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Tim Bozon is ready to play competitive hockey | 07/18/2014 12:13 PM
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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Lars Eller was one of 20 players who filed for salary arbitration before Saturday's deadline.
NHLPA.com

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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

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"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

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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

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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

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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.
Аrpon Basu on Twitter

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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
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Mike Weaver has re-signed with Montreal for one-year and $1.75 million.
Rotoworld.com

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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

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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

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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
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Josh Gorges was surprised to find out that Montreal wants to trade him.
Montreal Gazette

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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

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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

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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
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Ryan White will be permitted to test the free agent market on July 1.
Dave Stubbs on Twitter

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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.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter

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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.
Louis Jean on Twitter

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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.
Pierre LeBrun on Twitter

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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."
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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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.
Hall of Famer Lafleur bashes Max Pacioretty | 06/04/2014 1:02 PM
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Max Pacioretty's ability to perform under adversity was questioned by Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur.
La Presse

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Lafleur argued that Pacioretty isn't the type of player that the Montreal Canadiens should want on their team. Pacioretty had 39 goals in the regular season, but just 11 points in 17 playoff games. While he certainly didn't have a great postseason run, it would be an overreaction for the Canadiens to dump him. He comes with a very reasonable $4.5 million cap hit, which makes him a great guy for Montreal to have as they try to build off of their run to the Eastern Conference Final.
Thomas Vanek will test free agent market | 06/03/2014 8:21 PM
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To nobody's surprise, the agent for Thomas Vanek confirmed Tuesday that the Austrian forward will make a decision about his future when the free agency period opens on July 1st.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

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It has been the league's worst kept secret that Vanek intended to test the free agents waters all season after he wouldn't engage in long-term contract talks with any of the Sabres, Islanders or Canadiens. Despite his postseason struggles, the sniper remains a good bet to break the bank this summer.
Joonas Nattinen is heading to Sweden | 06/03/2014 1:42 PM
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Joonas Nattinen has signed with the Swedish league's MODO.
Modohockey.se

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Nattinen had eight goals and 15 points in 69 AHL games in 2013-14. He played in his first, and to date only, NHL game on January 18. He was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer.
Panthers get permission to interview Gallant | 06/03/2014 11:20 AM
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Montreal has granted the Florida Panthers permission to talk to assistant coach Gerard Gallant.
Montreal Gazette

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Florida is considering him for its vacant head coaching position. Gallant previously spent parts of three seasons as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The team had a 56-76-4-6 record during his tenure.
GM Bergevin hopes to re-sign Brian Gionta | 06/02/2014 12:47 PM
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Montreal GM Marc Bergevin hopes to retain the services of Brian Gionta heading into next season.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

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Gionta has already expressed his preference to stay with the Canadiens. The Montreal captain can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He generated 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games during the regular season.
GM confirms Dale Weise had a concussion | 06/02/2014 12:43 PM
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Montreal GM Marc Bergevin confirmed that Dale Weise suffered a concussion in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final against New York.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

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He spent some time in the "quiet room" before he was cleared to return to the contest. However, he wasn't able to play in Game 6. Symptoms of a concussion don't always immediately appear, so that may have been the case here. Weise contributed three goals and four assists in 16 games during Montreal's playoff run. He will use the summer to recover.
Thomas Vanek lacked chemistry off of top line | 06/02/2014 10:35 AM
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Thomas Vanek blamed his lack of production in the playoffs on poor chemistry with his new linemates.
Montreal Gazette

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However, he wasn't pointing the finger at his teammates. He blamed himself for that not happening. "I'm a big believer in chemistry," he explained. "I started in Buffalo and I went to the Island, where I got comfortable with Johnny (Tavares) and (Kyle) Okposo and our line took off and then your game takes off. When I first got here, I struggled a bit and then I got moved to Davey (Desharnais) and Patch (Max Pacioretty) and I think as a line we were great, one of the best lines. Then I got taken off and I struggled to find myself with a new line. I played with (Tomas Plekanec) for most of the playoffs and it didn't work. We are, I believe, both very good players, but it didn't work. We're not on the same page, just different games." He averaged more than three shots a game in the regular season, but had only 28 shots in 17 playoff games. Vanek will test the market as an unrestricted free agent next month.
Price prasises Tokarski for work in playoffs | 06/01/2014 10:50 AM
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Carey Price was very impressed with the work of Dustin Tokarski in the playoffs.
Habs Inside Out

