Bergovin spinning the wheel with Canadiens contracts

These are interesting times in Montreal. The news that Brendan Gallagher has signed a massive, six year extension to his contract with the Canadiens signals a potential complete strategy turnaround on the part of general manager Marc Bergevin.

Gallagher is the first – and so far only – player of any note on the squad to move directly from his entry-level contract to such a long term commitment. The deal is believed to average out at around $3.75 million a season. The rationale for Gallagher accepting the deal is cut and dried, but what the move says about the Canadiens’ plans going forwards has got pundits scratching their heads. Does this signal a change of tack?

Oilers need to do something to shake out of this skid

Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal writes … Oilers looking for something, anything to snap winless streak

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Are the Panthers ready to move some of their veterans?

Mike Johnston of writes … Panthers could look to trade veteran forwards

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Some logical trade suggestions

Kevin Allen of writes … Logical NHL moves – and why they likely won’t happen

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Could the Pens and Oilers make a deal?

David Staples of The Edmonton Journal writes … It’s logical for Oilers to trade Nail Yakupov to Penguins, but it still won’t happen, says NHL insider

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No trades imminent for the Flyers

Could the Oilers and Flyers swing a blockbuster

Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal writes … there’s some intriguing discussion of a Brayden Schenn-for-Justin Schultz swap because Philly’s defence is slow and the Oilers need a No. 2 centre

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Oilers are close to pulling trigger on major deal

Todd McLellan would not be out of work for long

Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal writes … If Todd McLellan gets fired in San Jose he could be out of work about as long as Bruce Boudreau was in Washington before the Anaheim Ducks hired him.

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Columbus does not overly want to trade Anisimov

Could the Sens and Oilers swing a blockbuster trade?

Hawks and Jets interested in Stewart

Flyers need to address their defence