Player News - Canadiens

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After a quick trip to the IIHF WHC, Tomas Plekanec was busy, but the Czech Republic lost to Canada 2-0 in a semifinal game.

Plekanec fired seven SOG despite probable jet lag, yet he couldn't score. His team was shut out and now fights the U.S. for bronze.
May 16 - 4:16 PM

It doesn't appear that Montreal GM Marc Bergevin believes that Alex Galchenyuk will be able to hold down a job as a center in the NHL.

It appears that the Habs will be looking at him strictly as a winger next season if Bergevin's remakrs are to be taken at face value. "Chucky, at the end of the day, might never be a centerman. Right now, it doesn't look like he will be. He might be. He could be. But, I don't want to just focus on him. He's a good young player who's a part of this team. He scored 20 goals this year. He had a pretty good season. But, playing center in the NHL isn't easy. When he was playing in Sarnia, they put him on the wing, so maybe they saw something that we saw, too. Maybe he's not the centerman that he might have been," said Bergevin. For fantasy purposes that might be a good thing because as a pivot he could be behind both Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais on the depth chart. As a winger, he would have a better chance of playing in the Habs' top six.
May 16 - 11:07 AM

Michel Therrien's job is safe for now.

Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin feels that he has no reason to make any coaching changes at this time. Since Therrien took over as the Canadiens' bench boss Montreal has won its division twice in three seasons and reached the Eastern Conference Final once. The fact that they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round has be somewhat disappointing, but its not as if they were a substantially superior team on paper. Although Therrien certainly isn't without his critics, the Canadiens' bigger need going into the summer is one or more top-six caliber forwards.
May 15 - 2:20 PM

The Montreal Canadiens consider re-signing Jeff Petry a priority.

Petry is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He had seven goals and 22 points in 78 contests with Edmonton and Montreal in 2014-15. He also averaged 22:11 minutes per game during his 19-contest regular season stint with the Canadiens. He's in line to get a decent raise on the open market after earning $3,075,000 in 2014-15.
May 15 - 12:55 PM

Mike Weaver will not be re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens.

Weaver was inked to a one-year, $1.7 million contract for the 2014-15 campaign. He had four assists in 31 contests, so Montreal's decision isn't surprising.
May 15 - 11:59 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have decided to part ways with Sergei Gonchar.

Montreal dealt Travis Moen to the Dallas Stars in November to get Gonchar, but it didn't really work out for the Canadiens. Gonchar had a goal and 13 points in 45 contests with Montreal and spent Montreal's entire playoff run in the press box. He turned 41 in April, so this might be the end of his NHL career.
May 15 - 11:57 AM

Manny Malhotra will not be re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens.

Malhotra has completed his one-year, $850,000 contract. He had just a goal and four points in 58 contests, but he excelled on the draw with a 59.3% success rate. His faceoff skills might land him another one-way deal over the summer.
May 15 - 11:54 AM

Lars Eller suffered a groin injury in Game 2 against the Lightning.

He had one goal and two assists in 12 playoff matches, while averaging just under 16 minutes of ice time per game. During the regular season, he earned 27 points in 77 appearances and his average ice time checked in at 15:29 per match. Eller feels he has more to give and he would like to get a larger role to do that.
May 14 - 5:47 PM

Nathan Beaulieu sustained a fractured sternum in Game 3 against Ottawa.

He was hit hard by Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson in that game and he didn't return until Game 5 versus Tampa Bay.
May 14 - 1:35 PM

Manny Malhotra still wants to play next season.

He will be an unrestricted free agent in July and thinks he can contribute. Malhotra is excellent on faceoffs (59.3 percent), but he won't post anything meaningful offensively.
May 14 - 1:30 PM

Max Pacioretty confirmed that he suffered a concussion on Apr. 5 against Florida.

The injury he sustained was always believed to be a concussion, so this news isn't surprising. Pacioretty sat out Montreal's playoff opener due to the ailment, but he was back in the lineup for Game 1 versus Ottawa. He had two goals in five games in Round 1 and registered five points in six matches against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.
May 14 - 11:58 AM

Montreal may not be able to retain the services of Jeff Petry, who is a pending unrestricted free agent.

He is sure to attract attention on the open market and his contract demands could exceed what the Canadiens are willing to offer. Montreal would like to keep him on the roster, as he performed well after he was a trade deadline pickup from Edmonton.
May 14 - 11:25 AM

Carey Price blamed himself for Montreal's second-round playoff exit.

"I didn't play well enough for us to win the series," Price said. "I think that's basically more or less what it comes down to. We lost a lot of tight games. I just needed to make that one more save in all the games that we lost and I didn't do that." His 2.53 goals-against average and .896 save percentage certainly weren't impressive, but Montreal scored 13 goals in the six-game series and six of them came in Game 4. Price will probably win the Hart Trophy and Vezina Trophy for his efforts in 2014-15 and there's no way he should shoulder the blame for Montreal's postseason elimination.
May 13 - 6:18 PM

P.K. Subban doesn't agree with the suggestion that the Canadiens were a team in transition.

"It's easy to say we're in transition, but we finished first in our division, we've had two pretty good years (in the playoffs)," Subban said. "The expectations are high. You look at all the young players on our team and you can say we’re in transition, but the Tampa Bay Lightning have just as many young players on their team. So I don't think there are any excuses. We fell short." Subban, who turned 26 on Wednesday, had the best season of his career in 2014-15 with 15 goals and 60 points in 82 games. He wants to take advantage of Montreal's window to win a championship, but admitted that Montreal did not play "well enough to contend for a championship."
May 13 - 4:24 PM

Brendan Gallagher earned an assist in Game 6's 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

His second assist of the playoffs on a goal by Max Pacioretty got Montreal on the board, but Tampa Bay advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Gallagher was superb throughout the series, with two goals and three points in six matches. He was a thorn in the side of the Lightning and was constantly buzzing around the net of Ben Bishop. If he can start scoring with more consistency then he could become a very good fantasy consideration.
May 13 - 12:55 PM

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