No trades for Habs, but team signs prospect Danny Kristo

The NHL trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. Wednesday without the Canadiens making a deal.

General manager Marc Bergevin did announce the signing of forward Danny Kristo to a two-year contract (2012-13 and 2013-14). He will report to the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

Bergevin met with the media at 4 p.m. in Brossard, telling reporters: “The trading period started three months ago for us.”

“For me, what happens in the room is as important as what happens on the ice,” Bergevin added. “Now, we have a great chemistry in the dressing room.”

The GM added that he held a lot of conversations with other teams over the last two months, “kicking tires and looking at how can you make your team better.”

He added: “We added a piece yesterday that we felt the price was right and that Davis (Drewiske) could come and help us. So strategy has not changed. We have a plan and it’s to make the Montreal Canadiens better for years to come. I think we have a good core. We have some good young players with a good mix of veterans. We’ve got guys coming through the system that we’re developing and making better, so overall I’m pretty satisfied with the direction the hockey club has been taking.”

Asked if he viewed the Canadiens as a Stanley Cup contender, Bergevin said he sees the team as one that has put itself in a good position to make the playoffs.

“Anything is possible once you make the playoffs,” he said. “We won the President’s Trophy when I was in St. Louis, we lost in the first round. So in the playoffs, anything is possible.”

Kristo, a native of Edina, Minn., was selected by the Canadiens in the second round (56th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

In 40 games with North Dakota University this season, Kristo posted 26-26-52 totals and was plus-17. He finished tied for second in the NCAA in goals and points, and tied for third in the NCAA with six winning goals. He is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award honouring college hockey’s top player.

You can watch Bergevin’s press conference by clicking here.

(Photo of Danny Kristo at 2008 NHL Entry Draft, by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

NHL Trade Deadline 2013 coverage, montrealgazette.com

Blue Jackets get Gaborik from Rangers, NHL.com

TradeCentre Page, TSN.ca

328 Comments

  1. N.E.CH_fan says:

    The Bruins will regret trading for Jagr whether or not they go beyond two playoff rounds. Without Bergeron, they are toast.

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  3. doogie says:

    I don’t get the Forsberg- Erat trade! Not a chance that ends well for McPhee.

    Did the Habs sign Colberg did I hear??

  4. Storman says:

    Philly traded there back up Bobrosky to Columbus , he became Number 1, they now have traded there backup Leighton for Columbus new back up which means they traded there back up who became Number 1, then traded to replace there back up for Columbus new back up , who wont be there tonight so who is Philly back up tonight, Holmgren another GM genius

  5. jrshabs1 says:

    M.B. is bringing a little swag back to the Habs..just a matter of time before it’s cool to play in Montreal again.
    Baseless prediction: Habs win Cup within 5 years.

    Go Habs Go!!

  6. Storman says:

    They say the best trade is always the one you do not make, so every team in the league made at least one great move today by not trading for Kaberle

  7. Danno says:

    He looks like him a bit so I’m going to ask if it’s alright to call Kristo Danny K

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  8. Sean Bonjovi says:

    lA few days ago the Sabres traded Jordan Leopold to the Blues for a 2nd round pick (2013) and a conditional 5th round pick (2013). Does anyone know the conditions on that pick?

  9. jedimyrmidon says:

    The Pominville trade:

    – Matt Hackett
    – Johan Larssen
    – 1st in 2013 (!)
    – 2nd in 2014

    That is… a huge return. The NorthEast is going to be a monster of a division.

    Edit: Come to think of it, if Pleks were to be traded, this is the return the Habs would need to get. Not some aging superstar with a bad contract and term coming back the other way.

  10. dorvalhabsfan says:

    Is it just me, or is WSH”s trade for Erat very strange? wasn’t forsberg picked like 6th overall just last June?

    Go Habs Go

  11. frontenac1 says:

    Leaf Media getting a Bon#r for OB! Hillarious. Just like when they “stole” Komi!Jeeze ya can’t write this stuff.

  12. JohnBellyful says:

    Montreal’s newest Hab sat down with sportswriter Alexandre Dumas today for an exclusive interview. What Danny ‘Monte’ Kristo had to say will delight Canadien fans and give them reason to be optimistic about the team’s future.

    AD: Well, Danny, a lot of Canadien fans are breathing a sigh of relief, now that you’ve finally signed a contract. They feared you might end up elsewhere. But you told reporters they shouldn’t have worried, and you thanked the fans for their patience. What did you mean?
    DK: All human wisdom is contained in these two words–“Wait and Hope.”
    AD: That’s one way of looking at it. At the press conference a little while ago, you were asked about the pressure of playing in Montreal where fans are so passionate about the team, that some of them get caught up in the fantasy of being coach and GM, making up lines and engineering trades. They can be demanding. But you shrugged it off and said you understood where they were coming from. Explain.
    DK: When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.
    AD: Wonder what the wives think. It was also mentioned how fierce are the rivalries the Canadiens have with the Bruins and the Leafs. When asked about them, you said you have less of a problem with the Leafs than you do with the Bruins. Why is that?
    DK: Rogues are preferable to imbeciles because they sometimes they take a rest.
    AD: There have been whispers about your character as a result of a few incidents at university but you’ve never lost faith in yourself and it’s clear you fully expect to be playing regularly in the NHL a lot sooner than most people think. How can you be so confident?
    DK: A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself.
    AD: Your confidence is refreshing. Canadien fans haven’t had much lately, with the team not having won the Cup in 20 years. Many have given up of ever seeing the Canadiens win their 25th championship. What do you say to them?
    DK: We are always in a hurry to be happy… for when we have suffered a long time, we have great difficulty in believing in good fortune.
    AD: So?
    DK: Remember that what has once been done may be done again.
    AD: They’ll love you for saying that, Danny. Okay, one last question: A lot of folks know you’re incredibly fast and have a great shot but they don’t know what your mindset is. What would you say is your philosophy when it comes to playing hockey?
    DK: All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.

    Well, gang, there you have it, sounds like he’s a perfect fit for the Canadiens.

  13. frontenac1 says:

    @commandant. Thanks amigo. Good stuff.Always appreciated. Saludos!

  14. jedimyrmidon says:

    So… if the Preds just traded away one of their highest scoring forwards on a team that has huge trouble scoring… does that mean they don’t intend on pushing for the playoffs?

    Another high 2nd rounder coming up for the Habs?

  15. frontenac1 says:

    Where”s Nuna? I miss the little bugger.

  16. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    MB picked up three UFA’s this season and two, so far, have helped the team greatly. He has also given up little and dropped salary. Can’t complain…he’s done a great job.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  17. commandant says:

    Filip Forsberg? What is wrong with George McPhee??

    Go Habs Go!
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  18. Danno says:

    Things keep getting better and better and better!

    Welcome aboard DK! :mrgreen:

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  19. Sportfan says:

    Luongo saying his contract sucks is really funny, I don’t know how Canucks fans will take that :P BUT I want to add that I am surprised that the NHL didn’t adopt what the NFL does in being able to restructure contracts, that could help guys like Luongo.

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    • D Mex says:

      Luongo actually went a step further, stating he would ” scrap ” the contract if he could. I’m sure the Canucks would be interested in a re-do, so the question becomes :
      – – with both parties apparently interested, why would it not be possible for them to sit down and work out a new deal ? Please tell me that the words ” guaranteed ” or ” CBA ” are not part of the answer to this question …

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

  20. Harditya says:

    Horrible trade by the Caps. Filip Forsberg traded to Nashville for Martin Erat.. wow


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