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Big week looms for Habs

After securing only 1 of 4 possible points against the Sabres last week, the Canadiens start a big week with back to back games against the Penguins and the Bruins. The Habs are still clinging to the Northeast lead, but are now 5 points behind the trade happy Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Meanwhile, many Canadiens fans are waiting to see Marc Bergevin match Pittsburgh's Ray Shero and make an acquisition or two before the deadline. I don't expect much - the Canadiens have an opportunity to build on their youth, as they hold many draft picks this year on top of a strong system of prospects - and I suspect the Habs will largely stay put. That said, I'm sure Bergevin wants to make a splash, and I could see the Habs adding another big  body to the second or third line - especially with Rene Bourque suffering a setback in his return from a concussion. 

If I'm in charge, I look West to see if Ryan Clowe is available. Many pundits, including Pierre LeBrun, have suggested he is, and further noted the Canadiens could be interested. Another veteran defenceman probably wouldn't hurt either, as the Canadiens seem as far away as possible from playing Tomas Kaberle, but my money is on a forward if the Habs make a move.

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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.

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