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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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Montreal Fires Six Scouts

from Patrick Caisse of QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,

Those who were let go include amateur scouts Denis Morel (Quebec), Dave Mayville (U.S.), Antonin Routa, (Europe) Pelle Eklund (Sweden) and Nikolai Vakourov (Russia), as well as professional scout Gordie Roberts.

The news was confirmed by the Habs’ vice-president for communications, Donald Beauchamp. He noted that the contracts in question were up at the end of June.

Denis Morel, who is also a former NHL referee, confirmed the dismissals in a phone interview with QMI Agency.

“I have to admit I wasn’t expecting this at all,” Morel said. “I loved my work and I was ready to continue for a few more years.

read on

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Montreal GM Has Work To Do

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Gauthier’s first problem will be dealing with the salary cap. The good news is that it will be close to the current $56.8 million U.S. The bad news is that the Canadiens have nearly $46 million committed next season to 14 players, and one of them is Georges Laraque.

That gives Gauthier about $11 million to sign a minimum of seven players, including Tomas Plekanec and two goaltenders.

The Canadiens will save a little money by buying out Laraque. They can save more by trading the underachieving Andrei Kostitsyn and his $3.25-million salary, and throwing younger brother Sergei into the mix.

The Kostitsyn brothers have great talent, but they don’t exhibit it on a regular basis. Sergei’s tenure in Montreal effectively ended in Philadelphia when coach Jacques Martin gave him a reprieve from the doghouse and the Belarusian responded with a total lack of effort.

There have also been suggestions the Canadiens could buy out defenceman Roman Hamrlik, who has a year left on a contract that carries a $5.5-million cap hit.


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Twice The Outdoor Fun

from TSN,

While outdoor hockey may well be the last thing on fans minds at the moment, the NHL will formally announce the locations of dual Winter Classic games next season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Years day, while the Montreal Canadiens will travel to Calgary sometime in February to face the Flames at McMahon Stadium.


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Even With A Deep Playoff Run, Montreal Will Raise Ticket Prices

from the CP at TSN,

Published reports have estimated that the team earned $3 million from each of its eight home games in the post-season. Fans also filled the Bell Centre to watch the Habs on giant TVs as they beat the Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Pittsburgh. The club played a total of 19 playoff games this year, compared to just four last year.

“All of Montreal and Quebec benefited from the success of the Canadiens,” said Molson, noting how fan interest helped bars, restaurants and merchandise sales.

Despite the success this year, the Canadiens plan to raise ticket prices next year.

“We will increase ticket prices but it is directly related to the growth of the economy,” Molson told reporters.


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What Now Montreal?

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Though their free-agent picture isn’t expected to change as radically as last year – when they didn’t re-sign any of their 10 unrestricted free agents – it’s still plenty complicated.

The Canadiens have roughly $44.7-million (U.S.) committed to 14 players (including the eventual buyout of enforcer Georges Laraque), which optimistically leaves $13-million to $14-million for the remaining nine roster spots.

That could prove problematic in a year where some are due big pay increases.

At the head of the list is centre Tomas Plekanec, who led the team in scoring in the regular season, but faltered disconcertingly in the playoffs.


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Contract Can Wait For Halak

from the CP at the Glob and Mail,

Montreal Canadiens goaltender and playoff hero Jaroslav Halak says he wants to take some time away from the game before thinking about his future.

Halak will be a restricted free agent on July 1 with the right to go to salary arbitration if he and the Canadiens are unable to come to a contract agreement.

“Right now, don’t think about it,” Halak said Tuesday when asked what his priorities are when it comes to his contract status. “This is not going to happen today or tomorrow, it’s going to happen over the summer.

“It’s a good question, but right now I just want to go on vacation and put aside hockey and not think about it.”


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Magic Run Ends For Montreal

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

In a postseason with so much magic, the Habs couldn’t conjure one last trick in losing 4-2 to the Flyers.

There are no moral victories in professional sports, but the Canadiens have come as close as anyone to claiming one.

Beyond the results and the short-term disappointment, they can persuasively argue they have rediscovered the elusive quality of championship teams, and one that long characterized this franchise: a refusal to roll over or be satisfied by any thing less than a Cup.

“You look at every movie — what would happen if Rocky lost at the end? It doesn’t really matter unless you win. A Cinderalla story is what we wanted to do, and a Cinderella story doesn’t matter if Cinderella doesn’t pull it out,” defenceman Hal Gill said.

read on

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