Free-agent frenzy: Canadiens sign defenceman Karl Alzner, centre Peter Holland

STU COWAN

A lack of offence was the downfall of the Canadiens in the playoffs last season, but as the NHL free-agent market opened at noon Saturday general manager Marc Bergevin kicked things off by getting a defensive defenceman and didn’t really do anything to help his team score more goals.

Bergevin signed defenceman Karl Alzner to a five-year deal worth US$23.125 million with an annual salary-cap hit of $4.625 million shortly after the free-agent sweepstakes started. That was Bergevin’s only significant signing on Saturday, while the future of unrestricted free-agents Alexander Radulov and Andrei Markov remained in limbo, along with restricted free-agent Alex Galchenyuk.

Bergevin was originally expected to meet with the Montreal media on Saturday, but that news conference was put off until 3 p.m. Sunday, which means the GM might have some other moves up his sleeve. Bergevin has said more than once over the last few weeks to “expect the unexpected.”

Alzner, 28, had three goals and 10 assists while playing in all 82 regular-season games last season with the Washington Capitals and was plus-23. The 6-foot-2, 214-pounder is a left-hand shot and was selected by the Capitals in the first round (fifth overall) at the 2007 NHL Draft.

 

 

“I’m happy this whole process is done,” Alzner told TSN in a FaceTime interview shortly after signing with the Canadiens. “It’s been crazy even the last just few weeks having to figure everything out, trying to talk to everybody about I guess what to expect. Now I’m just happy that we’ve been able to figure something out. 

“It’s Montreal … it’s probably the best, well it’s definitely the best hockey city in the world and probably I think on the top of the majority of people’s lists in the NHL, so it’s pretty cool.”

In 591 career regular-season games, Alzner has 19 goals and 98 assists for 117 points. The native of Burnaby, B.C., has not missed a single regular-season game for the last seven years, but has never produced more than five goals or 21 points during a single NHL season. He was pointless in seven playoff games with the Capitals last season and in 64 career post-season games has 3-8-11 totals.

In their six-game loss to the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs last season, the Canadiens only scored 11 goals, including seven that came during a two-game span.

Bergevin acquired forward Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lightning last month in exchange for top defence prospect Mikhail Sergachev, hoping to give the Canadiens’ offence a boost. 

The Canadiens also signed free-agent centres Peter Holland  and Byron Froese Saturday to two-year deals. Both contracts are two-way deals for the first season and one-way for the second. Combined, the two centres scored five goals in the NHL last season.

The 6-foot-2, 194-pound Holland started last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and finished with the Arizona Coyotes, posting 5-7-12 totals in 48 games. The 26-year-old Toronto native was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round (15th overall) at the 2009 NHL Draft. In 243 career NHL games, he has 35-46-81 totals.

Froese played with the Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning last season, going pointless in six games. In 62 career regular-season games, the 6-foot, 205-pounder has 2-3-5 totals. Froese, a 26-year-old native of Winkler, Man., was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

 

Alzner will fill a hole on the Canadiens’ blue line left when Alexei Emelin was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft and could be Shea Weber’s partner on the No. 1 defence pair. Late Saturday afternoon, the Nashville Predators acquired Emelin from Las Vegas in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2019.

Alzner described being a free agent for the first time in his career as very stressful.

“It was way harder than I was expecting,” Alzner told TSN. “It’s kind of hard to explain the whole process, but you get so many people in your ear telling you one thing or another. Teammates, friends, family, all that kind of stuff. You kind of expect a few things to go a certain way and then they all of a sudden take a dip and turn and flip upside down. So it was weird, for sure, but I’m just glad that I was lucky enough to have teams that were interested in me and got a few options and was able to make the best decision for the family.”

Alzner said he visited Montreal recently and had a good meeting with GM Bergevin.

“That was one of the things that really made it an easier decision,” Alzner told TSN. “Marc is like no other GM that I’ve ever talked to before. He was so calm, relaxed and just easy to talk to and funny. He made us laugh the majority of that meeting, so it just was very settling.

“He explained to me what he’s trying to do with the team, the direction, all that kind of stuff,” Alzner added. “Talking to Claude (Julien) on the phone that day too … I just got a good sense for how much the team wanted me, which obviously makes you feel great, and where I’m going to slot in and the direction and the expectations for me and the team.

“It’s pretty exciting. There would be no better place to win than in Montreal. I could only imagine what that city would do if we could bring a championship home and I know that everybody there — management and ownership — wants to do that, so I’m excited about that.”

 

Holland also described going through free agency as a stressful experience.

“I wasn’t sure what was going to happen just based on my season last year,” Holland told TSN in a FaceTime interview. “I was fortunate enough to have a couple of options within the last couple of days and felt that Montreal was a great fit for me and as a family we decided that that was where I wanted to go.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Holland added. “It just seemed like a good fit for me and I’m really excited to kind of get the summer going and get to training camp.”

Holland hasn’t had much success in the NHL after being a first-round draft pick and the Canadiens will be his fourth team after Anaheim, Toronto and Arizona.

“I’m just obviously looking to continue building my game,” Holland told TSN. “It seems like it’s hard to make it here (in the NHL) but it’s even harder to stay. I’m just trying to re-establish myself in the league. I feel like I took a bit of a step back last year and so I’m looking to start fresh.” 

In his final year of junior hockey with the OHL’s Guelph Storm, Holland posted 37-51-88 totals in 67 games.

Bergevin is obviously hoping Holland can find some of that offence again. The Canadiens are looking like they’re going to need it.

 

Bergevin adds two more defencemen

Bergevin signed two other free-agent defencemen on Saturday, giving Joe Morrow a one-year, one-way contract and Matt Taormina to a two-year, two-way contract.

Morrow, a 6-foot, 199-pounder, had one assist in 17 games with the Boston Bruins last season. The 24-year-old was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. In 65 career NHL games, he has 2-7-9 totals.

Taormina played 70 games last season with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, posting 15-45-60 totals. He was pointless in three NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 30-year-old, who is 5-foot-10 and 182 pounds, was never selected at the NHL Draft.

 

Bergevin to meet media on Sunday

The Canadiens announced Saturday afternoon that Bergevin won’t meet with the Montreal media until 3 p.m. Sunday in Brossard. That could be a sign he has some other moves up his sleeve.

More than once in the last few weeks, Bergevin has said: “Expect the unexpected.”

We’ll see.

You can watch Bergevin’s news conference Sunday live on the HI/O Facebook page.

 

Flynn signs with Stars

After three seasons with the Canadiens, free-agent forward Brian Flynn signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Dallas Stars on Saturday. The 28-year-old Flynn posted 6-4-10 totals in 51 games last season with the Canadiens.

Stefan Matteau, who spent last season with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, signed a one-year deal with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Some other Canadiens from the past were also on the move Saturday:

Mike Cammalleri, who was with the Canadiens for three seasons starting in 2009-10, signed a one-year, $1-million deal with the Los Angeles Kings after spending the last three seasons with the New Jersey Devils.

