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2015 NHL Awards - Press Room

It’s Montreal Canadiens day at PHT


If you wanted the story of Montreal’s ’14-15 campaign, all you had to do was watch the NHL Awards.

Or more specifically, the Carey Price awards.

Price was at the microphone four times to celebrate his banner campaign: Once for the Hart Trophy as league MVP, once for the Vezina as the NHL’s top netminder, once for the Ted Lindsay award as the most outstanding player as voted by the players, and once for the William Jennings Trophy as a goalie on the team that allowed the fewest goals in the regular season.

OK, he did have to share that last one with Corey Crawford. But you get the idea.

Simplistic as it sounds, Montreal’s season was mostly about Price, in that the Habs went as far as their star goalie would take them. Sure, other Canadiens played integral roles — Max Pacioretty scored 37 goals, P.K. Subban was a Norris Finalist — but for the most part, the 50 wins and 110 points and second-round playoff appearance was due to No. 31.

Which begs the question:

Can he do it again?

Off-season recap

GM Marc Bergevin’s spent most of the summer attending to in-house business. All three of his trade deadline pickups — Brian Flynn, Torrey Mitchell and Jeff Petry — were extended, with Petry scoring the biggest with a six-year, $33 million deal.

Youngsters Alex Galchenyuk, Michael Bournival, Jarred Tinordi, Christian Thomas, Greg Pateryn and Nathan Beaulieu were also given new deals, while veterans Mike Weaver, Sergei Gonchar, Manny Malhotra and P.A. Parenteau (via buyout) were sent packing.

As for new faces? Zack Kassian was acquired from Vancouver in exchange for Brandon Prust, while Carolina castoff Alex Semin was signed to a one-year, $1.1M deal after the ‘Canes bought him out.

At the draft, Montreal used its first-round pick to select WHL Everett blueliner Noah Juulsen 26th overall.

All in all, it was a perfunctory offseason for the Habs. Firmly in the mix as an Eastern Conference contender, the club didn’t feel the need to make a big summer splash — in fact, based on the Flynn and Mitchell and Petry contracts, it could be argued that Bergevin’s upgrading happened on Mar. 2, not July 1.

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:

Habs re-sign Bournival: one year, $600,000

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The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed RFA forward Michael Bournival to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level, per TVA.

Bournival, 23, split last season between Montreal and the club’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton, scoring five points in 29 games with the Habs. He failed to appear in any postseason games after playing in 14 during the Canadiens’ run to the 2014 Eastern Conference final.

Last year was a bit of a setback for Bournival, especially after scoring seven goals and 14 points in 60 games during his rookie campaign.

What’s more, things don’t promise to get any easier next season as the Habs retained the services of their two trade deadline pickups — forwards Bryan Flynn and Torrey Mitchell. That adds to an already crowded group that only saw two significant departures this offseason: P.A. Parenteau, who was bought out of his contract, and Manny Malhotra, who wasn’t brought back in free agency.

Report: Habs have offered Bournival a one-year, two-way deal

Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens

With Jeff Petry and Nathan Beaulieu signed to multi-year extensions, the Montreal Canadiens have turned their attention to Michael Bournival.

According to Richard Labbe of La Presse, the Habs have extended a one-year, two-way qualifying offer to Bournival.

The 23-year-old’s three-year, $2.7 million entry-level deal is set to expire on July 1 making him a restricted free agent.

Bournival appeared in 29 games with the Canadiens during the 2014-15 season scoring three goals and five points to go along with a plus-4 rating while averaging 7:53 a night in ice time. In 12 games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, Bournival scored three goals and nine points.

Originally a third-round pick (71st overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in 2010, Bournival was acquired by the Canadiens in exchange for Ryan O’Byrne in November 2010.

Related: Report: Habs’ Galchenyuk fires agent Igor Larionov

Report: Habs’ Bournival played despite dizziness

Detroit Red Wings v Montreal Canadiens

Per La Presse, Montreal youngster and current AHL Hamilton forward Michael Bournival played games with both the Canadiens and Bulldogs this season while experiencing dizziness.

Bournival, who suffered a concussion last spring, will reportedly undergo testing this week in an effort to figure out his injury status. The 22-year-old had only appeared in 29 games with Montreal this season, scoring three goals and five points while averaging 7:53 TOI per night — something of a step backwards, especially after a solid rookie campaign in which he scored 14 points in 60 regular season and made 14 playoff appearances.

This year, Bournival hasn’t been as regular a lineup fixture. He was healthy scratch on numerous occasions to start the season, and didn’t get his first game until Nov. 4.

Earlier this month, Bournival was demoted to the Bulldogs shortly after Montreal acquired forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn at the Mar. 2 trade deadline. He subsequently appeared in five games for Hamilton, registering just one assist while going scoreless over his last four contests, and was held out of Sunday’s game against the Marlies.