Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Andrew Shaw Undergoes Knee Surgery, Out Six Months

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens are already having injury troubles for the 2018-19 season, and it is still months away. After announcing that Paul Byron would miss up to six months following shoulder surgery, the Canadiens today released news on Andrew Shaw. Shaw has undergone knee surgery and will also be..." April 25

  • What a Draft Lottery win would do for the Montreal Canadiens

    Sportsnet "One fortuitous bounce of a lottery ball can change nearly everything for the Montreal Canadiens. There’s a 9.5 per cent chance of things falling their way this Saturday, gifting them a generational talent in Swedish defenceman Rasmus Dahlin. It’s a longshot, but if you see Canadiens general..." April 24

  • Montreal Canadiens Sign Alexandre Alain

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens have signed undrafted free agent Alexandre Alain to a three-year, entry-level contract. Alain is still playing with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL playoffs, where the team has advanced to the semi-finals and leads Charlottetown two games to none. " April 24

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • How Marc Bergevin can address Canadiens’ pressing need at centre

    Sportsnet "Marc Bergevin is being given another chance. A second lease on life as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. A golden opportunity to do the one thing he hasn’t been able to do since being appointed to his role in 2012. Okay, there have been a couple of things Bergevin hasn’t been able to..." April 20

  • Canadiens’ Paul Byron out 6 months after shoulder surgery

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron underwent surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday, the team announced. Byron notched his second consecutive 20-goal season this year, adding 15 assists for 35 points in 82 games." April 18

  • Sylvain Lefebvre’s firing clears path for Dominique Ducharme with Canadiens

    Sportsnet "The information conspicuously omitted from the Montreal Canadiens’ press release on Tuesday tells the entire story of why Sylvain Lefebvre was fired by the organization. Here it is: Lefebvre’s record as head coach of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, St. John’s IceCaps and Laval Rocket was a..." April 18

  • Sylvain Lefebvre relieved of his duties as head coach of the Laval Rocket

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that Sylvain Lefebvre was relieved of his duties as Head Coach of the Laval Rocket earlier today. "I would like to sincerely thank Sylvain for his loyalty, his hard work and his contribution to the Montreal Canadiens'..." April 17

  • Does Canadiens locker room really need attitude adjustment?

    Pro Hockey Talk "If you listened to the year-end press conferences in Montreal on Monday, you noticed that general manager Marc Bergevin and owner Geoff Molson used the word “attitude” several times throughout their hour-long media availability. For those of you that are familiar with Bergevin and the Montreal..." April 12

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Canadiens had significant trade ask for Pacioretty

    Fanrag Sports "The Montreal Canadiens are going to need to make some personnel changes headed into 2018-19, but whether or not Max Pacioretty will be around to help the team move forward or will be one of those roster modifications himself remains to be seen. Following what Geoff Molson and Marc Bergevin had..." April 10

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Canadiens' owner: Bergevin remains the right person for GM job

    The Score "Marc Bergevin remains the right person for the job despite a disappointing season in Montreal. This according to Canadiens owner Geoff Molson, who will not be looking for a new general manager anytime soon. "I'm very confident that with all the changes we have to make, I have the right..." April 09

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Canadiens forward Nikita Scherbak’s season done with concussion

    Sportsnet "Nikita Scherbak’s season has come to a close two games early. The Montreal Canadiens forward played 10:39 and suffered a concussion at some point in a 5-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, who has four goals and two assists in 26 games with the Canadiens this season,..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Nothing wrong with Carey Price’s decision to skip world championships

    Sportsnet "Carey Price’s reason for not representing Canada at the upcoming world championships of hockey is perfectly valid. "I have the utmost respect for Hockey Canada, but I just want to spend time with my family," Price said after the Montreal Canadiens practised Thursday. That’s his right...." March 29

  • Report: Carey Price won't play for Canada at World Championships

    The Score "Scratch Carey Price's name off the list. The Montreal Canadiens netminder will not suit up for Team Canada at the upcoming World Championships, reports TSN's Pierre LeBrun. It's been an injury-riddled campaign for Price, who's been limited to just 16 wins in 46 appearances this season...." March 29

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Shea Weber’s recovery expected to be ‘closer to four months’

    Sportsnet "Sources close to the Montreal Canadiens have informed Sportsnet that Shea Weber’s recovery from surgery to repair tendons in his left foot is estimated to be closer to four months rather than the six-month timeline the Canadiens advanced in mid-March. "It could take four-to-five months," said..." March 27

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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