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Cedrick the Entertainer goes to Norfolk

The Habs just dealt their top goaltending prospect,  Cedrick Desjardins, to Tampa Bay for the rights to Karri Ramo.

Karri Ramo, he of the KHL and the sub-.900 save percentage in every NHL try. Ramo, he of the currently-under-contract-in-the-KHL.

Cedrick Desjardins, he of then stellar AHL numbers and all star appearance last year.

Why did Pierre Gauthier just do this?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Habs fans, there are some things we just aren’t meant to understand.

This is one of them.

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pjwalny's avatar

Are the habs allergic to Goalies? Trade Halak now this prospect, if that want crapy goal tending they are on their way.

Posted by pjwalny from Not Detroit, evidently?? on 08/16/10 at 11:41 PM ET

Primis's avatar

They still had a bunch of goalies under contract.  It’s a numbers game.

They have Curtis Sanford still, and they have Robert Mayer.  Mayer won a Kelly Cup in Cincinnati (ECHL) this past season and looks poised to move up to Hamilton.  I watched him live several times and he was probably the better of he and Jeremy Smith (NAS property).  Looks to be a good young goalie up-and-coming.  It’s not a leap to think Mayer will spend this season in Hamilton instead.  Mayer is 4 years younger than Desjardins.

It’s a gamble, but I suppose an understandable one if they think they can lure Ramo away from the KHL.  If they can, then IMO it’s immediately a pretty good move.  Ramo has 48 NHL appearances to Desjardins’ zero still, and yes Ramo is a year younger than Desjardins.

I’m not saying it’s a slam-dunk move or anything, just saying I don’t know why you find it so perplexing with Auld, Sanford, and Mayer in the system.  Move a goalie who has been playing pro hockey since 2006-07 and has yet to see the NHL, and possibly get one with NHL experience that is a year younger.

Posted by Primis on 08/17/10 at 12:04 AM ET


I doubt Ramo ever plays a game in Montreal. He may, but I sincerely think this was a poor trade. From what I understand of Ramo, he had no interest in playing in the NHL unless he was a starter. That’s not going to happen in Montreal.

More than anything, I think this may have been a move, and a questionable one at that, to relieve the pressure on Carey Price. Curtis Sanford is not a threat. Alex Auld is not a threat. Desjardins, because of his name, and potentially his pure talent, was somewhat of a threat. But make no mistake, being a Francophone in the system was the key; it meant there was some element of pressure on Price. Even if it didn’t exist, someone in the press would have made it their business to make sure it did.

Will this trade affect the future of the Montreal Canadiens? Probably not. They had Garon. They had Danis. Now they had Desjardins. However, could GM Pierre Gauthier have made better use of his asset? I would argue that yes, he could have.

All in all, a strange one indeed.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 08/17/10 at 12:30 AM ET

drimo's avatar

Let’s not forget Desjardins was also part of the 2008 Cincinnati Cyclones team that won the Kelly Cup.

Posted by drimo from Cincinnati, OH on 08/17/10 at 09:57 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

It’s a great deal from Tampa Bay’s perspective. They gave away a bird in the bush for a bird in the hand.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 08/17/10 at 11:26 AM ET

Primis's avatar


Really?  They had to trade him because he has a French-sounding last name and therefore was a continual threat to Price?  I know the Habs (and their fans) are sometimes dumb and all, but come on.  Seriously?  That’s a very weak argument to make.

Desjardins has never, ever played a game in the NHL.  And at this point in his career, it’s unlikely he was going to in MTL, to be honest.  Otherwise the Habs would have given him a look already, and would not have brought in Auld and Sanford.  I think that’s what’s missing here:  if the Habs thought much of Desjardins, they wouldn’t have felt the need to have Sanford and Auld in the system as well behind Price.

Posted by Primis on 08/17/10 at 12:42 PM ET


So, the Habs have chosen Price+Auld (and Lars Eller) over Halak+Desjardins (plus whatever assets were on offer for Price - probably about the same as Eller though). The extra cost of Halak is offset slightly by the fact that Desjardins earns half what Auld does, iirc.

I would be frankly amazed if this doesn’t turn out to haunt the Habs badly - or at least, bad enough that the media won’t shut up about it. I don’t envy Carey Price’s position one bit.

Posted by fcjbencard on 08/17/10 at 01:32 PM ET


My comments were tongue firmly in cheek - to an extent. The Montreal media has a habit of making controversies out of nothing…backups such as Eric Fichaud and Ron Tugnutt have emerged as relevant contenders to supplant goalies like Roy and Theodore when they went through rough patches. So, yes, trading Desjardins does to some point remove that threat.

Does that make sense? No. But given that they signed Auld, who was definitely not the best backup available but poses the least possible threat to Price as a replacement, I could see them weighing these considerations in dealing Desjardins.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 08/17/10 at 02:41 PM ET


I might add, for those who haven’t taken a look, Yzerman is really crashing the Habs party. Before Desjardins, he stole Guy Boucher, not to mention his entire staff, assistant general manager Julien Brisebois, who was the Canadiens resident capologist, third line centre Dominic Moore, and it has also come to light that Simon Gagne wanted to play in Montreal but the Habs said no due to cap room.

Where did Gagne end up? Tampa Bay.

Well done Mr. Yzerman. He is building quite the team in a short amount of time. But of all the teams to be taking from, why Montreal? One would have thought Detroit’s cupboard has more to pilfer.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 08/17/10 at 03:20 PM ET

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