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Moen for four, teeing up Sunday

Travis Moen’s four year deal with the Habs (4 year, $7.2 million) goes a long way shoring up leadership for the Canadiens, as well as their fourth line and penalty kill. While Moen may not be a sexy player, he’s an effective one, and a winner at that. Having him signed will allow the Habs to focus on finding more scoring and depth down the middle.

As for the Impending frenzy on Sunday, I expect the Habs to target at least one Francophone player (perhaps PA Paranteau, but likely Gui Latendresse), a skilled forward like Jagr, and some sandpaper/scoring such as a Shane Doan. I’d be pleased if they bring Latendresse back, as I feel his size and strength could help the second/third lines - as long as he’s healthy. I’d also like to see Alex Kovalev back as a 3rd/4th line/PP specialist, but I don’t be the sense the current Habs regime wants him back in Montreal. The Erik Cole signing last year was perfect - can the new management team top it?

Beyond that, anyone’s guess. I could also see GM Marc Bergevin trying to bring in a different backup, perhaps Martin Biron or someone of that ilk, but I doubt that is their first priority,

Should be lots of fun, speculate away - and enjoy!

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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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