Dalton Thrower has been suspended for the rest of the Memorial Cup tournament after delivering a check to the head on Portland Winterhawks forward Taylor Leier.
Leier, who was a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012, lay motionless on the ice before being helped off and there was no penalty called on the play. He is suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Thrower was chosen in the second round of 2012 draft by the Montreal Canadiens.
Sebastian Collberg signed a three-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.
In 35 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League this past season, he notched six goals and nine points. He also appeared in 15 games with Orebro HK in Sweden's second division (HockeyAllsvenskan), where he had eight points. Collberg concluded the year with two games in Hamilton of the AHL. He was taken with the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 draft by Montreal.
Montreal Canadiens sign Magnus Nygren to two-year, entry-level contract.
Nygren spent the 2012-13 season with Farjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish Elite League, racking up 13 goals and 32 points in 51 games. The 13 goals were a league high for defensemen and the 32 point put him fourth among blueliners. The Canadiens drafted Nygren in the fourth round in 2011.
Alexei Emelin will be sidelined for the next six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee Tuesday.
Emelin suffered the season-ending injury on April 6 but waited until just today to have it repaired. Given the timeline, it's likely Emelin won't be able to return to the lineup until at least the end of November and possibly early December. While the injury won't affect your fantasy draft, the Canadiens clearly missed his physical presence on the blue line.
Michel Therrien was surprisingly omitted as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, which goes to the NHL coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success."
Therrien helped guide the Canadiens to the Northeast Division title after the club finished dead last in the Eastern Conference a year ago. However, he didn't make the cut with Anaheim's Bruce Boudreau, Ottawa's Paul MacLean and Chicago's Joel Quenneville getting the nod as finalists instead.
Alex Galchenyuk scored two shootout goals to help the United States win the bronze medal game against Finland at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
John Gibson made 36 saves in the victory while Craig Smith wrapped up an impressive tournament with a goal in the bronze medal game.
Look for the Canadiens to draft and/or acquire some bigger players this off-season.
The belief amongst Montreal management is that the team is fast enough to be competitive but lacks the size to defeat the bigger and more aggressive teams in the NHL. We expect the Habs will focus their attention on a number of the more physical free agents in the market and perhaps make a deal or two to bring in a power forward who can play on one of the team's top three lines and a rugged top six defenseman