So, buyers, sellers or innocent bystanders?
The consensus prediction from radio guys and the Antichambre crew is a quiet Trading Day for the Canadiens and their fans.
Nothing we saw in Boston changes that scenario … except a win makes a stand-pat trade day easier to accept.
All credit to the Canadiens for a very solid effort … against a very bad hockey team.
What’s happened to the Bruins?
No one can score, the D is pathetic and Tim Thomas is signed to watch Tuukka Rask for four years.
But enough about them.
Boston sucks. The Bruins have not won in the TD Banknorth Centre this year. They’re about to go on the road for seven games.
The Canadiens are in seventh place, and the team we saw last night – trailing after two periods, then scoring four unanswered – looked like a playoff club.
Were you ready to trade Carey Price after the Boston goal?
But the erstwhile Franchise was not rattled. And for one of the very rare times this year, his teammates got Price a W.
On a night when Jacques Martin managed to get double-digit minutes from all 18 skaters, the supporting cast won the game.
The fourth line had 12 of the Canadiens’ 32 shots. I don’t remember that happening on nights Georges Laraque was dressed.
Maxim Lapierre had a goal, three shots on goal, six hits and won seven of eight faceoffs.
Glen Metropolit had a goal, an assist and five SoG.
Continuing a great week for McGill, Mathieu Darche had a goal, an assist and five SoG.
Tom Pyatt had two assists and skated the Bruins into the ice. The kid is smart and he can fly. Pencil Pyatt in for next season’s team.
The two top lines were kept off the scoresheet. but Tuukka Rask had a lot to do with that.
For a guy who’s been out for two months, Andrei Kostitsyn was fast and aggressive. His finish was lacking, but it will come. We can look forward to Mike Cammalleri bringing some spark to that line.
Tomas Plekanec had a quiet game by his standards. Maybe he was thinking about David Krejci’s contract.
I thought Benoit Pouliot was the best of the top six forwards. This guy is a player and picked up right where he left off before the injury: speed, intelligent use of his size, always looking for the net.
The D had some anxious moments. Josh Gorges failed to tie up Marco Sturm on the Boston goal, and he had a couple of scary turnovers.
But Gorges’ partner, Hal Gill, was very solid.
The top two pairings were outstanding. Jaro Spacek played his best game in a long time. And I wonder if a contender will phone Pierre Gauthier to day to kick tires on Roman Hamrlik.
Andrei Markov played 21:21 – less than usual – and was brilliant: always controlling the tempo like a metronome; taking the temperature of the game and speeding things up or slowing down accordingly.
We saw it with Scott Niedermayer at the Olympics. A smart, puck-moving Dman is a very valuable commodity in today’s NHL.
I’ve got to get my beauty sleep for the Trading Day live blog, which will start at 8 a.m.
It was a good win against a bad team.
The California swing will be more problematic.
Boston has scored a league-worst 150 goals this season.
San Jose has 204 – second only to Washington’s 247.
You have to think Price will be thrown into the Shark tank on Thursday night.
Will Jaro Halak still be a Montreal Canadien.
Everyone thinks so.
But Ray Emery is out for the season.
And Annti Niemi got yanked on the Island last night.
Florida will move Tomas Vokoun. Dan Ellis and, perhaps, José Theodore are available.
Will the Canadiens make a big move involving goalie?
Set your alarm.