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. Yikes, the only person older than Mark Martin is Cobber! :)

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  2. ed lopaz says:

    I have no problem whatsoever moving Plekanec.

    Desharnais has taken his position as the #1 offensive center – DD is younger and much cheaper.

    Eller is ready to be given much more responsibility and he should be the #2 center next year – Eller is big, an excellent skater, great hands, and great passion for the game; but he should not be stuck as a #3 center. Eller has great hands, he is a creative player, and given 18-20 minutes and power play time, I expect Eller to put up 60+ points going forward.

    Plekanec is therefore our best tradeable asset.

    Thats what hockey teams do.

    It is a smart, logical move to bring in a top, young, big forward, and maybe another first round pick.

    I like it.

    and, by the way, since when did Plekanec have “chemistry” with linemates last year or the year before???

    are you kidding me, Mr. Hickey?

    I seem to recall that ALL of our lines were shuffled back and forth every week for 2 years under Martin.

    what chemistry did Plekanec have under Martin that helped him have more success??

  3. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Armchair GM Question.. assume all of these players become UFA on July 1st (as they are scheduled to become) how much would you offer and what term, or make an offer at all?

    a) Crosby
    b) Perry
    c) Getzlaf
    d) J Stall

    • darcy1 says:

      Crosby -none – can’t take a chance with the concussions
      Perry – 5 years, $30 mil – agitator that can score and play top line minutes
      Getzlaf – 6 years, 40 mil – big #1 centre.
      J Staal – 3 years, 12 mil – great 3rd line centre, OK 2nd line centre.. not sure if he’ll ever develop into more.

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  4. Josh says:

    So this is based on absolutely nothing?

  5. Mr. Biter says:

    Last year after 61 games 157 GF 156 GA 71 points
    2011 ” 62 games 161 GF 171 GA 58 points
    I see 2 reasons:
    1) SOL’s
    2) Woefull PP
    Should have Kept Wiz.

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  6. Lafrich says:

    Pleks plus other stuff for Ovechkin. You heard it here first.

    • boing007 says:

      Several people already went down that road this week.

      Richard R

    • habstrinifan says:

      I stated long long ago, even befor ethe Hunter hiring, that Ovie will land in Mtl. I see the Caps owner cutting his losses re Ovie and Ovie likes Mtl. Whether he would be rejuvenated here.. I am no longer sure.

    • disgruntledfan says:

      Plekanec, Kostitsyn, Diaz and our 2012 First Round Pick (a top 3) for Alexander Ovechkin. (we can add in Kaberle or Campoli if they want them)
      Washington is getting impatient with OVI, and I get the feeling he’s getting sick of Washington. Just imagine how pumped he would get by hearing the Bell Centre roar every time he lights up the lamp!
      You really think any of us will have any patience with whoever we pick this summer to blossom into the star we all expect him to become? It will be a rough ride, probably three to five years before this team will have any chance to make the playoffs.

      Washington desperately needs a top-6 centre, (esp. given Backstrom’s concussion problems) a player like AK46 could blossom in a big, offensive-minded team like Washington. Management can rejoice about shedding Ovi’s collosal contract and the fans could rejoice at the idea of a new young star in the 2012 draft.

      That will leave us with a top six looking something like:
      Pacioretty, DD, Cole
      Ovechkin Eller Bourque

  7. habs001 says:

    This lineup next year i believe would be pretty good but very unlikely..lol

    cole/dd/maxpac
    parise/plecks/gion
    borque/eller/gallagher
    moen/leblanc/white

    possible extras…darche/blunden/training camp suprise…

    • fastfreddy says:

      I don’t get the manlove for Pleks? If the team can get a deal done that will help them, then go for it. Hell, they traded Wayne Gretzky didn’t they?

      CH = Les Glorieux!!!

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      This team will be a bottom feeder again next season…. Parise is NOT the answer. Be patient and offer Crosby THE WORLD to come to Mtl in 2013 when he becomes UFA. Also, Getzlaf, Perry, J Stall are all available July 1 2013.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I dont know why it is all that unlikely.. your oly non-hab addition is Parise. Having said that I subscribe, dare I say it, to Pierre McGuire’s evaluatio that HABS must get significantly better at centre to start, and I say start, improving.

      This lineup doesnt address that. Also I really dont see a shut down/grit capability. But Parise will be a good addition. I also think that Gionta should be outta the picture too.

