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What’s in a number? That’s a wrap for Canadiens 2017-18

Montreal Canadiens 2017-18 season will go down as one of the worst in club history.  In fact this season marked second-lowest point total in modern franchise history, and this is with loser points awarded!!

With many injuries plaguing the team, there was a revolving door of call-ups, waiver pick ups and more.

Below are the other set of players who made their Canadiens debut in 2017-18.

#20 Nicolas Deslauriers

Nicolas Deslauriers  came over from Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Zach Redmond, and sent to Laval.  A mid-season call-up from Laval, Deslauriers had a career-year.  Deslauriers chose #20, the most worn jersey # in club history, as 65 former players have worn it.  Ironically, Zack Redmond,  for whom Deslauriers was trade for,  wore it last in 2016-17.

#42 Byron Froese

Being short at centre (no pun intended), the Canadiens relied on Laval call-up Byron Froese.  Montreal is Froese’s third organization;  playing with Toronto and Tampa previously.  First time Froese wears #42 at the NHL level.  A number last worn the last two seasons by Sven Andrighetto.

#28 Mike Reilly

Mike Reilly was a trade deadline pick-up.  And he made a quick impression on the blue line.  Reilly wore #28.  Previously he wore #4 with Minnesota.  #28 was last worn by Nathan Beaulieu.  Other notables to wear #28 over the years were Pierre Larouche,  and Eric Desjardins.

#49 Logan Shaw

Logan Shaw was a waiver pickup from Anaheim, and no relation to Andrew Shaw.  Logan Shaw was given #49.  Only three players have worn #49 in Habs history prior to Logan Shaw; Luc Gauthier, Brian Savage and Mikael Bournival.

#58 Noah Juulsen

Noah Juulsen was the Canadiens’ top draft pick (26th overall) in the 2015 Entry Draft.  Juulsen was injured at start of the season and after rehab, spent the majority of the season in Laval (AHL).  With the Canadiens decimated by injuries in 2017-18, Juulsen was a late-season call up and surprised many.  Juulsen wore #58 throughout his development camp and rookie camp.  A number that stuck with him at the NHL level.  And Juulsen is in unique company. Only two other players have worn this number in franchise history.  David Desharnais, And Sven Andrighetto.

#45 Kerby Rychel

Kerby Rychel was picked up from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline in the trade that sent Tomas Plekanec to Toronto.  Rychel was given #45.  Worn previously by 7 former Habs.  Gilbert Dionne wore it for 5 seasons.  No. 45 was last worn  by Mark Barberio during the 2015-17 seasons.

#17 Rinat Valiev

Rinat Valiev too was acquired from Toronto in the Tomas Plekanec trade.  He didn’t see too much action with the Canadiens because he was injured in the first game he played with the club.  Valiev was given no, 17, a number worn by 50 other players before him.  The longest tenured Canadiens players to wear #17 include Rod Langway, Craig Ludwig, John LeClair, and Benoit Brunet.

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Atlantic Division Race & Playoff Update

Atlantic Division Race & Playoff Update

Mario Perrazzino

 

There are just under 10 games to be played in the regular season, so the race is nearing the final stretch.

It’s looking pretty grim for the Habs playoffs hopes but it isn’t over yet. They are just 18 points behind New Jersey so if they win out in all nine games there is a chance at a wildcard berth.

Who’s in and who’s out?

The Atlantic Division is tough. So far, the three best teams in the Eastern Conference belong to this division. The Tampa Bay Lighting are mathematically locked in. The Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs are in second and third place respectively and are looking almost uncatchable by the rest of the division. Although technically, Florida could still catch the Maple Leafs with the remaining games … but they don’t need to. They are only a few points back from the Devils.

The Sens are 19 points back from the New Jersey Devils with a longshot of a chance. But the biggest loser so far is Buffalo. The Sabres are out of the hunt as the first team to be mathematically eliminated. Over in the Western Conference, the Vancouver Canucks and Arizona Coyotes are also non-factors.

