Habs trim training camp roster to 38 players (Video)


Canadiens’ first-round draft pick Louis Leblanc was among 14 players cut from the team’s training camp Monday night after the Habs’ 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins.

The Canadiens roster now stands at 38 players, including five who are injured.

The players cut also includes: Sven Andrighetto, Robert Mayer, Matt Lashoff, Dalton Thrower, Erik Nyström, Morgan Ellis, Joonas Nattinen, Martin Reway, Darren Dietz, Charles Hudon, Stephen MacAulay and goaltender Zachary Fucale.

Ten players will return to the Hamilton Bulldogs while Fucale, Hudon and Reway head back to their respective junior teams. The team also plans to invite Lashoff to  the Bulldogs training camp.

Fucale described the camp as a big learning experience and beneficial for his development.

“I saw the level of play is very high, very fast. So for me it’s very important to work on every aspect of my game,” he said.

“There are so many screens during the game. A lot of people are trying to obstruct the view.  And guys are stronger, they’re smarter, their shots are just harder,” Fucale said.

“Every little aspect of the game is better in the NHL and you’ve got to adjust and get better.”

A big story line heading into the game was the Subban brothers squaring off for the first time. P.K. Subban’s younger brother Malcolm, the Bruins’ first-round draft pick in 2012, replaced Chad Johnson in net part way through the second period.

“It was a pretty cool experience,” P.K. Subban said after the game

Their father, grandfather and next door neighbour were at the Bell Centre for the game.  “I don’t think I got a shot on (Malcolm),” Subban said. In fact, he had one shot from the point that his brother easily stopped.

A short-lived “P.K., P.K.” chant started high up in the Bell Centre after the announcement of the goalie changes. (Robert Mayer also replaced Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price.)

Subban called it a good experience for his brother.

“If you can play in Montreal, you can pretty much play anywhere in terms of the intensity in this building and the pressure. I thought he handled himself well for his first game.”

 You can hear what Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty had to say after the game here:



  1. NCRhabsfan says:

    This is a guy that scored 10 goals in the AHL last year? Why does anyone care? IF LL is serious about wanting to be well treated he should start to provide some return on investment. Score 20 goals in the first 40 games in the AHL. Force people to take you seriously. All you’ve proven so far is that choosing you in the first round was a mistake. I see the determination in Gallagher and some of the others, and then I see Mr Leblanc complaining that he didn’t make the team off an awful campaign in Hamilton and I think what’s wrong with this guy? LL (and his agent) should shut the heck up and get down to business in Hamilton. Make your case there by performing and everyone will notice!

  2. twilighthours says:

    In summary, here’s my position on Leblanc. Ignore as you see fit:

    Two years ago, he looked like he belonged in the NHL. The team sucked then (hard), so maybe that’s why he looked decent. Now, he isn’t even getting a sniff at the roster. Partially because the team is deeper, better, and partially because he hasn’t improved. Yeah, I know: injury last year, one pre season game this year. But the team sent him down with the early cuts, so my conclusion is that he isn’t close to ready.

    I also disagree with the team sending him down early, even if he doesn’t belong. It’s just good people-management to keep your 1st rounders till later, especially ones with some NHL experience, and especially ones who (in their minds) have served some time and deserve more respect. Ed alluded to it, but either something wasn’t communicated to LL properly or the team just doesn’t see him in the plans.

    Me? From what I’ve seen in practice clips and last night, his skating hasn’t improved at all, and that was always his biggest weakness. Not looking too good.

    I’m frequently wrong. I hope I am again.

    I’ll shut up about this topic now.

  3. db says:

    LL can never trust her again… It’s over. It’s her or the team :p.

  4. Odie24 says:

    LMAO at all these Leblanc comments. Fact is, he isn’t skilled enough to play top 6, and he isn’t big or mean enough to play bottom 6. Oh oh, that doesn’t leave any room for you Louis. Enjoy Hamilton, and reality. They both bite.

    • Mark C says:

      I think the idea that the third line needs to be big and mean is out dated in today’s NHL. LL can play in the NHL as a third liner.

      • twilighthours says:

        Mark, I’m not trying to fight with you, but right now our 3rd line is Gallagher, Galchenyuk, and Eller.

        Leblanc isn’t good enough to tie their skates, let alone play on their line.

        • Mark C says:

          Did you actually read my post?

          I’m not talking about him making the 2013-14 Montreal Canadiens. I’m talking about him playing on a NHL third line if and when he’s ready at his size and how mean he plays. He’s clearly not good enough to make the Habs third line here and now.

