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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
You can still see Ryan White sitting in the Canadiens’ penalty box wearing his goofy, gap-toothed grin, laughing heartily, a bag of ice on his knuckles, his wild mane flying in all directions, looking like he’d combed it with a pitchfork.
The missing tooth was his right incisor; it sacrificed itself to a puck during a 2010 Hamilton Bulldogs playoff game, White sliding to block a shot and effectively using his mouth to do it.
He says to this day that, every now and then, he “dusts off” the tooth that was made to fill the gap — but only for very special occasions.
Amid the big-name departures from the Canadiens at the opening of free agency on July 1, Ryan White slipped off the roster almost invisibly.
And that is unfair to this friendly 26-year-old plugger from the prairies, who gave heart and soul and at least one tooth to the Habs organization during 141 regular-season games and another 10 in the playoffs, spread over five seasons.
A restricted free agent, White was not given a qualifying offer by the Canadiens last Tuesday, the team cutting him loose to sign with any club that might be interested.
“You’re never ready for it, you’re never expecting it so yeah, you’re a little bit blown away.
“You try to figure out why it’s happening and what the reasons are. But ultimately, I guess it’s not necessarily for me to know. It’s not my job to know, so I sit and I wait. And I hope that things fall into place.”
-Josh Gorges of the Montreal Canadiens on the trade talk surrounding him. Much more from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are still believed to be in pursuit of Montreal Canadiens blueliner Josh Gorges, but his modified no-trade clause may be holding things up.
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted the Leafs are still hoping he'll waive his NTC. If that would occur, McKenzie stated "it's believed Montreal would get a roster player from Toronto" in exchange.
However, the blueliner may not waive his clause at all.
McKenzie tweeted that the situation is "problematic for all. Montreal had deal with Toronto but Gorges refused to waive his modified NTC to go to Toronto. Still won't."
The Gorges situation could get more complicated if he refuses to waive his no-trade.
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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin hasn’t had time to catch his breath.
Last week, Bergevin combined preparations for the National Hockey League draft with a series of continuing negotiations and there’s more discussion on the agenda heading into the opening of the free-agent market at noon Tuesday.
Bergevin has had conversations with the agents for a number of unrestricted free agents, but his immediate concern is the team’s own UFAs. Captain Brian Gionta and defencemen Francis Bouillon and Mike Weaver are in a position to test the free-agent market, and while Bergevin said he hasn’t closed the door on any member of the trio it doesn’t appear any of them will sign before the deadline.
Weaver’s agent has already said he will pursue other avenues after a lukewarm response from the Canadiens.
Gionta wants to stay in Montreal, but he could probably get more money and a longer term elsewhere. Bergevin still has to sign restricted free agent Lars Eller, but the GM has 11 forwards under contract and the list of candidates to join Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk on the No. 2 line include the Rene Bourque we saw in the playoffs, Daniel Brière, Dale Weise and Michael Bournival.
There are continuing talks with agent Don Meehan over a new deal for defenceman P.K. Subban.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with defenseman Andrei Markov (2014-15 to 2016-17).
“We are very happy to have secured a long term agreement with Andrei. He is an important part of our group of core players. He is healthy, shows a very good work ethic and has great leadership skills. He plays big minutes against the top opponents, and game-changing defensemen of his calibre are hard to find” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
“I am very pleased to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization for the coming years. I love Montreal and I am very confident in our group of players. I want to contribute to the success of our team,” said Andrei Markov.
... while the Canadiens just had their second 100-point season since 1993, they were also a team that ranked in the bottom third in terms of possession and responded to that by signing their coach to a four-year contract extension. For the Habs' sake, they better hope Michel Therrien has some ideas about how to reverse that puck possession trend because if the plan is to rely on Carey Price to play out of his mind in goal, well, it's possible that will work, but it's a risky approach to bank on a goaltending advantage to overcome a puck possession deficit.
-Scott Cullen of TSN in his Off-Season Game Plan for the Montreal Canadiens. Read much more from Cullen regarding the Canadiens.
Markov will be 36 on December 20th.
MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Saturday a four-year contract extension for head coach Michel Therrien (2015-16 to 2018-19).
“We're very happy to have agreed to a contract extension with Michel Therrien for multiple seasons. Michel is an accomplished and experienced coach who has instilled a culture of hard work in our organization while helping develop our young players. Michel and his coaching staff work in a unique and demanding hockey market and the team's success over the last two seasons are a reflection of their excellent work. This decision reflects our desire for stability and consistency within our hockey operations department”, said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
Now 50, Michel Therrien has coached close to 1,100 games in professional hockey (592 games in the NHL and 501 in the American Hockey League).
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Louis Leblanc from Montreal in exchange for a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Leblanc, 23 (1/26/91), has scored 5-5=10 points with a +4 rating and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 50 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens. Leblanc made his NHL debut with Montreal in 2011-12, leading team rookies in goals and ranking second in scoring (5-5=10) and assists. The 6-0, 180-pound center also appeared in eight games for the Canadiens in 2013-14, going scoreless with a +1 rating and four PIM.
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