The Canadiens will have to ask waivers on Dustin Tokarski if they want to send him to Hamilton to start the first year of his two year contract. His situation leads a collection of odds and ends left over from the summer as teams enter their respective training camps this week.
- ODDS & ENDS BEFORE HABS TRAINING CAMP – Tokarski, Bouillon & Lingering Free Agents
- GALCHENYUK WILL AGAIN TRY OUT AT CENTRE DURING HABS CAMP
- ‘GANG OF FOUR’ WILL SUPPLY CANADIENS LEADERSHIP – No Captain This Season
- SUBBAN HAS PROVEN ‘MATURITY’ TO BECOME CANADIENS CAPTAIN
- FAILURE TO RE-SIGN SAKU KOIVU PAVED WAY FOR LINGERING CANADIENS DISASTER
- CANADIENS CONFOUND ADVANCED STATISTICS
- NEVER SATISFIED – BERGEVIN MAY HAVE TRADE IN THE WORKS
- TWO WEEKS TO HABS TRAINING CAMP -Jiří Sekáč; Drayson Bowman & Scott Gomez’ Last Stand
- THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY – Vadnais, Langway, Chelios & McDonagh
- SHOULD DAVID DESHARNAIS BE CONSIDERED AS A CANDIDATE FOR CANADIENS CAPTAIN
In an interview with TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin revealed that former third overall draft pick Alex Galchenyuk will be used at centre ice during training camp. Although a natural centre, Galchenyuk, who will not turn 21 until next February, has been used primarily as a left winger throughout most of his first two NHL seasons.
At the Canadiens annual golf tournament Monday, general manager Marc Bergevin announced that the team would not be naming a captain for the coming season. Instead there will be four “alternates”. It is just the second time in history the Canadien will play a season without a named captain.
One of the items of business at 2014 Canadiens training camp will be the naming of a captain to succeed Brian Gionta. Among the favourites for the team honour is P.K. Subban. Like everything involving P.K., the candidacy is controversial. The naysayers question his maturity despite a summer in which he has demonstrated ability to stickhandle his way through a minefield of off-ice personal and team issues without controversy.
The announcement of Saku Koivu’s NHL retirement recalled the events that led to his hasty departure from the Canadiens after nearly ten years as the team’s captain. His departure started a string of events for which the Canadiens continue to pay.
Advanced statistics are playing an increasingly important role in the examination of hockey. Most of the new statistics flow from puck possession numbers and success in carrying the play can be translated to consistent success on the scoreboard. The Canadiens would beg to differ.
Ryan White became an unrestricted free agent when the Canadiens failed make a qualifying offer on July first. Thursday he signed a two-way one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. White was a third round draft pick of the Canadiens in 2006.
Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced Tuesday the Bulldogs have signed defenceman Joe Finley to a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2014-2015 season.
The Hamilton Bulldogs have signed 29 year old centre Jake Dowell to a one year AHL contract. The eight year pro has played 157 NHL games and 305 in the AHL. Last season he was in the Minnesota organization, playing one game with the Wild and 57 with their Iowa farm club where he recorded
TheHamilton Bulldogs have signed defenceman Bobby Shea to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League / ECHL contract for the 2014-2015 season.
The Hamilton Bulldogs have signed forward T.J. Henwick to a one year American Hockey League contract. Henwick, an unrestricted free agent, played last year for the New York Rangers Hartford Wolfpack affiliate.
The Canadiens have signed defenceman Greg Pateryn to a two year contract extension. Pateryn was eligible to become a restricted free agent in July. Never known as an offensive threat during his collegiate years with the University of Michigan, in his second professional season, Pateryn broke through with 15 goals and 19 assists in
Lineups are expected to remain the same as the Canadiens take on the Boston Bruins in game two of their Eastern Conference Semi-final series at TD Garden Saturday afternoon. The Canadiens won the opening game of the series on P.K. Subban’s overtime power play goal. Carey Price will once again be in goal for the Canadiens as they try to open their playoff run with a sixth straight win.
There are only four members of the extended Canadiens family outside of the Stanley Cup who are still playing junior hockey competitively, all of them in the Memorial Cup playdowns – Charles Hudon and Jeremy Gregoire of the Baie Comeau Drakkar and Halifax goaltender Zach Fucale of the Quebec League and London Knights centre Michael