Omicron 2, Habs 0.
The Montreal Canadiens have been dealt another blow. The team has announced that Saturday's game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre is postponed until further notice.
"Tomorrow's game in Montreal between the Canadiens and Boston Bruins has been postponed. A make-up date for the game has yet to be established," a press release on the Habs' official website reads.
Saturday\u2019s game between the Canadiens and the Bruins has been postponed.https://www.nhl.com/canadiens/news/update-regarding-bruins-canadiens-game/c-329094762?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=CHCcontent&utm_content=EN-1217-BOSMTL-Announcement\u00a0\u2026— Canadiens Montr\u00e9al (@Canadiens Montr\u00e9al) 1639751561
The news follows the reintroduction of some health rules in Quebec following the emergence of the Omicron variant and an explosion in daily case counts.
On Thursday, the team announced that, following a request from public health, no fans would be allowed to attend a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Canadiens said their game on Monday in New York will proceed as scheduled.
"I'm not so comfortable playing with people who maybe have COVID or a team that has a lot of that," he said.
"When you're down to seven guys on the team. Maybe tomorrow morning there's going to be three more, tomorrow morning there's going to be two more, you don't know," explained Drouin.
"Health is more important than going to a hockey game."
Omicron 1, Habs Fans 0
It's déja vu. The Montreal Canadiens announced that following a public health request, they will have no fans in the Bell Centre for their Thursday, December 16 game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
"Faced with the spiralling rise of COVID-19 cases in the region, late this afternoon the Montreal Canadiens organization received a request from Quebec public health officials to host tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers in a closed setting with no fans in attendance at the Bell Centre," the team said in a press release.
Update regarding Flyers-Canadiens gamehttps://www.nhl.com/canadiens/news/update-regarding-flyers-canadiens-game/c-329064072?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=CHCcontent&utm_content=EN-1216-BellCentre-Announcement\u00a0\u2026— Canadiens Montr\u00e9al (@Canadiens Montr\u00e9al) 1639692378
The announcement was made only two hours before the game against the Flyers was scheduled to begin. The team says it will directly contact fans with tickets.
"We have accepted this request in order to help ensure the safety and security of our fans and fellow citizens throughout our community," the team's statement continued. "An update on the status of Saturday's scheduled game against the Boston Bruins will be provided tomorrow."
The team confirmed that it'll be able to host fans in a "partial capacity scenario" in January after obtaining assurance from provincial health officials.
More details will be released in the coming days.
"In the interim, we would continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, get their booster shots when possible, and be responsible with their social and family gatherings throughout the holidays," the team added.
"We hope that with rigour and a collective effort from all of us, we will be able to come together in a near future in 2022."
Well, then... 😳
Hockey nicknames are ubiquitous in the NHL. Pretty much everyone has one. But let's face it, most of them are just names like "Gally" — stale, unoriginal and based on the guy's last name. But sometimes, a hockey nickname comes around that's so genius and so telling of the man behind it that you just have to stand up and applaud.
Cole Caufield's nickname exists in this pantheon of genius hockey names. Apparently, the diminutive forward was dubbed "The Cock" by the one and only Shea Weber.
You read that right. "The Cock."
In a snippet of an interview on the program Spittin' Chiclets posted to TikTok, Caufield is asked by host Paul Bissonnette what "the boys" on the team call him.
Flashing a sheepish grin, Caufield hesitated to reveal the name as Bissonnette wondered out loud if he "can't say it on camera."
"Uh, yeah...I mean," began Caufield, giggling as one with his nickname would giggle. "Weber came up with it...it's The Cock."
"Why is that?" asked Bissonnette, glancing at the camera, seemingly knowing full-well why Caufield's nickname is "The Cock."
One of the show's hosts remarked "what kind of nickname is The Cock" as everyone was laughing. Caufield, for his part, said that he is "not mad about it." I mean, why would he be?
Looking at Caufield's 5-foot-7 stature, one wouldn't think that "The Cock" could possibly be an appropriate nickname. But the implication seems to be... how shall we put this... that what he lacks in height he apparently makes up for in other places.
Who do you want the new Habs GM to be?
Habs land is a bit of a mess right now so who better to save it than Montreal Canadiens legend Patrick Roy? At least, that's what he believes. At a press conference, the former Canadiens goalie and four-time Stanley Cup champion threw his hat in the ring to become the team's new general manager. But not everyone seems to be on board with the idea.
"Would I have interest? Obviously," Roy told reporters on Tuesday. "But at the same time, I know it's a process."
"If they give me a call, I'll listen."
On Twitter, some people have been critical of Roy's outspokenness on his candidacy. TSN analyst Eric Macramalla commented that Roy should be disqualified from the job because of his "lack of restraint and respect for the process."
Roy spoke at length with reporters, declaring his love for the team and explaining how he understands the depth of the responsibilities should he be chosen as the new general manager. He said that while he still loves his current job as the head coach of the Quebec Remparts, he would be open to an offer with the Habs.
