Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced Monday the signing of 2014 first round pick Nikita Scherbak to a three-year, entry level contract (2014-15 to 2016-17).
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For all of the things that Mike Ribeiro has done well in his 13 year NHL career, he will be most remembered as a disruptive force on the NHL teams for whom he played, including the Canadiens.
It’s not only baseball that experiences summer’s “dog days”. In hockey they start right about now. NHL draft is over, top free agents have been signed. The only thing left before general managers take their August holiday is salary arbitration. In the news over the last week, speculation on that hole on the Canadiens right wing, the American Hockey league’s change in the overtime rules and the improving Hamilton Bulldogs offense.
At the outset, it must be made clear that nobody has a clue as to the progress of negotations. Unlike many of his ilk, Subban’s agent Don Meehan is not in the habit of negotiating through the media. And the only time we’ll hear from the Canadiens will be when they announce the completion of a contract of some sort.
The Canadiens started last season as the NHL’s smallest team. In the ten months since, while the growth on paper isn’t spectacular, the distribution of size has markedly changed the on-ice personality of the team.
Twenty NHL restricted free agents have filed for salary arbitration including the Canadiens P.K. Subban and Lars Eller. The deadline for filing arbitration papers was 5.00pm EDT Saturday.
5.00 pm EDT is the deadline for NHL restricted free agent players or their teams to file for salary arbitration. That means P.K. Subban and the Canadiens must make a decision on whether they want to have a neutral third party decide how much money he will make over the next one or two years.
When last season started the Canadiens right wingers were Brendan Gallagher, Brian Gionta, Daniel Briere and George Parros. Gionta, Briere and Parros are gone. P.A. Parenteau and Dale Weise have filled two of the vacancies, but the fourth spot remains very vacant and a big off-season headache for Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.
Fifty players have been invited to the Canadiens Skills Development Camp which will open at the Habs Brossard Training Facility on Monday. Leading the way will be Canadiens top 2014 draft choice Nikita Scherback of the Saskatoon Blade. The camp will run until July 11th. Practices and scrimmages will be open to the public.
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.