Montreal’s tip to Galchenyuk paying off big

When Alex Galchenyuk’s season started with the Sarnia Sting, he didn’t exactly get off to the kind of start befitting the third overall pick in the 2012 draft. The Montreal Canadiens had a tip for him to help get him going though. The team’s director of player development, Martin Lapointe, told him to shoot more.

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette found out hears from Galchenyuk about how that advice has paid off.

“I know I have a pretty good shot and I know sometimes I can a shoot a bit more,” Galchenyuk said. “I also know I can make a pretty good play. I have good vision and I can make plays, but (Lapointe) said I should shoot more, so I listened and I’ve started scoring. The last 10 games I’m more of a shooter. I think I’m more dangerous when I have the puck and I see that opening.”

Those last few games have been huge as we shared with you last week. In his last 17 games with Sarnia, he has 19 goals and 40 points. While the Habs won’t pull him from the World Junior Championships if the lockout is settled before the end of the tournament, he’s ready to go if/when they come calling.

Canadiens hire trio of former players for roles in the organization


Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is bringing a few old friends along for the ride in Montreal.

The Habs have hired Martin Lapointe and Patrice Brisebois to join the staff in roles of player development. Lapointe, a former Bruins and Red Wings forward, will be the head of player development while Brisebois, a former Canadiens defensemen,  will be the player development coach for Montreal.

Meanwhile, former Habs defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre was named as the new head coach of Montreal’s AHL team in Hamilton. Lefebvre had a great career as a player with Montreal,Quebec/Colorado, Toronto and the Rangers. He spent the last three years as an assistant coach to Joe Sacco in Colorado and this will mark his first time as a head coach.

Lefebvre replaces Clement Jodoin as the head man in Hamilton while Jodoin will look to land an assistant role with Michel Therrien in Montreal.

Habs keep adding: Lapointe to join Montreal front office


The reshaping of the Montreal Canadiens keeps on going.

Today, TSN reported former NHLer Martin Lapointe is expected to be named the Canadiens’ new director of player development.

Lapointe, 38, is just the latest in a series of hires for Montreal, beginning with GM Marc Bergevin and followed by assistant GM Rick Dudley, director of player personnel Scott Mellanby and head coach Michel Therrien.

It’s easy to see why Lapointe was brought on board. He played junior for Therrien in Laval and was a teammate of Bergevin’s in Detroit during the 1995-96 season.

Lapointe last played for Ottawa during the 2007-08 season and had been working for Chicago as a scout since 2009. In case you’re curious, he sold his Chicago-area home –a five-bedroom, 3,734-square-foot special — for $1.625 million back on May 3.