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. jbroderi says:

    i like the 25 idea, but i tend to get worked up and i wanted to keep it reasonable, but i would have liked 25 a lot more than 8, that is for sure.  Someone will either die or become a vegetable, and the poor guy that hits him will suufer the most, when this could be nipped in the bud now.

    bettman is a putz and so is campbell


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

  2. Ayan_SB says:

    I think Alex Avtsin’s injured at the moment, but going from Moscow Dynamo to the Montreal Juniors would be a step backwards. But I really hope he chooses to go to the AHL, to be coached by the AHL mastermind, Guy Boucher.

  3. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    DARK CLOUD where ya at? I read you are going to the Buff game on Wed. Ill be there as well, with the misfortune of living close by. You live in the area, WNY/S. Ont ? I got 100 level mid ice seats if you know anyone still in need of a ticket… and ill probably be haunting some dumpy bar before the game, how bout you?

  4. Bill says:

    Habs haven’t had a ton of luck with American university prospects.

  5. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:


  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Alex Avtsin I believe is likely to come over to NA next year, his junior rights belong to the Montreal Juniors, although with his likely attending the summer development camp, an evaluation about his potential to be a Bulldog could come up as well. Subban is the best prospect of course, but Kristo, Leblanc, Dumont and Avtsin all provide interesting future prospects for offensive forwards.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  7. Ayan_SB says:

    And it’s looking like PK Subban’s on his way to winning the AHL Rookie of the Year. And don’t forget Alexander Avtsin playing as a rookie in the KHL, very intriguing prospect there.

    The future’s looking bright for the Habs.

  8. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Montreal and home here in Niagara Falls, NY are the two cities I spend the most time. I read both cities’ newspapers daily. On the topic of shootings, I read today that there have been a total of 50 shootings in NF since January 1st. Even with an event like the one you posted above, my first thought, sadly is “big deal” not because the loss of life is unimportant, but because I am so accustomed to similar events at home. Its disturbing. We have under 50,000 people here, Montreal with 1.6 mil in the city proper and I feel safer when I am wandering about there than I do in my shit village. Part of why I want to move, that and the women. How many shootings in Montreal this year, anyone know?

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Very cool, Leblanc and Kristo both look like good future members of the Canadiens.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  10. pmaraw says:

    quoting seriousfan09 “Canadiens 2009 5th-round pick Gabriel Dumont is up for a pair of awards in the QMJHL this year, League MVP and Best Defensive Forward award. For those of you who don’t know, the best D-Forward Trophy in the Q is called the Guy Carbonneau Trophy.

    Gabriel Dumont in 62 games this season, had 51 goals to lead the league, 42 assists, with 127 PiMs and a +43 rating. He was 3 points short of the league scoring title and missed six games compared to the league scoring leader.”

    future looks bright

  11. pmaraw says:

    why you waskely wabbit

  12. pmaraw says:

    double post

  13. Ayan_SB says:

    – Habs prospect Danny Kristo named WCHA rookie of the year

    – Habs prospect Louis Leblanc was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was a finalist for ECAC Rookie of the year

  14. pmaraw says:

    its deserved, a lot of people below felt it should be more, perhaps you should introduce them to ringette

  15. deuce6 says:

    Why? We have the best jerseys as it is, in the NHL..Why mess with perfection?


  16. crabvader says:

    Lol, 8 games for Wisnewski… The NHL suspension rollercoaster continues.

  17. pmaraw says:

    the habs are canada’s team!  😀

  18. pmaraw says:

    and crabvader told me i should watch ringette cause i thought it was dirty

  19. Max_Hab_Fan says:

    Love the jersey. I’d buy one, even with the blue.

  20. Les Habitants says:

    My favourite retro is the one from the 1950’s

    Just stumbled across this on the web and figured I’d throw it out there for everyone to see. Never seen it before and thought it looked pretty good for a new look.


