According to Hockeybuzz, defensemen Marc-André Bergeron has been traded to the Islanders in exchange of d-men Denis Grebeshkov.
The Mercury News raises some interesting speculation regarding Joe Sakic. If the Avalanche continue to slip further and further behind the 8th place team and feel that they are not going to be able to make the playoffs, do they have to consider trading Sakic who will become unrestricted at the seasons end.
This afternoon the Rangers and Flyers game was an absolute train wreck in more ways than one.
I came home at 5PM today, after spending the day studying for an upcoming test, to watch the Rangers, which I had recorded, continue their drive for the playoffs. Well, today there was no drive. The Rangers were more or less just going through the motions, they were back on “track” so to speak, playing like they did for most of the season.
Heard the news on the French Radio covering the canadiens’ games…
”Huet will be having surgery tomorrow related to his left leg injury.
Will most likely be out for the season.”
Alex Kov needs to be moved – 4.5 million with 13 goals just don’t cut the mustard. Get a good young player for him. Someone with heart. His salary can be used to keep Souray and say whatever you want Souray has become the voice of the team. I stood behind Saku the whole time he’s been with the habs but I’m serious when I say it’s time for a new leader.
A hot commodity for teams right now shopping for power play help is defensemen Sami Salo. The Finnish McInnis is set to become unrestricted at the end of the year and because of his contract status many teams are contacting the Canucks to see if he is available. It should be noted that the Canucks are top in their division right now and Salo is a huge part of the Canucks success. I would have to think that Nonis is not willing to part with Salo via trade and is more likely to hang onto to him and take his chances trying to sign him to a contact extension.
According to the Tennessean.com scouts from St. Louis, Detroit, Pittsburgh and the Islanders were on hand to watch their latest game.
It’s no secret the Habs would love to move Sergei Samsonov. There was also an RDS report last night that Alex Kovalev had asked for a trade, but apparently was taken down, and there have been whispers of Sheldon Souray being moved because of his contract situation, I’ve even heard Saku Koivu’s name come up at the hockeybuzz forums, and it makes me think, will the Habs sell? Of course not!
I’m not gonna say that Montreal didn’t have a good start, butI don’t think any great teams have 2+ month slumps. Now I know your gonna compare that to the record at the start of the season, but who hasn’t had a 6+ or 7+ game streak this year? I’m not saying Montreal’ was only 6 or 7 games, and just saying they got off to a quick startthen played like a normal team and now there playing like the team most people expected to see at the begining of the year. The team is honestly not very skilled.
We’ve a lot of youth on this team. What do we need to become a contender for next year?
What exactly are Gainey’s objectives? Is he trying to setup the Habs for a playoff run this season (whether it be successful or not)? Is he willing to set up the team for the next 5 years if it means sacrificing the rest of the season?
The Montreal Canadiens, in desperate situation, are negotiating with western teams, like San Jose Sharks and Anheim Ducks, to sell Sheldon Souray to them for prospects, draft picks, and 1 centremen, according to http://spectorshockey.tripod.com/spectors_trade_rumours.html.
So As well as Raycroft (and the buds as a whole) has been playing of late
(11-5-?)I am worried that if the plan is to ride that wave into the playoff’s is he going to have the gas in the tank to push through some gruelling playoff rounds for us? He’s played 19 in a row and played only 25 all of last year! How is his game conditioning?