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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price pitched a shutout Saturday against Boston. | 11/22/2014 9:52 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price pitched a shutout Saturday against Boston.
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Impact
He was fantastic all night, and made 33 saves overall. Price is now 13-4-1 with a 2.35 GAA and .922 save percentage overall.
Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec recorded two points in Saturday's win over the Bruins. | 11/22/2014 9:49 PM
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Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec recorded two points in Saturday's win over the Bruins.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, and now has 17 points this season. Plekanec will continue to be a solid fantasy option.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed the first goal of the game on Thursday but that was all. | 11/20/2014 10:10 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed the first goal of the game on Thursday but that was all.
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Impact
Price stopped 31-of-32 shots to beat the Blues, 4-1. Price is 12-4-1 and came into the game with a 2.58 GAA and .914 save percentage.
Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty scored two goals in Thursday's win versus the Blues. | 11/20/2014 10:06 PM
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Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty scored two goals in Thursday's win versus the Blues.
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Impact
Pacioretty gave Montreal a 2-1 lead in the second period and then an insurance goal to make it, 3-1. The Canadiens added another score to win, 4-1. Pacioretty has 10 goals and eight assists this season.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had his four-game winning streak snapped by Pittsburgh on Tuesday. | 11/18/2014 10:08 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had his four-game winning streak snapped by Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
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Impact
He made 18 saves on 22 shots, but still has a solid record of 11-4-1 overall.
Montreal right wing Dale Weise scored two goals on his only two shots on net Saturday. | 11/15/2014 10:23 PM
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Montreal right wing Dale Weise scored two goals on his only two shots on net Saturday.
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Impact
Weise had just one goal coming into the game against Philadelphia, so he tripped his goal-scoring numbers. Weise also has five assists this season.
Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau recorded his second multi-goal game of the season Saturday. | 11/15/2014 10:19 PM
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Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau recorded his second multi-goal game of the season Saturday.
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Impact
Parenteau scored two goals and finished plus-one. He has five goals and four assists in 18 games this season.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed just one goal in Thursday's win against Boston. | 11/13/2014 10:14 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed just one goal in Thursday's win against Boston.
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Impact
He stopped 21-of-22 shots on goal, and is now a solid 10-3-1 on the season.
Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty scored two goals in Thursday's win versus Boston. | 11/13/2014 10:12 PM
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Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty scored two goals in Thursday's win versus Boston.
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Impact
He also had five shots on goal and a +2 rating on the night. Pacioretty is having a solid season, with 13 points and a +10 rating.
Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk scored the second of three goals against the Jets on Tuesday. | 11/11/2014 10:23 PM
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Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk scored the second of three goals against the Jets on Tuesday.
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Impact
Montreal shut out Winnipeg, 3-0. Brendan Gallagher and Tom Gilbert assisted Galchenyuk's score. It was his fifth goal of the season.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price blanked the Jets on Tuesday to record his first shutout of the season. | 11/11/2014 10:19 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price blanked the Jets on Tuesday to record his first shutout of the season.
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Impact
Price stopped all 29 shots he faced. His busiest period was the final stanza where he turned aside all 12 Winnipeg shots. Price is 9-3-1 this season.
Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec recorded an assist in Saturday's victory over the Wild. | 11/09/2014 10:26 AM
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Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec recorded an assist in Saturday's victory over the Wild.
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Impact
He now has 10 points in 15 games, and will have a good opportunity to produce around 50-to-60 points this season.
Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec recorded an assist in Saturday's victory over the Wild. | 11/09/2014 10:25 AM
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Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec recorded an assist in Saturday's victory over the Wild.
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Impact
He now has 10 points in 15 games, and will have a good opportunity to produce around 50-60 points this season.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price picked up another win on Saturday. | 11/08/2014 10:25 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price picked up another win on Saturday.
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Impact
He stopped 30-of-31 shots on goal, and is now a solid 8-3-1 on the season.
Canadiens center Lars Eller had a nice game in Saturday's victory over the Wild. | 11/08/2014 10:24 PM
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Canadiens center Lars Eller had a nice game in Saturday's victory over the Wild.
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Impact
Eller had a goal and an assist, along with four shots and a +1 rating. He now has 5 points on the season, and should not be considered a fantasy option moving forward.
Canadiens Dustin Tokarski captured his second win of the season on Wednesday against the Sabres. | 11/05/2014 10:45 PM
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Canadiens Dustin Tokarski captured his second win of the season on Wednesday against the Sabres.
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Impact
Tokarski stopped 31 shots on 32 opportunities, which, ironically, was the same amount Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth saved. Tokarski was able to stopped 2-out-3 in the shootout as Montreal won, 2-1.
Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau scored in regulation and then the game-winning goal in the shootout to carry Montreal over Buffalo, 2-1. | 11/05/2014 10:39 PM
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Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau scored in regulation and then the game-winning goal in the shootout to carry Montreal over Buffalo, 2-1.
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Impact
It was Parenteau's third goal of the season. He has three goals and three assists. Parenteau was also plus-one.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had a game to forget Tuesday against Chicago. | 11/04/2014 10:34 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had a game to forget Tuesday against Chicago.
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Impact
He stopped only 27-of-32 shots on goal, but owners should consider it a minor setback. Price is still 7-3-1 on the season.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price carried Montreal to victory against the Flames on Tuesday. | 10/29/2014 10:23 AM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price carried Montreal to victory against the Flames on Tuesday.
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Impact
