Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Markov seeking 2-year deal from Canadiens

    Sportsnet "It’s unclear exactly how much longer Andrei Markov’s NHL career will last, but the 38-year-old is aiming to play into his forties. According to Renaud Lavoie‏ of TVA Sports, the Russian blue-liner is seeking a multi-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens opposed to a one-year deal. Markov is..." June 24

  • Habs ‘have holes in many positions,’ and Bergevin’s busy trying to fill them

    Pro Hockey Talk "Consider, for a moment, what’s currently on the plate of Montreal GM Marc Bergevin. Last year’s second-leading scorer, Alex Radulov, is an unrestricted free agent that might go to market. Trade calls are coming in on Alex Galchenyuk, who also needs a new contract. The Habs would like to keep..." June 22

  • Canadiens acquire David Schlemko from Vegas Golden Knights

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens filled one of the holes on their blue line Thursday when they acquired left-handed defenceman David Schlemko from the Vegas Golden Knights in return for a fifth-round draft choice. If you count the 15 hours Schlemko spent with Vegas after being selected in Wednesday’s expansion,..." June 22

  • Vegas in on veteran d-men Methot, Emelin

    Pro Hockey Talk "Golden Knights GM George McPhee said he’s going to stockpile blueliners at the expansion draft. The latest rumblings certainly seem to back that up. Per TSN, two of the more experienced defensemen made available — Ottawa’s Marc Methot, and Montreal’s Alexei Emelin — are close to being Vegas..." June 21

  • Carey Price 'not worried about' contract extension

    NHL.com "The elephant in the room hasn't yet found the exit sign, so Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price knew the topic would be raised. As of July 1, Price will be free to begin talks to extend his contract, which upon expiration on July 1, 2018 would send him into unrestricted free..." June 21

  • Canadiens’ Drouin pens ‘thank you’ to Lightning following trade

    Sportsnet "Jonathan Drouin‘s relationship with the Tampa Bay Lightning has been a tense one, to put it lightly. But following a trade that sent the 2013 third-overall pick to his hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens, Drouin took to Twitter to offer up a note of appreciation to his former club. The young..." June 18

  • Sabres acquire Beaulieu from Canadiens

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens have traded defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a third-round pick in 2017. The 24-year old is currently a restricted free agent. In 2016-17 Beaulieu registered four goals and 24 assists in 74 games and added an assist in five playoff games." June 17

  • Could Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens swing a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-for-Alex Galchenyuk deal?

    Edmonton Sun "With Jonathan Drouin off to the Montreal Canadiens in the blockbuster National Hockey League trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Habs now have a glut of wingers — unless they think Alex Galchenyuk is a centre or Drouin can play there. The jury’s very much out on Galchenyuk, the third..." June 17

  • Habs will not qualify Nesterov

    CBS Sports "Nesterov will not receive a qualifying offer from the Canadiens, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. This means that Nesterov will be able to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent starting July 1. Acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay in late January, the defenseman..." June 17

  • Coyotes among multiple teams with serious interest in Rangers' Stepan

    The Hockey Writers "With the Montreal Canadiens trade to acquire Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, the organization gave up a very sound prospect from their blue line. There’s no proof that the Canadiens traded away a for-sure top-pair defenseman in Mikhail Sergachev, but the Canadiens decided..." June 17

  • 'Shocked' Sergachev learned of trade to Lightning via text from fan

    NHL.com "Mikhail Sergachev was on vacation with his family in Cyprus when he received a message on his cell phone that would change his life forever. "Some fan texted me and said, 'Good luck in Tampa,' and I was like, "What?" said the newest member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "My phone doesn't work here..." June 17

  • Montreal Canadiens Will Not Qualify Nikita Nesterov

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In another (perhaps expected) move that will weaken the depth of the Montreal Canadiens defense, the team will not qualify Nikita Nesterov according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, making him an unrestricted free agent at the end of the month. After also trading away Mikhail Sergachev..." June 16

  • Habs sign Jonathan Drouin: six years, $33M

    Pro Hockey Talk "A busy day continues for the Montreal Canadiens and Jonathan Drouin, as the two sides agreed to a six-year contract. The deal is worth $33 million overall, making for a $5.5 million cap hit, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie and TSN’s Bob McKenzie. This comes mere hours after the Habs landed..." June 16

  • Habs sign Hudon to two-year, $1.3 million extension

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not long after orchestrating a blockbuster deal with Tampa Bay for Jonathan Drouin, the Canadiens continued to make moves on Thursday by extending forward Charles Hudon. Per TVA, the deal is for $1.3 million, carrying an average annual cap hit of $650,000. The first year is of the two-way..." June 16

  • Galchenyuk being 'actively shopped' by Canadiens

    NESN "In the wake of Thursday’s news of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathon Drouin being dealt to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, it seems the Habs are looking to make another roster move. Ken Campbell of The Hockey News provided the details on what could be Montreal’s next..." June 16

  • Canadiens sign Jonathan Drouin to six-year contract extension

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens signed Jonathan Drouin to a six-year, $33-million contract extension several hours after acquiring the forward from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a deal that sent prospect Mikhail Sergachev the other way. Drouin’s deal comes with a cap hit of $5.5 million per season. The..." June 15

  • Canadiens acquire Drouin from Lightning for Sergachev

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Jonathan Drouin and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2018 from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second-round pick in 2018. The 22-year-old restricted free agent is coming off the best season of..." June 15

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Galchenyuk situation in Montreal reminiscent of Seguin in Boston

    Pro Hockey Talk "Another polarizing player could be on his way out of Montreal. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Canadiens are “listening” to trade offers for Alex Galchenyuk. Now, obviously, this doesn’t mean that Galchenyuk will be traded. But the fact the Habs are even listening on such a talented..." June 14

  • How Canada’s teams could fare in the 2017 NHL expansion draft

    Globe and Mail "No team is better equipped to emerge unscathed from the 2017 NHL expansion draft than the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have no fewer than seven regulars – including emerging stars Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner – exempt from consideration. Under the terms of the expansion..." June 11

  • Habs talking contracts with Radulov, Price

    The Fourth Period "Among the Montreal Canadiens' priorities this off-season is not only finding a top-two center to add to their roster, but getting winger Alexander Radulov locked up to a new contract and goalie Carey Price inked to an eight-year extension. While the Canadiens, as of last week, hadn't picked up..." June 10

  • Agent: Habs RFA Nesterov not KHL bound

    TSN "Despite rumours to the contrary, Nikita Nesterov's agent says the restricted free agent has not signed in the KHL and plans to remain in North America. Nesterov is listed on the KHL's website as a player on Traktor Chelyabinsk but his agent Dan Milstein said rumours he's returned to Russia are..." June 08

  • Montreal Canadiens Sign Stefan Leblanc To AHL Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens have added some AHL depth on defense, signing Stefan Leblanc to a one-year AHL contract. The 21-year old defenseman was an undrafted free agent who competed this season for the Mississauga Steelheads as an over-aged OHL player. Leblanc was ranked 131st by Central Scouting..." June 06

  • Habs' Galchenyuk open to one-year deal

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk will hit restricted free agency for the second time in his career this summer and will do so with an open mind. Coming off an up and down season, which saw him fall to the fourth line in the playoffs, Galchenyuk's agent said Wednesday the 23-year-old..." June 01

  • Capitals not ruling out trade of Alex Ovechkin: Three potential destinations

    CBS Sports "While the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators square off for championship glory, the Washington Capitals are left to juggle questions about the future of their franchise centerpiece, Alex Ovechkin. Such is life for a team that, after another disappointing but unsurprising exit from the..." June 01

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • Penguins Phil Kessel says Predators PK Subban got shafted in Montreal

    Fanrag Sports "The Nashville Predators are preparing for the franchise’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final, a feat that was made possible due to the now infamous acquisition of defenseman P.K. Subban. Acquired by the Predators via trade with the Montreal Canadiens, the veteran defender has continued to..." May 28

  • P.K. Subban’s dad says he’ll always be a Canadiens fan

    Sportsnet "As Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban laces up his skates for the first Stanley Cup Final appearance of his career, he’ll have the support of his family in the stands. “We hope to catch all the games, because you just never know when you’ll be in this position again or situation again,..." May 27

