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Carey Price Still Not 100%

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Price made 37 saves in leading the Canadiens to a 10-2 win over the Florida Panthers in the season finale, but he said he hasn’t made a full recovery from the arthroscopic surgery he underwent last July.

“I’m continuing to get a lot of swelling in my knee,” he said Saturday during the team’s post-mortem in Brossard. “Due to that, it’s been  difficult to do things that I would consider well out there. Last night, for instance, I played pretty well but, at the same token, there are different aspects of goaltending that are required these days that are difficult for me to do.”

Price, who has played five games with varying degrees of success, was asked whether he would be able to play 50 or 60 games next season.

“My honest opinion is no,” Price said. “I don’t believe that in the current state it would be sustainable for a whole season. So in that regard, I have a lot of question marks and, fortunately for me, I got a lot of time over the summer to prepare.”

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Video- Honoring Guy Lafleur

via the Montreal Canadiens,

In an emotional pregame tribute, the Canadiens honor the late Montreal legend Guy Lafleur including a near 10 minute standing ovation.


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Early Morning Line- Marcel Dionne

"It's a very, very sad day. I've known Guy since I was 9 years old -- minor hockey, junior hockey, the NHL, the Legends alumni tours. There's no more to say for me. People don't know how closely I've stayed in touch with him. … I was at the Hockey Hall of Fame a few days before Mike Bossy died. I told them that Mike and Guy Lafleur, both suffering from cancer at the time, were always going to be remembered in the Great Hall. Great players die, but they'll be in the Hall forever.

"I was more of the playmaker, Guy was more of the sniper. I joked with him that with the defensemen he had -- Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe and Larry Robinson -- he should have scored 1,000 goals. We were great, great friends. I admired very much what he did with the public, he really took care of them, was very respectful. Many times on the Legends tour I had to stop the people who had gathered around him because we had to catch a plane or jump on the bus to another town. They were very enjoyable days, really a lot of fun. Guy and I both really enjoyed playing the game.

-Marcel Dionne on Guy Lafleur.  Dave Stubbs of NHL.com has more from Dionne and other NHL greats.

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Videos- Tributes For Guy Lafleur

He had six consecutive seasons of 50 goals and 100 points, which helped him capture four straight Stanley Cups. Guy Lafleur was a link in the Canadiens chain of Quebec born heroes and remains the leading scorer in franchise history. Michael Farber reflects on the incredible career and life of 'le démon blond'.

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Stephen Brunt looks back at some of the best moments and memories in the career and life of Montreal Canadiens legend and Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, after his passing.

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Guy Lafleur Is At Peace

Below, watch a feature on Lafleur/

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Thoughts For Guy Lafleur

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Video- A Hearing Tomorrow For Michael Pezzetta

Watch below, replay of the hit starts at :40 mark.

added 3:49pm on 4/18/22, Two game suspension for illegal check to the head.  Watch the explanation below.

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Edmonton/Montreal Trade Is Official

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defeceman Brett Kulak from the Montreal Canadiens, in exchange for defenceman William Lagesson and a conditional second round pick in 2022 and a seventh round pick in 2024. The Canadiens retain 50% of Kulak’s salary for the remainder of the season.
If Edmonton transfers its second round pick in 2022 to Chicago per the previously completed trade with the Blackhawks on July 7, 2021, Montreal will receive Edmonton’s own second round pick in 2023.
Kulak, 28, has appeared in 56 games with Montreal this season, posting 13 points (3G, 10A), 33 penalty minutes and a -10 plus/minus rating.
The 6’1”, 197-pound defenceman has played in 316 career NHL games with Calgary and Montreal, recording 56 points (13G, 43A), 137 penalty minutes and a -4 plus/minus rating.

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Artturi Lehoknen Traded By Montreal To Colorado

added 2:10pm, Avs release is below.

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Montreal Trades Ben Chiarot To Florida

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens general manager, Kent Hughes, announced on Wednesday that defenseman Ben Chiarot has been traded to the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Tyler Smilanic, a 1st-round pick in 2023 and a 4th-round pick in 2022 previously acquired from the New York Rangers.

The Canadiens will retain 50% of Chiarot's salary for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

Smilanic, a left-handed forward, recorded 22 points (13 goals, 9 assists) in 38 games in his second season with Quinnipiac University in the NCAA. The 6'1'' and 177 lbs centerman ranked second on the team in goals (tied with Oliver Chau). A Denver, CO native, Smilanic was selected in the third round (74th overall) by the Panthers in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Chiarot joined the Canadiens as a free agent, signing a three-year contract on July 4, 2019. The defenseman recorded 46 points in 164 games with Montreal.

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