NHL risks conspiracy theories, grievance with John Scott fiasco

John Scott (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

If the NHL wants to touch off the mother of all conspiracy theories, it will do the wrong thing and prevent John Scott from playing in the All-Star Game. But the NHL, as usual, doesn’t seem terribly concerned with optics. Because if it had, it would have announced the moment that Scott was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and sent to the minors that his spot as captain of the Pacific Division team in the All-Star Game was secure.

Instead, it issued this wishy-washy statement: “The league is evaluating how this trade impacts the Pacific Division roster.” When reached by thn.com Friday afternoon and asked whether he’d be playing in the game, Scott said, “I have no idea.” But if the league believes it has an out now that Scott is no longer playing for a team in the Pacific Division, that stretches the bounds of credulity. And that’s saying something when you consider it’s the NHL we’re talking about here.

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Canadiens deal Jarred Tinordi to Coyotes for John Scott, Victor Bartley

John Scott (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators have teamed up for a rare three-way trade that sees at least four players on the move.

In a series of trades Friday afternoon, the Canadiens have acquired Pacific Division All-Star Game captain John Scott and defenseman Victor Bartley from the Coyotes in exchange for defenseman, and 2010 first-round pick, Jarred Tinordi as well as winger Stefan Fournier. In the deal, the Predators have picked up defenseman Stefan Elliott, himself a 2009 second-rounder.

The breakdown goes as follows, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. First, Nashville and Arizona swapped defensemen, as Bartley headed to the Coyotes and Elliott to the Predators. Once that deal was complete, the Canadiens sent Tinordi and Fournier the desert in exchange for Scott and Bartley.

First thing’s first, though: what does this mean for the All-Star Game? Read more

Montreal’s Alexei Emelin totally flipped Chicago’s Andrew Desjardins

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Alexei Emelin (Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens have now gone 5-14-1 in their past 20 games, ceding first place in the Atlantic Division to the Florida Panthers and falling precipitously towards wild card territory. So how about a silver lining, Habs fans?

For instance, this devastating hit by defenseman Alexei Emelin on Chicago’s Andrew Desjardins:

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Joel Quenneville moves to No. 2 on all-time wins list as Blackhawks stretch win streak to nine

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Joel Quenneville

Joel Quenneville has the Chicago Blackhawks on one of their best roles ever, and because of it he now stands alone in second place on the all-time wins list.

The Blackhawks beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night to earn their ninth consecutive victory. And in the process, Coach Q earned his 783rd career regular-season victory, putting him alone in second place on the all-time list, behind Scotty Bowman.

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Canadiens’ Alex Galchenyuk addresses domestic violence incident

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Alex Galchenyuk (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk spoke publicly Wednesday after an incident Sunday that reportedly resulted in his girlfriend being arrested for domestic violence.

Galchenyuk, 21, had a meeting with Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin Tuesday regarding the incident, but he did not speak to media. Bergevin also had a meeting with Devante Smith-Pelly who, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels, the Canadiens confirmed was present at the time of the arrest.

Galchenyuk told media Wednesday that he was sorry that the incident became a distraction, but said he didn’t want to comment on either his meeting with Bergevin or what occurred Sunday because it was part of his personal life. Read more

Ben Scrivens’ new Canadiens mask pays tribute to Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

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Ben Scrivens' mask pays tribute to Motorhead and Alexisonfire (via EyeCandyAir/Instagram)

Ben Scrivens has shown off his love for music on his masks before, but he decided to double up on his newest mask as a member of a Montreal Canadiens.

Scrivens, 29, put the logo of Canadian band Alexisonfire during his time as an Edmonton Oiler and, again, the logo will adorn Scrivens’ Canadiens mask. But Scrivens didn’t stop at Alexisonfire, in large part because the same day he was traded from the Oilers to the Canadiens was the same day the music world lost a rock icon.

On Dec. 28, the day Scrivens was dealt to Montreal, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, the legendary frontman of rock band Motorhead, passed away at 70, just days after finding out he was battling cancer. Scrivens was a fan of the band, and of Kilmister’s, and decided he wanted the band’s logo and the image of Kilmister on his mask. Read more

Canadiens’ Carey Price sidelined until after the all-star break

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Carey Price (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens have been without Carey Price for the past six weeks, and the superstar netminder doesn’t appear to be any closer to a return.

According to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, Price won’t be returning to the Montreal lineup before the All-Star Game, which is scheduled to take place in Nashville on Jan. 31. Price, 28, was originally slated to miss six weeks with the lower-body injury that sidelined him in late November, but Therrien’s update means Price’s time on the shelf could extend beyond nine weeks.

“We said it would be a minimum of six weeks, so it was a long-term injury,” Therrien said, via NHL.com’s Arpon Basu. “When you’re dealing with a long-term injury it’s always tough to say that he’s going to be back on this specific day. We need to follow the rehabilitation process and I’m told it’s going well.” Read more