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  • Canadiens Trade Rumors

    The rumor train won’t stop, and the only way it’s going to is if the Canadiens make a blockbuster deal or go on a 10 game winning streak. Option A seems the more likely of the 2. I think it’s fair to assume Bob Gainey won’t panic and make a hurried deal or trade out of desperation. If he did, it would have been done by now.

    All kinds of ridiculous rumors are surfacing but the one with the most credence is a possible deal between the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks. Don’t discount the chance of a 3 way deal with another team in the mix. Vancouver has struggled as of late, and their problem has always been goaltending. They have put good teams on the ice in recent years but their goaltending has never got them where they need to be. It is a strong possibility they could be interested in Theodore. If a deal does go through with the Canucks I’d expect him to be involved. Montreal won’t give up Theo for nothing. Theo’s value is still high and there are plenty of teams in need of a goaltender. If it were to happen with Vancouver, controversial Todd Bertuzzi may be what the Canadiens are after. The Habs have been lacking a big power forward for a long, long time and considering everything that surrounds Todd Bertuzzi, he may be a little easier to steal. It would definitely be a blockbuster deal and shake things up for both conferences. If Theo does go, you can be pretty sure it won’t be in the East and I’d think Vancouver would say the same about Bertuzzi.

    You could speculate all day and night and the fact remains, no one knows for sure what is going on except Bob Gainey and Canadiens management. Only time will tell. In the mean time, the Canadiens are going to take on another team they’re rumored to be involved with, the Colorado Avalanche. The gossip will be flying Wednesday night after the starting lineup is announced.

  • Montreal Canadiens in 2006

    Tonight the Montreal Canadiens welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby to the Bell Centre for their first game of 2006. This date has been highlighted ever since the NHL schedule was announced. Sidney Crosby was a long time Canadiens fan and he dreamed about playing for the Canadiens, the same team that drafted his father. This is the first game of his career in Montreal and 2nd against the Habs, in the first he scored a highlight reel shootout goal to win the game and tonight he will surely be ready to go again. Michel Therrien also makes his return to Montreal this time as Coach of the Penguins, he will no doubt want to send a message himself to the team that fired him.

    The Canadiens start the New Year fresh and trying to regain the success they found earlier in the season and forget their recent slide. The slide has put them in a dangerous spot. The Habs are currently sitting in 8th spot in the Eastern Conference after Tampa Bay passed them and the surging Atlanta Thrashers are knocking right on the door. The Thrashers have their #1 star goalie healthy again and the difference is already being felt as they knocked off the Senators 8-3. They won’t go away. The Canadiens hold a few games in hand on each team and will have to put them to use to stay competitive in the Conference.

    The good news for the Habs, the team is healthier than they have been in a long time and the top line of Koivu, Zednik and Kovalev will finally get a chance to play again. When this line was healthy and firing, the Canadiens were a winning team and had their season high 5 game winning streak. Radek Bonk is set to return shortly although no one knows if that will make a difference as he has been virtually invisible all season.

    Trade rumors are everpresent and speculation increasing as the Canadiens are shuffling around their roster demoting Perezhogin to Hamilton and recalling Andrei Kostitsyn, Jonathan Ferland and defenseman Jean-Philippe Côté. No one really knows why as their are fewer roster spots available as the team is healthy and no real room. If the Canadiens don’t turn it around in January there most certainly will be some kind of move made to change things around.

    Until then the Canadiens go tonight against an improving but definitely beatable Penguins team.