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A Dream Come True For Higgins

from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

Christopher Higgins’s mother, Sue, is thrilled beyond words on Long Island, her son soon to be playing much nearer home. His father, Bobby, is another matter. A Canadiens fan “for 50 years,” Higgins says, Bobby Higgins is burying his son’s Canadiens paraphernalia. Or at least putting it behind closed doors in the basement for now….

I reached Higgins at his summer home on Long Island, where the day’s trade to the New York Rangers was still sinking in. He spoke glowingly of his time in Montreal and of the fans in this city, no matter their voice on any particular night.

New York is a dream come true. But leaving Montreal doesn’t happen without many memories being stirred.

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Scott Gomez On The Trade

from the Montreal Gazette,

“I learned about the possibility of a trade when I was playing softball with some friends last night and then I got a call from Mr. Sather,” Gomez said from his native Alaska, where he was on a fishing trip.

Gomez said he had a limited no-trade clause. “I had a list of teams where I didn’t want to go, but obviouslty Montreal wasn’t on that list.”

“I’m happy to be going to the Mecca of hockey,” he added. “I know there’ll be some pressure, but that’s what it’s all about. I got some taste of the Montreal tradition playing for Larry Robinson.”

more on the Canadiens…

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Rangers/Canadiens Trade

via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,

Canadiens’ Higgins just traded to the Rangers, details to follow shortly as I get them.

Plus Fan590 in Toronto reports RDS say Gomez going the other way.

added 5:03pm, via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired centre Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Chris Higgins.

added 5:24pm, Secondary names were included in the trade, follow the TSN link for all the names.

added 5:30pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,

“We are extremely pleased to have acquired an impact centreman in Scott Gomez. He is an outstanding playmaker and an excellent skater. Having won the Stanley Cup twice with the New Jersey Devils, he brings a lot of playoff experience to our team. Scott is an elite player who will certainly contribute to the success of our team for years to come,” said Bob Gainey.

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Komisarek Going UFA Route

via MaxHockey,

MaxHockey has confirmed from sources in Montreal that Mike Komisarek will no longer be negotiating with the Canadiens and will become a free agent on July 1. Komisarek may still resign with the Canadiens, but will test the free agent market tomorrow.

TSN confirms,

The Montreal Canadiens will have one more challenge in an already busy offseason, as the sgent for defenceman Mike Komisarek announced that his client will test the free agent market on Wednesday.

“After much discussion and thought, Mike Komisarek has decided to enter the free agent market tomorrow at noon,” said agent Matt Keator in a statement.

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Gainey Still Looking For That Big Center

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens’ continuing failure to secure a big centre has left general manager Bob Gainey with a sizeable dilemma.

Gainey has some decisions to make in the next few days because the Canadiens currently have only two centres under contract - Maxim Lapierre and Glen Metropolit.

Gainey had hoped to trade for a big centre during the National Hockey League entry draft on the weekend, but it was one of the quietest drafts in recent memory, with the Canadiens general manager describing it as a logjam.

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Report Surfaces Kovalev Will Remain In Montreal

via Kevin Mio of Habs Inside/Out,

RDS reports that russian newspaper Soviet Sport says Alex Kovalev has already met with the Molson brothers, the new owners of the Canadiens, and new head coach Jacques Martin.

According to the newspaper, they have assured him he would be back with the Canadiens next season.

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Canadiens Looking For A Big, #1 Center

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“It hasn’t been a secret that we’ve always been in the market for a big, strong, first-line centre and wherever that player may be, that’s where we’ll be looking,” Gainey said Thursday regarding the Canadiens’ plans for the draft.

“I think it’s going to require some patience, maybe a little bit of luck,” Gainey said about the search for a centre. “We feel we have some of the assets needed to put a deal together if we have a partner who really wants to move in that direction.

“We’re staying available and we’ll be available until a deal is done.”

The name most commonly mentioned is that of Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier, who grew up in suburban Montreal, but there are questions as to whether Tampa Bay is willing to trade him and whether the Canadiens can meet the Lightning’s price.

Gainey said he believes that the best chance of landing a big centre was through a trade, rather than waiting to see who’s available when the free-agent signing period begins July 1.

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Looking At The Sale Of The Canadiens

from Sun Media,

The sale of the Montreal Canadiens to the Molson family continues to raise questions, with many believing the sale process happened too quickly.

Quebec’s Argent news agency has learned that the speed at which Gillett wanted to sell the team didn’t impress NHL brass, notably league commissioner Gary Bettman.

“Bettman wasn’t pleased with the first few steps in the selling (process),” a source said.

Sources close to the sale suggest Bettman put a halt to the whole process at one point in April to attempt to re-organize the situation. On May 4, Bettman is said to have invited prospective buyers of the team to New York to try and find out exactly what Gillett was seeking.

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Montreal Talk

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

With eight days remaining before he can become an unrestricted free agent, Canadiens captain Saku Koivu is in limbo.

Koivu’s agent, Don Baizley, said yesterday that he and Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey have talked, but the club has not extended an offer.

“Saku would like to stay in Montreal, but we’re waiting to see what the team has in mind,” Baizley said.

Gainey said this week that he has talked with several of the 10 unrestricted free agents on the roster, but that any serious talks were on hold until after this weekend’s draft….

The latest speculation has the Canadiens targeting Patrick Marleau or even Danny Brière, who has been mistaken for a big man.

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Candiens Fire Hamilton Coaching Staff

from Garry McKay of the HamiltonSpectator,

The Hamilton Bulldogs will have a new coaching staff this season.

Don Lever, who is the franchise’s longest-serving head coach, and his assistant Ron Wilson, who has been here even longer, have been told by the parent Montreal Canadiens that their services are no longer required.

Although both were long-time employees of the Canadiens, the Habs told them by phone that their contracts would not be renewed. they weren’t given a reason.

Both were, in effect, fired by Montreal general manager Bob Gainey who phoned them last week and said simply that ‘the organization is going in a different direction.”

Lever said he would like to have at least been given a reason for his dismissal.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Lever. “Somewhere along the line I must have done something wrong, but they didn’t tell me what it was.

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