      Most here are focussing on AK and Pleks but I think Gionta is the easiest tradeable asset in the off-season promising the best immediate return. I dont think Gionta is tarnished with the inconsistencies of AK nor the diminishing plateau of Pleks.

      Gionta will not be viewed as a reclamation project by most GMS.

  8. Albatros says:

    Pleks became expendable this morning when Gomez stormed into PG’s hotel room and said, “It’s either him or me!”

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  10. caironala says:

    stephen craig plekanec and kostitsyn for rick nash and a second round pick. buy out gomez and trade kaberle for a bag of pucks and a bag of sticks.

  11. The Dude says:

    We are the 2nd worst team in the league and out of a play-off in f’n February ….Out with the old and in with the new ! Get used to it Fans cause the Veterans on this team have made their destiny path and have proved THEY ARE NOT WORTH A PINCH!”except Cole”. See ya later losers!

  12. T-roy West says:

    What ever happens between now and Monday I’m really hoping that if we trade with Nashville again that Austin Watson comes back our way.

    • blu3chip says:

      What’s so good about Watson?

      • T-roy West says:

        He’s big, strong, can score and he is a centre. Look him up. Also look up Tom Wilson and Dalton Thrower. They are available to be drafted this year and I would.

    • habstrinifan says:

      ” Watson is two-way talent who is not afraid to sacrifice his body to make a play. he is a heart-and-soul forward that any NHL team would love to have on the roster. Watson isn’t just a plugger, though, as he has some offensive skill in his arsenal.”

      I like that description but further review of his stats doesnt show someone with great promise. Very odd that he was drafted that high.

  13. novahab says:

    Truth is Molson would laugh at anything we write. He has a full building and can charge 11 bucks for a beer and 5 for a hot dog and we will buy it. He doesn’t get depressed. He’ll just go to the south of France to get away. If it gets real bad he’ll just go into the vault and roll around in his money. We take losing hard, it’s just another day at the bank for him and the board.

  14. Hobie Hansen says:

    I think the Habs are possibly contemplating trading Plekanec for a few potential reasons.

    The most probable being that Desharnais has played very well and they think Eller will make the jump to a top two center next year, or be well on his way.

    And also the fact that at the moment they’re potentially picking third overall in July and have a shot at a center like Grigorenko or Galchenyuk who could probably step in and play next season.

    So if Montreal traded Plekanec for another 1st round pick and good young NHL ready player they could potentially have a very good collection of young players on the horizon to go along with Gallagher, Tinordi, Beaulieau and Bournival.

    Might not be a bad idea?

  15. Apparently, Tomas Plekanec is fine being traded as long his new team heeds these words.

  16. mrhabby says:

    someone posted this earlier.

    to la….ak, tp and weber.

    for brown, bernier and a 3rd…..flip bernier to philly for picks.

  17. Albatros says:

    You all need to calm down and prepare for the massive gelling that will occur in FLA this afternoon. I don’t want to spill all of the beans, but Gomer will pot a hatty!

  18. novahab says:

    The heat is rising on PG ,can he pull off the trade that will save his job and quiet the fans. Odds in Vegas are 50000 to 1 he can’t.

  19. H.Upmann says:

    Often wonder if Molson reads this blog, say over his corn-flakes with milk, and spitting out milk over threads like this one…. or if he ever reclines in his lazyman with tablet in hand, nervously going over HIO for new coaching suggestions, all the while sipping the most expensive scotch one can buy…

    • RGM says:

      If he does, it might help explain why this organization is in such disarray. Owners should not be spending their time reading fan message boards.

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  20. Hobie Hansen says:

    So Arpon Basu posted in Twitter that Plekanec’s agent said they’ve agreed to waive his NTC.

    Wasn’t sure if you guys mentioned that in all the Plekanec talk down below?

  21. AndyF says:

    Are they freaking kidding?!! Pleky on the trade block? What are they hoping to accomplish with this? He is already even a better player than the kind of player I’m hoping we’re going to get in the draft.

    Sheesh!

    Fail for Nail

  22. LatheDog says:

    It still boggles my mind that the Habs have had the best penalty killing unit in the entire league yet are sitting last place in the East. I believe they rank pretty high as one of the least penalized teams in the NHL too, if I’m not mistaken. At least this team has managed to do SOMETHING right this year.

