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  • Nate Thompson brought stability to a makeshift fourth line

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "After all the pre-season games had been played in September, Claude Julien made his final roster decisions. He chose to cut AHL veterans Kenny Agostino and Michael Chaput in favour of Charles Hudon and Matthew Peca, hoping to get a bit of offence from the..." April 22

  • Christian Folin Signs One-Year Extension With Montreal Canadiens "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Thursday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract (2019-20 - $800,000) with defenseman Christian Folin. Folin, 28, played 45 games in 2018-19 with the Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers,..." April 18

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Drouin takes glass half-full approach to another disappointing season

    Sportsnet "Perhaps the most important thing to come out of this season for Jonathan Drouin is that he finally sees what everyone else sees, that he recognizes what he needs to do in order to access that otherworldly talent of his on a more consistent basis. That he has looked inward for the..." April 11

  • Antti Niemi Will Not Return To Montreal Canadiens

    TSN "Veteran goaltender Antti Niemi will not be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season. General manager Marc Bergevin told the impending free-agent goaltender that he will not be offered a new contract. A native of Vantaa, Finland, the 35-year-old Niemi just..." April 09

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Habs' Poehling to make NHL debut

    TSN "Rookie forward Ryan Poehling will make his NHL debut tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the season finale. He signed a three-year entry-level contract on Sunday. The Habs selected Poehling 25th overall in 2017 and spent the past three seasons at St. Cloud State. The..." April 06

  • Canadiens, their fans enjoy wild ride during playoff race "There was Stanley Cup Playoff hockey in this city Tuesday. Now all the Montreal Canadiens have to do is actually make it to the postseason. The Canadiens' come-from-behind 4-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning put a charge through an arena and a fan base that, 80 games ago,..." April 03

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Canadiens’ Paul Byron, Jesperi Kotkaniemi to play vs. Lightning

    Sportsnet "It was in a game against the Florida Panthers last Tuesday that Byron was hurt in a fight with defenceman MacKenzie Weegar. Byron was knocked to the ice by Weegar before being helped to the Canadiens dressing room in the third minute of the first period. He was unable to return and ended up..." April 02

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Montreal Canadiens Sign Goaltender Cayden Primeau

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens continue a busy day by signing yet another top prospect who could turn into a franchise cornerstone. After inking first-round forward Ryan Poehling to an entry-level contract earlier, the Canadiens have done the same with top goalie prospect Cayden..." March 31

  • Ryan Poehling signs entry-level contract, will join Montreal Canadiens immediately

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "For the second year in a row the St. Cloud State Huskies fell victim to a massive Atlantic Hockey underdog in the NCAA Hockey tournament. The Huskies were tripped up by the Yellow Jackets from American International, and with that Ryan Poehling saw his NCAA career come to an..." March 31

  • Kotkaniemi’s place in Canadiens’ lineup could be in jeopardy vs. Jets

    Sportsnet "You could see signs of it in nearly every one of the 18 shifts Jesperi Kotkaniemi skated in the Montreal Canadiens‘ 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday: That slight hesitation that makes all the difference between confident and timid play. It was obvious early in..." March 30

  • Habs' Kotkaniemi scratched vs. Jets

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi will not play Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets as the Canadiens chase the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Canadiens head coach Claude Julien told reporters after morning skate Kotkaniemi won't be in the lineup. " March 30

  • Canadiens’ Paul Byron won’t travel to Winnipeg for game against Jets

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron won’t travel with the team for Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, Sportsnet’s Eric Engels reports. Byron left the Canadiens’ contest against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday with an upper-body injury after engaging..." March 29

  • Canadiens' Shaw won't face hearing for hit on McQuaid

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw will not receive a hearing with the NHL for this hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Adam McQuaid on Thursday night, a league spokesperson confirmed to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. McQuaid was hit in the head by Shaw in the second period..." March 29

  • Tortorella calls Shaw's hit on McQuaid 'ridiculously suspendable'

    The Score "Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella had some choice words for Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw following Columbus' 6-2 victory Thursday. The 27-year-old agitator caught defenseman Adam McQuaid with an errant elbow to the head in the..." March 29

