1 fleischmannWe would have been surprised if the Canadiens didn’t sign Tomas Fleischmann to a contract for the coming season.

What was startling was the price tag. Fleischman, a veteran of almost 600 NHL games,  will get almost  ‘rookie money’.  His one year contract calls for  750- thousand dollars.   Alexander Semin, who is also trying to make a comeback from a couple of unproductive seasons, signed for 1.1 million as a free agent earlier in the summer.

Fleischmann has a lot to prove. He has had a rough time offensively the last couple of seasons, including only 8 goals and 29 points in 66 games last season with Florida and Anaheim. It was only three years ago when he scored 27 goals and 61 points with Florida.

Even if he fails to regain his point producing touch, Fleischmann has earned a reputation as a responsible player on defense, something that would endear him to the Canadiens coaching staff, especially in the role of third line player.

1 fleisch lineMichel Therrien placed Fleischmann on a line with David Desharnais and Dale Weise in the second exhibition game against Washington. Their chemistry was obvious almost from the first shift together. They were together for four of the seven exhibition games and as a line combined for 6 goals and 5 assists including a goal and two assists from Fleischmann.

There are still 29 players in Canadiens camp. The Canadiens must trim six players from their roster before 5.00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday. The Canadiens season opens in Toronto on Wednesday.

KASSIAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES IN CAR ACCIDENT

Zack Kassian suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle car accident in the early morning hours Sunday in NDG.  Kassian was one of three passengers in the car which collided with a tree according to the report on the Montreal Gazette website.  He suffered minor injuries, although a witness at the scene said he appeared to be dazed and possibly concussed.

1 kassianThe SUV was driven by a 20 year old woman who reportedly failed to negotiate a turn at the corner of Clanranald Street and Cote St. Luc Boulevard.  Police, who were called to the scene at 6.00 am, say speed was not a factor.  A sobriety test is pending.

Kassian played in the Canadiens final exhibition game in Ottawa Saturday night.  The team returned from Ottawa immediately following the game.

The Canadiens acquired the 6’3″ right wing in return for Brandon Prust in an off-season trade.