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. andrewberkshire says:

    Hopefully it continues. Although I don’t believe anyone else but Price is a possibility of signing for under last season’s cap hit. Pouliot for example, despite his late season troubles, scored a lot of goals in the second half, and was already on a 1 way contract. I can’t see him signing for less than 1 mil.

  2. G-Man says:

    Phaneuf would make the Habs a contender? Kessel is too small for Habs needs. Brian Burke is being an excellent Laff GM. He’s giving Boston plenty of prospects.

  3. Hockey Socks says:

    Gainey would have been crucified for signing Pleks long-term last summer. He had the worst season of his career. They offered him a 3-year deal which HE turned down because he wanted a 1-year deal.

  4. andrewberkshire says:

    If we had Kessel and Phaneuf instead of AK46 and Hamrlik we’d be like 4 million over the cap, and in doing so we’ll have added two TERRIBLE locker room guys.

  5. Tobiass says:

    That’s just about the league mimimum you tool, Darche was signed for 5.5, so 5 for a rooky makes sense. Did I mention your a tool?

  6. nick says:

    Your crying about everything Habs related is getting a little boring. We get it, you don’t like the Management, you don’t like the players… But you love the franchise… Brilliant.

  7. andrewberkshire says:

    What team had worse injuries Tony? One team did, Edmonton. And where did Edmonton finish? Dead last. So despite coming second in the injury count, we made the conference finals.

  8. HabFanSince72 says:

    That’s not  funny. And it  isn’t even an insult.

  9. avatar_58 says:

    Pardon me but of all the injury ridden teams the habs had the most KEY injuiries….yet we did the best in the end. So you know what? Keep complaining, you’ll never be happy.

  10. Bugs says:

    “Boo-hoo-hoo. Whine-whine-whine. Opened-eyes people follow me!”

    Right, Tony? Something like that?


    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga:

  11. andrewberkshire says:

    Very good contract, I’m looking forward to Pyatt continuing to progress into an excellent defensive forward who can chip in offensively.

  12. Bugs says:

    No excuses, we have to keep crying and whining and bashing because only that will make it all better.

    No excuses.

    Right, Tony?

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga:

  13. twocents says:

    What, exactly, are you run by?

  14. habsfansince91 says:

    i would’ve liked to sign him to a longer contract.

  15. bigjames says:

    agree… the most tic tac toe i have ever seen in such a soccer match…

  16. CBrady12 says:

    When is the deadline anyways? I know today but at what time? midnight?

  17. Bugs says:

    Unlike your leafs, right, Tony?

    That’s how a team should be run, right?

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga:

  18. Les-Habitants says:

    I’m a little surprised that they still haven’t tendered Pouliot with a qualifying offer…it’s getting close to the deadline.  Also, does anyone know what we are doing with all the impending RFAs we have in Hamilton outside of Busto and Stewart (who will not be receiving offers)?

    As for resigning our UFAs or attracting ones on the open market, our needs are fairly minimal.  Marleau or Kovalchuk were the only marquee player in the UFA market that I would have been interested in, but both are outside our budget even with the cap flexibility we get from Markov being on LTIR for the first 2 months of next season.  Marleau is out, and Kovalchuk would have been nice, but it appears the LW on our top two lines will be a battle between Pouliot, Andrei Kostitsyn, potentially Eller and maybe some Bulldogs.

    A backup tops the list, and my vote is for Johan Hedberg.  At 37, Moose has seen it all while maintaining a high level of performance.  He is a great guy in the locker room, and would be a strong compliment to Price for next season.

    The only potential need I see amongst our bottom 6 is for a strong 3rd line center, but not for more than 1mil.  Moore was a great fit, but only at the right price.  There are quite a number of veteran centers available, so finding a bargain should doable.  Guys like Madden, Morrison, Neidermayer, Malhotra, Parrish, and Halpern would all be strong additions up the middle.


  19. twocents says:


    If this trend continues we may see a little more wiggle room in our cap space than previously anticipated.

  20. ed lopaz says:

    it never stops to amaze me how you guys bash Brian Burke.

    the guy has built a remarkable resume.

    every one on this site bashes the guy, and then he puts together that run at the Olympics.

    in less than 2 years, he added Kessel and Phaneuf to a terrible Leaf team.

    you guys are such hockey gurus, munch on this comment for a few minutes:

    if we had a Kessel (instead of AK 46)

    and we had

    Phaneuf (instead of Hamrlik)

    the Habs would be FAVORED TO WIN THE EAST and contend for the cup/

    and theres only about 2 million per season difference against the cap.

