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  • Max Domi ejected after punching, bloodying Aaron Ekblad

    Pro Hockey Talk "Max Domi didn’t take long to make an impact with the Montreal Canadiens, but it might earn him a suspension for when the games actually start to matter. Domi was ejected from tonight’s 5-2 exhibition loss to the Florida Panthers after landing what many call a..." September 20

  • Max Domi To Receive Hearing With Department Of Player Safety

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In what was essentially a meaningless preseason affair for veteran players just looking to shake off the rust before the season begins, Max Domi may have risked the start of his Montreal Canadiens career. After coming together with Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron..." September 20

  • Matthew Peca excited for chance to move up Canadiens’ depth chart

    Sportsnet "I’m not going to lie, I did a double take when I saw the Montreal Canadiens had signed Matthew Peca to a two-year, $2.6 million contract on July 1. Sure, this was a team that desperately needed to add centres in the off-season. But signing a five-foot-eight, 25-year-old who had..." September 18

  • Nicolas Deslauriers (facial fracture) out indefinitely

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forward Nicolas Deslauriers will be out indefinitely with a facial fracture following a fight with New Jersey Devils forward Brandon Baddock Monday night. He was taken to hospital and had surgery early on Tuesday.  Canadiens head coach..." September 18

  • Kotkaniemi gives Canadiens something to be excited about

    Pro Hockey Talk "Montreal Canadiens fans haven’t had much to cheer about lately. It makes sense, then, that Jesperi Kotkaniemi experienced the sort of ovation he’ll never forget after scoring a goal on his first shot in his first pre-season NHL game. Kotkaniemi flashed some of..." September 18

  • Canadiens plan to play Domi at center, shift Drouin to wing

    The Score "He may not be the dominant middleman Montreal Canadiens fans were hoping for, but there will be a new top center in La Belle Province this season. Speaking with TSN 690's Tony Marinaro on Monday, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin confirmed summer acquisition Max Domi will..." September 17

  • Kirk Muller signs two-year contract extension with Canadiens

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens announced on Sunday associate coach Kirk Muller has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the club that extends through the 2020-21 season. Muller is one of four coaches who will be behind the Canadiens’ bench this season, along with head coach Claude Julien..." September 17

  • Canadiens’ Lehkonen hoping for good health, bounces this season

    Sportsnet "You could see Montreal Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen’s eyes light up from a kilometre away. The Finnish winger hopped off the bench early in Sunday’s intra-squad scrimmage, after all the hard work had already been done by his teammates, and then he drifted to the top..." September 16

  • It’s make-or-break time for Canadiens prospects McCarron, Scherbak

    Sportsnet "It’s easy to forget that it typically takes four or five years to properly develop an NHL prospect when more and more 18- and 19-year-olds are graduating to hockey’s top league than ever before. Fans expect that any player drafted in the first round should be able to jump right in..." September 15

  • Canadiens invite Joel Ward to training camp

    NHL.com "The Canadiens announced on Friday that they had invited forward Joel Ward to training camp on a professional tryout basis. Ward played 52 games for the San Jose Sharks last season, recording five goals and seven assists. " September 14

  • Shea Weber not rushing return from knee surgery

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber plans to take his time as he works to recover from off-season knee surgery. Weber underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on June 19 and was given a five-to-six month timeline for return. Speaking..." September 11

  • Second Canadiens prospect stretchered off after bad hit

    Pro Football Talk "For the second straight game, a Montreal Canadiens prospect has been stretchered off the ice. The latest incident took place Sunday and was the result of an ugly hit by Toronto Maple Leafs prospect forward Hudson Elynuik on Montreal defenseman Jarret Tyszka in the first period of the..." September 10

  • Weber in no hurry to return for Canadiens following knee surgery

    NHL.com "Shea Weber wants to help the Montreal Canadiens as soon as possible, but won't rush back from offseason knee surgery.  The 33-year-old defenseman originally thought he would be able to return for the start of the season, but when doctors were conducting an arthroscopy on his..." September 10

  • Bergevin says Pacioretty asked for trade several times last season

    The Score "The trade that sent Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights early Monday morning apparently was a long time coming. Speaking at the Montreal Canadiens annual golf tournament on Monday, general manager Marc Bergevin told reporters that Pacioretty requested a trade last season on..." September 10

  • Montreal Canadiens trade captain Max Pacioretty to Vegas Golden Knights

    Montreal Gazette "Max Pacioretty missed his tee time at the Canadiens’ annual golf tournament at Laval-sur-le-lac Monday. The soap opera surrounding the Canadiens captain ended shortly after 1 a.m. when the team announced Pacioretty had been traded to the Vegas Golden Knights. In return, the..." September 10

