CANADIENS WON’T TRADE PRICE

  • Pat Hickey from the Montreal Gazette observes a growing chorus among Canadiens fans who feel the struggling club should cut their losses and trade Carey Price.
  • He feels that option disappeared when the goaltender signed his eight-year, $84-million contract.
  • It would be tough shopping Price when he’s playing well, but no one’s interested in a struggling goalie with six years left on his contract and a $10.5-million annual average value.
  • Hickey suggests general manager Marc Bergevin could help by bringing in a top-flight defenseman.
  • The Habs carry over $8 million in salary-cap space, but that would mean parting with some of the prospects Bergevin has been reluctant to move.
  • But Price’s no-movement clause is another deal breaker.
  • Even if he agreed to waive it, the Habs would have to absorb a significant chunk of his cap hit or take back a toxic contract in return.
  • Bolstering the blueline should be Bergevin’s priority. T
  • he Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly shopping a surplus defenseman.
  • The Anaheim Ducks could also consider moving a rearguard.
  • Chicago’s Erik Gustafsson and Calgary’s T.J. Brodie have surfaced in recent trade speculation.
  • Those clubs seek a forward, preferably a scorer, in return.
  • They could attempt to squeeze Bergevin into parting with Nick Suzuki or Jesperi Kotkaniemi as part of the asking price.
  • Given the bad blood between Bergevin and Hurricanes management over his attempt to sign away Sebastian Aho, it’s doubtful a deal could be made between those two clubs.
  • Brodie’s recent health scare probably sent his trade value plummeting, while Gustafsson isn’t the shutdown rearguard the Habs need.
  • If Bergevin is willing to trade some of his young prospects just for an attempt to make the playoffs, that would be a huge mistake.
  • Marc Bergevin knows that if his team misses to playoffs for a 3rd straight year, his job would be on the line this summer.
  • You know it’s bad news when a General Manager puts his own interest before the team’s.
  • Geoff Molson needs to put an end to this and there’s only one way to do it.
  • Fire them all before it’s too late.
Sources & Credits: Pat Hickey, The Montreal Gazette, Spectors Hockey
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