Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Habs lean on Price again to start off season with win against Maple Leafs

    Montreal Gazette "Carey Price was the reason the Canadiens finished first in the Atlantic Division last season and it appears that the let-Carey-do-it strategy is still firmly in place. Alex Galchenyuk jumped on a rebound of a shot by Andrei Markov at 12:02 of the third period to put Montreal ahead for good in a..." October 08

  • NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine

    TSN "The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors. "The number of..." October 06

  • Habs' Zack Kassian placed in substance abuse, behavioral health program

    CBS Sports "The NHL and NHLPA announced Monday that Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian was placed in "Stage 2" of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program jointly run by the two entities. As a result, he will be suspended without pay until he is cleared by program administrators. The..." October 06

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Zack Kassian's immediate future may get clarified later today. Lots of moving parts, incl injury status, status with Habs, status with NHL.

  • NHL odds: Blackhawks open season as Stanley Cup favorites

    CBS Sports "The NHL hasn't had a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back titles in the late 1990s. Even though it's an incredibly difficult trophy to win once, and even harder to win twice, and even though the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone significant roster changes over..." October 05

  • Canadiens’ Kassian taken to hospital after car crash

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian was treated in hospital for minor injuries after being involved in a single car accident early Sunday morning, a team spokesperson has confirmed. According to a report in the Montreal Gazette, a truck crashed into a tree around 6 a.m. Sunday morning. " October 04

  • Canadiens sign Tomas Fleischmann to one-year deal

    CBS Sports "Tomas Fleischmann is one of the lucky few players to turn a professional tryout contract into a full-time gig. The 31-year-old forward has signed a one-year pact with the Montreal Canadiens after a successful preseason on a PTO. According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Fleischmann's new contract..." October 04

  • Desharnais may be key to Canadiens’ balanced scoring

    Sportsnet "As part of a poll the Montreal Canadiens took at the onset of training camp, the players were asked who they thought was the most underrated among them. Forward Dale Weise was one of many who voted for centreman David Desharnais. If Desharnais is widely respected within the Canadiens’..." October 03

  • Pacioretty returns to Habs' lineup Thursday

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens will have their new captain back with plenty of time to spare before the start of the regular season. Head coach Michel Therrien told reporters on Wednesday that Max Pacioretty will be in the lineup on Thursday on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher when the..." September 30

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

  • Canadiens trim training camp roster to 31 players

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens have trimmed their training camp roster down to 31 players (18 forwards, 10 defencemen, three goaltenders). Forwards Gabriel Dumont, Christian Thomas and Bud Holloway, and defencemen Morgan Ellis must all pass through waivers before joining the St. John’s IceCaps of the..." September 28

  • Canadiens reassign nine players to the AHL St. John’s IceCaps "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Sunday that nine (9) players have been reassigned to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. The following players have been assigned to St. John’s: Michael McCarron, Jeremy Grégoire, Darren Dietz, Joel Hanley, Daniel..." September 27

  • Michael McNiven signed to an entry-level contract

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens have signed training camp invite Michael McNiven to an entry-level contract. McNiven plays in the Ontario Hockey League for the Owen Sound Attack, even though he is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. McNiven only played in 24 games last year, but had a goals-against-average of 2.79..." September 25

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Former NHL player Ewen's brain coveted by CTE researchers

    TSN "Leading neuroscientist and concussion expert Dr. Charles Tator wants to examine Todd Ewen's brain. Ewen, 49, died on Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, CTV Calgary reported. Tator said in an interview Monday that he hopes Ewen's family will consider donating his brain to..." September 22

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    David Desharnais (lower body) and Alexander Semin (foot) won't be at practice today. #canadiens

  • Report: Ewen's death classified as suicide

    TSN "Former National Hockey League forward Todd Ewen died on Saturday at the age of 49. According to CTV Calgary, police are classifying his death as a suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A veteran of 518 games in 11 NHL seasons, Ewen broke into the NHL for the St. Louis..." September 21

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Michel Therrien confirmed that Lars Eller will play as a left winger. #canadiens

  • Canadiens name Pacioretty captain "The Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that forward Max Pacioretty has been named the 29th captain in franchise history, following a vote by the players. Pacioretty is preparing for his eigth NHL season with the Canadiens in 2015-16. Max Pacioretty, 26, is a product of the Canadiens..." September 18

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • P.K. Subban donating $10 million to Montreal's Children's Hospital

    CBS Sports "Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is one of the best players in the NHL. He is also one of the highest paid players in the NHL and will be making $65 million over the next seven years as part of the eight-year, $72 million deal he signed prior to the 2014-15 season. And he is going to..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

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    Canadiens Montréal @CanadiensMTL

    Forward Tomas Fleischmann has been invited to the Canadiens' training camp on a professional tryout contract.

