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from Arpon Basu of NHL.com,
Bergevin took a chance on two talented, underachieving forwards in the hopes they find a way to play to their potential.
The Canadiens on July 1 traded popular forward Brandon Prust to the Vancouver Canucks for Zack Kassian and a fifth-round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft. Kassian was the No. 13 pick at the 2009 NHL Draft, has scored 35 goals in 198 games, and has been traded twice. However, the 24-year-old was tied for the Canucks lead in goals per 60 minutes of ice time last season, according to war-on-ice.com, and the Canadiens hope a clearly defined role will lead to more consistent production from the 6-foot-3, 214-pound forward.
Bergevin also signed forward Alexander Semin to a one-year, $1.1 million contract July 24 after the Carolina Hurricanes bought out of the final three years of his five-year, $35 million contract July 1. The 31-year-old is coming off the worst season of his NHL career (six goals, 19 points in 57 games) but as a right-handed shot with a tremendous release and high-end skating ability, he fills an area of need for the Canadiens. He has 238 goals and 513 points in 635 NHL games in 10 seasons, including seven seasons with 20 or more goals.
"We're going to give him an opportunity, and it's the type of player we were missing when you looked at our team," Therrien said. "He's a guy who can score, who can make plays, and who's shown in the past that he can contribute to the success of a team offensively."
The bottom line for the Canadiens in 2015-16 is they need to score more goals. Whether that comes by fixing a dysfunctional power play, from contributions from new acquisitions, or through the continued development of forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, it has to happen in order for the Canadiens to take the next step.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced on Tuesday the appointment of Craig Ramsay as coaching consultant with the Club.
“We are very pleased to welcome Craig Ramsay as coaching consultant. He has an impressive hockey background, having worked as an NHL coach for over 20 years, following a playing career that included over 1,000 games played. On a consulting basis, he will be called upon regularly during the season to share his knowledge with our coaching group. Our players will also benefit from his expertise”, said Bergevin.
Ramsay, 64, has nearly 40 years of experience with seven different National Hockey League organizations. He was an assistant coach for 18 of the past 20 years, totaling over 1,500 games as assistant coach, and over 150 games as head coach in the NHL.
from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien says he would like to shed his reputation as somewhat of a dictator.
“These days it’s not like the old days, that it’s ‘my way or the highway,’” Therrien told reporters at his annual golf tournament on Aug. 11. “It doesn’t work like that.”
Therrien was referring to the approach he intends to take with perplexing forward Alexander Semin, who signed a one-year, $1.1 million free agent deal with the Canadiens on July 24....
Therrien revealed how he hopes to keep not just Semin, but all of his players motivated and focused next season.
“You need to try and build relationships with players, communicate a lot,” he explained. “I truly believe in those things and [believe in] teaching the way you want them to play, the way you want them to compete.”
The question is: when did Therrien adopt this philosophy?
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
Canadiens owner Geoff Molson was asked about the price hikes when he attended coach Michel Therrien’s annual charity golf tournament on Tuesday at Club de Golf Le Mirage in Terrebonne.
“It’s been several years that we have not taken a price increase (in the upper bowl) … and the market dictated that it was time for us to do that,” Molson said. “We’re still pretty proud of the fact that we have thousands of tickets that are under $60 that are offered to our fans. And there aren’t very many arenas … sold-out arenas in North America that can offer that.”
One longtime season-ticket holder in the blues recently contacted the Montreal Gazette after learning his pair of tickets (located four rows from the roof at the Bell Centre) will cost $4,002.77 this season, up from $3,227.87 last year....
While speaking with the media at Therrien’s golf tournament, Molson said he was excited about his team heading into the 2015-16 season as the Canadiens look to end a Stanley Cup drought that has reached 22 years — and counting.
“I think we’ve made a couple of nice additions … one through trade (Zack Kassian from Vancouver in exchange for Brandon Prust) and one through signing (free-agent Alex Semin),” Molson said.
“I still believe we have a very young team, a team that has performed very well for the past few seasons. It’s one of the better teams in the East, so hopefully that will continue.”
