It looks like Tomas Plekanec has played his last game with the Canadiens. The Canadiens announced on Saturday afternoon that the 35-year-old centre will be a healthy scratch for Saturday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m., CITY, TVA Sports, TSN Radio 690), meaning he is likely to be dealt before Monday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline. Plekanec, who was selected by the Canadiens in the third round (71st overall) at the 2001 NHL Draft, has spent 13 seasons with the team. He ranks seventh on the Canadiens’ all-time list for games played with 981, during which he has scored 232 goals and added 273 assists for 605 points. Plekanec scored a goal in the Canadiens’ 3-1 win over the New York Rangers Thursday night at the Bell Centre, giving him 6-18-24 totals while playing in all 60 games this season. His goal Thursday ended a six-game drought and was only his second goal in the last 28 games. Plekanec is in the final season of a two-year, US$12-million contract and can become an unrestricted free agent. While his offensive production has dried up, he remains an effective two-way centre and could be attractive for a team headed to the playoffs and looking to fill that role. On a team that ranks 23rd in the NHL in defence this season, Plekanec is plus-4 while mostly being matched up against the opposition’s No. 1 line. He has also won 52.6 per cent of his faceoffs this season.
Canadiens' Plekanec will sit with trade deadline looming
Montreal Gazette | Feb 24