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