Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Kings bringing veteran goalie Budaj to camp on PTO

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Los Angeles Kings are giving Peter Budaj a shot at earning a contract in training camp, per LA Kings Insider. Budaj, the 32-year-old veteran that spent last year with Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate, will attend camp on a professional tryout, the club confirmed on Friday. The news comes after..." August 29

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    Jon Rosen @lakingsinsider

    Goaltender Peter Budaj will attend #LAKings training camp on a PTO, hockey ops confirms.

  • Canadiens hire Craig Ramsay as consultant

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that they’ve added Craig Ramsay as a consultant to their coaching staff. Ramsay has over 1,650 games of NHL coaching experience split between the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins,..." August 26

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • VIDEO: Bruins' Talbot talks to unsuspecting Canadiens fans, gets called 'disgrace'

    The Score "Boston Bruins forward Max Talbot found out first-hand that despite his Quebec roots, supporters of the Montreal Canadiens aren't exactly his biggest fans. Talbot interviewed Canadiens fans on the streets of Montreal, and many didn't realize they were speaking to the man himself. Here are the..." August 24

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Daniel Briere announces retirement at age 37

    Sportsnet "After 17 years in the NHL, Daniel Briere has announced his retirement at the age of 37. The Gatineau, Que., native spent the early part of his career with the Phoenix Coyotes before moving on to play with the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, and Colorado..." August 17

  • Brandon Prust sees positive in Vancouver trade

    Sportsnet "On July 1 while vacationing in Rome with his fiancee, Montreal TV host Maripier Morin, Brandon Prust noticed on Twitter that the Montreal Canadiens had acquired tough nut Zack Kassian from Vancouver. He had no clue at that time who was going the other way. Morin asked Prust who Kassian..." August 15

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Penguins bring back Sergei Gonchar with tryout contract

    Yahoo! Sports "Sergei Gonchar told TVA Sports in June that he wants to play one more season in the NHL. He’ll be given an opportunity to fulfill that goal through a tryout contract with his old friends at the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins announced that the 41-year old defenseman has inked a tryout deal..." August 14

  • Therrien, like GM, defends Canadiens' style, system

    NHL.com "On July 2, one day after free agency opened, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin met with the media to discuss their moves. During that question-and-answer session, Bergevin was asked about the defensive style of play employed by Canadiens coach Michel Therrien. In response,..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • Therrien sees Semin as 'nice challenge' for Canadiens

    NHL.com "The Carolina Hurricanes bought out the final three years of Semin's five-year, $35 million contract because, as general manager Ron Francis said, they did not feel he competed enough on a consistent basis. Therrien is known as a coach with high demands on his players in terms of work ethic, and..." August 12

  • Kings goalie Quick says Canadiens' Pacioretty among most underrated players in NHL

    Montreal Gazette "Max Pacioretty led the Canadiens in scoring last season with 37 goals and 67 points, but Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick still calls him one of the most underrated players in the NHL. Contributing to Derek Jeter’s website — theplayerstribune.com — under the headline Elite Snipers 101:..." August 09

  • NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a way, baseball will power the way hockey fans consume a ton of digital NHL-related media going forward. More specifically, MLBAM will be doing the heavy lifting, as the NHL announced a “historic” six-year deal with the service, which also apparently powers streaming services for companies..." August 04

  • Canadiens' Galchenyuk says short-term deal 'a good way to go'

    Montreal Gazette "Alex Galchenyuk was the last Canadiens player to come to terms on a contract this summer, but he doesn’t understand the angst over the prolonged negotiations. “It didn’t take that long at all because we’re not even in August,” Galchenyuk said Friday morning during a conference call from his..." August 02

  • Habs’ Galchenyuk inks two-year extension

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Galchenyuk has a lot of potential and over the course of his next deal, he’ll have a chance to prove that he’s worth a much bigger contract. The Montreal Canadiens announced tonight that they have signed Galchenyuk to a two-year bridge deal. The team didn’t disclose the terms of the..." July 31

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Galchenyuk two-year deal with Habs worth $2.8 million average per year

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Daniel Audette signs entry-level contract

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Habs have announced that they've signed prospect Daniel Audette to a three-year entry level contract. Audette, 19, is coming off a great season with the Sherbrook Phoenix, earning 73 points in 60 games played. The 2014 5th round pick of the Canadiens is the son of former Canadiens player..." July 25

  • Canadiens sign F Semin to one-year, $1.1M deal

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with forward Alexander Semin on Friday. Semin, 31, scored six goals and added 13 assists in 57 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. He was bought out by the Hurricanes after the season, with three years and $21 million..." July 24

