Pyatt and Pouliot sign

Tom Pyatt (left) celebrates Game 3, third-round playoff goal with Maxim Lapierre.
Shaun Best, Reuters

The Canadiens signed Benoit Pouliot and Tom Pyatt to one-year contracts today.

Pouliot was acquired in the deal that sent Guillaume Latendresse to Minnesota, where he scored 27 goals. Pouliot’s totals were more modest: 17 goals (none after March 25), 11 assists. And as the Canadiens progressed through the postseason, Pouliot – drafted one spot ahead of Carey Price in 2005 – became something of an afterthought.

Pyatt was acqured in the seven-player trade with the New York Rangers that brought Scott Gomez to Montreal last June. Pyatt was a strong two-way player in the playoffs and was especially valuable on the penalty kill.

RDS is reporting Pouliot signed for $1.35 million and Pyatt for $500,000. Each earned about $800,000 last season.

The cap-stressed Canadiens are unlikely to be active on July 1, so there won’t be much in the way of Sundinian speculation this week.

Glen Metropolit, Marc-André Bergeron and Dominic Moore become UFAs on Thursday.

There is the remote possibility Carey Price will receive an offer sheet.

If Gauthier were to make trades, he probably would have made them at the draft in Los Angeles.

But you never know. Habs Inside/Out will keep an ear to the ground, and the Commentariat may feel free to tell the GM how to do his job.



• Eric Duhatschek assesses who

might do what

• Pierre LeBrun sizes

up free agency


Savard to the Leafs? Hey, how did that last Toronto-Boston trade
work out?

• Allan Muir assesses the


For your entertainment (and as a guide for rationaly assessing
future playoff exits) check what the Guardian’s Fiver wrote about
England’s humiliating loss to Germany:

The staggering ineptness
of England’s performance against Germany left no room for doubt. It’s
over. At long, long last the Great Delusion is over.

could it survive that? Seventy-odd minutes of being comprehensively
outplayed and four hammerblows to the English psyche, blows that will
panel-beat the expectations of those who saw the exhibition match at the
Free State Stadium from a towering, tottering totem of bronze into
something much more modest. An ornate watering can, perhaps? Or a
delightful little milk pan? Something neat and manageable, at least,
giving occasional pleasure, but mainly functional and unexciting. One
thing is certain: there was nothing to prevent even the most
tubthumping, St George waving, Three Lions-yawping serial denier coming
round to the inner-peace-providing conclusion that England lost to the
better team.


  1. Mr. Biter says:

    That will never end. It’s a religion on this site.

  2. nightmare_49 says:

    a – Didn’t Metro make 1 million.

  3. Mr-T says:

    If they do not sign Moore it will just be another 2nd round draft choice given up for nothing and not signing Pouliot would also be a major mistake to give up on him at this point. If they only had a coach who would use his players to there potential. It not about if Martin is a good or bad coach its that he is not the right one for the Habs and that guy might be in Tampa now. GM are lineing up at Gauthiers door offering minior league prospects and the rights to buy the Brooklyn bridge for Markov and PK. It not bad enough that Gainey made a large number of horrible trades and free agent signings but it appears now that Gauthier will continue to flounder in the same direction. As a reward he is given a life time membership in the idiot club along with his mentor Gainey. He may be wise in trying to unload both Spacek and Hamrlik before the people from the nursing home come and get them and the Kostitsyns brothers and pick up a couple of quality forwards. If Gauthier worked in the private sector and made these kind of business decisions he would not last very long which merits the question does anyone in the Molson family have a clue as to what this GM is doing. The only reason Montreal got to where they did in the playoffs was because of Halak nothing more nothing less and this saved Martins job and his incompentant decision making during the playoffs did not make things any easier for the team. Fire him now and absorb his insane contract smart thinking there Bob because it is going to happen sooner then later next year. When you make a trade you do it because you beleive it is in the short or long term interest of the team however the idea is to get something of equal value in return not the other way around and the Halak trade was not  all about dumping a salary cap issue. The Flyers need a goalie and for 5 million I rather give it to Carter then Plekanec. Well thought out Gauthier?

