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Cammalleri faces suspension

Canadiens sniper Michael Cammalleri may face the music today and a possible suspension after an ugly incident that took place in Quebec City on Saturday during the final pre-season game against the New York Islanders.

Habs Prospect Danny Kristo gets 1 game suspension

Habs Prospect, Danny Kristo, selected 56th overall (2nd Round) in 2008 NHL Entry draft was suspended on Friday October 1st for violating team rules by the Fighting Sioux headcoach Dave Hakstol.

Kristo, 20, is currently playing for University of North Dakota and missed Sunday's exhibition game against Manitoba. While it was not specified what was the nature of the violation, speculations are that it was for consuming alcohol (underage drinking). He will be back in the team for the first regular season game against Alaska Anchorage next Sunday.

Montreal crushes New York Islanders B-team

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A major match penalty to Mike Cammalleri didn’t stop Montreal’s dominance against the hapless Islanders split-squad at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City beating them with a score of 7-2. With majority of their top players playing in an exhibition game against New Jersey Devils, Islanders B-team had many of their top prospects taking part in this game in front of 15,077 fans.

Sabres spoil Gionta's captaincy debut

A superb wrist shot by Tim Connolly at 7:50 of the second period may have been the turning point of the game that ended with a score of 5-3 in favor of the Buffalo Sabres. Connolly snapped a shot in the top right corner beating goaltender Alex Auld with only seconds remaining in a double powerplay that saw Ryan O'Byrne and PK Subban sitting in the penalty box.

Mathieu Darche, Ryan O'Byrne and Tom Pyatt scored the three goals for the Habs while Alex Auld made 32 saves in the nets.

Gionta appointed as the 28th Captain

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Since the beginning of the training camp, rumors were flying around regarding Habs' 28th captain. Gionta's name came up repeatedly in these rumors and today, Habs confirmed what everybody suspected.

The departure of Saku Koivu left the Canadiens without a captain for a full season. Brian Gionta, 31, was finally recognized for his leadership on and off the ice and was given the role.

The Wheeling Nailers

The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have entered into a players affiliation agreement with the ECHL team, the Wheeling Nailers, based out of Wheeling, West Virginia. Along with the Montreal Canadies (and Hamilton Bulldogs), they are also the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).

Wheeling succeeds to the Cincinnati Cyclones organization as an ECHL team to be part of an affiliation agreement with the Canadiens. Cincinnati won the Kelly Cup twice (2008 and 2010) under their four-year affiliation with the Canadiens.