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2011–12 Montreal Canadiens
Division 5th Northeast
Conference 15th Eastern
2011–12 record 31–35–16
Home record 16–15–10
Road record 15–20–6
Goals for 212
Goals against 226
Team information
General Manager Pierre Gauthier (Oct-Mar)
vacant (Mar-Apr)
Coach Jacques Martin (Oct-Dec)
Randy Cunneyworth (Dec-Apr) (interim)
Captain Brian Gionta
Alternate captains Hal Gill (Oct–Feb)
Andrei Markov
Rotating (Feb-Apr)
Arena Bell Centre
Average attendance 21,273 (100%)
Total: 872,193
Team leaders
Goals Erik Cole (35)
Assists David Desharnais (44)
Points Max Pacioretty (65)
Penalties in minutes P.K. Subban (119)
Plus/minus Josh Gorges (+14)
Wins Carey Price (26)
<2010–11 2012–13>

The 2011–12 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 103rd season in franchise history and their 95th season in the National Hockey League since the league was established on November 22, 1917. Finishing in last place in their respective division and conference, the Canadiens did not qualify for the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Off-season[edit]

Heading into the off-season, Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier had certain issues to address. There were several unrestricted free agents on the team that included, most notably Jeff Halpern, Roman Hamrlik, Alex Auld, Brent Sopel, Hal Gill, James Wisniewski, Mathieu Darche and Andrei Markov.

The team managed to re-sign Gill, Darche and Markov. On the other hand, no contracts were offered to Halpern, Auld and Sopel, thus allowing them to leave the team. Roman Hamrlik rejected the Canadiens's one-year offer and instead accepted a two-year contract with the Washington Capitals. James Wisniewski let it be known that he would be testing the free agent market (where a bidding war for his services would ensue). On June 29, his negotiating rights were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On the restricted free agent side, qualifying offers were made to Andrei Kostitsyn, Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais, Yannick Weber, Ryan White and Josh Gorges, all were eventually re-signed. No qualifying offers were made to forwards Dustin Boyd, Tom Pyatt, Benoit Pouliot and defenceman Alexandre Picard, thus allowing them to become unrestricted free agents.

On the first day of free agency on July 1, Pierre Gauthier addressed two needs, a big body forward and a reliable back-up goaltender. They were successful in signing forward Erik Cole from the Carolina Hurricanes to a four-year contract worth $18 million. The need for a capable back-up goaltender to help out Carey Price was also fulfilled when they signed free agent Peter Budaj from the Colorado Avalanche to a two-year contract worth $2.3 million.

Another notable transaction during the off-season is the signing of rugged Russian defenceman Alexei Yemelin to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2011–12 season. Yemelin, drafted by the team in the third round with the 84th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, was under the Canadiens radar for quite some time. He finally agreed to make the jump to North America when a clause was inserted in his contract, stating that he would be able to return to the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia should he be unable to crack the Canadiens roster. Yemelin is often compared to fellow Russian and former NHL defenceman Darius Kasparaitis, who was known for his aggressive physical playing style.

Assistant coach Kirk Muller, who was part of the Canadiens coaching staff since 2006, confirmed rumours that he was actively seeking a head coaching position in the NHL and would be leaving the team. On June 27, 2011, following his inability to find a head coaching position in the NHL, the Nashville Predators announced that Muller had been hired as the head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. He would later fulfill his dream when on November 28, 2011, Muller became coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, taking over for Paul Maurice.[1]

Following Muller's departure, general manager Pierre Gauthier announced the appointment of Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur as assistant coaches. Cunneyworth and Ladouceur were coach and assistant coach respectfully for the Canadiens's AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs during the previous season. The addition of Ladouceur also provides the team the first former defenceman as an assistant coach since the 2005-06 NHL season.

Season Timeline[edit]

October

The Canadiens started with the team's worst start since 1941.[2] Prior to their first game of the season, defenceman Andrei Markov was placed on the injured reserved list. The Canadiens started the season with a 2–0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. During the game, newly acquired defenceman Chris Campoli suffered a hamstring injury and was sidelined indefinitely.

The team's first win of the season was a 5–1 decision against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre, which was the Jets' first game in the newly relocated franchise's history.

The Canadiens played their home opener on October 13 in a 4–1 loss to the Calgary Flames. This coincided with Lars Eller's first game of the season following off-season shoulder surgery. That same day, the team announced that forward Ryan White had surgery for a sports hernia and would be sidelined indefinitely.

