Scott Gomez signs one-year deal with Panthers

Scott Gomez’s NHL career isn’t over yet.

The former Canadien, who will turn 34 on Dec. 23, has signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers after posting 2-13-15 totals in 39 games with the San Jose Sharks last season to go along with a minus-10.

“Scott is a veteran centre who adds further depth to the middle of our lineup,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said on the team’s website. “He is a quick and skilled forward, with a wealth of hockey experience, including two Stanley Cup titles, who will be a leader for our younger players.”

The Bodog betting website has the Panthers listed as the biggest longshot to win the Stanley Cup next season at 150-1 odds. The Panthers make their first visit to the Bell Centre next season on Sunday, Dec. 15.

The Canadiens bought out the last two years of Gomez’s seven-year, $51.5-million contract on the first day of training camp last season.

Former Canadiens GM Bob Gainey acquired Gomez – and his contract – from the Rangers before the 2009-10 season in a seven-player deal that sent 2007 first-round draft pick Ryan McDonagh to New York. McDonagh, a defenceman, posted 4-15-19 totals in 47 games last season and was plus-13.

In 941 career games, Gomez has 171 goals and 530 assists for 701 points.

(Gazette file photo/Dave Sidaway)

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  1. You are so right

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  2. frontenac1 says:

    @andy. The ruskies have been trying to breed ape-men since Stalin’s time. One day they might succeed.

  3. Cal says:

    Lidstrom’s # getting the retirement treatment in Motown:
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=428921

    • Cal says:

      As long as the left fails to unite, this is what Canada should expect.
      With both the NDP and Liberals behaving like morons, Harper’s hyper-secret totalitarian Christian dream continues unabated.

      • VancouverHab says:

        How did you get the ability to read dreams? And if it’s hyper-secret, how do you know about it?

        You should either make a fortune from your gifts or get help for your left-wing paranoid delusions (and of course that is a pleonasm).

  4. frontenac1 says:

    Putin and his crazy-ass experiments between humans and animals. The guy is nuts amigos.

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    Interesting read from puckdaddy on the kind of week former Bluejacket Zherdev just had. Seems like such a nice guy, things just didn’t work out for him…. No wonder this guy was a complete flop in the NHL.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nikolai-zherdev-crashes-car-gets-hotel-fight-pretty-142952351.html

  6. adamkennelly says:

    did we trade DD for Kyle Clifford yet?

  7. pmaraw says:

    you guys are delusional who think that Sochi is going to be boycott’d. it will be handled exactly as the olympics in china were handled. if you’re expecting a spectacle, other than the athletes doing what they do, you will be sorely disappointed.

    • Cal says:

      I guess we were all delusional in 1980 and 1984, right?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I don’t think a country like the U.S. will boycott these Olympics, there is just too much corporate money involved. However, would be nice to see some athletes and their countries officials show some type of protest/opposition to Putin. But then again, these people train their whole lives for an event like this, and they don’t need the distractions either.

        Just a sad commentary on how delusional Putin really is.

        • Cal says:

          I think it unlikely, yet Obama has the hammer regarding the Snowden situation. Most of the West will not be happy about anti-gay laws being enacted, either.
          The Snowden situation is more serious, imo.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Obama’s a pussy compared to Putin. Putin’s pushing the U.S. all around the world because Obama’s got no stones and Putin knows nothing is going to stop him, while Obama parties. Old Ronnie’s spinning in his grave. But you get what you vote for.
            BTW just to ad to my point the Russians are sending a cruiser to Cuba and have canceled Cuba paper debt of 30 Billion (which they never would have collected anyway).

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

      • GrimJim says:

        Different era. Russia invaded Afganistan in 1979 prompting the boycott. And 1984 was pure retaliation for 1980, with the boycott only being communist countries or countries dependant on the Soviets for foreign aid. Russia is now linked in economically and politically to the west to an extent that organizing a widespread boycott on the scale of 1980 would be very difficult to achieve, especially based on granting asylum to Snowdon alone. Plus the IOC has been working for years to de-link politics and the Olympics

  8. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Further to the comparison of Habs and Als culture:

    aren’t we still waiting for the Als equivalent of “Le Chandail de Hockey”?

    I haven’t lived in Montreal since 1989, but would I be correct in suggesting that Als “culture” comes not 2nd behind the Habs but in fact 3rd… behind the Expos, even though they don’t exist any more?!

