Player News - Canadiens

Date: Team: Pos:

Dustin Tokarski feels he learned a lot from watching Carey Price play last season.

He didn't get to play much behind the Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina and Hart Trophy winner, but that won't change his mindset going into 2015-16. "I'm going to come into camp and battle just as if it was last year and I'm scratching and clawing to make the team," said Tokarski. "I'll go into camp and go to work and not take anything for granted." He started just 16 games last year, while posting six wins, a 2.75 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
Aug 28 - 1:00 PM

Montreal has announced the hiring of Craig Ramsay as a coaching consultant.

"He has an impressive hockey background, having worked as an NHL coach for over 20 years, following a playing career that included over 1,000 games played," said GM Marc Bergevin. "On a consulting basis, he will be called upon regularly during the season to share his knowledge with our coaching group. Our players will also benefit from his expertise." Ramsay served as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers last year.
Aug 25 - 3:52 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have hired Eric Crawford as a pro scout.

Crawford used to be Vancouver's director of player personnel. Montreal also announced that Dave Starman would be joining the organization as a NCAA scout.
Aug 24 - 12:47 PM

Some might wonder if Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price may lack motivation after cleaning up individual awards in 2014-15, but that doesn't sound like an issue.

"Winning the Stanley Cup is my priority and I haven't done that yet, so that's what keeps me driven," Price told NHL.com. Indeed, playoff success is the last piece of the puzzle for a goalie who's won many trophies and guided Canada to Olympic gold.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 23 - 4:43 PM

Brendan Gallagher says he's looking forward to suiting up with new teammates Zack Kassian and Alexander Semin.

The Canadiens acquired Kassian in an off-season trade with Vancouver, while Semin was signed as an unrestricted free-agent. "Zack Kassian, I think he’s a big body," Gallagher said. "He’s a skilled guy for his size, he can play with anyone up and down the lineup." As for Semin, Gallagher believes that he can still be a dangerous player. "Semin is a guy that other teams have to be aware of," Gallagher added. "He’s dangerous every time he’s on the ice. He doesn’t need much time and space to put the puck in the back of the net."
Aug 22 - 8:33 AM

Max Pacioretty is recovering on schedule from a knee injury, according to coach Michel Therrien.

"Everything's going well with his rehab, honestly, so we're happy," Therrien said Tuesday. "It's unfortunate [he got injured], but he's still able to train even if he's limited in the exercises he can do. Max has always surprised us with his ability to return a little bit earlier than scheduled. But right now everything's going well, he's recovering well, and that's good news." Pacioretty has a history of returning before his original prognosis and there's a good chance he'll be fine in time for training camp.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 13 - 3:16 PM

Montreal coach Michel Therrien is eager to work with free agent signing Alexander Semin.

"It's a nice challenge, that's how I look at it," Therrien said. "He's a guy that's full of potential, and there's an opportunity for him to get back to where we think he can be as a player, and where I imagine he also thinks he can be as a player. We're going to give him an opportunity, and it's the type of player we were missing when you looked at our team. He's a guy who can score, who can make plays and who's shown in the past that he can contribute to the success of a team offensively. But as far as I'm concerned, I see it as a challenge." Montreal is hoping that Semin shows up motivated to camp and plays with a chip on his shoulder after he was bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 12 - 10:13 AM

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick believes that Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty is one of the most underrated players in the NHL.

"When I think of Max, I think of the most underrated player in the NHL," Quick said in an article he wrote for theplayerstribune.com. "Only three players have scored more goals than him over the past three seasons — and these aren’t all pretty power play goals. Most of his goals come in 5-on-5 situations where space is tight, and I know he had 10 game-winners last season. Max is similar to (the New York Islanders John) Tavares in the way he works in dirty areas. It blows my mind that he’s not talked about more because he’s such a great scorer.
Aug 9 - 10:59 AM

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin wants to see more consistency from Alexander Semin.

"That was the downside that he had in Carolina and that's what we're looking for," Bergevin said. "If you don't score — (and) it's hard to score in today's game — you have to bring something else to the table. So it's either backchecking or stripping pucks or playing solid hockey ... that's what I expect from you if you don't score." The Canadiens brass is hoping to see Semin recapture the form he had earlier in his career when he was a feared goal scorer.
Aug 3 - 10:09 AM

Brendan Gallagher has been enjoying his time playing for Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien.

Gallagher has played all three seasons under Therrien and enjoyed his most successful season last year, scoring 24 goals and 47 points while playing in all 82 games. He also recorded career bests with a plus 18 rating and 254 shots on goal. Gallagher attributes a lot of his success to Therrien; "I think it’s been really good for me," Gallagher stated. "Coming up as a young guy, I think (Therrien) did it great with me and (Alex) Galchenyuk there to start. He made us earn every opportunity." Next season, Gallagher will look to build upon three solid years and be one of the team leaders in his age-23 year.
Aug 1 - 10:17 PM

Alex Galchenyuk believes that signing a new contract didn't take too long.

"It didn’t take that long at all because we’re not even in August," Galchenyuk said Friday morning during a conference call from his off-season training base in Miami. "I changed agents and then I went back to Russia for three weeks, and with the time difference I didn’t speak to (new agent Pat Brisson) a lot. Once I got back to Montreal, everyone went pretty quickly." The young forward agreed to a new two-year contract earlier this week. Although his offensive production hasn't exploded in his first three NHL seasons, he still has plenty of time to develop into an impact player.
Aug 1 - 9:54 AM

Alex Galchenyuk has agreed to a two-year, $5.6 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Galchenyuk had 20 goals and 46 points in 80 games last season. He's still just 21 years old and with plenty of upside, so a bridge contract like this one makes a lot of sense for him. If he continues to develop then he'll be in line for a bigger payday when this contract expires following the 2016-17 campaign.
Jul 30 - 7:55 PM

Alexander Semin said that Andrei Markov told him to come to Montreal to help the team win a Stanley Cup.

"I like Montreal. I like this town. I like the fans here. It’s a good atmosphere. There are good people on this team. It’s a good organization," added the 10-year NHL veteran, who has suited up for Russia internationally on multiple occasions over the years, including at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. "I spoke to Andrei Markov about coming on board. He said to come [to Montreal] and we’ll try to win the Stanley Cup." Semin had an awful year with Carolina last year. He knows he'll have to be better and he expects to help his new team just as much as they'll help him. "I want to try [to get going again] because last year I had a bad season. I didn’t score goals. I didn’t pick up points. I didn’t play well. I want to get back to playing how I can play. I think I can help this team, and they can help me, too. I want to have a good year,"
Jul 25 - 9:54 AM

Alexander Semin will earn $3.4 million during the 2015-16 season.

Semin signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday but he will still be collecting a paycheck from the Carolina Hurricanes because they chose to buy him out this off-season. The Hurricanes will be paying him $2.3 million this year.
Jul 25 - 9:03 AM

Daniel Audette has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Audette had 29 goals and 73 points in 60 QMJHL in 2014-15. He was taken with the 147th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 24 - 3:50 PM


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