     The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  21. Say Ash says:

    I thought about that as I was writing, but, naw, screw it, I like those, too.

    I wore the Habs green leaf jersey walking around Vancouver during the Olympics and everyone was asking where I got my awesome Team Canada shirt.

  22. CHsam says:

    so you sold him a box full of em!

  23. pic1983 says:

    we’re talking about someone under 20 years old.  We’ll have openings by the times he’s 23-24 after a few years in the AHL.  Even if there isnt room, if he keeps up this type of play, he’ll be a valuable trade chip.

  24. mike g says:

    And notice how a 25 game suspension really changed Downie…He still goes around trying to roundhouse Sidney Crosby, coming inches away from breaking the NHL’s best players’ leg…

    A retard will always be a retard….

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

  25. showey47 says:

    met rod pelley last summer,his girlfriend was a customer of mine,He is about as bright as a 2 watt lightbulb.

  26. pic1983 says:

    At least 15 IMO!

    It should have been 25 seeing as downie got 25 for the exact same hit on Dean Mcammond.  Only at least downie was an up and comer who wanted to assert himself, and made the check on the forecheck after mcammond passed the puck. Downie wasnt trying to exact revenge or anything. Wizniekski skated deep into the offensive zone from the blueline specifically to INJURE (notice i didnt say “hit”) seabrook.

    That is self-policing, and the league should have came down much harder on wizniewski to send a message. 

    Once again Campbell gets it wrong, and now its just starting to get even more dangerous out there on the ice. 

  27. Mike T says:

    His numbers have been an amazing thing to watch blossom…(Dumont that is)…the most exciting thing is that he’s being considered for League MVP and Defensive Forward as well. I’ve been told by guys that played against him that he’s an agitator…something of an Avery…with more offensive upside

  28. mike g says:

    Thanks for the image, but no thanks……

    Too much blue, reminds me of a really shitty team that wears alot of blue……

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

  29. SeriousFan09 says:

    Excepting Barber Pole Jerseys, right?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  30. Say Ash says:

    nope – pick a retro, any retro

  31. Ayan_SB says:

    So where’s Rod Pelley’s suspension for his hit on Goglioski?

  32. Mike T says:

    i’m willing to give you every asset in my life if this guy becomes a Patrick Roy

  33. SeriousFan09 says:

    Meh, I’d rather they use the 15-16 Retro Jersey instead if they go to a permanent 3rd jersey. Granted, that’s also because I own one.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  34. Les Habitants says:

    Possible Habs 3rd jersey? What do you think?

    The bulldogs used similar jerseys a few years back and I thought they looked great



    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  35. oshawahabsfan says:

    And to be honest, they’re doing nothing to show they deserve any say, since they seem to have no problem trying to kill each other on the ice.

  36. mike g says:

    Yup, so they’ll continue recycling scrap goaltenders…..

    Nittimakki- scrap

    Biron- scrap

    Leighton- scrap

    Emery- scrap

    Boucher- scrap

    Anyone they’ve dressed for the past 15 years besides Ron Hextall- scrap

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

  37. oshawahabsfan says:

    I’m in favour of a lockout, if it means some real rule changes. The players need to take on stance, this shat has gotten so out of hand. Yes the league is as much at fault with their shotty refereeing and discipline measures, but the players are equally at fault for not doing more off the ice, as well as on it of course.

  38. homerbowen says:

    Has he grown 6″ since he was drafted? NO!!!! Well we don’t need any more tiny tots, but thanks anyway.

  39. oshawahabsfan says:

    His opinion was bang on, or are you an idiot like the Ducks coach, who saw it as a clean check?

  40. homerbowen says:

    Actually, I find Bob to be one of the few at TSN who doesn’t have a Laff tatoo on his tongue.

  41. Bouleau noir says:

    This is the rink where he spended countless hours as a kid…… his father had builded it and came complete wih boards, floodlights and…. speakers !

