In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news out of Montreal in respect to the team’s plans for Ilya Kovalchuk, the New York Islanders have a surprised goaltender in their system and will David Backes retire instead of accept his assignment to the AHL? Finally, what will the Detroit Red Wings do at the deadline?
Too early to talk Ilya Kovalchuk extension Louis-Andre Lariviere of TVA Sports: (google translate) Montreal Canadiens recently signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk has been working out very well for the team so far. Kovalchuk’s agent Pat Brisson when asked if there could be something beyond this season. “It is too premature at the moment to talk
PHILADELPHIA — Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice and Carey Price recorded 40 saves as the Montreal Canadiens avoided a season series sweep with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. Tomas Tatar scored his 17th goal of the season and Artturi Lehkonen added his 11th for the Canadiens, who find themselves six points
When do the Toronto Maple Leafs pull the trigger on a defenseman? TSN: With Jake Muzzin still out with a foot injury, and Morgan Rielly now out for two month, teams are calling the Toronto Maple Leafs to see if they are interested in any of their defensemen according to Bob McKenzie. The Leafs are
** Post and video were submitted before Pierre LeBrun said on TSN “I can tell you this. You can stop speculating about that, because Habs GM Marc Bergevin told me on Tuesday he has no intention of thinking about trading Carey Price or Shea Weber and would not listen if a team phoned on Carey Price or Shea Weber before the trade
MONTREAL — Carey Price made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Montreal Canadiens snapped the Calgary Flames’ five-game winning streak with a 2-0 victory on Monday night. Jordan Weal and rookie Ryan Poehling scored for the Canadiens (20-20-7), who have won two games in a row since losing eight straight.
Maple Leafs could kick tires on a Sharks defenseman Michael Augello: It’s not surprising that the Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking at add a defenseman at the trade deadline. Elliotte Friedman noted yesterday that the Leafs could kick tires on San Jose Sharks defenseman pending UFA defenseman Brenden Dillon. Dillon carries a $3.27 million
Canadian teams not on Kreider’s no-trade list? Larry Brooks of the New York Post: New York Rangers pending UFA and potential trade deadline chip Chris Kreider has a no-trade list that basically blocks him from being traded to a Canadian team. It may be one of the reasons the Montreal Canadiens signed Ilya Kovalchuk. Rick
Potential landing spots for Chris Kreider if the Rangers look to trade him The Fourth Period: The Colorado Avalanche are looking to add a top-six forward before the NHL trade deadline and they could have some interest in New York Rangers pending UFA winger Chris Kreider. The Rangers are expected to talk with Kreider about
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: There could be some news on Justin Williams by the end of the weekend. Chip Alexander: Carolina Hurricanes coach Rob Brind’Amour said he didn’t know if Williams was coming back but added: “I would welcome him back. It would be nice to see.” Teams are now eligible to sign contract extensions
Sabres trade Scandella to the Canadiens The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenseman Marco Scandella from the Buffalo Sabres for a 2020 fourth-round pick. The pick originally belonged to the San Jose Sharks. Thoughts from the media John Shannon: “Scandella being moved by Buffalo to Montreal makes a ton of sense on so many levels. Sabres
Perspective is often difficult to find in the vast and endless rollercoaster of emotions amplified by sports radio and social media these days. But, with the close of this decade, it’s the perfect time to look back and celebrate the collective and individual performances of the Montreal Canadiens. So put your feet up and enjoy
The NHL’s annual trade deadline will be at 3 pm ET on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. However, several clubs could attempt to make moves well before that date. Non-contenders, such as the Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings, could wait until the deadline to maximize the returns on the players they attempt to shop.
Interested in Kovalchuk includes… Boston Hockey Now: Teams that are interested in Ilya Kovalchuk include the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, and Florida Panthers. Bob McKenzie: The Bruins don’t appear to be interested in signing Kovalchuk. Rumor roundup for Friedman’s thoughts Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider
VANCOUVER — Marc Bergevin isn’t looking for any short-term solutions for the Montreal Canadiens to make the playoffs. “I will not mortgage the future of this team just hoping to make the playoffs,” the Canadiens’ general manager said Monday. “I can’t sit here today to tell you that I’m going to make one move that
MONTREAL — Jonathan Bernier made 42 saves as the league-worst Detroit Red Wings downed the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 Saturday night. Tyler Bertuzzi and Mike Green scored for the Red Wings (9-22-3), who have won two games in a row since dropping 12 straight. Green also added an assist. Tomas Tatar scored in the game’s final
Canadiens scouting the Blackhawks Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago: The Montreal Canadiens have been heavily scouting the Chicago Blackhawks as well as their AHL in Rockford. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has scouted Blackhawks this season – including this past Sunday – and has been seen at Rockford games. The Canadiens are believed to looking
Scouting the Philadelphia Flyers and Arizona Coyotes- Thursday Dave Isaac: Scouts listed to attend Thursday’s Flyers-Coyotes game: Pittsburgh Penguins (2), Ottawa Senators (GM Pierre Dorion – Senators play Flyers today), Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, and the Washington Capitals. Scouting the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado