Alex Galchenyuk

PHT Morning Skate: Virtual reality and the Capitals

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Washington Capitals are embracing virtual reality for development and fan experiences. PHT is embracing the joy of finding funny photos of people in virtual reality helmets. (Capitals)

Aside: goofy hockey players in goofy helmet pictures better surface.

Justin Bourne discusses the increasingly valuable ability for defensemen to shoot around shot blockers. (The Score)

Now this is some quality trolling: Sean McIndoe gauges the “validity” of Stanley Cup wins. So, so many people left angry … especially if they only skim. (Grantland)

On Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs winning the 2015 Lester Patrick Award. (CSNNE)

Scotty Bowman would tweak a couple rules if he was in charge. (Bleacher Report)

Milan Lucic and four players who can rebound during the 2015-16 season. (The Hockey News)

Should Alex Galchenyuk play at center or wing? (TSN)

Armed with new deal, Galchenyuk expects to have a ‘great year’

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With a two-year bridge deal worth $5.6 million in his back pocket, Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk is expecting big things from himself next season.

The 21-year-old scored a career-high 20 goals and 46 points in 80 games during the 2014-15 season, but found the back of the net just once in 12 playoff games.

“As long as I’ve played, I’ve never set goals for points,” he said during a conference call on Friday. “You have to prepare yourself to stay healthy and be in the right mindset. I expect to have a great year and I can’t wait to get started.”

Negotiations on a new deal for Galchenyuk were delayed this summer after he fired his agent Igor Larionov. The Hall of Famer suggested Galchenyuk was unhappy with his ice time and the way he was used by coach Michel Therrien.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Galchenyuk said of Larionov’s comments. “I’m happy to be in Montreal for two more years and it’s up to the coaches and trainers to decide where to use me.”

Galchenyuk believes the club’s recent addition, free agent Alex Semin, will be a good fit in the Habs’ lineup.

“I met him right before he signed,” Galchenyuk said. “I was at the (Canadiens) kids’ camp and he was with his agent in the dressing room. When I came off the ice, I heard he had signed. I’m happy for him. He’s a skilled player and I think it will work out well.”

Galchenyuk’s new deal carries an annual average value of $2.8 million. He will be a restricted free agent once again following the 2016-17 season.

Habs’ Galchenyuk inks two-year extension

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Alex Galchenyuk has a lot of potential and over the course of his next deal, he’ll have a chance to prove that he’s worth a much bigger contract.

The Montreal Canadiens announced tonight that they have signed Galchenyuk to a two-year bridge deal.

The team didn’t disclose the terms of the contract, but it’s worth $5.6 million, according to Pierre LeBrun. Galchenyuk was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract.

The 21-year-old forward was taken with the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft after was able to make the leap to the NHL in 2013 following the lockout. Since then his responsibilities with Montreal have steadily grown to the point where he logged 16:35 minutes of ice time per game last season, including an average of 2:26 minutes with the man advantage. He finished the 2014-15 campaign with a career-high 20 goals and 46 points in 80 contests.

He also has four goals and 10 points in 22 career playoff games.

Habs lock down Tinordi with one-year, two-way contract

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The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Jarred Tinordi to a one-year, two-way contract on Wednesday. The financial terms have not been disclosed.

At this point, the Habs only have one pressing concern remaining: re-signing RFA Alex Galchenyuk. Naturally, much like the New York Rangers with Derek Stepan, getting Galchenyuk under contract will be more challenging than signing the likes of Tinordi and Michael Bournival.

Tinordi, 23, managed to play in 13 regular season games last season, generating two assists. He didn’t receive any reps in the playoffs, but he does have some postseason experience, as he played in five playoff games in 2013.

It’s likely that the young blueliner – drafted 22nd overall in 2010 – will need to battle for playing time. It won’t be easy, yet he has at least one ace up his sleeve:

PHT Morning Skate: Canes’ Fleury gets fancy with behind-the-legs goal

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Canes’ defenseman Haydn Fleury showed off the offensive side of his game recently at Carolina’s development camp.

Two men have been convicted in a multi-million dollar investment fraud scheme that victimized former NHLers Mike Peca and Bryan Berard among others. (United States Department of Justice)

Christopher Brown, the grandson of the late Wellington and Anne Mara, is trying to make a name for himself at Buffalo Sabres camp. (Buffalo News)

Habs’ defenseman P.K. Subban tries to pinpoint Alex Galchenyuk’s place in pop culture history:

Jared Clinton takes a look at which 10 AHL players could be full-time NHLers in 2015-16. (The Hockey News)

Nikolay Goldobin is hoping to earn a spot in San Jose next season. (CSNBayarea.com)

Soon to leap into pro hockey, Madison Bowey finds the wait ‘thrilling’. (The Washington Post)