Marc Bergevin, announced today that the organization will not renew the contract of goaltending coach Pierre Groulx.
- The Canadiens have announced the hiring of Shane Churla as Chief Amateur Scout.
Churla, 47 years old, comes to the Canadiens after working as an amateur scout with the Dallas Stars organization.
A sixth-round pick of the Hartford Whalers at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Churla spent 11 seasons in the NHL, enjoying stints with the Whalers, Flames, North Stars/Stars, Kings and Rangers. In 488 games, he amassed 26 goals, 45 assists while also logging 2,301 penalty minutes.
- Canadiens prospect Dalton Thrower was traded by the Saskatchewan Blades to the Vancouver Giants on Monday. The Canadiens’ second-round pick, 51st overall, at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Thrower scored six goals and 27 points to go with a plus-18 differential in 54 games with the Blades in 2012-13. The 19-year-old defenseman will suit up for his fifth and final WHL campaign next year.
The Round Robin portion of the Memorial Cup came to a close on Wednesday in Saskatoon. The host Blades will have to take the long route if they hope to move on in the tournament, going up against the London Knights later on tonight in the tie-breaker elimination game.
A pair of Canadiens defensive hopefuls, Dalton Thrower and Darren Dietz, will have to win their next three games if they hope to hoist the most prestigious trophy in Canadian junior hockey. In three games thus far, Dietz has scored one goal and recorded six penalty minutes, while Thrower has yet to register a point and picked up two penalty minutes.
Alexei Emelin underwent a reconstructive surgery to his left knee (ACL & MCL). His recovery is estimated to be 6 months.
The 27-year-old defenseman suffered a torn ligament in his left knee after colliding with Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic during a tilt on April 6 at the Bell Centre. In 38 games during the 2013-13 campaign, Emelin collected three goals and nine assists, while also registering a plus-2 differential. In addition to seeing his ice time increase from an average of 17:17 per game in his rookie year to 19:40 this past season, Emelin led the Canadiens in hits for a second consecutive season with 110, while also picking up 47 blocked shots.
- Alex Galchenyuk scored two goals in the shootout to lift the United States to a 3-2 victory over Finland in the bronze medal game. Galchenyuk and Danny Kristo each picked up their first World Hockey Championship medals after winning gold at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
- Raphael Diaz captured silver after Switzerland dropped a 5-1 decision to Sweden in the gold medal game.
- The Saskatoon Blades defeated the Halifax Mooseheads 5-2 in their second preliminary round game at the Memorial Cup. Darren Dietz scored a goal in the win while Dalton Thrower registered a plus-2 differential.
Raphael Diaz will play for gold at the World Hockey Championships, as Team Switzerland continued their dream run in a 3-0 win over the US in semifinal action. Diaz played a team-high 20:19 in what was the ninth-straight win for the Swiss, who will face Sweden in the finals on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
In their first game at the Memorial Cup tournament, Habs prospects Darren Dietz and Dalton Thrower were both held pointless as the host Saskatoon Blades lost to the London Knights 3-2. The Blades will be back in action on Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. ET against the Halifax Mooseheads.
The quarterfinals of the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championship were contested on Thursday in Helsinki and Stockholm. Five members of the Canadiens – Alex Galchenyuk, Danny Kristo, Tomas Plekanec, Raphael Diaz, and P.K. Subban – competed for their respective countries.
In the opening quarterfinal tilt, Galchenyuk scored a goal to help the United States defeat Russia by a score of 8-3 in Helsinki. Galchenyuk registered a plus-1 differential and logged 15:14 of ice time for Team USA. Kristo, meanwhile, had 15 shifts and logged just under eight minutes of ice time for the Americans in the victory.
Team USA will go up against Team Switzerland in the semi-finals after the Swiss earned a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic in Stockholm. Diaz played 22:29 in the win, picking up an assist on Switzerland’s game-winning goal. Plekanec , who logged 21:35 of ice time and registered five shots on goal, collected an assist in the loss for the Czechs. The Swiss have posted eight straight wins in the tournament.
Canada was eliminated from the tournament after dropping a 3-2 decision to Sweden in a shootout. Subban, who was contesting his first game for Team Canada, logged 19:17 of ice time in the defeat.
The quarterfinals are getting underway at the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championships being held in Stockholm and Helsinki. Five members of the Canadiens are still involved in the competition, including Tomas Plekanec, Raphael Diaz, Alex Galchenyuk, Danny Kristo and P.K. Subban. Subban will join Team Canada ahead of their quarterfinal matchup against Sweden on Thursday.
Switzerland has been the surprise of the tournament, finishing atop the standings with a perfect record of seven wins, including one in overtime. Diaz played one game for the Swiss during which he logged 14:43 of ice time and registered two shots on goal.
The Czech Republic will go up against Switzerland in the quarterfinals, which will pit Diaz against Plekanec. The centerman has only played one game thus far for his home country, but made the most of his first outing. Plekanec registered three assists, and finished with a plus-2 differential and two shots on goal.
Kristo, meanwhile, has recorded one goal and two assists in seven games played for the Americans. Galchenyuk has made one appearance for Team USA, logging 15:02 of ice time.
Forward Tim Bozon’s tournament has come to a close for France. In five games, the Canadiens prospect registered one assist. He did not suit up for France’s final two games. The French finished the tournament with a record of 2-5-1.
- Carey Price suffered a sprained medial collaterial ligament (MCL) in his knee on the game-tying goal with 23 seconds remaining in the third period of Game 4 against the Senators. He will need up to six weeks to recover from the injury.
- Max Pacioretty suffered a dislocated shoulder during Game 1 of the Canadiens-Senators series. Despite the injury, Pacioretty played in Games 3, 4 and 5. He does not require surgery.
- Ryan White suffered a punctured lung in the latter stages of the second period during Game 3 of the series against the Senators.
- Francis Bouillon was playing with a broken finger ever since his fight against the Sabres’ Steve Ott on April 11th in Buffalo.
- Brandon Prust will undergo an MRI on his shoulder over the course of the coming days. Prust also confirmed that he suffered an injury to his ribs during Game 4 of the Habs’ series against the Senators.
- Alex Galchenyuk (United-States) and Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic) will join their respective national teams at the World Championships. Raphael Diaz is still waiting for the team medical staff’s green-light before heading out to play for the Swiss team. P.K. Subban mentioned that he has yet to receive a call from Team Canada.