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  • Can Canadiens star Carey Price hang on until GM's reset is complete?

    National Post "An acquaintance, someone who bleeds bleu-blanc-rouge, descended into a state of depression on the weekend. “What’s troubling you?” I asked. “Carey Price is 32,” he replied as tears fell into a pint of Molson Export. The age of the..." August 22

  • Top 10 entry-level players of the salary cap era

    The Score "With a ton of restricted free-agent chatter around the league - but little action - we thought it would be interesting to review which players performed the best while on their entry-level deals since the salary cap era began in 2005-06. Our list summarizes the 10 most productive..." August 22

  • NHL free agency 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

    Sporting News "Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - or, what the hockey world calls, free agency. Some of the biggest names in the game will be..." August 22

  • Canadiens’ Jesperi Kotkaniemi on the hunt for offensive progress in 2019-20

    Sportsnet "The main reason Jesperi Kotkaniemi earned the right to be the youngest player in the NHL last season is because of how quickly he showed the Montreal Canadiens brass he could be trusted with taking care of the puck and handling defensive positioning. But with the..." August 22

  • The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

    ESPN "A lot changed in the NHL standings during the past decade. There was an expansion team added, another that relocated and another that was renamed. There were six divisions when the decade began, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs; by 2014, we were..." August 21

  • Once healthy, Shea Weber’s value to the Canadiens remained high

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Shea Weber entered his 2018-19 season debut with a lot of questions. It had been 11 months since his last game. He had turned 33 in August. He was named the team’s captain before the season started. The team was surpassing all expectations at 11-8-5 at the time of his debut...." August 20

  • NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31

    Sporting News "The general managers who run NHL front offices, with support from their staff, use a variety of methods to identify, develop and assess the future talent within their own organizations. Unfortunately for the general public, they tend to keep us in the dark about the inner workings, which is why..." August 20

  • #NHLTopPlayers: Top 20 Defensemen

    NHL.com "Whether it's breaking up a big play, setting up a goal, or scoring on the power play, some defensemen can do it all. NHL Network producers and analysts chose the top 20 defensemen in the League for a special program that premiered Sunday as the third in a nine-part series leading up to the..." August 19

  • Sebastian Aho reveals why he signed offer sheet from Canadiens

    Sportsnet "Sebastian Aho has not endured the same kind of stress as most of the NHL’s other top restricted free agents this summer, but he sure experienced his fair share during the first few days of July. He says he never had a clue an offer sheet was coming his way. Aho didn’t..." August 19

  • The All-Decade Team for all 31 NHL clubs

    ESPN "In 2009-10, the New Jersey Devils were confident that 25-year-old Zach Parisewould help define their next decade in the NHL. Ditto the Washington Capitals, and their 25-year-old, 40-goal scorer Alex Semin. The Columbus Blue Jacketshad a 25-year-old franchise player..." August 19

  • Max Domi representing Canadiens at Montreal Pride Parade 'huge honor'

    NHL.com "Max Domi's philosophy is simple: If you can play, you can play, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, and you deserve the same opportunities as anyone else. The Montreal Canadiens forward and voice of acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community in sports and life joined the cause on..." August 18

  • Joel Teasdale Out Seven Months

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Joel Teasdale’s professional career will have to be put on hold, as the Montreal Canadiens prospect has suffered a torn MCL and ACL. Teasdale has not yet undergone surgery, but will be out at least seven months according to a team release. The 20-year old forward signed with Montreal in..." August 17

  • Will poor power play doom Canadiens again?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Despite finishing with 96 standings points – more than the Golden Knights, Stars, and Avalanche out West – the Montreal Canadiens failed to make the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. As much as they might be tempted to grumble about the East being deeper than the West last..." August 17

  • Is this the season Jonathan Drouin finally breaks out?

    Montreal Gazette "The pressure is on Jonathan Drouin. It could be argued that the 24-year-old Québécois winger just might be the key to whether or not the Montreal Canadiens thrive or dive down the standings this season. Of course there are other Habs whose fortunes will have a big..." August 17

  • Forecasting Canada's roster for potential 2021 World Cup

    The Score "With news that the NHL is "cautiously optimistic" that current CBA talks might lead to a World Cup in February 2021, we've decided to predict what each team's roster could look like should the tournament take place. We adopted the NHL's format for the..." August 16

  • Canadiens' Max Domi kept first tattoo a secret from father Tie

    Yahoo! Sports "Max Domi loves himself some tattoos, which is evident by the sleeve he has on each of his arms. His father, noted NHL enforcer Tie, however, doesn’t feel the same way about them. So when the Montreal Canadiens star forward went to get his first tattoo, he had his..." August 16

  • ‘Cautiously optimistic’ NHL CBA talks could result in 2021 World Cup

    Sportsnet "Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association and believes the sides are committed to staging the next World Cup in February 2021 if they can extend or renew the..." August 16

