The Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers have reached the point in the season where they’re in danger of falling well out of playoff contention. Find out what moves could be in store for both clubs.
RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoie recently wondered if Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier might engage in a roster “fire sale” in the coming weeks if the club fails to improve, suggesting pending UFAs like Andrei Kostitsyn, Hal Gill, Travis Moen, Mathieu Darche and Chris Campoli could be shopped, as well as defenseman Yannick Weber.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canadiens haven’t improved and gained ground in the standings by mid-month I believe they’ll start seriously entertaining offers for the aforementioned. And no, their recent re-signing of Josh Gorges to a six-year contract isn’t a “sign and trade”.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said there’s no trades on the front-burner for his struggling club, but they could call up some players from their farm team. Tambellini suggests trade possibilities could heat up around mid-month. He also said he’s had some talks with Ales Hemsky’s camp about a new contract, but Matheson believes if Hemsky doesn’t improve soon there’s a better chance he’ll be traded.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rumor bloggers are claiming Hemsky could be traded soon, but I suspect if he’s dealt it’ll be closer to the trade deadline. Tambellini will want to allow enough time to see if Hemsky can improve in the coming weeks, as it could help the Oilers gain ground in the standings. Failing that, it could at least improve his trade value as the trade deadline nears.