Category Archives: Montreal Canadiens

Grading the Canadiens signing Karl Alzner to a 5-year deal

The Montreal Canadiens bolstered their defense in free agency as they signed former Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner to a 5-year/$23.125 million deal. Alzner won’t provide much offensively as his career high for points in a season is 21. However, Alzner is a good defensive player and he always has an outstanding plus/minus every season including last year when he had a career high plus 23. Alzner will likely be on the top defensive pairing along with elite defenseman Shea Weber. Alzner will be a good complement to Weber since Weber is a great offensive performer and Alzner is known as a defensive specialist. The Canadiens now have much more quality depth on defense with the addition of Alzner and it makes this team a playoff competitor for several years. If Alzner can contribute more offensively then this would be a great signing, but this at least will improve Montreal defensively and it is still a solid signing for the Canadiens.

Grade: B

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Canadiens add much-needed depth to their forwards by signing Fleischmann

I don’t know if left wing Tomas Fleischmann is the same player that he was with the Florida Panthers in 2011 when he scored 61 points, but even if he is half the player that he was at that time then the Montreal Canadiens could still be getting a really good player for an amazingly low price. Fleischmann agreed to a 1-year/$750,000 on Sunday with the Canadiens after proving his worth during a professional tryout with the team during training camp. Fleischmann only had 27 points last season, but he will definitely be a good addition for more much needed depth for Montreal. I don’t think that the Canadiens expect him to play on the top 2 lines this season, but he can provide a scoring threat on probably the 4th line. This is a low-risk signing for the Canadiens just prior to the start of the 2015 regular season and it would be hard to see him not doing well for Montreal given this opportunity.

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