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  • The Tipping Point

    The Canadiens completed their 6 game road trip yesterday with a 3-0 win against division rivals Boston Bruins. The win gave the Canadiens 9 out of a possible 12 points and has put them right back into a favorable playoff position. This road trip will go down as the push that put the Canadiens over the playoff line.

    Cristobal Huet earned another shut out and continues to impress. Sheldon Souray has made a complete 180 from a couple months ago and is finally playing like he should be. Even Richard Zednik is looking better out there. The Canadiens definitely seem to be rolling at the right time. Even Mike Ribeiro was willing to mix it up yesterday, maybe the loss of Jose lit a fire within.

    Remember back in January when the Canadiens faced a tough road trip and lost the services of Andrei Markov for three weeks? The trip that featured a 5 goal first period outburst by the Canucks on Jose Theodore? A 7-3 embarassment by the Carolina Hurricanes? The Canadiens only managed 4 points on that trip. It’s hard to remember those games now after the great hockey the Canadiens have been playing recently.

    This past trip has put the Canadiens in a good position but far from a guaranteed post-season. The Habs have a favorable schedule and presently hold a 3 point lead on the surging Thrashers and also hold a game in hand. What’s more interesting is the struggles of the defending cup champ Lightning. The Lightning gave up *8 GOALS* again last night and it looks like it’s going to get worse before better. The Lightning made no moves at the deadline which is incomprehensible and probably stamped their ticket out of the post-season. The team’s confidence in their goaltending has to be next to none.

    Instead of the Canadiens and Thrashers battling it out for the 8th and final playoff spot it looks more like they could both finish 7th or 8th and Tampa would be on the outside looking in. The New Jersey Devils are only a few points ahead of the Canadiens and are definitely in reach. The Devils however DID make some good moves at the deadline and if you’re betting Tampa against New Jersey for who can hold on, the hands down favorite is Martin Brodeur and the Devils over the troubled Lightning.

    The Canadiens meet the Lightining on Monday in a huge matchup and if the Canadiens get the upper hand on them in the standings they might never look back.

    David Aebischer will arrive in Montreal some time today and no doubt be met by a media circus. It’s unknown who will get the call Saturday against the Rangers, chances are they throw Aebischer to the wolves sooner than later.

  • Jose Theodore traded for David Aebischer

    The Montreal Canadiens made a shocking trade sending Jose Theodore to Colorado for David Aebischer.

    Details to follow.

    This trade doesn’t make sense as it is, stay posted as this may be the first move in a multiple move deal for the Canadiens.

    This deal is eerily similar to the Patrick Roy deal which was one of the worst in history.

    Is it the first part of a blockbuster change or is that it?

    This trade was made at roughly 7pm on the day before the deadline and not right down the strech, leaving plenty of time to iron out the other details.

    9:45 PM Update: The Canadiens have still yet to make any comment regarding the trade fueling speculation that something else in the works.

    8:00 AM Thursday: It looks more and more like this is a straight up 1 for 1 deal and hopefully the Canadiens are busy working on other deals. The initial thought that Abeischer was going to be packaged and further moved in another deal seems fleeting.

    Initially this deal was a shocker. After some thought though it makes a little more sense. The swap 1 for 1 talent wise doesn’t seem just, David Aebischer is not the same level goaltenders as Jose Theodore. But are we evaluating Theodore on his past? Or on his market value today?

    Is there a chance Theodore will EVER be able to be the goalie he once was?

    Like him or not, Theodore has been a cancer to this team all year. Too many distractions, too many bad games. Bob Gainey obviously had enough and did something about it.

    Who would take a risk on the personally troubled, broken heel boned shaky goaltender? A goaltender with a fat contract for several more years. Colorado is traditionally the team that scoop’s up Montreal’s garbage and this time is no different. Theodore will escape the fire that is Montreal and most likely return to being at least a decent goaltender while playing in the Rockies.

    Is David Aebischer a #1? Arguably. A change of scenery might rejuvenate his game. Aebischer and Huet as a duo may be able to get the job done. Are the Canadiens cup bound after this deal? Certainly not. Were they going anywhere with Theo? No.

    The best part of the deal is the money it frees up for the Canadiens but what does that matter if the Canadiens don’t find another player immediately? For this to be a really good or great deal for Montreal they have to find another player to add to the roster before 3PM.