  • Byron's agent questions 'code' after Canadiens forward's injury in fight

    The Score "J.P. Barry is not happy about his client getting hurt in a seemingly unnecessary scuffle. The prominent agent, who represents Montreal Canadiens winger Paul Byron, is questioning the unwritten rules of hockey that encourage players to settle scores by fighting. Byron was..." March 27

  • Weegar on Byron: 'I hate seeing what happened'

    TSN "Florida Panthers defenceman MacKenzie Weegar said in a text to TSN's Dan Robertson he hates seeing what happened to injured Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron and hopes he's back on the ice soon.  Here is the full text message from Weegar following Tuesday's..." March 27

  • Canadiens’ Paul Byron won’t travel with team to Columbus

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron won’t travel with the team for Thursday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Byron suffered what the team called an upper-body injury after fighting Florida Panthersdefenceman MacKenzie..." March 27

  • Andrew Shaw’s recent play, leadership invaluable for Canadiens

    Sportsnet "You might consider it the biggest play of the Montreal Canadiens’ season, made in the most important game they’ve played since the puck dropped in October. Andrew Shaw, a winger by trade, plowed through Sean Couturier deep in the Philadelphia Flyers’ end to win a..." March 20

  • Canadiens still aiming to prove doubters wrong in final push to playoffs

    Sportsnet "You can hear the chorus growing in volume around Montreal, that with losses in 11 of their last 17 games the Canadiens have shown their true colours. That they don’t have what it takes to make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The coaches are hearing it, the players are hearing..." March 18

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Canadiens' Shaw: Teammates are 'taking nights off' amid playoff push

    The Score "After the Montreal Canadiens dropped their third game in the last four against the New York Islanders Thursday, forward Andrew Shaw didn't mince words about the attitude of his teammates as the club pushes toward a playoff spot. "We need to be a team..." March 15

  • Price passes Plante to become Canadiens' all-time wins leader

    The Score "Carey Price has solidified himself in Canadienslore. The Habs netminder picked up victory No. 315 on Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings, passing the legendary Jacques Plante for first place on Montreal's all-time wins list. " March 13

  • Montreal Canadiens Recall Charlie Lindgren

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens haven’t had a backup goaltender they can rely on lately, as Antti Niemi has struggled mightily in his last few appearances. While Carey Price will obviously carry the load down the stretch, the team today made a move to give them another option in net. Charlie..." March 11

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • Canadiens’ Jesperi Kotkaniemi scratched Tuesday vs. Kings

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens will be without rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi when they hit the ice for Tuesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Kings, as head coach Claude Julien has listed him as a healthy scratch for the game. As Sportsnet’s Eric Engels indicated, the roster..." March 05

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • Canadiens' D Noah Juulsen won't play again this season

    Yardbarker "While he is still expected to make an eventual recovery from the “vision-related issue” that has kept him out for much of the season, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Noah Juulsen will not play again this year according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. Juulsen, 21, has had a..." March 04

  • Casey Price shares special moment with fan who lost his mom to cancer

    USA Today "Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price did something pretty incredible for a huge young fan of his who recently had his mother pass away from cancer. Price should now have millions of new fans, even if hockey isn't your thing, because what he did was so special. The..." March 01

  • Canadiens acquire centre Jordan Weal from Coyotes for Michael Chaput

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Jordan Weal from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Michael Chaput. MON trades Chaput to ARIZ for Weal — Elliotte..." February 25

  • Byron’s return one of many possible changes for Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens winger Paul Byron will be back in action at the Bell Centre after missing the last six games with an arm injury. On Tuesday, the Canadiens re-activated Byron off the injured reserve list and assigned Dale Weise to the American Hockey League’s Laval Rocket in a..." February 19

  • Canadiens’ resilience to be tested by first slump of season

    Sportsnet "We’ve learned that the Montreal Canadiens are a speedy, feisty, competitive team that has more talent than anyone assumed before the season got underway, but we’re about to learn just how resilient they are. The Canadiens have hit a bump in the road. A 6-3 loss to a..." February 18

  • “Chances Are High” Montreal Canadiens Will Stand Pat At Deadline

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s been a surprisingly successful season for the Montreal Canadiens to this point, but don’t expect that to translate to an active trade deadline. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has said all along that his team would not be interested in acquiring rentals this season and now..." February 17

