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Will The Montreal Canadiens Think Of Trading Tatar And Weber?

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

The big talking point as the Canadiens start their bye week is what Bergevin is going to do with his week off while many of his players are off vacationing in the sun. The Feb. 24 trade deadline day in the National Hockey League is hurtling toward us with frightening velocity and the discussion among hockey opinion-makers and Canadiens fans this week is what the general manager’s strategy should be in the next month.

As a good pal of mine, a former stock trader, always says: “sell high, buy low.” That’s true on Wall St. and it’s also true in pro sports. If you believe that, then Bergevin should be dealing assets in the coming weeks. In terms of high value, you don’t get much better than Tomas Tatar and Shea Weber and that’s why he should, at the very least, go out and see what fellow GMs might offer for those two.

Tatar is having another great season, with 43 points in 50 games. We all love Tuna — even more so after he scored that beauty of a shootout winner Saturday — but he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in summer 2021 and will naturally be looking for a lengthy high-price contract that off-season, a deal for a 30-year-old that would be silly for Montreal to sign. Weber, 34, is more obvious trade bait. He is also having an amazing season, but this one is just an age thing. He will not be the same kind of player when the Canadiens’ young prospects come to maturity.

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The Montreal Canadiens Sign Ilya Kovalchuk

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (2019-20) with free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk.

The deal will pay Kovalchuk $700,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 in the AHL.

The 6'03'', 222 lbs forward recorded nine points (3 goals, 6 assists), 12 penalty minutes and 35 shots in 17 contests with the Los Angeles Kings in 2019-20. One of his goals and three of his points came on the power play.

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Can A Loss Really Be A Positive?

Two headlines this morning at Sportsnet caught my eye.

Positive signs for Oilers despite blown lead, loss to Sabres

Canadiens’ youth movement a positive as slide continues with loss to Lightning

To me, finding a positive in a loss is only as good as the next game.  Another loss, another positive?

Give me a win, any kind of win on any day.  I'm positive of that.

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Who Knew It Was Trade Day In The NHL?

All within the last hour.

via TSN's Trade Tracker...

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Video- Anyone See A Slewfoot, Nikita Zadorov On Jesperi Kotkaniemi

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The Montreal Canadiens Are Without A Win In 8 Games

from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

A door slammed as Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot started talking. It wasn't clear why, exactly, whether it was a stray gust of air, a fist clenched a little too hard on a doorknob, a sign of frustration in the visitor's dressing room at TD Garden.

Impossible to know, but it was hard not to think of the last, the anger and disappointment that came from a 46-minute lead that vanished as the Canadiens succumbed to yet another loss.

Their winless streak reached eight games (0-5-3) after the Boston Bruins came from behind with three goals in the third period to send the Canadiens to a 3-1 loss, back to the dressing room as a team that had traded the possibility of sweet relief for more of the same in a dispiriting final 20 minutes.

Because up until the 46th minute Sunday, there was reason to hope. Up until the 46th minute, there was reason to believe things were turning around. But then, suddenly, it all fell apart, the end result seemingly inevitable after David Pastrnak's highlight-reel one-timer at 6:16 of the third.

"We've got to find a way to win," captain Shea Weber said, his voice quiet and subdued. "It's not good enough. Yeah, we've improved defensively, but when it comes down to it, it's about getting wins and getting two points. And that's not happening right now."

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It Will Get Better In Montreal

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Bergevin is a good GM. He has brought in Philip Danault, Jeff Petry, Shea Weber, Max Domi, Nick Suzuki, Tomas Tatar, Jonathan Drouin, Joel Armia — all acquired through deft trades. He was able to turn his biggest mistake at the draft table, Alex Galchenyuk, into Domi. A fair return on a No. 3 pick.

Meanwhile, does it matter that Julien is a quality human being, one of the best in the game? I think it does. Now more than ever. Look at a Bill Peters and you understand immediately that winning is not everything. Peters has plunged three organizations (the Flames, the Hurricanes and the as-yet-unborn Seattle franchise) into an escalating crisis.

Julien will never embarrass your organization. He will never abuse or mistreat a player, verbally or physically. He will never be a jerk to the media or the fans. Obviously, setting the bar at “better than Bill Peters” is pretty low, but Julien has won a Stanley Cup and he is one of the most respected coaches in the league, on and off the ice.

So take a deep breath, go with the flow, and try to be patient. Things are going to get better. I promise.

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A Frustrated Coach In Montreal

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“I’m frustrated as hell.”

That was coach Claude Julien’s state of mind Thursday night after the Canadiens’ losing streak reached six games with a 6-4 defeat at the hands of the New Jersey Devils.

Julien offered a litany of reasons for the current slide, but they all came to the same thing — a failure to  play sound defence.

“We made mental errors,” Julien said. “They’re not the things we’re teaching. There are guys who are trying to do too much, When you get almost 50 shots and score four goals, you should win. But we had too many breakdowns. There were guys picking up the wrong players, bad line changes.”

The Canadiens don’t have much time to turn things around, They are back on the ice at the Bell Centre Saturday afternoon to face the Philadelphia Flyers and then they travel to Boston Sunday to play the Bruins, a team that handed them an 8-1 pasting on Tuesday.

Julien said the main task at practice on Friday will be to “get our players in the right frame of mind.” He noted that the Canadiens didn’t play perfect defence in their first 20 games, but they weren’t as bad as they are now and some of the results were skewed by a penalty-kill that has ben among the worst in the NHL all season.

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A Bad Night In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

With just over six minutes left in the third period Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, a fan wearing a Canadiens sweater with Lafleur and No. 10 on the back was spotted leaving the lower-level stands.

It was a fitting image on this night.

That fan will be happy he didn’t have to watch the Bruins score the final goal in an 8-1 romp over the Canadiens.

If Montreal fans thought it couldn’t get worse after the Canadiens blew 4-0 and 5-3 leads in Saturday night’s 6-5 loss to the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre, think again.

This was The Embarrassment, Part 2.

Something is very wrong with this Canadiens team, which is now winless in its last five games (0-3-2) and looks like it might have quit on coach Claude Julien.

“It’s not easy to explain,” Julien said after this loss.

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Surgery For Jonathan Drouin And Paul Byron In Montreal

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