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  • Analyzing Every NHL Team's Worst Contract

    Bleacher Report "When casually taking a stroll down CapFriendly, an NHL analyst's version of taking a random walk down Wall Street, it's generally pretty easy to pick out each team's worst contract. Typically, that deal will belong to an aging member of the organization's core who once..." October 24

  • Joel Edmundson Returning To Montreal Canadiens After Leave Of Absence

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson is returning to the team after a leave of absence and is back in the city, per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie. As he continues to recover from an injury that’s kept him out since the beginning of the season, Lavoie reports he’s..." October 24

  • Ranking the 10 Best Playmakers in the NHL Today

    Bleacher Report "When one speaks of NHL scorers, they're usually speaking about goal scorers. Each year, the leading goal scorer is honored with the Maurice Richard Trophy, named for the first player to reach 50 goals in a season and the 500-career-goal plateau. Washington Capitals winger..." October 23

  • Website Hurricanes created to troll Canadiens hacked

    The Score "The website the Carolina Hurricanes created to roast the Montreal Canadiens after handing them their fifth loss on Thursday looks a lot different. It appears someone has given didthehabslose.com a facelift on Friday, changing it into an anti-Hurricanes..." October 22

  • Re-drafting the NHL class of 2017: Would Cale Makar or Elias Pettersson go No. 1 today?

    The Athletic "It has been four years since the 2017 NHL Draft class walked up on the stage in Chicago. With four more seasons of play, there is a lot more evidence to prove what these players are. So now I take a look at how this class has changed with a new ranking of how I would order the players..." October 22

  • Salary Cap Deep Dive: Montreal Canadiens

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Navigating the salary cap is one of the more important tasks for any GM.  Teams that can avoid total cap chaos by walking the tightrope of inking players to deals that match their value (or compensate for future value without breaking the bank) remain successful.  Those that..." October 22

  • Early impressions of Canada's NHL teams in return to normal divisions

    Sportsnet "During the shortened 2020-21 NHL season, a constant topic of conversation was the introduction of the Canadian division -- The Scotiabank North Division, if you wanna get fancy -- and just what it was going to be. There were many theories. Some thought it would make for contentious hockey, with..." October 22

  • Canadiens fans welcome Jesperi Kotkaniemi back to Montreal with boos, vulgar chant

    Yahoo! Sports "The Carolina Hurricanes were in Montreal on Thursday night to face the Canadiens at the Bell Centre, marking the return of Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who was at the centre of petty off-season drama after signing an offer sheet with the Canes. In true hockey fashion, the Bell Centre..." October 22

  • Carey Price, Jordan Binnington among 6 goalies on Team Canada's list for Olympics

    The Score "Team Canada will officially have six goalies to choose from when it comes time to build its roster for the upcoming Beijing Olympics. Carey Price, Jordan Binnington, Darcy Kuemper, Mackenzie Blackwood, Carter Hart, and Marc-Andre Fleury are the netminders..." October 21

  • Pressure already mounting in Montreal

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens, as much as any team in the league, wanted a hot start to the regular season. How better to push aside concerns that last year’s momentum-fuelled playoff run was merely a combination of incredible puck luck and outstanding goaltending? Their start has been..." October 21

  • Should Canadiens worry about bad start, Marc Bergevin’s future as GM?

    Pro Hockey Talk "With his team off to a discouraging 0-4-0 start (three goals for, 15 against), Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin addressed the media on Wednesday. Overall, the two most pertinent takeaways were: October 21

  • Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would like an extension 'in a perfect world'

    Montreal Gazette "Marc Bergevin says that in a “perfect world” where he could control everything he would want to stay on as GM of the Canadiens beyond this season. “In a perfect world, yes,” Bergevin said during an unexpected interview session Wednesday at the Bell Sports..." October 21

  • The state of the captain's 'C' in the NHL

    ESPN "The Jack Eichel saga in Buffalo has been quite the soap opera. But nothing in that saga was as odious and contentious as when the Sabres announced they were stripping their franchise player of his captaincy. "From our perspective and my perspective, I feel the captain is the..." October 21

  • Marc Bergevin won't adjust roster 'just to make a change' after Canadiens' 0-4 start

    Sportsnet "Just four games into the 2021-22 campaign, it's already felt like a long season for the Montreal Canadiens. After opening the season with four consecutive losses to the Maple Leafs, Sabres, Rangers, and Sharks, nothing seems to be going Montreal's way. The club has yet to..." October 20

  • 5 Potential NHL Trade Destinations for Vitali Kravtsov

    Bleacher Report "Selected ninth overall in the 2018 NHL draft, Vitali Kravtsov seemed destined for a bright future with the New York Rangers. Three years later, the 21-year-old right winger and the Blueshirts appear on the verge of parting ways. On Oct. 12, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman..." October 19

  • Why NHL players and teams are agreeing to more long-term contracts

    The Atlantic "You get an eight-year deal. And you get an eight-year deal. And you get an eight-year deal. And you and you and you! Long-term deals have been in vogue the last few months in the NHL, with Charlie McAvoy, Ryan Pulock, Nick Suzuki, Mika Zibanejad and Aleksander Barkov all doing max..." October 19