    • alain58 says:

      I also left the province in 1990. From what I recall, the Expos were the 2nd loved team in Quebec. I remember as a teenager going in the family car to turn on the radio and listen to the game while the rest of the family was doing camping stuff. A kid riveted to a radio broadcast of a sport is what we call an addiction. Would never though about doing something like that for the Als.

  9. Hobie Hansen says:

    I agree with Bill. Nobody hated Gomez. In fact, a lot of us were pulling for him to magically turn it around.

    I hated his contract, I hated thinking of what we’d look like if we actually had a $7 million center instead of Gomez, knowing he was impossible to move.

    Originally, I was very happy when Koivu and Kovalev were subtracted and Cammalleri, Gionta and Gomez were added. Taking into account that there were new rules in place to give players more room. I also, call me prejudice, was happy that we were changing the culture of the team by removing Europeans and replacing them with North American players.

    Unfortunately, the rule changes didn’t hold up, thus making the smaller players less effective and a small team a bad idea.

  10. Say Ash says:

    Not sure if it’s posted yet – a guy in B.C. selling his Gordie Howe collection for $20,000:

    Check it out

    • Chuck says:

      ‘Game used jersey cards’… so they took a freakin’ GORDIE HOWE game-worn jersey and cut it up into tiny little pieces?

      Ugh…
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      • GrimJim says:

        I was listening to sprts radio in Calgary just before the draft and the Flames PR manager said the same thing happens at the draft. The first round draftees get the jersey on stage, go backstage for media interviews and then go to aroom set up for the hockey card manufacturers, where the kids take off the first jersey, put on a second one, wear it for 5 or 10 seconds, then take off that jersey and put on another one. The kids will wear five or six jerseys each for ten seconds, jerseys that are then cut into hockey card size pieces. The PR guy, though, said that every once in while you’ll get a kids that speaks no english and has no translator with him, and the hockey card reps have to try to explain what is going on using hand signals.

  11. Bill says:

    HF72: Putin is a very dangerous man, but he’s not gong to persecute gay athletes in front of the whole world for raising a fist. Even he has limits.

    On another note, free Pussy Riot!

    • Timo says:

      I don’t think he has limits. I think it’s mostly because of “what’s the point”? There is a reason why this gay rights thing came up now… as someone pointed out, probably to divert attention from something else. Unless detaining and persecuting gay athletes will serve some other major purpose no one in Russia will touch them. God knows that country has much bigger problems than a few thousand gays.

  12. Bill says:

    @Cal: Don’t think Russia is irrelevant. Still a major producer of oil and a huge part of the global economy. Control the world’s largest supply of nuclear weapons. important connections to shady terror nations. They need to be dealt with carefully.

  13. The Juice says:

    What’s with the Panthers signing all of the Habs sloppy 3rds?

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  14. Bill says:

    Persecution of LGBTs in Russia should not be ignored. But all countries participated in the Beijing Olympics, and their human rights record – including treatment of the LGBTS community – is just as bad.

    In any case, the corporations that control the Olympics and our governments will not allow a boycott anymore.

    The best move is to participate in the games, but make symbolic gestures expressing disapproval. I can’t see Putin actually arresting athletes for this kind of thing, no matter what he says.

  15. Bill says:

    I didn’t hate Gomez, and in fact very few Habs fans did, I’d say. Anyone who hates a professional athlete for playing badly needs therapy. Gomez is/was a classy person who was good to the fans, especially kids, and who never was negative about anything. He simply couldn’t play anymore, not as a top line guy.

    What I didn’t like was his cap-killing contract in proportion to his production, the trade that brought him here, and the loss of Koivu. And that’s what most fans also “hated”. No one hated Gomez as a person, that’s a false argument.

    • doc359 says:

      Good way to kill some time with a fun read, but careful looking to Bleacher Report for any real information or turn to it as a source in an argument. They have some of the worst journalistic standards around

  16. Bill says:

    @junyab: so your hope as a fan is that Subban has a bad year to save the team money? That is how weird sports have gotten I guess. I mean, it’s not my money, and he’s the best player, so I hope he has a great year so he helps the team win. Plus so I have someone to cheer for.

    • Ed says:

      when you skate like Subban, the game is played almost in slow motion. He is still getting better. I can see him scoring close to 20 goals and around 60-70 points.

    • junyab says:

      Huh? That’s a weird misinterpretation. So no, that’s not how my comment should have been taken. My comment was about when they should re-sign PK.

