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Agent: Tomas Plekanec would waive no-trade clause to leave Montreal (Update: Or not)

Feb 26, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

Tomas Plekanec AP

Welcome a new, late entrant to the list of intriguing players that could be had at the trade deadline.

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports that the agent for Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec said his client would waive his no-trade clause to be moved out of Montreal after what’s been a very frustrating for both him and the Habs.

While Plekanec said Friday that he wasn’t aware of being the subject of any trade talks, The Gazette has learned that the player’s agent let it be known earlier this month that the veteran centre would be willing to waive the no-trade clause which was part of the six-year, $30-million deal he signed in 2010.

If it’s true that Plekanec is available to be had, it changes the outlook at the last minute as Plekanec is a solid two-way center with high scoring abilities. Hickey says that with how things have deteriorated in Montreal this season, especially with how Plekanec has been used, he’s open to the possibility of being sent out.

Then again, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos says that Plekanec hasn’t been approached about waiving his no-trade clause and wants to stay in Montreal. An overambitious agent stirring things up wouldn’t exactly be a surprise.

Update (1:33 p.m.): Now you have to wonder who Pat Hickey was talking to in the first place. RDS’s Renaud Lavoie spoke with Rick Curran, Plekanec’s agent, who tells him that Plekanec is not willing to waive his no-trade clause and no such discussions have occurred with the Habs.

  1. ribs108 - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Who wouldn’t want to waive his no-trade clause to get outta Montreal? The highest taxes in North America, a mandatory French education for newcomers, a bad team, a lame duck GM, a lame duck coach, a pressure-inducing racist anti-English, anti-Canada fanbase and a foaming-at-the-mouth media that will do anything, including making up or setting up a situation, to get a front-page story. What’s not to like?

    • jkaplan11 - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      @ribs108
      24 stanley cups
      61 HOF Players
      105 year history

      what has your team done out of curiosity?

      • ikillchicken - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Nobody is disputing your successful history. The simple truth is though that nobody who isn’t French Canadian wants to play in Montreal. Currently Montreal has become an absolutely atrocious environment to play in. Playing in any of the big three Canadian cities is tough enough but Montreal takes it to a whole new level. There’s so much political BS tied into the team right now and such a wildly unrealistic expectation as well. There’s a reason Montreal hasn’t had an especially good team in ages and this is it.

  2. ribs108 - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Can you folks up there PLEASE stop giving ancient history lessons. You have to dig back about 19 years for ANY significant accomplishment. What will you do next? Bring up the Leafs and 1967? I’m trying to keep things relevant to modern times. Your last star retired in 2003!

  3. joelwrobinson - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    did ribs say something incorrect?

  4. vipod4ever - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    for the love of the old forum, blow this team up, along with the gm & coaching staff, and get draft picks.

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