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40 Year-Old Andrei Markov Wants Another Shot With The Habs

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Andrei Markov wants to make it clear he never wanted to leave Montreal.

But two summers ago, when Markov was unable to reach an agreement on a new contract with Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, the defenceman returned home to Russia, signing a two-year KHL deal with Ak Bars Kazan. During his first season in Russia, Markov posted 5-28-33 totals and a plus-7 rating in 55 games and helped Ak Bars Kazan win the Gagarin Cup as KHL champions. Last season, he had 2-12-14 totals and was plus-13 in 49 games.

Now, the 40-year-old is a free agent and would love nothing more than to sign a one-year contract with the Canadiens to finish his playing career and reach the 1,000-game milestone in the NHL. Markov played 16 years with the Canadiens, posting 119-453-572 totals in 990 games and earned the same US$5.75-million salary in each of his last 10 seasons.

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The Habs May Be Turning Into The Old Leafs

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

It used to be so much fun laughing at Leafs fans. You remember. The talk of “losers since ’67” and all that. I’ll never forget going to a Montreal-Toronto Saturday night matchup at the Bell Centre with my son, like maybe 12 years ago, and, as usual, the joint was filled with obnoxious Maple Leafs fans. That night, as we walked in, they were taunting Habs fans, shouting — “Ha ha, you haven’t won since ’93.” And us Canadiens fans just laughed even harder, reminding them they hadn’t won that Cup since 1967.

That was then, this is now. Ever since Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment hired Brendan Shanahan as president of the Leafs in the summer of 2014, the former loser Leafs have, at the very least, joined the discussion as a potential elite team. I am well aware that they still haven’t won squat in the playoffs under Shanahan, general manager Kyle Dubas and overhyped coach Mike Babcock. And yes, if the Leafs once again lose to their kryptonite — that would be the Boston Bruins — in the first round this coming season, I have to figure Babcock is going to be feeling some mega heat.

But the Leafs are a smartly managed team and you have to think that when Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews get another year or two under their belts and Dubas finally gets a stud D-man, they’ll be a serious Cup contender.

Things are much less certain for Montreal Canadiens fans.

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Afternoon Line- Brendan Kelly On The Sebastian Aho Offer Sheet By The Canadiens

In the end, there are only two options. Either they thought Carolina would crumble under the weight of this offer, in which case the Habs managers are out of it. Or they orchestrated the whole ploy as a distraction. Neither scenario is particularly encouraging.

-Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette where you can read more on this.

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Ben Chiarot Signs With The Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Thursday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract (2019-20 to 2021-22) with free agent defenseman Ben Chiarot. The deal has an average annual value of $3.5 million.

"We are very happy to have come to an agreement with Ben Chiarot today. He is a very reliable defenseman and a solid player who will fill a need for our club. He is the type of player who can play some big minutes and be used in different situations. We are convinced he will improve our defensive group," said Bergevin.

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Carolina Hurricanes Will Match Aho Offer Sheet

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes will match the offer sheet made Monday to center Sebastian Aho by the Montreal Canadiens, Canes owner Tom Dundon said Tuesday.

Dundon said an announcement would be made Tuesday.

Of his reaction to the offer sheet, Dundon, said, “We’re surprised. We love the player and we’re happy to have this done. And surprised something would have thought this would work.”

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Good Move Montreal

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gaette,

By now you probably know the details of the offer the Canadiens made to Aho — an offer, as Bergevin repeatedly emphasized, that was accepted by Aho and his advisers. The young man wants to play in Montreal, which isn’t always the case....

The key is the $21 million the Canadiens will shell out the first year if the Hurricanes choose not to match. That is clearly the wager Bergevin and owner Geoff Molson are laying down: they’re gambling that Dundon will choose not to match. Even billionaires don’t have $21 million lying around. It’s conceivable that Molson knows that Dundon is fully extended and would have to do some juggling to match. Most of the talking heads were saying immediately that the Hurricanes would definitely match. Perhaps they will. But it may not be as obvious or as definite as they think.

Whatever the financial background, there’s little doubt that Aho is worth the risk. He would be a wonderful addition to this young Canadiens team. Tricky, fluid, smart, tough enough to excel in the playoffs and (as Bergevin said Monday) “a player who makes the guys around him better.”

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Offer Sheet Alert

 

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Habs Send Nicolas Deslauriers To Anaheim

MONTREAL - General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Sunday that the Canadiens have acquired the Anaheim Ducks' fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Nicolas Deslauriers.

In 106 games with the Canadiens over the last two seasons, Deslauriers amassed 12 goals and 19 points. He also dished out 373 hits.

The 28-year-old LaSalle, QC native registered two goals and five points in 48 games this past year.

Deslauriers was acquired by Montreal in October 2017 in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.

He was a third-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings - selected 84th overall - in the 2009 NHL Draft.

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Montreal Trades Andrew Shaw To Chicago

MONTREAL - General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Sunday that the Canadiens have acquired the Chicago Blackhawks' second-round pick and seventh-round pick in 2020, in addition to their third-round pick in 2021, in exchange for forward Andrew Shaw and the Canadiens' seventh-round pick in 2021.

In three seasons with Montreal, Shaw registered 41 goals and 96 points in 182 games.

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Go For It Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

The other thing Bergevin should do starting Monday is look long and hard at that mouth-watering list of restricted free agents, a who’s-who hit parade that includes Mitch Marner, Brayden Point, and Sebastian Aho. Why not go for the grand slam and take a run at Marner?

Make an offer sheet of seven seasons at $10 million or $11 million per year and either you get one of the best young players in the league or baby-faced Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas has to grit his teeth and match the Habs’ offer — which would muck up archrival Toronto’s plans.

If I were a gambler, I’d wager that they don’t get Duchene or any other top free agents. And like most observers, I think it’s written in the stars that Duchene — despite the idle chatter about how he grew up a Habs fan — will end up in Nashville. I’m even more sure that Bergevin will not wade into the restricted-free-agent waters because his boss doesn’t want to get in a public scrap with any of his partners in the profitable little business called the National Hockey League.

more on what the Habs should do starting on Monday...

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