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Gorges traded to Buffalo after rejecting Leafs

Jul 1, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT

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Josh Gorges didn’t want to go to Toronto, but he’s willing to join the NHL’s worst team from a year ago.

That was the story out of Buffalo on Tuesday, as the Sabres announced they acquired Gorges from Montreal in exchange for a 2nd-round pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The move marks the end of an ugly 24-hour saga involving Gorges, the Habs, the Leafs and, at the last moment, the Sabres. Gorges’ name surfaced yesterday when reports revealed he’d been dangled by Montreal in a proposed move to Toronto, only for Gorges to reject the move as part of his no-trade clause.

Deeply disappointed” by what transpired, Gorges — signed through 2017-18 for a cap hit of $3.9 million — said he “never wanted to leave Montreal,” adding “in no way has this been my decision.”

With the move, Buffalo gets a heart-and-soul leader type on defense (Gorges served as an alternate captain in Montreal) that brings it closer to the salary cap floor.



  1. billiam55 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    not bad by the sabres.

  2. lowenni - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    You know what even if the Habs want to go some different route I just feel like this is a d*ck move by Montreal. Gorges is as classy a guy as you’ll meet, he’s respected, a great leader, great defensively, and loved being in Montreal. I know it’s a business, bla bla bla, but I don’t get why they’d want to trade him. I feel bad for him having to go to Buffalo (no offense to Buffalo, just not a competitive team right now obviously) and having to leave Montreal. I guess Subban must be asking for something like 9 mil the way they’re gonna be trading pieces away. And he’ll get it. Good luck to Gorges, wish my Caps would’ve gotten him instead of them making a push at Brooks Orpik like they are.

  3. cantescapekarma - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Yes! I LOVE this trade! Welcome to Buffalo Josh Gorges! I think that Gionta will be next to sign in Buffalo…

  4. urallstupid - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    not sure what’s worst, playing in toronto or playing in buffalo

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      I can answer that for you…Toronto.

  5. cantescapekarma - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Ouch – David Bolland told SportsNet that he chose Florida over Toronto. That’s 2 rejections for Toronto already today.

  6. kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    do you blame him, i wouldn’t want to play in toronto either. the worst team in the league is literally a better place to play than toronto.

    Bolland picks Florida as a better place to play than toronto.

    Leafs fans delude themselves on a regular basis. No one wants to play in Toronto. they are forced by trade or circumstances to go to Toronto.

  7. cweez2 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Buffalo got a hard-working, team leader defenseman. But MTL cleared cap and time and with Gilbert, got size and more offense plus a high round pick in what should be a deep 2016 draft. Both teams got next-level gains. Buffalo is still a bit away from being a contender, Montreal had to move forward.

    • cantescapekarma - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Except that the 2016 2nd round pick is the Minnesota pick that Buffalo held from a trade, so unless Minneaota tanks it won’t be that high of a pick.

  8. djshnooks - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Gionta’s deal is done. I live in Pittsford and know Steve Bartlett. He is coming to join his best friend, Josh Gorges.

    The deals hinged on one another…if they wanted one, Buffalo had to get the other.

    Exactly Tim Murray’s kind of d-man…fits with McCabe and Pysyk…could mean Tyler Myers is on his way somewhere else.

  9. phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Gorges (could he be a club house lawyer?) was overpaid for what he contributed to the team, and yes! The team needed to free up some cap to make room for PK. According to him, he didn’t want to go to TO because of the Leafs/Habs rivalry. Hmmmm!

  10. djshnooks - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    So he joined another Toronto rivalry.

    Montreal didn’t want him…can ya blame him for coming to be part of a turnaround, and wanting to play Toronto/Montreal a bunch throughout the year? I can’t.

    Not exactly the kind of d-man I want, especially if it means trading Tyler Myers…but I think he can be a good leader in the lockerroom, especially with Gionta…both coming from a stellar franchise, who know how to compete/win.

  11. 19to77 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Montreal made a mistake here. I know they have a lot of young guys coming up and need to let them learn, but I’d have kept the steadiness and locker-room presence of Gorges over Markov and the ever-present chance that one hit will put him out for the year. One 2nd round pick isn’t exactly a great return for what he does, and it’s not even in next year’s draft.

  12. borderline1988 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    As a Leafs fan, this stings. Are we too critical on our players? All jokes aside, why would a player want to go to Buffalo instead of Toronto?

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