Habs travel to Philly; Bruins get Jaromir Jagr

The Canadiens, coming off a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night at the Bell Centre, were given a day away from the rink Tuesday as they travelled to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690). The game in Philly will be the first of three in four nights for the Habs, who play host to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday before the Boston Bruins visit the Bell Centre on Saturday.

The Bruins will have Jaromir Jagr in their lineup when they come to Montreal after acquiring the veteran forward from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday in exchange for a conditional second-round draft pick and two prospects – Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne. The conditional second-round pick this year will become a first-round pick if Boston advances to the Eastern Conference final.

In 34 games with the Stars this season, the 41-year-old Jagr posted 14-12-26 totals and was minus-5 while averaging 18:17 of ice time.

The Canadiens, with a 23-7-5 record, have 51 points through 35 games. The last time they had that many points through 35 games was 1978-79, when they had 54 points after 35 games and went on to win their fourth straight Stanley Cup.

Monday’s game marked the Canadiens’ first Autism Awareness Night at the Bell Centre. Lending support to the event was Canadiens goaltending coach Pierre Groulx and Scott Mellanby, the team’s player personnel director, who both have autistic children.

On the eve of Tuesday’s World Autism Awareness Day, Canadiens management and coaches wore blue puzzle-piece-shaped Autism Speaks lapel pins during the game with Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller and his staff also wearing pins in support.

The Habs launched a number of initiatives, running well beyond the night itself, to promote the cause.

(Photo by Paul Chiasson/The Gazette)

Stars trade Jagr to Bruins for prospects, pick, by NHL.com

Habs continue roll with win over ‘Canes, by Pat Hickey

Price grateful for blocked shots, by Pat Hickey

Autism Awareness Night a first for Habs, by Dave Stubbs

Habs finding heroes where you least expect them, by canadiens.com

Canadiens vs. Hurricanes photo gallery

Former Habs Koivu, Souray shine with Ducks, by Stu Cowan


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  2. sobe says:

    Qc for everyone. In Eastern Conference which goalies will give their team a chance for the Stanley Cup?

    My choices would be:
    1st: Craig Anderson
    2nd: Carey Price
    3rd: Martin Brodeur

    Note: Lets assume all teams in the playoffs have equal amount of power on Offence and Defense.

  3. habstrinifan says:

    I haven’t read the posts in light of Boston’s pickup of Jagr for ‘conditional’ 1st round and 2 prospects.

    I expect to see realism and wisdom in HIO’ ‘s reaction.

    Factors to consider:
    Many here in HIO were recently posting that Boston had lost their superiority and we were at least ‘equal’ with them as far as possibly going deep into the playoffs… I AGREE.

    Games against Boston, Pittsburgh, and in fact Ottawa etc (except in the rare cases) were decided by one goa or shootouts etc (sometimes luck of the draw; sometimes the bad penalty) etc) In a 7 game series the risk of being on the wrong end of the score is higher and much much more debilitating.

    Standings are tight: Going into the playoffs.. we can beat everyone of our competitors on any given night… but vice versa.

    So if Boston and Pens etc (and maybe Leafs) etc have ‘shored’ up their team according to their perceived needs… then it follows:

    We need to do the same

    We are far superior to any of them and therefore need to do nothing

    We are conceeding them the advantage ‘on paper anyways’ as far as the playoffs

    All our pospects and/or draft picks are certifed guaranteed sure fire NHL’ers of the future and therefore cannot be exchanged even for an improved chance to go deep into the playoffs

    We have become so entrapped into the non-championship operation of many fan-rich and history-rich ‘successful’ teams that we are scared of making a decisive push for all the marbles.

    Now I shall read the posts. Wonder what I will find.


    ignore ignore ignore… MB has answered and it’s pure WISDOM.

  4. jmsheehy19 says:

    Exactly what I was hoping for. A low risk, low cost boost to defensive depth.

    Assuming Bourque comes back and no one else goes down, we’re looking good come May.

