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Game 51: Habs/Blues

  • I love when Western Conference teams come in to play at the Bell Centre. Its not that the Habs ever do very well, but it is a nice break from the usual drudgery of the Buffalo, Boston, Toronto, Buffalo… again drone of the NHL season. Tonight the Habs face the Blues who seem to be in perpetual 13th place season in and out. They have been playing well of late, but will be trying to rebound after a loss on Monday to Columbus. The game is on TSN tonight for all those who might normally catch it online.

    Go Habs Go!!!

  1. #1 Mats Naslund says:
    January 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

    The Habs are off tonight which will allow some of the teams that we find ourselves tied in 9th place with to try to catch up. There has been a lot of rumour mongering going on out there, and while its always best to expect nothing in terms of trades, I thought it might be fun to play ‘what if?’ As we near the trade deadline I’ll continue to post (from time to time) a single player from an opposing side. Tell me if you would want said player and who you would trade to aqcuire that player. I’ll start the ball to get it rolling.

    We may as well start at the top.

    Ilya Kovalchuk. He’s currently engaged in contract talks that seem to be going nowhere. His cap hit is 6.39 (essentially), and will undoubtedly go up after this season. Still, you’d be hard pressed to find a more talented offensive player in the NHL. He’s a guy who has put up enormous numbers with very little help throughout his time in Atlanta. He’s 26 years old, on pace for 53 goals and just about 100 points and is an absolute game changer. There are some who knock his defensive play (although he is a plus player on a bad defensive team), and suggest that he is enigmatic (although I personally tend to think this has to do with cultural stereotyping more than anything else). Atlanta is no doubt looking to cash in if they are indeed going to lose their star.

    Would I? No question. Who? Andrei Kostitsyn, Carey Price and Ryan O’Byrne, and most likely a 1st round pick. A tall price to pay for one player, but the contracts match, and Montreal fans would finally have the Kovy they have pined for for so many years. Kovy gets the big stage and the opportunity to play in a city that will stop at nothing to win the Cup. Atlanta fills in young affordable pieces to their roster with one swoop, including players who have already proven their worth at the NHL level.

  2. #2 Avatar37 says:
    January 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Except AK, Price, and O’Byrne wouldn’t free up enough cap room. Also, Price is considered the future of this team. Kovalchuk is also a winger, we’re short on centers, not wingers. And, if you’re going to be wanting to trade defensemen, I prefer keeping O’Byrne to Gill, as I stated before the season started, Gill is a horrible player. He’s either on the ice for most of the goals against, or he’s in the penalty box. I’m thinking, to free up enough room under the cap, any trade would have to include Hamrlk or Gomez. It’s hard for me to give this adequate thought, however, I’m shocked and disgusted by the buyout of BGL and Martin’s attitude. As far as I’m concerned, Martin needs to go, and I’m not one to usually dump on the coach or GM. I was a Carbs supporter and a Martin supporter up until this. We need to find a coach that understands how hockey at the NHL level works, and that includes physical play. This isn’t some non-contact house league.

  3. #3 Mats Naslund says:
    January 21, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Kovy makes 6.4. Together those contracts more than cover the space we need. I was also thinking of the deal in terms of people Atlanta would take hense obyrne and not Gill. Yes it would cause a centre issue.. but in my mind you can ease that pain by having one of maybe 3 top goalscorers in the league. Montreal still has some capspace to play with. Atlanta isn’t going to be interested in bad contracts so it would cost us youth.

  4. #4 wolfbiscuit says:
    January 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Kovy would be a nice addition but I don’t see that happening. The Habs definitely need a dominant star forward but I don’t like the idea of trading for one. They are failing by not developing one through the farm system. As far as George Laraque goes, I am happy he is gone. I am tired of seeing games where other players had to take care of the heavy stuff while Laraque sat back and watched. I didn’t count but I can say that I saw him drop his gloves more than ten times in the year and a half he was on the team. That is his job and since he wasn’t doing it well, he lost it.

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