NHL rumours: Habs eye ‘big splash’ trade

Ranked eighth in the Eastern Conference in goals scored, the Montreal Canadiens are reportedly looking to acquire a “top-tier” player, presumably a first-line forward, according to The Fourth Period.
Multiple sources told the magazine that general manager Marc Bergevin is trying to make a “big splash” in the trade market.

Bergevin, who became the 17th GM in Canadiens’ franchise history on May 2, 2012, has been looking for a first-line star since joining the team.

The Ottawa Sun says Rene Bourque, who has a limited no-trade clause and two years left on his deal after this season, is being dangled. On expiring contracts, Raphael Diaz and captain Brian Gionta are two assets that could be expendable; top defencemen P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov must be Bergevin’s re-signing priority here.


24 Responses to NHL rumours: Habs eye ‘big splash’ trade

  1. lafleur10 says:


  2. leafs_wallace93 says:

    No NHL games on TSN for 12 years? Nice, I hate the quiz, their panel, the monkey, the Kessel bashing and their responsible for Pierre McGuire’s broadcast career. RIP TSN.

    • mapleleafsfan says:

      I think it likely means the end of Don Cherry too. I get he’s polarizing, and a lot of people will be happy to see him go, but Hockey Night In Canada just won’t be the same for me without Grapes.

      He’s pretty crazy, and definitely racist, but he’s more passionate than any of the panel hacks on any network, and he’s been on HNIC my entire life. First intermissions are going to suck.

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        Racist, lol, this is such a puss generation. Yeah I love grapes. He’ll find another platform if need be, hopefully one longer than 5 minutes.

        • leafy says:

          Agreed, Cherry is the best. Knows way more hockey than those other Cherry wannabees (eg, Healy, Stock, Weakes).

          Actually Cherry is the only guy who points out things that I never knew before. I’m always learning something new with Cherry. The others teach “An Introduction to Hockey”. Baby material most hockey fans know already.

          But I wouldn’t rule out Cherry just yet. He’s still extremely popular and Rogers might still keep him around.

        • toronto77 says:

          this is a puss generation! this generation is so terrified to say something that might sound racist when really it isn’t. Cherry is just standing close to his canadian roots.

    • toronto77 says:

      It’s ironic, last week I mention how much I hate every single commentator on TSN and find them annoying, and how much I love watching Millard, Kypreos and Maclean on SportsNet and now this!

      The entire TSN hockey panel act like hockey snobs and think they know every thing. The guys on SportNet are just as informative and are pretty cool shit and are actually really funny, the TSN guys are nerds trying to be funny but their not.

      Ducthie – Was soooo annoying in that all-star game a couple years back when Kessel was selected last and he interviewed EVERY SINGLE player after they were chosen. Like the players actually cared.

      McKenzie – fat ass never played a game of hockey in his life and thinks he knows everything.

      McGuire – coached for a couple years with the Whalers, was fired and never say the NHL again at any level.

      Gord Miller etc..

      I have been watching TSN for years and years, eventually I got sick of these guys.

      All the guys on CBC except for Cherry and MacLean are snobs too, especially Healy!!!

      I enjoy watching games on NHL on NBC, those guys aren’t trying to prove anything.

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        Jim Hughston has sucked all the joy out of HNIC IMO and to never have to hear Pierre McGuire drone on about how two NHLers once played together on the Kelowna Rockets, thanks Rogers.

      • Gambo says:

        Bobby Mac is a beauty, and i’m pretty sure he played higher level hockey than you.

        I haven’t been a fan of anyone on TSN really, but Bobby Mac, Dregs and Lebrun are the best hockey analyst team out there. Though Dregs has been becoming less reliable lately. Oh Jay and Dan were also first class beauties when theh were there.

        I can’t remember the last time i heard someone call someone a nerd hahaha

        • toronto77 says:

          Reinjosh made a good comment! he does admit that Mackenzie has his snobbiness, so maybe I was out of line to say that he doesn’t know anything. I am just pissed off with him because he is a major snob.

          A couple of years ago on the quiz they had a question who is the best athlete in the world, crosby, messi, or (someone from another sport that I forget), and Mac said that he picks Crosby because he doesn’t know who those other people are! are you kidding me??? you don’t have to be a soccer fan to know who lionel messi is!

      • mojo19 says:

        Toronto77, you hit the nail on the head by calling the TSN crew “hockey snobs” and “nerds trying to be funny”. Couldn’t agree more with that statement.

