Cornwall ON – Well the trade deadline past and either one of three things happened in Montreal. Either GM Pierre Gauthier thought he has the horses to make it to Lord’s Stanley Cup already on his roster. Um, not likely.
Or….the asking prices were too steep for his liking….I mean a 2nd and Steckel for Jason Arnott or a 7th for Kovalev? (no, I didn’t want Kovy back) or the last one; that ownership didn’t want him spending any more dollars which if true I find quite alarming at the rate that the team sucks up cash from its fans.
This team as it is now isn’t going very far. In the tradition of the last few years they might have to grip tight to even make the play offs. While I support care in the future of your team there were opportunites; for example surely Mr. Gauthier could’ve found a dance partner to upgrade Mr. Kostitisyn? Package Andrei with a draft pick or prospect and away you go?
And with the UFA’s we have on this team if you’re not going to “Go for it” why are so many still here instead of being shopped out?
The big winner of this trade deadline was Washington although they still didn’t get a goalie. They did get a solid and respectable D man in Wideman and they added Arnott for a very low price. Those moves probably will carry them an extra round and maybe more if injuries balance out.
Kudos to Edmonton for maxing out on Dustin Penner who was the tonic Montreal needed, but if the Habs had paid the price the Kings did I’d probably be trashing them this morning. It shows you how desperate LA is to have a good play off run and how many assets Dean Lombardi has in his cupboards.
Calgary was quiet, Toronto too; Ottawa got something for Chris Campoli, and Vancouver snatched up former Habs Maxim Lapierre and Chris Higgins. I guess the Vancouver dressing room was too quiet 🙂
Now the final stretch is going to start and the winners will separate from the losers as the Play Offs approach. Who do you think will sprint and who do you think will stall? You can post your comments below.