Canadiens Rumors & News

  • 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 01

  • 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 "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 "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->

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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 "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

  • Mike Richards, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Mark Fistric on waivers

    ESPN "As the first buyout window closes in the NHL offseason, three more players were put on unconditional waivers Sunday for purpose of buying them out, including two-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Richards of the Los Angeles Kings. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau of the Montreal Canadiens and Mark..." June 28

  • Bergevin says Habs won't have problem signing Alex Galchenyuk

    ESPN "The Montreal Canadiens re-signed Jeff Petry and Torrey Mitchell after the season ended, which fueled speculation they might need to move money. But general manager Marc Bergevin says that’s not the case. "We’re fine with the cap, we have no problem with the money, we’re good. We’ll sign..." June 28

  • Canadiens take WHL defenceman Noah Juulsen with first-round pick

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens may need offensive help up front but general manager Marc Bergevin fell back on the you-can-never-have-too-many-defencemen strategy as he made Noah Juulsen of the Everett Silvertips the club’s first-round selection in the National Hockey League draft. Juulsen is regarded as an..." June 27

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Pat Brisson is now representing Alex Galchenyuk. Contract talks with the #habs can resume.

  • Canadiens' Price Wins Hart Trophy as NHL MVP "Goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens has won the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team" as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Price was a runaway winner, receiving 139 first-place votes from the 157 ballots..." June 25

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Vezina Trophy as top goalie goes to Carey Price.

  • NHL to announce opening of formal expansion process

    CBS Sports "The NHL is expected to announce that the league's board of governors has approved the opening of a formal expansion process, barring something unforeseen, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. This does not necessarily mean the league will expand, but this will allow the league to gauge..." June 24

  • With an agent in place, Habs and Galchenyuk set to resume contract talks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Contract talks between the Montreal Canadiens and Alex Galchenyuk were temporarily put on hold after the forward fired his agent Igor Larionov. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that Galchenyuk has hired super agent Pat Brisson to represent him in contract talks with the Habs. Brisson..." June 24

  • Report: 3-on-3 overtime coming to NHL, pending board approval

    CBS Sports "It appears the NHL will have a new overtime format for the 2015-16 regular season. That should be music to the ears of anyone that despises the shootout. The NHL GMs and NHLPA agreed Monday to recommend a five-minute three-on-three overtime period for regular season games not decided in..." June 24

  • 10 NHL players who could be traded

    CBC Sports "The NHL's free-agent signing period opens on Canada Day, but the wheeling and dealing could begin much earlier for teams willing to go the trade route to upgrade their rosters. Get the scoop on 10 players considered to be on the block in this interactive graphic from The Canadian Press:" June 23

  • NHL sets 2015-16 salary cap at $71.4 million

    CBS Sports "The NHL salary cap will see a nearly two-and-a-half million dollar increase for the 2015-16 season. The league and the NHLPA announced on Tuesday afternoon that the salary cap for next season has been set at $71.4 million, with a salary floor of $52.8 million. The cap this past season was..." June 23

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Talks between Alex Galchenyuk and the Canadiens are on hold. Galchenyuk is looking for a new agent to negotiate his contract.

  • Canadiens' Price up for three trophies at NHL Awards "Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price might want to consider bringing an extra suitcase to Las Vegas for the 2015 NHL Awards show Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN), because he could be going home with an extensive amount of hardware. Price is a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the League's most..." June 22

  • Alex Galchenyuk contract negotiations: Canadiens forward fires agent Ian Pulver

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "According to Renaud Lavoie have TVA Sports, Montreal Canadiens restricted free agent forward Alex Galchenyuk has decided to part ways with agent Ian Pulver, which has put a temporary halt to contract negotiations between him and general manager Marc Bergevin while he seeks new..." June 22

  • Habs hand Torrey Mitchell a three-year deal reportedly worth $3.6M

    Pro Hockey Talk "Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin was once considered a prankster, yet he doesn’t seem like a procrastinator. He continued his run of early offseason work on Monday, signing depth forward Torrey Mitchell to a three-year deal. Various reporters including ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun tab the deal at..." June 16

  • Beaulieu extension fortifies Habs defence, gives Bergevin room to move

    Montreal Gazette "Nathan Beaulieu sees himself as “a top-four guy,” a young defenceman who’s ready and eager to play a larger role on the Canadiens while embracing the responsibility that goes with that. Habs general manager Marc Bergevin evidently is on the same page, on Saturday afternoon signing Beaulieu to a..." June 14