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July 1 signings around the Atlantic Division

July 1 signings around the Atlantic Division

On Canada Day, as is the case every year, the National Hockey League’s free agent period re-opened and free agent frenzy was a crazy one. Led by the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the John Tavares sweepstakes and the Montreal Canadiens bringing back Tomas Plekanec who is at 998 career games, many teams added pieces for […]

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Habs Agree to Terms with Michael Chaput and Kenny Agostino

Habs Agree to Terms with Michael Chaput and Kenny Agostino

DEPTH. DEPTH. DEPTH. That is the story of the Canadiens on the opening day of free agency and there is nothing wrong with that. They shouldn’t dive into crazy contracts with long term when they are in currently in a period of retooling. In addition to signing Ouellet and Peca earlier today, the Habs announced […]

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Canadiens Ink Xavier Ouellet, Matthew Peca

Canadiens Ink Xavier Ouellet, Matthew Peca

With the free agency market now open, the Canadiens have added depth to their organization with the signings of blue liner Xavier Ouellet and forward Matthew Peca (no relation to Michael Peca). The Canadiens inked Ouellet to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700, 000 in the NHL and $275, 000 in the AHL (guaranteed salary […]

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Taken Back From Toronto: Tomas Plekanec Returns To Canadiens

Taken Back From Toronto: Tomas Plekanec Returns To Canadiens

Some people get sports cars, others get piercings or tattoos.  Tomas Plekanec’s awkward phase was shaving his goatee and wearing a Maple Leafs jersey.   That is now officially over.   The endeavor was worthwhile.  The Montreal Canadiens ended up with one of their many second round picks and a couple depth pieces, most notably […]

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Trade Talk: Tomas Plekanec

Trade Talk: Tomas Plekanec

There may not be a player that has better embodied the Montreal Canadiens –for better or worse– over the last 15 years than Tomas Plekanec.   Before, Tomas was overly skilled and undersized.  He was mobile and productive but lacking in physicality and would throw the puck away to avoid being hit (certainly a helping […]

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How Much Does Chemistry Cost in the NHL?

How Much Does Chemistry Cost in the NHL?

  How much does chemistry cost in the NHL?   As you all know, you can have top players out on the ice but if they do not have any chemistry, you will not get results. With anywhere from $7.5 to $9.5 million available depending the rosterand IR, the Montreal Canadiens may have to look […]

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Alex Galchenyuk Contract Extension: 3 More Years Of Affordable Offence

Alex Galchenyuk Contract Extension: 3 More Years Of Affordable Offence

Certainty continues to show more and more of its lovable mug to the Canadiens with the contract extension for Alex Galchenyuk just drying its ink, showing to be for three seasons at an average annual value of $4,900,000.   Before sides can wage any potential war between “he had a great season” versus “and then […]

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Paying The Price: Carey Price Remains With Canadiens Following 8 Year Extension

Paying The Price: Carey Price Remains With Canadiens Following 8 Year Extension

“There’s no better place to play hockey.  I’d be proud to wear a Canadiens jersey until the end of my career.” – Carey Price, hot off signing a hefty contract extension.     That is not a gust of wind going through the city of Montreal today… it is merely the collective sigh of Canadiens fans […]

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Old Buds, New Friends: Byron Froese, Peter Holland Sign With Montreal

Old Buds, New Friends: Byron Froese, Peter Holland Sign With Montreal

Death, taxes and Marc Bergevin finding more fringe 4th line players.  Two guys have found themselves in recent years likely repeating the mantra: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”   Byron Froese and Peter Holland have done just that.   These guys always seemed to be scratching at the cusp of something.  Granted, they […]

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Burnaby Bruiser: Karl Alzner Bell Centre Bound

Burnaby Bruiser: Karl Alzner Bell Centre Bound

There was a defenceman out there on the free agency market standing 6’3, weighing in at 219 pounds, plays a steady and sensible but outdated style of defence while somewhat lacking mobility and offensive skill.  Who jumped all over him and threw a five year term at him before the market even officially opened? If […]

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Habs Trends: Building The Foundation Early (& Often)

Ever changing constants are an intriguing oxymoron and one that the hockey world lends itself to, whether it realizes that or not.  The Montreal Canadiens have been a visible case in point of just that in their first small handful of showcases to start the young season.  Early and often are the keynotes and they […]

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