Habs have their man, and the new GM of the Montreal Canadiens is Marc Bergevin, the now former assistant GM of the Chicago Blackhawks. Pierre McGuire was on Ottawa radio the Team 1200 this morning and said he was called by Habs owner Geoff Molson who told McGuire he was the runner up for the job but the Habs had hired Bergevin.
On the Habs, Dman P.K. Subban has returned to Montreal from the World Championship with his knee injury. Subban tweeted;
"For all fans asking about injury, it was minor and will heal in 1-2 weeks. #nobiggie"
More Canadiens info, Rumors are surfacing that the Habs are planning to buy out the remaining two years of the contract of Scott Gomez who has $10 million owing over the next two years with a cap hit of $7.357,143 per year. Should the Habs buy that out the cash value would be $6,666,667. The Cap hit would spread over the next four years and break down as follows
12-12 $ 3,523,810
Would the Habs be wise to commit that much dead cap space to save some cash? Perhaps the new CBA will offer an amnesty period. Either way, it seems clear Scott Gomez will not play another NHL game for Montreal.
The Philadelphia Flyers may have blown a golden opportunity on Tuesday night. In the second game of their series with the New Jersey Devils, they had a 1-0 lead and were unable to seal the deal against a Ilya Kovalchuk less Devils roster. Instead of taking a 2-0 series lead, the Flyers will now head to Jersey tied and having surrendered the momentum.
The Nashville Predators have made the bold decision to suspend forwards Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for violation of team policy. The newly acquired Russian forwards were out late partying the night before game two. Both players will miss game three serving their suspension and the Preds, if they lose will fall behind 3-0 in the series. What makes this situation so volatile is the locker room chemistry has to be hostile. Imagine Radulov, who abandoned the team for the past three years to grab some cash in the KHL, and Kostitsyn who were both very late season additions to the team have taken the roster spots away from the likes of Craig Smith and Jordan Tootoo who have been part of the team all season long. If hard feeling did not exist before, they assuredly do now given the Russians behavior demonstrates their commitment to the team.
This incident may cause the Preds the series and their shot at a Championship. The consequences may be further felt as the teams towers of power on the blue line, Ryan Suter (UFA) and Shea Weber (RFA) may decide to move on.
On the other hand, the team may rally around the incident. This is the first game of the series in Nashville and you are not in trouble until you lose at home. FHC's Coach Perry lends his statistical insight as to why the Preds may be behind in the series suggesting they need to start hitting. Read his article here.
Adam Larsson played his first playoff game, and good on him, he scored his first playoff goal. Martin Brodeur played a great game making 19 saves on 20 shots. Not spectacular numbers, but he made important and timely saves to keep his team in the game.
Ilya Bryzgalov was under siege for much of the game (facing 35 shots) and stood tall. Despite losing the game 4-1 Bryzgalov was the Flyers best player and held them in for most of the game.
Alex Ovechkin has seen his ice time continue to be reduced in Washington under Dale Hunter. Dobber made an interesting observation that Ovie and Kuznetsov are good friends and speculated if Kuznetsov asked Ovechkin about playing in Washington what Ovechkin would have to say!
Bruce Arthur has a good read on Russian players in the National Post
Two game threes on tap Wednesday night. New York Rangers are in Washington at 7:30 (Series tied 1-1) and the Phoenix Coyotes are in Nashville at 9:00 (Coyotes lead 2-0)
The Abbotsford Heat won game one of their AHL playoff series against the Toronto Marlies and Flames prospect Max Reinhart was a force. Vicki Hall of the Calgary Harald has a good article on Reinhart here. Griffin Reinhart is draft eligible this summer and the Flames who own the 14th overall selection may be targeting the brother of Max.
Toronto Maple Leafs first round pick Tyler Biggs has decided to leave college. His options next year are to play in Oshawa in the OHL, the Marlies in the AHL or with the Leafs.
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