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All Posts by Amit Malhotra

Habs acquire Kaberle, ship Spacek to Hurricanes

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Friday, December 9, 2011 - 12:12
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News & Rumours Jaroslav Spacek News Snippet Tomas Kaberle

In a surprise move, showing some desperation, the Montreal Canadiens shipped injured defenseman Jaroslav Spacek to the Carolina Hurricanes in return for Tomas Kaberle.  Spacek who has been out of the lineup since November 14 due to an upper body injury had started skating with the team but had not been cleared for contact as of yet.  Drafted 117th overall in the 1998 draft (5th round) by the Florida Panthers, he has played 846 games in the NHL and has recorded 343 points so far in his career. The Hurricanes will be the 8th team that Spacek will be joining in his long NHL career.

Panic Mode?

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Monday, October 24, 2011 - 09:24

The Habs remain winless at home in the 2011-2012 season and despite everybody in the locker room taking a calm demeanor after the overtime loss against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, GM Pierre Gauthier made what some see as a panic move, or in others words, moves that show some sort of panic installing in the GMs' mind.  The Habs sent recently returned Brock Trotter along with a 7th round draft pick in the next year's NHL entry draft for center Petteri Nokelainen and minor league defenseman Garrett Stafford.  

Habs recall Palushaj

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Monday, October 10, 2011 - 17:16
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News & Rumours Aaron Palushaj Michael Cammalleri News Snippet

The Habs managed to spoil Winnipeg's huge "homecoming party", but lost Michael Cammalleri in the process and as a result, have recalled forward Aaron Palushaj from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL.  Cammalleri, who is expected to miss the next two weeks with a lower body injury, managed to score the first goal in last night's game, and the first goal against the returning Jets team. 

No More Betts

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Monday, October 10, 2011 - 13:53
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News & Rumours Blair Betts News Snippet

Gritty forward Blair Betts didn't stay long with the Montreal Canadiens.  Only a few days after being claimed on the waivers by the Habs, the 31 year old centerman was sent back to the Flyers, reversing Habs waiver claim on the basis of a lengthy NHL bylaw 11.8 (a).  The bylaw states that a player claimed on waivers may be returned if he's deemed to be physically unfit.  Commissioner Gary Bettman made the decision after reviewing submissions from both teams.

Bulldogs open with a win

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Monday, October 10, 2011 - 13:14
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The Hamilton Bulldogs opened their season on October 8th against the Rochester Americans with a 5-2 victory in front of 6,123 fans at the Copps Coliseum.  Brock Trotter, the newly returned, and Frederic St-Denis, the defenseman who impressed many at the Montreal Canadiens' training camp, shined in the victory and scored two goals each.  Trotter also registered two assists for a four point night.  Nathan Lawson recorded his first win for the season with 28 saves on 30 shots. 

Habs sign Free Agent Joe Callahan

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Friday, October 7, 2011 - 19:02
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News & Rumours Chris Campoli Joe Callahan News Snippet

The Canadiens showed how much help they may end up needing this season on the blue line and signed  free agent defenseman Joe Callahan to a one-year two way contract.  The financial terms of the contract were not disclosed as per the team policies.   

Habs Recall Engqvist

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 18:13
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News & Rumours Andreas Engqvist News Snippet

The Montreal Canadiens recalled Swedish centerman Andreas Engqvist only a day after assigning him to the Hamilton Bulldogs and acquiring center Blair Betts from the waivers.  The Habs signed the 6'4", 197 lbs centerman in July 2009 to a three year contract.  He was recalled twice by the Canadiens last season in mid-January and at the end of March.  During his short stints, he played three games with the Habs including his first NHL career game against the Ottawa Senators on January 21 averaging about ten minutes per game of ice-time. 

Habs sign Markov for $17.5 Million

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Friday, June 24, 2011 - 22:30
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News & Rumours Andrei Markov News Snippet

Pierre Gauthier bowed down in front of Andrei Markov.  "We are very pleased that Andrei has made the decision to pursue his career with the Montreal Canadiens,"said Gauthier in a statement. "A player drafted and developed by our organization, Andrei brings a high level of talent and leadership to our team.  We look forward to having him back in our lineup for the start of the upcoming season."

