All-Canadian Division: Habs Vs Leafs Rivalry To Be Resurrected?

Quebec vs Ontario. French vs English. Montreal vs Toronto. Canadiens vs Maple Leafs. There’s an old history between the two Canadian cities that cannot be denied. If the Federal Government gives something to Quebec, Ontario wants it too… and vice-versa. In hockey, the two original-six teams are the two winningest teams in history. The Habs with an astonishing 24 Stanley Cups, the Leafs second with 13 of their own. This used to be the biggest rivalry in the NHL. But years of mediocrity from the Toronto franchise has cooled off the emotions between the two biggest fanbases of the league, replaced by the defunct Nordiques, and now the Bruins are the Habs’ biggest rival. Aside from a period in the early 90’s, the Leafs have been rather irrelevant. But times seem to be changing for the franchise whose last playoffs’ series win dates back to 2004.

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The Art Of Finding The Right Comparative To Gauge Danault’s Value

Contract negotiations are not as straight forward as one might think. There is a strategy to it. You ask for more than you want, the other side offers less than what they’re willing to pay. Then, it’s a game of cat and mouse. In pro sports, it will often depend on comparable players in similar situations. Although some comparables are likely overpaid, which management will be quick to point out, others are on team-friendly contracts, with the player’s agent will also bring forward. All in all, the player will often accept a little bit less than what he wanted and the team will often pay a bit more than what they wanted. But when both sides want a deal to be reached, it usually will be.

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Trying To Pick a Favourite Carey Price Mask Proves To Be Challenging

For most goaltenders, their mask is so much more than just protection. Oh don’t get me wrong, when you have pucks flying at 90-100 miles per hours straight at you, a mask is a necessity. Ask the great Jacques Plante, the first goaltender to go against his coach’s order and wear a mask after coming back into the game all stitched up! Since then, one wouldn’t think of putting on the big pads without ensuring to come out with top notch face and head protection. With it, came the personalization of that piece of equipment. It has become part of a goaltender’s identity, we can say.

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All 31 Reverse-Retro NHL Jerseys Released. They’re All Here.

Now that the gimmick of forcing it’s 31 teams to come up with a Reverse-Retro theme jersey is over, the NHL can now cash in the profit. Let’s face it. The league did this for two reasons: make up for some lost revenue and to create some excitement as they are still deciding on if or when they will resume their activities. While knowing that this is just a cash grab, they also know that the fans will be rushing to their computers to buy some. But not everyone will fall for their gimmick and I’m one of them.

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Kotkaniemi’s Projection Has The Fan Base Divided

Trying to predict the future has always been a task impossible to do. Yet, there will always be people who will pretend to “know” it. Whether it’d be about the stock market, the weather or sports in general, you will always find those who will be self-appointed “experts” in the matter. While some of people’s predictions are based on tendencies, the reality is that no one can truly predict the future. And that, no matter their claim to fame. Truth being that there are too many factors potentially coming to change the data on hand at any given time.

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“Carey Price In My Top-3 Best Teammates”

Players talk. Former players talk. They have a ton of experience about professional hockey and know what goes on both on the ice, and in the dressing room. They all have their opinion on GM’s, coaches and former teammates. Some stories they can share, other stories, most prefer to stay away from. In a recent appearance on Mario Langlois‘ show on 98.5 FM, former Canadiens’ forwards Guillaume Latendresse and Maxim Lapierre opened up on a few topics. One of them? Canadiens netminder Carey Price.

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