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Alex Galchenyuk | Center | #27

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/12/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (3) / MON
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Alex Galchenyuk has signed a three-year, $14.7 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
Galchenyuk completed his two-year, $5.6 million deal and was a restricted free agent. He scored 17 goals and 44 points in just 61 games last season and recorded a career-high 56 points in 2015-16. He's still just 23 years old so it wouldn't be surprising to see him develop further. Jul 5 - 6:07 PM

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The Montreal Canadiens are "very actively" trying to move Alex Galchenyuk and Nathan Beaulieu, according to Sportsnet's Eric Engels.

This goes hand-in-hand with what several others have reported in the last few days. Engels also points out that there's nothing imminent, but he continues to hear that Minnesota and Montreal are trying to get something done. The Canadiens are likely looking for a defenseman to play on their top pairing with Shea Weber, while Minnesota has to get rid of a blue liner or risk losing one in the expansion draft.
Jun 17 - 12:19 PM

The Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens have reportedly discussed a trade for Alex Galchenyuk.

It would make sense for both sides because the Wild have too many defensemen and Montreal is looking for one. The issue here is that the Wild can't afford to take back another player because they're already in a tough spot with their current roster because of the Vegas expansion draft. Wild beat reporter Michael Russo points out that a source close to the Canadiens was very skeptical that a deal could get done before the 3:00 p.m. ET trade deadline because of the Wild's roster issues.
Jun 17 - 9:47 AM

Now that the Canadiens have traded Mikhail Sergachev, they may trade Alex Galchenyuk for a defenseman.

The Habs got themselves a quality offensive talent in Jonathan Drouin, but they needed to give up their best prospect to do it. Thanks to the upcoming expansion draft, there may be a number of quality defensemen available. Two examples of that are Anaheim and Minnesota. Both those teams have more quality blue liners than they are allowed to protect in the expansion draft. Possible names like Sami Vatanen and Jonas Brodin are just two of the players that could be of interest to Montreal.
Jun 15 - 8:57 PM

There seems to be some chatter about the Canadiens and Lightning making a deal involving Alex Galchenyuk for Jonathan Drouin.

TSN 690 Montreal radio host Conor McKenna tweeted that he's "hearing a lot of rumblings" about a potential Drouin for Galchenyuk swap. Galchenyuk is one year removed from a 30-goal season, but under new head coach Claude Julien, he started the 2017 playoffs on the fourth line. McKenna also mentioned that Montreal could be sending a first-round pick to Tampa with Galchenyuk. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
Jun 14 - 7:46 PM

Darren Dreger was on TSN 690 Tuesday and he said that he hasn't heard anything that indicates the Canadiens are shopping Alex Galchenyuk.

There have been Matt Duchene to Montreal rumors, but it sounds like little more than speculation at this point. Galchenyuk is a restricted free agent this summer. He is slated to stay on the wing next season after moving up and down the lineup at the end of the year, which started some of the trade rumors. Even if Montreal isn't actively shopping Galchenyuk, it doesn't mean they aren't listening to offers.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 14 - 8:46 AM

One of the better rumors floating around NHL circles is that the Canadiens may be willing to deal Alex Galchenyuk to the Avalanche for Matt Duchene.

Galchenyuk, who has been shuffled between center and wing and has not been able to get comfortable at either position, is a RFA and could be looking for between $5-6 million per season on a two-year deal. If that is the case, the Habs may be better off getting a more established center, such as Duchene, for approximately the same sort of money. Duchene's current deal has two years left at $6 million per season. From the Avs' perspective, the team would get younger and would enjoy Galchenyuk's obvious upside. Keep an eye on this situation as this deal may make some sense.
Jun 11 - 9:29 AM

Potential restricted free agent Alex Galchenyuk is willing to accept a one-year deal from the Canadiens, according to his agent Pat Brisson.

