Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • Greg Pateryn sports No. 8 as Canadiens begin training camp

    Montreal Gazette "When Greg Pateryn heard that the Canadiens traded P.K. Subban for Shea Weber, he knew that he would be wearing a new number this season. Pateryn has been wearing No. 6, but that’s the number Weber has worn throughout his all-star career and Pateryn was wearing No. 8 as the Canadiens’ training..." September 24

  • Dreger: Kris Russell signing ‘getting closer’

    Today's Slapshot "Darren Dreger was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Tuesday morning: On how unrestricted free agent defenseman Kris Russell has yet to sign, and on if there is a chance the Montreal Canadiens could be in play: “Well, I guess there’s a chance. Why not. I mean, Montreal has expressed some interest...." September 22

  • Canadiens' hope buoyed by Carey Price's showing

    NHL.com "The Montreal Canadiens were just fine with Carey Price missing their golf tournament Tuesday. In fact, the reason for Price's absence is a huge relief for the Canadiens, and one that has them very hopeful that this season will have a much more positive outcome than the previous one. While..." September 21

  • Therrien denies calling Pacioretty ‘the worst captain in Canadiens history’

    Pro Hockey Talk "From The Canadian Press: Montreal coach Michel Therrien denies ever calling Max Pacioretty “the worst captain in Canadiens history” but is glad there will be more veteran leadership on his squad this season. Therrien reportedly disparaged Pacioretty at a recent charity golf tournament. The..." September 20

  • Montreal Canadien’s Mikhail Sergachev Injured

    The Hockey Writers "When the Montreal Canadien’s selected Mikhail Sergachev with the ninth overall selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, they knew they were getting a potential star. In the Canadien’s rookie tournament game against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, Sergachev showed that he can be just that with an..." September 18

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Carey Price to Start for Team Canada, Claude Giroux a Healthy Scratch

    The Hockey Writers "After Friday’s Team Canada practice, just one day before the 2016 World Cup of Hockey opens, coach Mike Babcock revealed the lineup for Saturday’s opener. As expected, Carey Price will start in net for Team Canada. The surprise in net is that Corey Crawford, who has never suited up for his..." September 17

  • Michael McCarron has a new look at Canadiens' rookie camp

    Montreal Gazette "At 6-foot-6, Mike McCarron still stands out in a hockey locker room. But as the Canadiens opened their rookie camp Thursday in Brossard, he looked like a new man. For starters, there’s a new, stylish haircut. “The older haircut was bad,” McCarron said with a laugh. McCarron is also..." September 16

  • Canadiens Taking Calls On Nathan Beaulieu

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There’s never a dull moment in Montreal. In an interview with François Gagnon of RDS, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said he has received calls about defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (link in French). Bergevin mentioned that “it’s [his] job to listen, to analyze”, which if you’ll recall, is very..." September 16

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Just How Short Is The Leash In Montreal?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Bob McKenzie appeared on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Monday morning to talk about the Canadiens controversial summer, and just how long of a leash GM Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien have. McKenzie believes that Bergevin and Therrien aren’t as perilously close to unemployment as some fans..." September 12

  • Habs’ Petry hopes for strong return from sports hernia surgery

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jeff Petry‘s first season in Montreal after signing his lucrative contract extension with the Habs didn’t go according to plan for both the player and team. The Habs, after the injury to Carey Price, fell apart and fell out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Petry, 28 years old and signed..." September 11

  • Torts issues a challenge to Pacioretty: ‘I need more out of him’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Two pre-competition games into the World Cup and John Tortorella has issued a challenge to a player through the media. Max Pacioretty was on the receiving end of Tortorella’s message following Team USA’s loss to Team Canada. The Montreal Canadiens captain didn’t have a point, and only one shot..." September 11

  • Price happy to get his 'feet wet' in first game action since November

    Sportsnet "The wait is over. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made his much-anticipated return to the crease on Friday night as the starting goaltender for Team Canada’s first pre-tournament game against Team USA. It was his first game action since Nov. 25, as he was sidelined for all but a..." September 10

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • Trade Talks Involving the Oilers and P.K. Subban Stalled Due to Salary Concerns

    The Comeback "The Edmonton Oilers reportedly had conversations with the Montreal Canadiens about P.K. Subban. but talks stalled when the Oilers balked at Subban’s salary. In an excellent feature from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.ca detailing the “23 minutes” where the Subban, Shea Weber, Steven Stamkos,..." September 06

  • 'No doubt' Subban would bring Cup to Montreal Children's Hospital

    CBC Sports "NHL defenceman P.K. Subban says he remains committed to the raising money for the Montreal Children's Hospital despite being traded by the Canadiens to the Nashville Predators in June. Nearly a year after making a $10-million fundraising pledge, the beloved former Hab returned to the hospital..." September 01

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Tomas Plekanec named Team Czech Republic captain

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec was named captain of Team Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the Czech Ice Hockey Association announced Monday. Plekanec, 33, was captain for the Czech Republic at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and the 2012 and 2016 IIHF World Championships. He..." August 29

  • Alex Galchenyuk expects Canadiens to be better

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk is grateful All-Star defenseman Shea Weber is on his side now. Galchenyuk is looking forward to seeing Weber dish out his tough brand of defense for Montreal this season after the Canadiens acquired him in a trade with the Nashville Predators for P.K...." August 28

  • Braden Holtby: Carey Price should start at World Cup

    NHL.com "Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, but he doesn't think that means he's the favorite to start for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Holtby says Carey Price should be. "All of us want to play, but if Carey's healthy, there's no reason to..." August 27

