Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Term the big sticking point between Radulov, Canadiens

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s easy to forget all the years Alexander Radulov spent overseas and to assume that he’s in the beginning of his prime. The reality is that he’s already 30, making a long-term deal considerably riskier for the Montreal Canadiens. During Saturday’s edition of Sportsnet’s Headlines, Nick..." February 19

  • Julien delights Habs fans as Galchenyuk skates as top center

    Pro Hockey Talk "Now this is how you cement a honeymoon phase. Plenty of Montreal Canadiens fans were frustrated with the way Michel Therrien handled certain players; those fans must be pretty happy after Friday. You see, Claude Julien delighted many by installing highly talented – and frequently stalled –..." February 18

  • Perreault lifts Jets past Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The Winnipeg Jets have their eyes on a playoff spot and put together another strong effort to inch just a tad closer to their goal. Mathieu Perreault scored early in the third period to lift the Jets to a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday afternoon at the Bell..." February 18

  • Bergevin: Canadiens won't deal youth for short-term fix "The Montreal Canadiens are ready to contend. At least that's what general manager Marc Bergevin thinks two weeks from the NHL Trade Deadline, March 1 at 3 p.m. ET. After replacing coach Michel Therrien with Claude Julien a day earlier, Bergevin explained his decision to make the change by..." February 16

  • Julien receives five-year deal from Canadiens worth at least $20 million

    CBC Sports "The Montreal Canadiens officially announced Claude Julien as their new head coach Wednesday after hiring him to replace the fired Michel Therrien. "We're getting one of the best coaches in the NHL," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said of Julien during Wednesday's 37-minute news..." February 15

  • Canadiens fire coach Michel Therrien; Claude Julien, former Bruins coach, hired "The Montreal Canadiens fired coach Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien on Tuesday. Julien was fired by the Boston Bruins on Feb. 7. He coached the Canadiens from 2002-06 and replaced Therrien in his previous stint as Montreal coach as well. Therrien was in the fifth season of his second..." February 14

  • McKenzie explores Bergevin’s potential mindset for Canadiens

    Fanrag Sports "The Montreal Canadiens are limping into their five-day bye week following a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins Sunday. While the 31-19-8 Canadiens are still in first place in the Atlantic Division, their lead has dwindled after having lost six of their past seven games. Clearly, their play has..." February 13

  • Therrien on borrowed time as Canadiens stumble into bye week

    Sportsnet "It’s hard to imagine Michel Therrien dodging this bullet. His Montreal Canadiens, who have been playing with a relatively healthy lineup for the first time in months, have now lost six of their last seven games—including a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday. The Bruins, who gave..." February 13

  • Rask, Bruins shut out Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The NHL's newly added bye week is coming at the worst possible time for the suddenly hot Bruins. Boston hits the five days of not being allowed on the ice just as the Bruins have responded to a coaching change by sweeping a three-game homestand, capped by a 4-0 victory over the..." February 12

  • Shattenkirk open to playing for Maple Leafs, Canadiens

    Sportsnet "Trade talk continues to swirl around St. Louis Blues defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk. After general manager Doug Armstrong let David Backes and Troy Brouwer walk in free agency last year, all signs are pointing to the pending UFA blue-liner being traded. “Everybody believes he’s going to be the..." February 12

  • Looking at Alexander Radulov’s strengths and weaknesses

    Sportsnet "When the Montreal Canadiens signed Alexander Radulov to a one-year deal worth $5.75 million, it was hard to imagine it wouldn’t be a success story. Some drew parallels to Alexander Semin’s short stint with the Canadiens last season, but anyone who has watched the two players wouldn’t make that..." February 11

  • Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher sheds non-contact jersey; return imminent

    Sportsnet "It looks like the Montreal Canadiens will soon have some grit inserted back into their lineup, as forward Brendan Gallagher‘s return is right around the corner. Gallagher skated on a line with David Desharnais and Paul Byron during Montreal’s morning skate Saturday and was wearing his regular..." February 11

  • Berglund's hat trick lifts Blues over Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The saying goes that good things come to those who wait. Such is the case for Patrik Berglund. The St. Louis Blues center scored his first career hat trick, giving him 16 goals in his last 26 games and his team a 4-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at the..." February 11

  • Pacioretty leads Habs past Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Despite a TVA Sports report that Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin met separately with players and coach Michel Therrien on Wednesday, Therrien took a calm approach to the Canadiens' 3-6-2 slide heading into Thursday's game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila..." February 10

  • Canadiens' Andrei Markov headed to Russia after death of sons' mom

    Montreal Gazette "Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov will be heading home to Russia during the team’s break next week to bring his twin sons back home to Montreal following the death of their mother. The Journal de Montréal revealed the heartbreaking story on Thursday morning after Markov opened up about the..." February 09

  • Rantanen's hat trick lifts Avalanche past Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche skated off the Bell Center ice in Montreal at the lowest point in a season full of futility. The 10-1 loss to the Canadiens on Dec. 10 turned into motivation for the rematch in Denver, and Mikko Rantanen made sure the Avalanche had a different ending...." February 08

