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
Contract talks between the Montreal Canadiens and pending restricted free agent Alex Galchenyuk are currently on hold while the forward looks for a new agent.
Galchenyuk recently fired Igor Larionov who is an agent with The Will Sports Group.
“Ian (Pulver) and I were trying to help him to become a good hockey player but, more importantly, to be a good human being,” Larionov told The Montreal Gazette. “I would speak to him every day; I think I spent more time talking to him than talking to my wife.”
The 21-year-old set career highs with 20 goals and 46 points in 80 games during the 2014-15 season. However, he struggled in the playoffs scoring just once in 12 games.
“I tried to make him understand that he has to be patient,” Larionov. “I had to wait when I was a young player; every great player has a time when he’s going to be on the bench, but you have to learn that’s part of the game.”
Galchenyuk’s three-year, $9.7 million entry-level contract is set to expire next month.
Joey MacDonald is headed overseas.
MacDonald, the 35-year-old goalie that’s spent time with the Red Wings, Bruins, Islanders, Maple Leafs and Flames, has opted to sign with German League outfit Schenninger Wild Wings, the club announced on Friday.
MacDonald spent last season with Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton, going 10-9-6 with a .910 save percentage and 2.77 GAA.
A veteran of over 100 NHL contests, MacDonald had his busiest year on Long Island in 2008-09, starting a career-high 46 games. He later enjoyed a nice spell in Detroit from 2010-12, emerging as a capable backup for Jimmy Howard.
His last big-league work came in ’13-14, when he appeared in 11 games for Calgary.
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.
Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec answers a burning question for many of us who lost our pronunciation guides:
Q: So how do you pronounce your name?
A: PLEK-a-nets (laughs). Really, it doesn’t matter. I don’t care at all anymore. I’m fine when people say it Ple-CAN-ek, but it’s PLEK-a-nets.
It’s probably good that he’s laid back about the situation, right? /Flubs his name out of habit. (Click here for the full Q & A at Habs Inside/Out)
Ten big trade candidates at the upcoming 2015 NHL Draft. Yes, there’s at least one Blackhawk on the list. (The Hockey News)
Another look at Kimmo Timonen’s long-awaited moment with the Cup. (Greatest Hockey Legends)
A strong argument that the ‘Hawks are, indeed, worthy of the “dynasty” moniker. (Five Thirty Eight)
In case you’re wondering, yes, Patrick Kane rocked the playoff mullet back in 2010 as well.
Considering what the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman went through – and how much Chicago strained in his absence – it’s cool to see Michal Rozsival hoisting the Stanley Cup:
According to Igor Eronko, Sergei Kostitsyn is close to signing an NHL contract.
It is currently unknown which team Kostitsyn is negotiating with.
The 28-year-old spent the 2014-15 season with Ak Bars Kazan in the KHL, scoring seven goals and 27 points in 49 games.
Originally a seventh-round selection (200th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens, Kostitsyn last played in the NHL during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, scoring three goals and 12 assists with the Nashville Predators.
Kostitsyn was placed on unconditional waivers by the Preds in July 2013 and signed a reported three-year deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.
The 6-foot, 207-pound forward has appeared in 353 NHL games with the Canadiens and Predators scoring 67 goals and 176 points.