Habs looking to deal

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

The Montreal Canadiens could be set to make a move.

While GM Bob Gainey plays his cards close to his vest, he was surrounded by most of his scouting staff before the club's Friday night game in Washington and the speculation is there is a move coming.

Gainey would like to deal disgruntled forward Sergei Kostitsyn and his brother Andrei and get some scoring help up front in return. As reported last week, the Edmonton Oilers are interested in the brothers.

Sergei played alongside Sam Gagner with the London Knights.

The Habs are coming off a 3-2 victory over the Caps, but it was only their third win in regulation time this season. Gainey cannot be happy with how the club, which will be without injured RW Brian Gionta (broken foot) for 4-6 weeks, has performed.

"Somebody might want to tell the Habs that the chemistry experiment they've tried this season isn't working," said a league source yesterday.

Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini has a mandate to make the playoffs.

Felled by injuries and illness, the Oilers really haven't been healthy all season, but Tambellini has been looking around, which is why the Habs might be a good fit. Teams may look at C Shawn Horcoff, but he's making $5.5 million per season and it's doubtful the Oilers would move him.

Off the glass

Changes will have to be made in the Windy City. The Blackhawks will have to sign youngsters Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith to long-term deals, but GM Stan Bowman has his work cut out for him next summer if he's going to keep some of this team together. While winger Marian Hossa was signed to a retirement contract last summer, the Hawks aren't going to have a lot of flexibility under the $56.7-million salary cap, which is expected to either stay the same or fall slightly next season ... Anybody else wonder why Columbus sent LW Nikita Filatov packing back to Russia last week? The guy was a No. 5 pick in the NHL entry draft in 2008. Sources say Jackets GM Scott Howson didn't even attempt to deal Filatov before agreeing to send him to the KHL and wasn't particularly happy to have to do it, either.

Around the boards

Don't be too quick to just eliminate Flyers G Ray Emery from the Olympic picture. "We're looking at every Canadian," Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman told CSNPhilly.com. "We're taking notes on every player that is playing well. We're not going to make a decision based on a short period of time -- good or bad. But obviously, if Emery continues to play well and depending upon where our other goaltenders are at, we're not going to count anybody out." ... The NHLPA will wrap its 10 cities in 10 days for the Goals and Dreams Fund with a big event at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto today. As part of the tour, former players and representatives of the fund will donate 360 complete sets of equipment worth $180,000. They even made a stop in Bosnia on this world tour ... San Jose LW Dany Heatley has a couple of big games coming up: He'll be in Edmonton Friday. On July 1, Heatley refused a trade to the Oilers. Then, he'll face his former teammates from Ottawa on Dec. 1 in San Jose. Oilers president Kevin Lowe was in the press box at the HP Pavillion Friday for Heatley's hat trick. Ouch.

Have a nice Sunday.

BRUCE.GARRIOCH@SUNMEDIA.CA


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