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2011–12 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 5th Northeast
Conference 15th Eastern
2011–12 record 31–35–16 (78 pts.)
Home record 16–15–10
Road record 15–20–6
Goals for 212
Goals against 226
General Manager Pierre Gauthier (Oct-Mar)
vacant (Mar-Apr)
Coach Jacques Martin (Oct-Dec)
Randy Cunneyworth (Dec-Apr) interim
Captain Brian Gionta
Alternate captains Hal Gill (Oct–Feb)
Andrei Markov
Rotating (Feb-Apr)
Arena Bell Centre
Average attendance 21,273 (100%)
Total: 872,193
Team leaders
Goals Erik Cole (35)
Assists David Desharnais (44)
Points Max Pacioretty (65)
Penalties in minutes P.K. Subban (119)
Wins Carey Price (26)

The 2011–12 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 103rd season in franchise history and their 95th season in the National Hockey League since the league was established on November 22, 1917.


Heading into the off-season, Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier had certain issues to address. There were several unrestriced free agents on the team that included, most notably Jeff Halpern, Roman Hamrlik, Alex Auld, Brent Sopel, Hal Gill, James Wisniewski, Mathieu Darche and Andrei Markov.

The team managed to re-sign Gill, Darche and Markov. On the other hand, no contracts were offered to Halpern, Auld and Sopel, thus allowing them to leave the team. Roman Hamrlik rejected the Canadiens's one-year offer and instead accepted a two-year contract with the Washington Capitals. James Wisniewski let it be known that he would be testing the free agent market (where a bidding war for his services would ensue). On June 29, his negotiating rights were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On the restricted free agent side, qualifying offers were made to Andrei Kostitsyn, Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais, Yannick Weber, Ryan White and Josh Gorges, all were eventually re-signed. No qualifying offers were made to forwards Dustin Boyd, Tom Pyatt, Benoit Pouliot and defenseman Alexandre Picard, thus allowing them to become unrestricted free agents.

On the first day of free agency on July 1, Pierre Gauthier addressed two needs, a big body forward and a reliable back-up goaltender. They were successful in signing forward Erik Cole from the Carolina Hurricanes to a four-year contract worth $18 million. The need for a capable back-up goaltender to help out Carey Price was also fulfilled when they signed free agent Peter Budaj from the Colorado Avalanche to a two-year contract worth $2.3 million.

Another notable transaction during the off-season is the signing of rugged Russian defenceman Alexei Yemelin to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2011–12 season. Yemelin, drafted by the team in the third round with the 84th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, was under the Canadiens radar for quite some time. He finally agreed to make the jump to North America when a clause was inserted in his contract, stating that he would be able to return to the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia should he be unable to crack the Canadiens roster. Yemelin is often compared to fellow Russian and former NHL defenceman Darius Kasparaitis, who was known for his aggressive physical playing style.

Assistant coach Kirk Muller, who was part of the Canadiens coaching staff since 2006, confirmed rumours that he was actively seeking a head coaching position in the NHL and would be leaving the team. On June 27, 2011, following his inability to find a head coaching position in the NHL, the Nashville Predators announced that Muller had been hired as the head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. He would later fulfill his dream when on November 28, 2011, Muller became coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, taking over for Paul Maurice.[1]

Following Muller's departure, general manager Pierre Gauthier announced the appointment of Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur as assistant coaches. Cunneyworth and Ladouceur were coach and assistant coach respectfully for the Canadiens's AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs during the previous season. The addition of Ladouceur also provides the team the first former defenseman as an assistant coach since the 2005-06 NHL season.

Season TimelineEdit


The Canadiens started with the team's worst start since 1941.[2] Prior to their first game of the season, defenceman Andrei Markov was placed on the injured reserved list. The Canadiens started the season with a 2–0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. During the game, newly acquired defenceman Chris Campoli suffered a hamstring injury and was sidelined indefinitely.

The team's first win of the season was a 5–1 decision against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre, which was the Jets' first game in the newly relocated franchise's history.

The Canadiens played their home opener on October 13 in a 4–1 loss to the Calgary Flames. This coincided with Lars Eller's first game of the season following off-season shoulder surgery. That same day, the team announced that forward Ryan White had surgery for a sports hernia and would be sidelined indefinitely.

