Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Canadiens to charge for paper season tickets

    Montreal Gazette "Some Montreal Canadiens fans are ticked off about a new process for accessing their season tickets. The Canadiens have informed fans by email that tickets for the 2017-18 season will be available in mobile format only. Season-ticket holders will receive the tickets electronically on their..." July 22

  • Canadiens sign Yannick Veilleux to a one-year contract "The Canadiens agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (AHL / ECHL) with forward Yannick Veilleux for the 2017-18 campaign. The 24-year-old left-winger spent the majority of last season with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps, scoring six goals and registering 10 assists for 16 points in 53..." July 20

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Mikhail Sergachev: Canadiens ‘needed’ francophone Jonathan Drouin

    Sportsnet "Prospect Mikhail Sergachev has no hard feelings towards the Montreal Canadiens for the trade that sent him to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The defenceman was shipped south for forward Jonathan Drouin, less than a year after being drafted ninth overall by general manager Marc Bergevin. He gave an..." July 15

  • Habs make offer to blueliner Streit

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens could be reunited with a veteran defenceman, but it might not be Andrei Markov. According to Marc De Foy of Le Journal de Montreal, the team has made a one-year, $1.5 million offer to former Canadiens blueliner Mark Streit. Streit, who - according to De Foy - the Habs..." July 12

  • Between Galchenyuk, Drouin, who is better suited to play centre?

    Sportsnet "With both Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin now under contract for the Montreal Canadiens, and Alexander Radulov gone to the Dallas Stars, there’s been some discussion about whether the Canadiens will try Galchenyuk at centre again. Some believe that the plan might be to try Jonathan Drouin at..." July 08

  • Galchenyuk on Habs future: ‘Rumors are always going to be rumors’ "Despite the talk, Alex Galchenyuk knew all along that he'd end up agreeing on a new contract with the Canadiens. "It went pretty smooth," the 23-year-old told reporters via conference call from Miami on Thursday after signing a three-year contract a day prior. "There was no doubt in my mind,..." July 07

  • Canadiens sign Galchenyuk to 3-year extension

    Montreal Gazette "The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they have re-signed forward Alex Galchenyuk to a three-year contract. Galchenyuk, a restricted free agent, played in 61 games last year, scoring 17 goals and chipping in with 27 assists." July 05

  • Alexander Radulov signs five-year deal with Dallas Stars

    Sportsnet "The Dallas Stars have signed forward Alexander Radulov to a five-year contract worth $31.25 million. The 30-year-old right-winger scored 18 goals and added 36 assists in his return to the NHL last season. Radulov signed a one-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens after spending four seasons..." July 03

  • The Canadiens agree to terms with Ales Hemsky "General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday that the Canadiens have agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract with free agent forward Ales Hemsky. The 33-year-old right-winger spent the last three seasons with the Dallas Stars, but missed the bulk of the 2016-17 campaign after..." July 03

  • Canadiens GM says 'there's no more negotiations' with reported Stars free agent target Alexander Radulov

    Sports Day "Alexander Radulov, who's reportedly being courted by the Stars, announced no decision on his future Sunday, but a top competitor vying for his services said it has made its final offer. "There's no more negotiations," Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said Sunday, as reported by..." July 03

  • Canadiens sign Carey Price to eight-year contract extension

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender Carey Price to an eight-year contract extension. The Montreal Canadiens signed the 29-year-old to an eight-year extension that reportedly carries an annual cap hit of US$10.5 million. That will surpass Henrik Lundqvist for the top annual mark in..." July 02

  • Bergevin wants to bring back Markov, Radulov — but not for their demands

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Montreal Canadiens have paid quite a price to extend their star goalie. The Habs signed Carey Price to an eight-year, $84 million contract extension, which will begin for the 2018-19 season. With that pressing offseason priority now taken care of, general manager Marc Bergevin’s focus has..." July 02

  • Karl Alzner excited for new opportunity with Habs: Montreal is hockey

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "After nine years as a Capital, Karl Alzner couldn’t leave without saying goodbye. Washington’s longtime Iron Man stopped by Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday to shake hands and say thank you to the Capitals’ training and medical staffs as well as other members of the front office. “It’s..." July 02

  • Canadiens agree to terms with defenseman Matt Taormina "General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday that the Canadiens have agreed to terms on a two-year, two-way contract with free agent defenseman Matt Taormina." July 01

  • Golden Knights sending Emelin to Predators

    TSN "The Vegas Golden Knights are in the process of trading defenceman Alexei Emelin to the Nashville Predators for a third-round pick, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Vegas selected Emelin from the Montreal Canadiens in the expansion draft earlier this month. The 31-year-old..." July 01

  • Canadiens agree to terms with defenseman Joe Morrow "General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday that the Canadiens have agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract with free agent defenseman Joe Morrow." July 01

  • Montreal Canadiens sign centre Peter Holland to two-year contract

    Montreal Gazette "The Montreal Canadiens have signed centre Peter Holland to a two-year free agent contract. He previously played with Arizona and Toronto." July 01

