Lecavalier to Montreal may be possible

Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca is speculating that there is potential for the Habs to swing a deal for Lecavailer.

The key ingredient according to McKenzie is that Lecavailer would have to have a desire to leave Tampa and to be traded to the Canadiens, the team that he grew up cheering for. It is noted that the ownership of the Lightning are on different pages with regard to the possibility of trading Lecavalier but that if Lecavalier himself asked to be moved it is likely that ownership would grant him his wish.

Of note is the names that McKenzie mentions the Canadiens would not give up in any possible trade. Komisarek, Plekanec, Higgins, Subban and Georges are included in that list.

Read the full article from

http://www.tsn.ca/columnists/bob_mckenzie/?id=262987&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl


44 Responses to Lecavalier to Montreal may be possible

  1. jayhabsjay2 says:

    If this rumor is true, I’d say Montreal would be giving up too much.

  2. redlight2424 says:

    Ihope they don't do that trade that's giving way to much take komisarek out of the deal and maybe it would make sense.

  3. redlight2424 says:

    I hope they don't do that trade that's giving way to much take komisarek out of the deal and maybe it would make sense.

  4. SK74 says:

    what's the point of this article, this is why everyone hates us habs fan, there is clearly another article dedicated to this exact thing, and i showed the exact same link

  5. prospectiv says:

    Read the article, Komisarek would NOT be part of that deal.  The rest of the bunch would

    For all the rumours concerning Vinny we've been hearing for all those years, this one seems like the closest to reality.  A french reporter in Mtl even claimed he spoke to Vinny's wife and she said she'd prefer to come back to Mtl than to stay in Tampa!!!  (This is almost 50% of the decision process right there!  Remember Habs fan how we were screwed first by Shanahan's wife and then by Briere's!)

    Makes one habs fan dream (again) though!  Pleks and Higgins are good young NHLers but Higgins will be better replaced by Pacioretty, D'Agostini or Latendresse  and Vinny over Pleks is the upgrade we've been waiting for years on the 1st line…

    Giving Georges (team best +18) and Subban (best WJC D) on top of that is much more heartbreaking but the Habs have to pay that extra with players in their momentum because Higgins and Pleks are temporarily regressing from last season (they still have the talent to come back).  The fact and the matter is that none of these player will ever have the impact Lecavalier has.

    I'm curious, this is for fans of other teams :  other than *****ing about how lopsided that deal would be, make it constuctive here and tell the habs fan what kind of deal your team would propose in order to get Vinny and if it's better than :

    Pleks, Higgins, Georges, Subban and two 1st round picks (the deal claimed by Dregger)

    for

    Vinny L.

    ???

  6. the_word says:

    Add a salary dump going the Habs way and that seems fair. As a Leafs fan I hate seeing that this rumor has legitimacy.

  7. DandoEagle says:

    IF this is true I think the following will do it.

    -PK Subban
    -Bouillon
    -Valentenko
    -Higgins
    -10 and 11 First Round Pick
    -Perezhogin

  8. argonacon says:

    this article is totaly bs….vinnie is great but he's WAYYY too much. philly may be playing good this year, and yeah, they have a bunch of young talent, but the deal they made with briere will end up crippling them for years. same with vinnie in tampa…the cap creates a totally different paradiggm. you cant do this in this new era of hockey.

    the biggest reason why i say this trade will NEVER happen is because the habs are already stocked with talent. lots of depth, lots of young plaers, and lots of really talented players are signed for really cheap. players want to play here and stay here. that is a big part of gaineys system. to create a winning environment. he is really smart…..here is a quote from an article i read today:

    "While his team continues to win on the ice under Carbo’s guidance, Gainey has some important decisions to make in the coming months. With a slew of free agents to tend to, Gainey is prepared to rely on his trademark patience.

    “I think time is our ally right now,” said Gainey. “We have until July 1 to make our decisions regarding who will still be with us. I don’t feel there is any urgency there and we will open discussions before July 1. The important thing is that Montreal has proven itself to be a place where people want to play.

