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The deadline that wasn’t…

...for Montreal at least. The biggest news for Habs fans? Max Lapierre fetched more in a trade from Anaheim to Vancouver than he did when Montreal dealt him to Anaheim only two months ago…and he has struggled since then…think that’s going to tick off the fan base a little bit?

The Canadiens did make one move, dealing Brett Festerling (acquired from the Lapierre trade) to Atlanta for goaltender Drew Macintyre. Why? Hamilton needs help, as Curtis Sanford looks to be injured long-term.


So, Habs fans, these are your Montreal Canadiens. Hopefully you like them already, because they ain’t changing.

Upset Pierre Gauthier didn’t acquire a power forward? Max Pacioretty.

Angry the Habs didn’t add a gritty winger? Benoit Pouliot.

A lot of these weaknesses can be addressed internally, as younger players such as Pouliot and Pacioretty come into their own. Am I disappointed the Canadiens didn’t make a move? Not really. Brent Sopel was the fix we needed on defense, and the price was right. Sometimes the best trades are the ones that you don’t make. I didn’t see too many names changes hands that I would have paid dearly for. The one name I feel could have helped? Chris Higgins. Jason Arnott perhaps, but I am happy Mr. Gauthier didn’t meet New Jersey’s demands. Higgins would have fit well on the third line, and added a little bit of scoring punch along the way.

But you know what? I like this team. I like their lunch pail identity. And I firmly believe they can replicate last year’s post-season performance.

Provided Carey Price comes to play.

Also of note: I was 0 for 3 on my trade guesses. But that’s a lot better than the 0 for a zillion we see on most rumour websites. well, not literally, we both get zero. My point? This blog will always be ideas, opinions and discussion. It will never be a trade rumor source. I hope my readers are ok with that.

Why, you ask, cant I be a trade rumor source? Honestly? I’m just too lazy to make them up. I’ll leave that to the other guys. Like P. Eklund. Wait, that’s too obvious. Pelle E.

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Yep. Big forward, good hands, decent speed, with a specified checking role. I think he would have been a great add. He can’t be counted on for thirty goals, but he can be counted on for responsible, physical play and the occasional offensive burst. His biggest hindrance is being tagged as a former first rounder.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 02/28/11 at 10:50 PM ET


He’s not Latendresse slow and fat, let’s be fair here. I get your points. But the one reason I favored Higgins, or perhaps Neil, to a Wideman or McCabe: $$$$$$$. Higgins is cheap and a UFA. Wideman is a contract toilet sets now hanging around Florida’s neck, and McCabe is vastly overpaid. But I agree, as players either would have been a significant improvement on defence.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 02/28/11 at 11:50 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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