Category Archives: Montreal Canadiens

War of words heating up, Paul MacLean labeled ‘Bug-eyed fat walrus’

Entering the final week of the regular season, many salivated over the prospect of a first-round series between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

With the potential of Canada’s two most historic teams going head-to-head in a playoff battle for the first time since 1979 — not to mention, the Maple Leafs’ first postseason appearance since 2004 — the series seemed like an ideal first-round matchup.

However, the Canadiens ended up winning the Northeast Division and drew the Eastern Conference’s seventh seed, the Ottawa Senators.

Do the Habs have interest in Briere

If Saturday was Daniel Briere’s final game with Philly it was appropriate it was played at Scotiabank Place, not far from his hometown in Gatineau. There is a lot of talk Briere, 35, will be bought out of the final year of his $6.5 million contract by the Flyers. Wouldn’t be shocked if he was signed by the Habs.

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Rumblings: B’s, Habs, Canucks like Clowe

Here’s something important to keep in mind as the Ryane Clowe situation plays itself out before next Wednesday’s trade deadline.

Clowe has a full no-trade clause. The San Jose Sharks have to run this thing by him in order to get a deal done.

Which means if, for whatever reason, Clowe doesn’t believe a certain team is a good fit, he can nix it. Although, in the same vein, Sharks GM Doug Wilson did well by Douglas Murray in the move to Pittsburgh, and the sense is that Wilson and Clowe have a good line of communication on what’s transpiring.

Briere to the Habs for a draft pick

 

A look at the NHL’s East heading into the trade deadline

BOSTON BRUINS

GM Peter Chiarelli likes to get ahead of the pack, but that has proven difficult this year. The Bruins have cap room and Chiarelli wants to bring in an impact forward to help the power play. He’ll go after either Dallas winger Brenden Morrow or Calgary captain Jarome Iginla. It will be costly, though.

Canadiens Trade Rumors

The Habs made a deal last week with Dallas, netting Michael Ryder and a third-round pick plus opening up important offseason cap space by moving Erik Cole.

So now what?

Whether it’s before April 3 or this summer, Montreal will continue to look for more size up front. Power forwards don’t grow on trees, but what the Canadiens would love to add is someone in the Ryane Clowe-type mold: a rugged forward who can play top-six minutes. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin made an excellent signing in Brandon Prust last summer, a player who can play on any forward line, but I believe Bergevin wants to continue on that track.

Rumors from Bruce Garrioch

If the Ducks decide to move RW Corey Perry before the deadline, it’s going to be an auction. The Leafs would certainly be interested in making a deal but they’d want the opportunity to sign Perry before giving up top prospects to make the deal. It’s believed C Ryan Getzlaf, who just built a home in Anaheim, is going to stay put and the two sides are inching closer to a deal.

Talks are continuing with Perry as well, but the sense is he won’t sign … GM Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien have turned the Habs around. A year ago, Montreal was dead last on this date with 78 points in a season that wasn’t If the Ducks decide to move RW Corey Perry before the deadline, it’s going to be an auction. The Leafs would certainly be interested in making a deal but they’d want the opportunity to sign Perry before giving up top prospects to make the deal. It’s believed C Ryan Getzlaf, who just built a home in Anaheim, is going to stay put and the two sides are inching closer to a deal. Talks are continuing with Perry as well, but the sense is he won’t sign … GM Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien have turned the Habs around. A year ago, Montreal was dead last on this date with 78 points in a season that wasn’t shortened. This may be a 48-game schedule, but the change is remarkable. Bergevin showed he’s not afraid to make a deal by sending LW Erik Cole to Dallas for UFA RW Michael Ryder last week. Don’t think Bergevin is done. He’d like to free up more cash.shortened. This may be a 48-game schedule, but the change is remarkable. Bergevin showed he’s not afraid to make a deal by sending LW Erik Cole to Dallas for UFA RW Michael Ryder last week. Don’t think Bergevin is done. He’d like to free up more cash.

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Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk breaks down reasoning behind Erik Cole trade: ‘He’s a player who helps us right now’

Looking to add size and net presence — and to maximize contract security — the Stars on Tuesday acquired Erik Cole from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Michael Ryder and a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

Cole is expected to join the team at practice Wednesday and be ready to play Thursday at home against Edmonton.

Canadiens acquire Michael Ryder from Stars in exchange for Erik Cole

The Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Michael Ryder.

The trade returns Ryder to the organization that drafted him in the eighth round (216th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Canadiens netminder Carey Price tweeted out to his former teammate shortly after hearing the news.

No discipline for Canadiens Max Pacioretty