On October 23, the team traded longtime prospect Brock Trotter and their 7th round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft to the Phoenix Coyotes for forward Petteri Nokelainen and defenceman Garrett Stafford.

The team would go on to a six-game losing streak and five-game losing streak at home until defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5 – 1 on October 26, 2011 at the Bell Centre.[3] Prior to the game, the Canadiens relieved assistant coach Perry Pearn of his duties, offering him (but he declined) another position in the organization.[2] Pearn was replaced behind the bench by Randy Ladouceur, who until then was situated in the press box during game time.

Molson Cup player of the month: Carey Price.

November

On November 10 the Canadiens beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3–2 in overtime to continue their winning streak in Phoenix. The Coyotes have not beaten the Canadiens at home ice since December 9, 1998, when they won 4–2.

Carey Price recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time of his career in duplicate 4–0 wins against the Carolina Hurricanes on November 16 and the New York Rangers on November 19.

Max Pacioretty was suspended by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for three games following a questionable hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defencemen Kristopher Letang on November 26 at the Bell Centre. Letang suffered a broken nose but still managed to finish the game. No penalty had been called on the hit.

The month also saw the NHL debuts of defenceman Frederic St. Denis on November 16 in a 4–0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes and Louis Leblanc on November 30 in a 4–1 loss to the Ahaheim Ducks.

Molson Cup player of the month: Carey Price.

December

In an effort to bolster their power play, which was ranked 29th out of 30 teams in the league, Pierre Gauthier acquired defenceman Tomas Kaberle from the Carolina Hurricanes on December 9 in exchange for defenceman Jaroslav Spacek. In his first game with the Canadiens, Kaberle registered two assists, including one on the power play, in a 2–1 road win against the New Jersey Devils.

Chris Campoli returned to action on December 13 against the New York Islanders. He was sidelined with a lower body injury suffered during the team's season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs back on October 6.

Feeling that the team was under performing with its 13–12–7 losing record, Pierre Gauthier fired head coach Jacques Martin on December 17. Assistant Coach Randy Cunneyworth was named interim head coach.[4] Cunneyworth became the first unilingual English speaking active head coach of the Canadiens since Bob Berry, who was head coach from 1981–84. Assistant General Manager Larry Carriere was named assistant coach in a questionable move, as Carriere has never coached hockey in any level whatsoever. Cunneyworth's first game as the interim head coach resulted in a 5–3 loss against the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre on December 17.

Under interim coach Cunneyworth, the team embarked on a five game losing skid until finally winning their first game under their new coach in a convincing 6–2 win against the Senators in Ottawa on December 27. Despite this win, the team dropped their next two games and closed off the month losing 7 of their last 8 games.

Molson Cup player of the month: Carey Price.

January

Lars Eller started off the new year in style on January 4 by scoring four goals (three in the 3rd period alone) to help his team pounce the Winnipeg Jets 7–3 at the Bell Centre. Eller becomes the first Canadiens player to score 4 goals in one game since Jan Bulis did so against the Philadelphia Flyers back on January 26, 2006.

On January 12 goaltender Carey Price was invited to the 2012 NHL All Star game which was played on January 29 in Ottawa. He was accompagnied by teammate Raphael Diaz, who participated in the rookie skills competition held on January 28.

One day after Michael Cammalleri made disparaging remarks about the current status of the Montreal Canadiens, the Habs decided to part ways with the veteran forward. On Thursday January 12, Cammalleri was pulled out of a game against the Boston Bruins to find out that he'd been traded to the Calgary Flames along with goaltender Karri Ramo and a fifth round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. Montreal received forwards Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland, and a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Bourque is a salary cap hit of $3.3 million until the 2015–16 season. This is Cammalleri's second tenure with the Flames, where he scored 39 goals during the 2008–09 season.

Molson Cup player of the month: Max Pacioretty.

February

Max Pacioretty scored the first hat trick of his career in a 4–2 win against the New York Islanders on February 9.

After being sidelined since the beginning of the season with a sports hernia, Ryan White finally made his season debut on February 15 against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.

