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Montreal Gazette

Former Canadien Alex Galchenyuk signs with Senators

Alex Galchenyuk will have to tighten his belt this winter. After more than two weeks on the NHL free-agency market, the No. 3 overall draft pick of the Canadiens in 2012 agreed to a one-year deal with the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. The deal is worth US$1.05 million but, with players facing major escrow rollbacks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he’ll be earning a lot less. Galchenyuk, 26, who has played...

The Hockey Writers

Canucks: Projected 2020-21 Forward Lines

The Vancouver Canucks will head into next season with different-looking forward lines than the ones they iced in Game 7 of their second-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights. Tyler Toffoli signed with the Montreal Canadiens at the start of free agency, meaning head coach Travis Green will have to make some adjustments within the […] The post Canucks: Projected 2020-21 Forward Lines appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

CBC News

Montreal makeover has Canadiens coach Claude Julien energized for season

The Montreal Canadiens' makeover via trade and free agency included the addition of bruising winger Josh Anderson, sniper Tyler Toffoli, defenceman Joel Edmundson and backup goalie Jake Allen. It all has coach Claude Julien excited for the season to begin.

Eyes On The Prize

Links: Practically Storybook

Jason Mowry-USA TODAY Sports Josh Anderson’s journey to Montreal, continuing the discussion of racism in hockey, Doc Emrick retires, evaluating free agency, what next season may look like, and more in today’s links Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Josh Anderson’s journey to the Canadiens very much of the storybook variety. [The Athletic] Now that most of the dust has settled, Darren Dreger and Dave Poulin review how the Habs and the rest of the league have done during free agency so far. [TSN] There is a possibility that Alexander Romanov and Arsen Khisamutdinov could be among...

Montreal Gazette

Canadiens’ free-agency splash adds depth for playoff run | HI/O Show

Nine years into GM Marc Bergevin’s five-year plan, the Montreal Canadiens are looking closer to a complete and competitive hockey team after his latest wheeling and dealing. Or are they? On this week’s show, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and former Canadiens defenceman Rick Green ...

The Hockey Writers

Canadiens Have the Pieces to Fix Their Power Play Next Season

The recent addition of forwards Tyler Toffoli (through free agency) and Josh Anderson (via trade) has altered the makeup of the Montreal Canadiens forward group and should have a trickle-down effect on the team’s even-strength play and special teams. However, I want to focus on the power play. In the last two seasons, the Canadiens […] The post Canadiens Have the Pieces to Fix Their Power Play Next Season appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

The Hockey Writers

Penguins: 3 Depth Forwards in Free Agency to Target

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has been busy this offseason. After a disappointing loss in the play-in round series to the Montreal Canadiens, Rutherford started to re-tool his team. The additions of Kasperi Kapanen and Mike Matheson, among others, improve the Penguins’ speed both up front and on the blue line. They also traded […] The post Penguins: 3 Depth Forwards in Free Agency to Target appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

Eyes On The Prize

Brendan Gallagher signs six-year extension with the Montreal Canadiens

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports He will become the highest paid forward on the team. The Montreal Canadiens and Brendan Gallagher have agreed to a six-year contract extension which will keep the forward with the team and avoid free agency. BREAKING: The Canadiens have signed Brendan Gallagher to a six-year extension. The deal has an average annual value of $6.5 million.#GoHabsGohttps://t.co/w57uPcmwoQ— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) October 14, 2020 The news comes a day after reports that talks between Gallagher and the team had broken off. Like Jeff Petry, who was signed...

Last Word on Hockey

NHL Rumours: Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks

Welcome back to Wednesday’s edition of NHL Rumours from Last Word on Hockey. There has been a ton of player movement over the last week with teams trying to improve their clubs for next season. Free Agency started off with a bang. However, there are still a ton of players without contracts. As well as […] The post NHL Rumours: Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks appeared first on Last Word on Hockey.

Eyes On The Prize

Links: Accelerated plans

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via In today’s links, Brendan Gallagher’s contract impasse, Marc Bergevin’s transformation of the Canadiens, and taking stock of the first week of free agency. Montreal Canadiens news and notes The pandemic and the resulting bubble seem to have accelerated Marc Bergevin’s team-building plan. [La Presse] Marc Bergevin hinted at a younger roster composition come 2021-22. [Montreal Gazette] ICYMI: Contract talks between Brendan Gallagher and the Habs have broken off. [TSN | EotP] Does this spell the beginning of the end for the sparkplug in the...

