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Marc Bergevin is clarifying his approach to the defence of the Montreal Canadiens

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

The former NHL defender likes rearguards in his mould: big, steady, and unremarkable. Like a lot of narratives surrounding the Montreal Canadiens, this one starts with last year’s P.K. Subban-Shea Weber blockbuster. General Manager Marc Bergevin signalled a focus on reliability in the defensive zone over anything else a rearguard might offer. His moves so far this off-season have only reinforced this ideology: shipping out the puck-moving-if-defens

Tuesday Habs Headlines: Alex Galchenyuk may end up staying with the Canadiens

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

In your daily links: More Galchenyuk talk, Bergevin has work to do, Recchi goes to the Hall, and more Montreal Canadiens news and notes Elliotte Friedman believes the Habs might be shifting course on Galchenyuk, now looking to re-sign their young forward. [FanRag Sports] Marc Bergevin is facing a lot of pressure to perform this summer. [Sportsnet] Apparently Zach Fucale is a big Harry Potter fan [Beast] Few teams drafted players from the QMJHL. What is going on with the once-strong Quebec

Canadiens submit qualifying offer to Alex Galchenyuk

Source: Hockey Inside/Out
Date: 2017-06-26

The Canadiens submitted qualifying offers Monday to four players — including Alex Galchenyuk — who could become restricted free agents on July 1. The other players to receive offers were forwards Jacob De La Rose and Max Friberg, along with goaltender Charlie Lindgren. Eight players eligible to become restricted free agents were not given offers by the Canadiens, including forward Stefan Matteau. The Canadiens acquired Matteau from the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 29, 2016 in exchange for Devante Smith Pelly. Matteau, who was the Devils’ first-round pick (29th overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft, posted 12-13-25 totals in 67 games this past season with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps. He had one assist in 12 games with the Canadiens during the 2015-16 season. The other players who didn’t receive qualifying offers from the Canadiens were forwards Mark MacMillan and Connor Crisp, along with defencemen Nikita Nesterov, Ryan J

The Canadiens extend qualifying offers to four players

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-06-26

Today was the deadline to qualify players, and the Habs left several without offers With today’s 5 PM deadline to extend qualifying offers to their restricted free agents, the Montreal Canadiens were busy. Earlier we took a look at some of the possible RFA purges in the organization, and now we know exactly who received an offer, and who will be playing for a new team next year. Montreal gave qualifying offers to Alex Galcheyuk, Jacob de la Rose, Max Friberg, and Charlie Lindgren. Canadiens submit qualifying offers to four players.

Former Canadien Mark Recchi elected into Hockey Hall of Fame

Source: Hockey Inside/Out
Date: 2017-06-26

Former Canadiens forward Mark Recchi was among seven people elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Joining Recchi are former NHL forwards Teemu Selanne, Dave Andreychuk and Paul Kariya, along with retired Canadian women’s player Danielle Goyette, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and college coach Clare Drake. Jacobs and Drake were elected as builders.  Recchi was with the Canadiens from 1994-95 through 1998-99, scoring 120 goals and adding 202 assists for 322 points in 346 regular-season games. During the 1996-97 season, he posted 34-46-80 totals to finish second in team scoring, one point behind Vincent Damphousse (27-54-81). Recchi, 49, was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (67th overall) of the 1988 NHL Draft. He spent four seasons with the Penguins before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 19, 1992

Mark Recchi, Danielle Goyette among Hockey Hall of Fame inductees

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-06-26

Former Canadiens forward Mark Recchi and Canadian women’s national team superstar Danielle Goyette were among the Hockey Hall of Fame inductees announced on Monday. This year’s class was led by Finnish sniper Teemu Selanne, who was considered a shoo-in for the honour. His former Anaheim Ducks linemate Paul Kariya and Dave Andreychuk were also named. Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and Canadian university coach Clare Drake will be inducted as builders.   Acquired by the Canadiens from the Philadelphia Flyers in February 1995 for John Leclair, Eric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne, Recchi played 346 games with the team between 1994-95 and 1998-99. He scored 120 goals and 202 assists, totalling 322 points in the regular season over that period. He added 11 goals and 13 assists in 21 playoff games. According to the Canadie

Canadiens’ Free Agent Targets

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-06-26

Expansion Draft: check. NHL Entry Draft: check. Next up on the offseason menu is the free agent frenzy. So who should Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin be looking at heading into July 1? Well, the simple answer is nobody. Montreal’s needs are painfully obvious, as they lack a true number one center and a top-four, left-shooting defenseman, and neither of those can be had in this year’s free agent pool.

Report: Karl Alzner to meet with Montreal Canadiens

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-06-26

The free agent defenceman is in demand, and will meet with the Habs brass this week. The opening day of free agency is on Saturday, however teams can speak with potential free agents leading up to that point about everything except contract terms. The news broke early today that free agent defenceman Karl Alzner will meet this week with the Montreal Canadiens management. Montreal Canadiens among the teams that pending UFA Karl Alzner is visiting on his tour this week... lots of teams interesting obviously— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun)

Max Friberg speaks with EOTP about his time with St John’s and his return to Sweden

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-06-26

Friberg gave his thoughts on some of the top prospects in the organization and made a prediction for the entry draft. Summer training has started in Sweden and EOTP caught up with Max Friberg at Frölunda Campus in Gothenburg after a demanding morning practice. It’s a relaxed Friberg who greets us and says that he is aware of EOTP and that they do read it within the team. He confirms that it was an open and shut case for going back to Sweden and develop a bit before, hopefully, making a return to North America. As the interview was done before the draft, he gives his thoughts on who would be the first Frölunda player to go in the draft (he was right). We speak about his time with St John’s and he offers his thoughts about Charles Hudon, Jacob de la Rose, Michael McCarr

Montreal Canadiens, Meet Jonathan Drouin

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-06-26

On June 15, 2017, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin shook the hockey world once again. He traded 2016 first-round pick and top prospect Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for young and talented French-Canadian Jonathan Drouin and a conditional sixth-round pick.

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