With their playoff hopes dying with each passing day, Pierre Gauthier became a seller. On February 17, Montreal sent defenceman Hal Gill and a conditional 2013 fifth-round draft pick to the Nashville Predators for a 2012 second-round pick, prospect Robert Slaney as well as Blake Geoffrion, who is the grandson of former Habs great Bernard Geoffrion and great-grandson of Canadiens legend Howie Morenz.

During the trade deadline on February 27, the Canadiens reacquired their 5th round conditional pick in the Hall Gill trade, as well as the Predators's 2nd round pick in 2013 for forward Andrei Kostitsyn. They also claimed via re-entry waivers enforcer Brad Staubitz from the Minnesota Wild. Despite rumors to the contrary, Travis Moen and Chris Campoli, who will both become unresticted free agents at the end of season, were not moved.

The Canadiens finished the month losing 7 of their last 8 including, including a 5-game losing streak.

Molson Cup player of the month: Carey Price.

March and April

Max Pacioretty became the first American born player in Canadiens history to reach the 30 goal mark during a 5–4 victory on March 8 against the Edmonton Oilers.

March 10 saw the return of defenceman Andrei Markov in the line up. He registered an assist in the Canadiens 4–1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. Markov, who had been sidelined with a torn ACL, played his first game since November 13, 2010, missing almost 16 months of action.

Erik Cole scored a natural hat trick just 5:41 after the opening faceoff on March 24 when the Habs defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-1. Cole in turn becomes the second American born player in Canadiens history to reach the 30 goal plateau. This is also a team record for the fastest natural hat trick to start a game by any Canadiens player. Cole finished the season with a record high 35 goals for an American born player.

The Canadiens were officially eliminated from playoff contention, on their 76th game of the season, following a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on March 24.

On March 29, team owner Geoff Molson officially relieved GM Pierre Gauthier of his duties as general manager .[5] Bob Gainey was also let go of his duties as special advisor to the GM. Mr. Molson further announced that former Habs GM Serge Savard would be acting as special advisor to find the next general manager.

April 1 saw the NHL debut of Gabriel Dumont in a winning cause against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Molson Cup player of the month: Carey Price.

Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Standings[edit]

Northeast Division[6]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Boston Bruins 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
2 Ottawa Senators 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
5 Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78
Eastern Conference[7]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Clinched division, z – Clinched conference (and division)


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Game Log

Legend:       Win       Loss       Overtime/shootout loss

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Price, CareyCarey Price 65 3944 26 28 11 160 2.43 1914 .916 4 0 2 6
Budaj, PeterPeter Budaj 17 1037 5 7 5 44 2.55 508 .913 0 0 3 2

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Canadiens. Stats reflect time with Canadiens only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Canadiens only.

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Final roster[edit]

Updated April 7, 2012.[100]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
45 Canada Blunden, MikeMike Blunden RW R 28 2011 Toronto, Ontario
27 Canada Bourque, ReneRene Bourque LW L 32 2012 Lac La Biche, Alberta
30 Slovakia Budaj, PeterPeter Budaj G L 32 2011 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
17 Canada Campoli, ChrisChris Campoli D L 30 2011 North York, Ontario
72 United States Cole, ErikErik Cole RW L 35 2011 Oswego, New York
52 Canada Darche, MathieuMathieu Darche LW L 37 2009 Montreal, Quebec
51 Canada Desharnais, DavidDavid Desharnais C L 28 2008 Quebec City, Quebec
61 Switzerland Diaz, RaphaelRaphael Diaz D L 28 2011 Baar, Switzerland
81 Denmark Eller, LarsLars Eller C L 25 2010 Rødovre, Denmark
74 Russia Emelin, AlexeiAlexei Emelin D L 28 2004 Togliatti, Soviet Union
21 United States Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta (C) RW R 35 2009 Rochester, New York
11 United States Gomez, ScottScott Gomez C L 34 2009 Anchorage, Alaska
26 Canada Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges D L 30 2007 Kelowna, British Columbia
22 Czech Republic Kaberle, TomasTomas Kaberle D L 36 2011 Rakovník, Czechoslovakia
79 Russia Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov (A) D L 35 1998 Voskresensk, Soviet Union
32 Canada Moen, TravisTravis Moen LW L 32 2009 Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan
15 Finland Nokelainen, PetteriPetteri Nokelainen C R 28 2011 Imatra, Finland
67 United States Pacioretty, MaxMax Pacioretty LW L 25 2007 New Canaan, Connecticut
14 Czech Republic Plekanec, TomasTomas Plekanec C L 31 2001 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
31 Canada Price, CareyCarey Price G L 27 2005 Anahim Lake, British Columbia
25 Canada Staubitz, BradBrad Staubitz RW R 30 2012 Edmonton, Alberta
76 Canada Subban, P.K.P.K. Subban D R 25 2007 Toronto, Ontario
68 Switzerland Weber, YannickYannick Weber D R 25 2007 Morges, Switzerland
53 Canada White, RyanRyan White C R 26 2006 Brandon, Manitoba

