Three teams contracted Habs about Subban as talks don’t progress … Gardiner to AHL … Perry/Getzlaf the new Suter/Weber

  • Louis Jean via twitter: Source said there is no real progress today on Subban talks. His agent suggested coming down from offer for 5 plus years to Jamie Benn’s numbers. There is still a philosophical divide. Nick Kypreos via twitter: Hearing no progress in negotiations today. Louis Jean via twitter: There was speculation that talks could yield a new offer, but that is not the case. Source suggested that both sides will take the weekend off to re-assess positions. Subban’s camp asked for  the meeting. May not have been a step back, but not a step forword.   Dave Stubbs via twitter: Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, in a text: “We met with (#Habs) Marc B today. P.K. will take weekend to reflect & we will meet P.K. again on Monday”
  • David Alter via twitter: The Maple Leafs have sent defenseman Jake Gardiner to the AHL. No one has been called up to replace him, and they’ll stay with 22 players for the time being. Darren Dreger via twitter: “Gardiner simply needs the minutes to get back up to speed. Might have been a good idea to give him a few AHL games to warm him up.” Damien Cox via twitter: “Not sure why so many Leaf fans believe playing in the AHL is bad for a player, or somehow an insult. Just part of the process.”
  • Damien Cox via twitter: “And since I know this question is coming, no, the Leafs are not more likely to trade Gardiner in a Luongo deal. Won’t happen.”
  • Mike Halford via twitter: Halford thinks that Ducks Corey Perry/Ryan Getzlaf will be this years Ryan Suter/Shea Weber. Minus the “Philly’s crippling offer sheet” subplot. Halford could see Getzlaf staying in Anaheim, and Perry signing a huge deal with someone, maybe with Detroit. The Flyers of course would be interested.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons brings up the questionable goaltending by Ben Scrivens, and that James Reimer allowed a pair of weak goals in his only start. The Canucks will eventually have to lower their asking price for Roberto Luongo. There is evidence that the Maple Leafs are playing better under Randy Carlyle. Nazem Kadri is playing well. Despite not scoring often, Phil Kessel is working hard. Dion Phaneuf is gambling less. The goaltending needs to be stabalized if the Leafs want to be in a position to win more often.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: The Oilers waiver claim on goalie Niko Hovinen is not an NHL move, don’t expect him to be added to their roster.
  • Bob Stauffer via twitter: Note for the Flames – Oilers game [tonight]. All of the Oilers top 6 forwards played during the lockout. None of the Flames top 6 played, Glencross-Tanguay-Iginla or Cammalleri-Backlund-Stempniak.


  1. AJ

    January 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Minus there’s no potential lockout, there will be no new CBA and Ducks don’t even need ownership permission since they easily have the cap space.
    I trust Murray’s common sense in that he won’t even risk an offer sheet.

  2. Patrick

    January 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Of course there’s no offer sheet, they’re UFA.

  3. Mark

    January 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Bob Stauffer is incorrect. Backlund was playing in the Alveksan prior to the lockout ending, and was in the top 10 in points. Just sayin.

  4. AJ

    January 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Right, my mistake. Then replace it with “won’t even risk losing them for nothing.”

  5. Patrick

    January 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Yeah for the Ducks sake hopefully they can either sign them and worst case trade the rights for something. Even if they don’t though, those players got them a cup so they didn’t get nothing from them.

  6. Bobandy

    January 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Why would they let either go? Like AJ said, they’ve got plenty of cap space, unlike Philly, and Detroit will be looking to add defense. I’m sure there’s a huge market out there for both, but not many teams have the prospects, players and picks (and cap space) that it would require to get and keep either.

  7. richard confiant

    January 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    toronto is still jerking there goaltenders around.put rimer in the net and leave him there. once in awhile put stevens in stevens is going to be good someday but rimer is the best win or lose with the best and if the manger or coach not going to do that get rid of them too.

  8. hotwings

    January 27, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Aside from the leafs, i wonder if edmonton might go after perry… good fit… or how about the senators? with alfie leaving, he would work good there as well… both teams could put together a good package..

  9. Dave

    January 27, 2013 at 12:46 am

    For everyone saying the Ducks won’t “lose” players for nothing all i have to say is 1 name, Justin Schultz. Even if the team is willing to pay top dollar who says Getzlaf and Perry are even going to want to stay and play for the Ducks again, especially if they miss the playoffs for a 2nd yr in a row? Until their names are on a new contract anythings possible, just like Schultz passing up on almost every other team in the league to go play in Edmonton.

  10. AJ

    January 27, 2013 at 10:16 am

    While I hear you Dave, Getzlaf and Perry are attached to Anaheim and are loyal to the franchise.
    That’s a huge difference between them and Schultz. Even if they decided it’s time to leave, I’m sure it’s the last of their interests to cripple Anaheim during the process.
    I still strongly feel they’re going to sign. Ofc the sooner the better.

  11. Phil

    January 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    To summarize, Subban is greedy and very overrated. I hope he sits all year. I hate Montreal but I hope they wait him out.