    “Economically speaking, our situation also allows us more time to see how the landscape might change down the road,” added Gainey. “The general feeling is that the salary cap may not be where it is today and having time on our side might prove to be a wise thing.”"

    so, if you can read between the lines there, what does it say? gainey is telling us that in this day and age of hockey, salary cap and all, rash decisions are bad decisions. you have a limited amount of cash you can spend on players. the cap might change. TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE. you dont even have to read between the lines, he straight out says it.

    so, as much as i love the habs, i'm sick of hearing all this bs about getting kaberle, or vinnie, or j bo or jlo or iggy pop or hanson brothers. just stop it. I'll  tell you something you can take to the bank: gainey wont make any moves until the trade deadline, and even then, he might not make a move. i would MAKE A BET that if he does anything, he'll sell off a ufa asset or two…and get draft picks. habs draft amazingly well. one of the best two or three teams out there. with all our injuries, its been proven we can be a top TOP team in the league. we've got more significant injuries than any other team in the league right now. gainey knows that no matter what happens this year, even wih all the ufas, he'll be fine. he's got a ton of talent that will move up to the nhl, and be fine there, and he'll make some great off season aquisitions.

    maybe the habs wont win the cup this year, but i can guarantee you under bob they will be an absolute force for the next 7-8 years at least. they will continue to dominate. players know the habs fans are the best(and craziest and most annoying) in the league. what other team will command 5000 fans at their visiting games? that's insane! and it's like every game. no other team has that kind of fan base. i know toronto and new york make more money each year, but the habs fans are nuts.

    so, yeah, in closing, no selling off of talent, and no taking on gigantic salaries.

    also, remember the whole hossa affair from last year? gainey was told by waddell that he was gonna get hossa, so gainey traded away huet(who was doing insane last year, dont forget…he ended up basically singlehandedly bringing washington to the playoffs) for a draft pick, and then waddell totally f'd him over and traded hossa to the pens cause he got a better deal. dont think for a second that he didnt learn a lesson from that fiasco. so yeah, quit talking all that crap about kovalchuk getting traded too. waddell just named him captain, so hopefully that will shut the door on that one.

    yeah. vinnie stays in tampa. the only place i could see him going really is toronto, actually. but who would they give up for vinnie? kaberle? wouldnt the idea for tampa to get youth and shed salary? ah…i guess we'll have to wait until the deadline. in any case, his will be the last massive ridiculously expensive contract. you might say that 8mil a season is not that much to pay for vinnie…if the cap goes down to 50mil, youll see really quickly why it is way too much to pay for ANYBODY.

  9. lafleur10 says:

    this would be a major,major trade for the habs and we are taking a huge chance! komisarek wouldn't and won't be part of the deal,i really like tomas plekanec and would be very upset to see him go but this is one of the 5 best players in the n.h.l. and a suoerstar we haven't had since guy lafleur………so i say this is our 100th year and we are going for broke to win the stanley cup this yea and lacavalier would almost do it for us! yes the defence would still need something however if bob gainey can get paul ranger as mentioned on habsinsideout.com and jussi jokinen as is speculted on there i think we'd be the overwhelming favorites to win the east which i think we'd do!imigine this team in the center position with lacavalier and how strong we'd be at center:

    tanguay lacavalier kovalev
    s.kostitsyn lang a.kostitsyn
    pacioretty koivu d'agostini
    kostopoulos lapierre latendresse/begin/laraque

     our defence would look like this

     komisarek markov
     hamrlik ranger
    bouillon  dandeneault/brisebois/o'byrne

     goalie
     price
     halak
    i didn't included gorges name in the defence pairings because i think he;s part of the package this team with those lines in any combination would be unstoppable!

  10. cam7777 says:

    I agree with almost everything you say here.  gainey is extremely shrewd, and i like the way he understands that time is on his side; never signing rash contract extensions because of a 10-20 games of good play.  That said, if there was one player Gainey was going to bet the farm on, ever in his career, it would be Vincent Lecavalier.  He has the potential to be one of those legendary Habs that (as good as the Habs are right now; and that is very very good ) they lack on their current roster. 

    Also, how can you concievably say that Huet carried Washington to the playoffs.  Did you somehow have a total mental break down and forget about one Alexander Ovechkin, the league MVP?  I'm sure Huet was part of it, but c'mon, that's bold. 

    You're right too, that if not Montreal for Vinny, then where?  Toronto is probably the second most likely option.  What does Toronto have?  We could put together a sizeable package. 

