Canadiens players underwent physicals and fitness tests Saturday morning at the team’s practice facility in Brossard. Four players from the Hamilton Bulldogs who are invited to training camp also underwent testing as did Canadiens first-round draft pick Alex Galchenyuk from the Sarnia Sting. Forward Louis Leblanc, who played more games with the Habs last season than the Bulldogs, was not among the Bulldogs contingent invited to camp. The Bulldogs players in Brossard are forwards Brendan Gallagher and Gabriel Dumont and defencemen Jarred Tinordi and Mike Commodore.
The only Canadiens player who didn’t show up is P.K. Subban, a restricted free agent who remains unsigned on the eve of training camp. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin told reporters on Monday that it was his intention to sign Subban before camp. On Friday, Subban’s agent Don Meehan quashed a media report that the 23-year-old defenceman was poised to sign a four-year, $22 million contract.
Subban, who was a plus-9 last season, missed only one game and posted 36 points, fifth best on the team and the highest of any defenceman.
Training camp is scheduled to open on Sunday.
The NHL Players’ Association tweeted on Saturday morning that it will announce results of the vote on the proposed new collective bargaining agreement later today. The 36-hour voting period ended at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Talks to finalize the memorandum of understanding were continuing in the morning, the NHLPA said.
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