Canadiens sign free agent Hunter Bishop

Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of free agent forward Hunter Bishop to a two-year contract (2010-11 and 2011-12). He will report to the Hamilton Bulldogs early next week.

More from the team’s release:

Bishop, 22, is a 6’, 196 lbs forward who hails from Fairbanks, AK. In
2009-10, he ranked fourth in scoring in his second season with the NCAA
Ohio State Buckeyes. He registered 27 points in 33 games (15 goals, 12
assists). He ranked third in goals with the Buckeyes and had 22 penalty
minutes. In his sophomore season with Ohio State in 2008-09, Bishop ranked third in scoring with 31 points in 42 games (14 goals, 17 assists).
From 2005 to 2008, Bishop registered a total of 177 points (93 goals,
84 assists) in 140 regular season games with the Vernon Vipers of the
BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League), including a 97-point season
(57-40-97) in 60 games back in 2007-08.
Bishop participated in the Canadiens’ development camp in 2009.


  1. pmaraw says:

    whos whining and going on about it?  how many posts have you made regarding the hit/suspension?

  2. showey47 says:

    Julien was on xm radio and plain out said kessel didn’t want to exercise and didn’t get along with most of his team mates. He also said kessel didn’t want to buy into the julien defensive system,he felt he was above the team. This is right from claude julien.

  3. CHsam says:

    I hope he does like last time and tells his agent to accept the first Habs offer to remain a Hab.

  4. D Alcorn says:

    Looks OK in the photo – I’d want to see it in motion out on the ice.

    I thought the alternate whites WERE the official 3rd jersey (prior to the centennial retros) , no ?


    ALWAYS Habs –

    Dave Mex

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    A series of scouting reports about him labelled him as such and it really does fit in with reasons why he might have been let go. Even if there were salary cap issues, I think they would’ve made the moves to retain Kessel rather than keep a guy like Ryder if they were convinced he was the right  guy. Ryder just had a 30-goal season They could’ve easily sent him somewhere else, even if they got taken on the deal so they could extend Kessel. Something had to be wrong besides salary cap space and his not fitting in with the Bruins locker room could be a reason, players do get sent away for that reason. 

    Besides, looking at his production in Toronto, he went on a scoring spree when he showed up, was very unimpressive during January when the team still had hope of competing for a spot and now that the team is basically out of the playoffs, now he’s performing. Add in his questionable Olympics performance, I would say his performance is Thornton-esque, handy when it’s not really important but never there when it is.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s called crashing from an overachieving season, plenty of forwards are not doing nearly as much as they did last year. Ryder, Krejci, Wheeler and several other players have failed to entirely live up to what they did last year. The collapse of the Bruins blue line has also killed them, ruins their team’s transition game with so few defencemen playing effectively. Kessel wasn’t God to their team, he was a part of their success but his leaving didn’t mean the end of the world.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  7. crabvader says:

    It was a terrible trade for them THIS year. Instead of re-signing Kessel, they used that money to pick up Derek Morris. That’s a head scratcher.

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s also renowned locker room poison, Bruins traded him for those picks for a reason. You think they didn’t like his scoring talent?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  9. crabvader says:

    Oh get over it, you big baby. LOL!

    Still going on about it?

    When I say rollercoaster, I meant suspension lengths. They’re all over the place. Now if you’re gonna keep whining, just stop talking.

  10. Rugger says:

    Kessels 36 are only 1/3 of the goals they are down from last year.

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    Re: Kessel Trade, Not really, considering they’re about to draft Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  12. Ayan_SB says:

    Gainey completely re-tooled the team in the offseason, picked up MAB, traded for Pouliot. Not too mention the Kovalev trade, going after Briere, Shanahan and Sundin. He nearly got Hossa at the trade deadline two years ago, and there were talks of a Price for Lecavalier trade during last year’s draft.

    I seriously don’t understand how some of you fans could expect more. If Gainey had ever traded for Crosby, people would still be complaining about not getting Malkin instead.

  13. jbroderi says:

    sounds like a man with a plan.  that is very good news.

    I think Gainey always had solid plans, but he seemed overly cautious at times and never wanted to make a move, but just see how things were going to play out.  when you stall in that job though, trades and free agents pass you by. 

    All in all, Gainey did leave ole PG enough to work with, and he still did a decent job IMO. 


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s because Devils are such a ****ing bore to watch, every year we generally play four very boring games with the Devils, increase those # of boring games to 41 and you get the idea of what the Jersey fans go through at the home arena. Trap hockey and little excitement to their game, it is a winning form of hockey most of the time but it’s incredibly boring to watch. If they played some interesting hockey, they’d be fine.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  15. Habscore says:

    Yea, that over the last weeks, PG told Markov’s agent he was interested in discussing about our boy!

  16. Ayan_SB says:

    Yup, Gauthier wants to have discussions with Markov’s agent soon. Markov can’t sign until July 1st though

  17. Habscore says:

    Oh that’s great news!!! Hopefully it is true.
    We better keep this guy until all, each and one of his hair turns grey 🙂

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    If we extend Markov long-term, it will be a very strong indication of our team’s future fortunes.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  19. oshawahabsfan says:

    I’m flipping between the two

  20. jbroderi says:

    i don’t know any french, is that saying the PG is trying to sign markov to an extension?


