Player News - Canadiens

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Carey Price might become the winningest goaltender in Montreal Canadiens history during the 2018-19 season.

Price is currently third on the list with 286 victories, but Patrick Roy (289) and Jacques Plante (314) are within reach. Of course, Price would have to stay healthy to have a shot at setting the franchise mark this year. The 31-year-old had a disappointing season in 2017-18, as he had a 16-26-7 record, a 3.11 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage. The Canadiens need him to bounce back in a big way if they're going to have any shot at making the postseason.
Aug 16 - 11:45 AM

Jesperi Kotkaniemi says he's feeling stronger on the ice these days.

Kotkaniemi picked up a pair of assists during a preseason game over in Finland late last week. "It was a great feeling to get my game face on again," said Kotkaniemi. "It was fun to get on the ice and play with the guys. I enjoyed that very much. I felt a bit stronger, like I had more power in my body. It was a better feeling on the ice than last season, I think." The 18-year-old has a chance to crack the Canadiens' lineup, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him end up back in Finland for at least one more season.
Aug 14 - 6:10 PM

Niki Petti has signed a contract with Mora IK of the Swedish Hockey League.

The 22-year-old spent last season with the AHL's Laval Rocket (Montreal's farm team), where he scored seven goals and seven assists in 64 games. Before making the leap to the professional ranks, he spent five seasons in the OHL with the Belleville Bulls and the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Aug 13 - 4:23 PM

Agent Allan Walsh has vehemently denied a rumor that Jonathan Drouin sustained a knee injury playing summer hockey.

Walsh said that Drouin is 100 percent healthy. The 23-year-old forward, who is projected to play center again in 2018-19, had 13 goals and 46 points in 77 games last season. Drouin feels more comfortable going into his second campaign with Montreal and will look to improve.
Aug 11 - 4:05 PM

Max Domi could be a fit alongside Jonathan Drouin this season.

They played for Canada together at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. "[Drouin] is a good buddy," Domi said. "When you play with someone like that, you keep in contact and you're always cheering them on. Super skilled, great guy off the ice, great teammate. It's going to be fun whether we play together or not." He is eager to bounce back in 2018-19 with his new team after struggling for the past two seasons.
Aug 11 - 12:58 PM

Michael Chaput hopes to land a spot with the Canadiens out of training camp.

"My mindset is to try and make this team. I want to play for the Canadiens. That's my main goal. That's what I'm working towards," said Chaput, who was born in Montreal. "I'm going to go out there and try to play my best. That's what I always try to do, work as hard as I can and try to fit my way in." He notched 17 goals and 42 points in 55 games for the AHL's Utica Comets last year. Chaput also appeared in nine NHL outings with Vancouver, but he didn't post a point.
Aug 11 - 10:39 AM

There were some rumors that Max Pacioretty may sit out Montreal's training camp, but it appears those rumblings are unfounded.

Pacioretty and the Canadiens may be heading for a messy divorce, but he should be at training camp if he isn't traded before then. There has been plenty of trade speculation surrounding the Montreal captain and according to some reports it nearly happened at the 2018 NHL Draft.
Aug 7 - 11:44 AM

Jonathan Drouin is under the impression that he will be playing center again when the 2018-19 season begins.

"It looks that way for sure," Drouin. "I don't make those decisions, but that's where I played last year and I feel comfortable coming in this year and knowing that I'm playing center." He added that he felt better playing in the middle for the last 30 or so games of the season and winning more faceoffs was a big part of that. Drouin is confident that he'll be better prepared to play center in 2018-19.
Aug 7 - 10:46 AM

Victor Mete wants to follow in the footsteps of Toronto rearguard Morgan Rielly.

"I love watching Morgan Rielly. I think I style my game after him — or try to anyway. I was able to see Rielly live, so it was really good," said Mete "He's a really good skater. He has great offensive and defensive instincts. His ability to jump into the play and be that fourth man in makes their attack that much better." He also admires that even though Rielly isn't the most physical defender, the Leafs defender doesn't shy away from contact. Mete didn't have a goal and he was credited with just one hit in 49 appearances during his rookie season. Rielly scored two goals as a rookie in 2013-14 and now he's coming off a 52-point performance. Mete will look to continue his development this season and it won't be long before he's a key defender on the Canadiens.
Aug 5 - 4:09 PM

Max Domi is optimistic going into his first season with Montreal.

Domi believes he can bounce back offensively and help spark the Canadiens. "It's going to be tough. But, obviously, no doubt in my mind that we can do it," he said. "And, I mean, when you've got a goalie like Carey Price, guys like Shea Weber, (Max) Pacioretty, (Brendan) Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin, the list goes on of all these outstanding hockey players, you have the pieces it takes to win and it's just a matter of making it all work. I'm excited to fit in whatever way I'm asked to and make it work, so it's going to be a great year."
Aug 2 - 1:32 PM

Ryan Poehling had surgery for tonsillitis and a deviated septum on July 7.

Poehling has been skating on his own at the World Junior Summer Showcase, but he is not expected to see any game action. The Montreal Canadiens prospect will play for St. Cloud State University in 2018-19.
Jul 31 - 1:45 PM

Montreal goalie coach Stephane Waite believes Carey Price will be bounce back in 2018-19.

"I've been talking to him a lot this summer and I like his tone of voice, I like feeling that he's eager to get back into it," Waite told QMI news network. He also said in the interview that he expects Price to play "between 50 and 60 games" next season, which would give backup Antti Niemi plenty of starts.
Jul 26 - 2:38 PM

Jacob Olofsson wants to help Montreal down the middle in the near future.

Olofsson, who was selected with the 56th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, recently participated in the Canadiens' development camp. "Yeah, of course it's driving me even more to get there one day knowing that there's a spot there," he said referring to Montreal's glaring need at center. "I just want to do everything to be here every day, and not just get a taste of it during the summer in development camp and be a part of Montreal."
Jul 24 - 2:23 PM

Jesperi Kotkaniemi has a real shot of making the Montreal Canadiens out of training camp, per Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.

"He got better every day, so we're going in with an open mind," Bergevin said of Kotkaniemi. "I don't know, but just the fact that he's signed and he's coming to camp and he's closer to the NHL. Where he's going to be Oct. 1, I can't tell you, but we see a lot of potential and growth in this young man." Montreal took Kotkaniemi with the third overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He had 10 goals and 29 points in 57 Finnish league games last season. The Canadiens have high hopes for Kotkaniemi, especially given their need for a top-end center.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 21 - 6:57 AM

Phillip Danault has signed a three-year, $9.249 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Danault had eight goals and 25 points in 52 games last season. He had an arbitration hearing scheduled on July 20, so Montreal and Danault were coming on the deadline to agree to terms in order to avoid getting the arbitrator involved.
Jul 15 - 3:13 PM


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