Player News - Canadiens

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Jiri Sekac is viewed as a possible candidate to claim a spot on Montreal's third line.

He'll likely have to outperform Michael Bournival, who played in 60 games with the Canadiens last season. It wouldn't be surprising if Sekac started the year in the minors after coming over from the KHL. The 22-year-old winger inked a two-year deal with Montreal in the summer.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 21 - 7:47 PM

Carey Price (knee) was back on the ice a couple of weeks ago in Kelowna.

He stayed in Montreal until late June to work on his rehabilitation from a sprained knee. Price has been skating with former teammate Josh Gorges, Travis Moen and other NHLers. "It's probably been one of the fastest summers I can remember," Price said. "(Skating) is going pretty good so far. So far, so good." He was injured in the Eastern Conference Final when Rangers winger Chris Kreider crashed into him during Game 1. It sounds like he'll be ready to go by the time training camp opens.
Aug 21 - 10:13 AM

Tomas Kaberle hopes to return to the NHL this season.

He's working at the BioSteel Camp and could attend a team's training camp on a tryout basis. Kaberle played with HC Kladno in the Czech League last year, where he had 24 points in 48 games.
Aug 18 - 1:40 PM

Current Senator and former head coach/hockey analyst Jacques Demers believes that Andrei Markov should be the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens.

If he was given the "C" then he would be one of only two Russian captains in the NHL, with Washington's Alex Ovechkin being the other. Other options for the team's captaincy could include P.K. Subban or Tomas Plekanec.
Aug 18 - 10:09 AM

Tim Bozon has worked hard over the summer to recover from a battle with meningitis, which resulted in him being placed in a medically induced coma.

He lost nearly 40 pounds during his rehab, but he's close to being back at his listed weight from last season of 199. He said there were moments when he wasn't sure if he'd be able to play again, but he was mostly optimistic. "For sure sometimes I said to myself, 'Am I doing this for nothing?' But that rarely happened to me. I knew it would end up by paying off. And for sure the reward will be to be at Montreal's training camp and to see what I'm capable of doing." Bozon's goal is to play for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL this year. He also received an invitation to skate at the Canadiens' rookie camp next month and he's confident that he'll be able to attend.
Aug 18 - 9:54 AM

Nathan Beaulieu has a shot at making the Habs' opening night roster, and the offensive-minded defenseman could be a fantasy-worthy player down the road.

The 21 year-old is unlikely to make an impact for the coming year, but his 52 points in 53 games in the QMJHL during the 2011-12 season show that once he is comfortable, the 6'1, 184 pounder could be heavily involved in the offense.
Aug 16 - 5:59 PM

Canadiens owner Geoff Molson reportedly overruled Montreal GM Marc Bergevin to get P.K. Subban signed to a long-term deal.

The club was facing a short-term contract through arbitration for their star defenseman. Montreal could have also been faced with fan backlash and a disgruntled Subban, so Molson made the call to get something done before the arbitrator made a decision.
Aug 11 - 1:06 PM

Newest Canadien P.A. Parenteau is excited to begin playing in Montreal.

When asked what excites him most about joining the Canadiens organization Parenteau said "It’s definitely playing in front of my friends and family. I could never dream of something like that. I think it’s going to be awesome. I’m very excited and I think the people that surround me here in Montreal are excited as well." The diminutive forward is very skilled offensively and could be an underrated commodity at draft tables this fall.
Aug 10 - 10:01 AM

Mike McCarron was among 15 players released from the Team USA national junior evaluation camp.

McCarron had some trouble adjusting to the OHL last season. "I had a pretty tough start there with a couple of things I had to get used to," McCarron said. "And then come Christmas I was a little upset (with my play). I had to pick it up. And the second half I thought I played pretty well. I would say pretty average season." He recorded 14 goals, 20 assists and 120 penalty minutes in 66 games during the regular season for the London Knights. He added three goals, five points and 22 minutes in the sin bin in nine playoff matches. McCarron expects to perform better this year.
Aug 6 - 9:52 AM

The arbitration process didn't discourage P.K. Subban from wanting to sign a long-term contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

"No, I don't think so because a lot of what they said is probably what people have already been saying about me over my career," Subban told Bob McCown of Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio in Toronto. "So it wasn't really anything new for me. A lot of the stuff, I said: 'Well, I've heard that before.' But at the end of the day it was never about tearing my confidence away or trying to deter me from wanting to play for them." He went on to talk about arbitration as a business move and his understanding of the process didn't make it personal. Subban and the Canadiens reached an eight-year, $72 million contract before the arbitrator made a decision on the hearing.
Aug 6 - 9:43 AM

With a new contract in tow, P.K. Subban becomes the third-highest paid player in the NHL with an average annual salary of $9 million.

Subban also becomes the league's highest paid blueliner, as only Alexander Ovechkin ($9.58 million) and Evgeni Malkin ($9.5 million) earn more. Sidney Crosby's $8.7 million AAV now ranks fourth while Nashville rearguard Shea Weber in the next closest defenseman at an average of $7.86 million. What's more, the $72 million committed to Subban is easily the largest contract ever doled out by the Canadiens, eclipsing the six-year, $39 million deal awarded to Carey Price in 2012.
Aug 3 - 12:51 PM

Bob McKenzie is reporting that P.K. Subban's new contract with the Canadiens will pay him $72 million over the eight-year duration of the deal.

Given that Montreal buys out six years of unrestricted free agency with the agreement and accounting for some inflation, it's no surprise that the average annual value ends up being greater than the $8.5 million Subban requested in arbitration for 2014-15. Both sides come out as winners as a result of this news.
Aug 2 - 2:47 PM

P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens have reportedly come to terms on an 8-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but it's likely Subban will become one of the league's richest blueliners as a result of this contract. The likelihood of a long-term deal seemed bleak after Friday's arbitration hearing, but it would appear the two sides were able to put aside their differences and get something done.
Aug 2 - 2:32 PM

P.K. Subban's agent and the Montreal Canadiens don't plan on engaging in any more long-term contract talks before the arbitrators ruling.

Although Subban and the Canadiens have gone through the arbitration hearing already, they still have a window of opportunity to agree to terms before the arbitrator rules on the matter. Once the arbitrator assigns Subban a one-year contract for the 2014-15 campaign, it is official. Regardless, it looks like Subban and Montreal will allow the arbitrators ruling to happen.
Aug 1 - 1:40 PM

The Montreal Canadiens and P.K. Subban didn't avoid an arbitration hearing.

The two sides made their case to the arbitrator, with Subban reportedly requesting a $8.5 million salary for 2014-15 and Montreal countering with $5.25 million. The arbitrator will rule on the matter within the next 48 hours, but Montreal and Subban can still make that moot by agreeing to an extension before that happens.
Aug 1 - 10:32 AM


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