Markov for $11.5 Millions

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 11:25
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News & Rumours Andrei Markov News Snippet

This is what all the Habs fans have been waiting for, the news regarding Andrei Markov's potential resigning with the team.  The rumors have been circulating for a while now, but there is no doubt that the Habs absolutely wanted to resign Andrei Markov, only the negotiations were taking time.  After signing Andrei Kostitsyn, Mathieu Darche, Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais among others, it is time for the Habs to deal with the Markov file before the upcoming draft. 

Desharnais gets a one-way deal

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 10:47
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News & Rumours David Desharnais News Snippet

It was a busy Monday for Montreal's GM, Pierre Gauthier.  After announcing the signing of Max Pacioretty to a two year deal, the Habs finished the day with another announcement, the signing of diminutive center, David Desharnais to a two years deal.  As per the club policy, Habs did not release the terms of the contract, but according to the sources, Desharnais will earn a total of $1.7 Million in the next two seasons, that is $750,000 for 2011-2012 and $950,000 for 2012-2013 season. 

Habs Development Camp underway

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Monday, June 6, 2011 - 13:28
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The first part of Montreal Canadiens' development camp is underway at the Complex Sportif Bell in Brossard, Quebec.  The drills are run by the coaching staff of the Montreal Canadiens including Kirk Muller, whose future with the organization remains a big question mark with rumors about interviews with the Ottawa Senators and the Dallas Stars making the rounds on a daily basis. 

Hal Gill signs a one year contract with the Habs

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 11:50
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The big man will be back.  The Montreal Canadiens confirmed yesterday that defenseman Hal Gill will return with the Canadiens to play another year.  While the financial term of the agreement were not disclosed in their press-release, Gill is reported to have signed for a one year deal worth 2.25 Million. 

Boyd, Dawes and Klubertanz off to Greener Pastures

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 11:30
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News & Rumours Dustin Boyd Kyle Klubertanz News Snippet Nigel Dawes

Some might say it's not a major loss, but if you look at it from a different angle, Habs have lost a bit of depth with the confirmed departures of Dustin Boyd, Nigel Dawes and Kyle Klubertanz.  Both Boyd and Dawes played the majority of their season in the AHL with occasional presence at the NHL level while Klubertanz played his entire season with the Hamilton Bulldogs. 

Habs sign Joonas Nattinen

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 13:07
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News & Rumours Joonas Nattinen News Snippet

The Montreal Canadiens announced earlier today that they have signed Finnish prospect, centerman Joonas Nattinen to a three year, two-way contract.  While it is not the signing that everybody has been expecting to hear about, namely Andrei Markov, it is none-the-less an important addition to the team roster.  The 6'2", 186 lbs, 20 years old Nattinen was drafted by the Habs in the third round (65th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Originally from Jamsa Finland, he was the top ranked Finnish Prospect in the 2009 Entry draft.  

More Replacements for Kirk Muller

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 14:51
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News & Rumours Kirk Muller News Snippet

The fact that Kirk Muller may be leaving the Habs during the off-season is no longer an obscure rumor.  Now that Muller has gotten the permission to speak to the other teams regarding potential head-coach jobs, it seems imperative that Montreal starts looking for a replacement.  We can all agree that this may not be the easiest task, to replace a player's coach like Muller and there may be some repercussions for the team.  Among other potential issues, there were some concerns raised in the media about some players not re-signing with the Habs if Muller is not part of the

No Jagr for the Habs

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 13:51

This rumor has been hot and the response has been mixed on whether Habs fans would like to see Jagr in the "blue-blanc et rouge" or not.  For all the fans waiting to see Jagr play with the Habs and seeing Jagr and Plekanec united on a line, we have some disappointing news.  It seems that the Habs and Jaromir Jagr are too far apart.  Our sources have confirmed that Jagr's camp is interested in a 2 years deal with no trade clause and that Montreal is not interested in such a deal. 

Yemelin signs a one year two-way contract

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 15:20
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News & Rumours Alexei Yemelin News Snippet

The eagerly awaited news has finally arrived.  Montreal's Russian prospect, the 25 year old, 6'2, 223 lbs, defenseman Alexei Yemelin is about to arrive in the NHL.  The Canadiens announced earlier today that they Yemelin (Emelin) has signed a two-way one year contract with the team.  The financial terms of the contract were not revealed as per the club policies.

