RFA White signs; Galchenyuk headlines development camp

Ryan White

Classic Ryan White. He’s back for another year with the Canadiens.
François Lacasse, NHLI via Getty Images

SIGNING: Canadiens restricted free-agent forward Ryan White has signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Canadiens, valued at $687,500.

All seven players selected by the Canadiens in last weekend’s entry draft in Pittsburgh, headed by No. 3 overall Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting, will be among the 14 players taking part in the team’s development camp this Thursday through Saturday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.

Here’s all you need to know.

SCHEDULE CLARIFICATION: On-ice sessions at the Brossard rink are open to the public:

• Thursday: 4 to 6 pm
• Friday: 10:30 am to 12 noon; 4:30 to 6 pm
• Saturday: 10:30 am to 12 noon; 4:30 to 5:30 pm.


  1. nickster13 says:

    All guys below, get some avatars please! Looks better, and you get more respect as a poster.

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

    • Chris says:

      To be fair, there are legitimate security concerns about Gravatar. Some people have refused to get avatars because of that.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      An avatar gets you more respect as a poster? Riiiiiiight
      It makes it easier to search out certain posters and ignore others but not once can I recall the content of a post being strengthened by the choice of avatar.
      I used to have one soon after I joined — the Twilight Zone — but then the site adopted Gravatar and I chose not to go along with the conditions set for its usage. I figure one’s name alone is sufficient as an identifying feature.

    • Ron says:

      Respect ? Maybe you should learn some. People have a right to add or leave the avatar empty. There are possible security issues with that site.I myself have been here from the start of site and although I do not post alot I do know you can read what you want, when you want. So if to you, me not having a avatar present causes some discomfort then suck it up.

  2. third generation haber says:

    With Beaulieu, Tinordi, and Ellis still a year away, I’d like to see us add a mid ranged hard nosed D-man who will protect our goalie and smaller guys. Carkner would be my first choice. The way he battered Boyle in the playoffs last year was magic!

    Diaz should be on a high protein diet and playing in the AHL untill he learns to body-check! Weber should grow-up and earn his spot in the line-up.

    j.p. murray

    • nickster13 says:

      Carkner is alright, but he isnt played that much because he is slow as molasses. As others have mentioned, Bryan Allen is a good choice because he isn’t referred to as slow.

      “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

  3. pmaraw says:

    rad you destroyed the forums tonight making it quite unbearable to read.

  4. Rad says:

    Peckham was a fringe player for the Oilers lasr year, often sitting in the press box. He was #8 on their Depth chart, as was Weber in Montreal. Sounds like an equal value trade to me.

  5. Rad says:

    Read the press clippings from last year as well as what Souray’s teammates had to say about him in Dallas.

  6. CHpride89 says:

    Since there’s no hockey to watch, and likely no Hab-related news ’til Sunday, I’ll pitch something crazy to y’all. Bear with me here… hopefully it’ll at least be amusing 🙂

    1) The Habs need a 2nd line LW
    Assuming the MaxPax-DD-Cole line stays together (and there’s no reason they shouldn’t start the season together), Pleks and Gionta need someone on the left wing who can pot 40-50 pts/season, and it’s doubtful if Bourque can be a consistent top-6 forward in Montreal. This forward would preferably be over 6 feet tall and 210 lbs, to offset Pleks (5’11) and Gionta (5’7)

    2) This year’s UFA forward crop sucks
    Parise isn’t coming here, Penner is Latendresse V2.0 (outside of one playoff year), Semin or Kostitsyn would disrupt the work-first culture Bergevin and Therrien are trying to instill in MTL, and Parenteau is a RW with inflated numbers. The rest are third- and fourth-line grinders. We’re not finding that magical missing piece on the UFA market.

    3) The Habs have a logjam on D
    Assuming PK-Markov-Gorges as our top-3 D, and with Emelin earning a spot based on potential, improved positioning, and physical play, we have 2 spots left for Diaz, Weber, Kaberle, and St-Denis. I like Diaz, but having that many non-physical puck-movers on the backend is exactly what killed the Habs this season.

    4) Tomas Kaberle sucks defensively
    … I don’t need to elaborate, do I?

    So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the next Montreal Canadiens left-winger: Tomas Kaberle.
    Averages 47 pts/season, consistently
    Czech connection with Pleks
    Moving Kaberle to the wing minimizes his defensive lapses and frees up a roster spot for one of Weber or St-Denis, while keeping him available for PP QB duty (I foresee Eller-Pleks-Gio or Bourque-Pleks-Gio as the 2nd forward unit on the powerplay).

