Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Andrew Shaw is looking forward to joining the Montreal Canadiens this season

    CSN Chicago "Andrew Shaw and Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin go back a few years. It was Bergevin, when he was assistant general manager with the Blackhawks, who signed Shaw to his entry-level contract. And now they’re together again. “He likes the rat in me, the work ethic,” Shaw said on Saturday..." June 26

  • Canadiens add five players from Rounds 3-7 to 2016 draft haul

    Montreal Gazette "Andrew Shaw will miss Chicago, but the 24-year-old centre says he’s looking forward to renewing acquaintances with Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. “He scouted me in junior and signed me to my first entry-level contract,” said Shaw, who was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks Friday..." June 26

  • Canadiens select Mikhail Sergachev ninth overall

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "There was a ton of speculation leading up to the draft that the Canadiens might look to move either up or down in the draft, rather than stand pat at ninth overall. They stayed at ninth, and decided to enlist some defensive help in the form of the Windsor Spitfires' Mikhail Sergachev. This is..." June 26

  • Canadiens select Will Bitten 70th overall

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Canadiens may have given up their two second-round picks to get Andrew Shaw, but they still have some picks to make today. One of those was of course the 70th overall selection, and they went with Will Bitten from the Flint Firebirds Bitten is a great pick at 70. He definitely slid down in..." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Andrew Shaw, Canadiens negotiating potential long-term contract

    The Score "Andrew Shaw could soon devote what remains of his prime seasons to Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens. Contract negotiations between the restricted free agent and Montreal remain ongoing, and could soon result in a five- to seven-year pact, reports TSN's Darren Dreger. He was close to..." June 25

  • Blackhawks trade Andrew Shaw to Montreal for two picks

    Chicago Sun-Times "Three years to the day Andrew Shaw became a Blackhawks icon — blood streaking down his cheek as he unleashed a primal scream and raised the Stanley Cup over his head — he became just another Blackhawks cap casualty. The Hawks traded the irascible — and “irreplaceable,” in Joel Quenneville’s..." June 25

  • Canadiens trade forward Lars Eller to Capitals for pair of picks

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens traded forward Lars Eller to the Washington Capitals for second-round picks in 2017 and 2018. Simultaneous to the Eller trade, the Habs acquired Andrew Shaw from the Chicago Blackhawks." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • 'I never shopped P.K. Subban': Habs GM Marc Bergevin

    Montreal Gazette "It didn’t take long for Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin to shoot down reports that P.K. Subban was on his way out of Montreal. “I never shopped P.K. Subban,” Bergevin said to open a press conference Thursday night. “I never had, I’m not now. But I can’t help teams from calling..." June 24

  • Ducks could trade Fowler, Habs among most interested

    The Score "Cam Fowler is reportedly a hot commodity. Trade tralks involving the Anaheim Ducks defenseman are heating up to the point that he could be dealt before the draft Friday night, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports via TSN's Bob McKenzie. McKenzie adds that the Buffalo Sabres are among several teams..." June 24

  • Subban trade rumors not going away -- not this way

    NHL.com "All he had to say was this: "I'm not trading P.K. Subban." Had Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin done that after the NHL GM meeting at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo on Thursday, he could have stopped the rumors and reports about a possible blockbuster deal on the eve of the 2016 NHL..." June 23

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • P.K. Subban doesn’t care about those nagging trade rumours

    Sportsnet "P.K. Subban is familiar with the persistent rumours that suggest he’s a prime candidate to be dealt away from the Montreal Canadiens before July 1. He just doesn’t care about them. “I’m never concerned,” Subban said Tuesday. “I’ve got a lot of things I’m doing in the off-season. My job is to..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • Price says he feels 100 percent healthy

    The Score "Fear not, Montreal Canadiens fans, Carey Price says he's good to go. After a knee injury derailed his, and ultimately Montreal's season, the reigning Hart and Vezina Trophy winner revealed he's fully healthy. "I'm at 100 percent," Price told TSN's Gino Reda Tuesday. "I've been working pretty..." June 21

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Ron MacLean in, Strombo out as Hockey Night in Canada host

    Yahoo! Sports "According to Dave Feschuk of The Star, George Stroumboulopoulos is out as host of Hockey Night in Canada. He will be replaced by the man he unseated just two seasons ago - Ron MacLean. When Rogers acquired the rights to the NHL for $5.2-billion they decided to shakeup the prolific Hockey..." June 20

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • Bergevin told two NHL GMs Subban ‘was not going to be moved’

    Today's Slapshot "On if the Mark Barberio signing is the obvious precursor to the surprise and stunning P.K. Subban blockbuster: “(Laughs) Well, again, it’s not impossible. I’m still on the side that believes it’s very unlikely that P.K.g ets traded. The reason that I continue to push that direction is based on..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Canadiens agree to terms on a two-year contract with defenseman Mark Barberio

