All Habs Headlines: Monday June 29, 2015
|On this day in hockey history… 1967 — The expansion St. Louis Blues signed former NHL star Doug Harvey to coach their CHL team in Kansas City. Harvey later came out of retirement to play for the Blues’ during the 1968 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 1990 — Chicago traded Montreal native Denis Savard to the Canadiens in exchange for Chris Chelios. 1998 — Ottawa Senators General Manager Pierre Gauthier resigned. Rick Dudley was later named his replacement.|
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► Parenteau done in Montreal
- The Canadiens have placed right winger P.A. Parenteau on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out the 32-year old forward. His cap hit will go from $4 million to $1.33 million for 2015-16 and 2016-17 with this move.
- This will free up cap space so that Marc Bergevin can sign restricted free agent Alex Galchenyuk and have the flexibility for a potential acquisition via the trade front. Parenteau could still be traded within 24-hours of being placed on waivers.
- Parenteau had a subpar performance in 2014-15 and missed multiple games with injuries. He failed to crack the 10-goal plateau for the first time in his career as a regular member of an NHL lineup and had his lowest point total in since 2009-10 when he only played 22 games.
- Parenteau’s controversial agent Alan Walsh took to social media criticizing the Canadiens when P.A. was a healthy scratch in March.
- According to Sportsnet Stats the Canadiens are tied for second most buyouts since 2005 with six.
- Parenteau was not expecting the news and was “shocked” when informed about his buyout.
► Bergevin to stand pat?
- It seems as if the Canadiens GM isn’t looking to bolster his lineup via free agency. Marc Bergevin had these comments on the upcoming free agent frenzy: “[Petry] and [Mitchell], that’s my July 1. I’m not going to chase players July 1.”
- Evidently Bergevin isn’t that concerned with the teams holes, saying, “We finished second overall with the team we had…I’m comfortable with the team we have.”
- This might just be a smoke screen from the fourth year GM who rarely lets anything out into the media before the deal is done. Should this be his actual stance on free agency this year it might be the right one as there aren’t many premium players. The biggest UFA available, Matt Belesky, is a player that had one good season and is due for a large bump in salary.
- Bergevin has never been the type to build his team through free agency and will most likely try to plug his teams’ holes via the draft and the trade front.
► Beliveau’s star needs repairing
- Jean Beliveau’s star on the Canadian Walk of Fame has cracked after a brutal winter. The star is going to be replaced but, according to the city of Toronto, it could take a couple months.
- “It takes a few months for the new stars to be produced. Once we receive them, we notify the city and they then add the request to their overall sidewalk maintenance schedule, the replacement usually takes place in the fall,” said Canada’s Walk of Fame CEO Melanie Hurley. The star was originally put in place in 2001.
- Canadiens spokesman Donald Beauchamp had this to say about the damage to Beliveau’s star, “It would just be nice if it would get repaired.”
Did you miss any of the action of Draft weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a wrap-up of all the significant trades, signings and draft selections for both days of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
► Canadiens first round pick
- The Canadiens drafted defenceman Noah Juulsen 26th overall from the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. The 6-foot-2, 174 lb. rearguard is an offensive defenceman who plays the right side.
- Here’s the instant analysis via Andrew Giesbrecht: Noah Juulsen is a skilled two-way defender. Able to force plays at both ends of the ice, and has certainly seemed willing to take the hit to make the play with the puck. However, Juulsen has a tendency to complicate things when playing away from the puck.
- On Noah Juulsen, Rick Stephens adds: He is a very smart player making good decisions with the puck. He can lead a rush and pinch down low to extend offensive pressure. Juulsen has good reach and is an effective penalty-killer. He plays the power-play and has a hard, accurate point shot. Juulsen is a physical player with a bit of an edge. He shows a good overall offensive and defensive game with top-4 potential.
— nikita scherbak (@nikscherbak) June 27, 2015
► Rest of the Canadiens draft selections
- With the 87th overall pick the Montreal Canadiens chose Lukas Vejdemo out of Djurgarden Jr. of Sweden. Here’s the instant analysis from J.D. Larange: “Lukas Vejdemo is a smooth skating big centerman who is responsible at both ends of the ice, with a lot of offensive upside. Hard working player, he’s not afraid to go to the dirty areas. He was Superelite playoff MVP.”
- The Habs drafted centreman Matthew Bradley in the 5th Here’s the instant analysis:”Matthew Bradley is a centre who can also play the wing. He is a good skater who shoots the puck well and has some good offensive flair. He is a good two-way centreman who is good on faceoffs. Tenacious on the forecheck, Bradley makes good decisions and is said to have a high hockey IQ.”
- In the 6th round Simon Bourque was the Habs’ selection. “Simon Bourque is a leader on and off the ice, donning the “A” for the Oceanic. Playing top four minutes in Rimouski, he is a hard working defenseman with tons of heart.”
