Canadiens Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Julien on Benn: 'He's struggling the most'

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien is making veteran defenceman Jordie Benn a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Blues. "We need more from certain players," he told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. "Right now, he's the one on defence who's struggling the most. He's..." January 30

  • Carey Price praises 'real professional' Max Pacioretty for handling speculation

    Sporting News "Amid growing rumors that team captain Max Pacioretty might be dealt by the Canadiens before the trade deadline, goaltender Carey Price had only good things to say Saturday about how his longtime teammate handles the speculation about his future. "He's been a real professional about it," Price..." January 27

  • Montreal Canadiens “Very Active” As Deadline Approaches

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens, losers of four of their last five games including three at the hands of the Boston Bruins, are now 19-22-6 on the season and well out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. In his latest 31 Thoughts column for Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman reports that GM Marc Bergevin..." January 23

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • Canadiens’ Price suffered chronic fatigue at start of season

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was suffering from chronic fatigue at the beginning of this season, according to a report from TVA Sports. “I was always tired,” Price told TVA. “A guy who eats well and sleeps well like me isn’t supposed to be tired like I was.” Price’s chronic..." January 21

  • Max Pacioretty Calls Out Canadiens Teammates After Ugly Loss To Bruins

    NESN "The Montreal Canadiens aren’t used to being dominated at TD Garden, but that’s exactly what happened Wednesday night, as the Boston Bruins scored four unanswered goals in a 4-1 win. Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, who provided a screen on Montreal’s only goal of the night, was critical of..." January 18

  • Claude Julien gets standing ovation in return to Boston

    WEEI Boston "With no Paul Pierce in the building to stop them, the Bruins did the right thing and honored Claude Julien, who was fired last February, with a video tribute. Regardless of how things ended between the B's and Julien, this was still a coach that won more game than any other coach in franchise..." January 18

  • Why the Canadiens should get a massive return if they trade Max Pacioretty

    Sportsnet "As the NHL’s trade deadline approaches on Feb. 26, there could be more big-name players available than we’ve seen in several years. One of those names, provided the Montreal Canadiens don’t suddenly get red hot, is Max Pacioretty. Despite the Canadiens’ captain still having a year left on his..." January 17

  • Drouin or Galchenyuk at center? Habs may choose neither

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s been a weird season for the Montreal Canadiens, and Tuesday presented a new wrinkle. With Phillip Danault sidelined (but resting at home) with a concussion after taking that scary Zdeno Chara shot, the Canadiens are dealing with some injuries at center. One would think that might inspire..." January 16

  • Canadiens Jonathan Drouin plays wing at practice

    TSN "Jonathan Drouin was on the wing Tuesday at Canadiens practice for the first time in a Habs' uniform. He has been playing centre since the start of training camp. Drouin has six goals and 21 points with a minus-19 rating in 39 games this season. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said..." January 16

  • Canadiens’ Phillip Danault has concussion symptoms after being hit by slap shot

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Montreal Canadiens offered an update on injured forward Phillip Danault on Monday afternoon, announcing that he is currently dealing with concussion-like symptoms and that he will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. Danault was injured over the weekend when he was hit in the head by a Zdeno..." January 15

  • Paul Martin Placed On Waivers; Montreal Claims Logan Shaw

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The early reports were true, and Paul Martin has indeed been placed on waivers by the San Jose Sharks according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. LeBrun also notes that the Montreal Canadiens have claimed Logan Shaw off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. Martin, 36, has had a rough season as he..." January 15

  • Danault released from hospital after taking slap shot to head

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens announced on Sunday that Phillip Danault has been released from hospital and returned home after taking a slapshot in the head during Saturday night’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre. With 1:37 left in the second period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara wound..." January 14

  • Canadiens' Phillip Danault taken off Bell Centre ice on stretcher

    Montreal Gazette "There was a scary scene at the Bell Centre Saturday night as the Canadiens’ Phillip Danault was taken off the ice on a stretcher after taking a slapshot from the Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara in the head. With 1:37 remaining in the second period, the 6-foot-9, 250-pound Chara wound up and blasted..." January 14

  • Price (flu) starts for Habs vs. Canucks

    TSN "The flu that kept Carey Price out of Montreal Canadiens practice on Saturday won't keep him out of the net on Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks. The team announced that the 30-year-old Vancouver native would get the start at the Bell Centre. Price last appeared on Thursday night in an..." January 07

  • Brendan Gallagher is the 'heart and soul' of the Canadiens

    Montreal Gazette "During this season to nowhere, with their playoff hopes basically dead at the midway point, the Canadiens can still count on three things: Brendan Gallagher will give 100-per-cent effort on every shift. Gallagher will get whacked like a piñata in front of the opposing net and get up..." January 07

  • Mete to rejoin Canadiens on Friday

    TSN "Victor Mete will rejoin the Montreal Canadiens on Friday January 12th, the team announced on Saturday. The 19-year-old was given some time off by the organization following his run to the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2018 World Junior Championship." January 06

  • IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics

    Sporting News "The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time..." January 05

  • Montoya traded to Oilers by Canadiens "Goaltender Al Montoya was traded to the Edmonton Oilers by the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. "It was something we thought we needed to provide our group a while ago," Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said. "It just doesn't happen..." January 05

