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Habs deadline, surprisingly, a bust

So trade deadline 2012 came and went with a whimper, and not a bang, for the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs got the day started for all with the trade of Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville for a 2nd and a 5th (the same conditional pick they had dealt in the Hal Gill deal) but…that was it. Mathieu Darche, Chris Campoli, Travis Moen, they are all here to stay, Habs fans.

Incredible, isn’t it? This team couldn’t even cut bait and tank successfully. Instead, they got a 2nd for Kostitsyn when lesser players garnered offers of 1sts, and picked up Brad Staubitz off waivers - the type of tough, bruising forward they could have used, oh, 5 months ago.

And so, the pain that is 2012 for Habs fans continues. What a year. When will it stop? At least we know it won’t drag into the spring.

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Da lil Guy's avatar

I suspected the Habs would do more or less what the Sens did last year - particularly with a few UFAs I thought would garner interest. Thought Moen would be a lock to move on.

At least they brought in one new person for Subban to fight in practice.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 02/28/12 at 01:24 AM ET


I couldn’t believe that the Habs didn’t do much on deadline day. I agree that I thought Moen and Campoli were looks to leave Montreal. COuld Gauthier have been asking for too much for them?

Posted by Etterbeekers on 02/28/12 at 02:48 PM ET


This offseason is huge. If they don’t do some serious adjustments to this roster, the Habs could be in for a rough couple of years.

Posted by BlackXinu on 02/29/12 at 08:40 AM ET


I am still very surprised Moen wasn’t dealt. I suspect the asking prices on guys like Campoli and Darche were simply too high. Shame, a lost opportunity.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 03/01/12 at 09:31 PM ET

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