Saku Koivu, Sheldon Souray, Michael Ryder, *Andrei Markov, *Tomas Plekanec, Alex Kovalev, Christopher Higgins, Mark Streit, Mike Johnson, *Guillaume Latendresse, Sergei Samsonov, Radek Bonk, Mike Komisarek, Craig Rivet, Alexander Perezhogin, Francis Bouillon, *Maxim Lapierre, *Andrei Kostitsyn, Steve Begin, Mathieu Dandenault, Janne Niinimaa, Garth Murray, Aaron Downey, Duncan Milroy, Mikhail Grabovski, *Josh Gorges, Cristobal Huet, David Aebisher, *Jaroslav Halak.
11 players not returning from the 2005-06 roster include Mike Ribeiro (traded to Dallas September 30, 2006), Jan Bulis (signed as a FA by Vancouver July 25, 2006), Richard Zednik (traded to Washington July 12, 2006), Niklas Sundstrom (signed as a FA by Modo Sweden June 6, 2006), Pierre Dagenais (signed as a FA by Jokerit Helsinki October 18, 2006), Jonathan Ferland (played in Hamilton 2006-08, signed with VSV EC Austria 2008), J.P. Cote (played in Hamilton 2006-08, signed as a FA by Wilkes - Barre AHL), Todd Simpson (signed as a FA by Hanover Scorpions Germany 2006), Raitis Ivanans (signed as a FA by Los Angeles July 13, 2006), Jose Theodore (traded to Colorado March 8, 2006), and Yann Danis (played in Hamilton 2006-08, signed as a FA by New York Islanders July 2, 2008).
2006 Draft: 6 players selected
Rd 1 # 20 - David Fischer D (P) - Apple Valley HS (Minn.)
Rd 2 # 49 - Ben Maxwell C (+MH) - Kootenay (WHL)
Rd 2 # 53 - Mathieu Carle D (+H) - Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL). Pick acquired in trade with San Jose.
Rd 3 # 66 - Ryan White F (+H) - Calgary (WHL)
Rd 5 # 139 - Pavel Valentenko D (-H) - Russia 2, rights retained by Montreal.
Rd 7 # 199 - Cameron Cepek D (--) - Portland (WHL)
Free agency and season's transactions
June 24 - Canadiens trade 2006 3rd round pick (Jonathan Matsumoto), 2006 4th round pick (Jakub Kovar) to Philadelphia for 2006 3rd round pick, Ryan White, F (+H).
July 12 - Montreal signs F Sergei Samsonov (-M) as a FA.
July 12 - Canadiens acquire F Mike Johnson (-M) from Phoenix Coyotes for 2007 4th round pick (F Vladimir Ruzicka).
July 13 - Canadiens sign D Dan Jancevski (-H) as a FA.
September 28 - Canadiens claim D Patrick Traverse (-H) off waivers from San Jose Sharks.
September 30 - Canadiens trade C Mike Ribeiro and a 2008 6th round pick (Matthew Tassone C) for D Janne Niinimaa (-M) and a 2007 5th round pick, Andrew Conboy F (+H).
December 15 - Canadiens trade D Patrick Traverse (-H) to Dallas for D Mathieu Biron (-H).
February 25 - Canadiens trade D Craig Rivet (-MH) and 2008 5th round pick (Julien Demers D) to San Jose Sharks for D *Josh Gorges and 2007 1st round pick, *Max Pacioretty F.
February 27 - Canadiens claim G Michael Leighton (--) off waivers from Philadelphia.
(*) denotes players currently on the Canadiens NHL roster.
(+H) denotes players currently on the Hamilton Bulldogs AHL roster.
(+HM) denotes players currently on the Hamilton roster who have played with Montreal.
(P) denotes prospects who have yet to sign a professional contract (NHL, AHL, or ECHL) with the organization.
(-M), (-H) and (-MH) denote players no longer in the organization who have played either in Montreal, Hamilton, or both.
(--) denotes a player who has never played in Montreal or Hamilton. The final group likely never signed a professional contract with the club and were simply not retained by the organization. A final tally of each category will follow these chronological yearly listings.