Latest Canadiens Update is reporting that Mathieu Schneider is another free agent worry for the Montreal Canadiens.

It is noted that although Mathieu Schneider is expressing his love for the city of Montreal and his desire to play for a few more seasons it is unlikely that his playing days with Montréal will extend beyond this season if he is not willing to take a mega pay cut on his present contract of 5.65 million.

It is also interesting that the Canadiens are willing to play “hardball” with Komisarek on his present contract situation. It is noted that Montreal is not going to negotiate with him and will allow him to test the free agency market.

One other note is that with the addition of Mathieu Schneider, big defenseman Ryan O’Byrne is likely on his way back to Hamilton of the AHL.

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45 Responses to Latest Canadiens Update

  1. greatlife15 says:

    Komisarek should sign with the Leafs just to spite Les Glorieux.

  2. hockey_lover says:

    1) I hadnt realized that Schneider going to Montreal was worthy enough news that it required 3 of the last 4 topics devoted to it.


    2) Them playing hardball with Komisarek will come back to bite them in the ass. If they dont sign him and let him walk via free agency for nothing, it will be a huge mistake. Management may believe that because they have tons of depth in the minors, Komisarek is expendable but the truth is, Komi is way valuable to this team.

  3. hockeyhead says:

    the habs get a forty year old defenseman and there is 3 articles?

    they suck this year.  how many threads need to say that?

  4. HABSSTAR says:

    Apparently at least 3! LOL!

  5. hockeyhead says:

    imagine if you get vinny or someone big?

  6. HABSSTAR says:

    I would like to know how Schneider is a free agent worry for Montreal.  They got him for a 2nd round pick ,which belonged to San Jose I believe, and a conditional pick which they might get right back if they don't make it any further than the first round.  Of course the way they have been playing of late making the playoffs may be a more logical discussion than how deep of a run they will make in them.

    I don't think Gainey is worried at all.  Hell I don't think he plans on signing this guy at the end of the year unless Schneider says he'll play for something like 750k – 1 million, which isn't going to happen. 

    So no worries there.  This guy is a pure rental to see if it can get the team moving again. 

    As for Komi… maybe he walks at the end of the season, and that would suck.  But he's not helping his case with his play as of late (this year).  Just because some team might be willing to over pay to get him doesn't mean the Habs should.  I would love to see him stay but not at anything more than 4.5 million – 5 million/year and I'm being giving.  Someone wants to give him 6 million then you let him go there because he's never going to deliever that type of value with the game he plays.

    He's gotta know that this is his team once Koivu hangs up the skates and the team does have a bright future.  You tell him he can pick the number of years and get the front of his jersey all ready to put the "C" on it when Koivu steps down but it's gonna be for 4.5 -5 million because you want to build a team that wins and you can't afford 6 million on a defensive D-man.   

  7. Kyleton says:

    yeah i can't understand this Komisarek thing

  8. HABSSTAR says:

    I'll give it to you straight.  If we were to get Vinny (which I just don't see) this site would go on a run of about 100 straight Habs articles no doubt!

    I would suggest that as  B's fan you might want to just avoid the site for about a month after a trade like that cause I'm sure the BS would get a bit thick even for other Habs fans to take.

    Congrats on the fine season the B's are putting together by the way (even with the little hiccup lately).  I hate the Bruins but I would like some day to see a Habs/Bruins ECC with both teams at their best. 

  9. pj1199 says:

    Not for anything but a 2nd and 3rd round pick for a 39 year-old D-Man????

  10. hockeyhead says:

    fine advice.

    thanks for the recognition. 

    still got a ways to go. 

    im sure you and i feel the same way when i say i hope they dont make any mistakes during the trade deadline.

    both teams seem to be buyers.

  11. lafleur10 says:

    komisarek will resign with us!

  12. Plekanec says:

      If Komisarek tries the UFAs market we will lose him for sure! I'll be the first one to admit it, defensive defenseman shouldn't make over 5 million/year but some GM out there will offer Komisarek close to 6 mil/year, If Gainey thinks playing hard ball with Komo is a smart choice, he is sadly mistaking, Losing Komisarek to the UFAs market for nothing, this would probably cost Gainey his Job! It's one thing to lose Souray and Streit for nothing, its another to lose Komisarek for nothing.

     Habs Fans are seeing Komisarek as our next captain and sh-t would hit the fan if we lost him! This would also make our defense the weakest of all NHL, we are already too small out back, imagine what it would look like without Komo?

     I don't think any GM in the NHl would be stupid enough to let a guy like Komisarek walk!

  13. Plekanec says:

     Coundn't PK Subban help the PP , Subban's having a hell of a season and might be our best prospect that isn't in the NHL, this year Subban has 9 goals,49 assists for 58pts in only 45 games, he's also at +37 and 74pim, that's pretty impresive.