Transactions[edit]

The Canadiens have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season:

Trades[edit]

Date Details
June 25, 2011[101] To Winnipeg Jets
3rd-round pick (#78 overall) in 2011
To Montreal Canadiens
4th-round pick (#97 overall) in 2011
4th-round pick (#108 overall) in 2011
June 29, 2011[102] To Columbus Blue Jackets
James Wisniewski (negotiating rights)
To Montreal Canadiens
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2012
July 7, 2011[103] To Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Russell
To Montreal Canadiens
Michael Blunden
July 15, 2011[104] To Anaheim Ducks
Mathieu Carle
To Montreal Canadiens
Mark Mitera
October 23, 2011[105] To Phoenix Coyotes
Brock Trotter
7th-round pick in 2012
To Montreal Canadiens
Petteri Nokelainen
Garrett Stafford
December 9, 2011[106] To Carolina Hurricanes
Jaroslav Spacek
To Montreal Canadiens
Tomas Kaberle
January 12, 2012[107] To Calgary Flames
Michael Cammalleri
Karri Ramo
5th-round pick in 2012
To Montreal Canadiens
Rene Bourque
Patrick Holland
2nd-round pick in 2013
February 17, 2012[108] To Nashville Predators
Hal Gill
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2013
To Montreal Canadiens
Blake Geoffrion
Robert Slaney
2nd-round pick in 2012
February 27, 2012[109] To Nashville Predators
Andrei Kostitsyn
To Montreal Canadiens
2nd-round pick in 2013
Cancellation of Conditional 5th-round pick in 2013

+On October 9, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman allowed the Montreal Canadiens to cancel the waiver claim on Betts and return him to the Philadelphia Flyers, as he had failed a physical due to an undisclosed injury which he had prior to being claimed.[133]

Lost via waivers[edit]

Player New team Date claimed off waivers
Jeff Woywitka[134] New York Rangers October 6, 2011

Player signings[edit]

Player Date Contract terms
Alexsey Emelin[135] May 17, 2011 1 year, $984,200 entry-level contract
Joonas Nattinen[136] May 26, 2011 3 years, $1.895 million, entry-level contract
Hal Gill[137] May 31, 2011 1 year, $2.25 million
Andrei Kostitsyn[138] June 9, 2011 1 year, $3.25 million
Mathieu Darche[139] June 10, 2011 1 year, $700,000
Max Pacioretty[140] June 20, 2011 2 years, $3.25 million
David Desharnais[141] June 20, 2011 2 years, $1.7 million
Andrei Markov[142] June 23, 2011 3 years, $17.25 million
Yannick Weber[143] June 29, 2011 2 years, $1.7 million
Ryan White[144] July 13, 2011 1 year, $625,000
Frederic St. Denis[145] July 15, 2011 1 year, $605,000
Josh Gorges[146] July 22, 2011 1 year, $2.5 million
Jarred Tinordi[147] November 2, 2011 3 years, $2.7 million entry-level contract
Brendan Gallagher[148] November 16, 2011 3 years, $2.145 million entry-level contract
Michael Bournival[149] December 21, 2011 3 years, $2.07 million entry-level contract
Josh Gorges[150] January 1, 2012 6 years, $23.4 million contract extension
Morgan Ellis[151] March 1, 2012 3 years, $1.92 million entry-level contract
Patrick Holland[152] March 7, 2012 3 years, $1.92 million entry-level contract
Greg Pateryn[153] March 28, 2012 2 years, $1.325 million entry-level contract
Nathan Beaulieu[154] March 30, 2012 3 years, $2.775 million entry-level contract

Draft picks[edit]

