Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks

• AUDIO: Thomas Vanek teleconference

As Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline seemed to have passed, the Canadiens had made only one move, acquiring goalie Devan Dubnyk from the Nashville Predators in exchange for future considerations.

But shortly after the clock struck 3, news broke that the Habs had acquired left-winger Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders in a last-minute deal just before the deadline. The Canadiens also get a conditional fifth-round draft pick from the Islanders this year in exchange for prospect Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second-round draft pick this year. Collberg was selected by the Canadiens in the second round (33rd overall) at the 2012 NHL entry draft.

In 60 games this season with Buffalo and the Islanders, the 6-foot, 217-pound Vanek has 21-32-53 totals and is minus-1. The 30-year-old is in the final season of a seven-year, $50-million contract that pays him $6.4 million this season with a $7.14-million cap hit.

“Wow, what great news for our team,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Anaheim after the Vanek trade was made. “I look at that move as a sign of confidence from (general manager) Marc Bergevin to the players for the work they’ve put in since the start of the season. It’s a really exciting addition. It’s important for us to continue doing what we’ve been doing all year now. Thomas Vanek is a prolific scorer who can play on the right side or the left. We all know what he can bring to a power play, too.”

Vanek, who will wear No. 20 with Montreal, won’t be in the lineup Wednesday night when the Canadiens play the Ducks (10 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690), but is expected to play Thursday when the Habs visit the Phoenix Coyotes (9 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

“Right now, I’m just excited to be playing for Montreal,” Vanek told reporters on a conference call, adding it has been a tough year for him and his family as he heads toward free agency.

“I came to Montreal so many times with the Sabres,” he added. “I always loved playing at the Bell Centre, the atmosphere is so electric there.”

The Dubnyk deal was reported just before 1 p.m. and the goaltender was assigned to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

The Canadiens announced following their morning skate in Anaheim (which started at 2:30 p.m. ET) that Dustin Tokarski will make his first start in goal for Montreal against the Ducks.

Lars Eller will be a healthy scratch, with George Parros – who spent much of his career in Anaheim – taking Eller’s spot in the roster. Parros will be on the fourth line with Travis Moen and Ryan White. Defenceman Mike Weaver, acquired from the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, won’t be in the lineup against the Ducks. Brandon Prust (upper body) and Michael Bournival (concussion) wore no-contact jerseys for the morning skate and won’t be in the lineup against the Ducks.

Habs GM Marc Bergevin wasn’t expected to speak with the media following the trade deadline. Bergevin was in Chicago Wednesday for the funeral for his mother-in-law, who died on the weekend. The GM is planning to hook up with the team Thursday in Phoenix and speak with the media then.

Carey Price took part in the Canadiens’ morning skate in Anaheim but won’t dress for the fifth consecutive game because of a lower-body injury. Peter Budaj, who started the last four games, will be the backup to Tokarski.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at the morning skate:



Dubnyk, a 6-foot-6, 210-pounder, started the season with the Edmonton Oilers. The 27-year-old was Edmonton’s first-round pick (14th overall) at the 2004 NHL entry draft. The Predators acquired Dubnyk from Edmonton on Jan. 15 in exchange for forward Matt Hendricks.

In 34 games this season, Dubnyk has an 11-18-3 record with two shutouts, a 3.43 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage. In 173 career games, he has a record of 61-77-22 with eight shutouts, a 2.90 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.

The first major trade of NHL Trade Deadline Day was reported after 11 a.m. with the Tampa Bay Lightning sending Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan along with a second round draft pick this year and a first round pick next year.

Earlier in the day, TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reported on Twitter that the Canadiens were trying to deal Rene Bourque with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche interested. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos also reported on Twitter that the Canadiens were shopping Lars Eller around.

This week’s HI/O Show will be taped Thursday with former Canadien Chris Nilan joining Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs and sports editor/host Stu Cowan to discuss the moves made at the trade deadline. The show will be available on HI/O around 5 p.m. Thursday.

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Habs acquire Vanek from Islanders, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Vanek deal goes down to the wire, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Canadiens vs. Ducks preview,

Game Day Report,

It’s all business for Vanek,

Canadiens make bold move trading for Vanek,

TradeCentre Recap,

Weaver changing on the fly with Habs,

Ducks strike out in hunt for big targets, Orange County Register


  1. jamman says:

    Excited about Vanek and looking forward to see what he can do in a habs jersey. I see a lot of posts hoping we sign him but it i think it may not be easy or a good idea.

