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Notebook - Jan. 8

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – In today’s notebook, P.K. has the gift of the gab, Gill gets ready to celebrate, the Wiz plays mentor and Hamrlik makes his return to action.


Chatterbox: With Josh Gorges set to undergo season-ending knee surgery this week, Hal Gill had a new partner by his side during Saturday’s pre-game skate, begging the question if Gill and P.K. Subban are now the chattiest D pairing in the NHL.

“Well, Hal gets on my case about not talking enough out there so I don’t know,” laughed Subban. “We definitely like to be vocal out there and you have to be because players know how to sneak in behind you and find those sleeper spots in the slot. If you’re not talking out there, you’re definitely going to be out there for goals against. You have to be vocal because it’s part of the game and it’s fun being out there with Hal for sure.”

Highlights from the last Habs-Bruins game
Planning ahead: Still searching for his first goal of 2010-11, Gill knows he has to be ready to celebrate in style when the time finally comes.

“I’d love to just get there, actually. I’d probably just black out or something – I’d get so excited I would forget what I was supposed to do anyway,” joked Gill, who has 33 goals in 960 career games. “I think I’d probably just do the worm or something like that.”

Showing the way: Thrown into the fire almost immediately upon arriving in Montreal, newly acquired defenseman James Wisniewski has no problem filling any role the team needs – including that of mentor.

“For sure I’m open to it. These guys are open to learning and we have great young guys who are doing a good job already as it is,” explained the seven-year NHL veteran. “The last couple of years I’ve tried to fill the role of being a Top 2 defenseman and trying to be an all-around defenseman. Right now, it’s just a case of stepping in and playing my game.”

Filling the gaps: Gorges may be out for the season, but the Habs finally got some good news on the defenseman front on Saturday morning as  Roman Hamrlik got set to return to action after missing Thursday’s game with an injury. 

“It will be big to have Roman back, but even when he was out the six defensemen we had out there played well defensively,” reminded Habs head coach Jacques Martin, who will sit Yannick Weber in place of Hamrlik against the Bruins. “The key for us is that we need our forwards to really come back and help out our defense with good back pressure and good support. We’ll probably also have to distribute the ice time more between our six defensemen.”

Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.


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