Goodbye to Moore, Metro, Bergeron

General manager Pierre Gauthier confirmed today that Dominic Moore, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Paul Mara and Glen Metropolit are not in the Canadiens’ plans for next season. Gauthier said he informed the four unrestricted free agents that the team was not interested in negotiating with them. Gauthier said he thanked the four for their contributions last season but said the players didn’t fit in the Canadiens’ plans.

Gauthier also said he would not be making a contract offer to David Fischer. The Canadiens’ first-round draft choice (20th overall) in 2006 will become a free agent on Aug. 15.

The Canadiens will receive a compensatory second-round draft choice next year … which is good, because Gauthier sent his second-round pick to Florida for Dominic Moore.

Speaking on the opening day of the Canadiens’ development camp, Gauthier said negotiations were ongoing with two restricted free agents, goaltender Carey Price and forward Maxim Lapierre. He said the team would review any further personnel moves after those players were signed.

The camp, which runs through Friday in Brossard, brings together 23 players including their five picks from last month’s draft as well as some AHL players like P.K. Subban, Ryan White, Ben Maxwell, Yannick Weber and Aaron Palushaj. Also on hand is Russian Alexander Avtsin, who played last season with Moscow Dynamo. He isn’t signed but Gauthier said Avtsin is interested in playing in North America and contract talks are under way.  

According to CapGeek, the Canadiens have $5.6 million available to sign Price and Lapierre.

Gauthier, in French, on CKAC …. and the kids: Lars Eller and Jarred Tinordi




  1. mrhabby says:

    we lose a 2nd rounder we gain a 2nd rounder. there run of the mill kind of like buying a honda accord you can get them anywhere. who says boyd is not as good as moore and already the knives are out. i remember the nashville game where they smoked us last year. boyd played excellent. the only area that i would like some additions is more nastiness not enough with present squad.

  2. Olay Olay says:

    gauthier is just an employee like soon to be ex-employee boivin is and he will soon be the next change if the price situation blows up! about time for some good news!

  3. TripleX says:

    I see the apologists for management are hedging their bets and making excuses before the season even begins.  LOL

    I thought this team finally showed it’s true talent in the playoffs and the coming season would only cement their actually standing in the NHL.

    Now all of a sudden it is another REBUILDING season and we should not expect a repeat of last season’s playoff run.

    ROFL…you dudes are too much!

    Was last season a fluke or not?  You can’t have it both ways.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  4. HabFab says:

    CapGeek total showing $5,628,000 is for 11 F + 7 D + 1G. White ($850k) or Pacioretty ($875k) or whomever else makes the team have to be calculated along with Lapierre and Price. We then need some cushion for call ups so basically we have around $4,ooo,ooo for Lapierre and Price.

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    Anyway we don’t have $6M to pay him so it is moot.


  6. Mark C says:

    As an FYI: pretty sure the Fischer pick will be #50, as it is slotted.

  7. HabFanSince72 says:

    It certainly makes the trade look odd (although a 50th choice has less than a one in ten chance of making it to the NHL). I guess with Boyd signed they didn’t have room for Moore.


  8. Olay Olay says:

    he wont take $2 million now after what halak just got. the guy they didnt think was as good. this illustrates the sheer stupidity of gainey and gauthier by not signing one of them before empowering the other by trading the other one away. and i am sure molson sees it. not a doubt in my mind!

  9. mike g says:

    UM, hellooooooo…

    They still have JM, PG, BG, Gomez’s contract, Pleks’ playoff skirt, and any game that Price will get the loss in- to bitche about..

    There’s still a ton of crap to deal with, lol


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

  10. SlovakHab says:

    The goaltending, AK and Pouliot will be the keys, IMO. The biggest question mark. At least 2 of the 4 players will have to exceed our expectations for the Habs to reach the playoffs.

  11. andrewberkshire says:

    This heat makes me wonder how anyone in Montreal could survive without A/C.

  12. Mark C says:


    I think Metro’s PP production can be replaced. It’s MAB’s PP production I’m more worried about (please, no one take this as he wants MAB back). Montreal’s PP has relied on having a hard off-hand shot playing the right D side for one timers (left hand D playing right side). The PP went from the 20’s to 10th in the league once Sheldon Souray came into his own in 2003-2004 and has largely been a top 10 PP since. Since 2003-2004 this role has been played by Mark Streit, and then the Alex Tanguay experiment failed, which led to the return of Mat Schneider who saved the PP with 10 PP points in 30 games. This was to be Spacek’s role coming into the year, yet he never really claimed it. 

    Is Spacek the answer or do the Habs change their PP look by having Subban take shots from the left side and moving Markov to the right side?