    Matt Stajan (on pace for 68 points), Mikhail Grabovski (in the running for rookie of the year), Jiri Tlusty (equivalent to a mid 1st round pick), Anton Stralman (kaberle like potential a few years down the road; might look real good next to Victor Hedman), and a host of picks (so long as they don't include this year's 1st rounder…they can have the next 2 years after this).  The Leafs could get it done too, but I'm not sure it would be worth it. 

    Finally, I see your concerns about the cap dropping to 50 mil, but I will say, Detroit won the cup with a team full of high salaries (Lidstrom – 7.45, Datsyuk – 6.7, Rafalski – 6, etc…) and a cap of only 50 million.  Just makes drafting all that much more important, because your cheap players need to be able to play….

  11. habsoverserver says:

    if montreal trades for lecavalier, they will be undertaking his 11 year $85 million salary.  if the salary cap falls, it would be a truly onerous contract that would lead montreal vulnerable to offer sheets for their young players for the next few years. 

    the only thing more stupid than suggesting that montreal would want lecavalier's contract is to say that second line players like plekanec, higgins and georges are untouchables relative to a future hall of famer like lecavalier. 

  12. habsoverserver says:

    i see now that the htr article misquoted the tsn article and that plekanec, higgins and georges are the players that would be moved in this alleged trade. 

  13. LeafsNation91 says:

    This is bad trade for Montreal for three reasons:

    1) It really goes against everything that Bob Gainey has worked for. It gets rid of the talent he brought into Montreal(Higgins,Plekanec, Gorges, Subban) and not to mention the draft picks. I read the TSN article and it said a few first rounders, so for many years, probably. Not to mention, package of draft picks, which could include seconds and thirds as well. A trade like this couldfall into the traps that other teams(Tampa, Pittsburgh) took into building a winner. Yes Montreal's prospect depth is deep, but it could also dwindle, just like that.

    2)The contract of Lecalvier is pretty long, and pretty giant. Montreal has alot of UFA's and RFA's this summer, and alot of players will be demanding alot more money. For example, Komisarek could demand atleast 5 million, and Kovalev could demand 6 million himself. Not to mention, the contracts of others like Andrei Kostitsyn, Carey Price could be pretty large in the future. Montreal will most likely have to say goodbye to other players who want money as well like Koivu. Montreal though, would be in pretty good position to keep this team intact if Lecalvier does not come.

    3) On reason why Vinny Lecalvier loves Tampa Bay is because he gets alot less scrutiny. Vinny would get media pressure by Montreal because A) Montreal is one of the biggest markets in the NHL(Next to Toronto and New York I believe) and B) HE IS FRENCH. How would Lecalvier handle media pressure? As a Leafs fan, I have seen many players walk in and dwindle because of the pressure a market brings. Montreal I doubt is not different. What happens if Vinny comes in and does not perform "AS WELL" as he is capable of? It will be a mjor blow to Montreal.

    Personally, I think Montreal is on the right track. A major key to Gainey's success is patience. I know its the centenniel year and all, but Gainey should go back to his roots, where he rules. 

  14. LeafsNation91 says:

    This is bad trade for Montreal for three reasons:

    1) It really goes against everything that Bob Gainey has worked for. It gets rid of the talent he brought into Montreal(Higgins,Plekanec, Gorges, Subban) and not to mention the draft picks. I read the TSN article and it said a few first rounders, so for many years, probably. Not to mention, package of draft picks, which could include seconds and thirds as well. A trade like this couldfall into the traps that other teams(Tampa, Pittsburgh) took into building a winner. Yes Montreal's prospect depth is deep, but it could also dwindle, just like that.

    2)The contract of Lecalvier is pretty long, and pretty giant. Montreal has alot of UFA's and RFA's this summer, and alot of players will be demanding alot more money. For example, Komisarek could demand atleast 5 million, and Kovalev could demand 6 million himself. Not to mention, the contracts of others like Andrei Kostitsyn, Carey Price could be pretty large in the future. Montreal will most likely have to say goodbye to other players who want money as well like Koivu. Montreal though, would be in pretty good position to keep this team intact if Lecalvier does not come.

