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Report: Habs are looking to trade Gorges

Jun 28, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens re-signed veteran blueliner Andrei Markov and look to lock up star defenseman P.K. Subban this summer, but that doesn’t mean the Habs’ defense will be identical to the group that made it to the 2014 Eastern Conference finals.

Saturday’s revelation might be the most surprising update in that regard, though. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Canadiens discussed trading Josh Gorges to – of all teams – the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Fans of the two rivals can breathe easily, as it appears that the Maple Leafs didn’t make the list of 15 teams he’d accept a trade to.

That bit of rivalry intrigue aside, it’s surprising to hear that the Canadiens might want to move the experienced blueliner. There’s already word that Montreal will allow veterans Mike Weaver and Francis Bouillon to hit unrestricted free agency, so this opens the door for a lot of turnover among the Canadiens’ blueline corps.

Curious future for Gorges?

Then again, maybe the Habs view his injury troubles from 2013-14 as a sign that his best days are behind him; that would be a troubling sight since his $3.9 million cap hit runs through the 2017-18 season. The fact that Gorges blocked the second-most shots (177) of all Montreal players despite playing 66 games to Markov’s 81 (who finished with 180) speaks to his courage, yet it also opens the door to speculation that he might wear down in his 30’s.

Some might be a little disappointed that there weren’t as many trades during the 2014 NHL Draft as expected, yet if reports like these are any indication, we might still see some significant swaps during the offseason.

  1. skr213 - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Good pick up for any team. Not sure what the Habs are thinking here?? He’s a solid part of their defense.

  2. spence24 - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    I wish the Leafs would get him. He is the kind of player they really need. Montreal are fools to trade him.

  3. McFaddensPulledHammy - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Pair him with Hammer and see who can block the most shots is one 60 minute game.

  4. phtjoey - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Good move. Cap management and make room for the young guns.

  5. pj608 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    WOW!!!!! Montreal is truly dumber than i had expected. The only reason why the Habs made it as far as they did in the playoffs they are going to get rid of him. Any team would be blessed to pick this guy up

  6. dolphincult - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    ……….and here I am saying he should wear the “C” if they don’t resign Gionta. Wow

  7. thudgeon - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    The better question is, are the Habs actually trying to move him or did the leafs just try to make a pitch for him and fail? They already have a fairly sparse blue line at the moment, moving Gorges would have to be a precursor to more moves (unless they have already decided that the big 3 are all going to be inserted into he top 6 this year)

  8. 2evisual - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Although I’ve heard a lot of stories, I think a lot of them are being promoted by the Maple leafs. I don’t believe Marc Bergevin seriously considers trading Gorges. I have however heard him say something to the effect that if the price was right he would sure listen. If Toronto wants to give us JVR in exchange for JG, I can understand him wanting to listen. So many rumors come out of Toronto and the sports group following them. I wouldn’t be surprised if a rumor came out that they decided to hire Bob McKenzie as GM.

  9. storminator16 - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Franson for Gorges if Gorges waives his NTC?

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