Puck Prose

NHL trade rumors: 3 teams who should trade for Brendan Gallagher

According to the latest NHL trade rumors, Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher could be on the trade block. Which teams would make sense for him? The Montreal Canadiens have made some big moves this offseason. So far, they’ve traded for Jake Allen and Josh Anderson, plus they signed Tyler Toffoli in free agency. Even though […] NHL trade rumors: 3 teams who should trade for Brendan Gallagher - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Eyes On The Prize

Links: Toffoli Time

Toffoli joins the Canadiens, free agency, the N.W.H.L. changes commissioners, Taylor Hall, and more in today’s links Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Tyler Toffoli has joined the Canadiens in what is their best move so far this off-season. [Canadiens | TSN | NBC Sports | The Athletic (French) | Sportsnet] Pierre Turgeon talks Toffoli. [La Presse] The signing of Toffoli caps off a free agency which brought a surprising amount of strength and depth to Montreal’s lineup. [Sportsnet | The Athletic] Toffoli expressed his excitement to be joining the Habs with this amazing throwback...

The Hockey Writers

NHL Rumors: Senators, Oilers, Canadiens, Golden Knights, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown there is news that Ottawa Senators prospect Tim Stutzle is going to be undergoing surgery. How long will he be out? The Montreal Canadiens made a couple very different signings, one via trade and one via free agency. What are insiders saying about the team and the two deals? Taylor […] The post NHL Rumors: Senators, Oilers, Canadiens, Golden Knights, More appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

A Winning Habit

Montreal Canadiens: Mike Hoffman Would Fill Huge Void For Habs

The Montreal Canadiens have been quiet through two days of free agency. Could they be waiting for Mike Hoffman? The Montreal Canadiens have been aggressive in making moves this offseason. Before the NHL Draft and free agency even arrived, they had added Jake Allen to take some pressure off starting goaltender Carey Price. Joel Edmundson […] Montreal Canadiens: Mike Hoffman Would Fill Huge Void For Habs - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Eyes On The Prize

Links: Battle on the blue line

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, Mete and Ouellet may have new contracts but they still have a big challenge ahead of them to earn a spot, Quebec players drafted by the Habs over the past 35 years, free agency fun continues, and more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Victor Mete and Xavier Ouellet may have new contracts, but they’ll be part of a six-man battle for the final two defence spots on the roster. [Montreal Gazette] Zoom call highlights after Mete and Ouellet each signed contracts with the Canadiens on the opening day of free agency....

The Hockey Writers

Bergevin’s Projected Canadiens Roster Still Has Holes

It’s time to face the facts. Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is likely done this offseason, at least from a free-agency standpoint. Juulsen Likely to Round Out Defense With under $4 million in projected cap space left, the two currently open roster spots can easily be filled internally. Assuming Xavier Ouellet, who’s on the […] The post Bergevin’s Projected Canadiens Roster Still Has Holes appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

A Winning Habit

Montreal Canadiens Rumour: Habs Still Looking For Goal Scoring Winger

The Montreal Canadiens were pretty quiet on day one of free agency. Will day two provide more fireworks? The Montreal Canadiens were very busy leading up to free agency. They added Jake Allen, Joel Edmundson and Josh Anderson via three separate trades leading up to the NHL Draft. Once the draft arrived, the team made […] Montreal Canadiens Rumour: Habs Still Looking For Goal Scoring Winger - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

A Winning Habit

Montreal Canadiens: Could Signing Corey Perry Be Next On Marc Bergevin’s To-Do List?

The Montreal Canadiens have been quiet in free agency. The forward market has not budged, but could Corey Perry land in Montreal? The Montreal Canadiens were fairly quiet yesterday as the free agent frenzy turned mostly into a goaltender musical chairs game and never quite reached frenzy status. While several goaltenders changed teams and a […] Montreal Canadiens: Could Signing Corey Perry Be Next On Marc Bergevin’s To-Do List? - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Montreal Gazette

Josh Anderson says he can't wait to get started with the Canadiens

The Canadiens signed a big left-winger as the free agent market opened Friday, but his name is Brandon Baddock and not Taylor Hall. The coronavirus and a flat salary cap took a lot of the frenzy out of free agency. There was an abundance of one-year contracts and award winners like Hall and defenceman Alex Pietrangelo were still looking for deals as the sun set on Day 1. General manager Marc Bergevin said the...

