Gainey About To Pull The Trigger…

In a somewhat surprising move, the Montreal Canadiens sent down young prospect Alexander Perezhogin to Hamilton, and called back fowards Andrei Kostitsyn, Jonathan Ferland and defenseman Jean-Philippe Côté, leading everybody to believe that something’s about to happen in Montreal…Perezhogin, the Canadiens’ first round selection in 2001, has 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in 36 games this season. He started on Montreal’s first line when Zednik was out with a groin injury, but saw his ice-time being cut to less than 10 minutes per game shortly after he returned. He never really had his chance ever since, eventough the organisation spent almost 3 years selling him to their fans. The Montreal Canadiens even traded another prospect, Marcel Hossa, to the New York Rangers in order to make some room for him.

The lack of offensive productivity from Montreal’s fowards is the reason why this move is so surprising. While everyone thought Perezhogin would eventually get another chance to play on the first two lines, especially with the injuries to captain Saku Koivu, Alexei Kovalev and Radek Bonk, Perezhogin was still playing on the fourth line until he was finally cut.

Bob Gainey was with the team on their last trip on the road to evaluate his roster, and sources are now reporting that he’s about to pull the trigger on a trade. Montreal’s scouts have been seen in various arenas around the league, especially in Colorado.

Words are that Claude Julien is trying to help Gainey to make a move by giving some “available” players more ice time, just like Anaheim did with Petr Sykora a couple of weeks ago.

Richard Zednik, Mike Ribeiro, Jan Bulis, Niklas Sundstrom, Sheldon Souray and Mark Streit, who recently doubled his ice-time while Mike Komisarek is warming the bench, are the players currently being shopped around apparently. Goaltender Jose Theodore as included in some trade rumors as well, but the organization denied those rumors.

Some say that Andrei Kostitsyn may have been called up to see some ice time, and depending on his performance, could be the last player to evaluate before a trade finally happens with Montreal.

The Canadiens are currently looking to add some weight, especially on the left side, and have been looking for a big second line center for a couple of years now. An offensive defenseman is also needed to help Andrei Markov carry the offense.

The names of Petr Sykora, Milan Hejduk, Maxim Afinogenov, Viktor Kozlov, Derek Morris and Brendan Witt were reported in trade specualtions in the last couple of weeks.

Montreal’s Coach Claude Julien announced that both Mike Ribeiro and Pierre Dagenais would be healthy scratches for tonight’s game against Pittsburgh.

Official statement is that Claude Julien isn’t satisfied with their performances…

No matter if a trade happens or not tonight or in the upcoming week, something really wierd is happening now in Montreal and leading everyone to think that something’s about to happen…


187 Responses to Gainey About To Pull The Trigger…

  1. Komic-J says:

    I agree with pretty much everything you said, but two things;

    First, Andrei Markov is at least a decent number two defenseman. Maybe not the Jovanovski or Chara type, but still…I would compare him to a Joni Pitkanen only a bit older. Don’t start screaming yet, I know Pitkanen will eventually be better than Markov, and I’m not suggesting to trade Markov for Pitkanen, but Markov is way better that you seem to think…

    Also, I’m really not a fan of Mike Ribeiro and if we ever get a chance to dump him somewhere, I hope we’ll take it. But, from what I’ve heard, and coming from a very respectable journalist here in Montreal, Mike Ribeiro is one of the most popular player in the lockeroom in Montreal right now. Pedneault said Claude Julien had some guts scrathing him because of that…

  2. Komic-J says:

    Larry Robinson quit the Devils because he felt too much pressure, leading him to a depression/burnout…

    You really see him coaching the Canadiens ?

  3. Komic-J says:

    I like Jacques Demers a lot. I have nothing but respect for the ex-coach, especially since he published his book, but his days behind the bench as an NHL coach are over.

  4. Komic-J says:

    Yeah…of course, if I’m Bob Gainey and Pierre Lacroix is stupid enough to accept a trade like that, I would go for it…

    But why would the Avs trade both Tanguay and Hedjuk again ? They have no reason to do that at all, even for a goaltender.

  5. Komic-J says:

    Mogilny ?!?

    Why should we claim him ? The guy’s making $3.5m a year, and we already have a lot of fowards of the same type. We need grit and thoughness…someone who can go in the corners. How many times did you see Mogilny do that ?

