Canadiens fans were thrilled after general manager Marc Bergevin acquired Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders just before the 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline on Wednesday, with 96 per cent of the more than 3,000 votes on an HI/O poll saying they were happy with the job the GM did.
So, is Vanek – who has two 40-goal and two 30-goal seasons in the NHL – the missing link for the Canadiens as they chase that elusive 25th Stanley Cup?
That’s one of the questions asked on this week’s HI/O Show as former Canadien Chris Nilan and Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs join sports editor/host Stu Cowan to discuss the trade-deadline moves.
Other topics of discussion include the addition of defenceman Mike Weaver in a trade with the Florida Panthers and the acquisition of 6-foot-6 goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Nashville Predators and the job Canadiens goalie coach Stéphane Waite might be able to do with him. Also, why do so many fans think Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien isn’t doing a good job?
There’s also talk about what the heck is going on in Vancouver after the Canucks traded goalie Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers, and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s decision to trade a disgruntled Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers.
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