Player News - Canadiens

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Antti Niemi has signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Niemi, who could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will earn $950,000 for the 2018-19 season. The 34-year-old netminder played well for the Canadiens this past campaign after failing to stay long with Pittsburgh and Florida. In 19 games with Montreal, he posted a 7-5-4 record, 2.46 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and one shutout. Niemi will serve as Carey Price's backup.
May 22 - 11:19 AM

Jacob De La Rose celebrated his 23rd birthday on Sunday with a gold medal at the IIHF World Championship.

De La Rose and Team Sweden beat Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout. He finished the tournament with one goal and one assist in 10 games.
May 21 - 10:09 AM

Rinat Valiev can become a restricted free agent on July 1 and agent Dan Milstein expects negotiations with the Canadiens to begin in early June.

A report in Russia's Sport.Business-Gazeta last month indicated that Valiev was planning to sign with a KHL team this summer, but Milstein said that a final decision hasn't been made yet. He appeared in two games with the Canadiens after he was acquired from Toronto in the Tomas Plekanec trade. Milstein added that Ak Bars Kazan made a qualifying offer for Valiev's KHL rights, but he was not a part of that transaction.
May 9 - 8:35 AM

Jake Evans has had surgery for a sports hernia.

Evans is expected to need 12 weeks to recover, so he should be fine for training camp. He inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens back in April. He had 13 goals and 46 points in 40 games with Notre Dame in 2017-18.
May 4 - 5:54 AM

Lukas Vejdemo has inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Vejdemo had 10 goals and 22 points in 47 Swedish Hockey League games this season. The Canadiens selected him with the 87th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
May 2 - 5:42 PM

Montreal moved up to the number three pick for the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Canadiens entered Saturday's lottery with the fourth-best odds (9.5%) and ended up moving up one spot. Assuming Buffalo takes Rasmus Dahlin and Carolina takes Andrei Svechnikov, Montreal will have a choice between Brady Tkachuk or Filip Zadina.
Apr 29 - 11:30 AM

The Montreal Canadiens hired Dominique Ducharme as an assistant coach.

They also fired former assistants Dan Lacroix and J.J. Daigneault, while handing goalie coach Stephane Waite a contract extension. Ducharme has spent the last few years serving as a head coach in the QMJHL with the Halifax Mooseheads and the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He also served as the head coach for Team Canada at the last two World Junior Hockey Championship tournaments. "With Dominique, we are very confident that we hired an excellent coach, a man who proved himself at the Junior level in the QMJHL. Furthermore, his experience on the international stage with Hockey Canada has given him valuable knowledge which will allow him to make the jump to the professional ranks. We are very happy to have him join the Canadiens' organization," said GM Marc Bergevin. The Canadiens still need to hire an assistant coach that will take care of their defense.
Apr 27 - 9:56 PM

Andrew Shaw underwent knee surgery Wednesday and he may not be ready to play when the 2018-19 season begins.

Shaw is expected to need a minimum of six months to recover. He sustained the injured knee and a concussion back on March 13 against Dallas. Shaw skated in 51 games in 2017-18, while generating 10 goals, 10 assists and 53 penalty minutes.
Apr 26 - 9:40 AM

Alexandre Alain has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

The 21-year-old free agent spent the 2017-18 season with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL. Alain generated 44 goals and 87 points in 65 games. He also currently has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 11 playoff games.
Apr 24 - 6:29 PM

Paul Byron underwent surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday.

Byron is expected to need six months to recover, so he may not be ready to play when the 2018-19 campaign begins. He was not 100 percent at the end of the year, but played in all 82 contests. He finished the season with 20 goals and 35 points.
Apr 18 - 6:43 PM

Chris Terry captured the John B. Sollenberger Trophy, as the AHL's leading scorer.

Terry registered 32 goals and 39 assists for a career-best 71 points in 62 games for the Laval Rocket. He is first player from a Montreal farm team to top the AHL in scoring since Stephan Lebeau accomplished the feat in 1988-89 with the Sherbrooke Canadiens. The Rocket finished with the worst record in the AHL (24-42-10).
Apr 16 - 10:10 AM

Jacob De La Rose will represent Sweden at the upcoming World Hockey Championship.

De La Rose had four goals and eight assists in 55 games with the Canadiens this season. The 22-year-old has good size and skating ability, but he's had a hard time standing out on the ice. He has a future in the NHL, but it will likely be as a third or fourth line center with little offensive upside.
Apr 9 - 7:26 PM

Jonathan Drouin wasn't asked to play for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship.

Drouin had a difficult first year in Montreal, so it's not surprising that he hasn't been asked to be part of the team. The 22-year-old had 13 goals and 46 points in 77 games this season. It'll be interesting to see if he'll be used at center again next year or if the Canadiens will put him back on the wing. That will likely depend on whether or not GM Marc Bergevin can finally land a legitimate top two center.
Apr 9 - 7:23 PM

Jake Evans has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Evans produced 13 goals and 46 points in 40 games for the University of Notre Dame during his senior season. He was taken in the seventh round, 207th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens.
Apr 9 - 5:52 PM

Max Pacioretty (knee) has been medically cleared.

Pacioretty can begin his off-season training to prepare for the 2018-19 campaign. He suffered a sprained MCL back on Mar. 2, which ended what was already a disappointing season for the star winger.
Apr 9 - 2:28 PM

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