  • Price’s agent, Canadiens’ GM expected to meet next week

    Pro Hockey Talk "It seems the two big orders of business for the Montreal Canadiens this offseason will be finding a way to re-sign Alexander Radulov, and come to terms on a new contract extension with franchise goaltender Carey Price. According to multiple reports, including Pierre LeBrun and RDS, Price’s..." May 26

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • Acquisition of P.K. Subban one of many building blocks for Predators

    Montreal Gazette "The first building blocks for the Nashville Predators were acquired at the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft when GM David Poile selected 26 players, one from each of the existing franchises at the time. Poile selected goalie Tomas Vokoun from the Canadiens and Montreal GM Réjean Houle also made a trade..." May 25

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Subban-Weber trade will end up an ‘absolute disaster’ for Canadiens

    Sportsnet "We are fast approaching the one-year anniversary of the blockbuster deal that sent Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for their then-captain Shea Weber, and, like with most trades, the ‘who won the trade?’ debate immediately followed. In the aftermath of the..." May 13

  • Justin Trudeau Urges Montreal And Toronto NHL Fans To Support Ottawa Senators

    Complex "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he plans to temporarily set aside his allegiance to his beloved Montreal Canadiens so he can cheer on the Ottawa Senators this weekend, urging fellow hockey fans across the country to join him. "I think all Canadians will be rooting for the final..." May 12

  • P.K. Subban still has no clue why he was traded from Montreal

    Sportsnet "P.K. Subban says he still isn’t clear on the reason he was traded by the Montreal Canadiens and admits that an answer will likely never come. The Nashville Predators defenceman joined Prime Time Sports on Sportsnet 590 The FAN Tuesday afternoon to talk about his new club, which is waiting to..." May 10

  • 8 potential sign-and-trade destinations for Ilya Kovalchuk

    Sportsnet "With the countdown to NHL’s unrestricted free agency lacking some of the zip of last year’s Stamkos Watch, the introduction of a potential Ilya Kovalchuk bidding war provides a welcome wrinkle to the hockey off-season. New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero confirmed with Kovalchuk’s..." May 10

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

    TSN "The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the..." May 02

  • Habs sign Jerabek to one-year, $925K deal

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens confirmed the signing of free agent defenceman Jakub Jerabek on Monday. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the deal is a one-year entry level deal worth a total of $925,000 ($832,500 in NHL salary, a $92,500 signing bonus and a $70,000 American Hockey League..." May 01

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

    NHL.com "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Canadiens sign Huskies free agent forward Waked to three-year deal

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract (2017-18 to 2019-20) with free agent forward Antoine Waked. Waked, 20, recorded 80 points (39 goals, 41 assists) in 67 games with the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in..." April 28

  • Habs' Lehkonen knows he 'has to get better' despite impressive rookie season

    Montreal Gazette "Shea Weber said he didn’t want to make comparisons, but he made one inadvertently when he dropped Artturi Lehkonen’s name in a conversation about the rocky path of Alex Galchenyuk’s NHL career. Weber noted that some players take longer to develop and that he was confident Galchenyuk would..." April 26

  • Longtime Habs assistant coach Jodoin resigns

    Pro Hockey Talk "There was a changing of the guard in Montreal on Wednesday, as veteran assistant bench boss Clement Jodoin resigned from the club. “Marc Bergevin and I regretfully accepted the resignation of assistant coach Clement Jodoin, who made the decision to end his long-time association with the..." April 26

  • Canadiens’ Alexei Emelin undergoes knee surgery

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Wednesday, the team announced. Emelin suffered the injury in Buffalo during Montreal’s final game of the regular season. He missed the first four games of the Canadiens’ Round 1 series against the..." April 26

  • Canadiens to sign KHL defenseman Jakub Jerabek

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just four days after being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it looks like the Montreal Canadiens’ front office is already hard at work. The Habs have reportedly agreed to terms with Chekhov Vityaz defenseman Jakub Jerabek, according to KHL reporter Aivis Kalnins. No official..." April 26

  • Pending free agents, Radulov and Zaitsev won’t play for Russia at Worlds

    Pro Hockey Talk "Montreal’s Alexander Radulov and Toronto’s Nikita Zaitsev will not play for Russia at the upcoming World Championship, even though the Canadiens and Maple Leafs have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Both Radulov and Zaitsev are pending free agents, and it would be a risk to play..." April 24