Plekanec on the trade block?

Tomas Plekanec

Habs centreman Tomas Plekanec.

PAT HICKEY
The Gazette

As we count down to Monday’s 3 p.m. NHL trading deadline, it’s easy to pick out Montreal players who are available. But there’s one surprise among the players being offered by the Canadiens.

Tomas Plekanec, who has been with the Canadiens his entire NHL career, has been the subject of talks with several teams. While the Canadiens have dropped out of the playoff hunt and are looking forward to next season, they want an established player in return for Plekanec, preferably a winger with some size.

Plekanec said Friday that he wasn’t aware of being the subject of any trade talks. Agent Rick Curran Sunday denied a suggestion that the veteran centre has been asked about waiving his no-trade clause, which is part of the six-year, $30-million deal he signed in 2010.

Plekanec takes pride in the fact he has spent his entire career with one organization but the frustrations of a losing season and the challenge of having to adapt to a parade of different wingers may have led  to a belief that a change of scenery would be best for both parties.

Plekanec, who was drafted by the Canadiens in the third round (71st overall) in 2001, was the Canadiens’ leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. His production has dipped this season but can be easily explained by the fact that he hasn’t been able to develop any chemistry with his linemates.

While David Desharnais has had the luxury of playing with Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole for most of the season, Plekanec has been a part of 18 different line combinations. The longest stretch for any of those lines to play together was 11 games when he was between Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta. Injuries sabotaged that line and it didn’t help that when Cammalleri was healthy, he complained about his ice time and expressed a desire to play with Desharnais.

453 Comments

  1. marzdesign says:

    @ Hab fan…the last sentence of your ridiculous long novel of post makes no sense were in the most knowledge hockey fans in the NHL and ur telling me that habs management are smart and the fans are idiots I think u should check ur post before hitting send because ur clearly not watching what ever one else in the hockey world is seeing

  2. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    The Habs are this bad because the fans and the media are too involved in the team just like in Toronto. The media ‘brought’ Burke to Toronto and look how that’s worked out. The media in Montreal like Boone, Hickey and the ridiculous French contingent are morons. Listening to them change their minds every few days about who to keep and who to trade and who to fire is as bad as being in Toronto. The US cities where there are bigger pro teams(than the resident hockey franchise) to cheer leaves the hockey GMs to think clearly and do what needs to be done to bring them the Cup. Florida Panthers will soon be hoisting the mug because Tallon knows how to build a champion even if you need to sign Brian Campbell and Hossa to ridiculous deals along the way. The end justifies the means. In Mtl. or T.O. he’d be run out of town for just 1 of those 2 signings just like Gainey has been for acquiring Gomez and Gionta and Gill. Obviously Gill was a good signing because he was in demand for these 2 seasons at playoff time and Gio is a great player. Gomez hasn’t had any good finishers. Who knew the league would refuse to enforce the rules that were put in so skill players could exercise their skill? Gomez is a really good hockey player…he’s just not $7.4mil. good. Get a life you people. Leave the running of the hockey team to the mgmt. Gainey and Gauthier are not idiots but you fans and the media certainly are.

  3. rogus says:

    Who cares about Rick Nash. What this team needs is for Kevin Nash to go into the offices and start powerbombing staff through desks. Molson needs a message.

  4. temekuhabs says:

    Unless the Habs get a ” knock your socks off” offer for Tomas, he shouldn’t be going ANYWHERE!

    • mcmikel says:

      i’d almost trade the entire bunch of oxygen-thieves for a box of rocks right now. They’re an embarrassment. Did anyone tell Plek training camp started in September? If it weren’t for non-efforts of Gomez, Kostitsyn, Campoli, Bourque, and Kaberle under the leadership of Gainey-Gauthier-Martin, Tomas’ sorry year would be headline. Instead, he’s just another piece in a pile of poop…

  5. Cape Breton says:

    I hear it’s all a rumour. Unfortunately, it appears Plex ain’t going anywhere.

  6. youngwun says:

    If pleks gets traded and scott gomez is still a habs player i think im done with this team!

    • ds says:

      They should showcase Gomez put him on the #1 line with the best wingers available and top PP unit to have him finish the season strong, maybe someone will take him in the offseason to hit the cap floor next year.

