Canadiens Rumors & News

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Should Canadiens let Carey Price play again this season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "On Monday night, Carey Price made his return to the Canadiens lineup after he missed 13 games with a concussion. Price didn’t play in last night’s game against the Panthers, but the fact that he dressed as the backup means it’s just a matter of time before he ends up back between the..." March 20

  • Julien: Price is 100 percent healthy, ready to play after Monday

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens are ready to welcome goaltender Carey Price back to the lineup. After the club sent netminder Charlie Lindgren back to AHL affiliate Laval, head coach Claude Julien said Price is 100 percent healthy and ready to play, though he won't start versus the Florida Panthers on..." March 19

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Geoff Molson confirms GM Marc Bergevin will return

    Montreal Gazette "Canadiens owner Geoff Molson confirmed Friday that Marc Bergevin will stay on as general manager after this season. Speaking to media members after a Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation event involving Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde — who are on their first state visit to..." March 17

  • Price close to return with Canadiens "Carey Price is moving closer to returning after a concussion, and the Montreal Canadiens goaltender said he did not for a moment consider shutting down his season. "No, we never had that discussion," Price said Friday. "But for me, personally, it's all about, whether we're in the playoffs or..." March 16

  • Canadiens need to look in mirror before moving forward

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Montreal Canadiens have been a colossal disappointment in 2017-18. Instead of building on their first-round playoff exit from last year, the Habs have bottomed out as one of the worst teams in the league from day one of the season. The highs have been short and the lows have been long, but..." March 16

  • Canadiens’ Carey Price: ‘I would like to finish the season strong’

    Sportsnet "Carey Price will travel with the Montreal Canadiens to Toronto on Friday but won’t be available for their game against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. The 30-year-old goaltender, who suffered a concussion against the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 20, returned to practice Thursday and was back on the..." March 16

  • Canadiens’ Julien: Shaw ‘feeling much better’ after getting knocked out

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien said on Thursday that forward Andrew Shaw is “feeling much better” after being knocked unconscious in a collision with Dallas Stars defenceman Greg Pateryn on Tuesday. Shaw, who has 10 goals and 10 assists this season, went in for a hit on Pateryn in the..." March 15

  • Carey Price practises, but he's not ready to play yet

    Montreal Gazette "Goalie Carey Price, who has missed the last 11 games after suffering a concussion from a slapshot off the mask during a game in Philadelphia on Feb. 20, was on the ice with goalie coach Stéphane Waite 30 minutes before the Canadiens’ morning skate Thursday in Brossard and also took part in the..." March 15

  • Canadiens' Shea Weber sidelined for six months after foot surgery

    Montreal Gazette "Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber, who hasn’t played since Dec. 16, had surgery Tuesday to repair tendons in his left foot and the team expects his recovery period to be six months. The surgery was done by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisc. Weber played in only..." March 13

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Canadiens agree to terms with Will Bitten, Michael Pezzetta

    Yardbarker "The Montreal Canadiens have announced that the team has come to terms with both Will Bitten and Michael Pezzetta on three-year entry-level contracts. The deals will start in the 2018-19 season and take them through 2020-21. Selected in the third round two years ago, Bitten hasn’t yet taken the..." March 07

  • Canadiens return Zach Fucale to AHL Laval

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens have sent goaltender Zach Fucale to the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Fucale was called up to the big club on an emergency basis on Monday with Antti Niemi suffering an undisclosed injury." March 07

  • Max Pacioretty, Victor Mete Out Up To Six Weeks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens season has not gone according to plan. Carey Price and Shea Weber have both dealt with injuries all season, and now captain Max Pacioretty has been ruled out for four to six weeks with a knee injury. " March 05

  • Pacioretty leaves game vs. Islanders with lower-body injury

    ABC7 "Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty left during the third period of Friday night's 6-3 win over the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury. Montreal announced Pacioretty's diagnosis in the third period on its Twitter feed, saying the forward would not return to the game. Afterward,..." March 03

  • Pacioretty, Mete head back to Montreal

    TSN "After leaving Friday's win against the New York Islanders with injuries, Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty and Victor Mete defenceman are heading back home to Montreal for further evaluation by the team's medical staff. Pacioretty is dealing with a lower-body injury while Mete has a..." March 03

