Player News - Canadiens

Date: Team: Pos:

Plekanec came away favoring an elbow while performing the long-jump during off-ice training, according to Doug Harrison of CBC Sports.

Harrison reported Plekanec "tweaked" it but it's unclear whether he merely banged his elbow or if there's a real injury. We'll be sure to keep you posted as details come out.
Source: CBC Sports
Sep 19 - 12:39 AM

Peter Budaj will have to contend with Dustin Tokarski at training camp, as they both vie for Montreal's backup goalie job.

Both of them require waivers to be sent down and GM Marc Bergevin has already suggested that the Canadiens will carry three goaltenders entering the season. Budaj was passed over by Tokarski for starts in the playoffs when Carey Price was injured, but he's been a decent backup for the club for the past three seasons.
Sep 18 - 10:16 AM

Francis Bouillon will attend Montreal's training camp on a tryout basis.

The Canadiens are looking for Jared Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu and/or Greg Pateryn to earn full-time NHL roles this season, but Bouillon will be around to act as insurance. He skated in 52 regular season games and nine playoff matches with Montreal last year prior to becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Sep 18 - 10:08 AM

Nikita Scherbak took part in one scrimmage at Montreal's rookie camp, but he'll join the Canadiens for the club's main camp.

"I was skating in Saskatoon before I got sick here the first three days," Scherbak said Tuesday. "I was just walking around while the guys were practicing and I was feeling no good, kind of frustrated. So I was excited to be on the ice today." He added that he's at about 85 percent, but he expects to be fine for training camp. Scherbak was the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 17 - 10:49 AM

The Montreal Canadiens will enter training camp with three NHL-caliber goaltenders on their roster.

In addition to the rock solid Carey Price, the Habs have a battle brewing for their backup goaltender spot between upstart Dustin Tokarski and the veteran Peter Budaj. GM Marc Bergevin refrained from committing to either netminder when asked about the situation this week. "Peter Budaj is a proven backup goalie in the NHL and a good one," Bergevin said. "Dustin Tokarski came in the playoffs last year, the sixth game against the Rangers and was extremely good, but again you're going against a guy with the experience and is a really good backup goalie. So that's why you have training camp and we'll see what happens. We have depth in that position now." Although it would take an injury to Price for either of these goalies to have significant value this season, Tokarski is our pick to win the training camp battle and the roster spot.
Source: tsn.ca
Sep 16 - 9:25 PM

The Montreal Canadiens might move Alex Galchenyuk to center ... if they can deal with defensive lapses.

This is a big situation to watch, as Galchenyuk has the talent and pedigree to make a huge leap in the next season or two. Of course, that could come down to how much room Michel Therrien gives him to breathe.
Sep 16 - 2:21 PM

Carey Price would have been one of the new Montreal Canadiens' alternate captains if NHL rules didn't preclude goalies from having that honor.

The Habs have chosen to play in the coming season without a captain for the second time in team history, naming Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban to serve as alternates. But "one guy we don't want to forget is Carey Price," coach Michel Therrien said. "If the league would allow us to give him a letter, certainly he would have [had one] considering his position with the team. But he's part of that group. Carey's a good leader for us, the way he handles himself on the ice, off the ice. Certainly he's going to be part of it when I meet the players. In the past, every time, I was having meetings with the captain and the assistants. This year, [Price] is going to be there."
Source: nhl.com
Sep 15 - 10:08 PM

Carey Price's knee is expected to be at 100 percent soon.

He's projected to be ready to participate in the preseason. Price was hurt during the playoffs.
Sep 15 - 12:10 PM

The Montreal Canadiens won't feature a captain for the 2014-15 season.

Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban will serve as alternates. Subban will have an "A" on his sweater during home games for the first half of the season and Pacioretty will wear an "A" for road games. The two of them will switch midway through the year.

Max Pacioretty prepared for the upcoming season a bit differently than normal, mainly because of the Habs' three round playoff run that ran right into June last spring.

"As years have gone on, I’ve come to get more knowledgeable about my body and what I need," Pacioretty said. "I didn’t skate as much this summer, that’s something very different for me." The 25 year old has become a crucial part of Montreal's offense, but doesn't think his off-season changes will affect his play at all come opening night. "I don’t want to peak on Day 1 of camp or the first preseason game. I want to make sure that I’ll feel my absolute best by (the season opener) Oct. 8," he said.
Sep 14 - 11:13 AM

Tim Bozon, who recovered from a bout of life-threatening meningitis, told reporters he feels strong and is ready to compete at the Canadiens' rookie camp this week.

He contracted the disease last season but the worst of it seems behind him. "I could have died, I could have lost my legs, my arms, my sight," Bozon told reporters Friday after completing a series of fitness tests. "I'm very lucky and there are so many people I have to thank, and I also have to thank the Guy on top." Bozon is likely to start the season in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs but his recovery makes for a nice story and we wish him well.
Sep 13 - 11:15 AM

The Montreal Canadiens will retire Guy Lapointe's No. 5 on Nov. 8.

The Canadiens have previously retired 17 other players numbers. Lapointe spent the majority of his 884-game career with Montreal. The defenseman scored 171 goals and 622 points before hanging up his skates. He won the Stanley Cup six times with Montreal, including four consecutive years from 1976 through 1979.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 12 - 1:50 PM

P.K. Subban says he's willing and would be honored to be captain of the Montreal Canadiens if the role were to be offered to him.

"It would be a great honor. I'd love to be the captain of the Montreal Canadiens," the star defenseman said. "I embrace responsibility. ... I've always been a guy who has had to perform for my team. I have always expected that out of myself. It doesn't change anything for me. The only thing that would change is a letter on my jersey, but in Montreal that means something. That means something to the fanbase. That means something to the team." The Canadiens have an opening have an opening at captain after forward Brian Gionta signed with the Buffalo Sabres this offseason as a free agent. Other captain candidates for the Canadiens are forward Max Pacioretty, forward Tomas Plekanec and defenseman Andrei Markov.
Source: nhl.com
Sep 11 - 8:26 AM

Tomas Plekanec is gearing up for his 10th season with the Montreal Canadiens.

He has appeared in 679 NHL contests in his career and all of them have come as a member of the Habs. His experience with the organization has made him a candidate to become Montreal's next captain. Only defenseman Andrei Markov, who is entering his 14th season, has more seniority with the team than Plekanec. "I haven't really thought about it," Plekanec said referring to the captaincy. "We'll see what management and the coaches decide. A lot of leadership is gone with Gionta and (Josh) Gorges and Danny Briere, but young guys are going to step up. They experienced the great (playoff) run we had last year so they will fill out that leadership."
Sep 8 - 9:57 AM

Max Pacioretty is happy to be looked at as a go-to scorer on the Canadiens.

The talented 25-year-old has really found his comfort zone in the NHL, providing a lesson — after six goals in his first 86 games — in patience for fantasy owners. Pacioretty scored 39 goals and had 60 points last year; he has two 30-plus goal seasons on his ledger and would have three when projecting out the 15 he had in 44 games during the lockout-shortened campaign. "It's funny, but through my childhood and through high school and college I was never a goal-scorer," Pacioretty said. "I was always the set-up man. Then I came to Montreal and started playing with guys who told me I have to use my shot more. A couple of coaches said the same thing. I developed some routines for improving my shot and working on my goal-scoring and it has helped a lot."
Source: NHL.com
Sep 6 - 10:45 PM


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