Sep 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Canadiens, Latest News

In a training camp noted for it’s bloat and underachievement, Gallagher became the story line.  He participated in five of the seven games.   He didn’t score any goals but seemed to flourish in the company of ‘top-six’ forwards.  

As training camp progresses, the level of competition rises and flaws in young players games are, more often than not,  exposed.   Last night against Tampa Bay Gallagher started on a line with Scott Gomez and Max Pacioretty and seemed to thrive.  The coaching staff saw something most of the rest of us didn’t.  He played four shifts with Gomez and then was shuffled down to the Desharnais-Kostitsyn line where was ineffective.  It was the first sign his demotion was in the works.  Gallagher practiced with Lars Eller and Michael Blunden this morning, another indication of the impending re-assignment.

Bournival missed the first five exhibition games because of an early training camp knee injury.  He was arguably the best of the rookie forwards in last night’s game.  Bournival, a real prospect, was acquired by the Canadiens in the Ryan O’Byrne trade with Colorado.

Nattinen was injured early in camp and did not play a game. 

More from Training Camp

…..Jacques Martin confirmed that Andrei Markov will not be ready to start the season on October 6th.  The company line remains “his rehabilitation is on schedule”.

…..Thirty-two players remain in camp.  Nine are on the injury list which means they must remain on the Canadiens roster until healthy.   Markov, Lars Eller, Travis Moen and Ryan White will join the Canadiens eventually.  Hunter Bishop, Brendon Nash, Olivier Fortier, Louis Leblanc and Ian Schultz ultimately will be headed for Hamilton. 

…..Erik Cole practiced with David Desharnais and Mathieu Darche this morning in practice.  Andrei Kostitsyn was back with Plekanec and Cammalleri.  Yannick Weber continues be used solely as a right winger.   

…..Defensemen Alexei Yemelin and Jeff Woywetka will not be dressed for tomorrow’s game.

…..After tomorrow night’s game, the team will fly to Toronto and bus to Collingwood Ontario for their annual three-day bonding exercise.  They’ll head back to Toronto on Wednesday.  The season opener will be Thursday at the Air Canada Centre.

Tomorrow’s Starting Lineup

67-Max Pacioretty          11-Scott Gomez            21-Brian Gionta

13-Michael Cammalleri  14-Tomas Plekanec      46-Andrei Kostitsyn

52-Mathieu Darche         51-David Desharnais    72-Erik Cole

60-Aaron Palushaj          63-Andreas Engqvist    68-Yannick Weber


                             75-Hal Gill                76-P.K. Subban

                             26-Josh Gorges       17-Chris Campoli

                               6-Jaroslav Spacek 61-Raphael Diaz

Goal                                   31-Carey Price


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