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Gauthier makes his move

As you’ve undoubtedly read by now, the Canadiens acquired defenceman James Wisniewski from the New York Islanders for a 2nd and conditional 5th round pick. My initial reaction? Great move. The Habs deal a valuable pick, yes, but they add a key piece for more than half the season. This isn’t a deadline pick-up - they’ll have The Wiz for fifty games this year.

Wisniewski brings a right handed shot, a power play presence, and solid, physical play to a defence sorely lacking in all three categories. It also creates a logjam, as the Canadiens now have seven serviceable defencemen.

What happens with PK Subban? How about Yanick Weber, who has been a solid call-up in his slate of appearances?

Wisniewski will join the Habs tomorrow, after their game tonight against the Washington Capitals. Meanwhile, expect to see Subban slot in, perhaps as a seventh defenceman to sub in (or Sub an?) for the injured but determined Josh Gorges.

Gametime is 7:00. Should be good.

And with that, back to some holiday magic.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: james+wisniewski, josh+gorges, pk+subban, pk+subban, yanick+weber

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Hab fans will be in for a suprise by Wiz’s lack of defensive ability. His last big hit of the season was against Dallas in the season’s opener. He has a big right handed shot on the PP that when it gets through is quite effective, but Chicago, Anaheim and the Islanders have all realized he is not a steady defender or the top 2 guy that he thinks he is.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/29/10 at 01:38 PM ET

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The Habs don’t need him to be unbelievable defensively. They need him to help out on the PP. I think a greater worry is the price paid for him. Draft picks are essential in the cap era for sustained success.

Posted by BlackXinu on 12/30/10 at 12:37 PM ET

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We shall see. The reality is that Wiz averages less than ten goals a year over his NHL career. While all Habs fans hope he is the second coming of Sheldon Souray, I have a hard time believing he is going to immediately solve all their problems. However, his physical presence will be a welcome addition to what has not been an intimidating blue line (especially since Hamrlik and Spacek are slowing down so quickly). I’m looking forward to tonight’s game to see what the Wiz has got. Should be a good test as the Lightning are a creative and talented team.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 12/30/10 at 08:48 PM ET

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