On October 23, the team traded longtime prospect Brock Trotter and their 7th round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft to the Phoenix Coyotes for forward Petteri Nokelainen and defenseman Garrett Stafford.

The team would go on to a six-game losing streak and five-game losing streak at home until defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5 – 1 on October 26, 2011 at the Bell Centre.[3] Prior to the game, the Canadiens relieved assistant coach Perry Pearn of his duties, offering him (but he declined) another position in the organization.[2] Pearn was replaced behind the bench by Randy Ladouceur, who until then was situated in the press box during game time.

Molson Cup player of the month: Carey Price.


On November 10 the Canadiens beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3–2 in overtime to continue their winning streak in Phoenix. The Coyotes have not beaten the Canadiens at home ice since December 9, 1998, when they won 4–2.

Carey Price recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time of his career in duplicate 4–0 wins against the Carolina Hurricanes on November 16 and the New York Rangers on November 19.

Max Pacioretty was suspended by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for three games following a questionable hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defencemen Kristopher Letang on November 26 at the Bell Centre. Letang suffered a broken nose but still managed to finish the game. No penalty had been called on the hit.

The month also saw the NHL debuts of defenceman Frédéric Saint-Denis on November 16 in a 4–0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes and Louis Leblanc on November 30 in a 4–1 loss to the Ahaheim Ducks.

Molson Cup player of the month: Carey Price.


In an effort to bolster their power play, which was ranked 29th out of 30 teams in the league, Pierre Gauthier acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle from the Carolina Hurricanes on December 9 in exchange for defenseman Jaroslav Spacek. In his first game with the Canadiens, Kaberle registered two assists, including one on the power play, in a 2–1 road win against the New Jersey Devils.

Chris Campoli returned to action on December 13 against the New York Islanders. He was sidelined with a lower body injury suffered during the team's season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs back on October 6.

Feeling that the team was under performing despite a 13–12–7 record, Pierre Gauthier fires head coach Jacques Martin on December 17. Assistant Coach Randy Cunneyworth was named interim head coach.[4] Cunneyworth became the first unilingual English speaking active head coach of the Canadiens since Bob Berry, who was head coach from 1981–84. Assistant General Manager Larry Carriere was named assistant coach in a questionable move, as Carriere has never coached hockey in any level whatsoever. Cunneyworth's first game as the interim head coach resulted in a 5–3 lost against the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre on December 17.

Under interim coach Cunneyworth, the team embarked on a five game losing skid until finally winning their first game under their new coach in a convincing 6–2 win against the Senators in Ottawa on December 27. Despite this win, the team dropped their next two games and closed off the month losing 7 of their last 8 games.

Molson Cup player of the month: Carey Price.


Lars Eller started off the new year in style on January 4 by scoring four goals (three in the 3rd period alone) to help his team pounce the Winnipeg Jets 7–3 at the Bell Centre. Eller becomes the first Canadiens player to score 4 goals in one game since Jan Bulis did so against the Philadelphia Flyers back on January 26, 2006.

On January 12 goaltender Carey Price was invited to the 2012 NHL All Star game which was played on January 29 in Ottawa. He was accompagnied by teammate Raphael Diaz, who participated in the rookie skills competition held on January 28.

One day after Michael Cammalleri made disparaging remarks about the current status of the Montreal Canadiens, the Habs decided to part ways with the veteran forward. On Thursday January 12, Cammalleri was pulled out of a game against the Boston Bruins to find out that he'd been traded to the Calgary Flames along with goaltender Karri Ramo and a fifth round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. Montreal received forwards Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland, and a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Bourque is a salary cap hit of $3.3 million until the 2015–16 season. This is Cammalleri's second tenure with the Flames, where he scored 39 goals during the 2008–09 season.

Molson Cup player of the month: Max Pacioretty.


Max Pacioretty scored the first hat trick of his career in a 4–2 win against the New York Islanders on February 9.

After being sidelined since the beginning of the season with a sports hernia, Ryan White finally made his season debut on February 15 against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.

With their playoff hopes dying with each passing day, Pierre Gauthier became a seller. On February 17, Montreal sent defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional 2013 fifth-round draft pick to the Nashville Predators for a 2012 second-round pick, prospect Robert Slaney as well as Blake Geoffrion, who is the grandson of former Habs great Bernard Geoffrion and great-grandson of Canadiens legend Howie Morenz.

