Josh Gorges Critical For Habs, To Achieve True Cup Contention
Although the Montreal Canadiens have had a great offseason signing UFA Erik Cole as well as resigning Max Pacioretty, Andrei Markov, Andrei Kostitsyn and Hal Gill, which have improved the chances that the Montreal Canadiens capture the cup next season by a lot. One crucial player still remains to be resigned in order for the Canadiens to become a favourite to win the cup. Restricted free agent Josh Gorges has recently filed for arbitration with the Montreal Canadiens after the two sides failed to reach an agreement before the deadline. Josh Gorges although originally going undrafted and being signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks in 2002, he made his way to Montreal via trade when San Jose sent Gorges and a first round pick for Craig Rivet and a fifth round pick. Although Josh Gorges has filed for arbitration both sides are working hard to reach an agreement before arbitration cases are heard between July 20 and August 4. Even though the Montreal Canadiens have a number of NHL calibre defenceman currently on their roster, such as Jaroslav Spacek, Hal Gill, Andrei Markov, and P.K. Subban, as well as former KHL defencemen Alexi Yemelin, and Swiss defencemen Raphael Diaz, they have learned that you can never have to much depth especially if last season was any indication. Last season the Montreal Canadiens defence had been heavily depleted due to the number of injuries. So Pierre Gauthier knows that you can never have too much depth on defence, especially when that defenceman is Josh Gorges. Even though Josh Gorges played only 36 games for the Canadiens last season before being sidelined for the rest of the season because of knee surgery to repair his ACL, Gorges was instrumental in the magical playoff run to the conference finals the Canadiens had in their 2009 – 2010 season. The duo of Gill and Gorges played dynamite in that playoff run and were able to shut down the other teams’ top lines which included two of the top players in the league in Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Josh Gorges doesn’t bring a whole lot of offensive fire power as some of the other defencemen on the roster do, but he does bring that intangible factor and intensity that is crucial on a team that plans on winning the
That being said Pierre Gauthier knows the value of Josh Gorges to the Montreal Canadiens and with Josh Gorges already indicating his desire to remain in Montreal. One could assume that it is only a matter of time before a deal is met and Gorges is back in le bleu, blanc, et rouge.