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Habs Off-Season Digest, June 24

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.

Torrey Mitchell’s Conference Call

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.

Pre-season Schedule

DATE AWAY HOME TIME LOCATION
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.

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Habs re-sign D Jeff Petry to 6 years / $33M

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Chalk up another smart move by Habs GM Marc Bergevin.  At the 2015 trade deadline, Bergevin picked up a player, who arguably, was the biggest fish on the trade market in defenceman Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers.

And now , two and a half months later, Bergevin was able to convince Petry to re-sign with the Habs, in a year with a weak free agency pool, where Petry could have done really well for himself out in the open market.

That’s not to say Petry took a home team discount, because he didn’t.  Habs were able to re-sign Petry for 6 years, $33M.

The $5.5M average cap hit breaks down per year as follows:

AAV2015-162016-172017-182018-192019-202020-21
$5.5M$7.0M$7.0M$6.0M$5.0M$4.0M$4.0M

The deal includes a No-Trade Clause.  And once again, to acquire Petry from the Edmonton Oilers didn’t cost the Canadiens any assets.  Only two draft picks.  2015’s 2nd Round Pick and a conditional pick which becomes a 2015 4th Round Pick.

Personally I am surprised by the signing because I thought  Petry, an American from Michigan, would sign with a team like Detroit.  And the fact that at the age of 27, at his peak of his career, I am surprise he would forego his UFA opportunity.

Jeff Petry Stats
Defense
Born Dec 9 1987  -- Ann Arbor, MI 
Height 6.03 -- Weight 196 -- Shoots R


Selected by Edmonton Oilers round 2 #45 overall 2006 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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2005-06  Des Moines Buccaneers       USHL   48    1   14   15   68  11   2   5   7   8
2006-07  Des Moines Buccaneers       USHL   55   18   27   45   71   8   0   6   6  10
2007-08  Michigan State University   CCHA   42    3   21   24   28
2008-09  Michigan State University   CCHA   38    2   12   14   32
2009-10  Michigan State University   CCHA   38    4   25   29   26
2009-10  Springfield Falcons         AHL     8    0    3    3    2  --  --  --  --  --
2010-11  Oklahoma City Barons        AHL    41    7   17   24   18   6   0   1   1   4
2010-11  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    35    1    4    5   10  --  --  --  --  --
2011-12  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    73    2   23   25   26  --  --  --  --  --
2011-12  Oklahoma City Barons        AHL     2    0    1    1    2  --  --  --  --  --
2012-13  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    48    3    9   12   29  --  --  --  --  --
2013-14  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    80    7   10   17   42  --  --  --  --  --
2014-15  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    59    4   11   15   32
2014-15  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    19    3    4    7   10
2014-15p Montreal Canadiens          NHL    12    2    1    3    4
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         NHL Totals                        314   20   61   81  149

Current statistics as of 2015-05-30

Jeff Petry addressed the media via a conference call following the announcement on June 2nd.

 

Jeff Petry also took to twitter to post:

As did Jeff Petry’s wife, Julie.  Suffice to say they are both excited to be part of the Montreal Canadiens organization for the next 6 years!

 

 

Habs Off-Season Digest, May 28

A quick summary of the Montreal Canadiens related news this past week.

May 22: Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon, who played for Hamilton Bulldogs last season with 19G, 38A for 57 points in 75 games, has hopes to make the big club next season according to LaPresse.  Please read Richard Labee’s story

May 25:  The Montreal Gazette picked up a instagram posting by Carey Price’s wife Angela Price, of the couple enjoying their Italian vacation.  Carey Price’s vacation Twitter Photo

May 27:  Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael Mc Carron of the Oshawa Generals is making an impression at the Memorial Cup.  Read story here

May 27:  Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson expressed optimism with the Canadiens despite being eliminated in the 2nd round of the playoffs.  Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette reports

May 27:  When Guy Lafleur speaks everyone listens.  Lafleur mentioned that the Canadiens next captain should be Brendan Gallagher. And he goes on to say that Alex Galchenyuk should play centre.  Guy Lafleur discusses the Habs

May 27:  Habs GM Marc Bergevin announces the promotion of pro scout Vaughn Karpan to the position of Canadiens Director of Pro Scouting.  Read Pat Hickey’s column

May 28:  The St. John’s Ice Dogs, the new home of the Canadiens top AHL farm club, unveiled their new colours adopting the bleu-blanc-rouge of the CH.  The Ice Dogs new jersey will be unveiled in the coming weeks.   Read story here

May 28:  Sportsnet looks at what Habs GM Marc Bergevin’s off-season game plan is.  Read Eric Engels’ story

Habs off Season Digest, May 21

From time to time I will post an update of Habs related news during the off season.

