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‘Deeply disappointed’ Gorges expands list of acceptable trade destinations

Jun 30, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

From the Montreal Gazetta’s Dave Stubbs, who just spoke with Canadiens defenseman (for now) Josh Gorges:

Gorges also told Stubbs that he’s “deeply disappointed” that the Habs are trying to trade him, and wants the fans to know he “never wanted to leave Montreal. In no way has this been my decision.”

But it appears the 29-year-old is the odd man out on a Montreal blue line with PK Subban (in need of a big, new contract), Andrei Markov (just signed for three more years), Alexei Emelin (under contract for three more years), as well as up-and-comers like Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi, and Dalton Thrower.

Gorges is signed through 2017-18 for a cap hit of $3.9 million. In 2013-14, he played 66 games for the Habs, scoring once with 13 assists, while logging 21:15 of ice time per contest.

It’s not known if Gorges’ new list includes the Toronto Maple Leafs, who apparently want him.

  1. pepper2011 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    As a Bruins fan this makes me happy. He was/is their best defensive defenseman.

    Emelin over Jorges?

    • logicalcomment - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      As a Habs fan, that watches every habs game, i can tell you J.Gorges’s skill set is EASILY replaceable.

      He’s good defensively because he takes ZERO chances whatsoever , he won’t cost you a game but he won’t win you one either.

      the reason he blocks so many shots is because the team isn’t that great and is defending more than atacking. he probly carried the puck out of the zone once or twice all season

      i’m no fan of Emelin , but at least he plays physical.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Hopefully his list has San Jose. He would be great to fill the Dman void.

    • skr213 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      As I just said below, I agree and would LOVE to have him back.

  3. sjtorpitt - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    ^agreed. Might be good to have him and Demers on 2nd, and reunite pickles and Braun.

  4. pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Montreal is dumber than I had expected. He was not only their best defense-man this past year in the playoffs he was the only one that was playing good D. I am guessing because he doesn’t Pinch up to the face-off circle or go behind the opposing teams net like PK Subban, hes a bad defense-men.

    It would be a steal and 3/4s for any team to pick this guy up for their squad.

  5. skr213 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    PLEASE come back to the Sharks. Always thought he’d turn into a great Dman and it’d be great to have him back.

  6. spoon9z - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    why the Avs didn’t target this guy and make it happen one way or another with the PA move is BEYOND ME?! WTF?

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      That move might of just been the Avs getting their feet wet. No telling where Gorges will end up but i wouldn’t rule out the Avs. That brierre trade shows that they are willing to work with each other. Maybe the one big trade looked like a heist, who knows, who knows….

      • 19to77 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        Man, I hope you’re right. Gorges would be a great addition, but it seems like if they had wanted to target him at all he’d have been involved in that deal somehow with the Avs sending more the other way to match. Why make two deals instead of one larger, multiplayer one?

      • avscup - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        Roy is a great coach but I’m not sure he is up to the task of deprogramming the diving out of Suban.

        Great player but no thanks. Not worth the drama.

    • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:02 AM

      The only reason i would say the Avs wouldnt try to make a move on Gorges is because Montreal would want to much and with Stastny and Ryan O’Rielly in the market they may feel they are already losing too many pieces to give up more. Even for them to trade a defenseman for Gorges wouldnt be right because they need the ones they have.

  7. phtjoey - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Good riddance. Not worth 3.9 mill for his contribution.

  8. pepper2011 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    In all seriousness. What can/will the Habs do if they Trade Jorges and a team like Colorado comes in with a 10m+ offer sheet to PK?

    He bet on himself and won.

    Roy comes back to burn the Canadiens…

    Can you imagine trying to skate with a team that has Subban, Mckinnon and Duchene. Yikes.

    • 19to77 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Man, what is with all the fantasy GMs on this board and their offer sheet wet dreams? The Habs could just fire back a $10m+ offer sheet at MacKinnon down the road, and you know what? He’d be worth the money more the Subban would.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        My offer sheet idea on Johansen is at least realistic… Any GM willing to lose 4 first rounders for anyone is straight up out of their mind unless we are talking Stamkos type… Tho with these generational talents, they’ll always get retained and then you burnt bridges.

      • pepper2011 - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        Because there is NO reason not to. You can basically force their hand and dictate your the salary of your competition.

        Yes, they can turn around and return the favor, but they can only throw and offer sheet at Mckinnon if the AVS don’t extend him prior. Why not?

        I wish the B’s would do it for Subban, but they don’t have any room. It’s not really worth it for the Sabres or Panthers to do it; especially with McDavid/Eichel coming up, but for teams that are pretty much guaranteed not to get a top 20 pick – why not?

  9. withseidelinn - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Really hoping the Leafs get this guy. He’s a solid player. Would really help their back end.

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