For the record, Marc Bergevin‘s summer was not ‘all play – no work’ despite his most vocal critics who continue to grouse about the failure to land that always-elusive first-line centre or adequately replace Andrei Markov. Still Bergevin has successfully addressed a long list of other organizational issues.
He started his off-season with the splashy mid-June acquisition of Jonathan Drouin. He also signed nine free-agent signings the most prominent of whom were defensemen Karl Alzner and Mark Streit. Additionally, there were seven contract extensions including Carey Price‘s 84 million dollar deal.
Forty-six of the NHL limit of fifty active contracts have been filled including the full twenty-three player main roster are signed for 2017-2018. And Bergevin still has 8.5 million dollars in cap space with which to address whatever weaknesses that remain after training camp.
THE LIST OF CANADIENS 2017 SUMMER TRANSACTIONS
April 28th – Undrafted free-agent RW Antoine Waked (Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL) signed to three year two-way NHL contract.
May 1st – UFA D Jakub Jerabek (KHL – Vityaz Podolsk) signed to one-year- two way NHL contract (2017-18) by Canadiens. Assigned to Laval AHL.
May 26th – C Thomas Ebbing (Michigan State) signed to one-year Two-way AHL/ECHL contract.
June 5th – RFA – LW Andreas Martinsen signed to one year Canadiens contract ($675,000)
June 6th – D Stefan Leblanc (Mississauga OHL) signed to one-year one-way contract with AHL-Laval.
June 15th – Canadiens sign LW/C Charles Hudon to two year contract; (two-way 2017-18; one-way 2018-2019),
June 15th – Canadiens sign LW/RW Jonathan Drouin to six year 33 million dollar contract (AAV 5.5 million)
June 17th – Canadiens trade D Nathan Beaulieu (RFA) to Buffalo Sabres in return for third round pick 2017 (68th overall)
June 21st – Canadiens lose D Alexei Emelin to Las Vegas in expansion draft.
June 22nd – Canadiens release upcoming UFA’s RW/LW Dwight King, C Brian Flynn.and D Nikita Nesterov.
June 22nd – Canadiens acquire D David Schlemko from Las Vegas in return for 2019 5th round draft choice (2.1 million AAV)
June 26th – Canadiens make qualifying offers to RFA’s – LW/C Alex Galchenyuk, C Jacob de la Rose; G Charlie Lindgren. RW Max Friberg..
June 26th – Canadiens release UFA’s – LW Stefan Matteau, C Mark MacMillan, LW Connor Crisp plus D’s – Ryan Johnston, Joel Hanley, Dalton Thrower, Keegan Lowe.
June 28th – Canadiens sign RFA – C Jacob de la Rose to one year/one way NHL contract ($750,000)
July 1st – Canadiens sign UFA D Karl Alzner (Washington) to five year NHL contract (23 million total – 4.6 million AAV) Year by year – First year 4 million plus 2 million signing bonus; 2nd year – 6 million; 3rd year 4.625 million; 4th year 1.5 million plus 1.5 million signing bonus; 5th year 3.5 million. Seven team limited no trade clause.
July 1st – Canadiens sign UFA C Peter Holland (Arizona) to two year contract (two-way NHL/AHL in first year; one way NHL 2018-19).
July 1st – Canadiens sign UFA C Byron Froese (Tampa Bay) to two year contract (two-way NHL/AHLfirst year; one way NHL 2018-19). Assigned to Laval AHL.
July 1st – Canadiens sign UFA D Matt Taormina (Tampa Bay) to two-year two-way contract. Assigned to Laval AHL
July 1st – Canadiens sign UFA D Joe Morrow (Boston) to one-way one-year NHL contract ($650 thousand)
July 2nd – Canadiens sign G Carey Price to eight year – 84 million dollar contract extension – 2018-19 to 2025-26 ($10.5AAV. 70 million in signing bonuses).
July 3rd – Canadiens sign UFA RW Ales Hemsky (Dallas) to one year NHL contract – (1 million dollars)
July 5th – Canadiens sign RFA LW/C Alex Galchenyuk to 13. million dollar three year contract (4.5 million AAV).
July 6th – Canadiens sign RFA G Charlie Lindgren to one year two-way NHL/AHL contract.
July 20th -Canadiens agree to one-year/two-way contract (AHL/ECHL) contract with LW Yannick Veilleux.
July 25th – Canadiens sign D Mark Streit (Pittsburgh) to one year NHL contract ($700,000 plus bonuses-to max 300K))
Aug. 29th –Unrestricted free agent D Eric Gelinas (Colorado) signed to professional tryout contract (PTO) by Canadiens