Habs acquire defenceman Weaver from Panthers; Price back on ice

The Canadiens have acquired defenceman Mike Weaver from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2015.

Weaver, a 5-foot-10, 183-pounder who shoots right, has played 55 games with the Panthers this season, picking up six assists and 23 penalty minutes to go along with a minus-9. He has 101 hits and 94 blocked shots while averaging 18:47 of ice time. Four Canadiens have more hits this season than Weaver: Alexei Emelin (137), Douglas Murray (118), P.K. Subban (111) and Lars Eller (110).  Four Canadiens have more blocked shots: Josh Gorges (171), Andrei Markov (140), Subban (100) and Douglas Murray (97).

In 585 career regular-season games, the 35-year-old Weaver has 7-79-86 totals and 213 PIM. (Photo above is of Weaver checking Habs’ Max Pacioretty during game last season.)

“This is actually my first time being traded,” Weaver said on the Canadiens’ website. “I was at Pittsburgh’s training camp and I was picked up on waivers by Vancouver and that’s the closest I’ve been to a trade. Fortunately over the years I haven’t really had to deal with this but it’s an exciting situation going into an Original Six team that’s in a high spot in the standings and in a playoff position. I’m really excited to be coming to Montreal.”

The Panthers also placed former Canadien Scott Gomez on waivers Tuesday. In 29 games this season, the 34-year-old Gomez has 1-7-8 totals and is minus-9. It was also reported Tuesday afternoon that the Panthers had acquired goalie Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias.

The NHL trade deadline is at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Canadiens held an optional practice Tuesday afternoon in Segunda, Calif., with seven players taking part at the beginning. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski was joined by Lars Eller, Ryan White, Francis Bouillon, George Parros, Brandon Prust and Michael Bournival. After undergoing some medical treatments for his lower-body injury, goalie Carey Price joined them. Price, who has missed all four games since the Olympic break with the injury, spent about 15 minutes on the ice with goalie coach Stephane Waite. He plans to skate on his own again Wednesday.

Coming off a 2-1 loss in Los Angeles Monday night, the Canadiens continue their four-game West Coast road trip Wednesday night when they visit the Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Peter Budaj will make his fifth straight start in goal replacing Price.

“It felt good to get on the ice,” Price told reporters in California after practice. “It’s coming down to the important part of the year and I want to go into this stretch 100 per cent. I’m feeling good and progressing. The last 20 games of the year are a real mental grind and I want to make sure I’m prepared for the rest of the year and the playoffs. We still have a lot of hockey left this year and I want to make sure I’m good to go. It’s manageable but I want it to be 100 per cent before we go into the important stages of the year.”

 After Wednesday’s game, the Canadiens travel to Phoenix to face the Coyotes on Thursday (9 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690) before wrappingup the trip Saturday in San Jose against the Sharks (10 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

(Photo by Wilfredo Lee/The Associated Press)

Price ‘making progress’ on lower-body injury, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Practice report, Canadiens.com

Changing on the fly for new Hab Weaver, Canadiens.com

Canucks trade Luongo to Panthers, NHL.com

Trade Tracker, NHL.com

Big names could be available at deadline, NHL.com

Players in play at trade deadline, TSN.ca

How it feels to be traded (video), Sportsnet.ca

1,719 Comments

  1. Sportfan says:

    Are teams playing scared because they don’t want to over pay and set the tone for the rest of the day, or is it too early?

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  2. Sportfan says:

    Are teams playing scared because they don’t want to over pay and set the tone for the rest of the day, or is it too early?

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  3. krob1000 says:

    http://hockey.dobbersports.com/frozenpool_linecombo.php?selForward=MTLDESHARNAIS%2CDAVID&period=ALL&situation=EV&games=2013-2014%3AR%3A99&Submit=Show+Line+Combinations&sent=go

    Cool line combo site

    Amazing both pLeks and Eller have done what they have…Pleks played with two combos for 17 perefcnt of season each (Pleks-Gio-Bournival and Pleks-Gio-Briere), Eller played with EGG line for 17 percent of season nest is 8 precent at Eller-Chucky-Prust

    Now Dd has played 54 percent of season with DD-Patch-Gally and that same combo for 71 percent of their pp time together.

    I still maintain that ANY ONE of Pleks, Chucky, Eller, BRiere could achieve the same point totals as Dd if given that role on 1st pp and 1st line duty.
    Where I will concede is that DD is limited in any other roles…so what is likely best for the team at this point given their strengths and weaknesses is close to what is happening…but I still question the outcome if DD was not in picture. His long term signing means that won’t happen so this makes the dilemma much more complex and something is going to have to give in the offseason likely and I fear what that may be. This was all brought to the forefront by an accelerated Chucky curve….that was likely not seen coming.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I disagree.
      DD does well because he sees the ice well and is able to set players up.
      Eller is more physical, but isn’t able to provide scoring chances for his linemates.

      You should be able to produce with anyone on the team.

      DD slumped at the beginning, but has picked up.
      Eller had a good 3 first games, then has been in a torpor.
      Briere has been producing with 4th-liners, and Bournival has too.
      I think Eller needs to take the bull by the horns more and be more daring.

      He’s starting to do the ol’ Zednik post-McClaren circle and circle the net trick. He’s got to use the big size that people love to get himself to the net. Then he’ll start producing, regardless of his wingers.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • krob1000 says:

        IF you say you should be able to produce with anyone on the team how is Dd better he also had the one point in 20 game slump identically to Eller when without the teams top 2 wingers and 1st unit pp duty. When Eller was “producing” he was still not getting the top pp minutes like Dd AND did not have Pacioretty who is a 35 goal guy no matter who his center is.

        By the way this is not strictly Eller vs DD…I think Chucky or BRiere could fill that same role and produce at the same or better rate.

  4. Hobie Hansen says:

    Richard Labbé ‏@Richardlabbe 2m

    Tinordi one of top D prospects in MTL along with Beaulieu. Not going anywhere. RT @MurphysLaw74 MTL+VAN talking & Tinordi could be involved.

  5. Mattyleg says:

    Oh the comedy is VERY rich today.

    Dreger tweeting that he got a good look at Hemsky’s upside last night.

    This is going to be a good day.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  6. Hobie Hansen says:

    Nick Kypreos ‏@RealKyper 3m
    Hearing the Canadiens shopping Lars Eller today. Worst kept secret is Bergevin wants more size.