      I think it would be more beneficial for the team to wait until after the season, as opposed to doing it before this season. I hope he gets even better, and wins the Norris again. But if he doesn’t, then we might get him at a price less than what it would take right now.

  17. Trollhunter says:

    sweet highlights of Martin Reway’s season
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moWJT5x6Apw

  18. Trollhunter says:

    Mccarron looks like Jason Segel.

    “Troll the troll”

  19. wjc says:

    Do not understand hate for Gomez.

    He was offered big money, he accepted.

    He had great first year with Habs, 59 points went to conference finals.

    He did not trade for himself, he simply came to Montreal.

    He never bad mouthed anybody, players, coaches, fans. Even when he left, he left quietly.

    He could not get it going after first season, injuries, mixed lines, wrong responsibilities…..who knows?

    Was good in room, is funny, articulate behind the microphone and moved on….you should wish him the best, hope he gets 60 points again. He is rich, but so is everybody that plays in the NHL.

    $900,000.00 is not chump change, it is good money and he is still a useful player. Laugh if you must, but how much are you making this year. Would you turn it down?….be honest.

    wjc

    • habtastic74 says:

      I wouldn’t refer to his first season as “great.”

    • habstrinifan says:

      “He could not get it going after first season, injuries, mixed lines, wrong responsibilities…..who knows?”

      So many verbal contortions to avoid say he just didnt have it anymore.

    • Garbo says:

      Simple, he is not good and people don’t like bad players.

      I don’t understand your comments at the end. Because he is rich, people don’t have the right to dislike him? weird

    • ooder says:

      he mailed it in and came to camp out of shape.
      another reason i can’t stand him is the habs complete and utter stupidity of JM who kept promoting him and giving him first line minutes.
      not to mention gainey and pg traded away a stud dman for him.

    • krob1000 says:

      NOt sure anyone hates Gomez…they hate whwat Gomezs meant to the team….no depth, having to overuse a player who was done producing to justify his presence, the forefiting of the teams best defensive prospect in decades (Subban is more offensive is where I am going with that). That trade undid everything that Gainey had done right in one foul swoop……it was laughable he gave up assets of that magnitude to take on one of the worst contracts in the league.
      Gomez…the person…by all accounts I have ever read…a great guy, had some issues with Sergei K, other than that seems like a nice guy….lost his confidence and became predictable…

      The deal, the contract, the prospect loss, they all add up to Gomez being disliked…but again…it is not Gomez himself..t is what Gomez signifies to the team the last few years and however long Mcdonagh excels

  20. donmarco says:

    My passion for the Al’s is only a small notch below the Habs so the news this morning really hit me. Not a very long leash for a new coach when you consider he had the same record as Trestman after 5 games.

    I’ve been a seasons ticket holder for over 10 years and noticed some very disquieting things during the game against the Eskimos. From throwing a challenge flag on a play that was in the Al’s favor, to always seeing him alone without a player or assistant by his side, it was clear that Hawkins was out of his element big time. But when I saw him try to talkl to Shea Emry as he came off the field during a change of possession, and Emry did everything he could to ignore him and walk past I knew then that this was a coach who had lost his team. No player would have walked away on Trestman, or Matthews, coaches who had the player’s respect.

    Decisions like these are fraught with risks, and sometimes they don’t pan out and sometimes they do. This didn’t.

    The only thing I don’t like is having Popp slide in as coach. He’s a genius when it comes to talent evaluation, and ruthless in constantly improving his team, but he is not a coach. I’d much rather see someone else in that role.

    All of a sudden the Argo’s game is a critical one. But I fear a long and bumpy season may lie ahead.

    But I’ll still be at every game no matter what. Go Al’s Go.

  21. habstrinifan says:

    “Pleks is a tough one to judge…” A statement which says so much about our team. Is Pacs a power forward approaching his peak .. man that’s a tough one to judge. Is Pleks a #1 or a #2 ..man that’s a tough one to judge. Is DD a top player.. man that’s a tough one to judge. Is Price a goalie extraordinaire… man that’s a tough one to judge. Is Gionta a true top level scorer (some say his stats say so)… man that’s a tough one to judge.

