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. rogus says:

    Or they don’t any Moore room!

  2. rogus says:

    you say some pretty brazen stuff on here, but I have to agree with you here. Why was Pouliot given a raise, when he should have had a 2 way contract till (if) he got his head on straight? Could have signed Moore…

  3. HabFanSince72 says:

    Agreed. Latendresse got $2.5M from Minny.


  4. Former Jets Fan says:

    When you have a gander at NightRyder’s gruesome list of Habs 1st picks, and then consider that this off-season has seen PG turn a former 7th rounder and a former 9th rounder into 4 total assets, a 50th pick seems pretty doggone good (and maybe better than a top-30!)

  5. andrewberkshire says:

    Absolutely agree, although either AK or Pouliot’s impact could be lessened if Eller breaks out.

  6. andrewberkshire says:

    Oh, I don’t think Boyd’s signing had a conditional draft pick around it. I could be wrong though.

  7. Former Jets Fan says:

    Based on the offer’s he’s refused, an offer sheet to Bobby Ryan would cost the Habs upwards of 2 1st rounders and a 2nd.  If you wanna pursue a RFA, I’d like to direct you to James Neal.  Dallas with its ownership issues has an internal cap of 41 million and would be in no position to match an offer of, say, two-thirds of what it would take to land Bobby Ryan, which would likely translate to a 1st, a 2nd and a 3rd, at most.  And James Neal has more of that unteachable size.

  8. HabFab says:

    Sorry Andrew, was inquiring re the draft picks in the FC?

  9. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    I thought that they could have made another playoff run this year, but not a cup-worthy team by any stretch. Instead of making the same mistake they made 2 years ago in trying to add a few complimentary pieces that still wouldn’t add up to a cup, management seems to be making moves to the future. Will they pay off? I don’t know.

    This isn’t about making excuses for management, it’s about seeing what’s happening. Does it seem to you like they are shooting for the Cup this year?

  10. andrewberkshire says:

    Brutal, you’d better have some nice drinks tonight!

  11. notbigbird says:

    Got home from work and ours is broken (Ottawa).

  12. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I gotta feel that Eller would be better served playing in Hamilton and coming up as an injury replacement. And Pacioretty would make a fairly lousy 13th forward (scratched most nights) – he too should be playing in Hamilton. That would necessitate 2 bargain FAs for the bottom 6. Maybe the return of Asham?

    I do wish Moore could have been retained – maybe he was looking for 2 yrs? You gotta think that any bottom 6 FA signed will be a 1 yr deal – especially when you see that after next season we’ll only have 2 Defencemen signed (Spacek and Subban).


  13. andrewberkshire says:

    I think all the things you’ve mentioned are near locks this season.

  14. andrewberkshire says:

    Steve, last year our top 6 to start the year had a rotating duo of D’agostini and Pacioretty. You really don’t see how there’s any improvement? Our bottom 2 centers are vast improvements over last season to start the year, our top 6 is better and the team is grittier. Subban makes the transition game much more effective and Gorges has become a much better player than I ever thought he would be. Couple with that the near impossibility of having that many injuries again and we have a much stronger team.

  15. joeybarrie says:

    Make sure we remember when we got Moore people were saying he wasnt worth a 2nd round draft choice and blah blah blah. When we brought up Darche we also said the cupboard was bare…

    Your right, it would be interesting. We will know based on what they sign and how quickly. Also it depends on alot of things. Sometimes it isnt working and you dont get your chances on the top lines. Look at Lats. 27 goals this season. I like the way PG is not messing around, he is going after what he wants. Hopefully he will make it work. So far im pretty happy.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  16. aemarchand11 says:

    See above, ignore them and they will go away.

  17. Max_a_million says:

    You might even get a couple if Carey gets 2 – 2.5 m, and Laps 1 .

    You are correct.  

  18. andrewberkshire says:

    Not at all, Boyd replaces Metro.

  19. 24 Cups says:

    jb – It would be interesting to know what Moore and Metro were demanding or asking for in terms of contracts.  Or even if they were contacted.  Boyd is the new kid in town so everyone is making him out to be a hero (just like we did with Moore).  I certainly want to see him develop in Montreal but you have to wonder why he has been moved to three teams in four months.

  20. 24 Cups says:

    Andrew – Outside of Subban, how is it better? If Eller can step in and play regular 3rd line minutes that certainly would be a plus.  Otherwise, it’s basically the same team with weaker goaltending.

    There’s theory and then there’s reality.  In theory, we will be better if some of our kids step up and mature.  Until that happens, we really can’t say we’re a lot better. 

  21. ds says:

    Bobby Ryan is exactly what MTL needs.  Hard nosed player who can score goals, has great speed, good size.  Give Anaheim AK, some defenseman (they lost neidermayer) and picks and grab his rights. 

  22. punkster says:

    Well, of course you’d know the difference Homer.


  23. NightRyder says:

    For me it’s not a maybe.

    Our first-rounder from 2006 should already be a solid contributor in our lineup, or at the very least ready to step in full-time this year).

    Just another wasted first-rounder in an endless list of wasted first-rounders. Getting a low second-round pick in return somehow doesn’t fill me with joy or hope for the future.

  24. ds says:

    Spacek & Hamrlik can’t lead the league in giveaways again.  I don’t get why MTL doesnt just flip the puck out to center instead of trying those weak shots around the boards.  I guess it’s LE SYSTEM!

  25. HabFab says:

    My thoughts exactly for all three.

    White didn’t look out of place last year and provides grit to the 4th line OR Engqvist makes the team and Eller goes to the wing.

