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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 10 European prospects for the 2011-12 NHL season

Top 10 European prospects for the 2011-12 NHL season

At the end of July I had a look at the top 12 Swedish prospects for the 2011-12 season. They included the best rookies of 2010-11 as well as the next wave of Swedish rookies who will battle for the Calder Trophy. Now it’s time to have a look at the rest of the European [...]

Montreal Canadiens: Player Projections for the 2011-12 season – part 3, goalies

Montreal Canadiens: Player Projections for the 2011-12 season – part 3, goalies

Last week I looked at the offensive production of the Canadiens’ defensive brigade and two weeks earlier, I had a look at the Canadiens’ top-12 forwards trying to predict their offensive output. In the third and last part of this player-projection series, I will analyze the Habs’ goalie tandem. Looking for more stability behind Carey [...]

Montreal Canadiens: Player Projections for the 2011-12 season – part 2, defensemen

Montreal Canadiens: Player Projections for the 2011-12 season – part 2, defensemen

Two weeks ago, I looked at the Canadiens’ top-12 forwards trying to predict their offensive output. This time I will have a look at the seven defensemen of the Habs’ defensive unit. At the moment, the Canadiens have 21 players signed for a total of $59,120,510, which gives GM Pierre Gauthier a $5,179,490 cap space [...]

Body-checking in youth hockey: When should it be allowed?

Body-checking in youth hockey: When should it be allowed?

Following the recent decision of Hockey Quebec to allow physical contact with projection (not body-checking) at the elite peewee level in the Province of Quebec, the debate is raging as to whether this decision will have a negative impact on the health of the youth hockey players (11 and 12 year-old). In Canada, body-checking and [...]

Montreal Canadiens: Player Projections for the 2011-12 season - part 1, forwards

Montreal Canadiens: Player Projections for the 2011-12 season – part 1, forwards

With only one month before the NHL training camps begin, the Montreal Canadiens’ roster is almost set in stone as the team has 12 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goalies already signed to NHL contracts. The Canadiens have 21 players signed for a total of $59,120,510, which gives GM Pierre Gauthier a $5,179,490 cap space [...]

Top 12 Swedish prospects for the 2011-12 NHL season

Top 12 Swedish prospects for the 2011-12 NHL season

Now that the early July free agency frenzy has cooled down, we have reached the dog days of summer for hockey. Most of the quality free agents have been signed and NHL training camps are still six weeks away, so I decided to have a look at some of the best prospects from Sweden for [...]

Canadiens ink Erik Cole and Peter Budaj to multi-year deals

Canadiens ink Erik Cole and Peter Budaj to multi-year deals

Looking for a back-up to starter Carey Price, the Canadiens signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a two-year, $2.3-million contract. Budaj, 28, played a total of 45 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2010-11. He posted a record of 15 wins, 21 losses and 4 overtime losses to go along with a 3.20 GAA and a [...]

Hockey Independent mock draft part 1

Hockey Independent mock draft part 1

With the NHL Entry Draft looming I decided to organize a mock draft with several of HI’s writers to give you an idea of what tonight’s entry draft could look. Participants: Fred Poulin, Cris Cohen, Lawrence Duchenski, John Scott Moore, Jeremy Scriven, Alexander Monaghan, Jamie Fraser, Andre Garabedian, WB Philp, Al Cimaglia, Adrian Fung, Gordon [...]

Canadiens re-sign Pacioretty and Desharnais, shaping their 2011-12 roster

Canadiens re-sign Pacioretty and Desharnais, shaping their 2011-12 roster

Montreal Canadiens’ GM Pierre Gauthier announced earlier this week, the re-signing of left winger Max Pacioretty to a two-year deal worth $3.25 million. Pacioretty will make $1,500,000 in 2011-12 and $1,750,000 in 2012-13. Max Pax made $875,000 last season on the last year of his three-year entry-level contract. After starting the campaign with the Hamilton [...]

