It’s been a while since I last posted an update as we head to the 2015 NHL Draft and July 1st UFA signing (which this year will not be much of a frenzy).
June 1st: In the taking care of business department, Habs re-signed Gabriel Dumont and Morgan Ellis to one year,two-way deals. Both played in the AHL last season and Dumont did get a taste of the NHL with 3 games played. Read Gazette story here.
June 13: Seems RFA defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is here to stay. 2014-15 was his breakout season appearing in 64 GP. He signed a two year, $2 million deal in what many say is a bridge deal because when the deal expires in 2017, Beaulieu will still be a RFA. Read story here.
June 15: Torrey Mitchell decided to take the home town discount agreeing to a 3 year, $3.6 million deal with the Canadiens. Mitchell was eligible for UFA come July 1st, but after bouncing around San Jose, Minnesota, Buffalo and Montreal these past four seasons, looks like he opted for stability and re-signed. Read Dave Stubbs’ story here.
June 18: The 2015 Pre-season schedule is already out. It all begins Sept 20 and Habs will play a total of 8 games before they drop the puck to start the 2015-16 season on October 7 in Toronto.
|SEPT. 20, 2015||RED||WHITE||TBD||BELL CENTRE – MONTREAL|
|SEPT. 22, 2015||MAPLE LEAFS||CANADIENS||7:30 P.M.||BELL CENTRE – MONTREAL|
|SEPT. 24, 2015||CAPITALS||CANADIENS||7:30 P.M.||BELL CENTRE – MONTREAL|
|SEPT. 25, 2015||BLACKHAWKS||CANADIENS||7:30 P.M.||BELL CENTRE – MONTREAL|
|SEPT. 26, 2015||CANADIENS||MAPLE LEAFS||7:30 P.M.||AIR CANADA CENTRE – TORONTO|
|SEPT. 28, 2015||PENGUINS||CANADIENS||7:00 P.M.||VIDEOTRON CENTRE – QUEBEC|
|OCT. 1, 2015||SENATORS||CANADIENS||7:30 P.M.||BELL CENTRE – MONTREAL|
|OCT. 3, 2015||CANADIENS||SENATORS||7:00 P.M.||CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE, OTTAWA|
June 22: Well look who finally decided to pop the question? Habs Brandon Prust finally proposed to long-time girlfriend, TV personality MariePier Morin choosing to pop the question in Italy. Read story here.
June 22: Alex Galchenyuk is a RFA and has decided to fire his agent Igor Larionov, who works along with Ian Pulver. Not sure what to read into this, but it appears Galchenyuk was unhappy with his ice time and didn’t like the fact that his agent was going to bat for him. Galchenyuk has now turned to Pat Brisson to represent him. Pat Hickey discusses Galchenyuk in his column as his former agent Larionov has a few words for Galcheyuk.
June 22: In August 2016, the World Cup of Hockey will return and Hockey Canada named Doug Armstrong as Team Canada GM. Amongst Armstrong’s extensive team to pick the roster is Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin. Read story here
June 24: According to Richard Labbé of LaPresse, the Canadiens have made qualifying offers to their 6 RFAs; Alex Galchenyuk, Jarred Tinordi, Brian Flynn, Magnus Nygren, Christian Thomas and Michaël Bournival. A formality if they wish to retain them. LaPresse story here.
June 24: NHL Awards Show turned into the Carey Price Show. Carey Price picked up 4 awards; Ted Lindsay Awarded to MVP as chosen by the players. The Vezina Award for top goalie. The Jennings Trophy (shared with the Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford for allowing the fewest goals. Both Montreal and Chicago allowed 189 goals). And finally, Carey Price won the Hart Trophy as league MVP. Carey Price and PK Subban were also named to the 2014-15 Post-Season 1st Team All-Star. Read Montreal Gazette`s summary here.