    Note – I am just thinking about the 1st unit here.


  13. andrewberkshire says:

    According to Bob McKenzie last week, if Sergei signed with them we got a 5th rounder, and if Ellis signed with us they got a 5th rounder.

  14. Olay Olay says:

    but this is not a pick acquired in trade? it is already to be slotted and was an original pick?

  15. HardHabits says:

    For every action there is an equal reaction. Hence the Tony effect.

  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    Depends if he misses any buses at training camp or does anything he is supposed to do.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  17. andrewberkshire says:

    Pretty much. Looking back on a blog I wrote last September about the lineup coming into the season, this year’s team looks so much better. Of course it remains to be seen if that’s true, but so far I’m really looking forward to next season.

  18. Chorske says:

    …and dare I mention the fact that the Habs seem to have been drafting / trading for size and grit? And JAM, whatever THAT is?

  19. TripleX says:

    Awesome deal for Nashville.  You can’t tell me SK is not worth the same amount as Pouliot got in a RAISE!



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  20. Olay Olay says:

    yes by not signing fisher

  21. SeriousFan09 says:

    I thought the deal was he didn’t sign and we got a draft pick in compensation.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  22. andrewberkshire says:

    Our 2nd round pick in 2011 belongs to Florida, traded for Dominic Moore. However we have a 2nd rounder from the Fischer ordeal, but for offer sheets it has to be our original pick.

  23. Chorske says:

    So a pick, plus Boyd. All in all a decent return on our favourite problem child.

  24. Olay Olay says:

    dont know about him. but for price it would be the first nail in the coffin for gauthier and gainey here.

  25. Chorske says:

    MAB gone. Sergei gone. One clear goalie. BGL gone. Space being made on the roster for kids. One by one, HIO bugaboos are being killed off.

    What in tarnation are we supposed to talk about now?

    Uh, how about this heat?

    I think it’s all a consipracy to cut into the HIO post count.

  26. andrewberkshire says:

    Nashville signs Sergei Kostitsyn, so we get a draft pick on compensation.

  27. TripleX says:

    Does anyone else think it strange that PG did not even want to negotiate with Moore?  He traded a damn 2nd round pick for the dude and now he is not even worth talking to?

    At least see what kind of deal he was looking for, maybe he could be fit into the cap?  I don’t like this trend of PG drawing a line in the sand and burning all his bridges.  Keep the lines of communication open as you never know how Plan A will go.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sergei Kostitsyn signs 1-year deal with NSH, 1-way, 550,000$.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    Do we have our 2nd choice next year? An offer sheet would require that we have it to give to the Ducks (along with a 1st and a 2nd).

    Also we would need to surpass the Ducks offer consdierably.


  30. naweed235 says:

    i’de give more like 1.0 M to Laps for 2 yrs and 2M to Price  for 2-3 yrs

  31. GrimJim says:

    Don’t forget the stains, red wine stains never come out…

    “Punch Imlach would tell the press he was calling up someone from the minors who was going to take care of me. So I would skate by the Leafs bench and say “Who ya got for me today, Punch? Send him out.” – John Ferguson

  32. andrewberkshire says:

    As long as we’re allowed to skate towards him so he falls down and gives us breakaways.

  33. Olay Olay says:

    WAS A FLUKE last year I had thought that the halak trade would bring the end of this management regime this season as soon as price again stumbles BUT it may happen now this summer if price stands firm and wants the type of money he deserves as the gms told him he is better than halak and if someone else puts in an offer for him. Do you think Molsons isn’t thinking now – “why didnt you at least sign one of them before you traded the other away?”

    the incompetants gauthier/gainey and brisebois should have signed one or the other BEFORE trading the other away. this price situation now can now bring down the entire management.with 88 points. and didnt even try to improve – typical gainey thinking.

  34. ZepFan2 says:

    WTH, why is it different on RDS?

    Canadian moreover advised the four unrestricted free agents Dominic
    Moore, Glen Metropolit, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Paul Mara they will not
    receive any offers yet.
     The leader of the CH does not close
    the door
    but no other changes.”

    What gives??


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  35. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Dutch are not good. They dive, they foul, they complain to the ref. Their midfield play is  clueless. Robben has all of one move: streak down the  wing and cut to the centre. And he is their most creative player.

    Only people whose knowledge of the game comes from  sports articles about “total football” would think to compare this bunch of lead-footed donkeys to the great Brazil sides of the past (as opposed  to the bunch of Dungas we saw this year – I assume that’s what you meant).

    Yes the Dutch used to play beautiful football, in the days of Cruyff (do you even know who that is?), van Basten, and even Bergkamp. Those days are gone.



