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  • Jose Theodore trade rumors

    The Canadiens road losing streak starts again after the Canadiens failed to beat the lowly Florida Panthers in Miami. The team that started the season 6-0-1 on the road has 1 road win since November 4th. The same story continues. Injuries, inconsistent play and a overall lack of effort and desire to win. If you add that your star and most potent weapon fails to score on a penalty shot then your chance of winning is virtually nil.

    Trade rumors have been circling all year since the Habs first loss and Theodore’s first bad goal of the season. That’s normal for Montreal but never have the trade rumors been so loud as now. The Canadiens have a scout watching Colorado Avalanche games. Colorado is in need of a better goaltender, Hmmmm. Are the Canadiens just testing the water or is this just a matter of time?

    Recall the Patrick Roy trade to Colorado? The trade the gave them a winning team and 2 stanley cups and gave Montreal the glorious journeyman Martin Rucinsky along with the “Russian Tank” Andrei Kovalenko. Definitely among the worst trades of all time. Whenever you mention Montreal and Colorado your thoughts turn to the deal that ruined the Habs.

    Bob Gainey wouldn’t pull anything that stupid would he? If the right names come up there could be a deal. What names could they be? Should the Canadiens deal Theo, who would be our starter? David Abeischer? Someone’s gotta go in their to sweeten the pot and my guess would be Jose Theodore and Mike Ribeiro going at the same time. On the other end Alex Tanguay would have to be in the mix and the other name popping up is Joe Sakic. Despite Theo’s average play he is still a fairly hot property in the NHL and a lot of teams are in need of a goalie. A straight up deal for Tanguay probably isn’t enough. Joe Sakic however is the type you’d expect to see in a Nordiques/Avalanche uniform his whole career much like Yzerman in Detroit. Sakic is getting on in age though and commands a high salary. Could it happen?

    If the Canadiens don’t do something to stop their slide (and apparently coaching and their current efforts haven’t done anything) then they will almost be forced to make a deal. The clock is ticking.

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  • Injury riddled Habs take on Sens

    Just when you think things are getting back to normal, they fall apart.

    Alex Kovalev will get the green light to return to the lineup tonight after missing 13 games. The Canadiens managed only 4 wins in that time span. Kovalev will no doubt be rusty tonight and for the next few games while he re-adjusts to his new knee.

    As we welcome one player back, he makes room in the infirmary for more. Richard Zednik is suffering from flu symptoms and Tomas Plekanec is going to miss at least the rest of December with a twisted knee. Saku Koivu won’t dress tonight as his injured groin has been ‘tweaked’ and they don’t want to risk re-injury. Jose Theodore is still having problems bending his knee after taking a shot to the knee cap last Thursday in Edmonton. Theodore commented that the new NHL size limitations on his equipment contributed to the fact he got hit in a vulnerable spot. Cristobal Huet will start his second consecutive game tonight. His second game in about 25 years and it’s against the Ottawa Senators. On paper things aren’t looking too good for Les Habitants. Of course anything can happen and hopefully Kovalev’s return will inspire some confidence in the rest of the team.

    Mike Ribeiro is one of those guys who needs to wake up and produce. There is a lot of speculation that Peter Sykora is on the trade market and that the Habs are front runners in the negotiations. The Canadiens may be looking to replace an underachieving attitude riddled player with a proven goal scorer and I can only think of one Hab that fits the description. I’m not sure this deal will happen but if it does Mickey Ribs is one of the only players I think can be considered expendable.