“It’s time again for my annual farewell column — and this time I mean it,” Mike Boone wrote when he retired from The Gazette last September.
“A year ago, I was leaving the Gazette’s city department to begin writing a sports column. Now, I’m bringing the curtain down on 38 years in print journalism.
“If profligate use of the first-person singular hasn’t stopped you reading this already, I should explain there’s an asterisk beside my ‘retirement.’ I will continue to write a live game blog and About Last Night wrap-ups for The Gazette’s Hockey Inside/Out website. I’ll still be tapping away with two fingers 82 times during the Canadiens’ season, plus exhibitions and, inshallah, playoffs.”
So much for the 82 times … but with the NHL lockout finally over Boone will be back in the Bell Centre press box Saturday night when the puck drops for the season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs live blogging the first of 48 regular-season games and possibly more, if the Canadiens make the playoffs.
Read more about the return of Boone’s live blog by clicking here.
For a game preview, click here.
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien announced at Saturday’s morning skate that Tomas Plekanec (ribs) and Carey Price (groin) were healthy and would be in the lineup tonight. The healthy scratches will be Mike Blunden, Brendan Gallagher and Yannick Weber. See the complete Habs roster by clicking here.
As we get ready for the puck to drop at 7 p.m., here are links to some other stories setting up the season opener: