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Habs prepare for the Frenzy

So July 1 is but 30 hours away. The Canadiens, once thought to be out of range on big free agents this year, suddenly announced the buyout of PA Parenteau on Sunday afternoon. Could something be afoot?

My hunch is yes. This isn't a coincidence. The Canadiens have sought a top-six forward for the past few years, failing to get one time after time. I suspect this time, Marc Bergevin has his man. Whether it is a free agent target, or a trade, the timing can't be coincidental. The Habs have been able to speak to free agents since Thursday, and we all know lots of trade talk took place over the weekend at the draft. 

My hope? Patrick Sharp, Phil Kessel or Mikko Koivu is coming to Montreal. My hunch? It's probably Michal Frolik. Wouldn't it be someting if Bergy pulled off a big deal, post-draft, when so many Habs fans have lost faith? The Canadiens have lots of chips to play, such as Jarred Tinordi, Alex Emelin, etc. Many teams are looking for defencemen. Could their be a match? 

With bonuses due, and free agents available, in 30 hours, there's not much time left until we'll know. The playoffs are the best time of year for hockey fans, but this rightly might be the second best time. Lots of change to come yet. Buckle up. 

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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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