    This guy could be a good catch by Gauthier on the FA front……. with Guy Boucher as tutor in Hamilton goog things are always possible.

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    He gave a very accurate description of ugly the hit was, it was charging, interference and boarding all rolled up into one, plus intent to injure makes this probably one of the most ugly intentional blows of the year. It had a multitude of illegal intentions in the blow and Brent Seabrook’s season could be finished after a hit like that.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  43. spos080808 says:

    Bob MacKenzie gave his opinion on the hit…Good God, we should all take that as gospel. What is the NHL doing not listening to Bob. They should have thrown the book at him since Bob says it was the “Grand Slam of Dirty Hits”…Bob is God!

  44. jbroderi says:

    shoulda been 15.  punish him this year and next!! 


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

  45. likehoy says:

    martin traded price for halak and got his number 1 goalie.

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  46. likehoy says:

    i agree, considering desharnais and trotter are undersized players too dominating the AHL. It might give us a bit of space to move veterans who aren’t producing for picks and cap space in the future though knowing we have decent prospects that will be able to step in eventually.

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  47. Say Ash says:

    Bet you’re glad he didn’t

  48. likehoy says:

    with rules like that, the NHLPA will stick up that finger between the index and the ring, and there will be another lockout so that the players get their rights! maybe even the WHA rumours will restart!

    the NHL can just do so much without the NHLPA blowing up on them.

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  49. SeriousFan09 says:

    True enough, but while we have our Top 6 configured the way it is with 4 forwards under 6′, it will be hard for a Top-6 type to make that roster at his size. Dumont looks to be a good prospect with the right tools for the game, but as it is, it’s hard to find a space for him in the lineup.

    Course, it depends how long it takes for him to make the NHL as he’ll likely have AHL time for a year or two minimum, who knows what roster alterations will occur by then, but I think Cammy, Gionta and Gomez are going to serve out their contracts here.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  50. oshawahabsfan says:

    Ooooooh 8 games, that’s really going to stop him from doing it again. It’s pretty simple to everyone but those making the decisions. Repeat offenders should have to kiss their season, and their pay goodbye. Keep it up and they should have to find another career. Nowhere but the NHL could a person get away with such callous, cowardly attempts to maim another human being.

  51. JIMVINNY says:

    Betcha that GM wishes he took Gainey up on the offer for Halak earlier in the year…

  52. likehoy says:

    senor mike cammalleri is 5’9!

    there’s always hope for a player like Dumont. scoring 50 goals with over 300 shots is still a shooting percentage of around 15%, which is fairly good for most snipers. There’s no problem with having volume shooters cause they’re able to find spaces to shoot, and that creates rebounds, catching the goalie asleep, and more coverage which opens up other players. I doubt dumont will be able to shoot over 300 pucks on goal in the NHL, but that’s what we will want him to do.

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  53. likehoy says:

    you mean their journey man back up goalie is injured, and the career back up as a back up will start most of the games with their AHL starter backing up the back up of the back up.

    ergo, they have probably the worst goaltending situation in the league.

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  54. SeriousFan09 says:

    Unfortunately, Mr. Dumont was 5’9″ when he was drafted. A nice speedy forward who’s a volume shooter (over 300 SOG for the season) it would seem, so it will be tough for him to make the Canadiens lineup for another small forward in the next several years. Hopefully he’s not finished growing yet.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  55. likehoy says:

    damn, that really sucks…it seems like there are more and more delinquents out there…i wonder what the specific details are.

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  56. Mattyleg says:

    Be careful who you laugh at… look at Patrick Roy’s numbers before he came tp Montreal late in the season.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  57. JF says:

    The NHL site is reporting that Michael Leighton will be out 8-10 weeks with a severe high ankle sprain.  That means the Flyers have Brian Boucher and an AHL backup.

