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POSTED ON Tuesday, 23.09.2014 / 3:02 PM

Goaltending prospect Zachary Fucale is the first player to be cut by the Canadiens during the team’s main training camp. The 19-year-old Laval native has been reassigned to his junior team, the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.

The Mooseheads play their next game on September 26, at home against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

A season ago with the Mooseheads, Fucale started 50 games, picking up 36 wins while posting a league-best 2.26 GAA.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 23.09.2014 / 10:57 AM

- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex on Tuesday morning ahead of playing their first preseason game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.

- Head coach Michel Therrien won’t be fielding a lineup full of Habs regulars on Tuesday night, opting instead to give a bevy of youngsters a taste of preseason action. Andrei Markov, Rene Bourque, Tom Gilbert and Tomas Plekanec will provide a veteran presence against Claude Julien’s troops, while fans will have the opportunity to see the likes of Nikita Scherbak, Michael McCarron, Jiri Sekac and Jacob De La Rose strut their stuff once again.

- After going up against one another in four separate intra-squad scrimmages over the last four days, it’s safe to say the Canadiens have been eagerly anticipating a matchup against opponents other than themselves.

“I’m happy to be playing that first game, for sure. There are a lot of things that you need to get used to. Timing’s off and you’re a little bit rusty out there,” offered Plekanec, who will line up alongside Sekac and De La Rose on Tuesday night. “You need to get a game under your belt, and I’m happy to play that first one, especially against Boston. Even if it’s a preseason game, it’s always exciting playing against the Bruins.”

Like Plekanec, Gilbert can’t wait to suit up for real in front of the Bell Centre faithful.

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“It’ll definitely be nice to start getting some of the rust off with these preseason games, especially playing against a team like Boston. We feel the crowd. It’ll be my first time playing in front of them in a real game, so it’s going to be fun,” mentioned the veteran rearguard, who has been paired with Markov on the Canadiens’ back end since the start of training camp. “You see the Canadiens-Bruins rivalry all the time throughout the season, and you know every single time these two teams meet it’s going to be a battle. It’ll be nice to get back in the feel of it with the physical play and the speed of the game. I couldn’t ask for a better team to play.”

- If Plekanec and Gilbert are anxious to get the Canadiens’ preseason schedule underway and continue to hone their respective games, De La Rose is out to prove he’s got the goods to extend his stay in Montreal.

“I’ve been looking forward to this all summer, to finally play a real game. I’m going to play my first game, and I’m really excited about it. I’ll do the best I can. That’s the only thing I can control. I had my ups and downs, but now I feel like I’m going in the right direction,” offered the 19-year-old forward, who was selected 34th overall by the Habs in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. “I’m really excited to be playing with two really good players in Pleky and Sekac. Pleky has been in the league for many years now. He’s a good player. I’m going to try and learn as much as possible from him out there.”

- Dustin Tokarski and Joey MacDonald will likely split the work in goal for the Canadiens against Boston. That should come as little surprise given that the Habs will play four preseason games in the next six days.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.

Canadiens Lineup – Sept. 23 – vs. BOS

Goaltenders: Dustin Tokarski, Joey MacDonald

Defensemen: Jarred Tinordi, Magnus Nygren, Greg Pateryn, Tom Gilbert, Joe Finley, Andrei Markov

Forwards: Tomas Plekanec, Rene Bourque, Jacob De La Rose, Jiri Sekac, Michael McCarron, Nikita Scherbak, Jake Dowell, Sven Andrighetto, Christian Thomas, Charles Hudon, Drayson Bowman, Nick Sorkin

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POSTED ON Monday, 22.09.2014 / 2:28 PM

Nikita Scherbak, the Canadiens’ first-round pick (26th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, has been traded by his junior club, the Saskatoon Blades, to the Everett Silvertips on Monday in exchange for goaltender Nik Amundrud and a pair of first- and second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

“He is a big, strong guy who can make plays with the puck and has the ability to score goals for us,” said Silvertips GM Garry Davidson in an official team release. “We’re confident that he will make a big impact for our club offensively.”

Scherbak is currently taking part in the Canadiens’ main training camp and will hit the Bell Centre ice for the first time during Monday’s Canadian Tire Red vs White Scrimmage. Last season, the 18-year-old Russian forward racked up 28 goals and 50 assists in 65 games, earning him the team scoring crown with the Blades.

