MONTREAL — There is never a dull moment when it comes to all things Montreal Canadiens, but there aren’t enough hours in the week to keep up with all the news.
On Sundays, we will recap the most exciting and relevant NHL news stories that you may have missed throughout the week so that you can stay in the loop.
- ICYMI: Forward Emil Heineman was given an opportunity to play alongside centre Sean Monahan and forward Jesse Ylonen against the New York Rangers. [Canadiens Game 39: Heineman To Play, Potential New Lines]
- The newly formed line scored a goal, but it was the Samuel Montembeault show on Saturday night. The 27-year-old netminder made over 40 saves and had to face more than a dozen high-danger scoring chances. His heroic performance held the fort long enough for the Canadiens to win 4-3 in the shootout. [Montembeault Steals Points Versus Rangers]
- There were plenty of options, but Montembeault’s save in the shootout versus Mika Zibanejad was just about as good as it gets. It was so nice, you’ll want to see it twice. [GOTTA SEE IT: Montembeault Robs Zibanejad In Shootout]
Since returning from injury, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj has been playing his regular brand of steadfast hockey in the American Hockey League. However, it’s difficult to envision him being down there for much longer, as he is simply too talented to not be in the NHL. [Defenceman Arber Xhekaj Deserves To Be In The NHL]
- The Montreal Canadiens have eight healthy defencemen in the NHL, a big change for a team that has suffered more than its fair share of injuries in recent years. They also have eight healthy defencemen, as well as a trio of blueliners in the ECHL who are waiting for an AHL promotion. Given the team has a surplus of defencemen, adding a forward via trade would be a logical decision. [Montreal Canadiens Defensive Situation Ripe For Trade]
- Kent Hughes reportedly shut down an interesting draft-day trade offer from the Philadelphia Flyers. According to the report, the Flyers offered prospect Cutter Gauthier in exchange for the fifth-overall pick, which the Canadiens used to select David Reinbacher. [Canadiens Reportedly Turned Down Cutter Gauthier Trade]
- The Habs have surpassed expectations this year thanks to Samuel Montembeault’s excellent play, but there are a few good reasons why they still may end up with a top 5 pick at the 2024 NHL Entry Draft. [Top 3 Reasons The Canadiens Could Still Improve NHL Draft Odds]
- The trade was reported a few days ago, but it’s now official. Prospect Owen Beck will be joining the Saginaw Spirit, the 2024 Memorial Cup hosts. [Canadiens Prospect Owen Beck Involved In OHL Trade]
Since returning from injury, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj has been playing his regular brand of steadfast hockey in the American Hockey League. However, it’s difficult to envision him being down there for much longer, as he is simply too talented to not be in the NHL.
- Abby Newhook’s brother thinks you should head to a PWHL Montreal game. Tickets are going fast, with the first game at the Centre 21.02 already sold out.
Hâte de voir la PWHL Montréal à la Place Bell le 16 janvier!
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 8, 2024
- Laval Rocket goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo records an interesting blog which documents his life as a professional goaltender.
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) January 8, 2024
- The Montreal Canadiens sent defenceman Gustav Lindstrom to the AHL in anticipation of Rafael Harvey-Pinard’s return to play. Consequently, Lindstrom was placed on waivers.
Les Canadiens ont placé le défenseur Gustav Lindström au ballottage.
The Canadiens have placed defenseman Gustav Lindström on waivers.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 9, 2024
- Daily Faceoff is reporting Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras is available on the NHL’s trade market. They also suggest Sean Monahan is one of the most likely players to be moved between now and the deadline. Jake Allen also made their Trade Target list.
With Jamie Drysdale gone in Anaheim, is Trevor Zegras next out the door for #NHLDucks?
Zegras joins first @DailyFaceoff Trade Targets 🎯 board of 2024 at No. 4.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) January 9, 2024
- This may shock you, but Habs prospect Lane Hutson started scoring immediately upon his return to the NCAA.
Lane Hutson is back doing Lane Hutson Things™️ at @AgganisArena!