    A little insane, I know (okay, a lot insane). Just thought I’d try to get creative with a bad situation, since it’s unlikely that we find a taker for Kaberle, and I’d rather not lose Diaz or Weber while they’re at their lowest value.

    • commandant says:

      Carbonneau is that you?

      Go Habs Go!
      NHL Free Agency and Trade Analysis now.
      Team By Team Prospect Reports coming soon

    • third generation haber says:

      I love that idea! Kaberle would cost us a lot fewer goals playing up front, and probably put-up similar numbers. And if he’s ineffective, we could always rest him as the 13th forward. Although I believe he would be an ideal fit with the bulldogs!

      But as for the 2 1/2 men line, i think Pleky should center them and let DD work with Bourque. It really doesn’t matter who centers Cole and Mac-Pac; they score goals by charging the net. Bourque needs someone who can set him up, and that’s DD!

      j.p. murray

  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    CTV News (BC); Minor Hockey Coach Investigated For Tripping Player’: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/minor-hockey-coach-investigated-for-tripping-player-1.855138#axzz1yxqyfc6O

    …lucky for this asshol* that wasn’t My Son he tripped 🙁

    • D Mex says:

      According to the late news broadcast, police are investigating a complaint of assault after one of the boys suffered a broken wrist. Brutal.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

  8. Rad says:

    Ask the Dallas Stars about Souray’s leadership. They just offered him $3M.

  9. commandant says:

    Free Agency: Top RFAs who were not qualified by their teams.


    Go Habs Go!
    NHL Free Agency and Trade Analysis now.
    Team By Team Prospect Reports coming soon

    • third generation haber says:

      The RFA’s are such a collection of garbage. Injury prone and overrated. High percentage of Quebecers on this list which may point to the fact the Q doesn’t prepare players for the NHL. (I’d still love to see a few more Quebecers on the habs though).

      j.p. murray

  10. Rad says:

    You should have left your earlier statement on here Errant, so everyone could see the confusion and outrage that you retracted.

  11. Rad says:

    If Schultz signs with Oilers, he will be on their 1st PP unit, without question. That is one of the things they are pitching to him.

  12. Rad says:

    Commandant, I fully agree that Subban is better than Schultz. I wasn’t including Subban in that discussion.

  13. Rad says:

    Newf I don’t know if any of our young d-men are as good as Sxhultz.

    • commandant says:

      Subban is easily better than Schultz, absolutely no doubt about that.

      Schultz and Beaulieu’s potentials are comparable, Beaulieu has a higher ceiling but Schultz is further along the development path.

      Schultz might end up a top pairing guy, but he won’t be a #1 defenceman, he’ll be the 2nd guy on any top pair (at best), or he’ll be the #3 defenceman on a team.

      Still good, but not at the level he’s made out to be here.

      Go Habs Go!
      Visit our NHL Prospect HQ – Team By Team reports coming soon

  14. Habs1996 says:

    hey New_Habster
    what are you ******* about?
    im on the iphone and cant see what you are are mad at.

  15. Rad says:

    Errant, there are 5 teams already in on Schultz. I believe he was a free agent Monday at Noon. He is not a regular free agent. The Oilers are flying in their owner, plus Hall and Eberle to meet with Scjultz tomorrow in Toronto.

  16. Chris says:

    Anybody else wonder what would have happened if Mats Sundin were never traded to the Maple Leafs?

    In the two seasons prior to the trade, Sundin had established himself as the equal of Joe Sakic with the Nordiques.

    Sundin: 164 GP, 79 G, 199 PTS, 156 PIM, +22
    Sakic: 162 GP, 76 G, 197 PTS, 58 PIM, -11

    I remember that 1992-93 opening round series between Quebec and Montreal very well. Were it not for Patrick Roy heroics and some hiccups by Ron Hextall, the Nordiques probably should have won that series and could very well have challenged for the Stanley Cup. What really stood out was that there was no clear difference between Sundin and Sakic. Sakic was an obvious unanimous first-ballot Hall of Fame player, but Sundin was every bit his equal despite being a couple of years younger.

    I’ve always wondered what would have happened if Sundin could have been kept on the wing in Quebec, where they were using him a fair bit…imagine a team with Sakic, Sundin and Forsberg as your top three forwards. That would have been ridiculous, and I certainly don’t think we would have heard a peep about Sundin’s lack of Stanley Cups being mentioned in his candidacy for the Hall of Fame.