May 15: Hamilton Bulldogs’s Assistant Coach Stephan Lebeau will not be returning with the Canadiens organization, LaPresse reports (Please read: Habs do not renew Stephan Lebeau’s contract) . Hamilton Bulldogs will relocate to St. Johns, NFLD beginning next season to become the St. John’s Ice Dogs.

May 16: Are the Habs in the Kerby Rychel sweepstakes? The Blue Jackets centre is rumoured to be shopped around by the Columbus. Please read: Are the Canadiens After Rychel

May 20: Habs prospect Artturi Lehkonen, drafted in the same draft as Jacob de la Rose, has decided to spend another season in Europe. Lehkonen, who plays left-wing and hails from Finland was the 55th overall pick in the 2013 entry draft, and will play another season in the Swedish Elite League. Please read: Habs Prospect staying in Europe

May 20: Restricted free Agen Gabriel Dumont still hopes habs will make him a qualifying offer to retain his rights. Otherwise he will become a UFA. Dumont’s agent has yet to hear from Bergevin. Please read: Gabriel Dumont ponders future

May 20: Jacob de la Rose underwent successful wrist surgery on May 20th at the Montreal General Hospital. Rehab is expected to last three months and he should be ready in time for training camp in Spetember.
Please read: de la Rose has successful wrist surgery

May 21: Add the name of Michaël Bournival who hopes that the Canadiens will make him a qualifying offer this summer, as he too is a RFA this off-season. Bournival suffered two concussions during the season and only now declares himself fully healed from the head injury. Please read: Bournival recovers from concussion

Is this the end for the Montreal Canadiens 2015 Playoffs Run?

The Montreal Canadiens started the 2015 NHL Playoffs with great promise. Having finished first in the Atlantic division during the 2014-15 season, most pundits expected the Canadiens to go far in these playoffs. They started Round 1 of the playoffs against the Ottawa Senators jumping to a 3-0 series lead in the best of 7 series, finally winning it in 6 games. Now halfway into the 2nd Round, many have lost hope. With the Canadiens trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in games in the best of seven Divisional Final, few expect the Canadiens to even win another game. And Betfair.com revised their predictions too as Tampa Bay are favorites to win the series, despite the fact Montreal started with home ice advantage.
Going into the series, both clubs finished with 50 wins. However Habs head coach Michel Therrien kept telling everyone that his team were the underdogs. Tampa finished the season with the most goals for with 262 goals whereas Montreal finished with 221. Defensively Montreal had the edge with 189 goals against compared to Tampa’s 211.
Time and time again, teams with the most defensive record don’t do particularly well by the time the playoffs come around. Habs GM Marc Bergevin will keep preaching that “you win with defence”. But the truth of the matter is, whenever the playoffs roll around, everyone buckles down and plays defence. It’s easier to teach players how to play defensive systems than it is to teach how to score. To score in the NHL you need natural talented abilities. Abilities that Tampa are blessed with in Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov. Montreal’s only pure goal scorer is Max Pacioretty.

Michel Therrien’s strategy was to copy what the 2014 Stanley Cup winner Los Angeles Kings did during the 2013-2014 season where they lead the league in goals against during the regular season playing a committed game of defence. And lead by forwards Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, the league’s best defenseman in Drew Doughty, and Jonathan Quick in goal, helped propel the Kings to win their second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

And who could blame Bergevin’s and Therrien’s strategy for these playoffs. Along with their sniper Pacioretty, the Canadiens soon to be crowned 2014-15 Vezina Trophy Winner in Carey Price, who is also a finalist for league MVP. They have Norris Trophy finalist P.K. Subban on the back end. Unfortunately for the Canadiens during the 2015 Playoffs, the Canadiens were not blessed with the same commitment to defence. And they lack natural ability to finish their scoring chances as their offense has sputtered, and their 2015 Playoffs Power Play is a woeful 3.8%, a problem they have struggled with for over a season now.

There is not much left in the tank it seems for the Canadiens to go further than they did last year in the playoffs. During the off season Bergevin and Therrien need to re-think their strategy because obviously with their current roster, they can’t get to the finish line.

