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Canadiens Finally Make Moves

  • MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced the acquisition of forward Mike Johnson from the Phoenix Coyotes for the Canadiens’ fourth round draft pick in 2007 as well as the trade of forward Richard Zednik to the Washington Capitals in return for the Capitals’ third round draft pick in 2007.

    Well Richard Zednik’s days as a Hab are finally over. This was somewhat anticipated for quite sometime. His replacement Mike Johnson however was not really on the radar.

    Johnson was not seen much last year playing in the Western Conference but his career statistics indicate maybe the Canadiens got the good end of the deal.

    Johnson has played in 560 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Coyotes. He recorded 116 goals and added 223 assists for a total of 339 points, with 267 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +32.

    How will he fit in on the team? Will anyone really miss Zednik? The Zednik of old showed flashes of brilliance and was exciting to watch at times. AT TIMES. More recently Zednik was a floater whose patented ‘one hand on the stick’ power move never seemed to amount to anything.

    Is it fair to say Zednik’s career changed completely after receiving a brutal elbow and being knocked out by Kyle Mclaren in the Playoffs?
    He never seemed to be the same player after that and never cut to the middle or drove to the net ever again.

    David Aebischer signed a 1 year deal for $1.9 Million. Another Canadien taking a single year deal. Abeischer will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Will he be a factor in nets this season or will he collect nearly 2 Million to warm the bench before hitting the market freely?

    Not the blockbuster fans were hoping for, but potentially a big change for the Canadiens down the road.

14 Comments
  1. #1 Habs#1 says:
    July 12, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    Johnson is the better playmaker, is bigger, and has more heart than Zednik. He’ll play on the third line. His numbers are better and the Habs got rid of a freeloader in Zednik.

    Aebischer will be delt by next season as long as Huet dosen’t turn out to be a bust because Aebi will become a UFA next season and I believe Souray will be delt because he will become a UFA next season and he wants to go to California because that’s where his daughter is.

    Gainey is not done folks.

  2. #2 Sly Vester says:
    July 12, 2006 at 7:53 pm

    alright! Good trade Gainey. What this was was basically trading in Zednik for this guy (even though it wasn’t directly that). Zednik was a speedy guy who showed skill, but his inconsistency really makes me anxious to see this Mike Johnson play. I actually never heard of the guy until today, but his stats look pretty promising. More than zednik’s anyway. All he needs in montreal is chemistry. Hopefully they put him on a line with people he will work well with. This guy is not a HUGE scorer, but he’s pretty big on assists. So maybe teaming him up on a line with a scorer like kovalev would work beautifully.

    As for the Abeischer signing, i’m glad they signed him… because number 1. we have an insurance goalie JUST IN CASE Huet was a fluke. And if the wings are still interested in him, they’re gonna have to give us something in return.

    Anyways good job Gainey keep it up. Man this is gonna be a long 3 months wait for the season to begin! GO HABS GO GO HABS GO!

  3. #3 Sly Vester says:
    July 12, 2006 at 8:03 pm

    this just in… OH MY GOD, either TSN is lying or Gainey also signed Samsonov today…
    And I quote…

    Bob Gainey had quite a day on Wednesday, changing the face of the Habs with two signings and two trades. When the dust had settled, Gainey had signed free agent forward Sergei Samsonov, re-signed restricted free agent goaltender David Aebischer, acquired forward Mike Johnson from the Phoenix Coyotes and traded forward Richard Zednik to the Washington Capitals.

    This is awesome news for the habs. Samsonov and kovalev are going to rip it up out there. I dont know why i just have a feeling that samsonov is exactly what the habs have been waiting for! GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. #4 Sly Vester says:
    July 12, 2006 at 8:06 pm

    anyone know how much Gainey is paying Samsonov and Johnson?
    … Hey habs #1, good call on saying Gainey was not done yet. SWEEEET

  5. #5 J-Nic says:
    July 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    Samsonov signed in montreal. We still don’t know for how much. I hope he didn’t pay too much for him.

    Was gainey wainting for Shanahan answer before making the moves ?

