The Canadiens have signed Kaiden Guhle to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Canadiens have re-signed Brendan Gallagher to a six-year extension worth $39.0 million ($6.5M AAV).
The Canadiens have signed Jake Allen to a two-year contract extension worth $5.75 million ($2.875M AAV).
The Canadiens have signed Tyler Toffoli to a four-year contract worth $17.0 million ($4.25M AAV).
The Canadiens have signed Xavier Ouellet to a two-year, two-way contract ($737.5K/$425K AAV).
In his first two seasons with the Canadiens, Ouellet has appeared in a combined 31 NHL games and 86 AHL games. Most recently, he had nine goals and 15 assists (24 points) in 39 games with Laval (AHL). With the addition of Joel Edmundson, Noah Juulsen back at 100 percent and Alexander Romanov coming over from Russia, Ouellet is pushed down the depth chart.
The Canadiens have signed Brandon Baddock to a one-year, two-way contract ($700K/$110K).
Baddock had six goals and nine assists (15 points) in 50 game with the Binghamton Devils (AHL). The 25-year-old is a former sixth-round pick (2014) who was signed to bolster Laval's blueline, not Montreal's.
The Canadiens have signed Victor Mete to a one-year extension worth $735K.
Mete has been a staple on the Habs' blueline over the last two seasons but following the addition of Joel Edmundson and promotion of Alexander Romanov, Mete will likely be the No.7 defenseman in Montreal in 2021. He has compiled four goals and 27 assists (31 points) in 171 career NHL games.
Source: PuckPedia 10/9/20, 11:19 am EST
The Canadiens have signed Josh Anderson to a seven-year contract worth $38.5 million ($5.5M AAV).
After acquiring Anderson from the Blue Jackets, GM Marc Bergevin inked the rugged winger through the 2027 season. The deal leaves the Canadiens with ≈$5.37M in cap space heading into free agency. Anderson, Shea Weber, Jeff Petry and Carey Price are the only four skaters in Montreal currently signed through the 2024 season.
The Canadiens have re-signed Noah Juulsen to a one-year, two-way deal ($700K / $125K).
Juulsen missed most of the 2019-20 season with concussion-like symptoms that stemmed from a facial fracture that he suffered after being hit in the face with the pick in September. He had three assists in 13 AHL games and will likely start 2021 with Laval (AHL) after the promotion of Alexander Romanov and the addition of Joel Edmundson.
Source: PuckPedia 10/8/20, 10:12 am EST
The Canadiens have acquired Josh Anderson from the Blue Jackets for Max Domi and a 2020 third-round pick (No.78 overall).
Anderson dealt with shoulder issues all throughout 2020, limiting him to just 26 games and four points (1G / 3A). In 2019, Anderson scored a career-high 27 goals with 20 assists (47 points) in 82 games. He was one of three players who had 20-plus goals and 200-plus hits in 2019--Alex Ovechkin and Blake Coleman were the other two, pretty good company. Anderson's rugged style of play is exactly what the Habs were in search of and he will pair nicely on the second line with Nick Suzuki.
Source: PuckPedia 10/7/20, 10:17 am EST
The Canadiens have placed Karl Alzner on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.
Alzner had two years left at a $4.625M AAV cap hit. Buying him out will cost the Canadiens $3.96M AAV in 2021 ($667K Savings), $1.96M AAV in 2022 ($2.67M Savings) and $883K AAV in 2023 and 2024. Alzner spent most of 2020 in the AHL, where he had one goal and 12 assists in 53 games.
Source: PuckPedia 10/6/20, 12:08 pm EST
The Canadiens have signed Michael McNiven to a one-year, two-way contract extension ($700K/75K).
McNiven split 2020 between the ECHL and AHL and appears destined to start 2021 in the ECHL. He was 2-5-1 with a 4.16 GAA and .889 SV% in eight games with the Norfolk Admirals a season ago.
The Canadiens have signed Jake Lucchini to a one-year, two-way ($700K/85K) contract extension.
Lucchini was an undrafted free agent out of Michigan Tech. He was originally signed by the Penguins but was part of a minor league trade to the Canadiens in February. The 25-year-old finished 2020 with 11 goals and nine assists (20 points) in 61 games between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Laval (AHL).
The Canadiens have signed Joseph Blandisi to a one-year, two-way contract extension ($700k/325k).
Blandisi started last season with the Penguins but was dealt to the Canadiens in a minor league swap in mid-February. Montreal didn't get much of a look at Blandisi before the season was paused but he registered four points (1G / 3A) in four AHL games and that was enough to get a one-year extension. The 26-year-old has 10 goals and 21 assists (31 points) in 101 career NHL games with the Devils, Ducks and Penguins.
The Canadiens have signed Jeff Petey to a four-year, $25 million ($6.25 million AAV) contract extension.
Petry had one-year left on his six-year, $33M contract that he signed in 2015 but earned a fresh four-year extension and got a $750K AAV raise. Petry has recorded three-straight seasons of at last 40 points and has not missed a game over that stretch.
The Canadiens have signed Jake Evans to a two-year contract extension (2020:21: $700k/225k; 2021-22: $800k).
The Canadiens have signed Joel Edmundson to a four-year deal worth $14.0 million ($3.5M AAV).
Edmundson was acquired from the Hurricanes last week and quickly got a deal done with the Canadiens. This contract includes a 10-team no trade clause and will keep Edmundson in Montreal through the 2024 campaign. The 27-year-old is coming off of a career-high 20 points (7G / 13A) in 68 games.
The Canadiens have acquired the rights to Joel Edmundson from the Hurricanes in exchange for a 2020 5th round draft pick.
Edmundson is a pending unrestricted free agent that just wasn't a part of the future of the Hurricanes blueline. In Montreal however, Edmundson will help bolster a left-side that features Ben Chiarot (2 years left), Brett Kulak (2 years), Victor Mete (RFA) and the up-and-coming Alexander Romanov (2 years). It will be interesting to see if Montreal has plans to move any of them to loosen up the logjam. Edmundson doesn't provide a lot offensively but led the Hurricanes' blueline in hits (118) and was tied for second in blocked shots (91) in 2020.
The Canadiens have signed Lukas Vejdemo to a one-year, two-way ($700k/105k) contract extension.
The Canadiens have acquired Jake Allen and a 2022 seventh-round pick from the Blues for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2020 seventh-round pick.
Allen is a 30-year-old netminder who is heading into the final year of a four-year contract that carries a $4.35 million cap hit. Allen is likely the first of a few cap causalities in St. Louis, who have very few contracts coming off of the books this offseason and both Alex Pietrangelo (UFA) and Vince Dunn (RFA) looking for new deals. As for Allen, he will backup Carey Price in 2021 and is coming off of a year in which he was 12-6-3 with a 2.15 GAA and .927 SV% in 21 starts and three relief appearances.
Source: PuckPedia 09/2/20, 3:33 pm EST