  23. boing007 says:

    Pleks is good on offense and defense. This season, for some stupid reason, he played more often on defense. Eighteen different trio combinations. How’s that for versatility?

    Richard R

  24. twilighthours says:

    Could someone pass this message on to VH (I’m not replying to him directly ever again.)?

    Plex registers points at better than twice the rate of gomez (six times better for goals) and anchors the league’s best penalty kill. It is right for hickey to ignore any perceived slight that gomez recieves. Gomez has become an awful hockey player and is lucky to still be a regular in the NHL.

    • VancouverHab says:

      I agree with you entirely, on the Pleks side, and can’t imagine where your hostility comes from.

      As I’ve never offered you an abusive word I can only conclude that you are unable to maintain civility merely due to a honest disagreement. (A sign of this age, alas: I find people, on finding that someone has a different political opinion to them, react with abuse and invective against their interlocutor for no more reason than that.)

      And as for Pat Hickey, using as a defense of one you like that which is exculpatory but withheld during attack on one you dislike, is a mark of dishonour.

      • RGM says:

        Can you say something awesome and false about Gomez, please? I need a new signature. This one is starting to bore me.

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      • viper says:

        vh as you say it was just your opinion and are very much entitled to express them on this site as are we all but if your gonna defend yourself please use real words…..just my opinion……….lmao

        viper180

  25. HabsFanMTL says:

    if theres gonna be any trades i’m thinking its gonna happen before game time today at the risk of injuring a possible habs trade prospect, if it doesn';t happen by game time i doubt we’ll see any trades leading up to the deadline

  26. Psycho29 says:

    I just read a headline on NHL.com and did a double take:

    “PRICE FOR NASH TOO HIGH?”

  27. H.Upmann says:

    @TheMock780: goodpoints…. in fact, looks like we have two of the same kind of situation with Gomez

    • TheMock780 says:

      Gomez I don’t consider when thinking about this team going forward. Unless Molson doesn’t care about winning what-so-ever there’s no way he’s back next year.

  28. twilighthours says:

    This plex nonsense certainly does reek of the gazette trying to generate page hits.

    No need, guys! We are always here everyday to b!tch and whine anyway.

  29. habs_54321 says:

    you know the current habs management reminds me of the nyi management when they had mike milbury as gm perennially terrible pro scouting/player evaluation terrible asset management, reactive style management instead of proactive its the equivilant of someone who manages a store by sleeping in the back office while his staff steals from the cash register.

    some people are supporting gauthier because of the one decent trade of hal gill this doesn’t make up for all the other blunders he’s made as captain of this ship id name them all but their is to many

    even milbury made some decent trades he aquired john erskine and a 2nd rd pick for janne niinimaa in 2005.

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  30. Pucknut says:

    Pleks is the closest thing we’ve got to Guy Carbonneau circa 1993.
    We’re not giving him away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Any Player on our bench who doesn’t get inspired by watching MEN like Pleks & Gill (sorry to see him go) kill a penalty don’t have hearts & they should be dealt or released or shipped or whatever.

    • Cape Breton says:

      Plex is -18 with a measly 12 goals and makes $5M a season. Enough said.

      • helluva habs fan says:

        One bad season on a terrible team. He’s been our best player the last 2 years. Can be a top offensive player, a top defensive player, top PP, top PK… $5 is beyond fair for this guy. Let’s not make reactionary decisions based on this awful season. Trading him for a player “with size”… please. In the spirit of stupid decisions, why not package Price and Subban with him.

        • Cape Breton says:

          He plays like he doesn’t care.

          • Captain aHab says:

            He’s like the Honeybadger.

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          • helluva habs fan says:

            Bull$h!t. I don’t buy that for a second. That’s a cliche remark from an understandably frustrated fan . Did he play like that the last two years when he carried our offence and shut down the top lines of other teams?

      • steve17 says:

        That is a result of the team situation, not of Plekanec . With the injuries and the constant shuffling of wingers he has had to play with, how could he do better? Astute GM’s will understand that and still offer realistic value for him, maybe even more if they really feel they have a chance to go all the way and even more so if teams in their conference have already made moves to improve!

