Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Your Canadiens for April 4, 2012
JOSH GORGES WINS JACQUES-BEAUCHAMP TROPHY
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges won this season's Jacques-Beauchamp Trophy, it was announced yesterday. The Beauchamp goes annually to a player deemed the Habs' unsung hero, or fourth star. A player who has contributed to the team's successes without necessarily getting much attention or credit. Roman Hamrlik won the award last year, with Gorges having previously won it the season prior as well. David Desharnais finished 2nd in award voting, with Alexei Emelin rounding out the top 3.
CANADIENS CALL UP GABRIEL DUMONT AND ROBERT MAYER
Also yesterday, the Habs announced the call-ups of forward Gabriel Dumont and goaltender Robert Mayer from the Hamilton Bulldogs. Dumont will wear #37 and is likely to play in place of the injured Petteri Nokelainen tonight. He becomes the 805th player in Montreal Canadiens history. Mayer will wear #65 and may or may not see action given that the Habs have two games in two nights tonight and tomorrow. His call-up was necessitated by the mild concussion suffered by starter Carey Price that has caused him to miss practice the last 3 days and will hold him out of the final 3 games.
HABS CONTACT AT LEAST THREE IN GM SEARCH
Through sources Pierre Lebrun and Francois Gagnon, TSN is reporting the Montreal Canadiens have contacted Marc Bergevin, Pat Brisson, and Julien Brisebois about the team's General Manager vacancy. All three have been widely talked about as possible replacements to Pierre Gauthier, and all factored into my own top 10 wish list for his successor. Assuming this news is correct, it at least shows the Habs aren't wasting any time in searching out top candidates and have considered some of the more obvious names. My realistic favourite for the position remains Bergevin, so here's hoping he's willing to leave Chicago.
Updates: Added to the list of contacted by the Canadiens are Claude Loiselle and Francois Giguere.
Vincent Damphousse informed the media that he told Geoff Molson he would pull his name out of consideration for family reasons. This is good news as I had Damphousse as my #1 name to avoid due to his huge lack of experience.
A Bertrand Raymond piece on RDS indicated that the journalist heard from a source that Julien Brisebois would have also declined consideration for the post, though this is a small rumour at best at this point.