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Hamr says “Non.” Wisky’s rights traded to Columbus.

  • 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?

  1. #1 Avatar37 says:
    June 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Was hoping we could re-sign Wis for $5 to $5.5 a year, but alas, it would appear not. I will be irked if that is what he signs for with another team, though.

    What were we doing offering Hamrlk a contract? Is PG nuts? Did he not watch the last three years? Neither Hamrlik nor Spacek have lived up to half their contracts, and PG deserves a smack for even offering him a new one. ALL his money should have been put into an offer for Wisnewski. Can we say, Scott Hannan anyone? I also wouldn’t mind seeing Shawn Belle back, he’s a capable defenseman who can probably be had for $1 mil a year or less.

  2. #2 Mats Naslund says:
    June 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I did like Shawne Belle, but he had some issues with his hockey sense. A physical specimen for sure. Frankly I’d like the Habs to go after Anton Babchuk – another young Russian (Ukrainian really) 6’5 220 and is reliable for 30+pts on defense. I listed a few on the side bar.

    I think at this point PG is going to try to focus on offense more than anything.

  3. #3 Avatar37 says:
    July 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

    In the two games he played for the Habs, I didn’t see any glaring weaknesses in Belle’s game. Certainly he wasn’t any more of a liability than Spacek or Hamrlik, and with a salary under $1m / year, he’s a cap friendly roster spot defenseman who is decent defensively and can hit. If we’re trying to get value for the dollar to be able to go after some forwards, I’d say he’s pretty good insurance on the roster, even if it’s just for a worst case scenario of an injury callup.

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