  36. mike g says:

    According to ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun:

    • Twitter readers keep asking about Anaheim restricted free agent Bobby Ryan. The latest is not much — contract talks were still at a standstill as of Tuesday morning. The Ducks’ last two offers — five years, $25 million and four years, $18.4 million ($4.6 million average) — were as far as the Anaheim front office says it will go. The Ducks say they’re ready to sit back and see whether there’s an offer sheet from another team, in which case they can match or take the compensation. Stay tuned on this one.


    Hey PG, if you need some stuff do get this done I’ll volunteer. Paper, pens, a printer, a few calculators, anything…Staples, Wal-Mart, you name the place and I’ll go get you wtv you need to make this Ricky Bobby Ryan a nice deal….

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

  37. Chorske says:

    Sweet jaysus. Fanboiiiii

  38. BKAK72 says:

    I bet what’s being offered is $2.1M to LAPPS and $3.5M to Price, he won’t sign and we pick up comp picks.

    — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  39. idle says:

    Of course some would argu that the Habs get so few power play chances that it’s almost irrelevant

  40. Chorske says:

    ba dum bum

  41. Olay Olay says:

    “replaced him with two younger guys with more upside”————————- no i think the last 2 previous years those 1 first round pink, 3 second round picks and next years 2nd round draft pick all have MORE UPSIDE than 4 players who only played months for the habs lang, tanguay, schneider and now moore – 2 complete incompetants!

  42. Hockey Socks says:

    I’m sure there are hopes that Eller can make an impact on the PP.

  43. idle says:

    OMG, please tell me it’s not red wine.  I can handle to lose a bit of white but please not the red…

  44. andrewberkshire says:

    The difference between Boyd and Metro is 5-on-5 play. Metro is essentially a PP specialist who can’t check against the opposing team’s secondary or even tertiary lines. How many games last year were lost because of how week our 3rd and 4th line were?

    Cammalleri had 4 PP goals last season, and 4 more in the playoffs. His lack of PP production is likely an anomaly and will be around 10-12 goals next season, or if we’re lucky, equal to the 19 he scored in Calgary the year before.

    Pouliot also had 4 PP goals in the half season he played for Montreal, so having him with the team from training camp onward will likely single handedly replace Metro.

  45. longtimehabsfan says:

    Bang on, pal.  It certainly is looking like we’re going to have another transition year coming up.

  46. HardHabits says:

    Year 2 of the 5 year rebuild. I’ve been saying as much for a few days now. 2011 will be the start of good things. That’s why locking up Price for 4 years is so important. 2012 will be even better.

    It’s time to sit back and watch as this team develops. All us adults will be happy and know that BG is doing a great job.

  47. Olay Olay says:

    proving you know soccer as well as you know hockey!

  48. NightRyder says:

    Ryan O’Byrne has improved 10% today alone.

  49. New says:

    I guess it depends how much value you place on a second round, or other draft pick. In this case the Habs have set it at a couple moore months.

  50. mbplekfan says:

    Posters have to stop thinking this is about next year. It isnt.

    This team is being assembled for a multiyear run at the cup starting in 2011.

    The rapid development of PK has moved the timetable forward.

    Of course if Gainey and PG knew that PK would be NHL ready this fast they wouldnt have signed Spacek.

    PK, Price, and Eller will have a full season of NHL play behind them, Hamrlik’s contract will be off the books, AK’s contract will be off the books and we will have cap space to fill some holes.

    Next year is about developing our up and coming talent while the vets like Gomez, Gionta, Cammy and Gill provide leadership and get to instill the team concept into the rest.

    No one seriously believes we were going to go deep into the playoffs two years in a row with the old group did they?

  51. JF says:

    I’m sorry about Moore but not surprised.  His contribution was very valuable; nevertheless, it  hurts to see another pick used for three months’ service (although I guess we sort of recoup the pick with the one for David Fischer –  it’s the first-round pick we end up losing).

    I’m also sorry Gauthier didn’t move Hamrlik to free up some cap space.  As it is, what we see, plus Price and Lapierre, is what we’ll get.  The difference between success and failure in the upcoming season will hinge on three unknowns.  Will Price have a good season?  Will AK46 have a bounce-back year?  And will we get the Pouliot of his first 20 games or the one who was invisible from March on?  I think that if any one of those three factors works out in a negative way, we’ll miss the playoffs.

  52. idle says:

    See above ▲

  53. mike g says:

    Now that MAB is officially gone, MAyBe the puck will stay in the offensive zone when we pass back to the point on the PP.

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

  54. NightRyder says:

    And if that plan doesn’t work, we can try to wildly overpay for some more second-liners and third-pair defencemen!

  55. SlovakHab says:

    My thoughts 100%.

