BRUCE GARRIOCH Rumors – Sunday December 5, 2010

Rumours du jour

Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier is trying to add a forward with some size. While Gauthier would like to move underachieving C Scott Gomez and his $7.37-million cap hit, that’s not going to happen. Maybe the Habs will take back RW Alex Kovalev from the Senators. He’d like to finish his career in Montreal and he sure looks like this might be it for him … Keep an eye on Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. The pressure is on him big time to win the Stanley Cup next spring or he could be in his final season with the Capitals. If the Capitals do decide to make a move, they won’t reach far outside their organization for a potential replacement. Talk has already surfaced London Knights coach Dale Hunter, a legendary Cap and one of the most successful bench bosses in junior hockey, could be ready to make the jump … The Sabres are looking to move veteran D Craig Rivet. He has been a healthy scratch six times this season and is the club’s captain. Making $3.5 million, Rivet is going to be a tough sell.

This ‘n’ that

The decision to deal C Brad Richards won’t have anything to do with hockey. The lenders running the Stars likely won’t want to spend the cash it’s going to take to keep him. That means Richards, who is set to be the top UFA available next summer, will likely be dealt at the trade deadline. With the Leafs fading fast, the Rangers will be the top contender to land Richards … The Thrashers are going to start working on a long-term deal with captain Andrew Ladd, who is making $2.3 million (all terms US) this season after being acquired from the Stanley Cup-champion Blackhawks in the summer. Ladd, 24, can become a restricted next summer, but is only one year away from unrestricted free agency. Ladd won his last deal in arbitration. “He had to come in and show he could do the job, he’s done the job,” Thrashers GM Rick Dudley said of Ladd, who is on pace to easily have the best season of his six-year NHL career. Ladd had eight goals and 17 assists in 26 games heading into play Saturday. The two sides can talk, but they can’t finalize a deal until Jan. 1.