    • Sportfan says:

      I keep seeing stuff about Eller and Tinordi -_- I won’t be thrilled if they are moved and I would be really confused.

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    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      Then why would you trade your biggest centre, who is 4th on the team in hits?

      • Mattyleg says:

        Possibly because he doesn’t do much else…

        (don’t think he’ll be traded tho)

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Just skates in circles and hits things? Yikes, I am glad you don’t mind Eller…….

          • Mattyleg says:

            I’m being a bit facetious, but I guess I should have been more precise in saying that he doesn’t get any points, which is why the GM might be interested in moving him.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • @Matty he doesn’t get points because he plays with two slabsof cement that if it weren’t for the Canadiens wouldn’t be playing in the NHL :lol:

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        • Habfan17 says:

          He does actually get points when he actually has wingers that have some talent other than banging. He is also very solid on the PK and in his own end. Value is not all points or Plekanec would have been gone long ago!

          Habfan17

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      I loved Eller’s potential when he first came to the team. He’s shown flashes of brilliance. However, he’s now had 3 full seasons. At what point do the excuses have to end? I know he’s had a rotating cast of characters for linemates, but I think he has to take responsibility at some point.

      If Eller goes today, I won’t be too sad.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Kind of with you, but then I have painful Leclair flashbacks….
        If we can afford to be patient, I’m still hoping we are. Eller was good in last year’s playoffs.

    • ont fan says:

      Meghan Agosta came back home yesterday. She said they had lost their coach, the last 10 games in a row including 4 to the USA. They had no confidence and then Kevin Dineen shows up. Meghan said she learned more in 6 weeks than anything she had learned in the last 20 years. His attitude was inspiring.

  7. Alex says:

    Kesler for Eller

  8. Congrats to Team Canada says:

    Whats wrong with the picture, when Anaheim, SJ, and LA are contenders. Meanwhile its been decades since the HABS, BUDS, NYR, or Buffalo have.

  9. Sportfan says:

    This is only a rumor, but apparently there are 6 teams interested in Bourque, all I have to say is if he’s trade gives us someone who is TALL also Kings are one of the rumored teams

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  10. HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

    eller georges and a second for kessler?

  11. Sportfan says:

    Will the Habs call up anyone today before the post trade deadline thing where they only have 4 call ups?

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  12. Congrats to Team Canada says:

    Which player would you want in the TSN top 10 list would interest you most?

  13. Sportfan says:

    Will the Habs call up anyone today before the post trade deadline thing where they only have 4 call ups?

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  14. HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

    Ermhoff is 4 million a year with 40 points.

    Gorges is 4 millions a year with 5 points.

    you decide.

    • Cardiac says:

      Ehrhoff has 29 points, -9 and 86 blocked shots
      Gorges has 13 points, +7 and 171 blocked shots

      Nice try and thanks for playing…

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

      • habs-fan-84 says:

        Applause.

      • Strummer says:

        Using +/- stats for a player on a 30th place team is irrelevant.

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        • Cardiac says:

          When we finished 29th a couple of seasons ago, Gorges and Subban were still +14 and +9 respectively. Explain that.

          “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
          – Jerry Maguire

      • HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

        im talking yealry averages, and block shot just means you are in your own zone too much! its an over rated stat. either way 4 million a year for a guy who gets you 2-3 goals a year is pathetic.

        • Mattyleg says:

          You don’t pay a defenseman for goals.
          You pay him to prevent goals.

          Come on… are you really being serious?

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

            hahah , tell that to every hof defenement, including orr, borque and robinson.

          • Cardiac says:

            Borque, Bourque or Bork?
            http://tinyurl.com/lvsyo87

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          • Mattyleg says:

            Ha!
            I guess you’re right!
            HA!
            HAHAHA!!!

            (lol)

            HA!

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Cardiac, please always cite your source.

            I see you have supplied an uncredited quotation from the song of the Swedish Chef.

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        Wouldn’t a defender who is good at moving the puck out of his zone end up blocking fewer shots?

        • HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

          no apperentl georges is the best dman off all time, hes going for the block shots record. NHL HAL of FAme legend, Josh Georges, a Real Defenceman.

    • Strummer says:

      How is Ehrhoff’s pep-talk-cliche-vocabulary?

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      • HabinBurlington says:

        Wunderbar! He has a great catchphrase, Schnell! And his celebration song after wins on the stereo is Du Hast, by Rammstein. Let’s do this now!

    • Mattyleg says:

      Ehrhoff: Hits – 34, Blocked Shots: 84
      Gorges: Hits – 82, Blocked Shots: 171

      I’ve decided that’s fine.

      (and where did you pull ‘5 points’ out of?)

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

        how about SOG

        ernhoff 129
        georges 34.

        career high goals:

        erhrhoff 14
        georges 4

        • Mattyleg says:

          You’re right.
          Ehrhoff is a much better forward than Gorges.

          (btw, his name is Ehrhoff, not Ernhoff, or Earhoff, or Ermhoff)

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

            no youre right shea webber , doughty subban markov what do they have in common, all stars? top paid dman? nope, you guessed it they are paid to block shots.

    • Luke says:

      Ehrhoff will be 58 years old when his contract expires.

      If we get a Hoff, I’d rather it be one of the Hassel variety.

  15. Forum Dog says:

    Here’s hoping the Habs find a way to add some scoring. They are currently on pace to have only three 20 goal scorers. Someone to play on Plekanec’s right side would be fantastic, as long as the price isn’t too high.

    The Weaver trade was a decent depth move for the D, and now it’s time to try and upgrade the offense.

  16. Je ne comprends pas says:

    Can coach’s be bought out ?

  17. HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

    dustin Penner for a 4th rounder, habs should have gotten him this cheap.

  18. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    As I was starting to post… Would you want a winger with those stats? 5’9″ 180lb with 15g and 18a in 62 games this year? Too small? Around .5 points per game…

  19. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    5’9″ 180lbs with15G 18A

  20. Mattyleg says:

    Morning Everyone!!

    Are you all as SUPER PUMPED FOR TRADEDEADLINEDAY AS I AM!?!??

    This is going to be craaaaaaaaaaaaaazy.