    • Trollhunter says:

      I’m not knocking Patches, I think he’s a good player on the team, but it’s hard to call him a power forward. He’s got the size but not the style. but I do think he’s coming in to his own though :)

    • Habfan17 says:

      I don’t think Pleks is a tough one to judge at all, The days of keeping a player just because the team drafted them is gone. this is a business in a cap world. I have no issues with Pleks, I just believe he has reached his full potential and the Habs have capable centres now in Eller, Galchenyuk, and soon LeBlanc, Bournival, and Nattinen. DD will probably be around at least one more season.

      I think if MB can turn Pleks into a player that fills a hole long term, he should do it.

      Habfan17

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    Off topic, but an interesting read on the discussion of a Boycott of the Sochi Olympics in light of Putin and his gov’t’s laws against gay rights.
    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9522926/gay-rights-sochi-boycott-movement

    • Timo says:

      I still maintain that Russian olympics will be the clusterf#$%k in the olympic games in recent memory. If you think you know “corrupt” you know nothing.

    • Cal says:

      Snowden and gay rights may derail Sochi.
      I wonder how many Russians would outright leave the NHL over this? It’s going to be fun to watch.

      • Sportfan says:

        If Sochi gets derailed they might have to go back to Vancouver, how weird would that be?

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        • Cal says:

          They would go on, just without the US, Canada and others. Putin will be taught an expensive lesson. He should realize the USSR is dead, but he keeps wanting to relive it.

          • Timo says:

            Cal, you can rest assured that Putin and anyone else connected to profiting from these olympics already made their money by awarding contracts and getting their cuts. They are not depending on revenue generation. It’s the developers, mom and pop businesses and the rest of the Russia’s population that will be saddled with the huge multi billion dollar bill for decades.

    • habstrinifan says:

      The ‘gay’ law issue should not be avoided. I say we have no choice but to boycott. It’s shameful!

    • ooder says:

      it is a dying country with a dying culture and a dying economy. pretty sad state of affairs

  23. Sportfan says:

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    Does Canada have a favorite NFL team?
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  24. Ian Cobb says:

    Popp coached the Als before bringing in Trustman.
    He did not do that well, but he did put some emotion back into the team.
    He is however one of the finest GM, recruiters in the CFL. Just look at all the players and coaches throughout the CFL, that came to the CFL by way of Popp

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Ian, has Laval’s coach Glenn Constantin ever been rumoured to go coach the Als?

    • habsfan0 says:

      This move strikes me as being a tad premature and smacks somewhat of desperation. Wasn’t Marc Trestman’s record in his inaugural season of 2008 an identical 2-3 at the same point of the season? He seems to have done alright from that point onward. And yes, Popp’s first stint as head coach of the Als wasn’t a resounding success.

      Wasn’t hiring Hawkins Popp’s call in the first place?

  25. Timo says:

    Man, I miss Scotty G. It’s true what they say… you only appreciate the talent and how good someone is when they’re gone. Come back, Scotty! Come baaaaaaaaaack!!!

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    Went to a place called Cartel last night on St.Urbain and Fairmount. $1 oysters and fish tacos that wouldn’t be out of place in Baja California.

    Place was packed. A few Mile-End hipsters, a few rich Outremont boys and girls, and a lot of kids from Longueuil who seemed to have wandered too far up St.Laurent. One guy (I swear) looked like Sonny Crocket from Miami Vice: powder blue t-shirt, pastel linen jacket, spiky gelled hair, aviator sunglasses even though it was getting dark. He updated the look by wearing socks.

    But the food was terrific and they have a terrace. And did I mention $1 oysters?

  27. B says:

    I don’t recall reading about anyone freaking out in Quebec if the Alouette’s coach or GM does not speak fluent French. It only seems to be a huge deal when it involves the Canadiens.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  28. MC's BEST #33 says:

    clifford would be a reason to get rid of moen. A big tough 4th line left winger.

  29. frontenac1 says:

    With a win next Thurs the Als can tie the Argos for first in the east. Hope Popp takes the leash off AC and let’s him rip it.

  30. bel33 says:

    Sorry all… I’m not much of soccer/football fan but I do read stories now and then especially at this time of year with no hockey stories.

    With all the buyout talk and action this summer in the NHL how’s this for a buyout? If Real Madrid wants to buy out Cristiano Ronaldo it would cost them… wait for it… $1.5 BILLION dollars!?!?!?! What???

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/real-madrid-president-florentino-perez-says-cristiano-ronaldo-will-end-his-career-at-the-club/

    • habstrinifan says:

      Soccer is one sport where you really have to be elite to be elite. The top soccer players like Rinaldo and Messi etc can do things that even say a Henry who is now playing in American pro soccer cant do and could never do. And Henri was good.

