NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Rangers, Golden Knights, Canucks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, Chris Tanev talks about wanting to play alongside Quinn Hughes, while there’s talk about Hughes and Elias Pettersson extension. Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights could be seeking a backup goalie. Where will they find one? For both the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, they could be without two key […]
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Canadiens Need Kotkaniemi to Bounce Back vs. Penguins
It’s an exaggeration to suggest the Montreal Canadiens’ chances against the Pittsburgh Penguins in their play-in round rest on sophomore-forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s shoulders. Only a slight one though. Price Leads the Way for Canadiens Obviously, the Canadiens will look primarily to goalie Carey Price to steal a few games. Reports indicated Price was one reason […]
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Canadiens News & Rumors: Julien, Ribeiro & Romanov
In today’s Montreal Canadiens news and rumors roundup, Claude Julien addresses the fans request to tank for the top pick, Mike Ribeiro gives his thoughts on the Shea Weber/PK Subban trade and his future, plus, the potential CBA modifications as the NHL/NHLPA continue to negotiate. Finally, will Alexander Romanov be able to play? Claude Julien […]
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Canadiens’ Phillip Danault Should Be a Selke Finalist
For a second straight season, Phillip Danault of the Montreal Canadiens is in contention for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward in the NHL. After finishing seventh in voting last year, the 27-year-old is worthy of being a Selke finalist for the first time in his career following a stellar […]
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Canadiens 2020-21 Defense: Who’s In & Who’s Out
The Montreal Canadiens go into the next season with a large group of young defensemen trying to make the big club. Alexander Romanov is one of those young defenders that will undoubtedly make the Habs’ roster next season, which will create a log jam on the backend – especially on the left side. One or […]
Canadiens Hold All the Cards in Domi Negotiations
The Montreal Canadiens can afford to play hardball with forward Max Domi, whose contract expires at the end of this coming season. Should they, though? Domi vs. Bergevin It’s an admittedly odd question, considering it’s a general manager’s responsibility to limit the salaries paid to players. Exceptions exist though, under extraordinary circumstances, such as goalie […]
Canadiens Mailbag: Domi, Kotkaniemi, Draft and More
The Montreal Canadiens enter a pivotal moment in their reset plans. They have an opportunity to gain playoff-type experience versus a true Stanley Cup contender in the Pittsburgh Penguins. At the same time, they somehow backed their way into a 12.5 percent chance of winning the first-overall selection, their best odds since 1980, the last […]
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Canadiens Must Forget About Lafreniere for Now
The 31-31-9 Montreal Canadiens, who technically earned more losses than victories this past season, have stumbled into a rare win-win situation. They can’t afford to take it for granted though, especially not general manager Marc Bergevin. Lottery Implications for Canadiens Following the NHL Draft Lottery, the Canadiens are undeniably in great shape. They ended the […]
Subban-Weber Trade Revisited
In a year that could be described as atrocious for Weber, Subban was outstanding. Subban played all 82 regular season games, finished with 59 points and was plus-18. Although the Predators did not make it as far in the playoffs as they did the previous season, Subban still managed to notch 9 points in 13 playoff games. Up to this point, the clear-cut winners of the trade were the Predators, although the play of both players in the following season would slightly even things out.
NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Flyers, Golden Knights, Oilers, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the Montreal Canadiens will be getting back a top-tier prospect just in time for the play-ins, while the Philadelphia Flyers appear to be losing a possible black ace. There is talk about which goaltender the Golden Knights might want to keep, and the Edmonton Oilers are bringing a high-end defensive […]
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Flyers Lookback: The Shea Weber Offer Sheet
Offer sheets in professional sports are not a common occurrence. Normally, unrestricted free agency is the route most teams go in the offseason when trying to add talent. Offer-sheeting restricted free agents does have its history though. The Philadelphia Flyers have actually done it a couple of times already, the first being when they put […]
Canadiens’ Play-In Series Offers Opportunity for Some
The Montreal Canadiens’ unexpected inclusion in the NHL play-in/playoff bracket gives the team a chance to salvage another disappointing season. Their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins also gives several players an opportunity for redemption while others will be looking to move up the depth chart. Here is a look at the Habs with the most […]
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Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Brazeau, Nesterov & Mogilny
In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I will share news about Maple Leafs prospect Justin Brazeau’s success through the organization, consider the possibility of Nikita Nesterov returning to the NHL, and suggest that former player Alexander Mogilny should be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame this week. Item One: Justin […]
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The Montreal Canadiens Roster Could Use Jake Evans
Jake Evans is a player who has slowly but surely caught the eye of the hockey world. The Toronto native originally got his start playing for the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, recording 63 points in 49 games in his final season with the team. Related: Canadiens’ Biggest Draft Busts of […]
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Habs’ Kotkaniemi Is Not a Bust
On June 22, 2018, in Dallas, before the first round of the draft got started, the chatter overheard by this writer was whether Canadiens general manager (GM) Marc Bergevin would select either Filip Zadina or Brady Tkachuk, two highly-touted prospects. Instead, many were stunned when he selected the sixth-ranked European prospect, Finnish center, Jesperi Kotkaniemi […]
Canadiens’ Likely Lineup for the Penguins Play-in Series
The NHL has entered Phase Two of its back to hockey plan, where players can now practice at their home facilities on a volunteer basis. Phase Three of this plan is scheduled to start around mid-July, which will involve a training camp to prepare for an August start to the play-in/playoffs. At the trade deadline […]
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Shea Weber: A Deserving Masterton Candidate for the Canadiens
The Montreal chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) announced on Tuesday that Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber has been selected as the team’s candidate for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in recognition of his 2019-20 season. The award is given annually to the NHL player who best embodies sportsmanship, perseverance, and dedication to hockey. […]
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Canadiens’ Key Players for Play-In Round vs. Penguins
The NHL’s Return to Play format gives the Montreal Canadiens an unexpected chance to make the 16-team playoffs if they can eliminate the favoured Pittsburgh Penguins in a best-of-five series during the initial play-in round. While it goes without saying that Carey Price, Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher, and Jeff Petry have to be at their […]
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Canadiens’ Drouin Returns – Has Chance to Be a Difference Maker
The Montreal Canadiens have a second chance to prove themselves this season, and one player in particular, who has faced heavy scrutiny since his arrival in Montreal, will get to prove his mettle in a playoff-style format: Jonathan Drouin. However, is he capable of being a difference-maker against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins? Related: […]
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Canadiens News & Rumors: Weber, Ouellet, Gainey & Revenue Loss
When the Return to Play Committee decided to resume the 2019-20 NHL season with a 24-team play-in tournament, life changed for the Montreal Canadiens. Suddenly, they are in the playoffs. Before the hiatus, they still had a mathematical chance but it was at 0.0302 percent. Related: Montreal Canadiens News & Rumors: Price, Primeau, Bouchard & […]
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Montreal Canadiens News & Rumors: Price, Primeau, Bouchard & Burrows
There might be unexpected good news on the horizon for the Montreal Canadiens. Ken MacMillan from A Winning Habit reported on May 19, that it’s rumoured that the NHL will likely complete the 2019-20 season with only Stanley Cup Playoff games. There are also rumours that, instead of the usual 16-team playoff format, the 2020 […]
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Ex-Oilers Star Hemsky Retires as Underrated Talent
It’s only natural to look back on ex-Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky’s career, now that he’s officially announced his retirement. For many, hearing his name mentioned elicits one specific memory, even if the sum of the parts of his career add up to so much more. It was Jan. 4, 2007 when the Oilers hosted […]