  • The NHL trade deadline could use a little drama

    New York Post "Every time someone wants to talk about the NBA, I have the same response. “I don’t really watch the games until about the conference finals, but I closely follow the league. I love the drama.” Conversely, when discussing the NHL, it’s the exact..." February 15

  • Kings trade Nate Thompson to Montreal for draft pick

    Los Angeles Times "The reshaping of the Kings roster continued Monday with the trade of depth forward Nate Thompson to the Montreal Canadiens. The Kings sent Thompson and a fifth-round draft pick to Montreal for a fourth-round selection. Both draft picks are this year. The move was expected because..." February 11

  • Canadiens raise expectations in resurgent season "The sombre tones in the Montreal Canadiens' dressing room at Bell Centre on Saturday told you a great deal about the home team. The single point earned in its 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs was little more than a consolation prize, a thanks-for-coming pat on the back..." February 10

  • Habs place F Agostino on waivers

    TSN "The Habs have placed forward Kenny Agostino on waivers. Agostino has appeared in 36 games for the Habs this season, recording 11 points (two goals, nine assists). He also has 10 points in 12 games with the AHL's Laval Rocket. Defenceman Karl Alzner has cleared waivers and..." February 10

  • Why the Canadiens’ power play continues to sputter

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens are arguably the surprise of the 2018-19 season. They hung at the edge of a playoff spot early in the year when Carey Price was struggling, and since captain Shea Weber returned from injury and Price returned to form, they’ve been on an absolute..." February 09

  • Canadiens acquire Christian Folin and Dale Weise from Philadelphia "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday that the team has acquired defenseman Christian Folin and forward Dale Weise from the Philadelphia Flyers in return for David Schlemko and Byron Froese.  Folin, 27, has participated in 26 games thus far this..." February 09

  • Canadiens put Alzner on waivers, Byron on injured reserve

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens have once again put defenceman Karl Alzner on waivers. This comes after the Canadiens activated forward Andrew Shaw off injured reserve. The forward hasn’t played since Dec. 31 after being sidelined with a neck injury. In 36 games, Shaw has 11 goals and 24..." February 09

  • Michael McCarron to miss rest of season with shoulder injury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "If any Montreal Canadiens fans were hoping for a late season Michael McCarron call-up, it isn’t coming. The team announced today that McCarron’s season is over after undergoing shoulder surgery yesterday. The 23-year old forward had been playing with the Laval Rocket in the AHL, and..." February 07

  • Paul Byron injury could leave crucial hole in Canadiens’ lineup

    Sportsnet "It hasn’t been determined how long Paul Byron will be out of action, but whether it’s a matter of days or weeks, the impact of Byron’s absence could be considerable on the Montreal Canadiens. It was in the second period of Sunday’s 4-3 overtime win for the..." February 04

  • Kotkaniemi’s accelerated development trumps results for Canadiens

    Sportsnet "In the grand scheme of things, the Montreal Canadiens blew a golden opportunity against a downtrodden, banged up New Jersey Devils team on Saturday afternoon. A chance to win a game they were leading in the third period – and against a team that was missing its best player in Taylor Hall..." February 03

  • Habs' Byron leaves with upper-body injury

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron left Sunday's matchup against the Edmonton Oilers with an upper-body injury and will not return, the team announced.  He appeared to suffer a left shoulder injury after being hit into the end boards in the second..." February 03

  • Medical update on Noah Juulsen "The Canadiens provided the following medical update on defenseman Noah Juulsen on Friday: Noah Juulsen is out indefinitely with a vision-related issue that will require time to heal. The Canadiens organization is expecting Noah to make a full recovery. Out of respect to the player and..." February 01

  • Shaw could return to Canadiens lineup against Ducks "Andrew Shaw could return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup against the Anaheim Ducks at Bell Centre on Tuesday. The forward has missed the past 11 games because of a neck injury sustained against the Dallas Stars on Dec. 31. He was cleared for contact and practiced Friday for the first..." February 01

  • NHL to mark Black History Month for first time with special initiatives, museum tour

    Sporting News "The NHL and NHLPA this year will celebrate Black History Month for the first time, marking February as part of the league and union's "Hockey Is For Everyone" initiative, they announced Friday. “The players are committed to inclusion in the sport and..." February 01