Canadiens trade Hossa to Rangers
TSN.ca Staff with RDS files
9/30/2005 3:13:32 PM
The Montreal Canadiens appear ready to keep Guillaume Latendresse in
the lineup, as the team has traded forward Marcel Hossa to the New
York Rangers for forward Garth Murray.
Murray will immediately join the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens
farm team in the American Hockey League.
Hossa, 23, played in 59 games with the Canadiens between 2001 and
2004, scoring 10 goals and nine assists. His best year in Montreal
was in 2002-03, when he collected six goals and seven assists in 34
Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey told TSN's sister station in
Quebec RDS Thursday that the only options they have for Latendresse
is playing the entire season for the Canadiens or spending another
year with Drummondville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
According to Gainey, the team has had sufficient time to evaluate his
play without having to offer him a 10-game test and return him to
The Canadiens are under public pressure from their fans to keep
Latendresse, who has become an instant favourite in Montreal.
By sending him back to junior, the Canadiens would postpone his free
agency by one year. Latendresse also has a shot at playing for Canada
at the world junior championships in December.
Making the decision even more difficult was the fact that the Habs
already had Hossa, Chris Higgins, Alexander Perezhogin, and Tomas
Plekanec ready for NHL duty.
Hossa had to clear waivers if the Canadiens wanted to send them to
Hamilton of the American Hockey League