Matchup outlook in the East

If things continue down the same path that they are on, the Tampa Bay Lighting would face the NJ Devils in the first round. The Maple Leafs will face the Bruins —It should be noted that I also think that putting weaker teams deeper into the playoffs by forcibly eliminating four of the best teams in the first round is a huge flaw in the newer playoff system. The Blue Jackets are on track to face the Capitols and the Flyers could be facing the Penguins.

Loser points

You’ve gotta wonder how many times the habs played for the loser point. At 12 overtime losses, the Habs are tied for the most OTL in the league. And who is the only other team with 12? None other than the lowly Sabres.

I’m going to side-step here for just a second and mention that I am still opposed to the OTL point. The Canadiens have talent. Sure there have been some setbacks but if the option to play it safe didn’t exist would we be closer in the points race? It’s a moot point but food for thought nonetheless.

Checking the odds on the winners

I always like to have a look at the implied probability listed by Las Vegas. The Canadiens opened the season in Vegas and at online outlets like Bodog as one of the favorites to win the Atlantic Division. The early odds were the Lighting at +250 (2.5 to 1) and the Habs at +300 (3 to 1). So we know the potential was there and there should just be some fine-tuning to make a full-on playoff run next season.

When we check the current odds at Bodog, The Lighting are odds-on favorites to win the Eastern Conference at +220, followed by the Bruins at +350, the Pens at +500, and the Maple Leafs at +650.

To hoist the Cup, the Nashville Predators lead the action at +375, followed by the Lighting at +400, the Vegas Golden Knights at +600—what surprise the Knights are …, the Penguins at +850, and the Bruins are in the hunt and valuable on the oddsboards at +900.

The most exciting time of the year is here. So get your Habs jerseys on cheer for the last few games of the season!

Montreal Canadiens return to the outdoor game in the NHL 100 Classic

During the 2017-18 season, the NHL will commemorate two of the founding members of the NHL, the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens, who first played against each other on the League’s opening night, Dec. 19, 1917.  To celebrate the anniversary, the Canadiens will play in the NHL’s 100 Classic outdoor game at Lansdowne Park TD Stadium in Ottawa on December 16, 2017.

This will mark the fourth time the Montreal Canadiens participate in an outdoor game.

Date Event Venue Visitor Home Score
22-Nov-03 Heritage Classic Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta Montreal Canadiens Edmonton Oilers W 4–3
20-Feb-11 Heritage Classic McMahon Stadium,  Calgary, Alberta Montreal Canadiens Calgary Flames L 4–0
01-Jan-16 Winter Classic Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts Montreal Canadiens Boston Bruins W 5–1
16-Dec-17 NHL 100 Classic TD Place Stadium,  Ottawa, Ontario Montreal Canadiens Ottawa Senators

Just like the 2016 Winter Classic, the Canadiens introduced a new jersey design for this game.

2017 NHL 100 Classic Breakaway – Jersey 

The Canadiens NHL100 Classic jersey design is very reminiscent of the white jersey the Canadiens first wore back in 1938.

Below are the jerseys the Canadiens wore at previous outdoor games.

 

The 2003 Heritage Classic jersey featured a replica of the Canadiens 1946 white jersey.

The 2011 Heritage Classic game, featured a replica of the 1957 Canadiens white jersey.

Both the 2016 and this year’s 2017 jerseys , although they take elements from the ckub’s storied history, are new jersey designs.

In case you are wondering, here is a replica of the jerseys Ottawa and Montreal wore 100 years ago in that game back on Dec. 19, 1917.  A game the Canadiens won 7-4.

Please note, there are still tickets available to NHL 100 Classic Game December 16 game.

Many people have asked why the Montreal Canadiens have yet to host an outdoor game.  Apparently there isn’t a venue big enough to satisfy the Montreal Canadiens and the NHL.  Both Molson Stadium and Stade Saputo fit over 20,000 spectators.  And Olympic Stadium has a permanent roof.

 

 

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What’s in a Canadiens Number; 2017-18 edition

The start of the Montreal Canadiens 2017-18 season sees a semi overhaul on defence, and the arrival of top 6 forward Jonathan Drouin.

Gone are Andre Markov, Nathan Beaulieu, Bryan Flynn, Dwight King, and Steve Ott.