    The requirement that Hall of Fame players need to have won Stanley Cups is overly harsh. Stanley Cups are a team pursuit. A dominant player, and Sundin was one of the most dominant centres of his era, simply could not carry a mismanaged team to the promised land no matter how hard he tries. Jarome Iginla, Daniel Alfredsson, Paul Kariya, and Cam Neely are all examples of players who clearly belonged at the top of the heap, yet all were foiled in their attempts to win Stanley Cups. Ray Bourque was one of the greatest defencemen who ever played long before he finally got his Stanley Cup in Colorado in his 23rd NHL season. The Stanley Cup victory did absolutely nothing to improve his credentials.

    So why do we hold it against guys like Sundin or Iginla? They were transcendent players at their positions, players that were front and centre for both their NHL teams and while leading their national teams to the highest possible honours.

    Personally, I think Sundin was the better all around player and would be picked over Shanahan, Oates and Bure by a general manager looking to build a team from scratch. That being said, all of these guys are good choices and all will be in the Hall of Fame soon enough.

    • commandant says:

      Lifetime ban. Seriously

      Go Habs Go!
      NHL Free Agency and Trade Analysis now.
      Team By Team Prospect Reports coming soon

    • D Mex says:

      Worth noting this was ‘ spring hockey ‘, therefore, the usual Hockey Canada coaching certifications are not required for some reason.

      In my experience, many nutbar parents break thru to ” coach ” in spring hockey, you know, to show the rest of us ‘ how it’s done ‘ …

      Anyhow, as I noted above, last night’s late news reported that police are investigating a complaint of assault after one of the boys suffered a broken wrist. If charged, the guy’s name becomes public info. Brutal situation.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

  17. Bobo23 says:

    Alright, bare with me here…


    – sign Doan as UFA (with some of Gomez’s $$)
    – trade a 2nd rounder and a D prospect for Ott (if it takes that much)

    Kaberle-St. Denis

    Not bad, I say.

    • chelseafan says:

      Love Doan and Ott if we can get him, but then I would ship Louie to Hamilton, put White at center and get another rugged winger to play hard fourth line style- maybe Moen as it seems he may be close to signing and has a good year or two left in him.

    • Chris says:

      If Doan is leaving the Coyotes, it is because he is sick of not really having a chance to contend.

      He is 35 years old (36 by the time the season starts)…he doesn’t have that many years left to be an impact player that can contribute to a Stanley Cup victory. I don’t see him signing with a team like Montreal that is languishing near the bottom of the league. Throw in the controversy between he and linesman Michel Cormier over using a derogatory term and the subsquent hullaballoo involving Denis Coderre and I really don’t see Shane Doan having Montreal on his radar as a possible free agent destination, regardless of Cousin Carey.

    • Clay says:

      I don’t really feel like taking my clothes off with you, thanks all the same. 😀

      It’s “bear”, not ‘bare’ 😉

      ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

    • frankcasting says:

      Kabs/St. Denis doesn’t fly.
      Let’s plug in Tinordi / Beaulieu – time to see what we have.
      Diaz is also better than those last two d-bags.
      Kabs has to go to Hamilton with Gomez.
      New season; No baggage.

      Loving the Habs since 1965

      • JUST ME says:

        Tinordi and Beaulieu are juniors ! What will you build if you do not have any more building block on the side ? Stop burning youngsters in the NHL as if it is a desperate situation !
        Deal with it ! It will be a transition year , we do not have many assets ready in Hamilton that would make a difference. So for a year or two we need to use what we have or go for a few trades and hope for the best.
        I would rather builld for the long term instead of wasting talent that is not yet up to par for the team.

    • third generation haber says:

      Nice lineup, but I’d still like to see our friend Staubitz busting skulls for the habs again next year. He responds to any problems on the ice and doesn’t take penalties. He also doesn’t cost us goals with poor play. While we’re in a re-building phase I think we should have enforcers on the habs and bulldogs to watch over our prospects.

      j.p. murray

  18. Habs1996 says:

    Idk man , Sundin :
    First european-born player to be draft 1st overall
    First swedish player to reach 1000 points
    Rank 1st in most game played by european-born player
    Most goals by swedish player
    most assist by swedish player
    most points by swedish player

  19. Rad says:

    Dman, because I am on mobile phone and it won’t let me do that

  20. DMAN says:

    Cool. Why don’t you reply to comments instead of starting at the top again?

  21. Rad says:

    I think Ralph Krueger is going to be a very good coach in this league. Don’t know about Freddie though!

