Montreal Canadiens Shopping Kovalev Actively, Trying To Acquire Whitney?

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Montreal Canadiens Shopping Kovalev Actively, Trying To Acquire Whitney?

Canadiens GM Bob Gainey is reportedly shopping Alexei Kovlev actively, as he has no intention of re-signing the star forward next season.

Kovalev is a pending UFA at season's end, and since Gainey will have to deal with 11 UFA or RFA players come Jul. 1, 2009, he'll have to make some tough choices.

A few teams are looking for offensive help for the Stanley Cup run (Rangers, Penguins, Hurricanes, Predators, Coyotes) and could be interested in Kovalev.

The Penguins would be a perfect trade partner, as they have a plethora of quality defenseman. The Habs and Penguins are currently talking about a potential Ryan Whitney for Alexei Kovalev, plus high picks swap. Whitney is signed for the next four seasons at an affordable $4 million per year. He is having a tough year, as he's trying to recover from an off-season surgery.

Yet he's only 25 years old and he recorded 59 points only two years ago. The 6'4'', 220 pounds, Whitney would add much needed grit and toughness to a soft defensive corps.

 

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