The National Hockey League announced this afternoon that Brendan Gallagher was named to their All Rookie Team. Gallagher was the runner up for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the league.
Others to make the team were fellow forwards Johnathon Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers and Brandon Saad from the Chicago Blackhawks. The three forwards come as no surprise, as all three were finalists for the Calder, won by Huberdeau.
The defensemen to make the team were high scoring Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild defender Jonas Brodin. Jake Allen, goaltender of the St. Louis Blues rounded out the best of the rookies.
Gallagher had an impressive first season with the Montreal Canadiens, notching 15 goals and 13 assists, making him the fourth highest scoring freshman with 28 points.
It was announced by Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin that Colby Armstrong will not be brought back and will become a free agent on July 5th.
Armstrong played just one season with the Habs and picked up two goals and three assists in 37 games. He is one of the most well liked players in the Canadiens dressing room, but his defensive game is just not good enough to make up for his lack of offensive production. His place in the lineup was all but taken by Gabriel Dumont down the stretch, and Armstrong will easily be replaced.
Michael Blunden was re-signed by the Canadiens to a one year, two-way deal. Blunden simply adds some veteran depth to the organization, will play most of the season in Hamilton, much like he did last season when he only suited up for five NHL games.
Tomas Kaberle was put through waivers and officially removed from the Canadiens roster. His buyout now complete, his 4.5 million dollar cap hit is removed from the Canadiens next season. He will be paid 1.5 million per year for the next two seasons from the organization to not play here.
One last note on the draft, trade talks are heating up around the league, but the Canadiens do not appear to be close to making any major deals. Bergevin also stated the team will look to move their first round pick tomorrow up or down if they think it is the best way to get their target. Bergevin met with former Tampa Bay Lightning Vincent Lecavalier, who has become one of the most intriguing free agents after being bought out of his lengthy deal with the Lightning.
So, expect some movement from the Canadiens at the draft tomorrow, but don’t expect Bergevin to be going for a home run deal. He appears satisfied the team will be fine with only some minor tweaking.