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Ken Campbell of The Hockey News has a nice chat with Mike, who discusses what it will be like playing for Montreal.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
During the 2007-‘08 season, Tomas Plekanec scored 29 goals, added 40 assists and was plus-15. His salary was $1.4 million – which made those breakout numbers a bargain.
In 2008-09, Plekanec scored 20 goals and had 19 assists. He was minus-9. The second year of a two-year contract paid him $1.8 million.
Plekanec’s new one-year contract is for $2.75 million.
So after a season when his goals declined by 31 per cent, his assists by 53 per cent and his plus/minus by 24, Pleks gets a 50 per cent raise.
read on for a look at the Canadiens cap numbers and how a trade with San Jose doesn’t look possible.
The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed restricted free agent forward Tomas Plekanec to a one-year contract worth $2.75 million. By agreeing to a deal, the team and player avoided a salary arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for July 30.
from The Harvard Crimson,
Seconds before the Montreal Canadiens made their first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the television cameras cut to Louis Leblanc. Leblanc, an incoming Harvard freshman and highly-rated NHL prospect, looked around Montreal’s Bell Centre in silent anticipation. The Kirkland, Que. native would soon learn whether his hometown team would be selecting him with the 18th pick overall.
“I was pretty nervous throughout,” Leblanc said. “I didn’t know where I was getting [selected]. It was crazy—I had goose bumps.”...
In terms of preparing for the NHL, Leblanc pretty much had his pick of the litter. He could have played amateur hockey or at any school in the nation, including Boston University and Boston College, the past two NCAA Champions. But Leblanc chose Harvard with the goal of finding a balance between hockey and education.
“I thought it was better for me—for my life—to get a Harvard education,” Leblanc said. “Even if I play 20 years in the NHL, life still goes on after that.”
Leblanc’s ultimate goal is to play in the NHL, but he wants to get as much out of Harvard as he can before transitioning into a life of full-time hockey.
MONTREAL – Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of forward Guillaume Latendresse to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
The Montreal Canadiens’ regular-season game at Olympic Stadium is expected to be on the agenda when the 2009-10 NHL schedule is released tomorrow.
The final tinkering to the 92nd NHL regular season will be made in the next 24 hours, but a league source indicated yesterday that a Habs home game against the Washington Capitals and star sniper Alex Ovechkin “is still in the mix for late November.”
The indoor game at Olympic Stadium is expected to be contested on Nov. 28 or the previous Saturday to help commemorate the Canadiens’ centennial celebrations that will conclude on Dec. 5 with a match against the rival Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the signing of forward Travis Moen to a three-year contract (2009-10 to 2011-12). As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Travis Moen is a character player. He is versatile, and he plays hard. His size and style will contribute to adding physicality to our team”, said Bob Gainey.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the signing of defenseman Paul Mara to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Paul Mara will bring size and experience to our group of defensemen. He can contribute to all facets of the game”, said Bob Gainey.
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
Extreme makeover? Or did the Montreal Canadiens really improve themselves by adding three new forwards and two defensemen at the cost of letting their first-, third-, fifth- and seventh-leading scorers walk?
This is a touchy situation, especially after the Canadiens were expecting to celebrate the team’s 100th anniversary with a run for their first Stanley Cup since 1993 ... and instead stumbled down the stretch, replaced coach Guy Carbonneau and then bowed out in the first round of the playoffs to the hated Boston Bruins.
One so-called hockey expert commenting on the Montreal Canadiens’ latest flurry of moves —bringing in Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta up front and Jaroslav Spacek and Hal Gill on defense at the expense of free agents Alex Kovalev, Saku Koivu, Alex Tanguay, Robert Lang, Chris Higgins and Mike Komisarek—spoke thusly: “I’m not sure but that they have gone sideways.”
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey announced today that goaltending coach Pierre Groulx and assistant coach Perry Pearn have been added to the team’s coaching staff to work alongside head coach Jacques Martin. These nominations complete the Canadiens’ coaching staff which also includes returning assistant coach Kirk Muller.
Pierre Groulx spent the past four seasons with the Florida Panthers organization under head coach and general manager Jacques Martin, as well as Peter DeBoer during the 2008-09 season. In his first two seasons with the Panthers, Groulx worked primarily as video coach before adding the duties of assistant/goaltending coach to his resume in 2007-08.
Perry Pearn is a career coach with a long and successful track record at the amateur, international and professional levels. Pearn has spent the better part of the past five seasons with the New York Rangers as an assistant coach. Prior to joining the Rangers, he had worked as an assistant to Jacques Martin with the Ottawa Senators from 1996 to 2004.
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