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Canadiens Wrap: Nilan Goes After Drouin; Habs Own Leafs



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The Montreal Canadiens continued to own the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday at the Bell Centre.

Is Jonathan Drouin done for the season?

Former Montreal Canadiens enforcer and TSN 690 host Chris Nilan showed a complete lack of empathy and class with his tweet targeting Drouin.

That and more in the latest Canadiens Wrap:

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In just an absolute classless and hypocritical tweet by Chris Nilan, the former Montreal Canadiens enforcer and TSN 690 host called out Jonathan Drouin for being injured again. Nilan urged him to ‘just stay home’ so he won’t get injured. Drouin has been limited to just 34 games this season due to a nagging wrist injury and this was after he missed the Canadiens’ run to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final due to mental health issues.

Nilan has presented himself as an advocate for anti-bullying and mental health awareness after he himself battled his own demons and substance abuse.

Speaking of Jonathan Drouin, is his season over? Various reports in the last 24 hours have stated that Drouin will require surgery for his oft-injured wrist.

After another loss to the Montreal Canadiens, is it only a matter of time before Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe pulls a Pedro Martinez and calls the Habs his ‘daddy’?



National Hockey Now

Boston: As my partner-in-scribe, Joe Haggerty wrote, there was a point this season where the 2021-22 Boston Bruins looked like a one and out team for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but now they’re the hottest team in the NHL and expect to win every night.

NYI: Brock Nelson was the only positive storyline for the New York Islanders to come from the 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Florida: The Florida Panthers are using their Canadian road trip to get acquainted with their new teammates.

Colorado: Our man in Denver, Adrian Dater, spoke to former Colorado Avalanche head coach Marc Crawford and former Detroit Red Wings head coach Scotty Bowman on the anniversary of the famous 1997 brawl between the Wings and Av’s.

Vegas: Maybe that Evgenii Dadonov trade getting voided wasn’t such a bad thing for the Vegas Golden Knights?

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Calgary: The Calgary Flames Dolly Partoned the Edmonton Oilers in the latest episode of the Battle of Alberta.

Vancouver: Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller should be called ‘Money Miller’ because he is money every game.


The Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs will renew their rivalry on Tuesday night at TD Garden. Will Leafs forward William Nylander be in the lineup? One thing is for sure, he’s in head coach Sheldon Keefe’s doghouse right now after another lackluster performance in a 4-2 loss to the Canadiens Saturday.

Speaking of the Leafs, prior to their loss to the Habs in Montreal, they signed now-former Harvard forward Nicholas Abruzzese to a two-year, entry-level contract for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. The average annual value of the contract is $850,000.

The Ottawa Senators have signed defenseman Jake Sanderson to an entry-level contract. The Sens drafted the son of former NHLer Geoff Sanderson with the fifth overall pick at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.


Hall of fame puck scribe Larry Brooks takes New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello to task for not selling at the NHL Trade Deadline last week.






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Robert Lee

In hindsight sight, Nilan would have been better to say nothing about Drouin but being Chris Nilan he did..I believe everything Nilan said was bang on with the exception of the mental personal leave…Drouin hasn’t come close to returning equivalent value for Sergachev…Drouin hasn’t played a full season in my recollection and his best year was when he went on a tear and got traded as a result. Drouin unfortunately the poster boy for the Habs fans who are looking for the francophone player of the previous Habs dynasty. Hockey is an international game now…get the best player available and forget which province or country he comes from. That’s how you win and get better

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