Lightning vs Canadiens; A Tale of the Tape

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Head to head comparison between the Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens who face off against one another in the 2nd Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

This marks the third time the two teams meet during the playoffs with the most recent being last year when the Canadiens swept the Lightning in the opening round of the 2013 playoffs.

Before then , you needf to go back to 2004, when Tampa defeated Montreal in a first round 4 game sweep, the year Tampa Bay won their only Stanley Cup.

This also marks the classic best offense vs best defence as Tampa finished first in league scoring, and the Canadiens were first in team defence.

Tampa Bay Lightning Montreal Canadiens
50-24-8
2nd Atlantic Division
3rd Easter Conference
2014-15
Season
50 - 22 – 10
1st Atlantic Division
2nd Eastern Conference
4-0-1Head to Head0-4-1
3.2 (1st)Goals Per Game2.6 (20th)
2.5 (12th)Goals Against2.2 (1st)
18.8 (14th)Power Play Pct.16.5 (23rd)
83.7 (7th)Penalty Kill Pct.83.7 (7th)
26.382Average Age27.887
$73,357mSalary Cap Hit$71,769m
2014: Lost in Division Semi-Finals vs Montreal CanadiensLast time in Playoffs2014; Lost in Conference Finals vs NY Rangers
Jon Cooper
Lifetime: 96-51-17
Playoffs: 4-7
Head CoachMichel Therrien Lifetime: 337-246-23-68 Playoffs: 36-29

Below are the roster changes both Tampa and Montreal made this year since they met last year in the playoffs.

Tampa By Montreal
K. Aulie, T. Purcell, B.J. Crombeen, Michael KostkaGoneR. Bourque, D. Briere, T. Vanek, M. Bournival, B. Gionta, J. Gorges, F. Bouillon
F: B. Boyle, J. Drouin, , Brenden Morrow
D: Braydon Coburn, Jason Garrison, Nikita Nesterov
G: Andrei Vasilevskiy
NewF: P.A. Parenteau Manny Malhotra, T. Mitchell, J. De La Rose, B Flynn, D. Smith-Pelly
D: T. Gilbert, S. Gonchar, G. Pateryn, J. Petry

See broadcast schedule below.  Please note that for Games 3 and 4, they are back to back.  That is because on May 2nd, Tampa’s Amalie Arena, has a circus act.  And on May 8, Kevin hart performs.

Fri May 1 @ Montreal — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN
Sun May 3 @ Montreal — 6pm CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN
Wed May 6 @ Tampa Bay — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports, USA Network
Thu May 7 @ Tampa Bay — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN
Sat May 9 @ Montreal — TBD CBC, TVA Sports, TBD
Tue May 12 @ Tampa Bay — TBD CBC, TVA Sports, TBD
Thu May 14 @ Montreal — TBD CBC, TVA Sports, TBD

The broadcast crew for CBC will be Play-by-play: Jim Hughson; Game Analysts: Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy; Reporter: Scott Oake.

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Senators vs Habs; Tale of the Tape

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Head to head comparison of the Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens who face off against one another in the 1st Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The only other time the Canadiens faced the Senators in the NHL Playoffs was in 2013 when the Senators ousted the Canadiens in 5 games in the opening round of the Playoffs.

Ottawa Senators Montreal Canadiens
43 - 26 – 13
7th Eastern Conference
2014-15
Season
50 - 22 – 10
2nd Eastern Conference
6-2-2Last 10 Reg Season Games5-2-3
3-1-0Head to Head1-3-0
2.8 (9th)Goals Per Game2.6 (20th)
2.5 (13th)Goals Against2.2 (1st)
16.8 (22nd)Power Play Pct.16.5 (23rd)
82.9 (11th)Penalty Kill Pct.83.7 (7th)
26.388Average Age27.887
$58.611mSalary Cap Hit$71,769m
2013; Lost Conference Semi-Finals vs Pittsburgh PenguinsLast time in Playoffs2014; Lost in Conference Finals vs NY Rangers
Dave Cameron
Lifetime: 22-15-0-1
Playoffs: 0-0
Head CoachMichel Therrien
Lifetime: 337-246-23-68
Playoffs: 32-27

Series begins Wednesday April 15th in Montreal.

