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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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87 Comments
  1. I don’t know if trading theo is the answer we are looking for. Goals against us hasn’t been such a huge problem overall; though it would be nice to have a more consistant golie. We are third in the east in goals against which isn’t too shabby. Goal scoring, on the other hand, has been an issue. We are thirteenth in the east for this and we only have two more than last place pittsburgh and one more than washington.
    of course it would be nice to be leading the league in both of these categories but not everyone can be like this years ottawa team. if we could start putting more pucks in the net then we could start to climb the standings once again.

  2. Joe Sakic and Alex Tanguay could help that.

  3. for sure. without a doubt, but if we get rid of theo and don’t get another ‘good’ golie in return then it will result in more goals being scored against us. huet wasn’t exactly stellar when he played and price is no where near ready. if we’ve given up on the present team and are thinking toward the future then we probably shouldn’t be investing in sakic. he’s probably my favorite player in the NHL so i’d love to see him in a habs uniform but he’s getting old and probably won’t be around by the time this hypothetical future team would be ready.

  4. #4 dany belley says:
    January 4, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    theodore is not exactly a Patrick Roy is he???i dont think we should base trading him on poor trades made in the past .I dont think we should worry about him too much playing for another team. There are lots of mediocre goal tenders in the NHL and he is one of them. So, look for a good one and get rid of him. Obviously, he has’nt helped the team this year… time to move on. So do it fast because time is running out.

    Devoted fan,
    since 1963

  5. #5 Jjames79 says:
    January 10, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    Theodore should be traded ASAP IMO. What’s his salary now 6 million? Journalists in Montreal are the ones who made him a Star and got him his salary.Press in Montreal made him a Superstar as soon as he beat Boston in the series, what they were hoping to get is another Patrick Roy which is unfortunately not the case, he is not a Constant Goalie like Luongo or Kiprusoff.

    As for Ribeiro/Koivu/Dagenais i would also try to get rid of those players.
    Ribeiro doesn’t cut it at all, the same applies for Dagenais.Koivu is injured half of the season and had his best years with Montreal, so i think it’s time to move on.

  6. #6 Cristobal Hurray says:
    January 13, 2006 at 12:34 am

    trade theo, hes a loser

  7. This is my feelings on this situation…Theo is not really the problem. He’s no Roy that’s for sure, but Montreal has always had a problem not having a couple superstars on their team. Montreal of late really only has playmakers or defensive style players…never 1 or 2 30-40-50 goal scorers and that is the problem. Montreal needs to keep Theo, and restructure their game plan…it’s always been a defensive style for them for many many years and they will not budge on that style and look what happens. Roy won only 1 Stanley Cup with the Habs and he was the best goalie in history…they trade him to a team that has a few superstars and he wins 2 cups in a shorter amount of time..why because he has superstars that can put the puck in the net…Montreal can’t. So Gainey needs to focus on getting help in the scoring department!! as well as defensively….dont get me wrong…we need defense, but they don’t have guys that can put the puck in the net consistently…big problem!!!

  8. #8 Begin #1 says:
    January 13, 2006 at 7:58 pm

    I dont know about Theo being the problem or not, however I do know that Bonk, Ribero and Zednik are currently a problem for montreal. Zednik knows one offensive move (the one hander, Ribero is to lazy (you can sometimes see him glidfe on the ice instead of skating and gets hammered by a big player from the opposing team) and Bonk just plainly sucks (especially considering his salary). Furthermore, nobody on the team knows how to hit, besides Begin. On the last game against Ottawa, Kovalev got noticably attacked by Neil and Havlat, what did the habs do to protect their star player? nothing! not one thing. Hence, I think if we were to trade Riero, Zednik Bonk or Theo, lets take people who can hit hard, like bertuzzi for instance. I personally think that’s way we lost agaisnt Colorado.

  9. Zednik knows one offensive move (the one hander)

    That made me laugh.