    3) On reason why Vinny Lecalvier loves Tampa Bay is because he gets alot less scrutiny. Vinny would get media pressure by Montreal because A) Montreal is one of the biggest markets in the NHL(Next to Toronto and New York I believe) and B) HE IS FRENCH. How would Lecalvier handle media pressure? As a Leafs fan, I have seen many players walk in and dwindle because of the pressure a market brings. Montreal I doubt is not different. What happens if Vinny comes in and does not perform "AS WELL" as he is capable of? It will be a mjor blow to Montreal.

    Personally, I think Montreal is on the right track. A major key to Gainey's success is patience. I know its the centenniel year and all, but Gainey should go back to his roots, where he rules. 

  15. leafy says:

    As I always tell Leaf fans, to get a superstar, you've got to pay a premium.

    Let's go over the players again:

    Tomas Plekanec, Chris Higgins, prospect P.K. Subban, Josh Gorges and a package of draft picks including more than one first-round pick.

    WOW!  That's a lot of quality going to Tampa.  I agree with the other comments, Montreal is giving up way too much, even for Vinny.

    Just walk away, you're better off in the long term.

  16. argonacon says:

    an answer to my own reply…here's the link to the article:

    http://canadiens.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=403742

    also, as a side, i think the habs are gonna take the bruins tomorrow night. they're missing kessel, and lucic. well, who knows. it'd be nice.

  17. symphonyx says:

    First of all, your trade doesn't make any sence… Perezhogin is playing in Russia's superleague and so is Valentenko.

    Secondly, WHATEVER YOU DO GAINEY, DO NOT TRADE SUBBAN!!!! PLEASE FOR GOD'S SAKE DO NOT TRADE SUBBAN!
  18. mitchamac says:

    I was watching prime time sports they were talking about vinny

    Vinny could be trade cause of money issues………

    The media went further and made the rumor that he was getting traded to montreal just because he was french canadian……..

    lmfao DREAM DREAM DREAM

  19. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    You would keep Subban over Lecavalier?? I would take Vinny in a heartbeat.

    Off-topic nice name Symph X rocks 🙂

  20. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    Walk away, Bob. Just walk away.

  21. tacitus says:

    i wouldnt even start talking trade without starting with Komiserek and Halak… Tampa can finish low and end up with Tavares, and they would still have Stamkos and St Louis.. Their problems lie in the defence and inconsistancy in net… Tampa will not trade Vinnie unless is addresses those problems… If Montreal does not wanna give up Komiserek to get Vinnie then they really dont want him

  22. turdfergusson says:

     
        2 other teams have emerged and however remote here's what Edmonton and L.A. could offer :

       To L.A. : Lecavalier

       To T.B.: D.Brown, Doughty, 1st. rounder 09/10

       To Edm: Lecavalier
      
       To T.B.: S.Gagne, T.Gilbert, E. Cole, J.Eberle

      A brief analisys…

       If you want a 28 yr. old Stanley Cup champion that is sure-fire to produce close to 100 points/yr IT IS going to cost your team a future captain that's most likley a forward, a puck moving D-man  or at least one with huge promise and a first rounder. It's almost a template for deal involving a franchise asset.

       I think L.A. has the best shot in terms of what they could send and Vinny has obviously flourished in a marketplace where hockey is around #3 on the depth chart. 

       Edmonton… Kevin Lowe can sell Edmonton to an Eskimo. Love him or hate him this guy is a proven big-game hunter. (See: Pronger, Souray, Vanek etc…)  He has what T.B. needs . Cap issues are huge though which is why my deal looks the way it does with Cole in the mix. Cole is UFA in July so it's a glorified bag of pucks and i'm spit-balling here…Does Tampa really want Horcoff at 6 and change next yr.?

       IMO Lecavalier puts Montreal over the top but his aquisition would add a whole new dynamic to a situation that clearly doesn't need fixing or to be tinkered with. Really though if McKenzie is right, with the names mentioned as untouchables and their own cap issues is there a deal to be made in Montreal?

  23. hockey_lover says:

    Ahhhh I can see it now.

    The same people who are moaning about how this trade is terrible .. will be the same people who will moan about Gainey not getting him when Vinny goes somewhere else and leads a team to a cup.