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Tokarski, who replaced the injured Price against the Rangers, was the Habs' best player in the five games he played. Of Tokarski's performance, Price had the following to say: "That's probably one of the hardest situations you could ever throw a guy into. And he really excelled. He showed why he's won at different levels." There is a very good chance that Tokarski will be Price's backup next season.
Price praises Budaj for support and attitude | 06/01/2014 10:46 AM
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Carey Price had some very nice things to say about Montreal back up goalie Peter Budaj Saturday as the Canadiens cleaned out their lockers at their training facility.
Habs Inside Out

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Price told reporters that Budaj's attitude and support during the playoffs was exceptional. "Peter is one of the genuinely nicest human beings I've ever met," Price said. "He's an unbelievable back-up. He's a really good friend of mine. He's one of the best friends I have on this team. He showed a lot of character. He never hung his head. He never pouted. And he showed the utmost support for everybody including Dustin [Tolarski]. It takes a special person to do that." That's all nice, but it doesn't mean he will be back in Montreal next season despite having a year left on his current contract.
Lars Eller wants to develop into top forward | 05/31/2014 9:38 PM
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Lars Eller wants to develop into a more consistent player.
NHL.com

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The 25-year-old forward is a restricted free agent this offseason. He tallied 26 points in the regular season, but he stepped up in the playoffs with 13 points in 17 games. "I want to be a top-six forward, and hopefully a center," Eller said. "That's still my goal, to round up into that player that can be depended on at both ends of the ice, playing in important situations, if you're down a goal or up a goal. That's the player I want to be."
Subban: I want to be a Hab for rest of career | 05/31/2014 9:34 PM
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P.K. Subban, a restricted free agent this offseason, hopes to stay with the Canadiens "for the rest of his career."
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Subban, who will become an RFA on July 1, just finished the second year of his "bridge" contract that held a $2.875 average annual value, but he holds much more leverage now. "Since 2007 when I was drafted by Montreal, I think I've made it pretty clear that I want to remain here and play here for a long time, hopefully for the rest of my career," Subban said. "It's a great place to play. I love playing here. I enjoy the fans. They've been completely supportive of myself and the hockey club since I've been here. We've had a lot of good years since I've been here and there's no doubt in my mind that there's a lot more to be accomplished. Hopefully I'm here a long time to do that." Subban recorded 10 goals and 43 points during the regular season, with 14 points in 17 playoff games.
Brian Gionta wants to remain with Canadiens | 05/31/2014 9:28 PM
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Brian Gionta has yet to talk to the Canadiens about a new deal, but says he wants to remain in Montreal.
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The 35-year-old captain is an unrestricted free agent after finishing out a five-year, $25 million contract. "We love it here," Gionta said. "My family's been here for a while. We love the city. We love the team and believe in the team and the direction of the team, so we'll leave it up to [Bergevin] and my agent to take care of it. . Nothing's been discussed. We have a mutual respect for each other and I'm sure we'll get together soon." Gionta had 18 goals and 40 points during the regular season, with seven more points in the playoffs.
Price thinks Kreider collision was bad luck | 05/31/2014 9:23 PM
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Carey Price doesn't believe Chris Kreider crashed into him on purpose.
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The Rangers forward appeared to lose his balance and collided with Price in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, sidelining him for the rest of the series. "No, I don't think it was on purpose," Price said. "Hockey is a rough sport. Injuries happen all the time. Sometimes they're intentional, sometimes it's just bad luck."
Carey Price's LBI won't require surgery | 05/31/2014 5:19 PM
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Carey Price said his "lower-body injury" won't require surgery.
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He wouldn't divulge the nature of his ailment, but it was suspected to be a knee problem. Price did state that the ailment was unrelated to the one he had at the Winter Olympics. He may have been available for the Stanley Cup Final had the Canadiens advanced.
Thomas Vanek is expected to test free agency | 05/31/2014 1:59 PM