  5. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Pierre LeBrun Twitter:

    Pierre LeBrun‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun6h
    “Blues now have 9 d-men on their NHL roster. Ian Cole and Kris Russell will generate calls from other teams and 1 could move before deadline”

    …the first member of Our Commentariat to make the NHL ?

    …miracles never cease 🙂

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    Campaign to Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

  6. JUST ME says:

    I think Drewiske is a no risk rental 28 year old or if re-signed at the end of the season will not cost much. Right now he makes $650.000 and was traded for a 5 th round pick

    No idea if he will see lots of ice time but i`d rather do that deal than go and get Jagr for 2 youngsters and a draft pick. The bruins may have a better farm system but this is way too expensive for a rental that may not do a difference in the big picture.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Actually, the Habs have a better prospect pool than the Bruins.

      What the Bruins do have is two young players with excellent upside in Seguin and Hamilton (courtesy of the Leafs).

  7. jedimyrmidon says:

    Drewiske sounds like one of those unheralded depth players that can become so useful during the playoffs.

    Who here called Bergevin going for the unknown guy? Kudos on the good call.

    I like these types of moves: a roster that is not established like that of the Pens or Bruins isn’t ready for the big deadline acquisition that will cost good prospects and high picks and will supposedly propel them on a Cup run. Better to add pieces that maximize the cost/benefit ratio, and be safe.

  8. Danno says:

    New thread…


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  9. sobe says:

    Any News on Armstrong??

  10. Stevie.Ray says:

    Close most likely headed to NYR. Says bobby Mac.

  11. Thurston says:

    Solidly yet unspectacular trade by Marc Bergevin to bring in Davis Drewiske. Not doing cartwheels, mind you, but seems like a relatively inexpensive depth acquisition.

  12. Mavid says:

    the goobers on the team 1200 in Ottawa are bashing Iggy for picking the Pens over the Bruins..saying he slapped them in the face and that he is a bad bad man…are they kidding! When will the wheels fall of the Senaturds so we can be done with this

  13. MassHabsFan says:

    Good low risk high reward trade. 5th round pick for a guy that adds defensive depth and is by all accounts a team first/ good character guy

  14. twilighthours says:

    Where is steveoreno to tell us about Brewskie’s pK goals against per 60min?

    • SteverenO says:

      You asked for it.. here it is:

      even strength; 221 minutes TOI 8 GF / 5 GA / +3
      Average 1 GF per 27 minutes and 1 GA per 44 minutes.

      short handed 60 minutes toi 7 goals allowed; a respectable, but not stellar, 8.5 minutes per PP GA .

      Here are current HABs D-men and thier averages:

      Player/ average minutes per GF/ ave Minutes per GA / Penalty kill

      Subban 19 MPGF / 33 MPGA/ 7.1 MPPPGA
      Gorges: 25 MPGF / 33 MPGA/ 7.9 MPPPGA

      Markov 25 MPGF / 24 MPGA/ 8.4 MPPPGA
      Emelin; 25 MPGF / 27MPGA/ 9.9 MPPPGA

      Bouillion: 20 MPGF / 27 MPGA/ 8.8 MPPPGA

      Drewiskie 27 MPGF / 44 MPGA/ 8.5 MPPPGA
      Diaz: 24 MPGF / 41 MPGA/ 8.1 MPPPGA
      Kaberle: 14 MPGF / 28 MPGA/ —–

      Tinordi 21 MPGF / 63 MPGA/ ——
      Patteryn 29 MPGF / 29 MPGA/ ——
      Beaulieu 15 MPGF / ) goals against so far 30 minutes toi


      Steve O.

      • SteverenO says:

        Looks like a good pickup 6th or 7th defenseman for what we paid.

        He has size but not very many penalty minutes in his career . Unfortunatley, he is another left handed defenseman


        Steve O.

  15. sobe says:

    MB should pick up someone with experience for low cost, Pacioretty Deharnaais Gallagher Galchenuk dont have a lot of expericne. Specially Deharnaisl ine has combine 5 games playoff experincne. No matter how good they maybe, experience comes in very handy in playoffs.

