Marc Bergevin’s first signing after he was named GM of the Habs was forward Colby Armstrong to a 1 year 1 million dollar deal. Since there is still a lockout in effect Armstrong has now signed with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL, a third tier North American professional hockey league, Official Release. Armstrong has been waiting it out for a while now pondering what he should do and recently went on record with the Jay and Dan Podcast of TSN and said, paraphrasing, ‘I am not really looking for options to play somewhere else at the moment’ but I guess things changed quickly. Now that Armstrong is going to be playing over in the ECHL you will be looking forward to seeing him face-off against Scott Gomez….or not.
— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) December 6, 2012
Peter Budaj will also be on the move soon as he is in the signing process of a lockout deal with his hometown club HC Banska of the Slovak Extraliga, Official Release. HC Banska has also just signed Tampa Bay Lightning forward Dana Tyrell to a lockout deal.
Meanwhile… Loui Eriksson signed on with Davos of the Swiss League, and Peter Budaj joined HC Banska of the Slovak Extraliga.
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) December 5, 2012
11 players from the Canadiens are now playing either overseas in Europe (KHL etc..) or somwhere else in North America (ECHL etc..)