Training camp dates

The Canadiens have announced their training camp schedule.

Rookie camp runs Sept. 15 to 18 at the Bell Centre.

After the players have their medicals and physicals at the Bell Centre on Sept. 19, training sessions will take place at the Sportplexe 4 Glaces in Pierrefonds on the 20th and 21st.

Camp continues at the Bell Centre and Verdun Auditorium from Sept. 22 to Oct. 8, a period that includes nine exhibition games and training at the St. Jovite Arena on Oct. 2-3.

The Canadiens begin their pre-season schedule with a game against the Bruins in Halifax on Sept. 22. They play the Sabres in Roberval on the 23rd and travel to Detroit for a date with the champs on the 24th.

The Senators are at the Bell Centre Sept. 26 and the Canadiens travel to ScotiaBank Place for a return match on the 27th.

The schedule concludes with four games at the Bell Centre (ka-ching, Mr. Gillett): Florida on the 28th, Detroit on the 30th, Boston on Oct. 1 and Minnesota on Oct. 4.

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Kovy speaks (and thanks to LedZep2 for the heads-up). 

He’s trained hard and is coming to camp at 215, down from 225 (a few pounds of which was hair).

Kovalev  is "not afraid to say we outplayed Philadelphia, but the goalie saved them."

On the team’s chances:

"We know what’s missing, which is not much."

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Market Watch: 

Wondering what it will take to keep Mike Komisarek in bleu-blanc-rouge?

Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s four-year contract extension in San Jose will pay him $3.1 million per, coming off his current $735,000 (which runs through this season).

And The Hockey News is reporting someone has signed Andrej Meszaros, who made $984,000 and is an RFA, to an offer sheet in excess of $5 million per season.

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James Mirtle rates the best players in the NHL by jersey number.

He’s got Tomas Plekanec as the best 14 in the league, Christopher Higgins as the best 21, Alex Kovalev as best 27, Carey Price tops the 31s,The Brothers K at 46 and 74, Andrei Markov best 79, Gui! as best 84.

And Mirtle must have been as impressed by Gregory Stewart’s one NHL start as we were watching him against the Leafs in April. He’s got the kid as the best number 70 in the league. 

•  •  • has Danny Kristo’s iPod faves

Three by the Goo Goo Dolls, two by Linkin Park and – try to figure this out, for an 18-year-old from Minnesota – It’s All Coming Back to me Now by Céline Dion. 

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