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Gallant back in NHL as Canadiens assistant coach


Gerard Gallant (NY Islanders photo)

Former Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Gerard Gallant was named on Friday as an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens under Michel Therrien.

Gallant was a very popular coach with the Blue Jackets as an assistant for three seasons (2001-2004) and head coach for parts of three seasons (2003-2006) with a record of 56-76-4-6.

The former NHL left winger for Detroit and Tampa Bay from 1984-1995, has been the head coach of Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League since 2009.

In three years with the Sea Dogs, his team won two league titles and the 2011 Memorial Cup.


Info compiled from NHL & Montreal Canadiens



Blue Jackets get their man; Wisniewski signs for 6 years

James Wisniewski (file photo)

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman James Wisniewski to a six-year contract.

The Blue Jackets acquired Wisniewski’s rights from the Montreal Canadiens for a seventh round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft on Wednesday. With his signing, that pick will now be elevated to a fifth round selection in 2012.

The 27-year-old Wisniewski has registered 27 goals and 121 assists for 148 points with 302 penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in 329 career NHL games with Montreal, the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

Last year, he combined for 10-41-51 and 38 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Islanders and Canadiens, including 7-23-30 and 20 penalty minutes in 43 games with Montreal. He tied for fifth among NHL defenseman in points and was seventh in assists in setting career highs in goals, assists and points.

The Canton, Michigan native has also represented Team USA at a pair of World Junior Championship tournaments and at the 2008 World Championships. In 2003, he tallied 0-4-4 and six penalty minutes in seven games to help Team USA win the gold medal. At the 2008 World Championships, he had 1-2-3 and six penalty minutes in six games.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets


Blue Jackets get rights to defenseman Wisniewski from Montreal

James Wisniewski (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets, needing defenseman to help their goaltenders out, added one of the NHL’s top veterans at the position.

The Jackets acquired the rights to James Wisniewski from the Montreal Canadiens for a seventh-round pick on Wednesday.

The condition of the deal is that if Columbus can sign the potential unrestricted free agent to a contract, the pick will be in the fifth round next year instead of the seventh.

The Canadiens acquired Wisniewski from the New York Islanders on December 28 for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round selection. The power-play specialist scored 10 goals, 41 assists in 75 games last season.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets


Michigan State chooses CCHA commissioner to take over hockey program

Tom Anastos (courtesy of CCHA)

In a surprise move, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis chose Tom Anastos, commissioner of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association over several more seasoned veteran coaching applicants.

Several radio shows on yesterday were wondering what experience does Anastos possess because he has been a commissioner for several years.

Anastos has vast hockey experience. He played at Michigan State from 1981 to 1985, spent two years as a Spartans assistant, a former head coach at University of Michigan-Dearborn and a player in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens.

Anastos replaces Rick Comley, who retired after nine seasons in which he won the national championship in 2007.

compiled from Michigan State & CCHA news

Montreal celebrates 101st birthday with win over San Jose

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The Montreal Canadiens celebrated the franchise’s 101st birthday recently with a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Mathieu Darche, Tomas Piekanec and Michael Cammalleri scored goals and goalie Carey Price stopped 26 shots for the Canadiens.

The Montreal franchise were founded on December 4, 1909.

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Info compiled from NHL & Montreal Canadiens news

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