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RECAP | Marlies – IceCaps: Still Winless in the Homestand

Saturday January 16, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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MARLIES
Toronto

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Carr – McCarron – Holloway
Andrighetto – Hudon – Scherbak
Bournival – Dumont – Friberg
Lessio – MacMillan – Eisenschmid [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Hanley – Lernout
Ellis – Dietz
Johnston – Didier[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, John Scott, Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The IceCaps haven’t had a good run of things at home this week, losing all four games they’ve played at Mile One Centre since returning from their last road trip.  Tonight’s game needed to be successful, especially given the roster and line combo upheaval the IceCaps and their parent team, the Montreal Canadiens, had experienced during the previous 24 hours.

To recap the roster moves and trades, Jacob de la Rose was recalled to the Montreal Canadiens, Daniel Carr and Sven Andrighetto were reassigned to the IceCaps, Brandon McNally was reassigned to the Brampton Beast, the Canadiens traded Jarred Tinordi and Stefan Fournier to Arizona in exchange for John Scott and Victor Bartley, and Eric Neilson was released from his PTO.  Bartley stayed with Montreal, but Scott is due to report to the IceCaps on Sunday.  Nikita Scherbak came back from injury for this game, and Ryan Johnston made his pro debut coming off IR from back surgery.

Less than a minute into the game Eddie Pasquale gave up a goal on the the Marlies’ first shot on goal, by Brendan Leipsic.  It was soon followed by another one and St. John’s found themselves down 2-0.  The reunited first line of Carr, Michael McCarron, and Bud Holloway rediscovered their chemistry pretty quickly, though, and connected to give Holloway the first IceCaps goal of the night.  Less than 60 seconds later Charles Hudon fires a laser through Antoine Bibeau and the game was tied 2-2.

But before the end of the first period, Leipsic would find the back of the net again, as would Nikita Soshnikov.  Pasquale was pulled from net again, and the IceCaps looked to find an answer that simply wouldn’t surface.  Discipline proved to be a problem as the game wore on, with St. John’s taking six consecutive minor penalties through the first and second periods alone.

Leipsic would add insult to injury in the second period by earning himself a hat trick. Another Toronto goal after that proved to be an insurmountable comeback for the IceCaps even with a late game goal by Carr.  The IceCaps face the Marlies again on Sunday for a matinee game at Mile One.

▲     Daniel Carr, Sven Andrighetto, Bud Holloway, Michael McCarron

▼     Eddie Pasquale, Brett Lernout

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 33 Shots 21
0 for 2 Power Play 2 for 8
26 Penalty Minutes 16
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (16-14-5-3) 2 0 1 3
 Marlies (31-7-2-0) 4 1 1 6
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Holloway (11), Hudon (12), Carr (9)
  • TOR:  Leipsic (9), Rupert (6), Soshnikov (13), Leipsic (10), Leipsic (11), Findlay (1)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 5-3-2
  • TOR: Bibeau (W) 13-4-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Brendan Leipsic  TOR
  2. TJ Brennan  TOR
  3. Daniel Carr  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “(Need to improve) the execution, reads, the better choice of plays. Sometimes tonight we forced plays a little too much.”
  • “We skated yesterday. You know the first period I thought we came out pretty good, then the second period we seemed to be flat.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

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TRADE | Canadiens Acquire Scott and Bartley from Coyotes

Canadiens deal Tinordi and IceCap Fournier to Coyotes
JOHN SCOTT TO JOIN ICECAPS

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of defenseman Victor Bartley and forward John Scott from the Arizona Coyotes, in return for defenseman Jarred Tinordi and IceCaps forward Stefan Fournier. Scott will join the IceCaps.

Bartley, 27, appeared in one game with Nashville this season, totaling two hits and five blocked shots. He added one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. The 6’0’’ and 215 lb defenseman has posted 23 points (1 goal, 22 assists), 55 penalty minutes and a +2 differential in 112 career regular season games in the NHL. In 162 career games in the AHL, Bartley has collected 68 points (18 goals, 50 assists) and 121 penalty minutes.

A native of Ottawa, Bartley, acquired earlier today by the Coyotes, first joined the Predators on May 24, 2011 as a free agent. A product of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers and Regina Pats, he recorded 168 points (36 goals, 132 assists) in 336 games at the junior level.