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year, one way contract (2016-17 and 2017-18) with Montreal native defenseman Mark Barberio." June 13

  • Canadiens sign Andrighetto to 1-year extension

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens locked up Sven Andrighetto for another year, the team announced Saturday. The club signed the forward to a one-year deal, with the 23-year-old set to become a restricted free agent on July 1." June 11

  • Western Conference GM 'flat-out told' Subban not available

    The Score "P.K. Subban's no-trade clause kicks in July 1. Until then, things may get a bit silly. TSN's Darren Dreger was on TSN Montreal 690 radio Thursday, and revealed that a Western Conference general manager who recently inquired about the availability of Subban was "flat-out told that (Subban)..." June 09

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • The Return of Captain Kirk - Muller Hired as an Associate Coach

    HockeyBuzz "The prayers of many Montreal Canadiens fans were answered this evening as it was announced that former Canadiens captain and assistant coach Kirk (Is Work) Muller has re-joined the Canadiens as an associate coach. Details of the contract are still unknown. It was just on Wednesday that it was..." June 03

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • John Scott wants to form a World Cup team with snubs, including Phil Kessel

    The Comeback "John Scott wants to bring the snubs to the World Cup. The former Montreal Canadiens forward and All-Star Game MVP took to Instagram to throw out a proposal about a new team at the tournament. Scott posted a picture of Phil Kessel, one of the biggest snubs in the tourney, and his infamous stick..." June 01

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Subban takes batting practice with Blue Jays, talks World Cup snub

    Sportsnet "Buoyant and energetic as ever, the one-man party bus that is P.K. Subban came barreling into the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse Saturday morning. The Montreal Canadiens defenceman wore a custom made No. 76 Blue Jays jersey with “Subbanator” across the back and made his way around the room with..." May 29

  • John Scott wants to form World Cup team with Phil Kessel, other snubs

    The Score "Call them the people's champions. Following Friday's World Cup roster announcements, NHL All-Star MVP John Scott took to Instagram to address the exclusion of Phil Kessel from Team USA. Scott's proposal, framed around a grainy photo of an infamous preseason stick-swinging incident back in..." May 29

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Report: Shipachyov may be required to play another year in KHL

    The Score "The sprint to have Vadim Shipachyov put pen to an NHL contract could be all for naught. The high-volume scorer may have to satisfy the existing option on his KHL contract with SKA St. Petersburg and report for one more season before being permitted to sign with an NHL club, reports Sportsnet's..." May 24

  • How every NHL team could trade for P.K. Subban

    Sporting News "P.K. Subban should be a provincial treasure. Subban is one of the top five defensemen in the NHL, and honestly, is probably in the top two or three. He’s a do-it-all defenseman, a player who drives puck possession and ignites offense with his dynamic play. Even in a sport generally filled..." May 24

  • Georges Laraque helps detain man in attempted child kidnapping at Jeanne-Mance Park

    CBC Sports "Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque helped detain a man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a seven-year-old girl in a Montreal park on Saturday afternoon. A man allegedly spoke to the girl, who was with her parents in Jeanne-Mance Park, before grabbing her and walking away. Family members..." May 22

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • McKenzie: We’re all ‘forensic wordsmiths’ on Subban trade potential

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Friday morning. On Geoff Molson’s appearance on Thursday night, during which he said he’d be surprised if P.K. Subban were to be traded, and on if that’s really the right strategy to keep that door open: “Well, I think they’re keeping all of their..." May 15

  • NHL's P.K. Subban -- I Want to Be Known As a Great Player ... Not Just Black Player

    TMZ "P.K. Subban says he's sick of being known as the black guy in the NHL -- and would rather be known as "one of the best players in the league" ... regardless of race. The Montreal Canadiens superstar was out at The Nice Guy in Hollywood Monday night -- when we asked him what it was like being..." May 11

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Canadiens agree to entry-level contract with forward Artturi Lehkonen

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Finnish forward Artturi Lehkonen, the club announced. "We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Artturi Lehkonen," general manager Marc Bergevin said. "Artturi is a young forward who enjoyed..." May 08

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Report: Oilers have not inquired about Canadiens' Subban

    The Score "Any rumors regarding a potential P.K. Subban trade to the Edmonton Oilers can be put to rest. TSN's Darren Dreger was on TSN Radio 690 on Tuesday where the topic of a potential trade between the Montreal Canadiens and Oilers involving the club's star defenseman was discussed. Dreger was quick..." May 03

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • P.K. Subban's no-movement clause kicks in on July 1, so there will be plenty of trade speculation until then

    Montreal Gazette "Insider Bob Stauffer, the team-employed CHED radio broadcaster, was at it again on Monday, talking to Montreal Canadiens insider Marc Antoine Godin on Oilers Now. Godin covers the Habs for La Presse. Stauffer dug into the possibility of Edmonton acquiring P.K. Subban. Godin certainly didn’t rule..." April 27