    Johnson for Zednik is like the same for me. If he play a little better it will be good for the CH. I think that the best exchange in this was having a 3rd round draft for a 4 one.

    Aebi with a one year contract mean he gainey wasn’t sure about Huet, so he still have it in case and Aebi didn’t really had any other choice, he wasn’t able to get with other team and if huet don’t play well, he will be the one playing or he will be exchanged and be able to sign a new contract next year.

  6. Finally! Just what the doctor ordered! Samsonov will work well on a line with Kovalev. Probably put Johnson on a 3rd line, but if he produces look for him to move up to the 2nd line. I’m feeling much better about our team now. My only question is, why did Gainey sign Aebischer? Don’t we already have a backup to Huet? Maybe Gainey will trade Aebischer before December, you never know. Do you think Gainey is finished with trades or FA signings?

  7. #7 joey says:
    July 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    I agree with you Sly Vester … about Samsonov being exactly what the Canadiens need.

    I also want to add, I think this deal went thru because Samsonov wants to play with Kovalev… Watch out… these two will be dynamite together …

  8. #8 Sly Vester says:
    July 12, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    its gonna be russian roulette all up in the nhls face biatchhhhhh

  9. #9 joey says:
    July 12, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    We are starting to see a very strong Russian pressence in Montreal. Kovalev, Samsonov, Markov and Kostitsyn. I think these palyers will make each other feel comfortable and consequently see better play from them …. This is eactly what happened with the rangers… A strong Czechoslovakian presence elevated jagr’s game last year ….

    Watch out… We are going to see the real Kovalev this season …

  10. #10 Habs#1 says:
    July 12, 2006 at 8:59 pm

    This singing is fantastic. Just found out from my dad, a huge Habs fan himself, a few minutes ago. Kovalev and Sami are going to work magic together. Since I live in Edmonton I saw a lot of this guy and if you put him with some talented linemates, which the Oilers didn’t do much of but when they did, this guy can create magic.

    Souray wants to go to California to be with his daughter and Aebi wants to be a starter so don’t be surprised to see those two moved by at the latest the trade deadline if not as early as tommorow since they will both be UFA’s after the season.

    Atta boy Gainey! Knew you had something up your sleeve. And I’m guessing they didn’t have to pay him that much since he only had a little over 20 goals last season. A much more talented version of Bulis with more consistency and a little more heart.

  11. #11 whotfru says:
    July 14, 2006 at 10:24 am

    Overall Johnson and Samsonov are an improvement. Gainey is now approaching the 40 million mark and he still has to sign Ryder. Once Ryder is signed, that will be it unless there is a trade. There is a lot of talk about Robert Lang. Unless Bob can work out a three way deal that will move SOuray to California to be near his daughter, i really dont see us making getting lang. Then we would have another problem of filling the gap left by Souray. Markov is out there???? Who knows, but it is fun being an armchair GM

  12. #12 Jason Bateman says:
    July 18, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    Souray definetly bashes Montrealto his friends- I know one of his buddies. He is miserable here and makes fun of French. I just don’t think his wife wants him anywhere near her in LA she wants nothin to do with him.(he’s really burned his bridge there too) Doubtful he will get to the west coast even though that would be his dream.

  13. #13 joshie mitsima says:
    July 24, 2006 at 11:54 am

    The Habs being knocked out the playoffs by the very dirty Canes, shows that the Habs need size, or strength to fight back. I am not talking about fisticuffs, I am talking about the grinding of the corners, the protection of the goalie, the assault on the other team’s goalie, the shifting way the NHL now plays.

    Samsonov is a good example, however his ability to get penalties at the wrong time all but cost the Oilers their cup in some people’s minds.

    Souray is definietly a key player, when he was not in the line up everyone got pushed around and the shots on goal went up. When he was at his best, he was successful in shutting down the Canes. It would be a mistake to trade him even if he mouths off about the Habs, some players are like that no matter which team they are on.

    What Montreal needs is a big goalie, someone who can fight back and play dirty against the new NHL format, that does not protect goalies very well.

  14. #14 Spicoli says:
    September 20, 2006 at 10:32 am

    Does anyone know why souray was not in the line up last night?

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