Scott, 33, has registered one assist, 20 hits and 25 penalty minutes in 11 games thus far this season with Arizona. The 6’8’’ and 260 lb forward has posted 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) and 542 penalty minutes in 285 career regular season games with the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Coyotes.

A native of Edmonton, Scott joined the Coyotes on July 10, 2015 as a free agent. A product of the WCHA’s Michigan Tech Huskies, he totaled 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 126 games at the collegiate level.

The 23-year old Jarred Tinordi registered five penalty minutes in three games with the Canadiens thus far this season. He also added two assists in six games with the IceCaps. The Burnsville, Minnesota native was the Canadiens’ first round pick, 22nd overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The 23-year old Stefan Fournier produced seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) and 65 penalty minutes in 24 games with St. John’s thus far this season. The Dorval, Quebec native added one assist and 19 penalty minutes in five games with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. Fournier first signed a contract with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 6, 2013.

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Fucale Reassigned to IceCaps, Tokarski, Tinordi Back to Montreal

Tokarski and Tinordi recalled, Fucale reassigned to St. John’s
Sunday, 12.6.15 / 12:00pm ET

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MONTREAL CANADIENS PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL — The Canadiens announced on Sunday that goaltender Zachary Fucale has been reassigned to St. John’s in the AHL, and that goaltender Dustin Tokarski and defenseman Jarred Tinordi have been recalled from the IceCaps.

Fucale was called up last Monday, November 30, and was Mike Condon’s back up for three games, although he did not see any ice time.

Tokarski went 0-1-1 with a 2.45 goals against average and 0.925 save percentage over his two-game stint in the AHL.

Tinordi was assigned to the IceCaps on November 26 for conditioning purposes, registering a pair of assists over six games with St. John’s.

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RECAP | IceCaps vs. Senators: Feisty Sens Surprise Tired ‘Caps

Saturday December 5, 2015 
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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SENATORS
Binghamton

Charles Hudon (Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
McNally – Dumont – Fournier
Miceli – MacMillan – Gregoire
Pither – Neilson [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Ellis
Tinordi – Dietz
Hanley – Lernout
Didier[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Tokarski
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Tim Bozon, Michael Bournival (concussion), Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

Sometimes the games that you are ‘supposed’ to win are the hardest to play.

Fans of the Montreal Canadiens organization divided their attention between the IceCaps and the Habs on Saturday night. The Canadiens were in North Carolina to face the last place team in the Eastern conference of the NHL. They came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 final in Raleigh.

St. John’s was in Binghamton to wrap up their road trip against the Senators, winners of just five games coming into this night. Marc MacMillan opened the scoring just four minutes into the game.  Matt Puempel replied quickly for the Senators.

The Sens started the game with a bit of a chip on their shoulders and were ornery throughout. Just over eight minutes in Jeremy Gregoire tangled with Max McCormick. It was an extended tilt with a flurry of blows. The IceCaps bench took note of McCormick getting in an extra punch to the head while Gregoire was on the ice.

Just two minutes later Mike McCarron put down Nick Tuzzolino with a single solid punch. Tuzzolino left the ice for repairs in the dressing room. The fight was over so quickly that the two were given minors for roughing.

The IceCaps failed to develop any momentum after their first goal. Similarly the one-sided fight did nothing to spark the lethargic offense. And the Senators, who haven’t been in many games this season, seized the chance for a rare win.

The backbreaker for the IceCaps was a Senators goal by Ryan Dzingel with just 85 seconds left in the second period.

The IceCaps are really feeling the impact of injuries and call-ups at this point of the season. They have become a one line offense of Mike McCarron, Charles Hudon and Bud Holloway. While having great season in their own right, McCarron and Hudon play different games and have shown little chemistry playing together.

The IceCaps will return to St. John’s on Sunday with a four game home-stand on the schedule starting on Friday against the Rochester Americans..

