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Sports Canadiens invite Despres to training camp on pro tryout offer

17:57  12 july  2018
17:57  12 july  2018 Source:   thescore.com

Tomas Plekanec’s return could provoke a juggling act

  Tomas Plekanec’s return could provoke a juggling act The centre will likely play his 1,000th NHL game as a Canadien There was little surprise when Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens announced that they came to terms with centre Tomas Plekanec. This possibility was something that was mentioned as soon as he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and its likelihood just continued to ramp up as July 1 approached. The one-year contract at a cap hit of $2.25M is a very reasonable contract, and does not carry the weight of his previous contract’s cap hit. It will also mean that Plekanec will play his 1,000th NHL game as a member of the team he started with, which is a fantastic milestone. The contract also does not come with a no-trade clause, which means that if the Canadiens struggle again coming up to the trade deadline, they can stockpile even more assets. Kerby Rychel, Rinat Valiev, and Jacob Olofsson are all in the Canadiens organization in exchange for two months of Plekanec in a Leafs uniform. But there are some very real questions for what Plekanec’s return does to the rest of the roster. As we stand right now, the four centres on opening night seem to be Phillip Danault, Jonathan Drouin, Plekanec, and Matthew Peca. Peca was signed to a one-way contract and Marc Bergevin has said he expects him to be an NHL player next year. That means that Byron Froese, Michael McCarron, and Jacob de la Rose are out of a spot down the middle.

The Montreal Canadiens have invited veteran defenseman Simon Despres to training camp on a professional tryout , the team announced Thursday. The Ducks bought out the final three years of Despres ' contract in June 2017.

The Montreal Canadiens have invited veteran defenseman Simon Despres to training camp on a professional tryout , the team announced Thursday. The 26-year-old spent last season with the KHL's Bratislava Slovan, netting four goals and seven assists in 44 games.

The Montreal Canadiens have invited veteran defenseman Simon Despres to training camp on a professional tryout, the team announced Thursday.

The 26-year-old spent last season with the KHL's Bratislava Slovan, netting four goals and seven assists in 44 games. He last appeared in the NHL in 2016-17 with the Anaheim Ducks but was limited to just one game due to concussion symptoms.

The Ducks bought out the final three years of Despres' contract in June 2017.

A native of Laval, Quebec, Despres was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Gordon to miss start of camp as part of 'overall health and treatment plan' .
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon announced Monday he'll miss the beginning of training camp while tending to his personal health. Gordon, who's spent years battling substance abuse problems, said in a statement released on Twitter that he's "doing great" both physically and mentally and expects to join his teammates soon: To my Cleveland Browns and NFL family, I am reaching out to you all personally and letting you know that I am not only doing great physically but mentally as well. You will notice that I will not be in Cleveland for the start of training camp. Rest assured this too is a part of my overall health and treatment plan.

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