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Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (50) / 11/4/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175
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The Montreal Canadiens finally ended their power-play drought in Friday's playoff win over Tampa Bay.
David Desharnais tipped a point shot by P.K. Subban to get Montreal's first goal with the man advantage in 10 games. The Canadiens had a skid of 0-for-27 going before Desharnais' score. Apr 19 - 10:20 AM

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The Montreal Canadiens finished the regular season with an 0-for-23 run with the man advantage.

That's certainly one significant area of concern going into the playoffs. Montreal ranks 19th with a 17.2% power-play success rate.
Apr 13 - 10:48 AM

Montreal's power play has been slipping lately.

The Canadiens have scored on three of their 36 opportunities over the last 10 games. "We have meetings, we look at video, we work on the ice," coach Michel Therrien said. "We need more movement and not just the puck. We have to have players moving and we have to be smart about when we take shots. You don't have to score every time you have a power play, but it's important to create momentum. We haven't been doing that." Heading into Tuesday night's action, Montreal owns the 11th-ranked power play with a 19.2 percent success rate.
Jan 14 - 7:05 AM

The Canadiens have scored only seven goals in their last six games and Therrien said the key to turning things around is to have a better transition.

"We have to support each other, be good in all three zones and attack with speed," the coach said. Therrien added there were times in St. Louis during a loss Thursday when the Canadiens were working hard — they did kill off six penalties — but they weren’t necessarily working smart. Said Therrien: "If I want to go from Montreal to Quebec City and I go by way of Ottawa, I’ve worked really hard, but I haven’t worked smart."
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 09:59:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have inked assistant general manager Rick Dudley to an extension.

That's noteworthy because Dudley was believed to be one of the top candidates for the GM job in Buffalo. Dudley started his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres and at his peak in the NHL, he scored 31 goals and 70 points in 78 contests with Buffalo in 1974-75. He also coached Buffalo for parts of three seasons in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 05:53:00 PM

The Montreal Canadiens lead the league in blocked shots this season with 243.

Josh Georges is first on the team and second in the league with 39 in 13 games, while teammate Andrei Markov sits 11th with 32 blocked shots.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 10:50:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have hired Stephane Waite as their new goaltending coach.

"Stephane Waite has over 30 years of experience as a goaltending coach, including the past 10 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks organization," GM Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "He contributed to two Stanley Cup championships with the Blackhawks during his tenure working closely with two different goaltenders, namely Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford. We are very pleased to welcome Stephane in our organization. He has a vast experience, and a thorough knowledge of our local market and we are convinced that our goaltenders will benefit from his expertise and his work ethic." He'll try to get Carey Price back on track after a rocky 2013 season.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 06:58:00 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have three second-round picks going into the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

"You think you’re getting a player who can help you, but after the top picks you never know," Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said. "Look at (Chicago defenceman) Duncan Keith, he was a second-round draft pick, and P.K. Subban went in the second round. And you have Brendan Gallagher, who we picked in the fifth round. Did we know he was going to play in the NHL? No. But our scouts saw something there." This is projected to be a particularly deep draft too, so that should help improve Montreal's odds of getting a good player with those second round picks.
Sat, Jun 29, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin isn't sure what to expect at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Everything was much clearer for the Canadiens last summer when they selected Alex Galchenyuk with the No. 3 pick. Heading into this draft, the Habs own the 25th overall choice. "I have no idea (what to expect)," Bergevin told NHL.com. "When you're picking 25th there are a lot of things that can happen in front of you. Last year we only had two picks ahead of ours, so we had a good idea of where we were going. This is completely different." Montreal will enter the 2013 draft with six picks in the first three rounds, including three in the second.
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 10:35:00 AM

Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is wary of making big moves in free agency this summer.

History shows that free agency isn't the best tool," Bergevin said. "Free agency to me is a tool but it's not a way to make your team a top team. It's overplayed. You have to be careful." The Canadiens are coming off a disappointing first-round playoff exit after finishing with the East's second-best record in the regular season. Much like last summer, Bergevin is more likely to add secondary pieces to boost his young core again.
Source: TSN
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 09:58:00 AM

Owner Geoff Molson said he's proud of the success his team had this season.

The Habs lost to the Senators in the first round but finished the lockout-shortened regular season with the second-most points in the Eastern Conference. It was quite the turnaround considering how the Canadiens bottomed out the season before. "We had some outstanding performances from our rookies and we had some of other young players grow into leadership roles. I’m proud of players like P.K. (Subban) and Carey (Price)," Molson said. "We had good coaching, but it all starts at the top and I’m not talking about me. I’m talking about (general manager Marc Bergevin). He lives hockey and our success starts with him."
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 09:34:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have decided to not re-sign goaltending coach Pierre Groulx.

Montreal starting goaltender Carey Price got off to a terrific start this season, but he struggled mightily as the campaign went on. All-in-all, he ended up with a mediocre 2.59 GAA and .905 save percentage in 39 games.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 03:47:00 PM

Montreal announced the hiring of Shane Churla as their chief amateur scout on Monday.

He been working with the Dallas Stars organization and he played in 488 NHL games in his career.
Tue, May 28, 2013 07:19:00 AM

Michel Therrien was surprisingly omitted as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, which goes to the NHL coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success."

Therrien helped guide the Canadiens to the Northeast Division title after the club finished dead last in the Eastern Conference a year ago. However, he didn't make the cut with Anaheim's Bruce Boudreau, Ottawa's Paul MacLean and Chicago's Joel Quenneville getting the nod as finalists instead.
Mon, May 20, 2013 10:18:00 AM

Look for the Canadiens to draft and/or acquire some bigger players this off-season.

The belief amongst Montreal management is that the team is fast enough to be competitive but lacks the size to defeat the bigger and more aggressive teams in the NHL. We expect the Habs will focus their attention on a number of the more physical free agents in the market and perhaps make a deal or two to bring in a power forward who can play on one of the team's top three lines and a rugged top six defenseman
Sat, May 18, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tomas Plekanec
2David Desharnais
3Lars Eller
4Daniel Briere
5Ryan White
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Alex Galchenyuk
3Rene Bourque
4Brandon Prust
5Travis Moen
6Michael Bournival
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Brian Gionta
3Brendan Gallagher
4George Parros
5Michael Blunden
6Dale Weise
D1P.K. Subban
2Andrei Markov
3Josh Gorges
4Mike Weaver
5Alexei Emelin
6Francis Bouillon
7Jarred Tinordi
8Doug Murray
9Nathan Beaulieu
G1Carey Price
2Peter Budaj