Benoît Pouliot, who was with the Canadiens in 2009-10 and 2010-11, signed a one-year, $1.15-million deal with the Buffalo Sabres after spending the last three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers.

Jarred Tinordi, the Canadiens’ first-round draft pick in 2010 (22nd overall), signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins after spending last season with the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners.

Ron Hainsey, who was the Canadiens’ first-round pick at the 2000 NHL Draft (13th overall) and won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins this year, signed a two-year, $6-million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Dominic Moore, who was with the Canadiens in 2009-10, signed a one-year, $1-million deal with the Maple Leafs after spending last season with the Boston Bruins.

Still no word on Radulov, Markov

After Day 1 of the free-agent sweepstakes, there was still no word on whether Radulov and/or Markov would be back with the Canadiens.

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that the Canadiens and Dallas Stars were competing to sign Radulov. 

Saturday was also the first day Bergevin could talk with goalie Carey Price about a new contract. Price can become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.

Meanwhile Markov, 38, has been busy training on a beach with Sergei Berezin to get ready for next season.

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• NHL free-agent tracker, nhl.com

• Ten things to watch in free agency, nhl.com

• Hockey a family affair for Habs’ first-round draft pick Ryan Poehling, by Stu Cowan

1,215 Comments

  1. Rosieman says:

    Positive? Negative? Or reality. Just name a team in the last 15 yrs who won being weak up the middle?

    Name a team w worse prospects?

    We will be mediocre for years – which is the worst place to be in NHL.

  2. berc says:

    I wonder what the purpose of this press conference was. Since Habs already announced the signing of Price, why the presser? Maybe it was in order to have Bergevin very publicly state that he would like to have both Markov and Radulov back, that this is impossible given their latest demands, and that his last offer is non-negotiable. It is a high-risk hardball strategy as far as negotiation tactics are concerned. I wonder whether Radulov and Markov are talking to each other? My gut is that Markov will be re-signed and not Radulov, and that leaves the team no better off than last year, with Markov a year older. Rads for Drouin, Emelin for Alzner, Beaulieu for Schlemko, and Sergachev out of the picture. If this scenario becomes reality, the need at RW becomes perhaps even more acute than the need at Center. There simply has to be a trade of LW for a C or, without Radulov, a RW. And I pray it is not Lehkonen who is traded–he is one of the team’s best offensive hopes imo.

  3. Le Revenant says:

    New thread.

  4. 25soonenough says:

    Is there a suicide hotline for Habs fans in Montreal? If not, there ought to be. It is quite frankly impossible to cheer some people up. Every orchard has a patch of rotten apples and a bitter old man pushing the cart all day until he finds it.

    –Larry Robinson was my neighbor once….

  5. B says:

    Habs roster changes so far since the end of the season:
    Emelin -> Alzner
    Beaulieu -> Schlemko
    Nesterov -> Morrow / Jerabek
    Depth:
    Flynn -> prospect?
    King -> prospect?
    Ott -> prospect?
    TBD:
    Radulov? -> Drouin
    Markov?
    Markov and/or Radulov could still return

    AHL roster changes so far since the end of the season:
    Out: Friberg, Matteau, Hanley, Johnston, Danis
    In: Holland, Froese, Taormina, Waked, Ebbing, McNiven / Fucale
    (Juulsen, Bourque, Addison)
    TBD: Reway?
    unsigned:Farnham, Veilleux, MacMillan, Brouillette, Didier, Camara, Lowe, Crisp

    –Go Habs Go!–

  6. savethepuck says:

    Carey signed for close to what I expected him to. Anyone expecting close to 8 million were kidding themselves. The market showed he was worth what he just signed for. As the team looks right now, I’m not too excited, but if MB can now sign Rads and Marky for reasonable $ and term I’m ready to go and looking forward to a great season.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  7. Chelios24 says:

    What does signing Price for $10.5M/per now mean for every other very good player on the team’s contracts? It inflates them all does it not? And they’re going to nickle and dime Radulov now?

  8. Cal says:

    A brand new pricy thread.

  9. haberoo13 says:

    Good Old MB…spend everything on goalie and defensive defensemen….and suits

    Haberoo13
    MAAAA!!!! THE MEATLOAF!!!!!

  10. piper says:

    10.5? Sure it’s too much but thats what Bergy does, and maybe he has to to get players to play in Quebec.

  11. Mr. Biter says:

    Don’t know if anyone posted Emenin to Preds for a 3rd rounder.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

    • on2ndthought says:

      Hey, Ron. Were you in hiding for a while?

      • Mr. Biter says:

        been reading every day but really had nothing to post till today. Been really busy at work which cuts into fun time on computer. Did not think anyone would notice, thanks.
        You having a good summer?
        BTW where’s Timo hiding?

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

        • on2ndthought says:

          Yeah, no idea where Timo went. Maybe he’s been part of the ‘Oilers Inside Out’ since DD got traded.

          Summer just started. I’m good with Alzner, hopeful for Radulov; and think Price is getting too much. Hope the cap keeps rising, so we don’t start losing our youth just as they become key contributors.

  12. jols says:

    It’s Carey Price’s world and the rest of us are just renting our little sliver of it.

  13. Chelios24 says:

    Seriously, with the way the Habs handled Subban and now this bad Price contract, they don’t deserve to win the Cup. This is lousy management, period.

  14. TheMostCupsPeriod says:

    Poor Mr Pigeon

  15. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    So the posi-trolls who were all saying how Price was going to take a discount for the good of the team are now saying how great it is that he has signed for even more than the realists who said he wouldn’t take a discount. Way to be consistent.

    • habsr4ever says:

      12 million is market value. He took a 1.5 m hair cut.
      I wanted. $2 mil hair cut to be honest.
      But I will take it.
      We have the best goalie locked up for 8 years.
      Love it!

      • Habby_Haberton says:

        How is 12 market when the highest ever has been 8.5 and is now known as overpaid? Even tho the cap has gone up marginally I don’t see it and goalies don’t have the value of players in this league.

        • haberoo13 says:

          It’s the MB market he is referring to…

          Haberoo13
          MAAAA!!!! THE MEATLOAF!!!!!

        • habsr4ever says:

          What did mcdavid just get?
          Market has changed for super stars.
          Just be happy we have the best or top 3 wanted to stay here.
          Glad we have him.
          If our team starts to suck in 5 years I am sure Carey will get us a great return. Teams are always wanting a number one goalie.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        12 million is not market value. You’re insane. He’s getting 2 million more than the most expensive goalie who just out-played him in the playoffs.

      • MustardTiger1337 says:

        12 million is market value

        Pls share what ever it is you are drinking

        • berc says:

          By definition, market value is what a buyer will pay. so market value is $10.5. Price wouldn’t likely have accepted less than his market value to remain in Montreal. But I haven’t seen precise terms of the deal. so maybe he’s making 12 now and it’s decreasing over the term of the contract. Any way you cut it, it’s a massive contract. And a number of those mega-contracts have gone on to haunt the teams that granted them. Goalies are a less stable commodity than forwards–super-star goalies don’t always remain at or near the top of their game throughout their careers. This is a very high-risk deal. Predictable, but I don’t like it.

