Canadiens acquire Dominic Moore, call up PK Subban; Frolov to the Habs?
According to TSN, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Dominic Moore from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a second round pick in the 2011 draft.
The 29 year old center/winger from Sarnia, Ontario has 8 goals and 9 assists in 48 games with the Panthers. While those numbers don't look promising, keep in mind he played for the injury-ridden Florida Panthers (who aren't very good to begin with), and that he's not a top flight offensive forward. Moore's best season came last year, when he scored 12 goals and added 32 assists with both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres. In 343 career games, he has 43 goals and 76 assists for a total of 117 points, and a -5 rating, with the Floriday Panthers, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the team that drafted him, the New York Rangers.
While nothing is confirmed, expect Moore to line up on either the 3rd or 4th line in this weekend's games.
The first trade in the Gauthier era comes two days before a very important back-to-back series with the Philadelphia Flyers, to determine who goes into the Olympic break with the coveted 6th spot in the Eastern Conference.
I will have more on this tomorrow, but the Canadiens made another significant move today, calling up defenseman PK Subban from the Hamilton Bulldogs. While this may not seem major to an outsider, Subban is the Canadiens best prospect, and has been coveted by both fans and the organization since he was drafted.
Subban has won two gold medals (in a row) for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships, and was a rookie in the AHL all star game in his first season with the Hamilton Bulldogs. In 52 games with the Dogs, Subban has 11 goals and 28 assists for 32 points, good numbers for a defenseman.
No word on who he will play with if at all, but you can read the Canadiens release at Habs Inside/Out and I will have more on Subban in tomorrow's game article.
Finally, rumors have running rampant that Kings forward Alex Frolov is close to being traded to the Montreal Canadiens. Many players have been rumored to be going the other way, including D'Agostini, Weber, and Pacioretty. The rumor was started by canoe.ca "reporter" Patrick Caisse, who, by the way, no one's ever heard of. But the reality of Twitter and the internet has lead to this rumor somehow gaining a smidgen of credibility, before, of course, being trampled on by Bob Mackenzie on his Twitter:
I have tried to ignore the Frolov to Mtl rumors but I have had enough -- no truth. If LA wouldn't give up Frolov for Kovalchuk... ...Do you really think the Kings will move him for D'Agostini and Weber? I get grief for even calling to check these out with teams. Of course, life being what it is, one day I will express righteous indignation over stupid trade rumors and the deal will go down. LOL.
Not much more needs to be said on the topic, at least not for now, but TCL contributor Fred Poulin has a good piece on it up at Hockey Independent.
As I said, I will have more on these subjects in Tomorrow's game blog.