▲     Mark MacMillan, Brett Lernout, Jarred Tinordi, Darren Dietz, Mike McCarron

▼     Mark Barberio, Gabriel Dumont, Angelo Miceli

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SENATORS
 28 Shots 30
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 2
26 Penalty Minutes 28
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-6-4-2) 1 0 0 1
 Senators (6-13-2-0) 1 1 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  MacMillan (2)
  • BNG:  Puempel (6), Dzingel (6), McCormick (5), Puempel (7)
  • STJ: Tokarski (L) 3-2-1-0
  • BNG: O’Connor (W) 6-5-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Matt O’Connor  STJ
  2. Ryan Dzingel   STJ
  3. Max McCormick  UTI

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “We know what kind of team that they have. In this building they like to play aggressive.”
  • “I’m really proud of what my guys accomplished on this trip.”
  • “We came up short tonight but the winning goal at the end of the second period hurt us, big time, because we were playing good up until that point.”
  • “The last four or five games we have played with seven defencemen so the forwards are tired right now especially guys like Dumont, McCarron, Hudon. I’ve played those guys a lot.”
  • “It’s good to see our guys producing and bringing something to the big club.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Dustin Tokarski

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RECAP | IceCaps vs. Comets: OT Win Extends Point Streak to 10 Games

Friday December 4, 2015 
Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-1

COMETS
Utica

Eddie Pasquale (Photo by Utica Comets)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
Bozon – Dumont – Gregoire
McNally – MacMillan – Fournier
Pither – Miceli [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Tinordi – Ellis
Hanley – Didier
Barbeiro – Lernout
Dietz[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Tokarski

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Eric Neilson, Michael Bournival (concussion), Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

The Aud in Utica is a small, quaint historic barn. Packed to the rafters it was buzzing with energy all game long. And the Comets treated  3860 boisterous fans to a dominating performance. Shots were 31-15 for Utica.

When speaking to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, Comets coach Travis Green said, “I thought our team played a hell of a game. We were in their end 70 percent of the game.”

But Sylvain Lefebvre’s ‘bend-not-break’ defence held and Eddie Pasquale was outstanding, fully deserving of the game’s first star. Pasquale and Dustin Tokarski have been superb in two straight games as the IceCaps have been outshot a combined 69-33 against Albany and Utica. Despite the lopsided shot disadvantage in games this week, St. John’s has picked up three of a possible four points.

The IceCaps have now earned points in 10 straight games. On the current road trip, Lefebvre’s crew has picked up eight points in five games with the coach crediting strong team play.

St. John’s easily won the special teams battle. The Comets enjoyed five power-play opportunities but the IceCaps penalty-killers were perfect. Jarred Tinordi’s lane-clogging reach and Josiah Didier’s shot blocking were particularly effective. The overtime winner scored on the power-play.

It was Andrey Pedan who was in the box when Bud Holloway drifted a wrister past goaltender Joe Cannata. Pedan received two minutes for boarding when he enthusiastically took Tinordi’s head into the glass.  Trying to resurrect past grudges, Pedan hurt his team while Tinordi displayed discipline.

Following the game the IceCaps headed to Binghamton where they will close out their six-game road trip against the Senators on Saturday night.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Jarred Tinordi, Josiah Didier, Darren Dietz

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 15 Shots 31
1 for 3 Power Play 0 for 5
15 Penalty Minutes 11
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-5-4-2) 1 0 0 1 2
 Comets (9-9-2-1) 0 1 0 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Miceli (2), Holloway (7)
  • UTI:  Sautner (3)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 3-1-1-0
  • UTI: Cannata (L) 6-5-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  2. Brian Holloway   STJ
  3. Ashton Sautner  UTI
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 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “The way we’re playing, we’re playing tight hockey games and we’re finding ways to get points.”
  • “Tonight the power-play came up big in overtime. And even the penalty-kill came up big at the end of the game.”
  • “Eddie [Pasquale] was great in net. I thought defensively we bent but didn’t break. We did some good things defensively.”
  • “[Utica Comets] played well, they played hard, they finished every check. On the forecheck, they were aggressive, they finished their checks on our defensemen. It takes a toll on everybody.”
  • “[Jarred Tinordi] is logging a lot of minutes. Every game you can see that he’s gaining confidence. Defensively, he plays hard, he takes the body, he’s got a long reach, long stick and he’s getting more confidence with the puck.”
  • “[Nikita] Scherbak is not going to be back until probably the end of January.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Charles Hudon

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RECAP | IceCaps vs. Devils: Tokarski, Tinordi Stand Out in Albany

Wednesday December 2, 2015 
Times Union Center, Albany, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-2

DEVILS
Albany

(Photo by Michael P. Farrell)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
Bozon – Dumont – Gregoire
McNally – MacMillan – Fournier
Pither – Miceli – Dietz[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Tinordi – Ellis
Hanley – Didier
Bennett – Lernout[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Tokarski
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mark Barberio (undisclosed), Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

The IceCaps, looking to continue their win streak, started off tonight’s game in Albany with seven shots on goal in the first period.  It would be the highest number of shots on goal for St. John’s in any period for the rest of the game.  After a fairly uneventful opening 10 minutes, Michael McCarron got called for a boarding penalty which led to a quick power play goal by the Devils.

