Pacioretty farmed out

The Canadiens have announced that Max Pacioretty has been sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The Canadiens first-round choice, 22nd overall, in the 2007 draft skated with the team in Brossard today. But he had missed a few days with an upper-body injury.

Pacioretty, 21, played in two pre-season games, collecting two assists and eight shots on goal.

The team wrapped up the Brossard portion of their training camp today and there’s a familiar look to the top two lines as they prepare for the final exhibition game tomorrow night against the New York Islanders in Quebec City.

Benoit Pouliot is at left wing on the line with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta while Andrei Kostitsyn has retained his spot at right wing with Tomas Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri. Travis Moen will be joined by newcomers Dustin Boyd and Lars Eller and it appears Eller will start the season at right wing.

The fourth line remains unsettled. Pacioretty skated with Jeff Halpern and Maxim Lapierre. Mathieu Darche, Ben Maxwell, Ryan White and Tom Pyatt rotated on the spare line today.

Defence pairings at Friday’s practice: Gill-Gorges, Spacek-Subban, Picard-O’Byrne and Henry-Weber

The Canadiens’ morning skate at Le Colisée Saturday at 11:30 a.m. is open to the public.   

Pierre LeBrun sizes up the Canadiens. His prediction: Eighth. (And ESPN doesn’t seem to know what Brian Gionta looks like)

 

276 Comments

  1. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I kinda agree but to be honest ,with the goaltending we now have, we need to keep the D back  to  control the puck around Price and Auld or it’s goinna be a BLOWOUT EVEY TIME!

  2. HabFab says:

    Risebourgh – Lambert – Tremblay and Gainey – Jarvis – Roberts. What a bunch of BUMS!!

    That being said, I do get what you are saying. The Fans are however just looking for some positives over last year and they are correct in that there is more talent in the bottom 6 this season.

    Another positive is that most of the players had a chance to jell with each other and are not the team of strangers as we started out last season with.

    Defense is better with PK over MAB / Mara but Hammer / Spasck are a year older.

    Goal-tending has taken a backward step, how much …?? The million dollar question.

  3. punkster says:

    Point taken. Last season didn’t see too many improvements in any statistical areas that I can tell apart from the sense that a team actually came together. We saw samples throughout the season as they exhibited the desire to never give up and in the playoffs that teamwork took them deep. there was a dramatic difference in overall attitude, commitment and cohesiveness, things the previous years teams seemed to lack. Hey, they’re a work in progress, still a bubble team, still a couple of years and a few good signings from being a serious contender. I have no illusions.

    FREE TIMO!

  4. Yeats says:

    A better top six can make an even-bigger difference. I don’t see people waxing lyrical about lines 3 and 4 from the ’76-’79 run.

  5. Yeats says:

    I don’t know about that? When was the last time you suited up?

  6. Bugs says:

    WHAT did you call me?

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  7. LizardKing1967 says:

    no it doesn’t. not tonight. they’re playing the Laffs. Detroit’s “Z” team could beat them.

     

    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  8. scrowe21 says:

    Yeah ive been checking that site, nothing yet. thanks anyways though

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    http://www.easports.com/media/play/video/24279250

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  9. linp says:

    So in that regard I don’t believe JM has had any impact on this failing either way.” I thought that JM is the coach last year. It is his responsibility to correct this failing.

  10. Puck Bard says:

    Ya, thanks for The Matrix, Dude.

    “arrest this girl, her hitler hairdo, is making me feel ill”

  11. RS says:

    Hopefully they win 3 of those games and pick up a loser point or two.

  12. Puck Bard says:

    When Detroit is fielding their C team, and they are dominating in every aspect of the game, I think it means something Ace. 

  13. Puck Bard says:

    http://atdhe.net/

    Wait for it: it will show up.

  14. RS says:

    I’m not the biggest fan of Martin, but I think he was the right guy at the right time. He is cool, calm, collected and an experienced NHL coach. Now, not every team needs that, but after Carbo’s volatile tenure and the long line of rookie coaches in Montreal, this was a good choice. Martin is fine for another year, two at most.

    I agree that how he handles Subban this year will be crucial both for Subban’s long term potential, but also for the success (short-term and long-term) of the club. PK needs to be coached and taught to play NHL hockey but he needs to be allowed to play his style of game and needs to be allowed to make some mistakes in the learning process. Think of a guy like Brian Leetch, sure he created offence at both ends of the ice and could drive a coach crazy, but he was a valuable player.  

  15. Everlasting1 says:

    Chelios finally retires? No more minor league competition :-P

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  16. Everlasting1 says:

    Yup, arguably the most successful franchise/management in the last 10-15 yrs.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  17. observer says:

    Exhibition games mean absolutely nothing.

  18. observer says:

    This team has routinely been outshot and for years.

  19. -Kevin says:

    No one can pick up on sarcasm?

  20. scrowe21 says:

    Looking for a stream for Oilers vs Flames tonight if anyone has one. thanks

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    http://www.easports.com/media/play/video/24279250

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  21. Puck Bard says:

    This is the second Wings pre-season game I’ve seen: they are going to be scary-dominant. 

  22. Bill J says:

    I somehow see Henry as part of the starting lineup Vs. Toronto …

    a bit of “truculence” on the Habs side of the rink.

  23. hab_skill says:

    Personally, I really like Henry. Big body and physical player. Can skate also. Cleared the crease out all night last game vs Buffalo. Him + OB could be a very nice tandem.

  24. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    haha, laffs getting spanked.  Beauchemin sucks bad,  and I hear a lot of laff fans talking smack about Finger, but is he any worse than Komiserek?

  25. punkster says:

    I’m not so sure the reason they spent “70% of the game hemmed in” has anything to do with JM. Go back to the previous 2 seasons under Carbo (and even beyond) and remember the frustration we had with the same thing. I clearly remember many comments, my own included, on their weakness to clear the zone. So in that regard I don’t believe JM has had any impact on this failing either way.

    As for “choking the life out of” offensive instincts, well if we’re honest with ourselves we really haven’t had any great offensive scorers in a while. Kovalev, when the mood moved him, and a few minor flash in the pan types, but no divisional goal scoring leaders.

    However, I understand why you’re saying this. It’s frustrating for sure.

    FREE TIMO!

  26. HardHabits says:

    A team that can roll 4 lines, 4 good lines, beats a 2 line team on a bad day let alone a good one. Plus I’d rather see the scoring spread out so they become harder to defend against.

  27. Everlasting1 says:

    Who has JM ‘developed’ to really good players last year? Just curious. JM has yet to prove his system is affective in maximizing this team’s potential (with emphasis on the young talent). He def has his work cut for him. Should this team fail to make the playoffs, some heads are gonna roll. I’d be in favor of captain Kirk at the helm by that point, IMO.

     

     “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.


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