The start of the 2015 NHL season is only hours away and I couldn’t wait any longer! As a Montreal Canadiens fan I was able to enjoy a longer season of hockey but I was still anxious for the season to start to see them go even further next year. Every year there’s a few surprises on team rosters, some young kid impresses the coaches, severe injury to a start player or even vets gets put on waivers to go play in the American Hockey League. Even though the season has not started yet there was still a lot of player movement in the last weeks.
Habs “Ménage à Trois”(Threesome)
The Montreal Canadiens had a bad luck when Kreider destroyed Price’s knee in the Conference Final, but with this bad luck they found out that they have a young goaltender that was able to step up under pressure when Pricer is injured. Coach Michel Therrien surprisingly played Dustin Tokarski in net when he saw that Peter Budaj wasn’t really doing it for him.This decision changed the career of 2 goaltenders one in a great way and the other not so good. After seeing that Tokarski was teh Habs go to guy as a backup in the playoffs, Budaj asked Marc Bergevin for a trade. Bergevin was able to make a deal with the Winnipeg Jets, in return of Peter Budaj the habs got Eric Tangradi and some other stuff that I can remember at this moment.
This move assured Dustin Tokarski to be the backup goaltender for Montreal and for Peter Budaj to backup Ondrej Pavalec in Winnipeg. NOT SO FAST! Unfortunately for Budaj he was sent to the waivers but for Tokarski it’s finally is chance to be a steady backup goaltender in the NHL.
Winds of Change in Buffalo
After a disastrous 2014 season for the Buffalo Sabres, had to do a clean up and set up a new team of leadership in their locker room. It was rumored that Brian Gionta would be the new team captain and it has been confirmed yesterday. He will be assisted by Matt Moulson and by Josh Gorges which I need to specify this, he choose to play for the Sabres instead of playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. This says a lot about Gorges and is hate for the Montreal Canadiens rivals.
FYI, this is a big slap in the face of Tyler Myers, not getting a letter with the salery that he’s making shows that he’s not doing what the Sabres were expecting from him.
Star Player Injured for Star of Season
There’s a few big names that comes up when talking about who’s not starting the season because of injuries.
Evgeni Malkin: Says that he’s a 50/50 to start the season today.
Jeff Skinner: With the multiple injuries that this kid got so early in his career I wouldn’t be surprise that he would missed most of the season with that elbow to the head from Matt Niskanen that he received during a pre-season game.
Pavel Datsyuk: Hopefully for the Red Wings that he’ll be in the line-up soon, but according to a few “experts” he will be missing the first few weeks because of a shoulder injury.
Anthony Mantha: Got a broken leg, should miss about a month and a half of hockey.
Jonathan Drouin: Broken thumb, will be able to play a few games in the AHL before joining Tampa Bay.
Derek Stepan: He was placed on the long term injured reserved by the Rangers because of a leg injury.
NY Islanders on the Move
The NY Islanders made 2 big moves last week when they acquired Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins and Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks. Like mentioned in my previous post, this will give a BIG BOOST to the New York Islanders D squad.
The End of a Legend?
Every one knows what Martin Brodeur did for this sport and that he accomplished big things and will always be considered one of the best goaltenders of all time. But now it looks like he’s stretching his career for no reason and will probably retired in a few months when he realize that it’s over.