Liveblog: Canadiens sign Colby Armstrong, Francis Bouillon, Brandon Prust


Colby Armstrong, bought out by the Leafs, has signed a one-year contract with the Canadiens for $1 million.
Rugged Rangers forward Brandon Prust has signed a four-year deal with the Canadiens for $10 million.

And Francis Bouillon, a Michel Therrien favourite, is coming home to Montreal to shore up the defence corps.

The signings don’t put a huge dent dent in the Canadiens’ salary cap: Armstrong, one season for $1 million (the Leafs are still on the hook for another $1 million with his buyout); Frankie the Bull, one year for $1.5 million; Prust gets $3 million the first year, followed by two seasons at $2.5 million, then a final year at $2 million..

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The D: Gorges, P.K., Markov, Emelin, Bouillon – plus Kaberle, Diaz, Weber, St. Denis.

Not the 1976 Canadiens, but there are worse defence corps in the league (hello, Leafs!)

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Armstrong has injury issues. Sprained ankle and a concussion last season.

But he’s a lifelong Canadiens fan who says signing is “a dream come true”.

The Gordie Howe Rule: You can NEVER have too many players from Saskatchewan.

Canadiens have two: Moen and Armstrong.

Former Armstrong Penguins teammate on Twitter: Congrats to @armdog for his signing avec les Canadiens ! He will fit great there! #salut! #bestteamguy

Forwards with sand? Check.

Lack of depth at LW? Check.

Rugged Dman? Check.

And of course:


  1. Habs1996 says:

    PLEASE accept it Jagr!

  2. habsfan0 says:

    There’s no doubt about it. The Stanley Cup IS the best looking trophy in ALL of professional sports.

  3. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Armstrong was in the Habs fan club when he was small… #Cool

  4. Oops, double post, sorry.

  5. like a boss says:

    would not be surprised if the habs traded Borque..


    Jagr would just make this team real fun to watch!!!

  7. Bouleau noir says:

    Prust’s Montreal girl friend Marie Pierre Morin is a happy gal today, I like it too, another robust team first player who does very well on the PK just like Amstrong and Moen. When you look at the size of some of our top two lines like Cole, Pacio and Bourque it is rather obvious as to how Montreal is no longer the small team that its been for many years. With those additions our young players will pursue their developpement in Hamilton and that can only be a good thing for the Organisation.

  8. Newf_Habster says:

    I suspect Bergy has not done his work today yet. One or two more signings and at least one trade before his tomorrow’s press conference.

    Great work, Bergy!

  9. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Mike Boone is going to be on TSN 990 at 5 with Melnick.

  10. habsfanforever7631 says:

    haha Imagine PG was still here?

  11. hockeyscout101 says:

    2 year deal on table for Jagr from Canadiens.

  12. aj says:

    So far, the bottom six lineup is good:

    3rd line: Moen – Eller – Armstrong
    4th line: White – Nokelainen – Prust

    Ok. I think Jagr could be a decent signing for 1yr if that will help Plecky and Gio. I was against it at first but if it will help the team then go for it.

    • commandant says:

      I suspect we acquire a top 6er. White goes to 13th forward, and Bourque into the third line.

      Go Habs Go!
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      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        If Bourque’s on the 3rd line, Prust the 4th, and Ryan White plays on the 4th line for the 60 games Armstrong is injured, then I’m very pleased with the situation. Prust IMO is a significant upgrade on Mike Blunden, but I’m still afraid he’ll end up on a third line with Eller and Moen.

    • boonie says:

      Lot of money for a 4th line winger. More likely third, Colby fourth,.

  13. Habs4Me says:

    HAHA Leafs can’t sign anyone, i thought Torrana was the place everyone wants to play according to TSN

    • Lizardking89 says:

      Burke is vastly overrated. He made a name for himself with the Sedins trade and hasn’t done much since. Bet ya 10 bucks he’ll announce a press conference and say he doesn’t participate in free agent signings because they’re an annoyance to him.

      • boing007 says:

        That’s pretty much what he said. Didn’t want to make any mistakes. Or something like that. He’s full of blarney. That’s Irish for BS.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  14. HardHabits says:

    The Habs are adding size and grit depth in the bottom six, adding a bit of experience and going back to the future with an ex-Hab that happens to be French speaking with Boullion, essentially making the team tougher while at the same time allowing the progression of the prospects to develop in the farm system where they can develop real chemistry. I like this way of building a team. It’s about time there is some kind of a long term plan. They add another top six winger/scorer and they look like they can make the play-offs.

    I still think they need some more size on the back end.

