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Afternoon Line- Arpon Basu On Andrei Markov

If you missed it earlier today, Markov announced he will play in the KHL.


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Andrei Markov Will Not Return To Montreal

MONTREAL - Andrei Markov will not be back with the Canadiens for the 2017-18 season. The veteran defenseman will be available to speak with reporters via conference call on Thursday afternoon (the release note says at his request).

Markov has spent his entire 16-year NHL career to date as a member of the Canadiens. Narrowly missing the 1,000-game milestone with 990 career games under his belt, the Russian rearguard sits sixth on the franchise's all-time leaderboard for games played. He has also suited up for 89 postseason tilts during his time with the Habs.

Since making his NHL debut in 2000, Markov has racked up 572 regular-season points, including 119 goals. He finished his final Canadiens campaign tied with Hall-of-Famer Guy Lapointe for second place in team history for points by a defenseman, and is ranked third for goals from the back end.

The 38-year-old blue-liner was drafted in the sixth round, 162nd overall by Montreal in 1998 and became a Canadian citizen in July 2010.

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Mark Streit Signs With The Montreal Canadiens For One Year

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract (2017-18) with free agent defenseman Mark Streit.

Streit, 39, played 68 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17. He amassed 27 points (6 goals, 21 assists), including 13 on the power play. He added two game-winning goals and 28 penalty minutes, while averaging 18:45 of ice time per game. Streit added two assists in three playoff match-ups, helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup.

The 5'11'' and 191 lbs defenseman has played 784 regular season NHL games with the Canadiens, New York Islanders, Flyers and Penguins, contributing 434 points (96 goals, 338 assists). Streit scored 47 goals on the powerplay (207 points), two while shorthanded and added 14 game-winning goals. As a member of the Canadiens from 2005-06 to 2007-08, Streit recorded 109 points (25 goals, 84 assists) in 205 games. He added 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 34 playoff contests.


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Printed Season Tickets In Montreal Will Cost More

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens have informed fans by email that tickets for the 2017-18 season will be available in mobile format only. Season-ticket holders will receive the tickets electronically on their smartphones, which can then be scanned at the Bell Centre.

Those who want printed tickets can obtain them for an additional cost of $150, plus taxes, per seat. So a Canadiens fan with two season tickets will have to pay $344.92 just to get printed tickets.

Season-ticket holders also pay an administration fee of $100, plus taxes. So two sets of printed tickets, plus the administration fee, will cost $477.14, plus the cost of the seats.

In the letter to season-ticket holders, Canadiens management cites security, ease of use and environmental sustainability as reasons for the change. Some fans, however, are calling the new fees a cash grab....

However, one elderly longtime season-ticket holder said he doesn’t own a smartphone and has no choice but to pay the extra fee.

“They don’t think about this stuff,” said the season-ticket holder, who wished to remain anonymous for fear the Canadiens will revoke his seats. “And if you read the letter, you’ll see that they just jammed it at the bottom of the letter with this nice little surprise.

“I’d be willing to bet that 99 per cent of the season-ticket holders will opt for this extra fee,” he added. “Soon they’ll be charging to use the urinal and escalator, or breathe the air from your seats. ”

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Jacques Plante And The Goalie Mask

from Stan Fischler at NHL.com,

For decades goaltenders never would think of donning a mask. But then again, why would they?

In the years leading up to World War I and the formation of the NHL in 1917, shots on goal were rarely as dangerous, and certainly not nearly as hard, as blasts from today's players. But by the end of World War II the NHL had become faster and more furious than ever, and so were the shots on goal.

Maurice "Rocket" Richard, with his backhand drive alone, could propel a puck at speeds of more than a mile a minute. When his teammate, Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, developed a slap shot at even faster speeds, goalies were in big trouble.

Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Glenn Hall once told me in no uncertain terms, "Goaltending is sixty minutes of hell." Hall's teammates had no doubts about his statement; they watched him vomit before every game. Yet Hall, who starred on the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning team in 1961, played 502 consecutive regular-season games without facial protection.

As it happened, one of Hall's contemporaries, Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens, began getting the notion that being playing goal without a mask was a bad idea. Ever creative, even as a junior player, Plante began experimenting with the idea of a face protector.

At first he did it surreptitiously, and for good reason: He knew that Montreal coach Toe Blake would dismiss the idea of a goalie mask out of hand.