A Winning Habit

4 Free Agents The Montreal Canadiens Should Consider Signing

The Montreal Canadiens are missing a big piece of the puzzle: a top-9 winger who brings size and scoring. Here are four free-agent targets that Marc Bergevin should consider signing. With the 2020 NHL Draft over and done, the Montreal Canadiens must shift their focus on free agency. This year, the Habs have the luxury […] 4 Free Agents The Montreal Canadiens Should Consider Signing - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Hockey Writers

Canadiens Need More than Anderson Heading Into Free Agency

It will realistically be five years or so before the Montreal Canadiens know if first-round-pick Kaiden Guhle pans out as the top-four defenseman he was drafted to be. General manager Marc Bergevin realistically has two, before his contract expires. It will similarly be months before Bergevin or the Habs know what they have in Josh […] The post Canadiens Need More than Anderson Heading Into Free Agency appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

A Winning Habit

Montreal Canadiens: Five Best Free Agent Fits For Habs

The Montreal Canadiens enter free agency with some cap space and some specific needs to fill. The Montreal Canadiens have already been very busy this offseason. After a year where they were included in the postseason solely because the NHL wanted to bring in as many big markets as they could and expanded to 24 […] Montreal Canadiens: Five Best Free Agent Fits For Habs - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Eyes On The Prize

The Montreal Canadiens’ salary-cap situation heading into free agency

For the first time in a long time, Marc Bergevin won’t carry a large chunk of cap space into the new season. A day before the free-agency period opened, Marc Bergevin got his prized restricted free agent under contract, inking Josh Anderson to a seven-year contract; one of the longest he’s committed to in his tenure as general manager. As a result, the Montreal Canadiens have used up most of their available cap space, and head into free agency with a little more than $3 million to work with. Justin Blades/EOTP Salary cap data via CapFriendly Note: Future...

Last Word on Hockey

Montreal Canadiens Sign Victor Mete

The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenceman Victor Mete to a new contract. The deal is for one season and will count $735,000 towards the salary cap. Free agency starts Friday but the team is wasting no time in locking down assets. The team announced the move Friday morning. The Canadiens have agreed to terms on […] The post Montreal Canadiens Sign Victor Mete appeared first on Last Word on Hockey.

A Winning Habit

Canadiens: Keith Kinkaid Signs with New York Rangers

Former Montreal Canadiens backup Keith Kinkaid has signed with the New York Rangers, on a two-year deal with an annual value of $825,000. It’s been a slow start to NHL free agency for the Montreal Canadiens. With Habs GM Marc Bergevin having already signed newly acquired forward Josh Anderson to a seven-year deal worth 38.5$ […] Canadiens: Keith Kinkaid Signs with New York Rangers - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

A Winning Habit

Canadiens Sign Center Brandon Baddock to One-Year Deal

The Montreal Canadiens have signed center Brandon Baddock to a one-year, two-way contract, worth $700,000 in the NHL, and $110,000 in the AHL. In what has been a fairly unassuming day one of free agency for the Montreal Canadiens, the team has made their first new acquisition, signing center Brandon Baddock to a one-year deal, worth […] Canadiens Sign Center Brandon Baddock to One-Year Deal - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Eyes On The Prize

Links: Players the Canadiens could target on first day of free agency

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via In today’s links, some players Marc Bergevin could be looking at, Caufield prepares for World Juniors, and the Columbus Blue Jackets are up to something. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Which players could Marc Bergevin target today? [La Presse] Montreal’s decisions at the draft were more evidence of the organization’s desire to get bigger and tougher. [Yahoo! Sports] Cole Caufield has joined up with other top US Junior players for the National Junior Evaluation Camp. [USA Hockey] If you missed the news yesterday, the Canadiens signed Noah...

The Hockey Writers

Montreal Canadiens Enter Free Agency Looking for Goals

The 2020 NHL Draft is finally completed, and Montreal Canadiens general manager (GM) Marc Bergevin and his staff added eight more prospects to an already deep prospect pool headlined by their first-round selection, defenceman Kaiden Guhle. Some of the fanbase was hoping Bergevin could solve the Canadiens’ scoring needs during the draft, but no prospect […] The post Montreal Canadiens Enter Free Agency Looking for Goals appeared first on The Hockey Writers.      Related StoriesHabs Have Some Tough Free Agent Decisions This OffseasonCanadiens Pick Jan Myšák 48th OverallCanadiens Make...