  15. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    LOVE the Prust signing, sad that we couldn’t get Parros bu oh well.

    Now swap the swiss guys for Erskine, sign Scott for added toughness, and sign Jagir and here’s your 2012-13 Montreal Canadiens

    Pacioretty – Desharnais – Cole
    Jagir – Plekanec – Gionta
    Moen – Eller – Armstrong
    Prust – Nokia – White

    Subban – Georges
    Markov – Emelin
    Bouillon – Erskine


    Bon chance and Happy Canada Day!!

    • jols101 says:

      Easy EOHF, I love your passion for getting tougher and i agree totally but signing or trading for one of Erskin or Scott will be enough. We just added Prust to the tougness department so one “heavy weight” and we have more then enough. I vote for Erskine cause we are in dire need to get bigger and tougher at the back end…


      nokia out bourque in

    • aj says:

      As much as Erskine is your favorite, I’m feeling that Diaz will sign along with Subban this week. The dcorps would look like this (sign-ins and call-ups if needed):

      Subban – Gorges
      Markov – Emelin
      Boullion – Diaz
      Kaberle – (St. Denis)
      (Tinordi – Bealieu)

  16. Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

    Am I suffering from lowered expectations, or are you all delusional? I think we did great with the signings we made today.

    4 million plus per to get a PA Parenteau to shit all over when he doesn’t live up to it is money well not spent.

    We’re tougher, can ice 4 lines of actual NHLers (insert Gomez joke here), and have protection and growing room for the young guys, and probably 6-7 million in the bank after signing Price, PK and Eller. What am I missing?

    Lost a bottle of Kraken during this debacle of a season. Better gettem next year.

    • Couldn’t agree more — for a measly $3.5M on a $70M cap we get a solid physical heart-of-a-lion defenceman for the third pairing (perfect partner for Diaz, say), a hitter/fighter energy guy in Prust, and a no-risk dirt cheap pick-up in Armstrong who could easily chip in 10 goals in an energy role.

      Sure these aren’t superstars, but who else signed big stars today? The Parises, Suters, Doans, etc. are all still considering offers.

      And the icing on the cake: Toronto pays Armstrong a million bucks to suit up against them six times this year. And when he does, you know he’s going to be flying.

  17. Habilis says:

    Anybody know if either Prust or Armstrong can play on the left side?

  18. HardHabits says:

    I am hating Boone’s gag order.

  19. christophor says:

    An incomplete second line and two fourth lines.

    An incomplete second paring, and too many 3rd pairing options.

    Hope something else is in the works.

    • jols101 says:

      I don’t consider Eller/Moen/Bourque a 4th line, I think that would be a respectable 3rd line on most teams. 4th line – Prust/White/Armstrong, not to bad either.

      What we need is a big tough Dman and a top six winger. Get it done Mr. Bergevin….

    • commandant says:

      Moen/Armstrong – Eller – Bourque

      is a complete third line.

      Go Habs Go!
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      • christophor says:

        if they pick up a top six LW, yes. I don’t want to see Eller’s skill wasted on Moen and Armstrong.

        but the top-6 pickings are slim now. maybe a trade or a 1-yr Jagr option (who’s actually a RW)

        • boing007 says:

          True, but they would be good at digging pucks out of the corners.

          Richard R
          Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • CanadienBoy says:

      I still think Bourque will do a lot better under Therrien

    • Lizardking89 says:

      There is I’m sure. Bergevin will not have a press conference today which means there is more to come.

      • christophor says:

        hoping as much. the 1-yr deals made me think this would be a conceded year, waiting for the nice group of prospects to come up. but the 4 year prust overpayment was disheartening.


  20. commandant says:

    Bottom 6 is done… Think our biggest need is a 2nd line winger now.

    I like Prust, he’s a tough guy who can play.

    Go Habs Go!
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  21. commandant says:

    Cap has gone up 14 million in 2 years. Inflation has happened.

    Remember that before saying every UFA got overpaid when you compare them to people who signed 2 years ago.

    Go Habs Go!
    NHL Free Agency and Trade Analysis now.
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  22. JUST ME says:

    Here`s another way of looking at it.
    Darche,Engqvist and Blunden for Armstrong,Prust and Bouillon ? I think the Habs got better. Definitely more character and guts.

  23. naweed235 says:

    Our 2 biggest needs remain… a big tough SOB on D who can drop them… and a top 6 winger who can pot at least 20-25 on a consistent basis

  24. Lizardking89 says:

    Parenteau to the Aves so happy we didn’t sign him 4 years 16 mil way too much for marginal talent.