  16. Adidess says:

    Cheers for home town discount.

    I looooove Price, but this is a high, potentially team-crippling number, and it likely will not end well.

    Obviously I hope I’m wrong, because I want to win. But this formula has not worked in a long time and it will not work for us here.

  17. Chelios24 says:

    Habs should have traded Price

  18. on2ndthought says:

    $10.5M is too much, IMO. If the cap stagnates we will be in trouble. But, whatever. Sign Radulov and give Carey a chance; his window is at least 5 or 6 years now.

    • Habby_Haberton says:

      If we had Minnesota’s or Vegas’ prospects in the pipeline I’d feel a lot better but the cupboards are pretty bare so it is a win now or forget it.

  19. Chelios24 says:

    This Price contract just ensures mediocrity for the next 8 years. It won’t allow the team to get good draft positions and rebuild the way it needs and/or it will eat too much cap space for an overrated goalie. Unbelievable. Which goalie outplayed the other when it mattered most, Price or Lundqvist?

    • Ton says:

      I wish some of you would have a better understanding of how a business works. You don’t tank and bankrupt it for the sake of rebuilding it again…..its not that easy. Those years would be hard on your customers. That’s what they were dealt with when they drafted Carey Price……….a superstar goaltender best in its class. Gotta pay him.

      • Chelios24 says:

        Have the Habs been close to a Stanley Cup with Price? The answer is no. He’s very good but overrated

        • Ton says:

          Habs have been in the position to make the playoff many times with Price. Look what happened when he was injured. Not a good a team in front of him for the last 10 years. Carey Price is a fantastic goalie.

          • Chelios24 says:

            So they collected a very good draft pick when Price was injured, what’s the problem? All Price does is mask the fact this team is not a true Cup contender. It’s a cycle of mediocrity that will continue. If the goal is to win the Cup then this is a bad signing. By the way, let’s not pretend Price isn’t a better than average injury risk either, given his history.

  20. haberoo13 says:

    Any word on NTC or NMC?

    Haberoo13
    MAAAA!!!! THE MEATLOAF!!!!!

  21. Le Revenant says:

    So my wishes for the press conference:

    1) Andrei has accepted a one-year deal. Our defence is now set. Ish.

    2) Alex Radulov has seen the lay of the land and has taken a three-year deal at market rates. I will still squawk that I wouldn’t have given him a minute over 2 years, but I’ll learn to live with it, and cheer like mad when he weaves his magic next season.

    3) Alex Galchenyuk has accepted a reasonable bridge contract and is eager to prove it on a ‘Prove-It’ deal. It might be the new tattoos, but he looks great and jacked and ready to go.

    4) Mikhail Grigorenko and Nail Yakupov are added to our Russian Contingent, on dirt cheap two-way deals that lights a hellacious fire under their underachieving butts. Later at their introductory press conferences, there’s a steely determination in their gaze that makes the rest of the league avert their eyes and quake, at the realization that the Canadiens have added major Top 6 talent with amazing skill. The League conducts an investigation to make sure there was no hanky-panky, such is the cumulative wizardry of our roster on opening night and during the 24-game winning streak, in this age of the salary cap. Finding nothing, Gary Bettman resorts to kicking his dog when he gets home at night. Kicking him more, that is.

    5) Pierre-Luc Létourneau Leblond, Alexandre Grenier and Alexandre Mallet for the Laval Rocket, nearly twenty aggregate feet of French-Canadian beef and savoir-faire. Under the adroit tutelage of Sylvain Lefebvre and crew, the three dominate the AHL and are called up, having the same transformative effect on our fortunes that the Mario Tremblay and Doug Risebrough callups had in the 70s. Having various complementary skills on their trio, they end up splitting the Conn Smythe vote, and Shea Weber shoots up the middle and claims the prize.

    That’s it. That’s all I can think of, unless,

    6) Jaromir Jagr makes good on his promise, that he’s always loved Montréal and wanted to play with countryman Tomas Plekanec all these years, so he’s accepted the veteran minimum deal to make it happen. Two-way. With a season’s pass to the Casino. And he’s going to detail Carey Price’s F-350 after a hunting trip.

    ———————————————————————–
    Liberate Alex Galchenyuk, CH’s Great Middle Hope! Occupy Claude Julien’s office!

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  22. Luke says:

    Well, looks like Price is OK with the Alzner signing…

    • habsr4ever says:

      Yup. Maybe an NHL top 3 goalies year in year out gets it.
      And the negative posters on here don’t?
      Just maybe?
      Bergy has hit 3 home runs already this offseason.
      Price, Jd, and alzner.
      September isn’t even here yet.

  23. piper says:

    With Weber, Alzner and Price at the back end the Habs only need to score 1 or 2 goals per game.

  24. Habby_Haberton says:

    Love Price but I’d rather have Jones for 6/per or Bishop for 5/per.
    You can only pay a star that kind of money if you have a bunch of young cheap contracts surrounding him… And Habs do not.

    • Chelios24 says:

      no doubt about it!!!

    • Le Revenant says:

      I’ve tried to point this out before, but it’s easy to make that call if you can pick and choose a realized Martin Jones who achieved his potential from a forest of others whose development lags, who never achieved what was hoped for, or who are still young and need more grooming.

      The thing is though, often, when a team banks on a young goalie with promise as their goalie of the future, he’s not a Martin Jones, he ends up being a Jacob Markstrom who needs another season to reach starter status. And then another. And then still another.

      Or you end up with a Jonathan Bernier. Or a Connor Hellabuyck.

      When you get a Henrik Lundqvist or a Pekka Rinne or a Carey Price, you hold on to him for dear life, because you never know when you’ll get your hands on that kind of goalie again, one who’s consistently excellent, year after year after year.

      • Habby_Haberton says:

        You could be right but Habs are gonna need to rebuild around Price sometime soon as they can’t keep getting older and more expensive with their players and contracts with literally 0 grade A prospects in the cupboard.

        • Le Revenant says:

          I guess we’re arguing two different points.

          Theoretically, ideally, I understand and agree with your point. If you can get a very effective young goalie at a cost-effective rate, you’re better off.

          Practically though, it’s almost impossible to plan on this. You don’t know until you have this prototypical young goalie on your roster, and he performs or he flops.

          Martin Jones and Cam Talbot made it look easy, but no one brings up Jonathan Bernier. The Leafs tried that move, obtaining a young goalie serving as a backup on a team with a confirmed #1 and crowning him as their starter. Jonathan couldn’t cut the mustard.

          Martin Jones came out of nowhere, he was a North Vancouver boy yet I’d never heard of him until he had that winning streak when Jonathan Quick was injured, then TSN 1040 Vancouver was all over him as a golden boy. The scouting on him was good, and the Bruins/Sharks were confident that they had a good one, but you never know until the kid has a full season as a #1.

