The Caufield deal is a message

June 5, 2023 The Montreal Canadiens picked early Monday morning to announce they had come to terms on a new contract with their sniper, signing Cole Caufield to an eight-year contract extension worth $62.8M and an annual average value (AAV) of $7.85M. This new deal is a message… or maybe a few messages. You canContinue reading “The Caufield deal is a message”

The Pezzetta deal raises questions about identity

June 3, 2023 On Friday, June 2nd, the Montreal Canadiens signed Michael Pezzetta to a two-year contract worth $1.625M for an annual average value (AAV) of $812,500. Pezzetta was a restricted free agent with arbitration rights. This kind of contract is not sexy, but it’s a no brainer. This deal was a no brainer forContinue reading “The Pezzetta deal raises questions about identity”

Habs Notes from the Conference Finals

June 1, 2023 On Monday night, the Dallas Stars were eliminated by the Vegas Golden Knights and the third round of the 2022-23 Stanley Cup Playoffs drew to a close. Only the Stanley Cup Final remains, and it’s time to consider the lessons that were learned in the Conference Finals. With the off-season ready toContinue reading “Habs Notes from the Conference Finals”

Habs Notes from the Second Round

May 16, 2023 With the Seattle Kraken the last team eliminated, the second round of the 2022-23 Stanley Cup Playoffs is complete. Before we are thrown into the Conference Final, we should take a minute to consider the the lessons that were learned in the second round. Montreal Canadiens GM Kent Hughes is sharp enoughContinue reading “Habs Notes from the Second Round”

Habs Notes from the First Round

May 5, 2023 The first round of the 2022-23 Stanley Cup Playoffs is complete and once again the Montreal Canadiens were spectators. Their season may be over but the work isn’t done. This is the part of the season where smart GMs take notes on how other teams are built and how they fare inContinue reading “Habs Notes from the First Round”

Is Mike Hoffman a buyout candidate?

May 1, 2023 With the off-season already well underway for the Montreal Canadiens, one focal point for GM Kent Hughes will be to continue to whittle away at the bad contracts left behind by his predecessor. Cap space is no longer a pressing issue with names like Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin and Sean Monahan comingContinue reading “Is Mike Hoffman a buyout candidate?”

Is the Dubois decision in Montreal comparable to Tavares in Toronto?

April 23, 2023 Last summer, player agent Pat Brisson created waves in the hockey world when he publicly stated that his client, Pierre-Luc Dubois, would like to play for the Montreal Canadiens. Rumours circulated that a trade was very close at the 2022 draft, but it did not come to fruition and Dubois went onContinue reading “Is the Dubois decision in Montreal comparable to Tavares in Toronto?”

The Habs and the McGuire Profile

April 20, 2023 With the 2022-23 season complete and the off-season already underway for the Montreal Canadiens, the thing on everyone’s mind is this – How close are they, and what missing pieces are between the current version of the Habs and contender status? Of course, the real labour is figuring out the missing pieces.Continue reading “The Habs and the McGuire Profile”

Revelations from the Habs Locker Cleanout Day

April 16, 2023 On Friday, the Montreal Canadiens cleaned out their lockers to conclude the 2022-23 season. Management and players met with the media, and teased us with a few revelations. Here are some things I found most noteworthy. HuGo knows the injury situation is not okay. Man-games lost to injury was a focal pointContinue reading “Revelations from the Habs Locker Cleanout Day”

Week 25 in One Word: Atmosphere

April 3, 2023 There were four games on tap for the Montreal Canadiens in their 25th week of action. On Monday night they were in Buffalo and Michael Pezzetta was the shootout hero in a 4-3 win. They were off to Philadelphia for a Tuesday night game that ended in a 3-2 loss. On ThursdayContinue reading “Week 25 in One Word: Atmosphere”