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from Habs Inside/Out,
RDS is reporting on its website that Mikhail Grabovski, upset at being a healthy scratch againet the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night, intentionally missed the team flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The team arranged for the players to invite one person to enjoy a few days in the desert. While many players invited their wives or girlfriends, Christopher Higgins, Mike Komisarek, Bryan Smolinski, Maxim Lapierre and Ryan O’Byrne invited their fathers.
“It’s a great idea,” said Bob Higgins, a New York City fire captain and longtime fan of the Canadiens.
“Other teams do it, but I noticed a little while ago that the New York Rangers had something like this and they went to Buffalo. Phoenix is definitely a better choice.”
from Dennis Kane at the Powell River Peak,
Doug Harvey Jr. is 57 years old now, is proud of his dad, and was happy to talk about him. What was it like, I asked, being the son of such a star? “It was probably just like you and your dad,” he said, “We were just a family like everyone else. Kids at school didn’t treat me any different, and when I played hockey, there were no names on the sweaters, so no one gave me a hard time at the rink.
“I guess one thing that might be different was that players would come over to the house quite often—Dickie Moore, Jean Beliveau, Jacques Plante, the Rocket a few times. When dad was building our house, most of the team helped him.”
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The move Gainey made on trade deadline day to trade Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals indicates that while he can’t predict Price or backup Jaroslav Halak will have any playoff success, he believes unequivocally Huet will falter in the post-season.
Gainey may very well be wrong and the move might turn out to be a disastrous one, but you have to admire the conviction and kahunas he showed in making the trade in the first place.
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.
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