Team(s) Involved: Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres-  Renaud Lavoie of RDS (english translation) recently wondered if  Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier might engage in a roster “fire sale” in the coming weeks if the club continues playing the way they have been, suggesting pending UFAs like forwards Andrei Kostitsyn, Travis Moen, Mathieu Darche and defenseman Chris Campoli, Hal Gill and Yannick Weber  could be shopped. Weber, Campoli and Kostitsyn have been in trade rumors the entire season, as there is little chance they will return. If the Canadiens haven’t improved and gained ground in the standings by mid-month I believe they’ll start seriously entertaining offers for the players mentioned. Scott Gomez, the player no Canadien fans want whatsoever, cannot and will not be traded. The best bet is to bury him the minors, or the get nothing out of him (which is Pretty much what’s happening now) and buy him out. The team will be missing out on a lot of talent by spending $7M+ on a player who doesn’t produce anything.  Montreal could, and should, trade the UFA’s for picks, and with Moen on a career year pace, trading him right now is not a bad idea whatsoever, as the price could go down once he slows down. It has been suggested that Buffalo could be interested in trading Derek Roy for a defenseman. While Hal Gill for Derek Roy straight up won’t happen, Buffalo could really use a defenseman with playoffs experience, and his size on the back end with Robyn Regher and Tyler Myers would make the team deadly.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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