- The Habs’ seventh round pick was Jeremiah Addison. “Jeremiah Addison is an all-around effective forward who generates offense, plays physical and gets his nose dirty. He has a good nose for the net and is very consistent.”
— Lukas vejdemo (@vejde96) June 27, 2015
► Day 1 transactions
- The Edmonton Oilers traded the 16th and 33rd overall picks to the Islanders in exchange for defenceman Griffin Reinhart.
- The Anaheim Ducks traded forward Kyle Palmeri to New Jersey for the 41st pick in this draft and a third round pick in the 2016 draft.
- The Buffalo Sabres are continuing to improve their NHL roster this time by acquiring former Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn. The Avalanche will be getting defenceman Nikita Zadorov (a former 1st round pick), Mikhail Grigorenko (another first round pick), J.T. Compher (former second round pick) and a first round pick in this past draft.
- The Calgary Flames acquired restricted free agent Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins is exchange for a first round pick and two seconds in this year’s draft.
- The Boston Bruins dealt power forward Milan Lucic to the LA Kings in exchange for the 13th overall pick, goaltender Martin Jones and Colin Miller who was a very good performer in the 2015 Calder Cup playoffs. This trade gave the Bruins the 13th, 14th and 15th overall picks in this year’s Draft. The Bruins will also retain $2.7 million of Lucic’s salary.
- After trading away a right handed shot defenceman, Boston signed one in Adam McQuaid. McQuaid and the Bruins reached a deal that will pay the 28-year-old $2.75 million annually for four years.
- The Colorado Avalanche pulled off a sign-and-trade with the Boston Bruins. The Bruins dealt soon to be unrestricted free agent Carl Soderberg to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a 6th round pick in this year’s draft. Soderberg later signed a 5-year $23.75 million contract that has an average annual value of $4.75 million.
- The Buffalo Sabres acquired Swedish goaltender Robin Lehner along with veteran centreman David Legwand in exchange for the 21st overall pick in this year’s draft. Lehner who was formerly a 46th overall pick was stuck behind Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond.
- The Senators signed a pair of their young studs to multi-year contracts. Rookie of the year candidate Mark Stone reached an agreement with the Senators on a 3-year deal that pays him an average of $3.5 million per season. Stone was two points behind Erik Karlsson for the team lead in points.
- Former 6th overall pick Mika Zibanejad signed a new contract that will pay him an average annual value of $2.625 million over two years. Zibanejad had a season parallel to Alex Galchenyuk in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46). Along with Mika Zibanejad’s cheap bridge contract, Alex Galchenyuk’s contract is somewhat assured to be around $3 million.
- Mike Fisher and the Nashville Predators came to terms on a two year contract that will pay the veteran an average of $4.4 million. Fisher has spent the past 5 seasons in Nashville after spending the first 11 years of his career in Ottawa.
- The LA Kings have signed restricted free agent Tyler Toffoli to a two-year contract extension with an average annual value of $3.25 million.
► Day 2 transactions
- The Vancouver Canucks trade goaltender Eddie Lack to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a third round pick in this year’s draft and a 7th round pick in next year’s draft.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired young defenceman Martin Marincin from Edmonton in exchange for forward Brad Ross and the 107th overall pick.
- The Hurricanes acquired James Wisniewski in exchange for goalie Anton Khubodin.
- The San Jose Sharks traded the rights to goaltender Antti Niemi to Dallas in exchange for pick 193. The Stars have said they intend to play Niemi and fellow goaltender Kari Lehtonen in a tandem.
- The Ducks traded the 41st overall pick and forward Emerson Etem to the Rangers in exchange for Carl Hagelin, the 59th overall pick and the 179th overall pick.
- In the most anticipated trade of the day the New York Rangers dealt goaltender Cameron Talbot and pick 209 to Edmonton in exchange for picks 57, 79 and 184. The 57th pick that was dealt to Edmonton was the 2nd rounder that the Canadiens sent to Edmonton in exchange for Jeff Petry.
- The Oilers also acquired some defensive help in Eric Gryba. They acquired the defenceman from Ottawa in exchange for the 107th pick in the draft and prospect Travis Ewanyk.
- The Chicago Blackhawks dealt backup goaltender Antti Raanta to the Rangers and have acquired Ryan Haggerty.
- Goaltender Devan Dubnyk signed a six-year $26 million contract with the Minnesota Wild. The Wild now have three capable NHL goalies in their system with Nicklas Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper and Dubnyk.
- The Philadelphia Flyers acquired Sam Gagner and a draft pick a conditional 4th in 2016 or a 4th in 2017 in exchange for veteran defenceman Nick Grossman and Chris Pronger. This is a move so the Coyotes can get to the cap floor as Pronger will be paid $525,000 and his cap hit is $4.9 million for the next two years.
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