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
Canadiens season-ticket holders received their bills this week for the 2015-16 National Hockey League season and fans who sit in the nosebleed blue section have reason to be upset. Those tickets have suddenly gone up 24 per cent in price.
“I am really pissed off … I have to be honest,” one longtime season-ticket holder told the Montreal Gazette on Wednesday after learning his pair of tickets in the blues (located four rows from the roof) will cost $4,002.77 this season, up from $3,227.87 last year.
“If you do the math, it’s 24 per cent … that’s insane,” added the season-ticket holder, who asked that his name not be used for fear of repercussions from the club. “Gasoline stations don’t put up their price 24 per cent in one shot.
“They don’t even say anything to us … they just send the bill out,” he added. “They should be embarrassed by that and I’m a huge Habs fan. I’m really, really mad at this. They could have at least sent out a letter saying due to this and that we had to put up the cost. But 24 per cent? They nailed us big time.”
There will also be a significant raise in ticket prices for the other two sections in the upper bowl of the Bell Centre, with grey seats going up about 20 per cent and whites 10 per cent.
MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Thursday that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Alex Galchenyuk (2015-16 to 2016-17).
Galchenyuk, 21, played 80 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15. He set personal highs in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46). Three of his goals were tallied on the powerplay and scored one winning goal. The 6’01’’, 198-lbs forward maintained a +8 differential and was assessed 39 penalty minutes, while maintaining an average of 16:25 of ice time per game. Galchenyuk added four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +1 differential in 12 playoffs contests.
NEW YORK (July 29, 2015) – Representatives from the National Hockey League, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New England Patriots, National Hockey League Players’ Association and Bridgestone gathered today at Gillette Stadium to detail plans for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. In January, the NHL announced that the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Bruins and Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on New Year’s Day, 2016. The event will be televised live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET.
When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first Club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime of the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the game, following the Toronto Maple Leafs’ appearance in 2014.
added 11:46am, Montreal release is below...
Summer is the time for me to look back at some of the greats from our game....
from the HHOF,
He was best known as 'The Big M.' Exploding down the left wing, Frank Mahovlich would strike fear in the souls of goalies, from the moment he made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1956-57 until the day he last untied his skates as a member of the WHA's Birmingham Bulls following the 1977-78 season.
By the time the 1972-73 season began, Frank had played on five Stanley Cup championships, had been named to the NHL's All-Star Team eight times and had already played 15 sterling seasons of professional hockey — 1 with Toronto, 3 with Detroit and a season-and-a-half with the Canadiens. Something else had also transpired — a victorious but unsettling tournament known as the Summit Series. Although Mahovlich played in six games, scoring a goal and an assist, he had been ill before traveling to the Soviet Union. "I developed a bad allergy that forced me to seek medical treatment," Frank admitted. "I stayed back in Canada for a couple of days before rejoining the team. This allergy hit me hard and both my eyes were swollen shut. It wasn't until two or three years later that I found out that the enemy was ragweed."
Legends of Hockey video on Mahovlich is below...
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
“Did I have any idea I’d be traded? No, no. I had no clue. I know on July 1 there’s a lot of action and I’m going into the last year of my contract. But after the playoffs I had (a postseason career-high goal and three assists in 12 games, and some industrial-strength work), I didn’t think there was any way they’d trade me.
“A few of the boys texted me,” Prust said of his now former Canadiens teammates. “Their reaction was quite the same for everybody – they were in shock. ‘What the hell?’ that was basically the reaction.”
There was more pragmatic feedback coming from Prust’s parents, Kevin and Theresa.
“Their first reaction was, ‘Oh man, now we have to stay up late to watch all your games,’ ” he said with a laugh. “They don’t miss a second of a game. People were telling them, ‘PVR it and watch it the next day,’ and they’re saying, ‘Yeah, right, like we’re going to do that.’ ”
Some observers were suggesting that Prust was on thin ice with the Canadiens the minute he ran afoul of referee Brad Watson in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal vs. Tampa Bay.
He was thrown out of the match, then fined $5,000 for having alleged in post-game comments that Watson had insulted and sworn at him, remarks for which he later apologized.
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