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In today’s NHL Rumors Recap, Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson spoke to the media about the changes in team management. Meanwhile, the majority stake in the Pittsburgh Penguins has been officially sold to Fenway Sports. Jonathan Quick makes an odd comment when trying to defend Brendan Lemieux and the Ottawa Senators have four legitimate redemption candidates. Finally, are the Carolina Hurricanes interested in trading for a pending UFA defenseman?
Owner and President of the Montreal Canadiens, Geoff Molson met the media on Monday and said, “I firmly believe this organization needs a fresh start. He noted that it would not be so much at the level of the players because the team is better than what their record indicates but in the management of this team where things did not go as planned.

Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson (Photo by David Kirouac / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Molson has confirmed the hiring of Jeff Gorton and said he has signed a long-term contract. Saying that he appreciates the work of Marc Bergevin, he called the work too big for one person. He noted: “It’s a lot for one person. If I could go back a few years and find out what I know today, I would have complimented [Bergevin] with another person.

While he believes the squad are stronger than they’ve shown this season, Molson has also confirmed that Gorton and the new GM will decide whether a roster overhaul is needed. He will support it if it makes sense for the betterment of Montreal. Chris Johnston appoints Mathieu Darche as candidate to replace Marc Bergevin as general manager of the team. Darche is currently director of hockey operations for the Lightning. Other names in the mix are Daniel Brière, Martin Madden Jr., Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo.

Related: Canadians Make The Right Choice By Trusting Gorton With GM Search

Bergevin issued a statement regarding his release and thanked everyone who gave him the opportunity to lead the Canadiens. He noted, “Even though I’ve always said the goal was to make the playoffs and anything was possible once there, the real goal was always to bring the Cup to Montreal.”

Chelem rapide Brady Tkachuk

Jonathan Quick has defended Brendan Lemieux who has an in-person hearing with the NHL DoPS on Tuesday for biting the Ottawa Senators’ Brady Tkachuk. Rapide said:

“I have my own opinion on what happened or did not happen last night, and what I can tell you is that all the comments that were made about Pep were garbage. He is a valuable player who defends his teammates. We all support him and I’d rather have him on my team than this kid any day of the week.

It’s strange to add that he wouldn’t want a player like Brady Tkachuk on his squad, but the feeling is that he was trying to prove here that Tkachuk has a reputation as well.

Senators redeem candidates

According to Shawn Simpson of TSN, the Senators have four players who are legitimate post-season buyout candidates – Matt Murray, Colin White, Nikita Zaitsev and Michael Del Zotto. They have a combined cap of $ 18 million. Simpson notes that during a rebuild you can’t have that much bad money on the books.

Matt Murray, Sénateurs d’Ottawa (Photo de Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Matt Murray has cleared waivers and we’ll see if the Senators consider swapping the goalie and keeping some of his salary in the process.

Hurricanes take an interest in John Klingberg

According to Jeff Marek, the Carolina Hurricanes are one of the teams interested in future UFA defenseman John Klingberg. He notes:

“It’s a team that is always on the lookout for superstar players. This team was in Jack Eichel’s draw when he was available from the Buffalo Sabers. The owner loves stars, the hockey operations department loves good players.

That doesn’t mean Klingberg is going to be traded as the Dallas Stars have yet to exclude themselves from the playoffs.

Brad Marchand will be heard by the NHL DoPS

Brad Marchand of Boston will have a hearing today for Oliver Ekman-Larsson of Vancouver. This is now the second incident in a few days in which Marchand is involved. First, he was accused of making inappropriate remarks to Artemi Panarin about Russia, now this.

Brad Marchand Bruins of Boston
Brad Marchand, Bruins de Boston (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

The incident is getting a lot of attention because Marchand was not penalized for the incident and Ekman-Larsson stayed in the game, but the Bruins forward gets a hearing. Meanwhile, PK Subban has repeatedly taken action against his opponents and received only fines. Marchand was fined $ 10,000 for defenseman Niklas Kronwall in 2017.

Penguins bought by Fenway Sports

As it was made official on Monday, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), a global sports, marketing, media, entertainment and real estate company, reached a deal to acquire a controlling stake in the Pittsburgh Penguins. The price of selling the Penguins to Fenway Sports Group is believed to be around $ 900 million.

Fenway Sports Group, owned primarily by John Henry, also owns parts of the NASCAR Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing team and they bought the Boston Red Sox in 2001 and have owned Liverpool since 2010. In March, Fenway Sports Group confirmed an investment of RedBird Capital Partners. which valued FSG at $ 7.35 billion.

Mario Lemieux will retain his participation in the team and said: “This is an exciting day for the future of our franchise… It is a new beginning, not the end of an era. Ron Burkle will also retain his participation. Fenway Sports Group also said it will keep the current management team in place, meaning there won’t be any major changes in team management and people behind key decisions.


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