Montreal Canadiens: Have signed defenseman Josh Gorges to a 6 year contract extension. The deal is for 23.4 million, a $3.9 million salary cap hit. The Canadiens now have 13 players under contract for next year at just under $47.5 million. Gorges joins Andrei Markov, Tomas Kaberle and Yannick Weber as defenseman under contract next year.
LA Kings: Forward Simon Gagne remains out indefinitely with a concussion.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Forwards Pascal Dupuis (upper-body injury) and Arron Asham (lower-body injury) left Satruday’s game. Asham blocked a shot with his foot. Dupuis’ injury was not detectable.
New Jersey Devils: Zach Parise and the NJ Devils are now able to sign a contract extension, but “There’s nothing scheduled or anything,” according to Parise. Lou normally doesn’t negotiate contracts during the season but Parise could be an exception like Martin Brodeur was.
Vancouver Canucks: Forward Chris Higgins was back practicing yesterday. He spent 2 days in a hospital last week for treatment and tests. Higgins had a staph infection in his foot 3 weeks ago, and had a slash cut on his hand last week that swelled up. Manny Malhotra is expected to be in the lineup against the Sharks, he took a shot off his foot on Saturday.
NHL Trade Rumors: Here’s a list of players who I don’t expect to get moved this season.
Shea Weber and Ryan Suter (NASH) – As long as they are in the playoff race, don’t expect the Predators to trade either.
Jarome Iginla (CAL) – As of now he doesn’t want to be traded, and GM Jay Feaster doesn’t want to trade him.
Rick Nash and Jeff Carter (CBJ) – Both players and their agents have denied the rumors that they want out of Columbus.
Kris Versteeg (FLA) – The Panthers won’t move their leading scorer.
Eric Staal and Cam Ward (CAR) – The Hurricanes are looking to make moves but Staal and Ward are their cornerstones.
Teemu Selanne (ANA) – Ducks GM Bob Murray insists that Selanne will retire a Duck.
Daniel Alfredsson (OTT) – There was rumors that Alfredsson may want to go to a contender, but he said he wasn’t in a hurry to leave Ottawa.
Zach Parise (NJ) – As long as the Devils in the playoff race, he won’t be dealt.
Shane Doan and Ray Whitney (PHO) – Doan (UFA) has said he wants to finish his career with the Coyotes. Whitney won’t be shopped as long as they are in a playoff race.
Josh Gorges (MON) – **re-signed with the Canadiens after this piece was written.
Tuukka Rask (BOS) – Rask will be the Bruins future starting goalie.
Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider (VAN) – Luongo has a big salary and a no-trade clause. Schneider is great insurance if Luongo gets hurt and the Canucks are not in a hurry to move him.
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