Janne Niinimaa on the block, Habs moving ?

Janne Niinimaa is rumored to be on the trading block since he is unable to get a point with the Islanders yet.

The 30 years old defenseman just make 2.4M this year.

The Habs since the beginning of the pre-season is searching for an offensive defenseman. Niinimaa, who was a Bob Gainey target two years ago, is rumored to come to the Habs after the game of saturday night many sources claim.

The Habs are a bit disappointed with the play of Sheldon Souray and a new blueliner on the powerplay could possibly help the Habs to relief all the attention on Sheldon shoulders. Rivet has also be mentionned due to his overpaid contract.


88 Responses to Janne Niinimaa on the block, Habs moving ?

  1. Adam_0486 says:

    Dont trust the Sportsnet guys for sources on trades. These are the same guys who said a few years ago that toronto was close to getting Ryan Symth straight up for Darcy Tucker. Sportsnet has daily leaf coverage, 1 hour per day devoted to the leafs, they have to fill that time somehow, with cheezy interviews and crazy dot.com trade rumours. Hey im not saying these particular trades are false, its just sportsnet has lead me wrong and got my hopes up so many times for nothing that its hard to call them a reliable source.

    PS. yes his salary would count but i think its one of those scenerios where if no one picks him up were stuck with alot if not all the salary but if someone pickes him up they take most if not all his salary.

    But i agree with you get rid of him and let some of the youngsters get a crack at the big league, because sooner of later we going to have to call Coliacovo a flop pick if he doesnt start to earn his keep.

  2. habs79 says:

    I wouldn’t take him over Kaberle either, but Khavanov is NOT debatable. I’m sure the vast majority of hockey fans would take Niinimaa.

  3. nyrules11 says:

    i almost said that but i really dont want berg

    i dont want any veteran that is more of a liability to the team than they can help. You can just take him for free. As long as hes gone

  4. nyrules11 says:

    actually well give u poti and a draft pick to make it fair

    i think we’d win the deal if we gave you poti for free

  5. habs79 says:

    One question, if Coli is having problems in the AHL, why do you think the Leafs can get a young proven NHL defenseman for him? Even if you package Antropov or Poni. No team is going to trade young proven defensemen right now, they are too important.

  6. habs79 says:

    To NYI: Rivet, Hainsey

    To MON: Niinimaa

    Plain and simple Milbury loves his American players, he traded Luongo for Parrish. Montreal would be taking all the risk in this trade. Hoping Niinimaa produces offensively, while Rivet is a steady defensive defensemen.

  7. BeLEAFer925 says:

    yeah I kinda agree. I didn’t mean to trade him for a top prospect or an up and comer or a guy the quality of brewer or nothin, just get a guy that can play as a number 5 or 6 defensive defenseman. Maybe find a team that’s looking for some offensive punch on the d end (tougher to find a team that wants that with a lot the defensive d-men struggling with the new rules, but you can try). Plus talk to a Millbury or a GM like him. They’re always looking to make a stupid move. Maybe the Leafs could be on the positive side of a trade. It could happen.

  8. GretzNYR99 says:

    HAHAHAHHAAHAHA.

    CLASSIC.

  9. quick_stick says:

    Heh… guess you’re not a big fan of Poti?

  10. PSU_Penguin says:

    I don’t see the pens giving up tarnstrom at this point, not with Gonchar pitching in just about zip from the blueline. Until he and jackman prove they cna help the offense out they need tarnstrom as he’s been the steadiest guy at both ends so far this year, from what I’ve seen.

    As for the other trade, I think boston maybe could get more for Gill elsewhere, though Niinima would be a temping offer. Though Plenty of teams are looking to avoid those 9-1 and 7-2 scores that keep popping up and a gritty, defensive D-man like gill can help with that.

    Though if I were any GM I’de be tempted to take a crack at Niinima, he’s just so damn dangerous when he’s in the zone.

  11. habswinthecup-again says:

    Niinimaa for Rivet, its a done deal.

  12. beefer says:

    I think Milbury will probably want to move Dipietro. He is looking far to good to keep around.