    Vanek wants big bucks and long term. For a 30 year old and a 7 year term at that price im skeptical already. When he refused the Islanders 7yr 50mill offer he said him and his family wanted to experience free agency. Right there he sounds deadset on not signing with anyone so we’d most likely have to sweeten the deal to keep him. And he’s soft. He won’t give us much physical play which we need in our top 6. He’s a very skilled player but I fear we may struggle come playoff time as a result of too many soft forwards.

    • Paz says:

      Should be interesting when Vanek misses a defensive assignment, because Plekanec plays against top scorers.

    • Phil C says:

      His wife is from Minnesota, he played university hockey there, they live there in the off-season, the Wild have Heatley’s $7.5M coming off the books, the planets are aligning for him.

  2. Nina76 says:

    Terrible news about Bozon, one of my grandsons had meningitis it is one of the most terrible deceases, been there, done that, mythoughts are with Bozon & family…………..God Bless!…………..Speedy recovery

    • Ktowner says:

      When our son was in grade 8 there was a requirement that he get inoculated for meningitis (or not be allowed to continue in school) which of course he did. I don’t know the details of the strain Bozon is fighting but I strongly encourage all teenaged kids to seek out the vaccine.
      My prayers are with him.

  3. CJ says:

    David Clarkson a healthy scratch tonight. 11 forwards and 7 defence. That’s rich. Only six more years Leafs fans.

  4. Alvin says:

    Take a look at the line up now folks

  5. LeGrosBill says:

    I haven’t seen so much positivism here since … well ever.

    No nay- sayers?

  6. habsfan0 says:

    Vanek will help the Habs in the short term.
    If Price plays up to his potential,this team might just make a lot of noise in the playoffs.
    However,if Vanek bolts to Minnesota(or elsewhere) in the offseason,and Collberg becomes a star in the NHL down the road,this trade won’t look so good(unless Vanek helps the Habs to the Stanley Cup this June,a highly unlikely scenario).
    In summary,life is full of risks,and this does appear to be one worth taking.

  7. Cal says:

    I’m very glad the price for Vanek (even as a rental) wasn’t very high. Habs are solidified for their playoff run and they are better with Vanek than without him. Expected trios for tomorrow are Pleks-Gio-Vanek, DD-Patches-Gally, Chucky- Bourque- Moen, White- Parros- Weisse.

    Click here for the Vanek song:

  8. This just in- Cory Conacher nominated for the Rob Brown Hall of Fame

    Well done Sens, well done! 😆

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
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    Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

    • D Mex says:

      Can you provide some info about this hall of fame ?
      There is a baseball hall of fame bearing the name of Rob Brown that appears to be located in Toronto or St Mary’s ON – if the same, do you know how he came to be nominated ?

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

  9. Say Ash says:

    Vanek was a cheaper rental than Murray lol

  10. Puck Bard says:

    I’ve been reading you lunk-heads all day. So many years of disappointing trade-deadlines. So many memories of Cups (I just turned 50, so you figure it out).

    My heart started to race when I saw all the Vanek posts.

    Les Boys… I don’t know any of you, but I sure do love you all: passionate Habs lovers all. xo

  11. habs_54321 says:

    patch DD gally
    vanek plex gionta
    galch eller briere
    bourque white weise
    moen prust

    emelin subban
    markov weaver
    gorges murray

    tinordi beaulieu bouillion

  12. Fransaskois says:

    Very excited for Tokarski to start, I’m sure he’ll impress.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …He was a sieve in Abbotsford recently …don’t get Your expectation to high

      • Fransaskois says:

        I’ve been watching him since junior and I’ve known him nearly as long. You don’t consistently post near or above a .920 two years in a row in the AHL by being a scrub! 🙂

        I think it’s pretty reasonable to expect he could be taking over for Budaj in the next couple of years.

    • Walmyr says:

      I can’t see a better game for him to impress!…this Ducks team is a very good one…

  13. Hobie Hansen says:

    Again, man I hope Tim Bozon wins this battle. I’m sure he will. God Bless!!!!!!

