Montreal Canadiens: 2014 Offseason Recap

Photo: Jeff Zelevansky, Getty Images

Photo: Jeff Zelevansky, Getty Images

The 2014 offseason for the Canadiens started on May 29th, following their 1-0 loss to the Rangers in Game 6. GM Marc Bergevin and his staff have had to make multiple decisions regarding the organization since that date. This includes the draft, signing players, letting players go, trades and so on. We will now take a look at what has occurred since the playoffs.

The Draft (June 27-28)

Round 1, 26th overall: Nikita Scherbak
Round 3, 73rd overall: Brett Lernout (Canadiens traded #87 & #117 to Arizona for #73)
Round 5, 125th overall: Nikolas Koberstein (From NYI, Vanek trade)
Round 5, 147th overall: Daniel Audette
Round 6, 177th overall: Hayden Hawkey
Round 7, 207th overall: Jake Evans

The Traded

June 14th – Louis Leblanc dealt to Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick (2015)
June 30th – Daniel Brière dealt to Colorado Avalanche in exchange for PA Parenteau and a fifth round pick (2015)
July 1st – Josh Gorges dealt to Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a second round pick (2016)

The Unsigned

Francis Bouillon – UFA
Mike Blunden – Signed one-year, two-way deal with Tampa Bay Lightning
Jöel Chouinard – Signed one-year deal with Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Mike Cichy – Lost NHL rights on August 15th, signed one-year deal with Florida (ECHL)
Justin Courtnall – Signed with Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Robert Czarnik – Signed one-year deal with Indy Fuel (ECHL)
Peter Delmas – Not qualified, UFA
Devan Dubnyk – Signed one-year deal with Arizona Coyotes
Brian Gionta – Signed three-year deal with Buffalo Sabres
Matt Grassi – UFA (Bulldogs)
Artturi Lehkonen – Signed two-year deal with Frölunda (SHL), own his rights until June 1st, 2017
Maxime Macenauer – UFA (Bulldogs)
Robert Mayer – Bought out, signed three-year deal with Genève-Servette (NLA)
Nathan McIver – Signed one-year deal with Norfolk Admirals (AHL)
Douglas Murray – UFA
Joonas Nättinen – Signed one-year deal with MODO (SHL), own his rights until June 30th, 2018
Erik Nyström – Lost NHL rights on June 1st, signed two-year deal with Djurgården (SHL)
Jordan Owens – Signed one-year deal with Sterzing/Vipiteno (ITA)
George Parros – UFA
Martin Réway – Signed two-year deal with Sparta Praha (CZE), own his rights until June 1st, 2017
Drew Schiestel – Signed one-year deal with Düsseldorfer EG (DEL)
Martin St. Pierre – Signed one-year deal with Medvescak Zagreb (KHL)
Nick Tarnasky – Signed two-year, two-way deal with New York Rangers
Brady Vail – Lost NHL rights on June 1st, UFA
Thomas Vanek – Signed three-year deal with Minnesota Wild
Ryan White – Signed one-year, two-way deal with Philadelphia Flyers

The Signed/Re-signed

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May 30th – Dalton Thrower inks three-year ELC
June 17th – Dale Weise re-signs to two-year deal
June 18th – Bulldogs sign David Makowski to one-year AHL deal
June 23rd – Andrei Markov re-signs to three-year deal
July 1st – Tom Gilbert signs two-year deal
July 1st – Jérémy Grégoire inks three-year ELC
July 1st – Manny Malhotra signs one-year deal
July 1st – Jiri Sekac inks two-year ELC
July 1st – Mike Weaver re-signs to one-year deal
July 3rd – Bulldogs sign TJ Hensick to one-year AHL deal
July 21st – Bulldogs sign Bobby Shea to one-year AHL/ECHL deal
July 21st – Nikita Scherbak inks three-year ELC
July 24th – Lars Eller re-signs to four-year deal
July 28th – Bulldogs sign Jake Dowell to one-year AHL deal
July 29th – Bulldogs sign Joe Finley to one-year AHL deal
August 2nd – PK Subban re-signs to eight-year deal

The Other Moves

June 14th – Canadiens sign Michel Therrien to four-year extension
June 21st – Panthers name Gerard Gallant as their new Head Coach
July 17th – Patrice Brisebois resigns from Director of Player Development position
July 30th – Canadiens sign Dan Lacroix as Assistant Coach
July 30th – Canadiens sign Rob Ramage as Player Development Coach
July 30th – Rick Dudley promoted to Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations
July 30th – Scott Mellanby promoted to Assistant General Manager
July 30th – Trevor Timmins promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel, remains Director of Amateur Scouting
August 5th – Nikolas Koberstein commits to Sioux Falls (USHL) for 2014-15
August 28th – Canadiens renew ECHL affiliation with Wheeling Nailers


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