  • Canadiens could use something special from Drouin vs. Lightning

    Sportsnet "Jonathan Drouin catches the pass in mid-flight and is off to the races. He’s all alone, with 60 feet of space in front of him to create something magical, and he does exactly that by shifting the puck from his forehand to his backhand and back to his forehand in the blink of an eye before he..." January 04

  • Canadiens’ Weber doubtful to return before all-star break

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber is doubtful to return before the all-star break as he recovers from a foot injury. Weber, 32, does not have any broken bones in his foot, but is still wearing a protective boot. The NHL All-Star Game takes place on Jan. 28 in Tampa Bay. " January 03

  • Pacioretty trade speculation may spur more calls to Canadiens

    Fanrag Sports "Speculation surrounding the potential of Max Pacioretty being dealt continues to grow, and it’s quite interesting to see how trade rumors beget trade rumors which may help to spur an actual deal. Pierre LeBrun reflected on this point during a Tuesday afternoon radio hit on Winnipeg’s TSN..." January 02

  • Why the Winter Classic is still an NHL home run

    New York Post "The Winter Classic no longer creates the national footprint it did when the NHL’s outdoor extravaganza was created 10 years ago. It no longer makes for appointment viewing. Fact is, the national TV audience that peaked at 2.5 million for the 2009 game at Wrigley Field between the Blackhawks and..." January 02

  • Canadiens’ Montoya practises for first time since concussion

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens goaltender Al Montoya was back at practice on Monday for the first time since Nov. 9. Montoya, who suffered a concussion in a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 4, practised from Nov. 5 to 9 before symptoms of his injury appeared." January 01

  • Why a trade would benefit Canadiens and Max Pacioretty

    Sportsnet "It’s not as if the idea of trading Max Pacioretty hadn’t occurred to Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin before the player became mired in one of the worst slumps of his career. It’s not as if the possibility hadn’t been on Pacioretty’s radar, either. “You always envision the..." January 01

  • Canadiens still without timeline for Shea Weber’s return

    Sportsnet "We’ve got good news and bad news for Montreal Canadiens fans. The good news is that Shea Weber‘s foot injury doesn’t involve any broken bones. The veteran defenceman has been sidelined six games since being “shut down for a bit” by head coach Claude Julien in an effort to help Weber heal..." January 01

  • Canadiens shopping Max Pacioretty amid scoring slump

    Sporting News "Hockey Night analyst Nick Kypreos said Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is actively shopping foward Max Pacioretty on the trade market. "While an eventual trade may include draft picks and prospects, it's been clear to other teams that Bergevin's top priority is moving him for a..." December 31

  • It’s time for Bergevin to turn page on Canadiens’ season

    Sportsnet "It won’t take much more of this for Marc Bergevin to realize his Montreal Canadiens don’t have what it takes to be a playoff team. The general manager was in attendance on Thursday to watch the Canadiens lose their third consecutive game—this one a 3-1 decision to the Lightning in Tampa Bay—and..." December 29

  • Drouin says he has no regrets from time with Lightning ahead of return

    Tampa Bay Times "When it comes to homecoming, you knew this was going to be a complicated one. Wing Jonathan Drouin is back, set to face the Lightning Thursday for the first time since getting sent to his hometown Canadiens in the June blockbuster deal that landed defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. Here's our story..." December 28

  • Canadiens without Weber, three others on road trip

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens will be without a quartet of players on their road trip through Carolina and Florida. Defenceman Shea Weber is still out of commission with a foot injury and fellow blueliner David Schlemko is battling the flu. Goaltender Al Montoya and forward Ales Hemsky are sidelined..." December 27

  • Canadiens resume uphill battle for playoff spot

    Montreal Gazette "A .500 record on the road is considered good but, after splitting four road games before Christmas, the Canadiens are going to have to be better than that over the final three games of their seven-game Christmas road trip if they hope to stay within hailing distance of a playoff spot in the..." December 27

  • Canadiens sure could use David Desharnais right now

    Montreal Gazette "Who would have thunk we would be halfway through the current season and wondering how much we miss David Desharnais? You remember him. Tiny — he was about 5-foot-7 — a guy who wasn’t drafted out of junior. Was invited to a Canadiens development camp on the recommendation of Guy Carbonneau and..." December 26

  • Canadiens Trying To Trade Zach Fucale

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Back in the 2013 draft, Canadiens goalie prospect Zach Fucale was the first netminder to go off the board at 36th overall. He was coming off of a stellar season at the junior level, winning 45 of his 53 decisions while his Halifax Mooseheads made it to the Memorial Cup. However, that has yet..." December 23

  • Why the Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin might find more offence on the wing

    Sportsnet "When the Montreal Canadiens acquired Jonathan Drouin he was billed as a 22-year-old star player, and then was shifted to the centre position, which only increased pressure on the young player. Drouin has repeatedly insisted that he thrives on the pressure, and to his credit it doesn’t appear as..." December 22

  • Canadiens to shut down Shea Weber ‘for a bit’

    Sportsnet "Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber has been sent back to Montreal as he deals with a foot injury. Weber had missed seven games with what the team called a lower-body injury back in November. Sportsnet’s Irfaan Gaffar reports that head coach Claude Julien plans on shutting down the blueliner..." December 18