Goaltender Denis joins Canadiens

The Canadiens made their second signing of the day as they signed goaltender Marc Denis to a one-year, two-way deal.

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Laraque’s second tour of duty with Montreal

Not quite the sweater of the Canadiens, but Georges Laraque, then 26, did cut a dashing figure in the Montreal All Blacks ball-hockey shirt in August 2003.

Habs sign Laraque

The Canadiens signed tough-guy Georges Laraque to a three-year, $4.5-million deal on Thursday.

In 71 games last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, Laraque scored four goals and

Line of the day

To a suggestion that the NHL might need another  lockout to restore salary sanity, Gazette Travel Editor and Canadiens super fan David Walker quips:

"Yes, and this time they

Grabovski dealt to Leafs for blue-line prospect

The Canadiens have announced that they have traded Mikhail Grabovski to the Toronto Maple Leafs for blue-like prospect Greg Pateryn and a second-round draft pick in 2010.

Pateryn, 18,

Grabovski to Toronto

Canadiens have traded Mikhail Grabovski – frequently rumoured to be on the way out, most recently as part of a possible Mats Sundin rights compensation package – to

Market watch …. and comment

Kristian Huselius to Columbus: Four years,  $4.75 million per. He was making $1.4 million in Calgary.

Like new Canadien Alex Tanguay, Huselius had difficulty adapting to Mike Keenan. He'll

Market watch

 Sean Avery to Dallas: Four years, $16 million.

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Dealt to Carolina for Erik Cole yesterday, Joni Pitkanen signed a new contract with the Hurricanes today.


Scratch Hossa from Habs plans

Marian Hossa, one of the most sought-after free agents, has signed with the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

Hossa signed a one-year, $7.4 million deal with the Wings,

Good analysis

By granting free agency to players at a younger age, the new, post-lockout CBA was supposed to restrain the size of contracts.

More players hit the UFA market, and