  25. haberoo13 says:

    I love Price…Habs best player but it still doesn’t solve what MB hasn’t in over 5 years

    Haberoo13
    MAAAA!!!! THE MEATLOAF!!!!!

  26. PK says:

    Eight years of Carey Price is great news.

    At 10.5 million a year …. a steep price to pay, in the salary cap world.

  27. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I am going to troll. Watch this:
    Pleks is still a good centre. He is overpaid, but may show us a a reasonable bounce back with a good coach for an entire season;
    Bergevin is not perfect in any way, but he is a practical GM in a diluted league with sparse scoring talent;
    Attempts were made to get a good centre, via Eller and Galchenyuk. Neither has panned out – Galchenyuk is young though;
    Radulov saved last season. He was a great signing. What he does now is his decision – a good offer was made;
    Other than Alzner, those were all Laval signings with a chance to try out. Morrow may do something. Or he just replace Joel Hanley.

    That passes for trolling here these days, I expect.

  28. I’m guessing as soon as Price’s contract is signed, then Radulov falls into place. Doesn’t make any sense that no one else has signed him other than he is waiting for Montreal’s offer, and Montreal can’t really do anything until they know how much Carey Price is going to cost them.

    Absolutely shocked Alzner signed with Mtl, regardless, don’t care much either 😆

    Going to be a great season, more offense, better players, WAAAAAY better coach and Marc stayed away from all the UFA trash that was out there. Great work!

    Canada Day was THE best we’ve ever had here in Manitoba! I can’t believe Trooper can still rock after all these years.

    Edit: Fate is always on my side. Carey Price signs as I am posting an opinion about his contract.

    Freaking absolutely Perfect! History will be made this season! 😎

    @sholi2000
    Sholi2000.com
    Hockey Is Life, Me and My Boy
    Shane Oliver
    They are not more than Carey Price…..Yet

  29. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Renaud Lavoie‏ @renlavoietva

    Carey Price contract with the @CanadiensMTL 8 years / $10.5M AAV #tvasports

    Terrible.

    • habsr4ever says:

      Keep up the positive posts.
      U r a peach on here.
      Amazing.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Best news I’ve heard for 2 months if Price stays.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

      • 25soonenough says:

        only Habs fans could ever call signing one of the Top 3 players in the league for 8 glorious years terrible…only in Montreal. Let me guess what comes next. The contract is an albatross, there will be no money left for signing the elite centers of the league that are all lining up to play for the Habs, we will be shackled by the cap hit 5-6 years from now…..blickity blah…blah blah blickity

        –Larry Robinson was my neighbor once….

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        There is not one team in the NHL who would pay him that you troll.

  30. theox_8 says:

    If your one of the best you get paid like the best ? Man oh man I’m not sure about this signing …

  31. Habby_Haberton says:

    10.5/per
    Damn.
    Good luck building around that, especially with no cheap young star prospects in the pipeline.

    • 25soonenough says:

      How do you spin negativity into signing the best goaltender in the world for 8 years? The cap will go up in those 8 years, will it not?

      –Larry Robinson was my neighbor once….

      • habsr4ever says:

        Exactly.
        Maybe $500 k more than I was hoping but guaranteed he gets 12 on open market.
        Great signing bergy.
        Thx for the $$ mr molson

      • Habby_Haberton says:

        Read above. I love Price but we are now filled with old expensive contracts on players who have proven that they can’t win in the playoffs and nothing bright in the pipeline to support it. They are in trouble going forward.

        • 25soonenough says:

          How have Weber and Price proven they can’t win the playoffs? What in god’s name? Weber and Price our two biggest contracts play/played on 23 PLAYER ROSTERS. Those teams couldn’t win the playoffs but Price/Weber were only pieces.

          Make the Habs a better all around team and Price and Weber will anchor cup after cup after cup. Draft better, develop better, trade better, get some scoring and the D and Goaltending will carry the rest.

          –Larry Robinson was my neighbor once….

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        The cap increases have been much lower than originally expected with the latest TV contract. There is a reason why deals yesteryear did not have long term and salary bonuses were negotiated for an expected lock-out.

    • MustardTiger1337 says:

      Price pretty much guarantees a playoff seat.

      Thats all they care about

  32. Habby_Haberton says:

    Tell McGuire that Price has just signed for 8 years.

  33. 25soonenough says:

    8 years for Price. Just Announced

    10.5 M Dollars AAV

    –Larry Robinson was my neighbor once….

  34. berc says:

    Just for fun, Habs with more than one season of 40 points or more in past decade:
    Plekanec 7 (1×40,3×50,2×60,1×70)
    Pacioretty 5 (5×60)
    Markov 5 (2×40,2×50,1×60)
    Subban 3 (2×50,1×60)
    Desharnais 3 (1×40,1×50,1×60)
    Galchenyuk 3 (2×40,1×50)
    A. Kostitsyn 3 (2×40,1×50)
    Gallagher 3 (3×40)
    Gionta 3 (3×40)
    Kovalev 2 (1×60, 1×80)
    Koivu 2 (2×50)
    Cammalleri 2 (1×49,1×50)

  35. Don Birnam says:

    Ice Girls! Of all the cities, Montreal should have them.
    They have them out west and Stateside.
    What do we have?
    Bogus old guys wearing helmets!
    It’s a Travesty.
    Saludos Amigos.
    Viva Timo Libre!

  36. PK says:

    So, wonder what MB has up his sleeve …. something that is worthy of a middle of the long weekend presser. We will see soon enough.

    Rads/AG27 signings?

  37. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    There is one factor to the Rads negotiations that I am surprised nobody has mentioned: Patrick Marleau. He can still skate and can still score. Whoever is looking at Rads must be looking at him too.

  38. StevieM61 says:

    Can you imagine if M.B. announced at the presser that he just signed A. Kovalev to a five year deal?
    Emergency rooms across the country would be overflowing with surgeons removing twisted panties from rectums.
    Of course not gonna happen but still a nice chuckle inducing thought.

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  39. Mavid says:

    95

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    Weed Wacker – and Flamethrower Grandma Smurf

  40. marvin20 says:

    You know it is a slow news day when the conversation turns to a coach who fired over 6 months ago. But the real concern should be that their was no real improvement.

  41. Caesar says:

    DDO. If GMs are smart MT never works again

  42. johnnylarue says:

    Is Michael Therrien still the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens?

  43. Habfan17 says:

    Is there a rule, that no free agent signings can be announce before noon today? I have not seen any names added to the Free Agent Tracker in quite a while! Or is it just a quiet Sunday morning?

    Habfan17

  44. habsr4ever says:

    Weber has called rads.
    Not sure if that sealed the deal or not
    I heard he was going to Dallas but then bergy upped his final offer so he is now leaning towards the habs again.
    Hopefully the last push by Shea does it.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      “Weber has called rads.”

      Link?

      • habsr4ever says:

        I have my sources out west.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          So the guy who never took a discount and is signed till 39 is trying to convince Rads to possibly take a year less because there is not enough cap space due to contracts like his. Doubt it.

