Bournival to make season debut, KHL team acquires Sekac’s rights


The Montreal Canadiens say they aren’t panicking after Sunday’s blowout home loss to Calgary — but they are making a change.

Sophomore Michael Bournival will make his season debut tonight against Chicago, the club has announced, while TVA reports that KHL Club AK Bars Kazan has acquired the rights to rookie forward Jiri Sekac… who’s been a healthy scratch for the last six games.

Sekac, an undrafted free agent that signed with Montreal after good success in the KHL, was a lineup presence early in the season, getting a career-high 15:23 TOI against Philly on Oct. 11 before scoring his first NHL goal in a 6-4 win over Boston five nights later.

Bournival, who had a breakout rookie campaign last year by scoring seven goals and 14 points in 60 games, has also had a tough time cracking the lineup this season. He’s expected to play on the fourth line tonight with Brandon Prust and Manny Malhotra, which will likely send Travis Moen to the press box (where he’ll sit with Sekac).