Canadiens Rumors & News

  • Pending free agents, Radulov and Zaitsev won’t play for Russia at Worlds

    Pro Hockey Talk "Montreal’s Alexander Radulov and Toronto’s Nikita Zaitsev will not play for Russia at the upcoming World Championship, even though the Canadiens and Maple Leafs have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Both Radulov and Zaitsev are pending free agents, and it would be a risk to play..." April 24

  • Canadiens' Shaw missed Game 6 with concussion-like symptoms

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw missed Game 6 Saturday night against the New York Rangers with a concussion, the team revealed on Monday during their locker clean out. The injury appeared to occur in Game 5 at the Bell Centre when Shaw was hit into the boards by Rangers defenceman Dan..." April 24

  • McKenzie examines questions facing Bergevin and Canadiens moving forward

    Fanrag Sports "The Canadiens were eliminated from the playoffs by the New York Rangers over the weekend, and it was a pretty solid bet that the focus would turn to general manager Marc Bergevin in that market to open this week. First round exits are not appreciated in most NHL cities, but especially a town..." April 24

  • Two days after elimination, Montreal’s focus turns to Price extension

    Pro Hockey Talk "On Saturday, Carey Price‘s season came to an abrupt end with a Game 6 loss to the Rangers. On Monday, Price’s offseason got underway. During his end-of-year media availability, Montreal’s prized netminder was faced with questions about his contract status, foreshadowing what Price will..." April 24

  • What is Alex Galchenyuk’s future in Montreal?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Galchenyuk is already a good player. The question for the Montreal Canadiens is, can he be great? Galchenyuk, the third overall draft pick in 2012, is coming off a decent regular season with 17 goals and 27 assists in 61 games. However, it wasn’t as good as last year’s 30-goal campaign,..." April 24

  • Do Habs keep Price, or rebuild from scratch?

    Montreal Gazette "With a healthy Carey Price in goal and some key off-season acquisitions, this was supposed to be a season in which the Canadiens were in a position to challenge for the Stanley Cup. Instead, it is a team that might be on the verge of a major rebuild. The Canadiens’ hopes were built around..." April 24

  • Friedman scrutinizes central issues facing Canadiens

    Fanrag Sports "A first-round exit for the Montreal Canadiens at the hands of the New York Rangers leaves many questions for the Canadian franchise headed into the off-season. The topic came up during NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman’s Monday morning radio segment on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, which opened with a..." April 24

  • Rangers polish off Canadiens with 3-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The demise of Henrik Lundqvist has been greatly exaggerated. Coming off the worst regular season of his career, Lundqvist completed a dominant first-round performance with 27 saves that helped the New York Rangers edge the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden..." April 23

  • Canadiens spent too much time getting tougher, not enough time getting better

    Pro Hockey Talk "For several years now the Montreal Canadiens have been a very good, but very flawed hockey team. Before this season their biggest issue was an overreliance on starting goaltender Carey Price, where they would be content to allow him to make as many saves as he had to make for the team to..." April 23

  • David Krejci out again for Bruins; Matt Beleskey will play

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Boston Bruins will once again be without forward David Krejci on Sunday afternoon when they face the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series, coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed. It will be the third game that Krejci has missed in the series due to a lower-body..." April 23

  • Bobrovsky, Holtby, Price named Vezina Trophy finalists

    USA Today "The three finalists for the NHL's Vezina Trophy, given to the league's best goaltender as voted on by the general managers, were announced on Saturday. They are: Sergei Bobrovsky, Braden Holtby and Carey Price. Bobrovsky, the starter for the Columbus Blue Jackets and 2013 winner of the..." April 23

  • Andrew Shaw to miss Game 6 with upper-body injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "Facing elimination on Saturday night the Montreal Canadiens will be making a couple of changes to their lineup. Two of them will be coaches decisions by Claude Julien. One of them will be because of injury. Julien confirmed on Saturday afternoon that forward Andrew Shaw will not play in Game..." April 22

  • Rangers take series lead on Zibanejad OT goal in Montreal

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- Caught on the losing end of the overtime game-winning goal battle in Game 2, Mika Zibanejad exacted a bit of revenge. Chris Kreider streaked down the left wing and flung a pass through the slot to Zibanejad, who ripped a one-timer past Carey Price to send the New York Rangers to..." April 21

