I don’t know if I’m the only one who thinks this way, but I think that the only rumors that seem to be coming out of the NHL is Montreal related. In fact, its the same 2 players, Andrei Kostitsyn and Scott Gomez, that are involved in almost all rumors surrounding the team in the last little bit.
Andrei Kostitsyn-Andrei has never been the elite goal scorer he was expected to be, and unless he gets a change in scenery, it’s likely he won’t ever be a top point producer. Last season he played with Gomez, Plekanec, Gionta and Cammalleri for a huge percentage of the season. The addition of Erik Cole and development of Max Pacioretty may bump Kostitsyn to the 3rd line. The Coyotes, Islanders and Avalanche are under the cap floor and may be interested in his $3.25 million cap hit, but with the recent deal that saw Daymond Langkow heading to PHX, a trade isn’t likely. The Islanders are in desperate need of offensive, and Kostitsyn can bring it to the table. The Predators seem like the right tean for him, though, with his brother, Sergei already on the team. Nashville has an abundance of defence who can take control IF Andrei Markov’s injury problems return. Another team that is interested are the New York Rangers, who sources have told me are looking for someone to play on the wing for either Brandon Dubinsky or Brad Richards.
Scott Gomez- I tend to talk about Gomez a lot, right? Well, I’m not the only one. The Coyotes have contacted Pierre Gauthier about Gomez, but like I Said earlier, its unlikely, with the Yotes boasting up their Centermen. But Gomez has struggled HUGE the last few years, and needs out of MTL. Pretty much the same teams are interested in Gomez as they are for Kostitsyn, with the possible addition of the Winnipeg Jets.
Zach Bogosian- To finish off my last point, the Jets are interested, and Bogosian is a Jet. Montreal really wants a Top 4 D-man, with the possibility of Markov getting injured once more. Atlanta/Winnipeg have been trying to trade Bogy for a while, so if any real suitors are in play, they should snap on it. That’s where Montreal comes into play. The Thrashers/Jets organization has been a weak team for almost the entire time they have spent in the NHL, and one main reason is the fact that despite one or 2 offensive superstars, they are weak up front. Arguably heir top offensive juggernaut is Dustin Buyfuglin, who in case you were not aware, is a defenceman (Yet he did play a ton of offense in Chicago.) Kostitsyn would have been the 5th top scorer on the Thrashers last season, ahead of future star Evander Kane.
Erik Christensen- The Canadiens continue to pursue Erik Christensen, a forward with the New York Rangers. Remember how I said that the Rangers inquired about a forward? Well this could be the guy Montreal could get from any sort of deal. Christensen has never been a guy to bring offense, showing it by never having more then 4o points in his career. An inconsitent forward with outstanding hands, Christensen owns a big shot, and is a master at shootouts. Compared to the large contracts of Kostitsyn and Gomez, his $925K contract sounds more reasonable than the monsters the a aforementioned have.
Happy 80th Birthday Jean Believeau!
And in other news, Montreal Signed Robin Gusse, a goaltender for Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL.
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