Training camp notes, Day 4


Tomas Plekanec skated with his teammates on Wednesday for the first time during the Canadiens training camp.

Plekanec had been listed as “day-to-day” with sore ribs – an injury he incurred while playing for Kladno in the Czech league during the NHL lockout.

“It’s good for him to get a couple of practices under his belt before we start the season,” said coach Michel Therrien, who believes Plekanec will be ready for Thursday’s intra-squad game at the Bell Centre.

Asked about playing with Canadiens first-round draft pick Alex Galchenyuk, Plekanec said he has a lot of talent and works very hard.

“He came over to me before practice today and said if I saw anything that could help him he’d appreciate it,” Plekanec said.

Last year was a tough season for everyone and Plekanec wasn’t different from the rest of the team, Therrien said.

With a healthy lineup and having Gionta with Plekanec, Therrien said he was sure the two would be able to help each other.

“There was no stability with (Plekanec’s) linemates due to so many injuries the team had to face last year,” Therrien said.

“But he’s a guy who can do a lot of things on the ice. He’s a really smart player.  He can play against top players. He can play on the power play, penalty-killing.  I really appreciate that type of player. And again this year he’s going to have a crucial role with us.”

Five players have been called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs for Thursday’s two-period intra-squad game at the Bell Centre. (Admission is free … for more details about what the Habs have planned for fans this weekend, click here.)

They want to simulate an exhibition game as much as possible, Therrien said. He also felt it was important for players to have a game at night before starting the season.

“It will be structured hockey,” the coach said.

Bulldogs defenceman Jarred Tinordi was one of the players Therrien talked about after practice. Tinordi was the Canadiens’ first-round draft pick in 2010 and one of four Bulldogs players invited to camp.

“We are very pleased with his development,” said Therrien, who mentioned among other things Tinordi’s excellent speed.

“He’s constantly improving.”

You can hear what Tinordi had to say after Wednesday’s practice below:

(Photo by Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)


  1. ZepFan2 says:


    Ka is a wheel.

    “Bring it back home to me baby”

    Bring it on Home

  2. 44har48 says:

    Thanks for reminding me that Plekanecs is much better than he was able to show us last year. I will never expect more than 50-65 points a year from him but he brings so much more than points when he is on his game and playing with decent linemates. It goes without saying we need to stay healthy this year so we can have some consistency.

  3. EL_PRESEDENTE says:

    Plekanec is out for the season. Subban wont sign, Cole won’t produce, Pacioretty will flop, Price will choke, Markov won’t last a game, Borque will float, Gionta will be traded and Galchinyuk will be a bust. the farm is empty. The future is black.

    TANK FOR MacKinnon!!!!!!

    • ZepFan2 says:

      Good to have you back, Mr. Boone.

      Ka is a wheel.

      “Bring it back home to me baby”

      Bring it on Home

    • nunacanadien says:

      Geeze sounds like last season. Cole of course could not produce cause of his tiny shrimp linemates were just too small to stick around….what Cole needs are wingmen who can stick with Cole and help him to become the dynasty player Cole is well destined to be.

  4. WestHab says:

    Hello been some time, good to check in. Pumped about Saturday!

  5. Captain aHab says:

    LMFAO now there’s an Arizona Cardinals fullback who says he knew Manti Te’o’s imaginary girlfriend. You can’t make this shiot up.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

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