    • Cape Breton says:

      Nobody wants Gomez and his $7M headache.

      • ds says:

        Gomez isn’t due 7 million / yr for the rest of his contract but his hit is high therefore teams losing money and wanting to reach the cap floor could use his contract if he can prove he is NHL viable.

        This team isn’t making the playoffs this year, why not give him the opportunity for a second chance somewhere else by giving him tons of opportunity. It is in the clubs best interest for the future but unfortunately it is not in the coach’s best interest.

      • Nobody says:

        No one will take Gomez. These teams looking to make the salary floor by taking on a big cap hit player, to the extent they really exist, would want a UFA. No team wants to saddle themselves with a cap hit like that for two more seasons. Gomez will be bought out this summer and we will have to absorb the cap consquences. Bad signing.

        • ds says:

          Signing an UFA to reach the floor means if you are 5 mill under you need to pay a guy 5 mill.

          Gomez is due $10 mill over the next 2 seasons but a cap hit of 7.35 mill each year so in essence teams on a budget can reach the floor and save 4 million dollars they would not have to spend over the next two years. That’s a lot of money for some struggling franchises which is the only hope of getting rid of Gomez.

          The only factor in all this is Gomez needs to produce at the NHL level, so why not give him a shot in the last 20 games, if he doesn’t who cares it just means we will be lower in the standings which is ideal. And if he does produce one of the aforementioned clubs will recognize that he is still viable and will make a cost-saving move to get him. Either way it is a win-win with respect to this club’s long term future.

    • Cape Breton says:

      Like I said, the 7M due to Gomez is a problem.

  7. Greg says:

    If it’s not for Rick Nash this is a stupid trade, whatever it is. We need Pleks.

  8. ds says:

    Unless we get some amazing offer for Pleks trading him would be stupid. He is a 50-60 pt player who is good offensively & defensively. There are very few centers in the NHL with that ability. He’s not an elite offensive threat but is a great player to have. DD will never replace him and he’s like 4 yrs younger only.

  9. HFX-HabFan says:

    In other news, a train derailed near Burlington, one dead, dozens believed to still be trapped in the train…

  10. HabFanSince72 says:

    An interesting stat:

    In three of his four years as Maple Leafs GM, JF Ferguson Jr had more points than Burke has had in any Leafs season yet.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/blame-toronto-maple-leafs-terrible-february-180237809.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  11. A little quiet on the trade front. A little too quiet..

  12. helluva habs fan says:

    I gotta say, all this discussion has me more excited than the prospect of watching this Florida game. I wish I didn’t care so much.

  13. dgood says:

    This could be the stupidest thing Pierre Gauthier could possibly do

  14. dardar123 says:

    Stupid to get rid of our best player. Who would you get in return, nobody that’s close to his talent!!

  15. HabFanSince72 says:

    Tampa now 6 pts out of 8th with two games in hand.


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  16. TorontoHabsFan says:

    It bears repeating:

    Desharnais: 44 pts (SH TOI – 0:30)
    Plekanec: 42 pts (SH TOI – 3:02)

    We all love what DD has accomplished, and with good reason. But in a season where we all feel that he’s struggled, Plekanec is still right there with Desharnais.

    The only way that Plekanec should be traded should be at the draft – in order to move up and pick one of the top two players.

    • Les Canayens says:

      Plus Desharhais has only one season under his belt at this level. Next year will he repeat/slump/injured nobody knows. Having him should be a plus not as a replacement for one of our top centerman.

      ▭ ◌ ▭ ◌ ▭ ◌ ▭ ◌ ▭
      Scouting is subjective.

    • Stev.R says:

      Plus there’s the statistic that Plekanec starts the majority of his shifts in the defensive end, whereas I believe Desharnais starts majority of his shifts in the offensive end. I read that stat a couple weeks ago.

  17. viper says:

    you can say what ya want but i have been a habs fan for many many years now and this is whats gonna happen the trade deadline is gonna come and go and the habs are gonna do next to nothing and loose most of their ufa,s and get nothing in return and the excuse will be nobody wanted to trade with us..reason being and only habs managment will know this but they will ask to much for their ufa,s and not settle for less than what they want and therefore get nothing happens every year and anyone that has followed this team for any period of time knows this but one can only hope

    viper180

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Smart GM’s (not the Goat) should try to sign the UFA’s they want to keep before the Monday deadline. If their demands are too much or they have no future with the team trade them for whatever you can get as opposed to losing them to free agency for nothing as you correctly stated.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

  18. HardHabits says:

    The bats have left the belfry!!