        Habfan17

  31. TheMock780 says:

    Tomas Plekanec is a great centreman……a great #2 centreman on a contender. The Canadiens organization cannot continue to dilude themselves into believing that Plekanec is a number 1 centre. This brings them to a difficult choice however: if the Habs do manage to gain that elusive #1 centre via trade or the draft, you can’t have both Plekanec and Deshernais on the team. This is where you start waying the pros and cons of both. Plekanec is easily the better player, I don’t care what the stats say this season, but makes a lot more money in a cap world. He’s also older the Deshernais and seems to be wearing down faster then before. But he’s one of the best penalty killers in the league and one of the best shudown centres in the league (ie. the job he did on Backstrom and then Crosby two years ago).

    Plekanec’s is a good player who they can’t give away for free, but it wouldn’t be shocking or necessarily an awful thing to trade him. Would I rather keep Plekanec then Deshernais? Yes, but the decision isn’t up to me. Either way, one of them eventually will have to go.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      This.

      I don’t think DD and Pleks can co-exist on this team, long term. So, one has to consider what is better:

      Pleks + return on DD trade
      or
      DD + return on Pleks trade

    • mrhabby says:

      agree. he will not be given away for free. clearly something has to be done down the middle.

    • helluva habs fan says:

      Just why can’t they co-exist again? Is there a problem with having 2 good centerman? I love DD, he’s had a great season, he’s very creative with the puck, but as far as career projections go, he hasn’t proved anything yet.
      Plekanec has shown he can be a dominant player on both sides of the puck. Top PP, top PK… he’s not even a two way player, he’s a frickin four way player!
      Besides, come October 20th, we’ll have 3-4 forwards injured and we’ll need these extra bodies. It’s called depth.
      The only way they should ever trade Plekanec is if they’re getting a better centerman back… and that list is small. Thornton, Backstrom, Malkin, Spezza (debatable)…. I think we can all agree that’s not gonna happen. Keep him, get him some top six wingers and enjoy his success.

      • mrhabby says:

        see hanson comment above….makes sense but who knows.

        • helluva habs fan says:

          It’d have to be a high 1st rounder to be worth it. Like, say, Columbus’s? I don’t know, I just see more value in this one player than most. Too versatile to let go.

      • steve17 says:

        The problem is they have Eller and LeBlanc too and White is a natural center. None of the centres seem to be a number one, but Eller and DD have more upside and are easier to fit under the cap and still give the Habs a chance to sign a power winger. Plekanec has the highest trade value of them all and right now teams, like Chicago, really want a solid 2nd line centre. If they Package Plekanec and Kostitsyn and Weber, maybe they get that top 6 power winger!. The other upcoming UFA’s can be traded for picks. Then if they can get someone to take Kaberle for anything, that would be good.

        Habfan17

    • Cape Breton says:

      He was, at one time, a great centerman.

  32. VancouverHab says:

    Okay, this is bad journalism. I love Pleks and really hope he stays.

    But Pat Hickey writes this: “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.”

    That’s equally (if not more) true of Gomez, but the journalist likes Pleks & dislikes Gomez (or is too lazy to think past the simplistic).

    And as others have said, no fact just open-ended questions.

    Yellow Journalism 101: put an entirely unfounded statement in the interrogative — “Has Carey Price decided to convert to Islam and move to Mecca” — because it is not a lie strictly speaking to ask any question about anything — “have you stopped beating your wife?” — and the journalist gets the hits: like this one and all the others here.

    Journalist’s job done. Cretinous, but effective.

    • Cape Breton says:

      Gomez is a lost cause and the writer knows that, so why bother even mentioning him.

      • VancouverHab says:

        For the reason that I mention (sigh) and see also my expansion above.

        I salute your ability to predict the future about Scott Gomez, but I cannot salute you for writing off another human being who has done you no personal harm.

        • Cape Breton says:

          As far as playing hockey in the NHL is concerned, the $7M human being named Scott Gomez is a lost cause. If you disagree, that means you do not watch him play.

  33. Psycho29 says:

    If Pleks is traded I will miss his smile around here ;-)

    But if we get something better in return, I’m all for it. (as long we don’t throw in a “McDonough” )

    • helluva habs fan says:

      “Something better in return.” That’s GD right. Because if they don’t, I don’t care what they’re getting instead, stupid stupid STUPID reactionary trade! The circus continues….

  34. Captain aHab says:

    Some of the teams who missed out on Carter might be thinking about preventing goals now instead of scoring them and Pleks fits that role to a T. And he would cost a bit less than Carter to boot I might think. Both to acquire and to pay.

