Emelin skates in full gear; McCarron returned to junior

There were some significant developments before and after the Canadiens’ practice in Brossard Sunday.

For starters, Alexei Emelin (photo above) was on the ice in full gear with strength coach Pierre Allard before practice. It wasn’t Emelin’s first skate since having reconstructive knee surgery in May, but he was in sweats for his workouts last week. The defenceman is on target for a return in early December.

Douglas Murray, who has a lower-body injury, was also out on the ice early, as was forward George Parros, who is recovering from shoulder surgery. Parros was skating for the first time without a non-contact jersey and was part of the regular practice. Travis Moen got a head start as he rejoined the regular practice after missing two days with a lower-body injury.

Also joining in the regular practice were defencemen Francis Bouillon and Nathan Beaulieu. Bouillon has been listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury, while Beaulieu banged up his shoulder in practice early in training camp and has yet to appear in an exhibition game. 

Eleven players, mostly youngsters who played both games against Carolina, were limited to off-ice training, and the lineup on the ice Sunday was very close to what the roster will look like on opening night Oct. 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.

Tomas Plekanec was on a line between Rene Bourque and Brian Gionta, while David Desharnais was at centre with Max Pacioretty and Daniel Briere. The two Gallys – Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher – were with Lars Eller, and the fourth line had Ryan White between Moen and Brandon Prust. Parros was with Martin St. Pierre and Nick Tarnasky.

The defence pairings were P.K. Subban and Josh Gorges, Andrei Markov and Rafael Diaz, and Bouillon with Beaulieu.

 The off-ice group included a few players who are on the bubble: defencemen Jarred Tinordi, Magnus Nygren and Greg Pateryn, and forward Michael Bournival.

After practice, the Canadiens announced that Michael McCarron, the club’s first-round draft pick this year, was being returned to the junior London Knights of the OHL. The Canadiens also returned forward Sebastian Collberg to Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League, assigned goaltender Dustin Tokarski to the Hamilton Bulldogs and placed forward Nick Tarnasky on waivers for the purpose of sending him to Hamilton.

The Canadiens are back in action Monday night when the New Jersey Devils visit the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690)

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

Habs cut first-round pick McCarron, by Pat Hickey

Gionta wears the ‘C’ with class, by Dave Stubbs

Bournival the flavour-of-the-week for Habs, by Jack Todd

Back to health for several Habs, Canadiens.com

Which team is best suited to end Canada’s Stanley Cup drought, montrealgazette.com

No Brodeur father-son act at the Bell Centre for Devils, Stu on Sports blog

Fight night in Toronto video, Leafs vs. Sabres, TSN.ca

Former Hab Riopelle dies at age 92, Ottawa Citizen


  1. Trollhunter says:

    am I the only one who saw Kess reach in on Scott before Scott “Jumped him“?

    Anyways if they arent biting peeps they`re hacking at them with sticks… And the biggest idiot of them all is Clarkson for leaving the bench

  2. joeybarrie says:

    Given my optimistic post, and the negativity of the Media…. I came up with my predictions for this upcoming season.
    MaxPac 30 goals
    Pleks 25 goals
    Gionta 25 goals
    Gallagher 22 goals
    Bourque 22 goals
    Galchenyuk 20 goals
    Briere 18 goals
    DD 15 goals
    Eller 18 goals
    Prust 10 goals
    PK 18 goals
    Markov 14 goals

    Does this seem reasonable??????
    If so 237 goals from our top 3 lines and top 4 Defensive is pretty good. Give an additional 15 goals for the other 6 players who will fill out the rest of the team and 252 goals for is good for top 5 in the East.

    I see no reason to not be optimistic about this season.

  3. Timo says:

    In “You Might Also Like” section I now get Hot Pictures of Female Golfer Blair O’Neal.

    Well… yes. I like. I like very very much.

