Galchenyuk and Gallagher to stay in Montreal


Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin met with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher Monday morning and told both players they will be staying in Montreal for the entire season.

Galchenyuk will live with his mother and sister in Montreal, while Gallagher will move in with veteran defenceman Josh Gorges.

Galchenyuk was on what was, in effect, a five-game trial. The Canadiens could have returned him to the junior Sarnia Sting after his fifth NHL game – that would be Tuesday’s home game against Winnipeg – without using up the first year of his three-year, entry-level contract.

But Galchenyuk has shown he can play at the NHL level. He and Gallagher have brought a level of energy and creativity to the third line with Brandon Prust. Galchenyuk has a goal and two assists in four games, while Gallagher has a goal and an assist in three games. Gallagher was likely to stay because his entry-level deal kicked in when he joined the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs in the fall.

Galchenyuk was the third overall pick in last June’s draft and said his goal was to make the NHL this season. But there were some doubts that would be possible because the Canadiens traditionally bring young players along slowly and Galchenyuk missed most of last season after major knee surgery. But the lockout helped Galchenyuk because he tore it up with Sarnia in the OHL and then helped Team USA win the gold medal at the world junior championship.

Galchenyuk is the first 18-year-old to play with the Canadiens since defenceman Petr Svoboda in 1984.

Galchenyuk returns favour with assist on Gallagher goal, by Pat Hickey

Pacioretty’s appendix puts P.K. on back burner, by Dave Stubbs

Larry Robinson toyed with idea of coaching Habs, by Jim Matheson of Postmedia News

There’s a danger in rushing young draft picks into NHL, by Stu Cowan

Photo gallery from Sunday’s win over Devils

(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)



  1. Danno says:


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  2. Danno says:

    test etc etc etc


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  3. Yes, now Habs have 3 solid defense pairs Markov/Emelin, Josh/PK
    and the surprising good Buillon/Diaz with Kaberle as insurance veteran if someone goes down or needs a rest. Pac comes back soon and this Habs team is as good as any of the last 5 teams ( which if you remember were not too tacky.) I love it. Do not trade Eller — he would come back to haunt us.

  4. Bripro says:

    Subban was asked a dumb question about being selfish, and MB interjected saying that the fact that he’s signed shows just how unselfish he is.
    IMO, they both took the high road during the news conference. Good for them. And great for the team!

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …is the word YIPPEEEE !!! appropriate for the moment Brian ?

      What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
      Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

      Campaign to Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

  5. habsfaninboston says:

    Sounds like PK is raring to go.

  6. Me thinks Subban was waiting for Gomez to signed with the Sharks? Glad to have him back where he belongs. A die hard Habs player who loves his favorite team. A dream come true for him. Our Habs just got a tad stronger and a very sharp Price to boot. Right now he should be on 3rd D pairing and PP with Markov until he reaches game shape. Both can shoot the puck. Its going to be interesting times ahead.

    Go Habs Go!!!

  7. HabFab says:

    PK to rejoin the team on Wednesday…when he plays??

  8. NoTinFoilCups says:

    Man I love this photo! The youthful enthusiam!

    Oh yeah we signed that PK guy….

  9. habsfaninboston says:

    Holy sh*t! I was really beginning to have doubts about PK signing and I logged into HIO and saw that he signed. Awesome news!

  10. Bripro says:

    The telephone news conference on TSN 690 live, right now.

  11. Rad says:

    Subban has yet to learn Therrien’s system. But overall, I think Therrien will have a positive influence on Subban’s play.

  12. mrhabby says:

    Why was he signed…come on mb.

  13. Danno says:

    What is it with HIO lately? There seems to be a decline in reports and updates. Nothing on the breaking PK story yet.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  14. Ron says:

    I think as a nice gesture, MT should heads to the Bell and re-installs PK’s name plate and light a few candles cause PK is going to save his ass for sure. Welcome back and hope he is game ready by end of week.