  10. #10 Begin #1 says:
    January 13, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    Funny but unfortunetly true. :)

  11. #11 Begin #1 says:
    January 13, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    I even considered , for a moment, to ditch Claude Julien and put Bob Gainy as the coach (like he did in Dallas). Or maybe even Patrick Roy (apparently, Demers admitted that Roy was doing everythong in the team, from fixing the lines to pumping the players up… so maybe even if its never going to happen, it would have been interesting to see the outcome.
    (I went to see the Canadiens game when playing against the Ducks and rejean houle was sitting right next to me, I had this big urge to hit him , but his grnadchild was right there with him, so i restrained myself :) )

  12. theodore is probobly one of the worst golies in the ligue now. I think he’s notthing like another patrick roy basicly hes just a loser. but Jjames79 I think koivu should still be in the canadiens as he is the best player in the team (in my oppinion)

  13. #13 Trade him ! says:
    January 24, 2006 at 2:19 pm

    Waiting for trade…

    I really think the time as come for Theo to leave Montreal. Unfortunately, he will probably have more success elsewhere, like many other players, we all know the song…

    Chances are he will be trade for a poor goalie or good offence and it would be time for Canadien’s organisation to push their recru (Danis) in the arene as a second goaltender.

  14. i think montreal shud really get rid of theodore hes skills are just awful, huet can show him how to play better. garon was a great goalie for them! theodore just sucks! anyways i love gagne hes a great player

  15. i agree habshatergagnelover. Theodore is a terrible goalie who shoudnt even be aloud to play in the minors. he should be shot because of his terrible goalie skills. Huet and Danis can lead the way. If Theo stays with The habs they will go no wear

  16. #16 Manitoban says:
    January 26, 2006 at 2:07 am

    Hey “agreed”, perhaps you should be shot for your terrible spelling skills?

  17. #17 chsmith10 says:
    January 26, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    Gainey should look into re-aquiring Mathieu Garon for Theodore. Perhaps he could also get a great Manchester Monarch RW like Dustin Brown and send Bonk back to LA as well!

  18. #18 fansince73 says:
    January 27, 2006 at 9:11 pm

    theo is still a good goalie. i think his problem has more to do with off ice issues. he seems very introverted (i know, he’s not the first introverted goalie,) but it has got to be hard to deal with being the #1 goalie in montreal AND having your family going what it must be going through (think of yours) with his father and brothers. a chance to get out of the city may be great for him. he could have a resergance or become felix potvin. therefore i think that a trade is inevitable and that we should get something of great value in return, and not just move him. but what? bundle up ribero and bonk, keep koiuvu; who becomes #1, huet? or do they get luongo? who else? Garon?

  19. Ok we’ev been extremely patient to this point,but enough is enough! If theo has family issues or weither or not he’s too occupied spending his $5.5 million is not the issue…He’s paid the big bucks to perform despite any and all distractions family related or not!The big issue right now is that with the cap in place there are very few teams that would even pretend to show interest in him. However, all is not lost .why? Because at this point the majority of his salary this year has already been absorbed by the habs, and this is also the last year of his contract.So knowing that there are a few teams that NEED a playoff proven netminder ex: (Vancouver)We could still make a few decent moves and wind up in a better situation. My suggestion,trade Zednik and ribeiro to buffalo for Biron (who is now a proven #1 even though he spends most nights on the bench) send theo to vancouver for bertuzzi!And watch things turn around..Maybe even make the playoffs! Theo needs a new home with less pressure, and he’ll find his game again.but in montreal i’m sure he’s doomed!

  20. #20 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 1, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    Trade Theo Ribiero Zednik for Luongo and jokinnen

  21. #21 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 1, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Than trade the BUM BONK for a bag of pucks

  22. #22 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 1, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    BONK SUCKS PLAIN AND SIMPLE. I WOULD TRADE THAT ASS WIPE FOR A PEICE OF GUM

  23. #23 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 1, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    I’m an idiot. Why trade theo? We need good defencemen. Souray you were good but something gotten into you man. We need some meat up front too. Zednik what the hell is wrong with you? You should be doing way better. Ribiero….. why do you just suck now? i mean there’s no clutching and grabbing now, you should at least have a point a game.I HATE BONK WHAT A WASTE OF FLESH. WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT THIS GUY ON THERE TEAM? HOW MANY GOALS DOES HE HAVE? 2? WHAT AN IDIOT. CAN’T SKATE CAN’T SHOOT CAN’T PASS THE ONLY THING HE CAN DO IS TAKE UP A ROSTER SPOT. GET THIS ASS WIPE OUT OF MONTREAL.

  24. Actually, Theodore is not in the last year of his contract, he signed a 3 year 16 million dollar contract before the season started, he gets paid 4.5 this year, and the rest is allocated the following two years. So it makes it very difficult to trade away such a bad goltender with such a high salary over the next three years. I say get whatever you can for him.

  25. Unfortunately, I was wrong,he was signed during the O/S what do we do now???????????

  26. trade theo but for a good cost the team is falling apart wit theo im mean look at ur last game vs the hurrucaines i mean come on how could u lose.
    trade theo n ribeiro for someone good.
    plz make da write desigine.

  27. #27 Trade him ! says:
    February 2, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    Theo = Thibault !?

  28. #28 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 2, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    BONK SUCKS

  29. #29 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 2, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    BONK REALLY SUCKS

  30. #30 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 2, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    BONK IF YOU READ THIS RETIRE YOU GOOD FOR NOTHING BI OTCH

  31. #31 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 2, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    HOW YOU GOT DRAFTED BONK IS BEYOND ME….

  32. #32 Manitoban says:
    February 3, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    He Marcus, how do you feel about Bonk?

  33. I don’t understand why people think theodore is a good goalie. He had 1 really good year, and how many goalies have we seen have 1 good yr(Penny).The french media drives me nuts with “It’s a team problem”, Bullshit trade Theodore.

  34. #34 fansince73 says:
    February 3, 2006 at 10:57 pm

    people think he is a good goalie because he is one. look at the list of past vezina and hart trophy winners. every one of them over the past 20 years have hd very successful careers (roy, gretzky, lemieux, brodeur…)check the list for your self. theo shold be traded not because he is not a good goalie, but because it would be the best thing for him and the team. the issue is who becomes #1 and who do we get for him? one thing that the habs would need would be a long term answer to the goal tending situation and I dont think that garon or biron would be the answer. luongo may be a good solution. maybe we trade him and bonk :) for some muscle and offense, tandam huet and danis and save $$ for free agents.

  35. I think it’s official…Markus really wants bonk to stay!!

  36. #36 steve shepherd says:
    February 4, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    he!theodore is the man but please he disapointed me in more than one game and huet is a good 2keeper but theodore is the 1 nr.but luongo or tanguay for zednik/sundström would be good trade to!ok it would be stupid to trade him please dont do that again like 1995/96 patrick roy DONT !!!we could still make the playoffs go habs

  37. #37 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 4, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    BONK SUCKS!!!! HIS NAME SHOULDN’R BE “BONK” IT SHOULD BE RADEK “BUNK” BUNK SUCKS BUNK SUCKS BUNK SUCKS

  38. #38 HabsFan24 says:
    February 4, 2006 at 9:52 pm

    Why don’t the Habs pick up Cechmanek, who’s playing in the European leagues now? He’d be almost free and he’s a great goalie who never got a real chance in the NHL… that’d give Danis some time to develop and wouldn’t put all the pressure on Huet to be a starter, something I don’t think he can handle in the long term…

  39. LISTEN UP!!! I happen to watch the hockey games on RDS (more interesting to me!)Anyway with 3 minutes left in the 1st period against Philly… They were saying the the GM for chicago has been at the last 3 habs games and the rumor is …. The Blackhawks are extremely interested in a potential Sourray and Theo for khabibulin deal, Once again this is mere media speculation..but either way just the potential of this deal has put a smile on my face!!! GO HABS GO!!!

  40. #40 HabsFan24 says:
    February 5, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    Jay, are you smoking something? Souray is their best defenceman and Khabibulin’s numbers are no better than Theo’s… Plus, it’d be a lot better to get a productive forward and leave the goaltending (at least for now) to Huet…

  41. TRADE: Jose The-open-door A.K.A J. Casey +++++++(anyone else they want) FOR Kubina & Richards.
    Give em the farm for Richards. We at the games should start chanting “we want Richards, we want Richards”.