  4. joeybarrie says:

    In the last 10 years I can remember every single season, the media all predicting the exact same thing….. (I also know we have been saying this since we last won the cup)
    Montreal Canadiens struggling to get the last spot in the playoffs….
    Every year we are just good enough to be lucky enough to fight for the playoffs.
    In the last 10 years the Habs have made the playoffs 8 times.
    Conference Semi Finals twice, and the Conference Finals once.
    We have won 24 post season games, and every year the Media predicting we wont even get a chance to play for a win in the post season.
    356 wins – 262 loses – 79 over time loses.
    Last season, we would be lucky to make the playoffs. We won our division.
    Two years ago, we would be fighting for a playoff spot. We ended up dead last in the Conference.
    Something about this negativity really seems ridiculous.
    We have a top 9 that can rival any team in the NHL.
    We have the Norris winning Defense man and a healthy Markov.
    We are bigger than ever and tougher than ever.
    We have
    I do not understand why the Media continues to repeat the same thing year after year.
    That being said, the parity in the league is unprecedented.
    I just don’t understand why we continue to be so negative.
    Why cant we actually get behind our team and support them.
    Why is this season so different from last season?
    We averaged 108 points on a 82 game season last year.
    Can anyone tell me why that seems to be impossible given we have almost the exact same team as last season with some very interesting additions…?
    Our top 12 is exactly the same minus Michael Ryder, and we replaced him with Briere. Briere was a higher career points per game than Ryder…
    So why are we always assuming the team will not succeed. Even before any games have been played????????
    We always turn them into a target

  5. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    All of this started when Phil Kessel said that thing about John Scott’s mother and sloppy seconds. Guy has no class whatsoever.

  6. Hstands4Hockey says:

    Sorry to interrupt by actually talking about the article……

    Anyone else think Emelin will be back much sooner than December? I know they’ll be cautious……but it just seems if he’s already skating in full gear he can’t possible need another 2.5 months? I know teams tend to overestimate timelines so there’s no panic or daily questions near the true timeline, but I don’t think it’s far fetched to think we’ll see Emelin in another 6 weeks (i.e. by mid-November).

    Proactive Note: I’m not a Doctor.

    Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

    • krob1000 says:

      skating in full gear after not walking properly for months is one thing….being in condition and strong enough to play hockey against the best players in the world is another. It is one thing if someone is out of action for a matter of weeks…he has to build his knee from next to nothing to an elite level….make sure both sides of his body are equally strong so as to not reinjure or hurt something else as muscles compensate. Better to play it safer in this case…

    • Timo says:

      I think the “cautiousness” will largely depend on where Habs are in standings by mid November. And how the dynamite duo of Diaz and Markov are performing to date.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Skating easy strides is rehab. When he’s doing sudden twists and stops and starts and he’s feeling comfortable with contact, that’ll be another step. ACL’s can’t be rushed, Adrian Peterson notwithstanding. If the timetable is for him to be ready in December, let’s stick with it.

    • shiram says:

      He’s always been on the half-empty side of the glass as pertains to the Habs, so no big surprise.

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      No surprise – these columnists just copy and paste the same prediction every year with he same old crap and updated player names.

      Montreal is ranked 7-9th every year for the last 20 and yet miraculously they’ve managed to finish everywhere from 15th to 1st.

      Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      The guy is pessimistic about everything. The Habs would literally have to go on a 15 game win streak to convince him otherwise. That, or PK would have to be humming along at a PPG pace with Galchenyuk not far behind.

  7. Phil C says:

    They’ll need the Down Goes Brown NHL suspension flow chart for this, which means Kessel gets nothing.


  8. TheDagger says:

    John Scott: 180 Games Played… 1 goal and 4 assists. This knuckledragger shouldn’t be anywhere near an NHL team.

  9. jedimyrmidon says:

    Three things:

    1) Two wrongs don’t make a right. BOTH Scott and Kessel are at fault. Scott for jumping Kessel. Kessel for then using his stick as a weapon to defend himself. Tell me: whenever the Habs get jumped by Orr and McLaren, do you see Gionta, Gallagher, Bourque & co. use their sticks as weapons? No. You simply cannot do that no matter who is coming after you.

    2) I believe Carlyle may have been trying to defuse the situation by putting Kessel out onto the ice. BUT I am willing to bet that’s ONLY because he didn’t have his own neanderthals in the lineup. Carlyle is exactly the kind of coach that likes to initiate these kinds of line brawls (see: games against Habs). In other words, neither he nor the Leafs deserve any sympathy. They simply got a taste of their own medicine. Out of all the NHL teams, the Leafs led the league in majors by a fair margin: that tells you what kind of tactics they like to employ.

    3) Going back to Kessel using his stick as a weapon: during a pre-season game against the Flyers last week, Kessel again used his stick to slash at Luke Schenn and Ben Holmstrom in a similar matter – it’s becoming a trend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgUzg6wI6dg

    The Sabres are idiots. The Leafs are idiots.

  10. Timo says:

    Another setback for Markov. He needs more stretching.

  11. habs-fan-84 says:

    Markov and Diaz paired together scares me.

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