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Sergei Samsonov signs with Montreal

  • Bob Gainey saved the best for last on the most eventful swapping and signing day in Canadiens recent history.

    Gainey signed speedster Sergei Samsonov to a 2 year deal. Financial terms haven’t been disclosed yet.

    Gainey had been heavily criticized after not signing any rumored big names when the free agent market opened for business. After being snubbed by various players not wanting to play in Montreal, Gainey has now secured a ‘name’ player.

    Samsonov is a familiar foe from his years with Boston who posseses incredible speed and skill. In the new NHL those are the ingredients of a potential superstar.

    The Canadiens roster adding another Russian who should fit in well with Kovalev and Markov.

    Maybe Valeri Bure and Oleg Petrov are looking to make a comeback in Montreal.

64 Comments
  1. #1 rhozack says:
    July 12, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    Yes!

  2. #2 PACTUM SERVA says:
    July 12, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    Drop the puck please drop the puck already lol

  3. #3 Habs#1 says:
    July 12, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    This is an absolutely fantastic singing by Gainey. A great day all around. Johnson will be a great upgrade over Zednik on the 3rd line and Samsonov will be a monumental improvement over Bulis on the second line.

    Samsonov is more consistent, potent and effective than Bulis. And I don’t think that Gainey had to spend that much because he only scored 23 goals after spending most of the season on a terrible team in Boston.

    I still don’t think Gainey is done. They still need a centre to play in between Kovalev and Souray wants to go to California to be close to his daughter and Ribeiro is still available I believe.

    I think Gainey’s going to hang on to Aebischer till he makes sure that Huet wasn’t a fluke so he’ll hang on to hime till the trade deadline I think.

  4. #4 kazmojo says:
    July 12, 2006 at 11:59 pm

    I sound like a broken record, but the Habs desperately needed some right handed shots. Johnson and Samsonov restore the balance a bit. Samsonov is especially interesting as a right-handed left winger, nicely complementing Kovalev’s left handed shot on the right side.

    What the Habs now need is a decent center to play between Samsonov and Kovalev (assuming Koivu sticks with Higgins and Ryder). Maybe Aebischer and Ribeiro packaged together for such a player?

    Here’s what I see:

    Higgins-Koivu-Ryder
    Samsonov-?-Kovalev
    Perezhogin-Plekanec-Johnson
    Begin-Bonk-Downey

  5. #5 kazmojo says:
    July 13, 2006 at 12:12 am

    I read that the Red Wings might be interested in Aebischer. I would be too, if my other option was over-the-hill Ed Belfour. Someone else mentioned here the possibility of Robert Lang coming to Montreal, and mentioned his success playing with Kovalev in Pittsburgh.

    Aebischer for Lang (and throw in Ribeiro for a bag of dead octopi) would still leave Detroit with a decent 1-2 center tandem in Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Aebischer signed for $1.9M, and I’m guessing Lang is due more than that. so it would make financial sense to the Wings. Of course, Lang is a little old too but was still good for 62 pts in 72 games last year.

  6. 1 piece down, 2 to go. Good job Bobby you had us worried.
    Now go get Jason Allison and Brian Leetch!

    Brian Leetch or Eric Desjardins both at 37 would be a great fit for this team.

    Lord Stanley, Lord Stanley pass me the brandy.

  7. #7 CH tattooed on the heart says:
    July 13, 2006 at 3:27 am

    Great moves. Zednik has never been the same since that Mclaren elbow. We gave him time to adjust but that never happened. We all thought he was gonna be out of here at 05-06 trade dead line. Not the case. Thank God he’s gone. We need all men on deck to put forth their all. Ribeiro that means you. As for Samsonov, what an upgrade. From Bulis to Samsonov. WOW! Bulis was supposed to be a good two-way forward who could kill penalties. A rookie took his place whether it be Higgins, Plekanec or Murray. All we need from Ribeiro, if he actually stays, is to keep up with those russian fire power flanking him.
    There’s still work to be done though. We still need a power forward down the middle with speed. We also need to figure out what to do with Aebischer. It seems Detroit is the only place anybody talks about as a destination for him. Last time I checked Florida doesn’t have a solid number one unless you consider Alex Auld as being solid. But that’s just food for thought. And Souray. What the hell are we gonna do with Souray? He wants to swicth coasts, preferably to California. Who are we gonna get for Souray? I guess that’s why none of us work at the Bell Centre. That’s why Gainey gets paid the big bucks to do what he does. The team has been improving every year since he got here. Yeah, I know we eliminated from the first round. Shit happens. But I find that last season’s version of the Habs was a lot moe solid than the previous one and the present one is also better than the last one. The Habs MAY have a chance this year to win the division, you never know. Ottawa got singficantly weaker and I’d be really surprised if Buffalo can manage to keep all 12 of their RFA’s. All in all, Bob, good job!

