Bourque to Colorado trade falls through: reports; Leblanc returned to Hamilton

After missing Monday’s practice while battling the flu, Louis Leblanc took part in Tuesday’s morning skate in Brossard as the Canadiens prepared to face the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690).

However, on Tuesday afternoon the Canadiens announced that Leblanc was being returned to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

Brandon Prust didn’t take part in the morning skate, instead having a therapy session, but will play against the Hurricanes. George Parros will take Leblanc’s spot in the lineup, while defencemen Francis Bouillon and Raphael Diaz will be healthy scratches.

TVA Sports reported Monday night that Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin turned down a trade offer from Colorado that would have sent Rene Bourque to the Avalanche in exchange for P.A. Parenteau. However, Francois Gagnon of RDS reported it was the Avalanche that rejected the offer. TVA reported that negotiations between the two teams were ongoing.

Bourque didn’t speak to reporters at Tuesday’s morning skate.

Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens and Justin Peters will be in net for the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes, coming off a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday night in Carolina, have won four in a row, while the Canadiens have lost four straight. Tuesday’s game will be the fifth in seven days for the Hurricanes.

“The Hurricanes is a team which works extremely hard,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Brossard after the morning skate. “They have two good lines, centred by the Staal brothers. This give two powerful combinations which put a lot of pressure on their opponents.

“Preparation is really important, and I felt that we had a good practice yesterday and a good skate this morning as well, which will help us be at our best tonight,” the coach added. “The NHL is a league with a lot of parity among its teams. Every team has something to prove on a given night, and being well prepared is going to give us the best chance to succeed.”

In eight games with the Canadiens this season, Leblanc failed to register a point. In 36 games with Hamilton, he has nine goals and 11 assists.

Here’s how the Habs’ lines and defence pairings are expected to look against the Hurricanes:



(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)

Habs, Avalanche trade reportedly falls through,

Parenteau given Monday night off by Roy, Denver Post

Canadiens assign Leblanc to Bulldogs,

Habs vs. Hurricanes preview,

Game Day Report,

Post-practice interviews (video),

Habs could slip out of playoff spot, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

‘This isn’t rock bottom,’ Pacioretty says, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Is Carey Price mentally tough enough?

Canadiens staying calm in midst of a storm,

10 NHL goalies have more assists than Habs’ Bourque, Stu on Sports blog

Staal brothers rally Hurricanes over Blue Jackets, Raleigh News & Observer

Habs prospect Hudon deals with hectic month,



  1. Eddie says:

    The Habs centres do not match up well against the Staals.

  2. Eddie says:

    So Boone, we respect your opinion. We’re the Habs really discussing Bourque to Colorado or was this a story fabricated by the media?

  3. C-Sword says:

    At least, Bourque used to be a dirty player

  4. Ron says:

    Game blog up..

  5. stevieray says:

    So did Patrick want Rene ….interesting ….
    One outfit says MB nixed the trade …another says Colorado nixed it ??? some one is fipping

  6. Danno says:

    Why is it Rene Bourque almost always has a blank expression on his face?


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  7. punkster says:

    Max did not say they haven’t hit rock bottom yet.

    People will often misquote to further their own agenda.


  8. Plekasuares says:

    Plekanec will be a damn good #3 once this team is competitive

  9. TheDagger says:

    Angelo Esposito hahahaha

  10. Bripro says:

    It’s after 5pm. No liveblog yet?
    Is Mike Boone on vacation again?

    Time to start another conspiracy theory.

  11. Somethings stinky today. With two drafts Nygren and Nystrom bolting for the KHL and Sweden, deals supposedly falling through, the ever-rotating door of lines and the complete collapse of our scoring and results just like last year, me thinks that this version is only marginally better than Goat and notepad man. What’s going on internally? Do players really not want to come or stay here?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • Cal says:

      They see many players being played out of position and youth not being given a fair shake. So, they take off, eh.
      When players like DD and Brière are given priority, the youth in the organization can say “I’ve got another league and team that wants me and will pay a lot better than Hamilton.”
      I can’t say that I blame them. The Habs priorities are out of whack.

      • jctremblay says:

        It’s been pretty brutal. What really opened my eyes was the Nättinen him up, the kids loses two faceoffs (probably because he was, I don’t know, awed by being in the big leagues or something) and he gets sat down for the rest of the game. Horrible. Leafs in the 70`s under Ballard level personnel mngmt, right there. Guys are bouncing back and forth between Hamilton and I wonder why. I am not a LL fan but he showed something on this call up and was one of the better players out there. Too bad…back you go. WTF?

  12. Danno says:

    Whither the Habs?