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  35. H.Upmann says:

    Trying to decide if watching the game over brews will be time well spent….. just to really be certain what crap we’re icing these days…

  36. Ian Cobb says:

    Fantasy trades are in your minds, we will be rebuilding through the draft only!

    As soon as we build up Hamilton With quality kids again, we will be able to move out the old , poor and the sick on the Montreal club. But we are stuck with the same bunch for a couple more years yet. Only through the draft is the way we are going to play this game.
    Once we win a cup in Hamilton or get to the finals will we be able to start moving players up. Dream all you want to, but we will be floundering for some time to come yet folks.

    • steve17 says:

      In order to stock Hamilton, you need to trade current roster players. You only have so many picks in the draft and not all of them will make it to Hamilton, let alone Montreal. The Senators had it right last season when they moved a few of their veterans for picks. Fischer was to Ottawa, what Plekanec is to Montreal. That was a smart but tough move by Ottawa.

      Habfan17

      • Ian Cobb says:

        Steve, their might be a trade, but we need some talent left in town to carry us next year. We have about 6 or 7 players to move, but our hands are tied because they all have had very bad seasons with us.

        So we will not get 2nd or 3rd picks for them.

        • steve17 says:

          Ian, You never know at the deadline. If there isn’t much avaoilable, teams may give more. They generally over pay anyway and it is easy to justify Plekanec’s drop in points with the lousy wingers and constant change of wingers he has had to play with. The same reason John LeClair was under acheived in Montreal!

          Habfan17

    • Cape Breton says:

      Didn’t we win a Cup down there not long ago, like 3 years past?

  37. TheAmerican says:

    In any trade, I think you want to receive the best player involved in the transaction. I find it hard to believe that we will receive someone better than Tomas in any deadline deal while we’re sitting in last place. We’ll see.

    • Captain aHab says:

      So Toronto won the Kessel trade at the time it was made right? I think you need a few years to evaluate most trades…how about Gorges and the pick we used on Max for Rivet? Who won that trade?

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  38. alwayssunny says:

    Excellent journalism from Mr. Pat Hickey.

    “there’s one surprise among the players being offered by the Canadiens.”

    And then not a single word to support this, only denials.

    “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.”

    Yes it may have. Or it may not have. We are certainly no more enlightened after reading that fluff.

  39. HabsFanMTL says:

    don’t expect Molson to fire PG …..Molson will do the exact opposite of what should be done. he “likes this team”. I’ll bet ya PG is our GM next year. As long as Gainey is permitted to keep his job PG will remain as GM cause Molson kiss’s Gainey’s…excuse the expression……..Ass

  40. Ian Cobb says:

    Robert L. Why enraged Robert?

    Nobody knows anything yet, and Gauthier is not going to be allowed to make a move without the boards permission.
    At the end of the year only!

    • Just bugged by the nonsense reporting, absense of certifiable quotes, lack of a named story source, loss of common sense in the article itself and the usual general stupidity of 50% of the related commentary. Aside from that Ian, it’s all peachy!

  41. kerrgte says:

    If Plekanec moves, it will be a good deal for both sides. He’s a quality player who has to be frustrated by the role he’s had to play.

    Things have changed in management. No more knee-jerk moves and assumption of crippling contracts. My take on the change – as of time of ctv’s interview yesterday is this:

    I believe management has changed as per Tony M for 2 reasons:
    1. Stu Cowan, Mtl Gazette, stood up with Tony M for the interview. He would not have done so without confidence in Tony M’s sources;
    2. The Molsons cannot simply explode their management … in any division of their company, and certainly not here under such scrutiny. Management change has to be managed with as little disruption as possible. Yet, the Molsons needed to announce a change to appease the fan base. So, this was an effective way to advise the fans that a GM change has happened, and the future of our team is now in very good hands.

    The new playing field:
    The NHL is now very professional, with professional GMs, under the watch of professional owners. It is characterized by team parity governed by salary cap, iron-clad player contracts, and very expensive player development investments. The days of one-sided deals and simple trades to improve a team are over.

    What will we see:
    The Molsons demand and will achieve excellence. The team will continue to spend to the cap. But there will be no more knee-jerk reactions or crippling contracts. From now on, they will make sense. Our position today is bound by a set of binding contracts and a given community of team prospects. So, roster changes will not be immediate or dramatic, but they will be governed by a strategic plan. The strategic plan is the most important part of team development. It will be a multi-year plan with milestones of achievement along the way.

