Stu Cowan: Canadiens forecast — Quiet week gives way to flurry of moves

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

Stu Cowan: Canadiens forecast — Quiet week gives way to flurry of moves
© Provided by The Gazette Montreal Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry during first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Montreal on Feb. 10, 2021.

It has turned out to be a very quiet bye week for the Canadiens.

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

If you were expecting head coach Dominique Ducharme to be fired, it didn’t happen.

If you were expecting defenceman Jeff Petry to be traded, it didn’t happen.

Global Tech News Daily

The most interesting things that did happen during the Canadiens’ break in the NHL schedule were some tweets from Tyler Toffoli’s wife, Cat.

First, Cat tweeted a photo on Monday of her picking up Toffoli and teammate Jake Evans (along with his girlfriend) at the Los Angeles airport, writing: “Picking up my fam for the break.”

Global Tech News Daily

Toffoli and Cat met when he was playing with the Los Angeles Kings and she was working in broadcast and entertainment for the L.A. Dodgers.

On Tuesday, there was a video from Cat shared on the Canadiens’ Twitter account showing Toffoli cuddling with their tiny dog, Dodger, along with the words: “Hope everyone’s week is going as great as Tyler’s!”

Picking up my fam for the break ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Npyjp1JpaG

— Cat (Belanger) Toffoli (@catbtoffoli) February 1, 2022

The day after that, Cat tweeted a hilarious photo of Toffoli holding Dodger while standing with Evans poolside with the two players wearing matching green Hawaiian shirts and shorts.

That was about the only Canadiens news this week, apart from Nick Suzuki heading to the All-Star Game, which will be played Saturday in Las Vegas (3 p.m., SN, SN1, ABC, TVA Sports, TVA Sports 2).

One of the only bright spots in this Canadiens season has been following Cat Toffoli’s Twitter account as the California girl shares her experiences during a pandemic Canadian winter.

On espère que vous passez tous une aussi bonne semaine que @tytoff16!

Hope everyone’s week is going as great as Tyler’s!

(🎥 @catbtoffoli)#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/WmujOyRugK

— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 1, 2022

On Jan. 11, she posted a video of her taking a pot of hot water on the balcony outside their downtown Montreal condo, throwing it in the air and watching it turn to snow.

“Okay this is actually amazing,” she wrote.

On Jan. 22, Cat visited to the provincial capital and wrote: “Took a little road trip to Quebec City on a whim and my jaw keeps dropping every time I turn a corner. This place is stunning.”

Break vibes 😆🌺 pic.twitter.com/8t8KVXJ6tO

— Cat (Belanger) Toffoli (@catbtoffoli) February 2, 2022

She also posted a video of her going down the famous toboggan slide in Quebec City, writing: “Bucket list item” with a check mark.

Toffoli has also been a bright spot for the Canadiens this season, tied with Suzuki for the team lead in goals with nine despite missing 11 games after having hand surgery in December. Toffoli also ranks second in team scoring with 9-16-25 totals in 33 games, two points behind Suzuki (9-18-27), who has played all 44 games.

The 29-year-old Toffoli has two more seasons remaining on his four-year, US$17-million contract with a very reasonable annual salary-cap hit of $4.25 million. There will certainly be teams interested in Toffoli ahead of the March 21 NHL trade deadline, but if I were GM Kent Hughes I wouldn’t be in a rush to trade the winger.

Okay this is actually amazing 🥶 pic.twitter.com/eRfDPVgg4n

— Cat (Belanger) Toffoli (@catbtoffoli) January 12, 2022

Toffoli and Suzuki have good chemistry as linemates, which can only help the 22-year-old Suzuki’s development. In the seven games since returning from his hand surgery, Toffoli has 4-4-8 totals, while Suzuki has 2-6-8 totals during that span.

They click together.

Not much has been clicking for the Canadiens this season, which is why they are in last place in the overall NHL standings with an 8-29-7 record and haven’t been able to win two games in a row. They headed into the bye week on a six-game winless streak (0-4-2) and have only two wins in their last 24 games (2-17-5).

Bucket list item ☑️ pic.twitter.com/2MqtW2i6UN

— Cat (Belanger) Toffoli (@catbtoffoli) January 23, 2022

If the Canadiens were going to make a coaching change — even on an interim basis — this would have been the week do it if they wanted somewhat of a fresh start. The players will return to the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday afternoon for practice before playing the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

When Jeff Gorton was named vice-president of hockey operations in November he said Ducharme’s job was safe until the end of the season and it certainly looks that way. The fact owner/president Geoff Molson is still paying Claude Julien US$5 million not to coach this season and also signed Ducharme to a three-year, US$5.1-million contract last summer might factor into that decision.

