Montreal Canadiens

Habs sign Barberio to a one-year, two-way deal

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The Montreal Canadiens have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Mark Barberio to a one-year, two-way deal, the club announced.

According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the deal is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $325,000 in the American Hockey League.

Barberio became an unrestricted free agent earlier in the week after the Tampa Bay Lightning elected not to tender the 25-year-old a qualifying offer.

“I’m not going to say it was disappointing. It’s time to get a fresh start somewhere else,” Barberio’s agent Paul Hamel told PHT on Monday. “It could go either way so at this point, they decided not to make a qualifying offer so we just need to move on.”

Barberio appeared in 103 games with Tampa scoring six goals and 11 assists while averaging 15:42 in time on ice.

The Montreal native was originally a sixth-round pick (152nd overall) by Tampa at the 2008 NHL Draft.

The Habs have also signed free agent forward George Holloway to a one-year, two-way contract.

The 27-year-old played 42 games with Bern in Swiss National League A in 2014-15, scoring 13 goals and 37 points.

Holloway was originally a third-round pick of the L.A. Kings (86th overall) at the 2006 NHL Draft.

Kassian traded to Habs for Prust; Hodgson signs with Preds

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The Vancouver Canucks have given up on Zack Kassian. The Montreal Canadiens will give him a chance.

Kassian was traded to the Habs today, along with a fifth-round pick in 2016. The 24-year-old winger, who came to Vancouver in the 2012 Cody Hodgson swap, never turned into the power forward the Canucks envisioned he could be. His stint with the club was a controversial one, marked by suspensions, punitive AHL demotions, and the odd hot streak. Some felt he was never given enough of an opportunity; others disagreed.

“I need to find consistency,” Kassian told TSN. “This summer, I’m really taking strides forward. I want to have a big year. I’ve matured a lot as a person and a player.”

Heading to the Canucks is gritty forward Brandon Prust. Prust is 31 years old. He’s signed for one more year at $2.5 million, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent.

In an odd twist, Hodgson has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Predators, who will hope to rejuvenate a career that went south in Buffalo. The 25-year-old center was just bought out by the Sabres. In Nashville, the top two centers, Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher, are each 35 years old, so rolling the dice on Hodgson makes sense.

Related: Ribeiro re-signs with Preds — two years, $7 million

Habs re-sign deadline pickup Flynn: two years, $1.9 million

After a short cameo at the end of last season, Brian Flynn has re-upped in Montreal.

On Monday, the Habs announced they signed Flynn to a two-year, $1.9 million deal with an average annual cap hit of $950,000. A serviceable depth forward, Flynn was set to become a restricted free agent but avoids that route with this deal, which represents a slight pay raise from his previous contract.

The former Sabre, who had three points in six playoff games for the Habs last year, is the latest of GM Marc Bergenvin’s trade deadline pickups to stick in Montreal.

Previously, the Canadiens signed d-man Jeff Petry — acquired from Edmonton at the deadline — to a six-year, $33 million extension. Torrey Mitchell — who,  like Flynn also came over from Buffalo — agreed to a new contract shortly after Petry, inking for $3.6 million over three years.

With those three now locked in and P.A. Parenteau bought out of his contract, Bergevin can focus on other tasks at hand — specifically, new deals for RFA forward Alex Galchenyuk and blueliner Jarred Tinordi.

Christian Thomas, a winger that’s spent most of his time in AHL Hamilton, also needs a new deal.

Agent: Franson has spoken with ‘half a dozen’ teams (Updated)

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Pending unrestricted free agent Cody Franson has spoken with “half a dozen” teams, agent Gerry Johannson tells PHT.

Since Thursday, pending UFAs have been allowed to have dialogue with other teams leading into July 1.

Franson’s one-year, $3.3 million deal is set to expire, making him a UFA for the first time in his career.

“Just tire-kicking. General stuff,” Johannson said of the talks. “We already know who the teams are that would need someone like Cody anyway. The conversations have been pretty light.”

With a total of 28 right-shot defenseman expected to hit the open market on Wednesday, per Generalfanager.com, Franson, along with Washington Capitals blue liner Mike Green, are expected to be highly coveted in free agency.

Update:

Johannson believes Jeff Petry’s new six-year, $33 million extension is the right “ballpark” for his client as he heads into the open market. Petry’s deal includes a full no-movement clause in the first three years of the deal and a 15-team no-trade clause for the final three years.

Franson appeared in 78 games split between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators during the 2014-15 season, registering seven goals and 29 assists while averaging 19:38 in ice time.

Related: UFA of the Day: Cody Franson

PHT Morning Skate: Patrick Kane takes the Stanley Cup to a Jimmy Buffett concert

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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.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane took the Stanley Cup to a Jimmy Buffet concert on Saturday. The 26-year-old took to the stage and helped Buffet sing “volcano” while rocking some interesting dance moves. (Bar Down)

UFA Decision Day looms for Mike ‘Motorcycle Gang’ Green. (The Hockey News)

“I think there was something between me and Paul (MacLean) that didn’t click when he was there” – Robin Lehner on his time in Ottawa (Ottawa Sun)

The Florida Panthers were one of the finalists in the Cam Talbot sweepstakes. (Miami Herald)

A behind the scenes look at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ fourth overall selection Mitch Marner:

A look at the new jerseys, which were unveiled during the 2015 NHL Draft. (Bar Down)

Actor Jonathan Cherry, who plays Marco Belchier in the movie “Goon” sat down with Habs’ goaltender Carey price for an interesting interview recently:

Photo courtesy of @JimmyBuffett