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Former First-Round Draft Picks Find A Landing Spot In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

What do right-winger Joel Armia and defenceman Simon Desprès have in common?

Well, they both recently joined the Canadiens and they are both former first-round NHL draft picks.

The Canadiens acquired Armia last month in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets and on Friday signed the restricted free agent to a one-year contract worth US$1.85 million. On Thursday, the Canadiens announced they have invited Desprès to training camp on a professional tryout.

The Canadiens now have nine former first-round draft picks on their NHL roster list, three more on their non-roster list, plus Desprès.


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Audio/Video- Doug MacLean On The Montreal Canadiens/Max Pacioretty Situation

via Sportsnet,

NHL insider Doug MacLean questions the Montreal Canadiens' strategy with Max Pacioretty, putting out a statement saying they're not offering him a contract, and basically alienating their current captain.


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All Xavier Ouellet

from Matt Cudzinowski of Canadiens.com,

Fresh off signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens, we caught up with defenseman Xavier Ouellet, who is set to relocate to Montreal in the next few weeks.

This has to be a really special time in the Ouellet household. Between signing with the Canadiens and celebrating your daughter's first birthday on Sunday, there's a lot going on.

XAVIER OUELLET: It's really exciting. I have a lot of support back home. To have this opportunity, I feel like it's a perfect fit for what I needed personally and also for my professional career. It just seemed to make sense to me and I'm extremely excited about that challenge.

How much are you looking forward to moving back home?

XO: I keep saying that we're going to have a lot of babysitters, so it's good for us, too. (Laughs) I have my mom, my little sister and a couple of friends who we can call. Everyone is so excited to have us a little closer and they can be a part of our daughter's childhood. I think it's going to be good for my family. I feel like things happen for a reason. Things didn't go the way we hoped in Detroit. Now, a new opportunity opened up. The main criteria in my decision [to sign with Montreal] was the opportunity I'm being given hockey-wise and what I can bring to this team.

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Report- Montreal Canadiens Plan To Trade Max Pacioretty

from Marc Antoine Godin of The Athletic,

The​ possibility of the​ Canadiens reversing course​ and​ signing​ Max Pacioretty​ to​ a contract​ extension​ appears​ to​ no​​ longer exist.

According to what an NHL source told The Athletic, general manager Marc Bergevin has told his captain there will be no contract negotiation and that his intention is to trade Pacioretty as soon as possible.

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Morning Line- Jack Todd On Shea Weber

True, Weber’s game is sometimes subtle. He will make one quick, efficient pass to accomplish what P.K. Subban does with three jukes, a shoulder shake and a spinorama — but the end result is the same. Montreal fans, however, will take style over substance every time. They swallow Subban’s act hook, line and sinker while condemning Weber as old, boring and (now that he’s suffered a couple of injuries) fragile.

It’s appalling. If you prefer Subban’s style, that’s your right. If you choose to believe that the trade that sent him to Nashville for Weber was a terrible one, that’s your right also.

What is not right is that you choose to use a very rough stretch in Weber’s life and career to condemn the man in the crudest, most vicious terms. Since the Canadiens announced that Weber had undergone knee surgery and would be out at least until December, I’ve seen him called everything from geriatric to an over-the-hill pylon.

-Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette on Shea Weber.  Read more from Todd on this topic.

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Can You Say Playoffs And Montreal Canadiens In The Same Breath?

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

We now know that when Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin stood up at his July 1 press conference and talked about icing a competitive, young and fast team that should be able to make the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he wasn’t selling hope; he was selling a fantasy.

You have to wonder what good could possibly come from that.

Perhaps people would’ve seen it as fantasy regardless — looking at a team that hadn’t done much to improve on paper between April and July after finishing in 28th place in the NHL standings this past season. But in the wake of news breaking Wednesday that top defenceman Shea Weber underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus, how will anyone see it any other way? The operation, which was done on June 19, will keep Weber out of action until December, and that’s the kind of roster problem that can’t be solved immediately.


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Shea Weber Out At Least 5-6 Months After Knee Surgery

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens announced on Thursday that defenseman Shea Weber will be out for an extended period of time after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee. His recovery period is expected to be five to six months. The surgery was performed by orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert LaPrade in Vail, Colorado. 

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Do The Right Thing Montreal And Sign Max Pacioretty

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

At a time when free agents avoid Montreal as if it were ground zero for the plague — hello, John Tavares and bonjour, Paul Stastny — why would the Canadiens think about trading a player who wants to play here, one who has embraced the city and the pressure that accompanies playing hockey here?

Why would the Canadiens think about trading a player who has invested his time and money in making this city a better place to live through his involvement with the city’s hospitals and other charities?

These are all questions raised two years ago when the Canadiens traded P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber.

Those same questions resonate today as Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty is left dangling over his future in Montreal.

Pacioretty has one season remaining on a cap-friendly contract that will pay him US$5 million. It’s a handsome payday but in the rarefied world of pro sports, Pacioretty is underpaid and has been for most of the six-year deal. This has been a sore point for the player who fired Alex Schall, the agent who negotiated the deal.

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Montreal Acquires Steve Mason From Winnipeg

MONTREAL - The Canadiens acquired forward Joel Armia, goaltender Steve Mason, a seventh-round selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft from the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, in exchange for defenseman Simon Bourque.

Armia is coming off his most productive season points-wise in the NHL ranks, setting single-season highs in all three major offensive categories with 12 goals, 17 assists and 29 points in 79 games.

He also appeared in 13 playoff games for the Jets during their run to the Western Conference Finals, chipping in with a pair of goals.

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Trade Talk Surrounding Max Pacioretty

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Could Pacioretty be part of a package to bring back the elusive centre the Canadiens have coveted since Saku Koivu?

One rumoured landing spot is the Los Angeles Kings. GM Rob Blake has talked repeatedly about the need to add scoring punch and Pacioretty has averaged 35 goals per year in his five full seasons prior to this past one.

There has also been speculation in recent days that the Buffalo Sabres could be a potential match. They have the premier centre on the market in Ryan O’Reilly, who is two spots ahead of Pacioretty on the Trade Bait board, a better player and better fit than pending free agent Paul Stastny.

The Habs would be thrilled to pay $7.5 million signing bonus due to O’Reilly on July 1 if it meant they could land the white whale GM Marc Bergevin has been hunting his entire tenure in Montréal.

What would it take?


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