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Habs almost out of nine lives

With last night’s shellacking by Dallas - and that’s what it was, the Canadiens didn’t show up until halfway through the game - the Habs are basically on their last legs. They’re going to need the winning streak of all winning streaks to stay in the race.

Chances of that happening? Not good.

So, who stays, and who goes?

At this point, I suspect Andrei Kostitsyn, Yannick Weber, and Chris Campoli can be had for draft picks, and not much more. Soon to be unrestricted free agent Travis Moen may be in play, but various folks including Bob McKenzie are hearing that teams are being told he’s not available. Someone of Moen’s versatility is highly sought after - a strong penalty killer who can sub on the top two lines, and plays with a physical edge - but if the Canadiens can’t sign him to an extension, I would be willing to bet he is dealt before the deadline.

Tomas Kaberle? If someone will bite, he’s as good as gone. But who will take that contract?

Otherwise, I don’t see much that other teams want. Let’s be realistic folks, this ain’t the 1970’s, and these aren’t the flying Frenchmen. Should a deal present itself that improves the team and brings in an impact player, I suspect Pierre Gauthier will jump, if only to try and save his job. However, is he even making the decisions anymore? Is everything being vetted through ownership? Who knows what’s going on in the circus that is Montreal.

And thus, the deadline approaches. Many-a-year Habs fans have been excited and been disappointed after a lacklustre deadline. The Hal Gill trade was good, but it’s over with. At least this year, Montreal fans won’t have their hopes up.

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Really, only draft picks for Weber, Campoli and Kostitsyn? I thought Campoli and Kostitsyn would bring a larger return than that!

Posted by Etterbeekers on 02/23/12 at 04:18 PM ET

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Send Gomez to the minors. It’s something that will shake up these stiffs and let them know they will held accountable for the performances that they produce on the ice.

Posted by BlackXinu on 02/23/12 at 10:29 PM ET

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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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