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from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
The salary that follows Huet to the city of Watergate is $2.9 million this season (and UFA status in July). What remains is Price at $850,000 for three seasons and, pending RFA, Halak at $500,000. The Canadiens are getting two goaltenders for less than the price of one….
This is Bob Gainey’s beau risque. He is gambling that his young, very affordable goalies can hold the fort, freeing up money to re-sign RFAs such as Andrei Kostitsyn and allowing the Canadiens to go shopping for a UFA or two this summer. It’s all about the Benjamins -
from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com,
The general manager of the Montreal Canadiens didn’t make the biggest splash at the NHL trade deadline. But he might have shown the most nerve.
Bob Gainey dumped his only veteran goaltender, dealing Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals.
Gainey is staking the franchise on a 20-year-old goalie with 12 NHL wins.
Per TSN, the Montreal Canadiens have graded Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals for a 2nd Round Pick in 2009.
Update1:18pm ET: More at TSN (and thanks the commenter below for pointing out the year of the pick. I’ve updated it.)
The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that forward Mikhail Grabovski has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
According to the club, Grabovski will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers.
continued and keep an eye on the Canadiens…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The whisper is Montreal GM Bob Gainey may have had a face-to-face meeting with Thrashers GM Don Waddell yesterday to see if they could close a deal.
While Ottawa GM Bryan Murray has also been hot on Waddell’s trail as well, it’s believed the Senators want rugged blueliner Garnet Exelby as part of any deal
That’s because the Thrashers are asking a lot.
Not only does Atlanta want winger Antoine Vermette or defenceman Andrej Meszaros as part of the deal, they want a prospect and the Senators’ No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft.
more Hossa talk…
Alanah posted this at Canucks and Beyond late last night and probably is not the last time we hear a “Will Sign With” today.
As always, you be the judge…
from RossMcKeon at Yahoo,
The Dallas Stars will acquire Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards in a multi-player trade and Atlanta Thrashers right wing Marian Hossa is heading to the Montreal Canadiens before the NHL trade deadline, an executive within the league said Monday night.
added 7:22am, from the Star-Telegram,
The Stars continued discussions Monday about acquiring forward Brad Richards from the Tampa Bay Lightning, and NHL sources said Stars backup goaltender Mike Smith was one of the players Dallas was dangling.
“We’ve talked today, but nothing’s happening,” Stars co-general manager Les Jackson said on the eve of today’s 2 p.m. (CT) trade deadline.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
The Canadiens are considered one of the favourites but they may not be able to meet Atlanta’s price. With Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin and Alex Tanguay off the market, the law of supply and demand kicks in and the price for Hossa is reportedly an established young NHL player, a prospect and a high draft choice.
That may be more than Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey is willing to offer and it’s more than Carbonneau wants to lose.
Sections of a training facility being built for the Montreal Canadiens collapsed in Brossard on Monday afternoon.
The centre was being built in the South Shore suburb near Autoroute 10 and 30.
Half of the steel structure gave way around 1:30 p.m. ET, giving crews a major shock, police said.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
The player who has made a career out of scoring goals says it’s time the Canadiens started winning a few 1-0 games.
“We know we can score,” Canadiens sniper Alex Kovalev said Saturday, if not speaking specifically of his team’s punchless 3-0 Bell Centre loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“We just have to focus on playing defence more. Lately, we’ve been giving up too many goals. The last three games, we made a couple of bad mistakes and they cost us. It’s important for us to go back to basics….”
from an Q & A interview Kevin Mio of the Montreal Gazette did with Mathieu Dandenault of the Montreal Canadiens,
If there was one figure from history you would like to meet, who would it be and why?
“Probably Jesus, have a glass of wine with him.”
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