During the intermission of tonight's Habs - Senators game, commentator Yvon Pedneault stated that very reliable sources were saying that Peter Forsberg would only waive his no trade clause for three teams - Detroit, Anaheim, and Montreal.
For the record, Pedneault usually doesn't deal in the rumour treadmill, well connected as he is. He was one of the few journalists / commentators listed on THN top 100 most influencial people in hockey. When he talks of such things, there is always an abundance of substance behind that of which he speaks.
Some other plusses to Forsberg heading to Montreal is that he would become to the teams number one center overnight and play a prime role in a resurgence of offense that is badly needed. Candidates that would quickly benefit from Forsberg presence would include Michael Ryder, Chris Higgins, Guillaume Latendresse, and Alex Kovalev.
On the Philly side of the deal, Montreal has roster players to offer, prospects to spare, and are willing to part with a number one pick should Forsberg show an interest in signing beyond this season. Another bonus for the Flyers is that trades with Montreal have often worked well in Philadelphia's favor. Over the years they have aquired John Leclair, Eric Desjardins, and reaquired Mark Recchi for Dainus Zubrus, stemming from the original deal.
Anaheim GM Brian Burke has stated that he will not sell the farm to aquire Forsberg, and is obviously weighing the risk factor. Detroit are very much Cup contenders, and may also be unwilling to surrender as much as the desperate Habs.
The bottom line may well be that the Canadiens mounting losses are making the Forsberg risk seem less and less minimal.
The Canadiens are in need of a desperate boost, and aquiring Forsberg would simply set the city on fire.
I've spotted a few rumblings concerning Montreal, that without Pedneault's nod, I wouldn't normally give creedence to.
The most detailed account of something in the works was at Spector's Rumours, where I found this quote:
....reported scouts from four NHL teams were in attendence at Thursday's Philadelphia Flyers game, and Flyers director of player development Don Luce was seen talking with Montreal Canadiens scout Doug Gibson.
Let's keep our fingers crossed!