When a team isn’t doing well, rumours are rampant around them and this goes for any team. But when it’s Montreal or Toronto, everything is amplified by 100 times! With the Canadiens not going anywhere fast, and with the firing of Marc Bergevin and new management in place, there’s plenty of smoke around the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Reporter Jonathan Bernier had a lot to say about the Canadiens. First, he thinks that Carey Price should be traded. While he has a no-movement clause, Bernier feels like he might wave it to go to a contender. He feels the Habs would have to keep some cap in order to facilitate a trade.
He speculates that Jeff Petry would not want to be part of a rebuild at this stage in his career. Petry is under contract for three seasons with a cap hit of $6.25 million and has a modified no-trade clause where he needs to provide a 15-teams no-trade list.
Bernier also suggests trading Brendan Gallagher, Joel Armia and David Savard.
Renaud Lavoie spoke to players agent Kent Hughes who said that he hasn’t been contacted (yet) by the Canadiens for the job of General Manager. Elliotte Friedman stated a while ago that he was high on Jeff Gorton’s list of candidates.
Pierre LeBrun stated that the Canadiens have yet to contact teams about getting permission to speak to potential candidates so it seems like the search hasn’t yet begun.
Bob Gainey has been added to the selection committee to find the new Canadiens’ GM and it is unclear of others will be joining Geoff Molson and Gorton.
Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News said earlier this week that the Vancouver Canucks were very interested in Marc Bergevin as their future GM. In his press conference yesterday, Canucks’ owner Francesco Aquilini said that he has not contacted Bergevin as he feels he likely will welcome the rest.
There are speculations in Vancouver that they could bring back Dave Nonis, but as President of Hockey Operations, and hire a GM. The Canucks did things in a bizarre way when they signed Bruce Boudreau for two years, without a GM in place. Usually, the GM picks his coach and most teams would have named an interim coach to finish the season.