Another quiet week in Habs land and the Canadiens still have $4,044,524 in projected cap space, a number which will go up a bit if Alzner and Weise are buried in the AHL when the season starts. As the weeks go by, it becomes increasingly clear that Marc Bergevin has decided to stay the course and rely on his youngsters to help the team as soon as this season. Although one has to admit that the decision was kind of made for him when the Carolina Hurricanes matched the Aho offer sheet.
The team announced today that Joel Teasdale will be out for a minimum of seven months because of a knee injury. He suffered both an anterior cruciate ligament and a medical collateral ligament tear on August 12th. The Habs gave no details as to how the injury was sustained or exactly when the operation will take place. That makes sense since they have to wait for the swelling to go down before they go in there to repair the damage. It's a shame for Teasdale who should have been on the Rocket's roster this season and would have been a great help for Joel Bouchard's team.
RDS reports today that the Habs are interested in newly minted free agent Chase Priskie. A right handed blue liner drafted in the 6th round by the Capitals in 2016, he spent the last 4 years playing in the NCAA gathering 39 goals and 77 assists for 116 points in 154 matches. He told the Hawks he had no intention of signing a contract with them and he became a free agent yesterday. RDS also adds that both Florida and Tampa Bay are interested in signing him. To be honest, I'm not sure how this move would make sense for the Habs since the issue is on the left side of defence. Although if he was to be signed perhaps Bergevin would be tempted to unload a veteran d-man for some help up front?
The Canadiens announced earlier this week that press gallery matches would be on sale on Club 1909 today at noon. Normally, they uploaded rewards without prior warning and it was just luck that allowed people to get them but the change in strategy didn't go smoothly at all, the Club 1909 clearly couldn't handle the trafic and it was then announced that the rewards would instead be added Monday at noon... Got to wonder what an extra weekend will do for the website's capability to handle such heavy trafic but time will tell I guess.
If there are collectors amongst you, you might be interested to know that Brendan Gallagher will be attending a rare signing season in Repentigny on September 7. Tek Cheer, owner of TW Sports Cards announced on August 14th that the fan favorite had confirmed his presence in store. Places will be limited (211 tickets will be sold) and it will cost 55$ per signature and an extra 10$ per inscription. While some may think this is a steep price, it really isn't considering Gallagher really doesn't sign often and rarely stops to sign at the Habs' practice facility. The date is now blocked in my agenda and I think it will be worth the 2 hours and 15 minutes drive.