Thursday Report: Therrien’s future in Montreal, prospect news and more

thursdayreportElliotte Friedman thinks the Nashville Predators may take a serious run at Thomas Vanek. He also thinks the Habs will extend head coach Michel Therrien this summer,

“It’s a smart move for P.K. Subban and Montreal to wait until after the season to talk contract, because there obviously are issues beyond money that need to be discussed. One of them is that I think Marc Bergevin wants to extend Michel Therrien, so as not to go into next season with the coach having just one year remaining on his contract. That’s a distraction.”

Bob McKenzie doesn’t think Therrien is on thin ice for his coaching job.

“…He’s built up enough currency to survive a 1st round exit in these playoffs…I don’t see Therrien as a guy on thin-ice. I don’t see these playoffs as a make-or-break situation for Michel Therrien.”

I’m hearing that Mike Weaver is open to talking a contract extension in Montreal. He has played very well since joining the team but at his age and the way he plays it would not be wise to lock him up for more than a year. I could see a similar type deal that Bouillon got, 1 year $1.5 million, given to Weaver if the Habs decide to resign him.

The Hamilton Bulldogs announced earlier this week that they have signed defenceman Jonathan Narbonne to a try out agreement.

Montreal Canadiens prospect Erik Nystrom has signed with Djurgården of the Swedish Hockey League. Nystrom, 20, played in 18 games this season with the Hamilton Bulldogs posting 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists). He then later joined Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL and only put up 1 point in 20 games.

“It feels great motivating to come home to Stockholm and play for a club that I really feel like. I have grown up with Djurgarden and always gone and looked at when Djurgården play. It becomes special. It’s not like writing with any club, says Erik Nystrom.” –

Murmurs coming out of Hamilton suggesting the Montreal Canadiens will give forward prospect Brady Vail a entry-level deal in the near future. Vail could very well take over Louis Leblanc’s spot on the team as the young two-way center with pretty good upside.

The Montreal Canadiens have assigned forward Jack Nevins to the AHL. Nevins, 20, was signed earlier this year by the Habs to a 3 year entry-level deal and finished his last season in junior. Nevins tallied 74 points in 176 games during his 3 year junior career playing with 5 different teams.