The Canadiens take on the first place Carolina Hurricanes tonight on home ice. The trade winds are blowing and the first big name deal of the year is done sending Doug Weight to Carolina. There were a number of teams in the market for Weight as he is to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this year. Carolina solidified their stature as a real contender with the addition of Weight. One of the biggest surprises of the year just got better and they are in town tonight looking to showcase that against the Habs.
Now that the first deal is done the doors are open for more. The Trade deadline is roughly 5 weeks away and the time for team’s that are going to make moves is drawing near. A lot of teams will be making decisions over the Olympic break on where they stand, where they need to be and how to get there. Will the Canadiens be among them? All signs point to yes but your guess is as good as anyone’s in to what will happen or who will be involved.
Gainey addressed the need for a solid defenceman, goaltending has been an issue all year but has Gainey or the team acknowledged it. Of course not, talking about trading your goalie is not generally a good thing to do while he’s still in your net. Does that mean Gainey isn’t actively and ‘secretly’ shopping him around? I still think Gainey is a firm believer in Theo and the likelyhood of him going is slim but Bob Gainey’s surprised us before.
The Boston Bruins just smoked the Senators 5-0. The same Senators who mocked the Montreal Canadiens recent effort. The Bruins goalie is no longer Calder Trophy winner Andrew Raycroft but a 31 yr old guy named Tim Thomas who is so old school he’s still wearing a mask from 1985. Well Timmy hasn’t played much in the NHL but was given the chance and now the Bruins are climbing out of the cellar and banging on the Bell Centre door. Do the Canadiens have a similar player? Cristobal Huet could fill that exact role for the Canadiens. Given consecutive starts he has shown promise and at this point of the year I think many feel just as confident with him in between the pipes while Theo is parked on the bench or on a plane to the Western Conference.
Theo gets the start tonight. A win would be a nice surprise but certainly isn’t favorable. The Canadiens still hover around 8th spot and after tonight’s game they have an old fashioned Adams Division home and home with Boston and Buffalo.
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