Notebook - Nov. 8, 2010
A tough decision: Since scoring the Montreal Canadiens’ first goal of the 2010-11 season, newcomer Dustin Boyd has fallen on tough times. With only one point and a -6 rating over nine games, the team’s management feels that he’s having difficulties carving out a spot for himself in this already jam-packed Montreal team.
“We’ve currently placed Dustin Boyd on waivers. With no injuries and a full roster, it’s been hard to find a spot for Dustin to fill in and contribute. Right now we’re just going to see what happens but at this moment we have no intention of sending him to Hamilton,” Canadiens’ head-coach Jacques Martin announced shortly after the team’s Monday morning practice.
Whatever his current situation may be, Boyd continues to keep his head held high.
“I’m still trying to fit into the system here and create some form of consistency for myself. I had a good camp at the beginning of the year, but since the regular season started I’ve been out for five games and when I’ve played, the bounces weren’t really going my way,” admitted Boyd who has continued to work hard and display a positive attitude since the start of the season. “It seems like the top six is pretty set though, so I’m just looking to stay positive and a find a role to fill where I can offer something to the team.”
The buddy-system: As with any family, certain relationships that develop are stronger than others. That’s just the case with Scott Gomez and Maxim Lapierre who will find themselves taking on the Canucks as linemates come Tuesday night.
“We definitely get along pretty well. It’s always easier to communicate and tell someone what you really think when you’re friends – even if it’s something they may not want to hear. That’s the kind of relationship we have,” said Maxim Lapierre, who plans to maintain his trademark style of play after being moved to a line with Gomez and Kostitsyn. “I can’t show up tomorrow thinking that I’m going to score 50 goals. It’s still going to be all about going to the net and finishing my checks, and by doing that it should give Scott and Andrei the chance for some great scoring opportunities.”
Different Strokes: Looking at defensive pairings, you’ll often find duos made up of one player who focuses more on offence and the other on defence. Playing with Hal Gill, Josh Gorges was considered the offensive contributor of the pair. Now that he finds himself teamed with Andrei Markov, it’s a different story altogether.
“I think if there’s the option for either Markov or myself to jump in on a rush, I’ll sit back and let him take it. When I was playing with Gill it would probably have been me – that’s the biggest difference,” explained Gorges. “My role with Andrei is to hang back and provide support so if there’s a bad bounce, I’m there to cover it.”
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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