          • twilighthours says:

            I did, and it mentioned nothing about a development window. But let me clarify: Leblanc will never be as good as any of those three. He can’t skate like they can, and he doesn’t have the puck skills. So if we want to have a good 3rd line, then I can’t see Leblanc playing on it, barring some drastic improvement in his game.

          • Mark C says:

            My first post also made no mention of LL playing in Montreal. My only points were that in today’s NHL you do not need to be large and mean to play on the third line. And that LL could play on a NHL third line.

  5. Mavid says:

    I cannot believe all the coverage on the sports pages on one stupid tweet by someones girlfriend..she did not like it whopppdy friggen doo

    Weed Wacker Gramda Smurf

  6. Eddie says:

    Here’s the poll question over at RDS.ca

    Croyez-vous que Louis Leblanc a encore un avenir avec le Canadien?

    Do you believe that Leblanc still has a future with the Canadiens?

    74% No – do NOT believe he has a future with the Habs

    26% Yes – believe he does have a future with the Habs.

    1148 votes.

    • habstrinifan says:

      WOW! Am surprised that RDS target group is this down on LL. May not be good news for the kid.

    • Sportfan says:

      Wow the franco vote isn’t to sure about him either

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    • Mark C says:

      People are crazy. He was always going to get cut, does getting cut on Monday instead of Thursday really mean he has no future with the team? Nuts, I tell ya. Nuts.

      • Eddie says:

        Mark, this comes after a year when Leblanc complained publicly about not being treated well. He was used as a 3rd line checker on a dead last AHL team and he did not take it well.

        People are not crazy.

        Leblanc is pissed at being cut. His agent has gotten involved and spoken to Bergevin according to RDS. For now, Brisson has convinced Leblanc that its more important where he is on March 30th than where he is on October 30th – from RDS.

        You might think this is overblown, but the player doesn’t agree with you.

        • HabFab says:

          It is good he is showing some passion… now go out there and prove them wrong would be my suggestion.

          • Eddie says:

            well, if he’s being sent back to Hamilton to work as a 3rd line checker, what kind of numbers will he produce?
            Maybe that’s his beef.
            How can he prove everyone wrong if he isn’t given an opportunity to play top 6 or power play even in Hamilton?

          • HabFab says:

            Did you hear what this “joke of a reason” they gave him?

          • Eddie says:

            have not heard yet what the Habs said to him.

        • twilighthours says:

          And it’s easy to see why. You have to give your nearly-23-year-old 1st round pick a little more respect than that. At least keep him around until the final cuts.

          Or they’ve had it with him, I guess.

        • Mark C says:

          Good a little passion. I want a player who is pissed off about getting cut than one who just accepts it, I’m sure MB does too.

  7. punkster says:

    Whoa…back the truck up…just tuned in to NESN’s Red Sox coverage carried here on SN1.

    Two words…Jenny Dell.

    As you were.


  8. Mark C says:

    After reading the posts here today, one can only assume there has been a mass shortage of meds…

  9. habstrinifan says:

    Depending on the voice(is it sexy) behind the message, men in Colorado may be doing more than peeing when peeing.


  10. Sportfan says:

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  11. H.Upmann says:

    Hmm, I don’t know I think Leblanc has a great opportunity to go back to the AHL and work on his game. Never know what can happen, and he should just focus on working hard. I don’t know, he makes more money than I do playing a game with a rubber disc, that sounds pretty good to me. Sooner or later, he’ll get a call up again.

  12. jols101 says:

    Anything else news-worthy happen today at training camp besides LL’s girlfriend bonehead tweets?
    Did they give the boys a much needed day off after those two inspiring pre-season games?

  13. HabFab says:

    Renaud Lavoie @LavoieRenaud

    Things are progressing well for Brian Gionta. He should resume practice with contact this week. Goal is to play at the end of September.

  14. chilli says:

    There would be no Leblanc care if he wasn’t a local boy, French and with a great hockey name. Because outside of that he hasn’t shown anyone anything.
    Therien said the decision was made before the game – so LL is clearly not ready. He has never impressed me. Not once. A few good shifts here and there do not make him ready for the NHL.
    Yes, he had a bad ankle last year but the stats line of 10g, 8a, 18pts and -18 in the AHL is not ready for prime time.
    We have better players.


    • commandant says:

      No one would care about a guy named Lewis White if he was a former first round pick of the Habs?

      I don’t think so….. the controversy with Max Pacioretty 3 years ago when he was in the AHL seems to be quite the same as Louis’ today. First round picks matter, no matter what the name.

