When it came to the final Canadiens roster decisions, logic finally won out.
Monday, general manager Marc Bergevin assigned forwards Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto to the St. John’s IceCaps and placed goaltender Dustin Tokarski on waivers along with defenseman Mark Barberio. If they go unclaimed by noon tomorrow, they will also be assigned to St. John’s.
The moves bring the Canadiens training camp roster to 24, one above the NHL limit. Bergevin announced that right wing Zack Kassian suffered a broken nose and a fractured foot in that 6.00am Sunday morning automobile accident which means Jacob de la Rose who was destined for re-assignment along with Hudon and Andrighetto, will remain in Montreal until a decision can be made about Kassian’s availability to open the season. During his news conference Monday, Bergevin said he is waiting for more details before deciding whether Kassian will go on injury reserve. He added, “This incident showed a lack of character and judgment on his part.” If Kassian goes on the injury list, de la Rose will become the thirteenth forward.
Both Hudon and Andrighetto are projected to be top six forwards and with the Canadiens top lines set, there is no room at that particular inn.
Quite frankly, Tokarski had a terrible training camp giving up eight goals on 37 shots for a 5.85GAA and .783 save percentage. This followed some rough outings in the late stages of last season. The only thing that might have saved him was the fact that a Mike Condon demotion required no waivers, but the fact that the 6’2″ Condon gave up no goals in his 86 training camp minutes was impossible to ignore. .
Barberio might have made the team but for Jarred Tinordi. Regardless of the fact that Tinordi is not ready for the NHL, there were any number of teams ready to claim him if the Canadiens had exposed him to waivers and losing a 6’6” 225 lb. former first round draft pick with nothing in return was more than Bergevin could accept. Tinordi will be the Canadiens eighth defenseman behind Greg Pateryn. Most of his continuing development will now come during intense extra post-practice coaching work and spot starts. Barberio has a two-way NHL/AHL contract.
The Canadiens enter their 2015-2016 season with a veteran lineup. Condon will be the only rookie.
Eller – Galchenyuk – Semin
Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gallagher
Fleischmann – Desharnais – Weise
Flynn – Mitchell – Smith-Pelly
Kassian** (de la Rose)
Markov – Subban
Emelin – Petry
Beaulieu – Gilbert
(Tinordi – Pateryn)
**Kassian suffered a fractured foot and broken nose in a Sunday automobile accident but has not yet been placed on injury reserve.
***Michael Bournival remains in Montreal and under the CBA cannot be assigned to St. John’s while injured. He will be placed on injury reserve with concussion issues.
MIKE WEAVER RETIRES
After eleven NHL seasons, the last two of them spent with the Canadiens, defenseman Mike Weaver has retired at the age of 37. He announced his retirement through the NHL Players association Monday. Weaver, along with fellow defenseman Sergei Gonchar and forward Manny Malhotra became unrestricted free agents on July first. Gonchar was in the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp on a professional tryout contract. Malhotra failed to land a training camp invitation and remains in limbo with Gonchar.