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According to Andrew Shaw's agent, Pat Brisson, his client never asked for $4.5 million per season.

Last week, a report surfaced in the Chicago Sun-Times saying that Shaw was asking the Hawks for $4.5 million annually, but Brisson insists that isn't true. "The Blackhawks did everything they could to sign ‘Shawzsy,’" Brisson said. "They just don’t have the cap space. Contrary to reports, we didn’t ask for $4.5 million." Scott Powers of the Athletic says Shaw was asking for $3.2 million on a seven or eight year contract. That's a lot of term for a player like Shaw, but it's a long way away from $4.5 million. Shaw ended up signing a six-year deal worth $3.9 million per season.
Jun 28 - 10:03 PM

Phillip Danault and Daniel Carr got qualifying offers from Montreal on Monday.

It's believed that the play of Danault made Lars Eller expendable, so the latter was traded to Washington at the NHL Draft. Danault had three goals and five points in 21 games with the Canadiens after he was acquired from Chicago. Carr produced six goals and nine points in 23 NHL matches last year.
Jun 28 - 10:30 AM

Michael Bournival did not get a qualifying offer from Montreal, so he can become an unrestricted free agent.

He didn't see any NHL action in 2015-16 because of a concussion. Bournival picked up one goal and seven helpers in 20 AHL contests with St. John's.
Jun 28 - 10:26 AM

Stefan Matteau will be eligible for the unrestricted free agent market on July 1.

Montreal did not tender him a qualifying offer on Monday. Matteau had one assist in 12 games with the Canadiens after he was acquired from New Jersey last season.
Jun 28 - 10:18 AM

Andrew Shaw has reached an agreement on a six-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Reports suggest the 24-year-old forward will be paid an average of $3.9-million a season. He could have become a restricted free agent Friday. "As I mentioned last Friday following Andrew's acquisition (in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks), we are adding a solid character player to our team, a reliable player who plays with grit and a two-time Stanley Cup champion. . .over the past five seasons," Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin said. "Andrew will add more leadership to our team. I had the opportunity to discuss with him over the past few days, and I sense his determination and excitement in joining the Canadiens' organization for many years to come."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 27 - 10:32 PM

Lucas Lession will become an unrestricted free agent after he didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Canadiens.

He shared time in the NHL and AHL last season. He contributed one goal and one assist in 12 games with Montreal. The Habs also didn't tender defenseman Darren Dietz a qualifying offer.
Jun 27 - 3:41 PM

Mikhail Sergachev is viewed as a future replacement for Andrei Markov.

"He's big, strong, and he has a cannon of a shot," said director of amateur scouting Trevor Timmins. "He provides offense from the other end. What we like about him is that he retrieves pucks quickly and gets them to the other end. He doesn't try to do too much but he gets the play going in transition." Sergachev is expected to help the power play when he makes the jump to the NHL, but Timmins was reluctant to say when that will happen because it takes defenders longer to develop.
Jun 27 - 9:45 AM

Andrew Shaw is looking forward to joining the Montreal Canadiens this season.

Shaw and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin know each other pretty well, as Bergevin was the assistant general manager in Chicago before taking the job in Montreal. "(Bergevin) likes the rat in me, the work ethic," Shaw said on Saturday via conference call. "He enjoys watching me play and dealing with him on my first contract was exciting for me as well. I owe him a lot." When asked about playing with another scrappy player like Brendan Gallagher, here's what Shaw had to say: "Me and Gallagher, we have had some fun battles. Now I’m excited to be on his side to annoy people together, I guess." Shaw is a restricted free agent this off-season. The two sides should be announcing an agreement in the near future.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 26 - 8:52 AM

The Montreal Canadiens used four of their six draft picks on defensemen this weekend.

Montreal obviously felt like they needed to add some prospect depth on the blueline. They selected Russian defenseman Mikhail Sergachev ninth overall on Friday night. They followed that up by taking three more defensemen the rest of the way. They used their fourth round pick on London Knights blueliner Victor Mete. They selected Minnesota high school defense prospect Casey Staum in round five and they acquired a seventh round pick to draft Swedish defender Arvid Henriksson.
Jun 26 - 8:32 AM

Montreal has been talking contract with Andrew Shaw and a new deal may be reached soon.

TSN's Darren Dreger said a five to seven year extension could be agreed to in the "days ahead." Shaw was acquired at the 2016 NHL Draft by the Canadiens in exchange for the 39th and 45th overall picks. He is currently a restricted free agent.
Jun 25 - 6:08 PM

Victor Mete has been chosen by the Montreal Canadiens with the 100th selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Victor Mete comes in as one of the most accomplished of all draftees with a Memorial Cup and the OHL championship under his belt, which goes along with gold at the Ivan Hlinka. The 18-year-old's statline of eight goals and 38 points in 64 games during the regular season, plus four more goals and 11 points on way to the championship, illustrates his ability to play his best games at the most important times. Mete's tenacity, awareness, poise and speed compliment his quality all-around play, which is only undermined by his 5'10" and 175 lbs frame. Mete won't be a cornerstone piece for any NHL franchise, but he’s exactly the type all successful teams need to fill out their second tier.
Jun 25 - 1:27 PM

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin is thrilled to have Andrew Shaw on board.

Shaw was acquired in a trade from the Blackhawks for two draft picks just as Friday's entry draft got under way. "Andrew Shaw has played five seasons in the NHL and he’s won two Stanley Cups. We talked a lot about helping out our dressing room with character guys, and that’s one of the reasons why it was important to go out and get a player of his caliber. He’s got many good attributes on the ice and off it," said Bergevin. "He knows what it takes to win. He’s scored big goals during the playoffs, and he reminds me a little bit of Brendan Gallagher. He takes guys into battle with him. I feel like our fans will appreciate him." Shaw will certainly play in the Habs' top nine and will get plenty of power-play ice time.
Jun 25 - 10:14 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have selected Mikhail Sergachev with the ninth overall pick.

Mikhail Sergachev certainly had scouts interested because of his tremendous upside. Described as a tenacious and diligent defender with more than enough ability to fill the net from the blue line, what gives onlookers pause seems only to lie between the ears. Whether he appears disengaged or a step-behind mentally, the 18-year-old already has a man's body at 6'2" and 210 lbs. It's worth noting that Sergachev posted 17 goals and 57 points for Windsor (OHL) over 67 games, where he also posted two goals and five points for them in the playoffs in five games last season. His phenomenal season also earned him OHL Defenseman of the Year honor.
Jun 24 - 8:19 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Andrew Shaw for the 39th and 45th overall picks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Shaw is eligible to become a restricted free agent on July 1. There was a time when it looked like Chicago would be able to re-sign him given that the Blackhawks freed some cap space by dealing Bryan Bickell to Carolina. However, it came out Friday afternoon that Shaw is reportedly seeking an average annual salary of $4.5 million, which likely priced Chicago out. He had 14 goals and 34 points in 78 games in 2015-16.
Jun 24 - 7:26 PM

Andrew Shaw is reportedly looking for a contract that will pay him at least $4.5 million annually.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman recently seemed upbeat about the contract negotiations with Shaw, but if that's really the salary that he's looking for then it wouldn't be surprising to see Chicago trade him. Shaw, who is set to become a restricted free agent, had 14 goals and 34 points in 78 games last season.
Jun 24 - 4:50 PM


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