  19. Hobie Hansen says:

    Wow do I feel special. Aron Basu responded to my tweet and stated that Plekanec did not agree to wave his NTC.

    • Da Hema says:

      Then that’s that. I feel somewhat for Plekanec. He signs an agreement in good faith with an NTC expecting to be with this team over the long-term. Now the team, presumably, wants to trade him. What message does that send? If I’m Plekanec, I can only wonder how wise it was to sign a long-term deal with a team that wants to trade me when the times are tough but keeps a slug puke like Gomez around. Another great job of damage control Geoff and Pierre! Molson and Gauthier are a pair of clowns. Molson should thank God fate put him in a wealthy family, because I doubt he could be a competent assistant night manager at Wendys let alone a key decision-maker in a major corporation.

  20. gerrybell says:

    trading plek will most likely mean we are now giving up on next year. plek is one of the few players on the canadiens who is actually a hockey player.

    if we get rid of plek who is coming in to replace him? the UFA class is weak and will be overpaid.

    our defence and our 3rd/4th lines are terrible. perhaps we leave plek alone and deal with the dead weight i like to gomez, kaberle and markov.

    cant wait for the day when the habs spend their roster money responsibly.

    g
    b

  21. alfieturcotte says:

    Trade Pleks, 100% the right move. I can only hope that our dim GM gets the right value in return. The trade deadline is the best time to move quality players and Pleks is a solid #2 center, although his salary is more like a n#1 center…..

    FIRE GAUTHIER, FIRE GAUTHIER, FIRE GAUTHIER

  22. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Today Lars Eller is a below average 3rd-line centre. I’m confident he will someday be an excellent 3rd-line centre.

    “Andrei Kostitsyn will be traded this month”
    – Sean Bonjovi

    • ed lopaz says:

      Eller is 22 years old and he has not yet been given a chance to play big minutes or ANY power play time.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Take away PP time and Eller and DD are the same (both in ice time and points, DD + a few assists) Considering the linemates of the two, and Eller’s PK performance (2 shorties) I’d say they are dead even.

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        Eller is on his way to becoming Mike Fisher, not Ryan Kesler. Eller will never, and should never be a regular on the PP. DD’s a play maker, Eller’s a puck chaser.

        “Andrei Kostitsyn will be traded this month”
        – Sean Bonjovi

  23. ooder says:

    so trade plekanec but keep gomez????
    that’s the stupidest thing I have heard off
    ——————
    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

    • alfieturcotte says:

      That’s because you trade players that teams request and covet. Gomez (and Kaberle) cannot be moved other than to the AHL next year (which is where they belong). Only our GM is stupid enough to have traded FOR Kaberle.

  24. Bill says:

    The Habs do have a great habit of trading talented players when their value is at their absolute lowest.

    Other than for that, this story makes absolutely no sense.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • ed lopaz says:

      not many teams trade talented players when their value is at its highest.

      that simply is not the way things work in the hockey world very often.

      Plekanec played great hockey 2 weeks ago and showed he could be a great shut down centreman and pk specialist.

  25. helluva habs fan says:

    Just throwing this idea out there. Kaberle for Hammer, straight up.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      Why should we trade a guy who can only do one thing for a guy who can’t do any?

      “Andrei Kostitsyn will be traded this month”
      – Sean Bonjovi

      • helluva habs fan says:

        Primarily, because one guy’s contract is shorter and for less, because we have no veteran d-men to mentor our young core and because Hammer can give solid, 3rd pairing, shut-down D.

        Basically it’s the only way I can conceive of getting rid of Kaberle, pawn him off to someone looking to get rid of one of their odd ducks.

        • Mark C says:

          Did you see that Zidlicky got moved for a pretty good package? If him can be traded so too can Kaberle.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          Actually not a bad idea. Hammer liked it here but was offered abetter deal by the Caps. Rather 1 year than 3or4 for Kabs who has not added anything to the PP and sucks on5on5.
          Also i don’t hate any players on the habs just try to look at the business end of the game and how to improve us.

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory


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