  14. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The only thing that would upset me today is if MB had a chance to dump Bourque and didn’t…

    • Ozmodiar says:

      It’s pretty obvious that MB is “going for it”.

      So, considering they can afford Bourque, they kept him, for depth.

      …. or, maybe nobody wanted him. 🙂

      Either way…

  15. Hobie Hansen says:

    @ Chris,

    I agree about Hemsky. I think he desperately needed a change of scenery and before we landed Vanek, I would have been pleased to add his offensive talent to the Habs. Rather than the prospect of doing nothing.

  16. Paz says:

    I think that Bergevin changed course after the Olympics.

    When he saw the way Price can play under extreme pressure it must have hit him that Price is READY to go deep in the playoffs, very deep.

  17. GL says:

    wonder where MT will fit Vanek in!!

  18. thorandresson says:

    Not sure if anyone’s mentioned it, but Vanek had his best season playing with Briere in 2006-2007…

  19. jeffhabfan says:

    Great trade today. Awesome trade if we sign him in the summer.

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Just listened to Vanek doing an interview and he stated he’s going to do the free agency route, so if he really lights it up here (and I hope he does) for the Habs to keep him, MB is going to have to keep the vault door open for PK and Vanek if we want to resign him.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        I don’t know. Don’t see MB offering a 30 yr old a long term deal.

      • I just listened to him on 690 and he wouldn’t answer the question 😆

        As soon as he said he had three boys I thought immediately he will not sign in Montreal. Then I thought I need to get him some free custom sports figure coupons 😆

        Shane Oliver
        Twitter @Sholi2000
        Custom Sports Figures
        Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

  20. rhino514 says:

    So do most agree, the deal is a steal if Vanek re-signs, and a loss (but not a devastaing one) if he doesn´t?

    I´m very curious to see who sits in the stands: Bourque, Briere, or Eller?
    I would say Bourque.
    Maybe with added punch in the lineup, Eller will have linemates who can create some chemistry with him once he returns from what I hope is just a one game trip to the press box. He sure doesn´t have any excuses anymore.
    This is going to be a pretty good team to watch for the rest of the season.
    Price better come back soon or the gamble will be all for naught.

    • habs_54321 says:

      its like 99% chance he wont sign he’s already made up his mind that he wants to go too free agency “it will be my only chance to every go through this” (free agency) in his interview. Mind you he could go too free agency be wooed by a bunch of teams and come back with the habs but it seems unlikely

      • thorandresson says:

        But that all depends on his success with the Habs. If he likes the team, the city, the environment he could re-sign even after exploring what other teams might offer. Still gives the habs an advantage over other teams if they want to sign him.

      • rhino514 says:

        The thought of having a star player who is only going to play twenty odd games for us and is 99% sure that he´s going the free agent route is a very weird feeling and just makes me sad.
        This is the kind of player we have wanted for years, and now we get him possible for just a few games? It´s a HUGE tease
        Btw do we get any compensation if Vanek signs elsewhere?

    • jimmy shaker says:

      With a healthy roster to choose from, I have moen, bourque, bournival and parros as the extra forwards and weaver and bouillon as the extra D…..most likely bournival and tinordi going to hamilton with tokarski, leaving frankie as the extra d-man, but moen and bourque the big names being scratched along with big parros as well. Maybe bourque gets a shot because of MT’s leash on briere is very short, and maybe moen comes in for white, who also has a fairly short leash.

      Shaker out

  21. Walmyr says:

    +1700 comments…are we excited or not?!

    Thank you Mr. Bergevin!!!

  22. Habcouver says:

    Is Vanek the all-time leading Austrian born player in the NHL?

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  23. jimmy shaker says:

    how many players can the habs keep on the active roster?

    with the additions of vanek and weaver and with everyone else travelling on the road trip, I’m counting 27.

    shaker out

    • monmick says:

      50 players, as long as they don’t go over the cap…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • CJ says:

      Rosters can expand following the trade deadline. There are still cap implications, which we are within, but the size (number of players you can carry) can increase.

      Thinking back, I now see why the management team was pinching pennies with moves up and down to Hamilton. Every penny counted.

