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!!!