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Apr
02
2013

Habs Trade Deadline? Anything?? Bueller!?

Canadiens close out ‘Canes 4-1 in Montreal to sweep season series as trade deadline nears

Nothing too fancy. Nothing too exciting. Unless you consider getting another 2 big points exciting. And you just might.

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Carey Price was sharp in the Canadiens 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes last night. AP

Especially considering that your 2012-2013 Montreal Canadiens, with their win last night against Kirk Muller’s Carolina Hurricanes, are now relatively secure in the 2nd spot atop the Eastern Conference.

The Hurricanes seem to be just what the doctor ordered for Max Pacioretty, who broke out of his slump with two third period goals to seal the deal for the Canadiens, who now have 51 points. Carey Price was solid in nets. Nate Beaulieu got his first NHL point; and Andrei Markov and Jeff Halpern scored the other goals. Halpern, picked up off of waivers the other week from the Rangers, scored the game winner.

Somewhere, John Torterella is thinking: “WTF Halpern!? Where was that for us in NY???”

Just to rub salt in the wounds, Halpern was named first star of last night’s game by the fans. Why not eh?

And speaking of pickups, the trade deadline is this Wednesday and most are predicting a slow go at it this year. Yesterday saw a few moves, with Calgary trading blueliner Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues for picks and Buffalo shipping Robyn Regehr out to Los Angeles.

With that, they say the fire sale in Buffalo may have begun. Apparently, Vanek, Pominville and Miller are all in play.

Last night the RDS guys were daydreaming about how great it would be if Jason Pominville joined the Canadiens. Sure that’d be great but at what cost? Habs GM Marc Bergevin has to believe that he’s got a good team on his hands but are they in the position to begin exchanging assets with teams in order to pick up that piece of the puzzle that could help drive a long playoff run? Probably not.

Anyhow why would Buffalo trade their best all-around player to their division rival? Who does that!? Oh yeah right, Toronto is never getting over the loss of Seguin and Rask likes to help out Boston once in awhile. Why would they trade him in the first place? He’s the kind of guy to build around.

Pittsburgh made the big splash last week by picking up both Morrow and Iginla. Morrow was on my list for the Habs, as was Max Talbot who just went down for the season with a broken leg. Sharks forward Ryan Clowe didn’t play last night, so he’s probably waiting to find out what’s in store for him, like the rest of us.

I can’ t see the Habs making any big moves before the deadline but you never know. Bergevin has shown himself to be bold. But by picking up Halpern last week — for nothing — and trading for Michael Ryder last month, he’s probably done. Rene Bourque is close to coming back to action so that’s good news; we’ll wait to hear later today about the status of Colby Armstrong, who went down yesterday with an apparent knee injury. So much for getting an injury-free season out of him, eh?

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