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by The Upper Canadien on 07/02/12 at 06:04 PM ET
Montreal media have been assembled all afternoon waiting for a twice-postponed press conference with GM Marc Bergevin to begin. In the meantime, a few quick notes:
Jaromir Jagr is NOT coming to Montreal - apparently. Rick Moffatt of CJAD, a well known Montreal media member, tweeted that he spoke directly with Jagr’s agent, who said Bergevin had informed Jagr that the Canadiens were not interested in his services.
Brandon Prust was a great signing. $2.5 million a year is slightly more than ideal, but Montreal must compensate for higher tax rates. The four years are just fine for a player who is only 28. A character player, Prust makes the Habs tougher and vastly improves the PK, freeing up Tomas Plekanec, who has been the Canadiens’ key PK piece the past few years.
Colby Armstrong is a risk worth taking. At $1 million, his contract is peanuts in today’s NHL, and the term is only a year so there is no long-term risk. Armstrong is motivated after being bought out by Toronto, and a physical presence who will make Montreal tougher to play against.
Francis Bouillon is a great character signing that adds depth to the Montreal defence. He left the Habs on bad terms two years ago, and returns to where he loves to play. Bouillon is small in stature but all heart. A good signing.
So, to sum up: lots of character, but still a couple of holes. The Canadiens need a top six forward (arguably they wouldn’t if Mike Cammalleri hadn’t been dealt - thanks again Mr. Gautheir) and perhaps another veteran presence on defence. More moves to come? I suspect yes, but possibly through trades if players aren’t willing to sign in the hockey media mecca that is Montreal. The one player I wish the Habs had taken a risk on? Guillaume Latendresse. But he’s a good fit in Ottawa. If he stays healthy, he’ll score 25 goals.
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