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Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Future

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Off-Season Primer

This week on the Last Word on Habs Pod, the guys dig in on the Habs first-round series loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Habs played better than expected but were still undone by some common issues. While fans are feeling great after the teams showing, it might need to be met with some caution about the team moving forward.

Next, the guys dig in on the 'drama' around the Habs. Max Domi removed the Montreal Canadiens info from all his social media paged. Phillip Danault said he is unwilling to take a reduced role on the team, despite the emergence of Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The guys then discuss what the Habs should do with their 2021 free agents. If they are not part of the long term plans, should the Habs move them and get some assets in return rather than risk losing them for nothing. 

After dealing with the issues in-house, it's time to see how the Habs can improve the team. There is the draft, where the Habs are picking in the top 16. There is free agency, but with a flat cap, it will be interesting to see how teams operate. Speaking of the flat cap, trades might become a big way to improve the team. The Habs do have a significant amount of cap space they can use. They could leverage a cap-strapped team into parting with valuable assets for cap relief.

All this and how an NHL regular season could look, the NHL not taking a stand, social issues, and much much more! 

TUNE IN!

** This will be the last episode of the Last Word on Habs Pod until the NHL draft and free agency, baring any major Habs new. Please stay safe, wear a mask and Go Habs Go! **

Credits

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.
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Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Holding Their Own

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Holding Their Own

This week Connor and Johannes discuss the medical scare Habs coach Claude Julien had prior to game two. Thankfully Julien is back in Montreal recovering but the team and Habs nation had a serious scare. With Kirk Muller filling in as head coach in Julen's absence General Manager Marc Bergevin made a very curious statement about the appointment to the media.

The guys then discuss the Habs have looked so far in their playoff matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers lead the series 2-1 but the Habs have looked the better team on balance. Still, some of the Habs old issues have reared their ugly heads so far, which is why they are trailing in the series.

Our boys then get you ready for games 4 and 5 which are back to back. Despite being down in the series, the guys think the Habs are in a good position if they can keep up their play.

All this and ugly hockey, beer league triumphs, Habs future, and much, much more.

TUNE IN!

Credits

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Playoff Preview

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Playoff Preview

'This week, the guys break down how the Habs were able to get past the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL play-in. The guys also discuss if they like the concept of the play-in round in general. Johannes was all in to start but Connor seems to have converted, somewhat.

The guys talk about the draft lottery, which was won by the New York Rangers. That means they have the first overall pick and are picking Alexis Lafreniere. Johannes has a hot take/prediction about the longer-term future of Lafreniere in New York.

Then our hosts talk about the Habs match up in the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers have looked very impressive so far, winning the round-robin seeding by going 3-0. Connor and Johannes break down where they see the Habs might be able to take advantage and pull off another upset.

All this and sympathy for the Maple Leafs, creative ways to get Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi going, Quebec music, and much much more.

TUNE IN!

Credits

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Play-in Primer

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Play-in Primer

On this week's episode, the guys get you all set up for the Habs play-in series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Connor and Johannes break down the lines, matchups, and what they expect from the series. The guys try to see where the Canadiens might have an edge on the Penguins and what might lead them to an upset. 

Before the real games start on Saturday, there are some tune-up games to be played. The Habs will play their hated rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. It will be interesting to see how these games play out. While the games are meaningless, they are more than just an exhibition game. It's the only game action teams will see before the playoffs. There will be some intensity to them. Teams will be hoping to come out of them as healthy as possible for sure.

All this and the Seattle team name, third jersey's, NHL safety, MLB outbreak, and much much more. 

TUNE IN!

Credits

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Return to Action

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Return to Action

On this week's episode, the guys reconnect after a few months in quarantine, so its time for a little catchup.

The conversation then shifts to hockey where they discuss the very interesting draft lottery results. One of the play-in teams now has a chance to win the number one overall pick. It's a big year to land that pick as consensus top pick, Alexis Lafreniere is considered to be a generational talent. The Habs are one of those teams with a 1/8 chance of landing the Quebec native, while his ability is not in question, the guys wonder if it's fair to thrust the type of pressure he will face in Montreal on an 18-year-old.

Then the guys talk about the return to NHL action, coming August 1st. They discuss how to responsibly return to action and if that is even possible. Players, coaches, and the league all need to play a pivotal role in keeping everyone safe.

Part of the return to play and the 'NHL playoffs' is the Montreal Canadiens playing the Pittsburgh Penguins in a best of five play-in series. What chances do our hosts think the Habs have of making it past the Penguins?