  8. #8 Sly Vester says:
    July 13, 2006 at 3:36 am

    here here

  9. So much for those that trashed Gainey up to now:=)Great move!!!

  10. #10 Alestar says:
    July 13, 2006 at 10:06 am

    Nice…Samsonov will me a solid addition (provided he can stay healthy) and Johnson is also a decent player. Overall, great replacements for Zednik and Bulis. Good work, Bob!

  11. Good players still available that could help this team:

    DEFENSE
    D-Cory Sarich, D-Aaron Ward, D-Dick Tarnstrom,
    D-Danny Markov, D-Eric Desjardins, Brian Leetch
    CENTER
    C-Jason Allison, C-Eric Lindros, C-Mike Peca,

  12. #12 Hockey Town says:
    July 13, 2006 at 11:44 am

    Great move. I am sure Sammy will be a great asset for Montreal.

  13. #13 Borg9 says:
    July 13, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    What do you guys think this contract is for? 2.5 mil per year or more? I think the signing is great but the terms not being disclosed always bugs me. Samsonov can disappear for long stretches, so I hope this deal makes sense. I’m happy it’s only 2 years. Looks like this could be a “put up or shove off” year for a lot of players on this team. If Samsonov does play with Ribeiro and Kovalev, that would be a friggin’ dynamic second line. Holy Jebus. Lots of creativity, speed, scoring potential, and lets never forget: dramaqueens.

    So what’s the terms, Habs? Out with it!

  14. The deal is 7 Million over 2 years.

    Decent price.

  15. #15 oct.21-the return of theo says:
    July 13, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    Good move. Now Kovalev has someone to play with.

  16. #16 Oct.21: Tнε RεturN σf Tнεσ says:
    July 13, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    Now if Bob coud only trade Aebischer.

  17. #17 Oct.21: Tнε RεturN σf Tнεσ says:
    July 13, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    This is off topic, but does anyone know when canadiens tickets go on sale??

  18. #18 Jack says:
    July 13, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    Samsonov is a great signing. Johnson seems like a good fit. Just what I’ve been saying all along: Gainey is building a team, a real winner, not a flash in the pan. For all those impatients desparate for a deal and sh*tting on the team for not doing anything knee-jerk: this is a lesson in how great teams are built.

    Let’s hope it all gels well.

    … Playing another song on kazmojo’s album…

    If you consider value-for-money along with other aspects, including his likely chemistry with Kovalev (depending on the way Carbs sets up the lines), he is one of the only free agents this year who will definately add value to the team.

    I think the center question is the most intriguing. Is it going to be Ribeiro? As most of us agree, it hardly seems possible. But last week’s big contract seems to suggest it. Still trying to figure Gainey’s thinking on that one… but maybe this is the year that Ribeiro breaks out! (huh?)

    Speaking of which, I see Kovalev and Samsonov playing on the first line, Higgins, Ryder and Koivu on line two.

    So, to summarize; Samsonov is a great signing!!! Way to go!

  19. #19 Rob says:
    July 13, 2006 at 3:57 pm

    I agree with those who say Bob Gainey is a genius!

    Any thoughts on this idea.

    Trade Aebischer to Detroit who need a new YOUNG starter capable of playing for a solid, young defensive prospect, and sign Manny Legace as an unrestricted free agent. With a record of 37 wins-8 losees, GAA 2.19, 7 shutouts and .915 save percentage last year, and a contract that was less expensive than Aebischer’s, Legace was the top Canadian goaltender in the league, and is GREAT VALUE for his money. Legace has something to prove for this upcoming season since no one has expressed interest in him as a UFA, and would be a great insurance if Huet happened to have a sophomore slump.

    Two top ten goaltenders on the Canadiens with 14 shut outs between them last season, and all for much less than that loser in Colorado makes. Oh, I am getting giddy!

  20. #20 joey says:
    July 13, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    The way I see it, if we trade Ribeiro right now, we get nothing… So, how about this: we play him with Kovalev and Samsonov for 2 months, as which point his value will go up since he will be scoring a lot of goals. Then we can trade him for a lot more …

    During this 2 months, if his attitude and work ethic change then we can keep him…

  21. #21 Sly Vester says:
    July 14, 2006 at 1:52 am

    Interesting opinion Rob. I too would rather have Legace as backup than Abeischer. But i dont think the wings want Abby. They’re too focussed on star goalies that are passed their prime. They are still considering Belfour and Hasek. I will laugh though when whoever they sign breaks their back or pulls their groin again. Its GONNA happen theres no stopping it haha.