During the trade deadline on February 27, the Canadiens reacquired their 5th round conditional pick in the Hall Gill trade, as well as the Predators's 2nd round pick in 2013 for forward Andrei Kostitsyn. They also claimed via re-entry waivers enforcer Brad Staubitz from the Minnesota Wild. Despite rumors to the contrary, Travis Moen and Chris Campoli, who will both become unresticted free agents at the end of season, were not moved.

The Canadiens finished the month losing 7 of their last 8 including, including a 5 game losing streak.

Molson Cup player of the month: Carey Price.

March and April

Max Pacioretty became the first American born player in Canadiens history to reach the 30 goal mark during a 5–4 victory on March 8 against the Edmonton Oilers.

March 10 saw the return of defenceman Andrei Markov in the line up. He registered an assist in the Canadiens 4–1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. Markov, who had been sidelined with a torn ACL, played his first game since November 13, 2010, missing almost 16 months of action.

Erik Cole scored a natural hat trick just 5:41 after the opening faceoff on March 24 when the Habs defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-1. Cole in turn becomes the second American born player in Canadiens history to reach the 30 goal plateau. This is also a team record for the fastest natural hat trick to start a game by any Canadiens player. Cole finished the season with a record high 35 goals for an American born player.

The Canadiens were officially eliminated from playoff contention, on their 76th game of the season, following a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on March 24.

On March 29, team owner Geoff Molson officially relieved GM Pierre Gauthier of his duties as general manager .[5] Bob Gainey was also let go of his duties as special advisor to the GM. Mr. Molson further announced that former Habs GM Serge Savard would be acting as special advisor to find the next general manager.

April 1 saw the NHL debut of Gabriel Dumont in a winning cause against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Molson Cup player of the month: Carey Price.


The Canadiens missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2007.


Northeast Division[6]
1 y – Boston Bruins 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
2 Ottawa Senators 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
5 Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78
Eastern Conference[7]
1 z – New York Rangers * AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins * NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers * SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast; ROW: Total of games won in regulation or overtime, not shootout.

* – Division leader, y – Clinched division, z Clinched conference (and division)

Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-season Edit

Regular season Edit

2011–12 Game Log

Legend:       Win       Loss       Overtime/shootout loss

Player statsEdit


Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Pacioretty, MaxMax Pacioretty 79 33 32 65 2 56
Cole, ErikErik Cole 82 35 26 61 11 48
Desharnais, DavidDavid Desharnais 81 16 44 60 10 24
Plekanec, TomasTomas Plekanec 81 17 35 52 −15 56
Subban, P. K.P. K. Subban 81 7 29 36 9 119
Eller, LarsLars Eller 79 16 12 28 −5 66
Kostitsyn, AndreiAndrei Kostitsyn 53 12 12 24 −8 16
Kaberle, TomasTomas Kaberle 43 3 19 22 −6 10
Cammalleri, MichaelMichael Cammalleri 38 9 13 22 −6 10
Weber, YannickYannick Weber 60 4 14 18 −7 30
Moen, TravisTravis Moen 48 9 7 16 −3 41
Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges 82 2 14 16 14 39
Diaz, RaphaelRaphael Diaz 59 3 13 16 −7 30
Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta 31 8 7 15 −7 16
Darche, MathieuMathieu Darche 61 5 7 12 −4 18
Gomez, ScottScott Gomez 38 2 9 11 −9 14
Campoli, ChrisChris Campoli 43 2 9 11 −3 8
Leblanc, LouisLouis Leblanc 42 5 5 10 3 28
Bourque, ReneRene Bourque 38 5 3 8 −16 27
Gill, HalHal Gill 53 1 7 8 −7 29
Emelin, AlexeiAlexei Emelin 67 3 4 7 −18 30
Nokelainen, PetteriPetteri Nokelainen 51 3 3 6 −5 37
Palushaj, AaronAaron Palushaj 38 1 4 5 1 8
Blunden, MikeMike Blunden 39 2 2 4 −1 27
Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov 13 0 3 3 −4 4
White, RyanRyan White 20 0 3 3 −7 61
Saint-Denis, FredericFrederic Saint-Denis 17 1 2 3 3 10
Spacek, JaroslavJaroslav Spacek 12 0 3 3 2 2
Geoffrion, BlakeBlake Geoffrion 13 2 0 2 2 10
Staubitz, BradBrad Staubitz 19 1 0 1 2 48
Dumont, GabrielGabriel Dumont 3 0 0 0 −1 0
Engqvist, AndreasAndreas Engqvist 12 0 0 0 −1 4


Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Price, CareyCarey Price 65 3944 26 28 11 160 2.43 1914 .916 4 0 2 6
Budaj, PeterPeter Budaj 17 1037 5 7 5 44 2.55 508 .913 0 0 3 2

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Canadiens. Stats reflect time with Canadiens only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Canadiens only.

Awards and records Edit


Regular season
Player Award Date
Carey Price[16] NHL First Star of the Week October 31, 2011
Carey Price[17] NHL First Star of the Week November 21, 2011

Records Edit

Milestones Edit

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Raphael Diaz 1st Career NHL Game October 6, 2011
Alexei Emelin 1st Career NHL Game October 9, 2011
Raphael Diaz 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 15, 2011
Andrei Kostitsyn 100th Career NHL Assist October 15, 2011
Raphael Diaz 1st Career NHL Goal October 18, 2011
Hal Gill 1,000th Career NHL Game October 20, 2011
Michael Cammalleri 500th Career NHL Game October 22, 2011
Carey Price 100th Career NHL Win October 26, 2011
Mathieu Darche 200th Career NHL Game October 30, 2011
Brian Gionta 200th Career NHL Assist November 5, 2011
Petteri Nokelainen 200th Career NHL Game November 5, 2011
Lars Eller 100th Career NHL Game November 16, 2011
Travis Moen 100th Career NHL Point November 16, 2011
Frederic Saint-Denis 1st Career NHL Game November 16, 2011
Erik Cole 400th Career NHL Point November 17, 2011
Tomas Plekanec 200th Career NHL Assist November 17, 2011
P.K. Subban 100th Career NHL Game November 21, 2011
Louis Leblanc 1st Career NHL Game November 30, 2011
Louis Leblanc 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
December 3, 2011
Alexei Emelin 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
December 6, 2011
Frederic Saint-Denis 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
December 8, 2011
Tomas Plekanec 500th Career NHL Game December 10, 2011
Michael Cammalleri 400th Career NHL Point December 13, 2011
Andrei Kostitsyn 200th Career NHL Point December 13, 2011
Chris Campoli 400th Career NHL Game December 15, 2011
Louis Leblanc 1st Career NHL Goal December 15, 2011
Josh Gorges 400th Career NHL Game December 22, 2011
Erik Cole 200th Career NHL Goal December 31, 2011
Alexei Emelin 1st Career NHL Goal January 25, 2012
David Desharnais 100th Career NHL Game February 2, 2012
Max Pacioretty 1st Career NHL Hat-trick February 9, 2012
Aaron Palushaj 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
February 5, 2012
Yannick Weber 100th Career NHL Game March 3, 2012
Max Pacioretty 100th Career NHL Point March 6, 2012
Brad Staubitz 200th Career NHL Game March 6, 2012
Scott Gomez 900th Career NHL Game March 8, 2012
Aaron Palushaj 1st Career NHL Goal March 17, 2012
Frederic Saint-Denis 1st Career NHL Assist March 27, 2012
Erik Cole 700th Career NHL Game April 4, 2012
Gabriel Dumont 1st Career NHL Game April 4, 2012
Max Pacioretty 200th Career NHL Game April 4, 2012

Final rosterEdit

Updated April 7, 2012.[18]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
45 Flag of Canada.svg Blunden, MikeMike Blunden

RW R 30 2011 Toronto, Ontario
27 Flag of Canada.svg Bourque, ReneRene Bourque

LW L 34 2012 Lac La Biche, Alberta
30 Flag of Slovakia Budaj, PeterPeter Budaj

G L 34 2011 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
17 Flag of Canada.svg Campoli, ChrisChris Campoli

D L 32 2011 North York, Ontario
72 Flag of the United States Cole, ErikErik Cole

RW L 37 2011 Oswego, New York
52 Flag of Canada.svg Darche, MathieuMathieu Darche

