Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Habs re-sign Antti Niemi on one-year, one-way deal

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens re-signed goaltender Antti Niemi on a one-year, $950,000 contract on Tuesday. The team announced the contract is a one-way deal for the Finnish goaltender, who was waived by both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers this season. " May 22

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Six potential destinations for pending UFA Joe Thornton

    Sportsnet "The San Jose Sharks could be active in the player market this summer, with projected cap space as high as $20 million if the salary cap rises to the $80-million range. This could put them squarely into the thick of the John Tavares sweepstakes, should the Islanders star test free agency. At the..." May 08

  • Montreal Would Rather Trade Pacioretty Than Extend Him

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While it’s common knowledge the Montreal Canadiens have been considering trading their captain Max Pacioretty. The 10-year Canadiens’ veteran survived the trade deadline, but TSN’s Insider Bob McKenzie said on his most recent TSN Hockey Bobcast to expect Montreal to shop Pacioretty as the team..." May 06

  • Canadiens should deal No. 3 pick in package for top centre

    Montreal Gazette "In the moments after the Canadiens moved up to the No. 3 spot in the NHL draft lottery on Saturday night, general manager Marc Bergevin discussed the options leading up to the June 23 entry draft. “At No. 3, you get a player (from the draft) that’s probably going to play sooner than later,”..." May 04

  • Montreal Canadiens Agree To Terms With Lukas Vejdemo

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens have convinced one of their international draft picks to sign his first NHL contract. The team announced today that they’ve agreed to terms with Lukas Vejdemo on a two-year entry-level contract that will begin next season. " May 02

  • Tomas Plekanec Wants To Return To Montreal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Tomas Plekanec at the trade deadline, they knew he likely would only be there for a few months. The 35-year old center is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and now has made it clear that he would like to return to the Montreal..." May 01

  • Habs have interesting decision to make with third overall pick

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 season was a huge disappointment for the Montreal Canadiens, but they finally got some positive news on Saturday night, as they jumped up one spot in the draft. In June, GM Marc Bergevin will have an interesting decision to make with the third overall selection in the NHL Entry..." April 30

  • A top-3 pick in the 2018 Draft should accelerate Canadiens’ retool

    Sportsnet "All in all, it was a good day for the Montreal Canadiens. It was pretty close to being a glorious one — with the Canadiens securing a spot in the top three of the 2018 NHL Draft after the first 12 picks had been announced just past 7:30 p.m. ET. But the opportunity to walk out of CBC Studios..." April 29

  • Sabres win top pick; Hurricanes get second pick, Canadiens third

    Sporting News "The Sabres won the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday and will have the first pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Hurricanes will have the second pick, and the Canadiens' name came up third. Earlier in the day, slots 4-15 were determined. The top three spots were announced during the second intermission..." April 29

  • Hiring Ducharme an important step towards redemption for Canadiens

    Sportsnet "The hiring of Dominique Ducharme as an assistant coach is but one small step on the long, arduous path towards redemption for the Montreal Canadiens, but it’s an important one. Saying goodbye to assistants J.J. Daigneault and Dan Lacroix was another. They made their contributions to the team’s..." April 28

  • Buffalo, Montreal, Carolina Early Winners In Draft Lottery

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes each have won spots in the top three of the 2018 NHL draft at Saturday night’s NHL Draft Lottery. Any of the three can win the first overall pick in upcoming draft. The three teams will have to wait until the second intermission in..." April 28

  • Dominque Ducharme Hired By Montreal Canadiens

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens have hired a top coaching prospect, bringing in Dominique Ducharme as an assistant coach. Jean-Jacques Daigneault and Dan Lacroix will not return to the organization, while goaltending coach Stephane Waite has signed a new contract. Ducharme has been eyed by NHL teams for..." April 27

  • Andrew Shaw Undergoes Knee Surgery, Out Six Months

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens are already having injury troubles for the 2018-19 season, and it is still months away. After announcing that Paul Byron would miss up to six months following shoulder surgery, the Canadiens today released news on Andrew Shaw. Shaw has undergone knee surgery and will also be..." April 25

