Josh Gorges’ new contract with the Canadiens raised some eyebrows, and Jets merchandise is selling well.


CTV MONTREAL: Arpon Basu doesn’t understand why the Canadiens signed defenseman Josh Gorges to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, which would make him eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.

“Gorges is not a huge man, he’s not particularly fast, he’s not overly physical, but he knows what he needs to do to do his job. And he does it extremely well through a sheer force of will, one that can become infectious when a teammate isn’t feeling it on a given night.

This was an opportunity to lock up that kind of influence and work ethic and reliability for a very long time.

The fact it didn’t get done is extremely puzzling.”

Basu did acknowledge Gorges’ recovery from reconstructive knee surgery and his strengths weren’t tangible, making it difficult to put into dollars and sense.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay the fact Carey Price and PK Subban will need new contracts next season, combined with uncertainty over what the next CBA will contain and its impact upon payrolls, as well as Gorge’s knee surgery, are the likely reasons. That doesn’t mean Gorges won’t get a long-term deal from the Habs before next summer, but it also means his remaining with the Habs beyond next season isn’t a certainty.


WINNIPEG SUN: Ross Romaniuk reports the new-look Jets merchandise has been flying off the shelves in Winnipeg since it was made available for purchase last Friday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how quickly the Jets sold season tickets, it shouldn’t be surprising their new merchandise is selling so well and so quickly