It would be surprising if Petry is still with the Canadiens at the end of this season. It’s obvious the 34-year-old is no longer happy in Montreal, especially with his wife and three young sons back home in Michigan because of Quebec’s COVID-19 restrictions. The fact he’s in the first season of a four-year, US$25-million contract and playing very poorly won’t help Hughes when it comes to making a trade.

Hughes has said he will trade Petry if he can make a deal that works for both sides. GMs from other teams will still remember how well Petry played last season and factor in his unhappiness with the current situation in Montreal. It doesn’t make sense to keep a very unhappy veteran in the locker room, so I expect a trade will be made.

Not much happened this week, but expect a lot to happen ahead of the trade deadline.

scowan@postmedia.com

twitter.com/StuCowan1

Related

  • Canadiens by the numbers: Character, leadership key cogs in rebuild
  • Chris Nilan says he was fired from TSN 690 for refusing to get vaccinated
  • Heat is on Canadiens head coach Ducharme | HI/O Bonus
  • Price’s setbacks cast pall over Canadiens | HI/O Show
News Related

OTHER NEWS

New York Rangers get another comeback win to force Game 7 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH — How many times can the New York Rangers dig themselves into a hole and climb back out? At least one more, as of Friday night. The Blueshirts came ... Read more »

Wilson, balanced Aces cruise to 96-73 victory over Dream

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 15 points, Kelsey Plum had 14 points and 11 assists and the Las Vegas Aces rolled to a 96-73 victory over the ... Read more »

EXPLAINER: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years later

The Associated PressFILE – U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Mike Anglen of Turner, Ore., center, stands atop a cliff as Sgt. Bryan Wallace of Pikin, Ill., waits for his turn before ... Read more »

Astros beat Nationals 6-1 for 11th straight victory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered on the first pitch of the game, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel also went deep and the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to ... Read more »

Kreider scores late, Rangers edge Pens 5-3 to force Game 7

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Kreider’s long slap shot bounced over Louis Domingue and into the net with 1:28 left and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on ... Read more »

Astros push winning streak to 11, roll past Nationals 6-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered on the first pitch of the game, and Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel also went deep to help the Houston Astros extend their winning ... Read more »

Moustakas, Drury power Reds to 8-2 victory over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered twice and Brandon Drury drove in four runs to break out of a slump and lead the resurgent Cincinnati Reds to an 8-2 victory ... Read more »

Peterson's bases-loaded walk lifts Brewers over Marlins 2-1

MIAMI (AP) — Jace Peterson walked against Anthony Bender with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Friday night. After starters ... Read more »

Padres: No cancer found during manager Bob Melvin's prostate surgery

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres say no cancer was found when manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery on Wednesday. Melvin, 60, was recovering at home Friday after ... Read more »

Ogunbowale, Gray help Wings rally past Mystics, 94-86

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points, Allisha Gray had 21 and the Dallas Wings overcame a 15-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Mystics 94-86 on Friday night. ... Read more »

Resigning North Dakota senator led lawmakers in travel costs

The Associated PressFILE – North Dakota Sen. Ray Holmberg listens during a joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee meeting at the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., on Jan. 7, 2009. Holmberg, ... Read more »

Residents in picturesque California county hit with gas prices topping $7 a gallon

A California county known for its spectacular mountains and proximity to Yosemite National Park has been paying the nation’s highest gas prices. Read more »

Boudreau to return as coach of Canucks next season

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Bruce Boudreau will return as coach of the Vancouver Canucks next season after helping to turn the struggling NHL club around as a midyear replacement. ... Read more »

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern tests positive for COVID

On Location: May 13, 2022 Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for COVID-19 ... Read more »

Today in History for May 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Colonists go ashore in Virginia to set up Jamestown; Lewis and Clark begin to explore Louisiana Territory; Israel founded; Skylab launched; Movie producer George ... Read more »

Twitter CEO expects Elon Musk acquisition to close, addresses spending cuts

Musk is awaiting details supporting calculations that spam, fake accounts represent less than 5% of Twitter's users Read more »

Padres: No cancer found during Bob Melvin's prostate surgery

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres say no cancer was found when manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery on Wednesday. Melvin, 60, was recovering at home Friday after ... Read more »