    • arya13 says:

      Seems like he’s gearing up to ensure what happened in the Ottawa series doesn’t happen again. Can’t say that I blame him. Why not? Bring up Beaulieu, Leblanc, Pateryn, and Dubynyk as extra insurance. Let’s just take 30 people into the Playoffs. We’ve go the Cap Space, haha.

      Update: Scratch that we now only have $662k left in space. Only $500 more than Pateryn (don’t know if that’s planned or not….). So it’s only him we could call up at the moment. Unsure if even by the end of the season we could bring up Beaulieu since he has a $925k hit.

  24. jrshabs1 says:

    I went back a whole page and didn’t read 1 post about Diaz being traded out of Van City for a 5th round pick. The Toronto media was all over MB after the Diaz trade. Apparently the Diaz kool-aid wears off quick out west.

    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

  25. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Tim Bozon:

    Meningococcemia caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis is an immediately reportable disease. It is a severe infection of the blood or the meninges (the covering of the brain and spinal cord).

    When the infection is in the blood, it is called meningococcemia. When the infection is in the meninges, it is called meningococcal meningitis.

    Both are caused by Neisseria meningitidis, a bacteria carried by about 5-20 percent of the population. It is typically carried in the nose and throat, and most people don’t get sick as a result.

    However, in rare cases the bacteria may get into the blood or the tissue surrounding the spine and brain and cause severe illness.

    It is most common in infants and young children, and people above the age of 65. College students and military recruits are also slightly more at risk for the disease because of time spent in crowded living conditions, such as dorms or barracks.
    The disease is most commonly spread between people who live in the same household or sleep in the same dwelling; kiss; or share eating utensils, food, drinks or cigarettes.

    It is also spread by uncovered face-to-face sneezing or coughing, and the infectious period is anywhere between 10 days before the person gets sick to one day after the person begins taking antibiotics.

    Symptoms include:

    Body aches
    Feeling very tired or sleepy
    Stiff neck
    Sensitivity to light
    A rash appearing as purple blotches or spots on the arms, legs or torso
    Most people with meningococcal invasive disease are hospitalized and treated with antibiotics. Because the illness can impair body function, ventilator assistance, kidney dialysis or other supportive treatments may be needed.

    • CJ says:

      Very scary stuff. The news this afternoon regarding Tim Bozon has certainly taken the shine off of what should have otherwise been a banner day for the franchise. My thoughts are with him and his family.

  26. Maritime Ronn says:

    I don’t know about the rest of HIO, yet I thank the hockey gods that Marty St. Louis did not have Montreal as his only landing spot as he did New York.
    Imagine for 1 moment……

    • CJ says:

      At the risk of being punched, I’m not very impressed with some of Marty’s actions these past two months. I know he is a HIO favorite. Heck, he is one of my favorites, but the optics surrounding his comments and actions are not very good. Just my opinion…

  27. Habilis says:

    Garth Snow basically traded Moulson, a 1st and a 5th for Collberg and a 2nd.

    Now that’s a GM.

  28. Timo says:

    Can we hit 2000 before Boone wakes up?

  29. sackabooboo says:

    This just in…not sure if it is confirmed but Florida was interested in acquiring Rene Bourque.

    Bergevin turned it down. He said we have enough pucks and hot dog water.

    Let’s trade Price…been a long time since the Habs have been fleeced….I miss it.

  30. Chris says:

    Have to admire the job that Yzerman did with the Lightning today. St. Louis wanted out, and Callahan and picks is a nice return. I think Callahan will be signed very quickly, as the Bolts can give him St. Louis’ cap hit plus a bit of the rising cap.

    Callahan replaces St. Louis’ leadership, and gives the Lightning a good return on a pretty non-tenable situation. Landing a 1st round pick was gravy. The Rangers could very easily stumble next season, and that pick could net the Lightning yet another good player to go with their already strong young core.

    Jonathan Marchessault has posted nice offensive numbers in the AHL in his first two and a half seasons. He is undersized (5’8″, 184 pounds) but he could be another David Desharnais if the Lightning are willing to give him a shot. He’s produced everywhere he has played. Dana Tyrell looked increasingly like a bust, so getting Marchessault might be a steal.

    • monmick says:

      Callahan may have to test the free agency market to understand that he is not worth what he is asking…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • Paz says:

      I think they might be saving the “small” forward category for Jon Drouin.

