1 subbanSo what did you expect?  Somehow Marc Bergevin was going to come out and announce a trade that involved P.K. Subban. Or maybe Bergevin was going to announce that there was absolutely no way, under any circumstance he was ever going to trade Subban.  Not going to happen.  You never completely close the door even if, in you heart-of-hearts you have no interest to trading away your franchise defenseman.

This all started over a month ago when on his twitter account, TSN’s Bob McKenzie speculated that Bergevin might consider trading Subban before his July first contractual no-trade clause kicks in. The possiblity sent the rumour mill and, apparently the other NHL general managers into a frenzy. Bergevin has repeated said that Subban is not on the block but at the same time admits the phone hasn ‘t stopped ringing. Apparently those calls for the most part have taken the form of tire-kicking with nothing resembling a serious offer for a franchise defenseman. Will somebody get serious between now and midnight June 30th?   Who knows.

Edmonton Journal columnist Jim Matheson seems to think the Oilers and general manager Peter Chiarelli want make an offer.

In his column, Matheson wrote

Chiarelli wouldn’t mention Subban by name, but the Oilers have the No. 4 draft pick and presumabley either winter Taylor Hall or centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to dangle.

Hall is the best bargaining chip, one of the NHL’s top half dozen left wingers, but Montreal’s need is more for a centre.

Sources say theyt would rather have Leon Draisaitl the RNH, however, because he’s biggers and is only on his entry level contract, and they already have smaller pivots in Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais and Lars Eller, unless they put Alex Galchenyuk in the middle.

The Habs really like Quebec junior centre/winger Pierre-Luc Dubois, but there’s no hope he’d be there when they pick at No. 9.

Fascinating stuff. But there is an old hockey trading adage which goes….. no matter how many players that go back and fourth, the team that wins a trade is the team that gets the best player. And in all those names mentioned by Matheson, the best player remains Subban and we don’t want to see another disaster the likes of Ryan McDonagh for Scott Gomez.

Somebody might suddenly get serious and present Bergevin with a blockbuster “deal he can’t refuse” I’m not betting on it and would be very happy to see P.K. Subban in a Canadiens sweater for the next eight years.

1 draft buffaloTHERE CAN BE NO PREDICTING THE ENTRY DRAFT

I’m sure everyone has read the endless internet speculation about the way Bergevin and/or Trevor Timmins are going to make use of their ninth overall pick in Friday night’s entry draft.  This is one of the deepest eligible talent pools in years so we know the Canadiens will be getting a highly regarded prospect.

If there was ever a description of the phrase “playing it by ear”, the NHL draft is it. The only team that knows exactly what it is going to do is Toronto with the number one pick. After that it’s a crapshoot dictated by who teams drafting ahead select. The Canadiens will have a list and all they can do through the draft’s first eight selections is cross off names.

It is assumed the Canadiens would love to trade up in order to be able to take Ste-Agathe native Pierre-Luc Dubois, the centre who played with Cape Breton last season. Dubois is expected to go between 5th and 7th, but even if they make some kind of arrangement with Edmonton, Winnipeg, Arizona or Buffalo he still might be gone before any one of those teams selection came up.

Logan Brown - OHL Windsor Spitfires

Logan Brown – OHL Windsor Spitfires

Do the Canadiens go for the best player available in ninth place, even if that player might be Windsor Spitfires defenseman Mikhail Sergachyov. But the Canadiens have a neeed for forwards not defensmen.   Especially big ones like  6’6” Windsor centre Logan Brown who’s reputation has skyrocketed over the last six months.  Another the Canadiens might have high on their list is  6’3” Julien Gauthier who played last season at Val D’Or although, unlike Brown, his ranking has slipped since December.. And of course there might be someone the Canadiens have high on their list who slipped through the cracks in the early going.

So many variables, all of which make the NHL entry draft an annual nailbiter. .