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Another American In Montreal

from Francois Gagnon of Cyberpresse (translated),

There is no reason to be surprised by the selection of an American as the first choice of Canadians in the 2011 entry draft.

Far from it.

Jarred Tinordi Friday became the eighth first-round pick of the Canadiens in the last 10 years the country of Uncle Sam…

Eleven Americans have also been claimed in the first round. That may explain that the Canadian had to follow the parade.  Especially that Quebec had no Louis Leblanc, Vincent Lecavalier and Marc-Andre Fleury to offer.

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thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer

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Canadiens Re-sign Plekanec to Six-Year Deal

Per various sources, the Montreal Canadiens have re-signed Tomas Plekanec to a six-year deal.  According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $30 million, with a $5 million annual cap hit.

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Halak Deal was Really about Price

From SI.com’s Darren Eliot:

The Montreal Canadiens’ trade of Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues set the Habs’ fans to wringing their hands en masse. Of course, any move by the Canadiens in Montreal elicits beaucoup emotion. Coming off such an unexpected playoff run in which Halak was the central figure, though, it stands to reason that shipping him out of town for prospect Lars Eller would elicit some debate.

Part of the rancor comes from the fact that the Canadiens have once again handed Carey Price, the other young goaltender in Montreal, the keys to the crease. Price went from prospect to anointed one in short order after the Habs selected him with the fifth pick in the 2005 entry draft. Factor in some off-ice shenanigans and immature responses by Price and now the locals are looking at him through a prism of petulance more so than promise. All this and the fact that Halak’s heroics are freshest in mind.

Still, did anyone really think this would turn out any differently?

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Lars Eller looks forward to being a Montreal Canadien

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford:

Former Blue Lars Eller spoke with the Team 990 radio station in Montreal today and said that he is looking forward to playing for the Montreal Canadiens.

And he thinks it could be this season.  “What (Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier) told me was that they were happy to have gotten me in this trade,” said Eller, who went to the Habs Thursday in the trade that brought goalie Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis. “He said I have a good chance to make that Montreal team. It’s going to be up to me.

“That was my goal in St. Louis, to make that club this year. I’m going to have the same mindset coming into Montreal. I know that Montreal has a big fan base and there are big expectations for the team and the players as well. But I put pressure on myself. I see this in a positive way.”

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What Was Gauthier Thinking?

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

How do you erase the Canadiens’ stunning postseason victories over the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins? Easy.

What you do, if you’re Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier, is trade the guy who got them there in what for now must stand as the mother-of-all brain-dead decisions in recent memory.

What was this guy thinking of ?

Where was Gauthier on those nights when Jaroslav Halak was winning regular-season and playoff games with more than 40 shots to handle? Downtown Minsk? Where was Gauthier on the night Halak wasn’t beaten until Washington’s 52nd shot in another astonishing winning performance?

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Surprise! Price Staying In Montreal

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Hard to tell who was more surprised about Thursday’s Montreal-St. Louis trade - the goaltenders involved, the agents, the media or the teams’ fans. Aside from the two organizations themselves, no one seemed to know it was coming.

Carey Price’s representative almost dropped the phone when we spoke. Jaroslav Halak is stunned that Montreal never contacted him after the season, meaning the Blues didn’t even try to talk contract before making the deal. Tom Laidlaw, who represents Chris Mason, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “They gave us every indication they wanted Chris to be the guy.”

This is the money quote from Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier: “When we discuss players, we discuss what they are going to do in the future. ... We made this decision based on our projections, and we’re very comfortable with [Price] as the future.”

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Candiens Made A Tough Decision

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Sure there’s going to be extra angst in Montreal today. That’s extra, because when it comes to the Montreal Canadiens, the most successful team in the history of hockey, angst is a daily reality no matter the circumstances.

But the trading of goalie Jaroslav Halak today to St. Louis for prospects Lars Eller and Ian Schultz is sure to cause dismay among those who saw in Halak this spring the next Ken Dryden or the next Patrick Roy, rather than the next Steve Penney.

The Habs, way back when, didn’t deal Dryden right after he stunned the Boston Bruins in the ‘71 playoffs, did they?

Well, that was then is and this is now, a salary cap era in which tough decisions that don’t necessarily have to do with the respective talents of players have to be made regularly.

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Report- Halak To The Blues

RDS (not translated) is reporting that Halak has been traded to the Blues.

added 2:56pm, Translation now available,

The Canadiens finally traded Jaroslav Halak according to the St. Louis Blues that RDS has learned. For the moment, it is unclear what the Canadiens will get in return.

added 3:02pm, via a Bob McKenzie tweet,

Halak to the St. Louis Blues. Done deal.

added 3:09pm, via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Habs get Eller and Schultz in return from Blues

added 3:15pm, a Nick Kypreos tweet,

I also hear that Blues made deal without talking contract with Halak so don’t expect any new big immediate announcement on that front.

added 3:20pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Thursday the club has acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forwards Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

“Jaroslav’s play in this year’s regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs was remarkable,” said Davidson. “He has had very impressive numbers in the NHL and we are thrilled that he will be wearing the Bluenote for us.”

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What Should The Canadiens Do?

from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

The weather is warming up in Montreal, the jazz festival starts soon, and here’s what I was asked by three store clerks who recognized me on the weekend:

“Should the Canadiens keep Jaroslav Halak or Carey Price/”

And the HIO hockey genius answered: “Man, do I LOOK like Pierre Gauthier?”

I don’t. For one thing, I’ve got 100 pounds easy on the Canadiens vegetarian, ultra health-conscious general manager.

But that doesn’t count the weighty decisions he has to make over the next few weeks.

So tell us, Commentariat, what should Gauthier do?

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Habs May Go To The Video For Scouting Purposes

via Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

In Marc Antoine Godin’s La Presse story (translated) on the scout sackings, a source speculates that the Canadiens will cut costs by using video instead of human beings freezing in junior and college rinks.

The Canadiens now employ nine scouts, some of whom probably are waiting for the other show to drop.

The Leafs have 24 scouts, including four pro scouts (the Canadiens have one, Doug Gibson) and five in Europe (Canadiens have one, Hannu Laine, based in Finland).

We’ll know more today if Pierre Gauthier meets the media at development camp in Brossard.

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