LW L 39 2009 Montreal, Quebec
51 Flag of Canada.svg Desharnais, DavidDavid Desharnais

C L 30 2008 Quebec City, Quebec
61 Flag of Switzerland Diaz, RaphaelRaphael Diaz

D L 30 2011 Baar, Switzerland
81 Flag of Denmark Eller, LarsLars Eller

C L 27 2010 Rødovre, Denmark
74 Flag of Russia Emelin, AlexeiAlexei Emelin

D L 30 2004 Togliatti, Soviet Union
21 Flag of the United States Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta


RW R 37 2009 Rochester, New York
11 Flag of the United States Gomez, ScottScott Gomez

C L 36 2009 Anchorage, Alaska
26 Flag of Canada.svg Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges

D L 32 2007 Kelowna, British Columbia
22 Flag of the Czech Republic Kaberle, TomasTomas Kaberle

D L 38 2011 Rakovník, Czechoslovakia
79 Flag of Russia Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov


D L 37 1998 Voskresensk, Soviet Union
32 Flag of Canada.svg Moen, TravisTravis Moen

LW L 34 2009 Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan
15 Flag of Finland Nokelainen, PetteriPetteri Nokelainen

C R 30 2011 Imatra, Finland
67 Flag of the United States Pacioretty, MaxMax Pacioretty

LW L 27 2007 New Canaan, Connecticut
14 Flag of the Czech Republic Plekanec, TomasTomas Plekanec

C L 33 2001 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
31 Flag of Canada.svg Price, CareyCarey Price

G L 29 2005 Anahim Lake, British Columbia
25 Flag of Canada.svg Staubitz, BradBrad Staubitz

RW R 32 2012 Edmonton, Alberta
76 Flag of Canada.svg Subban, P.K.P.K. Subban

D R 27 2007 Toronto, Ontario
68 Flag of Switzerland Weber, YannickYannick Weber

D R 28 2007 Morges, Switzerland
53 Flag of Canada.svg White, RyanRyan White

C R 28 2006 Brandon, Manitoba

Transactions Edit

The Canadiens have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season:


Date Details
June 25, 2011[19] To Winnipeg Jets
3rd-round pick (#78 overall) in 2011
To Montreal Canadiens
4th-round pick (#97 overall) in 2011
4th-round pick (#108 overall) in 2011
June 29, 2011[20] To Columbus Blue Jackets
James Wisniewski (negotiating rights)
To Montreal Canadiens
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2012
July 7, 2011[21] To Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Russell
To Montreal Canadiens
Michael Blunden
July 15, 2011[22] To Anaheim Ducks
Mathieu Carle
To Montreal Canadiens
Mark Mitera
October 23, 2011[23] To Phoenix Coyotes
Brock Trotter
7th-round pick in 2012
To Montreal Canadiens
Petteri Nokelainen
Garrett Stafford
December 9, 2011[24] To Carolina Hurricanes
Jaroslav Spacek
To Montreal Canadiens
Tomas Kaberle
January 12, 2012[25] To Calgary Flames
Michael Cammalleri
Karri Ramo
5th-round pick in 2012
To Montreal Canadiens
Rene Bourque
Patrick Holland
2nd-round pick in 2013
February 17, 2012[26] To Nashville Predators
Hal Gill
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2013
To Montreal Canadiens
Blake Geoffrion
Robert Slaney
2nd-round pick in 2012
February 27, 2012[27] To Nashville Predators
Andrei Kostitsyn
To Montreal Canadiens
2nd-round pick in 2013
Cancellation of Conditional 5th-round pick in 2013

Free agents acquired Edit

Player Former team Contract terms
Raphael Diaz[28] EV Zug 1 year, $900,000
Peter Budaj[29] Colorado Avalanche 2 years, $2.3 million
Erik Cole[30] Carolina Hurricanes 4 years, $18 million
Brock Trotter[31] Dinamo Riga 1 year, $550,000
Peter Delmas[32] Wheeling Nailers 3 years, $1.825 million entry-level contract
Nathan Lawson[33] New York Islanders 1 year, $525,000
Brian Willsie[34] Washington Capitals 1 year, $600,000
Jeff Woywitka[35] Dallas Stars 1 year, $650,000
Chris Campoli[36] Chicago Blackhawks 1 year, $1.75 million
Joe Callahan[37] Florida Panthers 1 year, $550,000