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

  • Canadiens, D Tinordi agree to deal

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms with defenceman Jarred Tinordi on a one-year, two way contract, general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Wednesday. Tinordi appeared in 13 games last season with the Canadiens and recorded two assists. " July 16

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14

  • Canadiens agree to terms with forward Bournival

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that forward Michael Bournival has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (2015-16). Bournival, 23, played 29 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15, recording five points (3 goals, 2 assists). He posted a differential..." July 14

  • Veteran Habs defenceman Andrei Markov has much to say, in his own quiet way

    Montreal Gazette "All things being equal, Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov will reach two milestones in the coming season. His 54th game will be his 900th regular-season NHL match, coming in his 15th season with the only club he’s known. Seventeen games later, he will play his 1,000th, including..." July 11

  • Pacioretty suffers off-ice injury, out 3 months

    Sportsnet "Max Pacioretty suffered a knee injury, the Montreal Canadiens announced Friday. His recovery is expected to take three months, placing his availability for the 2015-16 season opener on Oct. 7 at Toronto in doubt. The 26-year-old forward suffered his injury while working out off-ice in..." July 11

  • Montreal signs first round pick Noah Juulsen to an entry-level contract

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "It's common for first round picks to immediately sign entry-level contracts, and Noah Juulsen is no exception, inking a a three-year deal this morning. Juulsen played with the Everett Silvertips last season, alongside Nikita Scherbak. He was a much needed addition to the defensive prospect..." July 10

  • Ducks, Capitals stand out as teams with best salary cap situations

    CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09

  • Montreal Canadiens picked as top sports brand in Canada

    Montreal Gazette "Eat your heart out, Maple Leafs fans. The Canadiens are the strongest professional sports brand in Canada, according to a survey conducted by Insightrix Research. The Canadiens came in first place for every question that was asked of 2,700 Canadians from across the country, 300 in each of nine..." July 08

  • Red Wings sign big winger Eric Tangradi

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have signed left wing Eric Tangradi to a one-year contract. Tangradi, 26, has played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens since making his NHL debut in the 2009-10 season. He has five career goals, 10 assists and 86..." July 08

  • Top 14 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped up...." July 07

  • 23 Players Elect Salary Arbitration

    NHLPA.com "Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration: Arizona Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Phil Samuelsson Brendan Shinnimin Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone Calgary Flames Lance Bouma Paul Byron Josh Jooris Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino Mathew Clark Detroit Red..." July 06

  • Canadiens sign Mark Barberio to a one-year, two-way contract

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Canadiens made a low-key free agent signing late on the opening day of free agency, signing left-handling defenceman Mark Barberio to a one-year, two-way contract. Barberio's contract is for slightly more than the league minimum NHL salary, coming in with an NHL portion $600 000, with a..." July 02

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    Joe Haggerty @HackswithHaggs

    Hearing from a source that Zack Kassian has been dealt to the Habs

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    Canadiens Montréal @CanadiensMTL

    Canadiens agree to terms on a two-year contract extension with defenseman Greg Pateryn. DETAILS-> http://t.co/rrjBvYdmgW

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    TOR closing in on a one-year deal with P.A. Parenteau. #TSN.

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Hearing Montreal is making headway on a bridge deal for RFA Alex Galchenyuk, talks still in progress

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    James Mirtle @mirtle

    Vancouver trades Kassian and a fifth round pick to Montreal for Brandon Prust. Similar salaries involved.

  • Canadiens sign Brian Flynn for two years

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Marc Bergevin has announced that the Montreal Canadiens have signed impending restricted free agent Brian Flynn to a two year contract, keeping the rugged forward they acquired at the trade deadline from the Buffalo Sabres. Flynn had a disappointing regular season with Montreal, failing to..." June 30

  • Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger lead 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class

    CBS Sports "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29

  • Mark Recchi misses out on Hall of Fame this year

    ESPN Boston "Mark Recchi is on the outside looking in. The former NHLer was not elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Monday. A three-time Stanley Cup champion, Recchi scored 577 goals and registered 1,633 points (12th all-time) in 1,652 games during his 22-year career." June 29

  • Canadiens buy out the contract of forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday that the team has bought out the contract of Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau. The 32-year-old forward was under contract with the Club until the end of the 2015-16 season. "I would like to thank Pierre-Alexandre for his time as a..." June 29

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Eric Tangradi and Drayson Bowman won't get their qualifying offers. They are now UFAs #canadiens #tvasports

  • Habs focused on character players who compete hard at NHL Draft

    Montreal Gazette "There’s an asterisk attached to the Canadiens’ strategy of selecting the best player available at the National Hockey League Draft. General manager Marc Bergevin and draft guru Trevor Timmins both offered insights into the team’s philosophy as the 2015 draft came to an end on Saturday..." June 28