    Over-under at 3.5 on trades today: GO.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  21. Sportfan says:

    Sportsnet annoys me more than TSN and they made it worse by promoting crap from the Sun.

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  22. Strummer says:

    This morning on Sportsnet they have a feature on the left side of the screen with the header “In Play?”

    Among those “in play”
    Brian Gionta upcoming UFA and
    Stephen Gionta age 30 upcoming UFA.

    Do I see a package deal like the Sedins or Niedermeyers except smaller and not identically-twinned?

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  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    The asking price must be too high for Bergevin’s liking or Anthony Stewart must really have some off ice problems because the Habs could certainly use a player like him.

    Imagine Max Pacioretty on one wing and Stewart on the other…

    *** Sorry, brother Chris Stewart.

  24. Sportfan says:

    According to Sportsnet and twitter the Habs have made only 19 deadline trades since 1980, the lowest amount by any NHL team, is that a good or bad thing?

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  25. kirkiswork says:

    It must be hard for Bergevin to make a trade when nobody wants the players we want to get rid of.

  26. Big Buffy Boat Club says:

    …and anotehr thing about Mike Seaver…I mean Weaver, is…

    who cares

    Two players I’d like to see us target today are Yakupov and Byfuglien. Both do not mesh with their current team as the expectations are unrealistic given the skill set. Both teams have depth problems, meaning these players could be had without giving up core players (Patches, Chucky, Gally, Subban, Price – THAT’s IT) and both would have a big big impact on our roster.

    For either I’d trade Eller or Gorges + 1st + Bourque + prospect (either team would probably be big on Fucale).

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    • ffenliv says:

      I doubt the Jets will be parting with Byfuglien today. They’re on a crazy roll, and are amazingly back in the hunt for their first playoff birth since the return to Winnipeg.

      And Yakupov, I think the price will be too high. Obviously he hasn’t so far panned out like people thought, but the price will still be high. Edmonton doesn’t need more draft picks. They need people who can play the game. I think MTL would pay dearly to get him.

      Edit: I missed seeing your proposed trade at the bottom the first time. I don’t think Eller is worth as much as many people here do, but the combination of a 1st and prospect/Fucale isn’t bad. I feel like borque is a throw-in, and adds basically nothing to the package.

    • Sportfan says:

      I think Buff is happy under Maurice

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  27. Blondie says:

    Hoping for MB to do something today. Weaver looks interesting and I look forward to seeing what he can do for us. But we didn’t really need another defenceman. We’ve had too many defencemen and too many centers for quite some time now, hopefully one of each could turned into a MOAR BIGGAR scoring winger.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Are you kidding? Another great shot blocker? Price won’t see another shot until … he plays again and then not until the shootout because all our games will end 0-0. Heh.

      Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  28. Congrats to Team Canada says:

    Let’s just make a trade today, good, bad, irrelevant… We need something to chew on.

  29. Over a thousand comments over Weaver? You guys are starving for something great, and I have a sale on meat :lol:

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  30. Sportfan says:

    So with the Weaver trade done, I doubt we see Montreal making any other moves unless they make a minor move.

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  31. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Do something. Someone make A trade! Cmon now.

  32. Paz says:

    I have nothing against Mike Weaver but picking him up for a 5 th rounder is like buying a deal on meat at Walmart.

    It’s not top quality meat, but it’s good good enough to bring home.

    You can’t really make a nice BBQ with it, but you can throw it in the spaghetti sauce.

    You didn’t really need the meat because you had some new brand of meat in the freezer which you were hesitant to use.

    And the deal? There are stores all over the community who have bigger pieces for about the same money.

    If all you did yesterday and today Marc is package Weaver for a 5 th rounder, You really never had to make that deal at all.

    We will see today if there is more too it.

    I think Gorges and Bourque to Colorado for Parenteau and ?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Funny enough, for me I love my AAA steaks, and when I grill (BBQ is smoking meat, sorry but since I got into doing that I make a difference, trying to be humorous about it Ed) it is indeed fresh top quality steaks from a butcher. But I can make a real good spaghetti, I use ground beef and some hot italian sausage. I add a whole bunch of fresh veggies, great fresh spices and seasoning and voila, my regular grade ground beef tastes really good in my meat sauce.

      I don’t doubt that we got Weaver from Walmart, but when you mix that routine beef with some other good ingredients you can make it look pretty good.

      We needed a dman who is natural on the right side to play 6 or 7th dman minutes. I’m hoping he mixes in well and brings something to the ice for us. The 5th was a decent WalMart price, not their big rollback pricing, but more their everyday low pricing. ;-)

    • twilighthours says:

      I’m a vegetarian, Ed. This analogy is lost on me.

  33. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I don’t know, and I don’t care.

  34. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    The person whose full-time job is painting a new mask for Luongo every week… Is that person included in the trade?

  35. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    PS; I know the difference between it’s and its, but my phone clearly doesn’t.

  36. Ian Cobb says:

    Only one Canadian team left to compete for a prize in the NHL ! Montreal Canadiens. This is a very sad situation for this country!

    Top 7 of 9 teams are in the west this year!

    • ffenliv says:

      To be fair, and I’m sure you considered this, Toronto is currently in a playoff spot. And, given last year’s playoff outcomes, it could be after the first round there are no Canadian teams competing for anything other than tee times.

      Sad indeed.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Consolation?

      On the wikipedia sites for many NHL teams you will see countless Canadian flags beside the current team rosters!

      This is why I was able to root for Vincent and MSL and Tampa against Calgary (never forget Lanny MacDonald skating the Cup around the Forum!) in that last pre-strike Stanley Cup.

      Cheers

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      As emphasized again recently with the report of Detroit building an arena for the Red Wings, the NHL uses hockey as a means of extorting money from municipalities. That’s all they see it as.

  37. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Indeed, Rangers are irrelevant, and are a bubble team in the weak Metrosexual Division, but if you’re a millionaire, there is no better place to live. (I am told.) Kovalchuk chose the Devils so his pop star wife would be happy, in large part. Maybe something similar in the St-Louis household? Having been to Tampa Bay, I can say that it has it’s pretty moments, but it ain’t NYC.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      My comment was directed at the Rangers not the great city of New York. And surely a simple millionaire would find it rough in New York City. Anyone who owns a small one bedroom apt. is probably a millionaire.

