Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin took a big risk when he traded Brandon Prust to Vancouver in return for right winger Zack Kassian who has had a record of underachievement with the Canucks.
- SIGNING OF EDDIE PASQUALE CREATES CANADIENS GOALTENDING LOGJAM – Five Under Contract
- CHRISTIAN THOMAS SIGNED TO ONE YEAR CANADIENS CONTRACT – Pro Development Slow
- CANADIENS ROLL THE DICE IN ZACK KASSIAN/BRANDON PRUST TRADE
- HABS ACQUIRE ZACK KASSIAN-Give Two Year Extension to Pateryn / Sign Three Free Agents
- CANADIENS SIGN FORWARD BRIAN FLYNN – Two Years at 950K Per Season
- RUMOUR – FREE AGENT MICHAEL FROLIK TO MONTREAL -10 Other Teams Show Interest
- CANADIENS BUY OUT P.A. PARENTEAU CONTRACT – Free Up 2.7 Million Cap Space
- SCOUTING DIRECTOR TREVOR TIMMINS BREAKS DOWN THE CANADIENS DRAFT CLASS OF 2015
- CANADIENS TURN TO SWEDEN FOR SECOND CHOICE IN DRAFT
- DEFENSEMAN NOEL JUULSEN CANADIENS FIRST ROUND CHOICE – Junior Teammate of Nikita Scherbak
The Canadiens were relatively quiet on the opening day of NHL free agency. They traded Brandon Prust to Vancouver in return for right winger Zack Kassian; signed three minor league free agents and announced a two year contract extension for Greg Pateryn.
The Canadiens announced the signing of restricted free agent forward Brian Flynn to a two year contract Tuesday. Flynn will earn 950 thousand dollars in each of the next two seasons.
Consider it as just a rumour, but it is one that at least a little logic. There are reports that Marc Bergevin and the Canadiens are interested in signing unrestricted free agent forward Michael Frolik. Frolik scored 19 goals with the Winnipeg Jets last season.
The Canadiens are in the process of buying out the remainder of P.A. Parenteau’s contract. Parenteau was due to earn four million dollars in the final year of his contract. The Canadiens salary cap will be charged 1.3 million dollars in each of the next two seasons.
With only five of seven available choices available and no second rounder, Canadiens Director of Amateur Scouting Trevor Timmins and his staff had little room for error.
The Canadiens have signed goaltender Eddie Pasquale to an AHL contract to play with their St. John’s IceCaps affiliate for the coming season. With the addition of Pasquale they now have five goaltenders under contract.
The Canadiens announced the signing of forward Christian Thomas to a one year two-way contract on Thursday. Thomas was a restricted free agent. The fact that the term was only one year indicates he is running out of development time with the Canadiens.
The Canadiens selected defenceman Josiah Didier in the fourth round of the 2011 entry draft. Subsequently he played four years at the University of Denver. After a brief AHL contract in April, Didier has been signed to a one year AHL contract with the St. John’s IceCaps.
The Canadiens are one of many teams who are in negotiations for University of Minnesota defenceman Mike Reilly, one of this year’s prized college free agents. While his home state Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks are considered front runners in negotiations, the Canadiens have had recent success in persuading college free agents to join the organization.
Two members of the Canadiens draft class of 2013 have qualified for the 2015 Memorial Cup Tournament in Quebec City later this month. Michael McCarron scored the winning goal as Oshawa eliminated the Erie Otters in five games in the OHL final. Goaltender Zach Fucale will be in the tournament with the host Quebec Remparts.
The era of the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs came to an end Saturday with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Lake Erie Monsters at FirstOntario Centre. For the fourth straight season, the Bulldogs will not be taking part in the Calder Cup playoffs.
Rookie left wing Daniel Carr broke a 3-3 tie with 1:23 left in regulation time and the Hamilton Bulldogs went to to a 5-3 win over the Barons Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
Nick Sorkin scored twice including the game-winner as the Hamilton Bulldogs edged the Texas Stars 4-3 Friday night in Austin. The win left the Bulldogs one point behind the Toronto Marlies and Milwaukee Admirals who share the eighth and final AHL Western Conference playoff berth. The Bulldogs have four games remaining on their schedule.