  • What a Draft Lottery win would do for the Montreal Canadiens

    Sportsnet "One fortuitous bounce of a lottery ball can change nearly everything for the Montreal Canadiens. There’s a 9.5 per cent chance of things falling their way this Saturday, gifting them a generational talent in Swedish defenceman Rasmus Dahlin. It’s a longshot, but if you see Canadiens general..." April 24

  • Montreal Canadiens Sign Alexandre Alain

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens have signed undrafted free agent Alexandre Alain to a three-year, entry-level contract. Alain is still playing with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL playoffs, where the team has advanced to the semi-finals and leads Charlottetown two games to none. " April 24

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • How Marc Bergevin can address Canadiens’ pressing need at centre

    Sportsnet "Marc Bergevin is being given another chance. A second lease on life as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. A golden opportunity to do the one thing he hasn’t been able to do since being appointed to his role in 2012. Okay, there have been a couple of things Bergevin hasn’t been able to..." April 20

  • Canadiens’ Paul Byron out 6 months after shoulder surgery

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron underwent surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday, the team announced. Byron notched his second consecutive 20-goal season this year, adding 15 assists for 35 points in 82 games." April 18

  • Sylvain Lefebvre’s firing clears path for Dominique Ducharme with Canadiens

    Sportsnet "The information conspicuously omitted from the Montreal Canadiens’ press release on Tuesday tells the entire story of why Sylvain Lefebvre was fired by the organization. Here it is: Lefebvre’s record as head coach of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, St. John’s IceCaps and Laval Rocket was a..." April 18

  • Sylvain Lefebvre relieved of his duties as head coach of the Laval Rocket "Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that Sylvain Lefebvre was relieved of his duties as Head Coach of the Laval Rocket earlier today. "I would like to sincerely thank Sylvain for his loyalty, his hard work and his contribution to the Montreal Canadiens'..." April 17

  • Does Canadiens locker room really need attitude adjustment?

    Pro Hockey Talk "If you listened to the year-end press conferences in Montreal on Monday, you noticed that general manager Marc Bergevin and owner Geoff Molson used the word “attitude” several times throughout their hour-long media availability. For those of you that are familiar with Bergevin and the Montreal..." April 12

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Canadiens had significant trade ask for Pacioretty

    Fanrag Sports "The Montreal Canadiens are going to need to make some personnel changes headed into 2018-19, but whether or not Max Pacioretty will be around to help the team move forward or will be one of those roster modifications himself remains to be seen. Following what Geoff Molson and Marc Bergevin had..." April 10

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Canadiens' owner: Bergevin remains the right person for GM job

    The Score "Marc Bergevin remains the right person for the job despite a disappointing season in Montreal. This according to Canadiens owner Geoff Molson, who will not be looking for a new general manager anytime soon. "I'm very confident that with all the changes we have to make, I have the right..." April 09

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Canadiens forward Nikita Scherbak’s season done with concussion

    Sportsnet "Nikita Scherbak’s season has come to a close two games early. The Montreal Canadiens forward played 10:39 and suffered a concussion at some point in a 5-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, who has four goals and two assists in 26 games with the Canadiens this season,..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Nothing wrong with Carey Price’s decision to skip world championships

    Sportsnet "Carey Price’s reason for not representing Canada at the upcoming world championships of hockey is perfectly valid. "I have the utmost respect for Hockey Canada, but I just want to spend time with my family," Price said after the Montreal Canadiens practised Thursday. That’s his right...." March 29

  • Report: Carey Price won't play for Canada at World Championships

    The Score "Scratch Carey Price's name off the list. The Montreal Canadiens netminder will not suit up for Team Canada at the upcoming World Championships, reports TSN's Pierre LeBrun. It's been an injury-riddled campaign for Price, who's been limited to just 16 wins in 46 appearances this season...." March 29