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Canadiens' Max Pacioretty reportedly angled for deadline trade to Panthers

    CBS Sports "Despite plenty of pre-deadline hoopla at the start of this week, Erik Karlsson says he never wanted to be traded from the Ottawa Senators. Apparently that wasn't the case for Max Pacioretty. Revisiting early-week trade activity around the NHL, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Wednesday..." February 28

  • Canadiens acquire Mike Reilly from Minnesota for a 5th-round pick in 2019 "General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday that the Canadiens have acquired defenseman Mike Reilly from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019. The 24-year-old Chicago native has played 84 NHL games since debuting with the Wild in 2015-16. This season, Reilly has..." February 26

  • Canadiens acquire the Jets' 4th-round pick in 2018 for Joe Morrow "General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday that the Canadiens have acquired the Winnipeg Jets' fourth-round pick in 2018 in exchange for defenseman Joe Morrow. Morrow played 38 games for the Canadiens this season, scoring five goals and collecting 11 points. The 25-year-old rearguard..." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Co-operation with Plekanec could make trade even better for Canadiens

    Sportsnet "This was a tough deal to make, but one Marc Bergevin absolutely had to pull the trigger on. Tomas Plekanec was a heart-and-soul player for the Montreal Canadiens; a consummate pro; an ever-reliable spoke in the machine, drafted and developed by the franchise; a player who grew into a star,..." February 25

  • Canadiens trade Plekanec, Baun to Maple Leafs

    Montreal Gazette "The Montreal Canadiens have traded veteran centre Tomas Plekanec and Kyle Baun to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Rinat Valiev, Kerby Rychel and Toronto’s second round draft pick in 2018. The Czech Republic native has six goals and 18 assists over 60 games this season with..." February 25

  • Kings pushing to acquire Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty in trade

    Sportsnet "If the Montreal Canadiens are going to move Max Pacioretty by Monday’s trade deadline, it would appear they have a heavy suitor on the West Coast. The Los Angeles Kings are taking a run at acquiring the Canadiens captain as they try to beef up their scoring in an effort to squeeze into one of..." February 25

  • Canadiens' Plekanec will sit with trade deadline looming

    Montreal Gazette "It looks like Tomas Plekanec has played his last game with the Canadiens. The Canadiens announced on Saturday afternoon that the 35-year-old centre will be a healthy scratch for Saturday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m., CITY, TVA Sports, TSN Radio 690), meaning he is likely..." February 24

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • Canadiens’ Carey Price out indefinitely with concussion

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is out indefinitely with a concussion, head coach Claude Julien announced on Thursday." February 22

  • Canadiens’ Shea Weber out for remainder of season

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens announced Thursday defenceman Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the season as he will undergo surgery to repair a tendon in his left foot. “Following the diagnosis of Shea Weber’s injury, it was our belief that after a comprehensive rehabilitation protocol under the..." February 22

  • Habs D Weber to see a foot specialist

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber will see a foot specialist on Wednesday, two days after head coach Claude Julien announced he had been shut down indefinitely for the second time this season. "Shea Weber will see a specialist today, so we’re hoping to have more news on him in the..." February 21

  • Canadiens’ Price out vs. Rangers; Lindgren, Juulsen recalled

    Sportsnet "On Wednesday evening, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reported that goaltender Carey Price will not face the New York Rangers when they visit the Bell Centre Thursday to take on the Montreal Canadiens. Price missed practice on Wednesday for a “therapy day,” according to team officials, and..." February 21

  • Jakub Jerabek traded to Washington Capitals

    Montreal Gazette "Shortly after the Canadiens started their noon-hour practise Wednesday in Brossard the club announced that defenceman Jakub Jerabek has been traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a fifth-round pick at the 2019 NHL Draft. Jerabek played 25 games with the Canadiens this season,..." February 21

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Canadiens should shut down Shea Weber for remainder of season

    Sportsnet "A season of seemingly never-ending turmoil for the Montreal Canadiens took another downward turn on Monday when it was made clear that Shea Weber’s recovery from a left-foot injury wasn’t going according to plan. The word setback never came up in Canadiens coach Claude Julien’s post-practice..." February 19

  • Canadiens sign Deslauriers to 2-year extension

    CBC Sports "The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Nicolas Deslauriers to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Monday. The 26-year-old winger has put up 10 points in 36 games this year. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season. The native of LaSalle,..." February 19

  • What is the trade value of checking centres Plekanec, Pageau?

