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Working as a freelance sports writer and translator, Fred, 33, graduated from Laval University in Quebec City, earning a bachelor of translation in 2002. An avid fan of the Northeast division teams, he's also a long time fan of the Washington Capitals and the Montreal Canadiens. Fred also speaks fluently French and Spanish. http://twitter.com/FredPoulin98 www.traductions-quebec.com

Top 25 NHL defensive defensemen so far in 2011-12

Top 25 NHL defensive defensemen so far in 2011-12

One-third into the 2011-12 season, enough hockey has been played to give us a good idea of the best players so far this season. Now let’s have a look at the best defensive defensemen in the NHL this year. Those rearguards are often forgotten when we look at their team’s overall success, but they are [...]

Canadiens trade veteran Jaroslav Spacek to Hurricanes for Tomas Kaberle: panic move?

Canadiens trade veteran Jaroslav Spacek to Hurricanes for Tomas Kaberle: panic move?

The Montreal Canadiens have traded 37 year-old veteran Jaroslav Spacek to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for offensive defenseman Tomas Kaberle on Thursday. Spacek, who is making $3,833,333, will become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, while Kaberle is in the first year of a three-year contract worth $4,250,000 annually. In 29 games this [...]

The Ten Most Expensive Defensive Units In The NHL

The Ten Most Expensive Defensive Units In The NHL

Some NHL general managers like to build their team with a lot of offensive punch (Washington Capitals), while others prefer to build their team with a strong goalie tandem (Minnesota Wild). Finally, some GMs prefer to build their team with a very deep defensive corps. Two months into the 2011-12 season, let’s have a look [...]

The 20 most overpaid NHLers making more than $4.0M per year

The 20 most overpaid NHLers making more than $4.0M per year

More than one quarter into the 2011-12 NHL season, it’s time to have a look at the most overpaid NHLers who don’t contribute as much as their team and the general manger who signed them would like. Please note that I have not included players whose contract is buried in the AHL or oversees such [...]

Max Pacioretty suspended three games for blind-side hit to Kris Letang

Max Pacioretty suspended three games for blind-side hit to Kris Letang

NHL Senior VP, Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan has decided to suspend Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty for three games following Saturday’s controversial hit to the head of rearguard Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pacioretty’s disciplinary phone hearing with Shanahan occurred earlier today before the Canadiens boarded their flight leaving for their three-game West Coast [...]

Montreal Canadiens: the untapped offensive potential of Alexei Emelin

Montreal Canadiens: the untapped offensive potential of Alexei Emelin

After playing the past seven seasons in Russia with Tolyatti Lada and Kazan Ak-Bars, rugged defenseman Alexei Emelin decided to come to North America to make his NHL debut for the team that drafted him 84th overall way back in 2004. In 2010-11, Emelin had his best offensive season in the KHL, registering 11 g [...]

The underrated value of Josh Gorges to the Montreal Canadiens

The underrated value of Josh Gorges to the Montreal Canadiens

Looking for a multi-year contract after an injury-riddled 2010-11 campaign, restricted free agent Josh Gorges had to settle for a one year $2.5 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens this off-season. Gorges missed 46 games last year with a knee injury that prevented him from playing. Gorges had originally tore up his right knee during [...]

Montreal Canadiens Erik Cole finally clicking with new linemates, while Eric Staal is in a season-long slump

Montreal Canadiens Erik Cole finally clicking with new linemates, while Eric Staal is in a season-long slump

After a very slow start during which he only had one assist in seven games to go along with a-3 plus/minus rating, newly acquired Erik Cole has finally clicked with his new linemates diminutive center David Desharnais and power forward Max Pacioretty. In the last eleven games, during which his ice-time climbed finally climbed over [...]

Top 10 Most Hated Active NHL Players

Top 10 Most Hated Active NHL Players

Like every year, let’s have a look at the most hated active NHL players this season. These players are often well liked by their team-mates, but despised by the opposing teams. They are pesky pests that go under your skin every time you face them and often get suspended for their dirty gestures on the [...]

What the Montreal Canadiens should do with Scott Gomez?

What the Montreal Canadiens should do with Scott Gomez?

