Boyd goes unclaimed

Canadiens forward Dustin Boyd has not been claimed off the waiver wire by the 29 other NHL teams.

Boyd was placed on waivers by the club on Monday.

For now, he remains with the Canadiens, but could be assigned to Hamilton, where he would continue to receive an NHL salary.


  1. zak says:

    They should put Nomez on waivers and maybe someone will claim him and get him off our hands.

  2. NightRyder says:

    Here’s the deal. I think we all know he’s not getting sent to the minors.

    But if he did, it would be forever because of the scenario you detailed above.

    My point is that we will never have a better chance to send him to the minors, because even he cannot suck this bad for so long. No one would pick him up now.

    And if we sent down a player with three goals in 47 games, or three points in 14 games or however you want to look at him, it wouldn’t cause the ripple it would when he starts producing on a 12-goal pace again.

    So I say do it now! Plekanec can be the No. 1 centre. Let Eller play a No. 2 role and get some valuable experiece.

    Use the cash saved from Gomez to address other issues in the off-season.

    Jettison the baggage now. The window of opportunity is very small!

  3. Bill J says:

    You where bang on about the NMC Vs. NTC.


    If the Habs sent Gomez to the minors, WHEN the Habs are prepared to bring him back up…  He must clear waivers AGAIN, and this time the team picking him up gets hit with 1/2 Cap hit Gomez brings, leaving the remaining amount on the Habs Cap hit.

    I doubt Gomez would clear re-entry waivers at 4Million per…. I for one, think he is at least worth 4Million….


    Frankly, I do not want to hear: “WE lost McDonagh for NOTHING….”

  4. Bill J says:

    NightRyder has it right.

    thus the different wording.

    a NMC (No Movement Clause) = No movement of ANY kind.

    a NTC (Not Trade Clause) = No Trades.


  5. Storm Man says:

    Who is this BLACK JACQUES guy? Is he going to play on the top 6?

  6. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    There’s still hope for Boyd. One of the biggest problems in hockey now is the lack of movement from the NHL to the AHL. Playing in a lower league can do a young player’s development  some good.


    We aren’t friggin’ fruit flies, gang. We have a lifespan that averages to around six hockey following decades. It is possible to evaluate a situation with more then three weeks of memory, input or planning ahead. I know it doesn’t seem as catastrophic or dramatic, but long term is a great way to look at hockey!

  7. NightRyder says:

    Not the case. Many players have NMCs which means they can’t be assigned to the minors without their consent.

    From what I understand, Gomez has a limited NTC, which means Hamilton, get ready to watch him streak through the neutral zone!

  8. Chorske says:


    How could this happen? But we spent all of a month and a half grooming him! Yet another promising prospect falls victim to BLACK JACQUES!!

    Haha, just kidding.

    FOr those who wail that we got “nothing” in the Sergei trade: think of it this way. We traded an anal polyp for a box of farts. The anal polyp was a very real negative thing that was attached to us, and we needed to get rid of it before it spread. The box of farts may stink, but that’s about the worst thing you can say about it. Also, it’s easier to pass on, because it’s not attached to us and vice versa.

    See? Boyd was a box of farts. Remember that, all you moaners and groaners. Une boite de pets.

  9. Chorske says:

    a no-movement clause does NOT prevent a player from being sent to the minors

  10. Antho says:

    Good thing he wasnt claimed or that would be another player gone without anything in return

  11. NightRyder says:

    No movement clauses have been put in by sharp agents who don’t want their boys sent to the minors. Is Gomez’s agent that sharp?

    If he is, we are screwed for a very, very long time, unless Gauthier has some special pictures of another GM.

  12. Kamal Panesar says:

    NMC doesn’t preclude the Habs from sending him down to the minors, only of making a trade.

    That being said, Gomez has a limited NTC where he can list three teams that he will NOT accept a trade to.  Apart from that they can do what they want but, seriously, who is going to take Gomez and his horiffic contract off of the Habs’ hands?


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  13. NightRyder says:

    Question I’m too lazy to look up:

    Does Gomez have a no-movement clause in his contract that would preclude him being sent to the minors?

    This would be the source of great consternation for myself if he does.

    C’mon investigative types, find out for me will ya?

  14. Kamal Panesar says:

    And now what for young Mr. Boyd, the guy who scored 90 points in 68 games his last season in the WHL (including 48 goals)?

    Should be interesting to see what happens but you have to think this move is a prelude to something…but what? A recall from Hamilton?  A trade?

    Should be interesting to see what PG has in store!

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  15. shiram says:

    uh wear it proudly? or send it to JM ?

    Poutine, the perfect trio, on any line.

  16. Storm Man says:

    Snap…. Now what do I do with the jersey with Guerin’s name on the back of it and the number 00?

  17. Storm Man says:

    Is Guerin in a car when he does this? He can’t catch Gomez on the ice, You could skate faster.

  18. shiram says:

    Alas the fates are not to be, as the entry is removed today.

    Poutine, the perfect trio, on any line.

  19. Storm Man says:

    Well if wikipedia said so must be gold. What number does he have? 00.

  20. LA Loyalist says:

    I’d pay to see Guerin check Gomez into the boards the first time Gomez screws up a rush.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  21. dh says:

    Plus his name starts with a G.  Should be a no brainer.

  22. mike g says:

    Isn’t he already with us?…

    I saw it on wikipedia yesterday..


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  23. samTHEman says:

    I’m for Guerin suiting up for the habs and play alongside G-G. That would be cool. He’s 40 but is a proven scorer and can still do some damage. Brings size to a small top 6.