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NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Coyotes, Capitals, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, Maxi Domi discusses where things are at with the Montreal Canadiens and details any talks the two sides have had. There is an update about the potential of Peter Chiarelli joining the Arizona Coyotes organization in an executive role and just how likely that is. Finally, Radko Gudas commented on […]
Canadiens That Got Away: Mikhail Sergachev
Acquiring Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lightning in June 2017 is one of Marc Bergevin’s major moves as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. On one hand, fans were thrilled to finally have a Quebec-born player of Drouin’s calibre. On the other hand, they weren’t happy to give up Mikhail Sergachev, the team’s top […]
NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Jets, Blackhawks, Subban, Hemsky, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, are the Toronto Maple Leafs looking to acquire LTIR contracts? Is P.K. Subban expecting a change in New Jersey? A former Edmonton Oiler great has officially retired and what are the Winnipeg Jets doing about their backup goaltending? Finally, did the Chicago Blackhawks almost trade Duncan Keith back in 2004? […]
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Canadiens News & Rumors: Price, Laraque, Romanov & Prospects
Even in these days of COVID-19 and the suspension of NHL regular-season games, there’s still Montreal Canadiens news and rumors to report. However, that news doesn’t happen on the ice but instead includes player signings and off-ice news. In this post, I’d like to help Canadiens’ fans stay more up-to-date with what’s happening with the […]
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Canadiens: Pros & Cons of Re-Signing Jeff Petry
There are lots of uncertainties surrounding the Montreal Canadiens this offseason. Who will they draft, will they make any trades, and what will they do with Jeff Petry? The 32-year-old defenceman has spent the last six seasons with Montreal and has had solid numbers with the club during his tenure. His contract is due to […]
Canadiens’ Candidates for the 2022 Olympic Games
The NHL has yet to decide whether it will send its players to the next Olympic Winter Games slated for 2022 in Beijing, but there are several Montreal Canadiens players who could make their national team if the NHL agrees to participate. Some will be virtual locks to represent their country while others have an […]
Can Charles Hudon Crack the Canadiens Lineup in 2020-21?
After putting up 30 points in 72 games in 2017-18 as a 23-year-old, signs pointed to Montreal Canadiens’ forward Charles Hudon developing as a solid third-line winger with offensive upside. He skated well, showed flashes of grit and had a rocket of a shot. Granted, his plus-minus differential scoured the underworld with minus-12 on the […]
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Canadiens: Looking Back at the 2017 Trade Deadline Acquisitions
The 2016-17 season was an interesting one for the Montreal Canadiens. After a solid start turned into a second-half collapse in 2015-16, the team went into the offseason with a different outlook and added a number of key pieces to help them down the line. Related: All-Time Best Players for Defunct NHL Teams KHL star […]
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Canadiens’ Crowded Crease: Who’s the Odd Man Out
While we patiently wait for the Montreal Canadiens to sign top prospect Alexander Romanov, general manager Marc Bergevin teased fans by signing a different Russian from the KHL, goaltender Vasili Demchenko. The Canadiens are in desperate need of a quality backup, and Demchenko is a relatively unknown goalie who has played the last seven seasons […]
Devils Should Dive Into European Free Agent Market
The NHL has been on pause for over a month now due to the coronavirus, with the remainder of the regular season still up in the air and facing a possible August ending if a restart even happens. That means notable offseason dates, like free agency, will likely be affected too. But even though NHL free agency […]
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Hart to Hart, the Canadiens’ Hart-Winning Goalies of the 2000s
The Hart Trophy is awarded to the NHL’s MVP of the regular season. Since the trophy’s inception in 1924, there have been only seven goalies who have won the award. Many of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history have never won the trophy, and only one has won it twice. Yet the last two goalies […]
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Canadiens’ Andrei Markov – Bidding Farewell to The General
Andrei Markov, one of the Montreal Canadiens’ all-time great defensemen announced his retirement from professional hockey last week at the age of 41. Being one of the best at your position for a team with a plethora of legendary players like the Canadiens is no easy feat, but the man they nicknamed “The General” has […]
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Subban-Weber Trade Revisited
It was only four years ago that Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin shocked the hockey world and traded fan-favorite defenseman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Shea Weber. The trade immediately split the Canadiens fanbase into two sides: one that despised the trade, the other that loved it. On the one […]
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