Montreal Canadiens transactions

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Montreal Canadiens logo Paul Byron
Paul Byron
2019-01-16
NHL suspended LW Paul Byron three games for a high hit on an opponent.
2019-01-16
Montreal Canadiens logo Karl Alzner
Karl Alzner
2019-01-16
Assigned D Karl Alzner to Laval (AHL).
2019-01-16
Montreal Canadiens logo David Schlemko
David Schlemko
2019-01-08
Assigned D David Schlemko to Laval (AHL).
2019-01-08
Montreal Canadiens logo David Schlemko
David Schlemko
2019-01-07
Waived D David Schlemko.
2019-01-07
Montreal Canadiens logo Carey Price
Carey Price
2019-01-02
Activated G Carey Price from injured reserve.
2019-01-02
Montreal Canadiens logo Michael McNiven
Michael McNiven
2019-01-02
Assigned G Michael McNiven to Laval (AHL).
2019-01-02
Montreal Canadiens logo Phillip Danault
Phillip Danault
2018-12-29
NHL fined C Phillip Danault $5,000 for a dangerous trip.
2018-12-29
Montreal Canadiens logo David Schlemko
David Schlemko
2018-12-26
Placed D David Schlemko on IR.
2018-12-26
Montreal Canadiens logo Karl Alzner
Karl Alzner
2018-12-26
Recalled D Karl Alzner from Laval (AHL).
2018-12-26
Montreal Canadiens logo Victor Mete
Victor Mete
2018-12-17
Recalled D Victor Mete from Laval (AHL).
2018-12-17
Montreal Canadiens logo Noah Juulsen
Noah Juulsen
2018-12-17
Assigned D Noah Juulsen to Laval (AHL).
2018-12-17
Montreal Canadiens logo Noah Juulsen
Noah Juulsen
2018-12-10
Activated D Noah Juulsen from injured reserve.
2018-12-10
Montreal Canadiens logo Xavier Ouellet
Xavier Ouellet
2018-12-08
Assigned D Xavier Ouellet to Laval (AHL).
2018-12-08
Montreal Canadiens logo Xavier Ouellet
Xavier Ouellet
2018-12-07
Waived D Xavier Ouellet.
2018-12-07
Montreal Canadiens logo Nikita Scherbak
Nikita Scherbak
2018-12-02
Los Angeles Kings Acquired RW Nikita Scherbak off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.
2018-12-02
Montreal Canadiens logo Nikita Scherbak
Nikita Scherbak
2018-12-01
Waived RW Nikita Scherbak.
2018-12-01
Montreal Canadiens logo Victor Mete
Victor Mete
2018-11-29
Assigned D Victor Mete to Laval (AHL).
2018-11-29
Montreal Canadiens logo Shea Weber
Shea Weber
2018-11-27
Activated D Shea Weber from injured reserve.
2018-11-27
Montreal Canadiens logo Karl Alzner
Karl Alzner
2018-11-27
Assigned D Karl Alzner to Laval (AHL).
2018-11-27
Montreal Canadiens logo Karl Alzner
Karl Alzner
2018-11-26
Waived D Karl Alzner.
2018-11-26
Montreal Canadiens logo Brett Kulak
Brett Kulak
2018-11-22
Recalled D Brett Kulak from Laval (AHL).
2018-11-22
Montreal Canadiens logo Michael Chaput
Michael Chaput
2018-11-20
Recalled C Michael Chaput from Laval (AHL).
2018-11-20
Montreal Canadiens logo Nikita Scherbak
Nikita Scherbak
2018-11-20
Placed RW Nikita Scherbak on IR.
2018-11-20
Montreal Canadiens logo Noah Juulsen
Noah Juulsen
2018-11-20
Placed D Noah Juulsen on IR.
2018-11-20
Montreal Canadiens logo Nikita Scherbak
Nikita Scherbak
2018-11-14
Recalled RW Nikita Scherbak from Laval (AHL).
2018-11-14
Montreal Canadiens logo Tomas Plekanec
Tomas Plekanec
2018-11-09
Announced C Tomas Plekanec has retired.
2018-11-09
Montreal Canadiens logo Tomas Plekanec
Tomas Plekanec
2018-11-09
Waived C Tomas Plekanec.
2018-11-09
Montreal Canadiens logo Jeremiah Addison Waived LW Jeremiah Addison. 2018-11-02
Montreal Canadiens logo Tomas Plekanec
Tomas Plekanec
2018-10-19
Placed C Tomas Plekanec on IR.
2018-10-19
Montreal Canadiens logo Nicolas Deslauriers Activated LW Nicolas Deslauriers from injured reserve. 2018-10-19
Montreal Canadiens logo Jacob De La Rose Detroit Red Wings Acquired LW Jacob De La Rose off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens. 2018-10-17
Montreal Canadiens logo Jacob De La Rose Waived LW Jacob De La Rose. 2018-10-16
Montreal Canadiens logo Charlie Lindgren Assigned G Charlie Lindgren to Laval (AHL). 2018-10-14
Montreal Canadiens logo Charlie Lindgren Assigned G Charlie Lindgren to Laval (AHL). 2018-10-13
Montreal Canadiens logo Charlie Lindgren Recalled G Charlie Lindgren from Laval (AHL). 2018-10-13
Montreal Canadiens logo Cale Fleury
Cale Fleury
2018-10-04
Signed D Cale Fleury to a three-year, entry level contract.
2018-10-04
Montreal Canadiens logo Jarret Tyszka
Jarret Tyszka
2018-10-03
Assigned D Jarret Tyszka to juniors.
2018-10-03
Montreal Canadiens logo Gustav Olofsson
Gustav Olofsson
2018-10-03
Acquired D Gustav Olofsson from the Minnesota Wild for RW William Bitten.
2018-10-03
Montreal Canadiens logo Jacob De La Rose Placed LW Jacob De La Rose on IR. 2018-10-02
Montreal Canadiens logo Brett Kulak
Brett Kulak
2018-10-01
Assigned D Brett Kulak to Laval (AHL).
2018-10-01
Montreal Canadiens logo Kenny Agostino
Kenny Agostino
2018-10-01
Assigned LW Kenny Agostino to Laval (AHL).
2018-10-01
Montreal Canadiens logo Michael Chaput
Michael Chaput
2018-10-01
Assigned C Michael Chaput to Laval (AHL).
2018-10-01
Montreal Canadiens logo Max Domi
Max Domi
2018-10-01
Announced LW Max Domi has served his suspension.
2018-10-01
Montreal Canadiens logo Brett Kulak
Brett Kulak
2018-10-01
Acquired D Brett Kulak from the Calgary Flames for D Matt Taormina and D Rinat Valiev.
2018-10-01
Montreal Canadiens logo Charlie Lindgren Assigned G Charlie Lindgren to Laval (AHL). 2018-09-30
Montreal Canadiens logo Michael Chaput
Michael Chaput
2018-09-30
Waived C Michael Chaput.
2018-09-30
Montreal Canadiens logo Kenny Agostino
Kenny Agostino
2018-09-30
Waived LW Kenny Agostino.
2018-09-30
Montreal Canadiens logo Hunter Shinkaruk Assigned C Hunter Shinkaruk to Laval (AHL). 2018-09-26
Montreal Canadiens logo Michael McCarron Assigned RW Michael McCarron to Laval (AHL). 2018-09-26
Montreal Canadiens logo Byron Froese
Byron Froese
2018-09-26
Assigned C Byron Froese to Laval (AHL).
2018-09-26