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As expected, Thomas Vanek is projected to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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He said he wouldn't rule out Montreal as an option, but he also said the same thing about the New York Islanders after he rejected their seven-year, $50-million offer. It would also be surprising to see Vanek return to the Canadiens after he was demoted to the fourth line at the end of the team's playoff run. He registered 27 goals and 68 points in 78 games with Buffalo, New York and Montreal this past season. He also had five goals and five assists in 17 postseason matches.
Peter Budaj hopes to be back in MTL next year | 05/31/2014 1:45 PM
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Peter Budaj hopes to be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season.
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"I have one year left in my contract and I hope to play here," he said. Budaj stayed stapled to the bench during the playoffs even though number one netminder Carey Price wasn't able to play due to injury. Montreal chose to ride Dustin Tokarski instead and he played brilliantly while Price was sidelined. Budaj has been a decent backup for the Canadiens over the past three seasons, but the revelation of Tokarski could make the team reassess the situation.
Francis Bouillon not ready to retire yet | 05/31/2014 1:38 PM
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Francis Bouillon is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1.
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The 38-year-old defenseman said he isn't ready to retire yet, so he'll probably be looking for employment elsewhere in a couple of months. Bouillon skated in 52 games with the Canadiens during the regular season and he appeared in nine playoff matches.
Doug Murray wanted a chance to contribute | 05/31/2014 1:29 PM
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Doug Murray was left feeling "disappointed" following Montreal's elimination from the playoffs.
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"I would have love to contribute more," he said. "I'm not satisfied." Murray appeared in only three games during the Canadiens' postseason run that ended in the Eastern Conference Final. He played in 53 contests during the regular season. Murray can become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Dalton Thrower signs entry-level contract | 05/30/2014 12:27 PM
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Dalton Thrower has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
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Thrower had 39 points and 70 penalty minutes in 42 WHL games in 2013-14. Montreal took him with the 51st overall pick in 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
P.K. Subban tries to be upbeat after ECF loss | 05/30/2014 6:52 AM
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P.K. Subban did his best to stay positive after Montreal was knocked out of the postseason on Thursday night.
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"It's not what we wanted, but there are some positives," said Subban after the Canadiens' 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. "First and foremost, you have to give them credit. They did a lot of things well to win the game. I thought we, at times, did enough things to win as well. Today, they were opportunists. They scored a big goal and they really committed themselves to shutting us down." Subban logged a game-high 27:04 of ice time in Thursday's defeat. He registered four shots and two blocks. Subban had just a goal and one assist in the series, but he finished the postseason with a team-leading 14 points in 17 games.
Alexei Emelin sits again with unknown ailment | 05/30/2014 6:38 AM
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Alexei Emelin wasn't able to play in Game 6 against the New York Rangers due to an undisclosed ailment.
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He won't get a chance to play until next season because the Canadiens were eliminated from the playoffs by the Rangers on Thursday night. Nathan Beaulieu took his spot in the lineup again, just like he did in Game 5.
Thomas Vanek struggles as Habs get ousted | 05/29/2014 11:23 PM
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Thomas Vanek played just over 12 minutes in Thursday's 1-0 series-ending loss to the New York Rangers.
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Vanek's time in Montreal likely won't be remembered fondly, as he registered a measly two assists in six games against the Rangers and totalled 10 points in 17 postseason contests overall. The free agent to-be will certainly be wearing another team's colors when the season begins next fall.
Dustin Tokarski solid as Habs get eliminated | 05/29/2014 11:20 PM
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Montreal goaltender Dustin Tokarski did all he could Thursday, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Rangers from scoring a 1-0 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals and eliminating the Canadiens from the postseason.