  25. aj says:

    Let’s see here who are the influences of the current signings:

    Armstrong and Boullion – influence due to Therrien
    Prust – influence due to his girlfriend who is from Montreal

    Most probably, a much needed winger on the 2nd line would likely be an ‘influencED’ guy w/ character who has a few connections with either the administration or with the local people.

  26. youngwun says:

    We dont need anymore grinders, we need a second liner goal scorer. Stop with this parros talk.!

    • RGM says:

      It has, since he’s in Florida now.

      GO HABS GO! Maybe 2012-13 will be our year!
      “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

      Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

    • neutral says:

      If we got Parros – The 4th line would make them keep their heads up and we could put moen on the 3rd with Eller – He did good with Eller last year….


    JAGR merci beaucoup!

  28. db says:

    Parenteau to COL for 4 years… 16Mil!!

  29. mrhabby says:

    habs get more testosterone, truculence and toughness. Not more scoring yet but the days of the habs being pushed around are slowly coming to an end.

    • Habilis says:

      I agree 100%. If nothing else, at least we will be a tough team to play against.

      Plus these signings (barring alot of injuries) will allow the youngsters to develop on schedule. Good work my MB and co in my eyes.

  30. hockeyscout101 says:

    Canadiens have turned their attention to Krys Barch who plays RW. Will come cheaper than Parros, but not as good as a fighter…

  31. hockeyscout101 says:

    Colorado has lost their mind with the signing of Parenteau. That organization is nuts.

  32. habsfanforever7631 says:

    What’s up with this site?

  33. Ron says:

    Nice signing of Prust. Must have had to be long term to get him to sign. Way to go Marc. He will be here long enough to see Thrower and Tinordi come on the scene. Prust had 20 regular season fights and 1 playoff. Did well in most all. Goes up againist anyone even when he is the smaller party. I am going to find it hard to get to like Armstrong but if he is going to cheap shot someome I would like to see him get that rat faced bas#tered Marchand and then maybe I can change my outlook on him, haha.

  34. naweed235 says:

    Asham to Rangers! You heard it here first folks!!!

  35. D Mex says: blog reporting Prust has signed with Habs : 4 yrs / $10M

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  36. Adam says:

    If I may offer some sober, cautious optimism.
    The Habs got better today, but they are still not going to be a great or elite team next year. They will be a real SOB to play against: the days of pushing around the Habs are over. But there is still a lack of goal scoring talent, and the D, though better with the addition of Bouillon and (hopefully) a health Markov, is still not where it will be in a year with young guns like Tinordi and Beaulieu making up the final pair, instead of Bouillon and Kaberle.
    So let’s not get our hopes up for this coming season. We’ll definitely see better hockey, and the I think the general atmosphere will be different. No more players worrying about getting traded in the middle of games. Now, they have a management that they know will have their backs, and that will make a difference. It’s going to be a major transition year, and I’m excited to see how it plays out. But the stuff to really be excited about is still going to be in the pipeline. Still, those mid-season injury callups are going to be the highlights. I cannot WAIT to see some of those kids playing real NHL hockey.
    To recaup: next season will be interesting. The seasons after that have the potential to be much more than that.

    • KenD29 says:

      as long as the team does not stand there and watch their team mates get pushed around, it will be an improvement.

      Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  37. hockeyscout101 says:

    Parros a Panther. Montreal was in on this right to the very end.

  38. HabsFanMTL says:

    still waiting for a Big scrappy Defenceman to clear those big forwards out of price’s way ……….Bouillon maybe tough in the corners but cannot clear those big forwards out of the crease


    if we signed parros no one would want to play us! pk could talk on the smack he wants!

  40. topher5468 says:

    First big day of the year, website getting real slow. Frustrating

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  41. Hali_Hab says:

    i smell a trade coming

  42. kempie says:

    #FlaPanthers have signed RW George Parros to a two-year contract Welcome, @Stache16!
    Retweeted by Bob McKenzie

  43. HabsFanMTL says:

    say good bye to parros he’s signed with Florida


    P.A. Parenteau to COL, 4 yrs, $16M total. [via Twitter]

  45. HFX-HabFan says:

    Parenteau to Avs

  46. Lizardking89 says:

    Don’t know about you guys but I’m excited about Prust. Armstrong and Bouillion seem like good cheap signings as well.

  47. hockeyscout101 says:

    Parros getting closer to making a decision on destination…Montreal still in hunt for that RW for the 4th line.