  • Canadiens need more from Jonathan Drouin

    Pro Hockey Talk "On the surface, Jonathan Drouin‘s 2018-19 season doesn’t look too bad. The 24-year-old finished with 18 goals and respectable 53 points in 81 contests, but there was plenty of disappointment, too. When the Canadiens needed him most, he was a no-show. The Habs were in..." August 16

  • Ranking the NHL's top 5 defensive pairings

    The Score "After analyzing the NHL's best forward lines, our focus now shifts to the league's top defensive pairings. These pairings are weighed against each other through a series of advanced statistical categories that quantify their on-ice impact at even strength. Of course,..." August 16

  • 2019-20 NHL Fantasy Hockey Sleepers include goalie great Henrik Lundqvist

    CBS Sports "There are always tough decisions to make early on in Fantasy hockey drafts, but it's hard to go wrong when there are a plethora of superstars still on the board. However, things become much less straightforward in the mid-to-late rounds when big-name players become increasingly scarce...." August 15

  • Montreal hoping for more magic from Brendan Gallagher this season

    TSN "If you asked for my short list of the players I’m most excited to watch heading into the 2019-20 season, Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher would certainly be on it. It wasn’t long ago that there were concerns around the league about Gallagher’s diminutive..." August 10

  • Ranking the NHL's 5 best lines

    The Score "A really good line can start clicking for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it's simply due to the individual talent of the three forwards in question, but it isn't always that easy. Putting the best three players together doesn't always pay dividends. Often, it's more..." August 09

  • Andrei Markov wants to rejoin Canadiens on 1-year deal

    The Score "If Andrei Markov had his way, he'd be reunited with the Montreal Canadiens and playing in North America. However, he understands it's not entirely up to him. "Yes, but it's not just my decision," the longtime defenseman told the Montreal..." August 07

  • Predicting the NHL's latest 'lottery ticket' contracts

    ESPN "This may come as a shock, but National Hockey League teams are known to hand out a contract or two that they later regret. Sometimes it's because the signing was ill-advised in the first place. Sometimes it's because of unforeseen circumstances, like a player suffering through..." August 07

  • Top available NHL free agents by position

    The Score "With free agency underway, here's a roundup of all the best players still available. The biggest names are off the board, but some potentially helpful talent remains up for grabs. Left wing Thomas Vanek Patrick Marleau Pat Maroon Jamie..." August 06

  • Agent: Jason Pominville would listen to Habs offer

    TSN "Jason Pominville is looking to extend his NHL career to a 16th season this fall, but the 36-year-old told The Athletic he won't sign just anywhere to do so. His agent, Normand Dupont, believes one team Pominville would be open to joining, though, is the..." August 06

  • Wild ask for permission to speak with Canadiens' Scott Mellanby

    The Score "The Minnesota Wild are apparently interested in talking to a third candidate for their vacant general manager position. Wild brass has requested permission to speak with Montreal Canadiens assistant general manager Scott Mellanby, The Athletic's Michael Russo..." August 03

  • Paul Byron continues to be an illustration of consistency

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "When Paul Byron scored 22 goals in the 2016-17 season it was a career year, and many expected regression to what he had shown the previous season. Instead, 2016-17 was the beginning of the second stage of Byron’s career; one that got him a four-year, $13.6-million contract extension, an..." August 02

  • One month into NHL free agency, who’s left on the market?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL free agent market opened one month ago today and there was plenty of cash thrown around and faces headed for new places. While there were 126 signings of different varieties on July 1 there have been 167 total in the 30 days since. Even with all those contracts signed, there..." August 01

  • Fighting in NHL hit record lows during 2018-2019 season, continuing downward trend

    CBS Sports "If you've been watching the NHL over the past handful of years, you likely don't need numbers to tell you what's pretty obvious: The league and its product is not quite the same as it once was, say, in the 80s, 90s or even early 2000s.  Plenty about the game has..." July 30

  • Andrew Shaw: Returning to Blackhawks is 'something you wish for'

    The Score "Andrew Shaw became one of the Chicago Blackhawks' many cap causalities during their dynasty when he was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens three years ago. He's now back in Chicago, but his heart never left the Windy City. "Guys always joked in the dressing room..." July 28

  • Michael McCarron and Montreal Canadiens agree on a one-year, two-way contract

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have re-signed restricted free agent forward Michael McCarron to a one-year, two-way contract. McCarron was drafted in the first round by the Canadiens in 2013, and completed his Junior eligibility in 2015 by winning the Memorial Cup with the..." July 27

  • 5 players likely to regress next season

    The Score "It's incredibly difficult to stay consistent at the NHL level; some players experience regression, unable to carry over their success from one campaign to the next. Regression doesn't necessarily result in a poor season or a downward trend that will last for the rest of a..." July 26

