Training camp notes, Day 2


Habs prospect Alex Galchenyuk showed his considerable hockey skills at training camp on Monday.

You can see Galchenyuk’s nifty moves beating Habs goalie Peter Budaj during a shootout drill on this TSN video by clicking here:

“We like what we’re seeing presently,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said about Galchenyuk, 18, the team’s first-round at this year’s draft.

“One thing that he showed today is that he’s got tremendous skill,” Therrien said.

“I like his speed. I like his vision with the puck. He’s got a lot of poise with it,” the coach added. “He’s got a great shot… So there are a lot of good things out there to work with.”

Read Pat Hickey’s column on Galchenyuk and how the youngster’s maturity has impressed Therrien by clicking here.

Therrien likes the players’ attitude at camp, saying they’re ready to learn.

Asked by a reporter about the role he envisions for forward Lars Eller, Therrien said he’s at a stage where he’s got to take another step in his career.

“That’s the way I see it,” the coach said. “He’s got potential. He’s a young player still developing. But there’s a time in your career you want the player … to bring his game to another level and this is what I’m expecting from him.”

Defenceman Francis Bouillon, who signed a one-year contract with the Canadiens last summer, said he was “so nervous” two weeks ago, fearing the worst – that there wouldn’t be an NHL season.

With the lockout over, Bouillon said he’s glad to be back. And he called Therrien, who he played for during his previous stint with the Habs, the best candidate to get the team back on track.

The Canadiens have already sold out their season opener Saturday at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs and as of Monday afternoon only a few tickets were remaining for next Tuesday’s game against Florida. Read more about ticket sales by clicking here. See the complete Canadiens’ schedule by clicking here.

The Canadiens will hold a scrimmage on Thursday night at the Bell Centre that will be free for fans to attend and will include free food. Read more about that by clicking here.

Teammates Ryan White and Brandon Prust dropped the gloves at practice Monday, but “we were just fooling around,” White said as the two tough guys get ready for the season. Read more about that by clicking here.

To see a Gazette video from Day 2 of training camp, click here. To see a Gazette photo gallery from Habs camp, click here.

You can hear what forward Colby Armstrong had to say about Galchenyuk and the Canadiens season opener on Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs below:


  1. redgorf says:

    let the kid have the nicest trial possible any player could ask for a48 game assesment and learning stage. The season is meaningless, except the learning process.

    PK sign or get loss. The only thing you did last year was get lots of ice time.

  2. Loonie says:

    Of the 15 forwards selected in the top three of the draft since the previous lockout, only Jonathan Huberdeau, James Van Riemsdyk, Kyle Turris, Jonathan Toews and Bobby Ryan didn’t make their NHL team and stick for the full season.

    RNH – 52 points in 62 games

    Landeskog – 52 points in 82 games

    Hall – 42 points in 65 games

    Seguin – 22 points in 74 games(many as a healthy scratch or 4th liner)

    Tavares – 54 points in 82 games

    Duchene – 55 points in 81 games

    Kane – 72 points in 82 games

    Staal – 42 points in 81 games

    Crosby – 102 points in 81 games

    Chances are pretty good that if Galchenyuk sticks, he’ll do pretty damn well.

    .71 ppg with Crosby inflating the total and Seguin deflating it.

  3. Timo says:

    So what’s the deal with Plekanec? Is it him now that’s going to spend most of the season on the sidelines getting paid 5M per?

  4. shiram says:

    Dave Stubbs ‏@Dave_Stubbs
    From #Habs @PKSubban1 agent Don Meehan, via text message: “No news to report today. We are not close to an agreement.”

  5. Ron says:

    Friedman makes a good point, with the Gomez buyout this year it has a cap hit but frees up a roster spot for the team. They would go from the 50 players including Gomez to one new spot to add a player. This is a plus for the roster between Habs and Hamilton.

  6. Say Ash says:

    What ever happened to Cunneyworth?

  7. tippytoes says:

    I’m sure many of Subban’s teammates are enjoying the break away from him

  8. HabinBurlington says:

    So I don’t really understand the change in the buyout policy. Seems to me, all they agreed to was whatever benefits the player with almost a penalty to the team doing the buying out.

    I wonder if any coincidence that the two teams involved in this (Rangers and Habs) happen to be the two wealthy teams whom haven’t really been seeing eye to eye with Bettman over the past few years.

    I understand the need to have tweaked ™ the current situation, but seems the only tweaking ™ was in the players benefit.

    Gotta love Gary.

  9. aj says:

    Subban won’t play on Saturday if ever he signs by Friday? Fair enough by Therrien. I do agree though. Him and his agent are whining on a long-term contract instead of what’s needed, which is have him play pro-hockey. I think Subban doesn’t realize he’ll be a millionaire athlete if he signs a 2yr deal w/ the Habs.

  10. shiram says:

    Good news for Plekanec, I wonder if he managed to find some suitable turtlenecks though, he was down to his last few not too long ago.

    Dave Stubbs ‏@Dave_Stubbs
    #Habs Plekanec was moving briskly, physically through workout. If he feels ok in the am, I’d think he’ll practice with team tomorrow

  11. HardHabits says:

    I don’t see where there is a compromise with the Gomez/Redden settlement. Just send SG’s sorry ass to Alaska. Buy him out in the summer as previously planned. I don’t think the NHLPA would win this grievance and this new tweak is heavily stacked in favour of the two players in question.

    The Rangers and Habs should stick to their guns on this one.

  12. j2w4habs25 says:

    Galchenyuk will made the Habs this year and does anyone know if Subban is signed yet?

    Carey Price #31

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