Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Braden Holtby: Carey Price should start at World Cup

    NHL.com "Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, but he doesn't think that means he's the favorite to start for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Holtby says Carey Price should be. "All of us want to play, but if Carey's healthy, there's no reason to..." August 27

  • Spotlight will shine brightly on Canadiens' Alexander Radulov

    Montreal Gazette "The 30-year-old right-winger wanted to watch the UFC 202 main event that night between Connor McGregor and Nate Diaz and it wasn’t available in his hotel room, so he went looking for a bar that was showing the mixed martial arts fight. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder ended up at a packed La Cage..." August 23

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Carey Price feeling 'like my old self'

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price said he is fully recovered from the knee injury that ended his 2015-16 season after 12 games. "I feel like my old self on the ice," Price told NHL.com after two 90-minute ice sessions at a fundraiser for the Eli Wilson Goaltending Sponsorship Fund on..." August 23

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Panthers, Red Wings, Devils among other teams Radulov negotiated with

    The Score "It turns out Alexander Radulov was a highly sought-after commodity prior to signing with the Montreal Canadiens this offseason. The Russian forward spoke to sport-express.ru, according to Igor Eronko, where he explained that the Canadiens were not the only club vying for his services. "The..." August 15

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Shea Weber happy to be in 'mecca of hockey'

    CBC Sports "Shea Weber says he's happy to be playing in Canada again, especially in hockey-crazy Montreal. The all-star defenceman made his first appearance this morning before the Canadiens media throng at coach Michel Therrien's annual golf tournament. "It's exciting to be back in Canada, let alone..." August 09

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Shea Weber dons a Canadiens jersey for the first time

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Shea Weber's presence in the city of Montreal, or lack thereof, has been somewhat of a contrived hot button issue for pundits in the city for some time. Well, he has arrived in town for Michel Therrien's golf tournament, and what's more is he has taken the opportunity to be seen in a Canadiens..." August 08

  • New Canadien Shea Weber to play in Michel Therrien's golf tournament Tuesday

    Montreal Gazette "Shea Weber will make his first appearance in Montreal as a member of the Canadiens at the Michel Therrien Golf Invitational Tuesday at Le Mirage in Terrebonne. Weber was acquired from Nashville on June 29 in the blockbuster deal that sent Montreal fan-favourite P.K. Subban to the Predators...." August 06

  • Canadiens fans still looking for Shea Weber

    Montreal Gazette "Where’s Shea Weber? That’s a question Canadiens fans must be asking, especially after the P.K. Subban All-Star Comedy Gala Monday night at Place des Arts. The event was a fundraiser for Subban’s foundation benefiting the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, to which he has maintained his..." August 04

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Subban says he accepted trade 'way before it even happened'

    The Score "P.K. Subban is back in Montreal. No, it's not hockey related, but it's still no shock the former Hab was asked about the trade that sent him to the Nashville Predators. In the city Monday ahead of hosting a gala with "Just for Laughs", Subban revealed to TSN that the swirling rumors tying..." August 01

  • Pacioretty: Subban trade 'completely threw me off guard'

    Sportsnet "Nearly a month after the trade that sent a colossal shockwave through the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens are getting used to life without P.K. Subban. The charismatic defenseman was sent to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Shea Weber, and while the dust has settled, many still have a tough..." July 29

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Andrei Markov wants to 'live for today'

    NHL.com "Of the many impressive statistics attached to his name, here is the one that first came to the mind of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov early Saturday morning: "It took me 45 minutes to drive half a mile downtown yesterday," he said with a sigh, sitting over 7 a.m. coffee before..." July 26

  • Scrivens heading to Dynamo Minsk of KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ben Scrivens is off to Belarus. The 29-year-old goalie has reportedly signed with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL. Scrivens made 14 starts for the Montreal Canadiens in 2015-16, failing to really take advantage of his opportunity with the Habs and finishing 5-8-0 with a .906 save percentage." July 25

  • Price’s previous injury ‘no longer a concern,’ says Habs goalie coach

    The Hockey News "It’s been almost exactly eight months since Carey Price last stepped on the ice for an NHL game, but the Montreal Canadiens will absolutely be ready for action come the World Cup of Hockey, according to Habs goalie coach Stephane Waite. Waite told RDS.ca that he has spent three days practicing..." July 23

  • Predators see fit with P.K. Subban's personality

    Tennessean "In a sport that tends to discourage individuality, P.K. Subban is hockey's outspoken star. That is what has made him one of the NHL's most visible players. It's also what may have compelled the Canadiens to trade the defenseman to the Predators on June 29. Subban's immense popularity and..." July 23

  • Bobby Farnham Signs With Montreal Canadiens

    HockeyBuzz "The New Jersey Devils are working towards icing a faster, more skilled lineup this fall. As a result the team elected not to bring back forward Bobby Farnham, who skated a regular shift on the 4th line for much of last season after being claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh. Today Farnham..." July 22

  • Jets' Scheifele would take Weber over Subban

    The Score "Not everyone feels the Nashville Predators won the Subban-Weber trade. Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele joined Sportsnet 590 on Wednesday where he admitted if he was playing the role of general manager he would take Shea Weber over P.K. Subban. "Personally, I would take Shea Weber on my..." July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • So is Shea Weber actually an ‘average’ NHL defenseman?

