Player News - Canadiens

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Former NHLer Sergei Berezin believes that Andrei Markov still has plenty of hockey left in him.

Markov, who is currently an unrestricted free agent, is reportedly seeking a two-year contract, but Berezin thinks that the 38-year-old defender wants to play longer than that. "It all depends on how he feels inside," Berezin said. "You can see his eyes are still burning and he has the fire. I would imagine another, I don't know, five, six years, easy. The way he works, the way he wants to work is just unbelievable ... it's amazing. I've never seen anybody like it. Nobody I played with, nobody I work with ... nobody I know." Markov has been representing himself in negotiations, but Berezin has been helping his friend out as an adviser and he has been serving as an off-season trainer. Markov had 36 points in 62 games for the Canadiens last year.
Jul 24 - 3:01 PM

The Montreal Canadiens would like to give Carey Price a lighter workload starting next season.

The Canadiens just handed Price an eight-year, $84 million contract so they want to make sure he's in tip-top shape long-term (he's also suffered multiple knee injuries in his career). "I don't believe your starter can play 65 to 70 games a year anymore," said Habs goalie coach Stephane Waite. "It's too tough -- physically and mentally -- and that'll catch up with you in the spring, for sure. That's why a good backup can start 20, 22… even 24 games a year, and give your No. 1 goalie a break while still helping you make the playoffs." Price playing less would means that backup Al Montoya should see more action in 2017-18.
Jul 23 - 8:44 PM

Yannick Veilleux has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Veilleux had six goals and 16 points in 53 games with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps in 2016-17. He's not expected to play in the NHL next season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 4:21 PM

Nikita Nesterov has inked a three-year deal with the KHL's CSKA.

Nesterov was an unrestricted free agent after the Canadiens declined to present him with a qualifying offer. He had four goals and 17 points in 48 games with Tampa Bay and Montreal in 2016-17.
Jul 8 - 1:01 PM

Charlie Lindgren has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Lindgren can earn $700,000 at the NHL level. He had a 2.56 GAA and .914 save percentage in 48 AHL contests in 2016-17. He also appeared in two games with the Montreal Canadiens, posting a 1.48 GAA and .949 save percentage over that span.
Jul 7 - 1:19 PM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall denied reports that Philadelphia has been pursuing Andrei Markov.

"Don’t believe everything you read or hear," Hextall said. "I haven’t talked to Andrei Markov." In general, Hextall isn't looking to add veterans to short-term contracts as he'd rather give one of the Flyers' prospects an opportunity to play with the squad. As for Markov, he still might end up re-signing with Montreal, which is the only franchise he's played for during his NHL career.
Jul 6 - 5:03 AM

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

Ales Hemsky has signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Hemsky struggled with a hip injury in 2016-17 and he played in just 15 games as a result. If the 33-year-old (he'll turn 34 in August) can stay healthy next season then this will be a nice bargain bin signing for the Canadiens.
Jul 3 - 12:21 PM

Of the $84 million that Carey Price will be paid in his new eight-year contract, $70 million of it will reportedly come in the form of signing bonuses.

Among other things, that provides Price with some protection in the event of another lockout. The current CBA runs through Sept. 15, 2022, but the NHL and NHLPA both of the option of ending it two years earlier instead. With that in mind, other stars will likely demand deal structures similar to Price over the next few years.
Jul 3 - 4:51 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Carey Price to an eight-year, $84 million extension.

That works out to a $10.5 million annual cap hit. Price still has one season left on his existing six-year, $39 million contract, so this new deal locks him up through the 2025-26 campaign. That means he's inked past his 38th birthday. It's not hard to believe that this extension will weigh on the Canadiens towards the end of the deal in a similar way that Henrik Lundqvist's $8.5 million cap hit is starting to look like an issue now, but this signing is still critical for Montreal. Price is who the Canadiens are built around and if they had been unable to sign him it would have been extremely hard for them to stay competitive. Montreal still needs to find a way to build a serious Cup contender around Price, but at least with this signing they have a foundation on which to build on.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 2 - 2:05 PM

Although he did not sign a contract with Montreal on Saturday it is still possible that Andrei Markov could ink a deal with the Habs on Sunday.

In fact, many hockey experts in Montreal still believe it is likely Markov will ultimately return to the Canadiens and it could be as soon as Sunday. Stay tuned for further updates.
Jul 2 - 10:03 AM

Joe Morrow has signed a one-year, one-way contract with Montreal.

Morrow is set to earn $575,000. He played in just 17 games with Boston last season and has 65 contests of NHL experience. Morrow will add some depth to the Canadiens' defense corps, but don't be surprised if he doesn't play regularly.
Jul 1 - 3:11 PM

The Canadiens have signed defenseman Matt Taormina to a two-way, two-year contract.

Terms were not disclosed. This could be a sneaky good signing as Taormina has always had offensive potential but has never been able to put it together at the NHL level. In 70 games anchoring the Syracuse Crunch power play in the AHL last season, Taormina registered a whopping 60 points. If spotted in the right spot, Taormina could be an effective offensive blueliner. Keep an eye on him at the Habs' training camp this September.
Jul 1 - 2:35 PM

Byron Froese has singed a two-year, $1.3 million deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

Froese played only six games with the Maple Leafs in 2016-17 with most of his playing time coming with the Marlies and the Crunch of the AHL. He had some scoring success in the AHL (39 points in 43 games in 2016-17) but has no fantasy value going forward.
Jul 1 - 12:57 PM

Peter Holland has signed a two-year deal with Montreal.

Terms were not disclosed. Holland, who has bounced around a bit the last few seasons, could compete for bottom-six forward spot on Montreal. Despite a great career as a junior, he only registered 11 points in 40 games last season and has no fantasy value.
Jul 1 - 12:51 PM


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