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  21. oshawahabsfan says:

    Home ice advantage is bigger here than anywhere else, so I wouldn’t have a problem with that!

  22. oshawahabsfan says:

    Woo 1-0 funny birds

  23. oshawahabsfan says:

    New Jersey is another place that doesn’t deserve a franchise with their abysmal attendance. The league was stupid enough to approve  a new arena. Even with a player like that they won’t sell out. They have empty seats in the playoffs for f#$ks sake!

  24. Ayan_SB says:

    Le CH deja interesse a reembaucher Markov

    Selon ce que La Presse a appris, des premiers pas ont été
    effectués dans les dernières semaines par le nouveau DG du Canadien
    afin de conclure une prolongation de contrat avec son défenseur vedette.

    «Pierre (Gauthier) m’a déjà avisé, lors d’une récente visite à
    Montréal, qu’il souhaitait avoir des discussions à propos de Markov», a
    confié Don Meehan, l’agent du joueur russe.

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    Considering how many Eastern Conference teams are stumbling right now, I’m feeling pretty good about most of our opposition if the Canadiens continue as they are right now.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  26. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    I only have one extra.

  27. jbroderi says:

    not the most probable, but how would 3rd place look going into the play-offs?  That would most likely mean a meeting with the sens or flyers.  I still think 6th against the suddenly struggling sabres would be a good match up too.

    go habs go, and for tonight, pitts, atl, TB and dallas


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  28. Ayan_SB says:

    Shawn Thornton just fought Matt Cooke, I’ll give the win to Thornton.

  29. JIMVINNY says:

    Thornton just fed cooke a couple of extra shots after the linesman jumped on top.

  30. jbroderi says:

    I wouldn’t have expected an increase in attendance since kovy left.  I think they average around 13 ro14 usually 🙂

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  31. SeriousFan09 says:

    No Kovalchuk costs them a lot in their limited attendance. NJ apparently is starting to fill up the Prudential Centre with Kovalchuk there though, just the promise of an offensive star like Kovy II has them filling the seats even if he’s not performing at his top level.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  32. Ian Cobb says:

    They look great to me. But then muscel shirts are even better than those barber poll things they wore last year.

  33. Rugger says:

    Pitt announcers while intro of 1970 Bruins – “they were my team growing up”

    “you were from Ontario – not a leaf fan?”

    “They stunk then, they stink now!”


    Love it!!!

  34. Habscore says:

    Holy…!! There are about 20 people in the ATL building….

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    So, what games are people watching tonight? I’m going with Capitals versus the Canes, could care less about Bruins/Pens, Bruins stink and the Pens, I’ve never really found them to be an interesting team to watch.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  36. Ayan_SB says:

    The U.S. hockey program may be one of the best right now. From 2009-2010, the U.S. won the U-17, U-18 and U-20 tournaments, twice beating Canada. And as we saw this year, the U.S. Olympic hockey team nearly won the gold.

  37. ed lopaz says:

    checked The Hockey News and Hockey Database (, looks like Olivier Fortier has been injured since Sept 2009 with a shoulder injury.

    neither site has any stats on him this year at all.

  38. RC-51 says:


  39. spoonfullofjelly says:

    It would makes sense since we’re called blue, blanc et rouge…..seems like blue should be the main color.

  40. RC-51 says:

    how many tickets do you have?

  41. Mike Boone says:

    Wouldn’t put a ton of stock in the Carbo Trophy. Olivier Fortier is a past winner, and he’s not on Hamilton’s playoff eligible list. That said, Boucher had Dumont in junior and sold him to Timmins as a draft choice. So you never know …


  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pacioretty will come around, he was unfortunately rushed out of minors to help fill out or injury-plagued roster last season before he was truly ready for NHL action. Kristo and Leblanc are much more solidly-rated prospects than most of our previous NCAA selections as well. American hockey programs are improving considerably, keeping an eye on American prospects is a solid move I think.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  43. Mattyleg says:

    O’Byrne’s been looking pretty good tho.

    But yeah, you’re right.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  44. Ayan_SB says:

    If I remember correctly, I read that Avtsin was one of only three Russian players who went to the NHL draft last year, so that must’ve shown scouts that he was genuinely interested in playing  the NHL. And Lol @ Guru Boucher.

    Hey, here’s a recent interview with Avtsin, the Russian/English translation is funny at times btw.

  45. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s what I was thinking, albeit his KHL time as a rookie skater is quite limited, Tom Pyatt probably gets more ice time than he does as a Canadien than Avtsin gets in the KHL. That’s why guys like Kirill Kabanov have jumped to the Q this season, they get their 15+ minutes of ice time rather than 6 or so. With the Juniors, he could be playing 15-19 minutes a game, although if he is as good as some suspect, he might sign his entry-level deal with the Canadiens and go to the farm under Guru Boucher.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  46. jbroderi says:

    bob is honest, level headed and always has something intellegent to say.  he favors no one, and is one of the fewe analysts whose analysis i value;  of course the human rollercoaster Boone too!!


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

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