Player News - Canadiens

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The Canadian Hockey League has announced that Michael McNiven has been named as the goaltender of the year.

McNiven starred for the Owen Sound Attack, finishing the regular season with a 41-9-2 record with a 2.30 goals against average and .915 save percentage. McNiven went unselected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft but signed an entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He will likely be competing with Zach Fucale for the backup goaltending position in the AHL next season.
May 27 - 12:16 PM

Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens will reportedly meet next week to discuss a contract extension.

Price has one year remaining on his current deal at $6.5 million. The Canadiens goalie posted a 2.23 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage during the regular season. Whenever the two sides agree on an extension, expect the cap number to be higher than his current salary.
May 25 - 7:27 PM

Sean Burke could reportedly be the next GM of Hockey Canada's 2018 Olympic team.

TSN's Darren Dreger says there are indications that Burke would get the role if the NHL decides not to go to the Olympics. Hockey Canada would presumably hire a current NHL GM if NHLers end up going to the Winter Games.
May 13 - 11:27 AM

Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette argued that the Montreal Canadiens should trade Carey Price.

At the center of his argument is the fact that Montreal hasn't found postseason success in recent years while being centered around Price and major changes may be needed to get Montreal on the path to an eventual Stanley Cup championship. He also argued that Price has never stolen a playoff series, that the NHL is no longer about building around an elite goaltender, and that Price will be 30 in August, so he might see a decline in the latter half of his next contract. Those are fair points, but while Montreal hasn't come close to winning the Cup recently, Price is still one of the best goaltenders in the league. He's someone you can build a championship team around, even if Montreal hasn't been able to yet. That being said, you do have to wonder about his next contract as he will likely want something more lucrative than the seven-year, $59.5 million deal Henrik Lundqvist signed back in 2013. He's worth it now, but that deal might not look as good as Price exits his prime.
May 8 - 9:59 AM

Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven has been named Goaltender of the Year by the Ontario Hockey League.

He posted a 41-9-2 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.30 goals-against average in 54 games with Owen Sound in 2016-17. McNiven also tied for the league lead in shutouts with six. He should compete with Zach Fucale for the backup job behind Charlie Lindgren, who is a restricted free agent, in the AHL next year.
May 5 - 9:40 AM

Jakub Jerabek has signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

He produced five goals and 34 points in 59 games with the KHL's Vityaz Podolsk in 2016-17. Jerabek ranked fourth among league defensemen with 29 assists and fifth in points.
May 1 - 11:22 AM

Antoine Waked has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Waked had 39 goals and 80 points in 67 QMJHL games this season. That's a huge jump from his previous career-high of 38 points. He was an undrafted free agent prospect.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 1:12 PM

Max Pacioretty struggled to produce in the playoffs and he became a scapegoat as a result following Montreal's six-game series loss to the Rangers.

He recorded just one assist in six games in Montreal's first-round postseason exit after he scored 35 goals during the regular season. "That's fine ... I don't have any problems with that. But you'll never be able to completely block it out and that’s just part of the business," Pacioretty said. "But the motivating part of being in Montreal is you never really get the full satisfaction. You're only as good as your last game. But I'd much rather have that than be in a place where guys don't care at all about how you play. In this day and age, with everyone having an opinion and being able to be voiced by social media and whatnot, you're going to know that you're going to get both sides of it every day, but that's OK." It can come with the territory of playing in a hockey-mad market, but it seems like Pacioretty still has work to do when it comes to not letting negativity impact his play.
Apr 27 - 9:04 AM

The Montreal Canadiens announced that assistant coach Clement Jodoin has left the club "to pursue other opportunities".

The 65-year-old has been part of the organization in various roles for 12 years since 1997. "Marc Bergevin and I regretfully accepted the resignation of assistant coach Clément Jodoin, who made the decision to end his long-time association with the Montreal Canadiens," said Canadiens head coach Claude Julien. "At our post-season meeting, we offered Clément to remain on our coaching staff, but he indicated to us that at this stage in his career, he would be looking for a change and would like to explore other challenges. Clément has been a valuable part of our hockey management team during his 12-year tenure with the organization."
Apr 26 - 11:32 PM

Alexei Emelin underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right knee on Wednesday.

He is projected to nee four-to-six weeks of recovery time. Emelin got back in the lineup from a lower-body injury in Game 5 against the Rangers after he was hurt in Buffalo on Apr. 5. In 76 appearances in 2016-17, he recorded 10 points and 71 penalty minutes.
Apr 26 - 6:14 PM

Artturi Lehkonen had a solid rookie season, but he understands that improvements will have to be made.

"It was a good year, but I know that I have to get better," he said. "There were some times during the season when I was tired and I want to get stronger and faster. My goal is to be a top forward on this team." Lehkonen tied for third on the Canadiens with 18 goals and he generated 28 points in 73 games.
Apr 26 - 11:03 AM

Nathan Beaulieu would like to stay with the Canadiens and believes that will be the case, but at this point it wouldn't be surprising if he wasn't back with the team next year.

"I still believe in myself and know I can be a big part of this team. It's tough to put a fingerprint on it right now, but I know I feel like I'm still a big part of this team on the back end," he said. "I feel like the organization still thinks that from talking to them. This is another big summer for me and get ready to come back to work again." Beaulieu's roster spot may be in jeopardy because of prospect Mikhail Sergachev, so a trade or a position in the expansion draft are possibilities.
Apr 26 - 10:53 AM

Alex Galchenyuk probably won't be a center at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

"Ideally, we'd love to have him play center, but I think he realizes the things that we realize," said coach Claude Julien. "As a center, it's one of the toughest jobs there is because you have to be all over the ice, but you have to be good at both ends and you have to responsible. Right now, he's not at that stage. As we speak, we have to put a guy in a position where he can help himself and the team." Galchenyuk had 17 goals and 44 points in 61 games this past season. He will be a restricted free agent after completing a two-year, $5.6 million deal. Galchenyuk probably won't get a long-term contract, but it's unclear if he will get much of a raise. This could be an interesting negotiation.
Apr 25 - 10:39 AM

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would like to re-sign Alexander Radulov.

Montreal took a chance on Radulov when they inked him to a one-year, $5.75 million contract and that move paid off nicely. He had 18 goals and 54 points in 76 contests during the regular season and another seven points in six playoff games. He's likely to demand a long-term contract after proving himself in the one-year trial and he'll probably get it, if not from Montreal then another team.
Apr 24 - 6:32 PM

Mike McCarron has been sent to the AHL's St. John's IceCaps.

Montreal was eliminated by the New York Rangers in the first round, so this will allow McCarron to extend his campaign. He made his played in his first career playoff game on Saturday, though he only logged 6:54 minutes of ice time.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 24 - 5:08 PM


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