#92 Jonathan Drouin

The big splash acquisition in the off season was Jonathan Drouin.  Drouin wore #27 with Tampa, but went entirely with a new # with Montreal.  #92.  The only other Habs player to wear #92 was Steve Ott last season.

#83 Ales Hemsky

Ales Hemsky was a low risk UFA signing.  Hemsky has played with four different organizations.  All four teams (EDM, DAL, OTT and now MTL) he has worn #83.  And Hemsky too is only the second player to ever wear #83.  Eric Bertrand wore it for the 3 games he played with the Canadiens back in 2001.

#32 Mark Streit

This marked the second tour of duty of Mark Streit with the Canadiens.  He played with the Canadiens for 3 seasons (2005-08) when he wore #32.  Eleven different players wore #32.  Claude Lemieux wore if for his six seasons with the Canadens (1984-90).  Travis Moen wore it for five seasons (2010-15).  Streit and the Canadiens have since parted ways as Streit appeared in only 2 games before being released unconditionally.

#53 Victor Mete

Victor Mete was a surprise out of the Canadiens development camp, and he carried over his surprising play into training camp.  Enough to impress GM Marc Bergevin, and Mete made the team.  As with all rookies he was given  a number; #53.  Mete is the seventh player to wear #53.  Ryan White wore it longest for parts of five season (2010-14).

#22 Karl Azner

Karl Azner was the Canadiens big off-season UFA signing.  He opted for #22.  A number worn by 26 players in Habs history.  Most notable are John Ferguson 1964-71, and Steve Shutt 1973-85.  For trivia buffs, before Alzner, the last Habs player to wear #22 was Sergei Sergachev who wore it for the 4 games he appeared in October 2016.

#45 Joe Morrow

Joe Morrow was another depth defenceman UFA signing.  Morrow came from the Boston Bruins organization where he also wore #45.  Other Canadiens to wear #45 were: Gilbert Dionne 1990-94, Aaron Asham 1999-2002.

#21 David Schlemko

David Schlemko was acquired from the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.  The Canadiens is Schlemko’s sixth NHL organization.  And he went with an entirely different number;  #21.  A number worn by 33 other players.  Last worn last year briefly by Dwight King.  Two former Habs captains wore #21; Brian Gionta wore it for his five seasons with the Canadiens (2010-14), as did Guy Carbonneau for 11 seasons (1983-94).

 

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Habs leap of faith

The start of the Montreal Canadiens’ 2017-18 season will be remembered as a season in flux for the team’s defense core.

Gone, by design or not are:

  • Andrei Markov (signed with KHL)
  • Alexei Emelin (lost to expansion draft to Las Vegas and then traded to Nashville)
  • Nathan Beaulieu (traded in off-season to Buffalo for a 2017 3rd Rnd Pick-  Scott Walford, D)

Who would have imagined that after last season, Habs would lose three regulars on defence. Four, if you include Sergei Sergachev, because everyone were anticipating Sergachev would crack the Canadiens lineup this season.  But Sergachev too was dealt in the off-season , to Tampa Bay in the Johnathan Drouin trade.

The Canadiens will once again look to Shea Weber to provide the leadership on the blue line.  In addition, the team will rely of UFA signing Karl Azner to play top-2 pairing.  Along with Jeff Petry and Jordie Benn.

Leaving NHL castoffs like Joe Morrow and Mark Streit (since released by the Canadiens) to partner with David Schlemko, who was acquired in a trade with Vegas Golden Knights.  Schlemko has been on Injured Reserve since gtraining camp.

But one wild card in all of this was the emergence of 19 year old junior player Victor Mete.  Although Mete has looked well in pre-season action and for the most part in the CAnadiens first 10 games, is he ready to grind out a season playing with the big boys?

Had the Canadiens not been so weak on defense this training camp, Mete would not have received all the attention he’ received.

Mete has already played 10 games this season.  This means he loses a year in entry level eligibility.  The next date on the Canadiens radar is 40 games.  If Victor mete is still on the Canadiens roster come Game #40, Mete’s 2017-18 season counts as one year towards unrestricted free-agency.

