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Quick thoughts on the Habs on UFA eve

Writing from the side of a lake, a few quick thoughts on the Canadiens heading into free agency:

  • Josh Gorges will not be a Hab come October. That much if for sure. Where is he going? If not Toronto, my money is on Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver. He would sure fit in Edmonton if they are interested.
  • The Parenteau trade is a steal. Well done, M. Bergevin, well done.
  • Montreal will be after a defenceman on July 1st. Dan Boyle or Michael Del Zotto would look good on the blue line. If Bergevin strikes out, could Edler from Vancouver be a fit?
  • Jarome Iginla would look darn good on the second line. Dominic Moore would provide great depth as a third/fourth line swing man.
  • Brian Gionta is as good as gone. Who is your next captain? Saku Koivu is a free agent. Could a homecoming to cap his career be in the cards?
  • Keep your eye on Lecavalier. If the Habs genuinely wanted him last year at $4 million, and Philly will eat some salary/cap hit, he could be Montreal bound. Remember, this is a business, and he would sell sweaters.

Alright. That's all for now. Typing this much on an iPhone ain't easy. Enjoy UFA day, and Happy Canada Day!

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Didn’t the Toronto deal die because Gorges doesn’t want to go to any Canadian teams?

Seems hard to believe he would go to Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver either…

Posted by Garth on 06/30/14 at 08:25 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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