Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Acquisition of P.K. Subban one of many building blocks for Predators

    Montreal Gazette "The first building blocks for the Nashville Predators were acquired at the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft when GM David Poile selected 26 players, one from each of the existing franchises at the time. Poile selected goalie Tomas Vokoun from the Canadiens and Montreal GM Réjean Houle also made a trade..." May 25

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Subban-Weber trade will end up an ‘absolute disaster’ for Canadiens

    Sportsnet "We are fast approaching the one-year anniversary of the blockbuster deal that sent Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for their then-captain Shea Weber, and, like with most trades, the ‘who won the trade?’ debate immediately followed. In the aftermath of the..." May 13

  • Justin Trudeau Urges Montreal And Toronto NHL Fans To Support Ottawa Senators

    Complex "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he plans to temporarily set aside his allegiance to his beloved Montreal Canadiens so he can cheer on the Ottawa Senators this weekend, urging fellow hockey fans across the country to join him. "I think all Canadians will be rooting for the final..." May 12

  • P.K. Subban still has no clue why he was traded from Montreal

    Sportsnet "P.K. Subban says he still isn’t clear on the reason he was traded by the Montreal Canadiens and admits that an answer will likely never come. The Nashville Predators defenceman joined Prime Time Sports on Sportsnet 590 The FAN Tuesday afternoon to talk about his new club, which is waiting to..." May 10

  • 8 potential sign-and-trade destinations for Ilya Kovalchuk

    Sportsnet "With the countdown to NHL’s unrestricted free agency lacking some of the zip of last year’s Stamkos Watch, the introduction of a potential Ilya Kovalchuk bidding war provides a welcome wrinkle to the hockey off-season. New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero confirmed with Kovalchuk’s..." May 10

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

    TSN "The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the..." May 02

  • Habs sign Jerabek to one-year, $925K deal

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens confirmed the signing of free agent defenceman Jakub Jerabek on Monday. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the deal is a one-year entry level deal worth a total of $925,000 ($832,500 in NHL salary, a $92,500 signing bonus and a $70,000 American Hockey League..." May 01

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Canadiens sign Huskies free agent forward Waked to three-year deal "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract (2017-18 to 2019-20) with free agent forward Antoine Waked. Waked, 20, recorded 80 points (39 goals, 41 assists) in 67 games with the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in..." April 28

  • Habs' Lehkonen knows he 'has to get better' despite impressive rookie season

    Montreal Gazette "Shea Weber said he didn’t want to make comparisons, but he made one inadvertently when he dropped Artturi Lehkonen’s name in a conversation about the rocky path of Alex Galchenyuk’s NHL career. Weber noted that some players take longer to develop and that he was confident Galchenyuk would..." April 26

  • Longtime Habs assistant coach Jodoin resigns

    Pro Hockey Talk "There was a changing of the guard in Montreal on Wednesday, as veteran assistant bench boss Clement Jodoin resigned from the club. “Marc Bergevin and I regretfully accepted the resignation of assistant coach Clement Jodoin, who made the decision to end his long-time association with the..." April 26

  • Canadiens’ Alexei Emelin undergoes knee surgery

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Wednesday, the team announced. Emelin suffered the injury in Buffalo during Montreal’s final game of the regular season. He missed the first four games of the Canadiens’ Round 1 series against the..." April 26

  • Canadiens to sign KHL defenseman Jakub Jerabek

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just four days after being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it looks like the Montreal Canadiens’ front office is already hard at work. The Habs have reportedly agreed to terms with Chekhov Vityaz defenseman Jakub Jerabek, according to KHL reporter Aivis Kalnins. No official..." April 26

  • Pending free agents, Radulov and Zaitsev won’t play for Russia at Worlds

    Pro Hockey Talk "Montreal’s Alexander Radulov and Toronto’s Nikita Zaitsev will not play for Russia at the upcoming World Championship, even though the Canadiens and Maple Leafs have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Both Radulov and Zaitsev are pending free agents, and it would be a risk to play..." April 24

  • Canadiens' Shaw missed Game 6 with concussion-like symptoms

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw missed Game 6 Saturday night against the New York Rangers with a concussion, the team revealed on Monday during their locker clean out. The injury appeared to occur in Game 5 at the Bell Centre when Shaw was hit into the boards by Rangers defenceman Dan..." April 24

