March 17th, 2012; Montreal, QC, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov (79) during the 2nd period against the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

Montreal Canadiens: Who Is Playing Where Right Now?

Two weeks ago our staff writer Josh D made some guess as to where Montreal’s roster players would be playing during the lockout.

As of today, most of the team’s healthy roster players have found a team to play with, be it the Czech Extraligia, the Swiss NLA or the most popular option, the Player’s Tournament being held in the province of Quebec.

Here is your handy reference for which Hab is playing where currently.

Centers Team League
Plekanec Kladno Czech Extraligia
Desharnais Quebec La Tourneedes Joueurs
Eller Quebec La Tourneedes Joueurs
Gomez Alaska Aces ECHL (Practice Only)
Nokelainen Injured N/A
Wingers Team League
Pacioretty Ambri NLA
Bourque Injured N/A
Armstrong Montreal La Tourneedes Joueurs
Prust Quebec La Tourneedes Joueurs
Cole None N/A
Gionta Montreal La Tourneedes Joueurs
Moen Quebec La Tourneedes Joueurs
White None N/A
Defense Team League
Markov Montreal La Tourneedes Joueurs
Gorges Montreal La Tourneedes Joueurs
Subban None N/A
Kaberle Kladno Czech Extraligia
Emelin Ak-Bars KHL
Diaz Zug NLA
Weber Geneve Servette NLA
Boullion Quebec La Tourneedes Joueurs
Goaltender Team League
Price None N/A
Budaj None N/A

Of those healthy, only Carey Price, PK Subban, Ryan White and Peter Budaj have not joined an organization to play/practice with. Subban, Price, White and Cole seem likely candidates to join the Player’s Tournament if it continues, Budaj may go to the Slovak league or KHL. Markov is rumoured to be looking at joining a Russian KHL team if the lockout is on going.

NB: Remember that the domestic player rules that govern most European professional leagues make it so that it is much more worthwhile for a Euro pro team to get a player native to the country in which their team plays rather than an foreign player. Which is why we see lesser talents like Weber and Diaz to easily join teams in the Swiss league, whereas its usually only NHL stars like Pacioretty that are worth importing for the uncertain amount of time locked-out NHL player is available. So its easier for Markov to find a KHL team than Gorges would for example.


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