May 27, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges (26) pushes New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) on teammate goalie Dustin Tokarski (35) during the third period in game five of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Gorges vetoes trade to Toronto Maple Leafs

Josh Gorges could soon become a thorn in the side of the team that signed him to a six-year deal just two seasons ago. After days of rumors that alluded to a move, the Montreal Canadiens tried to trade Gorges to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Gorges used his limited no-trade clause to veto the deal. Now all parties are left with the awkward taste in their mouths of a failed trade.

Bob McKenzie had this to say about what transpired between Gorges and Montreal.

Why would the Canadiens place Gorges on waivers instead of trading him? Simply put, it could be a power play to force through this trade to the Leafs, as McKenzie notes.

He concludes with this bit.

Gorges didn’t hold his silence on the issue, defending his decision to use the no-trade clause the Canadiens offered him in the contract signed two years ago.

Thus we see business and personal go head to head here. Gorges doesn’t want to leave Montreal, but he can only limit the Habs to 15 teams with which they can trade. If Montreal really wants to dump Gorges, they can do it, but clearly they have their best offer from Toronto.

For now, the matter remains unresolved, but expect this to sort itself out sooner rather than later. The Canadiens clearly want more cap space for free agency and they’re going to move Gorges one way or another in order to get it.

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