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Bruce Peter

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To put it simply, Bruce Peter is a hockey fan from Sasaktoon, Saskatchewan who has an interest in the game beyond the NHL. Since 2010, he's been covering issues surrounding the international game, European professional leagues and junior hockey for SB Nation at Puck Worlds. In early 2010, he covered IIHF World Junior Championships in Saskatoon for Puck Daddy, which gave him an added desire to cover the global outreachs of the game. In late 2012, he moved to Melbourne, Australia and continues to follow the game from one of hockey's lesser developed nations.

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Habs Roster Options Getting Thin

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The Canadiens management and coaching staff boasted heading into training camp about the team's improved depth. Just two games in, the Canadiens are already appearing to exhaust every bit of it due to a run of injuries.

Knowing the Enemy: The Winnipeg Jets? Seriously?

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The Winnipeg Jets are the Canadiens next opponent. Here's why they suck.

There is a difference between ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘changing your mind’ or ‘having regrets’. Typically,...

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There is a difference between ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘changing your mind’ or ‘having regrets’. Typically, we allow that people can stop doing things when they begin to feel those things are harmful to them, and suggest in turn that perhaps others should not do those things, because they might also find them harmful. According to your logic, Don Cherry, anyone who ever held up a few liquor stores would be morally obligated to continue holding up liquor stores as long as he could, and furthermore to encourage others to hold up liquor stores as a means of survival, and if that person ever renounced liquor-store-robbery, they would be a turncoat and a hypocrite.

E at A Theory of Ice, speaking of Don Cherry's disgusting first Coach's Corner segment of 2011-12. This response was to Cherry's assertion that former fighters like Jim Thomson, Chris Nilan, and Georges Laraque were 'turncoats' for having second thoughts on fighting's role in the game. While the 2011-12 season unfortunately brings yet another season of the Don on Hockey Night in Canada, it fortunately is bringing the most eloquent Habs blogger on the planet back on board. We've missed you, E.

Knowing the Enemy: The Maple Leafs in 2011-12

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The Leafs Suck. It may not be as true of a statement as it once was, but we're pretty confident it will still hold true in 2011-12.

Habs Top 25 Under 25: #5 - Nathan Beaulieu

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Nathan Beaulieu had a heck of a 2010-11 season, winning the Memorial Cup and being drafted in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Now he can add one more honour to the list: he's #5 on our Top 25 Habs Under 25.

Habs Top 25 Under 25: #8 - Yannick Weber

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Yannick Weber has been one of the Canadiens most frequent callups in recent years, but he's looking to be a permanent fixture in 2011-12 on the Canadiens blueline. He comes in at #8 on our list of the Habs Top 25 Under 25.

Habs Top 25 Under 25: #11 - Alexander Avtsin

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Alexander Avtsin arrived in Montreal last summer with a lot of hype around him, but he didn't exactly live up to it in his rookie year. Still, his skill set and high upside have him at #11 in our list of the Top 25 Canadiens Under 25.

Canadiens sign Jeff Woywitka

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Woywitka, a veteran defenceman of 251 NHL games, has signed a one year, two-way contract with Montreal. He would have to clear waivers in order to be sent to Hamilton. The signing is a depth move, possibly in case of a training camp injury, and is reminiscient of the Canadiens signing Alexandre Picard last year, except for a big, slow, left handed defensive defenceman rather than a smaller, mobile, right handed offensive defenceman. It also decreases the likelihood that we will see Brendon Nash or Mark Mitera called up in case of injury. Woywitka could make the NHL team as a spare even without an injury, as the Canadiens have been known to carry 8 defencemen in the past.

Habs Top 25 Under 25: #16 - Brock Trotter

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After a huge 2009-10 campaign in Hamilton, Brock Trotter decided to take that year in Europe his old college buddies were doing and signed on with Riga of the KHL. With that life experience out of the way, Trotter is ready to challenge for a NHL spot in 2010-11.

Habs Top 25 Under 25: #18 - Brendon Nash

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Sometimes, a prospect surprises us fans and rises up the rankings suddenly before the scrutiny kicks in. In one season, defensemen Brendon Nash has given us plenty to be excited about, as well as much to criticize.

Habs Top 25 Under 25: #25 - Morgan Ellis

We begin our look at the top 25 Canadiens players under 25 with Morgan Ellis, a defenseman playing in Cape Breton of the QMJHL. Ellis is described as a strong defensive defenseman with good staking ability.

Habs Top 25 Under 25: Part Deux

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We're at it again: The votes are in, and we're ready to count down our second edition of the Top 25 Habs Under 25 on Eyes on the Prize. Check out who is eligible, and who is voting on this list as well as a recap of last year's ranking.

Habs Top 25 Under 25: The Graduates

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Before we unveil our new Top 25 Habs Under 25 list, we're looking back at the players who no longer qualify for the list. In this article, we look at the players who have turned 25 in the past year, and where they stand with the team going forward.

Habs Top 25 Under 25: The Departed

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Eyes on the Prize is looking back at last year's Top 25 Under 25 list, where there have been notable changes in the past year. First we check in on the players that are no longer in the organization.

