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Sports: Canadiens will open 2021-22 season on Oct. 13 against Leafs in Toronto

No rift with Canadiens, Joël Bouchard says of jump to Ducks' AHL team

  No rift with Canadiens, Joël Bouchard says of jump to Ducks' AHL team Many will call it a lateral move. Joël Bouchard was coaching an AHL team in Laval and he’ll be coaching another one in San Diego next season. When he’s running on a beach in southern California or going for a swim next winter while everyone in Quebec is shovelling snow and attempting to remain warm, there won’t be anything lateral about it. “There’s no such thing as lateral moves,” Bouchard told the Montreal Gazette in a telephone interview this week. “You’re learning in life. You’re growing. You have experiences, live different things and see different things. “It’s a decision I took to live something different,” he added. “Humans need to be challenged.

The NHL released its 2021-22 schedule on Thursday evening and the Canadiens will open with a two-game road trip to Toronto and Buffalo.

a group of people racing each other on a snow covered slope: Canadiens defenceman Brett Kulak battles with the Maple Leafs’ Ilya Mikheyev in Game 2 of first-round playoff series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on May 22. © Provided by The Gazette Canadiens defenceman Brett Kulak battles with the Maple Leafs’ Ilya Mikheyev in Game 2 of first-round playoff series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on May 22.

The Canadiens will start the season on Wednesday, Oct. 13 against the Maple Leafs and then play the Sabres the next night.

The Canadiens’ home opener at the Bell Centre will be on Saturday, Oct. 16, against the New York Rangers. That will be the start of a four-game home stand and then a four-game West Coast road trip including its first game against the expansion Seattle Kraken on Oct. 26. The Kraken will play their first ever game at the Bell Centre on March 12.

Logan Mailloux was surprised Canadiens decided to draft him

  Logan Mailloux was surprised Canadiens decided to draft him The morning after being unexpectedly selected by the Canadiens in the first round of the NHL Draft, Logan Mailloux spoke with the media on a Zoom conference Saturday. The 18-year-old defenceman with the London Knights had asked that no NHL teams draft him this year after he had shown teammates a photo of himself engaged in a sexual act with an 18-year-old woman last year while playing for SK Lejon in Sweden. Mailloux was 17 at the time and the photo was taken without the woman’s consent. Mailloux was ultimately charged with defamation and offensive photography in Sweden and was fined approximately US$1,650.

The schedule includes two five-game road trips — Jan. 17-24 and Feb. 26 to March 9 — and a six-game road trip over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Montreal will face teams within the Atlantic Division four times each, except Detroit and Tampa Bay which will only have three. Other teams in the Eastern Conference will have three games against Montreal, and teams in the Western Conference will have two.

The Canadiens are scheduled to wrap up the 82-game regular season on April 29 when the Florida Panthers visit the Bell Centre.

The NHL has put an Olympic break in the schedule from Feb. 7-22. However, no final agreement or decision has been made as of yet for NHL players to take part in the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. Talks are ongoing with the concerns including appropriate COVID-19 insurance for players. The NHL and the NHLPA will retain full authority to decide not to participate in the Games should COVID-19 conditions worsen or otherwise pose a threat to the health and safety of players.

Maple Leafs were Bystanders on Draft Weekend, A Lack of Picks and Cap Space Will do that

  Maple Leafs were Bystanders on Draft Weekend, A Lack of Picks and Cap Space Will do that The 2021 NHL Draft came and went for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The roster didn't change despite a flurry of activity around them. Instead, the focus shifts to free agency to fill out the remaining vacancies. Although teams couldn't get together in person for the second consecutive year, the virtual format of NHL Draft weekend wasn't short on storylines.Leading up to the first night, teams around the league pulled off franchise-changing trades and signings. The first overall selection, Owen Power, became the new hope for the Buffalo Sabres' turnaround efforts.

If the NHL decides not to send players to the Olympics, a revised regular-season schedule will be released.

Sportsnet will broadcast 32 Canadiens games nationally, and TSN will have the rest on a regional basis. In French, TVA Sports has 22 games nationally and RDS the other 60 regionally.

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Canadiens 2021-22 season schedule

Start times all to be announced.