          • habsr4ever says:

            did I say he asked rads to take a year less?
            I said he called him to convince him and push him to stay.
            Keep smiling.
            I am sure you have a source that says shea didn’t call him.
            Google is awesome for know it alls like you who post negativity all day long on the habs on a hab fan website.
            How does it feel to get a taste of your own medicine?
            Surprised you haven’t been blocked on here yet.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          You’re the troll you should be blocked.

          • habsr4ever says:

            Keep smiling. Can’t handle a piece of your own medicine.
            Just calling a spade a spade mister negativity.

    • haberoo13 says:

      Weber: “Hey Rads, MB is desperate.”
      Rads: “Da!”

      Haberoo13
      MAAAA!!!! THE MEATLOAF!!!!!

  45. marvin20 says:

    I have a feeling one person is using multiple login names to push a narative.

  46. marvin20 says:

    I the past 5 years who has mb overlooked as far as top line centers go.?

  47. FireBergie says:

    If Bumbling Bergie does not get Rads signed then he has not made this team any better while getting rid of our top prospect. If this is the case, he needs to be fired immediately.

    • Loop_G says:

      Depends on the term though. I want Rads signed to, but if he wants 6 or 7 years, better to let him walk as 4 or 5 of those will be declining years.

    • kerrgte says:

      Stop with ‘fired’ stuff. It’s about as juvenile as Trump.

      Mtl is fortunate to have a GM as competent as MB !!

      george k

  48. doug19 says:

    I am expecting the signing of
    Radulov today.

  49. haberoo13 says:

    Yes to the MB faithful, there was very little in top centres available yesterday…but that is 1 day out of about 1900 IN MB’s tenure

    Haberoo13
    MAAAA!!!! THE MEATLOAF!!!!!

  50. Chelios24 says:

    Could the Habs buy out Plekanec if they wanted to?

  51. avi says:

    Prediction: Bergevin fails to add two centres over next 1-2 years and a legitimate partner for Weber…signs price to 10 mil/year for next 8 years….gets fired…then we will be talking rebuild…he is a joke. P.S. He totally overpaid for Alzner both in terms of amount and term. post P.S. I’m sick and tired of the Canadiens marketing machine leveraging past glory to extract more and more money from fans. I would like to see them hire the best GM…not un gas de chez nous..maudit tout.

    • Loop_G says:

      Alzner signed for pretty much exactly what he was expected to sign for so not really worried about that contract at all. There really was not any player that was signed yesterday that could fill the role that the habs need at centre, and the best option on the table is simply stick AG27 there are leave him. If they do that they are fine at that position but they still need to bring Rads back or add another forward if that does not work.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        He got one more year than he was supposed to.

        • habsr4ever says:

          UFa day. Do you expect a discount or something?
          He probably had to give it to get him from signing with Winnipeg.
          Besides he is 28 or 29 isn’t he?
          Great signing.
          Number 3 on best available UFa list.
          Not good enough for negative people I know and for people who know the most. Complaining of one extra year for a top pairing dman or at worst top 4. Incredible. Under $5 m per. I mean seriously?
          keep smiling and keep up your positive attitude for the habs. It’s a pleasure to read all day every day on a hab fan website.

  52. Paz says:

    If Jerabek comes over from the Khl and plays effectively next to Weber……
    Seriously?

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      What is worse is if he plays well thy will lose him to UFA.

      • habsr4ever says:

        Yup look at the negative side of one of our players having a great season for us. You are so awesome on here. Keep it up with your positive posts. It’s a pleasure to read all day long.

    • on2ndthought says:

      2 parts to this Ed:
      1. Rumours were that he was ‘highly coveted by many teams’ That seems to indicate he signed to play in the NHL.
      2. He is a LD who is a jitterbug and PP performer.

      Where do you put that player? 3rd pairing with Benn? OK, so Alzner with Weber and Davidson/Schlemko with Petry.

      I think the team dynamic is better with a puck mover paired with Weber. I have no idea what MB/CJ have planned.

      • Paz says:

        I’ve literally never seen him play. So I’ve never commented on him specifically until now.

        But Weber needs more than a mobile, puck mover next to him. Weber needs a player who has the skill and the poise to play against the very best forwards in the world.

        I would say the chances that Jerabek can keep up to Weber’s assignments are slim to none, and slim just left the building.

        • on2ndthought says:

          Alzner/Petry become your shutdown pairing. Weber/Jerabek gets ‘sheltered’ offensive status.

          Not saying it will happen, but I’m hoping. He’s 26, played in the past two WC, scored at the same rate as Markov last year while playing 22 minutes a game, albeit in the KHL.

          • Paz says:

            Weber is one of best shut down dmen in the world.

            Petry is not.

            I think Alzner is with Weber as of this moment.

          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            Alzner is the perfect compliment to Petry.

          • Paz says:

            Vlassic just got 8 years and 56 million yesterday. That’s the type of dman who can play next to Weber.
            Weber has to be out there in every critical situation that requires a shut down. Otherwise, Weber’s best talent is being wasted.

            You don’t use Weber in a “protected” role. Ever.

            You take full advantage of the opposite; that he never needs to be protected.

          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            No Paz. Fowler is the type to play with Weber. Vlassic’s contract is terrible.

          • Paz says:

            Vlassic has become a world class shut down defender, who can play big minutes against anyone in the league.
            Fowler had 3 great months, but he’s got to do it consistently over several years to catch up to Vlassic.
            I like Fowler and I also like Vlassic.
            Different players

        • berc says:

          Jerabek has had a lot of success wherever he has played. won award for best D in Czech league and first-team all-star during his one year in KHL. He has what it takes on the skill side, but his 5’10” is a big liability. Seems Habs will role the dice on him. He will get offensive assignments with Weber, #1 pp pairing, but Alzner will get defensive assignments (#1 PK pairing), and Alzner will more likely be paired with Weber 5-on-5.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          Weber was the best D-Man for being on ice for goals scored against (Corsi ?) during last season while 5 on 5.

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            Yes and playing with a rotation of Dmen. This is one of the reasons why I did not want to overpay for a defensive Dman when the team has no top-6 centers and can’t score.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Right. We nerd Radu and one top 6 forward hopefully a center.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

    • --Habs-- says:

      He may not even make the team OR he may be a pleasant surprise. We’ll know in October.

      “Habs” Watch and learn….! Or Not!

  53. Habfan17 says:

    Just a hunch, at the 3:00 presser, MB will announce, Price, Rads and something unexpected.

    Habfan17

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Price is the franchise player. It will be a separate conference.

      • The ice ghost says:

        Price and Bergevin will arrive in a litter, carried by Puds wearing Roman sandles.

        ice Girls will sprinkle snow flakes on the red carpet before them.

        Bergie will wear vintage ‘Don Cherry’.

        Price will be paid his first ten million in gold bars.

        Stanley Cup? What are you kidding? You want to see that, go to the Hall of Fame in Toronto.