  38. Ozmodiar says:

    A question for those hoping Montreal, somehow, lands Kesler.

    Let’s say the trade involved Eller, Gorges and 1st. Where would Kesler slot into the line-up?

    a) center with Max Pac, moving DD to wing or Eller’s spot
    b) center, replacing Eller (with Bourque and Weise)
    c) rw, with DD and Max
    d) other …

    • krob1000 says:

      Pleks-Gio-BRiere
      DD-Patches-Bourque(Weise/Bournival if Bourque moved)
      Kesler-Gallagher-Galchenyuk (KEGG LIne)
      White-Prust-Weise/Bournival/Moen

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        KeGG.. The E isn’t capitalized.. I know, I just printed 27,500 tshirts.. Invested my life savings.

        • krob1000 says:

          IF we get Kesler he can have his first two letters capitalized! Might be incentive to stick around in Canada. Two capital letters, free smoked meat and poutine for life (a dietary consultant is also included) and he does not want a percentage of your business…he does however wants a 5 percent royalty for life on your tshirts.

  39. Maritime Ronn says:

    Just because there is little chatter about the Habs, does not necessarily mean that nothing will happen today.

    Since GMMB came on board, no one predicted any of his moves or signings or trades (Cole-Ryder) UFAs Prust-Murray….there are almost never any solid rumors that come to fruition.

    While expectations are zero, a hockey trade could happen – but forget about any high price pending UFA rental.
    Keep an eye on Tyler Myers today……..

  40. habstrinifan says:

    Who will be traded to EOTP today? Would Timo forego his NTC?

  41. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Follow Tim Bozon’s twitter feed if you want to know what’s happening. (And don’t follow Mike MCarron’s, as he retweets some crazy stuff.)

  42. 24 Cups says:

    Here’s a good recap on yesterday’s trade action. As I mentioned yesterday, the outside hockey world seems to think Montreal made a decent trade.

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/nhl-2014-trade-deadline-central/

  43. DipsyDoodler says:

    The reports of Tim Bozon’s illness (hope he’s OK) have shed an interesting light, for me, on the hockey blogosphere. I’ve read several blogs that have mentioned it. Almost invariably, the blogger looked up meningitis on the Internet, and cut and paste the definition, and then expounded a little bit about what it might mean. I’ve read people recommend that if you have it you should see your doctor. I’ve read comments such as “this could really mess him up.” etc … I’ve read nothing that could remotely be called “information”.

    Now the word meningitis means inflammation of the meninges. (-itis = inflammation). It doesn’t tell you very much about the cause or prognosis of his illness.

    But what’s interesting to me is the parallel with the hockey commentary. This is really what hockey blogging is: looking stuff up on the Internet, re-wording it a little, and putting it out there with an air of expertise, but no actual journalism.

    But what’s shocking is the belief that googling player stats is a useful thing, let alone enough to make you knowledgeable. This is what allows these guys to actually give advice to NHL GMs and accuse them of stupidity when they don’t take it.

    An example is the prospect watch on that other site, which consists entirely of cutting and pasting player stats gleaned from the web and rating the prospects based on how many points they scored last week. OK fine, but that doesn’t mean you should be advising Marc Bergevin.

    • twilighthours says:

      I thought you liked them. No?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Excellent post Dipsy! That is why I am happy MB is improving our scouting dept. and why having a guy like Dudley who is known for his eye for talent, from actually watching games.

      I am sure Dudley watched Weaver play quite a few games and knows exactly what elements he brings, and probably never had to look at a boxscore to help decide if he was worth going after.

  44. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Martin St-Louis desperately wants out of Tampa Bay, but will only waive his NMC to go to the Rangers? That’s rich. “I’m unhappy and I want a divorce, but only if I can date Scarlett Johansson.”

  45. SLYDER says:

    Eller
    Gorges
    1st Round Pick

    For Kesler?

    • twilighthours says:

      My apple, juice pack, and two oreo cookies for your slice of pizza. Don’t tell mom

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      For sure.

    • bel33 says:

      I thought I read Kesler wants to go to an American based team? Yes I know I’m answering your ask…

      – I’d buy that for a dollar! -

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      I’d take it. Eller has all the skills of an elite forward w/ great defensive responsibility and size, but can’t score any goals to save his life (Which makes him a poor offensive centre). Georges is good defenseman, but Montreal has the depth to replace him. The first would hurt the most, but for Kesler I think it’s worth the sacrifice.

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      Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!
      @Hstands4Hockey

  46. boing007 says:

    So, was Weaver the only right handed available on the market? Brad Boyes is available.

    Richard R

    • twilighthours says:

      Boyes a forward…

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Boyes just re-upped his contract in Florida I think I saw yesterday. Weaver while not having stat friendly dimensions on HI/O, is a right shooting dman who is used to playing significant minutes in the NHL. Let’s watch him play before we think he is of no value.

      • twilighthours says:

        My name is twilight hours and I support this post

      • Ron says:

        I think most here realize Weaver is a stop gap to fill the right side as is needed. He does play an effective game from all accounts of the pundits and comes cheap. I know myself I was scratching my head with the physical measurements. The shock has settled in and after looking at video and stats I think for the short term he will fit ok. Those that say now they can send Murray to the press box is my only concern in the number of D now on the roster. So he is slow, he still fills a big void on the back end (physical) and fears no one. Others fear him.
        I guess we have to let things play out and let Weaver prove his worth to this line up. I hope all works out.

  47. fastfreddy says:

    Don’t trade eller. He’s useful. They’ll trade him because MT may not like him. MY 2 CENTS; trade MT.

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  48. dunanyqc says:

    What does this mean ? (if anything)
    with 30 teams in the league, on average, every team should have one player in the top 30 at the end of the season.Pacioretty and PK are around 65th right now.
    In the past 15 years we have had 4 seasons where a habs player has been in the top 30 at the end of the season.The best ever in the past 15 years, was Kovalev, who ranked 11th in points at the end of the season.
    If we average out the Habs results over the past 15 years, our top player finished ranked 51 st in points with a total of 63 points.

  49. GL says:

    Don’t be surprised if the Habs do nothing today. MB already know how far the Habs are going in the playoffs and that’s if they make it. Trade or no trade 1-round unless they get lucky and that is possible.