      But yes that money freaks me out.

  31. commandant says:

    A look at PK Subban’s next contract negotiations….

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/08/01/how-much-will-p-k-subban-get-paid/

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    • Ed says:

      8 years 60 million. The deal should take about 10 minutes to sign, and that’s only because the first 5 minutes will be small talk

      • habtastic74 says:

        That would be the most lucrative contract in Habs history wouldn’t it?

      • habstrinifan says:

        I hope two things. One is predicated on the other.

        I hope MB calls up P.K, his Dad, his Mom, and say let’s get this done.. we love you, you are indeed one of the core going forward.

        (Much as many here refuse to admit it MB basically eliminated Subban from his core and never retracted)..

        I hope this makes Subban and his folks happy and Subban agrees to many years at between 6.5 and 7.0 max.

        Other hopes: that his agent doesnt go haywire with demands.
        : that the ambivalence re Subban/dressing room goes
        away.

        My 2013 Camp day 1 hope: That somebody (MB/coach/Gionta… some freakin body) walks up to Subban and says “Man I like the way you seem to be saying that the next step for you to be worthy of that board where your name is now stenciled in forever.. the next step for you is to be integral in us winning a Stanley Cup.

        It wont happen! Cause the HABS have become a bunch of sissies, be good, character types, with 5yr plans coming out of their arses who are afraid to be led by a cocky, let’s kick arse dashing young man. And not any great TT drafting, or Waite goalkeeping coaching, or MB character moulding, or MT triple low-five banning would change that.

        Until they stand up and say as a group, to heck with this phlegmatic approach to hockey.. let us be freakin visionaries! Stanley Cup or bust!

        Where the f*^%$ is a Henri Richard when we need one! A kick-arse captain!

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          WHOA Trini!
          Where did that come from?!
          Another scenario: Gionta moves on (could be sooner than later), PK becomes captain, and everybody buys into his hungry vision for a Cup. I just can’t imagine our new guys (Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Tinordi, etc) or the middle guys (Price, Prust, etc) not being all over that!
          MB is quietly assembling the unit to do it, and MT coaches, but it’s the players who deliver, and the only way a Cup comes is if the players are hungry. With PK leading, they’ll be voracious!

    • junyab says:

      I hope they wait until the end of this season. I can’t see his value getting any higher, however, it could diminish slightly.

      If he wins the Norris again, will get an extra million/yr.? I doubt it. If he has a mediocre year I think it would save us a million/yr.

      Thoughts?

  32. Ian Cobb says:

    Step two, for our HIO Fan Summit

    151 HIO members will attend this years HIO Fan Summit.
    I have ordered all the tickets, some members are going have their own tickets. The Bell Center has been great to us. Now to organize the rest of the weekend.

    ITINERARY & LOCATIONS
    We are staying at the Novotel hotel, discount rates at 866-861-6112 Tell them you are with HIO to get your discount.

    We will all meet and greet at Hurley’s pub Friday eve. on Crescent St.
    Some of us will be having supper there, and name tags will be given out.
    Everyone is welcome to join us. Wear you team colors! and enjoy the evening.

    Saturday morning, breakfast is at Chez Cora’s at 8:30am. 1240 Drummond St.
    You can order a la cart and everyone gets 15% discount off your bill.

    After breakfast we walk over to the Bell Center for the Hall of Fame and Bell Center Tour.

    At 3pm the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation charity raffle at the Baton Rouge restaurant 1050 Mountain St.
    Each person is asked to bring one gift item to donate for the charity raffle, so everyone gets a gift to go home with. After this years fund raiser, we will have donated over $10,000 to different children’s charities. This year we are supporting the Mtl. Canadiens Children Foundation.

    Then our wonderful Baton Rouge Restaurant pre game dinner.

    After dinner we walk across the street to the Bell Center and Hab’s game.

    After the game the 2nd floor of Hurley’s pub is reserved for us again, to celebrate the win. Anyone may join us, just identify yourself as a HIO member.

    Please be generous with your charity raffle gifts and your purchase of raffle tickets. It is a way for the HIO community to give back to less fortunate kids.

    Everything is walking distance, so park your car for the weekend.
    Enjoy talking hockey and meeting your wonderful HIO community at this years Summit.

