Canadiens development camp begins Wednesday

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The Canadiens have invited 32 prospects to their pre-draft development camp.
On-ice work begins Wednesday afternoon and continues through Friday.
The camp roster includes Louis Leblanc, who played 42 games for the team last season.
Invitees include the most recent first-round draft choices, defencemen Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu

The development camp roster and team announcement:

MONTREAL (June 11, 2012) – The Montreal Canadiens announced today that 32 players will participate in the first of two development camp sessions, set to take place from June 13-16, at the Bell Sports Complex, in Brossard. All on-ice sessions are open to the public.

The list of participating prospects includes several players drafted by the organization, players from the Hamilton Bulldogs as well as players invited as try-outs.

The second part of the development camp, to include players to be selected at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft scheduled for June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, will take place from June 28-30, also at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. The first edition of the Canadiens development camp was held in 2001.

The Canadiens prospects will first take to the ice for technical drills on Wednesday, June 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The development camp session consists of two on-ice sessions and evaluations daily on both ice surfaces at the Bell Sports Complex (8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.). Off-ice conditioning sessions and seminars are also scheduled each day.

Nineteen of the 32 players at camp are Canadiens draft selections, including the club’s first selections from the past four NHL Entry Drafts: Nathan Beaulieu (2011), Jarred Tinordi (2010), Louis Leblanc (2009) and Danny Kristo (2008).

89 Comments

  1. nunacanadien says:

    I wonder if there is any weight to the recent discussions which went on with Toronto or were mentioned in the Toronto medica about the Maple Leafs trading with the habs. I wonder if there is any weight to this, and which trade we would make and which draft pick we would give up for this trade?

    • LeGrosBill says:

      Kaberle for Komisarek

      • nunacanadien says:

        No that is not it. With the close relationship between the Habs owners who also sit on Molson Coors and are mostly based in Toronto, it’s no wonder the habs have become the Quebecois version of the Laffs!

        • nunacanadien says:

          I wonder whether it would not be impossible for the powers that be to see a Toronto influenced trade during the draft pick, with Luke Schenn coming to Montreal while we give up a big Russian player….typical Montreal. Then we’d know that what I say about the habs being owned by Toronto would be proof in the pudding.

  2. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    What do you guys think about Zach Kassian?

    he is an aggressive, physical, power forward who is only 21 years old. He split the past season between Buffalo and Vancouver. Hse has drawn comparisons to a younger Lucic.

    His offence to date has been nothing special, but he is far from a useless goon. Nonetheless, due to the fact that he is unproven, It would not take a great deal to pry him from the Nucks in a trade.

    He would be PERFECT in a 3rd line role.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      It would take a whole lot to pry him away from Vancouver. It took a lot of guts for them to trade away Cody Hodgson, they’re still hearing about it from the fans, so they’re not going to admit defeat now and turn tail. They’re going to give this guy every chance to prove himself in Vancouver before they think of dealing him.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

      damn, that sucks.

      forwards like him who can kick @55 and put up 30 points are VERY rare.

    • steve17 says:

      I don’t think he is the one to get. If Bobby Ryan is really available, I would trade Plekanec, Pulashaj and Weber for him. Then I would see if Chicago would take Holland, Diaz and Nash for Saad. Chicago has a few left wingers in the system and then if Montreal could sign Justin Shultz as a UFA it would lessen the sting of giving away McDonough. The other free agent to sign for depth and grit could be one of Hannan, Bryan Allen, Matt Carkner, or even Todd Gill. Then Montreal could also trade Gionta and Kaberle for whatever they could get and the lines would look like this;

      Pacioretty, Desharnais, Cole
      Saad, Eller, Ryan
      Geffrion/Moen/Bournival, Grigorenko/Galyenchuk, Leblanc
      Staubitz, White/Engqvist/Nattinen, Blunden

      Markov, Emelin
      Shultz, Subban
      Gorges, St. Denis
      Beaulieu/Hannan/Allen/Carkner/Gill
      Habfan17

      • Greg says:

        Hey Steve17,

        Bobby Ryan would be great, but I’m not sure I’d part with Plekanec. I think personally he’s the most complete player on the team. He plays PP, PK and EV and logs monster minutes. I think the focus should be on finding wingers that maximize Plek’s usefulness i.e. NOT Mathieu Darche.
        I don’t think Schultz is coming here. We have cap issues as it is, but hey, here’s hoping!
        Don’t you think Holland, Diaz and Nash is a bit steep for Saad? Saad is doing very well in the OHL and was called up to the ‘Hawks when Hossa went down, but Diaz is an NHL defenseman and Nash could’ve been on the big club this year if not for his injury. I think those 3 guys are pretty expensive for a guy who’s only played a couple of NHL games.

