Higgins happy to stay with Habs

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

TORONTO -- Christopher Higgins looks better in red than blue.

That's his story, and he's sticking to it.

Truth be told, the young Habs forward is glad that discussions involving his possible move from the Montreal Canadiens to the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't lead to an eventual trade.

Given the rivalry between the two storied NHL franchises, he questions whether they would have been trading partners in the first place.

"I heard about the (Leafs rumours) two weeks after the deadline was over," Higgins said prior to the Leafs-Habs game yesterday at the Air Canada Centre.

"I don't know if it ever would have happened. It seems kind of strange, what with the histories of the teams.

"Then again, anything can happen."

Higgins should know. During the period leading up to the Feb. 26 trade deadline, he heard his name associated with almost every team in the league. At least, it seemed that way.

"(The deadline) is a difficult time anywhere you play, but it's probably 10-times more in Montreal, because people on the street are telling (where you allegedly are going to be traded)," Higgins said with a laugh.

Under the proposed deal involving the Leafs, it was reported Higgins, along with first-, second- and third-round draft picks, would be moved for captain Mats Sundin. Questions concerning how close such a swap actually came to fruition became moot when Sundin refused to waive the no-trade clause in his contract, meaning he would remain a Leaf for the remainder of the season.

The Detroit Red Wings also made a strong pitch for Sundin and were reportedly offering him a two-year contract had the big Swede agreed to move.

It is easy to see why the Leafs were intrigued with the skills of Higgins who, at 24, who has topped the 20-goal plateau in each of his three full seasons. He has 24 tallies this year.


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