  50. scrotchland says:

    prepare to be disapointed AGAIN today Hab fans. There will be no other deals by MB today. The day will be complete with this teams worse loss of the season (so far)., gonna be fugly.
    so dont get your hopes up. we are stuck with the same gm, coach, and smurfettes.
    As Sammy Polock once said: “sometimes the best trade is the one you make.”

  51. twilighthours says:

    I’m reasonably certain that just being bigger doesn’t make you better at hockey. I mean, there’s a guy I play with on my Friday morning skate who is 6’4″ and 250lbs, but I’m way better than him.

    (Relax on weaver’s height, people.)

    • CJ says:

      Good post. Speaking only for myself, I was down on the trade, but it had much less to do with Weaver and his size, as it does with the fact that I see it as a road block to Tinordi playing. If we deal Murray or another member of the defence today, then the trade will have made perfect sense. However, if we do not move a defencemen and Tinordi gets sent down to Hamilton, then I will consider it a missed opportunity to graduate a prospect who has been better then both Emelin and Georges over the past four games. Just my two cents…. Cheers, CJ

      • twilighthours says:

        Can’t argue with any of that

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Or perhaps Weaver does more for the remaining 20 games and the playoffs than Tinordi can give. Tinordi will get his chance, a 35 yr. old UFA is not going to stop this team from getting Tinordi onto the big club when he is good and ready.

        Weaver is no saviour but I think people will be pleasantly surprised by what he can give us as a 6th dman on his natural side.

        • CJ says:

          I think that you make some very good points. Looking ahead though, I would rather not graduate two young players at the same time. If Tinordi (and this would be based on his play) is able to solidify his place on the 5/6 pairing, he will be that much further ahead heading into next season. I really like his confidence right now. He is anticipating plays and is carrying the puck. Weaver may be the better player, but Weaver has something like 11 games of playoff experience. Tinordi already has five. Additionally, Weaver might be better then Tinordi, but Tinordi is currently playing better then both Georges and Emelin. I am taking a wait and see approach to how today unfolds. I would be all for trying Weaver and Tinordi. Cheers, CJ

      • Habfan17 says:

        Hi CJ,

        I agree and if Tinordi and some other young players know they are just as good, it goes against what Bergevin said. Force me to make hard decisions. Unless they move a defenceman, I think it is a head scratcher!

        Habfan17

  52. Habfan17 says:

    For those who want Eller traded. He is 24 and if you want to use a current Hab as an example. Look no futher than Pleks. Pleks only made the Habs at 24. He did not become the player he is today in his first two seasons.

    I would say unless the Habs got a scoring power forward in return it would be a mistake to trade him now!
    Habfan17

  53. adamkennelly says:

    Have we traded Markov yet?

    say to Caps for Tom Wilson?

    • third generation haber says:

      Markov is a rental, so I’m pretty sure that only a team on the verge of a cup is going to make a serious offer for him.

      j.p. murray

  54. Habfan10912 says:

    @wjc I hope the ordilies haven’t come and taken you away from the computer yet but you missed the meaning of my post.

    I’ll try to use wjc-speak complete with the arrogant tone. Let me try explain it to you.
    “A GM in panic mode makes mistakes. Look it up. Bergevin should only make a deal that fits into his plan. You have no idea what a plan is because you couldn’t tie Bergevins shoes.”

    Understand now? CHeers.

    ps. – I really meant what I said about missing you.

    • twilighthours says:

      I’m 1/4 Ukrainian. Wild.

    • wjc says:

      He wears lofers, so there are no shoe laces. I have no complaints with the orderlies and they treat me good as long as I don’t scream at the computer.

      It is kind of you to speak down to my level, I thank you.

      Are you saying Bergevin is in panic mode. Sometimes a deal comes along that you have to take. It costs you little and it is sitting there. Not part of a plan just falls in your lap. So the plan is put aside for the betterment of the team.

      Thank you, cannot promise to understand, but cheers back.

      wjc

  55. CJ says:

    Good morning friends. Very fortunate to have a medical opinion within the house. Seem to have come down with a bout of Bronchopneumonia. Haven’t felt myself the past few days, which was likely exasberated by staying up and getting very little sleep yesterday.

    Going to get as much done as possible, while keeping an eye on the trade tracker. Hoping to catch a nap so that I will be available to watch the game this evening. Before going to be bed last night, I thought the Sens were going to run the Oilers out of the building. I was surprised to see that the Oilers came back to grab the two points. Caught a little of the New Jersey and Detroit game, which was crushing for the Wings, allowing a late goal in a tied hockey game. Colour me nostalgic, but I’d love to see the Red Wings and Canadiens meet in the playoffs.

    Lastly, I wish to offer my public condolances to Mr. Bergevin and family. Although I was critical of the move for Weaver, I respect the fact that the loss of loved ones can never be timed and applaud his decision to remain with family. Hopefully he has the time to work through a deal to move one of Gionta, Briere or Bourque, although I fear that we are not going to be overly excited by the return.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Feel better CJ. I can’t help but think the Weaver deal may be leading to something else. We’ll find out today.

      • CJ says:

        We will. I said as much yesterday. It really has to be a prelude to another move. If we could move Murray for a 3rd rounder, we would be further ahead. I just don’t want to give up on Tinordi. If there is no secondary move, I can’t help but come to the conclusion that he will be sent back to Hamilton. Sending Drewiski down will really help to stabalize the ‘Dogs defence. It would be great to see them make the postseason.

        • wjc says:

          Murray is not going anywhere, I love the guy. He keeps everybody honest out there.

          A little history lesson. Once upon a time the Canadiens in the early 60’s had a small fast team. Chicago and Toronto saw this and their bigger tougher teams pounded the Canadiens for a few years.

          Montreal picked up some bad skaters….names Ferguson, Harper and Harris….problem solved. The pretty skaters could skate worry free knowing these guys had their backs.

          Now fast forward a million years and look at Parros and Murray, not pretty skaters but it is nice they have your back…especially Murray who plays big regular minutes…..keeps everybody honest.

          Tinordi is not going anywhere so relax, the Canadiens are in good hands.

          wjc

          • CJ says:

            Good morning WJC. Good post. No denying Murray keeps the opposition honest, however I don’t see a future beyond this season. That said, I respect your opinion and will defer to your knowledge. I hadn’t the pleasure of watching Fergy, or company, but understand the kind of player you are describing. I guess, IMO, I just don’t see Murray getting better going forward. He has eaten up some big minutes recently, but I think this is simply a stop gap signing that has no future within this organization. Weaver can be insurance against the loss of Murray.

