Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/14/14 at 11:13 AM ET
from Guillaume Lefrancois of CBC,
With the NHL trade deadline more than a week behind us, we now have a clearer view of the decisions teams will have to make in the off-season.
Judging by the players wearing Canadiens jerseys Wednesday night, and those wearing a jacket and tie, Habs capologist John Sedgwick, who's been GM Marc Bergevin’s right-hand man for a little less than a year, will have an interesting question to answer: Should he give winger Rene Bourque a $3.67-million US check on June 15 to buy out the remaining two years of his contract?
For the fourth time this season, Montreal head coach Michel Therrien made Bourque, 32, a healthy scratch on Wednesday. In the salary-cap era, sitting a player who counts for 5.2 per cent of your payroll doesn’t exactly spell success.
Bourque’s tenure in Montreal has been downright disappointing. After piling up eight points in 38 games after being acquired from Calgary on Jan. 12, 2012, he showed signs of life in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, was slowed by a concussion, and came back to play decently in a playoff series against Ottawa.
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