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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Montreal Canadiens

Written by Niels Lachmann (before yesterday’s trade) 

USATSI_7778393_154224518_lowresLast year’s 1st-round exit of the Habs against the Senators lingers on in the minds of the passionate fans who fear a repeat. According to their expectations, the task is thus not only to strengthen the team to get into the playoffs, but to have potential for a long run.

Inquire about the Habs’ needs among their faithful and you will immediately hear that they lack size, if not even the toughness requested in the playoffs. The latter concern is debatable in light of signings made by Bergevin since he took office in 2012 – Prust, Bouillon, Parros, Murray – and the recent acquisition of gritty Dale Weise for smallish skilled D-man Raphael Diaz.

But what is not to be debated, is that beyond Max Pacioretty, size is not the characteristic you would first think of when it comes to their point producers up front, to say the least.

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Morning Rumors: Talbot, Cammalleri, Smith-Pelly, Neuvirth, Vanek, Miller, Stamkos, GM search and Scouting

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: With Penguins Pascal Dupuis now out for the season, Panaccio thinks the Penguins could go after Avs Max Talbot as he’s not a good fit with the Avs and he’s a good friend of Sidney Crosby.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks that Flames Michael Cammalleri could be a good fit on the Penguins. Matheson thinks that Ducks Devante Smith-Pelly would be a perfect trade target for the Oilers.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The agent of Capitals Michal Neuvirth said he’s hoping for a change of scenery. Could use a fresh start.
  • B.D. Gallof: Gallof thinks the Islanders will offer Thomas Vanek a max deal as they have every intention of trying to sign him. They see him as a core piece and worth spending the money on.
  • Mike Harrington: “So for all those wondering, I would make Miller the big offer, assume he’ll turn it down and then trade him. Sell high. Absolutely.”
  • Darren Dreger: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos continued to skate over the holidays and everything remains positive. The concern is whether he’ll be able to build enough strength in time for the Olympics.
  • Bob McKenzie: Sabres search for a GM is winding down, with a few candidates to get second interviews. Process could be done in a couple weeks. LA Kings director of scouting, Mike Futa, was interviewed by the Sabres before Christmas. Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning is a strong candidate for the Sabres.
  • Roger Millions: Capitals GM George McPhee was at the Flames-Canucks game last night while the Capitals were in Buffalo.
  • Adrian Dater: The Penguins and Maple Leafs scouted the Avalanche-Jets game last night. Leafs and Avs have been rumored as trading partners for a while.

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Canadiens, Flames, Senators, Havlat, Miller, Blues, Leafs and Grigorenko

  • The Fourth Period: The Panthers continue to get calls on Dmitry Kulikov, who is in the final year of his deal. The Oilers, Red Wings, Hurricanes and Ducks are teams who are believed to have shown interest. The Panthers are also taking offers for Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes and Shawn Matthias.
  • The Fourth Period: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been looking for offensive help. He’s asked about a few players, but the cost is too high. They have inquired about Jets Evander Kane. Bergevin continues to talk with some of his free agents: P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz.
  • The Fourth Period: The Flames may be looking to make more trades, but they’ll be selling. The Calgary Sun said that trade candidates are: Michael Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan and Chris Butler. GM Jay Feaster is looking for young players and draft picks. Nothing is imminent. Cammalleri and Stajan have limited no-trade clauses.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are still trying to find another top-6 forward. GM Bryan Murray has tried to fill the hole internally, and has also been looking outside the organization. A source said that they have talked to the Sharks about Martin Havlat. The Rangers have also talked to the Sharks about Havlat, but Sharks GM Doug Wilson doesn’t want to give up on Havlat just yet. Havlat has a no-trade clause (which he may waive for Ottawa) and a $5 million salary cap hit.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Jaroslav Halak got off to a hot start (9-2-1, 2.19 GAA and .913 SV%) but he’s had a rough three games. He now sits at 10-2-3 with a 2.48 GAA (23rd in the league) and .900 save percentage (34th). The Blues play Ryan Miller’s Sabres tonight. The Blues are thought to be one of the teams that could be interested in Miller, “but it appears that that ship has sailed.” The Blues would have issues with Miller’s $6.25 million salary cap hit and the Sabres are searching for a new GM. For now the Blues will ride it out with Halak and Brian Elliott, and have Jake Allen in the AHL if a replacement is needed.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: “the fact that the Oilers pick is in play certainly interests people but it’s not easy to acquire stud defenseman”
  • Hope Smoke: McKenzie on TSN Radio: “MacTavish has been talking, and talking a lot, but nothing appears to be imminent”
  • Hope Smoke: McKenzie on TSN Radio: “I don’t necessarily see the Islanders doing something to address their goaltending situation”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: “for the most part the Leafs have stopped looking to upgrade via trade after the Holland move”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: “I still think there is a deal to be made between the Leafs & Carolina for Liles. Nonis is prepared to eat about $1 mill in salary”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: “if Raymond continues to produce, it’s unlikely the Leafs would be able to re-sign him. Will he command $2 mill – $3 mill?”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: “I’m thinking the Leafs get Dion at 6-7 years at around $7 million. Maybe $7.2 on the upside”
  • John Vogl: Quebec Remparts spokesperson said that the Sabres have not spoken with coach Philippe Boucher about the possibility of Mikhail Grigorenko returning to the QMJHL.
  • Martin Biron: Translating RDS’s Stephane Leroux tweet that he talked to a source last week who said that Grigorenko would be heading back to the QMJHL.
  • Sara Orlesky: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was at the Flames – Jets game last night.