  24. hockeyhead says:

    i think that carey price should be in the package.

    what do you guys think…..that there will be another joe thornton trade.

    3 scrubs for a superstar.  please.

  25. nordiques100 says:

    i dont understand why people are saying its way too much.

    no komisarek wont be part of the deal, its the following.

    plekanec
    higgins
    gorges
    subban
    2 1st rounders

    when you look at it, the habs arent giving up price, pacman, the kostitsyns and mcdonagh. you cant be upset with that fact. heck they even get to hang on to halak, chipchura, lapierre, latendresse, dagostini, weber and maxwell, other decent young players leaving them with still a strong organization.

    Also, the team will have cap space open up to afford lecavalier with koivu, kovalev, lang and others becoming UFAs.

    They'll have price, markov and lecavalier plus a good cupboard of young players to build the team around. not bad if you ask me. and i believe they would still have something left over to either keep kovalev, tanguay etc or get someone else along those lines to help vinny.

    this isnt going to cripple the team. the habs really are the only ones who can afford to do this and can without giving up their 5 best young players. pretty darn good if you ask me.

  26. Benstheman says:

    The deal Dreger talked about include Jokinen or Ranger. I dont care about Jokinen but if Ranger is in the deal, i make this in a heartbeat.

    Ranger is a young defensman whos though and have some offensive upside. I think he is a upgrade to Hamrlik, in the same kind of defensman. And he is not that far behind of Komisarek

    So basically, We get a no.1 center and no.3 defensman.

    Do i want to give Plekanec, Higgins, Gorges an Subban for it.

    YES i do.

    The only problem is that trade doesnt make sense for this years cap.

  27. Benstheman says:

    The problem will be for the 3 or 4 last years of is contract, which is when he will be between 36 and 39 years old.

    he will not worth the salary he will command (or cap hit).

    But i think its a low price to pay for having the possibility to win a stanley cup or 2, even if his presence doesnt garanty a cup.

    What you have to understand is the leaders of the Habs are actually Koivu and Kovalev. They are good players but they are 34 and 35 years old respectively and the Habs have won nothing with them as leaders. So basically, if Lecavalier is coming to Montreal, its in a way a change of guard.

    As far as the FAs are concern, you have 5 big UFA,s to sign 2 RFA's.

    You have (target salaries):

    UFA's
    Lang (4M$)
    Koivu(3,5M$)
    Kovalev (5M$)
    Tanguay (4,5M$)
    Komisarek (5M$)

    RFA's
    Plekanec (3,5M$)
    Higgins (3M$)

    We all know that whatever hes doing this year, Lang is gone next year. I love Kovalev but if lecavalier is coming to Montreal, we dont need him anymore, cause we have enough depth at the wings. Unless he agrees to sign for 3M$ for 2 years but i really doubt it.

    You need to sign Tanguay (3 years) and Komisarek (5 years). You can also sign Koivu for a 2 years contract and fill pretty well the 2nd center spot.

    As for Pleks and Higgins, they are gone in the trade, so you dont have the problem to sign them.

    So basically, for next year you have:

    Lecavalier (7,75M$)
    Tanguay (4,5M$)
    Koivu (3,5M$)
    Komisarek (5M$) = total 20,75 M$

    compare to this year:

    Lang (4M$)
    Koivu (4,75M$)
    Kovalev (4,5M$)
    Tanguay (5,25M$)
    Plekanec (1,6M$)
    Higgins (1,7M$)
    Komisarek (1,7M$) = total 23,5 M$ which could become 29,5M$ if we want to sign them all next year.

    In conclusion, it means you have a chance at the cup this year, you change Lang, Kovalev, Plekanec and Higgins for Lecavalier, Pacioretty, d'Agostini and Chipchura for next year. You clear about 6-7M$ in cap space to resign Price and you save yourself from a headache trying to sign all those FA's.

    Considering all of that, i think the trade make sense.

  28. Benstheman says:

    Tampa dont even want Komisarek. He is UFA at this years end.

  29. Benstheman says:

    I dont think the habs can afford to lose Gorges and Subban. Make it Weber instead of Subban and i think we got a fair deal.

    Or Make it Chipchura instead of Gorges and we got a fair deal.

  30. Benstheman says:

    But you are absolutely right.

