Player News - Canadiens

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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

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Alexander Semin to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

When he's at his best, Semin would be an absolute steal at that price. The problem is he is wildly inconsistent. He had just six goals and 19 points in 57 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, which led to the final three seasons of his five-year, $35 million contract being bought out. Hurricanes GM Ron Francis cited Semin's compete level as one of the issues. Still, for that price, he's well worth the risk.
Jul 24 - 11:50 AM

Jarred Tinordi has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Montreal.

Tinordi had two points and 19 penalty minutes in 13 games with Montreal in 2014-15. He also had seven points and 36 penalty minutes in 44 AHL contests.
Jul 16 - 11:08 AM

Michael Bournival has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

Bournival can earn $600,000 annually at the NHL level. He has three goals and five points in 29 contests with Montreal in 2014-15.
Jul 14 - 7:49 PM

Ryan Johnston has signed a two-year, two-way deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

Johnston can make $575K at the NHL level next season and $600K in 2016-17. He had a goal and 15 points in 38 contests with Colgate University last season.
Jul 14 - 1:51 PM

Andrei Markov doesn't believe that the lack of a captain is an issue for the Montreal Canadiens.

"I don’t see the big problem," said the longtime alternate captain. "It’s not the players’ call, it’s from the top of the organization. You should ask them, not the players. If you want to be successful, you need to have 23 leaders in the room. Twenty-three captains.". After Brian Gionta signed with the Buffalo Sabres last off-season, the Canadiens never named a new captain for the 2014-15 season.
Jul 11 - 8:32 AM

Max Pacioretty sustained a knee injury while working out on Thursday.

Pacioretty is expected to need 12 weeks to recover, which means that he likely won't be ready until the start of October. This obviously pushes his availability for the start of the season in question. It also makes us wonder if his conditioning will be an issue as this injury might prevent his ability to properly prepare over the summer. Keep that in mind when it comes time to do your fantasy drafts.
Jul 10 - 4:48 PM

Noah Juulsen has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Montreal.

Juulsen was taken with the 26th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had nine goals and 43 assists in 68 WHL contests last season. He certainly has the potential to develop into a defenseman worth owning in standard fantasy leagues, but we don't expect him to be a regular at the NHL level for a couple of years.
Jul 9 - 3:29 PM

Alexander Semin's agent said his client is willing to accept a one-year contract.

Semin may not have a choice after being bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes last week. The 31-year-old had a very disappointing season in 2014-15, but a team looking for some offensive flare on the wing might be willing to take a run at him. He has supreme offensive ability but his compete level and lack of consistency have been an issue throughout his career. Semin has a 40-goal season and two 30-goal campaigns under his belt, which does count for something. His agent refused to speak about his client's options in the KHL.
Jul 5 - 3:35 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Christian Thomas to a one-year, two-way deal.

Thomas had a goal in 18 contests with Montreal last season. He also had 11 goals and 22 points in 52 games in 2014-15.
Jul 2 - 10:34 AM

Zack Kassian openly admits that he had more to give than he did with the Vancouver Canucks and aims for more consistency in Montreal.

"I need to find consistency," Kassian told TSN. "Honestly, after spending 3 1/2 years, four years in the League I know what I have to do to be the player I need to be. This summer I'm really taking strides forward. Coming into next year I want to have a big year." Kassian, 24, had 10 goals and 16 points in 42 games for the Canucks last season. In 2013-14 he set career-highs with 14 goals and 29 points in 73 games. He's at the put up or shut stage of his career and it seems the Canucks lost patience with him. We'll see if a fresh start in Montreal changes his fate.
Jul 2 - 1:30 AM

Mark Barberio has signed with the Montreal Canadiens for one-year, $600K.

Still just 25-years-old, Barberio played just 101 games for Tampa Bay over the past two seasons. He tallied six goals and 17 points with 44 PIMs over that time.
Jul 1 - 6:42 PM

Zack Kassian has been traded to Montreal, along with a fifth-round pick, in exchange for Brandon Prust.

Kassian generated 10 goals and 16 points in 42 games with Vancouver last season. He also added 81 penalty minutes and 88 hits. He sat out the last 14 games of the year and the playoffs with a back injury.
Jul 1 - 2:36 PM

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