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  • Canadiens keep battling, but tough decisions lie ahead for GM Marc Bergevin

    Sportsnet "Ah, this league. Only in the NHL can a rested Montreal Canadiens team be a complete no-show against a Chicago Blackhawks team playing the second half of a back-to-back Wednesday, but somehow find a way to totally outhustle a Philadelphia Flyers team owning the..." January 17

  • Claude Julien defends benching Max Domi: 'Not the first time he's taken a bad penalty'

    TSN "NHL   MONTREAL CANADIENS 19m ago Julien on benching Domi: 'I did what I had to do' Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien did not pull any punches about benching Max Domi on Wednesday night in their 4-1 loss to the Chicago..." January 16

  • Canadiens' Nick Suzuki adapting to life as an NHL rookie

    Montreal Gazette "Nick Suzuki is settling in nicely to life as an NHL player — both on and off the ice. The 20-year-old has played in all 47 games with the Canadiens this season, posting 9-18-27 totals and a minus-6 while averaging 15:32 of ice time heading into Wednesday’s matchup with the..." January 15

  • Claude Julien: No definitive diagnosis for Brendan Gallagher

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said Wednesday that team doctors haven’t definitively diagnosed forward Brendan Gallagher's condition and he will remain out of the lineup. "(Gallagher) doesn't really have a headache right now but he's at..." January 15

  • 7 Maple Leafs trade targets who could help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs’ tumultuous season has seen a new dose of chaos thrown into the mix. If a coaching change, an off-season blockbuster deal that hasn’t panned out, and injuries to Mitch Marner and John Tavares weren’t enough to shake things up, the loss of..." January 15

  • New skills event will have players shooting pucks from stands

    The Score "The NHL is unveiling a new skills competition event at the 2020 All-Star Weekend that will feature players shooting pucks from up in the stands into targets on the ice, sources told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. Eight players will stand in a section of the Enterprise Center in St. Louis..." January 14

  • The argument for the Montreal Canadiens to trade Carey Price

    TSN "With the Montreal Canadiens reeling and now eight points back of a playoff spot, contributor Michel Bergeron of the Le Journal de Montreal believes general manager Marc Bergevin should look into trading both goaltender Carey Price and Shea Weber. Bergeron believes it..." January 13

  • NHL extends agreement with Buffalo to host combine through 2022

    Buffalo News "Buffalo will remain the final stop for prospects before the National Hockey League's entry draft. The league and the Buffalo Sabres announced Monday the two sides signed a three-year contract to continue to hold the combine in KeyBank Center and LECOM Harborcenter through 2022...." January 13

  • Women's 3-on-3 event arranged for NHL All-Star Weekend

    Yahoo! Sports "Hockey’s greatest rivalry is set to take the spotlight during the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. A 3-on-3 matchup featuring the top women’s hockey players from the United States and Canada will take place at some point during the..." January 13

  • Ilya Kovalchuk’s last chance is paying off, and the best may be yet to come

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens finally ended their second extended losing streak of the season, once again at eight games. That’s either good or bad news — depending on your opinion when it comes to tanking — but there is good news regardless of where you happen to stand on..." January 13

  • Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher to miss Saturday’s game vs. Senators

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher is expected to sit out the team’s matchup with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, coach Claude Julien told reporters. " January 11

  • The Montreal Canadiens should not be this bad

    Yahoo! Sports "After Thursday’s defeat to the Edmonton Oilers at home, the Montreal Canadiens are on an eight-game losing streak — for the second time this season. It should be considered impossible, but within the 45 games the Canadiens have played this season there are two..." January 11

  • The Canadiens need a new voice for their defensive coaching

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Tuesday night’s defeat now marks seven straight losses for the Montreal Canadiens. This time it was against a Detroit Red Wings team that they’ll have a very hard time catching in the race for last place. That is of course if they’re biting on my suggestion..." January 10

  • Habs' Brendan Gallagher has headaches after return, will see doctors

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said Friday forward Brendan Gallagher is dealing with headaches after making his return to the lineup on Thursday. Gallagher's headache developed following Thursday's 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers and he reported the symptoms..." January 10

  • Four reasons Montreal Canadiens have fallen out of playoff race

    Sportsnet "Following their loss at home to the Edmonton Oilers Thursday night, the Montreal Canadiens are on their second eight-game losing streak of the season. Just before the Christmas break began, this team was sitting third in the Atlantic Division. Now, on Jan. 10, they’re..." January 10

  • Where do Habs go from here?

