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  • NHL rescinds Artturi Lehkonen’s embellishment penalty

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "In spite of the Canadiens lopsided 5-2 win over the Senators, there remained a bit of controversy thanks to a questionable embellishment penalty given to Artturi Lehkonen on Saturday night. The Finnish winger was clearly hooked by Thomas Chabot, and while..." December 17

  • Canadiens’ Shaw continues strong play as confidence returns

    Sportsnet "Andrew Shaw catches a breakout pass and one-touches it to linemate Jonathan Drouin before driving up the middle of the ice on his way to making the play that ultimately gives his Montreal Canadiens a 6-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Drouin..." December 14

  • Maple Leafs-Canadiens to be Bob Cole's final HNIC broadcast

    The Score "Two storied rivals will provide the backdrop for a legendary hockey broadcaster's final regular-season game. Bob Cole will call the April 6 matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens for his last broadcast before the playoffs, as well as five other..." December 11

  • Lehkonen vital to Canadiens extending surprising success

    Sportsnet "To the surprise of essentially everyone, including probably their own management team, the Montreal Canadiens are still in the thick of the playoff race in the third month of the 2018-19 season. They’re hanging around in that second wild card spot while Carey Price is giving them a..." December 09

  • Canadiens defenceman Ouellet clears waivers

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens defenceman Xavier Ouellet has cleared waivers and will join the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Ouellet has played 19 games with the Canadiens so far this season, registering three assists. " December 08

  • Montreal Canadiens place Xavier Ouellet on waivers

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens have placed Xavier Ouellet on waivers today. The defender has played 19 games this season the the Canadiens and has three assists. Ouellet played his first game with the team on Opening Night against Toronto, but as the Canadiens have..." December 07

  • Nikita Scherbak claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Kings

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens have lost Nikita Scherbak on waivers, as he was claimed by the Los Angeles Kings today. The Habs were attempting to assign Scherbak to the AHL, but since he has three years of professional experience (even though he’s still on his entry-level contract) he..." December 02

  • Habs put Nikita Scherbak on waivers

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens cancelled a scheduled morning skate Saturday in Brossard, but there was still some news ahead of Saturday night’s game against the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., SN, TVA Sports, TSN Radio). At noon, the Canadiens placed Nikita Scherbak on waivers..." December 01

  • Canadiens’ blue line testing Bergevin’s pledge to prioritize future

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens are facing a situation that has them rapidly approaching the crossroads of this rebuilding-while-trying-to-make-the-playoffs-this-season path they’ve embarked on. Shea Weber has returned to the lineup and doesn’t have a viable partner to pair up..." November 30

  • Is There A Market For Karl Alzner?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s been a brutal 17 months for Montreal Canadiens defenseman Karl Alzner. Well, the first few months after Alzner signed a five-year, $23.125MM contract on July 1st, 2017 were probably okay. Once he actually took the ice with the Habs last season though, it was all downhill...." November 30

  • Canadiens assign Victor Mete to Laval "The Canadiens assigned defenseman Victor Mete to the AHL's Laval Rocket on Thursday. In 23 games with the Habs so far this season, the 20-year-old Woodbridge, ON native has collected four assists and posted a plus-5 differential while averaging 15:10 of ice time per outing. He..." November 29

  • Report: Montreal gives Karl Alzner's agent permission to seek trade

    Yardbarker "When the Montreal Canadiens placed Karl Alzner on waivers this week there was little chance that he would be claimed. With a hefty contract that carries a $4.625M cap hit—or $3.6M when buried in the minors—through the 2021-22 season, it’s hard to imagine anyone picking up the..." November 28

  • Canadiens' Weber set to play 1st game since December 2017

    Montreal Gazette "The Man Mountain is back. Shea Weber will make his season debut for the Canadiens when they face the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). It will be Weber’s first game since the NHL 100 Classic outdoor game last Dec. 16..." November 27

  • No captain, my captain: Tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’

    Washington Post "Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C' on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them,..." November 27

  • Shea Weber’s presence alone should make difference for Canadiens

    Sportsnet "You had to be thinking it as the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins traded close to 80 hits in a playoff-style game on Saturday night. As Kevan Miller stapled Jonathan Drouin to the boards or as Drouin did the same to Brad Marchand. As Brendan Gallagher and Miller exchanged a spear and a..." November 26

  • Shea Weber could return right in time for Canadiens

    Pro Hockey Talk "Through 24 games, the Montreal Canadiens have found a way to earn enough points to put themselves in a Wild Card spot. The most impressive part of this story is that they’ve done it without captain Shea Weber. That’s impressive considering they’ve been forced to hand out..." November 26

