Archive for the ‘Trades & Signings’ Category

Higgins, McDonagh to Rangers For Scott Gomez

Scott GomezIn a move that has Habs fans everywhere abuzz, Bob Gainey has closed a deal that sees Chris Higgins, Doug Janik, Pavel Valentenko and 2007 first round draft pick Ryan McDonagh go to the New York Rangers in return for Scott Gomez and three minor league players.

Unless this deal is a part of something much bigger, it is absolutely horrific for the Canadiens for many reasons:

  • Gomez is signed through 2013-14 at a cap hit of $7.35 million.
  • His high price tag is made worse by the fact that he is a second line centreman, not a first.
  • He is 5’11” and 200 lbs – not exactly the size up the middle we’d all like to see, especially for that money.
  • We gave up arguably the best prospect in our farm system in McDonagh.
  • Shouldn’t the Rangers have been the ones sweetening the deal in order to dump that huge cap hit? Where is the young talent coming back?
  • I could go on. Let’s hope that Bob has something up his sleeve that will have that empty-gutted heart burn dissipate by the time we all go to bed tonight. Sedin twins, anyone?

Calgary Flames Acquire Olli Jokinen

Olli JokinenThe Phoenix Coyotes have traded star centre Olli Jokinen to the Calgary Flames for Matthew Lombardi and Brandon Prust along with a first round pick in 2009 or 2010, making the biggest trade on an otherwise quiet deadline day. Jokinen brings a strong presence to the Flames and I would expect that Mike Keenan would be a good candidate to challenge Olli and get him going.

The Flames continue to be the leaders in today’s trade action. More info as it happens!

Pascal Leclaire to Ottawa, Antoine Vermette to Columbus

Pascal LeclaireThe first trade of the day has been completed and it will see Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire go to the Ottawa Senators for winger Antoine Vermette and a pick. With the up and coming Steve Mason in nets for the Jackets and the horrible legacy of goaltending in the nation’s capital, I see this as a great deal for the Sens.

More trade details as they come!

Habs Pick Up Glen Metropolit From Flyers

Glen MetropolitBob Gainey announced today that the Canadiens have picked up Glen Metropolit on waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers today, adding a gritty veteren to the Montreal centre lineup. Bob’s statement:

I said yesterday that one one of our needs was to acquire a centre to add depth to our group composed of Saku Koivu, Tomas Plekanec, Maxim Lapierre and Kyle Chipchura,” GM Bob Gainey said in a team release.

“This presented itself in the past few hours when the Flyers placed Glen Metropolit on waivers. Glen is an experienced player who played very well against us (for the Boston Bruins) last season in the playoffs. We’re very happy to acquire him.

A nice move by Gainey, hopefully en route to some bigger news over the next few days. Metropolit is a rugged centreman with a 50+% stat in the faceoff circle; as a right-hander, we could use the help.

It’s unclear at this point whether Metropolit will play tonight in Philly wearing blue, white and red, but here’s hoping!

Steve Begin Traded to Dallas

Bye Steve!Bob Gainey has traded gritty fouth line man Steve Begin to the Dallas Stars for 28-year-old Doug Janik, a defenceman who has played 13 games so far this year for the Stars.

With Begin’s status on the team questionable giving all of the press box time he’s been logging lately and the fact that he’s a UFA at the end of the season, this is a good, easy move by Bob and company.

Good luck Steve, you were definitely a CH soldier while you were here and I wish you the best of luck in Dallas!

Pens Trade Whitney, Habs Trade Begin

Steve BeginTwo noteworthy trades in the NHL so far today. With the March 4th trade deadline fast approaching the Pittsburgh Penguins have dealt Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for LW Chris Kunitz and RW Eric Tangradi, allowing the Pens to add some talent to Sidney Crosby’s line.

In a smaller deal, the Montreal Canadiens sent gritty forward to the Dallas Stars in return for defenceman Doug Janik. Expect the Habs to continue tweaking their roster as they approach the deadline as buyers.

Mathieu Schneider Returns to Habs

Mathieu SchneiderThe Habs have acquired a solid defenceman in Mathieu Schneider in a trade that saw the Atlanta Thrashers get a second round pick in 2009 (part of last year’s Huet deal) and a third round pick in 2010.

A great move by Bob Gainey! Schneider is another UFA to worry about this summer but, at 39, it may not matter. For those too young to recall, Mathieu played for Montreal from 1989 until he was traded in 1995, winning the Cup with us during the fabled ’93 playoff run.

Robert Lang Heads to Montreal

With the realization that Mats Sundin is not likely to join anyone’s training camp let alone play a full season, Bob Gainey made a great move today and acquired 37-year old Robert Lang from the Chicago Blackhawks for a second round draft pick in 2010. While he’s no Mats Lang did put up good numbers in the Windy City last year with 21 goals and 33 assists in 76 games and a +9.

The Blackhawks were over the salary cap and knew it for some time, thus the great price tag for the Habs. I’m not sure exactly where he’ll fit on the young Canadiens team but I think he’ll be a force this year.

On a side note, Patrice Brisebois also signed for another year and with that the roster is likely complete for the start of the season. Check out my New Habs article for info on the big moves of the off-season.

Hossa Heads to the ‘Burgh

With all of the speculation that either Ottawa or Montreal would pick him up it was actually the Pittsburgh Penguins who picked up Marian Hossa with only seconds remaining before the NHL trade deadline today. Hossa will join the like of Sidney Crosby and Evengi Malkin and suddenly the Pens look like potential Cup contenders.

The Pens did send Colby Armstrong (among others) to Atlanta and that is going to have a major effect on team chemistry; Armstrong and Crosby are long time friends. I’m guessing Hossa’s playmaking abilities are going to offset that loss though.

Habs Acquire Engelhardt From Red Wings

Not the blockbuster trade that many of us were hoping for, but the Canadiens did announce this morning that they have traded Francis Lemieux for Brett Engelhardt.  Both players have been on active AHL rosters this season.

Lemieux has six assists in 33 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs while Englehardt has eight goals and eight assists with Grand Rapids.

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