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Habs blow another lead, who is gone tomorrow?

What else is new - the Canadiens blew a lead Sunday night, losing to the Florida Panthers. What might be new? Some players, tomorrow, if the deals are there.

I won’t bother going over the game - let’s face it, the Habs season is over - what’s more interesting is what might happen between tonight and tomorrow at 3.

So, what signs were there Sunday? Well, Mathieu Darche has been one of the Habs most consistent performers the past month (perhaps therein lies the problem) and he was a healthy scratch. My bet? Someone deals a 3rd or 4th round pick for Darche, and he likely re-signs in Montreal come June.

Andrei Kostitsyn? He wasn’t very good Sunday, and he’s been downright terrible of late. He’s sulking, but I think someone takes a chance. Maybe Nashville, where his brother’s career has flourished. I bet Andrei gets a 2nd and a prospect, which seems reasonable given Wojtek Wolski nabbed a 3rd.

Beyond that, I don’t expect much more. Chris Campoli goes if there’s a taker (he was also a health scratchy Sunday, and perhaps scrubs like Aaron Palusha and Petteri Nokaeleinen.

There were whispers Sunday, mentioned in a Monteal Gazette article today, that Tomas Plekanec could be on his way out. I doubt it, but if a deal for a big first line forward is there, perhaps Plekanec moves. Difficult to know, Wally, since we don’t know who’s in charge. Otherwise, the Candiens don’t have much else that people want, and the cupboard is fairly bare in the AHL.

So what will tomorrow bring? Probably more of the past for Habs fans on deadline day: disappointment. However, if the Canadiens make some moves for the future, and perhaps bring in a big talented forward, I’d be very, very pleased…if the price is right.

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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