  33. Ed says:

    Plekanec has 3 years left at 5 million per. He will be turning 34 when his contract expires. Pavelski just signed for 5 years and 6 million per, and his numbers are very similar to Plekanec, although he is 1 year younger and about 80 games behind.

    With Galchenyuk and Eller gaining more and more experience, what strategy would you take regarding Plekanec and his next contract??

    • von says:

      Pleks is a tough one to judge because he plays so many roles on the team… reg. shift plus pp, pk… What centre can take that on? Eller maybe? Have to see how he responds this season after his injury.

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      • Ed says:

        3 summers from now, how much will Plekanec expect and for what term?

        We keep playing him as #1 center, #1 power play, #1 penalty kill, he will have “earned” and HUGE CONTRACT, wouldn’t everyone agree??

        Look at the deal that Pavelski just signed, and add 3 more years of experience to Plekanec’s resume. And Plekanec is asked to do more on the Habs, much more than Pavelski, because the Sharks have Thornton for 1 more season, and Couture, who just extended for 5 years and 30 million. Clearly Thornton will be traded, it seems.

        • Habfan17 says:

          Why try to predict what will happen in 3 years. Pleks could start to slide, the other centres could make him expendable, he may get seriously injured. I don’t see the point! He is signed for 3 more years. I think the focus should be on the restricted players who need contracts next season.

          Habfan17

        • junyab says:

          IMO, there is no way he’d get more than $5mill/yr…anywhere.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Hi Ed!

      I think he’s a goner once his contract expires. I’m happy to have him but I think by that time Galchenyuk, Eller and some of the prospects will be more than ready for Prime Time baby!

      • Ed says:

        Hobie, I don’t think we can wait until the contract expires.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          I think they’ll trade him at the deadline before he becomes a UFA, when the time comes.

        • Habfan17 says:

          Why not, it is 3 years! Are you saying MB should rush out and extend him now? What happens if he slides a la Cole or Gomez and MB has him tied up at $6 million/season until he is 40. then what do you do? There is no rush to sign him, they should wait until he is in the last year of his contract. The Habs don’t need a Luongo type contract on Pleks or any other player. Those contracts don’t work. It is one thing to sign a 24 year old Norris trophy winning Subban to an 8 year $7 million deal, not a player that will be 33!

          Habfan17

    • Cal says:

      Trade for a legit Dman. This season.

      • Ed says:

        I agree with you Cal.

      • HabsFanInOttawa says:

        I’d rather they do the same but with Desharnais going instead of Pleks. Am I dreaming, or would some southern team not love to have a guy like DD at a reasonable price for 4 years?

        I think I’m dreaming.

        And imagine the outrage if MB pulls a sign and trade on one of the only French Canadiens on the team.

        Yep, I’m dreaming.

        • Cal says:

          Yup. You’re dreaming. ;)
          That 4 year deal means DD’s staying. The only center we have that will bring a quality return is Pleks. After waiting over 20 seasons for a tall center, Eller will not be traded.

      • Habfan17 says:

        I agree, trade him while his value is high. This “nostalgic” notion of holding onto players until they retire is antiquated. Look at Calgary and what happened with them. This is a business in a cap world. I would rather see DD get traded and with Galchenyuk and Eller, not to mention LeBlanc if he bounces back, Bournival and Nattinen, the Habs can afford to move him.

        Habfan17

    • Timo says:

      Plekanec is not a playoffs performer. So, should Habs by any stroke of miracle be a contender when his contract is up I say dump his little girl tush and get MOAR character.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Since his contract can’t be extended until there’s one year left on it or less according to the CBA, he can’t sign a new deal until July 1 2015. So that gives Marc Bergevin at least two seasons to evaluate his team and Tomas and come up with a plan/decision. If it looks like he has a place on the team as a veteran and special teams ace, they can start talking about the broad strokes of a contract and see if it fits. If there’s no fit, he can be asked to waive his NTC and be cashed in for assets.

      Tomas isn’t exactly on the back burner, but he’s not the focus of attention, he’s not a problem that needs to be fixed. At most, he’s maybe the guy who will be trade bait in the near term, because of all he does, and because the Canadiens have options now, especially with Daniel Brière able to play center, and maybe Alex Galchenyuk progressing quickly and being ready to play centre, and Michaël Bournival and Gabriel Dumont pushing for a promotion in Hamilton.

  34. frontenac1 says:

    Popp is coach? Uh-oh. I Should have read the release. Here”s hoping amigos!Go Als Go!


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