  • Canadiens Alex Belzile And Islanders Leo Komarov Placed On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With Mike Hoffman ready to make his debut, the Montreal Canadiens have placed Alex Belzile on waivers. The team was at the maximum 23 roster spots after claiming Adam Brooks earlier this month, and needed to make room for Hoffman to come off injured reserve. The..." October 18

  • Ilya Kovalchuk Named GM Of Russian Olympic Team

    SI "One of Russia's greatest hockey players will now usher in his country's next generation. Ilya Kovalchuk was announced as GM of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation on Monday morning, tasked with overseeing the team that will take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in..." October 18

  • Ranking the 8 Best Defensive Forwards in the NHL Today

    Bleacher Report "Since 1978, the NHL has annually awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." A number of great players, including Bob Gainey, Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Datsyuk, have won this award multiple times. Several..." October 17

  • 2021-22 Season Goals for Every NHL Team

    Bleacher Report "Any NHL executive or player worth their weight in cliches will tell you their goal is to win the Stanley Cup. It doesn't matter how likely or unlikely it is for that to happen. That's especially true early in the season before the haves and have-nots settle into..." October 16

  • Players to watch on the Canadian NHL teams this season

    CBC "Canada's Stanley Cup hopes may rest on a few key players On Saturday, all seven Canadian-based NHL teams will be in action on the same day for the first time this season. To mark this momentous occasion, let's look at each team through the lens of an..." October 15

  • Ranking every starting goalie in the NHL for the 2021-22 season

    Yardbarker "No position or player can change a team more than a great goaltender (or a bad goaltender if that happens to be the case). So we are going to take a look at all 32 starting goalies in the NHL and rank them from Andrei Vasilevskiy in Tampa Bay to Carter Hutton in Arizona and..." October 15

  • Why no-trade clauses are becoming an important contract battleground in the NHL

    The Athletic "Mattias Ekholm isn’t about to complain after signing a four-year extension which will pay him an average of $6.25 million a season right up to 36. But what he didn’t get in his new extension is what almost no Predators player ever gets: A no-trade or no-move..." October 15

  • 10 Storylines to Watch at the Start of the 2021-22 NHL Season

    Bleacher Report "The 2021-22 NHL season is underway, a little later than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic's ongoing effects upon life in general. Its impact upon unvaccinated players and the league's schedule will remain a noteworthy storyline to follow in the coming weeks. That's..." October 15

  • Buying or Selling the Latest NHL Trade and Free-Agency Rumors

    Bleacher Report "The 2021-22 NHL season is underway, and there's already plenty of trade and free-agent speculation. A rumor mill that had slowed throughout the month of August is returning to life following several weeks of training camp and preseason play through September into early..." October 14

  • Maple Leafs are most valuable NHL team at $2 billion

    Yardbarker "Despite being stuck in a Stanley Cup drought of over half a century, the Toronto Maple Leafs are No. 1 among all NHL franchises in one category. According to data compiled by Sportico, the Maple Leafs are worth an NHL-high $2 billion. According to ESPN's Emily Kaplan, each of the..." October 14

  • Canadiens' bet on Nick Suzuki's potential likely to pay off

    Sportsnet "It’s an eight-year, $63-million bet on potential, but one the Montreal Canadiens were smart to make before getting into a dragging negotiation with Nick Suzuki. This player’s upside is sky-high. No centre the Canadiens have dressed over the last three decades has had more..." October 13

  • DraftKings Becomes Exclusive NHL Sportsbook, Daily Fantasy Provider for Turner Sports

    Bleacher Report "DraftKings announced Wednesday that it reached an agreement to become the official sports betting, daily fantasy sports and iGaming partner of the NHL as well as the exclusive NHL sportsbook and DFS provider for Turner Sports. Regarding the working relationship between..." October 13

  • Gary Bettman says only four NHL players unvaccinated as season begins

    ESPN "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has only four unvaccinated players as it opens up the 2021-22 season. Bettman was in attendance for the regular-season opener between the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh..." October 12

  • NHL sets escrow on contracts at 17.2 percent: What it means for players

    The Athletic "The NHL set escrow on player contracts at 17.2 percent for the 2021-22 season, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. That's in line with projections for this season, which were estimated between 14-18 percent. The league set escrow, the amount that the league pulls back..." October 12

  • 22 predictions for the 2021-22 NHL season

    The Score "1. Lightning almost three-peat, lose to Avalanche in Cup Final The Tampa Bay Lightning, along with the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche, are a popular Stanley Cup pick. Frankly, the two-time defending champions are probably the most talented team in the..." October 12

  • Habs, Nick Suzuki agree to eight-year, $63 million extension

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens and centre Nick Suzuki have agreed to an eight-year, $63 million contract extension with an average annual value of $7.875 million, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.  Suzuki, 22, had 15 goals and 41 points in 56 games during the regular..." October 12

  • NHL starts season with fewer than five players unvaccinated. How league achieved 99% buy in.

