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Stop The Parade Plans In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

The way hockey talk is going in Montreal, you’d think Les Boys had already won the Stanley Cup. This month, TVA Sports ran a piece with the headline: “Marc Bergevin hit a home run.” The headline was a quote from Canadiens goalie coach Stéphane Waite, who was talking about his boss’s decision to trade for Allen to serve as Carey Price’s backup.

First, only in Habs circles would someone describe the hiring of a backup goalie, who’d lost his job to a relatively inexperienced Jordan Binnington, as a home run. It’s a good move to finally snare an NHL-quality No. 2 netminder to help out Price but, rather than go all hyperbolic on us, one might rather ask why it took Bergevin eight years to figure out Price merits a decent backup.

But we keep hearing people talking about Bergevin’s home run of an off-season. The Athletic recently did a survey of Habs fans and their enthusiasm was off the charts. In spring, with our heroes in 24th place in Gary Bettman’s league, only 37.8 per cent of respondents felt the 2020-21 Canadiens would be a playoff team. Fast forward eight months and now 95.3 per cent of fans believe this season’s team will make the playoffs. Even more astonishing is a good chunk of those surveyed believe this team could win a Stanley Cup during the next five years, something few believed in spring.

I say give the Cup to the Habs marketing department. I mean did I forget to pick up the paper the day Bergevin signed Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and David Pastrnak?

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The Improved Montreal Canadiens

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“It’s about time.”

That was Guy Carbonneau’s response Friday when he was asked about general manager Marc Bergevin’s off-season overhaul of the Canadiens.

“I really like what Marc has done,” Carbonneau said during a photo shoot for the marketing firm Groupe MVP. “They still have veterans like Carey Price and Shea Weber and we’ve seen young players like Nick Suzuki and (Jesperi) Kotkaniemi step up. With the moves in the off-season, they’ve added players that have proven themselves in the NHL.”...

“They have the ability to put whoever you want on the ice against anyone and that is a huge plus,” said Carbonneau, who coached the Canadiens for parts of three seasons after he finished a Hall of Fame playing career.

Carbonneau said that depth is particularly important because of the uncertainty hanging over the coming season.

“Everyone is in a waiting situation and we don’t know when or if they’re going to start and how many games they are going to play,” said Carbonneau. “Whatever number of games they play, it’s going to be a tight schedule. There are going to be a lot of three games in four nights, maybe four games in five nights. Rest is going to be important and being able to roll four lines and six defencemen and two goaltenders is going to be a huge advantage for a team.”

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A Six-Year Deal For Brendan Gallagher In Montreal

via the Montreal Canadiens,

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Wednesday that the team has agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension with forward Brendan Gallagher (until the end of the 2026-27 season). The deal has an average annual value of $6.5 million.

Gallagher, 28, collected 43 points in 59 games with the Canadiens in 2019-20. His 22 goals (including 21 at even strength) ranked him first among his teammates - tied with Tomas Tatar - for a third straight season. He also added 21 helpers to reach the 40-point plateau for a third straight campaign. Gallagher skated in nine playoff games and tallied four points (1 goal, 3 assists). The alternate captain led the team this season in shots (226) and first goals (5), and ranked second with a +9 differential.

In eight NHL seasons with the Canadiens, Gallagher has registered 334 points (173 goals, 161 assists) in 547 regular season games. With 173 tallies with Montreal, the Edmonton, AB native ranks 17th in goals scored in team history among wingers, and 30th among all players. Gallagher has also amassed 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 49 career NHL playoff games. He was selected to the All-Star Rookie Team in 2012-13.

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A Four-Year Deal For Tyler Toffoli In Montreal

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A Seven-Year Deal For Josh Anderson In Montreal

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Montreal/Columbus Trade

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A Four-Year Contract Extension For Jeff Petry In Montreal

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with defenseman Jeff Petry (until the end of the 2024-25 season). The deal has an average annual value of $6.25 million.

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Joel Edmundson Signs A Four Year Deal With The Montreal Canadiens

added 6:39pm, Montreal release is below.

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Monteal Acquires Jake Allen

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Jake Allen and a seventh-round pick in 2022 from the St. Louis Blues, in return for a third-round pick in 2020 (previously acquired from Washington) and a seventh-round pick in 2020 (previously acquired from Chicago).

Allen, 30, played 24 games with the Blues in 2019-20 and posted a 12-6-3 record with a 2.15 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, while also earning two shutouts. The Fredericton, NB native also made five playoff appearances with St. Louis in 2020. Allen maintained a 2-1-1 record with a 1.89 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

Allen played 289 NHL career games, all with St. Louis. Drafted in 2008 by the Blues (2nd round, 34th overall), the 6'2", 203 lbs netminder has a 148-94-26 record since making his NHL debut. In career, Allen maintained a 2.50 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

The draft picks traded to the Blues had previously been acquired in the transaction sending Ilya Kovalchuk to the Washington Capitals (2020 3rd round pick - WSH) and in the one sending Andrew Shaw to the Chicago Blackhawks (2020 7th round pick - CHI).


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Claude Julien At 100%

from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet,

Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien announced Wednesday that he’s feeling great after his health scare earlier this month and will “absolutely” be back behind the bench next season.

Julien left the Toronto bubble earlier this month following a brief hospitalization for chest pains. He returned home to Montreal, with associate coach Kirk Muller taking over head coaching duties in his place.

He told reporters that he feels “100 per cent” and that he would’ve been back with the team this summer, had Montreal managed to push their first-round series against the Philadelphia beyond Game 6.

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