  • Habs' Emelin expected to return in Game 5

    TSN "Looking to take a 3-2 edge in a pivotal Game 5 at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens will have one of their biggest minute-eaters back on the blue line on Thursday night. Defenceman Alexei Emelin is expected to return to the Habs’ lineup for Game 5 after missing the first four games of this first..." April 20

  • Rangers get late break to even series with Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers were on their heels in the final minutes. Goaltender Carey Price had just left the ice for an extra skater, and there was Shea Weber at the blue line, loading the cannon for a one-timer from such a great distance that Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would have..." April 18

  • Canadiens top Rangers to take series lead

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The Montreal Canadiens played a near-perfect defensive game Sunday night that featured one of the best individual efforts on a goal in recent postseason memory. Alexander Radulov, with a player draped on his back, worked his way around goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for a one-handed..." April 16

  • Canadiens’ Paul Byron adapting quickly to post-season hockey

    Sportsnet "It didn’t take more than a minute for Paul Byron to realize what he needed to do. The Montreal Canadiens winger scored the first goal of his Stanley Cup Playoff career as part of his team’s 4-3 overtime win in Game 2 of their series with the New York Rangers. It might not have happened if not..." April 15

  • Canadiens beat Rangers on Radulov's OT goal

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The comeback kings in the regular season, the Montreal Canadiens proved it yet again on Friday night. Trailing 3-2 with the clocking ticking down in regulation and an 2-0 series deficit looming, the Canadiens tied it with 18 seconds remaining in the third period before Alexander..." April 14

  • Julien still confident in Canadiens, says no ‘reason to panic’

    Sportsnet "If Claude Julien’s patience isn’t being put to the test now, it may be soon. For despite his team being shutout on home ice in Game 1 of its first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, the Montreal Canadiens coach said Thursday he was considering mere..." April 14

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • Rangers get early advantage on Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- Fourth-line winger Tanner Glass spent most the season in the minors, earning a late season call-up to the New York Rangers. And in their opening game of 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he came through. Glass' first-period goal helped the Rangers earn a 2-0 win over the Montreal..." April 12

  • Pacioretty ready for Game 1 vs. Rangers

    TSN "Max Pacioretty joined the Habs for an optional morning skate on Wednesday at Complexe Sportif Bell as expected, showed no ill effects from a high-stick which caused him to leave practice one day earlier with a facial injury. Canadiens coach Claude Julien said Tuesday the Habs’ doctors were..." April 12

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Pacioretty leaves Habs' practice early

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens got a scare on the eve of their opening playoff game against the New York Rangers after captain Max Pacioretty left Tuesday's practice after taking a stick to the face from teammate Michael McCarron. The incident happened at the start of the skate at their practice facility..." April 11

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Galchenyuk scores in OT as Canadiens jolt Red Wings

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Athletes are taught to maintain a narrow focus and live for today but Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens couldn't help but look ahead. After Atlantic Division champion Montreal recorded a 3-2 overtime decision over Detroit, the thoughts of the Montreal..." April 08

  • Canadiens recall defenceman Mikhail Sergachev from OHL’s Spitfires

    Fanrag Sports "It was confirmed on Saturday morning that the Montreal Canadiens have recalled defenseman Mikhail Sergachev from the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires, now that his major junior season has come to a close. Drafted ninth overall by the Canadiens in 2016, Sergachev skated with the NHL club for just three..." April 08

  • No Weber, Emelin or Benn for Habs tonight

    Pro Hockey Talk "Needing a win to keep playoff hopes alive, Tampa Bay will have to face Carey Price in goal for the Habs this evening. But in front of Price? There are some holes. Montreal head coach Claude Julien announced that three defensemen — Shea Weber, Alexei Emelin and Jordie Benn — would all miss..." April 07

  • Lightning stay within striking distance of playoff berth

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't dead yet. With his team's playoff hopes hanging by a thread, Yanni Gourde scored twice to help the Lightning stay alive with a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night at the Bell Centre. Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn also..." April 07

