Plus ça change …

When the free agent market opened for business at noon today, the Montreal Canadiens needed a big centre and number four defenceman.

It’s 8 p.m., Bob Gainey.

Do you know where your needs are?

Mats Sundin is po

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Rozsival stays put

Four years, $20 million. He was making $2.3 millio.

That's a better deal than Columbus signing Mike Commodore for five years, $18.75 million.

Bob McKenzie says San Jose and the

Plan Z?

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

Best/worst

TSN's best and worst moves of the day:

Mike Milbury: Best is the stillpending extension for Evgeni Malkin. Worst is Cristobal Huet in Chicago.

Darren Pang:  Best is Ty Conklin

Expensive rental

San Jose dealt Steve Bernier and a first-round draft choice for Brian Campbell, then lasted two rounds of the playoffs.

And Doug Wilson is one of the sharper general

Brian Campbell

To Chicago, says McKenzie.

Eight years, $7.1 million per.

So one defenceman and two goaltenders: $20 million in Chicago.

Utter madness.

And Dale Tallon says he's keeping Cristobal Huet AND Nikolai

Interesting

Mats Sundin's agent, J.P. Barry, acknowledged Vancuver's crazy offer – $20 million, salary and bonuses, over two years – and told TSN the Canadiens are "going in another

TSN signs on

Duthie in the host's chair.

Bob McKenzie has his laptop flipped own and he's working his BlackBerry.

News from Edmonton: Oilers making a "hard push" for Hossa.

Alex Auld to

Why capitalism is great

On the day Christobal Huet signed for almost $6 million a year, Starbucks announced it  is closing 600 stores in the

The cap squeeze

In guessing where Mats Sundin and Marian Hossa are going to end up, consider the contenders' salary  cap situations:

Canadiens have 20 players under contract and are $10.9 million