      • D Mex says:

        A franchise player for sure, but one who wants to be on the blueline with his teammates for the national anthem, and
        who does not want to be pulled when the team is taking
        one on the chin.
        He’s a world-class talent who sees himself as one of the guys.
        If the deal is ready to go, I can see him preferring an announcement with teammates there.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          This is not an on-ice team activity. It is marketing event around a major announcement. Look what they did with Drouin. Same thing will happen with Price. This is the business aspect of hockey and every player understands this.

      • --Habs-- says:

        Every NHL team that won the SC as far back as “Detroit” has won it without a franchise player between the pipes although its only my opinion. In the past decade I would say Nashville, Rangers and Habs have had franchise players “maybe 1 or 2 other goalies in the league. In a few cases under our current franchise goalie we haven’t even made the playoffs and not beyond round 2 when we do make the playoffs. Its not Price that lost us the Ranger series this past season BUT as our franchise player he didn’t even come close to wining it. He was outplayed by another franchise goalie of which he couldn’t sustain his high level of play to fix the Rangers problem, To make a final point as a franchise player would you trade our franchise player “Price” for lets say Crosby? I would without even thinking about it but I bet the Pens wouldn’t wouldn’t think about it for lets say 1 second.

        “Habs” Watch and learn….! Or Not!

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          I would trade Price for MacKinnon straight up.

        • Loop_G says:

          That statement really has no value because the term “franchise player” has a highly subjective meaning. The Pens would not have won either of their last 2 cups without all world goaltending from Murray (and Fleury when needed), Boston would not have won without Thomas being the best goalie in the playoffs that year, Quick and Crawford were both critical to their team’s success. You could make an argument that you are correct but it is equally correct to say that no team has won without a goalie who, at least for that season, was one of the top 2 or 3 in the league, and usually the best in that playoffs.

          • 25soonenough says:

            Pens don’t win without Murray and Fleury either. Murray was spectacular and Pens never would have won in 2009 without Fleury. That Detroit team was dynamic offensively.

            –Larry Robinson was my neighbor once….

        • 25soonenough says:

          Crosby with his 95 concussions and a year or two away from being Lindross-ed out of the league? Not sure I would make that trade either.

          –Larry Robinson was my neighbor once….

    • berc says:

      There is no advantage to extending Price now.

        • berc says:

          In my view, it would have been better if MB had waited until mid-season, at which point it should become more clear whether Lindgren is ready. Price’s price would probably not have increased by then. I would much rather be Minnesota, with Dubnyk signed at 4M, than Mtl, with Price signed at 10.5M. And the contract significantly reduces Price’s value in the trade market.

  54. FormalWare says:

    The Oilers managed to “offer” Connor McDavid a rather detailed contract extension on June 28th – even though, technically, it couldn’t be signed until yesterday. Makes sense that there were leaks; everyone knew his was going to happen; it was a no-brainer.

    So: Where are the details of the “no-brainer” contract extension offer to Carey Price? Wouldn’t we expect such a deal to be “in the can”, essentially, well before July 1 – and then announced promptly, on the date? (No leaks in Bergy’s tight ship – we all know that.)

    Or perhaps we should all follow Marc’s sage advice and expect the unexpected.


    Montréal Canadiens: “Season after season under the same, low ceiling.” – D.M.

  55. Captain Koivu says:

    MIKHAIL GRIGORENKO is a center with size. Would get a fresh start in Montreal, plus we need centers. Yakupov same thing, fresh start with a familiar friend Galchenyuk could be all that he needs and he’s cheap.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I think it would have to be on a two-way given the number of one-way deals they have. I would give him a shot. At worst he would be good to watch in Laval.

    • The ice ghost says:

      Sometimes these guys just need a clean sheet of ice. Look at all the dissing of Radulov before last season. What is the downside? If they don’t work out, so what?

      To me these un-earned long term contracts like Shaw and Alzner are more of a risk. Look what a boat anchor Plex’s contract is (and I like Plex in a D role, just his $ should be winding down).

  56. NLHAB says:

    Radulov will join Bergevin at this afternoon’s presser

  57. ProHabs says:

    – Glad bergevin is looking at trading Gallagher to the Oilers for RNH. Do it

    – Alzner signing was good.

    – sign radulov

    – let Markov go

    – why are people complaining that bergevin used his sense of humour to sign Alzner. Lol. Whatever works man.

    • berc says:

      I wouldn’t make that trade. RNH may cause half as many goals as he scores. Gallagher will have a rebound season. Admittedly, he may be superfluous if Rads is signed, because Byron may have to be moved to RW this year due to LW logjam. But I might trade Gallagher to Minnesota for Charlie Coyle–except this creates a bigger hole in the lineup than trading Galchenyuk.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      “Glad bergevin is looking at trading Gallagher to the Oilers for RNH.”

      Where did you hear this? The only time I heard this was when an announcer on TSN690 suggested it last week. I agree with this trade.

  58. berc says:

    Pacioretty-Coyle-Radulov
    Drouin-Danault-Gallagher
    Lehkonen-Plekanec-Shaw
    Hudon-Holland-Byron
    McCarron/Martinsen/Carr/Mitchell
    Jerabek-Weber
    Alzner-Petry
    Schlemko-Benn
    Davidson/Lernout/Redmond/Morrow
    Price
    Lindgren

    • piper says:

      Coyle for Chucky is a deal that could work. I love the size on the #1 line but I’d switch Max and Drouin to balance it out. But then again, maybe Drouin plays bigger than Max does anyway.

  59. berc says:

    D Mex: Yes, my comment about Bergevin’s 0.15 ppg during his playing career was tongue-in-cheek. I agree with your basis for assessment, and in my opinion he gets a mixed review. At least he has shown some capacity for bold moves and also some creativity. It’s a tough job, to be sure.

    Regarding Chicago’s cap issues, Hossa is reportedly going to miss the entire season because of a skin ailment, and he is still listed on the roster on capfriendly, so it’s not quite as bad for Hawks as it seems. But they clearly have too much tied up at C. But Anisimov has NMC, so Kruger may be their only option to move–and Habs have plenty of Krugers already. Hawks’ roster is almost set, and they will probably make it under the cap if Hossa is in fact out all season.

    I would trade Galchenyuk to Minnesota for Charlie Coyle. They have a surplus of Centers and Coyle would be a logical #1C for Habs. His point production has increased each year and he should just becoming into his prime and could be counted on for 50-60 points per year. He’s weak on face-offs, but at least better than Galchenyuk. He also has a reasonably priced contract, and Habs could then afford Radulov AND Markov, though I don’t see Markov being signed at this point.

  60. Paz says:

    Of course it’s about making the playoffs. Half the league makes the playoffs, and with Molson spending to the Cap limit (and more, on coaches, scouts, etc), and Carey Price stopping .930 shots, the Canadiens will make the Playoffs easily.

    It’s about winning in the playoffs. Winning games, series, and then eventually the Cup.
    You need scoring in the playoffs, and you assume that Price will play well.

    How do you get scoring, in the clutch, in the playoffs?

    1) Spread out the scoring throughout the lineup as much as possible. Two lines are ridiculously more efficient than having just one. And if your 3rd line can score as well, you have really increased your odds.