Price stopped 37-of-38 shots for a .974 save percentage while the Canadiens mustered only 10 shots on goal even including overtime. Montreal, however, scored the lone shoot out goal and won, 2-1.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price continued his strong start to the season. | 10/25/2014 10:06 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price continued his strong start to the season.
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Impact
He defeated the Rangers by stopping 34-of-35 shots, and is now 6-1-0. Price has been a major reason why Montreal leads the entire Eastern Conference.
Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty recorded two points and four shots on goal Saturday night. | 10/25/2014 10:02 PM
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Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty recorded two points and four shots on goal Saturday night.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, and was +1 on the night. Pacioretty now has seven points, and will have a change to push for 40 goals this season.
Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec scored a shorthanded goal on Saturday against the Rangers. | 10/25/2014 10:00 PM
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Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec scored a shorthanded goal on Saturday against the Rangers.
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Impact
It was his fifth goal of the season, and he now has nine points overall. Plekanec is well on his way to a big season for fantasy owners.
Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal and was +1 on the night, in Tuesday's overtime victory. | 10/21/2014 10:20 PM
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Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal and was +1 on the night, in Tuesday's overtime victory.
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Impact
He is off to a nice start this season, as Galchenyuk now has seven points, along with a +4 rating. Owners need to consider picking him up off waivers.
Montreal center David Desharnais scored the overtime winner against Detroit. | 10/21/2014 10:18 PM
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Montreal center David Desharnais scored the overtime winner against Detroit.
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Impact
It was his first goal of the season, and he now has four points overall. There are better options than Desharnais from a fantasy perspecyive, but it is nice to see him score the OT winner.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price played well in Tuesday's overtime win against Detroit. | 10/21/2014 10:15 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price played well in Tuesday's overtime win against Detroit.
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Impact
He stopped 27-of-28 shots on goal, and is now 5-1-0 on the season. Impressive start to the season for Price.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 34 saves in a victory over the Avalanche on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 10:07 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 34 saves in a victory over the Avalanche on Saturday.
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Impact
It was one of Price's better performances of the young season. Price stopped 32-of-34 shots for a .941 save percentage on Saturday.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 34 saves in a victory over the Avlanche on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 10:06 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 34 saves in a victory over the Avlanche on Saturday.
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Impact
It was one of Price's better performances of the young season. Price stopped 32-of-34 shots for a .941 save percentage on Saturday.
Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban scored two goals on three shots against the Avalanche on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 10:01 PM
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Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban scored two goals on three shots against the Avalanche on Saturday.
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Impact
He also contributed two hits and two penalty minutes. Subban's first goal was a slap shot on the power play to tie the score at one at the beginning of the second period. To cap off three straight goals, Subban scored on a wrister at the 17:59 mark of the second.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will get the nod Saturday night against Colorado. | 10/18/2014 11:40 AM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will get the nod Saturday night against Colorado.
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Impact
Price has played poorly with a 3.75 GAA and .874 save percentage, but that should not sway owners into benching one of the best goalies in the NHL.
Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau scored his first two goals as a Canadien. | 10/16/2014 10:36 PM
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Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau scored his first two goals as a Canadien.
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Impact
The second goal was an empty net, power-play goal. Parenteau also had 5 shots on goal, but a -1 rating on the night. He is looking to get to the 30-goal mark, yet again.
Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher had three points against the Bruins on Thursday night. | 10/16/2014 10:35 PM
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Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher had three points against the Bruins on Thursday night.
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Impact
It was a solid game for Gallagher, as he recorded two goals and an assist, along with four shots on goal and a +2 rating. Owners need to keep tabs on him, if he is still on waiver wires.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was good enough to earn victory over Boston. | 10/16/2014 10:32 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was good enough to earn victory over Boston.
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Impact
He stopped 25-of-29 shots on goal, but still received his third win of the season. It is a welcomed sight for owners, as Price was able to get the victory without playing his best.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was pulled after giving up four goals to Tampa Bay. | 10/13/2014 10:27 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was pulled after giving up four goals to Tampa Bay.
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Impact
He had 19 saves on 23 shots, and was taken out after the second period. Dustin Tokarski took over, and did not fare much better, as he gave up three goals on 11 shots. This is just a hiccup for Price, who is still an elite option in net.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price gets pulled after giving up four goals to Tampa Bay. | 10/13/2014 10:22 PM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price gets pulled after giving up four goals to Tampa Bay.
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Impact
He had 19 saves on 23 shots, and was taken out after the second period. Dustin Tokarski took over, and did not fare much better, as he gave up three goals on 11 shots. This is just a hiccup for Price, who is still an elite option in net.
Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec scored his fourth goal in three games this season. | 10/12/2014 12:10 AM
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Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec scored his fourth goal in three games this season.
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Impact
Plekanec seems to have more energy since the team took him off penalty killing. He has four goals and an assist with a +4 rating.
Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov was a key force in the Canadiens comeback win over Philadelphia. | 10/12/2014 12:07 AM
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Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov was a key force in the Canadiens comeback win over Philadelphia.
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Impact
The Canadiens were down 3-0 in the third period when they scored three goals in an eight minute stretch. Markov scored one and assisted on the other two.
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien has relieved Tomas Plekanec of some of his defensive duties, which is paying dividends at the offensive end according to the Montreal Gazette. | 10/11/2014 11:52 AM