  14. Plekanec says:

     If Schneider's worth a 2nd and a 3rd, Boowmeester has to be worth 2 first, a 2nd and a couple prospects at least!

  15. HABSSTAR says:

    There's a big difference between the "O" and the NHL. 

  16. HABSSTAR says:

    And for some reason you think Gainey is?  That his mind is made up and Komisarek is done in Montreal? 

    I don't get it, so we just hand him the keys to the vault and say "take whatever you want".

    I think people read way to much into this stuff, I'm sure Gainey is working on the file.  I have no idea where the concept of "playing hard ball" has come from.

  17. HABSSTAR says:

    Hmmm… well if the Habs continue their current slide they might not be.  I don't really expect Gainey to make a block buster deal.  The most I would be expecting would be swapping underperforming UFA's with another team in hopes a change of scenery sparks them again. 

    I could be wrong however. 

    Boston should be fine.  If you guys play .500 hockey from here on out you still end up with 111 pnts which is good for first in the East.

    What's your feeling on Thomas?  This is a contract year for him isn't it?  Do you think he's the real deal or do you think he'll be the B's equivilant of Jose Theodore?

  18. RealisticNick says:

    Montreal gets a 3rd if they are gone first round or earlier, a 4th if not past the second and a fifth if not past the third.  So its basically a low second round pick (likely bottom 1/3) for a d-man that they need.  With all the prospects I don't think they will miss it.  The 3rd is in next years draft and the pick coming back is this years.  They still have a 1st, their own 2nd was part of  the Tanguay deal I do believe.  The Leafs pick went for Lang.  So I'm guessing this was the Anaheim pick via Washington for Huet.  Ultimately a rental pick used to rent a player second year in a row.

  19. Habroller says:


    The only problem is letting him walk for nothing. I expect the Isles to throw him 6-6.5+ for a number of years that only Chucky Wang has the secret for.

    You can't match that. Waiting for June 20something before throwing him an offer (BG's way) will only make Wang's moronic shadow harder to negate.

    But then, have you ever seen a GM trying to lock up his future captain by saying "Well Mike, you're not playing that great, even though we still like you …"? It'll be hard for him to accept a huge pay cut when he deeply knows he could get 1.5-2 additional millions + possibly more years if he waits July 1st…

  20. Plekanec says:

     I wrote what i did in regard to the post above, I'm sure Gainey won't lose Komisarek (Knock on Wood), but what if he waited after the deadline to try signing Komisarek but Komisarek would reject his offer then, then what? It would be too late to try trading him as we would be past the deadline, the only thing we could get would be trading the rights to talk to him before Jully 1st!

  21. Plekanec says:

     Of course but he's big and loves hitting and might be the best offensive defenseman in junior hockey,Why not as a sixth D-man and PP time?

  22. careyprice31 says:

    Pleks for once I will have to disagree with you. I don't think we need to rush Suppan Mcdonaugh Fischer or Webber for that matter. Make them develop properly and when there ready for the Nhl u bring them in. Oh and lets not forget Emlin of course depending on if he signs with Mtl next year or not.

  23. mtlman2005 says:

    first off, management doesn't believe he is expendable. Everyone is saying he will be a future habs captain, one of the best defenseman this team has seen in a while, ect…

    And secondly, they aren't playing hardball. They don't negociate contracts before the end of the season. They don't want the player to get distracted and if he does sign a big contract, they dont want him to "stop playing" because he knows a pay check is coming no matter what.
    I think it makes sense, but, yes, its risky. Komisarek knowing this, isn't going to take it badly.

  24. KingCanada says:

    Great for Atlanta!!  A 2nd and a 3rd for a waiver pickup!!  Maybe Wadell isnt as stupid as he seems…altho he needs alot more then just this deal to redeem himself haha.

  25. i_know_hockey says:

    ahahah i remember how that approach worked out for buffalo…

  26. HABSSTAR says:

    If Wang wants to give him 6-6.5 a year then so be it.  I don't see the difference between offering him 4.5 -5 a year now, two weeks from now, a month and a half from now, June 20th, June 29th or Auguary 45th, because I'm sure Komi and his agent are already keenly aware of what he could get in Montreal and what he could get somewhere else.  It will all come down to if he wants to stay or not.

    I'm also sure Gainey has left no doubt in Komi's mind as to where he stands with the team.  Bottom line is Montreal can't give him 6 million.  If that's what he wants then he will have to go somewhere else to get it. 


  27. HABSSTAR says:

    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. lol

  28. RealisticNick says:

    At what point was he picked up on waivers?

    Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Anaheim Ducks.

