Seeing Andrei Markov crumpled against the boards has unfortunately become a familiar sight for fans of the Montreal Canadiens. From Markov’s own reaction Saturday when he punched the boards with his fist [either in frustration, pain or both] he knew something was very wrong and was probably saying the same thing fans were: “not again!” Continue reading
As Canadiens fans, we can always find something to debate. At All Habs Hockey Magazine, we have assembled an excellent group of contributors who bring different perspectives and writing styles to our pages. Naturally, we don’t always agree.
In an effort to showcase these opposing views, All Habs is unveiling a new regular feature called “Faceoff.” Continue reading
Hockey is an intensely physical and speed oriented sport. There are injuries every day, of either the minor or major variety. Although players are much stronger than they once were in the 1980’s and 90’s, it remains that the human body can only withstand so much punishment. Continue reading
If you want to know just how quickly the tide can turn in the National Hockey League, just ask Carey Price and Tuukka Rask. Boston Bruins’ net minder Rask had everything going for him last season as he dislodged Tim Thomas from the number one position and lead the league in goals against average and save percentage in his rookie season. Continue reading
What do these players have in common? Jeff Halpern, Max Lapierre, Tom Pyatt, Dustin Boyd, Lars Eller.
They are all natural centers who could be pivoting the bottom two lines on the Montreal Canadiens. Toss in Tomas Plekanec and Scott Gomez and you quickly realize that seven centers for four lines is not ideal. Continue reading
One day last week, I realized something phenomenal had happened. A whole day had gone by without anybody in the Montreal media or Canadiens blogosphere reporting any Jaroslav Halak news. And yet, just when I thought we could go multiple consecutive days (or multiple days at all) without having to hear about Jaro, he went and posted another shutout. Continue reading
Over the past several weeks, I’ve been looking at comments made by people in regards to Scott Gomez, the enigmatic centreman of the Montreal Canadiens. Most of the comments are in regards to his sub-par performances to date, and his lofty $8 million salary. Continue reading
Everyone looks at coaching in the NHL as a glorified job, where you get to be on the ice all the time, and you get to do what you love for a living. The truth is there’s no glory, unless you have limitless success. That doesn’t mean winning the Stanley Cup every year, which is the measuring stick by which we gauge our beloved Canadiens. It means having reasonable goals, attaining them, and working towards continued success in the future. Continue reading
Everyone has the impression that a power-play (one or two-man advantage) is a situation that every hockey player can strive in. The truth is that it is one of the most difficult. When on the power-play, a player is faced with many options. The challenge therein lies not in the recognition of these options, but which is the best to choose. Continue reading
Coaching, at any level of hockey, from minor to pro, is never an exact science. There are always variables a coach must consider in every practice and every game. There is, however, a fine line between progressive coaching and over-coaching. Continue reading