    So, given the right existing contract resolution opportunities, the team’s room under the cap will be increased to enable significant roster changes. Les Canadiens will not return to their former glory immediately, but they’ll be on the right track starting now.

    There will be a real ‘behind the scenes’ GM team. Going forward, PG, and later his replacement, will be required to provide professional options review, analysis, and recommendations only. Then the real GM team will guide the team’s development. PG will continue to be the face of the GM until he’s replaced this summer, but the power will now be behind the scenes.

    When will we see change?:
    I believe we’ll see a revitalized team next year. I think the core of the team will buy into a smart strategic plan. In 3 years, we’ll be a strong cup contender, but certain contracts must be resolved first.

    So, these are my thoughts, for what they are worth. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I’ve been a Canadiens fan forever. I do have some smarts – an MBA with years of senior management experience. Oh yeah, I always lived and loved to play our game.

    One thing I do know. The Molsons will achieve excellence with this team.

    Hope for the best everyone, and be prepared for steady improvement.

    Cheers

    • smiler2729 says:

      What the hell did I miss? What did Cowan and Tony M announce?

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      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      So, now the team has a strategic plan with a basic tenet that moves must make sense!

      Good to know. I’m reassured.

    • steve17 says:

      From what was reported, all Molson did was say that Gauthier is still the Gm and there are no plans to change that. Steven Hindle does believe that Larry Carriere, the assiatant GM and now assistant coach should take over as he has 20 years of management experience, has been with the team ofr a while and has seen first hand what is happening in the dressing room as an assistant coach. He is from Montreal and is bilingual, so he meets all the “criteria”

      Maybe that has already happened behind the scenes ans will be announced after the season ends, but we do not know that!

      Having said that, I do believe if the Habs can get a power winger for Plekanec, even if it is a high end prospect, would be very good for Montreal. DD, Eller, Leblanc and White can finish this season at centre. I also believe that Kostitsyn, Nokelainen, Campoli, Weber, Gionta, and Kaberle should be moved. Give Gorges the “C” and move forward.

      Emelin and Diaz will be that much better next season. Nash would have been up if he was not injured and adds size. If the Habs would trade Gionta to the Devils for Zubrus, Zubrus could replace Kostitsyn on the 3rd line for the remained of this season, which is also the end of his contract. Blunden will be back next season and then they can decide on Darche. I would only trade Moen if they get a terrific offer for him.

      Habfan17

  42. Ozmodiar says:

    Trading Pleks would be a terrible idea!!

    Oh wait…I don’t know what the return is. Never mind.

    I guess we’ll just have to hope the OTHER team is more desperate than the Habs are, which all too often, does not seem to be the case.

  43. Captain aHab says:

    More than anything, this will tell us where the team itself thinks it is with respect to how long it’ll take to get back to the dance. If they think they’re at least three years from competing for a cup, then getting a boatload of assets for Pleks isn’t such a bad deal. If they think they can turn things around as early as next year then I doubt we see him traded.

    —————-
    McGuire for GM!
    Roy for Coach!
    Sh*t for Brains!

  44. HabFanSince72 says:

    Plex is a good soldier. He’s allowed Martin and Cunnyworth (especially the latter) to mess up his season. And he hasn’t sulked.

    Cunnyworth has given better wingers to Gomez than to Plex or Eller. Maybe he was doing this on orders for above.

    On the other hand, if we can somehow turn Plex into someone like Sean Couturier as suggested below, than by all means let’s do it


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

  45. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Gauthier should not be allowed to trade any of the big names. These major decisions need to be made by his replacement (who ever that is).

  46. Ian Cobb says:

    Montreal will sit this one out! The players we need to send out of town, nobody wants their contracts or them.
    I think all moves will happen at the end of the season, once we have our GM and coaches under contract.!

  47. manu07 says:

    If I were a Plec, Watching this team fall apart this year. The fact that he got tossed around especially being out with a guy like Darche. I would be asking for a trade. I would also be completely pissed off. I’m sure Darche is a good guy, but he should not be on a line with plec. The fact that DD is on there big line/ only line would piss me off even more. Plec has been quiet but it would not shock me if he did ask to be moved

  48. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Retro mike is clueless

  49. earl says:

    I think we should all sit down and brace ourselves for this.

