Saturday, June 16, 2007
Samsonov Shipped to Blackhawks
In the 2006 NHL off-season, the Montreal Canadiens signed Sergei Samsonov to a multi-year, multi-million contract after losing out with Bill Guerin. But after a very disappointing season with the Canadiens, Samsonov was traded today.
The 28-year old who once scored 29 goals in 1 season was a healthy sratch for 18 games of the Canadiens season. Samsonov, a Moscow native had just nine goals and 17 assists in 63 games.
He was traded to the Blackhawks for defenceman Jassen Cullimore and forward Tony Salmelainen.
Bob Gainey talked about the trade and Samsonov's disappointing season. ''Considering we didn't have plans for Sergei Samsonov in our organization for next season, our options were either to buy out his contact or to trade him in order to allow us to save valuable cap room over the next two seasons,'' Gainey said in a release.
Samsonov will be a welcome addition to the Blackhawks, who have a lot of young talent ready to break out.