  58. Bryan says:

    Well that’s certainly encouraging.  Hopefully that translates to the AHL/NHL.  The Q is usually a really high scoring league… so…


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  59. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bob Mackenzie called it the Grand Slam of dirty hits considering all the elements involved and he gets 8 games? How about the rest of the season and the first 10 of next one? What a joke.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  60. Harani says:

    James Wisniewski gets 8 games for his hit last night. If that wasn’t called intent to injure, I don’t know what is!

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    Canadiens 2009 5th-round pick Gabriel Dumont is up for a pair of awards in the QMJHL this year, League MVP and Best Defensive Forward award. For those of you who don’t know, the best D-Forward Trophy in the Q is called the Guy Carbonneau Trophy.

    Gabriel Dumont in 62 games this season, had 51 goals to lead the league, 42 assists, with 127 PiMs and a +43 rating. He was 3 points short of the league scoring title and missed six games compared to the league scoring leader.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  62. SmartDog says:

    Seems kinda funny, but I hear there’s a lot of ice there.


    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  63. Chuck says:

    The Cup is ours!  😉

    Well, at weast we’re not Flyer fans.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  64. Shublips says:

    On this quiet Habs news day, Habs Addict has a few random musings about Bergeron, Cammalleri and the Brent Seabrook hit.

    Read more:

  65. Jordio-oh says:

    Not to nitpick, but those were his ECHL numbers last year.

    this year he has a 3.20 with a .904.

    Better but still bad.

    He’s got a shutout in one of his two AHL games this year too. But hopefully Holmgren isn’t making a decision on that.

  66. Ayan_SB says:

    Completely off-topic but this just happened less than 3 hours ago.

    Masked gunmen in deadly Old Montreal Shooting

    One person is dead and three others wounded in a brazen shooting in a clothing store in Old Montreal on Thursday afternoon.

    Witnesses described two masked men fleeing the scene at Flawnego
    Fashion at 240 Saint-Jacques St. W., near Saint-François-Xavier Street
    around 1:45 p.m., said Montreal police Const. Olivier Lapointe.

    The incident created a stir in the city’s financial district, an
    area also popular with tourists and not far from the city courthouse.

    A shooting in Old Port on a Thursday afternoon just seems so strange.
  67. Drive_For_25 says:

    Kinda lame but couple nice dangles in the middle of the vid:

    Little forshadowing with that soundtrack in the last half too?  haha


  68. SeriousFan09 says:

    I wonder if they’d be willing to trade JVR or Carter for Halak now…

    Not that we should give them a real goalie of course, the thought of the Flyers getting their brand of **** hockey validated with a Cup win is not something we should ever want to happen.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  69. Say Ash says:

    Man. Just cross the centre line and fire!

  70. lavie says:

    They can pray.

  71. Mike T says:

    The backup they just called up came straight from the ECHL and his numbers are TERRIBLE…like a 4.80 GAA and a 840 save percentage..


    haha BONEHEADS in Philly will never figure out their goaltending. It was foolish to ride Leighton into the playoffs to begin with.

  72. lavie says:

    Enemies (Bruins and Flyers)’ enemies (Penguins and Stars) are friends. So, Go Antarctic birds! Go Etoiles! P.S. only for tonight.

  73. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Michael Leighton, Philadelphia Flyer’s goalie is out for….8-10 weeks.

    Ray Emery is already out for the season.

    According to TSN, The Flyers will need to win a couple of playoff series to give Leighton a chance to return to the lineup.

    Flyers’ hopes are now with Brian Boucher, whose record is 4-12-2. Can we say buh-bye Flyers?

  74. MRSDHab says:

    As someone who still considers Alaska home, it’s great to see another player from the state joining the Habs organization!


  75. silent_witness says:

    I know Rejean Tremblay has some crazy theories, and alot of people dont agree with him… But you gotta give the guy credit for his enthusiasm towards the habs.



    -Win with the Habs, Die with Habs… GO HABS GO for Life

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