Monday Rumors from Bruce Garrioch


Should the Canadiens go shopping at the deadline — and they haven’t decided whether they’re a buyer or seller — then GM Pierre Gauthier is going to be looking for a big centre. The issue: There aren’t many on the market. There was talk of the Habs having interest in Buffalo’s Derek Roy, but at 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, he’s not an answer to the problems … Since it looks like Nashville Ds Ryan Suter and Shea Weber aren’t going to be moved at the deadline, the Flyers are going to have to turn their attention elsewhere to get a replacement for the injured Chris Pronger. GM Paul Holmgren will certainly take any one of the three Carolina D-men being shopped: Tim Gleason, Bryan Allen or Jaroslav Spacek.


Columbus GM Scott Howson has been strangely quiet. The Blue Jackets are expected to start tearing things down with the club hopelessly out of the playoff race. There will be interest in C Jeff Carter, but it’s going to be difficult to move his contract at the deadline. It makes more sense for a deal like that to happen in the summer … Leafs GM Brian Burke wants to add a centre and the talk Sunday was he’d like to get it done in the next 48 hours. Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu is a possibility, but the asking price is still high

5 Responses to Monday Rumors from Bruce Garrioch

  1. albertateams says:

    It's going to be interesting to see if Columbus moves Carter and what the return is. I'm sure Howson will want close to what he gave up to get him but I just don't see him being able to get it. That contract is long, however a change of scenery and a healthy Carter cold give a team a 40+ goal top center.

  2. reinjosh says:

    I don't think he will get the full amount of what he gave up but if he's smart about he could. IF he plays teams off each other, he might get a lot.

    Specifically, I wonder if he could play Phoenix and Nashville off each other. Both would love a big scoring center (although he isn't exactly physical) to build their forward core around, and both have to love that not only is he young but he's signed for a long f'n time. 
    Plus both would have that young defensive stud to offer, seeing as Columbus covets that. 
  3. albertateams says:

    Did you see the Flames / Jets trade John Negrin for Akim Aliu?

    I find it funny that they were both playing for the same team (Abbotsford) when they were traded for each other (Aliu was on loan from St Johns).

    Has there ever been another trade where teammates were traded for each other?

  4. reinjosh says:

    Yeah I just saw that. I did not realize they were teammates haha.

    No idea haha. That's funny. I would say its an Abbotsford move but since they happen to play with them…I guess they like his size?
  5. albertateams says:

    That would be my guess as well. I also think that the Flames organization lost confidence in Negrin and were probably going to let him walk at the end of the year and with the addition of Connelly were looking to move a defenseman off of the Heat..

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