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Tokarski blocked 31 of 32 shots in a strong effort, but was ultimately let down by his tea mates. All told, he acquitted himself well in the playoffs after he was thrust into action in place of the injured Carey Price, sporting a 2.60 GAA and a .916 save percentage.
Brandon Prust set to play on 3rd line Thurs. | 05/29/2014 6:39 PM
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Brandon Prust skated with Rene Bourque and Lars Eller during Thursday's morning session.
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He will return to the lineup on Thursday night in Game 6 after serving his two-game suspension. Prust will be taking injured winger Dale Weise's spot on the Canadiens' third line.
Carey Price works out, faces shots on the ice | 05/29/2014 4:35 PM
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Carey Price (knee) took to the ice at the end of Thursday's morning skate in full equipment for a third straight day.
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He worked out by himself and then he faced a few shots from his teammates. Price still isn't ready to return, so Dustin Tokarski is expected to start in Game 6 versus the New York Rangers.
Alexei Emelin will be a game-time call | 05/29/2014 2:45 PM
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Alexei Emelin (undisclosed) is being listed as a game-time decision for Thursday night.
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He wasn't able to play in Game 5 because of an undisclosed injury and he didn't take part in the team's morning skate Thursday. Emelin leads Montreal in hits this postseason with a total of 52 in 15 contests.
Canadiens' Dale Weise won't play in Game 6 | 05/29/2014 2:41 PM
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Dale Weise won't play in Game 6 Thursday.
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It's believed he suffered a concussion, but coach Michel Therrien wouldn't discuss the ailment. He called it a "body injury" and wouldn't talk about the symptoms that Weise reportedly suffered from after Tuesday's win. Weise has been a good player for the Canadiens during the playoffs and even though he's a fourth liner he will be missed in the lineup.
Alexei Emelin could be available for Game 6 | 05/29/2014 10:52 AM
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Alexei Emelin (undisclosed) was slated to travel with the Canadiens to New York for Game 6.
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He didn't play Tuesday night because of unknown ailment. If Emelin is available to suit up Thursday night then Nathan Beaulieu is probably the most likely candidate to head back to the press box.
Report: Dale Weise has a concussion | 05/28/2014 6:05 PM
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Dale Weise reportedly sustained a concussion as a result of the hit he absorbed from John Moore on Tuesday.
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If that's true, then the obvious question is why he was allowed back into the game after spending time in the "quiet room." Weise had three goals and seven points in 16 playoff games.
Canadiens put Brandon Prust back in lineup | 05/28/2014 12:17 PM
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Now that his suspension is over, Brandon Prust will be reinserted into Montreal's lineup.
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No surprise there, but now we have confirmation. Prust was forced to miss two games after he delivered a late hit to Derek Stepan that left the Rangers forward with a broken jaw.
Andrei Markov has a three-point game Tuesday | 05/28/2014 9:44 AM
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Andrei Markov registered three assists in Montreal's 7-4 victory on Tuesday.
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That gives Markov a goal and 10 points in 16 playoff games. He's 35 years old, but Markov hasn't been lucky enough to enjoy many long postseason runs in his career. In fact, he had participated in just 54 playoff contests going into the 2013-14 campaign.
Max Pacioretty is back on track | 05/28/2014 9:41 AM
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Max Pacioretty bounced back from his disappointing performance in Game 4.
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Pacioretty said after that contest that "good players find a way to overcome a bad game" and he did just that. Pacioretty had a goal and an assist in Montreal's 7-4 victory on Tuesday, giving him 11 points in 16 playoff games.
David Desharnais finds back of net Tuesday | 05/28/2014 9:39 AM
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David Desharnais scored a goal in a 7-4 win against the New York Rangers Tuesday night.
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Desharnais also recorded two assists in Game 4 on Sunday. With the Canadiens' one loss away from elimination in the Eastern Conference Final, they need all the help they can get. Desharnais has been quiet for the most part in the playoffs, but they have to hope this is the beginning of a hot streak for him.
Alex Galchenyuk gets a goal, assist Tuesday | 05/28/2014 9:36 AM
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Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal and registered an assist in Montreal's 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