With Scott Gomez nearing a return to line-up in the upcoming days, most likely during the Habs next road trip in Phoenix or in Nashville, head coach Jacques Martin will have to find a place for him to play. Scott Gomez, who has missed the team’s past six games, has resumed practising with his teammate, [...]

Calder Trophy Watch

Calder Trophy Watch

Almost one month into the season and now that all 30 NHL teams have played at least nine games, it’s time to have a look at the potential Calder Trophy candidates for the 2011-12 season. While a few rookies were returned to their junior team or their European affiliate, such as Mika Zibanejad and Mark [...]

Montreal Canadiens Injury Update: Spacek and Cammalleri out 2-3 weeks

Montreal Canadiens Injury Update: Spacek and Cammalleri out 2-3 weeks

The Montreal Canadiens will be without winger Mike Cammalleri and rearguard Jaroslav Spacek for the next two-to-three weeks following the injuries they sustained during Sunday’s 5-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets. Cammalleri sustained a deep leg laceration when Yannick Weber cut his leg in the period, while Spacek sustained a probable rib injury when he [...]

Canadiens call up forward Aaron Palushaj

Canadiens call up forward Aaron Palushaj

The Montreal Canadiens have announced earlier today that they have called up forward Aaron Palushaj to replace injured forward Mike Cammalleri who suffered a deep laceration on his left leg when he was cut by the skate on teammate Yannick Weber during yesterday’s 5-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets. Assigned to the Bulldogs on October, [...]

Canadiens claim Blair Betts off waivers, finalize 23-man roster for opening night

Canadiens claim Blair Betts off waivers, finalize 23-man roster for opening night

The Montreal Canadiens have claimed center Blair Betts off waivers earlier today from the Philadelphia Flyers, who had put the defensive specialist on waivers yesterday to free up cap space. Betts is entering the second and final year of a two-year contract worth $700,000 annually. The 31 year-old center played 75 games for the Flyers [...]

Canadiens sign rearguard Chris Campoli to a one-year $1.75 million contract

Canadiens sign rearguard Chris Campoli to a one-year $1.75 million contract

The Montreal Canadiens have announced earlier today they have signed blueliner Chris Campoli to a one-year $1.75 million contract. Campoli split last season between the Ottawa Senators and the Chicago Blackhawks, playing 77 games scoring 4 goals and adding 17 assists for 21 points. Campoli finished with an even plus/minus ratio of 0. This move [...]

Max Pacioretty ready to break out

Max Pacioretty ready to break out

Playing only his second pre-season game since returning from a broken vertebrae as a result of the Zdeno Chara incident that happened on March 8th, 2011 at Bell Centre. The 22 year-old winger had to miss the remainder of the season and the first round of the playoffs. Now back at 100% after an intensive [...]

Canadiens lose 6-3 against the Stars, ready to host the Sabres tonight

Canadiens lose 6-3 against the Stars, ready to host the Sabres tonight

After surrendering a 4-0 lead to the Dallas Stars yesterday night at Bell Centre, the Canadiens roared back to close the gap to one goal 4-3, but they finally lost the game 6-3. Former Canadiens Michael Ryder and Mike Ribeiro each finished with one goal and one assist. The best Stars player was Tomas Vincour, [...]

Top 10 players to avoid on draft day for the 2011-12 season

Top 10 players to avoid on draft day for the 2011-12 season

With only three weeks before the first puck drops on the ice for the beginning of the 2010-12 NHL season, many of you have to take part in a fantasy draft whether it is on Yahoo or ESPN, or among friends at home. Yet, plenty of use are ill-prepared come draft day, especially in the [...]

Montreal Canadiens' rookie camp opens today ***updated with contest***

Montreal Canadiens’ rookie camp opens today ***updated with contest***

Now that the dog days of summer are over and that October is lurking ahead, many NHL training camps will be starting this week in anticipation of the pre-season, which will begin on Monday, September 19. As for the Canadiens, they will host the Dallas Stars at Bell Centre on Tuesday, September 20, for their [...]

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) plane crashes; 43 people dead, many former NHLers ***updated***

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) plane crashes; 43 people dead, many former NHLers ***updated***

Forty-three people have died in a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia. The majority of victims were members of the local ice hockey team Lokomotiv of the Kontinental Hockey League. The plane crashed on take-off after hitting an air traffic tower at the airport and witnesses are reporting [...]