RDS has made it official: the all-sports network will offer its Canadiens telecasts on the Internet at rds.ca this season.
RDS is selling a season package for $80. Subscribers can also buy 30 days of streaming for $20 or individual games for $3. RDS is taking orders at http://www.rds.ca/zonedematch
Two pre-season games, on Sept. 23 and Oct. 4, will be streamed for free.
Because the NHL holds rights to streamed hockey in the U.S. the RDS feed is available to North American fans only in Canada. But the service, which RDS is calling La Zone du MatCH, will be available in most of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
• In conversation with François Gagnon, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault heaps praise on Alex Tanguay, says he killed the Canucks every time they played Calgary.
• No Canadiens in Sportsnet.ca’s list of the league’s Top 15 power forwards. Check back for Max-Pac in 2010.
• ESPN’s fantasy projection for Carey Price: 72 GP, 42 W, 2.54 GAA, save percentage of .920. Top scorer: Alex Kovalev, 29 g, 43 a.
• Vincent Lecavalier is captain again.
• Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail talks to Dick Irvin about Maurice Richard.
• Jason Pominville re-ups in Buffalo, five years, $26.5 million.
• Roberval, Hockeyville 2008, from nhl.com.
• Robert L. on Howie Morenz and the 1923-’24 Canadiens.
• Two minutes for looking so good: Maurice Richard’s 1983 Grecian Formula commercial (from Dennis Kane’s blog).