  15. Sportfan says:

    So with PK signed he clearly won’t play tomorrow cause I feel he wont be ready, but when will he play?

  16. HabinBurlington says:

    Did Kaberles stick just get a little shorter?

  17. ponyboy says:

    Gotta love when your gut feeling is bang on!!!!! Nice work PK!!!! And Habs too!!!

    Now, who is going to get moved??? And where to???

  18. Mr. Biter says:

    Go to get free cocktail (long line today) and come back and PK’s signed. Going again and when I come back prehaps Kabs traded for Sid?

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  19. nbhabs says:

    This whole thing was caused by PK taking bad advice from his agent. Can’t wait to see PK back patrolling the blueline. PK will get is money in two years time, good things come to those who wait (and those who play good).

  20. New says:

    Now can we pray the team just continues to do well and we can please talk about something else.

  21. Bripro says:

    So Subban doesn’t even have to wait two years to renew his contract, with this abbreviated season.
    In about a year’s time, he and his agent will be sitting down to discuss with the Habs how they can make him much richer.

  22. RabidHabit says:

    Montreal finishes 6th in conference now…we will face boston first round

    “It’s a game of inches, dick”-Steve Shutt

  23. deen says:

    If he is as revved up and motivated as I think, in the coming weeks our blueline will become a lion’s pit for opposing forwards!

    Keep your head up – PK and Emelin are licking their chops!!!

  24. Mattyleg says:

    Bob McKenzie says that MB moved from the $5.1m he was originally offering.

    Where he got that first figure is anyone’s guess, though.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  25. sane hockey fan says:

    It’s getting awfully hard for Looney to continue to deride MB and MT

  26. HabinBurlington says:

    Really like the fact Markov can have his minutes reduced some now.

  27. punkster says:

    No recriminations…we’re all Habs fans…man this is awesome!!!

    ***SUBBANG BABY!!!***

  28. twilighthours says:

    This is a steal of a deal for Montreal.

  29. Danno says:

    The Habs power play is going to be a monster with the one-two punch of Markov/Diaz on one wave and Subban/Gorges on the other


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  30. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Big question is when does he play??? Whoop Whoop!!!

  31. HardHabits says:

    Ever seen a Tank™ backtrack? You’re gonna witness one soon!! 😀


    all you guys were idiots who hated on Subban , hes clearly getting underpaid now, and what does they guy do off the ice thats bad? I havnt heard anyone say a thing!! I’m super happy he signed, Hes completly makes a unselfish move and literally buys into the team philosophy. I hope they can keep him here for a long time, and give him his money next time round. On and on the Ice the guy is a monster, MOnster hits, MOnster Shot, Crazy good skating, the guy does it all, so what if he takes chances and gets under players skin! thats exactly what I want on this team! Way to go PK and MB good to get this done.

  33. Propwash says:

    It’s not like they’re breaking the bank on him either. If he does well, I’m sure they will extend his contract, a la Max Pac.


  34. christophor says:

    Pretty smart to put more of the money in year 2. Since this season is shortened, Subban will get more of the total $5.75mill. Term aside, that’s likely what convinced him to accept a contract that also gives the Habs a lower caphit.

  35. Adidess says:

    Don’t want to start any controversy. I am very happy PK is back in the fold and will be on the ice soon, very exciting.

    I do have a feeling we’ll come to regret the team’s choice to play hard ball on this contract. I hope MB doesn’t have to trade him in Year 2 because we fear he might not resign with us long term. A guy with Subban’s pride will not forget.

    The same way, MB might be vindicated if PK turns out to be a mediocre to average defender in the long run, not the star we hope he will become. This contract, to me, changes everything, in terms of the next negos. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, I guess.

  36. Steven says:

    The AAV of this contract isn’t much higher than what was initially suggested by Bergevin. Did he cave or is he not nearly as egotistical as we thought?

    Either way, glad to have him back on a cap-friendly contract. He’ll cash in next contract.