GAME 1: OTT AT MTLWED APR 17, 7:00 PM ET
GAME 2: OTT AT MTL FRI APR 17, 7:00 PM ET
GAME 3: MTL AT OTT SUN APR 19, 7:00 PM ET
GAME 4: MTL AT OTT WED APR 22, 7:00 PM ET
GAME 5: OTT AT MTL FRI APR 24, TBD * ›
GAME 6: MTL AT OTT SUN APR 26, TBD *
GAME 7: OTT AT MTL TUE APR 28, TBD *
* If necessary.

 

 

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Habs 2015 Trade Deadline Moves

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Bravo to Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.  Why?  In the 7 days leading up to the trade deadline, Bergevin made four roster acquisitions, and gave up only one roster player.  How does one accomplish this feat?

On Feb 24, Bergevin got started by trading rookie forward Jiri Sekac to Anaheim for RW Devante Smith-Pelly.  Turns out that was the only roster player that left the Canadiens for another team.

On Trade deadline day March 2nd, Bergevin accomplished 3 separate trades, an NHL record.  Bergevin got started early, acquiring much coveted Top 4 defenceman Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for 2015 2nd Round Pick, and 2015 5th Round Pick (Conditional).  (The Canadiens had two 2015 2nd round picks, having acquired another 2nd round pick in the Josh Gorges trade with Buffalo before the start of the 2014-15 season.)  Petry is a UFA at the end of the 2014-15 season.

The second trade Bergevin concluded on trade deadline day on March 2nd, saw the Canadiens acquire more depth at centre obtaining Brian Flynn in exchange for 2016 5th Round Pick.  With Buffalo, Flynn spent at least 2 min per game on the Penalty Kill.  Flynn is a RFA after the 2014-15 season.

And finally to conclude Bergevin’s wheeling and dealing, Habs acquired local boy Torrey Mitchell from Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Habs prospect Jack Nevins (F), and 2016 7th Round Pick.  Mitchell is a UFA after this season,  As for Nevins, he  really didn’t fit in the long term plans with the Canadiens.

To make room for the March 2nd acquisitions, Habs sent down to AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs Michael Bournival, and Greg Pateryn.  And the Canadiens are loaded with Grade “A” prospects at both the AHL and Junior level with the likes of Charles Hudon, Sven Andrighetto, Christian Thomas, Jarrod Tinordi Michael McCarron, Nikita Scherbak, and Zach Fucale, leaving the future intact too!

Bravo M. Bergevin!

 

NHL announces Canadiens Outdoor Games for 2015/2016

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NHL announces Canadiens Outdoor Games for 2015/2016

written by Matt Green

Ice hockey fans across the world look forward to the announcement of the outdoor schedule. Every year, the NHL uses the announcement of the Stadium Series as a way to mix up the playing field a little, or rink in this case.

The news was broken by  Commissioner Gary Bettman to a host of the mainstream media’s most notable journalists during the All-Star weekend in Columbus. During the announcement, Bettman revealed that our beloved Montreal Canadiens would be facing hosts Boston Bruins in the headline match of the 2016 Winter Classic.

Also hosting games are the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild as part of the Stadium Series. They will play Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks respectively.

Upon the announcement from Bettman, the news broke first on the NHL’s official app, which has received significant investment of late to improve its functionalities, interface and general usability.

With the smartphone market booming at the minute, the NHL has announced its intention to continue to improve the app in order to compete with many of the independent ice hockey app already succeeding in the market. Currently there is approximately 17% of the global mobile market able to access the Internet on the go according to Gaming Realms, the developers behind CastleJackpot.

With Fierce Wireless claiming that by 2020, 90% of people over 6-years-old will have smartphones, its no surprise that organizations such as the NHL have shifted its focus to the mobile market. With the current 2.7 billion people owning smartphones, there’s no surprise to see the NHL making the majority of its announcements online moving forward.

Could we possibly see the end of press conferences moving forward? As the digital age continues to pack a punch, many fans are now glued to their phones rather than their TVs or computers, which could have a telling factor on how we are presenting with the next Outdoor Games next in future.

Regardless of how we will be present with content such as this, we can all look forward to the upcoming outdoor games that the aforementioned NHL teams will be featuring in.

What’s in a Habs Number; 2014-15 Edition

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What I forward to every season is writing about the new faces and numbers that wear the CH for the Montreal Canadiens.  Half way into the 2014-15 season, Canadiens fans have seen nine new faces.  I’m always curious to see what numbers they choose.  Many players are superstitious, so they try to get numbers they have worn before with other teams.  But sometimes, those numbers are unavailable.