    Anaheim Ducks traded Mathieu Schneider to the Atltanta Thrashers for Ken Klee, Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud.

    Atlanta Thrashers traded Mathieu Schneider to the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round pick in 2009 and a third-round pick in 2010.

    Also Montreal gets a 3rd if they are out by the 1st round, 4th if by the second and 5th if by the 3rd.  I'm going to go out on a limb and say they won't miss that second round pick or the third with the depth they have currently in the pipeline.

  29. HABSSTAR says:

    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. lol

  30. HABSSTAR says:

    Gainey asks Kovalev to stay in Montreal while the team goes to Washington.  Sergei Kostitsyn back in Hamilton, Stewart called up!  

    More trades?

  31. mojo19 says:

    I think Montreal will get a deal done with Komisarek, I really do. Like you said a team like the Islanders or someone with cap room like that might make a bid for him, but I don't know if even Garth will go as high as $6.5 million. Then again, who knows, d-men have been making a killing as UFA's in the past few years.

  32. mojo19 says:

    Well RealisticNik is right he wasn't a waiver pick up. He was even better then that for Atlanta who forced Anaheim to take on unwanted salary in return for Schneiders unwanted salary.

    But the reason why Schneider is worth more now is because most of his contract has been paid. He was harder to move at the beginning of the year. Everyone anticipated Anaheim having to give away Schneider at the beginning of the year but knew he'd have value closer to the deadline.

  33. HabsMakeYouWhine says:

    Renaud Lavois ask Bob Gainey if he could trade him,he did not say yes or no,but thats a possibility,well see when he rejoin us,if he can play like last year we will keep him,but if not,hes definitly the one who go

  34. Plekanec says:

     Will we ever see Emelin or just ear his legend? Hopefully the Habs won't make the mistake of drafting russians anymore.

  35. Rico420 says:

    I uh…agree with you on this one.

    There is absolutely no reason that Komisarek should be exposed to the open market – this guy and Markov are going to make up our blueline for many many years.

    Ah hell I agree with you ok.

  36. Rico420 says:

    Emelin is happy in Russia – I think he's going to stay there.

    And rushing Subban to the NHL would be an absolute terrible mistake – we've already done that with Latendresse – might as well let them develop their game a bit and see what happens – but again who knows stranger things have happened.

    But I really dont want to see Subban as our Coliacovo.

  37. habs79 says:

    With all the free agents that Gainey has on this team they are going to look completely different next season. Over half of their free agents are gone, especially Komisarek and Kovalev. They will overpay to keep RFA's Plekanec and Higgins. Tanguay and Lang will most likely leave. Koivu is the only one I can see staying, signing one more contract to finish his career in Montreal.

  38. habs79 says:

    Will they get their 3rd back or Atlanta's?

  39. habs79 says:

    I've only seem him at the WJC, and personally I hope they trade him before the other teams realize he has no idea where his team's net is located. He is completely lost in his own end, he spends more time around the other team's net than his own. We have all made fun off players like McCabe calling them "pylons" in thier own end, this guy can't even be called a "pylon" as he is never there.

  40. habs79 says:

    I've only seem him at the WJC, and personally I hope they trade him before the other teams realize he has no idea where his team's net is located. He is completely lost in his own end, he spends more time around the other team's net than his own. We have all made fun off players like McCabe calling them "pylons" in thier own end, this guy can't even be called a "pylon" as he is never there.

  41. SK74 says:

    what are you saying, for the time he was  healthy in mTL, tanguay was great and loved playing here, gainey will without a doubt try and resign him to something similar to what he's making now. Komi will probably be resiigned, and if Higgins(Komi's best friend whom he's played with for many years) resigns than he's def gonna resign. and on top of the komi is not a player that will jsut follow the money, he has heart and desire, and wants to win, if he were to go anywhere it would like be to NYR, and with guys like staal, zherdev, dubinisky, all of whom have played quite well this season, rfas, they will be spending most of what they will have on them, and while they might have something like 5-6 million left, they will need that for 4-5 players and won't be able tro devote that all to komi.

  42. pezzz123 says:

    unless you give him 5.5 millions, he won't

  43. hockeyhead says:

    on a bruin board i go to,  thomas, is a regular discussion.  always bad.

    some love him or many hate him.  but i stay in the middle.  he gets it done but i dont really trust him come big games in the playoffs.  you always expect a weak goal coming.  but he has been better this year.

    i want rask to get time next year and possibley push thomas out.

    rask played one game this year and had a 35 save shutout.

    manny is going to walk for free.

    but back to the contract.  thomas will be signed b/c there is a love affair for him and his story.

  44. HABSSTAR says:

    I kinda figured he'd cash in.  Hopefully for you guys he doesn't become a Theodore. 

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