Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Contract termination for Mark Streit "The Canadiens announced on Monday a mutual agreement with defenseman Mark Streit to terminate his contract. The 39-year-old defenseman agreed to terms on a one-year contract on July 25." October 16

  • Canadiens place Streit on unconditional waivers to terminate contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mark Streit has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of mutually terminating his contract, according to Elliotte Friedman. CapFriendly reports the mutual breakup will save Montreal $654,839 against their salary cap. Montreal had been trying to find..." October 15

  • Canadiens recall defenceman Schlemko, will not play vs. Leafs

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens recalled defenceman David Schlemko from their AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket, on Saturday. According to head coach Claude Julien, Schlemko will not play in Montreal’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. " October 14

  • Streit won't report to AHL

    CBS Sports "Streit won't report to Montreal's AHL affiliate and will instead take the next few days to evaluate his options, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Streit is 39 years old and has enjoyed a long NHL career spanning 12 years and four different clubs, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him hang..." October 14

  • Canadiens looking to spark, not ‘bury’ Alex Galchenyuk after move to fourth line

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Galchenyuk won’t be playing center for the Montreal Canadiens this year. At least that’s what general manager Marc Bergevin said last month just before training camp opened up. Wanting to ease the drama around the Galchenyuk’s place in the lineup, Bergevin’s statement was odd given how..." October 13

  • Cap space kind of a mirage for Canadiens

    Fanrag Sports "A 1-3-0 start for the Montreal Canadiens has been less than ideal, but general manager Marc Bergevin does have some cap space with which to play when he’s ready to pull the trigger to bolster his lineup. The focal point for the criticism of this team during the off-season (and before) was a..." October 12

  • Canadiens put defenceman Mark Streit on waivers

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens have placed veteran defenceman Mark Streit on waivers. As reported Wednesday by Sportsnet’s Eric Engels, the Canadiens have been actively shopping the 39-year-old. Streit signed a one-year, $700,000-contract in July with $300,000 in potential performance bonuses. This..." October 12

  • Canadiens actively shopping Mark Streit

    Sportsnet "Mark Streit’s second stint with the Montreal Canadiens could wind up being shorter than anyone might have anticipated. Sportsnet has learned that the Canadiens are actively shopping the 39-year-old defenceman, whom they signed to a one-year, $700,000-contract in July with $300,000 in potential..." October 12

  • Montreal sources tell Dreger Canadiens not in on Duchene

    Fanrag Sports "While the laborious wait continues on the Matt Duchene trade front, we tend to hear the same names of teams circling around the Colorado Avalanche as potential suitors. As things stood on Tuesday afternoon, it didn’t seem as if the Canadiens were currently involved in these particular..." October 11

  • Montreal Canadiens in danger of not selling out home opener

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens host the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night and, as the saying goes, good seats are still available. As of late Tuesday morning, interested fans could purchase up to five tickets in the lower bowl behind the Canadiens net for two periods. Buying them wouldn’t be cheap,..." October 10

  • Canadiens acquire Baun from Blackhawks

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Kyle Baun from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for winger Andreas Martinsen. Baun, who played last season for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, will report to the Habs' AHL affiliate, Laval Rocket. The 25-year-old Baun, who has five games NHL..." October 04

  • Canadiens trade Zach Redmond to Sabres for Nicolas Deslauriers

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens traded defenceman Zach Redmond to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Nicolas Deslauriers, the team announced Wednesday. Deslauriers, a 2009 third-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, will report to the AHL’s Laval Rocket. The LaSalle, Que., native has spent the..." October 04

  • Lindgren left waiting for spot in Canadiens’ crowded crease

    Sportsnet "Charlie Lindgren finds himself in a precarious position. The Montreal Canadiens goaltender is ready for prime time, but there doesn’t appear to be a job currently available to him in the NHL. With Carey Price the face of the franchise and with Al Montoya inked to a two-year, $2.1 million..." September 30

