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No Jagr for the Habs

This rumor has been hot and the response has been mixed on whether Habs fans would like to see Jagr in the "blue-blanc et rouge" or not.  For all the fans waiting to see Jagr play with the Habs and seeing Jagr and Plekanec united on a line, we have some disappointing news.  It seems that the Habs and Jaromir Jagr are too far apart.  Our sources have confirmed that Jagr's camp is interested in a 2 years deal with no trade clause and that Montreal is not interested in such a deal. 

The Road to the Calder Cup - Game 4: 'Dogs Demolish the Aeros

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181:03, that’s how long it took the ‘Dogs to get their first lead in a game in this Western Conference Finals. Ryan Russell scored the game’s first goal while shorthanded in the opening minute, the goal that could potentially change the series around. The big guns for the Bulldogs all displayed determination and leadership by putting goals on the board. Dustin Boyd was a huge factor in this game with 2 goals, 2 assists, 8 shots on goal and an amazing +5 rating. His line mates Aaron Palushaj picked up a goal and 2 assists while Nigel Dawes had two goals of his own.

Yemelin signs a one year two-way contract

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The eagerly awaited news has finally arrived.  Montreal's Russian prospect, the 25 year old, 6'2, 223 lbs, defenseman Alexei Yemelin is about to arrive in the NHL.  The Canadiens announced earlier today that they Yemelin (Emelin) has signed a two-way one year contract with the team.  The financial terms of the contract were not revealed as per the club policies.

The Road to the Calder Cup - Tough Times in Texas

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Once again it was too little, too late. The Houston Aeros sustained the third period barrage and held on for a 3-2 win. Lots of similarities can be said between games 1 and 2. Not enough effort in the first two periods, special teams were shutdown, never lead in any part of the game, and the top guns for the ‘Dogs failed to show up on the score sheet. Drew MacIntyre had a mediocre game making just 24 saves not his usual .935 save percentage while Matt Hackett was excellent stopping 27 saves.

Canadiens sign Swiss Raphael Diaz

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With all the talk about the Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier being in Bratislava and how the Habs have full intentions to sign their prospect Alexei Yemelin, Gauthier surprised everyone by signing the Swiss defender Raphael Diaz to a one-year two-way contract.

In recent years, the Canadiens have looked towards Switzerland to sign some good offensive minded defencemen.  After signing Mark Streit in 2005, the Habs drafted another Swiss defenceman Yannick Weber in the third round of the 2007 draft.  Weber is eligible to become RFA this off-season.

Yemelin with the Habs

Among the die-hard Habs fan, the news has been circulating for a few days now that Alexei Yemelin (Emelin) from the AK Bars Kazan of the KHL might be signing with the Montreal Canadiens and be part of the lineup in the 2011-2012 season.  Several sources have reported that Yemelin's signing will also have a clause allowing him to return to the KHL instead of playing in the AHL in case Habs don't retain his services.  The contract is said to be for 1 year and no monetary value has been placed on the agreement as of yet. 

The Road to the Calder Cup - Game 7: Dustin' the Moose Off in Triple OT

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The epic battle between the two remaining Canadian clubs ended in a splash and into the AHL history books. Going into the series, it was expected it would be a clash of the goalies between Drew MacIntyre and Eddie Lack. The series could have gone either way, but it was Hamilton who got the bounces. The Moose had hit the cross bar three times just in the overtime alone, centimeters away from sending the ‘Dogs packing for next season. Dustin Boyd’s goal in the third OT just 6 seconds in caught everyone, including the players on the bench, off guard.

The Road to the Calder Cup - Game 6: Down to the Wire

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The Hamilton Bulldogs will have to face elimination for the first time this post-season after falling 1-0 against the Moose in front of their home crowd. The question is how will they face it? Game 6 did not show any good news for the Bulldogs as they were not prepared for a Manitoba Moose team who were humiliated at home 5-1 in game 5. A short-handed marker by Alexandre Bolduc made a huge difference in this game as it was all that was required to extend the series to a 7th deciding showdown tonight.

The Road to the Calder Cup - Game 4: A Loss Not Deserving

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The Hamilton Bulldogs dominated in every aspect of the game except where it counted the most, on the scoreboard. For the first time in this series, the Bulldogs scored first. They were able to keep that lead until the dying minutes of the final period. With just 2:02 remaining in the game, the Moose avoided to be back in the same position they were in the previous series against the Lake Erie Monsters and also repeated history by coming back from a two game deficit to tie the series up just like last year against this very same team.

The Road to the Calder Cup - Game 3: Costly 34 Seconds

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The Hamilton Bulldogs let another 2-0 series lead slip as the Manitoba Moose defeated the ‘Dogs in a 5-4 thriller at the MTS Centre. Shutting down the top players on the Moose roster was key in the first two wins for Hamilton, but the big guns for the Moose all came out of their cages on the same night. The top four point getters for the Moose in this year’s playoffs, Marco Rosa, Sergei Shirokov, Jason Jaffray, and Mark Flood picked up a combined 3 goals, and 6 assists in a must win game for Manitoba.