    Pro Hockey Talk "This season hasn’t gone the way many expected for the Montreal Canadiens. Last year, with expectations in the toilet, the Habs managed to push for a playoff spot until the final weekend of the regular season. Naturally, expectations were that they’d take a step forward and actually..." January 10

  • Habs' Claude Julien: 'We're running out of answers'

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens saw their winless skid extended to eight on Thursday night as they blew a two-goal lead in a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The Canadiens have picked up just one point over the eight-game stretch and now sit nine points back of the Philadelphia Flyers for the..." January 10

  • Potential targets for the Colorado Avalanche as we approach the NHL trade deadline

    Mile High Hockey "As the 2020 NHL trade deadline draws closer, it’s only a matter of time before the rumor mill picks up steam. We’re set to hear dozens of teams and player mentioned in ‘rumors’ and ‘rumbling’ on a nearly daily basis. Some rumored trades will come to..." January 09

  • Nick Cousins fined for actions in Canadiens game against Red Wings

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Cousins has been fined $2,688.17, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green during NHL Game No. 669 in Detroit on Tuesday, Jan. 7, the National Hockey League's..." January 08

  • NHL's Bill Daly says trend of players skipping All-Star Game 'a concern'

    ESPN "The decision by Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin to skip back-to-back All-Star Weekends has the NHL concerned it could start a trend among players, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "In terms of player participation, is that a concern? Yes, I..." January 08

  • NHL unveils black-and-white 2020 All-Star Game jerseys

    Yahoo! Sports "The best players across hockey will convene in St. Louis this year for the annual NHL All-Star Game, and with it comes the yearly debate about whether or not the jerseys displayed on ice are aesthetically pleasing, or doomed to be forgotten at best, and ridiculed at worst. The 2020..." January 08

  • Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators Make Minor Swap

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Laurent Dauphin is on the move again, but this time it is much closer to home. The Nashville Predators forward has been traded to the Montreal Canadiens, the fourth trade of his young career. Dauphin is on a one-year two-way contract, signed last February with the Predators after..." January 07

  • Ilya Kovalchuk’s early returns showed he was worth the gamble

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Ilya Kovalchuk is 36 years old and has little left to prove as a hockey player. He has had a stellar career with a Rocket Richard Trophy to his name and a haul of hardware from various championships. He is closing in on 900 NHL games, even though he has been playing several of his last..." January 07

  • Ilya Kovalchuk set to make Canadiens debut vs. Jets

    The Score "Ilya Kovalchuk will suit up for his first game as a member of the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night versus the Winnipeg Jets, the team announced. The veteran sniper practiced on the Habs' top line alongside Tomas Tatar and Phillip..." January 06

  • Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and the value of a supporting cast

    TSN "Two of hockey’s superstars will square off Monday night in Toronto as Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers face Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs (6:30 p.m. ET on TSN 4). Any time you get a head-to-head matchup between players of this calibre, it is..." January 06

  • Rene Fasel: NHL needs to make Olympic decision by end of August

    The Score "IIHF president Rene Fasel has set a deadline for the NHL to decide whether or not the league will participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Speaking at the closing press conference at the world juniors Sunday, Fasel said he needs a decision from commissioner Gary Bettman by..." January 06

  • John Tortorella’s nonsensical fine reeks of NHL hypocrisy

    New York Post "It is always amusing when Colin Campbell leaps to the defense of the integrity of the league, as the NHL’s director of hockey operations indirectly did when castigating John Tortorella’s “unprofessional and unacceptable” Dec. 29 postgame tirade against the..." January 06

  • Ilya Kovalchuk targets next game for Canadiens debut

    NHL.com " Ilya Kovalchuk wants to keep playing in the NHL and he's happy the Montreal Canadiens are giving him that opportunity. "It's not about the money," Kovalchuk said at Bell Centre on Saturday. "It's just I want to be involved, I want to play hockey...." January 05

  • Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher skates for first time since suffering concussion

    Sportsnet "Brendan Gallagher looks to be taking the next steps in his recovery. The Montreal Canadiens forward was on the ice Sunday, for the first time since being diagnosed with a concussion on Jan. 2. " January 05

  • Canadiens’ Ilya Kovalchuk won’t play vs. Penguins Saturday

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens fans will have to wait a little longer to see newly signed Ilya Kovalchuk in a red, white and blue uniform. Canadiens head coach Claude Julien confirmed that Kovalchuk won’t make his debut in the team’s home game against the Pittsburgh..." January 04

  • Can Ilya Kovalchuk be a difference-maker in Canadiens’ playoff quest?

    Sportsnet "Despite being a relatively strong even-strength team with a surprisingly efficient power play, the Montreal Canadiens just haven’t been able to find the consistency necessary to keep themselves in playoff position this season. Much of the focus has been placed on..." January 04

  • Which team should the Minnesota Wild face in the 2021 NHL Winter Classic?