  • Close calls vs. Sabres reinforce idea of sitting Price until playoffs

    Sportsnet "They were two innocuous incidents, and neither of them would’ve garnered much attention in any other regular season game. But that’s just the thing. It wasn’t just another regular season game; it was a meaningless one between a Buffalo Sabres team playing out the string of another lost season..." April 07

  • Claude Julien believes team is 'Not as good as we can be — or have to be'

    Montreal Gazette "As far as the standings were concerned, Wednesday’s clash between the Canadiens and the Buffalo Sabres was a nothing game, and Montreal’s play reflected that reality. “I’m not going to say I was totally unhappy with it, but it was an ordinary game on our part,” said coach Claude Julien. “We did..." April 06

  • Sabres halt Canadiens' five-game winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Following one of their worst losses of the season, the Buffalo Sabres gave their fans something to cheer about in their final home game of the season. Rasmus Ristolainen and Tyler Ennis scored to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday..." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • Canadiens clinch division with win over Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- The 24-time Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens, with a past that qualifies them as hockey royalty, didn't even make the playoffs last year. Now they are back after clinching the Atlantic Division title with a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night at the..." April 03

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03

  • Canadiens’ Shea Weber out for two games with lower-body injury

    Sportsnet "Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber will miss the next two games with a lower-body injury and is heading back to Montreal to be examined. He is not expected to be out long term. The Canadiens, who have 99 points, can clinch the Atlantic Division with a win over the Florida Panthers Monday night..." April 03

  • Friedman predicts ‘wild trade market after this season’

    Fanrag Sports "Trades. If you ask fans across the spectrum what excites them the most about the NHL, the answer will generally revolve around either trades or the possibility of them. Needless to say, the in-season trend in this league in recent campaigns has seen a dearth of meaningful swaps, with most of..." April 03

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Radulov's OT goal lifts Canadiens over Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- The Montreal Canadiens took one step closer to clinching another division title. The Lightning took a minor step back in their pursuit of a playoff spot. Alexander Radulov scored the overtime winner with a one-timer from the right circle 51 seconds into the extra period to..." April 01

  • Playoff berth indicates much has changed in past year for Canadiens

    Sportsnet "As the Montreal Canadiens were beating the Florida Panthers by a score of 3-0 before Thursday’s game at the Bell Centre was 14 minutes old, you couldn’t help but think of how much has changed for both teams over the span of a year. It was 365 days ago that the Canadiens were playing out the..." March 31

  • Shawn Thornton thinks Alexei Emelin is ‘what’s wrong with the league’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Thursday’s game between the Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens got a little chippy after Alexei Emelin delivered a hit on Derek McKenzie. McKenzie’s teammate, Shawn Thornton, was on the ice and saw it all happen. As you’d expect, Thornton took exception to Emelin’s hit, and he went after..." March 31

  • Habs clinch, Panthers eliminated from playoff contention

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- Between injury and offensive woes, Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher is not enjoying the easiest of seasons. But as the season winds down, the struggles appear to be in the past. Gallagher enjoyed a career night, with a goal and three assists, to send the..." March 30

  • NHL to unveil protected and available player lists for expansion draft

    Sportsnet "Call it a victory for the people. The NHL has decided to change course and publicly release the list of protected and available players during the June expansion draft. The decision was made after "further consideration of views and feedback we received on the subject," NHL deputy..." March 29

  • IOC email links NHL South Korea participation to Beijing 2022

    Sportsnet "Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its..." March 29

  • Habs break out in third to beat Stars

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens have scored most of their goals this season in the third period, and it continued Tuesday night. Montreal scored three times in the final frame to skate away with a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars at Bell Centre. Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher,..." March 28

  • If NHL decides to skip 2018 Olympics, fallout will ‘last for a very long time’: NHLPA chief Don Fehr

    National Post "Don Fehr is not making any promises. But he’s also not making any threats. With, presumably, one month to go until a decision has to be made about NHL participation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the head of the NHL Players’ Association sounds hopeful that a deal can be worked out in..." March 28

  • Canadiens sign defenseman Victor Mete "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry level contract (2017-18 to 2019-20) with defenseman Victor Mete. The 18-year-old defenseman collected 44 points (15 goals, 29 assists) in 50 regular season games with the..." March 27