    Amazingely, i dont give a damn about Plekanec and Higgins but Gorges and Subban, im a little bit more concern.

    We dont have that much depth at defense which is, by the way, a position we need to improve to make a long run in the playoffs.

  31. nordiques100 says:

    Well Gorges, if he is in or out, it shouldnt be a deal breaker

    i say if no gorges or subban, than mcdonaugh is the guy.

    pleks, higgins, mcdonagh, 2 1sts.

    remember offersheets were like 4 or 5 firsts for a top end guy like levcavalier so this deal seems reasonable.

    lecavalier is one of the top 5 best players on the planet. i dont think the habs would be in a position to haggle over subban, gorges or whoever. the price will be high.

    the habs are in a real bind and they better hope they win without lecavalier or that vinny says no to any trade taking the habs off the hook if they cant complete one. at least then the habs wont be blamed. they will get villified no doubt if they dont get him and dont win the cup. thats the sad unfortunate truth about playing in montreal.

  32. RealisticNick says:

    Thornton and Richards trades seem to set the benchmark, the cost may not be as high as some would think.  Price will not be included that a guarantee. 

  33. RealisticNick says:

    It makes sense to me, look at the previous two trades for similar superstars.

    Boston Bruins traded Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks for Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.

    Tampa Bay Lightning traded Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist to the Dallas Stars for Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen and a 4th round selection in 2009.

    Higgins and Plekanec are on par with those deals.  The Canadiens would actually be giving up more (rightfully so) than the previous two trades with the picks inlcluded.

    When people say that Halak needs to go because of goal tending then they must not really have much hockey knowledge.  Tampa has Mike Smith, Karri Ramo and Riku Helenius, that is plenty of young goalies especially with Kolzig there for the remainder of the season.

  34. TimTheBone says:

    Well Originally i was thinking that a Trade like this :

    Higgins, Plekanec, Gorges, Halak, and ONE 1st rounder would make the best trade for both teams.

    But after a LITTLE research and thinking i realized that T-Bay has Arguably a number 1 in Mike Smith, then Kari Ramo and Riku Heleinon (or however its spelled). Then Kolzig on the Brink of retirement. AND last but not least a little goaltender by the name of Dustin Tocarski.
    So needless to say T-Bays goaltending is well on its way right now. What they are in desparate need of is DEFENCE.

    First here’s my new trade with its reasoning.

    Higgins, Plekanec, Gorges, McDonagh, 1st rounder.

    NOW yes i said it ppl. Nearly every Habs fans golden boy right now is either Pacioretty or McDonagh. Albeit he IS a Solid possible Number 1 D-man, I believe PK also has the ranking possibility. These two players are TOTAL polar opposites in the styles they play. PK plays like Sergei Gonchar and right now on our D-lineup a great Fast puck moving defenseman would be HUGE for us. Ask me this last year and i’d say PK is too much of a defensive liability. But he’s worked on that part of his game and its showing. So IN MY EYES i beleive in the future PK will be a more likely fit on our blue line and powerplay.

    Now In a Perfect fantasy hockey GM’s world i would also bolster up the d-line by adding Bouwmeester if the Panthers were in fact actually trading him.

    My trade would include ANY combination of these players

    Chipchura (who i love)/Latendresse/D’Agostini/Weber/O’Byrne
    and then a 1st round pick ( AND better players have gone for less so don’t give me that Florida would NEVER go for it BS)

    Now let’s just for the sake of arguement say that all those players were traded, the line up would look as follows in no particular line combinations:

    Kovalev Lecavalier Pacioretty
    Tanguay Koivu A.Kostitsyn
    S.Kostitsyn Lang Kostopolous
    Laraque Lapiere Begin/Dandeault

    Komisarek Markov
    Hamrlik Bouwmeester
    Boullion Brisebois
    Subban

    So i Think that Just about does it For Montreal.

    OPINIONS ????????????????????????????

  35. habs79 says:

    I would not make this trade simply for salary cap reasons. That being said Montreal is not giving up that much.

