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PODCAST: Habs Media Draft

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2017-06-28

It’s finally here! Draft day! When Sean and Zach go toe-to-toe drafting their favourite (and some very much less so) members of your Montreal Canadiens media (EN) universe! Plus some talk of Drouin, Galchenyuk, Thornton, Jagr and the Hall of Fame! Summer podcasts don’t get better than this. http://rabidhabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Media-Draft.mp3 

The Steve Dangle Podcast – June 27 2017 – What’s the Price?

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-06-27

On this episode, the guys talk to Eric Engels of Sportsnet to unravel the mystery of the Habs, talk Vegas, and talk about the sports media business. WARNING!!! This is an explicit podcast. That means it may contain swearing. If you do not want to hear that sort of thing then do not watch or listen. More from Sportsnet

Montreal Canadiens are in desperate need of more bodies on defence

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-06-27

General manager Marc Bergevin is fond of saying you can never have enough defencemen, but the Canadiens currently don’t have enough defencemen to stock the NHL team and their minor-league franchises in Laval and Brampton.  The Canadiens have 11 defencemen under contract and four of them have never played a single game in the NHL.  Bergevin is shopping for a top-four defencemen, but over the past two weeks, the Canadiens have said goodbye to eight defencemen while adding only one — David Schlemko.  The Canadiens traded prospect Mikhail Sergachev and Nathan Beaulieu and lost Alexei Emelin to Vegas in the expansion draft. Earlier this week, the Canadiens declined to make qualifying offers to Nikita Nesterov, Ryan Johnston, Dalton Thrower, Joel Hanley and Keegan Lowe. All five are now unrestricted free agents.  The current roster includes only two proven top-four defenceman — Shea Weber and Jeff Petry. Andrei Markov is an unrestricted free agent wh

Four Canadiens Receive Qualifying Offers

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2017-06-27

June 26th, 5:00 P.M. EST, was the deadline for teams to submit their qualifying offers to the RFAs they’d like to continue negotiating with. To no one’s surprise, Alex Galchenyuk received a qualifying offer from the Habs brass. However, Galchenyuk is not the only restricted free agent to earn a qualifying offer. Former 2013 2nd round pick, Jacob De La Rose, Max Friberg and Charlie Lindgren also obtained qualifying offers. Unfortunately, the Habs opted not to grant the majority of their restricted free agents a qualifying offer. College free agent pickups, Ryan Johnston and Joel Hanley, didn’t earn a qualifying offer. That news came to my surprise knowing that the Habs management were particulary high on the two defensive prospects. Joel Hanley and Ryan Johnston were exceptional with the Habs affiliate team, the St.John’s IceCaps. Their hard work under the tutelage of Sylvain Lefebvre impressed the Habs brass as the former college free agents earned a stint wit

Canadiens among teams UFA Karl Alzer showing interest in

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-06-27

Karl Alzner has spent his entire NHL career with the Washington Capitals, but the pending unrestricted free agent’s time in D.C. looks like it could be coming to an end. The 28-year-old is one of the top blueliners set to hit the open market July 1 and the Montreal Canadiens are one of potential landing destinations. Alzner told Le Journal de Montreal he is interested in seeing what the Cana

Marc Bergevin has no choice but to sign Andrei Markov

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-06-27

The Habs defender wants a small raise, and the risk is worth it It’s been a tumultuous off-season for the Montreal Canadiens defensive unit, with the expansion draft and a blockbuster trade claiming several Habs defenders. Mikhail Sergachev was shipped out for Jonathan Drouin, Alexei Emelin became a Vegas Golden Knight, and Nathan Beaulieu was traded to the Buffalo Sabres. Left standi

Andrei Markov reported to be looking for two-year, $12-million contract from Canadiens

Source: Hockey Inside/Out
Date: 2017-06-27

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, is reported to be asking for a two-year, US$12-million deal, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The 38-year-old Markov, who was selected by the Canadiens in the sixth round (162nd overall) of the 1998 NHL Draft, posted 6-30-36 totals in 62 games this past season and was plus-18 while averaging 21:50 of ice time per game. Only Shea Weber (25:03) and Jeff Petry (22:06) averaged more ice time than Markov. Markov has earned the same $5.75-million salary in each of the last 10 seasons. According to as source, Andrei Markov is looking for a 2 years contract / $12M total ($6M per season) #tvasports

Report: Alex Radulov earning a lot of interest around the league

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-06-27

The talented winger has several options heading into free agency Last week we heard that soon-to-be free agent Alex Radulov was seeking a $7M contract, accompanied by a 6-year term. Truth be told, this is a common negotiating tactic, seeing as successful agent will never start low, and the goal, after all, is to earn as much money for your client as possible. Since then, about a third of the league has reached out to Radulov. The Alex Radulov camp has heard form 10-11 teams so far. Not planning site visits at this point; still want to keep Montreal in the mix, too

Down Goes Brown: Non-UFAs who could steal headlines on July 1

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-06-27

• How quickly will Habs move on Price? • Islanders pushing hard for Tavares extension • Is McDavid worth $15 million per year? It’s been called the day of the year when NHL GMs make their biggest mistakes. And now, July 1 is almost here. While most Canadians will be busy painting their faces and setting off fireworks, the hockey world will be keeping an eye on the wire for the latest signings. Most years, that means watching the unrestricted free agents. But this year’s class isn’t an especially strong one. There’s Kevin Shattenkirk, and we’re all breathlessly waiting to see which teams he pretends to be interested in before signing with the Rangers. There are respected veter

2017 Free Agency Target: Should the Montreal Canadiens be interested in Brendan Smith?

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-06-27

The search for blue-line help continues in Montreal. After a week of planning for the distant future of the team with the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the free agency period looms on July 1. Marc Bergevin has gone on record stating that he wants to acquire another defenceman, even after he plucked David Schlemko off the Vegas Golden Knights roster for a fifth-round pick. While it’s unlikely he’ll find his white whale in free agency, he can bolster his second pairing with several available options. One of those options is former Red Wings and Rangers defenceman Brendan Smith, who is finishing up a two-year contract. His las

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