  22. Rad says:

    Another thing, I don’t understand why the Habs are not in on Sxhultz. He’s got size, strength, great skating, and elite offensive avility.

  23. Rad says:

    Krueger. They’ll announce it tomorrow.

    • nickster13 says:

      Most people arent liking the move from what ive read. And when I hear his name, i just keep thinking about the other Krueger.

      “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

    • DMAN says:

      I know, but what about the year after that? This is the second assistant they’ve hired in two years. They should have just kept Pat Quinn and given him a chance. You won’t get anywhere changing the coach every year.

  24. DMAN says:

    Which Assistant Coach for Edmonton will be there head coach next year?

  25. Rad says:

    If the Oilers don’t land Schultz, they will be looking for an offensive defenseman like Weber or Diaz.

  26. Rad says:

    Chelsea, that’s why I suggested adding Peckham. That boy is nasty.

  27. chelseafan says:

    It does seem that we need a “heavyweight” Dman. We do not really have a fighter to help out Emelin… any options? I personally like Souray, but we hopefully could do better.

  28. Rad says:

    HH, they’re mostly trolls — ignorant and ignorable.

  29. HardHabits says:

    I get the feeling that there are a few new posters who have been here before under other guises. What’s really unnerving is that there appears to be more than one Sybil-ing amongst us.

    • krob1000 says:

      lol…I’m a taoist like you..wasn’t that your explanation for your jumping from extreme to extreme….I am not wise like confuscious…but I am confused at where the team is heading right now and am anxious to see what MB does

  30. ProHabs says:

    Isn’t that an interesting piece of information. Alex Galchenyuk’s father was on the Soviet Junior Team that brawled vs Canada in the Punch up in Piestany in 1987.

    • krob1000 says:

      ah..what a year, the Habs still cup champs, the Canda Cup with Gretz and Mario, the chaos at the world juniors……i was all of 11 years old and remember all of it like it was yesterday…oddly enough i can’t remember a damn thing about yesterday anymore

  31. Habs1996 says:

    i heard Emelin got injured in the jaw while fighthing another player (not in the nhl)
    He loss that fight and it wasnt pretty
    If it wasnt of that injury
    ithink emelin would have been willing to fight once in a while

    • TomNickle says:

      Alexander Svitov(former NHLer) shattered his face.

    • krob1000 says:

      he has a plate in his face and can’t fight..it wasn;t a knock on Emelin…was saying that he can’t fight and someone needs to answer the bell when knocks guys out their equipemtn regularly….and he does it without discretion…he really doesn;t care who he hits…..but it seemed he changed at the end of the season and the timing went along with all of the negative press he got for his style of play given he can;t fight…many hockey writers..in Montreal too and tv personas and players were outspoken about him playing that style without them being able to drop their gloves with him

  32. Rad says:

    Garrison is not going to be in our price range. Souray is bigger, tougher, loves Montreal, has the big shot, and will provide veteran leadership for our young D-men.

  33. krob1000 says:

    Tom….I don’t remember any shoulder injury to Emelin…I know Weber, Diaz and Price all declined the World’s due to injuries but Emelin went…where did you get the injury info? I forgot a ton about his season…and am better off for it but I don’t remember an injury to Emelin…I just remember him not hitting with anywhere near the frequency he did before everyone started caling him out for not fighting…either way he won’t fight and as long as it is allowed in the NHL..we need someone on the backend who can do it…and well.

    • TomNickle says:

      He missed a few games with a leg and shoulder injury late in the season. It was reported by Arpon Basu at the time and was fairly common knowledge that he was playing through the injury at the end of the season.

      • krob1000 says:

        that may be the case but I think when noone stood up for him and he got some bad press it affected him….he ws getting from opposing players, tv, in ink, etc…I hope it was the injury but I still think he got reeled in a bit….I would love to see him play as angry as possible and hit everyhting that moves again…perhaps he will and injury was the reason but it was pretty hard to watch and listen too for awhile there when he would get chased around the ice.

  34. krob1000 says:

    wow…I just remembered chris Campoli was a Hab…how bout that…I really forgot completely about him until I just read an old blog

  35. jedimyrmidon says:

    Seems like the issue of what a 4th line should look like is an issue that divides many.

    So what kind of 4th line should the Habs try to emulate? The Bruins’? Or the Kings’? New Jersey’s 4th line was remarkably effective during the playoffs, and it wasn’t built with huge rugged players, but maybe that only applies during the playoffs where typically there’s less fights and such.

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