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As most have heard by now, the Montreal Canadiens re-upped Andrei Kostitsyn for a year at $3.25 million, Mathieu Darche for a year at $700,000, and rumours emanating from Russia suggest they’ve also signed Brock Trotter, who bolted from Hamilton last year for the KHL.

Kostitsyn and Darche are likely to take similar roles to last year, Kostitsyn flanking Tomas Plekanec on the second line while Darche chips in as a valuable fourth line forward.

However, where could Trotter fit?

Until it’s announced by the Habs, I take the Trotter news as a rumour - after all, how many players from he KHL have “signed” in the NHL, when in fact it was a negotiation tactic on their part? That said, should he sign in Montreal, Trotter will be a potentially valuable asset on a Habs club lacking in physical play.

Trotter signed a one year deal last summer with Riga Dynamo of the KHL and performed well, with 26 points in 49 games. The year before, Trotter finished second to David Desharnais in scoring for the Hamilton Bulldogs, and was called up once during the year. Signed out of the University of Denver, Trotter is 5’10’‘, but plays a much bigger game with a gritty edge. He is a possible replacement for Jeff Halpern, chipping in the odd goal from a third or fourth line role.

So: small moves, but you must walk before you run. Gautheir has a few of the little signings out of the way - are Markov, Gorges and Wisniewski far behind? Or are they on their way out? I’ll be posting my off-season analysis over the next two weeks. Until then, enjoy the Stanley Cup Finals.

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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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