        I agree 1000% that we should trade Kaberle for whatever we could get. Like coupons at Burger King or something.

  3. Un Canadien errant says:

    It’s probably too soon to be this critical, but I wish we hadn’t wasted a pick on Olivier Archambault last season. The scouting reports on his attitude were horrible, and in my mind completely override the fact that he was a #1 overall LHJMQ draftee. We should have kept our third-rounder and drafted Alexandre Grenier instead.

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    In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • HabFab says:

      Drafting is a crap shoot, take an offensively gifted player who is moving to another team from one he was unhappy at and…plus believe it to have been a 4th rounder.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I realize it’s a fourth, but it seems to be squandered on this kid. We flipped our third rounder to Winnipeg for two fourths, and missed out on Grenier, then blew this pick on Mr. Archambault. Even when interviewed at the draft, he seemed like a petulant spoiled brat, the kind of kid I’d have never hung around with in high school.

        To say it’s only a fourth-rounder is misleading, since we picked up Morgan Ellis in the fourth and Brendan Gallagher in the fifth in the previous draft. Having said that, I have to admit that not all lower-round choices work out, but this one seems like it was misspent from the start.

        Anyway, it may be too early to write off the kid, but I’m not too optimistic.

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        In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

        • HabFab says:

          Hear you, not so optimistic myself but you can’t win them all and would rather blow a 4th rounder then a 1st or 2nd.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            True dat. I just think the gamble /Hail Mary on a Québec-born scorer should have been on Grenier.

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            In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • vegas says:

      so you think giving up a spare part a 7th defensman and a ninth defemseman is to much to give up for the Hawks top prospect? ??

  4. HabFab says:

    How TSN sees the Habs and our drafting needs;
    http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=9679

  5. Un Canadien errant says:

    Fearless prediction: the Bruins will get a special exemption relieving them of the cap hit on Tim Thomas. The rationale will be the very real extenuating circumstances that he is a flake, that the Bruins signed this deal in good faith and not in an attempt to circumvent the cap, and that the Bruins shouldn’t be hampered by silliness like rules and technicalities.

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    In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Well they did just agree to terms with Gregory Campbell thus ensuring relationship with papa campbell is still good. The Bruins will however put Savard on LTIR this season, which they didn’t need to do last year.

  6. frontenac1 says:

    That’s why we need Erskine. Mentor the kid and watch his back. Go Habs ,Go Devils,Go Big Bird and Go Taylor Stevens! Bouncey,Bouncey!

  7. Bripro says:

    So the Bruins have supposedly agreed to terms with Chris Kelly.
    Four years, $12 million.
    I’d like to see what their cap structure will look like next year.
    They might be worried, unless of course Timmy takes the year off.

  8. HabFab says:

    I’m a tad confused re Delmas. This lists him as being on an AHL contract while he signed a 3 year ETL contract last summer with the Habs and is listed as a prospect on their Web site. Time will tell I guess.

  9. frontenac1 says:

    Uh-oh! Re/Tinordi. More red Meat! No Vegan stuff.

  10. Bripro says:

    Apologies if this was previously posted, but there are decisions to come at draft time on Alex Galchenyuk.

  11. 24 Cups says:

    I had a brain cramp this morning when I posted my re-draft for 2003. I mentioned that the Habs received a 2nd rounder for Halak when it really was Eller. I must have been thinking of the Huet trade for a 2nd from Washington.

    Damn. Five years on the site and I make my first mistake:-)

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Love the fact that P.K. evidently knows who Dick Irvin is and is pleased as punch to have his picture taken with him.

      P.K., I can never stay mad at you….

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  12. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    I am very concerned about Tinordi, namely his toughness

    He is a pretty good fighter, I have personally seen him participate in three fights, two of which he absolutely destroyed the other guy, the only real loss he has had was to Johnny McGuire, the de facto Heavyweight champion of the OHL. Nonetheless it was a bad loss and Tinordi has not fought since. His PIM’s were WAY down this year.

    I was hoping that he would turn out as a big, tough, nasty hulking D-man in the vein of Derian Hatcher. I fear he is suffering from Komisarek syndrome (a formerly tough player becoming soft and timid after a lost fight) and will turn out to be a big, soft Hall Gill esque player.

    I HOPE THAT IT DOESN’T HAPPEN, Tinordi has been up until this point my favorite habs prospect, but I fear we will see a much different Tinordi in Hamilton this season.

    • habs_moleman says:

      Did you get a chance to see him during the Memorial cup? He was laying out guys with huge hits and he moves the puck very well in all zones. He was also the captain of the team, so I’m not too worried about his development.

