Player News - Canadiens

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Alexander Semin has reportedly signed a new contract with Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

The deal is reportedly for one year. Semin took off for Russia after being released by the Canadiens early in the 2015-16 season. The 32-year-old five goals and 14 points in 20 KHL games and he added seven goals and 15 points in 23 playoff games. Semin won the KHL title with Magnitogorsk last season.
May 29 - 10:42 PM

P.K. Subban took his snub from Team Canada in stride.

"I mean, everybody wants to make the team, right? And there’s a bunch of guys that I’m sure wanted to be on the team. But that’s the way it goes," Subban said. "Listen, at the end of the day, we could take four or five teams to this thing. When I was speaking to [Team Canada GM] Doug Armstrong, my number one thing was I just want to see Canada win gold. So, I’ll be there cheering just like everybody else." Subban was the Norris Trophy in 2013 and was a finalist for the award in 2015. He also was part of the gold-medal winning Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics, but he only appeared in one game.
May 28 - 9:29 PM

Alex Galchenyuk didn't make the cut for Team North America's World Cup team.

He scored 30 goals and 56 points in 82 games during the 2015-16 campaign. Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported that Galchenyuk was very close to getting a spot on the 23-and-under squad for players born in the U.S. and Canada.
May 28 - 1:02 PM

Carey Price is one of five Montreal Canadien players who has been selected to play in the World Cup of Hockey this September.

It remains to be seen if he will play for Team Canada given he is coming off a serious knee injury which sidelined him for much of the 2015-16 NHL season. Other participants in the tourney are: Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin (Russia), Max Pacioretty (USA), Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic). The snubbing of P.K. Subban by the Canadians, however, was the bigger news in Montreal regarding the World Cup.
May 28 - 9:35 AM

P.K. Subban won't be playing for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

Subban didn't make the roster even though Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is part of Team Canada's management team. Subban was on the 2014 Olympic team, but he served as nothing more than a spare part on Canada's Gold Medal-winning team. The 26-year-old had six goals, 51 points and 75 penalty minutes in 68 games this season.
May 27 - 9:31 PM

Martin Reway has inked a three-year, two-way contract with Montreal.

"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Martin Reway. A young forward with tremendous offensive skills, Martin has the potential to become a very good player," said GM Marc Bergevin. "He enjoyed success during his two seasons in North America with the QMJHL's Gatineau Olympiques before turning professional in Europe and playing in the Czech Republic and Switzerland the past two years." In 2015-16, he played for Fribourg-Gotteron in the Swiss National League A, where he produced eight goals and 21 points in 19 games, as well as Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga, where he had five goals and 15 points in 14 contests. Reway, who was chosen in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft by Montreal, will try to earn a roster spot at training camp next season.
May 18 - 12:25 PM

Sven Andrighetto notched a goal and an assist in Switzerland's 5-4 loss to the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

He picked up seven points in seven games to lead the Swiss in scoring at the 2016 World Championship. Unfortunately, the team didn't qualify for the quarterfinal round.
May 17 - 5:14 PM

The Canadiens trading away P.K. Subban remains a "massive long shot," according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

It seems crazy to even entertain such talk as Subban is a player to build around, and not trade away. Subban’s no-trade clause sets in July 1. "I still think that it is a massive long shot at best because if you’re moving out a piece like that, how are you replacing that piece. It’s going to hurt you," Dreger said on TSN 690 on Thursday. Following president Geoff Molson’s comments in which he said he’d be "surprised" if Subban were dealt, TSN’s Bob McKenzie told TSN 690 on Friday, "Well, I think they’re keeping all of their doors open. I don’t think they – again, we’re all like forensic wordsmiths here. Every time we ask a question, we’re looking for how the answer is delivered and what phraseology is used." We'd seriously doubt Subban is wearing a new uniform next season, or any time soon.
Source: TSN.ca
May 14 - 11:07 PM

Max Pacioretty has fully endorsed the manner in which the Canadiens handled Alex Galchenyuk this season past season.

There had been much criticism that the Habs babied Galchenyuk and did not put him into the top-center role until too late in the season. Pacioretty disagrees. "They gave him time to learn on and off ice", Pacioretty told Dave Stubbs. "Now he’s ready to be a dominant centre in the NHL." Well the Canadiens certainly hope so. We do have high hopes for Galchenyuk next season. A 65-point campaign is not out of his reach.
May 14 - 9:42 AM

Carey Price (knee) stated last month that he probably would have been ready to play if the regular season lasted two weeks longer.

He is hoping to play for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto in September, but chose not to attend the World Championship in Russia because he wanted to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter. Liv Anniston Price was welcomed into the world this past Friday.
May 10 - 11:16 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Arturri Lehkonen to a three-year, two-way contract.

Lehkonen was the Canadiens' second round pick, 55th overall, in 2013. "We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Artturi Lehkonen," said Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin. "Artturi is a young forward who enjoyed success at a very young age playing in a highly competitive league in Sweden. He has shown a remarkable attitude since we selected him in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Over the past few years, his progression has been excellent, and he has gained valuable experience. We are proud to see him make the jump to another level, and we look forward to seeing him compete for a spot with our team at training camp in September." The 20-year-old had 16 goals and 17 assists in 49 games with Frolunda last season.
May 8 - 2:09 PM

Brendan Gallgher scored a goal in Canada's 5-1 win over the United States at the World Hockey Championships in Russia on Friday.

Gallagher's line, featuring the Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner and the Sabres' Ryan O'Reilly, dominated the Americans with a combined six points in the victory. The Canadians next play against Hungary on Sunday.
May 7 - 9:12 AM

PK Subban has been named a finalist for the 2016 NHL Foundation Player Award.

The award, which comes with a prize of $25K, is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey; commitment, perseverance and teamwork, to enrich the lives of people in his community." Subban pledged to donate $7M over the next 10 years to the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation. Through his efforts over the season, he's raised over $800K in additional pledges through the PK Subban Foundation. Click the link below for the winter wonderland he created for the kids at the MCH over Christmas, plus one very special gift for a family in need.
May 3 - 8:19 PM

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin is not looking to trade core players, including P.K. Subban.

However, that doesn't mean he won't listen and the rumor mill has been churning. "I do not listen to gossip. We talked about the P.K. situation at the team's post-mortem. This is not a player I'm in a position to trade. Nothing has changed since April 11," Bergevin said. "If someone wants to call me regarding any player, for sure we'll listen. But to solicit offers, we're not. Neither for P.K., or anyone else. Not at the moment. Our core is good. Carey Price, (Brendan) Gallagher, (Alex) Galchenyuk, Max (Pacioretty) are good young people, who've grown together and have learned a lot this year. We'll see how things go."
May 3 - 10:02 AM

The Canadiens have only a five percent chance of getting the top pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft.

The Habs finished 22nd in the NHL standings this season, and as a result, will select ninth unless they move up in the lottery. Montreal also has only a 5.4 percent and 5.6 percent chance of moving up to the second and third positions, respectively. The Canadiens had a disappointing season in 2015-16 and likely won't land a top tier player in the draft. Not a good result for Habs' fans.
Apr 30 - 10:08 AM


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