Surprise!

Michel Therrien gets a new three-year contract in Pittsburgh.

Odd, because the former Canadiens coach was not hired by Penguins general ma

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Market watch, etc.

The new Montreal Juniors may be losing their marquee attraction.

Angelo Esposito has signed a multi-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers.

With junior eligibility left, however, Esposito will

The centennial season schedule

Canadiens undefeated so far!

For the complete 2008-09 schedule for the Canadiens, click here.

 TSN's take.

Not an easy sked:

• 12 sets of back-to-back games, starting with

Max-Pac turns pro

 Interesting move.

First-round draft choices Mike Komisarek and Christopher Higgins each played two years of college hockey, at Michigan and Yale, respectively.

Ryan O'Byrne played three seasons at Cornell, James

Habs to open 08-09 season Oct. 10: RDS

According to RDS, the Canadiens will open their 2008-09 season on Oct. 10 when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.

Their first home game will be on Oct. 15 when

O’Byrne signs

Ryan O'Byrne has signed a three-year contract worth $2.825 million. He will make $700,000 this season, $725,000 in 2009-'10 and $1.4 million in the final season of the

Free hockey? What a concept!

 The Maple Leafs have added an extra exhibition game to their pre-season schedule and, with the help of longtime corporate sponsor Coca-Cola, every ticket to the Sept. 22 game against

Where’s Mats?

Spotted at Buonanotte last night ...

KIDDING!

As Montreal hockey fans wait with bated breath – and as Bob Gainey waits to find out how much money he has to

Blockbuster?

Hot trade rumour in the Ottawa Sun:

Martin Gerber and defenceman Andrej Meszaros to the Los Angeles Kings. Kings send Anze Kopitar to Chicago, which deals Nikolai Khabibulin and

Development camp photos

Habs I/O poster Amanda Stein – aka Steiner – took a whack of photos at the development camp.

You can check them out at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2074704&l=2c7bc&id=48301252