  • Montreal Canadiens place Karl Alzner on waivers

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens potentially solved the issue of who will cede their place for Shea Weberby placing his partner for some of last year on waivers. Karl Alzner was placed on waivers at noon, which was first reported by Sportsnet’s Eric Engels and confirmed by..." November 26

  • Montreal Canadiens look ready to bolster their blue line

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens are looking for some blue-line help. As Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports, the Canadiens might be in the market for a veteran defenceman to pair up with top blue-liner Shea Weber, who is expected to return to the lineup from injury..." November 25

  • Canadiens target Hurricanes for return of captain Shea Weber

    Montreal Gazette "The highlight of the Canadiens’ practice at KeyBank Area Thursday was a routine power-play drill. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the precocious rookie, established position in front of the net and, as he waited for the shot from the point, a hand grabbed him from behind and tossed him..." November 25

  • Montreal Canadiens Recall Brett Kulak

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a somewhat surprising move, the Montreal Canadiens have recalled defenseman Brett Kulak, stating he’ll join them in Buffalo immediately. Kulak had been playing with the Laval Rocket of the AHL after being acquired from the Calgary Flames earlier this year. The move..." November 22

  • Canadiens recall Michael Chaput from Laval

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens have recalled veteran forward Michael Chaput from the Laval Rocket. Chaput was the final cut at training camp along with Kenny Agostino, playing very well for the Canadiens in the pre-season. With Nikita Scherbak..." November 20

  • Noah Juulsen out indefinitely with a facial fracture

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Noah Juulsen is out indefinitely because he suffered a facial fracture in the game Monday night against the Washington Capitals. The young defender took two pucks to the face during the game, Juulsen played only 3:12. He left the game after the second puck hit him...." November 20

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • Habs' Shea Weber not cleared for contact yet

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber has not yet been cleared for contact and the club wants to be cautious with him given the nature of his surgery, head coach Claude Julien said Monday morning.  November 19

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • Canadiens looking to potentially move a defenceman

    Sportsnet "Shea Weber is nearing a return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup. This is good news for the team, however it does make the back end even more crowded than it already is. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday during the Headlines segment of Hockey Night in Canada that..." November 18

  • Domi off to historic start with Canadiens

    The Score "Max Domi's exploits early in his first season with the Montreal Canadiens have placed his name in the legendary franchise's record books. Already with 24 points, Domi's output is the most by any player through his first 20 games of his first season in Montreal since..." November 18

  • Giguere on Canadiens’ Price: ‘I don’t like the way he competes’

    Sportsnet "We’re just about a quarter of the way through the 2018-19 NHL campaign and the Montreal Canadiens currently occupy a playoff spot. It’s a surprising scenario considering the low expectations that surrounded this team coming out of training camp – made all the more surprising..." November 17

  • The Canadiens’ depth is being tested early in the year. What are the options for Montreal?

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens currently occupy a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, just one point out of a guaranteed divisional spot. Things are going well: the top-six forward group is putting up dominant point performances game in and game out, while Jeff Petry leads a..." November 13

  • Canadiens’ Weber ahead of schedule, could return in November

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens announced in early July captain Shea Weber would be out until mid-December as he recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery, but it turns out he could be back sooner than that. According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Weber is two weeks ahead of schedule in his..." November 13

  • Can Max Domi continue current offensive pace?

    Pro Hockey Talk "At his end of season press conference last April, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin talked about needing to fix his team’s attitude. Eyebrows were raised, and many questioned what he meant by that. He ended up dealing Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty to Western Conference teams. In return for..." November 12

  • Max Pacioretty denies he ever asked Canadiens, Bergevin to trade him

    Sportsnet "Max Pacioretty disagrees with Marc Bergevin that he ever asked the Montreal Canadiens to trade him away. The soon-to-be-30-year-old was acquired by the Vegas Golden Knights in a September swap that sent Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round pick back the other way. One day..." November 11

  • Canadiens' Joel Armia out 6-8 weeks with knee injury

    ESPN "Montreal Canadiens forward Joel Armia is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks with a right knee injury, the team announced Thursday. The incident occurred during Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers. Armia has three goals and seven points in 15 games so..." November 11

  • Habs encouraged by Shea Weber's impending return

    Yardbarker "The Montreal Canadiens have had a nice start to the season with an 8-5-3 record to start the season. However, more good news could be on the way as there was a Shea Weber sighting today as the veteran defenseman took the ice this morning along with David Schlemko, Brendan Gallagher,..." November 11