    Burke is arrogant.

    Burke is stubborn.

    Burke has a big mouth.

    But Brian Burke is a freakin smart man, and an excellent hockey mind.

    That being said, I hope the Leafs go 0-82; nothing would make me happier. :-))

  21. puck face says:

    you’re missing a L in Halak! but yeah PG is doing better than i expeced.

  22. CBrady12 says:

    lol at 7 mil/year…. So you dont like plekanec contract because its too high and yet you argue that marleau is better even though his cap hit is even higher…please stop…its becoming embarassing

  23. puck face says:

    shhh ! we’ve got cap isssues.

  24. CBrady12 says:

    LOL I couldnt agree more

  25. HFX-HabFan says:

    It is.

  26. ZepFan2 says:

    “fleeced gainey and opened up space for gaborik.”

    Then the Rangers proceeded to go on to win everything…oh wait.


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

  27. ed lopaz says:

    terrible contract for Pyatt – who is his agent?

    he should give me a call.

  28. Habsrule1 says:

    Did he keep partying after having a much less successful season?

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

  29. puck face says:

    he’s on here 24/7 repeating the same nonsense , if you’re on welfare aren’t you supposed to try and find a job? what kills me is are taxes pay for his expert opinions.

  30. ZepFan2 says:

    “Again does anyone know if JH has signed a deal with the Blues?”


    That still doesn’t stop the Gainey/Gauthier bashing.


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

  31. smiler2729 says:

    Shanghai??? Are you Chinese or an ex-pat? What the hell are you doing there? Do you catch the games on satellite or the net? No wonder you’re so cranky when it comes to hockey talk, do they even know what hockey is over there?

    PS. You’re wrong about Price and Halak but we’ll see eh.

  32. andrewberkshire says:

    Dishonest comparison, Chris. If you’re only going to look at numbers and ignore defensive play, or play all around for that matter. Kaberle is half the player Markov is.

  33. ZepFan2 says:

    “praise gainey”

    OMG, it’s starting to work!

    The power of Gainey compels you…the power of Gainey compels you…


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

  34. Mr. Biter says:

    BG trashing will bring man apart from under his bridge soon to join in. The only mistake PG has made was not to have CP signed before he traded JH. Again does anyone know if JH has signed a deal with the Blues?

  35. HabFanSince72 says:

    Remember the old saying: arguing with an internet troll is like mud-wrestling with a pig: you end up feeling dirty and the pig enjoys it.


  36. smiler2729 says:

    Martin Brodeur. Patrick Roy in Colorado. Ed Belfour in Dallas.

  37. andrewberkshire says:

    One way contract perhaps?

  38. HFX-HabFan says:

    I’m just pumped that we got Pyatt for the league minimum.  He’ll be perfect for the fourth line next year.  Every few hundred thousand we save here and there can go towards retaining Moore, bringing in a veteran backup goalie, and then allowing us to take on more salary once Hammer is off the books. 

    Great signing!

  39. avatar_58 says:

    Not bad :)

  40. puck face says:

    and forget technology , the net is so big you could have a 12 man jury sit in it to judge if the ball goes in.

  41. CBrady12 says:

    dont bother arguing with him…youll end up  lowering your iq and reasoning ability by a significant amount

  42. HabFanSince72 says:

    Even if the Habs don’t end up chasing the Leafs it’s a safe bet that you’ll be riding your Gauthier/Gainey hobby horse.

    If the Habs can comepletely overhaul their lineup and  make the conference finals, and you still think management are morons, you’ll never be happy.


  43. smiler2729 says:

    I agree with you but didn’t the ’67 Leafs have both Sawchuk and Bower between the pipes? I think Islanders used both Smith and Resch. The Oilers used Moog And Fuhr…

  44. ZepFan2 says:

    Best part:

    “But deliver us from injuries. Go Habs go!!!”


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

  45. twocents says:

    TSN is reporting Pyatt signed for .5 million. That’s .3 less than last year.

  46. likehoy says:

    good god no, but the price tag comes with burke’s reputation. 

    notice how burke had to give up way more for kessel than he needed to? i think other GMs are sick of burke and just keep low-balling him. also with dmen like gonchar and paul martin hitting free-agency, they could have them for just money instead of having to lose assets for kaberle.

