The NHL’s Christmas “trade freeze” is in effect until December 27th, but that hasn’t stopped speculation on the Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey looks at what could be in store for the Canadiens in the coming weeks, instructing Habs fans hoping for a blockbuster trade not to hold their breath. If the club is out of the playoffs by the trade deadline, that could make them a seller, but it would be difficult to move some of their high-salaried veterans.
SPECTOR’ S NOTE: Canadiens fans should hope the club rallies for new head coach Randy Cunneyworth. There’s no major trade coming which will turn things around after the trade freeze is lifted.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander noted Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford continues to say he’s looking at potential trades and often mentioned dealing a defenseman for a forward. He also asks fans which “untouchables” should be considered trade bait.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s speculation Eric Staal might be dealt, but Rutherford swiftly denied Staal or Cam Ward were available.