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From TSN’s tracker:
Montreal Canadiens sign UFA forward Georges Laraque (3-year, $1.5 million)
3:50pm ET: TSN—
The native of Montreal, Quebec has signed a three-year contract with the Canadiens, reportedly worth $4.5 million. The deal includes a partial no-trade clause.
Toronto announced Thursday that the club has acquired forward Mikhail Grabovski from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the rights to Greg Pateryn and a second-round draft pick in the 2010 draft.
“Mikhail had tremendous success at the most recent World Hockey Championships,” said Fletcher in a statement. “He has great upside and we will look for him to contribute for us right away at the centre position.”
Brian Rolston to New Jersey: 4 years, $20 million.
TSN says Edmonton has the inside track on Marian Hossa, with Canadiens running third.
And the phone-in schmucks have started blasting Bob Gainey on CKAC
-Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out
From TSN (link added 3:17pm ET):
Montreal Canadiens agree to terms with restricted free agent Andre Kostitsyn. Sources say it’s a three year deal worth $3.25 million per year.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
If the Canadiens end up blue-balled and spurned in their wooing of Mats Sundin, signing Brian Rolston would be a great consolation prize.
Rolston was in the final season of a three-year Minnesota Wild contract that paid him $2.432 million per. He’s probably available in the $4 million to $5 million range.
more on Rolston…
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Here’s hoping Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey and agent Don Meehan have settled the monetary portion of Andrei Kostitsyn’s contract, because the Philadelphia Flyers have set the bar a bit higher for forwards who score 53 points.
The Flyers and Jeff Carter have reportedly agreed on a three-year deal worth $15 million. Carter, a centre, had 29 goals and 24 assists last season and was a plus-6, while Kostitsyn had 26 goals and 27 assists and was plus-15.
a little more and some Leafs talk…
via Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,
Pierre McGuire, on Mitch Melnick’s show this afternoon, says if the Canadiens have not signed Mats Sundin by July 1, he’s going to the Rangers.
The Montreal offer is attractive, McGuire says: two seasons, $7 million per. The fact Sundin has not jumped on it is significant.
from Habs Inside/Out,
Don Meehan has told La Presse he expects to conclude negotiations on a new contract for Andrei Kostitsyn by the end of the week.
Meehan will meet with Canadiens capologist Julien BriseBois today. Kostitsyn has told his agent he wants to stay in Montreal and is not interested in offers from other NHL teams.
Negotiations that were expected to be difficult and complex, Meehan said, have turned out to be merely complex.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Those close to him doubt he will retire, let alone come back to the Leafs. He is said to still be miffed at Toronto management for simply not coming out and saying: “Mats does not want to be traded and will not be traded” weeks before the Feb. 26 trade deadline instead of allowing the speculation to drag out in public as it did.
Keeping that in mind, why would he now want to do the Leafs any favours by coming to terms with the Canadiens prior to the opening of the unrestricted free agent period one week from tomorrow?
Were he to do that, the Leafs would receive compensation from the Habs as part of a conditional deal that already is in place.
Why not, instead, wait to go on the open market July 1?
from Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,
Are your Montreal Canadiens a better team today than they were when the weekend began?
For sure. The acquisition of Alex Tanguay saw to that.
Are your Montreal Canadiens poised to make a serious run at the Stanley Cup in their centennial season?
They need three autographs on contracts: Mats Sundin. Andrei Kostitsyn. Jaroslav Halak.
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