  • NHL Players To Rate Ice Conditions

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL is finally doing something to remedy the increased complaints of bad ice surfaces around the league. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the NHL and NHLPA are creating a subcommittee to monitor and address poor ice issues. The subcommittee—called the Playing Environment..." February 07

  • NHL trade deadline 2017: Top 10 players who could be on the move

    USA Today "The most talked-about player in the NHL trade market isn’t the most likely to be dealt before the March 1 deadline. Several teams want Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, but piecing together an in-season deal could be too complicated. Some Duchene suitors are playoff teams, and meeting the..." February 07

  • Trotz: Habs inking Radulov was ‘maybe the best signing of the year’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barry Trotz is certainly familiar with the development of Alexander Radulov. The two worked together in Nashville when Radulov was just starting out in the NHL, showing all the signs of a young, talented breakout player for the Predators. But there were rocky moments in the working..." February 06

  • Draisaitl rescues Oilers in shootout with Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- In a game in which offense was to be expected, a playoff-type tilt came through instead. Leon Draisaitl scored the shootout winner to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a tight-checking 1-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday afternoon at the Bell Centre. "It seems the..." February 05

  • Capitals stop Canadiens on Backstrom's goal

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The Washington Capitals' depth helped them get started and their special teams kept them on top. Two goals from the bottom six combined with Nicklas Backstrom's power-play goal helped the Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at the Bell Centre. Jay..." February 04

  • Andrew Shaw planted to Canadiens bench after needless penalty

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw took a careless interference penalty late in the second period Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers when his team was up 1-0. Claude Giroux tied the game with a power-play marker and Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien didn’t give Shaw another shift...." February 03

  • Flyers control Canadiens in 3-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Someday, Matt Read will tell his grandchildren about the night he teed up a slap shot that cleanly beat one of the best goaltenders in the world. On Thursday night, he was more interested in the fact the Flyers rebounded from one of their worst performances of the year with a..." February 02

  • Colorado Avalanche claim Mark Barberio

    Fanrag Sports "The Montreal Canadiens cleared up more room on their blue line on Wednesday morning when they waived defenseman Mark Barberio – but instead of heading to the minors, he’ll be heading out of the organization altogether. It was confirmed on Thursday at noon that Barberio, who has been skating..." February 02

  • NHL players called ‘puppets’ in major lawsuit

    Detroit News "Court documents unsealed in Minnesota reveal the NHL calling former players who filed a lawsuit over concussion claims “mere puppets” of a public-relations company when they provided statements to the media about the case, TSN reported Tuesday. In seeking access to correspondence between the..." February 01

  • Habs get Markov and Desharnais back; Nesterov to make debut

    Pro Hockey Talk "Veteran defenseman Andrei Markov will return from injury tonight at home to Buffalo. And to make his return even more worthy of watching, he’ll be paired with Nikita Nesterov, who will be making his Habs debut after Thursday’s trade with Tampa Bay. Markov, 38, has not played since Dec. 17 due..." January 31

  • Pacioretty's hat trick spells victory for Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The first two months, Max Pacioretty looked like a shadow of his goal-scoring self. Since December, he's looked liked the sniper the Montreal Canadiens have always been able to count on. Pacioretty scored his second hat trick of the season and sixth of his career on Tuesday night to..." January 31

  • 2017 All Star Game earns highest overnight rating since 2004

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL All Star Game is a constant source of debate. Some fans love it, others hate it – and yet more think it’s a dying source of entertainment. If the NBC overnight ratings hold any weight, though, it’s possible that the declining interest may not be as true as fans think: According to..." January 30

  • NHL Stars Support Going To Olympics In 2018

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Alexander Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Jonathan Toews, and Sidney Crosby all agree. The NHL should go to the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018. Now it’s just up to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and IOC President Rene Fasel to hammer out a deal. Toews told TSN’s Frank Seravalli “quite frankly, to..." January 30

  • Bettman argues that Olympic participation hurts NHL product

    Pro Hockey Talk "Gary Bettman reiterated his criticism of the International Olympic Committee today, as prospects of a deal to send NHLers to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea remain in doubt. In an interview with Sportsnet’s Ron MacLean, the commissioner also said that the NHL owes it to the fans to..." January 30

  • NHL appears unlikely to participate in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the NHL will participate in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the topic was discussed for “about 10 seconds” at the Board of Governors meeting Saturday, and deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters, “As of..." January 29

  • NHL All-Star Skills competition breakdown: Who’s competing in each event

    Sportsnet "The NHL has announced the all-star assignments for Saturday’s 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ in Los Angeles. The all-stars from the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions will compete against the Pacific and Central Divisions throughout the night for points in the overall..." January 28

  • In support of Mr. 101, who just missed the NHL’s all-time list

    Sportsnet "The 101st greatest NHL player to ever live got shafted Friday night in Los Angeles. Not only did he miss out on an opportunity to swap war stories with Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr and Red Kelly, mingle with Jaromir Jagr in a black-tie setting, and consume what we can only assume was some epic..." January 28

  • Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux agree that Gordie Howe was the best NHL player ever

