Originally the Canadiens were to open their seven game exhibition season with a game against the Ottawa Senators Sunday night at the Bell Centre. Instead, members of the team are scattered far and wide. Five of them are in Europe and three saw action this weekend.
Plekanec completed a five point weekend with two goals and an assist in a 4-3 win over Sparta in front of 12,589 fans in Prague Sunday. On a line with team owner Jaromir Jagr and Carolina forward Jiri Tlusty, Plekanec has played in three of Kladno’s five games and leads the team with 3 goals and 4 assists. He played for Kladno teams up until he signed a Canadiens contract in 2002.
One of Plekanec’s two assists Friday night against Vitkovice was a work of art setting up Tlusty. Here’s the video.
Tomas Kaberle has also signed to play with the Knights but has yet to play because of insurance issues. He is now expected to make his debut Wednesday against Pardubice. Like Plekanec, Kaberle came up through the Kladno club system before signing with Toronto. He played the entire 2004-2005 lockout season with the Knights as well.
Over in Switzerland, Canadiens defensemen Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz played their first games in the Swiss National League.
A familiar story saw Weber, playing for league leading Geneva, scoring the game winning goal on a power play slapshot. He also registered six shots on goal in a 2-1 win over Langnau . Although born and raised in Switzerland, it was his first career game in their National League. He left Switzerland at the age of 16 to play with Kitchener in the OHL and went directly from there to play for the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Diaz made his season debut with EV Zug Friday failing to register a point, while registering four shots on goal. Zug beat Ambri Piotta for the club’s first win of the young season. Diaz played for EV Zug for eight seasons before signing with the Canadiens as a free agent last summer.
There were reports in August that Max Pacioretty would also be signing with Zug. The rumours have so far proven to be false.