    If i were the wings GM i would definately stick with legace for at least another season. He had a bomb season but choked in the playoffs. So what that can change he just needs another shot. But the wings should really be looking for like Martin Biron (who was just resigned by buffalo to be traded i think). With miller there now they forgot how good he is.

    Anyways screw the wings, what counts is that all of OUR team is under control. Ribeiro and Kovalev had some chemistry last season, and im certain he will be centering the russian force of Kovy and Sammy. It will work, gainey knows what he’s doing. As for goaltending, Huet was a mediocre goalie in LA. But he’s from france man, do you really think he felt at home over in California? Now that he’s back into french town he’s rippen that shit up and with all those shutouts he showed us in so few games last year, i really think we reeled in a cup reeeaaaally soon.

  22. What does anyone out there think about the idea of getting Yanic Perreault to return yo Montreal? He was great on faceoffs, and he can still score. If we can’ get a bonafide centerman, such as Peca, then let’s try for Perreault, because we had him here before, and he speaks the right language for the french media;Also I don’t think he will be very expensive, because of his age. We absolutely need another centerman, because Ribeiro will do nothing to help this team, except cause turmoil! Maybe a trade involving Souray, can land us a centerman, and sign Witt for D.

  23. #23 Habs#1 says:
    July 14, 2006 at 11:41 am

    Sorry dyed in wool fan, but Brendan Witt has already signed a three year deal with the Islanders.

  24. #24 Rob says:
    July 14, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    Anyone know anything about this Dan Jancevski guy that the Canadiens signed as a free agent from Dallas yesterday. Very little NHL experience, but he seemed to have some pretty solid years in the OHL and AHL. At 6’3″ and 212 lbs, he seems to have some size too. ?Another of Gainey’s quiet deals that may pay dividends later. While most of us are thinking about next season, Gainey is still thinking about 2-3 years from now which is probably why those of you who criticized the guy earlier this month just don’t get it. Keep up the great work, Bob!

  25. #25 NHL nut says:
    July 14, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    Canadiens re-signed goaltender Yann Danis, right wing Duncan Milroy and defensemen Andrew Archer and Dan Jancevski to one-year contracts.

  26. #26 hmmm says:
    July 15, 2006 at 2:28 am

    who?

  27. #27 habsfasn518 says:
    July 15, 2006 at 10:35 am

    I am so excited about this trade can’t wait for next season. I think that he is very much a needed piece of the puzzle kind of restore’s my hope after riebero. Maybe Bob does know what he’s doing maybe mike has something bob likes. cant wait

  28. #28 sammy says:
    July 15, 2006 at 1:20 pm

    Great deal. Still think we are one solid forward away from being a top level team. We will compete with Ottawa this year. Buffalo will not have the same success as last. We need to hold on to SOuray. It is Rivet that must go. Too many errors in his own zone. Has no speed and screens our own goalie too much. Too much of a liability. Package him with Abby for a good forward.

  29. #29 whotfru says:
    July 15, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    We will compete, but unless Bob can pull a rabbit out of his hat (pachage trade for an impact forward) there isnt going to be a parade this year.

  30. #30 Epitafio says:
    July 16, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    I hope Gainey still brings another quality player. But, probably this is more or less the team that the Canadiens will start the year with. If by February we have chances to be something in the playoffs, we might get some reinforcements.

  31. #31 Jason Bateman says:
    July 16, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    FOrget Souray for this season. Let Gainey trade him. He is a wife abuser and Montreal press is really hard on players like that.

  32. #32 Jack says:
    July 16, 2006 at 8:29 pm

    Hey Jason, thanks, that was the weirdest post I’ve seen for a while! Souray had it easy from the Mtl. press, deservedly or not: let him worry about his home life, you worry about his game. He remains one of the 2 best defensemen on the team. Period. He has one of the league’s best point shots. Period.

    Habs need him badly. Remember that, not your inexplicable comments about the press in Montreal.

  33. #33 Bullsmith says:
    July 16, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    Gainey has been remarkably consistent. He tried to add a big name but couldn’t, so he quietly upgraded the talent he didn’t want (Zednick, Bulis and Sundstrom) and gave up nothing else.

    Right now the team is sitting pretty. It’s competitive as is, with depth at all positions, if lacking in elite firepower. Once Ryder’s signed, there won’t be any smart cap room left, but unlike many teams Gainey can create more by trading any of a number of 1.8-2.5 mil dollars guys. For the right guy, he has elite young talent to offer, including Ryder.