      He is sensational! Ridiculous talent.

      • Coach K says:

        Or or that matter, Matthew Peca from the NCAA finalist Quinnipiac Bobcats (formerly of the RBC Cup champion Pembroke Jr. A Lumber Kings). Set the NCAA record for the fastest natural hat trick in NCAA frozen four history last season.
        Outstanding talent with a work ethic off the charts, explosive speed and vision and hands to match (at least according to Yzerman’s brother)

        —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Callahan comes from Rochester (Buffalo) and that’s where he will sign next year and get way overpayed…something like 7 years/$45 M.
      Buffalo will do that deal…they need players and need to get to the Salary Cap Floor next year

    • CJ says:

      @ Chris. My apologies regarding our exchange below. In conversation with my better half, I’ve completely misconstrued her information. Not that it’s an excuse, but I’m under the weather. That said, no excuse for posting misinformation, or really for commenting on a subject I know nothing about. Hopefully no hard feelings. Cheers, CJ

      • monmick says:

        “… no excuse for posting misinformation, or really for commenting on a subject I know nothing about.”

        If everyone were to apply that standard, this site would be a very quiet place indeed…

        ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

      • Chris says:

        No worries, CJ…it is a common misconception. I’ve seen it basically discussed the same way in numerous media reports as well. Anything that gets the information out about that type of affliction can’t be a negative.

        Anytime younger people (teenagers and early twenties) suffer prolonged headaches**, there is always cause for concern that it could be meningitis. And when you’re dealing with that, early treatment can make all the difference in the world.

        **The above does not in any way pertain to hangovers. 😉

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Cally is exactly the kind of player that you need in today’s NHL. The Bolts did very well in this trade.

  31. jacquesthemonkey says:

    I’m in NH for March break and the Boston sports guys are trashing Chiarelli for not making a big splash and they are freaked out by Vanek going to the Habs. It’s the talk of the town.

  32. Maritime Ronn says:

    If Vanek can handle everything about Montreal and he wants 7 years/ $45 M…and before you say, no way….consider this.

    Gionta: $5M per year
    Briere: $4M per year
    Bourque: $3.3 M per year.

    Do some math or substraction….and it becomes an almost no brainer….

    • Phil C says:

      I’d do $7Mx7 years no problem. guys of his talent are rare, so you have to pay. The last two years can be bought out if his play deteriorates.

      I doubt he would want to stay, but a deep playoff run may change his mind!

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Vanek is going to ask for what Kessel got…no way he is taking less than 7 million (unless Minnesota family reasons).

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Let’s see what he brings and whether or not he can handle Montreal.
        If so, that number is still a no brainer moving forward considering the big Cap increases predicted to come

    • scarboro_habitant says:

      heatley 7.5 mill UFA. just the right amount of room for vanek to sign in minny. if vanek is with the habs after july 1 it will be close to a miracle.

      • arya13 says:

        I can see him giving Minny a discount but I doubt he’s going to reject all other offers. Let’s see how it goes over end of the season / post-season, that might be enough excitement to make him reconsider.

    • arya13 says:

      Agreed. Also factor in a $7M rise in the cap. There’s room to pay him $7-8M.

  33. PeterD says:

    So with the Vanek trade Garth Snow basically gets a 1st snd 2nd rounder…
    essentially Collberg in his draft year was rated mid 1st round so he was a steal when he dropped to 33rd high 2nd…and the 2nd we give up….well who knows who that will be…but its going to be a late pick.
    Collberg is going to be a good player in a few years and I don’t think he’s been producing much in the SHL against men.I guess we’ll see but I hope Vanek works out and gets resigned with us.

  34. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Maybe people should wait until the end of the playoffs to start speculating about Vanek’s contract? Just sayin…relax and enjoy the rest of the season.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      True enough. Even if we don’t resign him it’s still a good deal! We kept the good “big” Swede in De La Rose anyway! De La Rose is also a center and was more impressive than Collberg at this past WJHC.

  35. piper says:

    I feel sorry for my buddy. He’s been a die hard Islander fan since the Ed Westfall days. Mike Milbury and Garth Snow really ran the team into the dirt.

