MONT TREMBLANT – Canadiens forward Georges Laraque and defenceman Roman Hamrlik both skated at St. Jovite Arena this morning, Laraque alone with strength and conditioning coordinator Scott Livingston, Hamrlik with the full squad.
No firm word on the return to action of either, both healing groin injuries. Laraque hasn’t played a game this preseason and is being pencilled in to start the regular season; Hamrlik played a period and a couple shifts in the team’s first exhibition a week ago last Monday in Halifax and head coach Guy Carbonneau said his return might be decided tomorrow after practice or Saturday after the morning skate.
Defenceman Francis Bouillon did not accompany the team north for two days of practice and lazing about – and there will be more of the latter than the former. Bouillon was limping after Wednesday’s 3-1 Bell Centre victory over Boston.
Some 500 manic fans screamed throughout the practice, student from a neighbouring school being cycled through the rink. Hilarious to see kids leaning over the low glass and swatting the helmet – hard – of Tom Kostopoulos. Presumably they meant well.
Audio from loads of players and Carbo to come later in the day.