Calgary Flames’ Hamonic becomes 1st NHL player to opt out of league’s plan to play during pandemic

Just hours after the NHL announced it had reached a deal with the NHLPA to resume play amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Calgary Flames issued a statement to say one of the team’s players told them he would not be taking part. Defenceman Travis Hamonic, 29, is the first known player to opt out […]

Canadiens Notebook: Brendan Gallagher looks ready to return

Brendan Gallagher could return to the Canadiens’ lineup Thursday night when they play the Sabres in Buffalo (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM), but Jonathan Drouin definitely won’t be in the lineup. Gallagher has missed 10 of the last 11 games since suffering a concussion but practised for the second straight day […]

Canadiens Game Day: Canadiens call up goalie Charlie Lindgren

The Canadiens announced Saturday morning that they have called up goalie Charlie Lindgren from the AHL’s Laval Rocket and sent down Cayden Primeau. The Canadiens will have a morning skate at 10:30 a.m. at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard before facing the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., SNE, […]

In the Habs’ Room: Primeau makes 35 saves en route to first NHL victory

Cayden Primeau said his first week in the NHL has been like a roller-coaster and he took the Canadiens along for the ride Wednesday night as Montreal defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime at the Bell Centre. The 22-year-old goaltender made 35 saves to post his first NHL win. The victory extended the Canadiens’ […]

Canadiens Game Day: Habs lose game and Jesperi Kotkaniemi

It was awkward, it was scary and it sure looked dirty. Less than two minutes into Thursday night’s game at the Bell Centre, Colorado Avalanche defenceman Nikita Zadorov checked the Canadiens’ Jesperi Kotkaniemi hard into the boards, brought up his right leg to upend him and then slammed the 20-year-old centre to the ice. Kotkaniemi’s […]

Stu Cowan: Bell Centre fans save the loudest cheer for Saku Koivu

The Canadiens brought 11 former captains out to centre ice during a pregame ceremony Tuesday night at the Bell Centre to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the franchise that was founded on Dec. 4, 1909. Henri Richard wasn’t able to make it because of health issues. The 12 former captains won a combined 46 Stanley […]

Canadiens extend losing streak to eight games after early lead against Bruins

BOSTON — The Canadiens played a near-perfect road game for 46 minutes Sunday, but learned a good team like the Bruins will take advantage of any chances you give them as Montreal fell 3-1. The Bruins scored three goals in the third period to extend their winning streak to seven games, while the Canadiens’ losing […]

Leaf Snaps: Keefe gets new office

It had to be surreal for Sheldon Keefe, sitting in Mike Babcock’s old office, with the farm team Marlies playing outside and himself preparing for his first Scotiabank Arena home game. “It’s pretty special for sure,” Keefe said in his first Bay St. press conference as Leaf coach before Saturday night’s game. “I haven’t had […]

Injured Jonathan Drouin tries to keep slumping Canadiens’ spirits up

Jonathan Drouin can’t do anything to help his Canadiens teammates on the ice, so he’s doing his best to try and keep their spirits up off the ice. Drouin met with the media Friday morning in Brossard for the first time since requiring surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left wrist suffered during […]