POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 1:28 PM ET

- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex on Tuesday morning in preparation for their first preseason game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.

- Prior to the start of practice, Max Pacioretty (Knee), Noah Juulsen (Concussion) and Markus Eisenschmid (Abdomen) hit the ice to work out with strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard and athletic therapist Vincent Roof-Racine.

- P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov skated with the rest of Michel Therrien’s troops on Tuesday morning, but the pair will not be in the lineup against Toronto. Meanwhile, the Canadiens’ bench boss confirmed that Carey Price and Zachary Fucale will split the goaltending duties in the preseason opener.

- Defenseman Mark Barberio is eagerly anticipating Tuesday night’s matchup on home turf – and with good reason. Barberio, a Montreal native, signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens back on July 1st. Now, he’s battling for a spot on the blue line with his hometown team.

“It’s definitely special. I’m wearing the right colors now,” cracked Barberio, who’d spent the last two-plus seasons plying his trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the squad that drafted him 152nd overall back in 2008. “I definitely have to jump on opportunities like these. Everyone is here to make the team, but for me it’s extra special with this being the team I grew up watching. It doesn’t change anything for me, though. I have to play my game, make simple plays, and try to win the game [against Toronto].”

It will mark the sixth time that Barberio laces up his skates at the Bell Centre, and he’ll likely have plenty of support in the stands to mark the occasion.

“My entire family is happy [about me playing for the Canadiens]. They were at the Bell Centre on Sunday for the Red vs. White game. They enjoyed it, but I think they’ll find this to be even more exciting,” shared Barberio, who has amassed six goals, 17 points and 44 penalty minutes in 103 career NHL games. “It’s always special to play at the Bell Centre, even if you’re on the opposing team, but it’s even more special when you’re wearing the Canadiens colors.”

- Like Barberio, Zack Kassian is looking forward to suiting up against the Maple Leafs and showcasing the physical brand of hockey he’s come to be known for since making his NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres in 2011-12.

“I’m excited. It’s been a long summer, and it’ll be nice to finally get out there and compete against some other teams,” offered Kassian, who was acquired by the Canadiens from the Vancouver Canucks on July 1st in exchange for Brandon Prust. “I think in training camp, especially as a new guy, you don’t want to be running around. There’s a lot of time for that. I think exhibition games are really where you have to ramp up your intensity. That’s really where you have to display your skills. I’m looking forward to that.”

- Regardless of the score at the end of regulation time, the Canadiens and Maple Leafs will play a five-minute, sudden-death, 3-on-3 overtime period. This is being done in order to ensure that players, coaches and officials have at least a minimum of exposure to the new overtime format before the beginning of the regular season.

While the 3-on-3 OT format was the norm in the AHL during the 2014-15 campaign, it’s something new in the NHL ranks and it has peaked the curiosity of everyone involved.

“Every time the NHL makes a change, it’s with the idea of making the game more interesting for the fans,” stressed Therrien, who will have three preseason games within which to fine-tune his new overtime strategies before the regular season gets underway. “I spoke to a few players about it and they’re excited about the format. We watched clips from the games on Monday, and I think it’s really exciting and the play is really wide open.”

Therrien knows full well that being effective in 3-on-3 situations requires that teams exhibit a few key characteristics.

“It takes speed and puck possession. There are good teams in the NHL, and it will be interesting to see the way they go about things in overtime,” offered Therrien, who also addressed the NHL’s decision to implement new video review practices in 2015-16. “We have to be aware of it. We’ll definitely be paying attention to it. We’re ready. I’m looking forward to seeing how everything is going to play out. I hope I don’t have to use it, but you still have to consider the option.”

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on RDS.

Projected forward lines and D pairings vs. Toronto:

Andrighetto – Plekanec – Gallagher
De La Rose – Mitchell – Kassian
Carr – Dumont – Smith-Pelly
Bozon – McCarron – Thomas

Emelin – Petry
Tinordi – Pateryn
Barberio – Dietz


POSTED ON Monday, 09.21.2015 / 2:35 PM ET

- After staging an intra-squad scrimmage at the Bell Centre on Sunday, the Canadiens resumed training camp workouts on Monday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.

- All players were present and accounted for, except for David Desharnais (Lower Body) and Alexander Semin (Foot). Both are listed as day-to-day.

- Players were divided into two groups on Monday, the first of which was made up of Canadiens regulars and veterans, along with young guns Charles Hudon, Michael McCarron, Daniel Carr and Sven Andrighetto. The second group consisted primarily of rookies and youngsters.

- Goaltender Carey Price met with members of the media for the first time since Max Pacioretty was named captain. Needless to say, the reigning Vezina Trophy, Hart Trophy, William M. Jennings Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award winner believes Pacioretty will excel in his new role.

“Max has all of the qualities needed to be a good captain,” affirmed Price. “He has matured the fastest of all of the guys drafted around that time. He has a really good head for the game.”

- The Canadiens will open their pre-season schedule on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.

