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Carey Price Enters NHL/NHLPA Assistance Program

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Oct. 7, 2021) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that goalie Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will be away from the team while voluntarily taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.

There will be no further comment.


added 11:13am, Angela Price with a post on Instagram.

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Jonathan Drouin On Why He Took A Break From Hockey

Jonathan Drouin took a surprise break from hockey this past April and for the first time, the Canadiens forward spoke candidly about how he had been dealing with anxiety and insomnia problems which led to him needing to focus on his health. Drouin admitted to 'hitting a wall' and said although it was difficult to do, he is proud of how he handled the situation.

Watch at TSN.

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Arizona Coyotes Trade Christian Dvorak To The Montreal Canadiens

Three hours late with this, had to attend a party or else my name would have been mud fo about two weeks.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have acquired a 2022 first round draft choice and a 2024 second round draft choice from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for center Christian Dvorak.

“On behalf of the entire Arizona Coyotes organization, we would like to thank Christian for everything he did for the organization the last five seasons,” said Armstrong. “We wish him the best in the future.”

Dvorak registered 67-79-146 and 70 penalty minutes (PIM) in 302 career games with the Coyotes. He was originally drafted by Arizona in the second round (58th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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Jesperi Kotkaniemi Is Now A Member Of The Carolina Hurricanes

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday the team's decision to not match the offer sheet made by the Carolina Hurricanes to restricted free agent Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

"Carolina has used a tool available to them in the collective bargaining agreement and we accept that decision," said Bergevin.

As compensation, the Canadiens receive a first and third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft from the Hurricanes.

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The Montreal Canadiens May Let Jesperi Kotkaniemi Go

from Lukas Weese of Sportsnet,

There is a "legitimate chance" the Montreal Canadiens are considering not matching the offer sheet tendered by the Carolina Hurricanes to forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi over the weekend, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman reported on 31 Thoughts: The Podcast, that the Canadiens are potentially weighing the merits of the one-year, $6.1-million deal against the haul of draft picks from the Hurricanes and the flexibility offered by the 21-year-old coming off the books.

"I do think there is a legitimate chance that Montreal's considering not matching the offer sheet," Friedman said on 31 Thoughts: The Podcast. "Famous last words, it could change. It might just be a visceral reaction. They do have a week."

The Canadiens drafted Kotkaniemi third overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Through 171 games played with the Canadiens, the centre has 22 goals and 40 assists. However, the 2020-21 season saw Kotkaniemi struggle to generate offence, evidenced by his five goals and 15 assists through 56 games.

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added 1:49pm, Matt Larkin of The Hockey News on what Bergevin may do.

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Bad Move Carolina

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: Carolina’s decision to tender an offer sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi for an absurd amount of money was a petty, childish, bush-league move on the part of an organization that simply refuses to grow up.

Bad enough that the Hurricanes chose to act out of revenge — but to accompany that silliness with a bunch of sophomoric tweets and a petulant $20 signing bonus was an embarrassment to the league and the organization.

All in all, the Canes behaved like a bunch of Grade 5 boys trying to see who can stand farthest from the urinal — and not giving a damn who gets splashed in the process.

If Carolina wanted to make its team better, they should have gone after Quinn Hughes. Having lost Dougie Hamilton to New Jersey, they could use a top-flight defenceman. Instead, they chose to throw an absurd amount of money at Kotkaniemi, a very nice young man still trying to get his sea legs in the NHL.

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We Have An Offer Sheet

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has tendered an offer sheet to restricted free agent forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The one-year contract, which Kotkaniemi has signed, pays a salary of $6,100,015 for the 2021-22 season and carries a $20 signing bonus. The Montreal Canadiens have seven days to match the offer. If the Canadiens do not match the offer, they will receive a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft as compensation from the Hurricanes.

Cap numbers are below.

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Montreal Signs Mike Hoffman

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A Letter From Geoff Molson

MONTREAL - Canadiens Owner, President and CEO, Geoff Molson, has issued the following letter on the team's decision to draft Logan Mailloux.

Message to everyone impacted by our decision:

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Cedric Paquett Signs With Montreal

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