    GGW – Gauthier gone wild

  50. smiler2729 says:

    I doubt Goats will be trusted to make significant moves before he’s let go at the end of the season

    __________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  51. Elliotte Friedman tweets:
    Have to say if I was MON, Plekanec would be one of last guys I’d want to deal…pro, non-whiner, competes. What they need in this mess.

  52. Stev.R says:

    EKLUND: Montreal wants Brassard
    Hearing this from a great source…he is their #1 target

  53. Captain aHab says:

    Pleks and our 1 st rounder for Ryan Smyth? ;-0

    —————-
    McGuire for GM!
    Roy for Coach!
    Sh*t for Brains!

  54. manu07 says:

    I would rather see AK go then plecks. Look with a to trade clause he obviously has mentioned being traded if these reports are true. I don’t blame him either. If he is thinking this team will take years to rebuild. Maybe now is the time to get out and go to a contending team.

  55. like a boss says:

    i think we shouldnt trade pleks, i think we should trade for players to play on the same line with pleks. He was been our best player the past couple of seasons (aside from carey price) this season the problem with him is the fact that he hasnt been on o consistant line all season…if we get him some good linemates that he can score with, then that will be our best choice

  56. habs001 says:

    Teams like the flyers and bruins have dmen who can pinch in the other teams zone and dominate physically along the boards and keep the puck in…we are one of the worst teams in doing this as physically we have one of the weakest d in the league..

  57. BC HAB says:

    Well I plecs gets traded our PK next year will also be close to last.

    • Favorite Son says:

      Right, because Eller, Bourque, Moen, White, maybe Darche if he’s back aren’t able to kill penalties? If you’re relying on Pleks for his penalty killing skills than your argument is weak…

  58. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Homegrown talent like Pleks is hard to come by…and this club might trade him?

    What a F’n joke this once proud franchise has become.

    • Captain aHab says:

      Personally, I would wait to see what the return is IF he is traded before saying any trade would be bad. If you look at what trades are currently bringing back in terms of assets, Pleks could bring back a boatload.

      —————-
      McGuire for GM!
      Roy for Coach!
      Sh*t for Brains!

      • Favorite Son says:

        Exactly!

      • RiverviewCanadien says:

        It would have to be a BIG return to make losing Pleks a good thing (I would hate losing Pleks), but if it makes the team better, of course I am all for it.

        No player is bigger than the CH

        But the blundering moves this club has made…I shake my head at times like this. Panic moves…

        • Captain aHab says:

          I don’t think the club has illusions anymore of making the playoffs so I’m less worried now about a Kaberle-like deal.

          —————-
          McGuire for GM!
          Roy for Coach!
          Sh*t for Brains!

    • steve17 says:

      There is a reality in hockey and with Eller and DD proving they can play and having Leblanc, they have too many centres, so value wise, Eller and DD have upside and have not reached their potential and are easier to fit under the cap. Plekanec has reached his peak and has much more value right now to teams that need a solid 2nd line centre and think they have a chance to win the cup this season. White is also a natural centre and there are a couple in Hamilton that will be ready in a couple of seasons. If the Habs can get a prospect and pick for Pleks, then that would be better long term.

      Habfan17

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Just rumor and nonsense, we see it every year!

  59. Stev.R says:

    Hey has Geoffrion been called up yet? I know there was talk of bringing him up sometime this week.

    • What talk? Fan Talk ? Geoffrion needs to remain in Hamilton. The Bulldogs are vying for a playoff spot and need him there. LL should be there as well. The 2012 Habs are dead horse, and the best development for prospects is to remain in the AHL for now.

      • showey47 says:

        Moen,darche,ak and possibly nokia could all be moved for picks tomorrow.Who do you suggest take their roster spots? Campoli is probably gone tomorrow also so this means weber plays defence(if he isn’t traded by then also). Like it or not there will be bulldogs playing in montreal till game 82.

  60. The Dude says:

    Rick Nash in C.H. WOULD BE AWESOME…make it happen ,Timmons?,David Molson?,Youpie?Roy?

  61. manu07 says:

    Prediction.(Typo)

  62. manu07 says:

    So who is in the pressbox or a healthy scratch tonight? My perdiction is AK, Campoli, and Weber. I wish kabs and Gomez were also not playing but PG would have to slip another GM some E I get them to take one of those 2 off our hands.

