Montreal Canadiens – Four New Signings since the Draft
CANADIENS SIGN FORWARD JEREMY GRÉGOIRE TO A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced today the signing of forward Jeremy Grégoire to a three-year, entry level contract (2014-15 to 2016-17). In 65 regular season games with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) in 2013-14, the 6’0’’ and 187 lbs forward collected 69 points (35 goals, 34 assists).
Grégoire led his team in goals and powerplay goals (14). He ranked second in points and shots on goal (265), while finishing fourth in assists. Grégoire maintained a +25 differential. He helped Baie-Comeau reach the QMJHL finals, leading the Drakkar with 23 points (9 goals, 14 assists) in 22 playoff games.
Grégoire, 18, has registered 131 points (69 goals, 62 assists) and served 243 penalty minutes in 188 regular
season contests since making his junior debut in 2011-12 with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. He has added 45 points
(20 goals, 25 assists) in 58 playoff games.
A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Grégoire was selected in the sixth round, 176th overall by the Canadiens at the
2013 NHL Entry Draft. He was awarded the Guy Lafleur Award of Excellence for the 2013-14 season as the candidate of the QMJHL.
CANADIENS SIGN FREE AGENT FORWARD JIRI SEKAC TO A TWO-YEAR CONTRACT
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the signing of free agent forward Jiri Sekac to a two-year contract (2014-15 and 2015-16). In 47 games with the KHL’s Lev Prague in 2013-14, Sekac collected 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists).
He ranked second on his team in assists and points, and tied for second in goals. The 6’0’’ and 174 lbs forward
added three powerplay goals and two winning tallies. Sekac totaled 81 shots on goal and maintained a +12
differential. He recorded eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in 21 playoff contests.
Sekac, 21, registered 39 points (13 goals, 26 assists) and served 30 penalty minutes in 109 regular season
contests since making his professional debut with Poprad Lev in 2011-12. He suited up for Sparta Prague (Czech
Extraliga) during the 2012-13 season, registering 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists).
A native of Kladno, Czech Republic, Sekac also played with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes in 2009-10 and with the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms from 2009 to 2011.
CANADIENS AGREE TO TERMS ON A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH FREE AGENT GOALTENDER JOEY MACDONALD
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year (2014-15), two-way contract with free agent goaltender Joey MacDonald. In 11 games with the Calgary Flames in 2013-14, MacDonald posted a 5-4-1 record. In that span, the 6’0”, 197 lbs goaltender had a 2.90 goals-against average. He stopped 235 of the 264 shots he faced, for a .890 save percentage.
Since making his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 2006-07, MacDonald has posted a career 44-61-15 record in 133 regular season games. He has two career NHL shutouts to go with a 3.00 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
At the AHL level, MacDonald has a 139-115-16 record in 284 career games between Grand Rapids,Bridgeport, and Toronto. He registered 24 shutouts and a 2.60 goals-against average to go with a .909 save percentage.
At the junior level, MacDonald took part in 169 regular season games split between his one season with the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads (1997-98) and the OHL’s Peterborough Petes (1998 to 2001). He maintained a 70-63-15 record, including six shutouts and a 3.01 goals-against average.
A native of Pictou, Nova Scotia, MacDonald was claimed off waivers by the Flames (from the Red Wings organization) on February 11, 2013. Prior to joining the Flames, MacDonald suited up for the Red Wings, Boston
Bruins, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs.
CANADIENS AGREE TO TERMS ON A TWO-YEAR CONTRACT WITH FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN TOM GILBERT
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract (2014-15 and 2015-16) with free agent defenseman Tom Gilbert. In 73 regular season games with the Florida Panthers in 2013-14, Gilbert earned 28 points (3 goals, 25 assists). He recorded one winning goal and six points on the powerplay (2 goals, 4 assists).
The 6’2’’ and 206 lbs defenseman directed 93 shots on opposing netminders, blocked 95 shots while averaging 21:20 of ice time per game.
Gilbert, 31, recorded 204 points (39 goals, 165 assists) in 520 regular season games since making his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers back in 2006-07. He registered 14 goals on the powerplay, had four game winning goals and scored once while shorthanded.
Gilbert, who played college hockey at University of Wisconsin in the WCHA, recorded 89 points (33 goals,56 helpers) in 162 regular season games with the Badgers from 2002 to 2006. He previously suited up with the Chicago Steel of the USHL between 2000 and 2002, collecting 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists). On the international stage, Gilbert represented the USA at the 2008 World Hockey Championships jointly hosted by
Quebec City and Halifax, posting four points (1-3-4).
A native of Bloomington, Minnesota, Gilbert was selected in the fourth round, 129th overall by the Colorado
Avalanche at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to joining the Panthers, Gilbert suited up for the Oilers and