    Can’t Wait For Tonight


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  13. HabsWin-nipeg says:

    Some talk about who you might trade to contending teams at the deadline. Got me thinking about who you would absolutely not trade at the deadline. My choices:

    Subban/Beaulieu/Tinordi/Patteryn/Emelin – the future or our D
    Gallagher/Galchenyuk (and maybe Eller)

    Anyone else, to me, is available if the return makes us better.

  14. BJ says:

    Bourque strikes me as a sensitive, loner type of guy. Maybe Therrien doesn’t have the smarts to get the best out of him. I’d try him out in Cole’s old spot for a while and bring back the EGG line.

  15. habs-hampton says:

    so the question is , how will Bourque react to this news? Will he care even less (hard to do), or will he try to prove Bergevin almost made a mistake?

    This should be todays poll question.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Fair question. I’m not a fan of Bourque. Ge’s my least favorite Habs player, so take this with a grain of salt.

      Nothing has motivated thus guys in 4 years. This won’t either.

      • Cal says:

        That 6 year contract killed any and all motivation. He can retire back home in Lac Labiche, Alberta a very wealthy man. He has a modified NTC. I’d be waiving him bye-bye about now.

  16. Eddie says:

    The Curious Case of Raphy Diaz?

    One day he’s paired with Markov, remember, the next he’s a healthy scratch??

    I mean not just a scratch, a healthy flesh wound maybe, because he does not seem to be on anyone’s radar any longer.

    Of course we needed to open a spot in the lineup for Murray, so Diaz’s disappearance is perfectly logical, easily explained.

    Diaz seems like a decent number 5 or 6 dman from where I’m sitting.

    Of course the Therrien apologists will jump all over this because heaven forbid our great coach might be accused of making an error in judgement.

    We need a big presence to screen Price, they argue.

    He’s better than Subban on the penalty kill, they whine.

    He will push you and shove you so hard it will HURT.

    So he can’t skate, so what! Since when does skating matter in this game?

  17. Habfan17 says:

    So, Chicago wants a 2nd line centre, the Sharks want depth up front for the playoff run, and the Kings want power play help on defence.

    Who would you offer and for who!


  18. duffy says:

    Paciorety says its not rock bottom yet, does that mean we may only see two shots on goal in the firt forty minutes tonight.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Even better this quote from Therrien “Preparation is really important, and I felt that we had a good practice yesterday and a good skate this morning as well, which will help us be at our best tonight,” the coach added.

      So, what will be their best?


    • mark-ID says:

      yea thats kind of a weird thing to say lol
      Tell us it doesn’t get worse……..please!

      “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  19. CHicoHab says:

    Mike Keenan coaching in KHL. His assistant translates for him.

  20. Sportfan says:

    A lot of people say Boucher, but seriously why not Marc Crawford. He actually speaks french, has experience etc.

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    • Kooch7800 says:

      I like crow. I think clubs may be afraid of the legal issues he is dealing with being a distraction. A city like Montreal the media would be all over it

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  21. jols101 says:

    So much conversation on a trade that never happened, can you imagine the volume of posts on here if Bergevin ever makes a trade. Hamster’s dying of heat exhaustion everywhere.

  22. CHicoHab says:

    I think Parenteau led Avs in scoring last year. Can’t be traded straight up??

  23. Soolz says:

    If Montreal can get PA for Bourque straight up that would be amazing. PA is an upgrade big time. I kept thinking years ago that Bourque may turn things around and pot another 27 goals but no freaking way on earth will that happen. He’s washed up. Little man in a big body.

  24. Habfan17 says:

    @ habsrule1

    Yes, Bergevin does indeed have much work to do. There was a great interview on the TSN1200 radio show in Ottawa this morning. They were speaking with John Davidson and he spoke about how bad St. Louis was when he was hired and how it was 7 years of hard work to turn them around. He mentioned trading one player for two so he would have NHL level players on the team. He also spoke of doing their best to draft well and paying the players developed.

    I think Bergevin needs to be realistic and if he is, should and will hopefully trade the veterans who will be UFA’s at the end of this season to add picks, prospects and younger role players that fit the long term plan.

    Having said that, Therrien seems like the village bumpkin trying to do something he is not equipped to do!


    • Luke says:

      7 years?

      MB’s had 100 games. And some think that was too much.

      • Habfan17 says:

        I am impatient too given that we as fans have endured a poor team for so long. I am not one who is impatient with Bergevin. I still think he will get the Habs back on track! Other teams will not give away the players the Habs need and Bergevin. Not to mentione the players the Habs would want are also being targeted by other GM’s!


      • Sportfan says:

        I believe in him and think he’ll be around for 5+ years here after this season, I don’t see Molson kicking him out and remember Serge Savard picked him.

