Well you can all get rid of those notions of James Wisniewski re-signing with the Canadiens. His rights have been traded to Columbus in return for a 7th round draft pick that will turn into a 5th rounder if Wisniewski signs with the Blue Jackets. Personally I am not surprised that this has happened. The minute that Kevin Bieksa signed for $5M over 5 years, Wisniewski was as good as gone. Those hoping that he would sign a deal at a rate under $4M were not attuned to the reality unfolding before us – that a weak crop of UFA’s coupled with a rising cap floor and ceiling have created a perfect storm for over-payment. Look for Wisniewski to be in Wade Redden territory in a few years if he doesn’t continue to perform at league best offensive numbers
Roman Hamrlik is also purported to have declined the offer he was given by Pierre Gauthier which means that the landscape in Montreal could be changed next season given that he and Wisniewski both played a large part in stabilizing the defense once Gorges and Markov went down.
All this means that Gauthier suddenly has a bunch of space to sign some players.
Sign me up for Zenon Konopka at around $800,000. Ditto for Anthony Stewart. Next season I would absolutely love to see Stewart on a line somewhere with Ryan White.
Does all this mean that Montreal could be more likely to try to land a free agent forward?