    Don’t you think one overpaid player per team is enough. We’re already stuck with Bonk…don’t give us another reason to hate Bob Gainey’s job…

  6. Komic-J says:

    As the person who submited this article, I wasn’t only thinking about the fact they sent down Perezhogin…but Gainey making the trip with the team, Ribeiro and Dagenais being healthy scratches, calling up a defenseman when every defenseman on the team is healthy, not using him, sending him down to the minors again, Claude Julien giving ice-time to players who don’t really deserves it…

    There’s something going on…probably nothing as big as some would like, but something is about to happen. You don’t see these kind of moves or decisions when everything’s fine…

  7. Komic-J says:

    Lol !

    Yeah, if I’m the Canadiens, I do it right away…I would then use Bulis, Sundstrom or any other “cheap” players to get a goaltender like Biron…

    If I’m the Canucks, I’m laughing thinking “This can’t be a serious offer…”

    Even if you tried a trade like that on an EA Sports game, the CPU would tell you; “How stupid do you think I am ?!?”

  8. Komic-J says:

    You know what…keep Tarnstrom, we’ll give you Bonk for a 10th round pick and call it even !!!

    Merry christmas !!! 🙂

  9. Komic-J says:

    Lol ! 🙂

    “At least we have young valuables like Steen, Wellwood, Pnikarovsky, Colaiacovo, Kronwall, Pogee and Rask”…

    You’re right. Montreal has no prospects at all. No young players…

    Michael Ryder, Tomas Plekanec, Alexander Perezhogin, Chris Higgins, Andrei Kostitsyn, Kyle Chipchura, Guillaume Latendresse, Mike Komisarek, Carey Price…

    Yep…sounds like nothing to me. Do yourself a favor, and visit http://www.hockeysfuture.com a little bit more…maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about hockey…

  10. Komic-J says:

    And you think it’s any easier for rookies in Montreal ? Ask Terry Ryan…ask Mike Komsarek…ask Alexander Perezhogin…ask Guillaume Latendresse…ask Marcel Hossa…ask Josef Balej…and the list goes on and on…except that here, it’s not about the coach…it’s the organisation way to deal with young players. We thought it could change this season, just like you guys in Toronto, unfortunately, it seems that even the new CBA won’t change that mentality in Montreal…

  11. Komic-J says:

    I guess you’re from somwhere around Phoenix to be so sure about that, so I was curious…

    What’s Denis Gauthier’s value for you ? Is he like a fan favorite in Phoenix ? Because I know he would be in Montreal…

  12. criptman says:

    well this is a trade i heard on tv…ribiero and dagenais to chicago for khabibulin

  13. criptman says:

    2o bucks??? what a cheap son of a ***** he his…cannot stand ribiero

  14. criptman says:

    hearrey hearrey brother

  15. nordiques100 says:

    perhaps it is the other way around. perhaps some of the team isnt too fond of koivu for going after one of the good guys. perhaps respect was lost for their captain for fighting with his own team rather than on the ice against opponents. i dont know what it is. i just get the feeling that incident started the problems.

  16. buds8 says:

    Wow…..great comment…..did you come up with that all on your own??? Or did your mom help you!

    LMFAO at YOU!

    Trying being mature and contributing something that actually requires brain cell activity…..assuming that you have any!

  17. buds8 says:

    The last thing I was suggesting was to trade them….I was merely stating that their prospects were better than the Habs……a point I am sure you must concede……….

  18. rojoke says:

    Yes, I have heard of Pogge, I’ve watched Pogge at this year’s junior tourney, and know what he’s done in junior. That’s why I never mentioned him, because he’s played great. What has Rask done, both this tourney and last year’s? He’s played well in the Finnish League, but he can’t bring that game to the junior tourney. I wonder if he’ll be able to bring it to the NHL and the smaller ice.

  19. penguinos66 says:

    VERY GOOD POINT INDEED!!!

  20. gohabs73 says:

    don’t we already have enough cold wind in Montreal?!?!

  21. dlazzaro10 says:

    bulis sucks…streit sucks…rivet sucks…dandenault really sucks…heut sucks…..why would u want to trade zednik and keep bulis??? thats just idiotic and i dunno why everyone is saying they’re sick of zednik cause hes one of the only guys who is consistent and plays hard every game. ok with ribeiro, dagenais, bonk im with u…they gotta go. sourays just gotta start getting his confidence back…he just got out of a divorse but lately i cant complain with the way that hes been playing. We all kno now how bad theodore actually is…or is it that he just doesnt give a crap anymore…he got his money and now he could care less. The fact is he is getting harder and harder to trade for something reasonable. Koivu is not going anywhere cause hes the heart of this team and in my eyes is probably the best player on the team.He might not be as finesse as someone like kovalev but the guy is a pure leader and plays with heart…in some ways like steve begin.i’d say one of perezhogin or kostitsyn will be traded but certainly not both and as for danis, he too will be staying put. we cant make another mistake like garon…

  22. gohabs73 says:

    did you mean Laperriere instead of Lapierre?

