With only six goals in three games a revamping of the Canadiens lineup was inevitable. Tomorrow night against the Colorado Avalanche there will be a new look not only in the even-strength lines, but also the power play units, which to date have produced one goal in thirteen opportunities.
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The Canadiens lost their second exhibition game in a row, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre Wednesday night. The star of the night was 18 year old defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who led all players in ice time and assisted on the Canadiens lone goal.
The Canadiens signed restricted free agent forwards Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais to two year one-way contracts Monday bringing the total of signed players for the coming season to fifteen including rookie defenseman Alexei Yemelin. Assuming the salary cap increases to 64.5 million dollars forthe coming season as reported, the Canadiens have 20.75 million dollars of remaining cap space to sign the eight players they need to bring their roster to the twenty-three player maximum.
Max Pacioretty scooped the Canadiens publicity department by announcing he has signed a two year contract on Twitter. He would have been a restricted free agent on July first. Pacioretty will get 1.5 million in the coming season and 1.75 million in the contract’s second year.
We apparently won’t have Colin Campbell to kick around any more. His career as the NHL’s disciplinarian probably hit the wall with his dealing with the Zdeno Chara/Max Pacioretty affair. The public outcry over Campbell’s lack of action in the incident seems to be too much for the NHL front office to bear. Campbell resigned the position today. There’ll be no sympathy notes from Montreal Canadiens fans, who were enraged over the NHL’s system of justice.
The Canadiens already have 26.12 million dollars committed in contracts to their forwards. If general manager Pierre Gauthier sticks to his past budget plan of around 23 million dollars reserved for defense and goaltending, that leaves something in the neighbourhood of 13 million dollars in cap space to fill seven remaining roster spots. Gauthier has a big puzzle to solve, with myriad options.
Along came Max Pacioretty. When he was called up from Hamilton in mid December, Pacioretty was leading the American Hockey League in goals. He was immediately fitted into the Gomez line. For 35 games, until the Pacioretty’s injury on March 8th, the line scored 29 goals. Twenty eight of the 29 goals came from Pacioretty and Gionta. Gomez had only a goal and 10 assists.
Everybody seems to have an opinion about what Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier should do in order to upgrade his team’s offense. It runs the gamut from sending the unproductive Scott Gomez and the remaining three years of his contract to the Hamilton Bulldogs to signing, and then trading Andrei Kostitsyn.
Gauthier doesn’t telegraph his punches a la Brian Burke, so like everyone else, we can only guess the direction he’ll take. .
RDS is reporting that David Desharnais suffered a knee injury during the overtime of last night’s game in Boston. The incident apparently occurred when he was simultaneously hit by Bruins defencemen Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk early in the second overtime period. At the time he was playing effectivelyin his twelfth shift as a leftwinger on the line with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta
UPDATE – NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy issued the following statement on Chara’s hit on Pacioretty:
“After a thorough review of the video I can find no basis to impose supplemental discipline. This hit resulted from a play that evolved and then happened very quickly — with both players skating in the same direction and with Chara attempting to angle his opponent into the boards. I could not find any evidence to suggest that, beyond this being a correct call for interference, that Chara targeted the head of his opponent, left his feet or delivered the check in any other manner that could be deemed to be dangerous.