Jaromir Jagr very likely to come back to the NHL

Jaromir Jagr very likely to come back to the NHL

Former all-star NHLer Jaromir Jagr is expected to come back to the NHL after a three-year hiatus during which he played with Omsk Avangard in the KHL. During his three seasons in Russia, Jagr collected 66 goals and 80 assists for 146 points in 155 games. The 39 year-old right winger last played in the [...]

Canadiens ink Andrei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche to one-year deals

Canadiens ink Andrei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche to one-year deals

It looks like Canadiens’ GM Pierre Gauthier has decided to work before the NHL Entry Draft this season. After inking towering veteran defenseman Hal Gill to a one-year extension last week, Gauthier signed restricted free agent Andrei Kostitsyn to a one-year $3.25 million extension and unrestricted free agent Mathieu Darche to a one-year deal worth [...]

Canadiens officially re-sign Hal Gill to mentor P.K. Subban

Canadiens officially re-sign Hal Gill to mentor P.K. Subban

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier announced earlier today the signing of defenceman Hal Gill for the 2011-12 season. Gill will make $2,25M next season, the same salary he made in the past two years. “Hall Gill has played a key role since he joined our team two years ago. He brings leadership and determination [...]

Are hockey players the toughest sports athletes?

Are hockey players the toughest sports athletes?

With only one game to go (game 7 tonight between the Bruins and the Lightning) before the Stanley Cup finals, the arduous road to the most difficult trophy to win is about to come to an end. The Vancouver Canucks will meet tonight’s winner in the ultimate best-of-seven series. It amazes me that the two [...]

Unexpected NHL playoff heroes

Unexpected NHL playoff heroes

Over the course of NHL playoff history, several unexpected players have stepped up their offensive production to an unprecedented level. The greatest example would be Washington Capital, John Druce in 1990. When all-star winger Dino Ciccarelli went down with a knee injury, Druce exploded for 14 goals in 15 playoff games after scoring only eight [...]

Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg in a near future?

Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg in a near future?

According to Chris Vivlamore of the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Spirit, owner of the Thrashers and the Hawks, have begun negotiating with True North Sports and Entertainment of Winnipeg about the sale of the Thrashers. The deal, which has not been completed yet, would move the team to Winnipeg, where the defunct Jets played [...]

Top-10 oversized players in the NHL

Top-10 oversized players in the NHL

Following last week’s blog on the Top-10 undersized players in the NHL these days, I decided to do the exact opposite and have a look at the NHL’s biggest and strongest NHL players who can dominate the game with their size advantage over smaller and lighter players. These jumbo players have always received extra attention [...]

Top-10 Undersized Players in the NHL

Top-10 Undersized Players in the NHL

Often deemed too small by NHL scouts, undersized, but skilled, players often have a harder time convincing NHL executives to give them a chance at the pro level than let’s say a 6’4”, 220 pounds forward with lesser skills. The rigor of the 82-game NHL calendar take its toll on every player, and even more [...]

Top-20 best bang-for-the-buck NHL forwards in 2010-11

Top-20 best bang-for-the-buck NHL forwards in 2010-11

Yesterday I had a look at the worst goal scorers in the NHL compared to their 2010-11 actual salary, and without any surprise Scott Gomez was ranked number one at $1,142,857 per goal (7 goals for $8,000,000) more than $400,000 per goal than Matt Stajan who was ranked second. The list was not unanimous, as [...]

Top-20 worst bang-for-the-buck NHL forwards in 2010-11

Top-20 worst bang-for-the-buck NHL forwards in 2010-11

When the 2010-11 NHL regular season ended about three weeks ago, some teams analyzed the production of some of their key players thinking why did we give so much money to the players listed below. While some productive players like Joe Thornton (21 goals, but 70 points), Henrik Sedin (19 goals, but 94 points) and [...]

Bruins win tight series, Game 7 vs. Habs 4-3 on Horton's OT winner

Bruins win tight series, Game 7 vs. Habs 4-3 on Horton’s OT winner

After the Bruins took an early two-goal lead in game 7 five minutes into the deciding contest, with goals from Johnny Boychuk and Mark Recchi, everyone thought the Canadiens would let go and that it was going to be over early for the visitors. But the Canadiens took advantage of special teams with a power [...]