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:

    Present tense says Price is the starter.


  2. TomNickle says:

    I guess everyone signed up when Gainey traded for Gomez!

    Boone, Stubbs and Mio should send him a bottle of somethin.

    I really like Subban’s chances for the Calder but it won’t be a 3 horse race like it was this season is my point.


  3. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah and he sounds just like Jay Mohr doing Christopher Walken.

  4. smiler2729 says:


    Why don’t we wait until the puck drops in October. Gauthier (there is an ‘h’ in his name eh) and Price bashing is both useless and sophomoric.

  5. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Aside from trading the best goalie we had, Gautier feels our team is complete which tells me one thing:

    If Gautier is finished trading, he will go down as the dumbest GM in Habs history.

    There is not one team, including the cup winning Hawks, who are sitting back on the team they had last year.

    I truly can not believe that Gautier has nothing up his sleeve and if he does have nothing up his sleeve, he also has nothing between his ears.

    We had a back up goalie, his name was Carey Price

  6. avatar_58 says:

    YOUR POINT MISTER??? Subban will be the best ;)


    PS – wow, my 1 year mark here. Do I get a prize?

  7. arcosenate says:

    This was probably posted elsewhere but here’s Tinordi after being drafted by the Habs:

    Looks like a down to Earth kind of kid.

    Be nice if he gets the chance to punch Mike Komisarek in the face a couple of times each season…

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    Seguin as well, who will be playing on a much stronger team than Hall will to start the year. Alzner is a defensive defencemen so he won’t get much love for the Calder and Carlsson it was mentioned may have just piled up enough games last season going up and down from the AHL to disqualify for this year’s nominations. Kadri, well he might be pretty good but that’s still a sad sack team he is on. Eberle’s stuck with Hall trying to lift the Oilers as well, Seguin is probably Subban’s primary competition IMO.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  9. TomNickle says:

    Be careful with that prediction.

    John Carlsson

    Karl Alzner

    Taylor Hall

    P.K. Subban

    Lars Eller

    Nazem Kadri

    Jordan Eberle

    Brayden Schenn

    These are just a few examples.  The rookie class likely to come in this season is very high profile

  10. W35T5ID3 says:

    subban will win rookie of the year over hall….mark my words.


  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. ed lopaz says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.


  17. SmartDog says:

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

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. twocents says:

    You never know Andrew, you never know.

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

  23. avatar_58 says:

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

  24. Mr. Biter says:

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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. HabFanSince72 says:

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

  36. 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.

  37. 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:

  38. andrewberkshire says:

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

  39. 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:

  40. twocents says:

    What, exactly, are you run by?

  41. habsfansince91 says:

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

  42. bigjames says:

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

  43. CBrady12 says:

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

  44. 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:

  45. 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.


  46. twocents says:


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

  47. 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. :-))

  48. puck face says:

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

  49. 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

  50. puck face says:

    shhh ! we’ve got cap isssues.

  51. CBrady12 says:

    LOL I couldnt agree more

  52. HFX-HabFan says:

    It is.

  53. 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

  54. ed lopaz says:

    terrible contract for Pyatt – who is his agent?

    he should give me a call.

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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

  61. 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?

  62. 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.


  63. smiler2729 says:

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

  64. andrewberkshire says:

    One way contract perhaps?

  65. 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!

  66. avatar_58 says:

    Not bad :)

  67. 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.

  68. CBrady12 says:

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

  69. 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.


  70. 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…

  71. 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

  72. twocents says:

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

  73. 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.

  74. smiler2729 says:

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

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