Found January 11, 2013 on HockeyBuzz:

Prior to the NHL lockout, there was a widespread trend among NHL teams to lock good young players into multi-year deals that buy out all of their remaining RFA eligibility and perhaps even some UFA-eligible years. With such a major premium being placed on defensemen in particular, the top restricted free agent defensemen see UFA-type dollar signs in their near future (even with a likely salary...


All Eyes On Subban

from Hockey Inside/Out, As far as P.K. Subban knows, there is no contract yet awaiting his signature. The Canadiens restricted free-agent defenceman spoke from his Toronto condo Friday afternoon, having just received an acupuncture treatment as he continues to get ready for the Habs training camp he hopes he’ll be a part of. Rumours were blazing in Montreal on Friday...

Montreal Canadiens Spotlight: End of an Era & Del Zotto deal framework for PK Subban?

Richard Wolowicz / Getty Images By James Stephan (@J_Habs) On January 13th, 2013, Canadiens GM Mark Bergevin met with the media at the Brossard practice facility to announce that the Montreal Canadiens have officially parted ways with enigmatic center Scott Gomez. Bergevin stated that this was in the best interest of the Montreal Canadiens future. After an abysmal season of eleven...

Habs getting ready to roll

Most of the Canadiens are back in Montreal, with Andrei Markov now having arrived from Russia. One absent face at training camp Sunday may be PK Subban, if his agent Don Meehan and GM Marc Bergevin are unable to come to an agreement on a new contract. Various rumours have Subban asking for "Doughty" money, as in $6-7 million per year on a longterm deal. I don't buy...

Canadiens plan to buy out Gomez

The Montreal Canadiens intend to buy out the contract of Scott Gomez, and sent the center home on Sunday. By doing that, the team will remove his $7.36 million salary cap hit from the team's payroll. General manager Marc Bergevin told reporters that Gomez won't be allowed to play in any other league, because if he were to suffer a long-term injury, the team couldn'...

Steven Hindle: Gomez Sent Home, Will be Bought Out

Bergevin Announces Gomez Buyout Moments ago, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced that he has sent home much-maligned Canadiens forward, Scott Gomez. Gomez, will be paid to remain home with the intentions of Montreal buying him out this summer. Bergevin made sure to mention that he did not want to be handcuffed moving forward financially and freeing theHabs up fro...

Steven Hindle: What to Expect from the Captain

A Healthy Gionta Helps Habs Having registered 65 goals in 174 regular season games as a member of the Montreal Canadiens over the past three seasons, Brian Gionta has been a consistent goal scorer. When healthy. Missing a total of 52 games last season due to injury, a major reason the Habs floundered in the second half was due in part to missing their captain, one of their...

Eric Engels: Answering Habs Questions...

1) Build me two powerplay units, and tell me why they'll bring the Canadiens out of 28th in the league in that category. How would you use each player? PP UNIT 1: On the points: Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin On the right half-wall: David Desharnais Down low: Tomas Plekanec In front of the net: Max Pacioretty/Erik Cole I think it's crucial that Markov feed a...

Gomez ordered home

According to various  sources, Scott Gomez has been sent home by GM Marc Bergevin. He will not play for the Canadiens this season, and will be bought out in the summer. 

A Lockout Winner

No need to recount the indignities suffered by the Canadiens last season, an embarrassing campaign which led to front-office and behind-the-bench changes. But the labor impasse buys general manager Marc Bergevin and head coach Michel Therrien some time to implement changes. Little was expected even if the season started as normal last fall, but those expectations are lowered in a...

Flippin’ Eh: 2013 Marks 20 Years Since Canada’s Last Stanley Cup

With hockey season finally back it’s time to take a moment and reflect on a stat that Canadians want to make sure we don’t know.   A stat so embarrassing and hurtful to what little pride Canada has to claim, that it makes the nation root for teams they’d never dream of. Selling out their … Continue reading »
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