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Video- Jonathan Drouin…

... as Jonathan Drouin.


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Andrei Markov Still Unsigned

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Andrei Markov got married last week in Russia, but the honeymoon will have to wait.

“There was no honeymoon. There’s no time for that … once he’s done playing,” said Sergei Berezin, the former NHLer who is one of Markov’s closest friends, an adviser and his off-season trainer. “He took three or four days off to get married, came back and boom! Back to work. That’s the kind of person he is.”...

The Canadiens sure look like they could use Markov back on the blue line after losing Nathan Beaulieu, Alexei Emelin and top prospect Mikhail Sergachev during the off-season, while adding defensive defenceman Karl Alzner. But as time goes by, it seems less likely Markov will be back in Montreal.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin — who has said “expect the unexpected” more than once since the end of last season — has 22 players signed to his 23-man roster and still has just over $9 million left in salary-cap space. Bergevin can afford Markov, but appears reluctant to give him a two-year deal with the GM saying he had given the defenceman a take-it-or-leave-it offer. Bergevin said the same thing about free-agent forward Alexander Radulov, who ended up signing with the Dallas Stars.

Berezin said he believes Markov wants to play longer than just two more years.

“It all depends on how he feels inside,” Berezin said. “You can see his eyes are still burning and he has the fire. I would imagine another, I don’t know, five, six years, easy. The way he works, the way he wants to work is just unbelievable … it’s amazing. I’ve never seen anybody like it. Nobody I played with, nobody I work with …. nobody I know.”


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The Off-Season Moves By The Montreal Canadiens

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Canandiens,

Alexander Radulov signed on the dotted line — but in Dallas, not Montreal. Begging the question: has he been to Texas?

Alex Galchenyuk signed a three-year, $14.7 million contract with the good guys – and it’s a sign of the times that a 23-year-old star about to receive almost $15 million elicits a collective shrug. We’ve come a long way since the days when Rocket Richard sold heating oil door-to-door during the off-season to help make ends meet.

In fact, the overall reaction to the moves the Canadiens have made – including the deal that sent Mikhail Sergachev to Tampa for Jonathan Drouin, the signings of Karl Alzner and Ales Hemsky and inking Carey Price to an eight-year deal – was a collective meh. No offensive help at the centre position, the loss of Radulov and Sergachev’s move to Tampa were enough to dampen any enthusiasm for the arrival of the newbies. The fans looked, saw another edition of the CH with the potential to make the playoffs and not much more, and shrugged.

At least there remains the possibility Markov will return.

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Different Names, Same Team In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

So if Les Boys are only as good as last season, that’s simply not good enough. And if they’re a little worse, that’s really not good enough. To channel Pierre McGuire, a bunch of other teams in the East — notably Tampa Bay, Toronto, Buffalo — are probably going to be stronger and the big boys — Pittsburgh, Washington and Columbus — are probably going to be just as good. So standing still ain’t acceptable.

Let’s look at the additions and subtractions. Enter Jonathan Drouin, which is obviously a big plus and I remain upbeat about the Québécois winger. But in the deal, the Canadiens lost Mikhail Sergachev, who might just morph into this generation’s Andrei Markov or better. He’s a prospect, so we’ll have to wait and see, but advance word is beyond good on this young man.

Drouin basically replaces Alexander Radulov, so it’s not progress. Drouin had 21 goals and 53 points last season, while Radu-love had 18 goals and 54 points.

The other thing to keep in mind is that the toothless wonder that is Radulov also brought a certain je-ne-sais-quoi to the team. Fans adored him and he provided much-needed spark for everyone around him, from Alex Galchenchuk to Max Pacioretty. And he was a playoff hero.

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A Three-Year Deal For Alex Galchenyuk In Montreal

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens announced on Wednesday that they had agreed to terms with pending-restricted free agent forward Alex Galchenyuk on a new 3-year contract. The deal will run through the 2019-20 season.

The 23-year-old is entering his sixth campaign with the Canadiens. Last season, Galchenyuk played in 61 games, netting 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points. Fifteen of those points were scored on the power play. He also suited up for all six games of the Habs' first-round series against the New York Rangers, contributing three assists and an even differential.

In 2015-16, Galchenyuk hit the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career. The Milwaukee, WI native appeared in all 82 games that season, adding 26 assists. Lifetime, Galchenyuk has played 336 games and collected 89 goals and 115 assists for 204 career points.


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