Yemelin with the Habs

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 13:24
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News & Rumours Alexei Yemelin News Snippet Off-Season Rumors

Among the die-hard Habs fan, the news has been circulating for a few days now that Alexei Yemelin (Emelin) from the AK Bars Kazan of the KHL might be signing with the Montreal Canadiens and be part of the lineup in the 2011-2012 season.  Several sources have reported that Yemelin's signing will also have a clause allowing him to return to the KHL instead of playing in the AHL in case Habs don't retain his services.  The contract is said to be for 1 year and no monetary value has been placed on the agreement as of yet. 

Karri Ramo signs with Avangard

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 00:54
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News & Rumours Karri Ramo News Snippet

Karri Ramo, the talented netminder, whose rights were traded by the Tampa Bay Lightning in return for goaltender Cedric Desjardins has signed a two years deal with the Avangard Omsk.  Native of Finland, Ramo, 24, played his second season with the Avangard Omsk and managed to win 33 out of the 44 games he played while keeping a Goals Against Average of 1.97 and a save percentage of .925.  He showed marked improvement over his first year when he won 21 out of the 44 games he started with a GAA of 2.11 and a SV% of .913. 

Yemelin ousted against Slovenia

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Monday, May 2, 2011 - 15:04

The IIHF World Hockey tournament is now a few days old and a few Habs are playing for their respective countries.  Among them, there's Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic), Andrei Kostitsyn (Belarus) and prospect Alexei Yemelin (Russia).  Yannick Weber would have been part of that list as well and despite initial reports by Swiss Hockey team that Weber would be joining the national team in Slovakia, he will not be part of this tournament.  Let's have a look at how these players have fa

Yannick Weber says no to the Swiss Hockey team

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Monday, May 2, 2011 - 14:54
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News & Rumours IIHF News Snippet yannick weber

In a final turn of event, Montreal's defenseman Yannick Weber will not join the IIHF World Hockey tournament, taking place in Slovakia, to represent the Swiss national team.  Weber, 22, had apparently held a conversation with the Swiss head-coach Sean Simpson and the latter finally decided not to utilize the services of one of the finest defenseman the country has to offer.  No further explanation was given regarding the exclusion of Weber from the Swiss national team. 

Replacements for Kirk Muller?

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Monday, May 2, 2011 - 13:10
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News & Rumours Kirk Muller News Snippet Off-Season Rumors

With assistant coach Kirk Muller's contract ending this year, it has been expected that he is ready to take the next step in his coaching career and join one of the several teams that are looking forward to fill their vacant head-coach positions.  Muller's name has already been linked to the Dallas Stars, although sources near the Stars and their GM Joe Nieuwendyk has not confirmed the news.  Rumors are that Muller has already been signed for a three years contract with the Stars and that the management is

Goodbye Halpern?

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 14:32
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News & Rumours Jeff Halpern News Snippet Off-Season Rumors

The offseason is full of rumors and potential changes to the team, there's the free agent situations and the draft and the trades.  One of these rumors that surfaced recently was the fact that Kirk Muller, the assistant coach of the Montreal Canadiens will be leaving the team as his contract has come to an end and will join the Dallas Stars as their head-coach.  The other one concerns center Jeff Halpern.  It seems that Montreal's general manager Pierre Gauthier has passed the word to Halpern that he

Kirk Muller off to Dallas?

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Friday, April 29, 2011 - 15:46
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News & Rumours Kirk Muller News Snippet Off-Season Rumors

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reported today that  Montreal's assistant coach Kirk Muller is moving to the Dallas Stars to occupy the vacant head coach position with the team.

IIHF plucks a few Habs

By:  Amit Malhotra   |   Friday, April 29, 2011 - 00:39

The 2011 IIHF World Championship will begin shortly and as teams from the NHL get eliminated slowly, the international teams are trying to bring the talent from the NHL into their roster.  With the Habs now eliminated after a heart-breaking defeat against the Boston Bruins in game 7 overtime, it's time for some of the talented Habs players to go and represent their countries.  The big names from the Habs include among others Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Kostitsyn and Yannick Weber.