When asked if he would like the chance to win another Stanley Cup with the team, Roy asked, "What would they have to lose by giving me a chance?"
For those keeping score at home, Roy was the Habs goalie last time they won a Stanley Cup in 1993.
But despite Roy's storied 11-year career with the Habs, there seems to be a feeling among some that it wouldn't go over too well if he was appointed GM.
Some observers have commented on his lack of experience as a general manager in the NHL. However, it's important to note that Marc Bergevin had not previously been a general manager when he was hired for the position.
With many GM candidates apparently under consideration by the organization, Roy would certainly be among the most high-profile and controversial choices for many fans.
Would you be happy if Patrick Roy was chosen to be the new Canadiens GM?
The team says it's "following protocols."
The post says Bergevin tested positive on the morning of November 19 and that he "is being monitored by the Canadiens medical staff and will follow the protocols set forth by the National Hockey League and the public health authorities."
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was confirmed positive for COVID-19 this morning.\n\nHe is being monitored by the Canadiens medical staff and will follow the protocols set forth by the National Hockey League and the public health authorities.— Canadiens Montr\u00e9al (@Canadiens Montr\u00e9al) 1637353136
The Canadiens, who have been on a four-game losing streak, will have to contend without their general manager as he recovers from the virus.
It's been a tough season all around for the Habs so far. Several key players have gone down with injuries, hindering progress as the season grinds along.
Bergevin is in the last season of his contract with the Canadiens and his future as the general manager still remains in doubt. There has been no word of renewing his contract with the team.
Bergevin has been GM of the Habs for the past nine seasons.
This isn't the first time the team has had a brush with COVID-19. During the playoffs, last season, Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme was away from the team for 14 days after testing positive for COVID-19. Habs forward Joel Armia was also sidelined under the NHL's COVID-19 protocol for a Stanley Cup Final game.
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Price's statement has inspired a lot of people.
Montreal Canadiens fans have Carey Price's back. After he released a statement saying he had entered a substance abuse treatment program and was focusing on his mental health, tons of praise and supportive messages poured in on social media.
Universally beloved by his teammates and Habs fans near and far, Price is poised to be welcomed back with open arms and even more open hearts.
Tyler Toffoli and Ben Chiarot show their support for Carey Price.\n\n#GoHabsGopic.twitter.com/fa1Cndv9mB— Canadiens Montr\u00e9al (@Canadiens Montr\u00e9al) 1636517640
"There's a reason why he attracts good people and everybody wants to be around him, because he's a great human being," Habs forward Tyler Toffoli said at a post-game press conference on Tuesday night.
Habs defenceman Ben Chiarot echoed Toffoli, calling Price "a leader on our team" and "a brave man to come out and face his fears the way he did."
"That's not easy for guys to do, and he did it head-on."
Carey Price is going to open the door for so many athletes too scared to seek help. The respect I have for him is insurmountable. Will continue to cheer for him as a player but more so as a human.— Brandon Legacy (@Brandon Legacy) 1636496791
I don't know Carey Price personally but, as with all of you, I have been involved in his life from a professional and personal standpoint for 16 years. He has the hardest job in hockey. To see him be this open about his struggles, to inspire others to get help...I'm proud of him.— Mike (@Mike) 1636495978
Several Habs fans took to Twitter to share similar sentiments about Price. Many posts exclaimed how Price's honesty and openness would "open the door" for athletes and inspire others to seek help for their issues.
Carey Price better get a 5 minute standing O his first game back at the Bell Centre— Matt (@Matt) 1636139994
Carey Price shares his deeply personal story on his Instagram.\n\nWE ARE WITH YOU, CAREY!!! #GoHabsGopic.twitter.com/Rjy557t9Fl— Nathan \u201cGrav" (@Nathan \u201cGrav") 1636494850
In his statement, Price said he was in "a very dark place" in the past few years and explained that he "didn't have the tools to cope."
His decision to enter a treatment facility for substance abuse was brought on by a need to "prioritize my health for both [himself] and for [his] family."
He also encouraged others to seek help if that's what they need to do.
Friendly reminder that Carey Price doesn\u2019t owe anybody anything. He doesn\u2019t need to tell the public what he\u2019s going/went through. All that matters is him and his family\u2019s well being. Nothing but positivity towards them!pic.twitter.com/uSVKWIwWSX— \ud835\ude72\ud835\ude98\ud835\ude9e\ud835\ude9b\ud835\ude9d (@\ud835\ude72\ud835\ude98\ud835\ude9e\ud835\ude9b\ud835\ude9d) 1636307030
Carey Price speaking openly about his struggles will help many. He deserves our admiration, support and privacy.https://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/1458191595086417923\u00a0\u2026— Rachel Doerrie (@Rachel Doerrie) 1636495440
There's no word on when Price will officially return to the team or when he'll suit up for his first game, but he deserves to take all the time he needs.