Here are the new faces/numbers for the Montreal Canadiens for 2014-15.

#6 – Bryan Allen – The Canadiens acquired Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks ina deal that sent Rene Bourque.  Bryan Allen was worn #5 for the four organizations he’s played for prior to the Canadiens.  With #5 retired for both Bernard Geoffrion and more recently Guy Lapointe, Allen went with the next available low number.  #6 was last worn only last season by Douglas Murray.  The longest serving member of the Canadiens that wore # 6 were Ralph Backstrom (1958-71) and Pierre Mondou (1977-1985).

#15 – Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau – Acquired from the Colorado Avalanche for Daniel Briere, P-A Parenteau has don #15 with his stint with the NY Rangers and Colorado.  #15 was last worn the past two season by George Parros who retired from hockey this season. It’s a number worn by 53 other members of the Canadiens.  It’s also the answer of a trivia question.  Maurice Richard first wore #15 when he was called up by the Canadiens, before switching to his famous #9.

#17 – Eric Tangradi – The Canadiens traded backup goalie Peter Budaj to the Winnipeg Jets organization in exchange for depth forward Eric Tangradi.  Although Tangradi has spent the majority of his time with the Canadiens AHL affiliate in Hamilton, this marks the first time Tangradi is wearing #17, now with his third organization.  #17 is also a trivia related question because it’s one of the numbers Jean Beliveau wore when he was called up by the Canadiens before he settled for his infamous #4.

#20 Manny Malhotra – A UFA signing by Habs GM Marc Bergevin during the off season, this marks the first time Manny Malhotra wears #20 in his career.  61 other Habs have worn this number previously.  It was last worn briefly last season by Thomas Vanek.

#26 – Jiri Sekac – A Europeon signing during the off-season, this marks Jiri Sekac’s first foray into the NHL. This is a number SEkac has worn before with his Czech national hockey team.  Josh Gorges last wore #26 while with the Canadiens (2006-14).  Other notable members to wear this number are Pierre Bouchard (1970-78), and Mats Naslund (1982-90).

#38 – Drayson Bowman – On a Player Tryout Contract, Drayson Bowman was signed as a free agent during t training camp and was assigned to Hamilton.  But Bowmas has been called up a couple of times this season.   #28 was first iused by Mike Lalor (1985-89).  In all 8 players have worn it before.  Jan Bulis wore it for parts of 6 seasons (2000-06).

#39 – Joey MacDonald – As insurance in case either one of the Habs goaltending tandem Carey Price or Dustin Tokarski are injured, NHL veteran Joey MacDonald is the 3rd goalie on the depth charts in the Canadiens organization.  He has yet to play for the Canadiens but has been called up twice this season as a backup.  Of the seven other players who have worn #39, MacDonald joins three other goalies (Pat Jablonski, Frederic Chabot and Christobal Huet) to have worn this number.

#55 Sergei Gonchar – A 20 year veteran of the NHL, Sergei Gonchar was acquired via a trade with Dallas Stars in exchange for Travis Moen.  This is the sixth time in franchise history that #55 is used,  First used back in the 1934-35 season by Jack McGill, the number wasn;t worn until 1997 when Igor Ulanov took the number. This number is familiar for Gonchar having worn it with all the other organizations he’s played with (Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Dallas)

#58 – Sven Andrighetto – A rookie who was drafted by the Canadiens in 2013, Sven Andrighetto made his NHL debut back on dec 6 vs Dallas.  The only other member in Canadiens history to wear #58 was David Deshrnais when he was first called up back in 2009. Desharnais switched to #51 in 2011.

#77 – Tom Gilbert – Another free agent pick up during the off-season, this marks only the second time in Canadiens club history that this number is work.  Pierre Turgeon is the only other member to ever wear #77.  For Tom Gilbert, this is the only number he’s ever worn in his NHL career (Edmonton, Minnesota, Florida)

Speaking of Numbers, half way into the season, checking out “Hockey betting odds at William Hill‎, the Montreal Canadiens ‎ have 13-1 odds favourites to win the Stanley Cup. The  Chicago Blackhawks remain at 2-1 odds to win the Cup.  Let’s hope the Canadiens improve on last year’s deep playoffs run.