Montreal's picks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 17 Nathan Beaulieu Defence  Canada Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
4 97 (from Winnipeg) Josiah Didier Defence  United States Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
4 108 (from Winnipeg) Oliver Archambault Left Wing  Canada Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
4 113 (from Anaheim) Magnus Nygren Defence  Sweden Farjestads BK (SEL)
5 138 Darren Dietz Defence  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
6 168 Daniel Pribyl Centre  Czech Republic Sparta Jr. (CZREP-JR.)
7 198 Colin Sullivan Defence  United States Avon Old Farms (USHS-MA)

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  98. ^ Price, Khabibulin, Jagr are NHL's Three Stars
  99. ^ Habs' Price's two shutouts earn First Star honors
  100. ^ "Canadiens Roster". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  101. ^ Day 2 Recap
  102. ^ James Wisniewski traded to Columbus
  103. ^ Habs acquire Michael Blunden from Columbus in return for Ryan Russell
  104. ^ The Canadiens acquire Mark Mitera from the Ducks in exchange for Mathieu Carle
  105. ^ Canadiens acquire Petteri Nokelainen and Garrett Stafford from the Phoenix Coyotes, in return for Brock Trotter and a 7th-round draft pick in 2012
  106. ^ Canadiens acquire Tomas Kaberle from Carolina in return for Jaroslav Spacek
  107. ^ Michael Cammalleri traded to Calgary
  108. ^ "Hal Gill traded to Nashville". Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  109. ^ Canadiens trade forward Andrei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators
  110. ^ Raphael Diaz signed by the Canadiens
  111. ^ Two-year contract for goalie Peter Budaj
  112. ^ Erik Cole signs 4 years with Montreal
  113. ^ Canadiens sign Brock Trotter to a one-year contract
  114. ^ Canadiens sign Peter Delmas to a 3-year contract
  115. ^ Habs sign goalie Nathan Lawson to a one-year contract
  116. ^ Habs sign forward Brian Willsie to a one-year contract
  117. ^ Canadiens sign defenceman Jeff Woywitka to a one-year contract
  118. ^ Habs sign Chris Campoli
  119. ^ Canadiens sign Joe Callahan
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  121. ^ "Klubertanz returning to Djurgarden" (in Swedish). Djurgardens IF. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  122. ^ Capitals Sign Centre Jeff Halpern to One-Year Contract
  123. ^ Lightning Ink Free Agent Forward J.T. Wyman
  124. ^ Capitals Sign Defenceman Roman Hamrlik
  125. ^ B's Sign Pouliot, Khudobin, Whitfield
  126. ^ Bulletin: Senators sign goaltender Alex Auld to a one-year contract
  127. ^ Penguins Sign Defenceman Alexandre Picard
  128. ^ Lightning Sign Centre Tom Pyatt
  129. ^ SABRES SIGN MacINTYRE, WHITMORE AND STUART
  130. ^ BLUELINER SOPEL SIGNS WITH NOVOKUZNETSK OF KHL
  131. ^ Habs claim Blair Betts off waivers
  132. ^ Brad Staubitz claimed off waivers
  133. ^ Injured Betts returned to Flyers Accessed December 30, 2011
  134. ^ Rangers claim Woywitka from Habs
  135. ^ Canadiens sign Emelin to a one-year contract
  136. ^ Canadiens sign centreman Joonas Nattinen to a three-year contract
  137. ^ Canadiens sign defenceman Hal Gill to a one-year contract
  138. ^ Andrei Kostitsyn inks one-year deal
  139. ^ Canadiens sign Mathieu Darche to a one-year contract
  140. ^ Max Pacioretty inks two-year deal
  141. ^ Canadiens sign David Desharnais to a two year deal
  142. ^ Habs sign Andrei Markov to a three-year contract
  143. ^ Habs ink Yannick Weber to a 2-year deal
  144. ^ Ryan White inks one-year deal
  145. ^ St. Denis signed to a one-year deal
  146. ^ Josh Gorges inks one-year deal
  147. ^ Habs sign Jarred Tinordi to a 3-year contract
  148. ^ Habs ink Brendan Gallagher to a 3-year deal
  149. ^ The Canadiens sign Michaël Bournival to a three-year contract
  150. ^ Habs sign Josh Gorges to a 6-year extension
  151. ^ Three-year contract for Morgan Ellis
  152. ^ Three-year contract for Patrick Holland
  153. ^ Canadiens sign Greg Pateryn
  154. ^ Canadiens sign defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to a three-year contract