    Sportsnet "Heading into the NHL’s trade deadline, the market is loaded with top-line wingers like Evander Kane and Rick Nash, along with slightly less likely to be traded players with term like Mike Hoffman and Max Pacioretty. But one area we haven’t heard much about is the centre position. For the most..." February 18

  • What should potential Pacioretty trade look like for Canadiens?

    Pro Hockey Talk "There have been plenty of rumblings about the Canadiens being willing to trade captain Max Pacioretty. That’s all fine and dandy, but GM Marc Bergevin has to make sure he gets the proper return if he decides to trade his scoring winger. There should be no shortage of suitors for the 29-year-old..." February 14

  • Canadiens sign Charlie Lindgren to three-year contract extension "The Canadiens announced on Tuesday that the team has agreed to a three-year contract extension with goaltender Charlie Lindgren. The deal is a one-way agreement which will keep him with the club through the 2020-21 season. Originally from Lakeville, MN, Lindgren has taken part in eight NHL..." February 13

  • Penguins, Sharks Showing Interest In Tomas Plekanec

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Penguins and Sharks have expressed an interest in Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports (video link). The 35-year-old has struggled offensively this season with just 20 points (5-15-20) in 55 games but is having a career year at the faceoff dot (51.9% success..." February 12

  • Canadiens’ Plekanec, Senators’ Brassard garner interest on trade market

    Sportsnet "Due to a shortage of available centres prior to the trade deadline, Derick Brassard of the Ottawa Senators and Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens are being targeted by some teams, reports to Sportsnet’s Headlines panel. Brassard, 30, is under contract through the 2018-19 season and has a..." February 11

  • Canadiens' Gallagher on Subban: 'Let him talk about himself all night'

    Sporting News "If you thought year two of P.K. Subban playing against the Canadiens in Montreal was going to be drama-free, think again. On a night that began with a candid interview aired during the pregame with Sportsnet and finished with Subban celebrating the Predators shootout victory, Canadiens forward..." February 11

  • Canadiens’ Phillip Danault rejoins practice, Andrew Shaw skates

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens forward Phillip Danault took the next step in his recovery from a concussion by joining his teammates for an optional morning skate ahead of Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators. Danault, who has seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points in 43 games this season, was..." February 10

  • P.K. Subban’s return to Montreal a reminder of GM Marc Bergevin’s mistakes

    Sportsnet "Leave it to Sean McIndoe—aka Down Goes Brown—to come up with this gem in Thursday’s column about NHL general managers under the most pressure ahead of this year’s trade deadline: “P.K. Subban and the Predators are in town on Saturday. Sometimes, when you’re a GM under the gun, even the..." February 09

  • Jerabek gaining experience, hoping to earn new contract with Canadiens

    Sportsnet "This is all new to Jakub Jerabek. He came to the Montreal Canadiens this past summer with no expectations. He was sent to the AHL’s Laval Rocket to get a better grasp of the North American game through the first six weeks of the season. And he’s since bounced between playing on any one of..." February 07

  • Habs' Shea Weber skates for first time since Dec. 16

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber skated on Wednesday morning for the first time since playing in the NHL 100 Classic on Dec. 16. TSN's John Lu reports Weber skated for roughly 15 minutes before the Canadiens took to the ice for practice. Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said Saturday..." February 07

  • Price for Pacioretty remains high ahead of trade deadline

    Sportsnet "The NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline is only a few weeks away, and things are still pretty quiet around the league. For now, anyway. It’s a tough market out there, and all it takes is one team or player to set a precedent and drive up the cost of getting a deal done. “I think a lot of the GMs..." February 04

  • Antti Niemi will start in goal Saturday against Ducks

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens will play their annual Super Bowl weekend matinee games at the Bell Centre and coach Claude Julien has decided to split the goaltending duties with Antti Niemi starting Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks (1 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and Carey Price playing Sunday against the..." February 03

  • Drouin leaves game in second period

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin was hit in the ribs by a slapshot from Karl Alzner in the second period of their matchup with the Anaheim Ducks according to TSN's John Lu. He was seen leaving the Bell Centre in street clothes and is on his way to the hospital but tests revealed no..." February 03