    Chris Higgins- 25 years old, good player looks like he may at best be a 60 point a season guy with injury concerns.
    Tomas Plekanec- 26 years old a solid second line center, easily forgotten with Lang Koivu and now Lecavailer up the middle.
    Josh Gorges- The only player I of the four I don't want to trade really solid stay at home defenceman. I don't suppose they would take Ryan O'Byrne instead. Yeah didn't think so. LOL!
    P.K. Subban- I want Gainey to trade this guy. What good is a defenceman that spends more time around the other team's net than his own? I was not impressed with him at all. 18 years old and has no idea what to do when the puck is in his own end.
  36. THEGREATHAB says:

    The rumor I just heard yesterday was
    Price
    Subban
    Gorges
    Higgins
    1st round pick

    for

    Lecavalier
    Smith

    In my opinion this is way to much, and would tear the habs apart.

  37. hockeyhead says:

    dude, youre talking about two stupid GM's that got ripped off.

    well,  with tampa bay and brian lawton it could happen twice.

    but mike oconnell and the bruins were totally ripped off.

    that should not go in your thinking.

    and the habs arent beating the bruins anyway…with or without.

  38. Habroller says:

    Ah, you are so funny, hockeyhead.

    Stick to your B's, you don't seem to understand anything on how the Habs management evaluates its depth chart.

    Price will never be traded unless a Malkin, Crosby or Ovechkin is involved in the trade.

  39. Habroller says:

    We're your playoff nemesis, and we'll continue to be if we meet again this year.

    Until that trend is reverted, you'll continue pissing your bed at night hovering the idea of meeting us in the playoffs, whichever success you get in the regular season.

  40. ThunderFan74 says:

    personally i wouldnt trade for him maybe if what they say is true and tampa managmenet is having money problems sure trade him for picks and young talent that we wouldnt see in montreal full time like 3 or more years from now so if the deal is right go for it but for now i would just focus on the task at hand and aquire a good 4th or 5th d-man for the powerplay because right now our best powerplay player is either S.kostitsyn or Lang and we need a good defensman to man that point on the powerplay players that come to mind would be:
                                (Power Play Points)
    D Marek Zidlicky 14 (ppp)
    D Tomas Kaberle 19 (ppp)
    D Joe Corvo 12 (ppp)
    D Jaro Spacek 11 (ppp)
    D Alexandre R Picard 9 (ppp)

    all these players with the exception of Andre Markov have more power play points then the whole defensive roster and any of these players would be a major upgrade personally i am very high on Zidlicky And without a doubt Tomas Kaberle

  41. Habfan17 says:

    have you heard of guys like Coffey, Orr, Park. PK did a great job at the world juniors and was not a liability at all. Since there are too many players who DON"T want to play in Mtl, he is the perfect solution. He bleeds red, white and blue and can't wait to be in MTL!

  42. Habfan17 says:

    I hope that Markov is another one that Gainey would not trade. I just hope that one way or the other, something is done soon. I think the rumours have hurt the team the last 3 games. They have not played the same.

    Higgins, Plekanec, Emelin, Boullion, and a 1st round should be enough to get Vinny. I know Gorges name keeps popping up, but he has come a long way in 2 seasons. I would add Fischer if need be. With D'Agostino, Paciorretty and some of the other young guns proving their worth, trading Higgins and Plekanec is not going to hurt too much. I think too much is made of the friendship between Higgins and Komisarek. If Gainey offers Komisarek a fair contract and the team stays competative, I don't think it would matter. Gainey can always pick up another centre off the UFA market for next season. It would also help with the salary cap! Having Vinny and Saku as the 1st and 2nd line centres is fine. I used to say trade Latendresse, but he seems to be coming around, slowly, but he is young.
    Pierre McGuire says that Emelin should be in the NHL and will probably be a top 2 d-man. He wants to play in the NHL next season and Tampa needs d-men more than anything. Right now if they stay where they are in the standings, they will get another high draft pick.

  43. Habfan17 says:

    I wouldn't include Subban. He is a true Habs pleyer, where as McDonough, Fischer and Emelin never showed the excitment that Subban has that they were drafted by Mtl. His heart really is in MTL. I would include one of them , not Subban who has also addressed the defensive problems he was asked to work on. He was super in the world juniors!  The rest is good.

  44. lafleur10 says:

    don't worry! markov won't be traded in this rumored deal he's got a n.t.c! i agree with your post nice job!

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