  37. Ncognito says:

    Just speaking with Gerard Gallant’s brother. Turk can’t wait to use PK in his PP schemes.

    • The Jackal says:

      Who be Turk?

      “PK Subban is an integral part of the team, a hard-working player who is extremely talented, and part of any bright future the Habs may strive for.” – Gunnery Captain Obvious & Brigadier General Knowledge.

  38. kirkiswork says:

    Looks like we finally have decent management and a team with a good future.

  39. aevt628 says:

    thanks pk and mb
    now go habs

  40. Atta Boy Sobbbie!!!

    Yemelin – Markov

    Gorges – Subban

    Diaz – Bull

    • The Jackal says:

      Halak it!

      “PK Subban is an integral part of the team, a hard-working player who is extremely talented, and part of any bright future the Habs may strive for.” – Gunnery Captain Obvious & Brigadier General Knowledge.

  41. HabinBurlington says:

    Somebody tell Tom Nickle and Ed Lopaz to back away from the ledge and that everything is okay.

    (I hope you two guys take this post in good humour).

    CHeers to all of us, our defence just got alot better!

  42. Stevie.Ray says:

    So he steps in and pairs up with Gorges 5 on 5?
    Markov – Emelin
    Subban – Gorges
    Diaz – Boullion

    and with Kaberle on PP2?

  43. SouthOttawaHabFan says:

    To all the PK haters out there SUCK. IT. HARD!

    • K-hab25 says:

      Ya and the Bergevin haters can suck it harder, he won. He got the player and at the price he wanted to give, masterful.

      • The Jackal says:

        Yeah yeah, that’s what it’s all about. You won too, you were right. Hooray! 😉

        “PK Subban is an integral part of the team, a hard-working player who is extremely talented, and part of any bright future the Habs may strive for.” – Gunnery Captain Obvious & Brigadier General Knowledge.

        • K-hab25 says:

          I won? You’re a weird one Mr. Grinch. The Habs organization won today,they got their man, on their terms, I wasn’t involved. Yay Bergevin and Go Habs Go!!

  44. deen says:

    Yes so happy to have PK back!

    PK Please Sign

  45. lavie says:

    Way to go! Subban and Bergevin! 😎

  46. otter649 says:

    Good for MarcB & The Habs to sign Subban – The Rookie Dinner will have one more place setting…..

  47. HardHabits says:

    Well I guess this one is a tad late but here goes any ways. 😀

    There’s a man who’s just a money changer.
    To every team his price puts them in danger.
    With every deal he makes, another cap space breaks,
    Odds are he won’t sign a deal tomorrow.

    Freakin’ agent man
    Freakin’ agent man
    Unrealistic number,
    Won’t trade away Subban.

    Beware of smilin’ faces that you find.
    A smilin’ face can hide a greedy mind.
    Oh, be careful what you say. Your own self you will play.
    Odds are he won’t sign the deal tomorrow.

    Freakin’ agent man
    Freakin’ agent man
    Unrealistic number,
    Won’t trade away Subban.

    Kachingin’ on the offer sheet foray
    and then sayin’ that he wants to really stay.
    Oh no, you let the wrong words slip,
    while smackin’ hungry lips.
    Odds are he won’t sign the deal tomorrow.

    Freakin’ agent man
    Freakin’ agent man
    Unrealistic number,
    Won’t trade away Subban.

    • The Jackal says:

      Secret agent man?

      “PK Subban is an integral part of the team, a hard-working player who is extremely talented, and part of any bright future the Habs may strive for.” – Gunnery Captain Obvious & Brigadier General Knowledge.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Clao clap clap. Very nice HH!


    • EricMelvin says:

      Well done, I’m hearing it sung by Bruce willis. Great to have PK back; if he can stir up a little trouble early on, we won’t have to manufacture a goaltending controversy to fight about. Liking the new-look Habs a lot, although strike/lockout shortened seasons always feel like they have an asterisk beside them. The future looks bright with young talent being properly developed. Go Habs Go!

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