    For the first time since Serge Savard was producing a Schneider one year and a Dejardins the next (or vice versa), I see the machine in place to sustain a winning team. With that functioning, my gut tells me Gainey will seek to add a key player, probably giving something significant in return.

    Probably happen well after the season starts, but I keep hoping it’ll be tomorrow.

  34. #34 Habs says:
    July 17, 2006 at 3:47 am

    what date exactly does the restricted free agency time limit end?

  35. #35 Habs#1 says:
    July 17, 2006 at 11:23 am

    Habs, it ended yesterday at 5:00 p.m. And Souray has came out and publicaly denied rumors that he wants out. Not sur I believe it though.

  36. #36 NHL nut says:
    July 17, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    Perezhogin has been re-signed by Habs with 11% pay cut.

  37. #37 sdfkljbsdf says:
    July 17, 2006 at 7:36 pm

    Yo Bobby! Isn’t Havlat still teamless?

  38. #38 Habs says:
    July 17, 2006 at 8:13 pm

    sdfkljbsdf, didnt havlat get traded to chicago ?

  39. #39 sdfkljbsdf says:
    July 17, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    If you say so.

  40. #40 Kamilsky says:
    July 17, 2006 at 11:33 pm

    Breaking news!! The Canadiens have just signed sumo goalie Yakamishu Nakamoto to a 1 year deal. At 6 foot 4 and weighing 930 kilos, he is big and fat enough to cover the entire net while lying down. There is a clause in the contract that provides Nakamoto with an unlimited supply of sushi during the season. More info to follow.

  41. Jason Allison of old was dynamite, I loved him in L.A. Point per game his entire career.
    He has something to prove and would be an upgrade from Mike Ribeiro.
    If HEALTHY and at 30 there’s a lot left in the tank, he could come cheap.

    We could probably land him for 1 million + bonus’.
    What a power play we could have, WOW!

  42. #42 Rob says:
    July 18, 2006 at 1:54 am

    That’s really amazing because “sdfkljbsdf” in the Setswana language means “one who has not read a newspaper in a long time” while “kamilsky” in the Xitsongo language means “teller of really lame jokes.”

    As painful as it is to accept, I think we have to face the fact that we are stuck with starting next season with Ribeiro in the lineup. Bob has given him a raise to try and motivate him (should work for about four-six weeks) and will dress him up next season with two really talented linemates (Kovalev and Samsanov). Maybe another team will become interested in Ribeiro for the coming season if these tactics work. Right now, you couldn’t even give Ribeiro away for a bucket of pucks.

    The story in the Gazette today about Souray wanting to stay with the Habs is certainly a mixed blessing, but unless Souray is willing to play more like a defensive leader next season and less like a pilon, he should not be welcomed back for the 2007-2008 season.

  43. #43 Lakita says:
    July 18, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    Looking at Montreal’s payroll, I think that Saku Koivu, being the highest paid member of the team, is definitely also one of the most over-paid. How the hell is Saku worth nearly 5 million a year? It’s certainly not his scoring touch we are paying for. Could it be that he is such a great leader in the locker room or something?

    For the same price there are easily 3 other players in the team that contribute much more on the ice than Saku.

  44. #44 Kamilsky says:
    July 18, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    It’s curious that “Rob” means lame pimpled-ass face in swahili.

  45. #45 Phil says:
    July 18, 2006 at 8:26 pm

    Lakita, Saku HAS HEART, LEADERSHIP and POISE!!He offers more then scoring touch. Notice this the team went flat when he was injured in the playoffs.You obviously do not watch many Montreal games to say what you just said.

  46. #46 Habs#1 says:
    July 18, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    Here, Here Phil. You got that right!

  47. #47 rhozack says:
    July 18, 2006 at 10:17 pm

    Saku is the team. He brings up the level of the whole team. And although he dosnt score alot of points, he does score when it counts, especially the playoffs.

  48. #48 CH tattooed on the heart says:
    July 19, 2006 at 3:20 am

    Has anybody realized that, outside of Kovalev, our forwards don’t have a decent slapshot. It would add a dimension to our PP. All the goalies and PK units around the league know that our forwards are not going to one-time one top shelf. Wow! Would that ever be an asset for us! Imagine the extra room our players would have with th PK forwards scrambling around trying to get in those shooting lanes. Cross-crease passes would be made a lot easier. It’s just food for thought. And Captain Koivu, I speak for all of us, if anybody can come back strong from this, we know it’s you.

  49. #49 Kamilsky says:
    July 19, 2006 at 4:40 am

    huh?………………….

  50. #50 Sly Vester says:
    July 19, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    come back strong from what? His eye injury?

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