  56. NightRyder says:

    Playing well in the playoffs makes you expendable, where’ve you been?

    Going 17 games without a goal in the playoffs, that makes you a cornerstone.

  57. longtimehabsfan says:

    We have a good group of veterans notwithstanding the loss of Moore.  Habs success depends on their young players and their continued development.  Price, OB, Lapierre, and PK all have to improve over last year and Eller and another player have to emerge as NHL ready soon or it will be a long year.  That’s at least six players with question marks. 

  58. Corio says:

    Exactly my point..

  59. 24 Cups says:

    Metro tied with Gionta for most Hab PP goals last year (10).  Cammy had around 6.  I hope there is some kind of plan to make up the difference.

    Is Boyd as good as Moore?  I doubt it.  I also regret losing the 2nd round pick although Moore did come through for us during our playoff run.  G&G probably could have had Moore for a 3rd but you would have to be on the inside to really know.  Getting a 2nd rounder for Fischer still doesn’t make up for it.  If you spill a bottle of wine, it really doesn’t matter that you have another one in the cupboard.

  60. idle says:

    Hey, ease off on MAB!  For better or worse he was one of the most interesting players to watch last season.  Let’s not kick him on his way out.  I think all MAB bashers should have to line up along the goal line and have him take slap shots at their heads from the point.


    It’s a MAB MAB world…

  61. The Big One says:

    Moore was fantastic and is a great 3rd line centre, but he doesn’t have much updside.  Montreal  replaced him with two younger guys with more upside.  At this point, Mtl has to retain any cap room to help improve the team.  I would stil like to see AK traded for a better player (have some space left if the individual costs more)

  62. SeriousFan09 says:

    Or he’d like some cap flexibility for the season, so we don’t end up like the 08-09 Flames who were dressing 15 guys a night at one point.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  63. NightRyder says:

    The Penguins are deep at centre.

    We just have a lot of centres.

  64. king ddd says:

    what the hell are you smoking. if any team deserve to be in the finals its them. imo they are europe’s version of brazil. hopefully they win this year


    .::moen for captain::.

  65. Anonymous says:

    They deserve it. You’ve gotta believe, brother.

  66. NightRyder says:


    The Habs were probably among the worst semifinalists in a long time. Who cares how you get there as long as you get there?

  67. SmartDog says:

    Dissappointed in losing Moore.  We traded a 2nd round pick for this guy and he played great.  So it only makes sense we let him go.   Pffffttt…..

    And what, we need the better part of 6 million to sign Price and Yaps?   Gauthier’s not much of a negotiator.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  68. cautiousoptimist says:

    I dunno — we’ve got $7M in cap space with Price and Lapierre left to sign, which will leave us with maybe $3M.  Moore probably would have cost (and been worth) $1.5M, which would have been doable, especially when you consider that his $1.5M would only have been $600k more than Pacioretty will likely make in his place.  For the extra $600k, wouldn’t you rather have Moore?

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  69. HabFanSince72 says:

    Holland in the finals. Worst finalist since Argentina in 1990.


  70. SlovakHab says:

    I think we should have kept Dominic Moore. 11 points in 21 games wasn’t too bad for a 3rd liner, and although his output has dropped in the playoffs, he was a plus-1 player (second best on a team after PK Subban). 

    I would have kept him and then perhaps unloaded him for a 2nd-3rd rounder at the deadline. We didn’t sign anyone to replace him (Eller and Boyd were acquired via trades), so that 2nd round pick was lost quite easily I think.

  71. Corio says:

    I really like Moore too but I tihnk the decision to not resign Moore/Metro is more simply becuase we are too deep at center and so some have to go..  cap issue as well but too many cooks!

  72. Drive_For_25 says:

    Can’t believe we couldn’t resign Moore.  Very dissapointed!!!  I’ll never forget how happy he made me with this goal:


    Atta boy Mooresy…atta boy

  73. homerbowen says:

    Glad to see MAB gone, what a defensive liability. I guess the RDS boys will puke. As for the others it would appear it’s time to move on. Thanks Metro and good luck.

    We still need a tough guy, not a goon but a tough guy. Perhaps Artukin if he is available.

  74. BeachHabFan says:

    sorry to lose moore; metro was without a spot but was a great contributor and one of the best waiver pickups we’ve had; MAB was a heart attack on skates in the d-zone, so while i’ll miss his point production, my ulcer won’t miss his clearing attempts. Good guys, hope the youngsters can fill their skates (wait, isn’t that what we were saying last year w/ max pac, d’agger, sk…)

  75. Kamal Panesar says:

    The best part of the press conference?  That they WON’T be bringing Marc-Andre Bergeon back!

    Phew…that was close!

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