  16. otter649 says:

    McGuire on TSN690 talking about Montreal drafting Nate Beaulieu – When he was drafted Myself-Gord Miller-Bob McKenzie commended Trevor Timmons on the pick as a good one. Really Timmons needs approval by 3 talking heads. Timmons knows more about junior hockey players than those 3 put together…..

  17. The Teacher says:

    Lol who the eff is drewskie

  18. Danno says:

    Thoughts on Sidney Crosby as he recovers from his latest injury


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  19. Sportfan says:

    As Stubbs tweet says we are all kind of like what? At the same time with this team and management maybe he’ll be a great surprise.


    • Bripro says:

      Actually, this is what he tweeted:

      If it’s last year’s #Habs management making this move, I’m saying, “Huh?” But with this year’s brass, it’s “Can’t wait to see him…”

    • Saintpatrick33 says:

      From Stubbs:
      If it’s last year’s #Habs management making this move, I’m saying, “Huh?” But with this year’s brass, it’s “Can’t wait to see him…”

      Same here unlike the last two regimes MB actually scouts players before acquiring them.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Actually, I bet Gauthier is pretty solid at assessing players. He didn’t fit the role of GM well though. Oh well, the Habs now have Rick Dudley to help out in that capacity (assessing players).

  20. christophor says:

    Drewiske plays over 3:00 per night on the PK for LA and has aquitted himself well. Maybe a great chance to get Markov off the PK, taking away his most difficult minutes. (PK-Gorges; Bouillon/Emelin-Drewiske)

    Edit: if Bouillon and Drewiske play on the 2nd PK unit, Therrien can come back with Markov and Emelin right after a kill.

  21. Timo says:

    So seeing how Drewiski is a UFA I take it that he will be a regular dman? Really? He gives Habs something Beaulieu doesn’t?

  22. Bripro says:

    Renaud Lavoie claims that he’s a good solid D, hard working and a good person, who never got the chance with the Kings.

  23. TheDagger says:

    Off topic… anyone know where a fella can throw on the Jays home opener from the office?

  24. Timo says:

    Where is a customary David Drewiski montage?

  25. Bripro says:

    I just hope the Habs don’t end up in a pickle, with Polsky Ogorsky.

  26. durocher says:

    Even if Drewiski didn’t get his name on the Cup last year with LA, he was in the organization, and hopefully learned the winning culture. That has to help as well.

  27. Propwash says:

    I like the move, they needed an extra dman


  28. Stevie.Ray says:

    “@BlakeGeoffrion: Hab fans, Drewiske is a great pick up. Great guy in the room and a really solid player. Teammate of mine when I was at Wisco! #stee”

    I like the move

  29. durocher says:

    At the end of the day:

    Drewiski > Weber/Kaberle

    If Drewiski (aka DD2) has even 5% of the heart of Gorges, this is a great trade and we didn’t give up much.

  30. mdp2011 says:

    @Real_ESPNLeBrun: From NHL scout on Drewiske: “team first guy…plays the body……solid on PK…CHARACTER.”

    @Real_ESPNLeBrun: Con’t from scout on Drewiske, “going to be solid No 6”

  31. Chuck says:

    Good job… this move adds to the kind of depth that you need if you expect to be playing hockey into June.

    Also, a move like this doesn’t upset the chemistry of the main roster, which has proven that they can hang with the teams they’d have to beat to get to a Stanley Cup final.

    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  32. tote-road says:

    Earlier today a caller to team 690 said he was hoping for a Josh Gorges type, but bigger, that didn’t cost to much. Seems Bergevin obliged him with Drewiske.

  33. tedsel says:

    Would you trade Markov for Couturier?

    I would! Time to look to the future at the Flyer’s expense.

    Living the Dream

  34. Ice Storm says:

    Face it guys… How can we go wrong with a couple of DD’s…?


  35. Bripro says:

    It’s comedy hour on Twitter with this trade:

    Stubbs – Geoff Molson now has a Drewiske. I mean, you can’t make this stuff up

    Ted Bird – Habs get Elvis Mooski from Kings….. Sorry. Travis Dworsky.

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