Three Habs nearing milestones

The first month of the 2007-08 season should be one of milestones for several Canadiens.

Newcomers Roman Hamrlik and Bryan Smolinski, as well as Alex Kovalev, will each hit the 1,000-games played mark in the early strides of the season. The three players made their debut in 1992-93 – the last time the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup – with the Lightning, Bruins and Rangers, respectively.

Hamrlik, with 999 games player, will reach the mark on opening night. Smolinkski had played in 992 games and Kovalev has appeared in 991 games. All three should attain the milestone before October is out.

Only seven players have celebrated their 1,000th NHL as a Habs, with St├ęphane Quintal the last to do so on Jan. 6, 2004.

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