  • Peter Holland expected to be placed on waivers by Canadiens

    Sportsnet "After a tumultuous 2016-17 campaign split between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Arizona Coyotes, it seems centreman Peter Holland is headed for a demotion. The 26-year-old is expected to be placed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, according to Sportsnet’s Chris..." September 30

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • Maurice Richard scores again: NHL credits Canadiens legend with 72-year-old assist

    Montreal Gazette "It’s not as if any great injustice was done, but Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice (Rocket) Richard is getting an assist added to his prodigious NHL scoring totals. Six years of poring over scoresheets and summaries of games between 1917 and 1987 by an NHL statistics team has found and fixed..." September 25

  • Montreal Places Zach Redmond On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens came into camp with quite a few players battling for spots on the blue line after adding Karl Alzner, David Schlemko, and Mark Streit this summer as well as Jordie Benn and Brandon Davidson late last season. With mainstays Shea Weber and Jeff Petry having spots locked in as..." September 22

  • Canadiens prospect Juulsen expected to miss six weeks with foot injury

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens defence prospect Noah Juulsen is expected to be sidelined for six weeks as he recovers from a foot fracture suffered on Sept. 18, the team announced Thursday. Taken 26th overall in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Juulsen has yet to suit up for the big club, spending..." September 21

  • Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin puts his first stamp on city

    Montreal Gazette "Former Canadiens captain and general manager Serge Savard spoke Tuesday about how Jonathan Drouin could become the Jean Béliveau figure for today’s young generation of hockey fans in Montreal. There will never be another Béliveau — the classiest player to ever wear the CH — but in a city..." September 20

  • Claude Julien: Juulsen has chance to make Habs

    TSN "Noah Juulsen, the Montreal Canadiens first-round pick in 2015, appears to have a strong shot earn a roster spot in the NHL this season. Juulsen posted an assist in the Canadiens' preseason debut on Monday night and head coach Claude Julien said he liked what he saw from the 20-year-old..." September 19

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Ales Hemsky opened camp skating on the Canadiens’ top line

    Pro Hockey Talk "Even before the Montreal Canadiens lost Alexander Radulov in free agency to the Dallas Stars they had a need to add some offensive firepower to their lineup. They attempted to do that by acquiring Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for top defense prospect Mikhail..." September 17

  • New Canadien Karl Alzner looks for chemistry with Jeff Petry

    Sportsnet "When Karl Alzner signed a five-year, $23.1 million contract to play with the Montreal Canadiens we immediately penciled him into a defence pairing with Jeff Petry. We figured it would make for the smoothest transition for Alzner, who skated regularly alongside John Carlson over the last number..." September 15

  • LeBrun thinks Canadiens will be aggressive with cap room

    Fanrag Sports "The Montreal Canadiens have just shy of $8.5 million in available cap space as the 2017-18 NHL campaign nears, with all of that money burning a hole in the proverbial pockets of fans and media alike. The franchise’s extra potential spending power became woven into a conversation with hockey..." September 13

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin says 'there's not much available' to improve team — even with $8.5 million

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens have upwards of $8.5 million in cap space, but don’t hold your breath waiting for general manager Marc Bergevin to go shopping. “The extra salary cap space certainly represents an opportunity for Marc,” team owner Geoff Molson said Monday prior to the Canadiens’ annual golf..." September 12

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Canadiens will start Galchenyuk on wing, experiment with Drouin at center

    Pro Hockey Talk "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin met with the Montreal media on Monday morning and offered a look his team’s lineup could take shape this season. The big question that always seems to be on the mind of Canadiens fans these days is what the team plans to do with talented forward..." September 11

  • Therrien is back with the Habs — as a scout

    Pro Hockey Talk "After getting fired as coach of the Montreal Canadiens in February, Michel Therrien has reportedly returned to the Habs. He won’t, however, be behind the bench. According to reports on Friday, Therrien has re-joined the Canadiens as a scout for this season. Per, he will scout..." September 09

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Czech prospect Martin Reway makes comeback with Canadiens