  • Tomas Plekanec to retire a Canadien after contract termination

    TSN "Tomas Plekanec said Friday he will retire from the National Hockey League after agreeing to have his contract terminated by the Montreal Canadiens.  The Canadiens announced earlier in the day that the forward would be placed on unconditional..." November 09

  • Carey Price on struggles: 'It's all upstairs'

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens expect a lot from Carey Price, who makes $10.5 million annually. The struggling goaltender is demanding more from himself, too. "Lets just cut to the chase, I just didn't play very good tonight," Price told reporters after..." November 09

  • Injuries Mounting Up Front For Montreal Canadiens

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens are off to an impressive start this season, with Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin leading an improved forward group that have contributed to the team’s 46 goals in 15 games (not counting tonight). Even as the team deals with the long-term recovery of..." November 09

  • Canadiens' Paul Byron week to week with lower-body injury

    The Score "Injured Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, according to head coach Claude Julien. Byron sat out the Canadiens' last four games with a lower-body injury and did not travel with the team on their latest road..." November 08

  • Pacioretty says no hard feelings at Canadiens for trade to Golden Knights "Max Pacioretty said there isn't any ill will on his part toward the Montreal Canadiens for trading him to the Vegas Golden Knights two months ago. "No hard feelings," the forward said after the Golden Knights practiced Monday. The date with the Canadiens at the..." November 06

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Canadiens asking for trouble with ineffective power play

    Sportsnet "It was two minutes of havoc in the Montreal Canadiens’ zone that changed the entire complexion of a game they were leading 1-0 and ended up losing 4-1. The Tampa Bay Lightning had drawn a power play and managed to generate considerable momentum with it before their captain,..." November 04

  • Canadiens' Byron to miss at least 3 more games

    The Score "Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron missed Thursday's contest against the Washington Capitals due to a lower-body injury. On Saturday, coach Claude Julien announced the ailment will keep him sidelined for at least the next three games. Byron will not suit up Saturday against the..." November 03

  • Canadiens set NHL record in win over Capitals, score two goals in two seconds

    Sporting News "The Canadiens set an NHL record Thursday. Montreal netted a pair of goals in two seconds in the third period of its 6-4 win over the Capitals at the Bell Centre. It was the fastest two goals ever scored by one team. " November 02

  • Breakup with Habs still sore subject for Radulov

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alexander Radulov only spent one season with the Montreal Canadiens, but he managed to leave a good impression for most of the fan base. But in the summer of 2017, Radulov decided to sign with the Dallas Stars instead of returning to Montreal. As we found out on Tuesday, the breakup with..." October 31

  • Canadiens’ Phillip Danault thriving as shutdown centre

    Sportsnet "Phillip Danault agrees that Montreal’s 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins this past Saturday was probably the best of his 197 games in the NHL to date. Sure, he’s had more prolific ones. There was that explosive two-goal, two-assist performance against the New York Rangers in..." October 30

  • What NHL goalies are saying about smaller equipment

    Sportsnet "Midway through last season the NHL began streamlining goalie equipment with a target on leg pads and pants. Rather than goalies being allowed to wear inflated equipment that had more to do with filling up the net than protecting the player, the NHL began to enforce “form-fitting”..." October 30

  • Canadiens’ solid start has GM Bergevin back to his old self

    Sportsnet "There was a lightness to Marc Bergevin that shone through in sharp contrast to the all-black outfit he wore to meet the media on Monday. We’re not exactly out on a limb suggesting it had everything to do with his Montreal Canadiens getting off to an unexpected 6-2-2 start to..." October 29

  • NHL, MGM Resorts form sports betting partnership "The NHL has named MGM Resorts the first official sports betting partner of the League. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, joined by MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO Jim Murren, made the announcement Monday. "The new sports betting landscape presents a unique opportunity..." October 29

  • What has happened to the storied Bruins-Canadiens rivalry?

    NBC Sports Boston "What the hell has happened to the storied, tale-as-old-as-time Bruins/Canadiens rivalry? The Bruins let out little more than a whimper in a 3-0 shutout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at TD Garden that will surely just go down as simply, forgettably, one out of the 82..." October 29

  • Canadiens Plan To Keep Jesperi Kotkaniemi In NHL, Will Continue To Evaluate

    Pro Hockey Rumors "On Saturday night the Montreal Canadiens played their tenth game of the season, and with it Jesperi Kotkaniemi burned through the first year of his entry-level contract. The third-overall pick from June has impressed with his play in the early going, despite still looking for his..." October 29