  • Canadiens agree to terms on a two-year contract with Byron Froese " General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday that the Canadiens have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free agent forward Byron Froese. Froese received a two-way contract for 2017-18 and a one-way contract for 2018-19." July 01

  • Karl Alzner, Canadiens agree to five-year deal

    TSN "Karl Alzner and the Montreal Canadiens have agreed on a five-year deal, worth roughly $4.5 million per season, according to TSN Hockey Contributor Aaron Ward. The 28-year-old had a down year in 2016-17 with only three goals and 10 assists in 82 games, but was 13th among NHL defencemen with a..." July 01

  • Negotiations stalled between Canadiens, Markov

    TSN "Andrei Markov is reportedly looking for a two-year deal worth $12 million and it could mean the end of his tenure with the Montreal Canadiens, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. McKenzie reports the 38-year-old defenceman, who has spent his entire 16-season NHL career with the..." July 01

  • Habs, Sens have inquired on Vegas D Emelin

    TSN "TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the Montreal Canadiens have investigated the price of acquiring defenceman Alexei Emelin back from the Vegas Golden Knights. LeBrun said, however, he is unsure whether the Canadiens will proceed in trying to reacquire the defenceman. Emelin was..." June 28

  • Markov seeking 2-year, $12M contract

    Hockey Inside/Out "Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, is reported to be asking for a two-year, US$12-million deal, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The 38-year-old Markov, who was selected by the Canadiens in the sixth round (162nd overall) of the..." June 27

  • Alzner wants long-term deal, says he’s interested in Habs

    Pro Hockey Talk "You can hardly blame Karl Alzner for wanting to cash in July 1. Not that he’s hard up for money or anything, but the last contract Alzner signed in Washington was a club-friendly deal that paid him $11.2 million over four years. That’s a cap hit of just $2.8 million for a guy that plays..." June 27

  • NHL entry draft sets tone for Habs' future. Now what about Radulov, Markov, Galchenyuk?

    Montreal Gazette "Bergevin managed to add an experienced defenceman when he acquired David Schlemko from the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, but he has some large holes to fill in the run-up to the opening of the free-agent market on July 1. The GM’s first task is to deal with unrestricted free agents (UFAs)..." June 26

  • Markov seeking 2-year deal from Canadiens

    Sportsnet "It’s unclear exactly how much longer Andrei Markov’s NHL career will last, but the 38-year-old is aiming to play into his forties. According to Renaud Lavoie‏ of TVA Sports, the Russian blue-liner is seeking a multi-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens opposed to a one-year deal. Markov is..." June 24

  • Habs ‘have holes in many positions,’ and Bergevin’s busy trying to fill them

    Pro Hockey Talk "Consider, for a moment, what’s currently on the plate of Montreal GM Marc Bergevin. Last year’s second-leading scorer, Alex Radulov, is an unrestricted free agent that might go to market. Trade calls are coming in on Alex Galchenyuk, who also needs a new contract. The Habs would like to keep..." June 22

  • Canadiens acquire David Schlemko from Vegas Golden Knights

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens filled one of the holes on their blue line Thursday when they acquired left-handed defenceman David Schlemko from the Vegas Golden Knights in return for a fifth-round draft choice. If you count the 15 hours Schlemko spent with Vegas after being selected in Wednesday’s expansion,..." June 22

  • Vegas in on veteran d-men Methot, Emelin

    Pro Hockey Talk "Golden Knights GM George McPhee said he’s going to stockpile blueliners at the expansion draft. The latest rumblings certainly seem to back that up. Per TSN, two of the more experienced defensemen made available — Ottawa’s Marc Methot, and Montreal’s Alexei Emelin — are close to being Vegas..." June 21

  • Carey Price 'not worried about' contract extension "The elephant in the room hasn't yet found the exit sign, so Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price knew the topic would be raised. As of July 1, Price will be free to begin talks to extend his contract, which upon expiration on July 1, 2018 would send him into unrestricted free..." June 21

  • Canadiens’ Drouin pens ‘thank you’ to Lightning following trade

    Sportsnet "Jonathan Drouin‘s relationship with the Tampa Bay Lightning has been a tense one, to put it lightly. But following a trade that sent the 2013 third-overall pick to his hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens, Drouin took to Twitter to offer up a note of appreciation to his former club. The young..." June 18

  • Sabres acquire Beaulieu from Canadiens

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens have traded defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a third-round pick in 2017. The 24-year old is currently a restricted free agent. In 2016-17 Beaulieu registered four goals and 24 assists in 74 games and added an assist in five playoff games." June 17

  • Could Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens swing a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-for-Alex Galchenyuk deal?