All this and Max Domi, the state of the world, COVID-19 contingencies, journalistic integrity, and much much more.

TUNE IN!

Credits

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Messaging

 

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Messaging

Spring break is over and the guys are back in the studio for a new pod. The guys first pay their respects to Habs and NHL Hall of Fame legend Henri Richard. The 'pocket rocket' passed away at the age of 84 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He will be missed.

Then Connor and Johannes take a deep dive into the Montreal Canadiens messaging. The guys were, like most people, were confused and frustrated by Marc Bergevin's post-trade deadline press conference. The Habs GM spent a good portion of the press-conference contradicting himself.

Building off this, the guys take a look at the Habs messaging through the Bergevin years. Unfortunately, the messaging hasn't been consistent. Johannes hits us with some messaging theory to help explain why the Habs are failing at delivering a strong message to their fans. The transactional model of communication suggests that information is sent and received simultaneously through noisy channels - each level involves a frame of reference, level of experience, and expectation. It's a very interesting way to analyze the Habs messaging and expectations they deliver to the fans and media.

All this and the weeks that was, the week to come, Bergevin's apology tour, Claude Julien's vote of confidence and much much more.

TUNE IN!

 

Credits

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.
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Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens at the Trade Deadline

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens at the Trade Deadline

This week the guys record during the final minutes of the NHL trade deadline. They discuss the Habs moves, including trading fan-favorite Ilya Kovalchuk and Nate Thompson. While the guys were recording, TSN's Pierre Lebrun said the Habs weren't done but the guys could not wait around to find out what that was.

So they played a game of small trade and big trade. Both guys throw out potential small and big trades they think the Habs made. Names include Nick Cousins, Max Domi, Matt Dumba, Jeff Petry and Dale Weise. Will any of their premonitions turn out to be true, only time will tell.

Turns out Johannes was right, Cousins was traded to Vegas after recording.

All this and what Marc Bergevin is thinking, the week ahead, beach vacations, feelings about 'futures' and much much more!

TUNE IN!

Credits

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.
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Last Word on Habs Pod: Final Nail in the Montreal Canadiens Coffin

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod Final Nail in the Montreal Canadiens Coffin

This week the guys commiserate over the Habs four-game losing streak. It essentially ends all hope for the Habs making the playoffs. It also showed the guys (and Habs fans in general) the gap between the Habs and true Cup contenders.

Then the guys take a look at the Habs under Marc Bergevin and what his plans seem to be and what the guys think they should be. They also talk about what Bergevin should do heading into the trade deadline and beyond. Johannes also wonders what a guy has to do to get fired in Montreal.

All this and just losers this week, fan expectations and memories, Habs fragility, the week ahead and much much more.

TUNE IN!

 

Credits

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.
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Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Big Push

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Big Push

The guys are back! After a few weeks off Connor and Johannes are back to dig into the Habs since the All-Star break. There is plenty to talk about with the Habs on a roll and pushing towards the playoffs.

The guys quickly go over the last two weeks of Habs games. The team has played well, going 7-3 in their last 10 to vault themselves (somewhat) back into the playoff picture. The guys discuss if this recent push is enough to actually excited about the possibility of the playoffs.

Johannes then drops three questions on Connor. First, he asks if the Habs were wise to leak that Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar are not available at the deadline. The second question is if the Habs should sign Tatar or Max Domi. Finally, Johannes asks about a high-level executive suggesting Cole Caufield and Alexander Romanov will be on the Canadiens roster next year. It sparks some interesting debate and answers.

All this and winners and losers, Habs development, trade deadline, the schedule ahead and much more.

TUNE IN!

Credits

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.
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Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens at the Break

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens at the Break

This week, the guys take stock of the Habs at their All-Star Break bye week. The Habs have been an up and down team all year which has landed them outside the playoffs. The guys debate if the Habs have what it takes to make it to the dance. They also debate if that would be a good thing.

The guys then dig in on the long term plans for the Habs. They discuss Marc Bergevin's plan and how likely it is to succeed. Connor thinks that Bergevin is in two lanes which will not lead to much success. Talk then shifts to the draft as Johannes believes the Habs need to make a splash in front of their fans.

The guys then talk about the impact of Ilya Kovalchuk on the team. The Russian sniper has revived his career with the Habs and the guys talk about what the Habs should do with him long term.

All this and winners and losers, the All-Star Game, the week ahead, the trade deadline and much more!

Tune in!

Credits

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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