  26. mrhabby says:

    maybe, depends, maybe, i dunno.

    good thing is mab is a goner that makes my hour.

  27. avatar_58 says:

    Could you guys please stop this? You are feeding the trolls and I’m tired of reading usernames every single post

  28. aemarchand11 says:

    No Doubt he will be a pretty decent D-Man for the Rangers. But I’ve never really been impressed with him or Fischer. Timmins is, but watching him in the world junious I wasnt really amazed by what he did. He seemed out of sync, but still ended up with a decent +/-. He will probably be a 3-4 Gorges (with more size) type player.


  29. aemarchand11 says:

    Pacioretty may stay in the minors, and if he does indeed get called up there will have to be someone sent back down. I think he needs to spend an entire season in the AHL to get his scoring touch with 1st line ice time anyway.

    1M for Lapierre – Seemed to wakeup in the playoffs

    2.5 for Price should be ballpark figures though.

  30. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I dunno, something tells me that Mtl is not done yet with the FA market. I would be extremely surprised if Price and Lapierre took up all their cap room.

    I think Gauthier is gonna be going bargain hunting come late August/early September for a bottom 6 player – and there actually are a surprisingly good number of them available this year (my choice would be Torres on a 1 yr deal)

  31. SlovakHab says:

    According to Jeff Marek (CBC Sports), the Rangers have signed McDonagh.

  32. aemarchand11 says:


    Olay Olay = Tony242.

    This time around lets ignore all of the annoyances that go along with his posts, he was already banned and had to create a new account on a different PC so lets just let the clown rant about the PG,BG Hostile Takeover and keep focusing on Hockey.

    Theres been some solid conversations being held here lately, its been good.

  33. joeybarrie says:

    Like Halak, Moore played himself out of Montreal. We couldn’t afford him. He deserves to get more based on his play and we didn’t want to give up 1.5 million for a 3rd – 4th liner. We needed him when we had the injuries, but we have acquired some young talent, and the market is saturated with guys like Moore.

    What do you mean burning bridges? We were clear with him that we knew what his demands were and we didn’t want to spend that. We want the guys to be able to go out and take the best contract offered to them in respect for what they did for us. Its a business. Better than stringing them along and dumping them when they have no offers left. Tanguay’s agent did that last season and screwed the pooch….

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  34. Olay Olay says:

    its year SEVEN! and the failures are still steering the ship! not for much longer now. please, holdout price-  as long as you can!

  35. wotever says:

    It’s like jelly. 

    The primary difference
    between jam and jelly involves the
    contents. Jam is made
    from whole fruit, meaning every edible part of the fruit is involved,
    while jelly is made from fruit
    juices. Jam is a thick, chunky
    spread, while jelly is a
    thinner, more evenly-textured spread. Jams may include things like seeds
    and pieces of fruit skin which create a very distinctive texture,
    setting them apart from jellies. Because jam
    includes whole fruit, it tends to have more of the vitamins and minerals found
    in the parent fruit, and it is also usually only made with one type of
    fruit, whereas jellies may involve a blend of juices.  —

    I think it’s pretty clear we want jam and not jelly.

    Also, stay away from the HFCS.  (I’m looking at YOU, AK).

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  36. NightRyder says:

    I prefer to look at it not as gaining a second-rounder, but farking up a first-rounder.

    All kinds of draft picks from 2006 are now solid contributors across the league. (Claude Giroux was two picks behind Fischer, Milan Lucic in the second round, on and on).

    A second-rounder next year won’t potentiall play for years. That’s not a levelling out process in my mind, it’s a farkup.

    Half-full, half-empty…

  37. TripleX says:

    They have buses and roads in Nashville?  xD


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

  38. HardHabits says:

    The Habs are improving. 2011 will be a break out year for the Habs.

    I am glad you showed up on these pages. You have given me new hope and a new sense of optimism. Since you came here it has become clear that we Habs fans are extremely lucky to have Bob Gainey as advisor.

    I bet I am not the only one here. Thank you Tony. Your negativity, because it is so outrageous has made better Habs fans out of all of us. We will always cheer for the Habs, win or lose.

    You however are a Halak fanboy. Go cheer for the Blues.

  39. Olay Olay says:

    you explain how a guy who scores 1 goal in his last 26 games gets shutout in the playoffs for a team with cap difficulties gets a 60% raise $500,000?

  40. joeybarrie says:

    2.1 million to Laps???? Thats way overpriced. 3.5 to Price, also way overpriced… 850k to 1 million to Laps. Price should get 2 million tops. Maybe a bonus contract and 3-5 years totaling 3 – 3.5 million tops.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  41. NightRyder says:

    We could win the Stanley Cup and half of us would be pissed about the parade route…

  42. Chorske says:

    I think we have a better idea of what this team can do, especially after the run. I’d like to see fewer shots against, and MUCH MUCH MUCH better puck clearing- we gave up possession in our own zone so many times last year, and it killed us, especially cos Cammy was one of the sloppiest at it. Overall I’d like to see better conditioning, fewer injuries, and a much stronger commitment from Price and Lapierre. And I’d like to see them display the team-first intensity that marked this team through the playoffs.

  43. HabFab says:

    What about Boyd? A throw in…

  44. derfab says:

    Good skater, smart, experienced hockey player (like metro) but there are a lot of decent kids around. If Moore had some extra toughness or better hands I’d agree with you. All in all, it seems he really was a rental.

    Avstin and Eller have wheels, size and small contracts to go with top 6 potential.

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