NHL Rumors: Niemi, Pouliot, Blue Jackets, Stars, More

NHL Rumors: Niemi, Pouliot, Blue Jackets, Stars, More

May 8th, 2019 In today's NHL rumor rundown, there are whispers that Antti Niemi might be headed to the KHL, Derrick Pouliot is likely leaving Vancouver, the Blue Jackets are making one final push on a couple of free agents and the plan for the Dallas Stars is becoming clearer after being booted from the NHL...
Canadiens Prospect Nick Suzuki Starring in OHL Playoffs

Canadiens Prospect Nick Suzuki Starring in OHL Playoffs

May 7th, 2019 GUELPH, Ont. — Nick Suzuki doesn't say much. He often stays on the periphery, choosing to listen before deciding if the time's right to make his thoughts known. The Guelph Storm centre and Montreal Canadiens prospect certainly has no such reservations ...

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April 28th, 2019
Montreal Canadiens

In 2018, the Montreal Canadiens were given the third overall pick in the NHL Draft, their highest pick since 2012 when the team selected offensive forward Alex Galchenyuk with the same pick. Last year’s draft featured a strong pool of prospects including Rasmus Dahlin, Andrei Svechnikov, Brady Tkachuk, Filip Zadina, Quinn Hughes and Barrett Hayton. One of the most promising of these prospects is Finnish center Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who had an impressive rookie season with the Canadiens. Number one overall pick Rasmus Dahlin (left) , second overall pick Andrei Svechnikov (middle) and third overall pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi (right) pose for a photo during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) Related: Jesperi Kotkaniemi – The Hype and Expectations Final Pre-Draft Rankings When the time came to announce the team’s pick, General Manager Marc Bergevin called on Director of Amateur Scouting Shane Churla to...
April 26th, 2019
Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens are coming off a season in which they put up 96 points and still did not qualify for the playoffs. Adding insult to injury, was seeing the Columbus Blue Jackets sweep the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round. However, one of the Canadiens' key flaws was that their goal differential, which was not at the same level as the teams that did qualify for the post-season. To put it in perspective, the Canadiens finished with a +13 goal differential, while the Blue Jackets doubled that with +26. Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports) It could be argued that this is a direct result of leaving too many goal opportunities on the table. There was no denying that the Canadiens struggled mightily on the power play. They also did not do themselves any favours by playing in a lot of low-scoring games, which ultimately affected their ROW (a combination of regulation and overtime wins). Marc Bergevin and his team were able to...
April 25th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's News & Notes, the Montreal Canadiens have signed Nate Thompson to an extension, Zach Hyman is set to undergo ACL surgery and Joe Pavelski is day-to-day. Thompson Signs Contract Extension While the last eight teams in the NHL are preparing for the second round of the playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens are one of the teams tending to offseason business a little bit early. They'd continue that Thursday when they signed the 34-year-old Thompson to a one-year deal worth $1 million for the 2019-20 season. https://twitter.com/CanadiensMTL/status/1121413835997503489 Thompson was acquired by the Canadiens from the Los Angeles Kings and scored one goal and seven points in 25 games in Montreal. He'd finish the 2018-19 season with five goals and 13 points in 78 games between Montreal and Los Angeles. A veteran of 697 NHL games, Thompson has scored 58 goals and 141 points in his career split between the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim...
April 23rd, 2019
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The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that rookie forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi has undergone successful arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday to repair a chronic, minor injury in his left knee, The surgery was performed by Dr. Thierry Pauyo in Montreal. https://twitter.com/CanadiensMTL/status/1120798516945801216 'With regards to Jesperi, it was a chronic, minor injury that did not stop him from playing this past season. Jesperi will remain in Montreal for the coming weeks to complete his rehabilitation program with our team's medical staff. We have been told by our medical group that there should be no delay in starting his offseason training." Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin The injury doesn't appear to be anything serious and this surgery should do nothing but help Kotkaniemi in the long-term. As general manager Marc Bergevin mentioned, the surgery shouldn't have any impact on Kotkaniemi's ability to show up for offseason training on time. This would also mean his...

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