In the meantime, Mete was notified to find a home in Montreal.  And his mom from Woodbridge Ontario will move in with him.

Finally, we can conclude, after 5 full seasons as Habs GM, Marc Bergevin has completely overhauled the Canadien’s defense as these are all players Bergevin has brought.  And note, only Victor Mete was a Bergevin draft pick.

 

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Tracking Bergevin’s Draft Picks

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft was Marc Bergevin’s 6th Entry Draft as GM of the Montreal Canadiens.

In total , he has drafted 39 players.

Four current draft picks have are part of the current roster.

Alex Galchenyuk, Michael McCarron, Jacob de la Rose, Artturi Lehkonen.  With McCarron and de la Rose fighting to remain on the 23-man roster.

Two other every-day NHLers have been traded;  Mikhail Sergachev, and Sven Andrighetto.

But heading into the 2017 Canadiens Camp, only one Junior age eligible draft pick was invited to the main camp; defenseman Victor Mete.

Of the 39 players Bergevin selected 31 players remain within the organization.

Elite prospects are few and far between since the Sergachev trade, but Habs fans are hoping that centres Ryan Poehling, and Joni Ikonen will be the Habs future stars.

 

   Montreal Canadiens Draft History      
2017 Entry
DraftNum.RoundPlayerPosDrafted FromRemarks
2017 Entry251Ryan PoehlingCSt. Cloud State [NCHC]Attended Habs 2017 Rookie camp. Returned to NCHC
2017 Entry562Josh BrookDMoose Jaw Warriors [WHL]Attended Habs rookie Camp
2017 Entry582Joni IkonenCFrolunda [Sweden-Jr]Attended Habs 2017 Rookie camp. Returned to Swedish Elite league
2017 Entry683Scott WalfordDVictoria Royals [WHL]Attended Habs 2017 Rookie camp. Returned to WHL
2017 Entry873Cale FleuryDKootenay Ice [WHL]Attended Habs 2017 Rookie camp. Returned to WHL
2017 Entry1495Jarret TyszkaDSeattle Thunderbirds [WHL]Attended Habs 2017 Rookie camp. Returned to WHL
2017 Entry1997Cayden PrimeauGLincoln Stars [USHL]Attended Habs 2017 Rookie camp. Returned to WHL
2016 Entry
DraftNum.RoundPlayerPosDrafted FromRemarks
2016 Entry91Mikhail SergachevDWindsor Spitfires [OHL]Traded to Tampa Bay
2016 Entry703William BittenCFlint Firebirds [OHL]Attended Habs 2017 Rookie camp. Returned to OHL
2016 Entry1004Victor MeteDLondon Knights [OHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp
2016 Entry1245Casey StaumDGrand Rapids (Minn. H.S.)Dubuque Fighting Saints
2016 Entry1606Michael PezzettaCSudbury Wolves [OHL]Attended Habs 2017 Rookie camp. Returned to OHL
2016 Entry1877Arvid HenriksonDAIK Jrs (Sweden)Attended Habs 2017 Development Camp. Returned to Sweden
2015 Entry
DraftNum.RoundPlayerPosDrafted FromRemarks
2015 Entry261Noah JuulsenDEverett Silvertips [WHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp
2015 Entry873Lukas VejdemoCDjurgardens Jrs. (Sweden)Attened Habs 2017 Development Camp
2015 Entry1315Matt BradleyCMedicine Hat Tigers [WHL]Habs lose his rights.
2015 Entry1776Simon BourqueDRimouski Oceanic [QMJHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp
2015 Entry2077Jeremiah AddisonLOttawa 67's [OHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp. On IR
2014 Entry
DraftNum.RoundPlayerPosDrafted FromDrafted From
2014 Entry261Nikita ScherbakRSaskatoon Blades [WHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp
2014 Entry733Brett LernoutDSwift Current Broncos [WHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp
2014 Entry1255Nikolas KobersteinDOlds Grizzlys [AJHL]Attended Habs 2017 Development Camp.
2014 Entry1475Daniel AudetteCSherbrooke Phoenix [QMJHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp
2014 Entry1776Hayden HawkeyGOmaha Lancers [USHL]Attended Habs 2017 Development Camp. Returned to NCAA
2014 Entry2077Jake EvansFSt. Michael's Buzzers [OJHL]Attended Habs 2017 Development Camp. Returned to NCAA
2013 Entry
DraftNum.RoundPlayerPosDrafted FromRemarks
2013 Entry251Michael McCarronRU.S. National Development Team [USHL]On Canadiens roster
2013 Entry342Jacob De La RoseCLeksands IF [Swe-1]On Canadiens roster
2013 Entry362Zachary FucaleGHalifax Mooseheads [QMJHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp
2013 Entry552Artturi LehkonenLKalPa Kuopio [SM-liiga]On Canadiens roster
2013 Entry713Connor CrispCErie Otters [OHL]UFA. Part of Detroit Red Wings organization
2013 Entry863Sven AndrighettoRRouyn-Noranda Huskies [QMJHL]Traded to Colorado March 1, 2017
2013 Entry1164Martin RewayLGatineau Olympiques [QMJHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp
2013 Entry1766Jeremy GregoireCBaie-Comeau Drakkar [QMJHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp
2012 Entry
DraftNum.RoundPlayerPosDrafted FromRemarks
2012 Entry31Alex GalchenyukCSarnia Sting [OHL]On Canadiens roster
2012 Entry332Sebastian CollbergRFrolunda HC [SEL]Traded to NY Islanders March 5, 2014
2012 Entry512Dalton ThrowerDSaskatoon Blades [WHL]No longer part of Canadiens organization
2012 Entry643Tim BozonLKamloops Blazers [WHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp
2012 Entry944Brady VailCWindsor Spitfires [OHL]No longer part of Canadiens organization
2012 Entry1225Charles HudonLChicoutimi Sagueneens [QMJHL]Invited to Habs 2017 Training Camp
2012 Entry1546Erik NystromLMODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik [SEL]No longer part of Canadiens organization. Now in KHL