        Puck over the glass: Gayest skit ever?

      • reinjosh says:

        I like Duthie. He’s one of the better hosts in sports broadcasting.

        Bobby Mac is the best of the insiders. He’s got his snobbiness but he’s smart, knows what he talks about, and doesn’t come across as a total tool.

        Dislike LeBrun a whole lot, and Dreger is annoying as fuck.

        Aaron Ward was actually becoming a decent analyst, on his way to being probably the best of the bunch IMO.

        Glenn Healy is a tool. No other way to put it. Weekes is boring but not too bad. Stock is hilarious simply because everyone makes fun of him. Friedman is going to be missed though.

  3. toronto77 says:

    I didn’t hear any of the comments from the guys on TSN about this deal. Anyone hear anything?

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      No, but they all have a defeated tone in their voice.

      • mojo19 says:

        It was pretty hilarious, I tuned into the Fan at lunch and all the talk was about the deal, what it means for TV nationwide regarding what games will be shown where, and how accessible everything will be etc.

        Then flip over to TSN1050, and its Brian Hayes going on and on about how TSN were the first to put a guy between the benches, and how Bob MacKenzie was the first guy to cover the draft, and all the great work TSN has done for hockey, and how its not going to be as good without them in the mix.

        Honestly, I’m glad. I hate the TSN guys, unfollowed all of them on Twitter, mute or change the station during the panel, just done with those guys.
        I find that the TSN crew decided what popular opinion should be for most hockey players, and what the stories we should be focusing on will be. Too much power for one media, I’m interested to see what Sportsnet does now that they’ve got the ball. They’ve never been great so this will be their chance to put some solid coverage together.

        Good riddance to MacKenzie and the rest of the fools at TSN.

        • leafy says:

          I remember back in the early 90s, I was just happy a Leafs game was being televised. For instance, in the 80s (before TSN), a Leaf game in Los Angeles was rarely on TV. We’d always say, thank God for TSN.

          But times have changed. 20 years later, TSN has outlived its usefulness. I can’t even comment on their staff, because I rarely listen to them anymore. Just the play by play.

        • leafs_wallace93 says:

          Yeah, out of morbid curiosity I tuned in to Sportscenter and they led the show with Raptors highlights.

          I’ve hated TSN since they started the daily Kessel bashing and glorifying Seguin (TSN promotes the draft way too much IMO).

          Also ESPN (Disney) owns part of TSN and ESPN royally screwed the NHL when they dropped NHL games from their network really killing the game in the US. Bettman might get a kick out of that.

          Wonder what it means than Rogers owns both the Leafs and the national rights. Could we finally get a network that promotes the Leafs instead on just shitting on them.

  4. LN91 says:

    Don Cherry and Ron MacLean are screwed.

  5. reinjosh says:

    It will be interesting to see how this deal affects the broadcasting landscape. I’m not really a huge fan of seeing one broadcaster have exclusive content rights. I’m willing to give it a chance though, but it could be problematic. Still apparently they will start showing games on channels like CityTV and others, and are apparently committed to getting out more games on TV. All good if that’s the truth.

    Everyone is talking about TSN getting screwed, but the real losers are CBC. They’re paying a ton of money to keep HNIC for only 4 years, and they lose creative control to Sportsnet with only token say in things, and they lose all rights to ad revenue, only getting the ability to push other CBC content on the channel. It’s an awful deal for them, and one they readily admit will lead to lost jobs. Basically CBC paid an ass load of money to make the death of hockey broadcasting for them quite slow. At least they can probably sell the rights to HNIC once their done for an ass load of money. Still they get outright screwed.

  6. leafy says:

    Okay, how many people here are old enough to remember the days when you had to wait until the 11pm newscast to get an update/final score on an NHL game, that is, on nights when the Leafs didn’t play?

    You might ask, why?

    No TSN
    No Sportsnet
    No Sports update channel
    No CNN (or any channel with a ticker)
    No Specialty channels of any kind
    No Fan 590 or Team 1050 (or any sports radio)
    No Internet!!!

    So where would you get scores or updates? The 11 o’clock news!!!!!!

    One exception: Sometimes CFRB AM 1010 gave scores during the hourly news, but not always.

    • doorman says:

      LOL, I am old enough. I also remember that you were lucky if you got any highlights outside of the score. HNIC started at 8, it was a big deal to sit and watch the game with my dad.

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