  1. Wed., Oct. 13, 2021 — Montreal @ Toronto (N)
  2. Thu., Oct. 14, 2021 — Montreal @ Buffalo
  3. Sat., Oct. 16, 2021 — N.Y. Rangers @ Montreal (N)
  4. Tue., Oct. 19, 2021 — San Jose @ Montreal
  5. Thu., Oct. 21, 2021 — Carolina @ Montreal
  6. Sat., Oct. 23, 2021 — Detroit @ Montreal (N)
  7. Tue., Oct. 26, 2021 — Montreal @ Seattle
  8. Thu., Oct. 28, 2021 — Montreal @ San Jose
  9. Sat., Oct. 30, 2021 — Montreal @ Los Angeles
  10. Sun., Oct. 31, 2021 — Montreal @ Anaheim
  11. Tue., Nov. 2, 2021 — Detroit @ Montreal
  12. Thu., Nov. 4, 2021 — N.Y. Islanders @ Montreal
  13. Sat., Nov. 6, 2021 — Vegas @ Montreal (N)
  14. Tue., Nov. 9, 2021 — Los Angeles @ Montreal
  15. Thu., Nov. 11, 2021 — Calgary @ Montreal
  16. Sat., Nov. 13, 2021 — Montreal @ Detroit (N)
  17. Sun., Nov. 14, 2021 — Montreal @ Boston
  18. Tue., Nov. 16, 2021 — Montreal @ N.Y. Rangers
  19. Thu., Nov. 18, 2021 — Pittsburgh @ Montreal
  20. Sat., Nov. 20, 2021 — Nashville @ Montreal (N)
  21. Wed., Nov. 24, 2021 — Montreal @ Washington (N)
  22. Fri., Nov. 26, 2021 — Montreal @ Buffalo
  23. Sat., Nov. 27, 2021 — Montreal @ Pittsburgh (N)
  24. Mon., Nov. 29, 2021 — Vancouver @ Montreal (N)
  25. Thu., Dec. 2, 2021 — Colorado @ Montreal
  26. Sat., Dec. 4, 2021 — Montreal @ Nashville (N)
  27. Tue., Dec. 7, 2021 — Tampa Bay @ Montreal
  28. Thu., Dec. 9, 2021 — Chicago @ Montreal
  29. Sat., Dec. 11, 2021 — Montreal @ St. Louis (N)
  30. Tue., Dec. 14, 2021 — Montreal @ Pittsburgh
  31. Thu., Dec. 16, 2021 — Philadelphia @ Montreal
  32. Sat., Dec. 18, 2021 — Boston @ Montreal (N)
  33. Mon., Dec. 20, 2021 — Montreal @ N.Y. Islanders (N)
  34. Wed., Dec. 22, 2021 — Montreal @ N.Y. Rangers (N)
  35. Thu., Dec. 23, 2021 — Montreal @ New Jersey
  36. Tue., Dec. 28, 2021 — Montreal @ Tampa Bay
  37. Thu., Dec. 30, 2021 — Montreal @ Carolina
  38. Sat., Jan. 1, 2022 — Montreal @ Florida
  39. Tue., Jan. 4, 2022 — Washington @ Montreal
  40. Thu., Jan. 6, 2022 — Toronto @ Montreal
  41. Sat., Jan. 8, 2022 — Buffalo @ Montreal (N)
  42. Mon., Jan. 10, 2022 — Columbus @ Montreal (N)
  43. Wed., Jan. 12, 2022 — Boston @ Montreal (N)
  44. Thu., Jan. 13, 2022 — Montreal @ Chicago
  45. Sat., Jan. 15, 2022 — New Jersey @ Montreal
  46. Mon., Jan. 17, 2022 — Montreal @ Arizona
  47. Tue., Jan. 18, 2022 — Montreal @ Dallas
  48. Thu., Jan. 20, 2022 — Montreal @ Vegas
  49. Sat., Jan. 22, 2022 — Montreal @ Colorado (N)
  50. Mon., Jan. 24, 2022 — Montreal @ Minnesota (N)
  51. Thu., Jan. 27, 2022 — Anaheim @ Montreal
  52. Sat., Jan. 29, 2022 — Edmonton @ Montreal (N)
  53. Sun., Jan. 30, 2022 — Columbus @ Montreal
  54. Tue., Feb. 1, 2022 — St. Louis @ Montreal
  55. Sat., Feb. 26, 2022 — Montreal @ Ottawa (N)
  56. Tue., Mar. 1, 2022 — Montreal @ Winnipeg
  57. Thu., Mar. 3, 2022 — Montreal @ Calgary
  58. Sat., Mar. 5, 2022 — Montreal @ Edmonton (N)
  59. Wed., Mar. 9, 2022 — Montreal @ Vancouver
  60. Sat., Mar. 12, 2022 — Seattle @ Montreal (N)
  61. Sun., Mar. 13, 2022 — Montreal @ Philadelphia
  62. Tue., Mar. 15, 2022 — Arizona @ Montreal
  63. Thu., Mar. 17, 2022 — Dallas @ Montreal
  64. Sat., Mar. 19, 2022 — Ottawa @ Montreal (N)
  65. Mon., Mar. 21, 2022 — Montreal @ Boston (N)
  66. Thu., Mar. 24, 2022 — Florida @ Montreal
  67. Sat., Mar. 26, 2022 — Toronto @ Montreal (N)
  68. Sun., Mar. 27, 2022 — Montreal @ New Jersey
  69. Tue., Mar. 29, 2022 — Montreal @ Florida
  70. Thu., Mar. 31, 2022 — Montreal @ Carolina
  71. Sat., Apr. 2, 2022 — Montreal @ Tampa Bay (N)
  72. Tue., Apr. 5, 2022 — Ottawa @ Montreal
  73. Sat., Apr. 9, 2022 — Montreal @ Toronto (N)
  74. Mon., Apr. 11, 2022 — Winnipeg @ Montreal (N)
  75. Wed., Apr. 13, 2022 — Montreal @ Columbus (N)
  76. Fri., Apr. 15, 2022 — N.Y. Islanders @ Montreal
  77. Sat., Apr. 16, 2022 — Washington @ Montreal (N)
  78. Tue., Apr. 19, 2022 — Minnesota @ Montreal
  79. Thu., Apr. 21, 2022 — Philadelphia @ Montreal
  80. Sat., Apr. 23, 2022 — Montreal @ Ottawa (N)
  81. Tue., Apr. 26, 2022 — Buffalo @ Montreal
  82. Fri., Apr. 29, 2022 — Florida @ Montreal

(N) = Games broadcast nationally by Sportsnet

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