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Strong Possibility Phillips and Kovalev are headed to Montreal

Posted By Corey Krakower On Feb 23 2011 @ 3:06 pm In Montreal Canadiens | No Comments

It’s been an eventful 24 hours on the Chris Phillips front.

Yesterday, sources very close to the Ottawa Senators and Chris Phillips told ProSportsBlogging that the Senators were trying to move Filip Kuba to accommodate Chris Phillips’ request to stay and sign a new deal with the Sens (in all likelihood 3 years). That has not happened and it doesn’t look like Ottawa will be able to unload Kuba and his $3.7 million cap hit.

Today, ProSportsBlogging was told that Chris Phillips would only waive his no trade to go to the Canadiens and possibly Calgary, but he would much prefer Montreal. We were also told that the reason Bryan Murray has not traded Alex Kovalev yet, and he could have very easily by now, is because rather than get 2-3 mediocre assets for Kovalev and Phillips in separate trades, he would rather package them together to get 1-2 good assets from the Montreal Canadiens. Both players are willing to go to Montreal, but the priority is still to find a way to keep Phillips. This trade is definitely in play, which is why both Ottawa and Montreal have been quiet this week, however, this deal won’t happen until Saturday at the earliest. I don’t have any specifics yet on what would be coming back from Montreal.

Unless something changes in the next few days, its expected that Ottawa will keep trying to unload Kuba, and assuming they can’t find a taker, Bryan Murray will meet with Phillips and his agent closer to the deadline to determine a course of action. If a Phillips/Kovalev to Montreal trade does end up happening, it is still expected that Chris Phillips would re-sign with Ottawa in the offseason.

Stay tuned for more updates as this situation develops.

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