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Canadiens, forward Jake Evans agree to two-year contract extension

The Canadiens and forward Jake Evans agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season, the team announced on Wednesday. The first year will see Evans earn US$700,000 in the NHL and US$225,000 in the AHL in a two-way deal, while he will receive US$800,000 for the second year in the NHL under a one-way pact. ...
Sep 22, 2020

Canadiens prospect Cole Caufield might continue his career in Sweden

Canadiens prospect Cole Caufield is attending classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and practising with the school’s hockey team. The question is: For how long? Uncertainty over the NCAA hockey season fuelled a rumour that Swedish team Rögle BK was pursuing the Canadiens’ first-round draft choice (No. 15 overall)...
Sep 21, 2020

Canadiens' Nick Suzuki named to NHL All-Rookie team

Canadiens centre Nick Suzuki has been named to the NHL All-Rookie team for the 2019-20 season. Suzuki, who turned 21 last month, registered 41 points (13 goals and 28 assists) in 71 games with the Canadiens last season. The 5-foot-11, 201-pounder built on that success in his first Stanley Cup playoffs, tying for first on the team in points with four goals and three assists. He also posted a...
Sep 21, 2020

Canadiens bar Guy Lafleur from wearing Habs sweater for CHUM ad

Call it The Hockey Sweater 2.0. Guy Lafleur took to his Instagram account on the weekend to say he had never expected to be allowed to wear a Canadiens sweater when he recently shot a commercial for a new fundraising campaign for the CHUM (Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal) super hospital. But social media was chock full of...
Sep 18, 2020

Hickey on hockey: Canadiens likely to dangle Domi in bid to add offence

Can you have too much of a good thing? That’s the question confronting the Canadiens as they prepare for the coming season. At this time last year, the Canadiens had gaping holes at centre and on the left side of the defence. Today, they have a surplus of talent at both positions and that poses challenges and opportunities. Let’s the start...
Sep 17, 2020

'I want to be a leader,' Canadiens' new blue-liner Joel Edmundson says

Defenceman Joel Edmundson made his family happy when he decided to sign a four-year, US$14-million contract with the Canadiens. “It’s been my one my family’s favourite teams for their whole lives,” Edmundson said Thursday during a conference call from his off-season home in Kelowna, B.C. “My dad’s side of the family is French and...
Sep 16, 2020

Canadiens sign defenceman Joel Edmundson to 4-year, $14M deal

The Canadiens agreed to terms with defenceman Joel Edmundson on a one-way, four-year contract that will carry an average salary cap hit of $3.5 million, general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday evening. Edmundson, 27, played 68 games with the Hurricanes last season, recording seven goals and 13 assists. The 6-foot-4, 216-pound rearguard also had 72 penalty minutes. He scored one goal in four playoff contests with Carolina.  Montreal acquired Edmundson from the Hurricanes on Sunday in return for a fifth-round pick in 2020....
Sep 16, 2020

Canadiens loan Jesse Ylönen to Finnish club

Jesse Ylönen is the latest Canadiens prospect to be loaned to a European team for the start of the 2020-21 season. General manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday that Ylönen will join the Lahti Pelicans in the Finnish Liiga. With the start of the NHL season delayed until at least early December, the loan will give Ylönen an opportunity to get into playing shape before reporting to the Canadiens training camp. Ylönen, 20, signed his NHL entry-level contract with the...
Sep 14, 2020

Gallagher says high expectations are demanded of Canadiens

Brendan Gallagher is one of eight players heading into a contract year and he said that will result in a sense of urgency when — and if — the 2020-21 NHL season gets under way. “There’s definitely an amount of uncertainty,” Gallagher said Monday in a conference call from his home in smoky Vancouver. “We tell you guys how much we love playing together but if we want to stay that way, you have to start demanding results. ...
Sep 12, 2020

Canadiens acquire defenceman Joel Edmundson from Hurricanes

The Canadiens added some depth to their defence corps Saturday when they acquired Joel Edmundson from the Carolina Hurricanes in return for a fifth-round pick in 2020. Edmundson played a top-four role for the Hurricanes for most of last season, but he became expendable after Carolina acquired Brady Skjei from the Rangers at the trade deadline. Montreal didn’t have to give up much because Edmundson is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the current Stanley Cup playoffs. He had a cap hit of $3.1 million for the past...
Sep 11, 2020

Joël Bouchard says coaching Laval Rocket is a positive stress

At age 46, Joël Bouchard’s competitive days are long past, although the former defenceman, who was a member of eight NHL organizations, doesn’t appear much heavier than his playing weight of 209 pounds. Nonetheless, although the Laval Rocket head coach appears in shape, he took stock of his health, along with a moment to contemplate the stress of coaching, following Claude Julien’s recent health scare. ...
Sep 10, 2020

Stu on Sports: Could Canadiens trade Phil Danault instead of Max Domi?

Could the Canadiens end up trading Phillip Danault instead of Max Domi? Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman thinks so. During his weekly segment Thursday with former NHLers Andrew Peters and Craig Rivet on The Instigators show on WGR Sports Radio 550 in Buffalo , Friedman was asked if he had heard about any trade offers concerning Domi. ...
Sep 10, 2020

Hickey on Hockey: 2020-21 season could see Habs in an all-Canadian division

The National Hockey League deserves a lot of credit for its Return to Play tournament, which is on pace to crown the 2020 Stanley Cup champion early next month. The dual bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton have provided the players and auxiliary personnel with a safe environment and, when you consider that the players were off the ice for up to four months, the action on the ice has been entertaining and hard-fought. ...
Sep 9, 2020

Stu on Sports: A flashback to last year's Canadiens golf tournament

Wednesday marked one year since the Canadiens held their annual golf tournament at Laval-sur-le-Lac, the unofficial start to their NHL season. Nobody could have predicted back then that a year later a Stanley Cup champion for the 2019-20 season would still not be decided or that there wouldn’t be another team golf tournament this year because of COVID-19. In some ways, that golf tournament seems like it was...
Sep 8, 2020

Stu on Sports: Top Canadiens draft picks play key roles with Lightning

It was interesting watching the Tampa Bay Lightning pound the New York Islanders 8-2 Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final. What made it interesting — apart from Tampa’s total dominance — was watching Ryan McDonagh and Mikhail Sergachev, both first-round draft picks of the Canadiens, on the Lightning blue line. McDonagh scored a goal, while Sergachev picked up an assist in the blowout. ...