            Thank you for sharing. Cheers, CJ

  56. third generation haber says:

    I just realized, not sure if it’s been mentioned, that Luongo and Thomas are now teammates! I wonder if Lou will have any goaltending advice for Tim:-)

    j.p. murray

  57. naweed235 says:

    The one guy I’m really hoping to see in a Habs uni at the end of the day is Chris Stewart. He is exactly the type of player we are lacking on our roster and there is no doubt in my mind that he’ll be extremely valuable to the team if MB can pull it off.

    • Cal says:

      Bourque II, the sequel. Only younger.

      • naweed235 says:

        I am fairly sure you have not watched him play a lot and are basing that on some hearsay? The man can wheel with the best of them, has a fantastic shot and plays physical; your prototypical power forward. He was not being used to his potential in St Louis because they have an amazing set of top line forwards on that team.

        • Cal says:

          St. Louis fans have exactly the same complaints about him as Calgary and now Montreal fans have about Bourque. Good size and not willing to be physical.

  58. Maritime Ronn says:

    Habs now have 5 left hand Dmen – 7 if you count Tinordi-Beaulieu.
    Habs will move a left hand Dman today.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I hope so! Who will it be? Markov? If he will not agree to accept the contract that MB has offered. Gorges? A team looking for play off depth may like him. Emelin? If the Habs do resign Markov, would that make sense? Murray, he was brought in with the playoffs in mind and the Weaver trade indicates that even if they won’t go far, MB is bulking up for the playoffs without giving up any prospects or roster players.

      Habfan17

    • CJ says:

      I think so to. I believe that Murray is the most likely to go, unless desperation forces an organization into overpaying for the General, in which case we might be forced to part with Markov.

  59. 4m3y2j says:

    Why did we wave Driewske ?He is bigger,younger than this guy ?I know he is now in Hamilton but surel he can offer as much as this guy…

    john slattery

    • Habfan17 says:

      I agree although he is a lefty and the Habs are short on righties!
      Drewiskie has also been out a long time and needs to get his conditioning and timing back. I would think the plan is to let him play out the season in Hamilton, give him the summer to get back in shape, and see if he can take the 7th spot. Boullion will probably be gone, so they will need another depth guy. If Nygren and or Pateryn prove to be ready next season, Weaver will probably not be resigned either.

      Habfan17

    • PatMac says:

      Likely to get Drewiske some playing time. He was injured in training camp and has not played at all this year.

      As for Weaver, I wouldn’t read too much into this. He is a capable NHL player for the next 20 games and hopefully playoffs. Perhaps there are some injuries that we are not hearing about that require an extra D with experience.

    • wjc says:

      Driewski hasn’t played in a year……rust,,,,,more must…..much more rust. He needs a month in Hamilton to get timing back.

      He would be no immediate help to Montreal, they live in the now.

      Is Weaver a better defenseman….probably. Was Weaver CHEAP to get get….you want to believe it.

      Will it pay off, maybe yes…..maybe no….nothing is guaranteed.

      wjc

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      He’s a lefty. Goes against the Babcockian Rules of Defensive Composition which abhors an imbalance of right and left handedness.

    • third generation haber says:

      or, why didn’t we send him to Hamilton for a conditional stint?

      I really like Drewiskie, he does his job and does it for cheap.

      j.p. murray

    • Landof10000lakesHab says:

      Drewiske was brought in last season as depth – a 7th DMan.

      Weaver has been playing top 4 mins for the past 3 years and is known to be a reliable defender, a big hitter, shot blocker, and PK Dman. There is a world of divide between Weaver and Drewiske.. Hopefully, this move will allow Emelin to move over to his natural side and work on returning his game where it was prior to the Lucic incident.

      I hope his new Hab teammates are making Mike Weaver feel welcome and that he avoids stumbling onto this site…

  60. wjc says:

    Luongo took the Cannucks to the finals, a place Montreal would like to find themselves one day. That is pretty damn good, since that means 28 teams are already finished.

    All the fuss about picking up an extra useful defenseman that shoots on the right a shortage in Montreal, for a 5th round draft choice.

    Really 5th rounders hardly ever make it very far. This is just a band aid while the young studs mature in the minors and learn in the bigs.

    Deep breathes.

    wjc

  61. HabinBurlington says:

    Not to beat a dead horse, but the most interesting part of the Luongo trade is the fact that if Luongo should choose to retire early there will be huge cap implications to Vancouver as they essentially will inherit a cap hit. Luongo may yet get the last laugh on the Canucks.

  62. Habitforming says:

    Since the habs didn’t pull off any deals overnight, I’m guessing there aren’t anymore that will be made.

    “@dave_stubbs #Habs GM Marc Bergevin’s day: Funeral for his mother in-law; Trade deadline; media conference call about 6pm ET”

    I can’t see negotiating trades during a funeral service.

    • wjc says:

      You really don’t know how it all works. They have people that can take the reigns and make the right deal, if one comes along.

      Things have been discussed and possibilties have been laid on the table so there are no surprises, sometimes you can move forward by standing still. Somethime the best move is the move you do not make.

      Just use the Gomez trade as an example, if Gainey does nothing he is better off. So standing still can actually move you forward.

      wjc

  63. Habfan17 says:

    From Eric Engles after the game against the Leafs.

    ” ) Asked Therrien if he saw anything different from Lars Eller on Saturday night, he replied emphatically: “Intensity.”.

    I’d agree with that. Eller was intense, he was on the puck first, and he managed to make plays out there. That’s a big step in the right direction. And you have to believe (it’s harder to believe) that if he keeps it up, he’s going to break through. If he keeps it up, he gives the Canadiens another dynamic to worry their opponents with. ”

    I think it would be a big mistake to trade Eller.

    Habfan17

    • Habfan17 says:

      Oops, that should read Eric Engels. What is up with the editor function?

      Habfan17

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Hi Steve. I can’t figure Eller out. Every once in a while I see flashes of a very good player but on too many nights I see nothing. I wouldn’t be adverse in trading him but isn’t the clock starting to run out for this guy?

