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Darren Dreger is fairly certain Travis Moen will be traded (possibly to Vancouver)

Jan 27, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

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In today’s mailbag column, TSN insider Darren Dreger referenced Montreal forward Travis Moen in four of his five responses to readers’ questions about potential trades. The only question that didn’t garner a Moen mention was about Tim Thomas not visiting the White House, though Moen didn’t go to the White House either, so that was an oversight by Dreger.

Here are the four Moen references:

…Vancouver could use some added toughness…someone like Travis Moen…

I’ve heard some rumblings, like the Canucks, Detroit will, or has shown some interest in Moen.

I’m sure [Canadiens GM Pierre] Gauthier is willing to move his expiring contracts – namely Hal Gill, Chris Campoli, Travis Moen and Andei Kostitsyn.

Vancouver, as mentioned earlier is hoping to add some grit up front which is why Moen seems to be a reasonable fit.

Moen is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has nine goals and seven assists in 46 games for the Habs. He also won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.

We hear the Canucks are interested.

  1. danphipps01 - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I’m not sure how he’d fit into the depth chart. Maybe in place of Raymond on the third line? He’s not gonna knock Booth, Hansen or Hodgson out of their spots, but I guess that could work. Not exactly my first choice, but a solid enough guy.

    • darthhamel - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Given how many of the Canucks top 9 forwards were injured by the SCF last year MG would probably want to start him off replacing Weise on the 4th line, then move him up to the 3rd line when the injuries inevitably rack up.

      A big weakness of theirs last year was also the lack of a trustworthy 4th line. Weise is a good 4th liner, but not level Moen good. According to Cap Geek they have the cap space to take on Moen’s contract without trading a roster player because of LTIR.

      • yettyskills - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        He will fit into the depth chart situationally during playoffs, which is all that should matter. Where they stick him during the regular season is nearly meaningless.

  2. elvispocomo - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    I know the Canucks wanted to get Tinordi in the 2010 draft, but once he was gone they okay’d the deal with Florida (Ballard/Grabner). Perhaps they find a way to package up a roster player and a prospect to make it happen? Raymond and Sauve for Moen and Tinordi?

    • danphipps01 - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Huh. I like the sound of it. Might be working more to their advantage than Montreal’s, but Moen’s a rental, so that balances things out.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        That was my thought as well. Raymond’s a better player than Moen to start with, and an RFA rather than a UFA this summer. Moen could well be a rental so we’d want a little more, but Montreal wouldn’t just give us Tinordi so we’d have to send something similar back their way.

        Tinordi doesn’t bring much in the way of offence, but his size and physicality is a plus. Suave is more of a two-way guy, but at 6’3″, he’s no slouch physically either.

  3. t16rich - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Moen and Gill would be good fits for the Canucks.

    • creasemasta41 - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      benching loungo come playoffs is a good fit for the Canucks

  4. salmon90 - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    yes because he only won 15 games of the games last year…complete failure compared to every other goalie.

  5. stefano9319 - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Moen would be a great fit in Detroit.

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