  42. FIRST OF ALL RIGHT NOW I THINK ANYONE WOULD BE REILEVED TO DUMP THEO’S CONTRACT..SECONDLY i FEEL THAT KHABIBULIN WOULD HAVE MUCH BETTER SUCCESS HERE JUST AS THEO WOULD THERE..BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, MARKOV IS BY FAR THEIR BEST DEFENSEMAN,FOLLOWED BY BOUILLON..SOURRAY HAS HIS MOMENTS UNFORTUNATELY THAT’S ALL THEY ARE ,MOMENTS! HE’S AT HIS MAX IN POTENTIAL, HE’S TURNED AROUND AT LEAST TWICE A GAME AND WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ZEDNIK HE’S GOT ABSOLUTELY NO DISCEPLINE WHATSOEVER,HE’S ALWAYS TAKING THE DUMB PENALTY AT THE WORST TIME!!ALL I WANT IS WHAT’S BEST FOR MY TEAM. AND I SAY TRADE ‘EM!

  43. #43 HabsFan24 says:
    February 6, 2006 at 8:28 am

    Jay, Khabibulin is the highest paid goalie in the NHL. So the Habs wouldn’t really by “dumping” any salary…

  44. #44 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 6, 2006 at 11:56 am

    I DON’T KNOW IF I SAID THIS BUT BONK SUCKS!!!

  45. #45 Habs#1 says:
    February 6, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    Colorado needs a goalie, Habs need scoring. I wonder if a Theo for Tanguay trade would work? Look at Tanguary, there is no more under rated guy in the NHL. He is like 10th in scoring in the NHL and didn’t even get his name tossed around for the Olympic roster. Just imagine it now…Kovalev, Koivu & Tanguay on the same line. That would bring scoring to Montreal. As for goaltending, let the young boys like Huet, Denis and Price have a chance to get some experience as a #1. They are future, and think what that could do for unloading salary and bring another good much needed defenseman to Montreal. Seems to me like a no brainer deal, see ya Theo….

  46. #46 Manitoban says:
    February 7, 2006 at 2:01 am

    Y’know whose awesome, though? Bonk. Just awesome.

    Eh Marc?

  47. First of all,,zednik should learn what the phrase PASSING THE PUCK mean’s and Theo should be traded Huet is perfect as a Golie ….and Downey and Ivanans should fight some more but dont go after a 6″9 player for the first fight….right Ivanans???

  48. #48 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 8, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    LET’S NOT GIVE UP ON THEODORE. EVERY ATHLETE GOES THROUGH THIS. HE JUST NEEDS TO GO TO A SHRINK AND HAVE HIS PROBLEMS SOLVED. HE’S A DAMN HART TROPHY WINNER REMEMBER? JUST WAIT TILL AFTER THE OLYMPICS.

    OH YEAH BONK SUCKS!!!

  49. First off #7 SAVAGE I don’t know how much of a Hab’s fan you are? or how old you are?
    But, Patrick Roy won 2 cups with Montreal not “1″. He won a cup in 1986 with 9 rookies + was the playoff MVP.
    He won the second in 1993 with a bag of pucks + was the MVP, and took his team to the final in 1989.
    Patrick’s team did not have “superstars” but he did have a bunch of hard nose pluggers with a lot of HEART.
    Sorry man but a true Habs fan would know that.

    TRADE THEODORE! HE’S BEENS CRAP AFTER THAT LUCKY 2002 WIN! ST.PAT WOULD HAVE TAKEN THAT AVERAGE 2002 TEAM TO THE FINALS! AND BONK DOES SUCK!

  50. #50 MarcusKoivu says:
    February 9, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    HOW THE HELL DOES A BUM LIKE BONK SCORE A SHORT HANDED GOAL? HE STILL SUCKS!!!!!!!! OH YEAH THEODORE IS A CHEATER HE TOOK BANNED SUBSTANCES…. I DON’T WANT A CHEATER ON MONTREAL… AND DID I MENTION BONK SUCKS? JUST INCASE BONK SUCKS!!!!

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