  36. Max says:

    Ha! A lot of Bruin fans are freaking out and gettig nervous that we have Vanek who is one of their biggest killers. Good stuff!

  37. Chris says:

    I am actually shocked that anybody thought Bergevin was looking at dealing his team captain when the team is firmly entrenched in the playoff picture.

    Gionta is a veteran guy and VERY well respected around the league and on the team. Trading him would have been a very silly move, in my opinion. His declining production and the tight salary cap this season would have made the return pretty paltry, so what would be the point?

    This was a buyer’s market this season. Lee Stempniak (8 goals and 23 points in 55 games), a younger and bigger version of Gionta (12 goals and 30 points in 62 games), went for a 3rd round pick.

    Matt Moulson went for Torrey Mitchell, a third line forward who had demanded a trade, and two second round picks. Moulson has far more offensive ability than Gionta at this point in their respective careers.

    David Legwand went for utility forward Patrick Eaves, a 3rd round pick and Calle Jarnkrok, a good forward prospect. Legwand was probably the premier forward after Vanek on the market, an offensively gifted player whose numbers were deflated by playing in Nashville.

    Ales Hemsky, another solid top-6 forward, went for a 5th and a 3rd round pick as Edmonton was absolutely desperate to move his contract.

    The return for Gionta was never going to be very good this year. The potential negative impact on team morale far outweighed any perceived benefits of a 3rd round pick (or lower). I’m not even sure Markov would have landed a 1st round pick in this year’s trade frenzy…there were not enough teams with cap space to drive the price up.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I don’t think Hemsky and the word solid really go together but ya!

      • Chris says:

        In the right system, Hemsky is a very good player. The injury woes on his shoulders really derailed his career, and playing in Edmonton with all those kids that simply have no clue how to play a system must have been frustrating beyond words.

        I watched the Oilers-Flames game the other day and I could not believe how inept both teams were. It was a turnover party, with no semblance of a system being displayed by either team. I pity the Edmonton and Calgary fans with having to watch that crap all season.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      MB probably set a high price for Markov and nobody met it. If that is the case, good for him not trading Markov. No point if the return was not good.

  38. AceTen says:

    Can’t say enough how excited I am for the rest of the season. This is by far one of the best teams we’ve had going into the playoffs for long time now. All we need to do now is stay healthy.

  39. kirkiswork says:

    I was driving home shortly after 14:00, listening to “off the cuff” and Nilan said he had a feeling that Vanek would be a Hab.
    Did he have the inside info?

  40. habs1992 says:

    Vanek is looking for 6 year term.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  41. twilighthours says:

    I’m not ready to “book it” that vanek will be gone to minny next year. I’m just not.

    I’ve read too many Internet experts over the years to commit this early.

  42. Habilis says:

    What a difference 5 minutes makes, eh? At 3:00pm, there was literally zero credible news about the Habs making any kind of significant move. At 3:05pm, everyone and their mother was tweeting about Vanek and about Bergevin being a genius.

    The man did all this from his mother-in-law’s funeral. I will never criticize him again.

    The East is wide open this year, Boston and Pittsburgh did not improve today and Carey Price is having a career year. MB is taking a shot.

    Finally, a GM who recognizes opportunity and attempts to seize it. The rest of the season just got a lot more interesting.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I was pretty upset around 3:00 P.M. but there were a few tweets going around that the Habs were onto something leading up to the deadline.

      Then I read a Vanek deal was done and just prayed it was to the Habs!

      The boys around the office (Ottawa) were pissed lol. They got Hemsky and the Habs got Vanek, Woohoo!

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Not to disagree, but Rick Dudley and Larry Carriere are very experienced.

  43. Prop says:

    Poor Marois… Calling an election to try and steal the Habs’s thunder.


    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Thanks for sharing!
      All 3 are great, but the last is a treat!
      What’s Seidenberg doing? Bar-diving?! And Rask can only watch with his chin on the ice. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        I’m a fan of the hard-nosed players, the power fowards, the grinders the tough guys!

        But when a guy like a Vanek or a Kovalev comes to the Habs it sort of eclipses everything. Vanek is disgustingly good! He may not be the prototypical “power forward” but he’s big and strong and downright amazing.

