In an effort to improve his speed and agility, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has enlisted the help of former Olympian Ben Johnson.
“We started working together three times a week, but we’ve gone down to two a week,” Johnson told TSN. “I don’t want to overload his muscles. He’s doing strength and acceleration and some agility. He’s going to be even better, even faster next year.”
Subban is coming off of a strong season where he recorded 60 points and averaged 26:12 minutes per contest. He finished third in Norris Trophy voting behind only Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson.
Subban declined to speak to TSN about his training and agent Don Meehan speculated that it was in an effort to protect Johnson from media scrutiny. Johnson won the gold medal for the men’s 100 meters in the 1988 Olympics, but lost the medal due to a positive steroids test. The International Amateur Athletics Federation banned him for life in 1993 following a positive test for excess testosterone. He was able to return in 1999 due to procedural errors only to once again fail a drug test.
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.
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.
Jonathan Quick wrote a great piece on the strengths of some of the league’s biggest offensive threats. (The Players’ Tribune)
Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno feels the Brandon Saad acquisition is “a big statement.” (Bluejackets.nhl.com)
Speaking of Saad, he used his day with the Stanley Cup to bring it to the 911th Airlift Wing. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
The upcoming 2016 Winter Classic will be particularly special for Mass. natives Brian Flynn and Jimmy Hayes. (NHL.com)
By signing Sean Couturier to a six-year, $26 million, the Philadelphia Flyers are betting that he’ll grow his game offensively. (CSN Philly)
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:
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.