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From Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette,
The Montreal Canadiens opened the National Hockey League draft by selecting two Americans, who are expected to provide “size, skill and grit in the future.”
That’s the word from director of player personnel Trevor Timmins after the Canadiens drafted defenceman Ryan McDonagh with the 12th overall pick and power forward Max Pacioretty at No. 22.
For the second consecutive year, the Canadiens turned to a Minnesota high school for their top pick.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Speaking of Souray, the Canadiens chances of re-signing him went from possible to unlikely after the Philadelphia Flyers secured the rights to Nashville defenceman Kimmo Timonen and signed him to a six-year deal worth an average of $6.3 million U.S. a season.
Souray’s history of injuries might discourage a team from offering him a six-year contract, but he should command the same kind of money as Timonen. Souray is a year younger, has a definite edge in size and is more of a force on the power play.
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from the Chicago Blackhawks,
Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the team has acquired the five-time 20-plus goal scoring left winger Sergei Samsonov from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Jassen Cullimore and left winger Tony Salmelainen.
“We believe Sergei can rebound a give us a spark on the power play and offensively as well as improve our overall skill level,” said Tallon. “We feel he has a lot left in the tank and playing under Denis Savard will bring out the offensive creativity that he has shown in the past.”
added 1:13pm, from Habs Inside/Out,
The Gazette’s Pat Hickey says the Canadiens intend to buy out Cullimore, who earned $1.9 million this past season and would have earned $1.925,000 in 2007-08.
It would have cost the Habs $1.175 million each of the next two years, against the cap, to buy out Samsonov. Cullimore will cost them $611,666 each of the next two years.
from the CP via TSN,
The Montreal Canadiens signed forward Christopher Higgins and defenceman Mike Komisarek to two-year contracts on Friday.
The 24-year-old Higgins and 25-year-old Komisarek are both former first-round draft picks by the Canadiens and have become key components of the team.
from Rick Stiebel at the Gold Stream News Gazette,
Even though it’s been two months since my journalistic mental meltdown, I’m still kicking my ink-stained ass over how badly I blew it with Ken Dryden.
I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with the NHL hall of famer when he wandered out to the West Shore in April, and I handled it with all the poise of a doe-eyed student caught in the headlights of his first assignment for the Stumbling Bumbler Review….
When I was in Grade 3, I sent the Golden Jet a letter asking for an autograph, addressed, with the naivety of youth, to ‘care/of Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois.”
Within a couple of weeks, I received an 8 X 11 glossy of Bobby, with a hand-written message wishing me the best and saying “We’re always looking for fans in Montreal.”
When the Hawks won the Cup in 61 when when I was 11, my allegiance knew no bounds, despite the regular ribbing I took from my Hab-crazed buddies.
I wanted to tell Dryden about the picture from Hull; I wanted to ask Dryden if he ever talked to Steve Shutt, a former teammate who I got to hang out with when Steve stayed with his dad one summer in the same apartment complex I lived in.
from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,
“We went out the night we won it through the city of Montreal,” Lafleur said. “The next day, what we did, we went to Toe Blake’s tavern and Claude Mouton, the PR guy for the Montreal Canadiens, had the Cup and went in. So we brought the Cup in and had a set of keys made for the car of Claude Mouton. So we steal the car and we steal the Cup.”
Guy Lafleur kidnapped the Stanley Cup on May 26, 1978. It was an inside job all the way, although Lafleur wasn’t spilling the beans despite the fact that the statute of limitations had long run out.
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
Goaltender Carey Price has nothing left to prove in the American Hockey League.
Next stop: the Montreal Canadiens.
The 19-year-old Calder Cup MVP has Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey and everyone else associated with the organization giddy with anticipation.
from the Montreal Gazette,
I’m not sure whether this is good news, but Alex Kovalev says he wants to be a Canadien for a long time. Radio-Canada caught up with Kovalev on a visit to Ste. Justine Hospital and he offered a couple of mea culpas.
He admitted making some comments critical of the Canadiens organization and rookie head coach Guy Carbonneau. But he said the criticism came out of frustration after the Habs missed the playoffs. He said he and Carbonneau made mistakes, but that he was looking forward to next season.
continued...but do the Canadiens want him?...
from Evan Grossman at NHL.com,
“It seems like yesterday,” Richard said. “We still act like kids. We were doing that when we were a little younger, late to early 30’s I guess, but we’re still the same. It’s just another joke.
“I think it was just like a family,” he said. “After the game we’d go out together and have a few beers and have fun. It went on for five years. I think that’s life. You have to enjoy life and have fun. And I always said that having fun was playing hockey. It was a big joke. It’s just fun. I say hockey, but any sport, I guess. Baseball, football, whatever.”
Those Canadiens clubs traveled together by train. There were no cliques in the dressing room.
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From Dave Stubbs at The Gazette,
The Canadiens have made a contract offer to Sheldon Souray, and the all-star defenceman will take a little time to digest it, and consider what might await him on July 1, should he decide to test the waters of unrestricted free agency.
Paul Theofanous, Souray’s New York-based agent, said last night that Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey made the offer on Tuesday, 24 hours after the club had signed 28-year-old defenceman Andrei Markov to a four-year, $23-million (U.S.) contract, making the Russian the best-paid Canadien of all time.
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