      Go Habs Go!
      Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

  15. HabFab says:

    De La Rose had a goal and assist in his second game of the season in the Swedish League.

  16. jrshabs1 says:

    Will this be Carey Price’s breakout year or will it be another season of great expectations mired in mediocrity? It’s kind of an important question. The goaltender is the most important cog in the wheel. I hope Carey plays stellar and wins the Olympic gold and wins the Stanley Cup.
    Food for thought:
    maybe Carey’s 5hole problem is caused by rodeo riding? There are a lot of bowlegged cowboys out there.

    Go Habs Go!!

  17. Hobie Hansen says:

    Many things could be possible with the Leblanc situation. I ain’t giving up on the kid yet. I didn’t watch him closely last night I but I saw that he was at least involved.

    I’m not sure what to make of the rumors that he’s got some attitude problems like Kristo apparently did?

    What I do know is that the Habs prospect pool is looking better every year and Leblanc has got some serious competition. It didn’t help him that Gallagher and Galchenyuk stepped right in and landed NHL jobs.

    It is possible that Bergevin doesn’t see Leblanc in his team’s future and sent him down and will try to trade him, I guess?

  18. Sportfan says:

    I don’t agree with our whole team playing all the pre season games rosk of injury is just to high.

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    • habstrinifan says:

      This post is funnier than you probably intended.


      Ref: Hey Therrien you anti-walrus kinda guy, what’s with your line-up card?

      MT: Sportfan’s idea.

      MT turns to _________… Hey Bud(sucker) you play every position the whole game tonight.

      Example.. for Timo he would sacrifice DD.
      An anti-Pricebot would sacrifice Price.
      The Diaz-gotta-go crowd will sacrifice Diaz.

      By first game all HIO ‘problem child(s)’ taken care of.

      In background furtive figure of LL suddenly covers girlfriend’s mouth and rushes out the door, while Gallagher jumps up and down shouting “Pick me Pick me”.
      Etc etc.

  19. Saintpatrick33 says:

    To be honest I don’t blame Leblanc’s girlfriend. I think we were all shocked he got demoted after playing a great game last night. He wasn’t given a fair shot this year.

  20. commandant says:

    I find it funny how so many who were quick to defend Ryan White saying “he’s young” and “the team needs to teach him not to do stupid things” when he got in trouble for his play last year, are also some of the same people who think Leblanc is a bust and finished with the organization.

    Considering that White was drafted in 2006 and Leblanc in 2009, you have almost 3 years of development difference between the two.

    If we gave White the opportunity to mature, Leblanc should get the same opportunity to go to the AHL and learn.

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

    • twilighthours says:

      I’m not trying to stir the pot, but

      1) are you happy with his development? Especially considering he’s a first rounder

      2) speculate… How does management see him fitting in to the picture?

      • commandant says:

        1) I thought he would end up in Hamilton this season. Whether that happened yesterday, or a week from no makes very little difference. He needs to prove he can come back from his disappointing season.

        Obviously last year was crap for him, but the events of the last 24 hours do nothing to change where I thought he was in his development. He was good as a rookie, sucked last year, lets see what he can do in his third year.

        2) I think they see him as a potential two way forward. A third/second line tweener….. But a guy who needs to be sent a message, and the early cut was that message.

        Max needed a message too in 2010. Now Leblanc won’t be as good as Max, but he needs the message too.

        Go Habs Go!
        Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

        • Mark C says:

          Well said. Is it hard to believe that management was planning on cutting him early in camp as they would rather he rebuild his game in the AHL. He’s not making the Habs, why not let him get to Hamilton early to be ready for Thursdays opening at camp. Let him build off his good start and get his career back on track.

  21. B says:

    I hate to admit it, but I found myself wondering who might get injured first this season, Hudon or Leblanc. I do hope those kids can stay healthy. It would be great to see Hudon shine at the WJC and a healthy Leblanc re establishing himself in Hamilton.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  22. Habfan10912 says:

    I remember a few short years ago Patches was sent down and had a lot to say about playing a significant role or he would prefer Hamilton.
    LeBlanc has the same opportunity. It appears that the organization thought it best to send the young man a message.

    His girl? Non issue. It matters not what she thinks unless she’s among the decision makers on the club.

  23. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I’m waiting for Timo to provide a link to a picture of LeBlanc’s girlfriend. She must be hotter than the sun for him to put up with crap like that…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  24. Sportfan says:

    @Timo is Gionta crying because Tremblay and Roy still haven’t spoken?

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