Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin, announced today the appointment of Vincent Riendeau as assistant general manager of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Riendeau will remain the Bulldogs’ goaltending coach and oversee the daily hockey operations.
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With the lower body injury to centre Lars Eller, the Canadiens made a series of line changes in advance of their final intrasquad scrimmage Monday night at the Bell Centre. Among them, first round draft choice Nikita Scherbak will be tried on left wing beside Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher.
In a deal rumoured to be in the works for the last two weeks, the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades traded Canadiens first round draft choice Nikita Scherbak to the Everett Silvertips, a team based in the Seattle area.
Linemates P.A. Parenteau and David Desharnais scored for the second straight game and the Reds defeated the Whites 5-2 in the third of four Canadiens pre-season scrimmage games. Of the twelve goals scored by the Reds, six have come the Desharnais-Parenteau-Pacioretty line.
The Desharnais line once again was the story of the day as the Canadiens held their second training camp scrimmage Saturday at their Brossard training facility. P.A. Parenteau scored twice and Desharnais added another in the Red Team’s 4-2 win over the White’s.
Canadiens training camp has been divided between three teams designated A, B & C. “A” played “B” to a 3-3 tie in the opening scrimmage of the 2014 training camp Friday. The Canadiens will scrimmage Saturday and Sunday before playing their Red/White game Monday night at the Bell Centre prior to their first exhibition game Tuesday against Boston.
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.
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.