  47. smiler2729 says:

    Spell much? It’s “lose” not “loose”. Kind of hard to take you seriously with bad grammar let alone troll-like hysteria.

  48. Harani says:

    Stand pat with 88 points? I think it’s acceptable.

     A team that had injuries to its core players, lost its best player in the first game of the year and its leading goal scorer for 6 weeks (Cammi) and with a new coach and with MAB playing 16 minutes and without having a number 1 goaltender and who got into the playoff seeded 8th with an OT point against the Laffs and who eliminated the President Trophy Winner in Washington and the Pittsburgh Penguins again without Markov and new a team that’s gelling… I believe PG had the right to almost stand pat. Maybe a few tweaks but I’m happy there’s only so much we can hope for in  salary-cap era. .

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  49. Mark C says:

    Yes, it happend late in the afternoon, the day before free agency (June 30).

  50. smiler2729 says:

    He is one of many who’s only M.O. is to bash all things Canadiens that they feel slighted by. Timo is gone but his spirit lives on in Tony242, ManApart, DemiGod and others… they can’t discuss or debate intelligently without slagging the Habs or whoever they’re posting to. Gets so tired, it’s like a 4 year old just repeating everything ad nauseum with no thought process behind it.

  51. cunningdave says:

    He signed Plekanec to hometown dollars, and yeah, the Hakak trade was aggressive. He also moved up in the draft… Am I missing something?

  52. HardHabits says:

    That’s blasphemy. You must say 5 “Our Gainey’s” and 4 “Hail Gauthier’s” if you want to ever enter the Gates of the Bell Centre!!

    I’ll get you started:

    Our Gainey who art the GM
    Hollow head be thy trades
    Thy Cup will come
    Thy will be done
    On earth as it is in Hamilton
    Give us this day our draft pick lottery
    And forgive us our tanked season
    As we forgive those who tanked seasons before us
    And lead us not into tenth place again
    But deliver us from injuries. Go Habs go!!!

  53. ZepFan2 says:

    It’s the voices in his head.


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

  54. smiler2729 says:

    LOL! Classic!!

  55. Chris says:

    Or maybe he’s holding out for fair market value or content to keep him.

    I think a defenceman that has averaged 52 points per year post-lockout (or 0.68 PPG) on some miserable Toronto Maple Leaf teams and is on a very affordable $4.25 million cap hit for 2010-11 stacks up reasonably well against someone like Andrei Markov, who has averaged 50 points per year (0.71 PPG) over the same time period while carrying a bigger cap hit ($5.5 million) with more offensively gifted teammates.

    So are you willing to trade Andrei Markov for Tuomu Ruutu + 2nd rounder this summer?

  56. HabsFan90 says:

    I hope they re-sign Metropolit and Moore but who knows with the cap, because they gotta sign Price to. They were great guys for us and hopefully if they don’t come back here they’ll do well elsewhere.

  57. ZepFan2 says:

    I’m trying to exorcise his demons and he’s too obsessed to allow the power of Gainey to accept it!


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

  58. K-hab25 says:

    Look Halak has definitely been the better goalie over the past year and Price has definitely struggled to get back to where he was. My argument is and always was Halak isn’t as good as some claim and Price isn’t as bad as some claim. I think they’re both pretty equal, Halak slightly ahead, but he’s also 27 months older than Price. My point is Halak at 22, was in the AHL, Price has just finished his 3rd season. Halaks GAA’s were 2.89 and 2.86 at 21 and 23 years old, then at 24 it jumps 2.40. Not exactly steady improvement. He was very average in his NHL career until about DEC 15 this season, when he took off. I don’t see why it’s so hard to believe that Price, who’s GAA’s were 2.89 and 2.77 at 21 and 22 years old, is incapable of the same maturation. Can I guarantee he will, no, but you can’t guarantee Halak won’t go back to being the average goaltender he was before DEC 15 either. So we’ll just have to wait and see.

  59. c.robillard says:

    IS Tony242 just a troll or what? Lately, the only input this clown brings is insulting Gainey. Example:

    So what do you think about the Tinordi signing?

    Tony: Gainey is bad at his job.

    SO who would you like to see finish off the Gomez Gionta line next season?

    Tony: I think Gainey is still whispering in Gauthiers ears.

    So what kind of UFA player would you want the Canadiens to try and nab this summer?

    Tony: Down with Gainey.