    2) The play at the center position is critical. Guys like Crosby, Malkin, Getzlaf, Mcdavid, Toews, own the playoffs. Centers make their wingers better. Wingers are vulnerable.

    3) Contribution from the dmen adding to the scoring. This is where the offensive style of mobile, puck moving dmen has really kicked in, allowing teams to generate offensive chances and getting clutch goals from their back end.

    The Canadiens have the goaltending.
    They have several wingers who can spread the offence around, especially if Radulov and Galchenyuk are signed.

    But they don’t have centers who can compete against the elite centers in the playoffs.
    And they definitely don’t have enough dmen in their lineup who will add to the offence in the clutch, in the playoffs.

    So far, this team is a playoff team only; and it doesn’t have the right balance to be considered a true Cup contender.

  61. habsr4ever says:

    Centre signed on UFa day
    Bonnino
    Flynn
    Hanzal
    Gagner
    MOore
    Ferraro
    Wingels
    Sexton
    Burmistrov
    Thompson
    Boyle
    Jooris
    Pitlick
    I will add joe t but he was never leaving sj was he?

    So all the people ripping bergy for getting no centres besides holland tell me please who is a top six above?
    Hanzal wanted to stay in the us of a.
    Besides that he is a number three who is always injured.
    Gagner is too small. Dd all over again and even Vancouver have already said for him to be in their top 9 he will have to play wing. Behind Henrik, sutter, and Horvat
    Just my two cents.
    I hope bergy doesn’t over pay to get duchy.

    • on2ndthought says:

      You forgot Holland and Froese; two huge adds. EDIT: OK, you got Holland. I stand corrected; and agree. None of those players makes us (significantly) better.

  62. DipsyDoodler says:

    Markov had 0.58 ppg this season.

    How much does a .6 ppg UFA defenceman earn in the NHL?

    Here are some comparables (.6 ppg and signed a UFA contract in past 5 years):

    Pietrangelo $6.5M
    Leddy $5.5M
    McDonagh (sob) $4.7m (but not a full UFA contract)
    Carlson $4M
    Niskanen $5.75M
    Yandle $6.35M
    Green $6M
    Hamilton $5.75M
    Subban $9M

    Obviously some of these contracts are bargains because they were signed when the player still had RFA years, or had yet to prove themselves. Nonetheless all these players are under age 30.

    Markov simply can’t expect to get $6M, but he could reasonably expect $5M at his age and for two years.
    —–

    • piper says:

      I hope he gets what he’s after. Just not from the Habs.

    • FormalWare says:

      It’s less the six mill and more the two years that Marky is insisting on, and that Bergy is balking at, I believe. It’s that second year where the Cap gets tight, as Price’s new contract kicks in.

      Tough situation for both sides. Neither can be seen to capitulate. If it can’t be worked out, I won’t be blasting either side’s “greed” nor “arrogance” (though it’ll be tempting). I’ll simply be sad.


      Montréal Canadiens: “Season after season under the same, low ceiling.” – D.M.

  63. on2ndthought says:

    This trope about ‘needing goals’ or ‘can’t score’ is hogwash.

    http://atnhl.com/2svgg3l

    There we sit, smack dab in the middle of the pack; in a year that both Plek and Gally scored 10 goals each; and Galchenyuk was limited by injury to 17.

    We are a team that excels at keeping the puck out of the net (4th on that list), so we are not obliged to be top goal producers. The name of the game is not to score goals; but to score MORE goals than your opponent.

    Now we NEED to replace Markov’s 6, Beaulieu’s 4, and Radulov’s 18 goals? Well, Alzner had 3, and Drouin had 21; so we are 4 short. C’mon, MB; see if you can sign a 4 goal scorer before 3pm, so HIO and chill (tf) out for the summer.

    I know there is more to Marky’s production than just goals, and I know being a mediocre offensive team makes Lundqvist’s playoff heroics more likely, but Drouin and Alzner should help increase the goal differential that is so important.

    Now, if we can get Radulov re-signed…

    • New says:

      I wouldn’t worry much about it all. You are not focusing on the situation but the comments, the jabber around the net.

      People latch onto BS catch phrases. You don’t need to form an opinion that way. You just take a popular one.

      Surprisingly Bergevin has strengthened the team since the season’s end. The D for instance last season was the 4th most potent in the NHL both offensive points (players who played over 50 minutes) and defensively. It is now and likely will be better this fall.

      It is all just fan talk. Facts and results speak for themselves.

      • 25soonenough says:

        Jerabek, Alzner and Schlemko make us better than Emelin, Beaulieu and Markov? Only time will tell, the rest is all bs and speculation.

        –Larry Robinson was my neighbor once….

        • Loop_G says:

          No one has any idea about Jarabek but Schlemko is a reliable, underrated D, I like that trade. Alzner however is a huge upgrade over Emelin. He was listed as the #3 top available free agent on pretty much every list, and signed a pretty reasonable contract as well. The D this year may not be flashy but at least it will be a bit more reliable and consistent.

          • 25soonenough says:

            Definitely more consistent. Alzner hasn’t missed a game in 6 years. Jerabek from what i’ve seen is a smart, smooth skating puck mover that gets back in a hurry and makes crisp passes, so, a big step up from Beaulieu, that once in stride looked great, but bobbles pucks in corners and gets knocked off stride easily. Schlemko is highly regarded by all analysts that I’ve read. So yes, our D corps will be harder to play against consistently.

            –Larry Robinson was my neighbor once….

    • FormalWare says:

      “…Chill (tf) out,” indeed.

      You have a very Nelly way of being a Polly. And methinks thou dost protest too much.


      Montréal Canadiens: “Season after season under the same, low ceiling.” – D.M.

    • Phil C says:

      You are including non-playoff teams. 15th means they are among the worst that make the playoffs. So if you enter the playoffs as one of the worst teams at scoring, isn’t it fair to say scoring is a problem?

      • on2ndthought says:

        4 teams made the playoffs with fewer goals. One (#18) made the WCF, one (#22) made the ECF. #11 (still in the lower half of teams making the playoffs) made the SCF, and #1 won the cup.

        I want to score more goals, and expect at least somewhat of a bounce back from Plek and Gally, and Chuck. It just isn’t the problem everyone is making it out to be.

        FWIW, #s 7, 10, and 14 did not make the playoffs.

    • Cal says:

      Cup winners and where they were in scoring regular season:
      2016/17 Penguins- #1
      2015/16 Penguins – #3
      2014/15 Chicago- #16
      2013/14 LA- #25
      2013 Chicago #2
      2011/12 LA – # 29
      2010/11 Boston – #8
      2009/10 Chicago- #3
      2008/09 Penguins #5
      2007/08 Detroit #3

      6 of the last 10 Cups won by a team in the top 5 of scoring.
      2 of the biggest anomalies were the LA Cup wins after being 25th and 29th. This is likely where Bergevin get his “anything can happen” philosophy.

    • habcertain says:

      Alzner is going to help the offensive???