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It was just Galchenyuk's fourth game since returning from a knee injury that had sidelined him for over a month. He now has three points since his return.
Thomas Vanek has assist, new low in ice time | 05/28/2014 9:34 AM
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Thomas Vanek recorded an assist for the Canadiens in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday.
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That didn't stop Vanek from setting a new career-low in the 2014 postseason with just 8:55 minutes played. He's seen his role diminish substantially over the course of the playoffs. The Canadiens acquired him from the Islanders at the deadline, but he'll probably leave the team as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Tomas Plekanec ends eight-game goal slump | 05/28/2014 9:30 AM
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Tomas Plekanec found the back of the net in Montreal's 7-4 win Tuesday night.
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Plekanec snapped his eight-game goal scoring drought. He has four goals and nine points in 16 playoff contests.
Brandon Prust has served his suspension | 05/28/2014 9:25 AM
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Brandon Prust has completed his two-game suspension for his "late" and "violent" hit on Derek Stepan.
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Stepan suffered a broken jaw as a result of the blow. Prust was forced to miss Games 4 and 5 of the Eastern Conference Final as punishment for his actions.
Dale Weise returns after concussion scare | 05/28/2014 9:23 AM
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Dale Weise was temporarily removed from Tuesday's game after a controversial high hit from John Moore.
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Weise needed to spend some time in the "quiet room" before he was given the okay to return to the contest. He ended up with two assists in Montreal's 7-4 victory.
Rene Bourque has the best game of his career | 05/28/2014 9:21 AM
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Rene Bourque isn't likely to argue with you if you called Tuesday's 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers the biggest game of his career.
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Bourque led the charge for Montreal with a hat trick. "There are some games when the puck is coming to you," Borque said. "I've had a few (hat tricks) but obviously none as big as this one. I had a tough first period, the puck was bouncing but it was a little better in the second. You also have to give credit to my linemates. (Dale) Weise set me up with two great passes." He's now on a three-game point streak and has eight goals and three assists in 16 playoff contests.
Rene Bourque's hat trick powers Canadiens | 05/27/2014 11:02 PM
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Rene Bourque emerged from a slump to tally three goals in the Canadiens' 7-4 win over the New York Rangers Tuesday night.
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He entered the game having scored just once in his past 10 contests so this breakout was certainly unexpected. The Habs also received offense from a number of other sources as David Desharnais, Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty all found the back of the net in the big victory while Andrei Markov dished out three helpers.
Dustin Tokarski and Habs force Game 6 in NYC | 05/27/2014 10:56 PM
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Dustin Tokarski and the Canadiens emerged victorious in a wild 7-4 decision over the Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night.
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Tokarski struggled during a crazy second period in which the Habs allowed three consecutive goals to blow a 4-1 advantage and ultimately allowed four goals on 27 shots to earn a victory. The series will shift back to Manattan for Game 6 Thursday.
Max Pacioretty looks to bounce back Tuesday | 05/27/2014 2:29 PM
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Max Pacioretty wasn't happy with his performance in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.
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Pacioretty had no shots on goal and a minus-two rating in Montreal's 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers. "Good players find a way to overcome a bad game like that, and I've got to do that [Tuesday]," Pacioretty said. After scoring 39 goals in the regular season, he has just four goals in 15 playoff contests. Montreal has a 3-1 series deficit against New York.
Coach reiterates that Price won't return soon | 05/27/2014 12:19 PM
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Canadiens coach Michel Therrien once again stated that Carey Price (knee) won't return before the end of the Eastern Conference Final.
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Questions about Price's status were renewed after he skated in full gear Tuesday morning. He might be able to return in time for the Stanley Cup Final should the Canadiens make it that far, but for now they'll have to rely on goaltender Dustin Tokarski.