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Canadiens coach Michel Therrien has relieved Tomas Plekanec of some of his defensive duties, which is paying dividends at the offensive end according to the Montreal Gazette.
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Impact
Plekanec had been the first center option for the penalty kill, but Manny Malhotra is healthy and has taken over that role. That allows Plekanec to be much more offensive. He has three goals, seven shots on net and a plus-two rating in the first two games this season.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will return to the ice on Saturday against the Flyers. | 10/11/2014 11:32 AM
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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will return to the ice on Saturday against the Flyers.
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Impact
Price won the season opener on Wednesday against the Maple Leafs, but he got the night off Thursday in Washington. Backup goalie Dustin Tokarski won that game. Price should return to your starting fantasy lineup on Saturday.
Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec continued his hot start to the season on Thursday. | 10/09/2014 10:12 PM
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Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec continued his hot start to the season on Thursday.
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Impact
He scored his third goal in two games, and looks poised to breakout. Plekanec also was +1 on the night.
Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban scored a goal on five shots and had a plus-one rating against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. | 10/08/2014 10:20 PM
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Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban scored a goal on five shots and had a plus-one rating against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
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Impact
Playing overly aggressive defense, Toronto left Subban wide open in the slot, and the defenseman capitalized, scoring the third goal of the game for Montreal. Subban had over 25 minutes of ice time, including over three minutes on the power play and nearly two minutes on the penalty kill.
Montreal goaltender Carey Price had a rocky outing in his first regular season start since his injury last May. | 10/08/2014 10:09 PM
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Montreal goaltender Carey Price had a rocky outing in his first regular season start since his injury last May.
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Impact
Price gave up three goals on 27 shots on Wednesday against the Maple Leafs. Montreal was nursing a 3-2 lead with less than four minnutes to go when he failed to cover a puck in the crease, which eventually found the back of the net. The Canadiens ended up scoring in the final minute of regulation to win, 4-3.
Montreal goaltender Carey Price had a rocky outing in his first regular season start since his injury last May. | 10/08/2014 10:09 PM
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Montreal goaltender Carey Price had a rocky outing in his first regular season start since his injury last May.
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Impact
Price gave up three goals on 27 shots on Wednesday against the Maple Leafs. Montreal was nursing a 3-2 lead with less than four minnutes to go when he failed to cover a puck in the crease, which eventually found the back of the net. The Canadiens ended up scoring in the final minute of regulation to win, 4-3.
Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, against the Maple Leafs on opening night. | 10/08/2014 10:02 PM
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Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, against the Maple Leafs on opening night.
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Impact
Plekanec scored to tie the game early in the second period and then scored the game-winner with less than a minute to go in the third period. Plekanec also had five shots on goal, won 10 faceoffs and finished with a plus-one.
Canadiens Dustin Tokarski is expected to start on Thursday. | 10/08/2014 6:58 PM
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Canadiens Dustin Tokarski is expected to start on Thursday.
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Impact
Montreal plays back-to-back days to start the season, and the team does not want Carey Price to play in consecutive games to begin the year. Tokarski played well in the Eastern Conference Finals last spring against the Rangers.
Avalanche winger Daniel Briere is not expected to make much of an impact in his new home. | 10/02/2014 4:42 PM
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Avalanche winger Daniel Briere is not expected to make much of an impact in his new home.
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Impact
He was almost non-existent during his only season in Montreal (25 points in 69 games), but is hoping a change of scenery will do the trick. Briere is 36-years-old, but hockey is a sport where players can produce well into their thirties. Do not expect much, but if he can get it going on the power play early in the season, Briere could push for 50 points in 2014-15.
Montreal center Tomas Plekanec should be in line for another 20-goal season. | 09/24/2014 4:54 PM
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Montreal center Tomas Plekanec should be in line for another 20-goal season.
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Impact
He finished last season with 20 goals and 23 assists, combined with a +11 rating. While he will probably not reach the 70-point mark ever again, Plekanec should still be targeted around the 14th round of your drafts.
Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk needs to play better in 2014-15. | 09/24/2014 4:50 PM
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Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk needs to play better in 2014-15.
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Impact
He is only 20-years-old, and managed 31 points a season ago. However, his -12 rating needs to improve. Galchenyuk should be targeted towards the end of your draft.
Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher is coming off a career-high 41 points. | 09/24/2014 4:46 PM
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Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher is coming off a career-high 41 points.
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Impact
He had 19 goals and 22 assists, and is just 22-years-old. Gallagher should continue to improve, as he plays on Montreal's top line. His current 14th round value, could turn into a steal of a pick.
Montreal center David Desharnais will open the season centering the Canadiens top line. | 09/24/2014 4:42 PM
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Montreal center David Desharnais will open the season centering the Canadiens top line.
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Impact
He had a solid season last year, with 52 points and a +11 rating. However, he will need to improve those numbers if he wants to be a relevant fantasy center.
Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty could be line for his first 40-goal season. | 09/24/2014 4:35 PM
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Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty could be line for his first 40-goal season.
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Impact
He had 39 of them in 73 games a season ago. After producing 60 total points in 2013-14, combined with a +8 rating, Pacioretty will be worth his early fourth round value.
Montreal goaltender Carey Price told the Montreal Gazette skating is "going pretty good so far." | 08/21/2014 12:45 PM
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Montreal goaltender Carey Price told the Montreal Gazette skating is "going pretty good so far."
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Impact
Price stayed in Montreal until the end of June to rehabiliate his sprained knee. Rangers winger Chris Kreider crashed into Price's leg in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The goaltender missed the rest of the series but should be ready for training camp.
Tim Bozon is ready to play competitive hockey | 07/18/2014 12:13 PM
News
Tim Bozon, who was hospitalized earlier this year with Neisseria Meningitis, will play in an Under-23 tournament that starts on July 31.
NHL.com