Free agents lost Edit

Player New team Contract terms
Dustin Boyd[38] Barys Astana undisclosed
Nigel Dawes[38] Barys Astana undisclosed
Kyle Klubertanz[39] Djurgardens IF 2 years
Jeff Halpern[40] Washington Capitals 1 year, $875,000
J.T. Wyman[41] Tampa Bay Lightning 1 year, $525,000
Roman Hamrlik[42] Washington Capitals 2 years, $7 million
Benoit Pouliot[43] Boston Bruins 1 year, $1.1 million
Alex Auld[44] Ottawa Senators 1 year, $1 million
Alexandre Picard[45] Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year, $600,000
Tom Pyatt[46] Tampa Bay Lightning 1 year, $525,000
Drew MacIntyre[47] Buffalo Sabres 1 year, $525,000
Brent Sopel[48] Metallurg Novokuznetsk 2 years

Claimed via waivers Edit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers
+Blair Betts[49] Philadelphia Flyers October 5, 2011
Brad Staubitz[50] Minnesota Wild February 27, 2012

+On October 9, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman allowed the Montreal Canadiens to cancel the waiver claim on Betts and return him to the Philadelphia Flyers, as he had failed a physical due to an undisclosed injury which he had prior to being claimed.[51]

Lost via waivers Edit

Player New team Date claimed off waivers
Jeff Woywitka[52] New York Rangers October 6, 2011

Player signings Edit

Player Date Contract terms
Alexsey Emelin[53] May 17, 2011 1 year, $984,200 entry-level contract
Joonas Nattinen[54] May 26, 2011 3 years, $1.895 million, entry-level contract
Hal Gill[55] May 31, 2011 1 year, $2.25 million
Andrei Kostitsyn[56] June 9, 2011 1 year, $3.25 million
Mathieu Darche[57] June 10, 2011 1 year, $700,000
Max Pacioretty[58] June 20, 2011 2 years, $3.25 million
David Desharnais[59] June 20, 2011 2 years, $1.7 million
Andrei Markov[60] June 23, 2011 3 years, $17.25 million
Yannick Weber[61] June 29, 2011 2 years, $1.7 million
Ryan White[62] July 13, 2011 1 year, $625,000
Frederic St-Denis[63] July 15, 2011 1 year, $605,000
Josh Gorges[64] July 22, 2011 1 year, $2.5 million
Jarred Tinordi[65] November 2, 2011 3 years, $2.7 million entry-level contract
Brendan Gallagher[66] November 16, 2011 3 years, $2.145 million entry-level contract
Michael Bournival[67] December 21, 2011 3 years, $2.07 million entry-level contract
Josh Gorges[68] January 1, 2012 6 years, $23.4 million contract extension
Morgan Ellis[69] March 1, 2012 3 years, $1.92 million entry-level contract
Patrick Holland[70] March 7, 2012 3 years, $1.92 million entry-level contract
Greg Pateryn[71] March 28, 2012 2 years, $1.325 million entry-level contract
Nathan Beaulieu[72] March 30, 2012 3 years, $2.775 million entry-level contract

Draft picks Edit

Montreal's picks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 17 Nathan Beaulieu Defence Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
4 97 (from Winnipeg) Josiah Didier Defence Flag of the United States United States Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
4 108 (from Winnipeg) Oliver Archambault Left Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
4 113 (from Anaheim) Magnus Nygren Defence Flag of Sweden Sweden Farjestads BK (SEL)
5 138 Darren Dietz Defence Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
6 168 Daniel Pribyl Center Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Sparta Jr. (CZREP-JR.)
7 198 Colin Sullivan Defence Flag of the United States United States Avon Old Farms (USHS-MA)