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Injury notes: Backlund, Cammalleri, Kiprusoff, Hiller, several Red Wings, Landeskog and Spezza.

  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks Jonas Hiller left last night’s game with a lower-body injury that is not expected to be serious.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi will be out indefinitely with a back injury. The Wings are calling up Joakim Andersson. Darren Helm will begin rehab on Monday with a sore back. Carlo Colaiacovo isn’t expected to return from his shoulder injury until mid-month. Brendan Smith is out at least a month with a shoulder injury. Jonas Gustavsson has a pulled groin, and hasn’t played this season.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog didn’t practice yesterday but they are optimistic that he could resume skating soon. He hasn’t skated since January 19th after being hit by Brad Stuart. He suffered a head and neck injury on the play.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Jason Spezza has been told to do nothing for at least two weeks after having surgery to repair a disc in his back last week. He still hopes to return this season.

    “Everything went well. It’s good to have everything done and get started on recovery now,” said Spezza. “You always aim to push your rehab and get a bit more aggressive with things.

    “(Athletic therapist) Gerry (Townend) has already talked to me about making sure we’re doing things right and not getting too carried away. The goal is to get back before the end of the season and, hopefully, help us through the end of the year and the playoffs.”

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B.Campbell out a month … Canucks clear some cap room … Cammalleri under review

  • TSN: The Chicago Blackhawks will be without defenseman Brian Campbell for at least the first month of the season with a sprained knee.
  • Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Darcy Hordichuk and Shane O’Brien have been placed on waivers, and will be sent to the AHL if they clear. O”Brien’s salary is $1.6 million this year, Hordichuk’s cap hit is $750,000.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks rants about how the Islanders are circumventing the cap with using Yashin and Witt’s buyout to reach the salary floor, and how the CBA ‘allows’ teams to take advantage of these types of ‘loopholes’.
  • Josh Cooper the Tennessean: Jonas Anders­son and Ser­gei Kostitsyn are battling for the ‘depth’ position on the Nashville Predators, 26 players remain with the club. “For the most part, we are still loo­king at Kos­titsyn, we are still loo­king at Anders­son, we are still loo­king at all those guys,” Trotz said.

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Plenty of NHL Rumors to go along with some Injury news

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports:
    • The Leafs wanted to send Jeff Finger to the Ducks instead of Jason Blake, the Ducks said no.
    • Friedman thinks the Canucks might have been scouting Tomas Plekanec the other night, though he thinks there won’t be a deal.
    • The Blues probably won’t deal any of their young core, including David Backes. Eric Brewer could be had though.
    • The Kings have the money and assets to make a run at Kovalchuk or Lecavalier. The Thrashers would want Wayne Simmonds, but the Kings may be reluctant to do that.
  • Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN: LeBrun and Burnside talk about potential Ray Whitney suitors. Teams that might be interested are the Senators, Bruins, Kings (if no Kovalchuk or Lecavalier), Rangers, Canucks, and 2 dark horses, the Coyotes and Predators
  • Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun: The Calgary Flames may not be done dealing. Sutter may swing for the fences with Ilya Kovalchuk, or look to add a player like Ray Whitney, Alex Tanguay, or maybe Kristian Huselius.
  • James Murphy of NESN: The Bruins may be looking to acquire Blues forward Keith Tkachuk. They almost had a deal last year that would have sent Phil Kessel to the Blues for David Perron and Keith Tkachuk.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens will be without Michael Cammalleri of 6 to 8 weeks with a damaged MCL. Cammalleri joins the list of Andrei Kostitsyn, Paul Mara, and Jaroslav Spacek on the sidelines.
  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Jay McKee, a healthy scratch last night, might interest in the Chicago Blackhawks. The ‘Hawks might also look at Aaron Ward, Garnet Exelby or Sean O’Donnell.
  • James Murphy of Potential trade targets for the Boston Bruins; Ray Whitney, Aaron Ward, Matt Cullen, Raffi Torres, and Peter Mueller.
  • Mike Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Niklas Backstrom, out with an illness, rejoined the team in Dallas but is doubtful for tonight’s game. The Wild are still in the playoff hunt, so they probably won’t be sellers. If they are buyers, it won’t be a significant deal. They are still hoping that P-M Bouchard will be able to return this year. If they do become sellers, the Wild have 4 players who might interest other teams; Marek Zidlicky, Kim Johnsson, Owen Nolan and Eric Belanger.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Andres Lilja has been assigned to the AHL by the Detroit Red Wings on a conditioning loan. Lilja as been out since last February 28th with a concussion. He’ll play at least 3 games with Grand Rapids, then they’ll re-evaluate.

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