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. TomNickle says:

    I’m sorry but the upside on Sergei for me right now is him squeaking into the lineup due to injuries, scoring a point every two games, then getting lazy, getting sent down to Hamilton, and then maybe not holding a press conference to announce how terrible everyone in the organization.

    Him not continuing to be a cancerous child is all of the upside I see in him.


  2. 123456 says:

    does anyone think if the habs can move SK74 for whatever that brother AK46 will play much better? while i was hopeful the brothers would have much success being on the same team maybe they are better off separated. i still like the upside on each, they have both shown flashes of being very good players

    secret mod

  3. Habs4ever Fan says:


    Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.

    Do you think we can consistantly beat Washington or Pittsburgh in playoff series after playoff series?

    We dont have a better team then last year.

  4. TomNickle says:

    Leafs have a big problem still, and one that isn’t going away.  They could add Kovalchuk and I would still be in the boat that says they’re a lottery team.  One reason.


    Giguere’s best days are behind him and if he goes one game beyond 50 his numbers will be awful in my opinion.

    As for THE MONSTER, he’s a clone of Roman Checkmanek.  Challenges way too far out of his net and teams will hold the puck an extra stride or two and make him look like a total idiot this season.

    He will regress beyond belief.

    I love how they’re all gaga over Bozak too.  Stalberg is their player to watch in my opinion.  

    Stalberg, Bozak, Kadri and Schenn.  Playoff aspirations when the surrounding leadership is Phaneuf, Kessel and Komisarek?

    I says no.

  5. Habs4ever Fan says:

    I think Carey Price is a great goalie

    A legend in his own mind actually

  6. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Grass is always greener….

    Gomez is a far more complete player. Savard doesn’t retrieve the puck like Gomez, he is older and damaged goods. I wouldn’t touch Savard. We have the centers we want. now it is time to look for a left winger.. and it will likely be a Simon Gagne type after hamrlik’s contract expirtes.. HUGE UFA market July 1st 2011. Our team is good enough.. a couple pieces in the bottom six and a backup and we’re rready to go.. hopefully one of the young bottom 6 has a breakout year. I would love to move AK, mostly because I really, really, do not like him, or that dozey look on his face.. wonder if i’d reconsider if he potted 40 hahahah

  7. Clay4bc says:

    Good points, all of them – despite what the Price apologists have to say.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  8. avatar_58 says:

    Naw I was here longer, I just signed up during the free agent makeover last year.

  9. Clay4bc says:

    I would love him on the team…that would allow us to drop Gomez to the third line where he and his 12 goals per season belong. But even at $4 million per, the Gomez contract and other mismanagement mean we can’t even afford that minimal cap hit. Sad, but true…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  10. mrhabby says:

    Burke is desperate to do something. I would not be surprised if he lands in TO. That would make TO a true bubble team. I am not sure we really have the cap space to handle Savards contract , we would likely have to move someone.

    ps..I also heard that HABS and LAFFS are talking Kaberle…lol.

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    Savard might accept the trade to TOR because he’s afraid that Seguin will come in and take his job from him in a year or two if he really lives up to the hype, but Chiarelli would not accept giving up his current No. 1 centre for nothing. I don’t think Boston is going to equip a divisional rival with one of their guys who’s PPG capable and elevating scoring wingers who play with him.

    This Savard for nothing talk doesn’t make sense, even with cap troubles, who gives up a PPG playmaking centre for nothing? Even in the cap world that’s nuts. As for him coming here, we’d have to unload Gomez (Pleks is the better cap hit) and Savard’s concussion history probably leaves him 1 away from done in the NHL if that last one doesn’t permanently affect his game already.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  12. mrhabby says:

    hmmmm, i will be suprised if Seguin starts this year in Boston…no.

  13. G-Man says:

    If he didn’t have the history of concussions, Savard would be great to add to the Habs roster. Unfortunately, in this league, he’s just an injury waiting to happen.

  14. smiler2729 says:

    Savard doesn’t fit in here. 3rd line center? Pleks as 3rd line center? Plus, he’s kind of a weasel.

  15. 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?

  16. smiler2729 says:

    Beware the fickle Hab fan though. If PK starts coughing up the puck and taking dumb penalties and not putting up the numbers “expected” by the fine fans, the Carey Price treatment will come down on him.

    Stupid as it is, it happens ‘cuz Price sure as hell doesn’t deserve the crap written about him here.

  17. krob1000 says:

    I’m sure it has already been debated but what was the consensus here on Marc Savard…any interest? I know we are small up the iddle already but either Gomez or Pleks can easily handle the checking center role if needed.  We are apparently one of the teams he would waive his NTC for…and his contract that for some reason everyone is bashing is a salary cap dream….4 million per season? People talk of Gomez and his passing ability …well Savard is better and can turn anyone into a 30 goal guy.  I know he had the concussion and a rough season due to injury but 5 straight years of point per game…….Too bad we already have two smallish offensive centers but I still would be thinking long and hard about this one.  I know many will dismiss it right away because we ahve similar players, his contract takes him until he is nearly 40, etc…..the guy can play though and he is the kind of guy that makes others better, he is very creative and could rejuvenate someone like Andrei the Sleeping Giant or POuliot IMO.  4 million per?   Pretty tempting….contract is signed before he is 35 so if he retired it wouldn’t count, etc. 

     If the Leafs do manage to get him for just about nothing, with their kids getting a full season under their belt,etc ….they would become fairly scary and a legit threat to slip into the playoffs IMO.  Savard is not going out west as the teams he reportedly will accept a trade to are nearly all our rival with the exception of Chicago and Detroit so I am a littleconcerned that it is in a sense like a four point game…. if we got him and those teams didn;t…but I guess only one team will get him but I fear right ow it will be Toronto or even Philly who may manage to solve their cap troubles with this if they somehow moved Briere after his great playoff run, replaced him with Savarad and saved three million and were able to keep Carter now……this Savard coming onto the market thing is bad news all around IMO….I don’t like it, I wish it never happened and I almost think we need to get involved despite it not being an ideal fit…..soemone please talk me out of thislunacy please because it is really bothering me that the Leafs may get their first line centre for nothing and at a reasonable cap hit….and he’s by all accounts a great team guy anymore …..

  18. johnny_habs_4ever says:

    So hot goalie prospect Sukka Mydic (from Serbia) didn’t get drafted this year. What a shame! :(

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