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‘Twas the night before the deadline…

So, apparently, tomorrow is a big day for some reason. Some deadline or something. Anyone getting excited? I know I sure am. I’m going to make a couple of predictions, most of which will likely not come true:

1. The Canadiens acquire Dustin Penner from Edmonton, as they are desperate for offence and size up front. They move a package of a top prospect, maybe Jarred Tinordi, Yannick Weber, and a few picks. Habs fans are furious with the trade.

2. The Habs make a depth move for a forward a la the Dominic Moore trade last year. My guess? Chris Neil. He’d be a good fit and the cap hit is right. A pick goes the other way. Habs fans are furious with the trade.

3. Montreal adds another guy who can win face-offs and score a bit. Maybe this will x-nay a Neil trade. Who do they acquire? I could see Chris Higgins coming back and fitting in. I say he costs a fourth. Habs fans, surprisingly, are furious with the trade.

So, that’s it. Those are my predictions. Your thoughts? At least we know this: regardless of whether Pierre Gauthier deals for a star, a scrub, or does nothing at all, Habs fans will be upset and complain about it. Because, well, that’s what we’ve been doing for seventeen years. It’s time to get that Cup back.

Side note: a wildcats prediction for you. Pierre LeBrun says Montreal is out of the Chris Phillips sweepstakes with the Brent Sopel acquisition. Yet they’ve been scouting Ottawa a lot, even since the Sopel trade. Could Jason Spezza be a trade target? Seems unlikely, but that would be an interesting move now wouldn’t it? Pure speculation. But that’s the fun part of Deadline Eve.

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Steve Strowbridge's avatar

I really don’t think Montreal could afford to take on the Spezza contract unless the Senators took Gomez in return. And well, no one (else) is going to do that.

Posted by Steve Strowbridge from St. John's, NL, CA on 02/27/11 at 04:17 PM ET


Seems tough to envision. The only bonus with Gomez is that his actual salary goes down, while his cap hit remains high. So that is attractive to spendthrift teams. At least it would be, if it wasn’t Scott Gomez.

Spezza also has a very long contract. Not sure Montreal would want to take at on. But they’re scouting someone other than Phillips, and I have a hard time believing it’s Chris Neil.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 02/27/11 at 04:22 PM ET

Steve Strowbridge's avatar

I feel like Foligno is probably going to be shopped. Would he fit into the profile of a player the Habs could use down the stretch?

Posted by Steve Strowbridge from St. John's, NL, CA on 02/27/11 at 04:25 PM ET


From what I have seen, absolutely. Defensively responsible, fast, and with a bit of a scoring touch, he’d be a great replacement for Tom Pyatt on the third or fourth line. I’d have to believe the asking price would be pretty high however, so I doubt it could get done. But he is a player I would love to see the Canadiens acquire, we he availblr.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 02/27/11 at 04:30 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Per TSN’s TradeCentre page, the Habs acquire G Drew McIntyre from the Thrashers for D Brett Festerling.  Minor deal, depth move.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 02/28/11 at 05:44 PM ET

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