Impact
Bozon was released from the hospital in late March after coming out of a medically induced coma. He's been working on returning to professional hockey ever since and was able to begin skating in June.
Brisebois resigns from Habs' coaching staff | 07/18/2014 9:29 AM
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Patrice Brisebois has left his post as player development coach with the Montreal Canadiens.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
The Canadiens said Brisebois decided to step aside for family reasons. Brisebois ended his NHL career in 2009 and began to serve as the Canadiens' player development coach in June 2012.
P.K. Subban's arbitration date in August 1 | 07/09/2014 4:26 PM
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P.K. Subban's arbitration hearing is scheduled for August 1.
TSN.ca

Impact
Since the Montreal Canadiens signed Subban to a two-year, $5.75 million, he has won the Norris Trophy and enjoyed a 53-point campaign. Regardless of whether or not this makes it to arbitration, Subban should cash in big this summer.
Lars Eller gets arbitration date | 07/09/2014 4:25 PM
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Lars Eller's arbitration date is scheduled for July 25.
TSN.ca

Impact
Eller has completed his two-year, $2.65 million contract. He had 12 goals and 26 points in 77 games in 2013-14.
P.K. Subban opts for salary arbitration | 07/05/2014 6:04 PM
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P.K. Subban has filed for salary arbitration.
Sportsnet.ca

