Josh Gorges D MON 2 Months
Josh Gorges wants to see a great deal of improvement from Montreal's 23rd ranked penalty kill this season.
"We have to be better this year," Gorges said. "As good as we ended up as a whole, the penalty-kill was brutal. If we can improve on that, that's going to help us have even more success. The PK is important in today's game and it's something we have to take pride in." Gorges, who is known for his ability to block shots, has been paired with physical defenseman Jarred Tinordi on Montreal's penalty kill unit at practice.
Josh Gorges D MON 7 Months
The Montreal Canadiens were visibly upset and baffled by some of the calls made in Tuesday's overtime loss to Ottawa, but Josh Georges isn't blaming the officials for the defeat.
Most notably the Habs didn't like the questionable icing calls that went against them late in the contest that eventually led to the Senators tying the score in the final minute of regulation. "I just want everything to be called the same way," Gorges said. "I don't care if they wave them off, but in the first period they put one behind me and I stopped to let (Raphael Diaz) get it and the linesman waved it off. His explanation was that, as soon as I stopped moving my feet, it was no longer icing. I asked the same thing (in the third period). But that's not why we lost. The (officials) make the calls and we live by it."
Josh Gorges D MON 10 Months
Josh Gorges blocked a team-high seven shots on Sunday.
Gorges doesn't do much offensively, so he's a non-factor in most leagues. However, if you happen to be in a league that values hits and blocked shots, then Gorges is worth a look. He won't do much else, but he should be a major contributor in both categories this season.
Josh Gorges D MON Nov 13 '12
Josh Gorges is concerned about fan interest and passion for the NHL as a result of the lockout.
"It's very dangerous," he said. "That's something we've talked about since the start. The league is not just hurting the players by locking us out. There are a lot of people who love hockey and they're starting to lose their passion. They don't want to sit here and listen to this." Most fans are frustrated with the lockout, but most of them would probably return when it is over.
Josh Gorges D MON Oct 24 '12
Josh Gorges is willing to reserve judgment on the NHL's recent decision to give GMs and owners a 48-hour window to speak to players without the NHLPA's knowledge.
I'm really not sure what the (NHL's) goal was," Gorges said. "I don't know if it was to try to get GMs or whomever to call players to sway opinion about the league's (bargaining) stance, or almost to lean on players. A lot of times, it's tough for players to stand up to their GM and speak out against him. I don't know if the league's tactic was to persuade players to move away from the union and try to stop following Don's lead. Or, maybe they just wanted to have (management) reach out and open the lines of communication." Gorges is hoping that the NHL was merely trying to open lines of communication. However, if that was their goal, it frankly failed. There are no meetings scheduled and at this time it appears like the Thursday deadline to have a full 82-game schedule will come and go while the owners and players merely continue their staring contest.
Josh Gorges D MON Oct 19 '12
Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges was leery from the beginning on the owners' proposal.
Like all the players, Gorges is not happy that the owners continue to refuse to honor existing contracts. Even more discouraging for him is the fact that it looks like owners' offer was more like a ploy to ratchet up optimism that a season was near. "They got everyone's hopes up when they said we could start on Nov. 2 and get an 82-game schedule in," Gorges said. "If an 82-game schedule was so important, we could be playing now. They say they want a deal, but they're going to keep us out until they get what they want. It's not about us, it's not about the fans. "
Josh Gorges D MON Sep 27 '12
Denied NHL pre-season games because of the lockout, hockey-starved fans got possibly even better value for their money at a suburban Montreal rink Thursday night.
Montreal Canadiens stars Josh Gorges, Brian Gionta and Andre Markov, as well as Simon Gagne and Jonathan Bernier of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, were among 20 NHL players who took part in the first game of the Tournee des joueurs at the Complex Multisports de Chateauguay. Maxime Talbot and Jason Pominville each scored twice to lead the red "Montreal" squad to a 7-4 win over the white "Quebec" team. First-come, first-served tickets sold at the door for $20 drew a standing-room-only crowd of 1,250 to the multi-rink arena.
Josh Gorges D MON Sep 27 '12
Josh Gorges is looking forward to playing for new Montreal coach Michel Therrien when the NHL resumes.
He spoke with Therrien days before the lockout was announced about philosophies and traditions. "Change is good, it doesn't have to be a negative thing. The way we played last year wasn't good enough," said Gorges. "But more so than systematically or philosophically, the attitude has to change. No matter what system you put in place or what's going on the ice structurally, it's the attitude of the group." Gorges wants the Canadiens to have a winning attitude from Day 1 and as a leader on the team he'll try to bring that mentality to a club that finished with the third worst record in the league in 2011-12.
Josh Gorges D MON Apr 07 '12
Hockey Night in Canada star Don Cherry thinks defenseman Josh Gorges should replace forward Brian Gionta as the Montreal Canadiens' captain.
"Josh Gorges should be captain of the Canadiens, there's no doubt in my mind," Cherry said. "He's a captain's captain. This isn't in any way to say that Brian Gionta is bad, it's only to say that Gorges is so good. He's exceptional. And I think Brian would be happy to have a little pressure taken off him so he could just play the game. Look up the word 'leader' in the dictionary, and you'll find Gorges' picture." Cherry also ripped the Canadiens, saying: "I've been in hockey a long time and I've never seen a team in such turmoil." He added: ""It's a crying shame, two Original Six teams like this (the Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs), the most famous teams (failed to make the playoffs). It's really sad. Hockey sad. And I'm sad for Hockey Night in Canada. Can you imagine our ratings if we had Toronto and Montreal in the playoffs? Good gravy."