In today’s tree house o’ fun, some Montreal Canadiens rumors involving -surprise! – Scott Gomez and Andrei Kostitsyn, plus speculation the Kings might be shopping Jonathan Quick. Enjoy!
A WINNING HABIT: Steven Ellis listed the NY Islanders, Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes as three teams under the cap floor who might have interest in disgruntled Canadiens winger Andrei Kostitsyn, though the latter’s recent addition of Daymond Langkow probably means a trade isn’t likely. Ellis suggested Kostitsyn might be better off reunited with younger brother Sergei in Nashville, and claims sources told him the NY Rangers have expressed interest, looking for someone to play on the wing with either Brandon Dubinsky or Brad Richards…Ellis also claimed the Coyotes, prior to the acquisition of Langkow, had contacted the Canadiens about center Scott Gomez, and claimed “pretty much the same teams” which are interested in Kostitsyn are interested in Gomez, adding the Winnipeg Jets were also interested, and wondered if a swap of Gomez for unsigned RFA defenseman Zach Bogosian might be possible, as Montreal “really wants a top-four d-man” because of Andrei Markov’s injury history…Ellis also claims the Canadiens remain interested in Rangers forward Erik Christensen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, the Coyotes are definitely out of this mix, as Langkow’s salary pushed them over the cap floor. The Islanders are reportedly more keen on adding veteran depth to their defense than adding another forward. The Avs have been very quiet of late, but I was suspect they too would prefer to bolster their defense. As for the Predators, I wouldn’t look for them to make any moves to possibly bolster their offense until early in the season, once they’ve had time to evaluate their roster, and even then, they might not have interest in Kostitsyn the elder…The Jets management claims to have no intention of trading Bogosian, so we’ll have to take them at their word. I believe them. They’d also have no interest in Gomez’s expensive contract. As Eric Engels recently observed, if the Canadiens were going to shop Gomez, they would’ve done it in late June/early July, when there were more teams with more cap space willing to spend. Makes no sense to do so at this time of year, especially for a team like the Jets, who appear intent on keeping payroll between the mid-range and the cap floor…As for the Canadiens wishing to “add a top-4 d-man”, that doesn’t make any sense at all. They currently have Markov, budding superstar P.K.Subban, steady Josh Gorges, reliable Hal Gill and veteran Jaroslav Spacek. If they wanted a “top-4 d-man” in case Markov got hurt again, why the hell bother to re-sign him in the first place? Like I said, this makes no sense, especially considering the Canadiens real need is for more skilled size at forward….As for Christensen, why would they want an average sized, checking line forward with a lengthy injury history?
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely claims the latest rumor floating around the internet has the LA Kings shopping Jonathan Quick, if backup Jonathan Bernier plays up to expectations this season. Seely claimed “several teams around the league are in need of a goalie, and the Kings could use Quick to add a defenseman”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While it’s possible Bernier could push Quick for the starter’s job with the Kings this season, the latter isn’t being shopped right now, and Bernier would have to push Quick out of the job by mid-season for the Kings to seriously consider it. Even then, I’d have my doubts, unless Quick made it an issue. Furthermore, there’s currently no market for goaltenders, which is another reason I don’t put any stock in this rumor.As for the Kings wanting another defenseman, with Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson, Matt Greene, Alec Martinez, Rob Scuderi and Willie Mitchell on their blueline, they aren’t in need of another defenseman at this point.