    Montreal Gazette "Martin Reway is looking to resume his hockey career after missing all of last season with a heart problem. The 22-year-old Czech is among 23 players invited to the Canadiens’ rookie camp, which begins Thursday with a 12:30 p.m. practice in Brossard. After that session, the Canadiens will take a..." September 02

  • Canadiens owner Geoff Molson pleased with GM's offseason moves

    Montreal Gazette "After finishing with the best record in the Atlantic Division last season, the Canadiens underwent some significant changes during the off-season. Three of the top-six defenceman are gone and so is winger Alex Radulov, while the newcomers include Jonathan Drouin, who is being counted on to..." September 01

  • Jonathan Drouin prepared to play centre, if Canadiens ask

    Sportsnet "One of the top needs for the Montreal Canadiens this summer was a No. 1 centre, the kind of player many teams desire, but is so hard to acquire. Yet, the Canadiens had blue-chip defence prospect in Mikhail Sergachev available for trade, the kind of asset that is also hard to come by. It looked..." August 29

  • Canadiens sign D Gelinas to PTO

    TSN "Eric Gelinas will spend training camp with the Montreal Canadiens on a professional tryout basis, the team confirmed Tuesday. Gelinas, 26, split time last season between the Colorado Avalanche and their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. He posted one assist in 27 games with the Avalanche,..." August 29

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • Dwight King signs two-year deal in KHL

    CBS Sports "King agreed to terms on a two-year deal with KHL Avtomobilist Jekaterinburgh on Monday, KHL Insider Aivis Kalnins reports. King was brought in by the Habs at the trade deadline last season in an attempt to add some toughness and grit to their lineup -- with the hope of making a deep playoffs..." August 14

  • Habs have available cap space to help remedy pressing roster needs

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s been a particularly interesting time for Marc Bergevin as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. It really snowballed in June of 2016 with the P.K. Subban trade and the fallout from that, and has continued this offseason with a trade for Jonathan Drouin to help bring additional scoring..." August 07

  • Brook seamlessly adopts Canadiens mindset "As soon as defenseman Josh Brook was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (No. 56) of the 2017 NHL Draft, the 18-year-old from Roblin, Manitoba, gave up his rooting interest in the Vancouver Canucks. "I was a big fan of Trevor Linden growing up," Brook said at Canadiens..." August 06

  • Juulsen embraces leadership role for Canadiens "The Montreal Canadiens are confident defenseman Noah Juulsen will lead by example wherever he ends up playing this season. Juulsen, the No. 26 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, took part in his third Canadiens development camp and made a strong impression on director of player personnel Martin..." July 31

  • Subban ‘can’t really envision’ Habs without Markov

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Montreal Canadiens’ defense looks a lot different than it did two years ago. For the second offseason in a row, the Canadiens have walked away from a seemingly important puck-moving defenseman. Last summer, they traded P.K. Subban to Nashville for Shea Weber, and yesterday they announced..." July 28

  • Andrei Markov leaving Montreal Canadiens for KHL

    Sportsnet "Not only will Andrei Markov not be re-signing with the Montreal Canadiens, the defenceman will not be sticking around North America this upcoming season. The unrestricted free agent announced on a conference call Thursday that he will be heading home to Russia and joining the Kontinental Hockey..." July 27

  • Streit on Canadiens return: ‘Montreal always had a special place in my heart’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Whether he’s Andrei Markov‘s replacement or a depth addition, the bottom line is that Mark Streit is slated for his second run with the Montreal Canadiens. Streit, 39, would be justified in feeling like this signing could really tie his career in a nice bow. (Amusingly for everyone beyond..." July 26

  • Canadiens agree to terms with Mark Streit "Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract (2017-18) with free agent defenseman Mark Streit. Streit, 39, played 68 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17. He amassed 27..." July 25

  • Lighter workload could benefit Canadiens, Price "The Big Cubano could have some even bigger responsibilities heading into his second season with the Habs. And the proof, as they say, was in the playoffs. After all, of the NHL's final four this past spring, only one club featured a netminder who made over 60 starts during the regular season..." July 23