      Besides, I’d rather a big hulking defenseman who plays smart, disciplined, and physical hockey than just a fighter; Gill, in the long run, has been and is a much better player than Komisarek, so if he’s a faster and more physical version of Gill, than I’m all for it!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      He’s still quite a young man, he’s going to fill out even more, he has the frame for it. He’s got the nastiness and the will. Now what we have to do is hope that he won’t be typecast as Godzilla, just here to wreak havoc on other cities.

      Way back when, we had a young defenceman from the States join the Canadiens at training camp by the name of Kent Carlson. He was a U.S. College player, we’d never heard of him, and he showed up and seemed to have great size, but also good talent. He had a couple of fights with established NHL tough guys during exhibitions and he won them handily, the call-in shows were buzzing about him, how he was a kid who’d never fought in organized hockey who was taking on all comers.

      Unfortunately he developed that reputation, and had to fight against other goons constantly, he was always challenged, and he had to respond, despite the fact we had other tough guys on the roster, like Chris Nilan and Mike McPhee and even Normand Baron. Kent was constantly injured, lost some development time and got pigeonholed as an enforcer instead of a physical defenceman.

      http://www.prohockeyfights.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=170&sid=08b7a6c202248bad4f189865dba6331b

      What I don’t want to hear or see happen is for Montréal fans to expect Jared Tinordi to charge after Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara the minute he hits the NHL. It’s too much pressure to put on a young kid to attack grown men to avenge past wrongs, it’s not his fault Gary Bettman and Colin Campbell don’t do their jobs.

      So let’s appreciate Jared for what he can become, a tough stay-at-home defenceman who moves well and who will inspire confidence in his teammates, respect in the opposition, and can adjust an opponent’s attitude whenever the refs forget where they put their whistles.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

        well said mon ami

        foe the record I don’t want Tinordi to become an enforcer, I just hope that he can defend himslf and his teammates when nessecary.

  13. Un Canadien errant says:

    I notice Scott Kishel isn’t on the roster, yet he must be signed this summer or we lose his rights. Not freaking out, I know he’s not lighting up his league, but is it official yet whether we are not going to sign him? We’ve already made the call for John Westin, wondering about him.

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    In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • HabFab says:

      He didn’t do anything his first 3 years but took off this season. However by season end was doing healthy scratches so would be surprised if he is signed especially with our depth.

  14. Un Canadien errant says:

    Like Bart Scott, I can’t wait.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7KSkZxt_zo

    Remember Boone, you promised: livestream, liveblog, photos, Twitter alerts, Foursquare updates, insights and opinions in handy column format…

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    In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  15. Ncognito says:

    Has Mac Bennett fallen completely off the prospect chart?

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      No, he’s developing nicely at Michigan, caught a few of his games on the Big Ten network. He was partnered with Greg Pateryn, did well, and still has two more seasons of eligibility. He’s a smaller guy, he can benefit from maturing in the NCAA, and he might not have had a chance to absorb into the team if he had gone pro with the four defencemen we have headed to Hamilton (Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis, Pateryn).

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • HabinBurlington says:

      He tweeted today that he hopes to be at the post draft camp.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        It’s important to note that NCAA players can’t ‘accept’ these invites for free, they have to pay their own way (plane tickets, hotel, meals…) or risk losing their amateur status and scholarship. While some scheme must be in place to reimburse them after they turn pro, it can’t be official or openly acknowledged. This hurdle sometimes prevents NCAA players from attending these camps.

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        In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  16. Sir.Plekers says:

    Can we get shevchenko? UKRRRAINEEE :D

    SIR PLEKERS

  17. jon514 says:

    Shouldn’t we have assistant coaches before this begins?

  18. commandant says:

    All the Tryouts listed are goalies…. surprised we aren’t bringing in any NCAAers or overagers, or anything.

    Of the tryout list the most interesting name is Aaron Dell given our lack of quality goaltending prospects.

    Dell was at camp last year, and is going to be a senior at North Dakota.

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    • TomNickle says:

      Brandon Maxwell is intriguing for me. He really improved following being traded and Sarnia was a very weak team defensively.

      They were fairly loaded at forward.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Based on comments made by a UND hockey blogger on my own blog, it’s expected that Aaron Dell isn’t returning for his senior season. They brought in a couple of freshman goalies with that expectation.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2012/05/will-danny-kristo-spurn-canadiens-like.html?showComment=1338181416595#c351088986709127298

      Aaron Dell was ‘almost signed’ last season by the Canadiens but he eventually went back to UND, it’s a good bet that he gets an offer this year, since we have no one in the system anyway.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        ‘Cashu’ wrote: “I’ve heard that it’s a foregone conclusion Dell will be signing a pro contract this summer. North Dakota has graduated one goalie, and has a freshman and a junior transfer coming in next season. If Dell opted to return to school, UND would have four goaltenders, three of which would be fully capable of starting.

