MONTREAL — There’s never a dull moment when it comes to the Montreal Canadiens, but it’s not always possible to keep up to date with every breaking news story.
Every Sunday we will recap the most exciting and relevant NHL news stories that you may have missed throughout the week.
- Sunday is usually a quiet day around the NHL, especially during the dog days of summer. But there was something stirring between a few teams, including the Canadiens, at noon. [REPORT: Montreal Canadiens Involved In Erik Karlsson Trade]
- The report was soon confirmed to be true. The Canadiens acted as facilitators in the trade that saw Erik Karlsson join the Pittsburgh Penguins. Former alternate captain Jeff Petry returned to the Canadiens, whereas Mike Hoffman was shipped to San Jose. [Canadiens Facilitate Karlsson Trade, Petry Returns]
- There were a lot of moving parts in the blockbuster trade, but the first impression is that Hughes pulled off a masterful trade from a Montreal Canadiens point of view. [INSTANT ANALYSIS: Canadiens Come Out As Winners In Karlsson Trade]
- If general manager Kent Hughes is inclined to move Petry, the mere fact that his contract has already been discounted by 25 percent should lead to more interest around the league. If the Habs decide to retain more salary, the return could become interesting. [Canadiens Retaining Salary Could Lead To Another Petry Trade]
- The trade was a win for the Habs in a few ways, including the liberated ice time now that Rem Pitlick and Mike Hoffman are no longer on the team. Players like Juraj Slafkovsky should benefit from the available TOI. [Montreal Canadiens Youth Movement Enriched By Recent Trades]
- In this week’s Montreal Canadiens Mailbag, we discuss the possibility of trading players like Joel Armia, David Savard, and Christian Dvorak, Jeff Petry’s future with the team, the goaltending situation now that three netminders are in the mix, an underrated prospect, why Nick Suzuki is clearly the Supermarine Spitfire of the team, a potential reason why management has been silent, the 2024 NHL Entry Draft, and much more.[Habs Mailbag: Potential Trades, Goalie Situation, Hughes’ Wizardry]
- On the surface, the mere fact that the Canadiens have not mentioned Petry other than in the original press release has led many to believe there’s an impending trade. But for now, Petry is once again a member of the Canadiens, leaving the team with several possibilities as to his future with the franchise. [Montreal Canadiens Have Many Options For Jeff Petry’s Future]
- If the team does want to move Petry as soon as possible, they may be able to find a dance partner in the Western Conference. According to hockey insider Chris Johnston, the Dallas Stars have shown interest in acquiring the 35-year-old defenceman in the past. [Stars Could Be Trade Partners For Canadiens Defenceman Petry]
- Things have gotten interesting for the Montreal Canadiens from a salary cap point of view. They have several options when it comes to Jeff Petry, including keeping him in the lineup indefinitely, trading him without retaining any salary, and, of course, retaining more salary to entice teams to offer a better return. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the projected lineup with and without Petry in the lineup, as well as the salary cap implications of various scenarios. [Canadiens Projected Lineup And Salary Cap With/Without Petry]
- Take a look back at some Habs History, from the lighter side of things. Here’s the story of the time a fan named Raphael crashed practice.. [Canadiens History: Fan Named Raphael Crashes Habs Practice]
- Take a look at the top-3 Montreal Canadiens players set to make an impact next season. [Top-3 Montreal Canadiens Players Ready To Take Make An Impact]