All the latest Habs news, recent Montreal Canadiens stories, as well as information from around the National Hockey League.
- The Montreal Canadiens are going to have a significant influx of youth this season, a breath of fresh air that is likely to make the on-ice product more exciting in Montreal, but also in Laval. [Major Youth Movement Set To Hit Canadiens Organization This Fall]
- Unfortunately, longtime Montreal Canadiens commentator Yvon Pedneault passed away. Pedneault formed one of the most recognizable duos in the NHL during his time describing games alongside Pierre Houde.
The Canadiens are saddened to learn of the passing of journalist Yvon Pedneault, who covered the team with passion during his renowned career.
Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this difficult time.https://t.co/2PVtYbxxDC
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) August 26, 2023
National Hockey Now Network
- Jonathan Marchessault and Chandler Stephenson are unrestricted free agents after the 2023-24 season. It is not a certainty extensions will be successfully negotiated to retain one or both. Marchessault and Stephenson combine for a salary cap hit of $8.75 million in 2023-24. Extensions for Marchessault and Stephenson will be tricky to negotiate. Both are Stanley Cup Champions. Marchessault is a Conn Smyth winner. Stephenson has outperformed his contract since the day he signed an extension in Vegas. [Vegas Golden Knights]
- Former Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Hoffman has gone dry on the power play. From 2015 to 2021, Hoffman ranked seventh in the NHL with 2.87 Power Play Goals Per 60 (of 173 forwards, 600+ PP minutes). He was truly one of the premier power play marksmen in the league, producing with the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Mika Zibanejad, and Leon Draisaitl. [San Jose Sharks]
- Not every fan favourite or prominent player provided the same tangible value as they did in the team’s internal perceptions or the external emotions of the paying public. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
- NHL general managers operate with the idea that they will, on average, harvest two regulars out of every NHL draft class. That’s what statistics tell them, although GMs have differing perspectives about what constitutes a regular. But Steve Yzerman’s drafting of Moritz Seider at No. 6 in 2019, by itself, is enough for Detroit Hockey Now to say the Red Wings had good results in Yzerman’s first draft as Detroit’s general manager.[Detroit Red Wings]
- Forty-five days from now, the Philadelphia Flyers will open the season Oct. 12 at Columbus. We have less than one month before rookie camp, then training camp. Then, six preseason games. It’s time for roster predictions. [Philadelphia Flyers]