  • Signing depth players long-term is usually losing move for NHL teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators’ decision to sign Colton Sissons to a seven-year contract earlier this week certainly raised a lot of eyebrows around the NHL. As PHT’s James O’Brien argued immediately after the signing, the salary cap hit is pretty..." July 26

  • Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the NHL

    The Score "Nearly every general manager in the NHL has a contract they'd like to get rid of. Not including LTIR-eligible players or players signed this summer, here are the current 10 worst deals in the league based on cap hit, term, and expected value over the duration of the..." July 25

  • 5 players poised for bounce-back seasons

    The Score "Some years, things just don't go as planned. The NHL season is a grind, and even some of the top talents are bound to endure a mediocre year or two. Several factors can result in a player taking a step back, including injuries, coaching, or just sheer bad luck. Here are..." July 24

  • Is there too much offence from the defence in today’s NHL?

    TSN "One of the questions I’ve wrestled with over the years is how to value individual offensive contributions from defencemen, particularly when it comes to goal scoring. It’s an important subject because, much like forwards, there is a strong correlation between two..." July 22

  • Nick Suzuki the latest talented addition to Canadiens’ revamped centre depth

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens took a social media shellacking at the start of July in the aftermath of what many felt was a half-hearted attempt to steal centre Sebastian Aho away from the Carolina Hurricanes. Indeed, the Habs’ five-year, $42.27-million offer sheet to the restricted..." July 20

  • Canadiens re-sign Charles Hudon to one-year, one-way $800,000 deal

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens announced on Friday that they’ve agreed to terms on a US$800,000 contract with forward Charles Hudon for the 2019-20 season. Hudon, 25, played 32 games last season, scoring three goals and adding two assists along with a minus-9 rating and 16 penalty minutes. " July 19

  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18

  • Jayden Struble shifts allegiance to Canadiens

    NHL.com "Jayden Struble shifted allegiances to the Montreal Canadiens the moment his name was called at the 2019 NHL Draft. The left-shot defenseman from Cumberland, Rhode Island, was a lifelong fan of the Boston Bruins until Montreal selected him in the second round (No...." July 17

  • Keith Kinkaid’s arrival should help Canadiens manage Carey Price’s load

    Sportsnet "There were a lot of numbers for the Montreal Canadiens to take into account before making their decision to give goaltender Keith Kinkaid a one-year, $1.75-million contract on July 1, but the most important one was 82. That’s the number of games Kinkaid has appeared in over the last two..." July 16

  • Where should the best remaining NHL free agents sign?

    ESPN "While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for..." July 15

  • An early look at the NHL's UFA class of 2020

    The Score "Most marquee names in 2019 unrestricted free agency are off the board, so the majority of offseason excitement is behind us, aside from potential trades, offer sheets, and big-ticket RFA signings. Without an idea of when said transactions may come, the hockey world doesn't have..." July 12

  • Montreal Canadiens Agree To Terms With Artturi Lehkonen

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After extending Joel Armia earlier today, the Montreal Canadiens have announced they’ve come to terms with Artturi Lehkonen on a new two-year contract. The deal will carry an average annual value of $2.4MM but unlike Armia, will leave Lehkonen as a restricted free agent in 2021. " July 11

  • Analyzing Victor Mete’s role as a top-pairing defenceman

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Victor Mete had a very good rookie season, starting the 2017-18 campaign alongside Shea Weber because ... well, there wasn’t really anyone else do it. His speed and steady defensive game complemented Weber’s abilities well, so it was a mutual relationship for the Montreal..." July 11

  • Canadiens agree to two-year contract with Joel Armia

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a two-year, $5.2-million contract with forward Joel Armia, the team announced Thursday. The deal means Armia and the Canadiens avoid arbitration, which was scheduled for July 20. " July 11

  • NHLPA announces arbitration dates

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players Association announced the dates for salary arbitration on Tuesday, beginning with Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Jordan Binnington scheduled for July 20. Binnington is among 40 players who filed for salary arbitration last week. Teams have..." July 09

  • Nick Cousins provides a bit of offence to the bottom three

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Nick Cousins is a versatile forward who can slide up and down the lineup. He finished the year in the Arizona Coyotes’ bottom-six, flanked by Alex Galchenyuk, but he also spent some time with Clayton Keller through the multiple changes to the team’s formation. Cousins..." July 08

  • Don’t expect Canadiens’ Marc Bergevin to tender top-tier offer sheet

    Sportsnet "I had a wonderful weekend that was filled with sunshine, laughter, golf, dinner with family and friends and … several questions about offer sheets. I realize this topic, in the wake of the failed attempt by the Montreal Canadiens to get Sebastian Aho out of Carolina,..." July 08