Renovated NYC museum shows indigenous perspectives

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City recently finished a major renovation of its exhibition on the native peoples of the northwest coast of North America. Curators ... Read more »

Police release 911 calls in Gilgo Beach case

A woman who disappeared in a beach community on New York’s Long Island more than a decade ago, sparking an investigation into a possible serial killer, said “there’s somebody after ... Read more »

Academy Awards set 2023 Oscars for March 12

The Associated PressFILE – Oscar statue on the red carpet at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Next year’s Academy Awards will ... Read more »

Actor Fred Ward, of 'Tremors,' 'The Right Stuff' fame, dies

The Associated PressFILE – Fred Ward, a cast member in “30 Minutes or Less,” poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles on Aug. 8, 2011. Ward, a ... Read more »

Judge refuses to drop elections suit against Trump, media

NEW YORK — A Colorado judge on Friday denied motions to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by an election systems worker against former President Donald Trump’s campaign, two of its ... Read more »

Q&A: Becky G unveils every side of herself in latest album

The Associated PressFILE – Becky G appears at the Oscars in Los Angeles on March 27, 2022. Beck G’s latest album is “Esquemas.” (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) NEW YORK ... Read more »

North Korea reports 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19 outbreak

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea reports 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19 outbreak. Read more »

North Korea confirms 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says 21 people died and 174,440 people were newly found with fever symptoms on Friday alone as the country scrambles to slow the spread ... Read more »

White Sox place Giolito on COVID list, activate Vaughn

The Chicago White Sox placed ace Lucas Giolito on the COVID-19 injured list and activated outfielder Andrew Vaughn following a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. Giolito began experiencing ... Read more »

Traded back and forth, Ford learns to live out of suitcase

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Ford has learned to travel light — and quickly. Since the start of the season, the 29-year-old first baseman has played for Tacoma, San Francisco ... Read more »

Falcon 9 rocket launches Starlink satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 53 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from California on Friday. (May 13) Read more »

Celtics' Robert Williams remains out for Game 6 vs. Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Boston forward/center Robert Williams missed his third straight game with an injured left knee as the Celtics tried to keep their season alive Friday night in Game ... Read more »

Padres sign Robinson Canó, plan to use him off the bench

ATLANTA (AP) — The San Diego Padres have signed veteran second baseman Robinson Canó to a major league contract and plan to use him as a left-handed bat off the ... Read more »

WNBA star's Russia detention extended by 1 month

The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner says her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press the relatively short extension indicated ... Read more »

Louisiana justices toss COVID-related charges against pastor

Hundreds of thousands of Americans fighting long-haul symptoms from COVID-19 Dr. David Putrino from Mount Sinai Health System and COVID long-hauler Joel Fram discuss the long-term effects of the disease.The ... Read more »

Sandy Hook lawsuits against Alex Jones on track to resume

The Associated PressFILE – This Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, photo shows radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones at Capitol Hill in Washington. The Sandy Hook families’ lawsuits against ... Read more »

Rockies' Bryant closer to return after cortisone shot

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant took swings in the cage Friday for the first time since he was sidelined with a sore back nearly three weeks ago ... Read more »

Mariners demote Jarred Kelenic to minors after poor start

NEW YORK (AP) — Rather than make his Citi Field debut against the team that traded him, Jarred Kelenic was demoted to Triple-A Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners on Friday ... Read more »

Biden: ASEAN partnership 'critical' in this moment

Looking to strengthen ties, President Joe Biden welcomes leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to Washington for the first time. “We’re launching a new era in U.S.-ASEAN relations,” ... Read more »

Phil Mickelson will not defend his title at next week's PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson caught lightning in a bottle last year at Kiawah Island, winning a major championship at 50 years of age. The fairways flooded, and the golf world stood and ... Read more »

Tennessee Titans' Malik Willis on Ryan Tannehill's mentorship comments: 'Everything is cool'

The Tennessee Titans didn’t take issue with Ryan Tannehill’s comments about mentoring third-round rookie Malik Willis. Willis and coach Mike Vrabel were asked about Tannehill’s scrutinized remarks following the first ... Read more »

Lawyers plan suit against Lufthansa over Jewish passengers

Lawyers for 26 passengers said Friday they told Lufthansa that they will sue the German airline for refusing to let members of a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers board ... Read more »

Wild face offseason after yet another early ouster

While the Minnesota Wild were stacking up franchise records and securing the extra home game for the first round, general manager Bill Guerin carefully acknowledged a “great year” for the ... Read more »