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Game 48: Habs/Stars

  • Before I get to the game tonight I want to mention a trade rumour that has popped up in the past few days. The rumour as posted on Hockeybuzz and elsewhere has revolved around Montreal sending Jaro Halak to Edmonton in exchange for Andrew Cogliano, and Jeff Petry (Michigan State). Of course other names have been thrown about. Gilbert Brule on the Oiler’s side and a host of Habs on our side: SK, Pacioretti, Mara, Plex etc. It amazes me the stupidity of some of the online rumors that I read, but I REALLY hope that if there is a grain of truth to any of these rumours, that there are other names on the table. In what parrallel universe are we living in that we could possibly consider trading the goalie who has the 3rd best Save percentage in the league (better than Kiprusoff, Lundqvist, Brodeur etc..) for a guy who has 10 points in 45 games (to be fair Petry is a standout NCAA D Man)? Cogliano is 5’10, 185 – underperforming badly, and is an RFA at the end of the season. For my money it would be terrible for Montreal’s management to settle. Jaro has some seriously rising value that I don’t believe is going to diminish. He’s done nothing but exceed expectations his entire pro career, and the ONLY reason Montreal should be looking to move him is if we find a deal that makes the club SIGNIFICANTLY better. In my mind that means LEGIT top 6 forward, or prospect high enough to warrant giving away a potential career starter in the NHL. 

    I’m not suggesting that Edmonton should give up Eberle, but there is no reason for Montreal to be giving Halak away for nothing.  Names on my lips would be Brule, O’Sullivan, Grebeshkov.  If those names aren’t available then Edmonton had better get creative. Cogliano may turn it around. He has skills to do so – but why would we take that risk when there are better options. If that is asking too much, then I would tell Edmonton – by all means go with Biron and see where that gets you insted. Jaro Halak is 24 years old and will be the starter for some team for a LONG time. Many in Montreal are hoping its here, and I can’t really disagree with that sentiment. Montreal will lose this trade unless they can get someone who will have an equal impact on the club. Hard to do since in many people’s opinion, Jaro has had the biggest impact of any player on our team this season.

    On to tonight’s game. Man its been a while. The Habs haven’t played in what seems like a week and the Stars haven’t been in Montreal in just about 4 years. Dallas comes in riding a 2 game losing streak and has had a difficlut year thus far (they have 1 point more than we do in the ultra difficult Western Conference). Both teams are at a point in their seasons where they want to figure out if they are in it to win it, or looking to next year. 2 points would put us back into playoff contention now that the rest of the conference has caught up to our games played. We’re still in striking distance so we’ll see what happens.

    Go Habs Go!!!

  1. #1 Mats Naslund says:
    January 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I didn’t get to watch the game last night but I was keeping an eye on the scores with my phone. It was great to see the Habs give Carey some offensive support, and to see them take advantage of a beatable opponent on home ice. If Jaro is indeed still on the trade block we’re going to need to see the Canadiens and Price shake that feeling of uncertainty, although you can hardly blame him for being a little out of sync after such a long lay-off.

    How killer was that to see Laraque score his first goal as a Canadien last night? The big lug has had more than his share of struggles over the past couple seasons, and givin the catastrophic loss his family must be feeling over the earthquake in Haiti, you couldn’t help but be wrapped up in his enthusiasm. Say what you want about his game, but BGL is a fantastic person who deserved a little boost last night even if for only a couple hours.

    I’m also happy to see the big lines got their share of points last night. Everyone has been talking about the rebirth of Latendresse in Minni, but with 6 points in 10 games, you cant ignore the emerging chemistry between the Gomez-Gionta-Pouliot line. All those guys are firing like crazy right now which is so important if Montreal is going to make the playoffs this year. You need 2 lines to score, and once Pleks and Cammy right their ship with whomever they end up with on their line, Montreal wont be an easy mark for the rest of the league.

  2. #2 Senet1 says:
    January 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    It seems just when we get the Gomez line on track with Gionta back and Pouliot’s addition, we find that Plec line is struggling since AK46 was injured. So far we have not found anyone to get that line going. Cammy made a terrific shot for his goal last night but who can we put into that spot that will get that line moving. There are only two possibiities that I can think of, put Sergie on the line and see what he can do when he returns, or make a trade for tha big power forward we have been looking for all year.

    That is how I see it anyway.

  3. #3 Senet1 says:
    January 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Followup, with Andre’s surgery, it is doubtfull he will he a be able to contribute at a high level once he comes back. Also I do not think we can wait for him if we want to make the playoffs. Therefore, a trade is out best possible opportunity.

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