FatTony - (Dave Robinson)Member since November 12, 2007
Habs fan since: 1984
Favorite current player: Koivu
All-time favorite player: Keane
- Comment on Six … and counting (2007-12-11 19:33:09)
This is from Spectors site, looks like there is talk between the GMs with a lot of guessing on who's involved: HABS-SHARKS TALKING TRADE? HABS INSIDE OUT: Montreal Gazette sports columnist Mike Boone reports of rumours the Canadiens and San Jose Sharks might be talking trade. Boone cites TSN's respected hockey commentator Bob McKenzie as suggesting Habs GM Bob Gainey is talking to Sharks GM Doug Wilson, kicking about a Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder for Patrick Marleau and Steve Bernier swap. CKAC RADIO: reports the possible deal could be Koivu and Ryder for Marleau or for Bernier and Joe Pavelski. FANATIQUE.CA: also reports on this possible trade and that Koivu, Ryder, Francis Bouillon and Jaroslav Halak and Bernier and Kyle McLaren are being bandied about. Spector's Note: Hat tip to Jean-Phillipe Parent and "Richard" for the links. This rumour has popped up quite quickly in the mix, but I still have strong doubts as to the validity, no offence to McKenzie. The Habs could use a shakeup, and if Koivu is asking to be dealt it could be possible, but Koivu has been very loyal to the Habs and the city of Montreal for a long time, and Gainey stated last summer his intent was to build around Koivu. Second, Marleau's new two-year, $12.6 million contract with a "no-trade" clause kicks in next summer, which is a lot of money to gamble on a player who's struggling this season, leading to some whispers that he's a spent force. Bernier and Pavelski have been struggling out of the media spotlight in San Jose, so I don't see them improving in a fishbowl existance that is the life of a Canadien. Third, deals like this rarely leak out in public, so approach this one with caution. If Bob McKenzie wasn't reporting this, I wouldn't put any stock into it, but he is connected, reliable and respected, so if he's suggesting the two teams are talking trade, I wouldn't dismiss it outright. As for involving those aforementioned players, we'll have to wait and see.