See also Edit


  1. staff (November 28, 2011). Hurricanes replace head coach Maurice with Muller. Retrieved on November 28, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press. "Canadiens fire assistant Perry Pearn", ESPN, October 26, 2011. Retrieved on October 27, 2011. 
  3. "Montreal Canadiens snap losing streak with rout of Philadelphia Flyers", Montreal Gazette, October 26, 2011. Retrieved on October 27, 2011. 
  4. Randy Cunneyworth named interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens
  5. Pierre Gauthier relieved from his duties
  6. 2011–2012 Division Standings. National Hockey League. Retrieved on April 7, 2012.
  7. 2011–2012 Standings by Conference. National Hockey League. Retrieved on April 2, 2012.
  8. Dallas wins preseason opener 6–3 in Montreal. National Hockey League.
  9. Sabres 3, Canadiens 1. National Hockey League.
  10. Canadiens 4, Senators 3 SO. National Hockey League.
  11. Senators 3, Canadiens 2. National Hockey League.
  12. Bruins 7, Canadiens 3. National Hockey League.
  13. Bruins rally in third, top Canadiens again. National Hockey League.
  14. Lightning 4, Canadiens 0. National Hockey League.
  15. Canadiens 5, Lightning 1. National Hockey League.
  16. Price, Khabibulin, Jagr are NHL's Three Stars
  17. Habs' Price's two shutouts earn First Star honors
  18. Canadiens Roster. Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved on April 7, 2012.
  19. Day 2 Recap
  20. James Wisniewski traded to Columbus
  21. Habs acquire Michael Blunden from Columbus in return for Ryan Russell
  22. The Canadiens acquire Mark Mitera from the Ducks in exchange for Mathieu Carle
  23. Canadiens acquire Petteri Nokelainen and Garrett Stafford from the Phoenix Coyotes, in return for Brock Trotter and a 7th-round draft pick in 2012
  24. Canadiens acquire Tomas Kaberle from Carolina in return for Jaroslav Spacek
  25. Michael Cammalleri traded to Calgary
  26. Hal Gill traded to Nashville. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved on 2012-02-17.
  27. Canadiens trade forward Andrei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators
  28. Raphael Diaz signed by the Canadiens
  29. Two-year contract for goalie Peter Budaj
  30. Erik Cole signs 4 years with Montreal
  31. Canadiens sign Brock Trotter to a one-year contract
  32. Canadiens sign Peter Delmas to a 3-year contract
  33. Habs sign goalie Nathan Lawson to a one-year contract
  34. Habs sign forward Brian Willsie to a one-year contract
  35. Canadiens sign defenseman Jeff Woywitka to a one-year contract
  36. Habs sign Chris Campoli
  37. Canadiens sign Joe Callahan
  38. 38.0 38.1 Astana recruit Montreal duo (Swedish). (2011-05-31). Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
  39. Klubertanz returning to Djurgarden (Swedish). Djurgardens IF (2011-06-01). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  40. Capitals Sign Center Jeff Halpern to One-Year Contract
  41. Lightning Ink Free Agent Forward J.T. Wyman
  42. Capitals Sign Defenseman Roman Hamrlik
  43. B's Sign Pouliot, Khudobin, Whitfield
  44. Bulletin: Senators sign goaltender Alex Auld to a one-year contract
  45. Penguins Sign Defenseman Alexandre Picard
  46. Lightning Sign Center Tom Pyatt
  49. Habs claim Blair Betts off waivers
  50. Brad Staubitz claimed off waivers
  51. Injured Betts returned to Flyers Accessed December 30, 2011
  52. Rangers claim Woywitka from Habs
  53. Canadiens sign Emelin to a one-year contract
  54. Canadiens sign centreman Joonas Nattinen to a three-year contract
  55. Canadiens sign defenseman Hal Gill to a one-year contract
  56. Andrei Kostitsyn inks one-year deal
  57. Canadiens sign Mathieu Darche to a one-year contract
  58. Max Pacioretty inks two-year deal
  59. Canadiens sign David Desharnais to a two year deal
  60. Habs sign Andrei Markov to a three-year contract
  61. Habs ink Yannick Weber to a 2-year deal
  62. Ryan White inks one-year deal
  63. St-Denis signed to a one-year deal
  64. Josh Gorges inks one-year deal
  65. Habs sign Jarred Tinordi to a 3-year contract
  66. Habs ink Brendan Gallagher to a 3-year deal
  67. The Canadiens sign Michaël Bournival to a three-year contract
  68. Habs sign Josh Gorges to a 6-year extension
  69. Three-year contract for Morgan Ellis
  70. Three-year contract for Patrick Holland
  71. Canadiens sign Greg Pateryn
  72. Canadiens sign defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to a three-year contract
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