Pouliot, Pyatt, Picard aren’t qualified

Picard

Benoit Pouliot, Alexandre Picard and Tom Pyatt are no longer in the Canadiens plans. None of them was tendered a qualifying offer as of the 5 p.m. deadline on Monday, which means they become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

The Canadiens other restricted free agents – Yannick Webber,  Ryan White and Josh Gorges – did receive qualifying offers, but could still sign long-term contracts with the team before the season.

NHL teams had until 5 p.m. to tender qualifying offers to restricted free agents in order to retain their rights.

More to come.

591 Comments

  1. harpman says:

    I will miss Pyatt, he gave it a good go when he dressed. Pouliot was frustrating as hell to watch but having said that he will probably score 20 with another team. We will certainly upgrade on Picard. Hope the can sign Auld again as he appears to be the ultimate team guy.

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  2. saf says:

    I am a little surprised about this. Not surprised by Picard since they added some likely better defensive depth this summer. Pyatt seemed inexpensive and serviceable as a 4th line guy but even his dismissal is not a big thing. The surprise to me is Pouliot. He’s a talented player with some size. I didn’t think he’d end up with the Habs next year but I thought (hoped?) SOMEONE would trade a pick for his rights. I expect that PG did ask around the league but got no offers.

  3. dorvalhabsfan says:

    I think the habs make good drafts, were in the top 5 of teams that have their drafted players in the NHL. But these lpayers can be easily replaced and lets hope they do whats good

  4. 123456 says:

    I’m thinking that is the Habs have terrible drafts year after year and they can not develop talent why not let it go?

    Also all these trades that are bad – yet again another reason to not resign these guys.

    At some point some of the posters are going to have to realize the current Habs mamagement has made some good draft picks, have made some good trades, have correctly let some guys walk, and have signed some good UFAs.

  5. Marc10 says:

    No passengers. Sorry Benny.

    Full marks to Pyatt and Picard though. They gave it their all on every shift. But we need an upgrade. More goals, more grit.

    Replace those 3 with arse kicking warriors who bleed bleu, blanc, rouge and no one will complain.

    Come on Pierre. Make it happen.

    • Hard4Habs says:

      Give Anthony Stewart an offersheet, trade Wisnewski’s rights to the hawks for Kyle Beach if theres interest or wtv it takes. Not sure if he still fits in their plans…Sign Konoptka

      • Ali says:

        no offense, but you’re dreaming!
        1. anthony stewart is a UFA, he was not even qualified by Winnipeg, save the paper for offer sheets for someone whos worth it.
        2. Kyle Beach is Chicago’s best prospect along with Leddy and Dylan Olsen, a high first round pick with size and skill who is going to get his second full season in the AHL and probably a cup of coffee with the big club. you actually think they’d trade him for the chance to sign wiz?

        • issie74 says:

          Ali … Craig Button who was a scout with Dallas and GM in Calgary,thinks highly of Anthony Stewart,he is quick,big,tough,and can score a few goals …. good third line player.

          NorthTOHab

  6. Neutral says:

    3rd and 4th lines should be tough with some talent, pushed around to many years, soft teams don’t win cups.

  7. HabinBurlington says:

    Since the lockout the Detroit Red Wings have lost Asst. Coach Todd McLellan to head coach San Jose. Asst. Coach Paul Maclean to head coach Ottawa. Former asst. GM Steve Yzerman to GM Tampa.

    Ken Holland and Mike Babcock should be fired for letting this talent go. What are they thinking!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Sorry, but i just read all the comment since last night, and I got frustrated at all the Montreal lets everything go schtick, they don’t know what they are doing. All teams lose out on good coaches, mgmt, players over the years. We know all about our losses because no team has fans as passionate and knowledgable as Montreal fans. We criticize (and we have the right to it) every minute waiver wire pickup, every 6th round draft selection and where each player buys his bagels.

      Our team is close, I hope PG has a little something up his sleeve for July 1st, we need a first line stud for Camm and Plex and we need a bit of grit for the 3rd 4th line. Many other teams are looking for a front line Dman, a front line forward and a front line goalie.

      I guess I remain optimistic….

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        One could even argue that the Habs “lose” so many coaches because we are a well run respected organiation.

        By the way I don’t agree that we are close. San Jose, Detroit, Vancouver, Philly, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington are all closer than us.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          On Paper Washington is closer than anyone, yet that team is year in year out a basket case in the Playoffs. Same goes for SanJose.

          No doubt Boston, Pittsburgh Detroit.

          I think Vancouver will have a big Hangover issue this year, no way that team looks at Luongo and says we can’t wait to go to the dance with you again.

          Philly, well we shall see, big changes, big gamble. All the credit in the world to Holmgren, guy has a big set of stones. We shall see if he made the right call.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Hey, stop spreading those reasonable points around here, it confuses the locals.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
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    • HalifaxHabs says:

      Good call Burly… both posts are right on, except for the part where you opened by apologizing… defintely not necessary when you are right on the money.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I do respect others opinions, none of us know everything (even though we all think we do). I just really believe our scrutiny is so great, that we see warts on a chicks ass even when she is wearing snow pants. We have x ray vision as fans, and need to realize other teams have the same warts and worse. Compared to what our organization looked like in the late 90’s we have had a steady growth the past 3-4 years. I like our core group ALOT!

    • mrhabby says:

      lol…how true.

  8. Hard4Habs says:

    How about Anthony Stewart at 6’2” 239 lbs for the 3rd line?

    • HalifaxHabs says:

      Works for me for 3rd/4th line duties.

      I was pretty sure we wouldn’t be picking up anyone in FA, but now that we’ve let Pyatt & Pouliot walk, we actually have 2 or 3 spaces up front for FA’s.

      At the very least, it should make July 1st a little more interesting.

      • Mike D says:

        There’s also a chance Halpern won’t be brought back which adds another open spot if that plays out. I kind of hope at least one spot is given to someone from the ‘Dogs.

        Palushaj and Enqvist better be working their asses off right now because either of them could realistically make the club next season.

        – Honestly yours

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      He would be the ultimate 3rd line player and possibly deserves 2nd line duty.

      Real strong skater and completely reliable hockey player. Ex captain of the Kingston Frontenacs.

      He broke Nathan Horton’s jaw in a fight during the OHL playoffs 6 or 7 years ago too! So you know he’s a good guy!

      His father is a huge Habs fan too.

      • Hard4Habs says:

        Yea, and hes from lasalle, im sure he was watching habs games growing up. Had some Pouliot-like concerns early in his career but had time to mature and had a career year last season. And hes one of those rare super aggressive power forwards.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        So are you Serious’ little shadow now doing real homework?

        Actually great report. Nothing like a good kingston boy. Kirk muller and the killer, the best.

        Why is this guy not on the radar he sounds great. Sometimes the bigger kids take longer to adjust into their bodies. Keepnus informed and we will rant accordingly!!!!

      • HalifaxHabs says:

        right on Hobie

        “He broke Nathan Horton’s jaw in a fight during the OHL playoffs 6 or 7 years ago too!”… was all I needed to hear.

        sign him up.

    • Hard4Habs says:

      Or even Alexandre Giroux if just for the farm team? The guy is big at 6’3” 210 lbs and has been consistant with big numbers in the ahl for many years. He deserves a shot IMO.

    • Mike D says:

      A player like A. Stewart would be a perfectly inexpensive fit on our club. He would look great on our 3rd line with Eller and either AK or Darche, and could potentially be moved up to play with Pleks and Cammy to give them a proper RW and power forward-type on their line.

      – Honestly yours


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