    Edmonton Sun "With Jonathan Drouin off to the Montreal Canadiens in the blockbuster National Hockey League trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Habs now have a glut of wingers — unless they think Alex Galchenyuk is a centre or Drouin can play there. The jury’s very much out on Galchenyuk, the third..." June 17

  • Habs will not qualify Nesterov

    CBS Sports "Nesterov will not receive a qualifying offer from the Canadiens, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. This means that Nesterov will be able to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent starting July 1. Acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay in late January, the defenseman..." June 17

  • Coyotes among multiple teams with serious interest in Rangers' Stepan

    The Hockey Writers "With the Montreal Canadiens trade to acquire Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, the organization gave up a very sound prospect from their blue line. There’s no proof that the Canadiens traded away a for-sure top-pair defenseman in Mikhail Sergachev, but the Canadiens decided..." June 17

  • 'Shocked' Sergachev learned of trade to Lightning via text from fan "Mikhail Sergachev was on vacation with his family in Cyprus when he received a message on his cell phone that would change his life forever. "Some fan texted me and said, 'Good luck in Tampa,' and I was like, "What?" said the newest member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "My phone doesn't work here..." June 17

  • Montreal Canadiens Will Not Qualify Nikita Nesterov

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In another (perhaps expected) move that will weaken the depth of the Montreal Canadiens defense, the team will not qualify Nikita Nesterov according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, making him an unrestricted free agent at the end of the month. After also trading away Mikhail Sergachev..." June 16

  • Habs sign Jonathan Drouin: six years, $33M

    Pro Hockey Talk "A busy day continues for the Montreal Canadiens and Jonathan Drouin, as the two sides agreed to a six-year contract. The deal is worth $33 million overall, making for a $5.5 million cap hit, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie and TSN’s Bob McKenzie. This comes mere hours after the Habs landed..." June 16

  • Habs sign Hudon to two-year, $1.3 million extension

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not long after orchestrating a blockbuster deal with Tampa Bay for Jonathan Drouin, the Canadiens continued to make moves on Thursday by extending forward Charles Hudon. Per TVA, the deal is for $1.3 million, carrying an average annual cap hit of $650,000. The first year is of the two-way..." June 16

  • Galchenyuk being 'actively shopped' by Canadiens

    NESN "In the wake of Thursday’s news of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathon Drouin being dealt to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, it seems the Habs are looking to make another roster move. Ken Campbell of The Hockey News provided the details on what could be Montreal’s next..." June 16

  • Canadiens sign Jonathan Drouin to six-year contract extension

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens signed Jonathan Drouin to a six-year, $33-million contract extension several hours after acquiring the forward from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a deal that sent prospect Mikhail Sergachev the other way. Drouin’s deal comes with a cap hit of $5.5 million per season. The..." June 15

  • Canadiens acquire Drouin from Lightning for Sergachev

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Jonathan Drouin and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2018 from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second-round pick in 2018. The 22-year-old restricted free agent is coming off the best season of..." June 15

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Galchenyuk situation in Montreal reminiscent of Seguin in Boston

    Pro Hockey Talk "Another polarizing player could be on his way out of Montreal. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Canadiens are “listening” to trade offers for Alex Galchenyuk. Now, obviously, this doesn’t mean that Galchenyuk will be traded. But the fact the Habs are even listening on such a talented..." June 14

  • How Canada’s teams could fare in the 2017 NHL expansion draft

    Globe and Mail "No team is better equipped to emerge unscathed from the 2017 NHL expansion draft than the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have no fewer than seven regulars – including emerging stars Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner – exempt from consideration. Under the terms of the expansion..." June 11

  • Habs talking contracts with Radulov, Price

    The Fourth Period "Among the Montreal Canadiens' priorities this off-season is not only finding a top-two center to add to their roster, but getting winger Alexander Radulov locked up to a new contract and goalie Carey Price inked to an eight-year extension. While the Canadiens, as of last week, hadn't picked up..." June 10

  • Agent: Habs RFA Nesterov not KHL bound

    TSN "Despite rumours to the contrary, Nikita Nesterov's agent says the restricted free agent has not signed in the KHL and plans to remain in North America. Nesterov is listed on the KHL's website as a player on Traktor Chelyabinsk but his agent Dan Milstein said rumours he's returned to Russia are..." June 08

  • Montreal Canadiens Sign Stefan Leblanc To AHL Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens have added some AHL depth on defense, signing Stefan Leblanc to a one-year AHL contract. The 21-year old defenseman was an undrafted free agent who competed this season for the Mississauga Steelheads as an over-aged OHL player. Leblanc was ranked 131st by Central Scouting..." June 06

  • Habs' Galchenyuk open to one-year deal

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk will hit restricted free agency for the second time in his career this summer and will do so with an open mind. Coming off an up and down season, which saw him fall to the fourth line in the playoffs, Galchenyuk's agent said Wednesday the 23-year-old..." June 01

  • Capitals not ruling out trade of Alex Ovechkin: Three potential destinations

    CBS Sports "While the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators square off for championship glory, the Washington Capitals are left to juggle questions about the future of their franchise centerpiece, Alex Ovechkin. Such is life for a team that, after another disappointing but unsurprising exit from the..." June 01