HFNHL Canadiens: Trade Deadline Review

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  1. HFNHL Canadiens

    HFNHL Canadiens Registered User

    Aug 12, 2004
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    If one counts the Boucher and Wideman deals as part of the deadline deals for the Habs, the Habs made a total of 6 trades.

    Trade 1:
    To LA: Braden Holtby + Jay McKee
    To MTL: Dennis Wideman + Ryan Shannon

    - We needed a long-term puck moving dman, and we get that with Wideman. He logs a ton of ice-time and has a fair-amount of offensive ability. Hopefully he can continue to be productive in Washington. It sucks to lose Holtby, as we feel he has a very bright future, however with the demand for goalies in the NHL at an all time low due to the amount of talent available, it could be an uphill climb for Holtby, especially with guys like Neuvirth and Varlamov in his way. McKee was a salary dump, and Shannon was added for depth.

    Trade 2:
    To WSH: Antero Niittymaki, Jiri Tlusty
    To MTL: Brian Boucher

    - We wanted to alleviate the burden of Niitymaki's contract, and in doing so we acquired a viable back-up option next season in Boucher. It remains to be seen whether Tlusty will ever pan out, he is still young, but has had a fair amount of exposure to the NHL with little results.

    Trade 3:
    To PHI: Anton Stralman, Dwight King
    To MTL: Jason Garrison

    - We were able to shed Stralman's 2M cap hit for a much more favourable 875k cap hit. In addition to the financial savings, Garrison has had a pretty good year in Florida and should re-rate well next season. Stralman is still young, but struggled this season. King has been productive in the AHL.

    Trade 4:
    To MIN: Drew Shore, Jared Spurgeon
    To MTL: Brock Nelson, Patrick Cehlin

    - This was a pure prospect deal, in which both teams felt they upgraded their prospect pool. Shore has had a very good season in Denver, however his compete level concerned us, especially with his showing at the WJCs. Spurgeon has surprised many and has established himself as a 5/6 dmen in the NHL in his first season as a pro. He is very undersized, and doesn't have elite offensive abilities that dmen his size should have, nevertheless his hockey sense is off the charts and has leap-frogged an established NHLer in Cam Barker on the Minnesota depth chart. His long-term upside is up in the air. In Brock Nelson we got a big, raw, forward who is on arguably the best team in the NCAA in North Dakota. After a slow start, he really picked it up after an unimpressive WJCs, and was producing at close to a point per game pace in the 2nd half. We like his upside, and feel he competes harder than Shore. Cehlin was really impressive at the WJCs, hence his addition in this deal. We thought he was Sweden's best forward and are interested to seeing how he progresses.

    Trade 5:
    To STL: PIT 3rd 2011
    To MTL: Mathieu Schneider, OTT 6th 2011

    - We are 23rd in the HFNHL on the PP, and Schneider gives us an upgrade in that department. He also has great leader-ship and should be an asset on the 3rd pairing.

    Trade 6:
    To CAR: Vaclav Prospal, Ryan Shannon
    To MTL: Saku Koivu, NYI 6th 2011

    - This was a last minute deal that we couldn't turn down. With Koivu we get a natural leader who has impressive offensive and defensive ratings, and gives us a great face-off man, something we lost when we traded Zajac.

    All in all, the trade deadline worked out like this for Montreal...

    Coming In: Dennis Wideman, Brian Boucher, Jason Garrison, Brock Nelson, Patrick Cehlin, Mathieu Schneider, Saku Koivu, OTT 6th 2011, NYI 6th 2011

    Going Out: Braden Holtby, Jay Mckee, Antero Niittymaki, Jiri Tlusty, Anton Stralman, Dwight King, Drew Shore, Jared Spurgeon, Vaclav Prospal, PIT 3rd 2011.

    After these deals, this is the team the Habs will ice down the stretch and the playoffs, barring any injuries or team melt-downs.

    Patrik Elias - Tim Connolly - Jarome Iginla
    T.J. Galiardi - Saku Koivu - Dustin Penner
    Patrick Eaves - Matt Duchene - Andrei Kostitsyn
    Daniel Winnik - Colin Fraser - *S. Kostitsyn

    Dan Girardi - Zach Bogosian
    Dennis Wideman - Adrian Aucoin
    Andy Greene - Mathieu Schneider
    Erik Karlsson - Jason Garrison*

    Chris Mason
    Brian Boucher

    *Healthy Scratch
  2. Ohio Jones

    Ohio Jones Game on...

    Feb 28, 2002
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    Those are some savvy moves to shore up the roster for a deep playoff run, Matt. Reacquiring Koivu in particular will be big for you, I think.

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