    Hockey Wilderness "It’s official, folks. The Minnesota Wild will finally host a Winter Classic! The big game will take place on New Year’s Day 2021 at Target Field, which can contain close to 40,000 fans. The entire week leading up to the game will essentially be one massive party,..." January 03

  • Dale Weise hopes to make most of last chance with Canadiens

    Montreal Gazette "Dale Weise got a phone call he never expected on Wednesday. It was from Laval Rocket head coach Joël Bouchard telling Weise he had been called up by the Canadiens. After Thursday’s morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Weise was at centre ice leading the..." January 03

  • Canadiens agree to terms with free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (2019-20) with free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk. The deal will pay Kovalchuk $700,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 in the AHL. " January 03

  • Five most underrated stars heading into 2020

    Pro Hockey Talk "Like in all sports, the NHL has some players that are both overrated and underrated. Players might fall into either category because of where they play, which players they play with or their personalities both during interviews and on social media. Today, we don’t want to focus..." January 03

  • Four potential trade destinations for Rangers winger Chris Kreider

    Sportsnet "The first marquee trade chip of the season has already been dealt. With elite winger Taylor Hall shipped from New Jersey to Arizona in mid-December, the trade market has officially opened. And as is often the case with big-ticket deals, the fallout is just as important as the initial..." January 03

  • Montreal Canadiens place Brendan Gallagher on injured reserve

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens have placed Brendan Gallagher on injured reserve.       Brendan Gallagher on IR. Claude Julien to give an update on his status. —..." January 02

  • Canadiens acquire Marco Scandella from Sabres for draft pick

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenceman Marco Scandella from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round draft pick. The 29-year-old defenceman carries with him a $4-million cap hit. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston,..." January 02

  • Montreal Canadiens Defenceman Mike Reilly Traded To Ottawa Senators

    Last Word On Hockey "The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to trade defencemen Mike Reilly to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Andrew Sturtz and a fifth-round pick in 2021. Reilly has also signed a one-year extension at $1.5 million with the Senators. That deal..." January 02

  • NHL All-Decade Power Rankings: Blackhawks reign supreme

    The Score "Welcome to a special edition of theScore's NHL Power Rankings, which will encompass the last 10 seasons. With the new decade now underway, it's time to take one last look back at the previous 10 years and see which franchises were the class of the league. Let's rank how..." January 01

  • Breaking down the most egregious 2020 NHL All-Star team snubs

    Sportsnet "The rosters for the NHL’s four divisional All-Star squads are nearly set. After announcing the four captains earlier this month — Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin, who’s elected to skip the festivities to rest up for the..." December 31

  • Divisional imbalance sure to impact NHL playoff races

    TSN "One story I’ve been monitoring since the National Hockey League adopted a division-based playoff format at the onset of the 2013-14 regular season is how divisional imbalance influences playoff races. There were a few reasons for realignment, but the league’s primary bet..." December 31

  • NHL unveils All-Star Game rosters, Last Men In candidates

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League announced today the four divisional rosters for the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend as well as the return of the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In presented by adidas, which gives fans the ability to vote for the final player on each All-Star..." December 30

  • Three bold predictions for the Montreal Canadiens in 2020

    Sportsnet "Predictions, eh? I’m going for bold here, but not Doritos Bold. I don’t want the flavour of these to be too off-putting, so I’m more angling for things that might actually happen versus ridiculous stuff that probably never will. Still, with more than half a..." December 29

  • Habs' Jesperi Kotkaniemi a full participant

    TSN "Forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi shed his non-contact jersey on Friday and skated on a line with Nick Cousins and Jordan Weal as a full participant, according to Arpon Basu of The Athletic. .  " December 27

  • Joel Armia, Paul Byron week to week for Canadiens

    NHL.com "Joel Armia and Paul Byron are week to week for the Montreal Canadiens. Armia sustained an upper-body injury in a 6-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. The forward has 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) in 35 games this season. " December 27

  • Canadiens must turn to youth with Joel Armia, Paul Byron out for weeks

    Sportsnet "If Claude Julien wasn’t exactly in a festive mood during his first post-Christmas Holiday availability, it had everything to do with the news he was delivering regarding two of his most important players. The Montreal Canadiens coach was purposely vague, saying..." December 27

  • Concussions dominated the 2010s, but the NHL is still fighting its demons

    The Score "Tim Thomas didn't expect this - the pain, the suffering, being open about both. Yet there he was, signature goatee and all, speaking candidly with a small group of reporters earlier this month in Washington. His voice trembled. Tears streamed down his cheeks. He bore it..." December 27

  • NHL players most likely to be traded this season

    Yardbarker "Even though the NHL trade deadline is still two months away, it is not too early to start looking at the players who could be on the move. We already saw one of the biggest names make headlines this month when the New Jersey Devils traded Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes. Here..." December 27

  • The World Junior Championship Is a Prospect-Lovers Paradise Thanks to a Strong Draft Class

    The Hockey News "If your favorite NHL team is down in the dumps, help is on the way. The World Junior Championship is always seen as the ultimate test for the best prospects in the world, both drafted and undrafted. And while the 2020 edition will have its fair share of top drafted NHL prospects, such..." December 26