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Montreal Trades Shea Weber To Vegas For Evgenii Dadonov

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager, Kent Hughes, announced on Thursday that the Club has traded defenseman Shea Weber to the Vegas Golden Knights in return for forward Evgenii Dadonov.

"First of all, I would like to thank Shea for all that he has done for and represented to the Montreal Canadiens," said Hughes. "Not only was Shea an exceptional hockey player who played through significant injuries in an attempt to bring the Stanley Cup back to Montreal, he was also a great leader whose leadership will have a positive impact on our team well beyond his time with us. I also want to welcome Evgenii Dadonov to our organization. He is a talented forward who has produced at all levels since the start of his career."

Dadonov, 33, played 78 games with the Golden Knights in 2021-22, recording 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists). The left-handed forward also served 18 penalty minutes. The Chelyabinsk, RU native skated in 413 career games in the NHL with the Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, and Golden Knights, tallying 124 goals and 141 assists.

Weber registered 146 points (58 goals, 88 assists) in 275 games with the Canadiens. In 2020-21, he captained the team to its first Stanley Cup Final since 1993.


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Masterton Trophy Awarded To Carey Price

NEW YORK (June 3, 2022) – Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is the 2021-22 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) to honor the late Bill Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited those qualities. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, as a result of an on-ice injury.

Price made his 2021-22 debut for the Canadiens, his 15th season in Montreal, on April 15, lifting the entire organization. “There’s just a presence when you have a guy like that in the dressing room. I know his calmness, his preparation, his work ethic. Sometimes Carey doesn’t need to speak to lead. And I feel that," head coach Martin St. Louis told The Athletic. The franchise's all-time leader for games and wins by a goaltender, the 34-year-old had undergone knee surgery in July 2021 following the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final. He also spent time away from the team while voluntarily taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. "This is definitely tough," Price said, "but I've always been a fighter and I've always been a clawer so I'm not giving up. So I'm going to continue to do my best to prepare for next season."

A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.

Other finalists for this year’s honor were Zdeno Chara of the New York Islanders and Kevin Hayes of the Philadelphia Flyers.

For more on the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, including a list of past winners, click here.

Breakdown of the voting is below.

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A Three-Year Deal For Martin St. Louis In Montreal

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes announced on Wednesday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with head coach Martin St-Louis (2022-23 to 2024-25).

St-Louis officially becomes the 32nd head coach in franchise history.

St-Louis, 46, was named interim head coach on February 9, 2022, taking over from Dominique Ducharme. Under his leadership, the Canadiens posted a 14-19-4 record.

"We are happy to officially appoint Martin as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens," said general manager Kent Hughes. "Martin is a proven leader, a great communicator with a deep understanding of and passion for the game of hockey. His arrival brought a renewed energy to our group, and we look forward to him returning behind the bench to continue guiding our team for the foreseeable future."

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Carey Price Still Not 100%

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Price made 37 saves in leading the Canadiens to a 10-2 win over the Florida Panthers in the season finale, but he said he hasn’t made a full recovery from the arthroscopic surgery he underwent last July.

“I’m continuing to get a lot of swelling in my knee,” he said Saturday during the team’s post-mortem in Brossard. “Due to that, it’s been  difficult to do things that I would consider well out there. Last night, for instance, I played pretty well but, at the same token, there are different aspects of goaltending that are required these days that are difficult for me to do.”

Price, who has played five games with varying degrees of success, was asked whether he would be able to play 50 or 60 games next season.

“My honest opinion is no,” Price said. “I don’t believe that in the current state it would be sustainable for a whole season. So in that regard, I have a lot of question marks and, fortunately for me, I got a lot of time over the summer to prepare.”

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Video- Honoring Guy Lafleur

via the Montreal Canadiens,

In an emotional pregame tribute, the Canadiens honor the late Montreal legend Guy Lafleur including a near 10 minute standing ovation.


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Early Morning Line- Marcel Dionne

"It's a very, very sad day. I've known Guy since I was 9 years old -- minor hockey, junior hockey, the NHL, the Legends alumni tours. There's no more to say for me. People don't know how closely I've stayed in touch with him. … I was at the Hockey Hall of Fame a few days before Mike Bossy died. I told them that Mike and Guy Lafleur, both suffering from cancer at the time, were always going to be remembered in the Great Hall. Great players die, but they'll be in the Hall forever.

"I was more of the playmaker, Guy was more of the sniper. I joked with him that with the defensemen he had -- Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe and Larry Robinson -- he should have scored 1,000 goals. We were great, great friends. I admired very much what he did with the public, he really took care of them, was very respectful. Many times on the Legends tour I had to stop the people who had gathered around him because we had to catch a plane or jump on the bus to another town. They were very enjoyable days, really a lot of fun. Guy and I both really enjoyed playing the game.

-Marcel Dionne on Guy Lafleur.  Dave Stubbs of NHL.com has more from Dionne and other NHL greats.

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Videos- Tributes For Guy Lafleur

He had six consecutive seasons of 50 goals and 100 points, which helped him capture four straight Stanley Cups. Guy Lafleur was a link in the Canadiens chain of Quebec born heroes and remains the leading scorer in franchise history. Michael Farber reflects on the incredible career and life of 'le démon blond'.

Watch at TSN

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Stephen Brunt looks back at some of the best moments and memories in the career and life of Montreal Canadiens legend and Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, after his passing.

Watch below.

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Guy Lafleur Is At Peace

Below, watch a feature on Lafleur/

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Thoughts For Guy Lafleur

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Video- A Hearing Tomorrow For Michael Pezzetta

Watch below, replay of the hit starts at :40 mark.

added 3:49pm on 4/18/22, Two game suspension for illegal check to the head.  Watch the explanation below.

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