  • Canadiens sign McCarron to two-way deal

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens signed restricted free agent Michael McCarron to a one-year, two-way contract on Monday. The deal is worth $874,125 at the NHL level and $70,000 in AHL salary. The 23-year-old appeared in 18 games with the Canadiens and posted one..." September 10

  • Canadiens GM Bergevin makes most of difficult Pacioretty situation

    Sportsnet "Raise your hand if you thought the Montreal Canadiens would receive an established — and younger — 20-goal scorer, a centre prospect who was selected 13th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft and has since had a 100-point season at the junior level, and a 2019 second-round pick..." September 10

  • Kotkaniemi isn’t sweating difficult debut in Canadiens uniform

    Sportsnet "Jesperi Kotkaniemi faded to the right face-off circle in the offensive zone, cocked his stick and called for a pass while the Montreal Canadiens were on a third-period power play during Friday’s night’s Rookie Showcase game against the Ottawa Senators. The puck was right..." September 08

  • Canadiens prospect Josh Brook looks and sounds like a future NHLer

    Sportsnet "You can tell what kind of skater Josh Brook is just by listening to the sound of his skate blades cutting through the ice. There’s a combination of grace and power to his stride that produces that ultra-crisp noise most players yearn for. It’s an all-important attribute..." September 08

  • Canadiens' Evans released from hospital after being stretchered off Friday

    Montreal Gazette "Canadiens prospect Jake Evans, who was taken off the ice on a stretcher during Friday night’s 4-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators in the first game of the NHL Rookie Showdown, was released from hospital later in the evening. The Canadiens announced that Evans was at the Bell Sports..." September 08

  • Canadiens have wasted Max Pacioretty

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barring an unforeseen change in the coming weeks, it seems obvious that Max Pacioretty‘s time with the Montreal Canadiens is coming to an end. The organization has seemed hell-bent on trading him for months, his agent says there has been no contract offer as he enters the..." September 07

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Source: Max Pacioretty won’t negotiate new contract during regular season

    Sportsnet "Sources have confirmed to Sportsnet that Max Pacioretty, who’s entering the final season of a six-year, $27 million contract, will hold off on all negotiations of a contract extension once the NHL’s regular season begins. “Not just with the Montreal..." September 05

  • Max Pacioretty needs big season to get long-term deal in Montreal

    Yardbarker "If Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty is being genuine about wanting to stay in Montreal for the rest of his career, the team has a lot of thinking to do whether the 29-year-old winger is worth a long-term deal. Sure, he had posted five straight 30-goal seasons (if you don’t..." September 02

  • Pacioretty's agent takes aim at Habs over 'sources'

    TSN "Max Pacioretty's agent Alan Walsh is sick of hearing reports that his client wants out of Montreal. Walsh took to Twitter on Thursday alleging any reports that the Canadiens captain doesn't want to sign an extension must be coming from the team. "Max..." August 30

  • Max Pacioretty “Wants To Remain” With Montreal Canadiens

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a series of tweets, Max Pacioretty’s agent Allan Walsh of Octagon Hockey shot down recent rumors and explained once again that his client wants desperately to sign a long-term extension with the Montreal Canadiens and that he loves the city. " August 30

  • Don’t expect Max Pacioretty to be with Canadiens long-term

    Sportsnet "Max Pacioretty’s days with the Montreal Canadiens are numbered. That’s the one thing that seems abundantly clear about his situation. Sure, there’s a chance Pacioretty will spend the entirety of the upcoming season in a Canadiens uniform, but the smart money would be..." August 28

  • Michael McCarron Expected To Sign Soon

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens have just one restricted free agent left to sign before the season begins, and are expected to have that contract finalized in the next few days. Michael McCarron will ink a short-term deal with the Canadiens soon according to Richard Labbe of La Presse, who quotes..." August 28

  • No Extension Talks Between Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens

    Pro Hockey Rumors "All offseason there have been rumors and speculation surrounding Max Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens, including reports that a trade had been close to being finalized at one point. At Pacioretty’s charity golf tournament today, GM Marc Bergevin was asked about..." August 28

  • Could Canadiens Defenseman Mete Miss the Cut?