    USA Today "For two seasons, the NHL endured everything from pauses to restarts to bubbles while navigating the coronavirus pandemic. As the 2021-22 season approached and the league and players' association once again negotiated player safety protocols, all parties involved saw vaccines..." October 12

  • Examining the state of NHL officiating through its past, present and future

    The Athletic "NHL officiating is in the crosshairs every year, but the vitriol and unpleasantness soared to new heights during last year’s playoffs. And if one single moment capsulized the collective frustration, it occurred in the Stanley Cup semifinals when Islanders defenceman Scott Mayfield..." October 12

  • Can Turner do for the NHL what it did for the NBA? Here’s what to expect from Wayne Gretzky and Co.

    The Athletic "Turner Sports has an easy-to-digest goal when it comes to its inaugural season of broadcasting the National Hockey League: They want to be at the intersection of hockey and culture. Can they achieve it? Well, that is the challenge — and a significant one. October 12

  • What to expect from ESPN’s NHL coverage

    The Athletic "For starters, the theme song is back. When it comes to ESPN and the NHL, one of the most pressing questions, both internally and externally, centered around whether the ESPN NHL theme would be making a return as the network re-embarks on its journey as the national TV partner for the..." October 12

  • Adam Brooks claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens have made a second waiver claim of the 2021 pre-season, picking up Adam Brooks from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brooks, 25, is 5’10, 185, and plays centre. He was a standout in the Western Hockey League with the Regina Pats. He was a fourth-round pick (92nd..." October 11

  • Blackhawks to sign Erik Gustafsson

    Second City Hockey "A former Chicago Blackhawks blue-liner is reportedly on his way back to the team. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the Blackhawks are expected to sign defenseman Erik Gustafsson. October 10

  • The Biggest Winners and Losers from 2021 NHL Preseason

    Bleacher Report "And just like that, the 2021-22 NHL season is upon us. Over the past few months, we've watched contenders try to bolster their Stanley Cup aspirations or scramble to keep their band together. The Tampa Bay Lightning lost their entire third line, for example. We've..." October 10

  • NHL season predictions 2021-22: Panel picks Stanley Cup winner, breakout star and biggest disappointment

    The Athletic "We made it through preseason and are on the cusp of a full 82-game NHL season for 2021-22. There is so much to look forward to in the next 1,312 games. The Seattle Kraken are now a real team — although we will miss the mock expansion drafts. Minnesota will..." October 10

  • Where each NHL head coach stands entering the season

    The Score "Behold, your comprehensive list of the statuses of all 32 NHL head coaches, broken down into tiers, as we inch toward the 2021-22 campaign.   Newcomers Here, we have all first-year coaches and ones who took over at some point last..." October 09

  • Ranking the 10 Best Offensive Defenseman in the NHL Today

    Bleacher Report "The primary role of NHL defensemen is to prevent their opponents from scoring. There are those, however, who are as renowned for their offensive skills as their defensive ones. Some, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman, play a terrific two-way game, contributing to..." October 09

  • Bold Trade Predictions Before the 2021 NHL Season Begins

    Bleacher Report "It feels like the Tampa Bay Lightning won their second consecutive Stanley Cup yesterday, but the start of the 2021-22 NHL season is already upon us like a ferocious forecheck from Ryan O'Reilly. Three months ago, the offseason appeared to be shaping up as one of the more eventful in recent..." October 08

  • Could the NHL’s reverse retro jerseys make a comeback?

    The Athletic "The reverse retro program may be getting a reboot. Multiple sources have told The Athletic that the alternate jersey program could be set to return during the 2022-23 season, which would be a welcome sight for many teams and executives who spoke on the matter. October 08

  • Canadiens' Carey Price shows humanity, courage in entering player assistance program

    Sportsnet "Carey Price, the franchise player of the Montreal Canadiens who’s often described as a brick wall—an impenetrable, invincible and unflappable player, one recently called “a legend” by divisional-foe-turned teammate Mike Hoffman, “a monster” by longtime..." October 08

  • Carey Price taking part in NHL-NHLPA player assistance program

    TSN "The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association announced Thursday that Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will be away from the team while voluntarily taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. " October 07

  • NHL trades to watch for: One player on all 32 teams who will end the season on a different roster

    The Athletic "It is never too early to talk about a trade in the NHL. After all, last season’s blockbuster trade that sent Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Pierre-Luc Dubois going to the Winnipeg Jets happened just 10 days into the..." October 07

  • Habs won't discuss Marc Bergevin's contract until after season

    TSN "Marc Bergevin will spend the 2021-2022 season on an expiring contract. The Montreal Canadiens announced on Thursday that there will be no updates on the general manager's contract until the end of the season. " October 07

  • Carey Price's wife Angela shares caring note after he joins NHL assistance program

    Daily Hive "After it was announced that Carey Price had joined the NHL player assistance program, his wife Angela Price shared a note of support on her Instagram page. “Part of the privilege of being in the position our family is in, is that we also get a public platform to show how there..." October 07

  • Why the NHL has a sleep problem and how it could change

    Sportsnet "Hockey has a sleep balance problem, and it’s one without an easy fix. When I worked with the Toronto Marlies, the team travelled on two busses, one for just the players and one for the staff. This arrangement was created specifically so every player could have two seats they..." October 07