Dustin Tokarski is expected to play Tuesday | 05/27/2014 10:54 AM
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Dustin Tokarski will play between the pipes on Tuesday.
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Carey Price is making progress in his return from a knee injury, but he doesn't appear to be even close to playing. Tokarski has done a solid job in Price's absence, posting a 2.62 GAA and .917 save percentage in three contests.
Carey Price skates with full gear Tuesday | 05/27/2014 10:50 AM
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Carey Price (knee) skated in full gear before Tuesday's practice.
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It is Price's second straight day on the ice and the first time he has worn equipment. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien ruled him out for the series and reiterated that on Sunday. Price might end up defying that if this series drags on, but he isn't expected to return for Game 5 on Tuesday.
Brian Gionta stays upbeat despite deficit | 05/27/2014 10:41 AM
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Brian Gionta is trying to stay positive despite a 3-1 series deficit against the New York Rangers.
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"It's a challenge, but this isn't something that can't be done," Gionta said, invoking the power of the double negative. Montreal has overcome a 3-1 series deficit twice over the last 10 years. The most recent example was in 2010 when Montreal was down 3-1 to Washington in the first round. Gionta said the guys that played through that series remember the feelings, but the situation is somewhat different. In 2010, goaltender Jaroslav Halak really carried Montreal though that comeback, stopping an unreal 131 of 134 shots in just three contests - none of which went to overtime. Rookie Dustin Tokarski has been fine in Carey Price's absence, but it would be a bit much to ask for him to lead the team in the same way Halak did.
Carey Price (knee) skates without equipment | 05/26/2014 1:17 PM
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Carey Price (knee) skated Monday morning without equipment.
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Dustin Tokarski has started the last three games for Montreal while Price has been out of commission with a knee injury. Price isn't expected to play at all in the Eastern Conference Final, but it is encouraging that he's back on the ice.
Francis Bouillon scores in his return | 05/26/2014 10:33 AM
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Francis Bouillon found the back of the net during Montreal's 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in Game 4.
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He was appearing in his first contest since Game 2 against Boston. The goal was his second of the postseason and it could keep him in the lineup for Game 5 on Tuesday night. Bouillon finished the match with 12:23 of ice time.
P.K. Subban scores PPG Sunday to end drought | 05/26/2014 10:25 AM
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P.K. Subban scored his fifth goal of the playoffs in Sunday's loss to New York.
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He scored on a slapshot from the blueline during a Montreal power play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Canadiens went 1-for-8 with the man advantage in the contest and they posted eight shots on goal. Subban's goal snapped his five-game scoring drought and it gave him his 13th point in 15 postseason contests.
G Dustin Tokarski so-so in OT loss to Rangers | 05/25/2014 11:40 PM
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Goaltender Dustin Tokarski, filling in for the injured Carey Price, was not exactly stellar in the Canadiens' 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers in New York Sunday night.
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While he made 26 saves, Tokarski probably should have been able to stop the game-winning goal scored by Martin St. Louis in the first overtime period. St. Louis got the puck in the right circle and had an open look at Tokarski, who has robbed St. Louis on several occasions in the series. This time, St. Louis ripped a shot inside the near post and over Tokarski's glove to win it. He might've also reacted better on the slapshot, breakaway goal scored by Derick Brassard. In any case, he wasn't the Tokarski who starred in the Canadiens' Game 3 overtime win. Tokarski's GAA remains impressive in the post-season. It's 1.84, and he has a .946 save percentage.
Two assists for David Desharnais in Habs loss | 05/25/2014 11:33 PM
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David Desharnais collected assists on both of the Montreal Canadiens' goals in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final series in New York Sunday night.
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They were his fifth and sixth assists of the post-season and they led to goals by defensemen Francis Bouillon (his second of the playoffs) and P.K. Subban (fifth). The series now returns to Montreal with the Canadiens trailing in games, 3-1.
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