    I’d like to see this happen… it would basically go:

    – Theo for Kolzig: both streaky goalies with their better days behind.

    – Ribeiro for Friesen: risky since friesen hasn’t played in like 2 months but getting rid of Ribeiro would be good for team morale i’m sure… what a jackass!

    – Komisarek for Liles: one big stay at home prospect for one great offensive prospect. That would be good for Mtl.

    – Bonk for Laperriere: that would be a steal! Laperriere would become a fan favourite in Mtl.

    Makes sense overall!

  23. gohabs73 says:

    Zednik and Ryder don’t want to play with Ribeiro… actually nobody wants to play with Ribeiro but his mate Dagenais! Have Bonk play with them as a punishment until we trade all three!

    Perezhogin – Koivu – Kovalev

    Ryder – Bulis – Zednik

    Bonk – Ribeiro – Dagenais

  24. 92-93 says:

    have you watched ANY of the games he has been in net?

    absolutely ridiculous.

  25. 92-93 says:

    well i hope for the sake of our teams and the quality of their play, the young guys get a chance.

    how in the world can guys like Belak, Berg, Khavanov – who make over $3 million combined, take spots away from players who are BETTER and cheaper than them and who make the same kinds of mistakes (but have an excuse because they are rookies) … is totally beyond me.

  26. hitman46 says:

    players that won’t be traded. Markov, koivu, kovalev,zednik,ryder

  27. 92-93 says:

    hmm, and Rask led the fins to a bronze medal over the Americans. do you ever get tired of being wrong?

  28. 92-93 says:

    another loss to the devils tonight. the devils could be rejuvinated with the return of Elias and with the strong play of the Thrashers and with the Isles and Bruins and Panthers lurking around, any team that falls into the 7th or 8th spot in the East is in serious trouble. #1 because they have to fight off these teams and #2 because they have to face either Philly or Ottawa in round 1 of the playoffs.

    that being said, every team has its struggles over the course of the year – lord knows my Leafs will hit another losing streak (i’m placing my bets on the next couple of weeks too). that is not to belittle the very real needs in montreal, but some perspective is necessary here.

    recent names like Malone, Mogilny, and Andreychuck could help the Habs but I think they need the most help on D.

    looking at the habs schedule right up until the Olympic break, it looks pretty brutal. they take on the Sens twice, the Flyers twice, the Sabres twice, the Hurricanes twice, and a some tough games against Western conference clubs too. if they can come out of this stretch still in playoff contention and with some roster improvements, they should be fine.

  29. 92-93 says:

    … oh and one more comment …

    Rask named the tournement’s best goaltender.

  30. Komic-J says:

    …and for those wondering, Mike Ribeiro and Pierre Dagenais were healthy scratches again tonight.

  31. CdnBacon says:

    If Montreal traded Theo who would be in nets for Montreal??

  32. habs79 says:

    Really and why is that? Do Wellwood and Steen have more points? Yes they do. But beyond that Coli and Kronvall are older then most of the players I’ve named. Add to that the fact that both of them have had trouble cracking Toronto’s horrid defense at the beginning of the season. Come on they are lower on the depth chart than Berg, Khavanov, and for most of the season Belak till he was moved to forward.

    Well Rask was impressive at the WJC. Pogge not so much, at least not as much as everyone seems to be hyping, after all he was only challenged in two games, not to mention got some big help when Russia was robbed of a goal. He looked lost against the Swiss of all teams. Does any of this mean anything to their future? NO. Yeah Pogge won the WJC, so what? So did Corey Hirsch and what happened to him?

    So no I don’t concede anything to that fact. Who has the better prospects only time will really tell, NOT one WJC.

  33. habs79 says:

    Really who is it?

  34. rojoke says:

    And Pogge was the best goalie in the tourney, no doubt about it in my mind. No goals against, officially, in the medal round, and he outplayed Rask head-to-head, twice.

    So cram that in your piehole and choke on it, futhermucker!

  35. 92-93 says:

    uh huh. right. so you are just going to totally negate Rask’s performance.

    you know, anyone who has any credibility on this site would just admit to under-estimating Rask but you can’t even do that.

  36. ericd says:

    Jose Theodore, Radek Bonk and Pierre Dagenais for Alex Tanguay and John-Michael Liles…

    Mike Ribeiro, Craig Rivet and Alex Perezhogin for Eric Brewer

  37. cappy75 says:

    Well let’s see maybe we can go this way.

    Theodore and Ribs and 3 rd pick for Gionta and Brodeur.

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