20 seconds later, Gabriel Dumont responded with a goal of his own to even the score, assisted by Joel Hanley and Stefan Fournier.  Not long after that, Jeremy Gregoire and Corey Tropp dropped the gloves for a spirited fight.

But it was a hard hit to the head on Jeremy Gregoire in the second period that sent Dan Kelly to the dressing room for the night with a match penalty.  Gregoire eventually made his way off the ice under his own power, albeit very bloodied.

The Devils peppered Dustin Tokarski all night long. Tokarski, down from the Habs on a conditioning stint, responded well after shaking off some the rust from not playing in Montreal yet this season.  He had some key saves during the game and especially in overtime.

Outshot 38-18 by the Albany Devils, the IceCaps couldn’t get out of their own zone long enough to get the game winner before Paul Thompson found an opening short side to end the game.  Also down for a conditioning stint is Jarred Tinordi, who played exceptionally well throughout the game.

The IceCaps have now earned points in nine straight games.

▲     Charles Hudon, Jarred Tinordi, Gabriel Dumont, Dustin Tokarski

 Statistics 
ICECAPS DEVILS
 18 Shots 38
0 for 5 Power Play 1 for 5
17 Penalty Minutes 21
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (11-5-4-2) 1 0 0 0 1
 Devils (13-4-3-0) 1 0 0 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (5)
  • ALB:  Sislo (12), Thompson (6)
  • STJ: Tokarski (L) 2-2-3
  • ALB: Danis (W) 12-2-3
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Paul Thompson   ALB
  2. Dustin Tokarski   STJ
  3. Marc-Andre Gragnani   ALB

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “If you ask [Gabriel Dumont] if he wants that puck again, he could have won it for us. (Yann) Danis made a couple of good saves. Overtime can go either way.”
  • “They have good special teams. They showed that again tonight. For us to get a point here on the road, it’s a big point for us.”

 

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Canadiens Assign Jarred Tinordi to IceCaps for Conditioning

TINORDI REASSIGNED TO THE ICECAPS

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Montreal Canadiens Media Release
Thursday, 11.26.2015 / 11:30 AM ET

Defenseman Jarred Tinordi was reassigned to the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps for conditioning purposes on Thursday. He will join the team in Rochester where he should suit up to battle the Americans on November 27. The IceCaps will also be in action against the Toronto Marlies on November 28 and 29.

Tinordi still hasn’t played a game with the Canadiens during the 2015-16 campaign as of yet. Last year, he split his time between the NHL and the AHL, playing 44 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs and 13 with Montreal, where he amassed two assists with the big club. Tinordi also registered seven points in 44 games with Hamilton, while putting up a minus-9 differential.

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IceCaps Roster Feature – Mac Bennett

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

Mac Bennett (Photo by  Vincent Ethier)
Mac Bennett (Photo by Vincent Ethier)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — Mac Bennett was selected 79th overall in the 3rd round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. This was a year where the Canadiens organization selected the likes of Louis Leblanc, Alexander Avtsin and Gabriel Dumont from the podium at the Bell Centre.  Leblanc was an ownership decision and proved to be a bust. Bennett, Dumont and Joonas Nattinen, currently playing for JYP in the Finnish SM-liiga, are the only prospects left from the ’09 crop.

Bennett took the slow and steady approach, playing one year with Cedar Rapids of the USHL and proceeding to University of Michigan where he completed his degree in musicology. During his draft year NHL Central Scouting had the following report on Bennett:

“Mac is a very strong skater with good acceleration and overall speed. He has very good lateral mobility and moves his feet quickly. He can lead the rush and moves the puck quickly from his own end. He has a very strong shot from the point. He is a very good passer. He runs the power play and distributes the puck well. His defensive zone play is very good. He is quick to gain and maintain control of the puck and moves it out quickly.”