POSTED ON Monday, 09.21.2015 / 1:06 PM ET

The National Hockey League has designated certain games on its upcoming 2015 preseason schedule in which the participating teams will test and practice the new ‘3-on-3’ overtime format. This is done in order to ensure that players, coaches and officials have at least a minimum of exposure to the new overtime format, and that they have a chance to practice the new format before the beginning of the regular season.

Here is a list of the 3 preseason games the Canadiens will play that will feature a five-minute, sudden-death, 3-on-3 overtime period – regardless of the score at the end of regulation time:

Toronto at Montreal, 7:30 PM

Montreal at Toronto, 7:30 PM

Montreal at Ottawa, 7:00 PM

POSTED ON Sunday, 09.20.2015 / 1:43 PM ET

MONTREAL – Team White posted a 6-2 win over Team Red in the Canadian Tire Red vs. White Scrimmage on Sunday afternoon at the Bell Centre.

Daniel Carr opened the scoring for Team Red at the 5:41 mark of the first period, capping a strong individual effort by stuffing the puck past Team White starter Dustin Tokarski.

Tomas Fleischmann put Team Red up by two goals in the second period with a penalty shot tally at 5:46, before both Alex Galchenyuk and Sven Andrighetto lit the lamp at 6:48 and 12:15 respectively for Team White to tie things up 2-2.

Galchenyuk gave Team White a 3-2 lead just 1:48 into the third period, jumping on a loose puck and beating a helpless Zachary Fucale in close. Lars Eller made it 4-2 for Team White, before Christian Thomas scored Team White's fifth straight goal and upped his squad's lead to 5-2. Dale Weise added Team White's sixth goal late in the final frame.

Carey Price, who started the game for Team Red, made 15 saves on 16 shots against.

POSTED ON Sunday, 09.20.2015 / 11:00 AM ET

MONTREAL – It is with great sadness that the Canadiens learned of the passing of Todd Ewen at the age of 49.

The right-winger, who played four seasons with the CH, was known especially for his tough guy role. He amassed 609 penalty minutes during his time in Montreal.

An eighth-round selected of the Edmonton Oilers back in 1984, Ewen won the Stanley Cup in his last season with the Canadiens in 1993.

A Saskatoon native, Ewen also donned the colors of the St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks during his 11-year NHL career. In 518 games, he scored 36 goals and collected 76 points, in addition to racking up 1,911 penalty minutes.

POSTED ON Saturday, 09.19.2015 / 12:12 PM ET

- For the second straight day, the Canadiens played another intra-squad game Saturday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Team Red defeated Team White by a score of 4-2. Lars Eller scored twice while Jeff Petry and Christian Thomas added the insurance markers for Team Red. Tomas Fleischmann and P.K. Subban responded for Team White.

- Intra-squad team rosters were similar to the previous day with a few exceptions. Tom Gilbert, previously sidelined with the flu, made his first appearance at camp. Gilbert’s return shifted Dalton Thrower to Team C, and Zach Fucale switched spots with goaltender Michael McNiven.

- To view a complete list of the players making up each team on Saturday, click here

- Players unable to take part in training camp on Saturday due to injury or illness included Max Pacioretty (Knee), Michael Bournival (Concussion-like symptoms), Mark MacMillan (Knee), Markus Eisenschmid (Abdomen) and Noah Juulsen (Concussion).

- The Habs will play a third and final scrimmage, Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m at the Bell Centre, before starting preseason action against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night

POSTED ON Friday, 09.18.2015 / 12:19 PM ET

- After undergoing physical and medical testing on Thursday, players hit the ice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Friday morning to begin preparing for the 2015-16 campaign.

- The 2015 Main Camp consists of three groups – Team A, Team B and Team C. All three teams participated in on-ice sessions on Day 2 of training camp.

- Among those players on Team A are Carey Price, Andrei Markov, P.K. Subban, Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher and Torrey Mitchell. Team B includes the likes of Dustin Tokarski, Alexei Emelin, Jeff Petry, Greg Pateryn, Lars Eller, Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Semin, Jacob De La Rose, David Desharnais, Dale Weise and Devante Smith-Pelly, while Josiah Didier and Mac Bennett are among eight players who make up Team C.

- To view a complete list of the players making up each team on Friday, click here.

- Players unable to take part in training camp workouts on Friday due to injury or illness included Max Pacioretty (Knee), Tom Gilbert (Flu), Michael Bournival (Concussion-like symptoms), Mark MacMillan (Knee), Markus Eisenschmid (Abdomen) and Noah Juulsen (Concussion).

- At 11 a.m., Team A scrimmaged against Team B in front of a packed house, with Team A earning a 2-1 shootout victory. Alexander Semin and Zack Kassian lit the lamp in regulation, while Brian Flynn scored the shootout winner. Fans are invited to come back again when Team A and Team B square off on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

- Earlier in the day, the Canadiens announced that the players had selected Max Pacioretty as the 29th captain in team history. In addition, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher were named as Pacioretty's assistants.

POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.16.2015 / 11:22 AM ET

MONTREAL – On Wednesday, Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban announced his Foundation will be making a donation of $10 million over seven years to the Montreal Children's Hospital.