    The Hockey Writers "The future is bright for 20-year-old Montreal Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete. It could just conceivably be postponed though, even if only for one season. Mete vs. the Canadiens In that way, Mete’s career trajectory might be a microcosm of the upcoming Canadiens..." August 27

  • Canadiens’ Alzner drawing motivation from forgetful 2017-18

    Sportsnet "The 2017-18 season didn’t hold a lot of highlights for the Montreal Canadiens, but it did bring several valuable lessons for Karl Alzner. “There were definitely some growing pains,” the defenceman told NHL.com on Friday, reflecting on his first year with the..." August 25

  • Price believes 'I can play better than that' for Canadiens

    NHL.com "Carey Price has a blueprint to bounce back quickly from the worst season of his 11-year NHL career, but the Montreal Canadiens goaltender knows he can't do it alone. "At the end of the day, I know how I feel about my game and I know I could have played better," Price..." August 21

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • Montreal Canadiens Trade Kerby Rychel To Calgary Flames

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Kerby Rychel is off to another organization, this time traded from the Montreal Canadiensto the Calgary Flames in exchange for Hunter Shinkaruk. Interestingly, both players are currently unsigned restricted free agents and will need new contracts before playing this season...." August 20

  • Expect huge year from Max Pacioretty no matter where he plays

    Pro Hockey Talk "As of this posting in the middle of August, Max Pacioretty is still a member of the Montreal Canadiens. He is still a member of the team after speculation that he could be dealt leading up to the trade deadline at the end of the 2017-18 season. He is still a member of the..." August 16

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Healthy Pacioretty ready for Habs’ clean slate after ‘horrible year’

    Sportsnet "As October starts to inch closer and closer dragging a new NHL season with it, 31 teams all sit dead even with a campaign full of possibility ahead of them. Some teams are readying to build on the momentum of years past, others are looking to cash in as their competitive windows close..." August 13

  • Would Tyler Seguin want to play for the Canadiens?

    Montreal Gazette "That’s a question Canadiens fans — and maybe even general manager Marc Bergevin — might be asking now after the team struck out on free-agent centres John Tavares and Paul Stastny this summer. Tavares and Stastny made it clear they had no interest in coming to..." August 12

  • Domi expects to have fun in reunion with Drouin on Canadiens

    NHL.com "Max Domi last played with Jonathan Drouin for Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. It was an experience that ended with a gold medal, and Domi and Drouin have the chance to rekindle that relationship this season with the Montreal Canadiens. Domi was traded to the..." August 11

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin vows to be better prepared for central role

    Montreal Gazette "Jonathan Drouin said he’s certain what position he’ll be playing when the Canadiens open their season on Oct. 3 in Toronto. “It looks that way for sure,” Drouin replied when asked whether he would be playing centre. “I don’t make those decisions,..." August 07

  • Canadiens’ Victor Mete styling game after Leafs’ Morgan Rielly

    Sportsnet "Victor Mete has plenty of NHL goals in the grand sense, just not any actual NHL goals — the kind that alight a red siren and compel fans to bang the Bell Centre glass. Yet. After a strong training camp allowed him to work his way into a Montreal Canadiens lineup as a teenager,..." August 05

  • Immediate jump unlikely to be best for Kotkaniemi, Habs

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Montreal Canadiens shouldn’t ask “can Jesperi Kotkaniemi jump straight from the 2018 NHL Draft to the main roster?” Instead, they’re better off wondering if he should. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said that the 18-year-old will get a chance to..." July 20

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • Can Ouellet Crack the Canadiens’ Top-Six?

    The Hockey Writers "It’s almost mid-July and a number of questions remain about the Montreal Canadiens’ roster for the coming season. One pressing issue is the team’s defense. With the news that Shea Weber has undergone surgery on his knee, head coach Claude Julien will be starting the..." July 17

  • Canadiens and fans should be happy with Danault deal

    Sportsnet "Marc Bergevin had wrapped up 20-minute scrums in both of Quebec’s official languages and completed one-on-one interviews with all the major television outlets, but he still had one more thing he wanted to get off his chest. "We got a real player in that trade with..." July 16

  • Canadiens agree to 3-year deal with Danault

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a three-year deal with forward Phillip Danaultworth $3.083 million per season, the club announced Saturday. He will become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2021. Last season, Danault had eight goals to go along with 17 assists in 52..." July 15

  • Montreal Canadiens Sign Joel Armia

    Last Word On Hockey "The Montreal Canadiens have signed right wing Joel Armia to a one-year deal worth $1.85 million. The Habs acquired Armia as part of a trade with the Winnipeg Jets on June 30th. Over his four-year NHL career, Armia has played for the Winnipeg..." July 13

  • Montreal Canadiens Invite Simon Despres To Training Camp

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens will take a chance on a former top prospect, as they have signed Simon Despres to a professional tryout and invited him to their training camp. Despres played last season in the KHL, but indicated he would like another chance at an NHL career at some point. That chance is..." July 12