Player News - Canadiens

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P.K. Subban's no-movement clause kicks in on July 1, so there will be plenty of trade speculation until then.

"He really stopped short on saying he would not trade P.K. Subban," said Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse referring to GM Marc Bergevin's end of the year meeting with the media. "And the signals over the years, it seems there's enough smoke to create a fire. So as we speak, I'm not saying he's going to be traded, but I'm concerned that it might end up the case." The time sensitive nature of his contract adds some intrigue to the situation. Godin speculated that Edmonton could be a potential landing spot for Subban and that Montreal would look at Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in return. David Staples of the Edmonton Journal thinks the Oilers will hesitate to give up Hall, but he could be involved in a trade to land a top defenseman if he gets moved.
Apr 27 - 8:15 AM

Nikita Scherbak posted a minus-26 rating in his first AHL season with the St. John's IceCaps.

Montreal's minor-league affiliate will miss the playoffs with a 32-33-11 record. "Nikita's got lots of talent. He's easy to coach, he wants to learn, said coach Sylvain Lefebvre. "He does a lot of homework ... he'll watch a lot of video. Where we want him to be more of a professional is practice habits, workout habits. He's improved a lot, but he needs to improve even more. Maybe it's not natural in him to go hard every time." He produced just seven goals and 23 points in 48 games during his rookie campaign.
Apr 18 - 10:23 AM

Joel Hanley has been reassigned to AHL St. John's.

With Montreal's season over, Hanley will continue to get work at the minor league level. He had no goals and six assists in 10 games with Montreal. In the AHL he has five goals and 13 points in 62 contests this season.
Apr 12 - 2:04 PM

Darren Dietz has returned to the AHL St. John's IceCaps.

Dietz had a goal and four assists in 13 games with Montreal in 2015-16. He also has four goals and 16 points in 59 AHL contests.
Apr 12 - 2:03 PM

Ryan Johnston is with AHL St. John's.

Johnston was summoned to play in Montreal's final three games of the 2015-16 regular season. Now that the Canadiens are eliminated, he's back in the minors as expected.
Apr 12 - 2:01 PM

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin doesn't believe the speculation that there is a rift between P.K. Subban and head coach Michel Therrien.

"It's to be respected, and sometimes it's called tough love," Bergevin said. "Across the board, every team I've been on (during his NHL playing days) it was the same thing. So I'm not saying P.K. does like or doesn't like Mike. I know one thing is since Mike's been here, P.K. has won one Norris (Trophy), has been nominated for another one, leads our team in ice time. Overall, under Michel Therrien, P.K. has progressed to a really young, fine defenseman." Subban and Therrien had some disagreements during a tough season for the Canadiens.
Apr 12 - 8:23 AM

Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin said Monday that Michel Therrien and his coaching staff will return next season.

Only consultant Craig Ramsay will not return, Bergevin said. "I believe with a healthy Carey Price (in goal) we're not sitting here (out of the playoffs) today," Bergevin said, emphasizing that Therrien and his staff were not to blame for the Habs' woes in the past season. Price was limited to 12 starts this season because of injuries. He was 10-2-0 with a 2.06 goals-against-average, a .934 save percentage and two shutouts.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 11 - 10:40 PM

Brendan Gallagher admitted that losing Carey Price to a knee injury earlier this season played a huge role in Montreal's collapse.

Without Price, the Canadiens missed the playoffs by 14 points. "Every year I’ve been here, he’s had to ability to steal some games," Gallagher said. "It’s not to take anything away from the goalies we had this year, they did an awesome job of battling but they’re not Carey Price. We finished with 82 points and I think we could have found a way to win the seven games we needed to make the playoffs."
Apr 10 - 12:21 PM

Although the 2015-16 regular season was disappointing for the Canadiens, it looks like they found a solid top line.

That line was made up of Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Both Pacioretty and Galchenyuk hit the 30-goal mark while Gallagher would have at least come close had he not been injured twice this year. "I feel comfortable with the way our line finished," said Pacioretty. "We didn’t (have Gallagher) the whole time but, as a duo, (Galchenyuk) and I feel comfortable with each other. There are some areas where there’s room for improvement, but as soon as (Gallagher) came in, we became that much more dynamic."
Apr 10 - 12:19 PM

Brian Flynn (lower body) was activated from the IL on Saturday.

Flynn was out of action for a couple of months with the injury. He ended the season with four goals and 10 points in 54 games after picking up just two assists in his last 23 contests.
Apr 10 - 2:36 AM

Andrei Markov ends his season with a pair of helpers during Saturday's 5-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Markov finished with 39 assists and 44 points as well. It's the seventh time in his career he's had at least 40 points in a season as well.
Apr 9 - 11:30 PM

Max Pacioretty reached the 30-goal plateau for the fourth time in his career during Saturday's 5-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Pacioretty scored two goals and three points to reach that mark, giving him 64 points across all 82 games. Not too shabby at all, as one of only a handful of players to reach as many goals this season.
Apr 9 - 11:29 PM

Brendan Gallagher ended his season on a four game point streak, thanks to his pair of assists during Saturday's 5-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Gallagher picked up a goal and five points over that span. He finishes with his third straight season with at least 40 points as well. That's worth noting because he scored 19 goals and 40 points in just 53 games.
Apr 9 - 11:27 PM

Tomas Plekanec ends his season with a nice point streak of three in last four.

Plekanec had four points over that span, giving him 14 goals and 54 points over all 82 games. Outside of his sophomore season, the veteran has never missed more than five games in a campaign.
Apr 9 - 11:25 PM

Alex Galchenyuk reached the 30-goal mark for the first time during Saturday's 5-2 win over Tampa Bay.

It may have been a crummy season for many in Montreal, but Galchenyuk had a career best with 30 goals and 56 points. Which including his two goals and assist in the season finale.
Apr 9 - 11:23 PM


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