This is the largest philanthropic commitment by a professional athlete in Canadian history.

"Today is a special day for me," said Subban during the press conference held in the new P.K. Subban Atrium which was inaugurated on Wednesday. "Montreal has become my second home, so I want to give back to the children and their families. "

At the press conference, the defenseman also thanked the Montreal Canadiens organization.

"The Canadiens are committed to me and my family for eight years," said Subban. "Without this commitment, I would not be able to do this."


POSTED ON Monday, 09.14.2015 / 2:27 PM ET

MONTREAL - Forwards Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke Phoenix - QMJHL) and Jeremiah Addison (Ottawa 67's - OHL) and defenseman Simon Bourque (Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL) were returned to their junior teams on Monday.

POSTED ON Saturday, 09.12.2015 / 2:09 PM ET

- After coming up just short against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2015 Rookie Tournament opener on Friday night, the Canadiens’ young guns will be back in action against the Toronto Maple Leafs’ top prospects on Saturday at Budweiser Gardens in London, ON.

- Head coach Sylvain Lefebvre and his staff ran players through a 45 minute workout in preparation for their second game in as many nights.

“It definitely seems like we’re a different team than the one that was out there on Friday. We came out confident this morning. We were looking to execute the drills well and make tape-to-tape passes every time we moved the puck. It went well,” offered Charles Hudon, who says the rookie group is slowly beginning to gel with every passing day. “We’re having more and more fun every time we hit the ice together. We’re starting to build some good chemistry.”

- Forwards Sam Studnicka and Jamal Watson will see action on Saturday evening, as will defensemen Travis Brown and Josiah Didier. For their part, forwards Brandon McNally and Dryden Hunt, and rearguards Mac Bennett and Simon Bourque, will be scratched from Lefebvre’s lineup.

- Eighteen-year-old Michael McNiven will get the start in goal for the Canadiens. The Georgetown, ON native, who posted a 15-8-0 record and a 2.79 goals-against average in 24 games for the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack last season, is eagerly anticipating his debut between the pipes.

“It’s definitely an eye-opener. Not everyone gets this chance. There’s a select few goalies here from different teams, and it’s a great opportunity. I’m sure the guys will play great in front of me and make it that much easier,” offered McNiven, who is one of five rookie camp invitees on site this weekend in the Forest City. “It’s going to be my first start ever in this kind of situation, so I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been pretty pumped up for the last couple of weeks leading up to rookie camp.”

McNiven, who spent the bulk of the summer training in Guelph, ON, also sought out the assistance of renowned strength and conditioning coach, Ben Prentiss, in Connecticut, to ready himself for the rookie camp experience.

“This summer was definitely the biggest one yet, especially with me coming to development camp a little overweight and everything [back in early July]. I took most of my summer to get my nutrition down pat, and it looks pretty good right now. I’ve lost almost 11 pounds since then, and I’m looking to lose about five more,” shared McNiven, who watched Zachary Fucale ply his trade in goal on Friday afternoon against Pittsburgh. “It would be nice to be more agile and quicker on my feet. My weight has been my focus this summer, though, and so far it’s been going good.”

The young netminder will have plenty of fan support in the stands against Toronto, as family members aplenty will be in town to watch him strut his stuff and take another important step forward in his career. That should only to add to his excitement leading up to puck drop at 7:35 p.m. EST.

“Honestly, we didn’t have too many Leafs fans in my family growing up. They weren’t Habs fans, either. But, they’re all be coming out tonight. I’ve got a couple of aunts and uncles from around here, too,” mentioned McNiven. “It’s going to be a fun game for them to watch and for me to be involved in also. I’m sure they’re all looking forward to it.”

- Tim Bozon is coming off a strong performance in Friday night’s loss to Mike Sullivan’s squad in which he scored the game-tying goal with just 69 seconds remaining in regulation time. It was a good way for the 21-year-old to kick-start his rookie camp experience this time around, as he enters the pro ranks on a full-time basis come the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

“The objective is always to last with the team as long as possible. I’d definitely like to play some exhibition games with the big club, but I have to earn that. It’s up to me to work hard and to earn my spot. I’m taking things day by day and trying to get even better with every shift in every game. I’m committed to that day-by-day approach,” explained Bozon, who registered 35 goals and 63 points in 57 games with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice last season. “It’s my first year as a pro and I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m confident that I’ve put in the right amount of work for it. We’ll see what happens.”

Assigned to Kootenay last October after taking part in both rookie camp and main camp with the Canadiens, Bozon believes the move ultimately paid serious dividends for his career.

“I would have said the opposite before [returning to Kootenay], but now I’d say it was a positive experience. At the end of the season, I realized that it was a good idea and that it paid off. I wasn’t happy about the decision last summer, but I realized it did me some good. It helped me come back 100 percent healthy,” offered Bozon, who battled meningitis in March 2014. “When I was at training camp last year, I thought I was 100 percent, but that wasn’t the case. I needed a good year to come back. I had a lot of ice time in a lot of situations in Kootenay, and I had a lot of workout time off-ice, too.”

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