  13. pilourse says:

    Personnally, I think that what you said could be a fair trade but I really dunno if the NYI would deal Niinimaa to the Habs… possibly we will know more after the game Saturday.

  14. rojoke says:

    If Niinimaa plays Saturday night in Montreal, then I would be very surprised if Gainey and Milbury do a deal. If there’s a trade, Gainey’s not going to want that player getting hurt against his new team, and Milbury’s not going to want the guy he traded to burn his former team on the day he trades him.

    If there is a trade, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Ron Hainsey as part of the deal, along with another player. Hainsey doesn’t seem to be motivated enough to make a mark with the Habs after 4 training camp opportinuties. Perhaps being closer to home will be that motivation.

  15. Aetherial says:

    exactly.

    I think Niinimaa is a good talent and the Canadiens can afford to thin themselves out in other areas. It is a bit of a mystery on why he has not performed thusfar…

  16. Aetherial says:

    Colai’s value is not high enough right now. A few teams would gladly take him off the Leaf’s hands but they would give virtually nothing in return.

    Also. the Leafs have been burned in the past giving up on young defensemen. Unless they get a great offer, I see them keeping him and letting him mature (painfully slowly) in the minors.

  17. 93champs says:

    by Adam_0486 on Thursday, October 20 @ 20:50:06 EDT

    ok i heared just about enough of this leaf get everybody joke. The fact is that when your the centre of the hockey world people are going to assume your interested in all the maurqee free agents. As for Niniimaa i dont think his contract will allow him to even be considered by teams like toronto.

    see how do you actually write that…center of the hockey world….who claimed Toronto was the center…who Don Cherry….who …..you guys are serious losers…you haven’t seen a championship in so long…actaully you never have seen one, so you say Toronto is the center of the hockey world, to make yourselfs feel good!!!! oh ya your right though…cause because it’s the center of the hockey world…Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund were coming to T.O….hmmm what happened there…no you got lindros and allison….hahahahahaha…your a *****ing joke buddy…what does the title of this article have anything to do with the Toronto Maple Laughs??? …I can’t believe people from Toronto are that big headed to say this is the center of the hockey world…it’s one thing that people think that, but to actually say that….real loser buddy!!!

  18. 93champs says:

    by Adam_0486 on Thursday, October 20 @ 20:50:06 EDT

    ok i heared just about enough of this leaf get everybody joke. The fact is that when your the centre of the hockey world people are going to assume your interested in all the maurqee free agents. As for Niniimaa i dont think his contract will allow him to even be considered by teams like toronto.

    see how do you actually write that…center of the hockey world….who claimed Toronto was the center…who Don Cherry….who …..you guys are serious losers…you haven’t seen a championship in so long…actaully you never have seen one, so you say Toronto is the center of the hockey world, to make yourselfs feel good!!!! oh ya your right though…cause because it’s the center of the hockey world…Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund were coming to T.O….hmmm what happened there…no you got lindros and allison….hahahahahaha…your a *****ing joke buddy…what does the title of this article have anything to do with the Toronto Maple Laughs??? …I can’t believe people from Toronto are that big headed to say this is the center of the hockey world…it’s one thing that people think that, but to actually say that….real loser buddy!!!

  19. Neely4Life says:

    This is one of those moronic leaf fans im talking about. Like, why would u put all that garbage up there? Maybe if they were free agents in the summer, at least then there was a remote possibility.

  20. islesdynasty says:

    Someone please, please, please take Caveman Niinimaa from us. I don’t care if Milbury makes his all time worst trade (which would be pretty bad). This can only be addittion by subtraction. The guy is a waste of cap space and the most overrated Dman in the league.

  21. islesdynasty says:

    Travis Green is a gutless puke

  22. Muller11 says:

    Why is everyone talking about the Leafs? Who cares about the Leafs? I agree, I have never seen them win the Stanley Cup and I hope I never do. People should be talking about the article not about Leafs B.S.

  23. Adam_0486 says:

    Thats harsh why do you think that?

  24. Marky2Fresh says:

    Hey Jannetty tough lose to the flames last night eh?? What is that, 5 loses in a row for your oilers?

