Looking at the year–to–year changeover of the Montreal Canadiens heading into the 2013-14 season, there is less turnover in roster players than in seasons past. Last season coming out the lockout, the Canadiens had a new Management team, a new head coach, a new system and brought in new players. In addition, two rookies made the roster from Day 1; Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.
From the players who started the season with the Canadiens last season, four players are no longer with the Montreal Canadiens organization. Yannick Weber is now playing with the Vancouver Canucks. Tomas Kaberle was bought out of his contract and now plays back home for Kladno in the Czech league. Colby Armstrong was a UFA and signed this off season with Vaxjo HC (Swedish Elite League). And Erik Cole was traded to Dallas Stars midway thru last season for Michael Ryder.
By season’s end, Ryder, a UFA signed with the New Jersey Devils, and Jeff Halpern, a waiver pickup last season, remains unsigned.
Who replaced these roster spots?
This off-season the Canadiens made a huge splash on the free agency market by signing UFA Daniel Brière. The Canadiens also signed UFA defenseman Douglas Murray, who played with San Jose last season. And tough guy George Parros was obtained from the Florida Panthers in a trade involving a minor league player.
Coming out of training camp, with injuries to defenseman Alexei Emelin, Davis Drewiske, and Douglas Murray, Jarred Tinordi was able to crack the top 6 on defence. And forward Michaël Bournival, who impressed many during training camp, has also made the 23-man roster. Remains to be seen how many games action Bournival will get as the season progresses.
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