  • Canadiens to name captain "There are significant changes coming to the Montreal Canadiens. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday that they will name a captain by the end of training camp and that Alex Galchenyuk will move from left wing to center. The Canadiens did not replace Brian Gionta as..." September 10

  • Fractured tibia made summer an unexpected challenge for Habs' Max Pacioretty

    Montreal Gazette "So today, as the veteran forward continues to rehab from the tibial plateau fractures he suffered just below his left knee on July 9 in Florida, he knows it could have been a lot worse. “It definitely wasn’t the summer I mapped out, but that’s life,” Pacioretty said Wednesday. “I’ve come to..." September 10

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • No extension talks between Habs, Plekanec

    Pro Hockey Talk "Looks like there’s another quality, veteran forward heading into the year with no guarantee of a contract extension. Tomas Plekanec, one of Montreal’s top centers and point producers over the last few years, is about to embark on the last of a six-year, $30 million contract — but has yet to..." September 09

  • Plekanec bracing for long season of contract questions

    Sportsnet "“A thousand times.” Tomas Plekanec is estimating how often he’ll be asked about his contract status this season, his 12th in a Montreal Canadiens sweater. July 1 signifies the conclusion of the Czech star’s current six-year deal, which carries a $5 million salary cap hit. And although there..." September 08

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • Canadiens Hall of Fame at Bell Centre closes

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame at the Bell Centre closed its doors for the final time Sunday. The Hall of Fame, which opened as part of the team's centennial anniversary in January 2010, commemorates the team's rich history. It's closing as new in-game attractions for fans are built. " August 31

  • Kings bringing veteran goalie Budaj to camp on PTO

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Los Angeles Kings are giving Peter Budaj a shot at earning a contract in training camp, per LA Kings Insider. Budaj, the 32-year-old veteran that spent last year with Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate, will attend camp on a professional tryout, the club confirmed on Friday. The news comes after..." August 29

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    Jon Rosen @lakingsinsider

    Goaltender Peter Budaj will attend #LAKings training camp on a PTO, hockey ops confirms.

  • Canadiens hire Craig Ramsay as consultant

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that they’ve added Craig Ramsay as a consultant to their coaching staff. Ramsay has over 1,650 games of NHL coaching experience split between the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins,..." August 26

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • VIDEO: Bruins' Talbot talks to unsuspecting Canadiens fans, gets called 'disgrace'

    The Score "Boston Bruins forward Max Talbot found out first-hand that despite his Quebec roots, supporters of the Montreal Canadiens aren't exactly his biggest fans. Talbot interviewed Canadiens fans on the streets of Montreal, and many didn't realize they were speaking to the man himself. Here are the..." August 24

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Daniel Briere announces retirement at age 37

    Sportsnet "After 17 years in the NHL, Daniel Briere has announced his retirement at the age of 37. The Gatineau, Que., native spent the early part of his career with the Phoenix Coyotes before moving on to play with the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, and Colorado..." August 17

  • Brandon Prust sees positive in Vancouver trade

    Sportsnet "On July 1 while vacationing in Rome with his fiancee, Montreal TV host Maripier Morin, Brandon Prust noticed on Twitter that the Montreal Canadiens had acquired tough nut Zack Kassian from Vancouver. He had no clue at that time who was going the other way. Morin asked Prust who Kassian..." August 15

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Penguins bring back Sergei Gonchar with tryout contract

    Yahoo! Sports "Sergei Gonchar told TVA Sports in June that he wants to play one more season in the NHL. He’ll be given an opportunity to fulfill that goal through a tryout contract with his old friends at the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins announced that the 41-year old defenseman has inked a tryout deal..." August 14

  • Therrien, like GM, defends Canadiens' style, system "On July 2, one day after free agency opened, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin met with the media to discuss their moves. During that question-and-answer session, Bergevin was asked about the defensive style of play employed by Canadiens coach Michel Therrien. In response,..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12