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POSTED ON Monday, 22.09.2014 / 10:21 AM

- Players skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday morning before contesting the Canadian Tire Red vs. White scrimmage at 7 p.m. at the Bell Centre.

- Fans will be allowed to enter the Bell Centre beginning at 5:30 p.m. They’ll be entitled to a free meal trio that includes a hot dog, a bag of chips and a soft drink or bottle of water.

- Rosters for the Canadian Tire Red vs. White scrimmage:

Team A – Red

Goaltenders: Zachary Fucale, Carey Price

Forwards: Sven Andrighetto, Michael Bournival, Rene Bourque, Jacob De La Rose, David Desharnais, Jake Dowell, Charles Hudon, Michael McCarron, Max Pacioretty, P.A. Parenteau, Nick Sorkin, Christian Thomas

Defensemen: Francis Bouillon, Joe Finley, Tom Gilbert, Andrei Markov, Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi

Team B – White

Goaltenders: Peter Budaj, Michael Condon

Forwards: Drayson Bowman, Gabriel Dumont, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Jeremy Gregoire, Manny Malhotra, Travis Moen, Tomas Plekanec, Brandon Prust, Nikita Scherbak, Jiri Sekac, Dale Weise

Defensemen: Nathan Beaulieu, Davis Drewiske, Alexei Emelin, Magnus Nygren, P.K. Subban, Mike Weaver

- Forward lines at practice:

Team A - Red

Sorkin – Dowell – Thomas

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau

Bourque – Hudon – De La Rose

McCarron – Andrighetto – Bournival

Team B - White

Moen – Plekanec – Sekac

Prust – Malhotra – Weise

Gallagher – Galchenyuk – Scherbak

Gregoire – Dumont – Bowman

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POSTED ON Sunday, 21.09.2014 / 12:15 PM

BROSSARD - The Canadiens contested their third training camp scrimmage in as many days at the Bell Sports Complex on Sunday morning.

Team A (Red) wasted little time getting on the scoresheet as David Desharnais scored less than a minute into the opening period. Rene Bourque put Team A up 2-0 later in the frame on a terrific pass from Jacob De La Rose, before Gabriel Dumont re-directed a Michael Bournival feed past Carey Price to cut the lead to 2-1. Jake Dowell capped the scoring in the first period, beating Peter Budaj to up Team A’s lead to 3-1.

P.-A. Parenteau lit the lamp under 60 seconds into the second period to put Team A up 4-1, before Nick Sorkin beat Dustin Tokarski to make it 5-1. Dumont scored his second goal of the game late in period to make it 5-2, but that’s as close as Team B (White) would get.

Goals:

Team Red: David Desharnais, Rene Bourque, Jake Dowell, P.-A. Parenteau, Nick Sorkin

Team White: Gabriel Dumont (2)

Goaltenders:

Team Red: Carey Price (7 saves // 8 shots) // Mike Condon (5 saves // 6 shots)

Team White: Peter Budaj (9 saves // 12 shots) // Dustin Tokarski (2 saves // 4 shots)

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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.09.2014 / 12:57 PM

The Canadiens were back in Brossard on Saturday for an early morning skate followed by the second of three scrimmages scheduled at the Bell Sports Complex during the Habs’ main camp.

Newcomer P.A. Parenteau opened the scoring for Team Red just 36 seconds into the opening frame, burying a pass from linemate David Desharnais behind Dustin Tokarski. Another first-year Hab, Manny Malhotra, then doubled Team Red’s lead on a pretty one-timer from Dale Weise to make it 2-0 after the first half.

Team Red goaltender Zachary Fucale was perfect in his first scrimmage of camp, pushing aside all 10 shots that came his way, while Tokarski for his part stopped seven of nine shots during his time on the ice.

A pair of penalty shots got Team White on the board in the second half, as Michael Bournival and Sven Andrighetto both cashed in their breakaway chances on Carey Price, who blocked five of seven shots on the morning. But strong play from the Max Pacioretty line was the difference on Saturday, with Parenteau and Desharnais beating Budaj twice in the final 25 minutes to give Team Red the 4-2 win.

The Canadiens’ final scrimmage in Brossard is set for Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. EST and will also be streamed live at canadiens.com.

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POSTED ON Friday, 19.09.2014 / 12:25 PM

The Canadiens hit the ice at the Bell Sports Complex on Friday morning. Players were divided into three separate groups – Team A, B and C.

Team A (Red) and Team B (White) went head-to-head in a scrimmage in front of hundreds of fans in Brossard.

