RDS.ca: Gainey still shopping

According to RDS.ca (http://www.rds.ca/canadien/chroniques/208305.html) this afternoon, Gainey is not done shopping in the free agency. Gainey told the press he was still looking for an offensive player. He will use the remaining money ONLY if he finds the suitable player for the team. Sykora and Gagne would be 2 potential players to acquire. Gainey wants to keep at least ONE spot open for a prospect rookie to crack the line up this year. Note that on the trade market, Detroit is interested in David Aebischer and that Sheldon Souray would like to get closer to his daughter, who resides in California.


20 Responses to RDS.ca: Gainey still shopping

  1. Komisarek says:

    Like i just wrote in the previous rumour:

    This is the present situation with the Habs for 2006-2007

    Saku Koivu $4.75 million

    Alexei Kovalev $4.5 million

    Cristobal Huet $3 million

    Craig Rivet $2.47 million

    Sheldon Souray $2.432 million

    Radek Bonk $2.394 million

    Andrei Markov $2 million

    Richard Zednik $1.976 million

    Mike Ribeiro $1.9 million

    Francis Bouillon $1.875M million

    Mathieu Dandenault $1.7 million

    Mike Komisarek $946,900

    Andrei Kostitsyn $801,800

    Christopher Higgins $673,000

    Steve Begin $646,000

    Mark Streit $600,000

    Garth Murray $575,000

    Jean-Philippe Cote $495,000

    Aaron Downey $475,000

    Tomas Plekanec $450,000

    Total = 34,659,700 (data from TSN)

    Still left to sign (RFA)

    David Aebischer (let’s assume around 2.5 mil.)

    Micheal Ryder (let’s assume around 2-2.5 mil.)

    Tomas Plekanec (let’s assume around 1 mil.max)

    Alexander Perezhogin (let’s assume around 1 mil.max)

    Cote will start the season with Hamilton (most likely, we already have 7 defensemen with Streit), that gives us a total team salary of around 41 million.

    The smart thing would be to trade Aebischer and have Denis as a backup, that would give us another 2 million to play with.

    My take: Gainey will not do anything major, he will wait for the trade deadline to see who is selling. The Habs also have a LOT of UFA (Markov, Rivet,Souray, Ribeiro and Zednik) and some RFA next season, if he wants to retain most of them, he better save some room.

    If he decides to add something on the UFA market, it will be ONE player, at around 2-3 million MAX.

  2. habs_fan_in_korea says:

    Finally, Montreal is facing the fact that Souray, although gifted with great offensive skill, is not the solution to Montreal’s problems. Dump his and Aeby’s contracts and we are set to trade away for any high quality player that cannot be kept by over spending teams. The St. Louis rumors have quieted down, hopefully we get him or Gagne. I think Streit should be given a chance this year to come into his won, played great in the Olympics, granted different ice surfaces.

  3. Les-Habitants says:

    I knew that I hadn’t read anywhere or anything about Gainey no longer being active in the market!

    I wonder who he actually is pursuing though. It can’t be Gagne, there is no ways the Flyers will want to trade his rights to us…unless they have absolutely no cap space, but I don’t think that is the case.

    Trading Abby and Souray could provide a pretty good return, although we will have to address the blue line. Even if we allow Streit to be a regular in the line-up, our depth of NHL ready defencemen isn’t that deep…so if Souray goes, we’ll need a replacement.

    Sykora isn’t the goal-scorer he once was, and I really don’t believe he is a fit for Montreal. That being said, the only other offensive ‘name’ player out there is Samsanov, so we’ll have to see.

  4. Les-Habitants says:

    Plekanec is getting 450,000$ for this season and I don’t think that is going to change…you added him into your calculations twice.

  5. bailerson says:

    why dump sourays contract? 2.4 million is a steal for a guy like him.

  6. 100_years_of_glory09 says:

    forget gagne..that aint happenning

  7. Komisarek says:

    oh yeah…oups…my bad

  8. magnifikko says:

    rumors……

  9. habswinthecup-again says:

    Because he wants to go, and I believe he is UFA next season.