    • Loop_G says:

      That is true, and I’ve mentioned that before to people but I do think they need to get a bit more dynamic offensively. If they can keep Rads, then adding Drouin is enough for that.

  64. 24 Cups says:

    (I’m not counting Morrow or Holland as roster players even if CapFriendly does)

    Montreal has two goalies signed as well as 7 defensemen if you count Jerabek. That means they have around 14.7M to sign Galchenyuk and Radulov as well as promoting one of McCarron, Carr, DLR or Hudon. This number increases to two if Martinsen doesn’t make the team. So the coin is there for both Galchenyuk and Radulov but not for those two PLUS Markov. This would also leave the team with around 1M for injury security.

    All of this might just work out if Rads decides to stay and Jerabek can play top four minutes.

    • on2ndthought says:

      Jerabek could be the linchpin to this whole off season. IF he is ‘lightly’ penciled in as Weber’s partner, then yesterday makes perfect sense. But if he IS, why only sign him to a one year contract, especially at the salary he makes?

      Perhaps the player himself chose the term, figuring he’ll get a big raise after one year. I can’t believe he signed expecting to be in Laval the whole year (if the rumoured interest from multiple teams is true).

      At this point, he is my ‘pudatitive’ top pairing D, with Petry finally getting the solid presence beside him that should allow him a bit more freedom to wheel with the puck. The bottom pairing Benn with Davidson/Schlemko. Of course Morrow and Lernout will be fighting for a spot.

      I’m interested (worried) about Lernout clearing waivers. I have a feeling there will be a lot of PTO / waiver wire action this fall.

      • Le Revenant says:

        Mike McCarron, Nikita Scherbak, Zachary Fucale and Brett Lernout are not waiver eligible yet this season, so they can all play in the AHL with no risk to us.

        Charles Hudon and Jacob de la Rose are the ones we have to worry about, both would have to go through waivers to end up in Laval, so I suspect they’ll both at least start the season in Montréal.

        http://habsprospects.com/waivers.html

        • on2ndthought says:

          You are correct about Lernout. One more year. I was hoping he might bull his way on to the squad, but another year of seasoning is fine. I’ll be watching him in Laval this year.

        • 24 Cups says:

          Carr also has to pass waivers although I’m not sure he would be claimed.

          • Le Revenant says:

            Yes, he’s a noteworthy farmhand who we now have to squeak through waivers, I should have listed him.

            After all the roster moves every team had to undergo for the Vegas expansion draft, I’m not sure if they’ll be more or less likely to put in waiver claims at the start of the season. My guess is that Daniel, with a difficult season last year, is not liable to be picked up on waivers, and would pass through early on.

  65. fastfreddy says:

    So is MB’s presser at 3:00 to announce the Radulov signing or to explain how difficult it is to sign players?

  66. habsfan0 says:

    Bergevin’s 3pm press conference today should be interesting.
    Given that MB has always had a reputation as a court jester, I’m sure he has something hidden up his sleeve.
    Here’s hoping it’s not DD.

  67. montreal ace says:

    I used to love watching Rick Green when he was a Hab. PM just compared Alzner to him, which to me is exciting. I also listened to him on tsn and he seems like a pleasant guy, who is going to be a great teammate. Last year he played after getting a hernia operation, had to be a difficult experience for him.

    • on2ndthought says:

      Someone else here compared him to Marc Methot; and I think that is a good comparison as well. Alzner is 3 years younger, $275,000 cheaper.

  68. Strummer says:

    Looks like the end of the Markov era in Montreal.

    One of the analysts on Sportsnet yesterday theorized that the Habs weren’t anxious to bring him back anyway and were looking for a culture change in dressing room as much as anything.

    -Some folks really have trouble letting go of stuff, eh?-

    • AH says:

      I hope they are right. Sounds good to me. And if they are serious about a culture change in the room, Plekanec needs to be gone too.

      And if it wasn’t for his contract, I’d get rid of Pacioretty also.

    • Corporate says:

      Markov knows that they need him right now. The good news is that he is undervalued in the league so, people are not willing to take a chance on him. Also, since he is, his own agent he can afford to take his time. Some team will take him.

      • Captain aHab says:

        Him waiting it out until the season starts (and injuries happen) might be the best strategy. Plus, it’ll keep him fresher vs playing a full year.

        Gotta think that all 31 GMs are laughing at 2 x $6M right now.

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    • slapshot777 says:

      I know Markov has been good for Montreal just has Montreal has been good for Andrei Markov. If anybody here owes anybody it would have to be Markov but only by a hair.

      Montreal put confidence in Markov when he had those two knee surgeries when no one knew how he was going to recover from those. In the meantime Markov kept the same salary for the past 10 seasons.

      The disappointment for me regarding Markov and this is towards his leadership issues. Markov was given a chance to become captain of the Canadiens and I think management was hoping he would take it. The players seem to have wanted him to be also, but he turned it down.

      For me right there and then Markov showed the organization and probably some of his teammates that he was not leadership material and was not the guy to rally the troops when times got tough. I know some will say there are different ways to lead on a team. To that I say yes there is but Makov has been more of a teacher to some guys like Komisarek, Streit, Souray, helping guys like that land big contracts elsewhere. Even with the Wiz to an extent.

      When the chips are down, Markov to me is probably not the guy to be looking for to get those words of wisdom or that rally speech. Markov is not Shea Weber. Like many have said here his points have started to diminish and when the game is on the line, Markov has never really got that important goal or made that game saving play or anything to turn the momentum of a game.

      After saying all of that, I still like Markov but for two years and $6M he has to realistic and know that at this stage of his game and after looking at what other defensemen were getting he got to know the value is diminishing. He could have made an agreement with MB that after his playing days he still gets a job in the organization where he still gets to stay in hockey and stay with the Habs which means he gets to stay and live in the city he loves and with all the money he has made over his career he won’t be hurting and still get a good salary to work for the team without taking a beating on the body and in the end all is good.

      This is not the time to get greedy. The Habs need help on the back end now is the tine to be that team guy.
      To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

      • CJinBK says:

        As much as it grieves me, I have to agree. I love Markov, and his 2-goal game versus Ottawa down the stretch was a thing of pure beauty, but he has definitely lost a few steps, and his head for the game is the only thing that keeps him on the ice in a uniform. I wonder if he would be a good assistant coach, even if it might be too soon to have him as such for the Canadiens.

        Dunno if anyone else has said anything about the beach workout video above, but… I know that’s a hard drill, and he’s doing it on sand, but… Markov doesn’t really “nail it”. Watching it doesn’t make me regret GMMB’s not giving Markov his 2x$6M.

      • AliHaba says:

        I’d like to know your source when saying Markov was offered the captaincy. I know that has been conjecture for years but I’ve never heard any of Habs’ management from Gainey to Gauthier to Bergevin come out and say that the captaincy was offered to Markov.
        If you can provide me a link to what you’re saying, then I’ll give your post some relevance.

  69. Butterface says:

    So off-topic…

    Where do people see Daniel Carr fitting in this season. He can be claimed off waivers.

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