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What to do with the “Finnish Line”

What to do with the “Finnish Line”

As we speak, the Montreal Canadiens are in the midst of building their roster for the 2019-2020 NHL season. With just under $7.5 Million in cap space remaining according to CapFriendly, the question looms over what to do with RFA’s Joel Armia and Arturri Lehkonen, who both filed for arbitration on Friday. The Canadiens have […]

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Canadiens Ink Nick Cousins To A One-Year, One-Way Contract

Canadiens Ink Nick Cousins To A One-Year, One-Way Contract

Earlier today, the Canadiens announced that they signed forward Nick Cousins to a one-year, one-way contract worth $1 Million.  Here are some fast facts.   He was drafted in 2011 in the third round by the Philadelphia Flyers.   From 2009 to 2013, he played in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the Sault Ste. […]

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Canadiens Sign Ben Chiarot for 3 Years

Canadiens Sign Ben Chiarot for 3 Years

Earlier today, the Canadiens announced that they signed left-handed defenseman Ben Chiarot to a 3-year, $10.5M contract.‬ He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 4th round in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Chiarot played in the AHL for the 2009-10 season and signed his entry-level contract with the Thrashers in 2011. Fast-forward to […]

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Canadiens Sign Phil Varone To A One-Year, Two-Way Contract

Canadiens Sign Phil Varone To A One-Year, Two-Way Contract

On July 3rd, the Canadiens signed forward Phil Varone to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000 NHL and $450,000 AHL). Varone was drafted in the fifth round by the San Jose Sharks in 2009. The forward played in the OHL in 2010-11 and was not signed by the Sharks following that season. As a free agent, […]

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Aho, Matey: Habs Offer Sheet Hurricanes Sebastian Aho

Aho, Matey: Habs Offer Sheet Hurricanes Sebastian Aho

Sebastian Aho checks every box for all 31 franchises in the NHL and that clearly includes the Montreal Canadiens: young (21), can skate, is a point per game player and –for bonus points– he is a center.  On a day where guys at the latter half of their prime or are aging and looking for […]

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Canadiens Ink Riley Barber

Canadiens Ink Riley Barber

The Canadiens have announced that they have signed forward Riley Barber to a one-year, two-way deal ($700,000 NHL and $300,000 AHL – guaranteed salary $400,000). Barber was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 6th round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. While n the Capitals’ organization, Barber suited up for 237 regular season games […]

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Coming To Carey’s Aid: Habs Sign Keith Kinkaid

Coming To Carey’s Aid: Habs Sign Keith Kinkaid

Keith Kinkaid was an early lock for the Montreal Canadiens with word having made its way to the surface in recent days.  This would usually be met with groans and sighs of yet another depth player (counting backup goalies in that) being the “big move” made by Marc Bergevin at a critical point in time. […]

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An Apology to Marc Bergevin

An Apology to Marc Bergevin

Hello Marc, It has been a long time since I wrote to you; and it was not a message of good intent. In late June of 2016, I lambasted you and your staff for moves that were then, and can still be viewed now as poor examples of asset management. This previous letter was formed […]

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Canadiens Ship Deslauriers to Anaheim

Canadiens Ship Deslauriers to Anaheim

Another one. The Montreal Canadiens have dealt Nicolas Deslauriers to the Anaheim Ducks for a 4th round pick in 2020. This ups their draft pick count for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal to 12 picks; 8 of which are in the first 4 rounds. With this move and the trade of Andrew Shaw […]

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Habs Deal Andrew Shaw Back to Chicago

Habs Deal Andrew Shaw Back to Chicago

The Montreal Canadiens have made a bit of a splash on the eve of Free Agency to free up cap space. With time ticking down, Marc Bergevin made the decision to trade fan favourite and agitator, Andrew Shaw, with a 7th round pick in 2020 to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2nd round pick and […]

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Carey Price Deserves Better Than the Montreal Canadiens

It is needless to say that Carey Price is on a team that simply does not capitalize on his abilities. The Habs are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third straight year. And while the injuries and bad calls are valid excuses for their current losing streak, there are plenty of errors […]

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