  • McKenzie examines questions facing Bergevin and Canadiens moving forward

    Fanrag Sports "The Canadiens were eliminated from the playoffs by the New York Rangers over the weekend, and it was a pretty solid bet that the focus would turn to general manager Marc Bergevin in that market to open this week. First round exits are not appreciated in most NHL cities, but especially a town..." April 24

  • Two days after elimination, Montreal’s focus turns to Price extension

    Pro Hockey Talk "On Saturday, Carey Price‘s season came to an abrupt end with a Game 6 loss to the Rangers. On Monday, Price’s offseason got underway. During his end-of-year media availability, Montreal’s prized netminder was faced with questions about his contract status, foreshadowing what Price will..." April 24

  • What is Alex Galchenyuk’s future in Montreal?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Galchenyuk is already a good player. The question for the Montreal Canadiens is, can he be great? Galchenyuk, the third overall draft pick in 2012, is coming off a decent regular season with 17 goals and 27 assists in 61 games. However, it wasn’t as good as last year’s 30-goal campaign,..." April 24

  • Do Habs keep Price, or rebuild from scratch?

    Montreal Gazette "With a healthy Carey Price in goal and some key off-season acquisitions, this was supposed to be a season in which the Canadiens were in a position to challenge for the Stanley Cup. Instead, it is a team that might be on the verge of a major rebuild. The Canadiens’ hopes were built around..." April 24

  • Friedman scrutinizes central issues facing Canadiens

    Fanrag Sports "A first-round exit for the Montreal Canadiens at the hands of the New York Rangers leaves many questions for the Canadian franchise headed into the off-season. The topic came up during NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman’s Monday morning radio segment on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, which opened with a..." April 24

  • Rangers polish off Canadiens with 3-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The demise of Henrik Lundqvist has been greatly exaggerated. Coming off the worst regular season of his career, Lundqvist completed a dominant first-round performance with 27 saves that helped the New York Rangers edge the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden..." April 23

  • Canadiens spent too much time getting tougher, not enough time getting better

    Pro Hockey Talk "For several years now the Montreal Canadiens have been a very good, but very flawed hockey team. Before this season their biggest issue was an overreliance on starting goaltender Carey Price, where they would be content to allow him to make as many saves as he had to make for the team to..." April 23

  • David Krejci out again for Bruins; Matt Beleskey will play

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Boston Bruins will once again be without forward David Krejci on Sunday afternoon when they face the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series, coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed. It will be the third game that Krejci has missed in the series due to a lower-body..." April 23

  • Bobrovsky, Holtby, Price named Vezina Trophy finalists

    USA Today "The three finalists for the NHL's Vezina Trophy, given to the league's best goaltender as voted on by the general managers, were announced on Saturday. They are: Sergei Bobrovsky, Braden Holtby and Carey Price. Bobrovsky, the starter for the Columbus Blue Jackets and 2013 winner of the..." April 23

  • Andrew Shaw to miss Game 6 with upper-body injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "Facing elimination on Saturday night the Montreal Canadiens will be making a couple of changes to their lineup. Two of them will be coaches decisions by Claude Julien. One of them will be because of injury. Julien confirmed on Saturday afternoon that forward Andrew Shaw will not play in Game..." April 22

  • Rangers take series lead on Zibanejad OT goal in Montreal

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- Caught on the losing end of the overtime game-winning goal battle in Game 2, Mika Zibanejad exacted a bit of revenge. Chris Kreider streaked down the left wing and flung a pass through the slot to Zibanejad, who ripped a one-timer past Carey Price to send the New York Rangers to..." April 21

  • Habs' Emelin expected to return in Game 5

    TSN "Looking to take a 3-2 edge in a pivotal Game 5 at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens will have one of their biggest minute-eaters back on the blue line on Thursday night. Defenceman Alexei Emelin is expected to return to the Habs’ lineup for Game 5 after missing the first four games of this first..." April 20

  • Rangers get late break to even series with Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers were on their heels in the final minutes. Goaltender Carey Price had just left the ice for an extra skater, and there was Shea Weber at the blue line, loading the cannon for a one-timer from such a great distance that Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would have..." April 18