  44. AceTen says:

    Anybody know Vanek’s actual height? I’m seeing 6’0 or 6’2 on multiple sites.

  45. DeadEnd says:

    Don’t know if anybody’s mentioned it yet, but props to Farber. He mentioned at least twice that Montreal was looking at Vanek and no one even responded. Suckers.

  46. kmachabs27 says:

    has anybody heard if Vanek is playing tonight?

  47. bellcentre hotdog says:

    For what it’s worth … Shane Malloy (author of ‘The Art of Scouting’) says Colberg’s chances of coming to North America only 33%.

  48. Bun E. Laroque says:

    Nice to be on the right end of a steal for a change.

  49. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The Lehkonen draft pick looks better now that Collberg has been dealt.

  50. I am actually shocked no one wanted Gionta, but I do believe that Rene Bourque wasn’t traded.

    I also had a feeling that Vancouver was trading Bieska for Josh Gorges, just thought both teams were looking for something else. Especially since seeing Roberto moved, thought they were going all in on clearing house.

    Jaroslav to the Capitals? That’s funny stuff right there. Man oh Man the drama continues. Can’t wait. 4 and half hours till puck drop, tonight is come as your favourite cartoon character night.

    No Elller, thanks Coach you’re the Best!

    OH My God we have a real second line now! 27-14-20 Noice!

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  51. Maritime Ronn says:

    TSN is hilarious

    They will not deal with their favorite team doing nothing to address one of the worst 6 man D units in the NHL, and almost refuse to acknowledge the Habs steal of the day for Vanik.

    • It was worse on XM211, on HNIC radio Healy wouldn’t even mention the Vanek deal as one of the best today.

      and mentioned the Leafs as worst GM non moves.

      Gag me with a spoon!

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    • DeadEnd says:

      Did you see how many times Ward went over to confirm what his Blackberry was telling him? Must have been total shock on the panel.

    • scamorza says:

      agree for the most past but both Ferraro and Pang said that this was a very good deal for Montreal- not that many people like Vanek available and what he can bring to Montreal

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  52. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    I don’t think MB deviated to far from his strategy with this move. Yes, it’s a risk, but it’s definitely a calculated one.

    Odds are, for sure, that Vanek doesn’t resign. That said, the East is wide open this season. Given that he really didn’t have to give up too much, MB took a risk, filled an immediate need, and who knows. Vanek might be a key part in a bit of a run this year.

    If the Habs were in the Western Conference, I wouldn’t like the deal. But I think MB say the lay of the land in the East, figured the Habs have a decent shot at winning a couple of rounds, and if Price is on form, who knows?

    I like that he’s willing to pull the trigger on a deal like this. Certainly wouldn’t want it to be the norm, but given what it cost and the fact the East is wide open…I’m good with it.

  53. SnowManHabs85 says:

    5 years 8m for Vanek? That is if Vanek plays well with existing system. PK for 6.5m + 6m Markov + 8m Vanek = 20.5m = 6.5m cap space to re-sign Eller Weise White

    • ffenliv says:

      Your number for PK is too low. I mean, that might be what you think he’s worth, but I really don’t see a scenario where he takes so little. His Norris, plus the fact that he ate a shorter, lower-value contract two years ago, and his immense skill … he’s gonna get a big deal. 7.5 at least, and I imagine, in the end probably 8 mil.

      If it would work, I’d take at least 500k of that away from Markov. I love the guy to bits, but I just don’t see how you can pay 6mil to an older, slowing, busted-knee defeseman.

      Also, it’d be a really big slap in the face to PK to give him 6.5, and newcomer Vanek 8.

      • SnowManHabs85 says:

        It’s a number, i think thats the lowest number Subban can sign to extension since it’s the same number Price contract is, and I don’t think the number is a slap to the face. No way Markov will get same $$ as Gonchar.

  54. Danno says:

    This rarely happens on HI/O.

