team B has Gomez and AK46, while Team C has Plekanec and Pouliot.  Is Martin planning to switch lines for the two inconsistent wingers?


  45. coachdoug says:

    We need some live streaming video…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  46. geo_habsgo says:

    Team A vs Team C would be interesting. Team B is the wild card they can go either way!

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