Okay, this will not be easy.
The Montreal Canadiens are celebrating their 100th year.
The Montreal Canadiens are hosting this weekend’s all-star festivities and this summer, the draft.
The Montreal Canadiens will contribute four of the East’s starters.
The Montreal Canadiens, the Montreal Canadiens…
Look at it this way, Leafs fans. You’d rather have all this happening to a Canadian team, even if it is the Canadiens, a team so drunk on its own history as to make everybody else want to throw up.
The truth is, when you run as successful a business as the Canadiens you get to crow about your history. The other thing is, the Montreal Canadiens helped set a standard for excellence, comportment and yes, class.
I say good on them and besides, there will be some Leafs content. Luke Schenn
will man the East blue line in the NHL YoungStars game, Saturday night.
That same night, Tomas Kaberle returns to defend his sharpshooting title. Last year, he took extra shots to beat Nashville’s Jason Arnott.
This time Kaberle will throw down against Jarome Iginla, Mike Modano, Evgeni Malkin, Jonathan Toews, Ilya Kovalchuk, Dany Heatly and Marc Savard.
Some of the game’s fastest skaters will open up the throttle in Montreal as Jeff Carter, Zach Parise, Brian Campbell and Jay Bouwmeester compete.
As well, the league’s heaviest shooters, Sheldon Souray, Mike Komisarek
, Vincent Lecavalier, Shea Weber and Mark Streit, will vie for the title as the league’s hardest shooter.
A breakway competition with random players facing off will bring the night to a close.
Kaberle and the rest of the East shooters get to showcase their skills in earnest during the all-star game, beginning Sunday at 6 p.m.