Trades

NHL player transactions include the exchange of players, prospects, and draft picks among teams. Teams only have until the trade deadline, which tends to fall on the last week of February or the first week of March. The trade deadline for the current season is Monday, February 26, 2018.

Signings, Terminations & Injury Designations

Other ways the players on a team are impacted are through signings, terminations, and injury designations.

Free agents

Players who are free agents have no contract and are able to sign with any club. Previously, players could have unrestricted free agency if they were 31 years old or over. After the CBA came out of the lockout in 2005, the rules changed. Now, players aged 27 and over, as well as those with at least seven years in the NHL with expired contracts, can become unrestricted free agents. Plus, players aged 22 years and over who are not selected in the NHL Draft can sign with any team as a free agent.

Unrestricted free agents can start negotiating and signing contracts with any team after July 1 of each year. Before, teams were awarded with draft picks as compensation when they lost unrestricted free agents. Since 2004, there has been no compensation.

Buyouts

Buyouts occur when teams buy a player at the end of a season for the remainder of the player’s contract. This impacts both pay and cap hit. For players under the age of 26, pay and cap hit are reduced by two-thirds. For players aged 26 to 35, pay and cap hit are reduced by one-third. Finally, for players over the age of 35, pay is reduced by one-third but cap hit is not reduced. In addition, the new team pays over twice the period of the remaining contract.

Injured Reserve List

Players who are injured, disabled, or sick and unable to play for at least seven days cannot be bought out. Instead, their teams may place them on the Injured Reserve List. A club can only put a player on the Injured Reserve List if the player had previously passed the initial physical examination of the season. The team can then replace the player on its NHL roster with someone else.

Assigning Players to the Minors & Call-Ups

If a player has already participated in a defined number of games or he has played in a certain number of seasons since the signing of the original contract, the player must be available to all NHL teams before he is assigned to the minors. This is called 'clearing waivers,' and it means that other NHL teams can 'claim' the player from the 'waiver wire,' meaning they assume the contract, and provide only a small financial compensation to the team from which the player originated. When players clear waivers, their teams have the right to loan them to a minor affiliate, typically an AHL team, or they can choose to keep them in their club. Once cleared, players don't need to do it again for the lesser of either 30 cumulative days on the roster, or until they've played in 10 games in the NHL.

Players can also rise from the minors to an NHL team. This is known as a call-up. Players may be called up due to an injury or suspension of another player, or a team can use a regular call-up of minor league affiliates who are yet to sign a contract.

The AHL

The AHL, or American Hockey League, is the primary development league for the NHL. The AHL is currently made up of 30 teams. Since there are currently 31 NHL teams, 3 NHL Teams are sharing 2 AHL teams. There are plans for the AHL to expand to 31 teams, so that each NHL team can once again have their own exclusive affiliate.

The ECHL

The ECHL (previously the East Coast Hockey League) is a mid-level league with teams from across the U.S. and Canada. It is the only other league (along with the AHL) to which all players with entry-level NHL contracts must report.

Roster Limits

Each team in the NHL has a roster limit of:

  • 50 players on contract
  • 20 players on “dressed list” for games
  • 23 players on the active NHL roster
  • 90 players on the reserve list

Players in the AHL and ECHL are part of the 50 contract limit but don’t contribute to the 23 active roster limit.

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