Last year as a rookie with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Bennett had a modest stat line of four goals, eight assists for 12 points over 59 games. It is worth mentioning this was the first time in three years that he had played more than 32 games, so fatigue may have very well been a factor. Bennett figures to slot on the left hand side behind Jarred Tinordi and Mark Barberio, with powerplay time because of his offensive upside.

Bennett is one of these guys that have flown under the radar for the Habs amongst names like Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu and Greg Pateryn have been given a shot by the Habs. In all likelihood he will spend the entire season with the IceCaps working on rounding out his 200-foot game in a bigger, faster pro league compared to the collegiate level. Long term it is tough to say if he will ever make an impact with the Habs, but his past coaches and scouts alike seem to see the work ethic in him that typically results in success. Best case scenario he’s a 5th-6th pairing defenseman in the NHL at some point (not necessarily with the Habs or in the near future), however the IceCaps are lucky to have him anchoring down that left side for the 2015-16 campaign. I expect he will see an increase in ice-time, and combined with his experience should produce a little better this season. However, without that increased productivity, seeing as offense has always been his bread and butter, Bennett may have already found his ceiling.


In case you missed it:

IceCaps Roster Feature – Sven Andrighetto
IceCaps Roster Feature – Mark Barberio

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IceCaps Roster Feature – Mark Barberio

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

Mark Barberio (Photo by Getty Images)
Mark Barberio (Photo by Getty Images)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — This series projecting players to lace-up for the St. John’s IceCaps will overlap on many individuals who may end up playing with the Canadiens all season, and Mark Barberio is no exception to that rule. The hometown Montreal native was drafted 152nd overall in 2008 by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Barberio had a decorated junior career playing for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Moncton Wildcats. During his tenure he accumulated 168 points and a plus-53 rating over 261 games. He also was named to multiple all-star selections and played in the Canada – Russia super series.

At 6-foot-1-inch and a shade under 200 pounds, Bergevin saw an opportunity to go after a 25-year-old defender who has shown the ability in the past to play a large role for his team. In 2011-’12 Barberio was a part of one of the most dominant AHL teams in league history. That year the Norfolk Admirals, coached by Jon Cooper, set a record in professional hockey for the longest winning streak. Winning 28 games in a row, a team which consisted of Cory Conacher, Dustin Tokarski, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson, Barberio made a name for himself by winning the Eddie Shore Award for the top defenseman in the league. He finished that year in the top-20 in scoring (first among defensemen) with 13 goals, 48 assists in 74 games.

Barberio figures to compete for a spot for the Canadiens this fall. He’s a left-handed shot, and therefore falls behind the likes of Nathan Beaulieu, Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov. Although Emelin likes to play a physical game, all three players fit a similar mold as Barberio, a guy who can move the puck well. For that reason, I had selected Jarred Tinordi at 6-foot-6-inch and much more of a defensive presence to slot in over Barberio on the left hand side, but would not be all surprised to see either of these two start with the Canadiens as a seventh man or injury replacement.

With Barberio signed to a one year, two-way deal, the Canadiens are giving a guy a shot to make a difference. He will need to clear waivers if sent down, so you can believe he will get every look in training camp, but with the top three left-handed shots set in stone you have to wonder which of Barberio or Tinordi will the Canadiens risk getting picked up by another team. Of course the Habs could always pull a last minute trade to shed some cap space on a guy like Emelin and keep both players with the big club. Time will tell, and it’s up to Barberio to make that a tough decision for Michel Therrien and company. If he does end up on the IceCaps this season, Sylvain Lefebvre can consider himself lucky to have a bonafide No. 1 d-man to help youngsters like Brett Lernout and Dalton Thrower learn the ropes.


In case you missed it:

IceCaps Roster Feature – Sven Andrighetto

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Bulldogs Announce Injury Updates on Andrighetto, Dumont, Tinordi

INJURY UPDATE ON ANDRIGHETTO, DUMONT, TINORDI

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Hamilton Bulldogs Press Release

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the following injury updates on forwards Sven Andrighetto and Gabriel Dumont as well as defenceman Jarred Tinordi.

Sven Andrighetto
Suffered upper body injury on April 18 – out 1-2 weeks

Gabriel Dumont
Broken foot – out 4-6 weeks

Jarred Tinordi
Underwent wrist surgery on April 20 – out 2-3 months