Becomes the latest of six straight first-round draft picks not to work out for Habs as they get Repentigny native Laurent Dauphin in return.
Canadiens trade Mike McCarron to the Nashville Predators – Montreal Gazette
Another Canadiens first-round draft pick bit the dust Tuesday when GM Marc Bergevin traded forward Mike McCarron to the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Laurent Dauphin.
The Canadiens selected the 6-foot-6, 232-pound McCarron with the 25th overall pick at the 2013 NHL Draft. McCarron makes it six straight first-round picks who didn’t work out with the Canadiens, starting in 2009 when they selected Louis Leblanc 18th overall. That was followed by Jarred Tinordi (22nd overall, 2010), Nathan Beaulieu (17th, 2011), Alex Galchenyuk (third, 2012), McCarron and Nikita Scherbak (26th, 2014).
That’s a big reason why the Canadiens look like they’re going to miss the playoffs for the third straight season and the fourth time in five years.
McCarron, 24, only played 69 games with the Canadiens, posting 2-6-8 totals and 69 penalty minutes. He hasn’t played a game with the Canadiens since the 2017-18 season when he had only one assist and 32 penalty minutes in 18 games. In 29 games this season with the AHL’s Laval Rocket, McCarron had 5-9-14 totals and 50 penalty minutes. McCarron is on a one-year, two-way contract that pays him US$700,000 in the NHL and US$125,000 in the AHL.
Dauphin, 24, was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the second round (39th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, the same year the Canadiens took McCarron. He has played only 35 career NHL games with the Coyotes, posting 3-1-4 totals. In 33 games this season with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, the 6-foot, 177-pound centre from Repentigny has 7-9-16 totals. Dauphin is on a one-year, two-way contract that pays him US$700,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the AHL.
During Canadiens training camp this season, McCarron was asked if he could go back in time what advice would he give his younger self after getting drafted.
“You know Montreal … it’s crazy,” he said. “It’s hard mentally. You got to remember I was coming up at a time when the Habs were just coming off a couple of crazy playoff runs. We had a tough year that first year I got called up. I came into a pretty bad place where they were already pretty much out of the playoffs. The next year we lost in the first round and we should have gone pretty far.
“It’s when I was going in and out of the lineup I could have stayed sharper mentally and not just been OK with being in the NHL and trying to carve out a place for myself in that lineup,” he added. “So that’s probably the one thing for me is staying mentally sharper when you’re going through those tough times and you’re going in and out of the lineup as a first-rounder and they expect a lot from you. That’s where I probably should have worked on my game a little bit more. But I feel good. I’m ready to come into camp. I feel good. I’m sharp right now and I’m ready to go. It’s all in the past.”
When asked if he felt extra pressure as a first-round draft pick, McCarron said: “A little bit. A first-rounder (fans) expect you to score 25 goals a year and it’s not me. I know the Habs definitely weren’t asking me to do that, but you still feel that little bit of pressure. The fans think you should be producing a lot more and not just be a tough guy and fight. So that was a little tough for me.”
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Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill (33) stands with his team during open net at the end of the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals against the Dallas Stars, Saturday, May 27, 2023, in Las Vegas. (Ronda Churchill/AP)
IIHF Hockey: Canada downs Germany 5-2 – CTV News
TAMPERE, Finland –
Samuel Blais scored two goals to rally Canada to a 5-2 victory over Germany in the final of the ice hockey world championship on Sunday.
It’s a record 28th world title for Canada, and its second in three years. Russia has 27 while Germany has never won the trophy.
Blais netted with a backhand 4:51 into the final period for a 3-2 lead for Canada, which was playing in its fourth straight final.
Lawson Crouse, Tylor Toffoli and Scott Laughton also scored for Canada, Peyton Krebs had two assists and goaltender Samuel Montembeault stopped 21 shots.
Toffoli stretched the lead to 4-2 from the left circle with 8:09 remaining and Laughton made it 5-2 with an empty net goal.
Canada had to come back twice in the final.
John Peterka wristed a shot past Montembeault from the left circle 7:44 into the game. It was the sixth goal for the Buffalo Sabres forward at the tournament.
Blais was fed by Krebs to beat goaltender Mathias Niederberger and tie it 1-1 at 10:47.
Daniel Fischbuch put the Germans ahead again with a one-timer with 6:13 to go in the middle period.
Crouse equalized on a power play with 2:32 remaining in the frame.
It was the first medal for Germany since 1953 when it was second behind Sweden.
The two previously met just once in the final with Canada winning 6-1 in 1930.
LATVIA GETS BRONZE
Defenseman Kristian Rubins scored his second goal 1:22 into overtime to lead Latvia to a 4-3 victory over the United States and earn a bronze medal earlier Sunday.
It’s the first top-three finish for Latvia at the tournament. Its previous best was a seventh place it managed three times.
The U.S. lost in the bronze medal game for the second straight year. The U.S. team was cruising through the tournament with eight straight wins until it was defeated by Germany in the semifinal 4-3 in overtime.
Rubins rallied Latvia with his first with 5:39 to go in the final period to tie the game at 3 to force overtime.
Roberts Bukarts and Janis Jaks also scored for Latvia.
Rocco Grimaldi scored twice for the U.S. in the opening period to negate Latvia’s 1-0 and 2-1 leads.
Matt Coronato had put the U.S. 3-2 ahead 6:19 into the final period.
Hockey: Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin, Laura Stacey engaged
Consider celebrated hockey players Marie-Philip Poulin and Laura Stacey teammates for life.
The Team Canada stars have announced their engagement on social media, with a photo on Poulin’s verified Instagram account showing the smiling couple on a beach as Stacey brandishes a ring on her right hand.
The accompanying caption is decorated with heart and ring emojis and declares: “She said OUI.”
Fellow Olympic hockey players Brianne Jenner, Jill Saulnier, Natalie Spooner, Rebecca Johnston and Cheryl Pounder were among those to offer congratulations from their verified Instagram accounts.
Poulin, the 32-year-old team captain, and 29-year-old Stacey were among the Canadian athletes to capture silver at the recent IIHF Women’s World Championship.
They also played together on Team Canada to win gold at the Beijing Games in 2022 and silver at the PyeongChang Games in 2018.
Poulin also represented Canada at the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2010 Vancouver Games.
“So … this happened,” Poulin says on the Instagram post, dated Friday.
“Best question I ever asked …. She said OUI.”
“Couldn’t be happier for you both! What an exciting chapter,” champion figure skater Tessa Virtue replied from her verified account @tessavirtue17.
“Already started stretching for this dance floor!” Saulnier said from her account, dubbed jill.saulnier.
“Power couple,” Jenner posted from bjenner19.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 27, 2023.
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