Thursday was the first time the Montreal Canadiens hit the ice together this season, and already Habs coach Michel Therrien is testing out some potential line combinations. The players took part in a 40 minute scrimmage, where newly acquired Daniel Briere was playing on the wing alongside David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty. Briere, who spent most of his career as a centreman, mentioned last week that he doesnt mind playing on the wing if need be. Pacioretty and Desharnais have had great chemistry playing together in the past, even dating back to their Hamilton Bulldogs days. However, last season the duo werent able to find the type of success theyve shown in the past. Desharnais, despite his small 57 frame, has been able to prove over the years that he belongs in the NHL. The 2011-12 season was when Desharnais really made a name for himself, scoring 16 goals and adding 44 assists in 81 games. His line with Pacioretty and Erik Cole quickly became the top line on the team. His performance that year is what led Habs general manager Marc Bergevin to sign him to a four-year contract extension worth $14 million last season. After underperforming last year, Desharnais hopes to put the struggles behind and start fresh this year. "We want him to be at the net, we want him to be first on the puck, we want him to skate, and that is how he will be successful and he knows it," coach Therrien said. Another line combination Therrien was watching closely was Rene Bourque, Tomas Plekanec and rookie Christian Thomas. The Canadiens traded Danny Kristo to the New York Rangers this summer to acquire Thomas. Hes the son of former NHL player Steve Thomas, and so far he has impressed a number of people. With Brian Gionta questionable for the season-opener on October 1 with a bicep injury, there is a good possibility that Thomas might be the one replacing him. The fact that he was placed on a line with veteran players like Plekanec and Bourque is a good indication that the organization has high hopes for the 21-year-old. Thomas spent last season playing for the Connecticut Whale of the AHL and was called up for one game; ironically against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Ray Lewis Jersey . In fact, with a few improvements, this could very well be a decent team over the next few seasons. I will go into more detail when digging into the Canucks Off-Season Game Plan, which will be coming earlier this year since they are part of the non-playoff contingent, there are some reasons to think this is a favourable situation for President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden and whomever he selects to be the new general manager. Miles Boykin Jersey . The weekend at Oriole Park has been less kind, with three players suffering varying degrees of injury. The worst ailment of the three, at least optically, is the deep bone bruise suffered by Adam Lind when he fouled a pitch off the top of his right foot in the sixth inning of Saturdays game. http://www.cheapravensjerseysauthentic.com/ . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota (5): He was calm, poised, and looked comfortable all game. Baltimore Ravens Jerseys China . The union filed a grievance late Thursday, one day after Goodell suspended four players who participated in bounties from 2009-11. The complaint says Goodell is prohibited from punishing players for any aspect of the case occurring before the new collective bargaining agreement was signed last August. Trace McSorley Jersey . 17.A string of English Premier League teams, most in the lower end of the standings, has been linked to the 32-year-old forward but most have seemingly balked at the cost given his wages and transfer fee.BARCELONA, Spain -- Carlos Vela scored a 75th-minute equalizer Saturday to give Real Sociedad a 1-1 draw at Elche in Spain, keeping the Basque side undefeated before it completes a critical playoff to reach the Champions League group stage. Also, Espanyol fought back to beat Valencia 3-1 for its first victory of the Spanish league season, while Villarreal scored its second late winner in as many weeks to rally 2-1 over Valladolid. Early at Martinez Valero Stadium, Sociedad appeared to be looking ahead to Wednesday when it hosts Lyon with a 2-0 advantage heading into their second leg with Europes top tier club competition at stake. Elche struck two minutes in when Ferran "Coro" Corominas tapped in a corner kick earned from the hosts pressure that continued to cause Sociedad problems through the first half. Elche went close to scoring again through headers by Alberto Botia and Manuel del Moral on either side of halftime, and was on course for its first win in the topflight for 25 years after being promoted last spring. But Sociedad slowly pushed Elche onto its back foot, and Vela was left unmarked to volley in Xabi Prietos cross for his second goal in as many league games. The Mexico forward nearly took the full three points for Sociedad with a curling strike from outside the area that clipped the bar two minutes from time. "Given how the game went, a point isnt too bad, even though at the end we had a chance to win," said Vela. "The first half was theirs, but in the second we knew how to rectify the situation. The point is good and now we have to keep working to finish off the job of going to the Champions League." Espanyol created three clear scoring opportunities before Valencias Helder Postiga snatched the 10th-minute opener at Cornella-El Prat Stadium. The goal, however, didnt change the flow of the match, and Espanyol ddefender David Lopez headed in Simao Sabrosas corner kick in the 31st.dddddddddddd Christian Stuani headed Espanyol in front two minutes after the break, jumping and redirecting a free kick by Juan Fuentes off the post and into the net. Forward Thievy Bifouma sealed the result in the 89th with his second goal in two games coming of Espanyols bench after an excellent dribble and assist by Manuel Lanzarote. When Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic was hired this summer he said he had returned to his former club to "awaken a sleeping giant." After its poor performance Saturday the former Serb defender wasnt so optimistic. "Im ashamed," said Djukic. "We talk a lot and think we are stars but maybe we arent. We have to come down from the clouds because perhaps we arent so good. We looked ridiculous. We cant achieve anything with this attitude." Villarreal also had to come from behind to edge the visiting Valladolid after Javi Guerra finished off a team build up of five passes in the fourth minute. Giovani Dos Santos made it 1-1 in the 38th by slicing a penalty kick off the post after Valladolids Gilberto "Alcatraz" Garcia fouled Jauma Costa in the area. Dos Santos had given Villarreal its first win last week with a goal in the 86th. This time it fell to Ruben "Cani" Gracia to charge forward on the break and blast the ball into the top corner in the 83rd to keep Villarreal perfect in its return to the first division. On Friday, Athletic Bilbao beat Osasuna 2-0, while Getafe drew 2-2 at home with Almeria. Barcelona visits Malaga Sunday with Lionel Messi unavailable after injuring his leg midweek in a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Also, Atletico faces Rayo Vallecano, Sevilla travels to Levante, and Real Betis plays Celta. Real Madrid visits Granada on Monday. 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