The Canadiens players will move their practice location from Candiac to the club’s practice facility on Wednesday, the same day NHL owners will cast ballots at a Board of Governors meeting in New York on the tentative new collective bargaining agreement. The players are expected to vote electronically on Thursday and Friday.
In Brossard, Canadiens players will be allowed to use the ice, gym and other facilities, but will not have access to coaches and training staff until the new CBA is ratified.
Training camps are expected to open Sunday and the league is planning a 48-game season to start on Jan. 19. Read more by clicking here.
Renaud Lavoie of RDS reported on Twitter Tuesday night that the Habs will open the season on Saturday, Jan. 19 at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not a bad way to start things off.
With the start of the season coming up quickly, Craig Wong of The Canadian Press wonders if sponsors will put the NHL in the penalty box as a result of the lockout. Read that story by clicking here.
One of the Canadiens who skated in Candiac on Tuesday was Colby Armstrong, who signed with the club as a free agent during the summer after playing with the Leafs. His favourite team while growing up in Saskatoon was the Canadiens and one of the reasons he signed in Montreal is new coach Michel Therrien, who coached Armstrong in Wilkes-Barre in the AHL and later with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“Obviously I’m familiar with him,” Armstrong told The Gazette’s Pat Hickey. “I don’t know if it’s an advantage, but we’ll see what sort of tweaks he’s made on his systems over the past few years. Everyone is starting fresh with a new coach. Me and Frankie Bouillon are the only ones who have had him in the past, but I think he knows how everyone plays.
“He was great,” Armstrong added. “I had him in the minors for three years and in Pittsburgh for almost three years. I learned a lot from him about how to play consistently and what it takes to get to the NHL. He pushed me when I needed to be pushed. I think my play was good for his style of coaching.”
You can read Hickey’s article on Armstrong by clicking here.
Another player who skated in Candiac Tuesday was Penguins defenceman Kris Letang. He flew to Russia last week with the intention of joining Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, but the lockout was settled before he could play a game.
“I got as far as St. Petersburg and the people were nice and I had a four-day vacation,” Letang said.
Speaking of Russia, Alex Ovechkin made a quick return from his home country once he heard the lockout was settled and joined nine other Capitals on the ice Tuesday in Arlington, Va. He also joked with the media about his recent engagement to tennis player Maria Kirilenko, wearing a T-shirt that read, in Russian: “Am I really the prettiest one here, again?”
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On a terribly sad note, HIO sends its condolences to former Canadien Dominic Moore and his family after his wife, Katie, died from liver cancer on Monday. She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in April. Moore finished last season with the San Jose Sharks. Read more by clicking here.
(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)