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from Donn Esmonde of the Buffalo News,
For all Toronto has going for it, it wasn’t enough for coveted hockey player Josh Gorges....
Aside from anything else, Gorges just took the early lead in the unofficial balloting for Our Favorite Sabre.
Judging by the sputtering disbelief of a Toronto Sun sports columnist, our northern neighbors aren’t happy about it.
Wrote Steve Simmons: [Gorges] selected living in Buffalo and playing for quite possibly the worst team in the NHL, to living in Toronto and playing in the so-called center of the hockey universe. He chose the armpit of America over one of world’s great cities.
I’m not happy about the “armpit of America” shot. In terms of anatomic metaphors, I prefer to think of us more as the nation’s heart, soul or spine. But I can understand how someone equally befuddled and apoplectic over a seemingly counter-intuitive choice would reflexively reach for the civic-insult bag. The big, shiny, glass-skyscrapered metropolis got passed over by an object of its affection for a cozy, underappreciated, just-reviving, mid-sized American burg. For many Torontonians, it does not compute.
“You’re never ready for it, you’re never expecting it so yeah, you’re a little bit blown away.
“You try to figure out why it’s happening and what the reasons are. But ultimately, I guess it’s not necessarily for me to know. It’s not my job to know, so I sit and I wait. And I hope that things fall into place.”
-Josh Gorges of the Montreal Canadiens on the trade talk surrounding him. Much more from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are still believed to be in pursuit of Montreal Canadiens blueliner Josh Gorges, but his modified no-trade clause may be holding things up.
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted the Leafs are still hoping he'll waive his NTC. If that would occur, McKenzie stated "it's believed Montreal would get a roster player from Toronto" in exchange.
However, the blueliner may not waive his clause at all.
McKenzie tweeted that the situation is "problematic for all. Montreal had deal with Toronto but Gorges refused to waive his modified NTC to go to Toronto. Still won't."
The Gorges situation could get more complicated if he refuses to waive his no-trade.
continued plus more hockey topics...
In this video via Sportsnet, Josh Gorges of the Montreal Canadiens questions the negotiating tactics of the NHL.
MONTREAL—Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Sunday the signing of defenseman Josh Gorges to a six-year contract extension (2012-13 to 2017-18). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Gorges, 27, one of the team’s assistant captains since the start of the 2011-12 season, played in the Canadiens’ 39 games this season, collecting 10 points (1 goal – a game-winning tally at Phoenix on November 10 - and 9 assists) and 24 penalty minutes. The defenseman ranks first on the team with a +6 plus/minus differential and leads all NHL players with 101 blocked shots. Gorges has recorded 60 hits while averaging 22:35 seconds of ice time per game.
added 5:32pm, per Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Josh Gorges extension: 6 years X $3.9 million average salary
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier took the cautious route in negotiations with defenceman Josh Gorges, and it might prove costly in the long run.
Gauthier was unwilling to provide Gorges with a multi-year contract, and the two sides avoided arbitration when Gorges agreed to a one-year deal at $2.5 million US.
Gorges said money wasn’t a factor in the negotiations and, in fact, you can make an argument that the player accepted a hometown discount….
But the big question facing Gauthier is: Will the Canadiens be able to sign Gorges next July when he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent? Or would the Canadiens have been better locking him up with a four-year deal in the $12-million range?
MONTREAL—Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced tonight the signing of defenseman Josh Gorges to a one-year contract (2011-12). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Josh Gorges for the 2011-12 season. He is a very reliable defenseman for our club. Josh is recovering extremely well from his knee injury that kept him out of the line-up for half of the regular season and the playoffs, and we look forward to seeing him at training camp,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.
reports are $2.5M
Mid-game against the Bruins, an entertaining affair that has Boston up 2-0, and now we learn Mike Cammalleri is gone for the night with an injury. Not good. Cammalleri. Josh Gorges. Andrei Markov. A hobbling Roman Hamrlik. How much more of this can the Habs take before they’re sunk? They seem be have turned things around the last week, after a fairly porous seven game stretch. But can they really continue at their current level missing so many important bodies?
The best news so far tonight is that Benoit Pouliot and David Desharnais really do look as if they’re developing some chemistry. But that’s not going to be enough to offset the losses of people like Markov, Cammalleri and Gorges.
Hamrlik, well, ok, they can probably absorb that. Although he is back and playing through the pain tonight. Good for him.
10:25 PM: Elliotte Friedman has reported via Twitter that Cammalleri, according to Jacques Martin, left the game because he was ill. If true, this is good news for Habs fans. Oh, and what an end to that hockey game!
The injury situation on the Montreal Canadiens blue line just went from bad to worse as general manager Pierre Gauthier has confirmed that Josh Gorges will need surgery to repair his injured knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
Gorges originally suffered the injury during a December loss to the New York Islanders. He was placed on Injured Reserve on New Year’s Eve.
As you’ve undoubtedly read by now, the Canadiens acquired defenceman James Wisniewski from the New York Islanders for a 2nd and conditional 5th round pick. My initial reaction? Great move. The Habs deal a valuable pick, yes, but they add a key piece for more than half the season. This isn’t a deadline pick-up - they’ll have The Wiz for fifty games this year.
Wisniewski brings a right handed shot, a power play presence, and solid, physical play to a defence sorely lacking in all three categories. It also creates a logjam, as the Canadiens now have seven serviceable defencemen.
What happens with PK Subban? How about Yanick Weber, who has been a solid call-up in his slate of appearances?
Carey Price is back. If there was any doubt that he would be up to the challenge – and there was – he put his critics on notice last night, with a remarkable 36 save performance against Pittsburgh in a 3-2 victory. Save after save, Price demonstrated poise and athleticism, rebounding after each Pittsburgh goal to shut down the impressive Penguins offence. Indeed, after the game coach Jacques Martin commented that Price was the reason Montreal won.
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC did a wonder piece on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges last night.
Watch the Inside Hockey video…
With that, I am off to Mother’s Day dinner. Should return by 6:00pm.
“I saw my helmet after it happened and it was pretty weird to see. You can actually see the imprint of the puck on it, but thankfully it didn’t crack. I don’t expect this to effect me. I’ve blocked a lot of shots in my career and a lot of them hurt. Whenever any of us step onto the ice there is a possibility of something like this happening. I might change my technique a bit, but I’ll still keep doing my job.”
How Tough Are Hockey Players? Josh Gorges Takes A Mike Green Shot To The Face & Skates Off With Help
Denis Gauthier of the Kings lands and elbow to the head of Josh Gorges today. Gauthier received a major, a 10 and game misconduct while Gorges was
finished for the game
sorry, he did return.
From the Montreal Canadiens:
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of defenseman Josh Gorges to a three-year contract (2008-09 to 2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Josh established himself as a key member of our defensive squad last season. His reliability and solid play made him one of our most improved players. He is a young defenseman with a very good work ethic,’’ said Bob Gainey.