"We still haven’t had any discussions, but I have a feeling we’ll begin talking in the next week or so," said Brisson, per La Presse (quotes have been translated). "We won’t say no to a one-year contract either. We’ll continue studying Galchenyuk’s case and we’ll look at what he can get in arbitration." Galchenyuk looked poised to break the bank after scoring 30 goals in 2015-16, but he took a bit of a step back in 2016-17. Galchenyuk's numbers came down this season (17 goals in 61 games) and he also finished the season on his team's fourth line. The fact that he still hasn't improved much in his own end won't help his cause during negotiations. There's a chance he could hit arbitration.
Jun 1 - 10:17 PM

Alex Galchenyuk probably won't be a center at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

"Ideally, we'd love to have him play center, but I think he realizes the things that we realize," said coach Claude Julien. "As a center, it's one of the toughest jobs there is because you have to be all over the ice, but you have to be good at both ends and you have to responsible. Right now, he's not at that stage. As we speak, we have to put a guy in a position where he can help himself and the team." Galchenyuk had 17 goals and 44 points in 61 games this past season. He will be a restricted free agent after completing a two-year, $5.6 million deal. Galchenyuk probably won't get a long-term contract, but it's unclear if he will get much of a raise. This could be an interesting negotiation.
Apr 25 - 10:39 AM

Alex Galchenyuk still hasn't scored a goal in Montreal's first-round series against the Rangers.

Galchenyuk has three assists in five games, but the fact that he hasn't scored a goal is becoming an issue. Montreal is one loss away from being eliminated, and Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty combining for zero goals is a big reason for that. The Canadiens will need big performances from those two players if they want to force Game 7 at the Bell Center on Monday.
Apr 22 - 10:13 AM

It will be interesting to see where Montreal coach Claude Julien plays Alex Galchenyuk in Game 3 against the Rangers on Sunday.

He started the series on the wing of the Habs' fourth line but moved up to center the third line in Game 2 and was a force taking five shots on goal and registering an assist. It is entirely possible he starts Game 3 on the third unit between Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen.
Apr 16 - 10:03 AM

Galchenyuk was on a line with Steve Ott and Andreas Martinsen during Monday's practice.

It looks like Galchenyuk will be a fourth-line left winger when Montreal opens the playoffs against the Rangers on Wednesday night. The trio played together in Saturday's overtime win at Detroit.
Apr 11 - 11:01 AM

Coach Claude Julien wants to get more from Alex Galchenyuk in the playoffs.

"We're looking for the compete level and we saw that tonight," Julien said after Saturday's win over Detroit. "We had him on a line with (Steve Ott and Andreas Martinsen) and they're two hard-working guys and he worked hard to keep up with them." Galchenyuk scored the game-winning goal in overtime, but the Canadiens bench boss hasn't liked the forward's play in even-strength situations. It will be interesting to see if he returns to being a top-six forward or if he continues to see time as a winger on the third line.
Apr 10 - 9:24 AM

With his overtime winning goal against the Red Wings Saturday night, Alex Galchenyuk tied an NHL record.

It was his fifth OT winning goal of the season tying him for the most in a single campaign with Jonathan Toews and Steven Stamkos. Although the ultra-talented Galchenyuk has struggled the last six weeks of the season, no one can deny the young Russian has a flare for the dramatic.
Apr 9 - 10:10 AM

Alex Galchenyuk netted the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime win against Detroit Saturday night.

Artturi Lehkonen and Nathan Beaulieu accounted for Montreal's other two goals. Nikita Nesterov assisted on two of the Canadiens' three markers.
Apr 8 - 9:45 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Alex Galchenyuk
2Tomas Plekanec
3Phillip Danault
4Peter Holland
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Artturi Lehkonen
3Andrew Shaw
4Andreas Martinsen
5Charles Hudon
RW1Jonathan Drouin
2Brendan Gallagher
3Ales Hemsky
4Paul Byron
5Torrey Mitchell
D1Shea Weber
2Karl Alzner
3Jeff Petry
4David Schlemko
5Jordie Benn
6Brandon Davidson
7Matt Taormina
8Jakub Jerabek
9Joe Morrow
10Mark Streit
G1Carey Price
2Al Montoya