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SHOULD DAVID DESHARNAIS BE CONSIDERED AS A CANDIDATE FOR CANADIENS CAPTAIN

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
SHOULD DAVID DESHARNAIS BE CONSIDERED AS A CANDIDATE FOR CANADIENS CAPTAIN

The sujet du jour is the vacant position of captain of the Canadiens. In the last few days the Gazette’s Jack Todd made an impressive case for Andrei Markov in the role.  Colleague Dave Stubbs spoke with former Habs captain Yvan Cournoyer about his days as captain in the 70’s. Logic tells us that Markov
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THE CANADIENS IN THE AGE OF ADVANCED ANALYTICS

Aug 18th, 2014 | By
THE CANADIENS IN THE AGE OF ADVANCED ANALYTICS

Something to consider if you’re a member of the old school and have trouble accepting the new wave – of the four teams in the Stanley Cup semi-finals this year…three finished in the top 6 in Team Corsi stats. LA and Chicago were number one and number two….the Rangers number 6. The Canadiens were the outliers at 26th. During the regular season, 11 of 14 non-playoff teams had negative Corsi ratings.



BERGEVIN CRITICISM OVER SUBBAN NEGOTIATION NOT FACT-BASED

Aug 12th, 2014 | By
BERGEVIN CRITICISM OVER SUBBAN NEGOTIATION NOT FACT-BASED

You can never win. Marc Bergevin and the Canadiens settled on what seems to be a fair market 72 million dollar 8 year contract after a tough two month negotiation. Since it was settled, Bergevin has been villified in a high percentage of so-called traditional media commentary and social media without any knowledge of the specifics of the negotiation process.



RYAN WHITE SIGNS TWO-WAY PHILADELPHIA FLYERS CONTRACT

Aug 7th, 2014 | By
RYAN WHITE SIGNS TWO-WAY PHILADELPHIA FLYERS CONTRACT

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.



MAN AT WORK – Subban Contract Completes Bergevin’s Frantic Summer

Aug 6th, 2014 | By
MAN AT WORK – Subban Contract Completes Bergevin’s Frantic Summer

The Canadiens season ended May 29th with the New York Rangers win in Game Six of Eastern Conference Semi-final series. After a series of internal meetings Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin went to work. Over a six week span, Bergevin signed off on a total of 28 transactions involving the Canadiens roster and the structure of his front office.



THE HABS AUGUST DOG DAYS – Bouillon Signing? /Koivu Retiring / The Next Captain & More

Aug 5th, 2014 | By
THE HABS AUGUST DOG DAYS – Bouillon Signing? /Koivu Retiring / The Next Captain & More

Seems like Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin with 2.65 million salary cap dollars left is now going to spend part of on a contract that would bring defenseman back to the hockey club. If the rumour holds, Bouillon holds off retirement for another year while five other former Canadiens seem destined to see their careers end.



THE P.K. SUBBAN CONTRACT FACT SHEET

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By
THE P.K. SUBBAN CONTRACT FACT SHEET

At the beginning of the coming season, P.K. Subban will have seen his salary increase more than 7-fold in the last three seasons; the contract will charge 9 million dollars to the Canadiens salary cap. More facts connected to the third highest contract ever given an NHL defenseman



SUBBAN/CANADIENS AGREE TO EIGHT YEAR-72 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By

The Canadiens and P.K. Subban reached agreement on an eight year 72 million dollar contract one day before an arbitrator was due to hand down an imposed one year salary for the coming season.



SUBBAN ARBITRATION ENDS – Decision To Be Rendered By Noon Sunday

Aug 1st, 2014 | By
SUBBAN ARBITRATION ENDS – Decision To Be Rendered By Noon Sunday

Unable to come to an eleventh hour agreement, P.K. Subban and Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin squared off in front of an independent arbitrator Friday morning in Toronto. The arbitrator will hand down a decision, expected to be in the 7 million dollar range, no later than noon Sunday.



THE PROCEDURAL NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE SUBBAN ARBITRATION HEARING

Jul 31st, 2014 | By
THE PROCEDURAL NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE SUBBAN ARBITRATION HEARING

Unless there’s an eleventh hour settlement, P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will face off against each other in arbitration Friday morning. The rules and procedures of the NHL arbitration process has been carved in stone through the collective bargaining agreement. The final decision will be made by independent arbitrator Elizabeth Neumeier of Boston.