Martin foresees 50+ warm bodies in Habs’ exhibition season


Coach Jacques Martin, speaking after the Monday scrimmage, said the Canadiens’ exhibition schedule, beginning with six games in seven nights, will oblige him to give many players a look.

The intensity of the schedule, plus early-camp injuries, means the Canadiens will make minimal roster cuts on Monday.

“The focus of camp changes now,” Martin said. Phase 2 will be the initial six exhibition games, during which the coach says he’ll use junior prospects and players with AHL experience to supplement veterans on his game rosters.

As this phase progresses, Martin expects the intensity to crank up as better prospects assert themselves against other teams.

Martin singles out Brendan Gallagher for his work in the scrimmage. The pint-sized terrier, he said, is a “chien sur la rondelle”  and exhibits good puck sense in traffic.

Martin also noted the added speed Brock Trotter seems to have developed after a season in the KHL.

Martin also liked what appears to be Josh Gorges’ 100 per cent recovery from knee surgery. He praised the defenceman’s leadership, determination and ability to play against opponents’ top lines.

Taking a wide-angle view, Martin said the Canadiens have improved the quality of their Top 9 forwards with the acquisition of Erik Cole and the emergence of Lars Eller and David Desharnais.

“Most of the top teams in the league have three good lines,” Martin added.

AUDIO of Jacques Martin’s press conference.


  1. Un Canadien errant says:

    Not to start any rumours or impugn the reliability and integrity of the NHL’s drug testing program, but Mike Komisarek looks noticeably slimmer, and even his jaw and face looks sleeker. Just saying.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  2. Ian Cobb says:

    Audio very poor, I could hardly figure out if it was in English or French.!
    What did he say?????
    Why record it, if it is that poor of quality.?

  3. Ayan_SB says:

    MurphysLaw74 Jimmy Murphy

    Zdeno Chara just took puck off his knee area and left ice in hurry and headed down runway in pain.

    • shiram says:

      Heh coming from some guy names Murphy’s law, that’s actually a bit funny.

      If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

    • kempie says:

      That’s a shame. 🙂

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Any chance Jeff Gilooly or whatever his name was, was waiting in the runaway with a club to help him with his leg? (Nancy Kerrigan fame)

      • Un Canadien errant says:


        Subtract a couple style points for failure to use Google machine properly. From Wikipedia:

        The Kerrigan attack

        International media attending Tonya Harding’s practice sessions in preparation for the 1994 Olympics at Clackamas Town Center.
        She became notorious in conjunction with the January 6, 1994 attack on her competitor Nancy Kerrigan. The widely publicized attack took place during a practice session for the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. Her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt,[2] hired Shane Stant to break Kerrigan’s right leg so that she would be unable to skate. He followed her to Detroit after failing to find her at her training rink in Massachusetts, and struck her on the thigh a few inches above the knee with a collapsible police baton.[24] Her leg only got bruised, not broken, but the injury forced her to withdraw from the national championship. Harding won that event, and they both were selected for the 1994 Olympic team. After Harding admitted to helping to cover up the attack, the USFSA and United States Olympic Committee initiated proceedings to remove her from the Olympic team, but she retained her place after threatening legal action.[25] She finished eighth in Lillehammer, while Kerrigan, by then fully recovered from the injury, won the silver medal.

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  4. Timo says:

    Why are the so many exhibition games? It’s not like anybody outside the Habs nation actually watches them. Heck, not many, especially south of the border, watch the rest of the 82 games.

    • shiram says:

      My friend went on a conspiracy theory that Bettman forced the many pre-season games to boost tv ratings, I basically replied what you just said…
      Still it’s as close as GB cann get to add more games to the regular season.

      If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

  5. samTHEman says:

    Sitting at Starbucks in dix30 in brossard and who’s here? Pacioretty, Palushaj and someone else that i can’t recognize. They’re sitting right outside

  6. JD_ says:

    Weekend of ridiculously great weather in Montreal. Soaked most of it up, ya know, cause the snow’s a-comin’.

    So, the pre-puck drops tomorrow and, like many if not most of you, I’ll probably end up watchin’ the entire thing.

    *cough*we need help*cough*

    PK’s back at it, baby! I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest he earns some earnest Norris chatter this season, you know, cause I’m an unabashed Habs fan and am supposed to go out on a limb and suggest things like that. That and his developmental trend line over the course of last season was a handful of standard deviations ahead of the norm. Sophomore jinxes are for theists.

    Admittedly a bit curious about the nature of Gomer’s lower-body ailment, notin’ he has a history of chronic groin injuries datin’ back almost a decade. Obviously quite hopeful that’s not what we’re talkin’ about here, cause they are so effingly debilitatin’, slow to heal, and, perhaps worst, compoundin’.

    A headline on, “NHL’S Preseason Schedule Kicks Off Today With Battle of Ontario”. That’s right, Battle of Ontario. In the interests of journalistic accuracy, that really should read Pillow Fight of Ontario. Effin’ TSN can be real goofy like that.

    My sources are tellin’ me Yemmy’s first benchin’ is scheduled for some time around game 8, somethin’ to do with him YemeLiquidatin’™ Cole in practice, this followin’ an ill-timed eclairin’ penalty late in the game the previous night.

    Pronger sews the C on in Philly, thus stompin’ the final skate into his successful coup d’etat. In view of yet another sunny day outside, I will refrain from offerin’ up any thoughts regardin’ how I hope the season goes for the Bobby Clobbers and their ‘spensive new netminder.

    Just saw this headline from yesterday’s Toronto Sun, “I am fitter this year: Komisarek”. Apparently, the Komester, in an effort to be pro-active regardin’ his wanin’ NHL prospects, spent part of his summer as a plumber’s apprentice and successfully received a certificate. Good on him.

    • DD says:

      A plumber? This is supoposed to be a pro-active move concerning his getting in shape over the summer holidays. Now I’m not knocking the plumbing trade, I happen to be a journeyman plumber/gas fitter, but I can think of better ways to get in shape. I imagine his bi-ceps are pretty beefy though, from knocking back all the pints after his shift in the peeler bars.

      They’ll believe just about anything in toronto.

  7. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Martin does not seem like a cocky person, so if he is insinuating we have 3 lines he must like what he sees from the players.

    So far the only cloud on an otherwise sunny camp is the higher than expected number of injuries.

    • Stev.R says:

      I think most of the injuries are probably muscle pulls or stiffness. Stuff they would normally play through but fortunately at this stage, they don’t have too.

    • thorandresson says:

      I wouldn’t worry about the injuries too much either. Recall that Roman Hamrlik was notorious for pretty much missing training camp cause of an injury, and then he’d go to to play the whole season. The veterans have nothing to prove during training, so why risk getting hurt.

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