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Tinordi Leaves Notre-Dame, Will Play for London Knights

Look who's here? Jarred Tinordi must have had a conversation with Louis Leblanc this past week. The Canadiens' 1st round pick in this past June's draft will be leaving Notre-Dame of the NCAA to join the OHL team that held his rights, the London Knights. Tinordi was selected 22nd overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, with the Canadiens even trading to move up in the draft and select him. Add to this the relentlessness of Mark and Dale Hunter in bringing Tinordi to the OHL, and you can tell that there is something special about this young defenseman. Son of Mark Tinordi, defenseman in the 80s and 90s for the Rangers, Capitals, North Stars and Stars when they moved to Dallas - w...

Off-Season Analysis: The Forwards - Best of the Rest

Last week, we ranked the top-six forwards for the Canadiens this past season, and looked at what might be expected of them as 2010-11 quickly approaches. But as important as having players who score goals and put up big points is, a team obviously can’t play with only two lines. In many instances, the “bottom 6” are just as important as the “top 6” to most teams. The Habs’ Travis Moen is living proof of that, proving himself to be a deciding factor in the Anaheim Ducks Stanley Cup victory in 2007. Do the Canadiens 3rd and 4th lines stack up against the good checking and energy lines around the league? Do the Habs have what it take to ice a group of forwards as good as the ...

Off-Season Analysis: The Top Six Forwards

While we wait for Carey Price and the Canadiens to hammer out a contract, there really isn't much news to discuss. Other than maybe a depth player or two, and of course Price, Pierre Gauthier's summer is pretty much complete, until the Canadiens enter training camp next month. To pass the time until the InterWebs begins to fill up with hockey news, blogs and discussions, I thought it would be interesting to do a position-by-position analysis of the Canadiens roster. We'll be splitting it into several categories: - The top six forwards, which we shall look at today. - The depth forwards, including the 3rd-4th lines as well as any potential call-ups for this season. - The top 4 def...

Leblanc Chooses Junior, Habs Sign Picard

Finally, some blog-worthy news to come out of the Montreal Canadiens' camp. It was announced on Friday evening that the Montreal Canadiens have signed 1st round pick Louis Leblanc to a three-year contract. While terms of the contract were not released, you can expect it to hover around the league maximum for an entry-level contract. The deal means that Leblanc will leave Harvard and his team, the Crimson, after only one year at the Ivy-league university, to come back to his hometown and play for the Montreal Junior of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. While he is eligible to play for the Hamilton Bulldogs, he will likely spend the season in the Q, in order to fill out his fram...

Maxim Lapierre Re-Signs with the Canadiens

According to various sources, Maxim Lapierre has re-signed with the Montreal Canadiens for the upcoming season. His new, 1-year deal is slated to be worth between $840,000 and $900,000, depending on the source, but which ever number ends up becoming official, it would be a great figure for the 3rd line forward and for the Canadiens. The deal will only slightly exceed the qualifying offer that Pierre Gauthier and the Canadiens were obliged to offer Lapierre before the start of free agency, at the end of June. As a matter of fact, Richard Labbé at La Presse is reporting that the issue was never the dollar amount for Lapierre, but the term on the contract. The Montreal native wanted to...

St. Louis Blues Sign Halak to 4-year, $15 Million Deal

The St. Louis Blues have ensured that they will have a starting goaltender for the foreseeable future today, inking Jaroslav Halak to a 4-year, $15 million deal, which will average out to $3.75 million per season. Halak was acquired by the Blues from the Montreal Canadiens last month in exchange for prospects Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. The deal raised many eyebrows, both in Montreal from fans and the media, as well as from pundits around the league. Coming off a career year, Halak was considered the major reason for the Canadiens post-season success and berth in the conference finals. Many regarded him as the better of the two goaltenders in Montreal, and considered trading one of t...

No Moves? No Problem! (for now)

If you were a Habs fan on July 1st, then odds are you spent the day either drinking and celebrating Canada Day, or in front of your laptop, TV (tuned to TSN2) and/or cell phone, waiting for news of a big signing by Canadiens' General Manager Pierre Gauthier. Odds are, when you put all that technology away, you were left feeling slightly disappointed. Other than signing backup goaltender Alex Auld, signing newly acquired Dustin Boyd to a 1-year deal, and resigning Curtis Sanford to a two-way deal, there wasn't much Canadiens' fans could take away from their July 1st UFA Day experience. But should fans be upset or disappointed at the lack of activity from their general manager and te...

Breaking News: Canadiens Trade Sergei Kostitsyn to Predators

The Montreal Canadiens have traded problematic forward Sergei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators. The deal is simply an exchange of pending free agents, as Montreal received center Dustin Boyd (RFA) and goaltender Dan Ellis (UFA) in return. Future Considerations are involved for both teams, presumably if any of the players end up signing or not. The relationship between the Canadiens and Sergei Kostitsyn was always shaky. The troubled forward has consistently made headlines since his arrival in Montreal, for better or for worse, but mostly for worse. Whether it was calling out Canadiens GM last week over the Jaroslav Halak trade, not paying his dues at practice or just plain suc...

Pyatt, Pouliot Sign 1-Year Deals with the Canadiens

What was supposed to be a quiet week for the Montreal Canadiens started with somewhat of a bang, albeit a mini one. With only a few days to go until Free Agency this Thursday, Canadiens' GM was hard at work on this Monday, signing forwards Tom Pyatt and Benoit Pouliot to one year deals. Pyatt, who played 40 games with the Canadiens in a checking role, will get paid a league-minimum $500,000 next year, but it is a one-way deal, implying that Pyatt will likely start the season in Montreal and not in Hamilton with the Bulldogs. Pyatt fell into favor this season with coach Jacques Martin, thanks to his defensive style and grit, but that did not translate into much offensive productio...

Canadiens Draft Preview: Who do they pick?

Yes, it's that time of year again! Time to get revved up for the NHL draft! If these last two weeks have been any indication, then we should expect plenty of activity from GMs throughout the day, and of course this evening. TCL will of course be on top of it all, with our live chat commencing at 6:45PM eastern tonight (details can be found here). Since the hammer dropped on Jaroslav Halak last Thursday, there has been much movement around the league, and it all leads into tonight's Draft. Here is a list of all the happenings of the last week, including many links, by the numbers: - 2 top defensemen have announced their retirements. Rob Blake and Scott Neidermayer will not be retu...