Impact
That means he cannot accept an offer sheet from another club and the team has choice of one- or two-year award. The two sides will continue to work on a new contract before his hearing, which doesn't have date scheduled yet. Subban scored 10 goals and 53 points in 82 games last season. He also had five markers and 14 points in 17 playoff contests.
Lars Eller chooses salary arbitration | 07/05/2014 5:58 PM
News
Lars Eller was one of 20 players who filed for salary arbitration before Saturday's deadline.
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Impact
He produced 12 goals and 26 points in 77 games. Eller had a great start to the year, but he his point production fell off dramatically as the year progressed. He managed to rebound in the playoffs with 13 points in 17 matches.
Ryan White waiting for his next chance | 07/05/2014 1:09 PM
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Ryan White is waiting for his next opportunity after the Canadiens cut him loose.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
"My agent is doing most of the due diligence. I'm waiting by the phone and seeing what's going on," said White. "As of now, we're just patiently waiting to see what the best opportunity is going to be." He said some teams have kicked the tires, but nothing appears to be imminent. White also might see what offers he can get from European clubs or from the KHL as well.
Stay-at-home defender Weaver gets a pay boost | 07/05/2014 1:00 PM
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Mike Weaver's one-year salary is the most lucrative deal he has received in his soon-to-be 13-year career.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He re-signed with Montreal for $1.75 million. Weaver had one goal, 13 points and 128 blocks in 72 games last season between the Florida Panthers and the Canadiens.
Subban likely to request arbitration Saturday | 07/05/2014 9:45 AM
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With no deal imminent between the Canadiens and P.K. Subban, look for the Habs' defenseman to request salary arbitration before Saturday's 5:00 pm deadline.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Restricted free agents have until Saturday at 5:00 pm ET to request arbitration and Subban will certainly excercise his rights. There is still a very good chance the two sides will hammer out a long-term contract before the arbitrator makes any binding decisions.
Scherbak and de la Rose featured in Dev. Camp | 07/05/2014 9:41 AM
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Nikita Scherbak and Jacob de la Rose will be in the spotlight this upcoming week at the Canadiens' development camp in Brossard Quebec.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
Scherbak, the team's top pick in last week's entry draft and de la Rose, the Habs' second round pick in 2013, are creating the most buzz. de la Rose, who has a legitimate chance of making the Canadiens out of training camp after a successful season in Sweden, will not play in the AHL if can't nab an NHL roster spot. He will be returned to Sweden for another season with Leskand. If you need a hockey fix, keep an eye on these two players this coming week.
Canadiens ink goalie Joey MacDonald | 07/01/2014 5:14 PM
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Joey MacDonald has joined Montreal Canadiens on a one-year, two-way contract.
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Impact
MacDonald had a 2.90 GAA and .890 save percentage in 11 games with Calgary in 2013-14. He's a solid veteran option to store in the AHL and call up in the event of an injury.
Weaver re-signs with Canadiens | 07/01/2014 1:00 PM
News
Mike Weaver has re-signed with Montreal for one-year and $1.75 million.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He was in and out of the lineup as the Habs' seventh rearguard. Every NHL team needs a player like Weaver but he really is not a fantasy asset as he only has value if your pools counts blocked shots and hits.
Montreal inks Jiri Sekac to two-year deal | 07/01/2014 12:57 PM
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Jiri Sekac has signed a two-year contract with Montreal.
Canadiens.nhl.com

Impact
Sekac had 11 goals and 28 points in 47 KHL games in 2013-14. The 22-year-old will probably need some seasoning in the minors before he makes the jump to the NHL.
Habs sign Gilbert for 2yrs, $5.6 million | 07/01/2014 12:43 PM
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Tom Gilbert has been signed by Montreal for two years and $5.6 million.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He essentially replaces Josh Gorges who was traded to Buffalo. If Gilbert is motivated he could be a nice second power-play rearguard. Expect 25-30 points in 2014-15.
Malhotra signs 1-year deal with Habs | 07/01/2014 12:08 PM
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Manny Maholtra has signed a one-year deal with Montreal for $850,000.
Rotoworld.com

Josh Gorges surprised Habs want to trade him | 07/01/2014 10:28 AM
News
Josh Gorges was surprised to find out that Montreal wants to trade him.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
Gorges has a modified no-trade clause and he reportedly used it to veto a potential deal to Toronto. Although he didn't confirm that specifically, he did confirm that the Canadiens called him to ask him to waive his no-trade clause and clearly he didn't do that. He has, however, added "a couple" Canadian teams to his list of teams he's willing to go to. Previously the list include 15 American-based clubs.
Thomas Vanek has interest in Wild | 07/01/2014 10:20 AM
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Thomas Vanek is interested in signing with the Minnesota Wild, but the team might be unwilling to give him a long-term deal.
Star Tribune

Impact
Still, Vanek might be open to signing with the Wild on a short-term contract. "Is it a deal-breaker if he loves everything about the team and they're shorter term than another team? I don't think it's to that extent," Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett said. "It's just one more of those boxes that you check when you're trying to make a decision." Vanek will be one of the top unrestricted free agents despite his rocky playoff run with Montreal.
Sabres interested in signing Brian Gionta | 07/01/2014 8:31 AM
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The Buffalo Sabres are interested in signing Brian Gionta once he becomes an unrestricted free agent Tuesday afternoon.
Buffalo News