  • Canadiens top Rangers to take series lead

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The Montreal Canadiens played a near-perfect defensive game Sunday night that featured one of the best individual efforts on a goal in recent postseason memory. Alexander Radulov, with a player draped on his back, worked his way around goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for a one-handed..." April 16

  • Canadiens’ Paul Byron adapting quickly to post-season hockey

    Sportsnet "It didn’t take more than a minute for Paul Byron to realize what he needed to do. The Montreal Canadiens winger scored the first goal of his Stanley Cup Playoff career as part of his team’s 4-3 overtime win in Game 2 of their series with the New York Rangers. It might not have happened if not..." April 15

  • Canadiens beat Rangers on Radulov's OT goal

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The comeback kings in the regular season, the Montreal Canadiens proved it yet again on Friday night. Trailing 3-2 with the clocking ticking down in regulation and an 2-0 series deficit looming, the Canadiens tied it with 18 seconds remaining in the third period before Alexander..." April 14

  • Julien still confident in Canadiens, says no ‘reason to panic’

    Sportsnet "If Claude Julien’s patience isn’t being put to the test now, it may be soon. For despite his team being shutout on home ice in Game 1 of its first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, the Montreal Canadiens coach said Thursday he was considering mere..." April 14

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • Rangers get early advantage on Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- Fourth-line winger Tanner Glass spent most the season in the minors, earning a late season call-up to the New York Rangers. And in their opening game of 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he came through. Glass' first-period goal helped the Rangers earn a 2-0 win over the Montreal..." April 12

  • Pacioretty ready for Game 1 vs. Rangers

    TSN "Max Pacioretty joined the Habs for an optional morning skate on Wednesday at Complexe Sportif Bell as expected, showed no ill effects from a high-stick which caused him to leave practice one day earlier with a facial injury. Canadiens coach Claude Julien said Tuesday the Habs’ doctors were..." April 12

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Pacioretty leaves Habs' practice early

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens got a scare on the eve of their opening playoff game against the New York Rangers after captain Max Pacioretty left Tuesday's practice after taking a stick to the face from teammate Michael McCarron. The incident happened at the start of the skate at their practice facility..." April 11

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Galchenyuk scores in OT as Canadiens jolt Red Wings

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Athletes are taught to maintain a narrow focus and live for today but Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens couldn't help but look ahead. After Atlantic Division champion Montreal recorded a 3-2 overtime decision over Detroit, the thoughts of the Montreal..." April 08

  • Canadiens recall defenceman Mikhail Sergachev from OHL’s Spitfires

    Fanrag Sports "It was confirmed on Saturday morning that the Montreal Canadiens have recalled defenseman Mikhail Sergachev from the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires, now that his major junior season has come to a close. Drafted ninth overall by the Canadiens in 2016, Sergachev skated with the NHL club for just three..." April 08

  • No Weber, Emelin or Benn for Habs tonight

    Pro Hockey Talk "Needing a win to keep playoff hopes alive, Tampa Bay will have to face Carey Price in goal for the Habs this evening. But in front of Price? There are some holes. Montreal head coach Claude Julien announced that three defensemen — Shea Weber, Alexei Emelin and Jordie Benn — would all miss..." April 07

  • Lightning stay within striking distance of playoff berth

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't dead yet. With his team's playoff hopes hanging by a thread, Yanni Gourde scored twice to help the Lightning stay alive with a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night at the Bell Centre. Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn also..." April 07

  • Close calls vs. Sabres reinforce idea of sitting Price until playoffs

    Sportsnet "They were two innocuous incidents, and neither of them would’ve garnered much attention in any other regular season game. But that’s just the thing. It wasn’t just another regular season game; it was a meaningless one between a Buffalo Sabres team playing out the string of another lost season..." April 07

  • Claude Julien believes team is 'Not as good as we can be — or have to be'

    Montreal Gazette "As far as the standings were concerned, Wednesday’s clash between the Canadiens and the Buffalo Sabres was a nothing game, and Montreal’s play reflected that reality. “I’m not going to say I was totally unhappy with it, but it was an ordinary game on our part,” said coach Claude Julien. “We did..." April 06

  • Sabres halt Canadiens' five-game winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Following one of their worst losses of the season, the Buffalo Sabres gave their fans something to cheer about in their final home game of the season. Rasmus Ristolainen and Tyler Ennis scored to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday..." April 05