    Most people are happy. In fact it’s almost unanimous…



    Are you happy with the job Habs GM Marc Bergevin did at the NHL trade deadline?
    Yes (96%, 218 Votes)
    No (4%, 9 Votes)

    Total Voters: 227


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    lots of extra bodies on the team right now

  56. habsr4ever says:

    Pacioretty DD Gallagher
    Galchenyuk Plekanec Gionta
    Prust Briere Vanek
    Bourque Eller Moen/White

    Bournival gets sent down after he recovers to help Hamilton and develop more so with extra PRIME time ice. Not such a bad thing. More time on ice = more development.
    Hello Boston – we are now in the same sentence as you. East contenders and not pretenders.
    Philly still scare me though. But we match up better today now too.
    Pens – Fleury – I think their goose is cooked!

    People should KNOW Vanek is a LOCK to go to Minny. Book it. So let’s not start ripping Bery come July 2nd. He hit a home run today no ifs ands or buts about it. Should be NO negative talk today about this deal. We gave up some future yes – but so do other teams who have a chance to win the EAST. And we only gave up two second rounders (colberg was a second). 2014 is a “weak” draft to boot. In Bergy I trust. Too bad I can’t say the same about Thierien. Benching Eller is INSANE. Bourque is the guy you need to sit. I am all for Parros getting to play tonight in his old stomping grounds but you don’t sit ELLER. If you are trying to devalue Eller’s signing price by doing this shite – it won’t work. Eller is going to get $3-3.5 M as an RFA x 5 years. Bergy won’t let him go….sign him. He is a centre with size and has some sandpaper. Just watch come playoff time – he’ll be there in the corners WINNING battles for the puck with Chara and Hedman unlike other centres on our roster…not mentioning any names of course.

  57. GomezForPresident says:

    this is an absolutely amazing deal.. even if it is a rental, i hope not but how many years have we said we need a top 6 forward who can score? well we got a top 3 forward who can SCORE for a tweener prospect and a second rounder. I’m in Ottawa and i just bought my dad and I tickets for his birthday for the MTL vs Boston game march 12th first home game back and first time vanek gets his bell center cheer! 300 section dead center ice front row! cant wait! GO HABS GO

    • AceTen says:

      Hey buddy, unreal trade I couldn’t be happier! I love that they managed to dish Collberg too. Of all our prospects he was looking pretty bad for almost a first round pick. Oh yeah and he’s tiny…

  58. DDO_Habs_Fan says:


    Who is going to sit??? Thought one would have been dealt…

  59. Prop says:

    Garth Snow’s master plan for the Islanders.


  60. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    @markhmasters: Sather says he tried to get Diaz last year

    What’d he offer????

  61. habsfan4ever says:

    Got a feeling that Price is not right and a potentially not available for the rest of the season. Hence Dubnyk!

    Les Canadiens sont la!

  62. Caesar says:

    I’m wondering how many fan bases want to lose players on trade day more than gain players.
    Most of the comments on here are about why we did not trade Bork Briere Markov Moen Gorges etc etc.

    We just got one of the best forwards available in his contract year that’s amazing.

    By the way any real news on Bozon? The lack of any news could be a bad sign. The word critical has been used as early as today. I hope this is embellishment or over stating because meningitis is just brutal. On the positive side this is an otherwise extremely fit and healthy young man who I hope recovers fully.

  63. Je ne comprends pas says:

    Now all the team has to do is win the Cup.
    No pressure.

  64. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    First unit of the PP has 3 legitimate snipers (Max, Vanek and PK) with two legitimate passers (DD and Markov). Should be fun…

  65. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Time for bed in GMT, even though I’d love to watch Toker’s first start.

    After an exciting tradedeadline day — ok, after exciting OT on tradedeadline day — and an acquisition to conjure with, final thoughts have to be with Tim Bozon and his family.

  66. AceTen says:

    So does anybody still think we should have traded Markov for picks and we are not contenders?


    vanek and numbdyk.

  68. AceTen says:

    So does anybody still think we should have traded Markov for picks and we are not contenders?

  69. AceTen says:

    So does anybody still think we should have traded Markov for picks and we are not contenders?

  70. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The first unit of the power play has 3 legitimate snipers (Vanek, Max and PK) with 2 legitimate passers (DD and Markov). Should be fun…

  71. NightRyder says:

    “Wow, what great news for our team,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “I look forward to limiting Vanek’s minutes and playing him out of position to see if he can extract more offence out of Brandon Prust.”

  72. Leviathan says:

    Oh, and, Thomas Vanek career stats against Boston:
    53GP – 30G, 31A, 61P, +21

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