  10. habswinthecup-again says:

    Not all of those players count against the Cap.

  11. habs_fan_in_korea says:

    He lost us the series against Carolina, in my opinion.

  12. Les-Habitants says:

    Directly from the horse’s mouth (i.e. The Montreal Canadiens’ webpage)

    http://www.canadiens.com/eng/news/redirect.cfm?sectionID=habsNewsDetails.cfm&newsItemID=5099

    A couple of quotes of note:

    “Our target continues to be a forward,” reaffirmed Gainey. “There are players still out there that could fill that hole for us.”

    and

    “It’s all about getting the right player,” said Gainey, after making an appearance at Martin Lapointe Arena on Day 3 of the Canadiens’ Development Camp on Tuesday . “We have the money to spend. If we spend it well, we’ll have value for it and our fans will value for it. If we spend it poorly, then we’re both going to suffer.”

    go read it!

  13. Les-Habitants says:

    just one more quote…

    “This was never about just signing a player for the sake of doing so. I know I can hurry back to my office right now place a phone call and have someone signed by this afternoon, but it wouldn’t be the player that I want,” admitted Gainey, before turning his attention to an unsuspecting journalist. “I’m sure you would like to get married, but you want it be with the right person, right?”

  14. Komisarek says:

    Yeah…they all do except Cote…as mentionned,

    full team= 4 lines and 6 defensemen, 2 netminders plus 3 spares (1 D-man and 2 forwards), which is a normal night

    Saku Koivu $4.75 million

    Micheal Ryder (let’s assume around 2-2.5 mil.)

    Christopher Higgins $673,000

    Alexei Kovalev $4.5 million

    Mike Ribeiro $1.9 million

    Richard Zednik $1.976 million

    Tomas Plekanec $450,000

    Radek Bonk $2.394 million

    Tomas Plekanec (let’s assume around 1 mil.max)

    Garth Murray $575,000

    Steve Begin $646,000

    Aaron Downey $475,000

    Andrei Markov $2 million

    Craig Rivet $2.47 million

    Sheldon Souray $2.432 million

    Francis Bouillon $1.875M million

    Mathieu Dandenault $1.7 million

    Mike Komisarek $946,900

    spares:

    Mark Streit $600,000

    Andrei Kostitsyn $801,800

    Alexander Perezhogin (let’s assume around 1 mil.max)

    Cristobal Huet $3 million

    David Aebischer (let’s assume around 2.5 mil.)

    Total….around 41 million…and you have to count cap space for injuries and I think it also includes the insurance premium to insure the players (not sure on that one, anyone knows if it’s true ?).

  15. Komisarek says:

    just found my answer……

    according to NHL.com (was for 2005, same for 2006, higher cap),

    CLUB PAYROLLS

    What will be the range of Club payrolls?

    The payroll range in Year One (2005-06) of the CBA will be $21.5 million (U.S.) at the lower limit and $39 million (U.S.) at the upper limit. A Club’s payroll will include all salaries, signing bonuses and performance bonuses paid to players. Except in the case of bona fide long-term injury (injuries that sideline a player for a minimum of 24 days and 10 games) to one or more of a club’s players, Club payrolls will never be permitted to be below the minimum or in excess of the maximum. Clubs at or near the upper limit that have players who incur a bona fide long-term injury will be entitled to replace up to the full value of the injured player’s NHL salary (even if such salary would result in the club’s team salary exceeding the upper limit). The “replacement salary” will not count against the club’s upper limit but will count against the League-wide players’ share. Upon return of the injured player, the team must come into immediate compliance with the requirements of the payroll range.

  16. habs_fan_in_korea says:

    The guy had the worst plus/minus on the team. I’ll trade his twelve goals for a man that can play d.

  17. jocool_88 says:

    in that forum there are also rumors of montreal going after Robert Lang…. Lang played with Kovalev in Pits for several years, maybe these to could spark up a few points together and then maybe add in Morozov who also played with them.

  18. alex_nrv says:

    LOL! You are still counting Plekanec 2 times! On the same line! Careful dude 😉

  19. Komisarek says:

    LOL…oups :-)

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