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Report- Karl Alzner Signing With The Montreal Canadiens

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Would You Pay Alexander Radulov $42M Over 6 Years?

Not me, he will be 31 on July 5th.

 

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Canadiens Acquire David Schlemko From Golden Knights

CHICAGO - General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Thursday that the Canadiens have acquired defenseman David Schlemko from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019.

The 30-year-old Edmonton native joins Claude Julien's contingent after being selected by the Golden Knights in the Expansion Draft on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena.

Last season, Schlemko amassed two goals and 18 points in 62 regular-season games with the San Jose Sharks, before chipping in with two goals and three points in six playoff outings.

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About Those Montreal Trades

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Immediately after the trade, someone said Drouin will be the most charismatic skater the Canadiens have had since Stéphane Richer. I would go all the way back to Guy Lafleur. Richer was a pure sniper for the brief time his talent flourished and he could light up the net and the Forum, but Drouin’s skills and charisma are more comparable to Lafleur’s.

That’s not saying he will be another Lafleur. The kid has enough pressure on him here without that. But he will bring them out of their seats at the Bell Centre on a regular basis. With Drouin, Phillip Danault, French-speaking Paul Byron and possibly Charles Hudon in the lineup, the Canadiens will have a renewed claim to the old Flying Frenchmen moniker.

But will they win? Even venturing a guess as to how this team will fare would be foolhardy. Bergevin, the GM who has often been damned as too cautious, has now pulled off two blockbusters in as many off-seasons and he is surely not done yet.

The projected blue line is a little thin without Sergachev and Beaulieu.

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On The Nathan Beaulieu Trade

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Jason Botterill's reconstruction of the Buffalo Sabres' defense perhaps took a first step Saturday afternoon as the team's new general manger acquired veteran blueliner Nathan Beaulieu from the Montreal Canadiens for a third-round pick in next week's NHL draft.

The Sabres, of course, could have made the deal to leave Beaulieu unprotected and have Vegas take him off their hands instead one of their returning players they would like to keep.

Still, Beaulieu would be an interesting addition to Buffalo's left side on D, allowing the Sabres more flexibility and perhaps the ability to start Brendan Guhle in the minors next season

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Two Views On The Jonathan Drouin Trade

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

He might even turn out to be a very good player.

But it won't be for the Lightning.

And that's fine.

Au revoir, Jonathan, and don't let the Zamboni door hit you on the way out of town. Then again, if the Zamboni door is in the defensive end, there's no chance Drouin will be anywhere near it....

The Lightning traded an often moody, sometimes selfish, occasionally petulant, one-dimensional, streaky player for one who has a chance to become a top-pair defenseman — the rarest of NHL commodities and something the Lightning needs more than anything in this world.

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from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

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Evening Line- Jonathan Drouin

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A Six-Year Contract For Jonathan Drouin In Montreal

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Jonathan Drouin Traded To The Montreal Canadiens

 

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Mediocre In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

This is becoming a disturbingly familiar scenario. It’s spring in Montreal and there’s top-drawer, super-intense hockey being played but, sadly, yet again they’re hockey games not featuring your Montreal Canadiens.

This is the 24th straight year the Habs will not win the Stanley Cup. It is also the 24th straight year the team will not be in the Stanley Cup final. But who’s counting, right?

In the 24 years since Montreal last won the Cup, Les Boys have made it to the conference final only twice and, both times, they got smoked. It was worse in 2010, when an ordinary Philadelphia Flyers team crushed the Canadiens, with journeyman goalie Michael Leighton shutting out the Habs in three of the Flyers’ four victories. The other conference final appearance was in 2014 and that one ended before the final whistle in the first game — Rangers forward/villain Chris Kreider smashed into Carey Price and, in a nanosecond, the Habs’ chances of advancing went up in smoke.

Any way you slice it, it hasn’t been a memorable near-quarter-century for Habs fans. I get it. You don’t expect to win the Cup every year or two the way the Habs used to back in the day, but you do expect the team to be in the discussion every now and then.

So, like every spring since 1994, we stand around water coolers, cappuccino machines and bars, and mull over this sorry state of affairs as we watch amazing hockey teams out of the corner of our eyes playing amazing hockey at a level the Habs can only dream about.

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