gracie12 Posted February 9, 2009 Report Share Posted February 9, 2009 From the fourth Period: (http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/mtl090208.html) Canadiens interested in Pronger? TheFourthPeriod.com Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey is actively searching for a top defenseman and appears to have set his sights on a six-time All-Star. The Boston Globe hints the Canadiens are among the teams interested in Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger, along with the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals. Pronger, who has one-year left on his contract beyond this season at $6.25 million, is being shopped by the Ducks and could be dealt before the March 4 trade deadline. Sources tell TFP the Ducks could move Pronger if GM Bob Murray feels the team is not in a strong enough position to compete for the Stanley Cup this spring. Gainey has been looking for a top-four defenseman to bolster the team's transition out of its own zone and its powerplay. However, with center Robert Lang now out for the season, the Habs are also looking for a top-six forward. Pronger, 34, has registered nine goals and 23 assists in 56 games with the Ducks so far this season. From the Editor: The Habs have extra cap space now that Lang's out of action for the rest of the regular-season, but they'd have to move a few million dollars more to fit Pronger's price tag under the cap. So far, I haven't heard anything concrete about Montreal's interest, other than a simple inquiry, so I honestly don't know if these teams are in serious trade talks, but I'd suspect things to pick up for Gainey (on an overall scale) as we inch closer to the deadline. -- David Pagnotta. Interesting. It is possible that with a game breaking defenseman like Pronger, we woudlnt even need another forward (although i would feel better with at least 1 more offensive-minded centre). Probably wont come to pass, but sounds like Gainey is at least talking to Anaheim. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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