Impact
It appears that the interest in mutual. Although the Sabres aren't likely to compete for a playoff spot in the near future, they do want some veteran talent to help guide their young players and they think Gionta would be a good fit for that role.
Montreal makes Ryan White a free agent | 06/30/2014 5:29 PM
News
Ryan White will be permitted to test the free agent market on July 1.
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Impact
He accounted for six points and 50 penalty minutes in 52 games with Montreal last season. The Canadiens chose not to give him a qualifying offer, which makes him an unrestricted free agent.
Mike Weaver set to become a free agent | 06/30/2014 10:41 AM
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Mike Weaver appears as though he will test free agency.
Montreal Gazette

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His agent has already said that the defenseman will field other offers after he didn't get much of a response from the Canadiens. Weaver was acquired from Florida a the trade deadline and he played well for Montreal, especially during the playoffs. In 72 games during the regular season, Weaver had 13 points, 121 hits and 128 blocks. During the postseason, he earned four points and a plus-8 rating in 17 appearances.
Montreal has offer from Leafs for Gorges | 06/30/2014 10:13 AM
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There's reportedly an offer on the table for Josh Gorges from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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However, Gorges would have to waive his modified no-trade clause to accept a trade to the Leafs. If he does then it's believed that a roster player from the Leafs would go back to the Canadiens in return, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Wild meet in person with Thomas Vanek | 06/29/2014 1:07 PM
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The Minnesota Wild are holding an in-person meeting with potential UFA target Thomas Vanek on Sunday, according to a report by TVA's Louis Jean.
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The Wild wouldn't be able to sign him until July 1, as only the Montreal Canadiens have that right. Many believe that the sniper is likely to land in Minnesota, and this only intensifies that speculation.
Canadiens trade picks to draft Brett Lernout | 06/29/2014 10:48 AM
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The Montreal Canadiens traded up so they could select Brett Lernout with the 73rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Montreal Gazette

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Montreal dealt the 87th and 117th picks to the Arizona Coyotes. "I was happy that they thought so much of me that they gave up two picks," Lernout said. "I think they're going to need physical defensemen in the future and that's my game." He had 22 points and 103 penalty minutes in 72 games with the WHL Swift Current Broncos in 2013-14.
Report: Josh Gorges involved in trade talks | 06/28/2014 4:36 PM
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Josh Gorges is reportedly being made available for trade by the Montreal Canadiens.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter

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The shot-blocking specialist has 15 teams on his list of approved destinations. Gorges has four more years on his current contract and it carries a $3.9 million cap hit.
Scherbak has plenty of Russian support | 06/28/2014 10:43 AM
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Nikita Scherbak, the Habs' first-round selection in the 2014 entry draft, may not play in the NHL for a season or two, but when he does arrive he will have plenty of support from fellow Russians on the Canadiens squad.
Montreal Gazette

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The Canadiens were impressed with Scherbak's skill level and did not hesitate snatching him up in the 26th slot as they had him ranked much higher. Montreal GM Marc Bergevin also believes Scherbak's transition to the NHL will be helped by the presence of a number of Russian-born players on the Habs' current roster. "He's someone that we feel has top-skill talent. He's got a good frame that he can build up on. And with the success we had with Alex Galchenyuk and (Andrei) Markov, and (Alexei) Emelin, we feel that we have a good group of Russian players that could help". Scherbak will not be a fantasy factor until 2015-16 at the earliest.
Montreal selects Nikita Scherbak at No. 26 | 06/27/2014 9:47 PM
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Nikita Scherbak has been picked by the Montreal Canadiens with 26th overall choice in the 2014 NHL draft.
Rotoworld.com

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Scherbak was the runner-up for WHL's 2014 rookie of the year after bringing his game to Saskatoon and posting 28 goals and 78 points in 65 games, twenty more points than the eventual winner. The six-foot Russian winger has proven to be a very coachable player who has improved by leaps and bounds throughout the season, especially in his defensive zone play. Scherbak is most dangerous in the offensive zone as he is a fast skater, great puckhandler and has a bomb of a shot. Scherbak also puts some sandpaper to his game, as he is willing to engage physically and pour on the pressure towards opposing defenses. Scherbak will grow and put on some more weight to his 172-pound frame, and if he continues to improve as much as he did in the WHL, he should be a gritty, highly productive NHL winger.
Subban and Canadiens meet Thursday | 06/26/2014 7:47 PM
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Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin met with agent Don Meehan Thursday to discuss a potential new contract for defenseman P.K. Subban.
tsn.ca

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Subban is set to hit the jackpot this summer after playing exceptionally well over the course of a two-year deal that paid him an average of just $2.875MM the last two seasons. The Habs are definitely interested in signing him, but it remains to be seen what the ultimate price tag will be for his services.
Thomas Vanek has about 4 interested suitors | 06/26/2014 3:35 PM
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Thomas Vanek has garnered the interest of 8 to 10 teams during the NHL's open window phase of free agency.
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However, according to TSN and ESPN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, it appears as though only four of them are serious. That suggests that the other clubs may have just been kicking the tires.
Subban's agent will talk to Habs GM at draft | 06/24/2014 6:41 PM
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Agent Don Meehan will reportedly meet with Montreal GM Marc Bergevin at the draft this weekend to discuss a new contract with P.K. Subban.
Montreal Gazette

