Latest on Josh Gorges, Cam Ward and Vincent Lecavalier, plus a list of bought-out players and more.
TSN.CA/SPORTNET: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges is in shock over management’s intent to trade him. Gorges learned about this over the weekend after he was asked to waive his no-trade clause to accept a move to Toronto. Gorges refused but the club is still trying to trade him. The Leafs are one of 15 teams on his “no-trade” list.
Bob McKenzie originally reports Gorges wouldn’t accept a trade to another Canadian team, but Gorges said he’s since expanded his list to include two Canadian clubs. It’s believed the Habs are trying to dump Gorges’ salary in order to free up cap space for another defenseman. That’s led to speculation they could pursue pending UFAs Matt Niskanen or Dan Boyle.
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reports the Leafs are in the market for leadership, which would explain their interest in Gorges.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens handling of this isn’t going down well with some Habs fans. Gorges is a popular player in Montreal due to his work ethic and strong defensive play. GM Marc Bergevin was able to off-set some of that today with his steal of P.A. Parenteau and a draft pick for Daniel Briere, but he’ll have to find an upgrade over Gorges via trade or free agency to convince Canadiens fans this is a good move.
TSN.CA: Calgary’s Shane O’Brien, and New Jersey’s Anton Volchenkov have been placed on waivers for the purpose of compliance buyouts. Toronto’s Tim Gleason is a regular buyout. Darren Dreger reports via Twitter: “Flames made a trade offer for Cam Ward in exchange for Carolina’s 7th pick. Obvious salary dump opportunity. Hurricanes declined.”
SUNSENTINEL.COM’s Harvey Fialkov reports via Twitter: “I’m hearing Panthers have NO interest in Lecavalier.”
BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Sabres GM Tim Murray isn’t concerned about spending to reach the cap floor. Murray also decided not to qualify the rights of RFA defenseman Jamie McBain, making him eligible for UFA status on July 1.