Eric Tangradi

Habs to waive Allen — six weeks after trading for him


Hopefully Montreal fans kept the tags on their Bryan Allen jerseys.

The veteran defenseman, acquired on Nov. 20 from Anaheim in exchange for Rene Bourque, will be placed on waivers Monday afternoon, the club announced this morning.

Allen, 35, has only appeared in five games for Montreal since coming over from the Ducks, scoring one assist while averaging just 12:44 TOI per game. The writing on the wall may have come in his last game, all the way back on Dec. 3 — Allen played just 9:10 total, with only left winger Eric Tangradi playing less.

(With that said, part of acquiring Allen was to get Bourque’s contract — which had two years left at $3.3M per — off the books. So while Allen didn’t play much, he did serve a purpose.)

It’ll be interesting to see if any team takes a flier via waivers. Allen’s not cheap — carrying a $3.5M cap hit — but is in the final year of his deal and will be a UFA this summer.

What’s more, Allen played quite a bit for Anaheim last year during its playoff run, appearing in 14 games while averaging over 18 minutes a night. He could be a depth pickup for a team looking to stockpile bodies for the postseason.

Habs rotate backups by recalling MacDonald, demoting Tokarski


The Montreal Canadiens made some AHL recalls and demotions on Friday, essentially trading backups and depth forwards.

Dustin Tokarski goes down to the AHL to give journeyman No. 2 Joey MacDonald a chance to sit behind Carey Price while Sven Andrighetto’s demotion ends up short-lived, as he replaces Eric Tangradi in the Montreal mix.

Tokarski (pictured) is 3-2-1 with a .914 save percentage so far in 2014-15. The 25-year-old hasn’t seen action since late November, so the trust might not be there, even if he previously gained enough traction to shuffle Peter Budaj out of town earlier this season.

(There’s a chance that this backup rotation might not last all that long, however, as the Habs noted that Tokarski was being sent down for conditioning reasons. We’ll see.)

MacDonald, 34, has 133 career regular season games stretched since 2006-07. He has a Budaj-ike .902 save percentage for his career.

Video: Habs’ Tangradi tossed for boarding on Folin


Montreal Canadiens forward Eric Tangradi received a five minute major and a game misconduct for his hit on Christian Folin in the third period Wednesday night.

Tangradi hit the Wild defenseman in the numbers.

Folin appeared to be cut by his visor and went to the Wild dressing room.

Here’s a look at the play:


Folin has since returned to the game.

Jets waive Budaj one day after trading for him


Well, here’s an interesting move.

Roughly 24 hours after acquiring Peter Budaj from Montreal, the Winnipeg Jets placed the veteran goalie on waivers.

The Jets didn’t give up much to get Budaj — Eric Tangradi, who they’d previously waived anyway — but the decision to subject Budaj to waivers is a bit of a surprise. Many thought the 32-year-old would shore up Winnipeg’s dicey goaltending situation; No. 1 Ondrej Pavelec has some major question marks coming into this season and his projected backup, Michael Hutchinson, has all of three games of NHL experience and looked shaky at times this preseason.

That said, Hutchinson was also required to clear waivers and it seems GM Kevin Cheveldayoff thought exposing Budaj was the safer bet.

Habs deal Budaj to Jets for Tangradi


The Montreal Canadiens solved their goaltending dilemma Sunday dealing Peter Budaj to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Eric Tangradi.

Winnipeg also picked up Patrick Holland in the deal.

Budaj, 32, has spent nine seasons in the NHL with the Avalanche and Canadiens. In 296 career games, he is 124-107-36 with a 2.76 GAA and a, .903 save percentage to go along with 11 career shutouts.

Originally a sixth round pick of the Avs, Budaj had a 10-8-3 record last season backing up Carey Price, but fell out of of favor with the club as prospect Dustin Tokarski started over him in the playoffs when Price was injured.

“I would like to thank Peter Budaj who has been an outstanding teammate and stood tall for us over the past three seasons,” said GM Marc Bergevin in a statement. “This transaction enables our team to make room for Dustin Tokarski.”

As TVA’s Renaud Lavoie points out, the Habs save $838,000 with Tokaraski as the team’s backup over Budaj.

Both Budaj and Tokarski would’ve required waivers, so you can see why the trade was made.

Budaj provides Winnipeg with a solid No. 2 to push starter Ondrej Pavelec. Prior to the deal, the Jets had rookie Michael Hutchinson backing up Pavelec. Hutchinson has just three career NHL games on his resume.

Holland has spent the last two seasons with the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Last season the 22-year-old had six goals and 17 points in 57 games. He also appeared in five games for the Canadiens where he was held without a point. Holland will likely report to the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps.

Tangradi, who cleared waivers on Saturday, will be assigned to the Bulldogs. The 25-year-old spent the last two seasons with the Jets where he scored four goals and 10 points in 91 games. Originally an Anaheim Ducks second round pick, Tangradi also appeared in 45 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins over four seasons.

“Eric Tangradi is a young veteran with 136 NHL games under his belt. He adds depth to our group up front and provides us with more options when we will need help coming from our affiliate team in Hamilton,” said Bergevin.

Jets trim roster

In a separate transaction the Jets released six players Sunday.

Ben Chiarot and Keaton Ellerby were placed on waivers while goaltender goaltender Danny Taylor was released from his professional tryout.

Winnipeg also sent Nikolaj Ehlers, Josh Morrissey and Nic Petan back to their respective junior clubs.