  25. Adam_0486 says:

    Ok you said alot so let me try and explain

    This is an opinion site, Im a F-ing Joke, look buddy its my opinion if you dont like it then instead of swearing like a damn hick (which you probably are) why dont you tell me what team is the centre of the hockey world.

    Secondly you were so busy spazing out about what i said that you took it out of contexts, i didnt mean that toronto is the centre of the hockey world because there the best team or because everybody loves them, i meant that there among the most (if not the most) famous teams in the league, all the major NHL functions occur in toronto (i.e. the hockey hall of fame, league meetings (NY to) etc). And that they are overall on of the richest, and financially successful teams in the league.

    Now if you still dont agree with me, thats fine, but to come on this site, cut and paste my opinion and try to embarrass me because of my opinion…ha buddy you need a women, go get laid and release some of that stress.

  26. mush124 says:

    I wouldn’t even trade Rivet strait up for Niinimaa. Rivet is a valuable player who knows his role, and plays it well. Not to mention he’s a big part of the Canadians leadership, good guy to have in the Locker room, and he’s Koivu’s best friend. Gainey will not make a move like this, we in Montreal have enough euro’s, if nething we need to stock up on some good ol` Canadian boy’s. If anything, I see the Canadians shipping Hainsey and a 2nd round draft pick for him, nothing more, nothing less.

  27. GretzNYR99 says:

    Tom Poti for Janne Niinimaa?

    Sound good to you?

    I know I’ll take it.

  28. G_Money says:

    Name me another place where there is sooooo much media attention, another place where your every move is under the magnifying glass, name me another team that everyone hates because they have so many fans. You could go ahead and say Montreal, but does Montreal have fans across the globe?

  29. LeafsLegacy says:

    I can actually see Niinimaa to T.O. No jokes, Tornto is lookin for some good D, and NYI want to get rid of him. I can see Belak, a prospect or two and a draft pick for him

  30. habs79 says:

    You can’t be serious. A prospect or two with a draft pick or two, may get Niinimaa, depending on who the prospects are and if Milbury would settle for prospects and picks. If Milbury wants a roster player, gonna have to do a hell of alot better than Belak, cause he is just a waste of a roster space.

  31. LeafsJaysRapsBillsManU says:

    You just talked about the Leafs! You “hate” them so much, but you felt the need to post about them? That doesn’t really add up now, does it?

  32. 93champs says:

    y Adam_0486 on Friday, October 21 @ 17:30:08 EDT

    Ok you said alot so let me try and explain

    This is an opinion site, Im a F-ing Joke, look buddy its my opinion if you dont like it then instead of swearing like a damn hick (which you probably are) why dont you tell me what team is the centre of the hockey world.

    Secondly you were so busy spazing out about what i said that you took it out of contexts, i didnt mean that toronto is the centre of the hockey world because there the best team or because everybody loves them, i meant that there among the most (if not the most) famous teams in the league, all the major NHL functions occur in toronto (i.e. the hockey hall of fame, league meetings (NY to) etc). And that they are overall on of the richest, and financially successful teams in the league.

    Now if you still dont agree with me, thats fine, but to come on this site, cut and paste my opinion and try to embarrass me because of my opinion…ha buddy you need a women, go get laid and release some of that stress.

    ha…don’t worry buddy I’m going to cut and paste this an put it up so everyone can see what a *****ing joke you are….don’t like my swearing??? Too bad what are you going to do about it??? Nothing….next if you want me to cut and paste exactly what you said, you’ll see that any normal person reading this will clearly see that you said Toronto is the center of the hockey world…I don’t care what you meant, I’m commenting on what you wrote, so next time to avoid this instead of writing like a “damn hick” think about what you really Want to say before you write it!!! Last thing thank you for the advice on what I should do to release stress, but I got that covered …your mom is all I need…oh boy did I really release some of that stress…..all over her face….and what??? what are you going to do??? 118 Woodland street in Montreal…thats my address…come do something about it…YOU *****ING JOKE

  33. 93champs says:

    Adam_0486 on Friday, October 21 @ 17:30:08 EDT

    Ok you said alot so let me try and explain

    This is an opinion site, Im a F-ing Joke, look buddy its my opinion if you dont like it then instead of swearing like a damn hick (which you probably are) why dont you tell me what team is the centre of the hockey world.

