Brisebois to Wings?, TFP and Montreal radio station CKAC are reporting that Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois will be headed to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Mathieu Dandenault.The deal is contingent on Montreal picking up a portion of Brisebois’ remaining contract which 4.3M, 4.3M and 4.5M iin the next three years. Dandenault is earning 1.2M per season. If Montreal GM Andre Savard can pull off this deal, it would satisfy the Montreal media, as Dandenault is a native of Sherbrooke, and has won 3 Stanley Cups.

Dandeault may not be the answer to Montreal’s pressing need for a veteran physical defenseman, but he is a reliable NHL calibre defenseman, something that seems to be lacking in Montreal’s defense these days. The acquisition of Dandenault could also serve as a wakeup call to Montreal’s players and get them out of their five game winless streak.

Nolan rumors – TFP, Sportsnet and now Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun are reporting that Montreal has joined the race for the services of San Jose forward Owen Nolan. The Habs are in desperate need of a power forward, and Nolan would fit the bill. If they can move Brisebois, they may be able to take on Nolan’s contract (approx 18 million over 3 years). Strachan is reporting that the names of defensive prospects such as Ron Hainsey, Mike Komisarek and Andrei Markov have been mentioned in preliminary discussions, but that the Habs aren’t interested in moving their best defenseman (Markov).

He also reports that the three teams involved in the bidding for Nolan (Philly, Toronto and Montreal) all know more about Nolan than his reputation. Savard drafted Nolan in 1990, and Ken Hitchcock and Pat Quinn had Nolan on the Team Canada roster. In my opinion, if the Habs are able to get Nolan without giving up too much in terms of the future, it would be a great deal for Montreal.