    The Hockey News "Some things in life are not terribly fair. And in the case of the P.K. Subban trade, much of the trade has become a referendum on the merits of Shea Weber. Last I checked, Weber didn’t ask to be traded to one of the most hockey-mad cities on the planet for a player who was universally loved by its..." July 21

  • Brendan Gallagher likes revamped Canadiens

    NHL.com "Spark-plug forward Brendan Gallagher spoke to NHL.com about a variety of topics regarding him and his Montreal Canadiens, a team that has undergone dramatic changes the past few weeks: You train during the summer in Vancouver with Milan Lucic, who as an unrestricted free agent on July 1 chose..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Former Habs analytics consultant calls Weber an ‘average NHLer’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Having already acknowledged he “made a passionate case” in favor of keeping P.K. Subban, the former analytics consultant for the Montreal Canadiens is now calling Shea Weber an “average NHLer” and saying the return the Habs got for Subban was “so, so far outside what could be considered..." July 18

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Report: Canadiens' Analytics Guy Let Go After Telling Team Not To Trade P.K. Subban

    Deadspin "Matt Pfeffer had a one-year contract as an analytics consultant for the Montreal Canadiens, and the team reportedly informed him Wednesday that it wouldn’t be renewed for the upcoming season. According to one report, Pfeffer had strongly argued not to trade defenseman P.K. Subban, and lost more..." July 14

  • P.K. Subban gets dodgy in Part 2 of Sportsnet sit-down

    Yahoo! Sports "We had our fun with the first part of P.K. Subban’s sit-down with Sportsnet and Eric Engels, and the second part aired on Wednesday night. In it, Engels asks the questions you want asked of the former Montreal Canadiens star. And, in turn, P.K. dodges them like they’re bullets in “The Matrix”..." July 14

  • Subban speaks: 'I never envisioned myself playing for any other team'

    The Score "P.K. Subban is back in Montreal, but he won't be staying for long. Nashville's home now. The former Canadiens defenseman spoke for the first time since he was dealt to the Predators for Shea Weber in an exclusive interview with Sportsnet's Eric Engels, and said that he's most sad about the fact..." July 13

  • Molson confident Subban trade will improve Habs

    TSN "While the city of Montreal is still buzzing from the aftershock of the P.K. Subban trade, Canadiens owner and president Geoff Molson is confident that the move will make the team better next season. "P.K. was certainly a great player for our team," Molson explained to RDS at the team's AHL..." July 11

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Canadiens to move AHL affiliate to new arena in nearby Laval

    Sportsnet "The Canadiens will move their top farm team to a new rink near Montreal for the 2017-18 season. The team said Monday that the American Hockey League board of governors has approved the relocation from St. John’s, N.L. The 10,000-seat Place Bell arena is nearing completion in Laval. As..." July 11

  • Bergevin not looking back after Subban-Weber trade

    The Score "The decision to trade P.K. Subban was not an easy one for Marc Bergevin. In an interview with Dave Stubbs of NHL.com, the Montreal Canadiens general manager maintains the trading of the fan favorite and Norris Trophy-winning defenseman to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Shea Weber was..." July 10

  • Sergachev turning heads early at Canadiens camp

    Sportsnet "There are many reasons to believe that Mikhail Sergachev, the ninth-overall pick at the 2016 NHL Draft, will be playing for the Montreal Canadiens next season. He’d be the first 18-year-old defenceman to earn his way onto the team’s roster since Mathieu Schneider did it in 1987. But don’t put..." July 08

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • The Montreal Canadiens' contract situation means some decisions need to be made ahead of the new season

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Marc Bergevin has spent his summer adding contracts that appear to be team-friendly deals, getting roster players for much less than their expected value. Mark Barberio will take up just $750,000 of the $73 million salary cap the team has to work with this season. Daniel Carr and Sven..." July 06

  • Canadiens Ink Phillip Danault For Two-Years

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens signed another one of their pending RFAs today, as they reached a two-year deal with Phillip Danault, according to a team release. Renaud Lavoie of TVA tells us he’ll earn $912K per season. Danault is coming off his entry-level contract and was not eligible to file for..." July 05

  • Nashville, Predators fit P.K. Subban's larger-than-life personality

    Tennessean "The hockey-watching world was struggling to digest a shocking swap of top-tier NHL defensemen, and P.K. Subban was swallowing foie gras. Subban was dining on liver in Paris on Wednesday during a European vacation when he learned he had been traded to the Predators for Shea Weber. Back in North..." July 03

  • Canadiens' Radulov: 'I have to lead by example because I have a kid'

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens took one of the biggest gambles as free agency opened Friday, signing Alexander Radulov to a one-year $5.75-million deal, and though the Russian forward's character has been questioned in the past, he insists he's matured since his last NHL stint in 2012. "I have to lead..." July 02

  • Fan furious over Subban trade leaves message for Canadiens on jersey

    The Score "There were a lot of disgruntled Montreal Canadiens fans following the team's decision to ship P.K. Subban off to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Shea Weber. One fan in particular was so furious over the trade that she wrote a message for Canadiens management on her jersey, which she..." July 02

  • Canadiens agree to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Mikhail Sergachev

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team’s first-round pick in 2016, defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract (2016-17 to 2018-19). The 18-year-old Nizhnekamsk, Russia native was the Windsor Spitfires’..." July 01

  • Canadiens agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent Al Montoya

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent goaltender Al Montoya. The 31-year-old Chicago native spent the last two seasons with the Florida Panthers, most recently posting a 12-7-3 record, a..." July 01

  • Canadiens agree to terms on a two-year contract with free agent Zach Redmond

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract (2016-17 and 2017-18) with free agent defenseman Zach Redmond. Redmond, 27, appeared in 37 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2015-16, registering six points (2..." July 01

  • Kings sign defenceman Tom Gilbert to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Los Angeles Kings signed free agent defenceman Tom Gilbert to a one-year contract Friday. The Kings were light on salary cap space heading into free agency and GM Dean Lombardi managed to bolster his blue line at discount, inking Gilbert to a very reasonable $1.4-million deal." July 01