With the draft and free agency behind us, it’s time to look forward to the 2014-2015 NHL season. The past few days of free agent activity have created a few interesting dates on the upcoming calendar. Here are five games that have caught our attention.
Thursday, October 16th 2014 - The Habs Home Opener Vs. The Boston Bruins
Possibly the only true rivals of the Habs, the Bruins will be coming to town to launch the 2014-2015 home schedule. Awesome visuals and kids with torches aside, this game should serve as a great measuring stick for a new Habs team. Let’s also not forget Milan Lucic’s threat to kill Dale Weise following last year’s Game 7 victory. Get your popcorn ready.
Wednesday, October 8th 2014 - The Habs Opening Night Vs. The Maple Leafs
Opening night. The Leafs. The first meaningful Habs game in four months. If you’re reading this, you’ll be watching.
Saturday, November 29th 2014 - The First Habs Home Game Vs. The Buffalo Sabres
This will be an interesting one as the team’s former captain, Brian Gionta, and the player a lot of people expected to be the next captain, Josh Gorges, their return to the Bell Centre. Both players were liked and should receive an emotional ovation and pregame nod from the team.
Saturday, November 8th 2014 - The First HNIC Scheduled Habs Game Vs. The Minnesota Wild
In case you missed it, English broadcasts of NHL games will look quite different next year. While Hockey Night in Canada will remain on the CBC, Rogers now has control over all aspects of the broadcasts. The November 8 matchup against the Minnesota Wild will be the first Habs broadcast on the new Hockey Night in Canada which will now have diehard Habs fan George Stroumboulopoulos as its anchor.
Saturday, October 25th 2014 - The First Habs Game Vs. The New York Rangers
Revenge will be on the menu as the Habs faceoff for the first time against the team that eliminated them, the New York Rangers.
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Forwards Paul Byron, Mike Hoffman, Joel Teasdale, defenseman Josh Brook, and goaltender Carey Price all failed their medicals and are probably out until the start of the regular season.
Defenceman Joel Edmundson is listed with a day-to-day injury and might rejoin the team in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Habs forward Brendan Gallagher was absent for "family reasons" and will return to camp soon.
There's a palpable sense of excitement going into the new season. With a re-tooled team, a bunch of new players, and a new plan of action from head coach Dominique Ducharme, the Habs are looking fresh and capable.
Whether or not they'll make the Stanely Cup Finals again this season is highly debatable, but you best believe the boys will give it their best shot.
If while watching the 2020-2021 NHL season you couldn't help but wonder where Jonathan Drouin from the Montreal Canadiens was, fans finally got answers.
During an interview with TSN, it was pointed out that Drouin was on the ice during a warm-up on April 23, the last fans saw of him this season.
The Habs player said anxiety and insomnia were key factors in why he didn't play this season.
"I've had anxiety problems for many years, insomnia problems that relate to my anxiety and that week in Calgary where we played three games — missed all three of them — wasn't feeling good," he said.
"That was where you know it hit a wall for me and it was time to step away from the game and literally take a step back from everything and kind of enjoy life — I needed it. It was hard for me to do at that time and obviously, playoffs were coming around. It wasn't an easy thing to do and I'm proud of what I've done and I'm happy I did it," Drouin continued.
"I'm 26 years old so I wanted to do it at that point in my career and feel good for the next years."
"We are very excited to have been chosen by the League to host the draft, which will take place in Montreal for the first time since 2009," France Margaret Bélanger, president, Sports and Entertainment of Groupe CH, said in a press release.
It’s official, the 2022 NHL Draft will take place in Montreal on July 7 and 8!