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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 it, and I suspect Subban will settle for a one or two year deal, in the $4.5-$5.5 million range.
Things are still quiet otherwise, although one piece of news to keep an eye on is the health of Tomas Plekanec. There had been reports, that were denied, of an injury while playing in Europe. Plekanec was being checked out by doctors today, and it appears he has a rib injury. We'll learn more once camp gets underway.
Until then, once the CBA is passed by the players transactions can begin. What should we expect from the Habs? I'd look for a defenceman to get moved, as they have quite the collection of...
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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...
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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...
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...
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...
A Decision to Be Made
In glancing up and down the Montreal Canadiens roster, it's becoming more and more obvious that newly appointed GM, Marc Bergevin, may have to make a trade sooner than later.
The Habs have 14 forwards and 7 defensemen signed to contracts (soon to be 8).
Among the forwards, given the fact that Petteri Nokelainen is injured, we're left with...
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 »
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...
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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...