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Shea Weber’s recovery expected to be ‘closer to four months’

    Sportsnet "Sources close to the Montreal Canadiens have informed Sportsnet that Shea Weber’s recovery from surgery to repair tendons in his left foot is estimated to be closer to four months rather than the six-month timeline the Canadiens advanced in mid-March. "It could take four-to-five months," said..." March 27

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Should Canadiens let Carey Price play again this season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "On Monday night, Carey Price made his return to the Canadiens lineup after he missed 13 games with a concussion. Price didn’t play in last night’s game against the Panthers, but the fact that he dressed as the backup means it’s just a matter of time before he ends up back between the..." March 20

  • Julien: Price is 100 percent healthy, ready to play after Monday

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens are ready to welcome goaltender Carey Price back to the lineup. After the club sent netminder Charlie Lindgren back to AHL affiliate Laval, head coach Claude Julien said Price is 100 percent healthy and ready to play, though he won't start versus the Florida Panthers on..." March 19

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Geoff Molson confirms GM Marc Bergevin will return

    Montreal Gazette "Canadiens owner Geoff Molson confirmed Friday that Marc Bergevin will stay on as general manager after this season. Speaking to media members after a Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation event involving Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde — who are on their first state visit to..." March 17

  • Price close to return with Canadiens "Carey Price is moving closer to returning after a concussion, and the Montreal Canadiens goaltender said he did not for a moment consider shutting down his season. "No, we never had that discussion," Price said Friday. "But for me, personally, it's all about, whether we're in the playoffs or..." March 16

  • Canadiens need to look in mirror before moving forward

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Montreal Canadiens have been a colossal disappointment in 2017-18. Instead of building on their first-round playoff exit from last year, the Habs have bottomed out as one of the worst teams in the league from day one of the season. The highs have been short and the lows have been long, but..." March 16

  • Canadiens’ Carey Price: ‘I would like to finish the season strong’

    Sportsnet "Carey Price will travel with the Montreal Canadiens to Toronto on Friday but won’t be available for their game against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. The 30-year-old goaltender, who suffered a concussion against the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 20, returned to practice Thursday and was back on the..." March 16

  • Canadiens’ Julien: Shaw ‘feeling much better’ after getting knocked out

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien said on Thursday that forward Andrew Shaw is “feeling much better” after being knocked unconscious in a collision with Dallas Stars defenceman Greg Pateryn on Tuesday. Shaw, who has 10 goals and 10 assists this season, went in for a hit on Pateryn in the..." March 15

  • Carey Price practises, but he's not ready to play yet

    Montreal Gazette "Goalie Carey Price, who has missed the last 11 games after suffering a concussion from a slapshot off the mask during a game in Philadelphia on Feb. 20, was on the ice with goalie coach Stéphane Waite 30 minutes before the Canadiens’ morning skate Thursday in Brossard and also took part in the..." March 15

  • Canadiens' Shea Weber sidelined for six months after foot surgery

    Montreal Gazette "Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber, who hasn’t played since Dec. 16, had surgery Tuesday to repair tendons in his left foot and the team expects his recovery period to be six months. The surgery was done by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisc. Weber played in only..." March 13

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Canadiens agree to terms with Will Bitten, Michael Pezzetta

    Yardbarker "The Montreal Canadiens have announced that the team has come to terms with both Will Bitten and Michael Pezzetta on three-year entry-level contracts. The deals will start in the 2018-19 season and take them through 2020-21. Selected in the third round two years ago, Bitten hasn’t yet taken the..." March 07

  • Canadiens return Zach Fucale to AHL Laval

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens have sent goaltender Zach Fucale to the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Fucale was called up to the big club on an emergency basis on Monday with Antti Niemi suffering an undisclosed injury." March 07

  • Max Pacioretty, Victor Mete Out Up To Six Weeks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens season has not gone according to plan. Carey Price and Shea Weber have both dealt with injuries all season, and now captain Max Pacioretty has been ruled out for four to six weeks with a knee injury. " March 05