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    • Mattyleg says:

      You really think a different coach (and one that was available) could have got more out of this team?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Kooch7800 says:

        Who knows. The. Roster has some holes and I don’t think could win the cup regardless of the coach. I would rather it done in the offseason

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Habfan17 says:

        At least he may not be a fan of musical chairs like Therrien. It is almost like that is how he picks his lines! An executive decision maker. You know the one, a big spinner with all the players names on it and he spins the arm to see who plays together!


        • Mattyleg says:

          Heh heh.
          This usually comes from having players who aren’t really that effective.
          Carbonneau did that before he left too, because he was looking for something that worked.

          Not defending Therrien, but woudln’t it be crazier to leave lines together that aren’t working? He did that at the beginning of the season and people were in fits.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • HabsWin-nipeg says:

      I agree. My opinion is that last years high finish was unfortunate in that it masked that there are significant holes in the team. MB likely knew this, but took the risk that what we saw last year was the real thing. It is obvious now that it is not. Our defense after Subban/Markov/Emelin is average to below average, and Markov can no longer handle top pairing minutes. At forward we have too many a)small average players, b)underachievers, c)fading veterans. A partial rebuild is in order (again in my opinion) and I personally would prefer to see MB accelerate the process. Bring up the D that you see as part of the future – Beaulieu, Tinordi, Patteryn and let them learn. We’re not going anywhere with what we have anyway. At forward it’s tougher, as there isn’t much available in the minors at this point. Package surplus D and expendable forwards for a player or two that will help in the long run. Fans will be OK if they know there is a plan.

    • boonie says:

      Fair point. MB hasn’t had enough time to turn things around.

      Forget good, is MB making us better?

      Was MT the right choice? Was signing Briere better than signing Jagr? Or Piros over MacArthur? Will trading Bourque for PA or a similar better in 5-7 years?

      I don’t see progress. If we don’t take steps each year, we are not going to be appreciably better down the road.

      Here is the question, have MB’s moves made us better? If we not

  25. HabsWin-nipeg says:

    So I was thinking – lost in all the kerfuffle about who rejected who’s trade offer, and who would be more/less valuable to the other team, is the reality that there was a trade offer out there, and MB was a part of it. Hope, however small, is alive for me again.

  26. jols101 says:

    Our fearless leader, Mike Boone, will be on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown, sometime this hour if anyone is interested.

  27. The Jackal says:

    So we almost got Parenteau..

    What do people think of this almost deal?
    Does Parenteau help us out?

    While the deal did not go through, I hope it sends the players a message that MB is not sitting around and that they better pick it up. Parenteau probably wasn’t what the doctor ordered and either way is not a game breaker so hopefully word of this move is a good kick in the ass for the team and a primer for MB to get his ass moving too.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I am glad it did not go through. Another older, smaller player. By the time the Habs are true contenders, he will be gone. Bigger cap hit too!

      I agree, I hope it sends a message to the players to kick it into high gear!


    • Kooch7800 says:

      Would not be a good trade in my eyes. Would eat up more cap space that could be used elsewhere. PA is a perimeter player and we have tons of those. We also need finishers not passers.

      It would sadly make us slightly softer than we already are

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • New says:

      For the last 20 seasons Montreal has given away future for present patches. Swapping one Parenteau for a Bourque changes nothing. Now in a season the Avs are going to ice Stastny, MacKinnon, Duschene, O’Reilly down center. You think anyone there is going to be happy? No way. Four first line centers playing 13 minutes each. Yeah, that works for contracts. Which is why they should have taken Jones.

      Montreal and the Avs could do something that helps both teams but I don’t expect anyone has the nerves to do so.

  28. duffy says:

    Ten goalies with more assists than BORQUE ,This guy should be embarrassed to no end. What GM in his right mind would even think about a trade for him.?

  29. habsfan0 says:

    A dilemma for Habs fans tonight?
    Wanting the team to win of course,but realizing if they do,it likely prolongs Therrien’s tenure.
    Mind you,Guy Carbonneau’s last game as HC of the Habs was a victory against the Stars before he was let go.

  30. munch17 says:

    Is there a smaller , weaker group of centers in the NHL?
    I think Pleks is an excellent 2 1/2 center – but with Briere and DD in the middle – good luck against the Staals!!

  31. Eddie says:

    So you think our best prospects, Colberg in Sweden and Lehkonen in Finland have heard by now how Nattinen got 1 minute and change in his call up, and how Magnus Nygren left Hamilton and will likely never return?

    We should ask JJ Turku, our great and longtime poster from Finland, to let us know what people are thinking.

    How you treat your prospects is extremely important for the longer term success of a franchise, wouldn’t you agree?

    So Leblanc is back in Hamilton??

    I thought he and Bournival were our best skaters Saturday night.

    Just goes to show what I know. Diddly squat.

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