No NHL Players for 2018 Winter Olympics, But Why?

No NHL Players for 2018 Winter Olympics, But Why?

 

Hockey is no doubt one of the biggest sports in the world, along with basketball and football. And it’s the reason why they’re included in the Olympics. However this time, that fact seems to be an exemption.

The NHL is known to give way to the Winter Olympics since it became an Olympic sport in 1998. It stops its games for their players to compete in the global arena.

But things will be different this time around as the 2018 Winter Olympics wouldn’t include NHL players. Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the NHL, says that the league wouldn’t take a break for its players to participate in the international competition.

He says it in a very firm way, reiterating that the case is even closed for good.

No Olympics for NHL Players

Every player who is under NHL contract wouldn’t be allowed to join the 2018 Winter Olympics, which is to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In knowing that the NHL is one of the finest (if not the finest) hockey leagues, this means that the best players wouldn’t be able to compete in the biggest sporting event in four years.

Reports have it that even minors players are also unable to participate in the games. This would be the league’s first time in more than a decade not to stop its season to give way for the Winter Olympics.

The last time they did was way back in 1994. Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, says that the decision is already final.

And that all NHL players who are under active contract will be experiencing the same fate. The players who’ve made two-way NHL contracts, even those that are under minor league loans are included in the current ruling.

The only ones allowed are those players under AHL contracts.

 

The Reason

The NHL’s season schedule is the one to blame. Over the past three Winter Olympic years – 2006, 2010, and 2014, the league didn’t showcase any All Star Game. This was to give way for players to take part in the Olympics.

But it came as a surprise when NHL unveiled its 2017-18 regular season schedule last June. The schedule shows no signs of Olympics break as the 2018 All-Star Game is scheduled on Jan. 28, 2018, which is two weeks before the Feb. 9 Winter Olympic Games.

It would then be highly unlikely for the NHL to mess up its already well-coordinated plan once again.

Players’ Reactions Towards ‘Missed Opportunity’

Of course, this surprising NHL ruling would come out as a big surprise not only to the league but to the public as well. Thousands of NHL fans are already showing immense disappointment in social media, saying that U.S. and Canada’s chances of getting medals would decrease.

Some of the biggest names in the NHL, including Carey Price, Connor McDavid, Henrik Lundqvist, and Jonathan Toews, support the people’s plight in disagreeing with NHL’s “illogical” decision. The decision’s announcement was made last April.

And as soon as the word came out, the NHLPA immediately shared their sentiments saying that the league’s decision is “shortsighted.” The player’s association went on to say that the decision was only made by the NHL’s management, disregarding the opinions and desires of its players and loyal hockey fans.

They went on to say that it was a very unfortunate decision they are forced to succumb to.

Future of Olympic Hockey Betting

Due to the apparent absence of NHL players from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, there is no doubt that Canada and the U.S.’s chances of winning medals decrease, and the current betting odds support the daily NHL expert picks not be at the top anymore.

To prove this, Russia just gained the favorite spot as it gets 2.85 odds, overtaking Canada’s 3.65. Sweden takes the third spot with 4.25, followed by the Czech Republic’s 9.25.

Finland goes next with its 7.75, while the once-favorite USA is now down to the 6th spot with 11.5. Slovakia and South Korea are at the bottom of the list with 98 and 728 betting odds.

If the NHL changes this decision, and the league’s top players will be able to join their national teams for the 2018 winter games in South Korea, we are bound to see all these odds changing. Now may be a good time to put a bet on the US or Canada on low odds, and cash in if professional players show up.

What’s in a number; 2016-17 – That’s a wrap for 2016-17

The Montreal Canadiens finished their 2016-17 season on a down note.  Despite winning their division with a 47-26-9 (103 points) record, the Canadiens weren’t able to get through the first round of the payoffs.

This past season, 41 different players dressed for the Canadiens, including 13 new faces.

#6 – SHEA WEBER

The biggest off-season acquisition was Shea Weber who came in from Nashville in exchange for P.K. Subban.  Weber has worn #6 for most of his 11 year career.  And former Canadiens Greg Pateryn relinquished the number.  Some of the Habs that wore number 6 the longest include Toe Blake, and Pierre Mondou.

#8 – GREG PATERYN

Greg Pateryn switching to number 8 was short lived as he was soon traded to Dallas Stars for defenceman Jordie Benn.  Coincidentally, that is the exact number that Jordie Benn opted for when he arrived to Montreal.

#8 – JORDIE BENN

This marks the first time in Jordie Benn’s NHL career that he wears #8.  previously he wore #58 and #24 with the Stars.   Number 8 is one of only 2 single digit numbers not retired by the Canadiens.  it’s a number that not too many players have worn it for many season.  In recent memory, Doug Riseborough wore in from 1975-82.  Since then Mark Recchi and Mike Komisarek also wore #8 during their time with the Canadiens.

#15 – CHRIS TERRY

Chris Terry was an off-season UFA pick up from Carolina.  And this season he appeared in 14 games with the Canadiens.  He was assigned #15.  Bert Olmstad, Rejean Houle and Bobby Smith have worn the number the longest.

#20 – ZACH REDMOND

Zach Redmon is a depth defenceman who was also acquired as a UFA back in July 2016.  Although he spent the majority of the season with their farm club, St John’s Ice Dogs, Redmond played 16 games with the Canadiens this season.  It’s the first time Redmond wears #20.  A number worn most famously by Pete Mahovlich (1971-78).

#21 – DWIGHT KING

Dwight King is another trade-deadline acquisition made by GM Bergevin.  King wore #74 his entire NHL career with the LA Kings.  With 74 used by Alexei Emelin, King opted for 21.  Former captains Guy Carbonneau and Brian Gionta.  And for you trivia buffs, Glen Sather wore #21 back in the 1975 season.

#22 – MIKHAIL SERGACHEV

Mikhail Sergachev is a junior-aged rookie who played four games with the Canadiens before being returned to his junior club.  #22 was made famous by Steve Shutt, the Canadiens all-time leader in goals by a Left-Winger.  Shutt wore #22 from 1973-85.

#37 – ANDREAS MARTINSEN

Andreas Martinsen was acquired at the trade deadline from Colorado for Sven Andrigheto.  Martinsen was given #37, a number worn by six different goalies in Habs’ history.  Steve Penney wore it first back in 1984.

#38 – NIKITA SCHERBAK

Nikita Scherbak is another top prospect in the Canadiens origination, who made an emergency appearance during the 2016-17 season.  He’s the 10th player to wear number 38.  The longest tenured Habs to wear #38 Vladimir Malakhov 1995-2000, and Jan Bulis 2001-2006.

#44 – BOBBY FARNHAM

Bobby Farnham was a UFA signing to provide depth to the Canadiens farm club.  Farnham appeared 3 games with the Canadiens.  #44 was made famous by the Canadiens last 50-goal scorer, Stephane Richer.  Sheldon Sourray also wore #44 during his seven seasons with the Canadiens.

#47 – ALEXANDER RADULOV

Alex Radulov was the steal of at the UFA frenzy last summer.  Radulov wore the only number he ever wore in the NHL (previously with the Predators).  Only 6 players have worn #47 with the Canadiens.  The longest was Stephane Lebeau 1989-94.

#88 – BRANDON DAVIDSON

Brandon Davidson was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers prior to the trade-deadline for poplar forward David Desharnais.  Davidson has always worn #88.  And in Canadiens history, Davidson joins only two other players to wear the number; Xavier Delisle and Chris Higgins.

#89 – NIKITA NESTEROV

Nikita Nesterov is a depth defenceman acquired during the 2016-17.  Nesterov previously wore #89 with Tampa.  And with Montreal, Nesterov became only the 2nd player to don the sweater.  The other being Ryan Johnston who first wore in during the 2015016 season.

#92 – STEVE OTT

Steve Ott was acquired at the trade deadline (acquired from Detroit for Montreal’s 6th round pick in 2018 NHL Draft) and #92 is one and done!  Steve Ott is the only player in Canadiens history to ever wear #92.  In his 16 NHL seasons, Ott always wore #9 or #29.  When he was acquired by the Canadiens, he consulted his youngest daughter on what number to wear since both #9 and #29 have been retired by the Canadiens.  Following the conclusion of the 2017 playoffs, Ott announced his retirement as a player, and will join the coaching staff of the St. Louis Blues as an assistant.

Montreal Canadiens Legacy Trades

As we kick off the 2016-17 Canadiens hockey campaign, all eyes will be on the Canadiens biggest acquisition this past summer; Shea Weber.

Weber was acquired in a one for one trade with Nashville in exchange for fan favourite PK Subban.   The trade is seen as winning it now, despite the fact that oddsmakers have given the Canadiens the 22nd best odds of winning the Stanley Cup.

Immediately following the trade back on June 29, listening to TSN690’s Mitch Melnick, he called it a legacy trade for Habs GM Marc Bergevin, four years into his tenure as Canadiens GM whereby Bergevin will always be defined by this trade.

So I decided to go back in time … past four decades to see the legacy trades of prior Canadiens GMs.

Pierre Gauthier (2010-2012)

In his brief tenure as Habs GM Pierre Gauthier made what was the strangest deal I could remember.  He traded Mike Cammalleri to the Calgary Flames, while the Canadiens were playing a game!!!  Ordering Cammalleri off the ice after the 2nd period and to wait for the trade call back at the team hotel.

Bob Gainey (2003-2010)

Prior to the 2009 free agency frenzy, Habs acquired Scott Gomez from the NY Rangers in exchange for Chris Higgins (F), Ryan McDonagh (D), Pavel Valentenko (D), and Doug Janik.  Obviously McDonagh was the steal in that trade and a throw in for that deal because Gauthier was unimpressed with his college development until then, despite the fact that Gomez was starting to slow down in his career.  McDonagh is currently the captain of the NY Rangers.  All the players Habs acquired in that trade are no longer in the NHL, and Scott Gomez retired prior to the start of this season.

Andre Savard (2000-2003)

Andre Savard’s biggest trade was in 2001 trading away team leader Trevor Linden to Washington Capitals for Richard Zednik and Jan Bulis. To be fair to Andre Savard, he came in to fix the disaster that Rejean Houle caused prior.

Rejean Houle (1995-2000)

The trade everyone still talks about to this day, and how it set the Canadiens back for a generation, trading away Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky, and Andrei Kovalenko. And to boot, House threw in team captain Mike Keane in the deal too.

Serge Savard (1983-1995)

Although Serge Savard is the last Stanley Cup winning GM in Canadiens franchise history, and although his deals acquiring Kirk Muller, Vincent Damphousse and Brian bellows were instrumental In the 1993 Stanley Cup championship season, it was the trade Savard made in 1990 off season when he traded away Norris trophy winner Chris Chelios to Chicago for Denis Savard.  Serge Savard was under pressure to trade Chelios more so for off-ice reasons.  However Denis Savard’s career was winding down playing only three seasons with Montreal.  Whereas Chelios went on to play for 23 more seasons and win two more Stanley Cups!!!

Irving Grundman (1978-1983)

Irving Grundman’s 5-year tenure as Habs GM did cause a few ripples to be felt especially when he traded away a future Norris trophy winner Rod Langway to the Washington Capitals along with Brian Engblom, Doug Jarvis, Craig Laughlin, for Ryan Walter and Rick Green, who played pivotal roles years later in the 1986 Stanley Cup winning run.

Mario Perrazzino

Fresh Faces for the 2016-17 Montreal Canadiens

 

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Fresh Faces for the 2016-17 Montreal Canadiens

by Joe Messineo, Special to GOHABS.com

The Montreal Canadiens’ have been very active in both the trade and free agent markets in the past month and Canadiens’ Exec Marc Bergevin is at the center of the activity.  There’s a lot of new faces that Bergevin believes will push the Canadiens’ back into serious contention to win the Atlantic Division and hoist Lord Stanley in 2017.  Let’s get to know them.

The first major move occurred  just before the 2016 draft in Buffalo, NY.  Bergevin swung a deal with the Chicago BlackHawks’ to obtain the negotiating rights for forward Andrew Shaw.  The Habs only gave up two second round draft picks for the upcoming 2016 draft.  Bergevin acted quickly, inking Shaw to a six year deal, securing his services to pester the front of the net with opposing goalies being the victims.  During his career Shaw has 70 goals and 67 assists for a total of 137 points in 322 career games, with two rings as a member of the 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks.  He is an upgrade which will add intensity and toughness lacking with the Canadiens.

The second major move occurred just after the draft with a straight trade occurring involving the Nashville Predators.  Montreal says goodbye to P.K Subban and in return they receive 30 year old Shea Weber who has several years left on a monstrous contract that may have cap implications down the road.  Weber brings 166 goals, 277 assists, for a total of 443 points and immediately will fill in the top pairing for Montreal.  Many hockey experts are critical of the deal due to age of both players ( Subban is 27) with one former Habs analytics consultant Mark Pfeffer imploring management to keep Subban instead of trading him.  It will be a good two years to get an actual gauge on who wins the deal, but for now the jury is out.

Other moves made during the free agency period seem to be more ancillary in nature.  The Habs signed former Colorado Avalanche blue liner Zach Redmond to a two year deal worth $1.25 million.  During the 2015-16 year he tallied six points with 22 shots on goal with a plus -5 rating and will compete for the bottom pairing role on the blue line.  Bergevin looking to add competition, signed free agent goaltender Al Montoya to a one year $950,000 deal and if he stays with the club, should provide solid backup to phenom Carey Price who will recover fully from his injury plagued 2015-16 campaign for the Canadiens.

A curious move was the signing of Alexander Radulov who was not in the NHL for awhile.  The one year $5.75 million price tag raised some eyebrows as the knock on Radulov is a load of talent and scoring ability yet short on work ethic and bringing his “A” game every night.  The press in Montreal might give management a hard time if this does not work.

Marc Bergevin has been in Montreal for five seasons now and he seems to be staking his job on some of these moves that can get Montreal right back in the mix.  The collapse last year can be attributed to the loss of Price, but if the woes continue, there may be some changes on the horizon at Bell Center Central.