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Episode 119

Habs Emerging Stars | Canadiens Connection ep 119

This Week’s Show

Segment 1: Week in Review, Habs News, League News

  • The Canadiens opened their season Wednesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, losing 5-4 in overtime. 
  • Noah Juulsen was claimed on waivers earlier this week by the Florida Panthers. Meanwhile, all other Canadiens players who were put through waivers cleared. 
  • The Habs announced five members of their six player taxi squad, which includes Michael Frolik, Corey Perry, Ryan Poehling, Cale Fleury and Charlie Lindgren. Jake Evans was assigned to the taxi squad after the first game for cap reasons. 
  • Rick and Joe share their thoughts on the Habs opening night performance. Who impressed? Who disappointed? How did the newcomers perform? The guys give their thoughts on all of those questions. 
  • Player agent Jeff Jackson tweeted that the NHL doesn't do enough to protect star players. 
  • They Said What? - Alexander Romanov's first media availability.
  • Hockey notes - 27 players test positive for the coronavirus as the season opens. The 2020-21 season is underway, what's different? NHL opened the season to record TV ratings. 

Segment 2: To Dubois or not to Dubois?


  • This week Columbus Blue Jackets head coach confirmed the reports that centre Pierre-Luc Dubois wants out of Columbus. This alone would be quite enough for Habs fans to start connecting the Quebec-born centre to the Canadiens, but Nick Kypreos poured some gasoline on the fire with his report that the Habs are Dubois' preferred destination. Blue Jackets ask is now focused around Nick Suzuki plus additional pieces, Alexander Romanov has been deemed untouchable. 
  • We take a look back to the 2016 NHL Draft, the roots of Marc Bergevin's interest in Pierre-Luc Dubois. 
  • Should the Canadiens trade Suzuki plus additional pieces for Dubois? Jesperi Kotkaniemi? Would Romanov be a better alternative for the Habs to deal?

Segment 3: Have Your Say

  • All Habs Fantasy hockey draft.
  • CC Question of the week: Would you make the trade with the Blue Jackets for Pierre -Luc Dubois if it meant sending Nick Suzuki to Columbus?
  • Social media reactions
  • Listener's calls and text

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Rick Stephens

Rick is the Founder and President of Rocket Sports. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for our publications and Director of Scouting. This followed a long, successful career in academia. These days, you’ll find him where he is most comfortable, in a press box arena or sharing his insights from behind a microphone.
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Joseph Whalen

Joseph Whalen is the co-host of the Canadiens Connection podcast, which he hosts weekly alongside Rick Stephens. Before the Canadiens Connection podcast, Joseph spent time covering the St. John's IceCaps and Belleville Senators of the AHL for the AHL Report and Rocket Sports Media.