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He had a salary cap hit of $2.875 over the past two seasons, but his next contract will be significantly higher. Subban is a restricted free agent and his new deal is at the top of the Canadiens' off-season to-do list.
Andrei Markov signs three-year extension | 06/23/2014 2:14 PM
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Andrei Markov has signed a three-year, $17.25 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

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That's identical to his previous contract. When he signed his last deal, there were some concerns given his, at the time, recent injury history. He's been healthy for the last two seasons, but his age is a concern now, given that he'll turn 36 in December. Still, he scored seven goals and 43 points in 81 games last season while averaging 25:14 minutes, so it seems likely that he would have commanded just as much on the open market.
Montreal will be in three 14-15 home openers | 06/22/2014 10:05 AM
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The Montreal Canadiens will take part in three home openers in 2014-15.
Montreal Gazette

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Montreal will start its season in Toronto on Oct. 8 to help kick off the NHL season before being hosted by the Washington Capitals on Oct. 9. Montreal won't play in its own home opener until Oct. 16 and the Boston Bruins will be in town for that event.
Brian Gionta may want to stay in Montreal | 06/21/2014 12:49 PM
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Brian Gionta doesn't have a "strong inclination to leave" Montreal to test the waters as an unrestricted free agent.
Craig Custance on Twitter

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According to ESPN's Craig Custance, Gionta will speak with his agent, Steve Bartlett, shortly to plan his future.
Canadiens, Gionta's talks are getting serious | 06/18/2014 6:00 PM
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The Montreal Canadiens contract negotiations with Brian Gionta have gotten serious over the last couple of days.
The Bergen Record

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Montreal is hoping to re-sign Gionta before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Canadiens captain had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games in 2013-14.
Markov appears to be in a holding pattern | 06/18/2014 2:33 PM
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Andrei Markov's agent doesn't expect anything to happen soon with his client.
ESPN.com

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Markov is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and it wouldn't be surprising to see him test the waters. He's reportedly seeking a three-year, $18 million contract.
Report: Andrei Markov wants 3-years/$18 mil | 06/18/2014 10:36 AM
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Andrei Markov is reportedly asking for a three-year, $18 million contract extension.
Montreal Gazette

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That might be a little rich for the Canadiens' tastes, given that Markov will turn 36 in December. Still, Markov excelled last season with seven goals and 43 points in 81 games, so he might get something in that range on the open market.
Therrien's new deal includes a team option | 06/17/2014 6:00 PM
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Michel Therrien's new contract is actually a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth season.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

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Therrien's deal was previously reported as a four-year contract, without the stipulation of the final deal being an option. Either way, the length of a head coach's contract is somewhat moot from a fan perspective. Head coaches almost always end up re-signing with the team they've been serving under if the franchise wants him back and having years left on their deal doesn't protect them from being fired if the team's struggles warrant a change in direction.
P.K. Subban wants more than $6.5mil annually | 06/17/2014 2:30 PM
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P.K. Subban is believed to be seeking a contract in excess of Alex Pietrangelo's seven-year, $45.5 million deal.
Andy Strickland on Twitter

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Subban has been a steal over his two-year, $5.75 million contract and now it's time for him to cash in. That being said, he's only eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer, so in the unlikely event that Montreal can't hammer out a long-term contract with him, the two sides will presumably settle on a one-year deal.
Habs sign Dale Weise to a two-year extension | 06/17/2014 12:16 PM
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Dale Weise has inked a two-year, $2 million contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

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Montreal shipped Raphael Diaz to Vancouver on Feb. 3 to acquire Weise. The latter ended up with 16 points and 59 penalty minutes in 61 contests between the Canadiens and Canucks in 2013-14.
Doug Murray poised to become a UFA | 06/16/2014 9:55 AM
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Doug Murray is expected to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Montreal Gazette

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There hasn't been an official announcement from the team, but it's being reported that the Canadiens have decided not to offer him a contract. In 53 games for Montreal in 2013-14, he recorded two assists, 144 blocks, 115 blocks and a minus-12 rating.
Habs hand Michel Therrien a 4-year extension | 06/14/2014 4:04 PM
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Michel Therrien has received a four-year contract extension to be the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens through the 2018-19 season.
Canadiens.nhl.com

