Friday’s Montreal Coverage

Al Montoya solid in goal as Canadiens beat Sabres (Montreal Gazette)
In the Habs’ Room: Montoya’s the man as Price misses second start (Montreal Gazette)
Angry fan pens open letter to P.K. Subban in full-page ad, wants fans to help donate to Montreal Children’s Hospital (Montreal Gazette)
Gallagher the spark plug (Le Journal de Montreal)
“I have to adjust myself …” – Mikhail Sergachev (Le Journal de Montreal)
The Canadian began his season with a win against the Sabres (La Presse)
After a long summer, the reward of Mikhail Sergachev (La Presse)
Return of old Gallagher (La Presse)
Shea Weber fits right in with Canadiens (
Strong start (
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Franson and Weber giants Sicamous

‘”I remained literally three doors down from the Weber family, Franson told in interview to the Journal. I grew up with little brother Shea, Brandon. We are the same age. The two brothers were at my wedding, we are very close. And it’s the same story for our families.”‘

Shea Weber, the definition of a complete player by his friend Josh Gorges

‘”For one reason or another, it still goes under the radar in the circles of hockey. It is a hidden treasure. Having played with him, I can confirm that he has an incredible talent. Rasmus is effective in all facets: he is tall, burly and physical, but also excellent for protecting the puck, in addition to having an excellent offensive vision. He is just beginning to show us the full extent of its potential. “‘

Thursday’s Montreal Coverage

Canadiens at Sabres: Five things to know about the Habs’ season opener (Montreal Gazette)
Franson and Weber giants Sicamous (Le Journal de Montreal)
Shea Weber, the definition of a complete player by his friend Josh Gorges (RDS)
Injuries abound as Sabres hosts Habs (AP)

Eichel injury latest hard-luck blow to rebuilding Sabres

‘Ryan O’Reilly, the club’s No. 2 centre, has been plagued by back spasms during training camp. A year ago the Sabres lost Robin Lehner for months after the goaltender suffered a high-ankle sprain during his first start of the season. Lehner was acquired in a summer 2015 trade with Ottawa and had been anointed as the Sabres goaltender of the future.’

Saturday’s Ottawa Coverage

Senators remain a work in progress as they lose preseason finale to Sabres (Ottawa Citizen)
Ottawa Senators drop pre-season finale against Buffalo Sabres (Ottawa Sun)
Ready to get serious (Le Droit)
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Senators close out exhibition schedule with 4-2 loss to Sabres

‘”I do like the close out of the pre-season and I like doing it winning,” Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We’ve played a few games where we played good hockey and closed out and won hockey games on the road and that’s exactly how we want to play.”‘

Hurricanes topple Sabres in shootout

‘“I didn’t like the first period very much,” said Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma, whose team fell to 3-2-1 through six exhibition games. “We came out flat and they took it to us pretty hard. But I liked the way we came out in the second.”‘

Bailey, Dupuy happy to be back

‘Bailey, a native of Williamsville, N.Y., was one of the hired guns Hounds general manager Kyle Raftis acquired as the team made a 2014-2015 championship run.’

Skinner scores shootout winner as Canes top Sabres in pre-season play

‘Evander Kane cut Buffalo’s deficit to 2-1 midway through the second and Justin Bailey scored shorthanded to tie the game in the third.’


‘Despite the lack of excitement provided on the ice, Buffalo head coach Dan Bylsma saw a lot of positives from his team as it approaches the regular season. “I really liked our whole team game,” he said. “I think this was the first game for us where we really played as a group of five and played team hockey.’

NHL teams excited about getting back to their roots

‘Perhaps nobody in the press conference had stronger feelings toward the event than Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma. A native of downstate Grand Haven, he was happy that a city in his home state earned the honor of Hockeyville and he said both he and his players were glad to be there.’

Star players visit Bothwell Middle School

‘O’Reilly said meeting the Marquette youth was a special opportunity. “It was a great day. We’re in a great town that really does love their hockey,” O’Reilly said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to get out and see the community’s youth, and the kids had a great time.”‘

Kids appreciate getting chance to see ‘big boys’ play on their rink

‘Nine-year-old Wyatt Lakenen was impressed with the talent the Sabres possessed in getting their first goal of the night. “It was a sweet goal,” Lakenen said. “It was exciting, and (Reinhart) looked like a pro when he scored it.”‘

Becoming Hockeyville

‘”What a ride it has been,” he said with a smile. “This has been fabulous but there has been an awful lot of work that has gone in to it. And I know it will be worth it.”‘