    Secondly you were so busy spazing out about what i said that you took it out of contexts, i didnt mean that toronto is the centre of the hockey world because there the best team or because everybody loves them, i meant that there among the most (if not the most) famous teams in the league, all the major NHL functions occur in toronto (i.e. the hockey hall of fame, league meetings (NY to) etc). And that they are overall on of the richest, and financially successful teams in the league.

    Now if you still dont agree with me, thats fine, but to come on this site, cut and paste my opinion and try to embarrass me because of my opinion…ha buddy you need a women, go get laid and release some of that stress.

    ha…don’t worry buddy I’m going to cut and paste this an put it up so everyone can see what a *****ing joke you are….don’t like my swearing??? Too bad what are you going to do about it??? Nothing….next if you want me to cut and paste exactly what you said, you’ll see that any normal person reading this will clearly see that you said Toronto is the center of the hockey world…I don’t care what you meant, I’m commenting on what you wrote, so next time to avoid this instead of writing like a “damn hick” think about what you really Want to say before you write it!!! Last thing thank you for the advice on what I should do to release stress, but I got that covered …your mom is all I need…oh boy did I really release some of that stress…..all over her face….and what??? what are you going to do??? 118 Woodland street in Montreal…thats my address…come do something about it…YOU *****ING JOKE

  34. 93champs says:

    Adam_0486 on Friday, October 21 @ 17:30:08 EDT

    Ok you said alot so let me try and explain

    This is an opinion site, Im a F-ing Joke, look buddy its my opinion if you dont like it then instead of swearing like a damn hick (which you probably are) why dont you tell me what team is the centre of the hockey world.

    Secondly you were so busy spazing out about what i said that you took it out of contexts, i didnt mean that toronto is the centre of the hockey world because there the best team or because everybody loves them, i meant that there among the most (if not the most) famous teams in the league, all the major NHL functions occur in toronto (i.e. the hockey hall of fame, league meetings (NY to) etc). And that they are overall on of the richest, and financially successful teams in the league.

    Now if you still dont agree with me, thats fine, but to come on this site, cut and paste my opinion and try to embarrass me because of my opinion…ha buddy you need a women, go get laid and release some of that stress.

    ha…don’t worry buddy I’m going to cut and paste this an put it up so everyone can see what a *****ing joke you are….don’t like my swearing??? Too bad what are you going to do about it??? Nothing….next if you want me to cut and paste exactly what you said, you’ll see that any normal person reading this will clearly see that you said Toronto is the center of the hockey world…I don’t care what you meant, I’m commenting on what you wrote, so next time to avoid this instead of writing like a “damn hick” think about what you really Want to say before you write it!!! Last thing thank you for the advice on what I should do to release stress, but I got that covered …your mom is all I need…oh boy did I really release some of that stress…..all over her face….and what??? what are you going to do??? 118 Woodland street in Montreal…thats my address…come do something about it…YOU *****ING JOKE

  35. TheCanadianHozer says:

    Wow Sure hope this guy gets booted. I’m from montreal and even I think that he should relax… it’s just a forum board :S….

    If you get that angry over what some people are writing on hear you should take a deep breath and relax, not blow up like this man.

  36. 93champs says:

    oh man thanks…I’ll make sure I take a deep breath…just cause I shit on some guy, dosen’t mean I’m going to blow up…I’m not angry, I’m actually smiling cause I know how angry he must be when he reads it….and the reason I put my address, is because I don’t want to hear ” oh you know who i am, I’m going to kick your ass”….so no I don’t know who you are and if you want to kick my ass, come tell me to my face….so I hope you understand now, that I never was angry or out of control, I’m just having fun…anyway not much else I can say….cause my cheeks are so red and theres steam coming out of my ears…all because I’m so angry and I’m about to blow up!!!! ha ha …be easy

  37. mojo19 says:

    This article looks like it was written in a minute and not edited.

  38. Adam_0486 says:

    Why would you bring someones mom into a the conversation. Your a bad ass, threating someone who leaves miles away from you.

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