P.K. Subban will join Team Canada for the remainder of the World Hockey Championship.
He is slated to join the team in time for Thursday's quarterfinal game. Subban, who concluded the NHL season as a finalist for the Norris Trophy, will be a big addition to Canada's back end at the tournament.
Marc Bergevin has been announced as a finalist for the NHL's General Manager of the Year Award.
In his first season with the Canadiens, he helped lift the team from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to the Northeast Division champions. He hired Michel Therrien as his new head coach and brought in some toughness with the signings of Brandon Prust, and Colby Armstrong. Bergevin also was on board when the team drafted Alex Galchenyuk, who played in every game with the team this year, with the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft. Even though it took a little extra time, he also managed to sign restricted free agent P.K. Subban to a team-friendly two-year deal.
Team doctor Vincent Lacroix told Carey Price that his injured knee wouldn't require surgery.
According to Lacroix, Price should be full recovered in about six weeks. "Right now, I've just got to wait it out," Price said. "I was fairly healthy for the course of the season. Toward the end, I was a little bit more sore and I had a few things going on from the previous year. Hopefully, over the course of the summer, everything will be back to normal." Price wouldn't rule out having a procedure of some kind during the off-season, but he expects to be fully healthy in time for training camp. He will work hard to get ready for the opportunity to possibly represent Canada at the Winter Olympics.
Lars Eller has no recollection of the crushing hit he received from Ottawa's Eric Gryba that gave him a concussion and a broken nose.
"It happened so fast. I don't remember anything of it happening on the ice" he said. "I don't remember getting carried off the ice, trying to get up, all that stuff." He lost consciousness but he is making positive strides in his recovery now. He skated twice last week with Pierre Allard, who serves as Montreal's strength and conditioning coach. Eller said he's "been feeling really good for the last three or four days," which has allowed him to ramp up his training. Concussions can be tricky to predict, but it looks like he will OK for next season. We'll keep you posted on his status if updates emerge over the summer.
When Carey Price spoke to the media Saturday, it didn't sound like he was enjoying himself very much these days playing in Montreal.
"That's one thing I miss, just being anonymous," he said. "It's tough to do that here. It's impossible. I don't even go to the grocery store anymore. I hardly do anything anymore. I'm like a hobbit in a hole." His struggles in April and his shaky play in the postseason probably added more fuel to the fire. There's a great deal of pressure to play in goal and playing in Montreal certainly adds to that. Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette believes the Canadiens should talk to their number one keeper to make sure that he is committed to the organization for the long haul, but we would be surprised if there's an issue there.
Max Pacioretty told the Montreal Gazette's Dave Stubbs that he wants the Habs to retain Colby Armstrong, calling him a "hero" for his leadership and presence this season.
Though he has displayed some decent scoring ability in his career, Armstrong has turned into a into a bottom-six role player whose contributions aren't often seen in the score sheet; he had only two goals and three assists this season. He was bought out by the Leafs prior to this season with a $3 million deal and inked a $1 million contract with the Habs.