Zherdev to Winnipeg?

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SB Nation's Philadelphia Flyers blog, Broad Street Hockey, catches up with the dynamic Russian forward who can't seem to catch on with a NHL team. He openly discusses the fact that the Winnipeg Jets are the frontrunning NHL team for his services in 2011-12, and that he's had discussions about Winnipeg with former Jet Alex Zhamnov.

David Desharnais Actually Chooses No. 51

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Jersey numbers mean a lot in the long history of the Montreal Canadiens. Regrettably, they don't mean a lot to the future of the Canadiens, as more and more players who come up with the Habs are keeping their unsightly assigned digits.

Time to Poach Our Rivals

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One of the Canadiens' rivals, the Washington Capitals, are boasting a Stanley Cup contending lineup but are up against the cap. We propose that Montreal force Washington to make some really tough decisions as a result.

Your Montreal Canadiens - On June 30, 2011

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The Montreal Canadiens have a couple of holes in their roster heading into the 2011 unrestricted free agency period. Here's a detailed look at what the Habs currently have, and what room they have to play with come July 1 at noon.

Hamrlik wins 'Unsung Player' Award

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Roman Hamrlik is the 2010-11 winner of the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy as the Montreal Canadiens' 'Unsung Player' as voted by the media. Apparently the media didn't recognize Hamrlik's value until this year, despite being one of the wealthiest players in team history.

BTN: Habs carry the play like an elite road team

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The Habs road record may have only recently pushed the .500 mark, but that's not the result of poor play: they generally have carried the play when the game is tied, which is arguably the best indicator of a team's strength. Bad shooting percentage (which often means bad luck) and an inability to draw penalties are probably the two most prominent things keeping Montreal down in the #6 seed in the East right now.

2011 NHL Trade Deadline: Short vs. Long Term Thinking

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The NHL Trade Deadline is fast approaching, and EOTP looks at whether Montreal should look long or short term with their moves. Also, what exactly are the best options for an extended shootout, like the ten round one against Buffalo?

Who is Andreas Engqvist?

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Due to injuries to Mike Cammalleri, Max Pacioretty and Jeff Halpern, the Canadiens called up Andreas Engqvist from the Hamilton Bulldogs. Just who is this guy that is about to make his NHL debut?

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2011 U20 World Junior Hockey Championship: Classic International Hockey Rivalries Headline Semifinals

The 2011 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championships have reached their final four, with Russia taking on Sweden in the afternoon and Canada taking on the USA in prime time. Bruce Peter of Puck Worlds has a look at the match-ups, and a look back at some expert opinion on the tournament, to see if things are going as people had expected thus far.

Leblanc makes Team Canada, Bournival amongst final cuts

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2009 first round draft pick Louis Leblanc will be skating for Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, NY this holiday season. Michael Bournival, who was acquired from Colorado in the Ryan O'Byrne trade, was one of the final cuts from the roster. Leblanc will almost certainly be used as a winger for Canada, who have loaded up on natural centres. Have a look at the full team over at Puck Worlds, SB Nation's home for the World Juniors and all international hockey events.

Stat of the Day

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Have a look at the Canadiens' schedule, and the scores of the games to date by clicking above. Notice something? Your Montreal Canadiens have not allowed more than three goals in regulation time once this year. There hasn't even been a fourth goal scored by the opposition into an empty net... only Tampa Bay has scored four times, and it took a PP in OT in the home opener to do it. Now, I've probably jinxed the team, but I figured I'd put it out there. The system seems to be working. And Carey Price boasting a .930 SV% also helps.

Stephen Gionta has small shoes to fill

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Brian Gionta's younger brother, Stephen, is making his NHL debut tonight for the New Jersey Devils. He'll be wearing Brian's old #14, which I believe is the first time it's been used since Brian signed in Montreal in 2009. Best of luck to Stephen in his NHL career, except if/when he plays the Canadiens, of course.

Olaf Eller named Head Coach of Team Iceland

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Olaf Eller, father of Montreal Canadiens rookie Lars Eller, has been hired as the Head Coach of Iceland's national men's hockey team for the 2011IIHF World Championships, Div. II, Group B, in Zagreb, Croatia. Iceland finished 3rd at that level last year, their highest ever finish. Olaf was a former Danish national team player in the 1980s and had coached Denmark's U20 team the past two years. Thought this was pretty cool, combining both my love of the Habs and international hockey. Shameless plug: have a visit to Puck Worlds, SB Nation's international hockey site, run by... me.

Jeff Halpern, the Definition of Unsung

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The Canadiens are off to a strong start, and plenty of players are getting praised so far. One that isn't getting any love, but really should be, is Jeff Halpern.

Habs Top 25 Under 25: #1, Carey Price, FTW!

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Over the past two weeks, Eyes On the Prize has looked at the top players under the age of 25 in Montreal's system. Now, we look at our top choice, goaltender Carey Price, fresh off of signing a 2 year contract extension.

Carey Price signs for 2 years

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No "strike". Two weeks before training camp. A reported $5.5m total. Panic averted. Our top player under 25 (feature up tomorrow) is in the fold. How novel.

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