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"We're very happy to have agreed to a contract extension with Michel Therrien for multiple seasons. said GM Marc Bergevin. "Michel is an accomplished and experienced coach who has instilled a culture of hard work in our organization while helping develop our young players. Michel and his coaching staff work in a unique and demanding hockey market and the team's success over the last two seasons are a reflection of their excellent work. This decision reflects our desire for stability and consistency within our hockey operations department." He has helped Montreal post a 75-42-13 record over the past two seasons and the team made the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 playoffs.
Thomas Vanek 'no longer a given' for the Wild | 06/14/2014 3:53 PM
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Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune believes that Thomas Vanek landing with the Wild "is no longer a given."
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Russo reports: "The Wild has a lot of players 28 and older, a lot of players 24 and younger. You don't want to get too many players north of 30 on long-term deals, so there's a specific price point I think the Wild's willing to reach with Vanek. I don't get the impression the Wild's willing to sign him to a long-term deal anymore." Vanek should still have his fair share of options in free agency in July even if Minnesota is longer in the mix.
Desharnais credits SO goal for his turnaround | 06/12/2014 6:50 PM
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David Desharnais felt his season turned around after he got a shootout goal on Nov. 15 against Columbus.
Canadiens.nhl.com

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"Even if it was a shootout goal, everything clicked after I scored in Columbus," said Desharnais. "I took advantage of the chance I got and I gained a lot of confidence from that play. That's when I felt I got going again." After a slow start he accounted for 51 points in the last 60 games of the regular season. He also credited his teammates for his ability to bounce back. "For sure it would have been harder to get out of it without the help of my teammates," he stated. "Just knowing that they have faith in you gave me hope even when times were rough. Max [Pacioretty] helped me a lot and so did Daniel [Briere]."
George Parros will be a free agent in July | 06/12/2014 4:53 PM
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George Parros won't be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season, according to Richard Labbe of La Presse.
TSN.ca

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The tough guy won't be offered a contract by the Canadiens, so he will be free to test the market as an unrestricted free agent. Parros suited up in 27 games with Montreal this campaign, but he didn't dress in the playoffs.
Report: Markov, Habs not close to a new deal | 06/07/2014 6:02 PM
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According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Andrei Markov is not close to a new deal with the Montreal Canadiens.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

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The two sides appear to be interested in reaching an agreement, though. Markov is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
Agent thinks Andrei Markov will stay in MTL | 06/07/2014 2:12 PM
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Andrei Markov's agent, Sergei Berezin, thinks a new contract will be reached with the Montreal Canadiens.
ProHockeyTalk

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"We know what Habs management wants, and they know what Andrei wants," Berezin said. "There are no surprises and I am optimistic in this case, the main reason being that In a translated piece from La Presse, Berezin said: "I feel the team wishes to keep Andrei, and Andrei wants to remain with this team. That's what's important to understand. The rest are just details we need to work out." Markov has played all 765 games of his NHL career with Montreal. He recorded seven goals and 43 points in 81 matches in 2013-14.
Habs face some questions on the back end | 06/06/2014 8:01 AM
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Andrei Markov is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July and his future with the Canadiens isn't clear at this moment.
Montreal Gazette

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Montreal GM Marc Bergevin wouldn't talk about his pending free agents, but he did hint that training camp would be spirited with defensemen Nathan Beaulieu, Greg Pateryn and Jarred Tinordi set to compete for roster spots. Francis Bouillon, Doug Murray and Mike Weaver can also become UFAs next month, so expect to see some new faces on the Habs' back end next season.
Montreal pick Brady Vail will re-enter draft | 06/05/2014 6:41 PM
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Brady Vail was not signed by Montreal and will go back into the NHL Entry Draft later this month.
Montreal Gazette

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He was selected in the fourth round (94th overall) in 2012. Vail recorded 32 goals and 83 points in 67 games with Windsor in the OHL during the 2013-14 season. He also skated in 17 games with Montreal's AHL affiliate in Hamilton over the past two seasons.
Tim Bozon returns to the ice Thursday | 06/05/2014 2:24 PM
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Tim Bozon was back on the ice Thursday after battling a long bout of acute bacterial meningitis.
NHL.com

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He was released from the hospital two months ago after he became sick in March of last year and he spent part of his time in a medically induced coma. The Montreal Canadiens prospect recorded 33 goals and 69 points in 63 games last season split between WHL clubs Kamloops and Kootenay.
Lafleur thinks Habs better off without Vanek | 06/04/2014 1:05 PM
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Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur suggested that Montreal might be better off without Thomas Vanek.
La Presse

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Vanek is likely to walk as an unrestricted free agent. Montreal used him sparingly as the playoffs went on and Lafleur accused Vanek of fading under adversity. Vanek now has just 30 points in 53 career playoff games, which is a substantially slowly point-per-game pace than he's enjoyed in the regular season. All the same, he's likely to get a big contract over the summer.

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