— BU Men's Hockey (@TerrierHockey) January 10, 2024
- The Montreal Canadiens lost defenceman Gustav Lindstrom to waivers. The Anaheim Ducks quickly claimed the right-handed defenceman following a trade that sent Jamie Drysdale to the Philadelphia Flyers. Lindstrom had a relatively impressive production rate, but his defensive numbers were flat-out awful. [Canadiens Lose Defenceman Lindstrom To Waivers]
- We’re used to seeing names like Jake Allen and Sean Monahan on trade boards, but defenceman Mike Matheson has recently been added to TSN’s list. [TSN – Canadian Teams Headline Trade Bait Board]
- Jordan Harris had a rough start to the season. To make matters worse, he suffered a lower-body injury in November, which forced him to miss up to a month of action. Nevertheless, Harris returned to the lineup and immediately made a positive impact. [Habs Analysis – Defenceman Harris’ Impact Since Returning From Injury]
- Prospect Logan Mailloux will represent the Laval Rocket at the AHL All-Star Game. Despite strong seasons, both Joshua Roy and Brandon Gignac were snubbed from the All-Star festivities. [Prospect Mailloux An All-Star, Teammates Snubbed]
- Former Hab Corey Perry has been cleared to play by the NHL. Perry’s contract was terminated by the Chicago Blackhawks due to an undisclosed incident that involved inappropriate behaviour.
Can confirm that Corey Perry is eligible to sign with any NHL team as a free agent after having his contract terminated by the #blackhawks on Nov. 30.
He would need to sign by the March 8 trade deadline in order to be eligible for this year's playoffs.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 10, 2024
- Montreal Canadiens prospect Owen Beck had a great debut with his new team, the Saginaw Spirit. Beck scored two goals and added six assists in a dominant 11-3 win over the Windsor Spitfires. Saginaw will host the Memorial Cup this year, which means Beck will once again participate in the illustrious tournament. [Canadiens Prospect Owen Beck Dominant Debut With New Team]
- According to Frank Seravalli, Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras could be available on the NHL’s trade market. Zegras, 22, is off to a slow start this year, but he possesses the type of talent that makes enquiring about a trade a worthwhile endeavour. [Canadiens Pros And Cons Of Potential Trevor Zegras Trade]
- Speaking of trades, Kent Hughes completed a minor trade on Thursday. The Canadiens acquired forward Filip Cederqvist from the Buffalo Sabres for future considerations. Cederqvist will report to the Laval, where he will serve as much-needed reinforcement for their depleted lineup. [Habs Complete Minor Trade With Buffalo Sabres]
- It appears that veteran forward Sean Monahan will indeed be moved between now and the NHL’s Trade Deadline. Darren Dreger suggests the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Colorado Avalanche, and Boston Bruins as possible trade partners in a trade involving Monahan. [Monahan Likely To Be Traded, Potential Trade Partners]
- Not only did the Habs lose to the Sharks, San Jose’s first win in 12 games, but they hardly showed up at all. The lack of effort led to one of the most embarrassing games in the last few years. [Canadiens Embarrassed By The Worst Team In The NHL]
- NCAA analyst Chris Peters was impressed by Lane Hutson’s defensive work at the 2024 World Junior Championship. Hutson helped Team USA capture its sixth gold medal during the holidays.
“The last part of the WJC, the commitment to defending… he did a remarkable job. I feel like he’s under-appreciated for [his defense]. He was on the PK, the PP & he was tremendous 5v5. He can do a lot without the puck & he’s special with the puck.” – Chris Peters on Lane Hutson pic.twitter.com/aj8HynO0ui
— /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) January 11, 2024
- The Montreal Canadiens have reached the halfway point of the season, which means it’s the perfect time to take an honest look at how things are progressing in the team’s rebuild. [Canadiens Mid-Season Report And Reality Check]
- Even though the Canadiens are overachieving this year, there are still healthy odds the team ends up with a good draft pick. On that note, the NHL’s Central Scouting released their mid-year rankings yesterday. [Top 3 Reasons The Canadiens Could Still Improve NHL Draft Odds]
- Emil Heineman made an immediate impact upon returning to the AHL to play for the Laval Rocket.
— Rocket de Laval (@RocketLaval) January 13, 2024