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Atlantic Division Offseason Report: Montreal Canadiens

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Will the Price be right for the Habs in 2016-17?

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Offensive woes and an injured Carey Price were too much for the Montreal Canadiens to overcome this past season, as the hallowed franchise joined the rest of its Canadian brethen on the outside looking in when it came to the postseason.

Montreal's biggest move this offseason was swapping uber-talented, Norris Trophy-winning defenseman P.K. Subban for Nashville's Shea Weber. Weber is a few years older and not as dynamic as Subban, but the former Predators captain might be a better fit in the Canadiens locker room.

Alexander Radulov, who has spent the last four seasons in the KHL, was signed to one-year deal to help provide more goals. The deal carries a pretty hefty cap hit for a player who only has one twenty-goal NHL season to his credit, but the short-term deal carries little risk and the potential for high reward from the mercurial Russian scoring ace.

Florida Panthers backup Al Montoya was signed as the new number two to Price. Montreal will need its All-Star keeper to bounce back, and to get more than 53 games from forward Brendan Gallagher, if they want to return to the playoffs in 2016-17.

New Additions

Alexander Radulov signs one-year, $5.75M contract

Al Montoya signs one-year, $900K contract

Zach Redmond signs two-year, $1.225M contract

Philip Samuelsson signs one-year, $600K contract

Chris Terry signs one-year, $600K contract

Free Agents

Group 2 FAs: Daniel Carr (re-signed), Phillip Danault (re-signed).

Group 3 UFAs: Victor Bartley (signed: MIN), Mike BrownTom Gilbert (signed: LAK), Bud HollowayJohn Scott, Ben Scrivens.

Group 6 UFAs: Gabriel Dumont (signed: TBL)

UFAs: Mac BennettMichael Bournival (signed: TBL), Darren Dietz (signed: WSH), Morgan EllisLucas Lessio.

2016 Draft Class

Round 1 (9) D Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires)

Round 3 (70) F William Bitten (Flint Firebirds)

Round 4 (100) D Victor Mete (London Knights)

Round 5 (124) D Casey Staum (Oreboro Jrs)

Round 6 (160) D Michael Pezzetta (Sudbury Wolves)

Round 7 (187) F Arvid Henrikson (AIK Jrs)

Salary Cap Space: $1,430,359 (courtesy of General Fanager)