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Episode 93

Habs News, Kotkaniemi, Training Camp | Canadiens Connection ep 93

Welcome to the Canadiens Connection via Rocket Sports Radio. This engaging podcast featured on All Habs Hockey Magazine connects Habs fans with their beloved team from a source they know and trust.

Canadiens Connection is hosted by Joe Whalen (@JoeWhalen19) and Rick Stephens (@AllHabs) with contributions from Chris G. This talented team of credentialed journalists come together to share their valued insight.

Canadiens Connection is just that – a connection between fans, journalists, players, coaches, management to thoroughly discuss their favorite game in an informative, thought provoking, and entertaining way.

This Week’s Show

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

The Canadiens and Alexander Romanov agreed to terms on a three-year entry level contract, which will see the Russian defenceman join the club in Phase 3 of the NHL's return to play after quarantining.  

Karl Alzner opts out of the return to play, while Max Domi and the Canadiens are taking their time before deciding whether he will participate.

The Athletic reports positive tests in the Canadiens organization. Brett Kulak and Xavier Ouellet "unfit" to practice, while Paul Byron is missing. 

Jesperi Kotkaniemi has drawn praise from many, including his coach, for the way he looks on the ice.

They said what? Ilya Kovalchuk hoping to meet the Canadiens in the conference finals. Cale Fleury said he didn't get communication from Marc Bergevin and Claude Julien before he was sent down to Laval. Bergevin looking forward to young players gaining experience in the Playoffs. 

Impact of Coronavirus: Flooding at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Blue Jays get government approval to play their home games at Rogers Centre in Toronto. 

Segment 2: The Big Topic - Are Habs Committed to Play?

The NHL is scheduled to restart on August 1st, how exactly did we get to this point? Rick and Joe discuss the NHL's imminent Return to Play, which once seemed like something that was so far away. In the midst of all of this chaos, Elliotte Friedman dropped a rather significant piece of news that the Canadiens are "a team that doesn't really want to play".

Segment 3: Have Your Say

Reading your responses to the Canadiens Connection question of the week: Habs hockey is back on August 1st as the Canadiens meet the Penguins in a best-of-five qualifying series. Will you be watching summer NHL hockey?

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About the Podcast

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Canadiens Connection via Rocket Sports Radio brings you news, expert analysis and informed commentary about the Montreal Canadiens and NHL hockey.

About your hosts

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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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Amy Johnson

From Draft Day to winning a championship, Amy is a credentialed professional hockey reporter at the junior, national, NCAA, IIHF, ECHL, AHL, and NHL levels.

She has extensive experience writing game recaps, interviewing players, coaches, scouts, and management, recording live social media hits, and analyzing the game, in addition to providing original still photography of game action. You can view her work at AHLReport.com.
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Chris G.

Chris G is a Senior writer for AllHabs.net and AHLReport.com covering Montreal Canadiens and Laval Rocket.

Chris is also a regular contributor to the Canadiens Connection podcast. Previously hosted 250+ episodes of the Habs360 podcast.

Habs Notepad published weekly on Mondays during Habs season and contributor to the Canadiens Connection podcast. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisHabs360