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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 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


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
2nd Atlantic Division
3rd Easter Conference
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


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
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.

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Habs 2015 Trade Deadline Moves



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


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


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.


Montreal Canadiens highlights and news-maker for 2014

The year 2014 was very good to the Montreal Canadiens and their fans.  Although their quest for a 25th Stanley Cup was curtailed by Carey Price getting bulldozed by NY Rangers forward Chris Kreider, the Montreal Canadiens came within 2 victories of appearing in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Well there is always 2015 as they say.

Below is a list of hi-lights from 2014, and with the Top news story surrounding the Montreal Canadiens.

  1. On February 23rd, 2014 Carey Price and P.K. Subban bring home the Gold Medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics.  Price backstopped Canada to 3-0 shut-out victory over Sweden to take home the Gold.
  2. March 5, 2014 was the NHL trade deadline.  And Habs GM Marc Bergevin made the biggest spash by acquiring the most sought after player, NY Islanders forward Tomas Vanek.  The move did not cost the Canadiens much, and that surprised many as the move sent Habs prospect Sebastien Collberg, a 2014 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder to the Islanders for Vanek.
  3.  On Saturday March 15 in a game vs the Ottawa Senators, with less than 4 minutes to go in regulation time, Habs were down 4-1 when the comeback was on.  The Canadiens got goals from Lars Eller at 16:38, and then another by Brian Gionta at the 17:56 mark.  And David Desharnais scored with .8 seconds left in the the 3rd period to tie the game at 4-4.  And in Overtime, Francis Bouillon scored 1:26 into OT to cap the comeback!
  4. On May 14, 2014, the Canadiens trailing 3-2 in the series against their division rivals Boston Bruins, take both Game 6 and then defeating the Boston Bruins 3-1 in the deciding game.   After the game, the game will be remembered by the famous handshake line where Milan Lucic, acting in bad sport, threatened several members of the Canadiens.   The win enabled the Canadiens to advanced to the NHL Eastern Conference Finals vs the New York Rangers.
  5. During the off-season, Habs fans were getting impatient as restricted free-agent defenceman PK Subban still wasn’t signed to a contract.  The two sides couldn’t agree on a contract prior to their arbitration hearing.  They went to arbitration, and on August 2nd, during the period the arbitrator was deciding on the hearing, Subban’s side and Marc Bergevin concluded the richest contract ever awarded to a Montreal Canadiens hockey player;  8 years, $72 million!
  6. On Saturday November 8, the Canadiens retired the last of the Big Three on defence during the 1970’s, no. 5, Guy Lapointe.  Lapointe has been forever immortalized in Canadiens history, being the 18th player in franchise history to have their jersey retired.lapointe-jersey-retired-20141107
  7.  In the  milestones category, on December 16, 2014, Alex Galchenyuk scored his first career hat-trick in a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
  8. On December 23rd, Andrei Markov appeared in his 800th career regular-season game in the NHL, all with the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-1 win over the NY Islanders, where Markov even picked up a goal.
  9. On December 29th, Lars Eller scored the Montreal Canadiens 21,000st career regular season goal as the Canadiens beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1.

But in 2014, in the Montreal Canadiens newsmaker department, there is only one news item that takes precedence above all else.  On December 2nd, 2014, the Montreal Canadiens legend M. Jean Béliveau passed away at the age of 83.  To put things in perspective, M. Béliveau has been part of 17 of the Montreal Canadiens 24 Stanley Cups.  M. Béliveau won 10 Cups as a player, and another 7 times as a member of the Canadiens front office.  <<Le Gros Bill>> as many referred to him, was given a “national” funeral.  He was exposed at The Bell Centre for two days, with his family greeting every visitor who went to pay their respects (people like me!!).   On December 10, M. Béliveau was remembered in a touching funeral at Queen Mary of the World Cathedral where his former teammates Dickie Moore, Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard and Ken Dryden gave eloquent eulogies.  In addition,  Montreal Canadiens co-owner and CEO Geoff Molson also spoke of M. Béliveau, the man he was, and the person we remember.

But Yvan Cournoyer’s words captured the moment for many on that winter day … «Ô! capitaine, mon capitaine, bon voyage».

Jean Beliveau


Canadiens legend passes away; Jean Béliveau 1934-2014

20141203My Jean Béliveau story.
Circa winter 1993.
I was studying at Concordia University here in Montreal.

One night that winter, we were hit with a huge snow storm. I was taking the metro home like any other day shortly after 5pm.  I was with a couple of my buddies.
Anyway we were on the platform waiting for the metro.  Down the tunnel, I could see the metro train was already at Atwater station, one previous stop. The metro car makes it way to my stop at Guy-Concordia.  It was basically empty.  I recall thinking to myself that perhaps many elected to stay home that day.

The metro car’s doors open, and who do I see standing facing me as I boarded the metro car?  Le Gros Bill himself, Monsieur Jean Béliveau.  I was awestruck.  For a second, I froze. I walk into the metro car.  I make eye contact with Mr. Béliveau.  I smile.  He smiles.  And I go stand next to him, not saying a word.  I was in just total amazement.  Although I never watched Mr. Béliveau play, as he retired from hockey when I was 1 year old, as a big Habs fan, I knew who this legend was.

So while i was standing besides this gentle giant, my buddies all went rushing in for empty seats like mice go after cheese.  But I didn’t.  I continued standing next to a legend.  But my buddies kept calling me over.  “Hey Mario, there’s a seat for you here”.  Over and over they pestered me.   And to myself I’m trying to tell them, “Hey guys, don’t you know who this man next to me is”?

One short stop later at Peel Metro station, I left my spot next to Mr. Béliveau, and I went to sit with my friends.  I had to explain to them who that gentleman was.

At the time Mr. Béliveau was Vice-President of the Montreal Canadiens.  And like many that day, he was taking the metro home from The Montreal Forum (Atwater Metro) due to the storm.
Mr. Béliveau disembarked at Berri-UQAM, making his way to the yellow line heading towards his home on the South Shore.

Fast forward to Year 2005.  Mr. Jean Béliveau was putting the majority of his memorabilia up for auction.  He was promoting the auction on a Sunday night Memorabilia radio show on what was then Team990 (now TSN690).   And that night, the radio host was taking calls.  So I decided to call.

I explained to Mr. Beliveau  that I had the opportunity to shake his hand 12 years earlier but I didn’t, and that it was an honour for me to be speaking with him finally.  Mr. Béliveau replies to me and says, “Sir, the pleasure is all mine”.

Just pure class.

I went on to ask him, what was the most prized memorabilia he was parting with from his auction.  His answer?  The 1971 Canadiens white jersey he last wore during the 1971 Stanley Cup Finals.  His last Stanley Cup ever.

RIP Monsieur Béliveau.

Tale of the Tape: Rene Bourque for Bryan Allen


In less than 2 weeks Marc Bergevin continues to shape the Montreal Canadiens into his vision.

Having first traded Travis Moen to Dallas, Bergevin unloaded Rene Bourque to Anaheim.  In both deals Bergevin obtained depth defenceman in Sergei Gonchar and Bryan Allen.  But more importantly both these defenceman are in their final years of their contracts.

Thereby Bergevin has shaved $5M off next year’s salary cap.

Tale of the Tape

Last week, Rene Bourque was demoted to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.  Bourque will join Anaheim immediately.  This is the second trade Bergevin swung with Anaheim.  Ealier this summer Bergevin traded Louis Leblanc to Anaheim, who is currently playing for Anaheim’s farm club in Norfolk.

Bryan Allen will join the Canadiens in time for Saturday’s game vs the Boston Bruins in Boston.  Allen will wear #6.

Montreal Canadiens changeover stats from one season ago


As the Montreal Canadiens embark on a new season, it is always interesting to see how many new faces are in the Canadiens line-up as opposed to one year ago, and compared to end of last season.

In 2013-14, the Montreal Canadiens started the season on October 1st against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Gone are veterans Josh Gorges (Buffalo, via trade), Raphael Diaz (Calgary, UFA), Francis Bouillon (UFA).  Although Douglas Murray started last season on Injured Reserve, he was still with the club.  But Murray too is a UFA and no longer with the Montreal Canadiens organization.

Safe to assume that the Habs defence heading into 2014-15 are younger and quicker.  In their places, the Canadiens added Mike Weaver (acquired at trade deadline and re-signed UFA from last year), and Tom Gilbert (UFA from Florida).  Although both  Nathan Beaulieu and Jared Tinordi started with the Canadiens last season, they were often sent down to the minors once the injured players returned.  Expect both Beaulieu and Tinordi to stick with the club all season.

Up front, four players that started with the Canadiens last season are no longer with the club.  Gone is the team captain Brian Gionta (Buffalo, UFA).  The role of enforcer seems to be a dying breed nowadays in the NHL as George Parros wasn’t retained and he’s still a UFA and most likely won’t play another NHL game.  Ryan White too was signed as a UFA with the Philadelphia Flyers.  And during the off-season Daniel Briere was traded to Colorado for P-A Parenteau.

Tomas Vanek, who was a Marc Bergevin’s prized trade deadline acquisition last season, signed with Minnesota as a UFA in the off season.

Other than P-A Parenteau, new faces with the Habs from a year ago include Dale Weise (a trade deadline pickup from last year), Manny Maholtra (UFA, Carolina) , and 22 year old Jiri Sekac, a UFA from the Czech Republic.

In goal, at the end of Training Camp, Peter Budaj was shipped off to the Winnipeg Jets organization to make room for for newly appointed back-up Dustin Tokarski, who saw action as Carey Price’s replacement during last season’s playoffs and supplanted Budaj in the process.

To conclude, the number of new faces from start of last season; 7 (Tokarski, Gilbert, Weaver, Parenteau, Weise, Sekac, Mahotra).

The number of new players from end of last season; 4 (Gilbert, Parenteau, Sekac, Mahotra).



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