Montreal Sheds More Long Term Salary, Sends Bourque to Anaheim for Allen
Just nine days after acquiring veteran Sergei Gonchar from Dallas to enhance their blueline, the Canadiens made another move to increase that depth even further. The Habs traded Rene Bourque, who was currently in the AHL, to Anaheim for Bryan Allen. Bourque had two assists in 13 games this year and posted a -9 rating. He cleared waivers, and played 4 games in Hamilton and got 4 points before being traded to Anaheim today. Allen had 1 points in 6 games this year and averaged 18 minutes of ice tome per night.
After the trades of Moen and Bourque, it makes you think that the cap is not going to rise significantly next season. With numerous young players to sign, the Habs have started shedding salary early, and maybe Marc Bergevin is ahead of the game by doing so, as teams like Chicago and Boston will have to do this again during the summer.
The acquisitions of Allen and Gonchar also shore up the Canadiens’ defense for the playoffs. Markov, Subban, Emelin, Gilbert, Beaulieu, Weaver, and Gonchar make up your main core, and Bryan Allen and Jarred Tinordi are there for injuries, which are bound to happen.
The trade also gives Rene Bourque another fresh start. After an outstanding playoffs, he continued his regular seasons struggles and finally, enough was enough. With Dany Heatley being injury prone and not producing, Bourque may get good shot on the Ducks.
Only time will tell how this trade will pan out. The immediate winner very well could be Anaheim if Bourque starts to play well again, but long term, Montreal wins this one. Cap space is becoming an issue for many good teams now-a-days, especially since there is a huge threat of it not rising this season.
-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles @KMKTNF