    Fox Sports "On Friday night in Los Angeles, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux sat on a platform just prior to the NHL100 presentation at All-Star Weekend — an event aiming to identify the best 100 players in the league’s 100-year history. While some may try to argue that any one of the three..." January 28

  • NHL brings hockey world together with top 100 players of all-time

    TSN "Jonathan Toews struggled to find the words. His search, moments after being named to the NHL’s list of 100 greatest players, was a genuine aw-shucks moment - not the humble hockey player shtick where he does anything to avoid talking about himself. Toews could not believe he was minted as..." January 28

  • Canadiens add defensive depth in trade for Nesterov "The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman Nikita Nesterov in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. The Lightning receive defenseman prospect Jonathan Racine and a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Nesterov, 23, has three goals and nine assists in 35 games this season, and..." January 27

  • Ladd leads surging Isles to win vs. Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The turnaround for Andrew Ladd and the New York Islanders came too late to save Jack Capuano's job, but perhaps just in time save the season and prove their former head coach prescient. Ladd and the Islanders continued to surge Thursday night, when the veteran center scored two..." January 26

  • Clarification Please: The NHL's offsides review still a work in progress

    Yardbarker "Welcome to Clarification Please, an ongoing series in which Yardbarker will take a look at rulings that have players, coaches and fans a bit puzzled. Whether it is regarding old "unwritten rules" or a new subsection IV schedule, these are some rules in which we would like to get more..." January 26

  • Radulov, Price help Canadiens douse reeling Flames

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- Calgary Flames coach Glen Gulutzan didn't mince words when it came to assessing his team's performance against the Montreal Canadiens. "We were pathetic," he said. "We were pathetic. It was a pathetic display. No bite-back, no kick-back, right down; our top guys didn't do..." January 24

  • Canadiens' Nathan Beaulieu still fishing for a new contract

    Montreal Gazette "The young millionaires who play in the NHL live a pretty sweet life. They get to live out their childhood dream and are paid a lot of money to do it, allowing them to treat themselves to some of the finer things in life. There’s the fancy clothes, homes and cars, but the Canadiens’ Nathan..." January 23

  • For Wayne Gretzky, history is hockey's cornerstone "Wayne Gretzky is keenly aware there will be considerable debate Friday, and presumably for much longer, when the League unveils the rest of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. Given that pitched arguments break out whenever people compare hockey dynasties and eras, it is also a given that emotions..." January 22

  • Strange omissions reveal NHL’s real motive for Greatest 100 list

    New York Post "It is a marketing function, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you should bear that in mind when the NHL unveils the post-Original Six Era portion of its Greatest 100 Players on Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the league’s All-Star weekend. And as such, I would expect current..." January 22

  • Bogosian's OT goal sends Sabres past Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- Carey Price flashed the glove late in the third period to send the game to overtime. Robin Lehner countered with a remarkable glove save of his own in the extra frame to help propel his team to victory. Eighteen seconds after Lehner robbed Alex Galchenyuk from the slot, the..." January 21

  • Some NHL stars are packing less punch this season; why?

    USA Today "Jamie Benn, a scoring champion in 2014-15 and 41-goal scorer last season, has 11 goals in 43 games this season. Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, averaging 28 goals per season in his career, has seven this season. Future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton has scored only three goals and each..." January 21

  • Canadiens take advantage of late power play, jolt Devils

    The Sports Xchange "NEWARK, N.J. -- Alex Galchenyuk didn't understand why it was a big deal. Coach Michel Therrien demoted him to the third line after a few subpar games and people wanted to know about the 22-year-old's confidence and whether he had lost his game. Galchenyuk showed he's just fine. The..." January 20

  • NHL announces details of the 2017 All-Star Skills Competition

    Sportsnet "The NHL All-Star skills competition is coming up in Los Angeles on Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET and on Thursday, the league announced details of the event. The following events will be part of this year’s skills competition: · Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay™ · Honda NHL Four Line..." January 19

  • Penguins cruise past Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- After a wild night in their last outing against the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins kept the puck out of their net while keeping the offense going in a 4-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre. "It's been one of the more controlled..." January 18

  • A statistical look at the 2016-17 Selke candidates

    Fanrag Sports "Halfway through the NHL season, it’s pretty obvious who some of the awards favorites are. Unless Auston Matthews falls off the face of the earth, he’s likely to be taking home the Calder Trophy in June. The same can be said of Brent Burns and the Norris Trophy, as he’s on pace to top Erik..." January 18

  • Canadiens defenceman Greg Pateryn resumes skating

    Sportsnet "The injury-riddled Montreal Canadiens may soon be getting some relief as defenceman Greg Pateryn resumed skating on Tuesday. Pateryn suffered a fractured ankle after blocking a shot during a game on Dec. 6 against the St. Louis Blues. His initial prognosis determined that he will miss up to..." January 17

  • Coreau foils Price as Red Wings edge Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- As he took the ice for Monday's game against the Montreal Canadiens, Jared Coreau did his best not to think about the fact that the goalie at the other end of the ice was his idol. "I look down and I know it's him, but at the end of the day whether it's Carey Price or another..." January 16