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Tomas Plekanec

Agent: Tomas Plekanec would waive no-trade clause to leave Montreal (Update: Or not)


Welcome a new, late entrant to the list of intriguing players that could be had at the trade deadline.

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports that the agent for Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec said his client would waive his no-trade clause to be moved out of Montreal after what’s been a very frustrating for both him and the Habs.

While Plekanec said Friday that he wasn’t aware of being the subject of any trade talks, The Gazette has learned that the player’s agent let it be known earlier this month that the veteran centre would be willing to waive the no-trade clause which was part of the six-year, $30-million deal he signed in 2010.

If it’s true that Plekanec is available to be had, it changes the outlook at the last minute as Plekanec is a solid two-way center with high scoring abilities. Hickey says that with how things have deteriorated in Montreal this season, especially with how Plekanec has been used, he’s open to the possibility of being sent out.

Then again, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos says that Plekanec hasn’t been approached about waiving his no-trade clause and wants to stay in Montreal. An overambitious agent stirring things up wouldn’t exactly be a surprise.

Update (1:33 p.m.): Now you have to wonder who Pat Hickey was talking to in the first place. RDS’s Renaud Lavoie spoke with Rick Curran, Plekanec’s agent, who tells him that Plekanec is not willing to waive his no-trade clause and no such discussions have occurred with the Habs.

Jeff Carter finally speaks up after being traded to Columbus

Jeff Carter

Things have been a bit trying for Jeff Carter of late. The star center was recently traded by the Flyers, a team that signed him to an 11-year $58 million extension, to Columbus. With Carter signing such a long contract and taking himself out of the running for unrestricted free agency until he’s in his mid-30s. That sort of thing can rankle your nerves and Carter is no different.

While the Blue Jackets hadn’t heard from Carter since the trade went down on Thursday afternoon, GM Scott Howson and coach Scott Arniel went to Philadelphia to meet up with the grumpy star player and came away today with an understanding about where everyone stands and to make sure that no ill feelings are being had towards a new situation in Columbus.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch has the story about how Carter didn’t want to stick his foot in his mouth when discussing the deal.

“It’s been a tough couple of days,” Carter said. “I spent six years in Philadelphia. I think so highly of the organization. It was a real shot to me.

“My decision to not talk had absolutely nothing to do with being traded to Columbus. I know it’s a team that has struggled in the past, but there’s a great future there, a lot of young players. I’m excited to be there.”

The fact that the Blue Jackets went ahead and sent their GM, head coach, as well as captain Rick Nash says a lot about how serious they were about cooling things off with Carter and helping welcome him into his new team. Of course, things aren’t all peachy for Carter regarding his thoughts about Philadelphia. Portzline has more on that.

In fact, Carter and his agent, Rick Curran, said they were told last week by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren that rumors of a trade involving Carter were not accurate. The trade devastated him, according to people close to Carter.

“It was all about how things were handled in Philadelphia,” he said.

We can go ahead and circle November 5 on our calendars as that’s when the Blue Jackets play the Flyers for their one and only meeting of the season in Philadelphia. We don’t think Philadelphia players will have any ill will towards Columbus in that game, but Carter will be more than motivated to try and put one over on his old team. With how Carter’s been portrayed through this whole ordeal, he’s got a lot to prove to everyone about what sort of player he is.