Canadiens Notebook is a new series here at Hockey or Die; it will run every Wednesday morning and take a look at the last week from the perspective of the Montreal Canadiens. We will be looking at both mainstream and blogger views, and if there is a good site that’s been overlooked, let me know at jonathan dot willis at live dot ca or in the comments section below.

The Big Story: Cammalleri Returns

With the Atlanta Thrashers threatening to claim a playoff spot from one of the Eastern Conference’s bubble teams, and with Montreal on said bubble, the return of forward Mike Cammalleri couldn’t have come at a better time. Despite his injury, Cammalleri still leads the team in goals with 26, and all forwards with a plus-10 rating. He’s a key contributor on both the power play and at even-strength.  Coming back at the same time is defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron, who can help on the power play.



  • After Andrei Markov missed 35 games when his tendon was sliced by Carey Price’s skate, the Canadiens defenceman, and many members of the team, have switched to armoured hockey socks – socks which may have helped Travis Moen avoid injury. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Also in Travis Moen injury news, the forward suffered no damage to his eye after taking a skate to the face in Montreal’s loss to Ottawa on Monday night. The link is to video of the incident, and a trip down skate-to-the-face memory lane. [Ya! The Habs Rule!]
  • Canadiens’ legend Guy Lafleur says that his favourite hockey movie is Slapshot, but that might soon change, as a new film will look at his life and career. [CanWest]
  • The Canadiens have bolstered their prospect ranks by signing college free agent Hunter Bishop. [Canadiens]
  • Montreal’s recent success has come about thanks in large part to some unlikely players, hockey nomads who have wandered from team to team but are now contributing for the Canadiens. [Lions in Winter]
  • An updated look at the Canadiens’ top-20 prospects, which lists P.K. Subban as the team’s most promising youngster. [Hockey’s Future]
  • Goaltending controversies aren’t new territory for the Canadiens, who had to deal with one just four games into their existence! [Eyes on the Prize]
  • On his 50th birthday, ex-Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau looks back at being fired by the team and his relationship with the man who fired him, his friend Bob Gainey. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Looking back at the riots instigated 55 years ago when NHL president Clarence Campbell suspended Maurice Richard for striking Hal Laycoe with his stick and punching a linesman. [Eyes on the Prize]