Those in attendance certainly got their money’s worth, even if admission was free. Four goals were scored in the first period. Invitee Drayson Bowman opened the scoring for Team White, before Max Pacioretty tied things up with a goal on Peter Budaj seconds later. Then, Tomas Plekanec lit the lamp for Team White, before Francis Bouillon got on the scoresheet for Team Red. The two teams headed to the dressing room with the score tied 2-2.

Both teams got off to a quick start in the second period when Gabriel Dumont put Team B up 3-2 with a tally on Joey MacDonald. For his part, Dustin Tokarski stood tall in goal for Team B, turning aside multiple scoring opportunities, including a penalty shot attempt from Christian Thomas. Lars Eller got the best of Tokarski later in the period, however, beating the young netminder with a powerful shot from the slot to cap the scoring as the tilt ended 3-3.

The next scrimmage will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. EST. It will be streamed live on canadiens.com.

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POSTED ON Friday, 19.09.2014 / 10:26 AM
TEAM A TEAM B TEAM C
MacDonald Budaj condon
Price Tokarski fucale
Bouillon Beaulieu baker
Gilbert Dietz bennett
Markov Drewiske chouinard
Nygren Emelin ellis
Pateryn Subban finley
Tinordi Weaver makowski
Bourque Andrighetto shea
De La Rose Bournival wardley
desharnais Bowman yuen
eller Dowell bozon
grégoire DUmont brace
hensick Galchenyuk carr
hudon Gallagher crisp
malhotra McCarron eberle
pacioretty Moen gill
parenteau plekanec holland
prust scherbak momesso
thomas sekac nevins
weise sorkin
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POSTED ON Thursday, 18.09.2014 / 4:50 PM

Here is the complete schedule of the Canadiens' 2014-15 Training Camp. Subject to change.

For the first time this year, all training camp scrimmages will be streamed live online on canadiens.com.

Friday, September 19th
10:00 - 10:45: Practice (Team A)
11:00 - 11:50: Scrimmage - Open to public
12:15 - 12:50: Practice (Team B)

Saturday, September 20th
10:00 - 10:45: Practice (Team A)
11:00 - 11:50: Scrimmage - Open to public
12:15 - 12:50: Practice (Team B)

Sunday, September 21st
10:00 - 10:45: Practice (Team A)
11:00 - 11:50: Scrimmage - Open to public
12:15 - 12:50: Practice (Team B)

Monday, September 22nd
10:00 - 11:00: Practice (Teams A et B)
7:00: Intra-squad scrimmage (CENTRE BELL)

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 16.09.2014 / 1:44 PM

BROSSARD – The Canadiens’ Rookie Camp came to a close with a final scrimmage on Tuesday at the Bell Sports Complex. Team White registered a 5-0 victory over Team Red.

Nick Sorkin opened the scoring at the 6:30 mark of the opening frame, before Christian Thomas doubled Team White’s lead to close out the period. In the second period, defenseman Zach Yuen, and forwards Stefano Momesso and Jeremy Gregoire lit the lamp for Team White to round out the scoring.

Zachary Fucale started in goal for Team Red. He gave up two goals on 10 shots. Jordan Papirny took over for Fucale in the second frame, giving up three goals on 14 shots. For their part, Michael Condon and Hayden Hawkey combined for the shutout, turning aside all 21 shots Team Red fired in their direction.

Fans in attendance were also treated to a one-on-one tilt between Jack Nevins and Bokondji Imama in the latter stages of the final frame.

Team Red

Goaltenders: Zachary Fucale, Jordan Papirny

Forwards: Jacob De La Rose, Charles Hudon, Michael McCarron, Tim Bozon, Daniel Audette, Matt Schmalz, Jack Nevins, Sahir Gill, Patrick Holland, Riley Brace, Jiri Sekac

Defensemen: Mac Bennett, Evan Wardley, Gianluca Curcuruto, Darren Dietz, Morgan Ellis, Bobby Shea

Team White

Goaltenders: Michael Condon, Hayden Hawkey

Forwards: Nikita Scherbak, Sven Andrighetto, Jeremy Gregoire, Nick Sorkin, Matthew Highmore, Christian Thomas, Tanner Eberle, Alexandre Goulet, Tyler Hill, Bokondji Imama, Stefano Momesso

Defensemen: Zach Yuen, Brett Lernout, Joel Chouinard, David Makowski, Justin Baker, Charles-David Beaudoin

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