      • Habfan17 says:

        Good morning,

        I think his struggles have more to do with the lione shuffling and once things sort themselves out he will be okay. He has been frustrating at times, but so have Patches, Subban, DD, pick a name!

        I would not say time is running out. He is only 24 and there have been some very solid players who didn’t start to click until they hit 26/27. Moulson didn’t hit 30 goals until he was 26.

        I think with a few more moves by MB and a coach who doesn’t change lines every game and sometimes every period, Eller will become a consistent player who can fill In as the 2nd line centre when needed.

        I look and have to ask myself why he is the one that keeps being asked to play with revolving players and play out of position. I have never seen DD, patches, Pleks, Gionta, being asked to do that, even when they were getting started in the case of Patches and DD.

        What I have found, is even when he isn’t standing out in the offensive zone, he is quietly doing a standout job in the defensive zone.

        Habfan17

      • Habfan17 says:

        Good morning again!

        I need to watch for typos…lol The comparison I wanted to make was Pleks. He didn’t even get to the NHL until he is Eller’s age.
        Then it took him a couple of seasons to get into a groove. I am not worried about him.

        Habfan17

  64. Habfan10912 says:

    Morning friends. Surely a sad day for wjc (where ever he is) – Scotty Gomez on waivers.

    I will spend time thinking about that dubious trade today while I scan these esteemed pages who cry out for Bergevin “TO DO SOMETHING!”

    My concern is that Bergevin does in fact have a plan and he will stick to it. For this organization to have success moving forward we need a GM who won’t make a deal to make a deal and end up trading a huge asset for a , well, Gomez.

    Should be a fun day though, huh? At least for us fans, probably not so much for players who have to think about moving.

    CHeers.

    • wjc says:

      Still with the Gomez thing. You seem to forget that was Montreal’s deepest run in the playoffs in many years.

      Back in the glory days winning two rounds meant a Stanley cup. Look it up!

      Everything doesn’t always work out perfectly, for most anyways.
      To second guess a trade forever, is just plan stupid.

      Basking in Gomez retiring from hockey….big deal. That day comes for all players and Gomez has two Stanley cups under his belt.

      Name your accomplishments, you couldn’t carry Gainy’s underwear.

      wjc

    • Yet, we pick up another surf for a fifth? Now I along with many other HIO’ers are seriously scratching our heads about MB. With all the depth we have, Davis just put on waivers, I can’t imagine why MB would flop any draft position for Weaver. I’m afraid I along with so many other Habs fans feel that this management team is just flying by the seat of their ants and any “rumored” plan that MB has is just that. Imagine, just yesterday I posted our short, light-weight status in the NHL and it just go worse. Sorry, it’s pathetic now with Briere, DD, Gionta, etc… that’s why I changed my avatar. Unless something happens today, we are sunk for the foreseeable future.

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

      • HabinBurlington says:

        We all read into things differently I suppose. To me watching MB not make drastic moves tells me moreso he indeed has a plan, and it is a long term approach. We won’t know for awhile how it plays out. But lets say MB traded a 1st or a 2nd round pick plus a high end prospect for Moulson. We get an immediate help for this season and may not have Moulson in the summer. Looking at how barren our propsects for goal scoring winger/centers are, it would only continue to get worse by losing such a key draft pick.

        De laRose/ Collberg may be our best scoring threat prospects and they have only been drafted in the past couple years with 2nd round picks. It sucks not having this depth, but I think we need to grin and bear it for this season at least before we can have the depth required to allow us the luxury to start trading those away for immediate results.

        Totally get where you are coming from though, as I said it is something that we all see from different perspectives.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          burli

          GMMB will not trade for a rental
          If he does something, it will be a longer term hockey trade…but don’t hold your breathe.
          That stuff is usually done in the summer.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            That is what I am saying as well. I am holding my breath hoping he doesn’t make a deal for a rental.

        • wjc says:

          Right now the plan is draft wisely, fill in with spare parts. Wait for the drafts to mature.

          The goaltending is solid….check
          Defencemen in Hamilton maturing and right on course….check
          Upgrade size when possible…..work in progress.
          Draft larger players when possible and nurture them along.
          Fill holes, take a run at the playoffs….listen to impatient people bitch.

          First question when he was hired was …can you stand the heat, this is not Chicago, with the bulls, cubs, whitesox, bears grabbing attention. This is Montreal where they will question every hic cup and fart like it is the end of the freaking world…can you take it.

          Bergeron…..watch me.

          wjc

      • wjc says:

        I will try to explain the logic. Shoots right….shortage of right shots, means other defense can move back to their normal shooting sides. He is a 35 year old bandaid that can play the game.

        He is not overly big but he will be replaced when the boys in Hamilton are really ready, could be soon but might be a little later.

        You give up a 5th round choice for a useful piece, you lose nothing off your team and no futures are squandered.

        Can you see just a little bit of the logic. Just a little twinkle.

        wjc

      • wjc says:

        Maybe the head scratching is coodies.

        It takes imagination to ‘imagine’.

        They are flying with a well thought out plan that takes time to find success. If you want success you cannot just wave a magic wand.

        Little things like drafting, not giving up your future for today. Making the playoffs so that the fans do not die of hyperventaling.

        Staying the course, picking up small temporary pieces that help now and are discarded at a future date.

        A smallish 35 year old useful defenseman that shoots the right way and has the right attitude is not the future, that should be obvious.

        The future is learning in Hamilton and their turn will come when they are ready.

        wjc

    • CJ says:

      Good morning Jim! Big day my friend. Keep me posted. Cheers, CJ

  65. HabinBurlington says:

    TSN says, “Quite simply Luongo is the best goalie in Canucks History”.

    Is my memory completely gone or does Farhan Lalji just have no idea they once had a goalie named King Richard. Talk about single handedly carrying a team to a Cup final.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Hi Burly. I feel bad for Luongo. Seems like a nice guy (At least in front of cameras). I don’t feel bad for Torts. Seems like a jerk (At least in front of the cameras).

      CHeers.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Luongo has certainly done a makeover on his image since his Strombone twitter handle came to be. I think he got a raw deal in how Torts and Gillis have treated him the past while, but his own agent orchestrated that contract he says sucks.

        Weird scenario no doubt.

        Morning bud, hope your well, enjoy the final trade day, but you missed the excitement. Something we haven’t seen since acquiring Drewiskie!