  48. HFX-HabFan says:

    Brookbank to Chicago

  49. Boomer says:

    3 million dollar contract for prust, he’s not gonna be on our 4th line… Moen Eller Prust 3rd line… if we sign parros, Armstrong White Parros 4th line. Nokelainen 13th forward. Leblanc in Hamilton for deelopment. that woud be a good bottom 6 😉

    Occupation: Professional Hedonist

  50. Habitforming says:

    Done deal….

    Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun
    Prust deal in Montreal: $3 M next season, then $2.5 M next 2 yrs, then $2 M in last year

  51. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Amazing, Props Bergevin!
    The Habs are now much tougher, we aint gona get pushed around no more…Bruins here we come!

    Boullion, he was one of my favorite players when I was beginning to become a Habs fan; I was like 12/13 back then.
    If my memories rite, I remember him dropping the gloves with Darcy Tucker.

    Go Habs Go! Can’t wait!

  52. HFX-HabFan says:


  53. like a boss says:

    I think its about time the habs to sign Jagr…

  54. kempie says:

    Renaud P Lavoie ‏@RenLavoieRDS
    Nothing official yet, but Brendan Prust is close to a deal with the Canadiens.
    Retweeted by Bob McKenzie

    Sounds pretty real now.

  55. Boomer says:

    with prust and armstrong signing looks like Leblanc is gonna be in hamilton. unless some trades happen. Good for his development 🙂

    Occupation: Professional Hedonist

  56. hockeyscout101 says:

    Parros to Montreal is still an option. They are still talking contract to Parros. Prust plays either LW or Centre. And Ryan White can play either LW or RW (I think) and Parros can only play RW. So basically you can have white, prust and Parros as your 4th line. Moen will be on the 3rd line probably with Eller (if he doesn’t get that potential Ott deal) and Armstrong or Bourque.

    • db says:

      No need for Parros.. and there’s even money for Semin :p (but not term).




  57. JUST ME says:

    Well…Those 3 guys add a new dimension to the team and adds character wich is interesting knowing that no miracles were to be expected from today. Of course if they go for a big gun it could be a different ball game but i think it prepares the team on the long run for the young talented guys to graduate in a few years.


    Prust close to signing with Canadiens !! SOLID!

  59. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Have to think Diaz and Weber are on the block with Frankie back. How many dmen do we have??

  60. db says:

    Renaud P Lavoie ‏@RenLavoieRDS
    Nothing official yet, but Brendan Prust is close to a deal with the Canadiens.
    Retweeted by Bob McKenzie

  61. SuperHabFan says:

    brendan prust.. good deal

  62. hockeyscout101 says:

    Sheldon Brookbank possibly to the Habs. They are sniffing around at him. May ink a 2 year deal.

  63. Carta-Hab says:

    At the very least our bottom two lines will have some added grit!

  64. Boomer says:

    WOW prust, great signing. I was hoping for Parros cause I thought Prust would go elsewhere. our bottom 6 is panning out

    Occupation: Professional Hedonist

    • hockeyscout101 says:

      Parros is still an option. Therrien wants a heavyweight on the team. He has to solid middle weights in Prust and Moen and light weight in White and under weight in Bouillion. They are still going after a HW.

  65. HFX-HabFan says:

    We got Prust WOOOO

  66. like a boss says:

    Great signing by MB brining in Prust. Grit, will drop the gloves and can pot a few

  67. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Wow!!! 2-0 game over!

  68. hockeyscout101 says:

    All we need now is Parros…we got Prust so now lets get Parros and have a line of White, Prust and Parros lol

  69. like a boss says:

    Im happy that we signed Bouillion, plays with alot of heart.

    • shootdapuck says:

      Wonder what injury he’s hiding this time?

      The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

      “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
      “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
      ” I have a pet peeve”

  70. kempie says:

    JT UTAH ‏@25stanley
    DONE DEAL: Brandon Prust with the #Habs. 4 years – $10M. #NHL

    Edit: I need to hear this from a better source.

  71. hockeyscout101 says:

    Parros to Montreal…Let’s get that signing locked up before the end of the day.

  72. HardHabits says:

    I can understand how some people don’t like soccer. I can also understand how some people don’t like classical music, fine dining, or a good bottle of wine. I like all those things. Yet I still love hockey, listen to heavy metal, like a good burger and fries and will gladly drink a pitcher of beer.

  73. The HonestFan says:

    Colby the new Shane corson ?

  74. Carta-Hab says:

    Prust to the Habs!

  75. mrhabby says:

    Low risk high rewards players who have ties to the coach and gm.
    Frankie brings more toughness to defence and armstrong is better player than staubitz any day. Still have money to play with.

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