Montreal Canadiens

Habs sign Petry to a six-year, $33 million extension

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The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension with defenseman Jeff Petry the club announced on Tuesday.

According to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, the deal is worth $33 million with an annual average value of $5.5 million.

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports the deal also includes a partial no-trade clause.

“We are very happy that Jeff has agreed to remain with the Montreal Canadiens for the next six seasons,”said general manager Marc Bergevin in a statement. “To re-sign him to a new contract was one of our main off-season priorities.

“Jeff showed a tremendous will to commit to the Canadiens and stay in Montreal. He is a solid defenseman with speed and size who acquired valuable playoff experience this year. Jeff is a very good fit within our group of defensemen and his presence gives us a lot of depth at this position.”

Petry, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Edmonton Oilers, had three goals and seven points in 19 regular season games for the Habs while averaging over 22 minutes a night in ice time.

The 27-year-old added two goals and an assist in 12 playoff games.

Following the Habs’ second round loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Petry expressed his desire to remain in Montreal saying it was his first choice.

Petry would’ve become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career next month as his one-year $3.075 million deal was set to expire.

Habs sign prospects Dumont and Ellis to matching one-year deals

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The Montreal Canadiens have inked prospects Gabriel Dumont and Morgan Ellis to one-year contracts the club announced on Monday.

According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the deals are matching two-way contracts worth $575,000.

Dumont appeared in three games for the Canadiens in 2014-15 registering a minus-1 rating while averaging 9:07 in ice time. The 24-year-old spent a bulk of the season with the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs where he scored 20 goals and 45 points in 66 games.

The 5-foot-10, 189-pound forward was originally the fifth round selection (139th overall) at the 2009 NHL Draft. In 18 career NHL games, all with the Habs, Dumont has one goal and two assists.

Ellis appeared in 27 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2014-15 scoring three goals and nine points. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound defenseman also appeared in 39 ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers scoring 13 goals and 26 points.

The 23-year-old was the Habs’ fourth round pick (117th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft.

Gonchar, Zidlicky plan to return next season

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Sergei Gonchar and Marek Zidlicky intend to play at least one more season in the NHL.

Both veteran defensemen are set to become unrestricted free agents next month.

Zidlicky split the 2014-15 season between the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. In 84 games the 38-year-old had seven goals and 34 points to go along with a minus-9 rating while averaging over 20 minutes a night in ice time.

“He is 100 percent committed to playing in the NHL next season,” Zidlicky’s agent Allan Walsh tweeted on Monday afternoon.

Gonchar split the 2014-15 season between the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. The Habs announced last month that they would not be bringing the 41-year-old back for next season.

Montreal acquired Gonchar from Dallas in exchange for Travis Moen in November.

In 48 games this season Gonchar had one goal and 13 assists to go along with a plus-6 rating while averaging nearly 18 minutes a night in ice time.

Gonchar told TVA’s Renaud Lavoie that he wants to play one more season.

McCauley, O’Halloran, Pollock, Sutherland named Stanley Cup Final referees

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The four referees and four linesmen to work the 2015 Stanley Cup Final have been announced, per the NHL Officials Association.

REFEREES

Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran, Kevin Pollock, Kelly Sutherland

LINESMEN

Derek Amell, Shane Heyer, Brian Murphy, Pierre Racicot

Some notes about the zebras:

— Back-to-back Cup Final appearances for McCauley and O’Halloran, who both worked the Rangers-Kings series last year. McCauley has since formed a “go-to” tandem with Pollock this postseason, as the pair has been tasked with a number of key tilt, including the Rangers-Lightning Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final.

— Sutherland is back in the mix after last calling a Cup Final in 2011 (Boston-Vancouver).

— Those cut from the conference finals? Eric Furlatt, Steve Kozari, Chris Rooney and Brad Watson. The latter, of course, was embroiled in controversy after an (alleged) verbal altercation with Montreal’s Brandon Prust in Round 2. Prust, who was tagged with 31 penalty minutes in a Game 2 loss to the Lightning, accused Watson of trying “to play God,” adding that the veteran referee “kept provoking me, he came to the box and called me every name in the book.”

Prust later apologized for his remarks, and was fined $5,000 for what the NHL called “baseless and demeaning” comments, and Watson moved onto to the next round.

— As for the linesmen, only Derek Amell returns from the crew that called last year’s Cup Final.

Ducks fans frowned at Smith-Pelly’s smiley tweet

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It’s amazing how many people can be offended by a simple, strategically timed emoticon.

Around the time it became quite clear that the Anaheim Ducks would be eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, Duck-turned-Hab Devante Smith-Pelly happened to tweet his thoughts with one anger-inducing smiley face:

Get this: Ducks fans weren’t happy.

Here are some of the publishable responses to Smith-Pelly’s cheeky tweet:

Sure, some enjoyed it or at least commended his candor, but that bit of Twitter-trolling certainly got people’s attention with 1,000+ re-tweets and 2,000+ favorites. In fact, the 22-year-old was surprised by how much heat he drew, as he told the Montreal Gazette.

“I didn’t think it was a big deal,” Smith-Pelly said. “I didn’t think people would be that upset about it, but that’s the way Twitter goes, I guess.”

He’s not about to delete the message nor will he deny that he was very much rooting against the Ducks, even if Smith-Pelly said he’s still friends with many of them.

Of course, he might also wait a little while to contact them after this social media snafu (and that whole devastating defeat thing).