  24. thorandresson says:

    What does this mean exactly? Does he have to report to Hamilton now?  What about his salary?  

  25. samTHEman says:

    From what I understand he reports to Hamilton. His salary is the same. Correct me if I am wrong

  26. GrimJim says:

    It’s a multi-step process:

    (1) the player is placed on waivers, so any other team can claim him and add him to their NHL roster. No other team claimed him so Boyd remains the property of the Canadiens.

    (2) Now the Habs have two weeks (iI think) to decide what to do with Boyd. Right now, he remains on the Habs active roster. he gets paid his NHL salary and it counts against the Habs cap. (a) If Mtl decides to assign him to Hamilton in the next two weeks, he remains Mtl property, goes on the Bulldogs active roster, since he’s on a one-way contract he gets paid his NHL salary, his salary does not count against the cap, and if they recall him he has to pass through re-entry waivers. (b) if Mtl doesn’t assign him anywhere during the two weeks he remains on the Habs active roster. he gets paid his NHL salary and it counts against the Habs cap. Once the two-week period ends, the process resets and any movement would start with him being waived again.

    “What would you be if you were attached to another object by an incline-plan wrapped helically around an axis?”

  27. mbplekfan says:

    He reports to Hamilton if that’s where he is assigned. His salary comes off the cap but he still gets paid.

    I couldnt really see any team picking up his -6 even at 300k.

  28. otter649 says:

    Depends if he signed a one way (NHL) or two way (AHL) contract – Not sure what he signed……….

  29. bolder says:

    They should waive JM, and all the other pylons on the team.

  30. sidhu says:

    Assign him to Hamilton — bring up White!

  31. TorontoHabsFan says:

    White scored his 1st goal in 11 games on Friday – he’s been struggling mightily it would seem.

  32. LizardKing1967 says:

    We should sign Bill Guerin at 500K



    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  33. LizardKing1967 says:

    if not, bring up Max-Pac cause he’s the only one to be brutally honest. Lets see him back up his words.



    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  34. tony d says:

    yeah I’m surprised he’s still available….wonder why.

  35. JSP1990 says:

    Hmmmm. Maybe a recall of an offensive forward if Laps doesn’t play well tonight? Patches, Desharnias, Palushaj?

  36. samTHEman says:

    Out of those 3, definately Pacioretty. Desharnais lacks the size and strength, Palushaj needs some more time in the AHL.

  37. volcano62 says:

    Saw Palushaj play at the bell center last friday…he’s quite a player. I was also impressed with Carle, Weber and White. and Henry has some size!

  38. joeybarrie says:

    So wait…… We still have a prospect for SK??? I thought we ended up with nothing.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  39. JSP1990 says:

    Yeah. Pacioretty is my first choice too. Put his money where his mouth is and back up what he said.

  40. Say Ash says:

    I think you answered your own question.

  41. JohnBellyful says:


  42. Timo says:

    Oh, all the hand-wringling yesterday… and in the end, nothing has changed. Phsych! :)

  43. RJ says:

    Another solid prospect with an upside dispatched. This is another in a long line of players the team has failed to develop. The scouting report on him is solid yet they give up on him after just a few games. I’d like to know what the team’s own scouting report on him revealed. They must have liked SOMETHING in order to make the deal. Lats, Dags, etc. The list of players we gave up on continues.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  44. JSP1990 says:

    Failed to develop? The Flames and Preds failed to develop him, not the Habs. There’s still hope for him down in the AHL. Stop trying to blame the Habs for everything.

  45. thorandresson says:

    huh?  Another solid prospect that they didn’t develop?  He’s 24 and has a few years playing in the NHL, did you know that Nashville and Calgary gave up on him too?

  46. SeriousFan09 says:

    The 1987 Canada Cup is coming to DVD on November 16th, featuring all nine games that Team Canada played. 


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  47. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Excellent! That tournament (and Lemieux’s winner) was my first clear hockey memory!

    I’m wondering, who do you think deserves a call up (if that indeed is what Gauthier/Martin are planning on doing with the suddenly free roster spot)?


    Do you think Palushaj is ready?

  48. JSP1990 says:

    Henry would be a huge waste up here. He is way too slow and doesn’t have the hockey sense to play in the NHL. Other than that, I agree with you.

  49. dh says:

    Saw the game also.  Agree with White.  Weber and Carle looked good but they’ve played with the habs before and didn’t impress much.  Weber’s slapshot could be useful on the PP though.

    Did you think that Max-Pac was mostly cherry picking that night?  I expected him to be more intense after that interview.

  50. SeriousFan09 says:

    The concern with Palushaj was his play away from the puck, he’s a tough enough player for his size but defensive awareness wasn’t that solid. I think he and Max-Pac aside from maybe call-ups for injury fill-in are going to spend the season in Hamilton. I think White might get the nod, fill him in on the bottom 6, bump Eller or Pouliot to the top lines.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  51. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Makes sense (bumping Eller up to Top 6). Should be interesting to see what happens – I’m not certain that Guerin is the answer (but I’m not sure who is).

    Congrats on the new job – I look forward to reading your updates. It’s nice to see one of the sane ones get recognized for their work.


  52. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think Guerin is the answer either, no one else seems interested among any Contender teams (Guerin has said he’s not signing with a non-playoff squad) and I think he’s just gotten a little too old now.

    Thanks, look forward to finding new ways to bring extra content to these reports as well.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

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