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        hi Jim

        Don’t feel bad for Roberto
        He’s already earned about $62M USD gross
        Will earn another about $35M in one of the least taxed jurisdictions in North America.
        He has 2 Gold Medals.
        He can have a life without being mobbed all the time.
        He already has a mansion there
        His season will finish in April
        He can go to practise in shorts and and a T-shirt and play golf all winter long

      • wjc says:

        No clue what you are talking about…..sorry.

        wjc

      • wjc says:

        I guess the operative word here is ‘seems’ to. Everything is not what it seems.

        wjc

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      burli
      Farhan was probably about 3 years old when that happened

  66. Je ne comprends pas says:

    Ohmmmm…..wingers…….Ohmmmmm……..can score…….Ohmmmmm….wingers…..Ohmmmmm…….shoot puck well……Ohmmmmm……….wingers……….Ohmmmmm……..All together now…..Ohmmmmmmmm………….Ohmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  67. howiemorenz7 says:

    MB – yer kilin me – Weaver? Sprague Cleghorn wasn’t available?

    Maroons Suck.

  68. jrs10069 says:

    Markov stays.

    One or more of the following players will be moved today, 100% guaranteed lock.

    Emelin, Eller, Bourque, Gionta, Georges, Boullion, Moen, Briere.

    Not saying there is a market for all of them but at least 1 will be parting with his habs jersey.

    jrs10069

  69. Lafleurguy says:

    Luongo’s chances of winning a Stanley Cup ring went from slim to none. Not quite HHOF numbers. Remember the NY Islanders chose Rick DiPietro over Luongo, so this second fiddle thing is very familiar. No playoff experience in five NHL seasons until he joined the Canucks.

  70. rhino514 says:

    “Price stressed the injury was not season-ending.”
    “No timetable for his return”

    We could be in alot of trouble.
    Budaj is an admirable back-up but he cannot start too many games in a row.
    Look at the first goal the other night against LA, it dribbled in off of him; that´s the difference between 1 or 2 points and none.

  71. johnnylarue says:

    Not sure if this has been posted already, but here’s a fairly comprehensive (and nicely written) summary of the Markov situation from JT:

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.ca/2014/03/the-headheart-debate-general.html

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      Good read. Thanks for sharing Johnny. I think Marky ends up staying, mostly because I believe MB is a stand-up guy who puts a lot of stock in values like loyalty and class. Indeed, one of his stated missions when he signed on as GM was to restore the lustre that had diminished from the organization over the years. Keeping Marky would be a step in that direction. Of course, that could all change if MB can wrangle a deal that would see Marky return in the off season. Don’t see that happening…

  72. db says:

    Well rumour has it Bourque has asked to be traded, I wonder how long it’s been since he asked that?

    I know for a fact that 4 years ago when he was in Calgary he said he never wanted to play in Montreal, just never to the media.

    I was working at the Jasper Park Lodge in the Rockies and noticed he was checking in with his girl, so I greeted him in French taking the chance he speaks it (I knew he was an AB boy). He laughed, said he doesn’t speak French and when asked if he would play in Montreal he said no way.

    He said the media is too crazy although it would be ironic since he would have the most French sounding name on the team, without speaking a word. Honestly, I think he’d thrive in a Columbus/Phoenix type environment. Either way, trade him if possible.. guess it doesn’t have to be now, he might have some value at the draft if he performs well enough down the stretch. His cap is 3.3 but he’s only paid 2.5 (so good for a team trying to make the floor next year).

  73. Timo says:

    Marc Bergevin, The Ghost, Robert Gainey, Savard, Peanut… man, they all the same – none of them took this team anywhere near being a contender.

    • Congrats to Team Canada says:

      Your missing the point entirely of what they’ve all been successful at, profits. Championships are irrelevant in the most profitable cities, look around, very few exceptions.

  74. The Jackal says:

    I don’t agree with the view that Eller is not good but I am doubting those who say he can be so much better. At this point, I think DD has proven to be a more consistent producer than Eller. Despite his size, DD is a warrior and plays hard. Eller is a good player but he has yet to prove he is a top 6 guy.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Totally agree. If there was room for Eller, I’d be happy to have him. But we need to lose a center. And he is the least valuable.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

      • db says:

        He’ll also be relatively cheap when it comes to his RFA status in the off season… I’m ok with Eller for one more year if there isn’t a solid deal for him. I don’t see him developing too quickly but who else do we have in the system, I think I’d hold onto that asset right now.

        Moen on the other hand…

      • Habfan17 says:

        I would not agree. Eller may not be consistently putting up pojnts right now, but unlike DD. he has had the same fate as Pleks, revolving line mates. Eller is very solid in his own end and kills penalties. He may not be more than a very good 3rd line centre, but they are just as valuable to a team as anyone. He has size and if given at least one constant line mate with some skill and finish, would probably be more consistent with points too! He is cap friendly and that is important when you need room to sign and pay real top line players.

        Habfan17

  75. Marc10 says:

    I remember Weaver from previous games against the Panthers. He was a pain for our forwards. He hits like a mule but there isn’t much else there.

    Given the attrition the playoffs bring, I think we’ll see him suit up and he should help us out being right handed and all. Hey, if that allows PK and Markov to play 26+ minutes together, it’s a cheap depth pick up.

    I’m starting to think Markov will test UFA and Gio stays put, so that should do us. Selling Markov now would be throwing in the towel and that’s just not going to happen when you’ve been in a playoff spot for a good chunk of the season. This will hurt even more if he walks to Detroit in the off season and we struggle to replace him.
    Rock meet Hard Place.

    • johnnylarue says:

      The part of me that believes in true love, happy endings and unicorns refuses to accept that Markov won’t re-sign with the Habs.

      Never mind winning and losing: I just enjoy watching Markov play the game of hockey, and think this already somewhat boring team would be significantly more boring without him.

    • Habfan17 says:

      If MB trades him now and gets a decent return it will hurt the way it does when you scrape your knee. If he walks as a UFA and the Habs get nothing and the Habs do not make it out of the first round let alone win the cup, it will hurt like a deep cut to the bone.

      If Markov will not sign a contract now, he needs to be moved. The Habs can’t afford to lose players like him for nothing and remain competitive!

      Habfan17


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