Gallant to join coaching staff, plus video from development camp.

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Gerard Gallant has informed the Saint John Sea Dogs he is leaving the junior club he coached to a Memorial Cup win a year ago.
It is expected the Canadiens will announce Gallant is joining Michel Therrien’s staff on Friday.Gallant had a stint as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
He’s also been an NHL assistant with the Blue Jackets and Islanders.
Gallant has coached Canadiens prospect Nathan Beaulieu for three years in Saint John, where Gallant was CHL Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
Gallant played 615 NHL games with Detroit and Tampa Bay. He and Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin were Lightning teammates for one season.
His name notwithstanding, Gallant – a native of Summerside, P.E.I. – does not speak French.

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Patrick Holland, who was obtained in the trade that sent Mike Cammalleri to Calgary, was a big hit with the media at Day 2 of the Canadiens development camp in Brossard.
Holland, who is from Lethbridge played for Carey Price’s old team, Tri-City, in the Western Hockey League.
Holland is smart, articulate, speaks a smattering of French … and had 84 assists this season.
We love him already

Patrick Holland

Nathan Beaulieu:

Greg Pateryn

Morgan Ellis

Brendan Gallagher

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The Canadiens have signed prospect Steven Qualier to a two-year contract.

The team announcement:

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the signing of forward Steven Quailer to a two-year contract (2012-13 and 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Quailer, 22, finished second on the Northeastern University Huskies (H-East) with 25 points (8 goals, 17 assists) in 26 games in 2011-12. The 6’04’’ and 195 lbs forward led his team in assists. He served 34 penalty minutes. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay and he added one shorthanded goal. Quailer tallied two winning goals, recorded 78 shots on goal and maintained a +7 plus/minus differential.

A native of Arvada, Colorado, Quailer, recorded 63 points (21 goals and 42 assists) and 85 penalty minutes in 105 games since his college debut with Northeastern in 2008-09. He was drafted by the Canadiens in the third round, 86th overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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