With Thursday’s signing of Alex Galchenyuk, the work of Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and his hockey department is done for the summer. August has traditionally become the NHL’s dead zone, the only time of the year where even the rumour mill runs all dry as general managers and their staffs take their August vacations.
Barring a catastrophe, expect the next hard news to come when training camps open in the third week of September.
That said, there have been few days off over the last two months for Bergevin and company. In the months of June and July, between the Canadiens and their St. John’s AHL franchise they executed 21 separate transactions, fourteen of them in July. We will have to take a wait-and-see approach for the rest..
Among the notable roster moves were the signing of unrestricted free agents Torrey Mitchell, Jeff Petry Brian Flynn and Alexander Semin plus restricted free agents Alex Galchenyuk, Greg Pateryn, Nathan Beaulieu and Michael Bournival. There was also the trade of Brandon Prust to Vancouver in return for Zack Kassian and the buyout of the remaining year of P.A. Parenteau’s contract.
In the end the Canadiens committed themselves to 49.5 million in contracts for their main roster, with Petry (33M) and Galchenyuk (5.6M) taking the lion’s share. All of the Canadiens minor league restricted free agents received “show me” style one-year/two-way including forwards Christian Thomas, Michael Bournival and Gabriel Dumont plus defensemen Jarred Tinordi, Morgan Ellis and Mark Barberio.
CANADIENS/ST. JOHN’S TRANSACTIONS – JUNE/JULY 2015
June 1st – Canadiens sign (RFA) centre Gabriel Dumont to one year two-way NHL/AHL contract.
June 1st – Canadiens sign (RFA) D Morgan Ellis to two-way one year NHL/AHL contract.
June 13th – D Nathan Beaulieu (RFA) signs two-year Canadiens 2 million dollar contract.
June 16th – C Torrey Mitchell (UFA) signed to three year 3-million dollar Canadiens contract.
June 28th – Canadiens place P.A. Parenteau on waivers.
June 29th – P.A. Parenteau clears waivers and Canadiens announce contract buyout.
June 30th – FWD Brian Flynn (UFA) signs 2-year 1.9 million Canadiens contract.
July 1st – Canadiens sign D Greg Pateryn (RFA) to two year 1.6 million dollar contract extension.
July 1st – RW Zack Kassian acquired from Vancouver along with 5th round 2016 draft choice in return for Brandon Prust. (One year remaining in contract at 1.75 million)
July 1st – Free Agent D Mark Barberio signed to one year two-way contract. (last season – Tampa Bay)
July 1st – Free Agent RW George “Bud” Holloway signed to one year two-way contract (last season -Bern Swiss National League)
July 1st – Free Agent D Joel Hanley signed to one year/two-way contract. ( last season -AHL Portland Pirates)
July 2nd – LW Christian Thomas (RFA) signed to one year/two-way Canadiens contract.
July 6th – Nick Carriere named assistant coach of St. John’s IceCaps
July 9th – D-Noah Juulsen signed to Canadiens three year entry level contract. (First round draft 2015-26th – Everett Silvertips)
July 13th – D Ryan Johnston (free agent) signed to Canadiens two year entry level contract.(last season – Colgate University)
July 14th – LW Michael Bournival (RFA) signs one year/two-way Canadiens contract.
July 15th – D Jarred Tinordi (RFA) signed to one year/two way Canadiens contract.
July 24th – RW Alexander Semin (UFA) signed to one year Canadiens contract (1.1Million) (last season-Carolina Hurricanes)
July 24th – FWD – Daniel Audette signed to three year two-way entry level contract. (QMJHL Sherbrooke Phoenix)
July 30th – FWD – Alex Galchenyuk (RFA) signs two year 5.6 million dollar contract.