  • Spotlight will shine brightly on Canadiens' Alexander Radulov

    Montreal Gazette "The 30-year-old right-winger wanted to watch the UFC 202 main event that night between Connor McGregor and Nate Diaz and it wasn’t available in his hotel room, so he went looking for a bar that was showing the mixed martial arts fight. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder ended up at a packed La Cage..." August 23

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Carey Price feeling 'like my old self'

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price said he is fully recovered from the knee injury that ended his 2015-16 season after 12 games. "I feel like my old self on the ice," Price told NHL.com after two 90-minute ice sessions at a fundraiser for the Eli Wilson Goaltending Sponsorship Fund on..." August 23

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Panthers, Red Wings, Devils among other teams Radulov negotiated with

    The Score "It turns out Alexander Radulov was a highly sought-after commodity prior to signing with the Montreal Canadiens this offseason. The Russian forward spoke to sport-express.ru, according to Igor Eronko, where he explained that the Canadiens were not the only club vying for his services. "The..." August 15

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Shea Weber happy to be in 'mecca of hockey'

    CBC Sports "Shea Weber says he's happy to be playing in Canada again, especially in hockey-crazy Montreal. The all-star defenceman made his first appearance this morning before the Canadiens media throng at coach Michel Therrien's annual golf tournament. "It's exciting to be back in Canada, let alone..." August 09

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Shea Weber dons a Canadiens jersey for the first time

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Shea Weber's presence in the city of Montreal, or lack thereof, has been somewhat of a contrived hot button issue for pundits in the city for some time. Well, he has arrived in town for Michel Therrien's golf tournament, and what's more is he has taken the opportunity to be seen in a Canadiens..." August 08

  • New Canadien Shea Weber to play in Michel Therrien's golf tournament Tuesday

    Montreal Gazette "Shea Weber will make his first appearance in Montreal as a member of the Canadiens at the Michel Therrien Golf Invitational Tuesday at Le Mirage in Terrebonne. Weber was acquired from Nashville on June 29 in the blockbuster deal that sent Montreal fan-favourite P.K. Subban to the Predators...." August 06

  • Canadiens fans still looking for Shea Weber

    Montreal Gazette "Where’s Shea Weber? That’s a question Canadiens fans must be asking, especially after the P.K. Subban All-Star Comedy Gala Monday night at Place des Arts. The event was a fundraiser for Subban’s foundation benefiting the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, to which he has maintained his..." August 04

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Subban says he accepted trade 'way before it even happened'

    The Score "P.K. Subban is back in Montreal. No, it's not hockey related, but it's still no shock the former Hab was asked about the trade that sent him to the Nashville Predators. In the city Monday ahead of hosting a gala with "Just for Laughs", Subban revealed to TSN that the swirling rumors tying..." August 01

  • Pacioretty: Subban trade 'completely threw me off guard'

    Sportsnet "Nearly a month after the trade that sent a colossal shockwave through the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens are getting used to life without P.K. Subban. The charismatic defenseman was sent to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Shea Weber, and while the dust has settled, many still have a tough..." July 29

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Andrei Markov wants to 'live for today'

    NHL.com "Of the many impressive statistics attached to his name, here is the one that first came to the mind of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov early Saturday morning: "It took me 45 minutes to drive half a mile downtown yesterday," he said with a sigh, sitting over 7 a.m. coffee before..." July 26

  • Scrivens heading to Dynamo Minsk of KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ben Scrivens is off to Belarus. The 29-year-old goalie has reportedly signed with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL. Scrivens made 14 starts for the Montreal Canadiens in 2015-16, failing to really take advantage of his opportunity with the Habs and finishing 5-8-0 with a .906 save percentage." July 25

  • Price’s previous injury ‘no longer a concern,’ says Habs goalie coach

    The Hockey News "It’s been almost exactly eight months since Carey Price last stepped on the ice for an NHL game, but the Montreal Canadiens will absolutely be ready for action come the World Cup of Hockey, according to Habs goalie coach Stephane Waite. Waite told RDS.ca that he has spent three days practicing..." July 23

  • Predators see fit with P.K. Subban's personality

    Tennessean "In a sport that tends to discourage individuality, P.K. Subban is hockey's outspoken star. That is what has made him one of the NHL's most visible players. It's also what may have compelled the Canadiens to trade the defenseman to the Predators on June 29. Subban's immense popularity and..." July 23

  • Bobby Farnham Signs With Montreal Canadiens

    HockeyBuzz "The New Jersey Devils are working towards icing a faster, more skilled lineup this fall. As a result the team elected not to bring back forward Bobby Farnham, who skated a regular shift on the 4th line for much of last season after being claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh. Today Farnham..." July 22

  • Jets' Scheifele would take Weber over Subban

    The Score "Not everyone feels the Nashville Predators won the Subban-Weber trade. Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele joined Sportsnet 590 on Wednesday where he admitted if he was playing the role of general manager he would take Shea Weber over P.K. Subban. "Personally, I would take Shea Weber on my..." July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • So is Shea Weber actually an ‘average’ NHL defenseman?

    The Hockey News "Some things in life are not terribly fair. And in the case of the P.K. Subban trade, much of the trade has become a referendum on the merits of Shea Weber. Last I checked, Weber didn’t ask to be traded to one of the most hockey-mad cities on the planet for a player who was universally loved by its..." July 21

  • Brendan Gallagher likes revamped Canadiens

    NHL.com "Spark-plug forward Brendan Gallagher spoke to NHL.com about a variety of topics regarding him and his Montreal Canadiens, a team that has undergone dramatic changes the past few weeks: You train during the summer in Vancouver with Milan Lucic, who as an unrestricted free agent on July 1 chose..." July 20