  4. Max_a_million says:


    Burke gave away the 2nd pick in the draft!  He fricken gave away Tyler Seguin!

    Don’t let the facts get in the way of you being a mindless basher.

  5. c.robillard says:

    Ok, so what do you suppose should happen? Should non-“leftists”, as you say, storm the Bell Centre and cut off PG’s head, like in the good ol’ days?

    Ok so even though you absolutely think the men that are running the team are doing a terrible job, do you suppose that we make zero moves, close the doors and pack it up? I mean they have to try something, and every thing they try you disagree with. So how are you not acting as extreme as you are claiming I am?

  6. twocents says:

    There is clearly a realignment happening in the NHL these days. The full impact of the cap is starting to set in. Veteran role players are absorbing the constrictions of the cap. The big names keep getting the coin, but the lower tiers are going in reverse to make room for that. Moore didn’t do anything last year he hadn’t done the year before, and he still only got one year at 1.1 last summer. In fact, his regular season numbers were down significantly.

    If Gauthier is willing to give him 2 or 3 years, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Moore sign for 1 even.

  7. ed lopaz says:

    I was not referring to your post. I was making a general statement.

  8. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Another team that mishandled the Cap are those horrible Chicago Blackhawks, they’re about to send $5million a year Huet to the minors so it doesn’t count agaiant the cap, with management like that they’ll never win anything.

  9. ed lopaz says:

    kessel + Phaneuf = 11.9 million

    AK + Hamrlik  = 8.75

    3.15 million difference to be exact.

    I would trade AK for draft picks, and Hamrlik for whatever I could get?

    IMHO – that 8.75 million is the difference between this team competing with any team in the NHL and not.

    1 more top 4 d-man (phaneuf)

    1 more real scorer (kessel)

    and we’re there.

    Granted – I have not evaluated the effect on the locker room, and so I will agree with you on that point.

    2 points that i made:

    1) the leafs have something now – you may not like it – but these 2 guys are REAL NHL hockey players; and AK 46 and Hamrlik are done in my eyes.

    2) burke is an a-hole; but he’s a smart guy, and he makes a HUGE living from hockey; and not too many people in this world can say that.


  10. SmartDog says:

    I thought it was “hollow be thy trades… thy will be damned…”

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  11. andrewberkshire says:

    I would love to see Moore back for the same or even slightly increased salary. I think getting Glen Metropolit’s 1.5 million a season would be fair.

  12. likehoy says:

    how was that bashing burke by me saying people are lowballing him? it’s more of a compliment than a bash.

    you are on such a blind crusade sometimes that you just see what you like.

  13. twocents says:

    Hey Chris, have you or 24Cups made some admission to invoking
    hysterics when it came to the issue of Capageddon? You both started
    sermonizing ;o) about that last summer. I think I remember me saying we
    won’t really know, until we know, so let’s not get our hands in a knot
    over that which may not come to pass. 

    Heck the cap went up,
    instead of some big drop down. 3 whole mill.!

    Granted Halak was
    lost to cap issues partially, but I think even with cap room it might
    have been hard to get both goalies names on contracts.

    Just goes
    to show, nothing’s for sure.

  14. c.robillard says:

    this post officially cements Tony242 as the most ignorant poster on Habs Inside/Out. It’s 100% apparent now that you are just trolling every comment with the same old garbage. Please get a life.

  15. twocents says:

    You never know Andrew, you never know.

    Heck! Moore might take a small cut in exchange for two years.

  16. avatar_58 says:

    They gave the league minimum to a stand-up work horse of a player and you are complaining??

  17. ZepFan2 says:

    “the truth”

    The truth is, you’re not right in the noggin!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  18. avatar_58 says:

    Same, but we need to see what he can do with a full year right? He found his niche on that Lapierre/Moore line. If he can keep up that level of 2-way play then he will be very useful. If not, then ah well – we’re not set in stone.

  19. CBrady12 says:

    Exactly, Everyone seems to think that you can just sign players, just like that! you have to realize that there is two sides to signing a contract, the team and the player (and his agent)… dont just give out contracts and then they get signed…its a give and take process.

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