  60. ZepFan2 says:

    Where’s Karras when I need him.

    Oh well…The power of Gainey compels you…the power of Gainey compels you…(tosses ice chips your way)…


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

  61. cunningdave says:

    I feel like Gauthier might surprise us here. He’s certainly been very aggressive so far. As has been pointed out by others, the Canadiens need only be under the cap at the beginning of the season. So they can reach out and sign someone interesting, and then manage their cap space accordingly. And anyone who thinks hammer or spacek is untradeable hasn’t thought it through – if you need the space, then you turn to the teams that have it. You trade a top prospect and a contract for next to nothing. The net result is perhaps a good free agent signing in exchange of a veteran and a prospect. He’s even said as much when he said that there are always ways to make room under e cap. The team with cap space ‘pays’ the expensive contract in return for experience and a hot prospect.

    This might seem foolish to some, but it actually happens in the NBA all the time.

  62. likehoy says:

    brian burke keeps saying he hasn’t received an appropriate offer for kaberle…but maybe that’s the market for him! he’s probably expecting to get dany heatley in return but the value for kaberle is probably something like tuomo ruutu + 2nd rounder.

  63. c.robillard says:

    Are you serious? Man take off the whatever blinders you are wearing and wake up. You cannot have two goalies that are both starters. Name one team in the history of the NHL that won the Stanley Cup with two Legitamate starters, fighting and jockeying for who gets the start.

    Name one team.

    Secondly, So you refuse to see any other aspect of Gomez’ game, besides his goal output? You don’t consider his amazing chemistry  with Gionta? Or his leadership towards his teammates? Or how he’s always in opponents faces when they start to rough us up? Or the fact that on our team, he carries the puck end to end just about every game? Or that he’s capable of making great passes?

    It’s like you are putting your fingers in your ears and screaming, “La la la la, I hate Gomez, la la la la”

  64. kempie says:

    I laugh every time I read that. It doesn’t seem to get old.

  65. CBrady12 says:

    Im not going to read every comment just so i can somehow piece together your opinion….You just said the best are wrong sometimes and that Bowman is wrong….meaning you are right….meaning you are an arrogant ass, I’ve read enough of  the drivel you spew on this site to realize that it is probably in your character to believe that you actually know more about hockey than a guy with 11 cup rings…

  66. Mark C says:

    “England didnt get the bounce because they deserved to lose.”

    So only teams that are playing well should get bounces? That was a good goal by over two feet. It is an absolute joke that it did not count. I’ll never understand why there are no goal judges in football/soccer, that sport puts way too much work on the referees.     


  67. emann_222 says:

    Not even close (or should I say Klose???).

    England was caught constantly. The opening goal showed how weak they are as a defending team. They were outplayed completely. I agree 100% that they may have had more fire beginning the second half, but as we all saw – Germany never let up. Even when they restored the two goal lead, they continued to press. The fourth goal was a prime example of the exemplary play that, regardless of that non call – out-classed the English team.

    Now – back to HOCKEY!!!

    We can’t afford to lose Moore to Columbus. We need depth and that man can offer it. I hope that our leadership in the front office begins to close their eyes to the Gainey past, and begin to move forward more effectively.

    Has anyone heard any scoop on the remaining guys that have offers (Met, Lappy, etc.)???

  68. ZepFan2 says:

    I meant traded, sorry. lol


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

  69. c.robillard says:

    Bowman was wrong about Price? Since when is a goalie’s career 3 years long? Since when do people measure a goalies true skill and potential before around age 25?

  70. HardHabits says:

    We’ll never know how that would’ve turned out. Nevertheless, those 4 German goals were a thing of beauty. I thought I was watching a hockey game the way Germany broke out 3 on 2 and 2 on 1 and then scored.

  71. Clay4bc says:

    What a pithy comment! Well done!

    I actually explained this comment below…have a look.


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

  72. puck face says:

    you can press AND run back with the play , watch the replays germany bolts up the feild while england stands there for a couple of seconds. germany made england look like a highschool girl’s team and that wouldn’t have changed with the extra goal for england. congratulations you know nothing about two sprots now!!

  73. ZepFan2 says:

    The power of Gainey compels you…the power of Gainey compels you…


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

  74. Castor says:

    The Gomez trade happened after the draft didn’t it? Who says nothing is going to happen?
    If nothing does and they stand pat with an 88 point team…we got problems.


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