Goodbye Michael McNiven??

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Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby rusty on Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:53 pm

1. The Owen Sound Attack is announcing that it has signed goaltender Mack Guzda, the 31st overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, to a OHL Standard Player Agreement.

2. The Owen Sound Attack is announcing that it has acquired forward Alan Lyszczarzczyk (Lis-sar-chuck), goaltender Zach Bowman, and a conditional 4th round draft pick (2018) in a trade with the Sudbury Wolves.

Is this not basically an admission that McNiven will not be returning?
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby hockeyhockeyhockey on Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:18 pm

I figured that weeks ago when I read a story about him moving to Montreal to train this summer .
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby CHL Watcher on Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:26 am

It's up to Montreal.

This is a smart move.....really the only kind of move DD could make. It doesn't really mean that anyone knows what comes next....but the team has to be ready. McNiven likely won't be back. With Bowman being an OA it would get a bit awkward if McNiven were returned.

I'm satisfied with either outcome. I think they'll have a good year either way......hopefully a very good year.

McNiven has earned his shot with Montreal. I just hope they don't plunk him on the fifth rung of that ladder in the ECHL. What a waste that would be for all concerned.
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby stevey on Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:12 am

All this means is DD is doing his job. No one knows for sure what will happen to Micheal. It would be a crime to find out after season starts that we don't have a goalie. If Micheal comes back Lis ar chuck will have a couple starts hopefully look good and be easy to move a O/A goalie. I feel DD is just preparing for a scenario were we lose Micheal.This team is to good to not have pieces nessecary in place to be competitive. All in all a great set of moves by a guy who knows what he is doing. I am surprised an NHL team hasn't found a spot for him what he has done in his time here is pretty immpressive.
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby Digger on Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:56 am

stevey wrote:All this means is DD is doing his job. No one knows for sure what will happen to Micheal. It would be a crime to find out after season starts that we don't have a goalie. If Micheal comes back Lis ar chuck will have a couple starts hopefully look good and be easy to move a O/A goalie. I feel DD is just preparing for a scenario were we lose Micheal.This team is to good to not have pieces nessecary in place to be competitive. All in all a great set of moves by a guy who knows what he is doing. I am surprised an NHL team hasn't found a spot for him what he has done in his time here is pretty immpressive.


I'm sure you meant Bowman who is the goalie is the deal.
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby attackisback on Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:22 pm

http://montrealgazette.com/sports/hocke ... diens-camp


Stu Cowan: Michael McNiven looking for a new home at Canadiens camp

OHL's Goalie of the Year last season isn't sure yet where he'll be playing this year as Habs rookie camp begins.

Stu Cowan, Montreal Gazette STU COWAN, MONTREAL GAZETTE
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Published on: September 7, 2017 | Last Updated: September 7, 2017 6:29 PM EDT


If there’s one position where the Canadiens don’t need help this season it’s goaltending — and they probably won’t need any for a long time after Carey Price signed an eight-year, US$84-million contract extension this summer that runs through the 2025-26 season.

What was going through McNiven’s mind when he took those first strides on the fresh sheet of ice Thursday?

“It wasn’t much of a change,” said the 20-year-old, who is attending his third Canadiens rookie camp after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent. “I’ve been here all summer, so I’ve been skating with a high-end group of guys. The last couple of weeks here in Brossard we’ve had a lot of the pro guys out skating, so it wasn’t much different for me. I was feeling pretty good today.”

Since early June, McNiven has been living at the family home of Simon Bourque, a defenceman from Longueuil who was selected by the Canadiens in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Draft and is also attending the rookie camp.


The Canadiens already have plenty of depth at the goaltending position with Price, veteran backup Al Montoya and minor-leaguers Charlie Lindgren and Zach Fucale. McNiven adds to that depth after winning the OHL’s Goalie of the Year Award last season when he posted a 41-9-2-2 record with the Owen Sound Attack and led the league with a 2.30 goals-against average and six shutouts.

It was also an emotional year for McNiven, whose mother, Arlene, died last November. McNiven was born in Winnipeg, but was raised in Georgetown, Ont., by his paternal grandparents. Shortly after his mother’s death, McNiven’s father, Mike, learned he had a brain tumour.

“It was a very stressful time,” McNiven said. “I had a lot of help from my coaching staff in Owen Sound as well as my teammates. The way my mindset was, going back home wasn’t really an option. Just being able to be at the rink every day and around my team, it made it so much better. I’m happy I stayed around because the way we picked the season up and finished the year it was a good thing for myself.”

The Attack advanced to the OHL’s Western Conference final before losing to the Erie Otters, who went on to win the league championship.