        “I would be VERY surprised if Dell didn’t sign as all signs point in that direction. And Montreal has to be the leading candidate IMO, particularly considering the “flirtation” last summer and that he will again be attending the Canadiens’ development camp this summer. If I hear anything else, I’ll be sure to share.”

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        In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  19. TomNickle says:

    The curious case of Luke Schenn.

    The media darling of trade rumours. It seems every day we see a big trade rumour with Schenn as the centre piece. I’ve thought a bit about it. With him being the main cog in any trade or big trade, it’s got me wondering about the potential for bidding wars. I’ll just go ahead name some guys who could potentially be offered by rival teams who either have been traded or could be traded.

    Jack Johnson
    Lubomir Visnovsky
    Brent Burns
    David Runblad
    Philip Larsen
    Jeff Petry
    Chris Tanev
    Dylan Olsen
    Brendan Smith
    Ryan Ellis
    Mark Pysyk
    Dougie Hamilton
    Nathan Beaulieu
    Jared Cowen
    Jon Merrill
    Calvin De Haan
    Tim Erixon
    Simon Despres
    Ryan Murphy
    Erik Gudbransson
    Zach Bogosian
    Mike Green

    That’s 23 of a possible 29 teams who have something comparable to what the Leafs are offering in Schenn. Now the logical counter point to saying these guys are more desirable is that Schenn is NHL proven and still developing. That’s fair. But in the interest of discussing attainable assets these are not only players who present a more complete package as defensemen than Schenn, but they are also all playing for teams who can afford to trade a defenseman away without hurting their team. It’s also worth noting that the majority of them come with better contracts than Luke Schenn and nearly all of them are already considered to be better long term options for their respective clubs than Schenn is to the Leafs.

    In my mind this begs the question, why in the hell would a team like Columbus swap first round picks with the Leafs with Schenn as the centrepiece when first of all he isn’t that desirable of a player and second, nearly every team in the NHL can afford to outbid the Leafs in any trade negotiation.

    • Bripro says:

      I started reading your post, wondering where you were going with this. …read through the names (what? if he’s my player, they can keep Schenn), then I got to your statement and logic that followed.
      I agree 100%. I really don’t see enough in Schenn to trade a valuable asset.

    • 24 Cups says:

      No team in the NHL is going to give up most players on your list just to move up four spots.

      I personally think the laffs would also be crazy to do so. Schenn is a classic case of a big Dman being rushed before his time. I also believe he has some issues with Phaneuf who seem sto be a bit of a dick as captain.

      I’d love for Montreal to steal Schenn from Toronto. He’ll be solid in a few years.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        We make fun of him here, but he’d be a clear upgrade on our #4-6 defencemen that we had last year. In a season or two he’d be the perfect complement to a smaller puck mover. I’d trade down with Toronto in a heartbeat for Luke Schenn, but I don’t think they’d make that trade, not enough value for them, and they’d hate to have to play him six times a season, especially if he pans out as expected.

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        In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

        • Bripro says:

          The problem I believe is that they would want too much.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            I agree. I can see them flipping him for moving up to #1, but it’s not realistic that they’d offer him for a straight up swap to #3. That’s why I said I’d do it in a heartbeat, before they changed their mind, and scoop up Mikhail Grigorenko at #5, or Ryan Murray or Filip Forsberg failing that.

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            In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • Lafleurguy says:

            I think his contract is at around 4.3 per season.

            “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Isn’t that always the way with the Leafs though? They dominate Canadian broadcasting to such a degree that any player who shows a glimmer of promise gets so overhyped that it’s sickening, their airtime is completely out of proportion to their value to the team or game.

      Nazem Kadri is a good current example of a player who gets way more attention than he should, possibly to his detriment, it must be hard to go about your business and learn your craft in that environment.

      Tomas Kaberle was the best example for so long for me of the Torontoflation of a player. I always saw a player who didn’t seem to work hard, didn’t get great stats for a pure offensive defenceman, and plain just didn’t seem to care when he got scored on and skated back to the bench with his chubby red cheeks. I would bask in schadenfreude whenever his dipsy-doodle attempts ended up in his own net, which was frequently due in part to the usual quality of goaltenders in Leafland. When they kept trying to trade him but insisted on a bounty in return because he was such a quality player I laughed and laughed, loved how he stayed on the shelf, deadline after deadline, draft after draft. When Brian Burke eventually pulled off his heist and got a 1st and 2nd for him and a prospect, I was surprised and befuddled, how did the Bruins get snookered like that, but I laughed on, he was Boston’s problem now.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2011/12/tomas-effin-kaberle.html

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  20. Chuck says:

    My former home city needs a lesson in efficiency. If you’re going to riot and break stuff, focus your energy and demolish the Turcot interchange.

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