  63. earl says:

    @earlswife says something could happen tonight

  64. manu07 says:

    Maybe plecks is going with one of out existing prospects. Like Gallagher now I am a hit interested to see what happens by tomorrow At 3pm.

  65. Bigdawg says:

    Molson should hire the 2 Bobs from Office Space to come and do work interviews of the current players/staff. I can just see Gomez’s interview now (it would probably go like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGS2tKQhdhY)

  66. punkster says:

    Panic in the streets!

    Do I want to lose Pleks? No.

    Given that there are many, many teams out there just dieing for a good center and PK expert we shouldn’t be surprised that Pleks is being discussed with other teams.

    It’s business. Nobody is untouchable for the right assets in return. Face it, there are very few “franchise players” in the league and the Habs don’t exactly have any proven contenders for that title yet.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  67. habs_54321 says:

    im betting the only thing that will happen tommorow for the canadiens is campoli will be moved for a 4th rd draft choice. thats it thats all no need to or gauthier to do any more than the bare minimum as hes done since hes gotten here

  68. RetroMikey says:

    Yeah baby! I love it!
    We are shopping! Let’s trade whoever! We must!
    We need size, young prospects, and draft picks!
    Out with the smurfs, in with the new bigger kids.
    We have to! We must!
    I’ll be pissed if PG and BG don’t make any major trades or an overhaul on this team we have.
    If we are conservative come trade deadline and make just one trade, we will suffer and us, as fans for a very long time.
    The time is now!!!!
    Sad to see some of these players go, but as they say “c’est la vie.”
    Tank I say! Tank!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  69. nellis13 says:

    Management of this team is dumb enough to do it. You can’t replace a guy like Plecks.

  70. Ian Cobb says:

    Come on Mr. Hickey! I know newspaper sales are down, but so is our club, no need to kick them when they are down. You will know about trades only when they will be announced and not before.

    Gossip & rumor is for the Toronto media!

  71. manu07 says:

    I know sportsnet is shit. That was louis jean. Just posted this 2 minutes ago. Lol. So he is either really late with the “rumour” or ahead of the game.

    • avi says:

      Pleks should only get traded for a big centre who has already demonstrated the ability to score at least15 goals per year and get 50-60 assists..and…can actually show up in the playoffs. In other words, unless Gauthier and Gainey are still at the helm…it aint happening.

    • Louis Jean was one of the first to tweet agent Curren’s denial. Now it appears that he’s readjusted his story. claiming there is talk. Plekanec, for the record, has a limited NTC.

  72. toneez says:

    Greetings !
    I do not believe that trading Plecks is a good idea , we have a hard time keeping players that want to play here and he does want to play here, and has been a member of the organisation since he began his pro career , and he loves Montreal , my opinion is get some wingers that can play with him rather than trade him … its such a shame that we always find ways to alienate and then trade players that are great players under different circumstances with other organisations , I somehow think that a new attitude is needed from the top down , we have a great core , Price , PK , Max Pac , Cole Desharnais , Eller, Lemelin , Diaz is a wonderful surprise and will only get better with experience, and if all the time off for Markov will allow him to com back as good as or better thatn he was ( Lindstrom is over 40 Yrs old ) so the core is there all we need is an attitude adjustment at the top and I do believe that letting PG go is a starting point and bring in a GM with attitude , not one who is a ghost , I have been a Habs fan all my life and cannot remember a time of turmoil such as this since Rejran Houle and Mario Tremblay chased Patrick Roy out of Montreal , yes language is a sensitive issue in Quebec , but seriously folks what do we want a team that stays stagnant for years or a team that will eventually compete for the Cup , as for coaches we unceremeously let Guy Boucher and Kirk Muller leave the organisation , both would have been highly accepted as coaches for the Habs but UPPER MANAGEMENT let them get away , Randy is doing a great job considering the circumstances trying to keep the team together … This season is a loss and maybe it was meant to be that way , maybe we get a shot at a top 3 draft pick for the 1st time in ages and draft a franchise player to go along woth the core that we have , all I am hoping is that changes are made at the top, because in my opinion that’s where the Habs weaknesses lie , poor Sam Pollock and Toe Blake and the rest of the Habs legends they must be turning over in their graves at what is going on …

    All Habs all the Time

  73. manu07 says:

    Habs should just not show up to the game this afternoon. Lol. Have half the team in the press box not playing.


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