McNiven said his father is “doing better” and he is the reason why he became a goaltender. McNiven started playing hockey at age 4, but got his first taste of goaltending after his dad bought him a set of road-hockey goalie equipment for Christmas when he was 7. The next summer, McNiven got his first real goalie equipment and started playing in net on a summer-league team that included current Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner.

When the next hockey season began, McNiven had gone from a 7-year-old house-league player to an 8-year-old goalie at the Triple-A level.

McNiven said his father was also a goalie while growing up, advancing as high as Junior A in Georgetown.

“I never got chance to watch him play, but apparently he was a pretty good goalie … he just had a little bit of a temper on him, so that didn’t really get him anywhere,” McNiven said with a chuckle. “He likes to listen and hear about the new things that are coming in and how they’re changing techniques, and he likes to see the new goalie equipment and talk about how much smaller it was when he played.”

The big question for McNiven is where will he play this season. It could be with the AHL’s Laval Rocket or the ECHL’s Brampton Beast.

“I have no idea,” McNiven said. “You’re going to have to ask (Canadiens GM) Marc Bergevin about that. I’ve just got to work hard. Whatever happens, happens. It’s my first year of pro, so I’m excited.”

After Thursday’s practice the Canadiens rookies headed to Toronto, where they will play games against the Maple Leafs rookies on Friday night and the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. The Canadiens rookies will have a day off Sunday, then wrap up the camp with practices next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Brossard.

The Bell Sports Complex in Brossard is a place where McNiven is starting to feel at home and he’s even picked up a few of words of French while living with Bourque’s family.

“I try speaking some French with his family and they’re trying to speak some English with me,” McNiven said. “It was a good experience being around him and the French atmosphere this summer. Coming to this rink every day and getting into a natural routine was nice.”

It made those first strides into this rookie camp on a fresh sheet of ice with an uncertain future much easier for the goaltender.

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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby Digger on Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:22 pm

Game notes from leafs verses habs rookies

Michael McNiven was sharp in net for the Habs from start to finish, ending the night with 34 saves, and didn’t shy away from challenging the Leafs outside the crease. After going undrafted as an 18-year-old in 2015, the Canadiens signed McNiven to a contract in September that year. He’s played the last three seasons for the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack and will make the jump to the AHL’s Laval Rockets this year.
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby Noofgoof on Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:19 pm

Well if this is true I wish him all the best. It sucks for Owen Sound but its what JR hockdy is all about... Developing and hoping to move on to bigger better things. Lets hope Bowman and Guzda can step up huge.. if not what does everyone think the ransom would be on dipietro? Lol is there any chance in hell? Wed be real set for sure with him.
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby attackisback on Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:04 am

http://ontariohockeyleague.com/article/ ... ning-camps


Michael McNiven, Montreal Canadiens, Signed as a free agent (assigned to AHL Laval Sept. 22)
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby CHL Watcher on Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:03 pm

So he's up against Charlie Lindgren?

He'll be backing up Lindgren. Where does Fucale fit into the mix? Stuck in the ECHL or also gunning for a spot in Laval?

Montreal is much too rich in goal....and for the next 9 years.

Tough place to be.
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby stevey on Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:03 am

I read an article a mth ago that stated Micheal and Zach would be battling for the AHL backup. The loser will be the starter in Brampton.I wonder if that would actually be best for Micheal this year starting most games as opposed to sitting watching.I feel his development might be better served in the ECHL for a year.
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby CHL Watcher on Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:55 pm

Agreed


For development it would be...in order...

1. OS - starter
2. Brampton - starter
3. Laval - back-up

It really bites when the better you are the less you will develop.

Montreal has to do something about this. I suggest moving Montoya so that the only one sitting around that deserves to play every game is at least doing it on an NHL salary....in the NHL.

Montreal won't be sending him back. That's pretty much the dumbest thing I've seen in a long while. Moving Montoya could salvage things for them....a little. Then, they need to figure out why they're holding so many cards they have no intention of ever using.

Maybe it's time for another team with a bit more development smarts to step up. Montreal can draft for them, sign them as free agents, and trade them, but then they freeze up....because....C.P. is locked in.

As they say...good problem to have.....unless your one of the problems they have.
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby CHL Watcher on Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:31 pm

McNiven sent to ECHL.

https://www.theifp.ca/sports-story/7591 ... ton-beast/


Good luck to him.

I've said everything I had to say. Who thinks this is a good idea?
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby Puro_man on Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:27 pm

I think it's a terrible idea. Meaningful games in the ohl vs wasting a year in the echl.
I really thought he would be sent back, to bad for us.

Moving on, are you confident in Bowman?
He's looked ok, but....

I wonder what the price is for Raaymakers?
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Re: Goodbye Michael McNiven??

Postby attackisback on Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:40 pm

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